Letter to the Elders of the Church, 30 November–1 December 1835

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have the clearer proof that the king dom 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 and unjustly  heaps upon others, we might go far ther; we might say that he has wick edly and maliciously lied about, vilified  and traduced the characters of inno cent men. We might invite the gen tleman to a public investigation of these  matters; yea, and we do challenge him  to an investigation upon any or all  principles wherein he feels opposed to  us, in public or in private.
We might farther say that, we could  introduce him to “Mormonism Unveil ed.” Also to the right honorable , who is the legitimate au thor of the same, who is not so much  a doctor of physic, as of falsehood, or  by name We could also give him an  introduction to the reverend ,  the illegitimate author of “Mormonism  Unveiled,” in order to give currency to  the publication, as , about  this time, was bound over to court, for  threatening life. He is also an asso ciate of the celebrated Mr. [Orris] Clapp, who  has of late immortalised his name by  swearing that he would not believe a  Mormon under oath; and by his polite  introduction to said ’s wife,  which cost him (as we have been in formed) a round sum. Also his son  Mathew [Matthew Clapp] testified that, the book of Mor mon had been proved false an hundred  times, by ’s book: and also, that he  would not believe a Mormon under oath.  And also we could mention the rever end Mr. [Adamson] Bentley, who, we believe, has  been actively engaged in injuring the  character of his brother-in-law, viz:  Elder .
Now, the above statements are ac cording to our best information: and  we believe them to be true; and this is  as fair a sample of the doctrine of  Campbellism, as we ask, taking the  statements of these gentlemen, and  judging them by their fruits. And we  might add many more to the black cat alogue; even the ringleaders, not of  the Nazarenes, for how can any good  thing come out of Nazareth, but of the  far-famed mob: all sons and le gitimate heirs to the same spirit of  , and “Mormonism  Unveiled,” according to the represen tation in the cut spoken of above.
The above cloud of darkness has long  been beating with mountain waves up on the immovable rock of the , and notwith standing all this, the mustard seed is  still towering its lofty branches, higher  and higher, and extending itself wider  and wider, and the charriot wheels of  the kingdom are still rolling on, impelled  by the mighty arm of Jehovah; and in  spite of all opposition will still roll on  until his words are all fulfilled.
Our readers will excuse us for devi ating from the subject, when they take  into consideration the abuses, that have  been heaped upon us heretofore, which  we have tamely submitted to, until for bearance is no longer required at our  hands, having frequently turned both  the right and left cheek, we believe it  our duty now to stand up in our own  defence. With these remarks we shall  proceed with the subject of the .
And another parable spake he unto  them: The kingdom of heaven is like  unto leaven which a woman took and  hid in three measures of meal, until the  whole was leavened. It may be under stood that the church of the Latter Day  Saints, has taken its rise from a little  leaven that was put into three witness es. Behold, how much this is like the  parable: it is fast leavening the lump,  and will soon leaven the whole. But  let us pass on.
All these things spake Jesus unto the  multitudes, in parables, and without a  parable spake he not unto them, that it  might be fulfilled which was spoken  by the prophet, saying: I will open my  mouth in parables: I will utter things  which have been kept secret from the  foundation of the world: Then Jesus  sent the multitude away and went into  the house, and his disciples came unto  him, saying, declare unto us the para ble of the tares of the field. He an swered and said unto them, he that sow eth the good seed is the son of man;  the field is the world; the good seed are  the children of the kingdom, but the  tares are the children of the wicked  one. Now let our readers mark the  expression, the field is the world; the  tares are the children of the wicked  one: the enemy that sowed them is the  devil; the harvest is the end of the  world. Let them carefully mark this [p. 228]
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 and unjustly heaps upon others, we might go farther; we might say that he has wickedly and maliciously lied about, vilified and traduced the characters of innocent men. We might invite the gentleman to a public investigation of these matters; yea, and we do challenge him to an investigation upon any or all principles wherein he feels opposed to us, in public or in private.
We might farther say that, we could introduce him to “Mormonism Unveiled.” Also to the right honorable , who is the legitimate author of the same, who is not so much a doctor of physic, as of falsehood, or by name We could also give him an introduction to the reverend , the illegitimate author of “Mormonism Unveiled,” in order to give currency to the publication, as , about this time, was bound over to court, for threatening life. He is also an associate of the celebrated Mr. Orris Clapp, who has of late immortalised his name by swearing that he would not believe a Mormon under oath; and by his polite introduction to said ’s wife, which cost him (as we have been informed) a round sum. Also his son Mathew [Matthew Clapp] testified that, the book of Mormon had been proved false an hundred times, by ’s book: and also, that he would not believe a Mormon under oath. And also we could mention the reverend Mr. Adamson Bentley, who, we believe, has been actively engaged in injuring the character of his brother-in-law, viz: Elder .
Now, the above statements are according to our best information: and we believe them to be true; and this is as fair a sample of the doctrine of Campbellism, as we ask, taking the statements of these gentlemen, and judging them by their fruits. And we might add many more to the black catalogue; even the ringleaders, not of the Nazarenes, for how can any good thing come out of Nazareth, but of the far-famed mob: all sons and legitimate heirs to the same spirit of , and “Mormonism Unveiled,” according to the representation in the cut spoken of above.
The above cloud of darkness has long been beating with mountain waves upon the immovable rock of the , and notwithstanding all this, the mustard seed is still towering its lofty branches, higher and higher, and extending itself wider and wider, and the charriot wheels of the kingdom are still rolling on, impelled by the mighty arm of Jehovah; and in spite of all opposition will still roll on until his words are all fulfilled.
Our readers will excuse us for deviating from the subject, when they take into consideration the abuses, that have been heaped upon us heretofore, which we have tamely submitted to, until forbearance is no longer required at our hands, having frequently turned both the right and left cheek, we believe it our duty now to stand up in our own defence. With these remarks we shall proceed with the subject of the .
And another parable spake he unto them: The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened. It may be understood that the church of the Latter Day Saints, has taken its rise from a little leaven that was put into three witnesses. Behold, how much this is like the parable: it is fast leavening the lump, and will soon leaven the whole. But let us pass on.
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitudes, in parables, and without a parable spake he not unto them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open my mouth in parables: I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world: Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house, and his disciples came unto him, saying, declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, he that soweth the good seed is the son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one. Now let our readers mark the expression, the field is the world; the tares are the children of the wicked one: the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world. Let them carefully mark this [p. 228]
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