Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Clement of Rome chastises the first century Christians at Corinth

“So the worthless rose up against the honoured, those of no reputation against such as were renowned, the foolish against the wise, the young against those advanced in years. For this reason righteousness and peace are now far departed from you, inasmuch as every one abandons the fear of God, and is become blind in His faith, neither walks in the ordinances of His appointment, nor acts a part becoming a Christian, but walks after his own wicked lusts, resuming the practice of an unrighteous and ungodly envy, by which death itself entered into the world.”Chapter III of The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Clement of Rome (ca. 96).  Christian Classics

Sounds so familiar, doesn’t it, like it could be this week, but this is the letter of Clement of Rome to the Corinthians.  Any Christian who suspects the first century church had it all together should read the church fathers. Early Christians seemed to be following every whim and whiff and lust of the culture, and squabbling among themselves.


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