The underlying conflict among the Anglican family, said Rev. Akinola, was not homosexuality, but, rather it was the authority and interpretation of the Scripture. This was what separate members within the Anglican Communion, he continued. The ones who were going to attend the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) were those who abide by the bible while those attending the Lambeth were not paying attention to the Scripture, he said in the press conference.
"The issue is that there are members of our Anglican family who are not paying attention to scripture, but are giving prominence to modern culture. They are bringing new principles to interpret scripture. The word of God has precedence over any culture. Those of us who will abide with the Word of God, come rain come fire, are those who are in GAFCON," Rev. Akinola said.
"Those who say it does not matter are the ones who are attending Lambeth. There might be a view, for whatever it is worth, that they want to be there to observe what is going on."
Criticising the Lambeth Conference, Rev. Akinola described it as a three-week 'jamboree' where the issue would be ignored and he contrasted it with GAFCON, where a roadmap for the future of the church would be decided.
"What is the use of the Lambeth conference for a three weeks' jamboree which will sweep these issues under the carpet. GAFCON will confer about the future of the church, which will set a road map for the future. We are a movement that will move away from the maybe - maybe not," he said.
In a pre-emptive move, Rev. Akinola stated Uganda, Rwanda, Sydney, and Nigeria would be boycotting the Lambeth Conference. This was later affirmed by the Sydney Anglican Archbishop, Dr. Peter Jensen, who in a press statement, expressed 'regret' in him, along with the other Sydney bishops, not attending the conference.
Dr. Jensen, in an interview with the Southern Cross Anglican publication, said the current Communion was divided over the critical issue of the gospel and biblical authority and that was why GAFCON was needed as the secular pressure increased.
"It is a meeting which accepts the current reality of a Communion in disarray over fundamental issues of the gospel and biblical authority," explains Archbishop Jensen.
"It therefore seeks to plan for a future in which Anglican Christians world-wide will increasingly be pressured to depart from the biblical norms of behaviour and belief."
GAFCON is going to be held in June at Jerusalem while the Lambeth Conference will be held in the following month in the United Kingdom.