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.


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