And Jude, who wrote a letter of few lines, it is true, but filled with the healthful words of heavenly grace, said in the preface, "Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ and the brother of James."
and in the Epistle of Jude, "To them that are beloved in God the Father and are kept for Jesus Christ, being called,"
Wherefore, forsaking the vanity of many, and their false doctrines, let us return to the word which has been handed down to us from
of the apostolical teaching and the most holy "faith delivered unto us,"
leading from the beginning of knowledge to the end. But if one should suppose that another origin
"For I would have you know," says Jude, "that God, having once saved His people from the land of Egypt, afterwards destroyed them that believed not; and the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved to the judgment of the great day, in everlasting chains under darkness of the savage angels."
before the flood; and as these continually beheld them, they fell into desire each of the other, and they conceived the act in their mind, and changed themselves into the shape of men, and appeared to them in their congress with their husbands; and the women, having in their minds desire toward their apparitions, gave birth to giants, for the Watchers appeared to them as reaching even unto heaven.
And it was He who rained fire and brimstone from heaven, in the days of Lot, upon Sodom and Gomorrah, "an example of the righteous judgment of God,"
marriage, if they commingle themselves with "strange flesh,"
And they smote the men who were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great; so that they wearied themselves to find the door."
Through the mercy of
" De his et similibus haeresibus existimo Judam prophetice dixisse in epistola: "Similiter quidera hi quoque somniantes" (non enim vigilantes ad veritatem se applicant), usque ad illud: "Et os eorum loquitur superba."
Jude 1:8 - NIV, NAB - in Fragments of Clement from the Latin Translation of Cassiodorus
"also those dreamers,"-that is, who dream in their imagination lusts and wicked desires, regarding as good not that which is truly good, and superior to all good,-defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of majesty," that is, the only Lord,
people of his dominion
And those who sleep are those who, when they ought to be taking heed and watching with the soul, are not doing this, but by reason of great want of attention are nodding in resolution and are drowsy in their reflections, such as "in their dreamings defile the flesh, and set at naught that which is highest in authority, and rail at dignities."
And that we may know that this voice of God came forth with His true and highest majesty to honour and avenge His priests; when three of the ministers
Nor, of course, is this fact wonderful, that they did not receive some Scriptures which spake of Him whom even in person, speaking in their presence, they were not to receive. To these considerations is added the fact that Enoch possesses a testimony in the Apostle Jude.
Jude 1:14 - NIV, NAB - in A Treatise Against the Heretic Novatian by an Anonymous Bishop
-as it is written, "Behold, He cometh with many thousands of His messengers, to execute judgment upon all, and to destroy all the wicked, and to condemn all flesh, for all the deeds of the wicked which they have wickedly done. and for all the impious words which sinners have spoken about God."
But we cannot say that for all the women of the Geli Venus was posited in Capricorn or in Aquarius, in a position of ill luck; nor can we possibly say that for all the Geli Mars and Venus were posited in Aries, where it is written that brave and wanton
"The greater he seems to be, the more humble should he be," says Clement in the Epistle to the Corinthians,-"such an one as is capable of complying with the precept, `And some pluck from the fire, and on others have compassion, making a difference, '"
14. Since, then, there is much difference
In the same way "the bed is ordered to be shaken up," so that there may be no recollection of effusion in sleep,
What if, even here, you should conceive to reply that communion is indeed denied to sinners, very especially such as had been "polluted by the flesh,"
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