By Ifeanyi Ezugwu
October 28, 2013
Anglican Bishops in Nigeria and the entire Bishops (sic) of Anglican communion in the entire Global South has threatened once again to pull out from the Church of England, if the Archbishop of Canterbury continues to recognize gay marriages, homosexuality, lesbianism and all other forms of social vices that permits same sex marriage.
The Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Church of Nigeria, Anglican communion, Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Olisa Chukkwuma, disclosed this to newsmen over the weekend,at Akanu Ibiam international airport,Enugu on his arrival from Nairobi,Kenya, where he attended the meeting of Global conference of all Anglican Bishops, GAFCON.
Bishop Chukwuma, who returned from the conference abode an Ethiopian Airline with some other Anglican Bishops from the Eastern part of the country,said the entire Bishops of Anglican communion under GAFCON,which covers the nations of the ‘Global South’ spoke with one voice,stating that the sanctity of the Marriage institution as prescribed in the Holy Bible,which says it must be between a man and woman,must be maintained without compromise.
According to Bishop Chukwuma, the conference cautioned that if the church of England continues to recognize gay priests, marriage between two same sex, lesbianism or homosexuals, GAFCON will be left with no other option than to severe (sic) relationship with church of England. He stressed that enough of this caution has been transmitted to the Bishop (sic) of Canterbury, who is the global head of the Anglican churches, worldwide.
He stressed that Anglican Bishops also deliberated on other societal issues threatening the survival of humanity in the world and prayed seriously for them to be subdued. He mentioned issues as terrorism, increasing global unemployment and joblessness ravaging the world, the rapid poverty among African nations and also the threat which Islam poses to the survival of Christianity.
The Bishop of Enugu disclosed that the Anglican Bishops of the entire Global South, will still boycott the next lambent (sic) conference, which is a conference of all Anglican Bishops, held every ten years in England, if the Church of England do not repent from recognizing and tolerating gay marriages, homosexualism (sic) etc.
He revealed that over 450 Bishops from Nigeria attended the conference stating,’There is future for the Anglican Church. Right now, we have reaffirmed to uphold the sanctity of the Holy Bible, to defend out (sic) faith. We are not going to compromise.We have made this known to the Archbishop of Canterbury and even to the whole Europe and America that there is no compromise, as far as the scripture is concerned. So if they don’t repent, we are ready to go on our own in defense of our belief in the scripture and Anglicanism‘.
This gem of a Statement – from one of the Nigerian bishops present at Gafcon II, affecting to speak for “the entire Bishops (sic) of Anglican communion in the entire Global South – (para 1) – taken directly from the ‘virtueonline’ website – threatens schism within the world-wide Anglican Communion, in the event of the Church of England not ‘repenting’ of its intention to accommodate the spiritual needs of Gay people within its polity and theological overview.
One wonders whether, in the light of the sentiments here quoted, the good bishop is really speaking for all of the Global South Primates, or only the ‘Primates Council of the Gafcon’, which are two different, but similarly aligned, entities.
As there were at least two bishops from Provinces which are not part of the Gafcon group – from ACANZP (Nelson), and the Australian Anglican Province (Sydney); it would be very interesting to learn whether these two bishops would be prepared to follow the lead of this Nigerian Bishop – whose rhetorical statement may just have exceeded what his fellow Gafcon prelates might have agreed to admit to.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand