Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians, Chapter III

Keep yourselves, then, from those evil plants which Jesus Christ does not tend, but that wild beast, the destroyer of men, because they are not the planting of the Father, but the seed of the wicked one…I therefore exhort you in the Lord to receive with all tenderness those that repent and return to the unity of the Church, that through your kindness and forbearance they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, and becoming worthy of Jesus Christ, may obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of Christ.

-Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians, Chapter III, Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume I, Kindle Location 4880


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