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Thursday Patristics.

Plausible and strange doctrines are still with us, as are those who boast of their virtue, or want to climb from status to status by advantageous trading up of marriages. It is interesting that Polycarp says we should meet more frequently. Perhaps it is because of the pagans among which we live, who are driven […]

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Thursday Patristics.

This is the last two chapters of Polycarp’s letter. He commends the letters of Ignatius, and the writer of the letter, and wishes that all is well for the readers. Chapter 13. Both you and Ignatius wrote to me, that if any one went [from this] into Syria, he should carry your letter with him; […]

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Thursday Patristics.

We are continuing with Polycarp. I’m quoting from a blog that is a commentary on his letter, particularly about Valens, an elder in the church, who hs fallen away. This could have been for economic or social reasons. Members of the Philippian church met with Ignatius. The citizens of Philippi had previously been viewing the […]

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Thursday Patristics

I’m working through the publicly available English texts from the early Church. Polycarp is one of the earliest post apostolic writers. Only one of his letters survive. Again, two chapters of his letter to the Phillipians at once. Chapter 9. I exhort you all, therefore, to yield obedience to the word of righteousness, and to […]

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Double Polycarp Patristics.

I have missed posting this regularly, and as the next two chapters are short, It is worthwhile putting them up together. Chapter 7. For whosoever does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is antichrist; and whosoever does not confess the testimony of the cross, is of the devil; and whosoever perverts […]

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Patristics Polycarp.

With the recent discussion in both the daybook posts and the lectionary of false prophets it is worthwhile seeing how Polycarp described the issues. CHAPTER V.–THE DUTIES OF DEACONS, YOUTHS, AND VIRGINS. Knowing, then, that “God is not mocked,” we ought to walk worthy of His commandment and glory. In like manner should the deacons […]

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Patristics: Polycarp IV.

I have missed doing this on a regular basis, and need to get back to posting the texts from the early writers. Continuing with Polycarp’s letter. But the love of money is the root of all evils. Knowing, therefore, that as we brought nothing into the world, so we can carry nothing out, let us […]

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Patristics: Polycarp III

These things, brethren, I write to you concerning righteousness, not because I take anything upon myself, but because you have invited me to do so. For neither I, nor any other such one, can come up to the wisdom of the blessed and glorified Paul. He, when among you, accurately and steadfastly taught the word […]