GATHERING OF PRIMATES / GAFCON 2016
January 11, 2016 to January 16, 2016
Location: , ,Category: GAFCON
Dear Clergy of the Anglican Church in North America,
I and the other GAFCON Primates are preparing for the upcoming gathering of the Primates of the Anglican Communion later this month. I will have more to say as the meeting approaches, but as many of you have asked how you can help and pray, I wanted to make sure that you received this latest communication from GAFCON Chairman, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala.
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray you will take a moment to read this important message.
As those who are ordained, we have a special responsibility to care for the people of God. In the foundational liturgy of our Communion, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer described this work as being that of messengers, watchmen and stewards of the Lord.
For many of us that calling is becoming harder as we face the challenges of a compromised church and an increasingly hostile culture. GAFCON was formed in 2008 to enable faithful gospel ministry to survive and thrive in today's world as we stand united in our testimony to the truth of God's Word.
Sadly, that truth continues to be called into question in the Anglican Communion and I am writing to invite you to partner with us as a decisive moment approaches.
I am sure you are aware that the Archbishop of Canterbury has called together all the Primates of the Anglican Communion for a meeting in Canterbury 11th - 16th January 2016. At this gathering a basic church-defining principle will be at stake:
Will Christ rule our life and witness through His word, or will our life and witness be conformed to the global ambitions of a secular culture?
Together, by the grace of God, we are praying that the Communion will emerge from its current crisis repentant, renewed and restored for its global mission of proclaiming the gospel which is good news for all people, in all places and at all times. This is the hope and testimony of the GAFCON Primates as they approach this gathering.
So please do stand with us in this historic task by calling your people to urgent prayer and practical support. If you could please email your congregation the following link which provides details on how they can stand with us at this crucial time in history: http://www.gafcon.org/crossroads
Thank you so much for your partnership in the longing we share to see Christ glorified in his church.
Yours in Christ's service,
Archbishop Eliud Wabukala,
Primate of Kenya and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates' Council
For your reference when describing GAFCON:
The GAFCON movement is a global family standing together to retain and restore the biblical and apostolic faith to the heart of the Anglican Communion. We believe our strength and unity as authentic Anglicans comes from our common confession of the Lord Jesus Christ, not from historic institutional structures. We are founded on the Bible, bound together by the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration of 2008, and led by a Council of Archbishops, which represents the majority of the world's Anglicans.
GAFCON works to guard and proclaim the unchanging, transforming Gospel through biblically faithful preaching and teaching which frees our churches to make disciples by clear and certain witness to Jesus Christ in all the world.
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