The Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit has come out to strongly object to the Church of England’s decision to allow their priests to preside marriages over couples of the same sex in its congregation.
In the letter dated dated 10th February 2023, from archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, the Church made it clear that they will not go against biblical doctrine.
“The unfortunate rise of the liberal Churchmanship within the Western Provinces of our beloved Anglican Communion is devious and must be countered with the true Gospel,” read part of the letter.
The Most Reverend Dr. Ole Sapit says the liberal Churches having lost all theological and doctrinal legitimacy, are now using their political dominance to secularize the Church by normalizing all manner of sin.
“We in the Anglican Church of Kenya call upon these Western liberal Provinces to repent and return to the one and only faith in Jesus Christ as revealed and taught in the Canonical scriptures of the Church.”
The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) maintained that the decision by the Church of England cannot force them to follow a doctrine they do not subscribe to and teachings that are contrary to the Bible.
“The general synod of the Church of England makes legislation for the Church of England and their resolutions apply only to the Church of England.”
ACK told their congregants that they will not subscribe to the decision to bless same-sex unions as they do not recognise them.
“We affirm that marriage, as taught in the Holy Scriptures is between one man and one woman, and deviation from this God-designed covenant relationship, is sinful and unacceptable.”
On Thursday, February 9th, 2923, following two days of acrimonious debate on whether to change the Church’s teaching of marriage, the Church of England’s General Synod resolved to offer blessings to same-sex couples. It also made a provision that clergy who opt not to use the proposed prayers of blessings are allowed to do so. The Synod said, that prayers of blessings may be used in the church but that the church will not approve of same-sex marriage.
Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, however, affirmed his solidarity with those marginalized Christians in the Church of England who are resolved to remain faithful to the Gospel of Christ and seek obedience to the teachings of the scriptures in all its entirety.
“We pray for them that they will not surrender their light of Christ to the powerful secular voices that captured the church,” said Ole Sapit in a letter dated 10thFebruary 2023.