Source:Clement of Rome:For this reason righteousness and peace are now far departed from you

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Clement of Rome: "For this reason righteousness and peace are now far departed from you"

Clement of Rome, who died ca. A.D. 90, wrote to the Corinthians of

"that shameful and detestable sedition" by which 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.”[1]

In the same epistle, he declared, "It is right and holy therefore, men and brethren, rather to obey God than to follow those who, through pride and sedition, have become the leaders of a detestable emulation."[2] The term "emulation" suggests that these false leaders taught an imitation form of Christianity.

Clement further wrote that “Our apostles also knew, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that there would be strife on account of the office of the episcopate [bishopric] . . . We are of opinion, therefore, that those appointed by them, or afterwards by other eminent men, with the consent of the whole Church, and who have blamelessly served the flock of Christ in a humble, peaceable, and disinterested spirit, and have for a long time possessed the good opinion of all, cannot be justly dismissed from the ministry. For our sin will not be small, if we eject from the episcopate those who have blamelessly and holily fulfilled its duties . . . But we see that ye have removed some men of excellent behaviour from the ministry, which they fulfilled blamelessly and with honour.”[3]

Notes

  1. Clement, "Against Heresiess," in None Ante-Nicene Fathers, edited by Philip Schaff (Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1886)1:462. ANF ToC off-site This volume CHECK!!
  2. Clement, "1 Clement," in 1,3 Ante-Nicene Fathers, edited by Philip Schaff (Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1886)1:5–6. ANF ToC off-site This volume
  3. Clement, "1 Clement," in 44 Ante-Nicene Fathers, edited by Philip Schaff (Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1886)1:17. ANF ToC off-site This volume

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