Justin Martyr on Authentic Christianity

Once again, the author over at “Not for Itching Ears” has provided us with words  that… well, aren’t for itching ears.

His post led me to spend a little time with one of the Church Fathers. Reading through Justin Martyr’s 1st Apology, I encountered these words. They were penned somewhere around one hundred years after Pentecost.

“…we who formerly delighted in fornication, but now embrace chastity alone; we who formerly used magical arts, dedicate ourselves to the good and unbegotten God; we who valued above all things the acquisition of wealth and possessions, now bring what we have into a common stock, and communicate to everyone in need; we who hated and destroyed one another, and on account of their different manners would not live with men of a different tribe, now, since the coming of Christ, live familiarly with them, and pray for our enemies, and endeavor to persuade those who hate us unjustly to live conformably to the good precepts of Christ, to the end that they may become partakers with us of  the same joyful hope of a reward from God the ruler of all.” Justin Martyr, 1 Apology 14

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4 Responses to Justin Martyr on Authentic Christianity

  1. Beautiful quote. This should be the goal of every Christian. Unfortunately it is a process that could take a lifetime to achieve.

  2. lambskinny says:

    “Live with men of a different tribe? Pray for our enemies?” Wow! Really? How unique. God bless you, Michael. Carley

    • mtsweat says:

      Unique and I’m pretty sure JM would recommend we try it on for size. He gets down right stearn in speaking of those who profess faith in Christ, yet fail to live by His commands. Thanks Carley

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