Sunday, June 19, 2011

Laodicea - Canon 26

They who have not been promoted [to that office] by the bishop, ought not to adjure, either in churches or in private houses.

Adjuring might be better known today as catechizing or discipling.  It is the education needed to grow in faith.  This canon desired to ensure that those receiving instruction were being taught correctly.  Several times in the NT era, believers and unbelievers would teach those things that were contrary to sound doctrine (Acts 15:1-5; Titus 1:9-11).  This canon sought to provide a safeguard for the congregants.

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