This blog has often wondered out loud : when would the less than useless, functional atheist, 5th columnist Church of England (CofE) close its doors and disappear into the pages of history so it is great pleasure to report that the dead bone of the CofE appears to be coming to life.
The Global Anglican Future Conference, or GAFCON, a spirit – lead and truth-inspired wing of the a church which was formed in 2009 to counter the functional atheist path the church has been pursing reports that it has planted 483 new congregations. This while the functional atheist wing of the church is dying.
This is good news as the functional atheist wing of the church will inevitably die out and without making converts as it has nothing to offer. In time the spirit -lead and truth – inspired GAFCON will become the dominant face of the CofE.
We must continue to pray for continue growth of the spirit – lead and truth -inspired GAFCON and exit of the functional atheists from the leadership of the church to the secular humanists organisations with whom they share world view.
Functional atheist Anglican canon “marries” his partner
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Widely viewed as a schismatic movement, the Global Anglican Future Conference, or GAFCON, a grouping of conservative Anglicans, says it is not leaving the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Instead, the movement says it is committed to renewing the 85 million-member communion from within.
GAFCON members from Africa, Europe, America and Asia, met in London last week, where they discussed the future of global Anglicanism.
“The members of our churches stand at the heart of the communion, which is why we are committing to its renewal,” the GAFCON Primate Council said in a statement at the end of the April 13-17 conference. “We belong to the mainstream, and we are moving forward.”
The movement started in Jerusalem in 2008 as a response to the consecration of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson by the Episcopal Church.
It has gained ground, planting 483 new congregations in North America since 2009, Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America reported at the meeting.
Beach, who heads a rival group to the Episcopal Church, was elected to the GAFCON Council, the top decision making organ of the movement. Fellowships of Anglicans in Australia, England and Ireland are affiliated with GAFCON.
According to the statement, the movement says it has prioritized clear theological education and training of leaders, especially bishops.
At the London meeting, the primates said they are concerned the mother church has drifted away from biblical faith and voiced a new concern: interfaith relationships with Muslims.
“We do not regard the recent use of a Church of England building for a Muslim service as a minor aberration,” the council said. “These actions betray the Gospel and discourage Christians who live among Muslims, especially those experiencing persecution.”
In the past, some GAFCON bishops have criticized the Anglican Communion for being supportive of gays and lesbians.
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