History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<October 15> things, but the creeds set up stakes, and say hitherto shalt thou come, and no further; which I cannot subscribe to.
I believe the bible as it read when it came from the pen of the original writers; ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors. As it read Gen: 6 ch. 6 v. ‘it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth;’ also Num: 23 ch. 19 v. ‘God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent,’ which I do not believe; but it ought to read ‘it repented Noah that God made man’ This I believe, and then the other quotation stands fair. If any man will prove to me by one passage of Holy Writ, one item I believe, to be false, I will renounce and disclaim it far as I have promulged it.
The first principles of the gospel as I believe, are, Faith, Repentance, Baptism for remission of sins, with the promise of the Holy Ghost.
Look at Heb. 6 ch. 1 v. for contradictions ‘Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ let us go on unto perfection.’ If a man leaves the principles of the doctrine of Christ, how can he be saved in the principles? This is a contradiction— I don’t believe it: I will render it, as it should be, ‘therefore not leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.’
It is one thing to see the kingdom of God, and another thing to enter into it, we must have a change of heart to see the kingdom of God, and subscribe the articles of adoption, to enter therein.
No man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelations. The Holy Ghost is a revelator.
I prophecy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, anguish and wrath, and tribulation, and the withdrawing of the Spirit of God from the earth, await this generation, until they are visited with utter desolation. This generation is as corrupt as the generation of the Jews that crucified Christ; and if he were here to day, and should preach the same doctrine he did then; they would put him to death. I defy all the world to destroy the work of God, and I prophecy they never will have power to kill me till my work is accomplished, and I am ready to die.
I will now speak a little on the economy of this , I think there are too many merchants among you— I would like to see more wool and raw materials, instead of manufactured goods, and the money be brought here to pay the poor for manufacturing goods. Set our women to work, and stop their spinning street yarns, and talking about spiritual wives.
Instead of going abroad to buy goods, lay your money out in the country, and buy grain, cattle, flax, wool and work it up yourselves.
I proclaim in the name of the Lord God Almighty, that I will fellowship nothing in the church but virtue, integrity, and uprightness. [p. 1755]
October 15 things, but the creeds set up stakes, and say hitherto shalt thou come, and no further; which I cannot subscribe to.
I believe the bible as it read when it came from the pen of the original writers; ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors. As it read Gen: 6 ch. 6 v. ‘it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth;’ also Num: 23 ch. 19 v. ‘God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent,’ which I do not believe; but it ought to read ‘it repented Noah that God made man’ This I believe, and then the other quotation stands fair. If any man will prove to me by one passage of Holy Writ, one item I believe, to be false, I will renounce and disclaim it far as I have promulged it.
The first principles of the gospel as I believe, are, Faith, Repentance, Baptism for remission of sins, with the promise of the Holy Ghost.
Look at Heb. 6 ch. 1 v. for contradictions ‘Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ let us go on unto perfection.’ If a man leaves the principles of the doctrine of Christ, how can he be saved in the principles? This is a contradiction— I don’t believe it: I will render it, as it should be, ‘therefore not leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.’
It is one thing to see the kingdom of God, and another thing to enter into it, we must have a change of heart to see the kingdom of God, and subscribe the articles of adoption, to enter therein.
No man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelations. The Holy Ghost is a revelator.
I prophecy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, anguish and wrath, and tribulation, and the withdrawing of the Spirit of God from the earth, await this generation, until they are visited with utter desolation. This generation is as corrupt as the generation of the Jews that crucified Christ; and if he were here to day, and should preach the same doctrine he did then; they would put him to death. I defy all the world to destroy the work of God, and I prophecy they never will have power to kill me till my work is accomplished, and I am ready to die.
I will now speak a little on the economy of this , I think there are too many merchants among you— I would like to see more wool and raw materials, instead of manufactured goods, and the money be brought here to pay the poor for manufacturing goods. Set our women to work, and stop their spinning street yarns, and talking about spiritual wives.
Instead of going abroad to buy goods, lay your money out in the country, and buy grain, cattle, flax, wool and work it up yourselves.
I proclaim in the name of the Lord God Almighty, that I will fellowship nothing in the church but virtue, integrity, and uprightness. [p. 1755]
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