Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gangra - Canon 19

If any of the ascetics, without bodily necessity, shall behave with insolence and disregard the fasts commonly prescribed and observed by the Church, because of his perfect understanding in the matter, let him be anathema.

Here is the opposite of Canon 18.  Here the person was disregarding the proper place of fasting, especially the times observed by the Church.  Eustathians determined they had the more perfect knowledge and acted contrarily.  The conduct was really no different than the Pharisees who says "God, I thank you that I am not like other men" (Luke 18:11).

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