Letter of support for ANC from Primates of Central Africa, Kenya, Uganda, West Africa

November 22nd, 2007

To our Dear Canadian Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

We have heard of the recent decision and willingness of Archbishop Gregory Venables and the Province of the Southern Cone to provide a safe haven and Communion connection for those biblically faithful Canadian Anglicans who wish to be recognized as “in full Communion with the Church of England throughout the world”.

We heartily endorse the actions of the Province of the Southern Cone and wish to send our greetings and support for those members of the Anglican Network in Canada who wish to avail themselves of that Communion Connection.  We assure you that we will recognize those members as in full communion with us and our Provinces.

It is clear that the Anglican Church of Canada’s actions have contributed to the “tear in the fabric of the Communion at its deepest level”.  Many of our Provinces have declared broken or impaired communion with the Province of Canada.

Since October 2003, the Primates have called for Provinces, including the Province of Canada, to provide “Adequate Episcopal Oversight” for those who dissent from the actions of their Province which contravene Anglican teaching and practice, particularly Lambeth Resolution 1.10.  This call was affirmed in the Windsor Report (2004) and the Primates’ Communiqués from February 2005 and Dar Es Salaam 2007.

We recognize that the Province of Canada has failed to provide such “Adequate Episcopal Oversight”, and in fact, in places like the diocese of New Westminster, has taken actions to close biblically faithful churches and discipline biblically faithful priests for remaining faithful to the teaching and practice of the Anglican Communion.

We commend Bishop Donald Harvey for his willingness to come out of retirement to provide Adequate Episcopal Oversight for those biblically faithful, communion-committed Anglicans in Canada who require such oversight and protection.  We recognize this will allow their gospel ministry to flourish and grow, while the Communion seeks to find a way forward through this crisis.  We have welcomed Bishop Harvey to many of our Global South meetings and we recognize him as a godly and humble servant.

Our prayers are with you as you discern the choices before you at this critical time.  May God bless you all.

Yours in Christ

The Most Revs Justice Akrofi, Bernard Malango, Henry Orombi, Benjamin Nzimbi

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  1. Barbara de Weever Says:

    It is great to hear from the African bishops themselves that they are one in their support of Anglican orthodoxy. There is a rumor which is gaining credibility among others that the African bishops take that stand only because they are up against Islamic insurgents in their various countries. That goes against their own very clear pronouncements of faith despite whatever attacks they may be facing. Thank God for their steadfast faithfulness and support for Canadians and I’m sure the rest of us who are battling TEC and the CofE revisionists.

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  3. Gerry O'Brien, Newfoundland, Canada Says:

    Dear Barbara:
    I’m not sure about this rumour that you have mentioned above, however, for the rest of your statement, I fully agree.  I really do feel that Our African Brothers and Sisters stand with us in Canada in ANiC because of their tremendously strong faith and certainly not because of any fear of muslim terrorists.
    Blessings in Christ,

  4. Barbara de Weever Says:

    Actually it’s more than a rumor: I heard it as an explanation from the pulpit and read similar comments in the press. It’s not insurgent terrorists that the African bishops are said to fear. It is Islamic Fundamentalist zealots who are challenging Christianity, the revisionists try to explain.

    May be a grain of truth that the bishops are concerned but that has not changed their faith nor caused them to falter in their proclamation of it.All glory be to God!

  5. Gerry O'Brien, Newfoundland, Canada Says:

    Barbara:

    Is it possible that the pulpit this was spoken from is one controlled by TEC or a supportive church of TEC?  Don’t misunderstand me, please, I would just like to know if it truth-truth or rea truth…

    Either way, as you state, it has not stopped the Africans in their faith, if only we in North America could have a portion of it, we would be blessed.

  6. Barbara de Weever Says:

    That person in the pulpit has gone on to a different congregation. He said something like:“You’ve got to understand what they are up against. They are battling for their congregations against formidable odds.” Don’t know if it was truth-truth or real truth or even dubious truth, if there’s such a thing. Go figure.

  7. Father Ron Smith Says:

    Religious fundamentalism (posts # 1, 3 & 4) sadly is not confined to the Muslim community. There are also Christian and other religous fundamentalists whose activities are contrary to both the teachings of the Quran and of the Bible.

    When it comes down to the fundamental prejudices which drive fear and terror into the hearts of those who cannot live with unjustice, then both camps are in disarray.

    Both Muslim and the Christian faith precepts are rooted in seeking peace with one’s neighbour. and to attack one another on grounds of a need for moral pogroms, is to assume that perfection on a human scale is not only a possibility but the express commandment of the God who made us all.

    Yes, indeed, God wants all of us to achieve the degree of sanctity that he modelled in the Person of Jesus, but it is only through experiencing the life and fellowship of Jesus that we can ever hope to measure up to our high calling. We need to keep in mind the fact that God allowed his Only-begotten Son to take our sinful human nature upon himself, so that he could redeem it from within. We have no righteousness of our own!

    As Paul states: “My righteousness is as filthy rags”. And Jesus told the rich young man, when he was addressed as ‘Good master’; “Who are you calling good, there is One alone who is good” - indicating that, in the human frame, with all its intrinsic limitations ([partaking himself of our fallen human nature), even Jesus could not measure up to the Goodness of God the Father.
    And yet Jesus was divine as well as human!

    If then, both Jesus and Paul pointed beyond themselves to God alone as being capable of all good, how could any of us possibly claim the moral high ground - rejecting anyone else as being more sinful than ourselves?

    We are all sinners, and the sooner we accept this fact, the sooner we can allow the love of God in Christ Jesus to redeem us. This is what the present season of Advent in the Church is all about. We look forward to the day when Christ himself will come and take with him all those who have come to know him (hopefully, through our encouragement) - and ‘those whose faith is known to God alone’ - into the presence of his Heavenly Father.  “Even so! Come Lord Jesus, come!”

  8. Barbara de Weever Says:

    Commenting on the first pargraph of Post #7. I think the writer is confusing fundamentalists with fanatics. (I don’t read much of his brand of heresy, so don’t know what he is saying other than that contained in the paragraph.)

    I agree that fanaticism is not limited to Muslims, Christians or Jews for that matter. But to label all fundamentalists as fanatics is very erroneous and very judgmental. He should know better and I suspect he does,except that his fanatical ardour and zeal know no bounds when it comes to ranting against traditional Anglicans including those in Africa. (Australian “priests” are intellectually superior and more highly educated than African bishops, right?)Looks like he’s misusing scripture to attempt to back up his argument, just like Satan did with Jesus. Aren’t there any exorcists down under? Oh I forgot, the heretics there don’t believe in evil or Satan or demons. PRAY FOR THEM.

  9. Gerry O'Brien, Newfoundland, Canada Says:

    Hi Barbara:
    I tried explaining exorcising to Ron Smith on another blog but he is not one to accept anything other than his very own thinking…..the book of Smith (kind of like the Book of Mormon, only more heretic).....
    Smith is in New Zealand, but I expect you know that.  There are some in Australia, in fact I suspect there are many who believe in the Full Gospel Messages of the Holy Bible….that does not make them fanatical, just rock solid Believers, something which Mr. Smith cannot seem to understand…..

    Again Ron, what part of “Go and Sin no more” is it that you just can’t understand?

  10. Barbara de Weever Says:

    Gerry:
    Don’t waste your time explaining to Ron. He seems bereft of comprehending something as profoundly simple as the Gospel. Give up on him, you are not God. Leave him to the heavenly aid because vain is the hope of man.

  11. Father Ron Smith Says:

    Regarding Barbara’s last post, #8, we Christians do not express our belief in terms of Satan or demons. God forbid! Our faith is clearly expressed in this way:

    “I believe in God the Father Alimghty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord…. I believe in the Holy Spirit, Lord and Give of life”.

    It is not customary for Orthodox Christian to express their faith in term of Satan and his works. We leave that to the ‘devil-dodgers’.

    A note also for others on this site:

    One needs to learn the difference, especially those dealing in the ministry of exorcism, between the need for deliverance from problems of ‘oppression’ (most common) and deliverance from possession. this is a problem for many dabblers, and much damage has been done in the past by well-meaning amateur ‘exorcists’ who tinker with deliverance ministry - not only at their own peril, but at the peril of their unfortunate subjects. The casualties have been numerous. This is one area in which the ‘curious’ can get their fingers burnt - badly.