Friday, May 22, 2009

Nigerian Anglican Church condemns Gay Marriage, Focuses on Youths

The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Reverend Peter Akinola has lauded the Same Gender Marriage Prohibition Bill which aims to proscribe in Nigeria, any so-called marriage between people of the same sex. In a paper, recently submitted to the Nigerian Parliamentary Committee, stating the Church’s position, Akinola demonstrated his support for the bill which is continually being stalled by high-level desperate advocacy by international homosexual groups desperate to seek an inroute into Africa for their nefarious agenda.

Strong voices like Akinola’s are part of what is keeping legislators from having totally jetisson the bill initiated by then President Obasanjo, over 2years ago.

On his blog (, Anglican orthodoxy defender, David Virtue further quotes Rev. Akinola: "Same sex marriage apart from being ungodly is also unscriptural, unnatural, unprofitable, unhealthy, uncultured, un-African and un-Nigerian. It is a perversion, a deviation and an aberration that is capable of engendering moral and social holocaust in this country. It is also capable of extincting mankind and as such should never be allowed to take root in Nigeria. Outlawing it is to ensure the continued existence of this nation. The need for doing this is urgent, compelling and imperative. The time is now."

Referring to developments in the Anglican church elsewhere in the world, Akinola said:

"As Anglican Christians we continue to be distressed by the spiritual crisis within our own family of faith in other parts of the world. Since 2003 the unilateral revisionist actions of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church Canada have torn the fabric of our common life. While the Church of Nigeria stands resolutely and uncompromisingly on the truth of the Holy Scriptures and the Lordship of Jesus Christ endless meetings and repeated communiqu├ęs have done nothing to bring restoration of our beloved communion."

One tactic frequently employed to introduce unwholesome practices into the Church today is to claim we are in a post-modern world, and that the supposedly “restive” youths must somehow be indulged by the Church. For instance, in the United States, the United Church of Christ (Barak Obama’s church) has endorsed the action of distributing condoms to youths in the church, calling it “a matter of life and death” for which the Church has a “moral responsibility” (

Once again, the Anglican Church in Nigeria is providing exemplary leadership on this note. The Standing Committee of the Church, at its last General Synod (with the theme "The Youth of our Church" ) said it recognized that the youth of today are living under very different conditions from older generations. In a statement, it further avers that: "The ease of access to the global village afforded by Information Technology has a profound impact on what they believe and how they behave.”

And the Action Plan? “We will do all that we can to secure the commitment of our youth by involving them fully in the task of nation building through the transforming mission of the church. We will challenge them, guide them, listen to them and assure them of our support. " (, 24/03/09). Way to go, brethren!

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