“For whosoever does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is
antichrist;” and whosoever does not confess the testimony of the cross, is of the devil; and whosoever perverts the oracles of the Lord to his own lusts, and says that there is neither a resurrection nor a judgment, he is the first-born of Satan.
Wherefore, forsaking the vanity of many, and their false doctrines, let us return to the word which has been handed down to us from the beginning; “watching unto prayer,” and persevering in fasting; beseeching in our supplications the all-seeing God “not to lead us into temptation,” as the Lord has said: “The spirit truly is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
St Polycarp of Smyrna
The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians – Concerning the Cross and Resurrection
The Ante-Nicene Fathers, VOLUME 1, PHILIP SCHAFF
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