American Council of Christian Churches Approves Resolution on Abuse

The American Council of Christian Churches (ACCC) was founded under the leadership of the controversial and militant minister Dr. Carl McIntire in 1941. It was started as Fundamental Separatist Church group by Carl McIntire, and remains a Fundamental Separatist group today. Prospective members must be in agreement with the doctrinal statement, and be admitted with a 3/4 vote by current members.  Membership is denied those who have any affiliation with the World Council of Churches (WCC), National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), anyone associated “Ecumenicism” or the Charismatic Movement.

Current Member Churches and Organizations:

  • Association of Ministers of the Reformed Faith (AMRF)
  • Bible Presbyterian Church
  • Evangelical Methodist Church of America
  • Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches
  • Free Presbyterian Church of North America
  • Fundamental Methodist Church
  • Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America
  • Independent Churches Affiliated

The ACCC 70th Annual Convention took place in Lancaster Pennsylvania October 18-20th.  The ACCC passed six resolutions, including one on the issue of abuse in what the ACCC termed “professed fundamentalism.”

At first glance it is encouraging that a fundamentalist Church organization such as the ACCC is at long last recognizing that physical and sexual abuse is a problem within fundamentalism, however there are some problems with this resolution.

The first glaring problem, is that no matter where one stands on homosexuality, it should not be put on the same level as Pedophilia, Rape of Minors, and incest.  Homosexuality takes place between two consenting adults, where the latter three do not.  Furthermore, whether they like it or not, homosexuality is not illegal, the latter three most definitely are illegal.

Second, there are many adults who have been victims of sexual assault and rape.  Most are women, not all.  Why are these overlooked?

Third problem is the wording of this part of the resolution:

“The glorious heritage of Christ’s Church is badly stained when such abuse occurs, and more so when those who deal with the abuse fail to address it. The result is that those who reject our message feel free to challenge our genuineness. But for worse, these scandals reproach the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, giving His enemies an opportunity to blaspheme. (2 Samuel 12:14)”

It appears to me, that they are still trying to blame those who where abused in fundamentalism, and/or those who advocate for those who are abused because many of those people have questioned the genuineness of fundamentalist leaders.  Most fundamentalist leaders have turned a deaf ear to the plight of those who were abused. As I see it, they should not refer to those who question these fundamentalist leaders genuineness and imply those who do reject the message, and may be enemies who blaspheme against Jesus.

For example Dr. Bob Jones III spoke on October 19, 2011 at the ACCC 70th Annual Convention.  The title of Dr. Jones’ message wasKeep Your Eyes Open and the Doors Shut.  Would it be wrong to question the genuineness of Dr. Bob Jones stand against child abuse when he endorsed a book written by a man who is still incarcerated in a Texas State Prison for holding down an 11 year old Hispanic boy while his brother (and co-pastor) beat the boy with two sticks until the little boy went into kidney failure and nearly died? The testimony from Caleb Thompson’s appeal is even worse than all the newspaper articles. There is enough information for an objective, third party to understand the gruesome details of the case and the need for the sentence which was handed down. If Bob Jones, III is truly interested in the facts then he should be willing to read this Appeal and rescind his endorsement.

“Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth.” Galations 4:16 (KJV)

Finally! The IBFNA Makes the Right Decision

Chuckles Travels wrote here that the Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America (IBFNA) was scheduled to have Chuck Phelps speak twice on its opening day.  Including the opening evening key-note address. 

For months Chuckles had attempted to contact pastors responsible for the conference. There seemed to be little interest in either returning emails, letters, or answering voice mail messages about their choice of speaker. In May, Chuckles, and a few elves. began working hard to notify the local media in both the Philadelphia and Lancaster County, PA markets just who the man was the IBFNA chose to speak at its Family Conference.

Finally on Friday, Chuckles phone finally rang with a pastor who wanted to talk about Chuck Phelps. The pastor in the Philadelphia area, said that Pastor Chuck Phelps was removed from the IBFNA Family Conference speakers schedule.  When Chuckles asked for documentation as confirmation , Chuckles was told that as soon as a revised Speakers Schedule was available, that the revised schedule would be passed on to Chuckles.

Chuckles was asked to stop calling the news media, and to post that Chuck Phelps was removed from the IBFNA speakers schedule.  Chuckles assured the pastor that as soon as evidence was obtained to confirm, the updated speakers schedule would be posted on Chuckles Travels.  However, Chuckles nor the elves, has no control over the local news media continuing questions as to why the IBFNA made the choice to have Chuck Phelps as one of its speakers with full knowledge of first the Tina Anderson case, and the new accusations surrounding him.

Chuckles is happy to publish (below), the updated speakers schedule was received on this date.

Chuckles and his elves are glad that those in charge of this years family conference made this decision.  One can only hope it was because it was the right decision to do so, not because of outside pressure, and bad press.

6/14/2011 3:30pm Update:  Just heard from a second IBFNA pastor who said,

“We made this decision because we thought it the best decision that needed to be made.  We are not satisfied some some of Dr. Phelps explanations on these, not one, but two issues.  The Lord is bringing this all to light.  The reason we did not act sooner is because, we were waiting for the outcome of the [Tina Anderson] trial, now that we have more hard facts. It became more clear, in our minds, there are some apparent conflicting statements.”

2011 IBFNA Conference Schedule

Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center, Lancaster, PA
June 21-24, 2011
“Holding Fast the Faithful Word”
Tuesday, June 21
Time Activity/Session
8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration and Greeting of Friends
9:00 – 9:45 AM Morning Devotions (Dick Harris)
9:45 – 10:15 AM Prayer Time
10:15 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 – 11:30 AM Chick Dear
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM Ken Lynch
2:30 – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 – 3:45 PM Dave Reinhardt
3:45 – 4:00 PM Break
4:00 – 5:00 PM Workshops:
Workshop #1: Evangelism and the Local Church (Ken Lynch)
Workshop #2: Starting a Local Church Bible Institute (Ed Mason)
5:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 PM Ralph Colas
Wednesday, June 23
Time Activity/Session
9:00 – 9:45 AM Morning Devotions (Dick Harris)
9:45 – 10:15 AM Prayer Time
10:15 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 – 11:30 AM Adam Taubert
11:30 AM - NOON IBFNA Business Session
NOON – 7:00 PM Family Free Time!
7:00 – 8:30 PM Clay Nuttall
Thursday, June 24
Time Activity/Session
9:00 – 9:45 AM Morning Devotions (Dick Harris)
9:45 – 10:15 AM Prayer Time
10:15 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 – 11:30 AM Ralph Weer
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM TBA
2:30 – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 – 3:45 PM Justin Kauffman
3:45 – 4:00 PM Break

Support Proposed Special FBFI Resolution On Abuse

The Tina Anderson case has once again shed sunlight on the problem of the seeming lack of willingness for Independent Baptist Fundamentalists to recognize that sexual abuse and rape is not only a problem for the Catholic Church, but a horrendous problem within the Independent Baptist Fundamentalists too.  Tina Anderson’s case made international news, however there are several less widely known  cases that were exposed recently as well. Here   here and here are just three cases, there are many  more. cases.

Pastor Jon Henry wrote The Special Resolution On Abuse Among Fundamentalists. Please join us with supporting this resolution. While we realize that no resolution will stop abuse, it should be apparent by now that the Vice-Chairmen of the FBFI has made some serious errors in judgement in Tina Anderson’s case, and now is alleged to have made the same errors in another case. Recognizing there’s a problem is the first step to fixing the problem.

Chuck Phelps to speak at June 2011 IBFNA Family Conference

When one thinks of Lancaster, Pennsylvania images of horse and buggy’s plodding down the narrow roads.  Quaint little shops where Amish sell everything from homemade bread to handmade quilts.  If you know where to look, you will find Amish men making wood furniture by hand.  A short drive out into the beutiful Pennsylvania Dutch Countryside one may see large Amish farms with men and boys depending on the season, plowing fields behind horses or mule teams.  The women and girls picking vegetables or selling their vegetables and other homemade goods at roadside stands.  It is easy to imagine one has just as one had stepped back into a scene from “Little House on the Prairie.”

There are a few others coming to sleepy Lancaster, PA. this summer. Tourists and Lancaster county residents would be oblivious to the Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America (IBFNA) Family Conference. Unless the Philadelphia and Lancaster areas news media with camera’s and news vans to ask some questions about one of the scheduled IBFNA speakers.

The conference is occurring June 21-23, 2011.  Looking at the Schedule linked below, one will see a familiar name, Chuck Phelps.  Phelps is the keynote speaker the opening night of the “Family Conference.”  Would seem that someone that has apparently bungled in the case of Tina Anderson would be the last person to be chosen to be the opening night keynote speaker at a Family Conference.

The apparent, MC of this conference, is Richard (Dick) A. Harris.  Pastor Harris is a graduate of Bob Jones University.  Pastor Harris started Bethel Baptist Church, Sellersville, PA.

Pastor Charles (Chick) Deer is the pastor of Crestcentville Baptist Church, Philadelphia PA.  Pastor Deer is the chaplain for the local Philadelphia Police Department, the Cheltanham Police Department, Chaplain for the Philadelphia Devision for the ATF, Trainer for Incident Response for Terrorist Bombing, and more.  (Surprised that Chick Deer, who is so deeply involved with local and federal law enforcement agencies would hob nob with a man who allegedly covered up the rape of a minor.  Not to mention Phelps statements about the Concord Police negligence in investigating the rape of the minor.)  Perhaps those concerned should contact Charles (Chick) Deer.  According to Pastor Deer’s website, his church contact information is: 521 East Godfrey Avenue (East of Rising Sun Avenue), Philadelphia PA 19120-2123. Phone (215)745-3906.

Evangelist Ken Lynch graduate of Bob Jones University.  Lynch is the “staff evangelist” for Bible Baptist Church, West Chester, PA

Mike Asher is a graduate of Bob Jones University.  Asher received his Masters from Northland Baptist Bible College.  Pastor Asher is the senior pastor of Bible Baptist Church, West Chester, PA.

Pastor Paul Gustine is the pastor of Bible Baptist Church, Springfield Mass. Gusting is very involved with the 9/12 and Tea Party in Massachusetts. 

IBFNA Final Schedule Grid

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual crime, it’s not your fault. You are not alone. Help is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org).