NIGERIA: Anglican Province Issues Communique — No change on Same-Sex Marriage

NIGERIA: Anglican Province Issues Communique — No change on Same-Sex Marriage
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By David W. Virtue DD
www.virtueonline.org
September 28, 2015

The Archbishop and Bishops of the Anglican Church of Nigeria have issued a communique saying that they will not depart from the orthodox biblical stand on same-sex marriage and called on its members to defend the orthodox biblical teaching on marriage and family. They also urged the Federal Government to continue to resist “foreign pressure” to make it rescind its stand on same-sex marriage.

The bishops and archbishops condemned the “revisionist theologies” of some Anglican provinces and called on the leadership of the Anglican Communion to repentance and renewed faith in Christ as expressed in the Bible, the Articles of Religion, and the Jerusalem Declaration. They also reaffirmed their commitment to those Anglicans throughout the Communion who abide by these truths.

The Communique urged “all Christians to exercise simple faith and obedience to God for victory by living lives characterized by honesty, truth and integrity and called the Church to faithfulness in her message to uphold the holiness and righteousness of the living God.”

The bishops also touched on issues regarding national security and called on the Federal Government to redouble its efforts to putting an end to Boko Haram and obtaining the return of Chibok girls. They said the kidnapping of prominent religious and national leaders is “an embarrassment” and that power failures, unemployment, and poverty are urgent priorities for the nation.

The bishops praised the government for revamping the economy and welcomed the renewed zeal to fight corruption and indiscipline, but noted with concern climate change and flooding where there is an abundance of water.

The Communique came at the end of the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria, held at the Cathedral Church of St. David, Ijomu, Akure in Ondo State. ) The Rt. Rev. Julian Dobbs, Bishop of Virginian-based CANA East, a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), was in attendance.

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