Gafcon Chairman’s Advent Letter

Dec 6, 2018 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.

 ‘So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.’
2 Corinthians 5:6,7

My dear people of God,

Gafcon began as a movement of courage. Bishops, clergy and lay leaders around the world were prepared to be unpopular and break with the abuse of tradition to gather in Jerusalem for our first Global Anglican Future Conference in 2008. It was unfairly criticised as schismatic and one senior bishop of the Church of England even compared the leaders to the false teachers described as ‘super-apostles’ by St Paul (2 Corinthians 11:5).

A decade later, we thank Almighty God that the Gafcon movement continues to expand and to gather those who are committed to proclaiming Christ faithfully to the nations. But we still need the same courage as in those pioneering days because the temptation to compromise with false teaching has not gone away.

On the contrary, it has become greater as the number of Provinces rejecting the authority of Scripture grows and I want to congratulate Archbishop Mbanda who has confirmed that Rwanda will be joining Nigeria and Uganda in declining to attend the 2020 Lambeth Conference unless the Archbishop of Canterbury includes all faithful bishops of the Communion, and declines to invite those who continue to accept the jurisdiction of Provinces which have stepped outside the boundaries of apostolic faith.

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