A request for clarity from the Bishops of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, as to the position of this church on some current issues in the Anglican Communion

Dear Bishops

RE STATEMENT BY THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS February 2011

Our hope is that we will be heard as a group of people within the province whose hearts and minds are linked with the majority of Anglicans in the Anglican Communion worldwide in a concern for the future of the Church we love and serve. We perceive the Anglican Church of SA to be more inclined to align itself with the dying (revisionist and liberal) minority by its failure to indicate that it has taken seriously the concerns of the orthodox majority.

We write to you because as Bishops you are entrusted with the responsibility to guard the faith which by our founding documents expresses a commitment to Biblical orthodoxy, an understanding that God has revealed himself to human beings through his Word – both written and Living. We hope that you share with us the conviction that to take God’s word seriously is to take him seriously; and that to pick and choose from scripture what to accept and what to reject is to take God’s place and play ‘god’, becoming lawless (1 John 3: 8 ) in his eyes. This is at the heart of our concern for the church – that we do not find ourselves irrelevant to God himself because we lead a church where he is irrelevant to us.

We will limit our comments to three sections of your Statement:

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