Anglican Bishop Flays America Over Same-sex Law
THE Bishop of the Anglican Communion, Diocese of Akure, Rt. Revd Simeon Borokini, has condemned United States of America (USA) for legalizing same-sex marriage and urged the new governments across the country to operate peoples oriented administration.
His criticism of the new American sex law was during the 3rd Session of the Eleventh Synod held at St Peter’s Church, Ijare, in Ifedore Local Government Area of the state. The Synod themed: “Called to be chosen for God” provided a platform for archdeaconries and statutory institutions of the diocese to give reports of their stewardship.
At the thanksgiving service, which marked the end of the four days programme yesterday, Borokini described the legislation for same-sex marriage by America, regarded as “God’s own country,” as very barbaric.
“It is very unfortunate, because the Bible says when you see these things happening, the end of the world is at hand. America negated her slogan, which says: ‘God with us,’ by voting in favour of same-sex marriage. We are very surprised at that because we don’t expect a country like that to support such obnoxious law.”
The Bishop distanced the Anglican Communion from the support given to the law by some American churches like the Presbyterian and Episcopal, which the Anglican Communion is a branch, saying the Nigerian religious arm is sponsoring some religious sects to kick against its spread across the globe.
“Before it was legalized by the country, the Nigerian Anglican Communion have already segregated themselves from supporting such,” affirming that the convocational bishops in North American and the Nigerian Communion of the church are wholly against the law.
Ealier in his opening charge before the 256 House of Laity, 90 House of Clergy and one House of Bishop, the Bishop appreciated God for the last election, which he said greatly threatened the peace and unity of the nation, saying: “God saved Nigeria from the evident chaos and collapse that would have resulted from the tensed atmosphere before, during and immediately after the 2015 elections.
“The peace of the country was highly threatened with insecurity of life and property. The Boko Haram and bombings in the North East and kidnapping in the South East,. They are now fast spreading to the South West. Communal clashes, religious and political intolerance were on the increase, with corruption, apathy and lawlessness having a field day all over the country.”
He admitted God’s intervention in the affairs of the country by perfecting his is will for the nation in the choice of leadership that emerged through the polls, praying “that God will empower the new leaders spiritually and physically to manage the affairs of the country according to the dictate of the Holy Spirit.”
He continued: “With the declaration and assurance given by the new Head of State and Commander-in-chief of the Armed forces, President Mohammadu Buhari, that these problems will be tackled by his government, we hope for a better tomorrow and a better Nigeria soon. Our situation now calls for absolute trust in God and determination to support the rulers in all things just and morally good.”
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