In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit:
We, the participants in the Global Anglican Future Conference, have met in the
land of Jesus’ birth. We express our loyalty as disciples to the King of kings, the
Lord Jesus. We joyfully embrace his command to proclaim the reality of his
kingdom which he first announced in this land. The gospel of the kingdom is the
good news of salvation, liberation and transformation for all. In light of the above,
we agree to chart a way forward together that promotes and protects the biblical
gospel and mission to the world, solemnly declaring the following tenets of
orthodoxy which underpin our Anglican identity.
1. We rejoice in the gospel of God through which we have been saved by grace
through faith in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because God first
loved us, we love him and as believers bring forth fruits of love, ongoing
repentance, lively hope and thanksgiving to God in all things.
2. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word
of God written and to contain all things necessary for salvation. The Bible is to
be translated, read, preached, taught and obeyed in its plain and canonical
sense, respectful of the church’s historic and consensual reading.
3. We uphold the four Ecumenical Councils and the three historic Creeds as
expressing the rule of faith of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
4. We uphold the Thirty-nine Articles as containing the true doctrine of the Church
agreeing with God’s Word and as authoritative for Anglicans today.
5. We gladly proclaim and submit to the unique and universal Lordship of Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, humanity’s only Savior from sin, judgement and hell,
who lived the life we could not live and died the death that we deserve. By his
atoning death and glorious resurrection, he secured the redemption of all who
come to him in repentance and faith.
6. We rejoice in our Anglican sacramental and liturgical heritage as an expression
of the gospel, and we uphold the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as a true and
authoritative standard of worship and prayer, to be translated and locally
adapted for each culture.
7. We recognize that God has called and gifted bishops, priests and deacons in
historic succession to equip all the people of God for their ministry in the world.
We uphold the classic Anglican Ordinal as an authoritative standard of clerical
8. We acknowledge God’s creation of humankind as male and female and the
unchangeable standard of Christian marriage between one man and one
woman as the proper place for sexual intimacy and the basis of the family. We
repent of our failures to maintain this standard and call for a renewed
commitment to lifelong fidelity in marriage and abstinence for those who are
9. We gladly accept the Great Commission of the risen Lord to make disciples of
all nations, to seek those who do not know Christ and to baptize, teach and
bring new believers to maturity.
10. We are mindful of our responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation, to
uphold and advocate justice in society, and to seek relief and empowerment of
the poor and needy.
11. We are committed to the unity of all those who know and love Christ and to
building authentic ecumenical relationships. We recognize the orders and
jurisdiction of those Anglicans who uphold orthodox faith and practice, and we
encourage them to join us in this declaration.
12. We celebrate the God-given diversity among us which enriches our global
fellowship, and we acknowledge freedom in secondary matters. We pledge to
work together to seek the mind of Christ on issues that divide us.
13. We reject the authority of those churches and leaders who have denied the
orthodox faith in word or deed. We pray for them and call on them to repent
and return to the Lord.
14. We rejoice at the prospect of Jesus’ coming again in glory, and while we await
this final event of history, we praise him for the way he builds up his church
through his Spirit by miraculously changing lives.
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