African bigots are shaping up as the saviours of Christianity
Kenya’s Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, above, is one of a clutch of bigoted African church leaders who are determined to drive their counterparts in the West back to Christianity’s fundamental intolerance.
And according to Fr Dwight Longenecker this a A Good Thing.
Last year, Anglican leaders in Africa rejected a proposal by the English College of Bishops for two years of “facilitated conversations” to address the differences over homosexuality within the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Wabukala, Chairman of the Global African Future Conference Primates’ Council, would have none of it, saying the move would project the Church of England’s problems onto the Communion as a whole.
Without clear understanding of biblical authority and interpretation, such dialogue will spread confusion and open doors for false interpretation of the gospel. I cannot commend the proposal.
Commenting in The National Catholic Register on the suspension last week of the Episcopal Church of the USA from the Anglican Communion Longenecker, above, wrote:
Without doubt the Anglican bishops’ decision was driven by the increasingly vocal and visible African contingent. Young, articulate, orthodox and angry, the African Anglican bishops are not only not willing to compromise over same sex marriage, they are also not willing to leave the Anglican communion over the issue.
After the Episcopalians voted to accept same sex marriage, the Africans lecture to the them would have been, ‘You are the ones who have departed from the Scriptures and from the timeless teaching of the Christian Church. We’re not leaving. You must leave.’
As Catholics view this debacle there are several signals we would be foolish to ignore. First, the Africans are here to stay and they mean business. The North-South clash over issues of human sexuality is as vocal, visible and vibrant in the Catholic Church as it is in the Anglican …
The African Anglican victory will doubtless strengthen the resolve of not only the other Anglican African bishops, but also their Catholic brothers in the ongoing battles for the family.
Secondly, the Africans’ victory in this matter will re-orient those in the North who adhere to Biblical Christianity. Historic Christians in both the Anglican and Catholic churches will look to the Africans as the defenders of orthodoxy. Weary of bishops who seem timid and spineless in the North’s culture wars, the Africans will appear to be the saviors of historic and Biblical Christianity …. As the lights go down on the Francis papacy, Catholics of the North may well look to the continent of Africa for the next successor of Peter.
This decision is the first solid sign that the long-predicted shift in global Christianity’s center of gravity from the disenchanted, decadent and declining North to the vibrant and growing South is now upon us.
Meanwhile, the UK LGBT Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has roundly condemned the Anglican Communion’s decision to punish the US Episcopal Church for supporting same-sex marriage.
PTT Secretary George Broadhead said:
In taking this decision the Anglican Communion and its feeble leader James Welby have clearly caved in to the demands of its evangelicals and the ultra homophobic Anglican Churches in Africa, notably those in Nigeria and Uganda which have given their full support to the draconian anti-gay legislation enacted in those countries.
The decision is a serious drawback to LGBT Christians’ struggle to prevail on the Church to accept their sexual relationships and support their rights.