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African Anglicans Will Never Accept Gay Marriage, Says Church Leader

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  • 2016 Aug 17

An African leader of the Anglican Church has accused the western part of the church of becoming too progressive, and has affirmed the African Anglican Church’s commitment to a biblical view of sexuality. reports that Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, rejected the notion that the Anglican Church in Africa is behind on issues of sexuality.

Instead, Idowu-Fearon affirmed the church’s commitment to biblical principles:

"We will never allow our churches to be taken over by views and programmes which suggest that the Bible is wrong. We will not crumble or bow the knee to a godless secular culture that despises the Bible and what it teaches," he said in his address to the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa (CAPA).

Idowu-Fearon also accused the western Anglican Church of a racist attitude toward their African counterparts.

“We will never allow ourselves, or our identity, or our churches, to be defined by the pride of those who see us as lagging behind them in our economies, our politics, our communities, our families, and our theology,” he stated.

Schisms have developed within the Anglican Church over the issue of same-sex marriage. Some branches of the church, such as the American Anglican (Episcopal) Church, the Canadian Anglican Church, and the Scottish Episcopal Church have all taken steps toward embracing same-sex marriage.

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has called for another meeting of Anglican leaders as the church attempts to resolve the divisions over this issue.


Publication date: August 17, 2016