Saturday, July 5, 2008

A Post-GAFCON Kenya?

Other Sheep East Africa eNews this morning reprinted excerpts from a July 3rd article in the Nairobi Star....

The Anglican Church of Kenya now wants to stop gays attending church.

Gays and lesbians will not join the Anglican congregations anymore...unless they renounce their sexuality.

Eldoret Dioceses Anglican Bishop Thomas Kogo yesterday said the church had decided to forbid homosexuals from going to their churches if they could not repent and stick to biblical teachings.

He said: "We have no choice about this. Those who want to practice lesbianism or be gays must stand aside and let those of us who respect the biblical teachings continue with our work."

He was speaking after he arrived from a crucial worldwide Anglican conference held in Jerusalem, Israel, that discussed homosexuality. Kogo said the church had extensively discussed the matter at the just-ended conference where it was agreed that all followers of the church must stick to the Bible. The bishop yesterday attended a prayer service at the St. Mathews ACK Pro-Cathedral in Eldoret where he read a communiqué from the Jerusalem conference attended by more than 1,200 bishops and other clergy.

Last Monday, IntegrityUSA reporter John Clinton Bradley participated in a GAFCON conference call with the press. Bradley asked spokesperson Martyn Minns, "Tenant 8 of the Jerusalem Declaration states that Christian marriage is between one man and one woman and calls for those who are not married to be abstinent. Changing Attitude estimates that there are 3.75 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Anglican. What does the GAFCON movement mean for LGBT Anglicans?"

Bishop Minns answered briefly that everyone is welcome, but that God's design for human sexuality is clear.

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