Monday, September 12, 2005

A Message From Africa

By Alexander Samuels

During the 1800s, English missionaries were among the most important in bringing Christianity to the continent of Africa. And it was England under the leadership of William Wilberforce, a dedicated Christian, that led the way in curtailing the slave trade by making it illegal in the 19th century for English ships to transport slaves. Now, according to the Associated Press via AgapePress, the Christians of Africa are sending a message to England and the rest of the world that they will not compromise their Christian faith. The report stated that: . . .

Africa's two most important Anglican archbishops, representing one-third of the world's Anglicans, are denouncing a new Church of England policy on homosexuals. Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola and Ugandan Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi assailed a July announcement from England's bishops that said homosexual priests who register same-sex partnerships under a new civil law will remain in good standing if they promise to remain celibate. The English bishops also said that lay Anglicans who register civil unions will not be denied the sacraments. At a news conference in New York, Akinola said, "If England adopts a new faith, alien to what has been handed to us together, they will walk apart." Archbishop Orombi said that Akinola "speaks for all of us."

Archbishop Akinola has spoken well. If the Church of England will no longer follow the Word of God then the Anglican Church of Africa must take a different path in order to truly remain a Christian church.

In America our denominations are facing the same issues. Will we allow the leadership of our churches to compromise God's Word in order to justify the politically correct immorality of our times? I do not commend division within the church, but when some part of the church no longer follows God's Holy Word, then division becomes a righteous cause. Pray for our denominations and churches, that they will be faithful to the Bible.

Alexander Samuels is a regular contributor to Carolina Christian Conservative.


At Monday, September 12, 2005 3:40:00 PM, Blogger LloydChristmas69 said...

"George Bush doesn't care about black people."

At Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:53:00 AM, Blogger Tim said...

It is tremendous to see the church in Africa standing up for what is right, even if the Church of England (or in America)won't. Obviously the churches in America and England, those that are compromising at any rate, are more interested in "ecumenicalism" ("Can't we all just get along?") than they are interested in standing up for the faith. Of course, Africa is is living with the devistation of the AIDS epidemic. The stand these churches are taking will have a direct impact on that plague. I believe it is in Uganda that they have actually seen a reduction in the rate and number of AIDS cases after making abstinence education a national policy. God bless these bishops for their courage. God help the US if we do not take a similar stand soon!


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