Friday, 11 July 2008

Evangelical Alliance Statement on GAFCON

Anglicans comprise one third of the membership of the Evangelical Alliance. In addition, the issues that GAFCON has wrestled with affect many others within our constituency, whether Anglican or not. It is for that reason that the Alliance has considered it appropriate to comment on recent events. The primary mission of the Evangelical Alliance is the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and we stand unequivocally with all who would affirm that gospel as revealed in the Scriptures. We, therefore, wholeheartedly endorse the emphasis placed on the Gospel and the Bible in the recent declarations of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON). We also affirm any who stand for the historic gospel of Jesus Christ, whether or not they supported the recent Global Anglican Future Conference.

We support GAFCON in the principled stance that they have taken on issues of human sexuality and we remain as committed as they are to upholding such biblical norms. We also praise those GAFCON leaders who have clearly and unambiguously condemned all forms of violence and hatred toward gay and lesbian people. We hope that in addition to their focus on this important issue they will also be able to continue to address such central gospel issues as the uniqueness of Christ and pressing social issues as the huge inequalities in our world.

We pray for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishops and Clergy of the established church at this time of unquestionable crisis and we hope and pray that our fellow evangelicals within the Anglican Communion will be able to continue to proclaim gospel truth faithfully and graciously whatever the outcome.

Evangelical Alliance Statement on GAFCON