Calvin Robinson in Kigali

The Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) has pledged to reject the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Conservative primates gathered in Rwanda withdrew their recognition of Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as the “first among equals.”

The conference in Kigali brought together more than 1,300 delegates from 52 countries.

At the end of a conference, Gafcon said in a statement: “Public statements by the Archbishop of Canterbury and other leaders of the Church of England in support of same-sex blessings are a betrayal of their ordination.”

“We have no confidence that the Archbishop of Canterbury nor the other Instruments of Communion led by him … are able to provide a godly way forward that will be acceptable to those who are committed to the truthfulness, clarity, sufficiency and authority of Scripture.”

GB News’ Calvin Robinson has backed Gafcon’s significant move.

He said: “The statement from Gafcon and the Global South is both clear and strong.

“There is great regret that the General Synod of the Church of England in February passed a motion to allow the blessing of same-sex unions, a motion that directly opposes the Scriptures, thus dragging the Church into apostasy.

“For that reason, the Anglican Communion no longer recognises the Archbishop of Canterbury as first among equals and calls on him and other leaders in the Church of England to repent and return to the Biblical teachings of Christ. God does not bless what he calls sin.”

“The call to repentance was met with great sadness, but the Gafcon and Global South delegates who represent 85 per cent of Anglicans worldwide made it abundantly clear that they are not leaving the Anglican Communion, or even creating a new Communion, but that it is the Church of England which has moved away from the Communion.

“Gafcon and the Global South will now in essence eject the heretical Church of England until they repent and return to the Gospel. There will be a resetting of the governing instruments of the Anglican Communion.”

Calvin continued: “The Gafcon Primates extended the Anglican Communion by recognising new orthodox jurisdictions for faithful Anglicans, such as the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), the Anglican Church in Brazil, the Anglican Network in Europe (ANiE), the Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Diocese of the Southern Cross.

“Together in Christ, the Anglican Communion will better aim to serve the wider Anglican world. There was talk of persecuted Christians around the world who are in need of support both pastoral and practical.

“Gafcon set out a plan for the future, including youth ministry, women’s ministry, mercy ministries, in what they are calling a decade of discipleship, evangelism and mission (2023-2033).

“But let it not be understated, the primary and most immediate objective must be to elect a new first among equals and replace the Archbishop of Canterbury as the figurehead of the Anglican Communion.”

He added: “God bless Gafcon and their biblically faithful, uncompromising preaching of the Gospel.”