The head of the global Anglican Church, Most Reverend Justin Welby, has sent a strong warning to the Anglican Church of Ghana.
Welby, who is the current Archbishop of Canterbury, has strongly hinted that the church faces expulsion from the Anglican Communion if they show support for the LGBT bill.
In a statement released today, Tuesday, October 26th 2021, the Archbishop warns that the global Anglican Church accepts LGBT people and the church in Ghana must follow suit.
According to the statement, it is a commitment the whole church has made and the church in Ghana must adhere to it.
“I am gravely concerned by the draft anti-LGBTQ+ Bill due to be debated by the Ghanaian parliament. I will be speaking with the Archbishop of Ghana in the coming days to discuss the Anglican Church of Ghana’s response to the Bill,” the statement read.
“In Resolution I:10, the Anglican Communion also made a commitment ‘to assure [LGBTQ+ people] that they are loved by God and that all baptised, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ.'”
“Meanwhile on numerous occasions the Primates of the Anglican Communion have stated their opposition to the criminalisation of same-sex attracted people: most recently, and unanimously, in the communiqué of the 2016 Primates’ Meeting.
“I remind our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church of Ghana of these commitments.
“We are a global family of churches, but the mission of the church is the same in every culture and country: to demonstrate, through its actions and words, God’s offer of unconditional love to every human being through Jesus Christ.”
The Ghanaian Parliament is currently considering a draft anti-LGBT bill that criminalises being LGBT and supporting the LGBT community in Ghana.
Per the statement, the Archbishop of Canterbury has made it clear that the Ghanaian church cannot show support for the bill or face consequences.