World Council of Biblical Churches

   The World Council of Biblical Churches, originally organized in 1987 as the Council of Bible Believing Churches International, was founded by former members of the INTERNATIoNAL CoUNCIL oF Christian Churches (ICCC). The ICCC was founded by separatist Fundamentalist Protestant churches from different denominations that rejected what they saw as the liberal theological consensus of the World Council of Churches, and renounced any contact with like-minded believers who remained within the allegedly apostate churches. The iCCC was represented in the United States by the American Council of Christian Churches (ACCC).
   The separatists found their primary spokesperson in Presbyterian minister Carl Mcintire (1906-2002), who had founded the ACCC in 1941, and the iCCC several years later. When the ACCC removed Mcintire from its board, the iCCC expelled the ACCC. American Fundamentalists who had broken with Mcintire had no international agency to work with until 1987, when they founded the Council of Bible Believing Churches. The council seeks to use its united voice to address the issues affecting Fundamentalist Christians globally.
   The council believes in the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible and the importance of complete separation from heresy and apostasy. The World Council of Churches and its member churches and the World Evangelical Alliance and its member churches are viewed as tainted organizations that must be completely shunned. The council opposes the modern Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement.
   See also Ecumenical movement.
   Further reading:
   ■ Jerry Falwell, The Fundamentalist Phenomenon. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1981.

Encyclopedia of Protestantism. . 2005.

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