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Kenyan Primate warns against church intertia

14 June 2012

THE Church in Kenya is being “eroded by the rising tide of a globalised secular culture”, the Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala, said, at a conference held last month, writes Ed Thornton.

In a keynote address at the “Divine Conference”, held on 20-27 May at All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi, Dr Wabukala said: “As more and more people are exposed to secular values . . . a Church which relies on inertia, and simply assumes that habits of church attendance and morality will be passed on by tra­dition, could easily follow the pattern of Western Europe 50 years ago.”

At that time, he said, “rising prosperity went hand in hand with falling church attendance and the breakdown of sexual morality. We are already seeing the early warning signs: young people are our Church’s crumbling edge, which is being eroded by the rising tide of a globalised secular culture.” The Church, he said, must face reality, “including the fact that, overall, our Church is not growing as it should at a time when the need for . . . Chris­tian witness in our nation has never been greater”.

Dr Wabukala also spoke of “the destruction wrought in the world­wide Anglican Communion over the past decade by the revisionist agenda.” He said that “the restoration and revival” of the Com­munion must “begin with a new obedience to the scriptures as the inspired word of God, and it is this commitment which lies at the heart of the Global Fellowship of Con­fessing Anglicans, which it is my privilege to chair”.

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