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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

NIGERIAN COMMUNIQUÉ

Hmmm. What does this all mean for the future? As America celebrates its Independence Day today, does this mean that there is a possible chance of an Anglican Independence?

CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
EPISCOPAL SYNOD HELD AT ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH WUSE ZONE 5,
ABUJA FROM TUESDAY 27- WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE, 2006

The Episcopal Synod of the Church of Nigeria met under God at All Saints' church Abuja from 27th - 28th June 2006 with His Grace, The Most Rev. Peter J. Akinola, CON, DD, Archbishop, Primate and Metropolitan of All Nigeria presiding. After sessions of deliberations on issues affecting both the Church and Society, the Synod under the guidance of the Holy Spirit issued this Communiqué.

1. CONGRATULATIONS

Synod notes with satisfaction the efforts of the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), His Grace, The Most Rev. Peter J. Akinola, in giving the Church of Nigeria, (CAPA and Global South a purposeful and effective leadership. It further expresses its approval of his actions and pronouncements against errors of revisionist ideologies. With much delight and enthusiasm, Synod received his citing by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 persons that shaped the World in 2005, and encouraged him not to relent in his efforts in exercising his ministry.

2. THE ANGLICAN COVENANT

Synod is satisfied with the move by the Global South to continue with its veritable project of defending the faith committed to us against present onslaught from ECUSA, Canada, England and their allies. The need therefore, to redefine and/or re-determine those who are truly Anglicans becomes urgent, imperative and compelling. Synod therefore empowers the leadership of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to give assent to the Anglican Covenant.

3. THE LAMBETH CONFERENCE

The Lambeth Conference which is one of the accepted organs of unity in the Anglican Communion is due for another meeting in 2008. the Synod, after reviewing some recent major events in the Communion, especially the effects of the ‘revisionists’ theology’, which is now making wave in America, Canada and England, observed with dismay the inability of the Church in the afore­mentioned areas to see reason for repentance from the harm and stress they have caused this communion since 1988 culminating in the consecration of Gene Robinson, a practicing homosexual in 2003 as a bishop in ECUSA. Synod also regrets the inability of the See of Canterbury to prevent further impairment of the unity of the Church. It therefore, believes strongly that the moral justification for the proposed Lambeth Conference of 2008 is questionable in view of the fact that by promoting teachings and practices that are alien and inimical to the historic formularies of the Church, the Bishops of ECUSA, Canada and parts of Britain have abandoned the Biblical faith of our fathers.

4. GLOBAL SOUTH CONFERENCE

Synod underlines the need for maintaining the age-long tradition of a ten-yearly Conference of Bishops in the Anglican Communion for discussing issues affecting the Church. It therefore calls on the leadership of the Global South and Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa (CAPA) to do everything necessary to put in place a Conference of all Anglican Bishops to hold in 2008 should all efforts to get the apostles of ‘revisionist agenda’ to repent and retrace their steps fail.

It continues on:

Signed
The Most Revd. Peter J. Akinola, CON, D.D.

Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria

6 Comments:

Blogger lexorandi2 said...

And so the vultures gather around the dying carcass of the Communion, awaiting their turn to tear it asunder.

2:35 am  
Blogger Jeff said...

Dan

I am not sure about this direction. It seems that the ABC has been clear enough where TEC stands now even before the GC they have 'voluntarily' removed themselves from voting status. I would imagine that Primates will now say that it is a permanent status until such time as they repent and stop. I put this out there because I didn't see it anywhere else but ACNS. I wonder how much of this is pressure and how much of it is seriously planning to do something else? My next question would be concerning the other Primates and how they would or have (privately) supported this. It will be known sooner rather than later I think.

7:24 am  
Blogger lexorandi2 said...

Jeff, I think Akinola is the most dangerous player in this whole messy affair. Let the ABC and the Communion do its work, fer cryin' out loud. The Prots want the Communion to be over, and want something Reformational and Confessional set up in its place.

4:52 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

If they want 'confessionalism,' I know a good micro Presbyterian church they can join if they would like to be that. I am afraid of what this may mean. I shall sit back and watch. Plus I have plenty to do and to worry about right now--like write another 55,000 words by next autumn!!!

6:02 pm  
Blogger lexorandi2 said...

You know, I wish some those who represent the knee-jerk, reactionary Prot fringe of TEC would just become presbyterians. You know the type I mean: those who demonstrate their fondness for presbyterianism by employing the WCF as the interpretive grid through which to understand the 39 Articles of Religion.

11:48 pm  
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8:18 pm  

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