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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IRENÆUS: XXXVIII.

Early Church Fathers  Index     

XXXVIII.

The 4876 apostles ordained, that “we should not judge any one in respect to meat or drink, or in regard to a feast day, or the new moons, or the sabbaths.” 4877 Whence then these contentions? whence these schisms? We keep the feast, but in the leaven of malice and wickedness, cutting in pieces the Church of God; and we preserve what belongs to its exterior, that we may cast away these better things, faith and love. We have heard from the prophetic words that these feasts and fasts are displeasing to the Lord. 4878


Footnotes

575:4876

Taken apparently from the Epistle to Blastus, de Schismate. Compare a similar passage, lib. iv. chap. xxxiii. 7.

575:4877

Col. ii. 16.

575:4878

Isa. i. 14.


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