Can the WCC get on course?

WCC thinking is a revolutionary doctrine indistinguishable from current Marxist concepts.

Between Amsterdam 1948 and Nairobi 1975 the World Council of Churches has shown an increasing interest in the problems and demands of the Third World. In [doing so, it] has moved from a largely Western concept of political responsibility to a more radical ideology that by 1975 embraced the concept and practice of “liberation theology.”

In its early years the WCC advocated creating “the responsible society” by peaceful, democratic, and constitutional means. Gradually this gave way to a qualified approval of violent and revolutionary change in the Third World, and in several cases even support for terrorist groups. Western political norms were replaced, at least in part, by an ideology that laid the chief blame for the ills of the Third World on the sins of the West, particularly the United States—its foreign policy and its transnational corporations. At the 1966 Geneva Conference on Church and Society, WCC thinking on “rapid social change” was transformed into a revolutionary doctrine that became most dramatically evident in the Program to Combat Racism.

In diagnosis and prescription, the WCC’s liberation theology is strikingly similar to current Marxist concepts. The positions the WCC has taken in some controversial situations have been indistinguishable from those taken in Moscow or Havana. The most dramatic example is the “humanitarian” grants to the two Marxist-led guerrilla groups in the latter part of 1978: $85,000 to the so-called Patriotic Front, which was seeking to shoot its way into power in Rhodesia, and $125,000 to SWAPO, which was fighting toward the same objective in South West Africa—both against ...

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