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UGANDA: Anglican Archbishop Rips TEC Convention Resolution A051 supporting LGBT African Advocacy

UGANDA: Anglican Archbishop Rips TEC Convention Resolution A051 supporting LGBT African Advocacy
Should TEC try to come in and influence our Bible scholars away from the clear and plain sense meaning of Scripture, we shall consider them a wolf who has invaded our flock...to steal, kill, and destroy the Church of Uganda

By David W. Virtue in Salt Lake City
www.virtueonline.org
June 24, 2015

The Primate of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali has come out blasting proposed Resolution A051 supporting LGBT African advocacy. He asserted that should "TEC try to come in and influence our Bible scholars away from the clear and plain sense meaning of Scripture, we shall consider them a wolf who has invaded our flock in order to pick off individuals with the intent to steal, kill, and destroy the Church of Uganda."

The resolution is being presented at the 2015 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, as part of its social justice advocacy policy that aims to build relationships with African Anglican scholars and activists who are working to advance "generous understandings" of the Bible that affirm the dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people. The resolution also states that it publicly opposes laws that criminalize homosexuality and incite violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people, and wants a task force pursuant to Joint Rule of Order IX.22 of at least two priests or deacons, two lay people, and two bishops to complete this work by the 79th General Convention.

VIRTUEONLINE sent a copy of the proposed resolution to the Church of Uganda leader. He replied with the following:

"The Church of Uganda broke communion with TEC twelve years ago in 2003 because of their unilateral decision to change the Church's teaching on marriage, sexuality, and ordination, which they had no right to do. Though it makes us sad, this resolution in 2015 does not surprise us. It is merely an extension of TEC's arrogance and imperialism toward the rest of the world and the churches of the Anglican Communion.

"The Church of Uganda is united in our commitment to the Jerusalem Declaration of GAFCON, to the plain sense meaning of the Bible's teaching on marriage as a lifelong relationship between one man and one woman, and the marriage relationship as the only place for sexual intimacy.

"Should TEC try to come in and influence our Bible scholars away from the clear and plain sense meaning of Scripture, we shall consider them a wolf who has invaded our flock in order to pick off individuals with the intent to steal, kill, and destroy the Church of Uganda.

"We consider TEC's draft resolution to be in line with the Anglican Communion's "Bible in the Life of the Church" project and Continuing Indaba (or Facilitated Conversations) -- they are all Trojan Horses intent on violating Anglicanism's historic understanding of the authority of Scripture and we are not participating. We have better things to do with our time and limited resources. TEC's proposed resolution simply gives it an official mandate to do what they've already been doing unofficially, namely bringing down the rest of the Anglican Communion in the same way they have led to their own decline. We will resist these efforts, and God will judge all of us."

An Anti-Homosexuality Act was signed into law in Uganda in February of 2014. It was, however, overturned by Uganda's Supreme Court in July 2014. So, there is no Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda today. Since the AHA did not remove existing laws, they are still in place.

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