SELECTIONS FROM EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS: ILLUSTRATIVE OF CHURCH HISTORY TO THE TIME OF CONSTANTINE by Henry Melvill Gwatkin, M.A. First Edition, Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1893. Reprinted with additions and corrections, 1897, 1902, 1905. Prepared for katapi by Paul Ingram, 2013.
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LIX. CYPRIAN, Ep.69.


Schismatical Baptism worthless


Quod si aliquis illud opponit ut dicat eandem Novatianum legem tenere quam catholica ecclesia teneat, eodem symbolo quo et nos baptizare, eundem nosse deum patrem, eundem filium Christum, eundem spiritum sanctum, ac propter hoc usurpare eum potestatem baptizandi posse quod videatur interrogatione baptismi a nobis non discrepare: sciat quisque hoc opponendum putat primum non esse unam nobis et schismaticis symboli legem neque eandem interrogationem. Nam cum dicunt, Credis in remissionem peccatorum et vitam aeternam per sanctam ecclesiam, mentiuntur interrogatione, quando non habeant ecclesiam. Tunc deinde voce sua ipsi confitentur remissionem peccatorum non dari nisi per sanctam ecclesiam posse, quam non habentes ostendunt remitti illic peccata non posse.

But if any one says by way of objection that Novatian holds the same law as the Catholic Church holds, baptizes with the same creed as ourselves, and recognizes the same God as Father, the same Christ as Son, and the same Holy Spirit; and that for this reason he can take to himself the power of baptizing, because he seems not to differ from ourselves in his baptismal questioning – whoso thinks this a good objection, let him know first that we and the schismatics have neither one law of the creed nor the same questioning, for when they say, 'Do you believe in the forgiveness of sins and life eternal through the Holy Church?' they lie in their questioning, because they have no Church. Then, again, with their own voice they themselves confess that forgiveness of sins is not given except through the Holy Church; and, as they have not this, they show that with them sins cannot be forgiven.


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