Church of Uganda will not attend the April meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka
By David W. Virtue DD
March 10, 2016
The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, has written to his bishops, clergy and lay leaders, saying he will not be attending the April meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia.
Ntagali cited as his reasons the failure of the Anglican Communion to restore godly order, and the Episcopal Church's long history of apostate acts, starting in 2003, when the Episcopal Church ordained a known, non-celibate, homosexual to the episcopacy. He said the Anglican Communion must show itself capable of restoring godly order.
"Thirteen years later, the Primates of the Anglican Communion gathered in January 2016 in Canterbury to discuss what to do about the fact that not only had TEC torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion at its deepest level in 2003, but they have since changed the definition of marriage to no longer be a lifelong union between one man and one woman. We were cautiously optimistic that the tear in the fabric of our communion could be repaired and betrayal healed."
That did not happen.
"There will be a GAFCON Primates' Council meeting in Chile in April, and we will discuss how to continue advancing the mission of GAFCON as a renewal movement within the Anglican Communion."
The evangelical archbishop says his province is not leaving the Anglican Communion; "we are the Anglican Communion. We uphold the Biblical and historic faith of Anglicans and have come together in fellowship with other Provinces and national fellowships that have made the same decision.
"I look at our beloved Anglican Communion and can only conclude that it needs a new "constitution" -- the way the so-called Instruments of Communion work together is broken. Our GAFCON Fellowship seeks to bring renewal to the Anglican Communion through the Jerusalem Declaration -- keeping the Word of God Incarnate and the Word of God written at the center of our fellowship, upholding the historic Anglican confessions of faith, and using a conciliar model to order our common life."
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