By Robin G. Jordan
In his October Pastoral Letter GAFCON Primates’ Council Chairman Iliud Wabukala is unrestrained in his glowing praise of the Anglican Church in North America. He goes on to use as justification for the GAFCON and Global South Primates’ acceptance of Archbishop Welby’s invitation to a Primates’ meeting in January what he perceives to be happening in the ACNA.
Archbishop Wabukala gives every appearance of basing his appraisal of the Anglican Church in North America on a few showcase ACNA gatherings to which he has been invited.
Has he taken time to examine To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism and the rites and services of the proposed ACNA Prayer Book? Both the ACNA catechism and the proposed ACNA Prayer Book depart from the teaching of the Bible and the doctrinal and worship principles of the Anglican formularies. Both countenance unreformed Catholic teaching and practices.
Has he considered the implications of the formal adoption of the ACNA catechism and the proposed ACNA Prayer Book—how it would exclude from the Anglican Church in North America clergy and congregations faithful to authentic historic Anglicanism, to the Bible and the Anglican formularies?
If the GAFCON movement really stands for the restoration of the Bible and the gospel to the heart of the Anglican Communion, then it needs to take a good, hard look at the jurisdiction that it birthed.