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New head of Anglican Communion Office supports criminalization of homosexuality

New head of Anglican Communion Office supports criminalization of homosexuality

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The newly-named Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Office said in 2014, “The government has criminalised homosexuality which is good, our battle is not against human beings, it is against the devil.” In the job description for the position of Secretary General, reconciliation was a primary consideration.

Nigerian bishop to be the Anglican Communion’s next Secretary General (ACNS)

Dr Idowu-Fearon currently serves as Bishop of Kaduna in the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) where he has earned a global reputation in the Church for his expertise in Christian-Muslim relations [links added].

The person specification for the role of Secretary General indicated that the next incumbent should “assist the Communion to become even more faithful to, and engaged in, God’s mission of reconciliation.

“The successful candidate will be a committed Christian, a person of deep faith and prayer, a visionary ambassador for Christ and his Church, a bridge-builder to effect healing amongst the churches of the Anglican Communion, a creative and imaginative thinker, and an inspirational leader who will help to renew the witness and effectiveness of the Communion, its structures, and its programmes.”

Lay and clergy individuals from a member Church of the Anglican Communion were encouraged to apply.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is not involved in the interview process but receives the nominations for approval.

Reconciliation within the Anglican Communion is a primary goal of Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Bishop Idowu-Fearon is a long and vocal opponent of the acceptance of LGBT persons in the church. Some examples:

In an interview in 2007 he told the Dallas Morning News,

[W]e feel we are deceived, we have been cheated by the people the Lord Jesus Christ used to introduce us to the Scriptures, to bring us to a new faith in the Lord Jesus. They are telling us that it’s not wrong after all, that it’s a natural way. But we say: You are wrong; the Bible is right. So it’s not just a question of human sexuality. It’s about the authority of Scripture. For us, Scripture judges every culture. What I hear in the Western world is that culture judges Scripture. That’s the basic difference. It’s not a question of sex or no sex.

From “No going back on stand against gay marriage – Anglican Communion,” March 2014, in the Nigerian newspaper New Telegraph:

The Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion) said yesterday that there was no going back on its 1998 stand against promoters of homosexuality and bi-sexual tendencies. Leadership of the communion lauded the Federal Government for the decisive step it took banning the ugly practices.

Bishop of Kaduna Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev (Dr) Josiah Idowu- Fearon, who spoke at the induction/investiture of knights and dames, held in Benin, Edo State capital, stated that legalising gay marriage or such acts amounted to making God’s good creatures and standards to look imperfect.

Rev. Idowu-Fearon said, “Our battle today is not against homosexuals, our battle today is against those who say God’s standards are not good enough for us.

The government has criminalised homosexuality which is good, our battle is not against human beings, it is against the devil.” He urged all those already initiated to reestablish the family system that is Anglican oriented.

“You knights should go back and re-establish the family system and that is the Anglican position. Our resolution of 1998 on homosexuality has not changed and will not change by the grace of God.

Updates:

Idowu-Fearon preached at the consecration of Welby as Bishop of Durham. The biography Archbishop Justin Welby: The Road to Canterbury, contains the following passage,
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In 2011 he pleaded with Gafcon Primates not to boycott Lambeth. He took a similar stance in 2007.

In 2007 he was demoted from archbishop to bishop by then Archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Akinola.


Posted by John B. Chilton


Image source: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/data/images/articles/2013_June/CROSS-WEB.jpg

 

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Pete UK

How does the Bishop feel about slavery? Does he think that the word of the Bible to be correct?
Leviticus 25:44-46

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Ann Fontaine

Pete UK -- please sign your full name when you post. Thanks, Editor.

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John Dakin

The problem is, the Anglican Communion presents a different face in Africa to the tolerant Church of England.

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Benoit Mailloux

Reconciliation? With who? Nigeria???

What are you doing with this guy? Every man is created equal under the eyes of GOD, but in Nigeria, they seemed to have taken over the role of GOD and DECIDE who should live and die. WHO are you people to elect a KILLER as part of the church I visit every week and worship. and YES, I am a gay man who did teach Sunday School and has been received. Make changes... NOW... before it is too late. PLEASE!!!

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Treacy

Seriously mankind has corrupted the teachings of Christ. Why are Many Christians not as Christ? Homosexuality is no sin. Misguided info. Don't use old testament to justify your hate or lack of understanding. Christians who condemn Gays and denied Gay Christians making Christ a liar. Christian are to follow NEW covenant NEW laws in Christ. .. why are they being as Pharsees who jesus called hypocrites?
ALL IS EQUAL IN EYES OF GOD. Gay and Straight.

Treacy, please use your first and last name in future posts for them to be approved for publication.
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Bob Webster

There is more to this picture than meets the eye. Please read the attached thoughts from Colin of Changing Attitude England. As appalled as I am by the actions of the church in Africa, we need to have compassion for all those stuck in that slough. We are after all to love our enemies, and if one of them is able to escape their oppression, let's hold our judgement for a while.

https://www.facebook.com/bob.webster.543/posts/10153197970909804

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