Faith Prevails Among African Anglicans
By Alexander Samuels
Again, from what was once known as the "Dark Continent" of missionaries such as minister and doctor David Livingstone, comes light in the form of a bold stand for the integrity of the Christian faith that many in our own country have failed to uphold.
An Associated Press article posted yesterday by AgapePress reports: . . .
Nigeria's Anglican church has purged its constitution of any reference to the mother church in England, deepening a rift over homosexuality. A statement on the Nigerian church's website says "all former references to 'communion with the see of Canterbury"' have been deleted. Instead, Nigerian Anglicans affirm their ties with churches that maintain the historic "faith, doctrine, sacrament and discipline." Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, leader of more than a fifth of the world's Anglicans, has emerged as a leader of Anglican conservatives who oppose any church acceptance of homosexuality. The Nigerian and Ugandan churches broke ties with the U.S. Episcopal Church over its 2003 consecration of a homosexual bishop, V. Gene Robinson. A dispute over same-sex marriages in England has deepened divisions.
The African Anglicans have set an example of courage and faith that brings shame to the Protestant churches of the United States who have denied their historic faith, doctrine, sacrament and discipline. When will the leaders and pastors in American Protestant churches join their African brothers in speaking out against sin and upholding the Kingdom of Christ?
Alexander Samuels is a regular contributor to Carolina Christian Conservative.