Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Archbishop Akinola calls a Spade - a Spade

From Virtue online

The Anglican Archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Akinola has written an open letter to Archbishop Rowan Williams saying that liberal Primates of the Anglican Communion “trivialized” the historic faith in Alexandria and their actions show they have no intention of backing down from their revisionist behavior and that mediation will not work.

"In our meeting we recommended that you initiate a "professionally mediated conversation which engages all parties at the earliest opportunity." It now seems increasingly clear that without a radical change of behavior on the part of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada the only possible outcome of such a process is acknowledgement of a bitter truth that the differences in the words of (Scottish Primus) Archbishop Idris Jones are "irreconcilable".

The Nigerian leader of the Anglican Communion's largest province of 25 million practicing Anglicans praised Dr. Williams for his handling of "divergent views" and said that discussion of "core theological issues" provided "considerable clarity" with liberals hardening their positions with communion breaking acts even as the Primates met.

Akinola cited the days leading up to the meeting where the Diocese of Virginia declared the "inherent integrity and blessedness" of same sex unions and initiated a process to provide for their "blessing". "While we were meeting, The Diocese of Toronto also announced that it will start same sex blessings within a year and The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia filed further costly legal action appealing the court's decision in twenty cases favoring nine Virginia congregations."

They said the fruits of TEC's new theology included a refusal to reaffirm the historic articles of the Christian faith, syncretism, the promotion of abortion, weakening traditional marriage, promoting same sex blessings and other sexual aberrations, communion for the unbaptized, and accelerating litigation by TEC against the orthodox.

"We conclude with the heresies of the current Presiding Bishop that demonstrates her affirmation of the classic heresies of Pelagianism, Marcionism, Pluralism, Universalism and Gnosticism."

A report from orthodox Canadian Anglicans said heterodox Anglicans had torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion to shreds and highlighted the denial of the authority of Holy Scripture, the pursuit of same sex blessings agenda in the ACoC: "blessings" to "marriages"; hostile actions against dissenting priests and congregations and a refusal to endorse the Windsor Report or commit to the Windsor Report recommendations.

A PDF copy of Archbishop Akinola's letter can be read here. http://www.americananglican.org/assets/Publications/PJA-to-RW.pdf

The American Anglican Council's report on The Episcopal Church that was prepared for the Primates is available here. http://www.americananglican.org/assets/Publications/Primates-Report-Final.pdf

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