Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Series I/Volume IV/Donatist Controversy/On Baptism/Book VII/Chapter 30

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Chapter 30.—58.  Another Julianus of Marcelliana[1] said:  "If a man can serve two masters, God and mammon,[2] then baptism also can serve two, the Christian and the heretic."[3]

59.  Truly, if it can serve the self-restrained and the covetous man, the sober and the drunken, the well-affectioned and the murderer, why should it not also serve the Christian and the heretic?—whom, indeed, it does not really serve; but it ministers to them, and is administered by them, for salvation to those who use it right, and for judgment to such as use it wrong.


Footnotes[edit]

  1. Marcelliana (Gyrnmarcelli) in ecclesiastical province of Numidia.
  2. Matt. vi. 24.
  3. Conc. Carth. sec. 66.