5 July 2006
For immediate release
of Church Society meeting yesterday (Tuesday) noted with gratitude the recent
statement from the House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria.
The Bishops were responding to a recent reflection sent out
by the Archbishop of Canterbury. They particularly called attention
to the apparent underlying assumption made by the Archbishop
that unity is more important than truth. It is clear from such
statements as the historic creeds and the Thirty-nine Articles
of Religion (part of the eformulariesf) that the Church of England
and the Anglican Communion assume that there are boundaries to
what is and is not authentic Christianity and to the legitimate
interpretation of the Bible.
The theological divisions now affecting the Anglican Communion
are a result of people and churches trying to distort plain biblical
teaching. The Bishopsf analysis of this as a ecancerous lumpf
which will kill the body is entirely correct.
It is our fervent hope that over the coming months orthodox
leaders within the Anglican Communion will work to ensure that
our world-wide fellowship of churches is not destroyed by false
teaching, immorality, inaction and indifference.