The Church of Nigeria (Anglican) has had a Standing Committee meeting and issued the following pronouncements:
From the message to the nation:
“The Church affirms our commitment to the total rejection of the evil of homosexuality which is a perversion of human dignity and encourages the National Assembly to ratify the Bill prohibiting the legality of homosexuality since it is incongruent with the teachings of the Bible, Quran and the basic African traditional values.”
Well, they are clear, yes? All comments from the realignment crowd that tried to mollify that stance are now displaced by the reality. The Church of Nigeria believes homosexuality is evil and the Bill outlawing any gatherings of, or support of, homosexual persons good. Bishop Minns, what say you now? Anglican Communion Network, any interest in saying anything at all about the stance of the Church of Nigeria on this matter? What say you now?
And then there is the message to the Church.
“We also discerned afresh that the voice of the people is not always the voice of God since, as in the case of the Israelites and the golden calf, the voice of the people can actually be rebellion. The serious implication for us is that when our culture, tradition and disposition go against the Word of God, we must choose to be on the Lord’s side. The time-tested and inerrant rule of life must remain the written Word of God. To toy with these in the name of cultural accommodation or contextualization can only lead to worship of pseudo gods and the inevitable attendant confusion and disharmony, as in the case in the worldwide Anglican Communion…
There are lessons for today’s Church: As we face the real danger of sliding into syncretism, apostasy, and the inevitable divine judgment, what is needed is nothing short of the call by Moses: “Who is on the Lord’s side?” And those on the Lord’s side must not hesitate, whatever the cost, to make their position clearly known. We must resist every attempt from any quarters to be muddled or messed up with those of contrary disposition in any unholy alliance, lest like Israel we get our fingers burnt.
In all these, we as a church must press on with the mission committed to us – to make disciples of all nations. That is why we have taken steps to elect bishops for the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Nomadic Mission, and the outreach to the scattered flock of God in North America. We are still opening up more areas to direct access to the gospel message by creating more missionary dioceses. This is capital-intensive and Dioceses should therefore demonstrate greater commitment to the endowment fund project. We also encourage individuals who are endowed to support the Church in her missionary emphasis.
As part of our growing mission emphasis, we have also sought to understand better ways of understanding and evangelizing our neighbors in other faiths, particularly the Islam in the context of growing worldwide concerns. It is apparent that there is a worldwide Islamic agenda which has the political domination of every nation in view. Considering the negative consequences of this development, it is therefore imperative for Christians to be properly informed about what Islam stands for and dialogue with Muslims only when it is done on equal terms.”
Got it? The West is apostate, the true mission from the true faith in the true province will expand to wherever it wishes to go. Send money. Islam is a terror and we will only talk to them when it is on equal terms. In a few short paragraphs the Church of Nigeria squashes the Windsor Report and takes on imperial episcopacy.
OK. Nigeria speaks. What now?
Will anyone from the Network ever comment about anything Nigeria is up to? For that matter, will any of the Primates, including our own, issue any statement concerning the positions of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican)?