Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 9, 2014
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.
Psalm 86:5-7

The Rt. Rev. David Anderson 

Dear Friends of the Anglican Realignment,

The crisis of the kidnaped and stolen school girls in Nigeria continues to weigh on everyone's heart. Everyone who has an ounce of compassion in their heart prays and cries with the parents of these young girls. The Anglican Primate of Nigeria, the Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh has issued a call to all of his churches to begin a week of prayer beginning Monday, May 12 for the safe release of the Chibok schoolgirls, for the insecure situation that has arisen in Nigeria, and for all of the victims of the Boko Haram terrorism. I urge all of my readers to join in this prayer and supplication for this next week, and to include these concerns in Sunday prayers on the 11th.

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) is the largest Anglican Province in the entire communion, and has the largest in church attendance on Sundays. Their numbers have grown to over 20 million in church - actual people you could find and meet - unlike the Church of England which claims about 20 million members but has only 700-800 thousand who attend church services.  In December of 2007 I was consecrated a bishop by the Church of Nigeria, and although I am now in retired status, I continue to assist occasionally in the U.S.A. as requested.

In other news this week, we read that the former American Episcopal Church bishop of New Hampshire, the Rt. Rev Gene Robinson, is divorcing for the second time. His first divorce was from his wife and mother of his children at the time when he first announced that he was homosexual. As state laws changed, he married his same-sex partner, but now they are divorcing. Some have suggested that his divorce underlines that marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman, but I don't agree, since this is after all his second divorce, his first being from a woman. No one should rejoice that Gene Robinson and his partner have this pain and new confusion in their lives, and if you feel disposed, pray for them both that they might find a restoration of God's original plan for their lives, and discover an order and coherence based firmly on God's Word.

The simple truth is that God established the lifelong relationship between a man and a woman, wherein they leave behind their former primary relationships and join together and are united in the eyes of God and the community as husband and wife and this relationship is named marriage. God did not establish, nor does he bless, couples of the same gender living together as if they were married without making the commitment that marriage entails, nor does he bless or establish marriage as being possible between people of the same gender no matter who presides over the service. It really is that plain and simple, no matter how much the gay and lesbian community wants same-sex marriage to be accepted and written into law. The only laws that endure are God's laws and they don't change even if secular judges or legislators decide otherwise. The same-sex attraction that some feel is a fundamental disordering of the natural and intended pattern intended by God for humankind. Acting out this fundamental disordering results in confusion and the desire to remake theology and society to better reflect the disorder itself. We are seeing the results of this disorder in church and society at all levels and all parts of the world. May God have mercy on us all and restore us to his desired order.

As we draw closer to the June meeting of the Anglican Church in North America's College of Bishops' Conclave, when, God willing, a new Archbishop will be chosen, I ask your prayers for the bishop electors, for their discernment and openness to the Holy Spirit's guidance, for the bishop who is chosen, and for all representatives and participants in the meetings that will follow the election.

Blessings and Peace in Jesus Christ,


The Rt. Rev. David C. Anderson
AAC President and Chairman of the Board 

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