Thursday, 9 September 2010

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?

Posted by: Scott on Thursday, 9 September 2010 at 9:18pm BST

"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

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"[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? Those who'd rather brandish the Bible as a weapon, than take the time to *read it, as informed/Christ-formed* Christians? (And are WILLFULLY Biblically-"illiterate" thereby?)

Physician, Heal Thyself!

Posted by: JCF on Thursday, 9 September 2010 at 10:13pm BST

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

Posted by: Roger on Friday, 10 September 2010 at 4:36am BST

"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, gays, and any modern hermeneutical study of the Bible. All of this while Nigeria continues to battle with real problems of its own provenance in its own country!

The Archbishop will need to gather around him some of the theological faculty of the Church of England who have travelled further along the road of enlightenment than have many of the bishops of Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and other African countries have themselves been prepared to travel.

Sadly, their ACNA associates will do their level best to fund any enterprise that will serve to bolster Nigeria's intentions toward their common goal - of shoring up their anti-gay and, to a degree, anti-women theology which hinders the full outworking of the Gospel in the Anglican Communion.

May Archbishop Rowan be supported to resist the blandishments of the re-asserters, and bring hope to the women and gays of Africa and the world.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Friday, 10 September 2010 at 6:45am BST

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.

Posted by: Davis Mac-Iyalla on Friday, 10 September 2010 at 7:11am BST

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 (during the Kampala conference) and as Africans we shall meet our colleagues with a similar belief before we break up. The Rt Rev Dr John Chew Hiang Chea, the Archbishop of the Province of the Anglican Church in South-east Asia, has chaired the meetings,” said a source.
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The EastAfrican has established that 10 out of 12 Anglican provinces represented at the Kampala meeting supported the breakaway.

Posted by: Roger on Monday, 13 September 2010 at 4:42am BST

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

Posted by: Malcolm+ on Monday, 13 September 2010 at 4:20pm BST
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