Monday, February 21, 2011

Gangra - Canon 16

If, under any pretense of piety, any children shall forsake their parents, particularly [if the parents are] believers, and shall withhold becoming reverence from their parents, on the plea that they honor piety more than them, let them be anathema.

This was the case of grown children abandoning the care of their parents.  The scenario mentioned in this canon is remarkably similar to that of the Pharisees who did the same thing concerning their parents by saying that what was due their parents was given as an offering to God (Mark 7:9-13).  Their feigned spirituality was a source of hardship toward those who were due gratitude and honor.

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