On Baptism, Against The Donatists

The Seven Books of Augustin, Bishop of Hippo, On Baptism, Against the Donatists

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Philip Schaff

85. Are, then, ill-affectioned murderers successors of the apostles? Why, then, do they baptize?
Is it because they are not outside? But they are outside the rock, to which the Lord gave the keys,
and on which He said that He would build His Church.1871

Chapter 44.—86. Secundianus of Thambei1872 said: "We ought not to deceive heretics by our
too great forwardness, that not having been baptized in the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, and
having therefore not received remission of their sins, they may not impute to us, when the day of
judgment comes, that we have been the cause of their not being baptized, and not having obtained
the indulgence of the grace of God. On which account, since there is one Church and one baptism,
when they are converted to us, let them receive together with the Church the baptism also of the
Church."1873
87. Nay, when they are transferred to the rock, and joined to the society of the Dove, let them
receive the remission of their sins, which they could not have outside the rock and outside the Dove,
whether they were openly without, like the heretics, or apparently within, like the abandoned
Catholics; of whom, however, it is clear that they both have and confer baptism without remission
of sins, when even from themselves it is received by men, who, being not changed for the better,
honor God with their lips, while their heart is far from Him.1874 Yet it is true that there is one
baptism, just as there is one Dove, though those who are not in the one communion of the Dove
may yet have baptism in common.

Chapter 45.—88. Also another Aurelius of Chullabi1875 said: "The Apostle John has laid down
in his epistle the following precept: ‘If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive
him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker
of his evil deeds.’1876 How can such men be admitted without consideration into the house of God,
who are forbidden to be admitted into our private house? Or how can we hold communion with

1871

Matt. xvi. 18, 19.

1872

Thambei (Thambi, Satambei), was in ecclesiastical province of Byzacium.

1873

Conc. Carth. sec. 80.

1874

Isa. xxix. 13.

1875

Chullabi, or Cululi, was in ecclesiastical province of Byzacium. For Aurelius, cp. c. 5.

1876

2 John 10, 11.

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