‘Woke US churches’ decline while African brethren boom

Sep 10, 2020 by

Had the pandemic not happened, two monumental events in Protestantism would have gone ahead. In Kigali, Rwanda, the Global Anglican Future Conference or GAFCON, which comprises the majority of Anglicans worldwide (two-thirds according to estimates), planned to meet in June 2020  ahead of the decennial Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion.

GAFCON describes itself as a global family of Anglicans who are holding steadfast to traditional Biblical teachings and represent the majority of Anglicans in the world in resistance to what they refer to as the false teachings being propagated across the Anglican Communion by increasingly liberal Western churches, especially on gay marriage, homosexuality, abortion, social justice and the ordination of women. Now GAFCON 2020 Kigali has been postponed until 2021.

The other monumental event was the proposed split of the United Methodist Church (UMC), the third largest congregation in the United States, over differences between traditionalists and liberals on gay marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ people. It was scheduled to be decided with a vote in the UMC General Conference in May 2020, before the pandemic upended the plan and postponed everything.

Despite the postponement, one thing is clear from the above two events: that a monumental, worldwide realignment within mainstream Protestantism is now fully underway. Led from the front by conservative African churches who hold on to socially conservative traditional Biblical beliefs on sexuality and divinity, it is resolutely rejecting the increasingly woke decay of mainstream Protestantism in North America and Europe today.

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