Lambeth Conference has ‘compounded the issues’ within the Anglican Communion

Delegates on the Lambeth Conference 2022 in Canterbury, Kent.(Photo: Lambeth Conference)

Gafcon chief, Foley Beach, has expressed disappointment with the Lambeth Conference for treating liberal and conventional interpretations of Scripture as “equally legitimate”.

The Lambeth Conference introduced round 650 bishops to Canterbury in Kent earlier this month to debate a spread of points, essentially the most divisive of which was sexuality.

Missing from the gathering had been orthodox bishops from Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria who determined to boycott it over the presence of liberal bishops.

Reflecting on the convention in a letter to Gafcon members, Dr Beach stated that “somewhat than being a supply of therapeutic and unity, the Lambeth Conference compounded the issues”.

“Over the final couple of a long time, Lambeth Conference organizers and occasions like these have routinely combined heresy and orthodoxy; treating each positions as equally legitimate,” he stated.

“The clear instructing of Scripture is handled as one in all many legitimate choices with no accountability for these Provinces who depart from the Bible.

“I want I might be writing to you and sharing that the latest Lambeth Conference was totally different, nevertheless it was not.”

Bishops on the convention had been divided over the Lambeth Call on Human Dignity and the removal of a reaffirmation of Lambeth 1.10, the 1998 decision upholding marriage between a person and a girl and rejecting gay apply.

Orthodox bishops below the umbrella of the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches circulated a petition reaffirming Lambeth 1.10, and refused to take communion alongside their liberal counterparts.

This in flip prompted liberal bishops to flow into their own petition on the “holiness” of LGBT+ love.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, touched on the divisions in various letters and keynote addresses throughout the Conference, telling bishops that Anglicans “don’t … go down the street of expelling different Christians”.

He angered orthodox Anglicans by affirming progressive bishops and suggesting that they had been nonetheless being devoted to Scripture.

“They haven’t arrived calmly at their concepts that conventional instructing wants to vary. They will not be careless about scripture. They don’t reject Christ. But they’ve come to a special view on sexuality after lengthy prayer, deep examine and reflection on understandings of human nature,” stated Welby in his remarks on the Call on Human Dignity.

“For them, to query this totally different instructing is unthinkable, and in lots of international locations is making the church a sufferer of derision, contempt and even assault. For these church buildings to not change conventional instructing challenges their very existence.”

Dr Beach, who’s Chair of the Gafcon Primates Council, stated that the Lambeth Conference was “full of confusion” and revealed the brokenness of the Anglican Communion.

“The Canterbury Communion is damaged, not simply metaphorically, however actually, as these in attendance couldn’t in good conscience all share Holy Communion,” he stated. 

“The Canterbury Communion has ceased to be a spot the place communion might be shared and has devolved into one thing extra akin to a federation or affiliation of Provinces with a typical historical past and incompatible theologies and ethical ethics.

“While their colonial constructions are imploding, the Anglican Establishment in England continues to disregard the legitimate issues of those that maintain to the instructing of the Bible and the historic instructing of the Church.” 

He ended his letter with a name to “Biblical repentance and renewal”, and the occupation of “an unambiguous, saving religion in Jesus Christ”. 



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