Friday, February 11, 2011

Gangra - Canon 4

If any one shall maintain, concerning a married presbyter, that is not lawful to partake of the oblation when he offers it, let him be anathema.

This now enters into the proper functioning of the early church.  Nothing prohibited a duly recognized elder from offering the Lord's Supper to those in fellowship, save for the presence of an overseer.  Marriage was inconsequential pertaining to the duties but was a measure of fitness concerning the recognition (1 Tim 3:2-4; Titus 1:5-6).  Should he be serving in the proper capacity with all due respect of the position, nothing should prevent him from completing said duties of office.

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