Independent Baptist Fellowship International

The Independent Baptist Fellowship International or IBFI is an organization of fundamentalist Independent Baptist pastors and missionaries. IBFI was formed in May 1984 at Fort Worth, Texas. The organization’s founding resulted from a controversy concerning Arlington Baptist College, an educational arm of the World Baptist Fellowship. The controversy arose when Raymond W. Barber, then President of the WBF, made accusations concerning the college. The directors of the Bible Baptist Seminary had created a new Junior College in conjunction with the seminary. Barber charged that this decision subsequently allowed the seminary to die. Although he did not reveal the real issue, Rev. Barber publicly claimed that the school was straying from the original purpose of its founder J. Frank Norris, in seeking accreditation. He also believed that the school was beginning to endorse the Christian doctrines of Calvinism, and even went so far as to charge some of the faculty with promoting Hyper-Calvinism. He was not alone in his concerns, and over the course of about 5 years, was able to amass a strong following of Pastors and school faculty members who shared his opposition to the direction the school was taking (although he never once mentioned the issue of Calvinism to some of his supporters). Many unfortunate decisions were made during this time, including the filing of a lawsuit, by Barber and two of his fellow Pastors, against Earl Oldham, the recently retired President of the college. The lawsuit was an attempt to force the Arlington Baptist College to revert to its original name, Bible Baptist Seminary, and its original purpose. The controversy that took place only hurt the WBF as churches began dropping their monthly support of the fellowship mission agency and college, weary of the fighting that was stunting the fellowship’s growth. Because Barber lost the lawsuit, by 1984, he claimed to have no other choice but to break his allegiance to the WBF and begin the IBFI fellowship.

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