GAF­CON lead­ers: we are stay­ing in the Angli­can Com­mu­nion

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GAF­CON lead­ers have de­clared that they will not be leav­ing the Angli­can Com­mu­nion, but in their com­mu­niqué af­ter meet­ing in Lon­don this week they at­tacked re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the Church of Eng­land.

In par­tic­u­lar they de­clared that the use of a Church in Water­loo, south Lon­don, to host a Mus­lim prayer ser­vice was not an ‘aber­ra­tion’ and said it was a be­trayal of the Gospel and of those Chris­tians “who live among Mus­lims, es­pe­cially those experiencing per­se­cu­tion”.

In their state­ment they said: “We are par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about the Church of Eng­land and the drift of many from the Bi­b­li­cal faith.”

They also out­lined sup­port for Bishop John El­li­son in re­sist­ing the “un­just and un­char­i­ta­ble charges brought against him by the Bishop of Sal­is­bury”, and in view of the Great Com­mis­sion, we note the sad irony that this for­mer mis­sion­ary bishop to South Amer­ica now finds it nec­es­sary to de­fend him­self for sup­port­ing mis­sion­ary ac­tiv­ity in his own coun­try.

The Pri­mates said they would con­tinue to en­cour­age and sup­port the ef­forts of those “work­ing to re­store the Church of Eng­land’s com­mit­ment to Bi­b­li­cal truth”.

There had been spec­u­la­tion that the Pri­mates would sig­nal the cre­ation of a sep­a­rate Angli­can struc­ture in Eng­land, but this was con­spic­u­ously ab­sent from the fi­nal state­ment.

They also sig­naled an­other GAF­CON con­fer­ence next year and elected Arch­bishop Fo­ley Beach of the USA as the new chair­man of the GAF­CON Pri­mates’ Coun­cil.

They de­clared that they were pre­par­ing for ex­pan­sion and out­lined plans to de­velop their own sys­tem of the­o­log­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing of lead­ers.

“We are not leav­ing the Angli­can Com­mu­nion. The mem­bers of our churches stand at the heart of the Com­mu­nion, which is why we are com­mit­ted to its re­newal. We be­long to the main­stream, and we are mov­ing for­ward.”

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