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Diocese of Guildford visits Nigeria

According to the Nigerian provincial website:

ON THE UNDILUTED WORD OF GOD WE STAND-ARCHBISHOP OKOH

The Archbishop, metropolitan and primate of all Nigeria Anglican communion The Most Rev Nicholas Okoh has again re-iterated his assurance of unalloyed cooperation and partnership with people who have complete faith and confidence in the undiluted word of God.

Archbishop Okoh stated this during a courtesy visit paid to him by a team of 7 visitors from the Diocese of Guildford, the Rt Rev Christopher Hill and his wife Hilary. He said the challenge the communion is facing at the moment is that of a section of the West who are promoting homosexuality, Lesbianism and approving liturgy for same sex marriage. He said this is an issue that must be seriously addressed if the communion must sustain the unity and oneness that had existed over the years.

The Primate, after reading a letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered by the Bishop of Guildford re-echoed the respect the church of Nigeria has for his office and his person and promised that a high powered delegation would visit the Lambeth palace later in the year to discuss issues of serious concern with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The team also visited the General Secretary of the church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) the Venerable Michael Oluwarohunbi who called their attention to the Youth as an indispensable tool, when he observed that in the 7-man team no Youth was present. Venerable Farohunbi said the Youth form the larger percentage in the church today and they must be given a conspicuous place.

The trip was rounded up with a visit to the General Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Engineer. S.L. Salifu who said Christianity is about 200years old in Nigeria and that CAN has within the 5 Blocs about 201 denominations. He said CAN is making great strides in physical and spiritual growth having conducted them round the National Christian Centre, a symbol of Unity for Christians in Nigeria. The visitors appreciated the magnificent edifice, with a revolving altar, first of its kind.

Earlier the team of 7 visitors have visited Diocese of Kebbi, Sokoto, Ife, Maidiguri, Ideato, Kaduna, Jos, Kafanchan, Minna, Lokoja, and Okrika paying courtesy calls on some Emirs, Muslim leaders, and peaceful co-existence. Divided into 3 groups the team were enthusiastically received in all the Dioceses.

The Dioceses in link with the dioceses of Guildford in Nigeria are Kebbi, Ife, Maiduguri, Ideato, Kano, Awka, Owo, Ekiti, West, Oleh, Orlu, Nsukka and Okrika dioceses. The visit was facilitated by the Archbishop of Kaduna province the most Rev Edmund Akanya. According to Dr. Olusola Igbari one of the facilitators, he said it is believed that the visit will enhance bilateral relationships and cooperation with the Diocese of Guildford and promote gospel of Christ and further enhance his kingdom.

The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) also thinks that his church is being denigrated in the USA and the UK. According to a report headed CHURCH OF NIGERIA ANGLICAN COMMUNION CAN NEVER BE PUSHED OR DRAGGED INTO THE DITCH PRIMATE OKOH. He said this:

…He said the outside world especially United states and United kingdom characterizes church of Nigeria Anglican Communion as fanatics, illiterates, and not in line with post modern times.

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I’ve seen this in a couple of places, now. It is interesting enough on its own terms, but it would be more so if one were able to read what was in Archbishop Williams’s letter to Archbishop Okoh. Is that extant anywhere?

JCF
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“cooperation and partnership with people who have complete faith and confidence in the undiluted word of God.” And to question Okoh’s *interpretation* is to “dilute”, I suppose? {Sigh} “promoting homosexuality, Lesbianism and approving liturgy for same sex marriage” The latter, of course, equals the former (in this crazy mentality). Better to merely promote promiscuity, than marriage! O_o **** “[C]hurch of Nigeria Anglican Communion as fanatics, illiterates” Well, as always, “the Church” is the Body of Christ. As such, it is sinless, perfect . . . but does the “Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion” have WAAAAAAY too many “fanatics” IN it?… Read more »

Roger
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You can’t very well be dragged into a ditch if you’ve already driven yourself there at high speed.

Father Ron Smith
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“The Primate, after reading a letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered by the Bishop of Guildford re-echoed the respect the church of Nigeria has for his office and his person and promised that a high powered delegation would visit the Lambeth palace later in the year to discuss issues of serious concern with the Archbishop of Canterbury.” – re Archbishop Okoh, Nigerian web-site – This ‘high-powered delegation’ would obviously be jet-streamed by the heavy purses of ACNA and the Global South who would endeavour to subject the ABC to compliance with their inhumane, outdated and un-godly view on women,… Read more »

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and promised that a high powered delegation would visit the Lambeth palace later in the year to discuss issues of serious concern with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Such as? Is there anything new one would read from Nigeria beside the Primate’s and bishops interest in homosexuality and lesbianism.

Oh I wanted to say I have countless numbers of friends from the Diocese of Guildford who are happy homosexuals, some of them are priests and happily married to their partners.

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Here is the real possibility of schism, an interesting news report I ran into. http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/-/2558/1008948/-/opavntz/-/http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/-/2558/1008948/-/opavntz/-/ Sources at the August 23-29 2nd All Africa Bishops Conference in Entebbe, Uganda told The EastAfrican that key consultations on the schism were held at the sidelines of the main meeting and would be concluded after engaging members from Asia, South America and Australiad. The push for a split follows the collapse of reconciliatory talks between Archbishop Williams Rowan of Canterbury and the liberal church leaders in the United States and Canada after the latter snubbed pleas to disown homosexuality. “We have met several times… Read more »

Malcolm+
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Here is the correct url for Roger’s link: http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/-/2558/1008948/-/opavntz/-/