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Primates of the Global South on marriage equality and the Anglican Communion

Primates of the Global South on marriage equality and the Anglican Communion

The Primates of the Global South met in Cairo last week. The Anglican Church in North America shared their communique. The bulk of its message was concerned once more with moves towards marriage equality in parts of the Anglican Communion:

We express our sadness for the decision taken by the Scottish Episcopal Church to change its doctrine of marriage and are thankful for the faithful remnant of the Scottish Anglican Network that continues to contend for God’s Word.  We are also saddened by the decisions of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada to allow same-sex marriage.  If this decision is ratified it will further tear the fabric of the Communion.

We invited Bishop Julian Henderson, President of the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC), to address us about the challenges facing orthodox Anglicans in England.  We commend the recent CEEC statements reaffirming the biblical definition of marriage. We encourage Anglicans in England to continue to stand firm in defence of the Gospel and to speak up for the central place of Scripture in the life of our Church, particularly in this 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

We are saddened that the 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia, did not unequivocally accept the decisions of the last Primates Meeting. While we expressed a desire to walk together as a Communion, this was contingent upon our decisions regarding The Episcopal Church being respected and upheld.  Unfortunately, this agreement was not enforced and The Episcopal Church has been allowed to take part in decision making regarding “matters pertaining to polity and doctrine.”  They have also represented us in ecumenical meetings.  This has led to a further breakdown of trust and confidence.

In light of this reality, we discussed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s invitation to the upcoming Primates’ Meeting.  The conscience of some does not allow them to attend.  Some intend to go in defence of the Gospel and some are continuing to discern what the Lord is asking of them in this hour.

Read the communique in its entirety here.


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Prof Christopher Seitz

What is happening is that the former divide between GAFCON and the GS is now disappearing, and a more united gathering in consequence.

Michael W. Murphy

Our (liberal) side in this dispute has implications which we have not thought about. Our conservative brothers are afraid of those implications.

Michael W. Murphy

Both sides to this dispute need to recognize that both sides have biblical cases for their positions. Our (liberal) case has been poorly articulated.

Philip B Spivey

A sad, sad, group indeed. Let this communique mark the saddest day for the ACNA and the Global South as they stray farther and father from the God,

Kevin M O\'Connor

One wonders if you understand just who the unfaithful fragment is.Standing as you are against Jesus’s very words? What so ever you do…Shame!

Cynthia Katsarelis

Which words are you talking about, Kevin? “Don’t judge,” “love your neighbor as yourself” “do unto others?” GAFCON doesn’t seem to follow those.

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