Whosoever, therefore, declares that there is but one God, only so as to take away the divinity of Christ, is a devil,3 and an enemy of all righteousness. He also that confesseth Christ, yet not as the Son of the Maker of the world, but of some other unknown4 being, different from Him whom the law and the prophets have proclaimed, this man is an instrument of the devil. And he that rejects the incarnation, and is ashamed of the cross for which I am in bonds, this man is antichrist.5 Moreover, he who affirms Christ to be a mere man is accursed, according to the [declaration of the] prophet,6 since he puts not his trust in God, but in man. Wherefore also he is unfruitful, like the wild myrtle-tree.
Beware, therefore, of those that hasten to work mischief, those “enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose glory is in their shame.”7 Beware of those “dumb dogs,” those trailing serpents, those scaly8 dragons, those asps, and basilisks, and scorpions. For these are subtle wolves,9 and apes that mimic the appearance of men.
3 Comp. John 6:70. Some read, “the son of the devil.”
4 Or, “that cannot be known.”
5 Comp. 1 John 2:22, 4:3; 2 John 7.
6 Jer. 17:5.
7 Phil. 3:18, 19.
8 The text is here doubtful.
9 Literally, “fox-like those,” lynxes being perhaps intended.
Pseudo-Ignatius of Antioch, “The Epistle of Ignatius to the Antiochians” In , in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume I: The Apostolic Fathers With Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, ed. Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson and A. Cleveland Coxe (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Company, 1885), 111.