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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
May 21st, 2017 by Joel Watts

St. Symeon on the necessity of orthodox ministers

He also, in presuming John Wesley, tells you what orthodoxy is:

Accordingly, as they have given up everything else which those who perform sacred rites ought to have, what is demanded of them is merely this one thing, orthodoxy—and not even this, in my opinion, since someone who in modern times refrains from surreptitiously introducing a dogma into the Church of God is not thereby orthodox, but an orthodox is someone who has achieved a mode of life consistent with right doctrine. – Treatise to a Spiritual Child about Confession and who they are that have received authority to bind and loose as regards

He also delves into how the anointing of ordination may be withdrawn by God and thus pass on to those who take it up.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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