GAFCON Chairman Hails First Ordination of Priests to the Anglican Mission in England [VirtueOnline]

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    GAFCON Chairman Hails First Ordination of Priests to the Anglican Mission in England

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    GAFCON Chairman Hails First Ordination of Priests to the Anglican Mission in England
    Mission and fidelity cannot be separated, says Archbishop Nicholas Okoh

    By David W. Virtue, DD
    www.virtueonline.org
    December 12, 2017

    GAFCON chairman and Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, the largest province in the Anglican Communion, hailed the recent ordination of seven priests to the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE), calling it "historic" as it took place in the Advent season.

    "On the 7th December, the first ordinations of the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) took place in London. AMiE was established by the overwhelming consensus of the Nairobi Conference in 2013 as a mission society in England to help our English brothers and sisters in the massive task of evangelization," said Archbishop Nicholas Okoh in his December address to GAFCON followers.

    Taking a swipe at the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Archbishop Okoh said that at Christ's return there will also be final judgement. "Those of us in the ordained ministry of the Church have a special responsibility to be messengers of the good news of the gospel by which we are saved from that judgement. To neglect that duty or to distort that message is therefore a very serious matter and brings the messengers themselves under the judgement of God. Where there is no repentance and those who are called to be shepherds of the flock continue to be unfaithful to the Good Shepherd, action must be taken."

    Okoh said Bishop Andy Lines had ordained nine men to serve in church plants which have already been established and to create new ones.

    "The purpose is to help re-evangelize a nation that was once one of the greatest centers of Christian mission the world has ever seen, but is now one of the most secular, and its strategy is to do this by planting new churches. Many faithful Anglicans remain within the Church of England, but there is a danger that their work will be compromised or made more difficult if the Bible is no longer upheld as the rule of faith. How can a Church be effective in mission when it has muddled the truth of the gospel? Mission and fidelity cannot be separated."


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