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African prelate warns Anglican communion against apostasy

June 10, 2016

Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, the Anglican primate of Nigeria, has said that the Church of England is following a "false gospel" and the faithful must combat "a globalized secular ideology which has established itself inside the Church."

"A line has been crossed," the archbishop said, with the appointment of a woman as an auxiliary bishop of the Anglican diocese of Liverpool. He said that as a result, the Aukre diocese in Nigeria has broken off its partnership with the Liverpool diocese. 

Archbishop Okoh, the newly elected chairman of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), issued his warning in a pastoral letter, in which he said that liberal trends that had worried conservative Anglicans when they arose in the US have now gained traction in the Church of England.  "The false teaching of the American Episcopal Church has been normalized in England," the Anglican prelate lamented. He said that GAFCON members must "devote ourselves to the task of restoring the Bible to the heart of the Anglican communion, and this is the true way to unity."

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