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Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons: Gnostic Fighter and Unifying Theologian

 

Catholic Prayer in Honor of St. Irenaeus

Almighty God, who upheld your servant Irenaeus with strength to maintain the truth against every blast of vain doctrine: Keep us, we pray, steadfast in your true religion, that in constancy and peace we may walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

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Originally published on the legacy website of the Pneuma Foundation (the parent organization of PneumaReview.com) in June, 2004.

 

Notes

[i] As quoted by N. R. Needham, 2000 Years of Christ’s Power: Part One: The Age of the Early Church Fathers, (London: Grace Publications Trust, 1997), 97-98.

[ii] All quotations from Against Heresies, expect the first one, are quoted by Stanley M. Burgess, The Holy Spirit: Ancient Christian Traditions (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1984), 59-61. Also note that this is the most conclusive historical evidence that the charismatic gifts of the Spirit continued in the life of the church after the death of the apostles. Any claim that the gifts passed away with the apostles is in direct conflict with Irenaeus’ report.

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Category: Church History, Spring 2017

About the Author: Derek Vreeland, MDiv (Oral Roberts University), DMin (Asbury Theological Seminary), is the Discipleship Pastor at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is the author of Shape Shifters: How God Changes the Human Heart: A Trinitarian Vision of Spiritual Transformation (Word & Spirit Press, 2008), Primal Credo: Your Entrance into the Apostles' Creed (Doctrina Press, 2011), and Through the Eyes of N.T. Wright: A Reader's Guide to Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Doctrina Press, 2015). http://derekvreeland.com Twitter: @DerekVreeland

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