GAFCON offers itself as “an important and effective instrument of Communion”

 

 

Church of England Newspaper November 1 Gafcon191013-102

“We shall continue to work within the Anglican Communion for its renewal and reform.” So ends the GAFCON2013 Communique and Commitment

Speaking for over 300 bishops and archbishops around the Anglican Communion it recognizes “times when the maintenance of structures can constrain the proclamation of the gospel. In line with The Jerusalem Statement’s expectation that the Primates’ Council would intervene to provide ‘orthodox oversight to churches under false leadership’, the Primates’ Council will carefully consider working beyond existing structures as an obedient response to Jesus’ commission to take the gospel to all nations.

Commenting on this statement in the Communique Bishop Michael Nazir Ali told the CEN:

“Many orthodox Anglicans and their friends beyond have been grateful to the orthodox Primates and bishops who have been able to assist people and churches who were left in great distress by moral and doctrinal compromise in their own provinces and dioceses. The continuation of such a relationship through GAFCON remains an important element as the struggle for the soul of the Communion continues.  GAFCON is a major means of fellowship among orthodox Anglicans – evangelical, charismatic and catholic – allowing them to play a significant role in a biblical future for Anglicanism.”

Anglican Mission in England

For the Church of England the Nairobi Commitment states:

“We commit ourselves to the support and defence of those who in standing for apostolic truth are marginalized or excluded from formal communion with other Anglicans in their dioceses. We have therefore recognized the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) as an expression of authentic Anglicanism both for those within and outside the Church of England, and welcomed their intention to appoint a General Secretary of AMiE. “  [ For AMiE see  http://anglicanmissioninengland.org/ ]

The Conference “appreciated that the Archbishop of Canterbury sent personal greetings via video and gave us the assurance of his prayers, and we likewise pray for him.” Read the rest of this entry »

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