GAFCON London Meeting Spreads Anti-Gay Message

Communiqué from the GAFCON Primates Council

Grateful for the gracious guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the leadership of its Chairman, the Most Reverend Dr Eliud Wabukala, the GAFCON Primates Council met in London from April 24th to 26th, 2014.

1.    Following the success of our Nairobi Conference last October, at which over 1,300 delegates from 38 nations and 27 Provinces of the Anglican Communion were present, we have met to take counsel together and address the mandate we were given in the Nairobi Communiqué and Commitment to take forward the work of the GAFCON movement. We are determined and enthusiastic, and we look for the prayer and financial support of Anglicans around the world who long for a clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ as Lord.

2.    As was stated in the Nairobi Communiqué, we believe that the GAFCON movement is emerging as a faithful instrument of unity capable of gathering the majority of faithful Anglicans in communion globally. We are now taking practical steps to heal, renew and revitalize the Communion for future mission by growing our membership, improving the frequency and range of our communication and setting up networks, which will equip us to fulfill the Great Commission. We are already eagerly anticipating GAFCON 3 in 2018.

3.    We are prayerfully aware of the challenges that many of our brothers and sisters live with day by day in various parts of the world. We heard the tragic news of the recent massacres in Bor and Bentiu in South Sudan and the escalating of the conflict in South Sudan. We stand in solidarity with the Church in South Sudan in its appeal for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.  We express our deep sympathy to the families and communities of those who have died in the conflict and have been displaced. We pledge our ongoing prayer and material support, as able.

4.    We are also acutely aware of the ongoing violence against Christians in Northern Nigeria, and we stand in solidarity with the Anglican Church of Nigeria as it seeks to mediate peace and bring an end to the violence, and work towards genuine religious freedom in Nigeria. We pledge our prayers and urge the international community to support the Nigerian government and the Christian community to bring an end to the violence and provide comfort to the affected communities.

5.    We are equally concerned for the affected communities in Chile from the recent earthquake, terrorist attacks in Kenya, and the backlash from the international community in Uganda from their new legislation. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters and pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to sustain families and churches.

6.    The rich experience of sharing fellowship as we met in Nairobi encourages our sense of needing to maintain our common life in faithfulness to Christ. Meeting shortly after the recognition in English law of same sex marriage, which we cannot recognise as compatible with the law of God, we look to the Church of England to give clear leadership as moral confusion about the status of marriage in this country deepens. The Archbishop of Canterbury has rightly noted that the decisions of the Church of England have a global impact and we urge that as a matter of simple integrity, its historic and biblical teaching should be articulated clearly.

7.    We are particularly concerned about the state of lay and clerical discipline. The House of Bishops’ guidance that those in same sex marriages should be admitted to the full sacramental life of the church is an abandonment of pastoral discipline. While we welcome their clear statement that clergy must not enter same sex marriage, it is very concerning that this discipline is, apparently, being openly disregarded. We pray for the recovery of a sense of confidence in the whole of the truth Anglicans are called to proclaim, including that compassionate call for repentance to which we all need to respond in our different ways.

Finally, we gave thanks for the faithfulness and visionary leadership of Archbishop Robert Duncan who is shortly to retire as the Primate of the Anglican Church in North America. His ministry as the founding Primate has modeled for us what it means to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints with great courage and grace. He has built that which will last on the one foundation of Jesus Christ our Lord.

To God be the glory!

Primates present in London were:
The Most Rev’d Daniel Deng Bul, Archbishop, Episcopal Church of Sudan
The Most Rev’d Robert Duncan, Archbishop, Anglican Church in North America
The Most Rev’d Stanley Ntagli, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Uganda
The Most Rev’d Nicholas Okoh, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Nigeria (Vice Chairman)
The Most Rev’d Onesphore Rwaje, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Rwanda
The Most Rev’d Dr Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop, Anglican Church of Kenya (Chairman)
The Most Rev’d Tito Zavala, Presiding Bishop, Province of the Southern Cone

Also present:
The Most Rev’d Dr Peter Jensen, Diocese of Sydney, General Secretary
The Most Rev’d Peter J. Akinola, Church of Nigeria, Trustee
Most Rev’d Emmanuel Kolini, Anglican Church of Rwanda, Trustee
The Most Rev’d Dr Ikechi Nwosu, Anglican Church of Nigeria

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This act of pure chutzpah by The leaders of the GAFCON Provinces – aided and abetted by ex-leaders of the movement – including Peter Jensen, Peter Akinola and Emmanuel Kolini – in using a gathering in London, at the heart of the Church of England, to promote their corrosive anti-gay message to Anglicans around the world, is a stunning attempt to capture the high-ground in the present conflicts on gender and sexuality in the Anglican Communion. 

One can only hope that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York will resist this attempt to high-jack the historic Anglican Communion by telling these homophobic primates to look after their own problems currently being faced by the rank and file of people in their own countries – without seeking to impose their pre-enlightenment morality code on the rest of us in the Communion, who are looking to liberate our people from the prejudice that they – the GAFCON Primates – are seeking to impose on other Anglican Churches.

No doubt their incursion onto the London scene would have delighted ‘Bishop’ Minns and other Gafcon implants in the so-called Anglican Mission in England (AMiE), which was imported as an irritant to the Church of England’s movement towards the acceptance of LGBTI people within her ranks. However,  it could be that the Gafcon Primates’ direct attack on the legislation for Equal Marriage in the U.K. will give the Government some idea of the oppositional intentions of these foreign clerics, and the civic unrest that could be engendered by their presence in the U.K.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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4 Responses to GAFCON London Meeting Spreads Anti-Gay Message

  1. murraysmallbone says:

    Oh dear!!! What does one say that has not already been said in this ongoing GAFCON frothing at the mouth.An immediate reaction would be ” knickers” GAFCON.However we must apply brain and heart.
    Fr. Ron you are right to call it an act of chutzpah .GAFCON must have been in mass hysteria to announce this latest communique in London.
    How different the court lodging of Church of Christ pastors in North Carolina protesting that State’s ban on gay marriage.Vide blog “Queering the Church” posting today.!!!
    Bringing their poisonous communiques to London raises some questions.One wonders whether the U.K. Secretary of State has noticed.The Sec. of State has powers of exclusion of entry to the U.K. for persons engaged in activities which may give rise to social unrest on U.K. territory.It has been applied to other fundamentalists ;what a wheeze that would be!!
    Surely stirring up homophobia in London is just the same as what ABC. Justin Welby spoke about recently; viz. possibility of violent reprisal in certain countries on the back of legalisation of gay marriage in the U.K. and effects thereof if the C.of.E were to consent to such legislation.
    But one supposes our present ABC will let this meeting of GAFCON in London pass;as the truth is he supports their stance.
    Dissemination of what amount to hate speech on U.K. soil is a criminal offence
    Foreign episcopal oversight in the U.K. remains problematic;i.e.GAFCON type implants.Queen Victoria’s comment on the Roman establishment of hierarchy in England- “But, we already have Bishops, and anyway I appoint Bishops” is apposite.
    One sadly notes the presence of Sydney’s arch neo-Puritan at this conference whose estimation of the C.of E was never a “high” one; far too unscriptural in all respects.

    We await further communiques from the pre_Enlightenment “Episcopi flagrantes”.
    To tie a bouquet in all this, it is worth remembering John Henry Newman’s words;” A Party does not a Church make”

    Jesu mercy ! Mary pray.!

  2. kiwianglo says:

    Thank you Murray, for your contribution here. It looks as though the Church of England will not rush to condemn the blatant homophobic statement of the Gafcon Primates after their recent U.K. Meeting. Such overt oppositional speech against government legislation would certainly not be tolerated in any of the Gafcon home states. That alone speaks of the difference between Gafcon and the rest of us in the Anglican Communion.

  3. davidearle says:

    I am really intrigued that they only reference they make to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s comments are “The Archbishop of Canterbury has rightly noted that the decisions of the Church of England have a global impact”.
    Their description of the violence in Nigeria and South Sudan in paragraphs 3 and 4 is consistent with what I have read in the international news media and makes no mention of reprisals for the international actions of the Church.
    And they make no mention at all of the allegation that people will die as a result of the actions of the English church – just a short line supporting the general point that what happens in one country can have effects in others.
    So if they are not willing to back up the allegations that people have been killed as a direct result of decisions in the UK and USA, then is the ABC being fed disinformation?

  4. kiwianglo says:

    I’ve an idea that the misinformation – about the possibility of Christians being killed because of the Church of England’s acceptance of Gay people – may have actually come from a Sudanese Bishop who was present at the London Gafcon Meeting, David. It would certainly suit Gafcon’s ulterior motive.

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