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Ugandan Archbishop Blasts Welby's Summit. He will not attend Primates' Meeting

Ugandan Archbishop Blasts Welby's Summit. He will not attend Primates' Meeting
Current Instruments of Communion are broken, says Primate Ntagali
Anglican Consultative Council has flagrantly disregarded the wisdom of the Primates
"Tear in the fabric" of the Anglican Communion has not been healed; it has gotten worse
All that remains in common are robes and vestments, he says

EXCLUSIVE REPORT

By David W. Virtue, DD
www.virtueonline.org
September 7, 2017

The Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, says the consecration of TEC Bishop Gene Robinson was the breaking point for the Anglican Communion, a tear in the communion at its deepest level that has never been repaired. As a result, he will not attend Archbishop Justin Welby's primatial summit next month in Canterbury.

"Every attempt to repair the torn fabric and heal the betrayal has made the situation worse. Collective decisions made by the Primates sitting together have not been implemented by two different Archbishops of Canterbury or his staff. The Anglican Consultative Council has flagrantly disregarded the wisdom of the Primates. The inability of these so-called "Instruments of Communion" to bring healing and godly order to the Communion of Anglican Churches has created a vacuum for chaos to multiply and flourish. The "tear in the fabric" of the Anglican Communion has not been healed; in fact, it has gotten worse."

Archbishop Ntagali says that as both GAFCON and the Global South have recognized, the current Instruments of Communion are broken and are not serving the cause of Christ through Anglicanism.

"Of the Anglican Communion, I've asked myself, "What do we have in common?" We no longer have a common Prayer Book. We do not all share the same common heritage tracing back to the Church of England -- some Provinces were not evangelized by the Church of England. At times, I wonder whether we really share a common faith! If we are not walking in the same direction, then how can we walk together?

"For the most part, all that remains in common are the robes and vestments worn during worship services. Perhaps we could say that we have a common interest in Wippells Vestment Company in London and C.M. Almy Vestment Company in New York. But, is this enough to hold us together? Is this enough of a reason to meet?

Ntagali says he will not be attending the Primates Meeting in October that has been called by the Archbishop of Canterbury because, as an African, "Abarya kamwe," means "one eats with those one agrees with or are in agreement with." Or, as the prophet Amos and our Lord Jesus said, "Can two walk together unless they are agreed?"

The evangelical archbishop said the Anglican Communion's reason for being has much more substance than "we meet," as Archbishop Tutu noted. Yes, "we meet." But, "we meet" because we have a common faith in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who is revealed in Holy Scripture and under whose authority all life is lived in abundance. "We meet" because we have agreed to be yoked to Jesus and to walk together on his narrow path that leads to life.

"As the common faith of Anglicanism has eroded, if all that holds us together is robes, then surely, as Paul said of those who do not believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus, "We are of all people most to be pitied." (1 Corinthians 15.19)

Ntagali said the relationships within GAFCON give a glimpse of the future of an Anglicanism that "meets" because of a common faith in Jesus Christ and his Word, and a common mission to share the Gospel of Christ crucified and risen with the whole world. These things are captured very well in the Jerusalem Declaration and it's why I believe its use as a unifying confession of faith is the future of global Anglicanism. "Abarya kamwe!"

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