I.F.C.A. Doctrinal Statement

"What We Believe"*

Section 2. Movements Contrary to Faith


Ecumenism is that movement which seeks the organizational unity of all Christianity and ultimately of all religions. Its principle advocates are the World Council of Churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

Ecumenical Evangelism

Ecumenical Evangelism is that effort to promote the Gospel by bringing fundamentalists into an unequal yoke with theological liberals and/or Roman Catholics and other divergent groups.


Neo-Orthodoxy is that theological movement which affirms: the transcendence of God, the finiteness and sinfulness of man, and the necessity of supernatural divine revelation of truth; but, while using evangelical terminology, seriously departs from orthodoxy: in accepting the views of destructive higher criticism, in denying the inerrancy of the Bible as historic revelation, in accepting the religious experience as the criterion of truth, and in abandoning important fundamentals of the Christian faith.

New Evangelicalism (Neo-Evangelicalism, New Conservatism)

These terms refer to that movement within evangelicalism characterized by a toleration of an a dialogue with theological liberalism. Its essence is seen in an emphasis upon the social application of the Gospel and weak or unclear doctrines of: the inspiration of Scripture, biblical creationism, eschatology, dispensationalism, and separation. It is further characterized by an attempt to accommodate biblical Christianity and make it acceptable to the modern mind.

We believe that these movements are out of harmony with the Word of God and the official doctrine and position of the Independent Fundamental Churches of America and are inimical to the work of God.

* This material has been excerpted from Section 2 of the IFCA's Doctrinal Statement.

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