Posted by: jobelenus | April 26, 2007

Hippolytus: 200-215 AD

A soldier of the civil authority must be taught not to kill men and to refuse to do so if he is commanded, and to refuse to take an oath. If he is unwilling to comply, he must be rejected for baptism. A military commander or civic magistrate who wears the purple must resign or be rejected. If an applicant or a believer seeks to become a soldier, he must be rejected, for he has despised God.” c. 200, Apostolic Tradition 16:17-19

The ‘wearers of purple’ is anyone who belongs to the government, or a philosopher (Justin wore purple as a philosopher). The calling of the Gospel causes Christians to act like Paul – counting all that we know and cherish as dung (Phil 3.8).



  1. Wow. Amazing to see the position of the church so close to the writing of the NT. How far we have fallen

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