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ADOTT Bishop Apologizes over Allegations of False Teaching against Bishop-elect Augustine Unuigbe

ADOTT Bishop Apologizes over Allegations of False Teaching against Bishop-elect Augustine Unuigbe

By David W. Virtue, DD
www.virtueonline.org
June 27, 2019

Allegations of false teaching and prosperity preaching lodged against Suffragan Bishop-elect Augustine Unuigbe by a “Senior ACNA Clergy” elicited an apology from The Rt. Revd. Amos Fagbamiye, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Trinity (ADOTT). The “senior ACNA clergy” has been identified as The Rev. Matt Kennedy, priest of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, NY. He is in the Anglican Diocese of the Living Word, under Bishop Julian Dobbs.

In a press release from the diocese, Fagbamiye said Unuigbe had complied with all primatial directives on the issue. “Specifically, he submitted an undertaking to the Primate as directed in which he tendered an apology for any inadvertent error made in his sermon that elicited the allegations by the said “Senior ACNA Clergy.” He assured the Primate of his continuous commitment to the teachings of the Word of God in its undiluted form and that he will continue to align with the vision of the Church of Nigeria, as a “Bible based” Church. He also re-affirmed his unflinching loyalty to the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and indeed to our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The bishop-elect reiterated his obedience and absolute loyalty to the sole authority of the Holy Scriptures, and further said he will not undertake nor engage in any form of teaching that is opposed to the Holy Scriptures, He will desist from interfacing and arguing with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) as a body or members of her Province.

Following allegations of false teaching, the Primate ordered a review of the matter and directed him to make an undertaking. This necessitated detailed explanations from the Bishop-elect who had since complied with all primatial directives on issue.

Fagbamiye ordered his priests to desist from interfacing and arguing with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) as a body or with members of her Province.

The consecration of four Suffragan Bishop-elects by The Most Revd. Dr. Nicholas D. Okoh, Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria will take place on July 3, 2019 at Archbishop Vining Memorial Anglican Cathedral, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

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