On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain
THE WORKS Of G1LDÀ& [s*e. IM, 105.
Ye perceive therefore upon what offences the wrath of God doth chiefly arise.
§ 104. In which respect hear likewise what the same holy apostle, with a prophetical spirit, fbretelleth of you, and such as yourselves, writing plainly in this sort to Timothy : " For know you this, that in the last days there shall be dangerous times at hand. For men shall be self-lovers, covetous, puffed up, proud, blasphemous, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, wicked, without affection, incontinent, unmeek, without benignity, betrayers, froward, lofty, rather lovers of sensual pleasures, than of God, having a show of piety, but renouncing the virtue thereof.* Avoid thou these men, even as the prophet saith: " I have hated the congregation of the malicious, and with the wicked I will not sit." And a little after, he uttereth that (which in our age we behold to increase), saying : " Ever learning, and never attaining unto the knowledge of truth ; for even as Jannes and Mambres resisted Moses, so do these also withstand the truth :- men corrupted in mind, reprobate against faith, but they shall prosper no further ; for their folly shall be manifest unto all, as theirs likewise was."
§ 105. And evidently doth he also declare how priests in their office ought to behave themselves, writing thus to Titus : " Show thyself an example of good works, in learning, in integrity, in gravity, having thy word sound without offence, that he who standeth on the adverse part may be afraid, having no evil to speak of us." And moreover he saith unto Timothy, " Labour thou as a good soldier of Christ Jesus ; no man fighting in God's quarrel entangleth himself in worldly business, that he may please him unto whom he hath approved himself; for whoso striveth in the lists for the mastery, receiveth not the crown, unless he hath lawfully contended." This is his exhortation to the good. Other matter also which the same epistles contain, is a threatening advertisement to the wicked (such as yourselves, in the judgment of all understanding persons, appear to be). " If any one," saith he, " teacheth otherwise, and doth not peaceably assent to the sound sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that doctrine which is according to piety, he is proud, having no knowledge, but languishing about questions, and contentions of words, out of which do spring envies,