GAFCON Chairman’s New Year Letter 2018

Jan 1, 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.

My dear people of God,

‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes’   Romans 1:16

As we stand at the beginning of the New Year and look forward to our third Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem, now just six months away, I take great encouragement from these wonderful words of the Apostle Paul.

Our conference theme is ‘Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations’ and it is good to be reminded that the gospel is not just another human idea, but that it really is the active power of God by which we are saved from his just judgement upon our sins and brought to eternal life.

Ten years ago, at our first gathering in Jerusalem, we dedicated ourselves to the service of this gospel. We described ourselves as ‘confessing Anglicans’ in contrast to those who were embracing a false gospel, yet had not been called to account by the traditional leadership of the Communion.

Time has shown how necessary that commitment has been. Some Anglican Churches have now adopted teaching and practice which puts them beyond the boundaries of what can be recognised as apostolic Christianity, but apparently they remain officially within the boundaries of the Anglican Communion. At the same time, the Anglican Church of North America, with which Gafcon and Anglican Global South Provinces are in full communion, remains institutionally unrecognised.

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