For what end Titus was left in Crete.
Titus 1:1 Paule the seruaunt of God and an Apostle of Iesu Christ, to preache þe faythe, of Goddes elect, & the knowledge of that truethe, whiche is after Godlynes, Titus 1:2 vpon the hope, of eternall lyfe, whiche lyfe God þt can not lye, hath promysed before the worlde beganne: Titus 1:3 but hath opened hys worde, at the tyme appoynted thorowe preachynge which preachynge is commytted vnto me by the commaundement of God oure sauyoure. Titus 1:4 To Titus hys naturall sonne in the common fayth. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the father and from the Lorde Iesu Christe oure sauyoure. Titus 1:5 For thys cause left I the in Crete, that thou shouldest performe that whiche was lackynge, and shouldest ordeyne elders in euery cytye as I appoynted the.
How they that are to be chosen ministers ought to be qualified.
Titus 1:6 Yf any be fautelesse, the husbande of one wyfe hauyng faythfull chyldren, whiche are not sclaundred of ryote, neyther are dysobedyent. Titus 1:7 For a byshoppe must be fautelesse, as it becommeth the mynister of God: not stubborne, not angrye, no dronkarde, no fyghter, not geuen to fylthy lucre: Titus 1:8 but herberous one that loueth goodnes, sober mynded, ryghtuous, holy temperate, Titus 1:9 and suche as cleaueth vnto the true worde of doctryne, that he maye be able to exhorte wyth wholesome learnynge, and to improue them, that saye agaynste it. Titus 1:10 For there are many dysobedyent: & talkers of vanitye and disceyuers of myndes, namely they of the circumcision,
The mouths of evil teachers to be stopped:
Titus 1:11 whose mouthes must be stopped: whiche peruerte whole houses teachynge thynges whiche they oughte not because of fylthy lucre.
and what manner of men they be.
Titus 1:12 One beyng of them selues, which was a poete of theyr owne, said: The Cretians are alwayes lyars, euil beastes and slowe belyes. Titus 1:13 Thys wytnesse is true, wherfore rebuke them sharply that they may be sounde in the fayth, Titus 1:14 and not takyng hede to Iewes fables and commaundementes of men that turne from the truethe. Titus 1:15 Vnto the pure are all thynges pure, but vnto them that are defyled and vnbeleuynge, is nothynge pure: but euen the very myndes and consciences of them are defyled. Titus 1:16 They confesse that they knowe God: but wyth the dedes they denye hym, and are abhomynable and dysobedient, and vnto all good workes discommendable.