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I always wondered where this quote came from.  Thanks to Glenn Penner for sharing some background in his article posted HERE:

Some have mistakenly believed that these words can be found in the New Testament. They’re not. In
fact, the phrase, itself, is a paraphrase of a statement made by an early church leader called Tertullian in
197 A.D. in a book he entitled The Apology. In it, Tertullian writes to the Roman governor of his
province, refuting various false charges being made against Christians and the Christian faith, arguing
that the followers of Christ were loyal subjects of the empire, and thus, should not be persecuted. At
any rate, Tertullian observes, the persecution was failing to destroy Christianity. He writes, “kill us,
torture us, condemn us, grind us to dust; your injustice is the proof that we are innocent. Therefore God
suffers (allows) that we thus suffer. When you recently condemned a Christian woman to the leno
(pimp, i.e. accused her of being a prostitute) rather than to the leo (lion), you made confession that a
taint on our purity is considered among us something more terrible than any punishment and any death.
Nor does your cruelty, however exquisite, avail you; it is rather a temptation to us. The oftener we are
mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.”

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