NOTE: The Christian Observer magazine issued the following news report on 20 March 2002:
The last of the 20th Century's Fighting Fundamentalists has been called to glory. Only eternity will tell of the countless souls rescued from cults and the modernist churches due to the influence of this man" commented Dr. Morris McDonald of the Presbyterian Missionary Union when word began to spread today that Dr. Carl McIntire had passed away late on March 19, at Virtua Health Center in Voorhees, New Jersey.
Born May 17, 1906, McIntire was just short of 96 at the time of his death.
An exhaustive preacher, writer, and publisher, McIntire was best known for his motto "A man who will not use his freedom to defend his freedom does not deserve his freedom." In support of his causes, Dr. McIntire published the Christian Beacon newspaper, preached on the 20th Century Reformation Hour, and at various times directed the American Council of Christian Churches and the International Council of Christian Churches.
Dr. McIntire started his ministerial career in Collingswood and served the congregation there from 1933 for more than 60 years. Under his leadership the church left the Presbyterian Church (USA) as the flag ship congregation of what would become the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the Bible Presbyterian Church, and a large portion of the Presbyterian Church in America. Though originally partners in supporting the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, Dr. Gresham Machen and Dr. Carl McIntire moved in different directions after the break with the Northern Presbyterian Church. Machen became identified with Westminster Seminary while McIntire developed Faith Seminary.
According to Bible Presbyterian sources Dr. K.C. Quek, the General Secretary of the ICCC will fly from Singapore to participate in the funeral which is scheduled for March 26 at 1 PM in the Bible Presbyterian church of Collingswood, New Jersey.
My husband and I and our children became Bible Presbyterians in 1963.Because we moved frequently we received Dr. McIntire's Sunday Sermons on tape for 40 years What a blessing they have been to us for that many years. Our children worked at the Christian Admiral Hotel in Cape May, N.J. and we all spent many happy times there with others of like preciouis faith and met so many lovely Christians who were also vacationing there. We are still in fellowship with many of them today. And my! what wonderful messages we heard, and the singing of the hymns by so many was wonderful. Through the years, my husband and I have been to the Collingswood Bible Presbyterian Church on many wonderful occasions. The last time was when we attended Dr. McIntire.s funeral. My! that was a wonderful time of exhalting the Lord Jesus Christ in all of His glory as Dr. McIntire would not have wanted himself to be praised. We feel as though we have been faithfully instructed in the things of the Lord as we have heard Dr. McIntire expound the Scriptures and make them relevant to the day in which we live. Dr. and Mrs. McIntire have been guests in our home, and such a joy it was to be to be able to entertain them. We thank the Lord for raising up Dr. McIntire for such a time as this and look forward to the day when we will again see and talk to him in Heaven, after first seeing our lovely Lord Jesus Christ whom he preached faithfully and loved.
Dr. Carl McIntire has been called to Glory, that is the wish of every True Christian. Yet it has made the Easter glommy for us. I personaly knew Dr. McIntire since 15th March 1968. I happened to be the first person who met him in Pakistan and trhe last person who met him in Pakistan on 27th January 1995. He was a true soldier of our Lord and has left an example for all who love Lord Jesus Christ how to fight the "evil" that is prevailing in the church today. I know for sure that he is right now with Lord Jesus Christ where he belonged. Dear Dr. McIntire we will miss you.
I suppose that I should add my testimony to the ministry of Dr. Carl McIntire. Having grown up under his ministry and worked at the Christian Admiral Hotel in Cape May, NJ, I recognize that he was not perfect. However, I will never forget the night when Dr. McIntire preached a powerful message to the youth of the Collingswood Bible Presbyterian Church on giving your life to the Lord for Christian service. I was sixteen, and God had been dealing with me for some time about being a preacher of the gospel. The power and presence of God was so mighty during that message that I was near collapse with conviction as I sat in the back of the church with other uninterested youth. I remember Dr. McIntire coming down from the pulpit after that message and leading the congregation in the hymn, â€śI Surrender All.â€ť I knew, at that very moment, that God was definitely calling me to the ministry, but I was too afraid to obey. As some of my friends went forward to express their willingness to serve the Lord in whatever capacity, others ran out of the back of the church under tremendous conviction. I sat in the seat fighting tears. This particular service bothered me every day for one full year. Finally I met with Dr. McIntire to tell him that God had been dealing with me about the ministry and that I could not run from His call any longer. Dr. McIntireâ€™s face lit up, and he said in a very quiet, convicted tone, â€śWell amen Dave!â€ť He encouraged me on in Godâ€™s service even after I left the Bible Presbyterian Church.
I heard Dr. McIntire preach at the Bible Presbyterian Church in the early 1990's. The church was practically empty, but he preached as if the building was packed with people. He preached with great conviction, as only a few preachers I have ever heard.
His message was based on the text, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
I thank the Lord for Dr. McIntire's kindness to me. He took time to speak with me at length after the service and gave me a copy of his book on Hebrews 11.
It was 1963...& as a 13 year old & a new Christian, I heard Dr. McIntire on the radio in Vicksburg, MS. I recall listening to him & "Amen" Charlie Richter on the 20th Century Reformation Hour, & then on Sunday afternoons, the re-broadcast of the morning worship service from the Collingswood church. Dr. McIntire was a man like Elijah when it came to standing for truth....& he didn't mind doing it even when it wasn't popular. I recall his sermons on Elijah & the prophets of baal....what an encourager he was to me then & now. I never got the chance to meet him in person, but can look forward to that one day. I can only praise God for raising up this man....& for blessing me as a recipient of his ministry. He was truly one who taught the scriptures & sought to apply them to all of life...one who said, "This is the Way...Walk ye in it." My prayer is that the Lord will raise up others with that same spirit for His Glory.
As a boy, my parents (Pastor Gary Cox and Sally Cox) took my siblings and I to Dr. McIntire's famous beautiful hotel in Cape May, NJ - The Christian Admiral. I remember hearing Dr. McIntire preach in the 1980s at the hotel on Sunday evenings. It's too bad that they had to demolish that wonderful old hotel, but I will always treasure the memories that God gave us there.