Be Their Example, Not Their Legislator


“The spiritual elder, then, does not aim at imposing rules and punishments. The elder never prescribes rules but rather becomes a personal rule or living model, not so much through his or her words as through example.

‘Be their model, not their legislator’ is the advice of Abba Poemen.”

(John Chryssavgis in The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology, p 159)