Monday, May 21, 2012
The Shepherd of Hermas: Fourth Mandate
...if a man has a wife who believes in the LORD, and he finds her in some adulterous situation, does the man sin if he continue to live with her?
...As long as he is unaware of it...he does not sin. But if the husband knows about her sin and the wife does not repent, but persists in her immorality, and the husband continues to live with her, he becomes responsible for her sin and an accomplice in her adultery. ...
...Not only...is it adultery if a man pollutes his flesh, but whoever does anything like what the heathen do commits adultery. So, if anyone persists in actions such as these and does not repent, have nothing to do with him and do not live with him. Otherwise you too are a partner in his sin. ... (4:1)
...For the one who has received forgiveness of sins ought never to sin again, but to live in purity. ... (4:3)
...if a wife...or for that matter a husband, dies, and the survivor marries, does the one who marries sin? ...
That one does not sin...but if the survivor remains single, one gains for oneself greater honor and great glory with the LORD, but even if one does remarry, one does not sin. Preserve, therefore, purity and holiness. ... (4:4) --The Shepherd of Hermas, Mandate 4 (mid second century AD)