Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearson, the secretary of the Anglican Communion has urged Anglican leaders in Africa not to ’’fall in line’’ with ’’socially progressive’’ views and programmes. He made this known to the members of the Council of African Provinces of Africa (CAPA) during their meeting in Rwanda, he said that the Church “will not crumble or bow the knee to a godless secular culture that despises the Bible and what it teaches” and he urged the Churches in Africa to remain focused on serving the people of the continent.
He further said that: “Through our work, we are the source of the gospel, of education, of democracy, of civil society and political parties; and of the reduction of maternal and child mortality on our continent,’’. These were not imports from outside but result from the work of our African grandfathers and grandmothers in the faith.
“They really believe that it will only be a matter of time before we fall in line with their view of the world, of culture, of marriage, of community; either through conviction or, if not, then through convenience''.
“But I want to suggest to you – our fathers in the faith – that you can change this view by determining to focus on securing the development of the poorest and most left behind in our societies''.
“Our African Churches can never be social progressives in the sense beloved of the West. We will never allow our churches to be taken over by views and programmes which suggest that the Bible is wrong. We will not crumble or bow the knee to a godless secular culture that despises the Bible and what it teaches''.