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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Pseudo-Clementine Literature.: Chapter XIII

Early Church Fathers  Index     

p. 303 Chapter XIII.—Peter on Chastity.

That same evening we all enjoyed the benefit of Peter’s instruction.  Taking occasion by what had happened to our mother, he showed us how the results of chastity are good, while those of adultery are disastrous, and naturally bring destruction on the whole race, if not speedily, at all events slowly. 1176   “And to such an extent,” he says, “do deeds of chastity please God, that in this life He bestows some small favour on account of it, even on those who are in error; for salvation in the other world is granted only to those who have been baptized on account of their trust 1177 in Him, and who act chastely and righteously.  This ye yourselves have seen in the case of your mother, that the results of chastity are in the end good.  For perhaps she would have been cut off if she had committed adultery; but God took pity on her for having behaved chastely, rescued her from the death that threatened her, and restored to her her lost children.


Footnotes

303:1176

[This detailed discourse is peculiar to the Homilies.  In Recognitions, vii. 37, 38, there is, however, a briefer statement on the same topic.—R.]

303:1177

Lit., “hope.”


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