4. Concerning charioteers who are among the
faithful, be it resolved that as long as they continue to drive in chariot
races they be excluded from fellowship.
5. Concerning actors, be it further resolved
that as long as they continue to carry on that occupation they be excluded
6. Concerning those who in time of sickness
wish to confess the faith, be it resolved that they ought to receive the
laying on of hands.
7. Concerning officials who are among the
faithful who serve in the government, be it is resolved thus, that when
they are transferred, they should receive letters of reference from their
churches, so that, therefore, in whatever places they serve, they can be
cared for by the bishop of that place, and when they begin to act against
the church’s discipline, that only then they be excluded from fellowship.
8. Similarly also concerning those who wish to
pursue a public career.
9 (8). Concerning the Africans who use their
own special law in that they practice rebaptism, it is resolved that if any
come to the church from heresy, they question him on the creed (used at his
baptism), and if they consider him to have been baptized into the Father and
the Son and the Holy Spirit, let him only receive the laying on of hands so
that he receive the Holy Spirit; but if when questioned he does not solemnly
confess this Trinity, let him be baptized.
10 (9). Concerning those who carry letters from
the confessors, be it resolved that, when they have handed over those
letters, they receive other letters of reference.
11 (10). Concerning those who apprehend their
wives in adultery, and the same persons are faithful youths and are
prevented from marrying (again), be it resolved that, as much as is able,
they be counseled not to take other wives while their own wives are still
living, even if the latter are adulterous.
12 (11). Concerning young women among the
faithful who are getting married to unbelievers, be it resolved that they be
excluded from fellowship for a considerable period of time.
13 (12). Concerning clergy who lend money at
interest, be it resolved that, in accordance with the divinely given model,
they be excluded from fellowship.
14 (13). Concerning those who are said to have
handed over the Holy Scriptures or sacred vessels or the names of their
brothers, be it resolved by us that any of those who from the public
records, not from words alone, are discovered to have done so be removed
from the office of the clergy. But if that same person who was exposed has
ordained others, and the affairs of those ordained are all in order, let
their ordination not be revoked. And whereas there were many who seemed to
fight against the church and who thought they could disprove the accusations
made against them by the testimony of paid witnesses they should not be cast
out altogether, but only, as stated above, if their guilt is shown by public
15 (14). Concerning those who have falsely
accused their brothers, be it resolved that they not be given fellowship as
long as they live.
16 (15). Concerning deacons who we have learned
are conducting services in many places, be it resolved that this ought to
happen as little as possible.
17 (16). Concerning those who have been
excluded from fellowship because of their own wrongdoing, be it resolved
thus, that in whatever place they have been excluded, they must be
re-admitted to fellowship in that same place (17), so that no bishop
oversteps another bishop.
18. Concerning the deacons of a city: That
they not presume too much for themselves, but reserve honor for the
presbyters, so that they do nothing of importance without the presbyter’s
19. Concerning foreign bishops who are
accustomed to come into a city, be it resolved that they be given a place
where they can conduct services.
20. Concerning those who assume that they have
the right individually by themselves to ordain a bishop, be it resolved that
no one presume to do this by himself; but only if there are an additional
seven bishops with him; if, however, it is not possible <to have seven
present>, they dare not ordain someone with less than three bishops present.
21. Concerning presbyters and deacons who were
accustomed to leave the place where they were ordained and have gone to
different <places>, be it resolved that they serve in those places; but if,
they leave these places and wish to transfer themselves to yet another
locale, they should be deposed.
22. Concerning those who apostasize and never
present themselves again to the church, neither seeking to do acts of
repentance nor even afterwards; if then they are seized by sickness and seek
to be received into fellowship, be it resolved that they not be given
fellowship, unless they recover their strength and bring forth fruits worthy
Subscriptions (cf. Munier, pp.14-22).