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The Church of Uganda has moved swiftly to terminate its relationship with Canterbury, the seat of the Anglican Church worldwide after it allowed homosexuals to marry .
“From the first page of the Bible in the book of Genesis to the last page of the Bible in the book of Revelation, it is clear that God’s design for human flourishing is that we are part of a family that is defined as one man and one woman united in holy matrimony for life and, God willing, a union that produces children.
God’s Word has said that the only context for sexual relationships is in the context of a marriage of one man and one woman. Same sex relationship is a sin. The Church of England has sinned,” Archbishop Dr.Stephen Kaziimba –the head of the Anglican church in Uganda stated .
On Thursday, the general synod of the church of England which is their top governing body – to the surprise of the world sat and passed several resolutions among others allowing the clergy to preside over marriages involving homosexuals something that is deemed a taboo in the African culture .Gays are already considered married by the British government.
Many Ugandans have welcomed the decisive move by the Church of Uganda to break away and Archbishop Kaziimba said they cannot continue to walk in the same line with the English church that he described as being “sinners” in all they have done.
“The Church of England insists it is not changing its doctrine of marriage but, in practice, they are doing precisely that. If it looks like a wedding and sounds like a wedding, it is a wedding.”
“Yes, God can forgive you, but it requires that you come before God, confess that you have done wrong, and make a commitment to change your way of life. In other words, to repent and walk in God’s ways. Our message is the message of the Bible, which is, go, and sin no more. The Church of England, on the other hand, has now departed from the Bible and their new message is the opposite message of the Bible. They are now saying, “Go, and sin some more,” Kaziimba said.
Whereas Canterbury is recognized as the seat of the Anglican Church worldwide, Kaziimba said just like they did in the early 2000s when they broke away from the Episcopal Church in America, they are set for the same with the Church of England.
“We now want to ask the Church of England, “Do you have the integrity to step out of the Anglican Communion because you have departed from the Anglican faith?” God called you to preach a Gospel of repentance and faith. Instead, you’re like Jonah. You have disobeyed and are running in the opposite direction.”
“The Church of England has departed from Anglican faith and are now false teachers. We fear Jesus’ words for them, “If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” (Rev 2.5b) It’s that serious.”
Archbishop Kaziimba said Canterbury can join the Episcopal Church in America, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church in Wales, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, and others that so wish to form their own Canterbury Communion “because what they believe is not Anglicanism and it is not the faith once delivered to the saints. “
“If they want to take their whole church into the belly of a whale, they are free to do that; we are, after all, autonomous Anglican Provinces. We think it’s a bad idea, but they are free to do it.”
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda said they will send over 200 members to join colleagues including Archbishops, Bishops and other Anglicans from all over African and the world for the fourth Global Anglican Future Conference(GAFCON) meeting to sit together, pray and discern the mind of Christ for the way forward.
“My fellow Ugandans – we cannot serve God and mammon. We cannot serve God and money. Do not lose your soul because you think you will gain the whole world through the money they offer you. Do not think you can take the money, but not fall into their trap. It’s a lie; you are being exploited with that money,”Dr.Kaziimba said.
The Church of Uganda has maintained its stand on homos for decades . The wanton practice is a crime and the laws of Uganda .
Already , the national parliament is investigating reported cases of homosexuality in schools promoted quietly by the agents of the sinners who are offering money to unsuspecting Ugandans . Homos can produce children and therefore cant fulfill the biblical teachings of procreation .
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