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A STORY BY CLEMENT

Recorded by "Clement" (150-211 AD), a Christian apologist.

The story is taken  from "Eusebius  (a historian) , The Church History"Carman Pascal  was a 5th century poet who  wrote poetry to scriptures so I can relate to that well, because it is something I like to do as well.  http://www.amazon.com/Eusebius-The-Church-History/dp/0825433282

 by Clement (c. 150- .211 AD
Clement (c. 150- .211 AD) was an intelligent Christian apologists , who was considered to be an inspired writer, like Paul,. An apologist is one who “defends the faith” It is a story that was told by John the Apostle, which Clement adds at the end of his Treaties , “The Rich Man who is Saved.” It was the verse Mark 10:25, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” that Clement responds to, with the address, “Who Is the Rich Man that Shall Be Saved?”

A true account of John the Apostle preserved in memory. After the tyrants death, he returns from the island of Patmos to Eusebias, and used to go ,when asked,to the neighbouring Gentile districts to appoint bishops, reconcile churches,or ordain someone designated by the spirit. Arriving at the city by [Smyrna], he settled disputes among the brethren and then, noticing a spirited youth of superior physique and handsome appearance, commended him to the appointed bishop with the words: “I leave this young man in your keeping with Christ as my witness”

When John returned to Eusebias the churchman brought home then youth entrusted to his care, raised him and finally baptized him. After he relaxed his oversight, having put the seal of the Lord on him as the perfect safeguard. But some idle and dissolute youths corrupted him with lavish entertainment and took him with them when they went out at night to commit robbery or worse crimes. Soon he joined them and, like a stallion taking the bit in mouth, he dashed off the straight road and down the precipice. Renouncing God's salvation he went from petty offences to major crimes and formed the young renegades into a gang of bandits with himself as chief, surpassing them all in violence and bloody cruelty.

Time past and John paid another visit. When he had finished his mission, John said, “Come now Bishop, return the deposit that Christ and I left in your keeping with the church as witness”
At first the bishop was dumbfounded, thinking that he was being dunned (dinged) for funds he had never received. But John said,”I'm asking for the young man and his soul”
“He is dead” groaned the old man in tears.
“How did he die?”
“He is dead to God. He turned out vile and debauched; an outlaw. Now he is in the mountains, not the church, with an armed man with men like himself.”
The Apostle tore his clothing, beat his head, and groaned, “A fine guardian I left for our brothers soul!

But get me a horse and someone to show me the way.”
He rode off from the church, just as he was. When he arrived at the hideout and was seized by the outlaws sentries, he shouted, “This is what I have come for: take me to your Leader!”
When John approached and the young leader recognized him , he turned and fled in shame.
But John ran after him as hard as he could, forgetting his age, and calling out,

”Why are you running away from me, child – from your own father, unarmed and old? Pity me child. Don't fear me! I will give account for Christ for you and, if necessarily, gladly suffer death and give my life for yours as the Lord suffered death for us. Stop! Believe! Christ sent me.”

The young man stopped, stared at the ground,threw down his weapons and wept bitterly, flinging his arms around the old man, he begged forgiveness, baptized a second time with his own tears but keeping his right hand hidden. (his hand was unworthy of forgiveness for the bloodshed he caused) John however assured him that he had found forgiveness for him from the Savior.

He prayed, knelt down, and kissed the right hand as being cleansed through repentance. Then he led him back and did not leave him until through prayer, fasting and instruction, he had restored him to the church : a great example of true repentance and regeneration, the monument of a visible resurrection.
Clement (c. 150- .211 AD)