Evangelical Anglicans demand answers after GAFCON criticism

May 5, 2019 by

from Christian Today:

Suggestions that a fellowship of orthodox Anglicans is fuelling divisions in the worldwide Anglican Communion have been strongly criticised.

The Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC) has written to General Secretary, the Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, asking him to explain comments he made during an address to the Anglican Consultative Council in Hong Kong, which drew to a close on Sunday.

In an address to ACC-17, the Archbishop had asked how the communion could prevent a schism over the issue of homosexuality and specifically, how it should respond to GAFCON, a fellowship of orthodox Anglicans established in response to the liberal actions of several provinces.

He said that if the purpose of GAFCON was about the renewal of the Church, then there was “nothing” to criticise about it.

“If that is what GAFCON is about then it is right for the communion to welcome it as an influence for good,” he said.

However, he said that GAFCON appeared to be duplicating some of the work already going on in the communion and suggested that it was creating confusion.

He suggested one way forward as the example of EFAC, which had been dissuaded from breaking away from the Church of England in the 1960s by the late Rev Dr John Stott. He also cited charismatic churches that were, in spite of their different perspectives, “still within the communion.”

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