Thursday, July 4, 2013

GAFCON chair publicly criticizes Canterbury

In a just released message for the month of July, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya and chairman of the GAFCON Primates Council, strongly criticizes the still newly minted Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the direction of the Church of England under his leadership.

While we give thanks for much that has been achieved, especially in the emergence of the Anglican Church of North America and our Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, we are painfully aware that the Episcopal Church of the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada continue to promote a false gospel and yet both are still received as in good standing by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Furthermore, the Church of England itself, the historic mother church of the Communion, seems to be advancing along the same path. While defending marriage, both the Archbishops of York and Canterbury appeared at the same time to approve of same-sex Civil Partnerships during parliamentary debates on the UK’s ‘gay marriage’ legislation, in contradiction to the historic biblical teaching on human sexuality reaffirmed by the 1998 Lambeth Conference.
David Ould and Matt Kennedy offer analysis at Stand Firm.