WORLD COUNCIL OF
WHEREAS, it is the duty of all true churches of the Lord
Jesus Christ to make a clear testimony to their faith in Him, especially in these
darkening days of apostasy in many professing churches, by which individual churches have
been swept into a paganizing stream of modernism under various names and in varying
WHEREAS, there has been a notable growth of autocratic
domination on the part especially of modernistic church leaders by whom the rightful
powers of true churches are often usurped; and
WHEREAS, the commands of God to His people to be separate
from all unbelief and corruption are clear and positive; and also
WHEREAS, we believe the times demand the formation of an
agency for fellowship, cooperation and encouragement on the part of Bible-believing
churches, for the maintenance of a testimony pure and steadfast to the great fundamental
truths of the Word of God as held by the historic Christian Church through the centuries,
for the purposes which can better be done in cooperation than separately, and to
facilitate the discharge of the obligations which are inherent in the Commission of Christ
to His Church,
THEREFORE, the constituent denominations, being Christian
Fundamentalists forming this Council, do now establish it as an agency, without compromise
or evasion, unreservedly, dedicated as a witness to "the faith which was once
delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3).
The name of this organization shall be the World Council of Biblical Churches,
hereafter referred to as the Council.
Among other equally Biblical truths, we believe and maintain the following:
- The plenary divine inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their
consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and--being the Word of God--the supreme and final
authority in faith and life;
- The Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- The essential, absolute, eternal deity and the real and proper, but sinless, humanity of
our Lord Jesus Christ;
- The Virgin Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ;
- His substitutionary, expiatory death, in that He gave His life "a ransom for
- His resurrection from among the dead in the same body in which He was crucified, and His
second coming in power and great glory;
- The total depravity of man through the Fall;
- Salvation--the effect of regeneration by the Spirit and the Word--not by works nor by
virtue of baptism or any other rite or ritual of the Church, but by grace through faith in
- The everlasting bliss of the saved, and the everlasting suffering of the lost in Hell;
- The real spiritual unity in Christ of all those redeemed by His precious blood;
- The necessity of maintaining, according to the Word of Cod, the purity of the Church in
doctrine and life;
- The cessation of apostolic/sign gifts with the completion of the canon of Scripture;
- The duty of a pure and separated church to "earnestly contend for the faith which
was once delivered unto the saints" and militantly oppose Romanism, Ecumenism,
Materialism, Communism, and every other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.
Section 1. Constituent Members
Constituent membership in the Council shall be open to all those denominations and
associations of Bible-believing churches the world over which, by official action, approve
and accept the preamble and the doctrinal statement of the Constitution. No denomination,
association of churches, Bible-believing society, or individual churches affiliated with.
or represented in any manner by, the World Council of Churches (WCC) or any of its
affiliates the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF or any of its affiliates, the
International Council of Christian Churches (ICCC) or any of its affiliates, the modern
Charismatic Movement, or the Ecumenical Movement shall be considered for membership In the
Applications when received shall be acted upon by the Council itself or by any
committee to which the Council may delegate this power. All actions of such a committee
are subject to review. When voting upon applications, a two-thirds majority vote shall be
necessary for admission.
Section 2. Consultative Members
Individual churches and particular churches or any church belonging to a denomination
associated with or represented in any manner by the World Council of Churches (WCC) or any
of its affiliates, the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) or any of its affiliates, the
International Council of Christian Churches (ICCC) or any of its affiliates, the modern
Charismatic Movement. or the Ecumenical Movement, which approve and accept the Preamble
and Doctrinal Statement of the Council and shall be received by an organized regional
association of independent churches of the WCBC shall have the privilege of representation
Section 3. Members at Large
Council members at large will be seated who are representatives of schools, mission
boards, evangelistic associations, publications, and/or any other fundamentalist
Section 4. Membership Application
Application for membership must be made through the regional council, when such exists,
or--in the absence of a regional council--directly to the Council. In the latter case
approved applicants will become regional councils.
Section 5. Careful Acceptance of Members
The Council through its Credentials Committee, shall make careful investigation of the
doctrinal standards and spiritual condition of every body applying for membership. Every
applicant for membership shall furnish its confessional statements and also statistics of
the number of its churches, of its clergy, and of its lay membership. Upon recommendation
of this Credentials Committee these applicants shall be considered for membership.
The Executive Committee shall include two members from each constituent body. Upon
approval of the Executive Committee, members at large will be seated who are
representatives of schools, mission boards, evangelistic associations, publications, and
any other fundamentalist organizations. Members at large shall be limited to no more than
one-third of the number of constituent members on the Executive Committee. No one shall
serve on the Executive Committee without first becoming a member of the World Council of
A duly elected member representative from each country covered by the regional and not
represented by the regional chairman shall be part of the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Executive Offices
The executive offices of the Council shall be: Chairman, Vice Chairman, General
Secretary, Recording Secretary and Assistant, Treasurer and Assistant and the president or
chairman of each member regional. Elections will be held will held annually, either in
executive meetings held in conjunction with a regional congress or in a world-wide
congress. Due notice of all meetings where business is conducted shall be sent to all
Executive Committee members at least 45 days in advance of the meeting. Full, accurate
minutes of the meeting shall be sent within one month of the convening date of the
The Council Chairman shall not succeed himself in office for more than three one-year
terms. He shall again be eligible for office after not holding the office for at least one
The Executive Committee shall have the power to conduct ad interim business of the
Council, subject to examination and approval by the next called meeting of the Council.
Section 3. Voting
Voting at meetings is extended to constituent and consultative members on a
representative basis. Each body shall be entitled to send up to ten delegates. Those
churches not part of a representative body shall have no more than one vote. Others may
attend as observers. Delegates shall present proper credentials from a responsible officer
of the body they represent, which credentials shall be submitted to the Credentials
Committee. Both ministers and laymen are encouraged to serve. Alternate delegates may be
chosen by participating bodies.
Section 4. Committees and Commissions
Commissions and committees shall be appointed by the Council, or by the
Executive Committee, as shall be necessary from time to time. Commissions and committees
shall report to congresses, as the Executive Committee may direct. All members of
committees shall be members of constituent or consultative bodies belonging to the
A Credentials Committee of no more than twelve (12) made up of an equal number of
Executive Committee members and non-Executive Committee members, elected annually, shall
examine applications, credentials, and procedural matters properly brought before it. The
Credentials Committee shall report to the Executive Committee operating as an independent
examining committee in matters properly referred to it, and such reports are to be
embodied in reports and recommendations brought before the Council through the Executive
Section 5. Quorum
A simple majority of the officers and members of the Executive Committee constitutes a
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1. Nominations
The Executive Committee, or a committee chosen by the same, shall present nominations
to a Council meeting, following which nominations from the floor shall be in order.
Section 2. Elections
Elections in a Council meeting shall be held near the conclusion of the sessions,
officers and committees taking office immediately at the close of the Council meeting.
They shall hold office until the conclusion of the following Council meeting.
Functions Of The Council
World-wide congresses, regional congresses and executive meetings shall be held and
shall be considered to be representative meetings of the Council. The functions of the
Council shall be:
1. To promote a world-wide fellowship of Bible-believing churches and people for mutual
encouragement and help in the things of the Lord;
2. To encourage all member bodies to foster a loyal and aggressive revival of Bible
Christianity over all the world
3. To seek to awaken Christians everywhere to the insidious dangers of modernism and
call them to unity of mind and effort against all unbelief and compromise with Modernism,
Romanism cults, New Evangelicalism. or the Charismatic Movement, in the hope that-with the
blessing of God-this effort may result in a genuine spiritual reformation;
4. To undertake to do for the bodies belonging to the Council the things
which they can better do in cooperation than by themselves.
5. To maintain and defend by every proper means the rights of the member bodies and
associated bodies against external interference with their liberty to fulfill their
6. To arouse other Christian churches throughout the world to participate in the
7. To acquaint governments and the public at large with the fact that the Council alone
represents its member bodies in the matters which have been delegated to it by them and
that no other Council has any right to claim to be the voice of these bodies.;
8. To seek by every proper means to facilitate the missionary work of member bodies;
9. To encourage all members of the Council to promote on every continent, as God
enables, an educational system for all ages that shall have the Bible as its basis, to the
end that education may again become the handmaid of the Church rather than a foe to the
whole Christian conception of God and the world;
10. To encourage the members of the Council to promote the use of such Christian
literature as shall be found in harmony with the Word of God and the doctrinal statement
of the World Council of Biblical Churches.
11. To advance steadfastly the Christian mode of life in society at large in the hope
that we may be able to retard the progress of atheistic and pagan ideologies under any
name, of loose morality and of godlessness, which have become such alarming threats to the
Christian life in our times.
AUTHORITY OF THE COUNCIL
1. The Council shall have no authority to act for any member in any matter that has not
been delegated to the Council by that body. It may, however, offer counsel and advice to
members and suggest oppportut'ties for action in matters of common interest. The
Council does not seek organic union of its member bodies nor will it trespass in any way
upon their autonomy.
2. The Council may act on matters committed to it by any of its member bodies within
the scope of its purpose.
3. The Council and its Executive Committee shall have power to call world and regional
conferences on any subject or occasion which in the judgment of either is deemed
sufficiently important to warrant such a conference.
4. The Council and the Executive Committee shall have the right to dismiss any
constituent or consultative body for proved cause. In case any question should arise as to
the fitness of any body belonging to the Council, a Council meeting-on its own initiative
or by request of any two constituent members~may cite such body to appear before the
Council, and if the charges are proved. such member shall be dismissed. A two-thirds
majority shall be necessary for such dismissal.
1. Accountability of the Council to perpetuate its Biblical witness as envisioned by
its founders and as set forth in this Constitution shall be zealously maintained by its
Executive and Credentials Committees.
2. The Credentials Committee shall act as a balance to the Executive Committee to
examine credentials, to inspect applications, and to monitor procedural matters properly
brought before it. The committee shall make reports to the Executive Committee, and its
findings are to be made part of reports and recommendations made to the Council.
There shall be a Finance Committee, which shall function in cooperation with the
treasurer and his assistant and other officers of the Council. Full and complete certified
audits shall be made of the books of the Council. The committee shall be responsible for
full financial disclosure.
The World Council of Biblical Churches shall look to God to supply financial support of
its work on a wholly voluntary basis, especially through its cooperating bodies.
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Amendments to this Constitution may be made by any Council meeting or by the Executive
Committee. If by the Council in a regular meeting it shall be by no less than a two-thirds
vote; if by the Executive Committee, the amendment must be submitted to all constituent
and consultative bodies, and if no objection is made by any such body within a year, the
amendment shall go into effect.
By-laws may be adopted by the World Council of Biblical Churches meeting as a council
or by its Executive Committee as occasion may require. The By-laws may be amended by a
majority vote of the Council or by a two-thirds vote of Executive Committee members
present. In the latter case, the amendment shall go into effect ad interim but must be
submitted for approval to the next Council meeting.
The following committees are recommended to be elected: executive, credentials,
The following commissions are recommended to be elected. evangelism education,
information and publicity. missions archaeology and research relief, international
affairs, youth. radio-video-film and others as they are necessary.