Sunday, January 07, 2007

National Council of Churches Under Secularist Influence?

I received this note from an Evangelical friend:
The Institute on Religion and Democracy

January 5, 2007

Contact: Loralei Coyle (lcoyle {at} ird-renew [dot] org)

Upcoming IRD Press Conference
On Controversial National Council of Churches Funding

“The National Council of Churches, a body founded to pursue Christian unity, is no longer supported principally by its member churches. Secular left-leaning foundations have stepped in to save the council, thus artificially amplifying the voice of the declining religious left.”
-Alan Wisdom, IRD Vice President

WHO: Report Authors and Church Renewal Movement Leaders:

• Alan Wisdom, author
• John Lomperis, author
• The Rev. Parker Williamson, editor emeritus, The Presbyterian Layman
• Fr. John Reeves, Orthodox Church in America priest
• The Rev. Keith Almond, United Methodist pastor

WHAT: Release of new IRD report “Strange Yokefellows: The National Council of Churches and Its Growing Non-Church Constituency.”

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 10th (Duration Approximately 45 minutes)

WHERE: Murrow Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor - Washington, DC

The Institute on Religion and Democracy, founded in 1981, is an ecumenical alliance of U.S. Christians working to reform their churches’ social witness, in accord with biblical and historic Christian teachings, thereby contributing to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad.

The National Council of Churches was founded in 1950, and is made up of numerous mainline Protestant denominations and Orthodox Churches, and has been most notable for its lack of Catholic participation. Nominally an ecumenical organization, it is instead most known for pursuing socialist policies, including the funding of Marxist guerrillas. The NCC is also criticized for not denouncing Communist countries that persecute Christians. Membership in the NCC's mainline denominations have been sharply declining over recent decades due to their loss of faith in Christ, instead, the group now gets much of its funding from organizations such as the Ford Foundation. Orthodox members have never been comfortable with the NCC, and some are leaving the group; some say that an alliance is instead needed with the Catholic Church.

1 comment:

  1. No surprise there, they've been heading that way from the start. People tend to forget just how much liberals controlled the mainline Protestant denominations even that far back. By the sixties they were in the driver's seat.