Global Anglican Conference rejects church leaders who accept homosexuality, calls for “resetting” of Anglican Communion

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – The fourth Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) has issued an official statement rejecting any Anglican church leader who accepts homosexuality, has called for a “resetting” of the worldwide Anglican Communion after the Church of England voted to approve blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples who married under civil law, the Christian Post (CP).

Released on Friday, the GAFCON statement is known as the Kigali Commitment as the conference met in Kigali, Rwanda last week, CP reports. The Commitment addresses the CofE’s recent decision to allow clergy to conduct prayers and blessings for same-sex couples in church. Clergy would not be required to do so but may choose to do so.

“Since the Lord does not bless same-sex unions, it is pastorally deceptive and blasphemous to craft prayers that invoke blessing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” the GAFCON Kigali Commitment reads.”Public statements by the Archbishop of Canterbury and other leaders of the Church of England in support of same-sex blessings are a betrayal of their ordination and consecration vows to banish error and to uphold and defend the truth taught in Scripture.”

“We consider that those who refuse to repent have abdicated their right to leadership within the Anglican Communion, and we commit ourselves to working with orthodox Primates and other leaders to reset the Communion on its biblical foundations,” the statement says.”Both GSFA and Gafcon Primates share the view that, due to the departures from orthodoxy articulated above, they can no longer recognise the Archbishop of Canterbury as an Instrument of Communion, the ‘first among equals’ of the Primates.”

Calling for a “reset,” the Commitment asserts: “Resetting the Communion is an urgent matter. It needs an adequate and robust foundation that addresses the legal and constitutional complexities in various Provinces. The goal is that orthodox Anglicans worldwide will have a clear identity, a global ‘spiritual home’ of which they can be proud, and a strong leadership structure that gives them stability and direction as Global Anglicans.”

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