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Communist

Influence

Baptist

in the World Alliance

Jraw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of

speak

peace to

their

their

neighbors, but

mischief

hearts."

Psalm 28:3.

is

in

iniquity, which

.

by Carl Mclntire

O N JUNE 22 of this year a chartered Air France plane

brought to Galeon Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, five Russian Baptists accompanied by dele- gates from Hungary, Czecho- slovakia, Poland, Yugoslovia, and other European countries. They came to attend the Tenth Congress of the Baptist World Alliance (June 26 to July 3) which claims to represent 23,- 000,000 Baptists. Jakov Zhidov, the 76 year old veteran at such Congresses, headed the dele- gation. With him was loqua- cious Artur Mitskevitch.

"The lie is the great sin," said Mitskevitc h as h e got off the plane carrying his Bible, "and the one who affirms that in Russia there is no freedom of religion is a liar and is sin- ning against God." Stanislav Svec, secretary of the Baptist

Union in Czechoslovakia, de- clared, "As for the clash be- tween the Communist and Cap- italist bloc, I believe it will terminate through peaceful co- existence."

These delegates from the Iron Curtain countries preach- ed Khrushchev's line from the moment they reached the city until the conclusion of the Con- gress. Public interest and the attention of the press centered upon them as the conflict de- veloped. These Communists presented a spectacular and most effective use of religion to the Western world.

T h e tactic of infiltrating and using religion is one of the Reds major strategies. Ben- jamin Gitlow, former Commu- nist Party leader in the United States, testified, "Th e Commu- nist policy for the Communist

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infiltration of religion is a mat- ter of tactics in the war against

capitalism and religion

enlisting thei r suppor t for So- viet Russia and for the various campaigns in which the Com- munists were interested." Her- bert Philbrick, for nine years an F.B.I, undercover spy, has writ- ten, "It is no accident that your church is the number one tar- get of the Communist conspir- acy." Yuri Rastvorov, for II years an MVD secret agent for the Kremlin, testified before the United States Senate In- ternal Security Subcommittee, April 12, 1956, that the Krem- lin "keeps the church under complete control" in Russia.

for

"Report on the Communist 'Peace' Offensive—A Campaign to Disarm and Defeat the United States," a 1951 report by the Un-American Activities Committee, concluded that "the most dangerous hoax ever devised by the international Communist conspiracy is the curren t worldwid e 'peace ' of- fensive." Th e tactics of the Red delegates in Brazil demon- strated clearly that the 'peace' offensive movement has gained momentum since 1951.

W

HOEVER

ARRANGED

th e

program for the Tent h

Congress set the stage perfectly

for these Red propagandists. Th e Saturday session was de- voted to "Peace." Immediately preceding the report of the Commission on World Peace, Jakov Zhidkov delivered the devotional address on "The Lord of Peace." Quoting the Scripture s for support , h e of- fered the leadership of the So- viet Government in behalf of peace and disarmament as the only leadership behind which all Christians of the world could unite.

In this "devotional" context, Zhidkov preached his Commu- nism. He used the historic Communist phrase, "the de- fense of peace," and said, "Th e Christians of the Soviet Union were especially active in this respect." This refers, of course, to the two Communist World Peace Congresses, Paris, April 20-23, 1949, and Warsaw, No- vember 16-22, 1950. Both of these Congresses were partly organized by Zhidkov, and both were cited by the Committee on Un-American Activities of the House of Representatives as Communist. Zhidkov also helped launc h the famous Stockholm Peace Appeal held March 16-29, 1950. Th e HUAC in its "Report 378" called this, "the boldest and most far reach- ing maneuver of the whole Communist peace movement."

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Of Khrushchev's deceptive peace and universal disarma- ment proposal before the Uni- ted nations (which was nothing but a ruse in the Soviet's cold war thrust), Zhidkov declared, "In September 1959, the Soviet Government submitted to the United States a Declaration for universal and complete dis- This most hu- man Declaration can become the only basis which will unite all Christian Churches for ac- tivities in one direction—to

beat all swords into plowshares, and all spears into pruning- ." Zhidkov insisted, "This Declaration must be dear to the hearts of all Christians, as dear as are the words of the Bible in the book of the pro-

phet Isaiah

."

The Baptist World Alliance has been carefully infiltrated and thousands of Baptists de- luded by this "peace" line. Zhidkov climaxed his useful- ness to the Kremlin in this bold and sanctimonious appeal. But when he finished, a strained hush fell over the great assem- bly—no one applauded!

This propagandizing b y Communist representatives was anticipated by various Baptist interests in Latin America, par- ticularly in Brazil; and an in- vitation was extended to Dr. Kenneth R. Kinney, pastor of

the First Baptist Church of Johnson City of New York, and to myself, as president of the International Council of Chris- tian Churches, to come to Rio to question this practice and to present the issue to the Bap- tists throughout the world.

D

R.

arrived

a t Galeo n Airpor t th e af-

KINNE Y

AND

I

ternoon following the Russians. A reporter explained to us that the Russians had insisted they were not "agents" but had come only for "religious purposes." We replied that we did not ex- pect them to say, "We have come to be spies for the Krem- lin." W e had prepared a 72- page document containing evi- dence of Communist treacher- ies and infiltrations entitled, The Russian Baptists, Propa- gandists for Stalin and Khru- shchev, in hopes of exposing some of the masquerading mi- nisters. A reporter from O Globo, Rio's largest evening newspaper, confronted the Rus- sian Baptists with this docu- mentation (in spite of the fact that Congress officials had re- quested the press in Rio not to ask embarrassing questions or seek special stories from the Moscow delegates, implying that they were laboring under difficult circumstances and that

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it might hurt them on their return) Artur Mitskevitch, of the Russian delegation, said the paper was "wholly false," claime d tha t th e infamous Sa- gorsk Peace Conference was "apocryphal," and again insist- ed the State has not interfered with the Baptist Church in Moscow.

Dr. Theodore F. Adams, president of the Baptist World Alliance, never ceased to de- fend the men from Russia as "good Baptists." H e was re- ported on one paper as having said, "I do not have knowledge of any Communist infiltration of the Baptist World Alliance. I can affirm that Alexander Karev and Jakov Zhidkov, vic- tims of the accusations, are men above any suspicion." General Secretary Dr. Arnold T . Ohrn, Washington, D. C , was out- raged by the attack upon the "good" men from Moscow and he insisted a Communist could not be a Baptist. These honor- able but misguided men failed to recognize that the commu- nists have seduced church ad- ministrators and made them their mouthpieces and vassals, and they also fail to realize that the Kremlin has instructed its own secret agents to join the churches for purposes of sub- version.

T o

me,

the

most

awesome

and frightening aspect of the communist use of the platform of the Tent h Congress, came on the opening Sunday after- noon when 65 flags were un- furled in alphabetical order. When the USSR, which follow- ed the USA, was displayed, the hammer and sickle got the loudest and most prolonged ap- plause given any flag, dwarfing that received by the Stars and Stripes. Comrade Mitskevitch acknowledged the thunderous applause in true Khrushchevian manner: smiling, gesturing grandiosely with one hand while holding aloft with his other hand—the Bible.

A

T

THE

CONCLUSION

of

th e

service, the pastor of the

First Ukranian Baptist Church, Sao Paulo, Brazil, said to me as he stood in a company of other Ukranians, "The red on that flag is the blood of my people." The hangman of the Ukraine, Nikita Khrushchev, has so ma- nipulated the Baptist churches that his flag received the great- est tribute among all the flags presented to the Baptist World Alliance.

The International Council of Christian Churches, repre- senting 64 Protestant denomi- nations and associations of churches, presented a formal

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petition to the Tenth Congress of the Baptist World Alliance. Although it is proper tor one church to overture another, the petition was ignored and was never formally reported to the Congress. It quoted a recent ad- dress by Dr. Robert G. Lee, Memphis, Tennessee. In the June, 1960 Baptist Journal,

Christ for

the

World,

he

had

said:

The churches in Russia were burned or turned into amuse- ment centers or museums, and hundreds of thousands of churches liquidated until Rus- sia was literally turned into a human slaughter house. There, Christians were dragged from their beds and sliced to pieces bit by bit or branded with hot irons, even poking out their eyes to produce untold pain. Others were placed in boxes with their heads and hands and legs sticking out. Then hungry rats would be placed in the boxes to gnaw upon their bodies. Many were tied to horses and dragged through the streets of the city, while the mob pommeled them with rocks and kicked them to death. Pregnant Christian women were chained to trees and their unborn babies cut out of them. Many Christians were forced to dig their graves and then were slowly buried alive.

The petition further specified:

The propaganda of these agents for the Kremlin in- cludes the claim of full reli- gious liberty in Russia, leader- ship in the Communist World Peace Councils, signing of eulogies to Stalin, the presen- tation of peaceful coexistence in the same terminology used by Khrushchev, the charging that the West used bacterio- logical warfare in Korea, the demanding of total disarma- ment and the ban on nuclear testing without safeguards, and the recent endorsement of Khrushchev's conduct at the Paris Conference. These agents have gone so far as to equate Christianity with Communism and have declared that the Soviet government during the course of the past 40 years has 'acted according to the high ideals precious to Christianity, for these are also the ideals in- herent in the Gospel and taught by Jesus Christ.'

HE

PETITION

CONCLUDED:

We appeal to the Baptist World Alliance to renounce any further collaboration or peaceful coexistence with these propagandists and to repudiate all Communist use of religion by identifying the subtle Com- munist propaganda and dis- lodging its spokesmen from all positions within the churches

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of the free world. We call upon the Baptist World Alliance to join in a vigorous Christian crusade to win the cold war to the end that righteousness may be exalted among nations and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as revealed in the Scriptures, may be faithfully preached.

Not only was the petition ig- nored, bu t the delegates from the Iron Curtain countries were always cast in the most influ- ential spiritual roles. Th e Rev. Iaszlo Szabo from Communist Hungary, president of the Bap- tist Union of Hungary, opened the Tuesday morning session with prayer. Th e Rev. Vaclav Tomes of Prague, president of the Baptist Union of Czechoslo- vakia, opened the Wednesday morning session with prayer. The Rev. Aleksander Kircun, Warsaw, Poland, president of the Baptist Union of Poland, opened the Monday evening session with prayer. None of their prayers were translated, but the record of these men over the years, praising Com- munism and the Red regime, make their praying a travesty of Christianity.

T h e

Hungarian

C h u r c h

Press, February 15, 1959, pub-

lished by Bishop Dr. Lajos Ve-

to, a member of the Commu-

nist parliament (incidentally a

member of the Central Com-

mittee of the World Council of Churches, too) reports the declaration signed by the lead- ers of the churches in Com- munist Hungary in behalf of the tenth anniversary of the launching of the World Peace Council. Baptist president, Laszlo Szabo, is one the spon- sors of the declaration. Th e declaration "protests against the arming of Western Ger- many with atomic weapons, against rocket bases under con- struction in England, West German, Italy and elsewhere, the English and European ex- periments with atomic weapons and rockets, the system of mili- tary bases and the artificially treated lack of confidence." "Then it is explained in the declaration how decisive has been the role played by the World Peace Council in trans- forming the moral public opin-

ion of the world in favor of the

idea of

we offer our thanksgiving to God, but we wholeheartedly thank also all those who have fought, in a true spirit and with dedication, for the cause of peace, above all, to the lead- ers and workers of the World Peace Council."

For all this

C

ZECHOSLOVAKIA

enough

whose

to

was

bold

three

for Com-

send

agents

stand

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munism has been boldly pro- claimed in the widely circulat- ed "Conference of the Baptist Unity in Czechoslovakia," pub- lished by the Baptist Unity of Prague. Reporting their Unity Conference, December 12-13, 1953, these men declared: "We can unfold our religious life with unrestricted

It is for the first time in

history of our church that the preachers of all our congrega- tions live in material security." Glorious Communism gave them such! There are only 26 Czech congregations, but Pas- tor Tomes audaciously insisted, "Our members participated with a great joy in various peace and cultural activities we may boldly say that our members are working exem- plarily in their occupations and in the fight for peace and a better future." This is the same Pastor Tomes who literally drove the nails in the coffins of his brethren who were exe- cuted because, as Christians, they resisted godless Commu- nism. Tomes hypocritically con- fesses, "We have, however, to admit one painful fact which affected very deeply the life of ou r Church . W e mus t say with a great sorrow that several of our pastors, among whom were many who had a leading posi- tion in the Church, misused the

the

confidence which we and our country bestowed upon them and got involved in an activity which had nothing to do with religious and church life." Then, to confess his complete obedience to the state, he wrote: "But even though a number of our pastors were guilty of such acts, the activities of our church were not affect- ed. The best evidence of this fact is today's conference. Rep- resentatives of the State express- ed their trust in us and thus the peaceful life of our Church is safeguarded."

In their formal report, the Czech delegates ha d this to say concerning their liquidated

ac-

tions they endangered the re- sults of the diligent labor of the whole nation and they were also punished accordingly. It was with a deep sadness that we witnessed confessions of their grave guilt."

brethren : "By their illegal

Moscow itself, the birthplace of the infiltrative tactics, has deigned to retain only one Protestant Church, the Evan- gelical Baptist. Th e reason this church has been allowed to re- main is that the Baptist World Alliance has built influence in its 55 year existence, and the Communists can now control and exploit it successfully. The y use this organization for

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the issuance of propaganda, and the church in Moscow, which is owned by the Com- munists, has become their

head-

quarters of Zhidkov and Alex- ander Karev have recently been enlarged; J:hey ride around in the iinrst of Russian automo- biles; Evangelist Billy Graham commended their work; and President Eisenhower wa s scheduled to worship in this one church, had he gone to Moscow.

great show-place. Th e

T HE BAPTIST Messenger, their one organ, is packed

full of the Communist propa- ganda. On the first page of the last issue of Messenger in 1957 is a greeting to the Soviet Gov- ernment, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Octo- ber Revolution. It claimed, "Th e Soviet government dur- ing the course of the past 40 years has acted according to the high ideals precious to Chris- tianity, for these are also the ideals inherent in the Gospel and taught by Jesus Christ." Again, "A fellowship is daily built up on the USSR which in all areas of life is recreating the righteousness of the King- dom of God." Zhidkov and Karev were among the 12 Baptists who signed this greet- ing.

Th e famous Sagorsek Peace Conference, 1952, with Zhidkov signing the letter to Stalin,

claimed that Josef Wissariono- witsch (Stalin) is "the beloved leader of the countries of our great state and the wise pilot of its policy of peace and the standard bearer of the peace of the whole world." They insist- ed, "We esteem your courage, your efforts, and your consis- tency in the execution of the

." and assert-

policy of peace

ed, "our strong belief in the final victory of our righteous cause." These are "good Bap- tists" rejoicing over Commu- nism.

The depth with which this Communist infiltration had taken hold on the Baptist World Alliance is fantastic. Th e permanent Peace Commis- sion has on it the Rev. Stanis- lav Svec of Czechoslovakia. Th e Resolutions Committee of the Conference included Zhidkov and his son Michael (their meeting produced nothin g which reflected adversely in any way upon Communists o r the satellite lands.) Th e Nominat- ing committee includes Mitske vitch and Kircun, who placed themselves on the Executive Committee. Michael Zhidkov and Alexey Stoyan also took part in the Youth Section. Ja- kov Zhidkov was re-elected

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vice-president for the next five years.

Th e first results of this Com- munist play to the Baptists manifested itself in 1946 when the then president of the South- ern Baptist Convention, Dr. Louie D. Newton and Dr. Ralph Sockman, a Methodist, were invited to Russia. Dr. Newton's report, with an in- troduction by Bishop G. Brom- ly Oxnam, then president of the Federal Council of Church- es, was circulated in this coun- try by the Communist Party of Illinois, and was published by the American-Russian Institute (which the Attorney General's office declared Communist.)

Th e June 1960 issue of the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board's publication Open Win- dows, ran a devotional entitled, "Our Example of Prayer" which eulogized the Moscow Baptist Church as an example of prayer and accessions by baptism, which "seem to be the key to the spiritual power of these Christians."

Thus, represented as men of faith and prayer, and as men serving under difficult circum- stances, the Russian Baptists were given the cloak and the cover which they desired for us-

ing of the Baptist World Al-

liance for the finest kind of Kremlin propaganda. Instead

of Christianity being used to re-

sist Communism and expose its subtleties, it is being used to

protect and defend the Red agents and propagandists from exposure by those who compre- hend the nature of their sub- version within the churches.

W

HEN THE COMMUNISTS

can

receive top level co-opera-

tion in broad daylight for such

a program, one wonders just

how effective is their under- ground conspiracy.

Th e Baptists in Rio first ap- plauded the Soviet flag; but their hesitancy in applauding Zhidkov's speech six days later may mean that many are be- ginning to have their misgiv- ings.

With all the controversy in the United States over the small reference in the Air Force Training Manual to "Com- munism in Religion" and the mention of the National Coun- cil of Churches, this diabolical use of the Baptist World Alli- ance by the Reds should alert every Christian and patriot to the reality and effectiveness of the Communist strategy.

The person who said walking is a lost art must be pretty lucky

he wants to

in always being able to park go.—Dan Bennett

his car close to where

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A BROOKLYN MAN returne d from a Texa s visit wit h a few trinket s

coats, four Cadillacs and stacks of money.

for his wife:

three mink

"How in the world did you come by this?" she gasped.

"Easy, sweetie. Bunch

of

us happened

to

be

in

Houston

over

Halloween and

we went

out

playing

trick-or-treat."

MA N

TODAY

is tha t

smart creatur e who can see a billio n years int o

space, bu t can't see aroun d

the next car.

His SPEECHMAKING OVER, the Congressman stepped from the hall in the Western town, gazed at the high mountains all around and took a deep breath.

"My, the air in these mountains is marvelous," he exclaimed,

"fabulous,

isn't it?"

"Fair to middlin,' fair to middlin,' " responded an old-timer

nearby. "But nothin' compared to what it was back in Roosevelt's

administration."

T o

BE INTELLIGENT

is only

luck;

it

is not

a merit, as many

believe

it

to be.

A

VOLUBLE THRONG was partaking of the after-theatre buffet in the

lounge of the Algonquin in New York. Two middle-aged ladies from Bloomington observed a waiter pass with a tray of three steaming frothy-topped cups.

"Oh, doesn't that look delicious?" they murmured and called the waiter over.

"What was that you served those gentlemen?" one asked.

"Irish coffee, madame. A cup of coffee with a shot of whiskey

and

T h e ladies mulled this for a moment and then one asked "It sounds delightful, but do you think you could make it for us with

Sanka?"

some cream on

top."

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