Dear Mr. Issac
Tertullian became a Montanist late in life, no writings
exist from this time of his life. Most of his writings are considered
Orthodox. The only exception being that he supported death-bed
Baptisms as opposed to infant Baptism.
--- In SOCM-FORUM@y..., Issac K Joseph wrote:
> The author of this posting says this doctrine can found in
> the second century Fathers writings , but it is peculiar that
> he chooses as proof the writing of Tertullian, a man condemned
> as a heretic. Admittedly the text from Tertullian that he presents
> does reflect Orthodox teaching, but my question is why didn't author
> choose a text from a **true** Father of the Church, a title that
> Orthodoxy does not apply to heretics. We commemorate as Fathers
> men whom we also commemorate as Saints. It is western scholars
> who count as "fathers" all ecclesiastical writers of antiquity.
> Orthodoxy never needs to resort to heretical writers in order to
> support her doctrines, and certainly not to the exclusion of true
> Church Fathers.
> In Christ
> Issac K Joseph