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  • Remarks on Some of the “Dangers and Wounds” Referred to in the Preceding Chapter.

    Chapter III.—Remarks on Some of the “Dangers and Wounds” Referred to in the Preceding Chapter.

    If these things are so, it is certain that believers contracting marriages with Gentiles are guilty of fornication,459

    459 Comp. de Pa., c. xii. (mid.), and the note there.

    and are to be excluded from all communication with the brotherhood, in accordance with the letter of the apostle, who says that “with persons of that kind there is to be no taking of food even.”460

    460 Comp. 1 Cor. v. 11.

      Or shall we “in that day”461

    461 The translator has ventured to read “die illo” here, instead of Oehler’s “de illo.”

    produce (our) marriage certificates before the Lord’s tribunal, and allege that a marriage such as He Himself has forbidden has been duly contracted?  What is prohibited (in the passage just referred to) is not “adultery;” it is not “fornication.”  The admission of a strange man (to your couch) less violates “the temple of God,”462

    462 1 Cor. iii. 16; comp. vi. 19.

    less commingles “the members of Christ” with the members of an adulteress.463

    463 1 Cor. vi. 15.

      So far as I know, “we are not our own, but bought with a price;”464

    464 1 Cor. vi. 19, 20.

    and what kind of price?  The blood of God.465

    465 See the last reference, and Acts xx. 28, where the mss. vary between Θεοῦ and Κυρίου.

      In hurting this flesh of ours, therefore, we hurt Him directly.466

    466 De proximo.  Comp. de Pa., cc. v. and vii.  “Deo de proximo amicus;” “de proximo in Deum peccat.”

      What did that man mean who said that “to wed a ‘stranger’ was indeed a sin, but a very small one?” whereas in other cases (setting aside the injury done to the flesh which pertains to the Lord) every voluntary sin against the Lord is great.  For, in as far as there was a power of avoiding it, in so far is it burdened with the charge of contumacy.

    Let us now recount the other dangers or wounds (as I have said) to faith, foreseen by the apostle; most grievous not to the flesh merely, but likewise to the spirit too.  For who would doubt that faith undergoes a daily process of obliteration by unbelieving intercourse?  “Evil confabulations corrupt good morals;”467

    467 Comp. b. i. c. viii. sub. fin., where Tertullian quotes the same passage, but renders it somewhat differently.

    how much more fellowship of life, and indivisible intimacy!  Any and every believing woman must of necessity obey God.  And how can she serve two lords468

    468 Comp. Matt. vi. 24; Luke xvi. 13.

    —the Lord, and her husband—a Gentile to boot?  For in obeying a Gentile she will carry out Gentile practices,—personal attractiveness, dressing of the head, worldly469

    469 Sæculares.

    elegancies, baser blandishments, the very secrets even of matrimony tainted:  not, as among the saints, where the duties of the sex are discharged with honour (shown) to the very necessity (which makes them incumbent), with modesty and temperance, as beneath the eyes of God.


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