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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. IV:
Writings in Connection with the Donatist Controversy.: Chapter 41

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Chapter 41.—79.  Also another Januarius of Muzuli 1741 said:  "I wonder that, while all acknowledge that there is one baptism, all do not understand the unity of the same baptism.  For the Church and heresy are two distinct things.  If heretics have baptism we have it not; but if we have it, heretics cannot have it.  But there is no doubt that the Church alone possesses the baptism of Christ, since it alone possesses both the favor and the truth of Christ." 1742

80.  Another might equally say, and say with equal want of truth:  I wonder that, while all confess there is one baptism, all do not understand the unity of baptism.  For righteousness and unrighteousness are two distinct things.  If the unrighteous have baptism, the righteous have it not; but if the righteous have it, the unrighteous cannot have it.  But there is no doubt that the righteous alone possess the baptism of Christ, since they alone possess both the favor and the truth of Christ.  This is certainly false, as they confess themselves.  For those envious ones also who are of the party of the devil, though placed within the Church, as Cyprian tells us, and who were well known to the Apostle Paul, had baptism, but did not belong to the members of that dove which is safely sheltered on the rock.


Footnotes

497:1741

Muzuli is perhaps the same as Muzuca in ecclesiastical province of Byzacium.

497:1742

Conc. Carth. sec. 34.


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