We will Not accept same-sex marriages, Archbishop Kaziimba hits back at Church of England
The Church of Uganda has hit back at the Church of England after they publicly voted in favour of a motion to offer blessings to same-sex couples in civil partnerships and marriages.
Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba in a press briefing said the Church of England is offering to bless sin which is against the teachings in the bible.
“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.” Kaziimba noted.
He added that, “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.”
Kaziimba noted that as Church of Uganda, that cannot be accepted and will not be tolerated.
“As Church of Uganda we cannot accept that. God cannot bless what He calls sin.”
“We all know the story of the Uganda Martyrs, how they refused to engage in homosexual sex with their leaders. They stood firm in their Christian faith and were martyred for it. We cannot betray them or our Lord Jesus Christ. We will not betray the Word of God or His ways. The Bible tells us that Jesus alone is “the way, the truth, and the life,” and that he is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.”
“Jesus does not change his mind about what is sinful. Instead, Jesus gives us a way out of a bondage to sin by putting our trust and faith in him as our Saviour and Lord. That’s why it’s possible for us to “Go, and sin no more.”
Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba photo/Courtesy
On the way forward, Kaziimba asked the Church of England to have the integrity to step out of the Anglican Communion because they have departed from the Anglican faith.
“We now want to ask the Church of England, Do you have the integrity to step out of the Anglican Communion because you have departed from the Anglican faith? God called you to preach a Gospel of repentance and faith. Instead, you’re like Jonah. You have disobeyed and are running in the opposite direction.”
He noted that, “If they want to take their whole church into the belly of a whale, they are free to do that; we are, after all, autonomous Anglican Provinces. We think it’s a bad idea, but they are free to do it.”
“But, they are NOT free to drag the whole Anglican Communion with them. The Anglican Communion is NOT an extension of the Church of England.”
Kaziimba passed on a message to the youth, school heads and all Ugandans
“To our youth – if someone invites you to a function and offers you a big transport refund, those are probably bad people. Say “No” to it. And, if you have already been exploited or abused by such groups, please go to your Bishop for prayer, support, and guidance. You will be received with love and compassion.”
“To our Head Teachers – if an organization is bringing money and resources to your school, or inviting your students to a function, do your research. Make sure you know who they really are.”
“My fellow Ugandans – we cannot serve God and mammon. We cannot serve God and money. Do not lose your soul because you think you will gain the whole world through the money they offer you. Do not think you can take the money, but not fall into their trap. It’s a lie; you are being exploited with that money.”