Monday, February 21, 2011

Gangra - Canon 17

If any woman from pretended asceticism shall cut off her hair, which God gave her as the reminder of her subjection, thus annulling as it were the ordinance of subjection, let her be anathema.

The early church determined the mandate in 1 Cor 11:2-16 was authoritative in how submission was manifested and non-adherence a clear step away from the counsel of God.  As with Canon 13, the issue was rebellion.  In a supposed act of spiritual liberation, some women abandoned doctrine to follow their own way, regardless of the fact that rebellion is as the sin of divination (1 Sam 15:23) and therefore an abomination before God.

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