History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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The kingdom of Heaven is like unto a mustard seed. Behold, then, is <​November 16. Joseph’s Letter continued.​> not this the kingdom of heaven that is raising its head in the last days, in the majesty of its God; even the church of the Latter Day Saints; like an impenetrable, immovable rock in the midst of the mighty deep, exposed to the storms and tempests of satan, but has, thus far, remained steadfast and is still braving the mountain waves of opposition, which are driven by the tempestuous winds of sinking crafts, have and are still dashing with tremendous foam, across its triumphant brow, urged onward with redoubled fury by the enemy of righteousness, with his pitch fork of lies, as you will see fairly represented in a cut, contained in ’s “Mormonism Unveiled”?
And we hope that this adversary of truth will continue to stir up the sink of iniquity, that people may the more readily discern between the righteous and the wicked. We also would notice of one of the modern sons of Sceva, who would fain have made people believe that he could cast out devils, by a certain Pamphlet (viz the “Millenium Harbinger,”) that went the rounds through our country, who felt so fully authorized to brand “Jo” Smith <​with​> the appellation of Elymus the sorcerer, and to say with Paul, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the Devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord! We would reply to this gentleman; Paul we know, and Christ [HC 2:268] we know, but who are ye? And with the best of feelings would say to him in the language of Paul to those who said they were John’s disciples, but had not so much as heard there was a Holy Ghost, to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins by those who have legal authority, and under their hands you shall receive the Holy Ghost, according to the scriptures.
<​Acts 8:17.​> Then laid they their hands of on them and they received the Holy <​Acts 19:6.​> Ghost. Acts. 8:17. And when Paul had laid his hands. <​up​>on them the Holy Ghost came on them: and they spake with tongues, and <​Heb. 6:2.​> prophecied. Acts 19:6. Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. Hebrews 6:2. How then shall they call on <​Rom 10:14, 15.​> him in whom they have not beleived? And how shall they beleive in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them, that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:14, 15
But if this man will not take our admonition, but will persist in his wickedness course, we hope that he will continue trying to cast out devils, that we may have the clearer proof that the kingdom of satan is divided against itself, and consequently cannot stand: for a kingdom divided against itself, speedily hath an end. If we were disposed to take this gentleman upon his own ground and justly heap upon him that which he so readily [p. 647]
The kingdom of Heaven is like unto a mustard seed. Behold, then, is November 16. Joseph’s Letter continued. not this the kingdom of heaven that is raising its head in the last days, in the majesty of its God; even the church of the Latter Day Saints; like an impenetrable, immovable rock in the midst of the mighty deep, exposed to the storms and tempests of satan, but has, thus far, remained steadfast and is still braving the mountain waves of opposition, which are driven by the tempestuous winds of sinking crafts, have and are still dashing with tremendous foam, across its triumphant brow, urged onward with redoubled fury by the enemy of righteousness, with his pitch fork of lies, as you will see fairly represented in a cut, contained in ’s “Mormonism Unveiled”?
And we hope that this adversary of truth will continue to stir up the sink of iniquity, that people may the more readily discern between the righteous and the wicked. We also would notice one of the modern sons of Sceva, who would fain have made people believe that he could cast out devils, by a certain Pamphlet (viz the “Millenium Harbinger,”) that went the rounds through our country, who felt so fully authorized to brand “Jo” Smith with the appellation of Elymus the sorcerer, and to say with Paul, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the Devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord! We would reply to this gentleman; Paul we know, and Christ [HC 2:268] we know, but who are ye? And with the best of feelings would say to him in the language of Paul to those who said they were John’s disciples, but had not so much as heard there was a Holy Ghost, to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins by those who have legal authority, and under their hands you shall receive the Holy Ghost, according to the scriptures.
Acts 8:17. Then laid they their hands on them and they received the Holy Acts 19:6. Ghost. Acts. 8:17. And when Paul had laid his hands. upon them the Holy Ghost came on them: and they spake with tongues, and Heb. 6:2. prophecied. Acts 19:6. Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. Hebrews 6:2. How then shall they call on Rom 10:14, 15. him in whom they have not beleived? And how shall they beleive in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them, that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:14, 15
But if this man will not take our admonition, but will persist in his wicked course, we hope that he will continue trying to cast out devils, that we may have the clearer proof that the kingdom of satan is divided against itself, and consequently cannot stand: for a kingdom divided against itself, speedily hath an end. If we were disposed to take this gentleman upon his own ground and justly heap upon him that which he so readily [p. 647]
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