Gafcon Chairman’s November 2017 letter

Nov 7, 2017 by

To the Faithful of the Gafcon movement and friends from Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the Gafcon Primates Council.

My dear people of God,

I am writing on the 1st November, All Saints Day. It is an annual reminder of “the communion of the saints”, a biblical truth we affirm every time we say the Apostles Creed.

As Christians face rising persecution in many parts of the world and as we see the fabric of our own Anglican Communion torn by continuing theological and moral crisis, it is a great comfort to know that we are part of something much more glorious than we can see or even imagine.

The Collect for All Saints Day begins:

“Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord.”

This does not mean that we have to have a mystical experience to know that we are truly part of the Church, but that there is a wonderful spiritual reality of the Church which is visible to God, although not yet to us. This is the great Church Victorious, a communion of all the saints, living and departed, recognised and unrecognised. It includes all who have been born again into eternal life through faith in Jesus and it is in them that the prayer of Jesus in John 17:11, that the disciples should be one, is being truly fulfilled.

How does this vision of the invisible church help us now as members of what the Book of Common Prayer calls “Christ’s Church Militant here on earth”?

It reminds us what a wonderful privilege it is to belong to the Church of God and have a gospel of eternal life to proclaim to all nations. The Book of Revelation gives us a glimpse of the Church Victorious at worship and it includes those from “every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” (Revelation 7:9).

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