Sunday, February 13, 2011

Gangra - Canon 8

If anyone, except the bishop or the person appointed for the stewardship of benefactions, shall either give or receive the revenue, let both the giver and the receiver be anathema.

If anyone not having the proper authority in the local church give or receive gifts intended for the church, both should be removed from the church for misappropriation of funds.  The assumption at the time was that the overseer or treasurer would take proper care of gifts to and for the church.  The apostle Paul saw the wisdom of sending someone with Titus to gather the collection from the Corinthians (2 Cor 8), thus not allowing reproach to touch the work of the ministry.  Local assemblies today are wise to practice the same.

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