The International Council of Christian Churches was founded in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on August 4, 1948. The First Congress met in the historic English Reformed Church, where our Pilgrim fathers worshipped before coming to the New World.

The apostate World Council of Churches was formed that same year in Amsterdam. The ICCC was determined to stand against apostasy, and “for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:9).

The Preamble of the ICCC Constitution states the reasons for the founding of the Council:


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 confessing churches, by which apostasy whole denominations in their official capacity as well as individual churches, have been swept into a paganizing stream of Modernism under various names and in varying degrees; and

Whereas, there has been a notable growth of autocratic denominations on the part especially of Modernistic leaders, by whom the rightful powers of true churches are often usurped and are now being usurped; and

Whereas, the commands of God to His people to be separate from all unbelief and corruption are clear and positive; and 

Whereas, we believe the times demand the formation of a worldwide agency for fellowship and cooperation on the part of Bible-believing churches for the proclamation and defense of the Gospel, for the maintenance of a testimony pure, steadfast and worldwide to those great facts and revealed truths of historic Christianity and especially to the great doctrines of the Protestant Reformation, for the accomplishment of tasks which can better be done in cooperation than separately, and to facilitate the discharge of the obligations which inhere in the Commission of Christ to His Church to make known the Gospel of Christ to every kindred and tongue and tribe and nation;

Therefore, the bodies of various nationalities and languages forming this Council, do now establish it as an agency, without compromise or evasion, unreservedly dedicated as a witness to “the faith once for all delivered unto the saints.”