GAFCON: March 2018 Chairman’s letter

Mar 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 then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.’
Ephesians 2:19

My dear people of God,

In these words of the Apostle Paul, we have a wonderful description of what it means to be truly ‘in communion’. As Anglicans, we are members of a global fellowship and our fellow citizens are men, women and children from every race, tribe, nation and social background. As people who belong to Jesus Christ, purchased by his shed blood, we have an identity that transcends all others and will last into eternity.

That is why it is so important that we, as disciples of Jesus, maintain the integrity and disciplines of the household of God. The Gafcon movement came into being nearly ten years ago because godly leaders recognised that the Anglican Communion was being divided by leaders who rejected the authority of the Bible, denied the uniqueness of Jesus and promoted patterns of life which defy Scripture and reject the pattern of creation.

These divisions are deepening and will not be healed by the techniques of the corporate world. They are spiritual problems which need spiritual solutions and the first step is repentance, which requires that the unchanging truth of God’s Word is clearly taught and acted upon. This is what we have sought to do in Gafcon and where there is no repentance, there must be realignment. This involves new jurisdictions coming into being where necessary, such as the Anglican Church of North America, and changing patterns of relationship, both within and beyond the Gafcon movement.

Read here

See also: Diocese of Fort Worth protests first Gafcon woman Bishop, from Forward in Christ Magazine. [Editor’s note: The letter shows the anger of anglo-catholics in America at the consecration of a female Bishop in South Sudan. But the headline is misleading – this was not a ‘Gafcon” consecration.]


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