Friday, March 18, 2011

Antioch - Canon 7

No stranger shall be received without letters pacifical.

This was another expression for the type of letter mentioned by Paul (2 Cor 3:1-3) as typical of the churches to introduce a brother or sister to a receiving church.  These letters were useful in that they acknowledged the carrier as an attested believer, and the receiving church felt they could trust the stranger.  This procedure retains its practical nature today though the method of transmission may vary.

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