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Primate of West Africa Addresses GAFCON Conference

Archbishop Justice Akrofi, primate of the Anglican Church of West Africa, began a series of daily scriptural expositions at the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) on Tuesday, June 24.

“We turn to the Bible every day at GAFCON because we wish to hear the word of God saying what God wishes to speak to us,” said the Rev. David Short as he introduced the series.

Archbishop Akrofi spoke on God’s covenant with Abraham in Genesis 12, saying that the covenant with those that trust in the Living God should be a cause for confidence in the midst of the Anglican Communion’s present conflict. “Faithfulness and obedience to the will of God are the needed ingredients in the final analysis, God’s cause will prevail.”

However, like Abraham, Christians face temptation and sometimes fail to meet the standards of their relationship with God, Archbishop Akrofi said. “What is our motivation for the stance we take in this crisis, faithfulness in God’s Word alone or to make a name for ourselves?  Human motives are always mixed.  Let our motives be pure.”

Archbishop Akrofi encouraged GAFCON pilgrims to trust God with the task of setting the future direction of the movement. “Let us dare to move on and start the imagining of the end product, let us resist the temptation to play God’s secretaries.”

On Wednesday, Rev Short, rector of St John’s, Shaughnessy (the largest Anglican church in Canada), will do an exposition on the Presence of God, based on Exodus 24 in the Bible. On Thursday, an exposition from 2 Samuel 1-17, on The King of God, will be done by the Rev. Vaughan Roberts (United Kingdom). Friday’s exposition, on the Son of God, based on Luke 24, will be done by Bishop Michael Fape of Nigeria. The expositions will be crowned on Sunday with The Throne of God, from Revelation 21, to be done by Archbishop Yong Ping Chung (South East Asia)

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