Friday, February 18, 2011

Gangra - Canon 14

If any woman shall forsake her husband, and resolve to depart from him because she abhors marriage, let her be anathema.

The teaching infiltrating the church had infiltrated and disrupted homes akin to the teachers in Ephesus who crept "into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions" (2 Tim 3:6).  While the Eustathians did not openly teach wives to leave their husbands, the teaching led the wife to feel superior and take whatever measures she felt necessary to not engage in conjugal relations as an unspiritual thing.

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