South African Bishop and GAFCON

Gafcon a movement of the Holy Spirit says South African bishop

The Bishop of Port Elizabeth, the Rt Rev Bethlehem Nopece writes about Gafcon to his people. Its is good to read this coming from a largely liberal Province.

All praise to him who reigns above in majesty supreme; blessed be the name of the Lord! Greetings to you all in the name of Christ, our Lord and Saviour!

It has been a great privilege to attend the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), held in Jerusalem from 22-29 June 2008. A statement has been produced by the conference. The Archdeacons are to share it with you for study and comment. Gafcon is a spiritual movement which seeks to preserve and promote the truth and power of the gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures and Tradition of the Anglican Church. It affirms that we have received a transforming gospel which changes character and behaviour of human beings, and brings them into conformity with the demands of the gospel, in obedience to God through repentance and faith in Jesus who died our death (Gal 2:20-21). Reason and Experience are only to be verified and tested in the light of the God’s Word written for whatever is to be ordained or decreed (Article XX). This is the cherished Anglican heritage of the Anglican Communion and the Gafcon participants have no intention of departing from its principles.

There were 1 148 lay and clergy participants – including 291 bishops – from among many faithful Anglican Christians who still look at the Bible as the Word of God, not just a ‘primary source’, as some are led to believe by liberal revisionist theology. Gafcon believes that Anglicanism has a bright future for as long as we are obedient to the Lord’s Great Commission “to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching and training them to observe what the Lord commands.”(Matt 28:16-20; Eph.2:20). Gafcon is a movement in the Spirit and a fellowship of confessing Anglicans. Please read the statement on the Global Anglican Future. There is nothing divisive about it. The Global South and the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa are affiliated to it. Pray that the unity of the church be preserved. “Can the two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3).

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