Dec 21, 2003 / 22:00 pm
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not for sale. That was the firm and unmoveable response of the Anglican Church of Uganda after the U.S. Episcopalian Church said it planned to send a delegation and financial aid to the installation of an Anglican bishop in Uganda.
The Anglican Church of Uganda cut off all ties with the Episcopalian Church in the U.S. after if officially recognized same-sex unions and consecrated openly homosexual Gene Robinson as the Bishop of New Hampshire Diocese two months ago.
"Recent comments by your staff suggesting that your proposed visit demonstrates that normal relations with the Church of Uganda continue, have made your message clear: If we fall silent about what you have done promoting unbiblical sexual immorality and we overturn or ignore the decision to declare a severing of relationship with ECUSA, poor displaced persons will receive aid," said the letter. "Here is our response: The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not for sale, even among the poorest of us who have no money. Eternal life, obedience to Jesus Christ, and conforming to His Word are more important."
The letter was addressed to Bishop Frank Griswold and dated Dec.16. It was signed by Canon Stanley Ntagali, the provincial secretary of the Church of Uganda, and Anglican Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi.Nkoyoyo of Uganda.