Church of Uganda (COU) is set to break with the Church of England after its decision to support same-sex marriages.
On Thursday, the Church of England passed several resolutions where they decided to allow clergy to preside at blessings of same-sex unions and have approved supplemental prayers and liturgies for such occasions.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, says that they can’t walk in the same direction as those who have gone astray.
“Exclusive marriage between one man and one woman is the only context for sexual relationships, the Bible calls any other kind of sexual relationship a sin. Whether it is adultery, fornication, polygamy, or homosexual relationships. They are all sin, and they all separate us from God,” says Kaziimba.
According to Kaziimba, though God can forgive, it requires that you come before God, confess that you have done wrong, and make a commitment to change your way of life.
“There is a lot of sexual sin in Uganda. I know that, and you know that. Nevertheless, we haven’t changed our message. Our message is the message of the Bible, which is, “Go, and sin no more.”
The Church of England, on the other hand, has now departed from the Bible and their new message is the opposite message of the Bible. They are now saying, “Go, and sin some more.” They are even offering to bless that sin. That is wrong,” he says.
Kaziimba reveals that they will be traveling to Kigali in April for the 4th Global Gafcon meeting.
“We will be there with many Bible-believing Archbishops, Bishops, and Anglicans from all over Africa and the world. These are the ones who have not bowed their knee to Baal.
We shall pray, sit together, and discern the mind of Christ for the way forward. I ask your prayers for wisdom, for, indeed, we need the wisdom of Solomon to know how to faithfully respond to the crisis at hand,” he says.
He urges schools to say no to Gay organizations that are recruiting children into homosexuality.
There has been a rift between conservatives and liberals in the worldwide Communion over the issue of homosexuality. Groups such as the Scottish Episcopal Church and the US Episcopal Church have endorsed same-sex marriages and admitted gay clergy. But members of the GAFCON movement, a group of conservative Anglicans, maintain that such church groups are moving away from what the Bible teaches.