History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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my enlarging upon these and very many other points of difference; but enough has been done to shew <​your​> readers, that no two sects can differ more widely from each other, than the Baptists and Latter-day Saints; and that to confound them in any way together is not only unjust to the former, but involves them in the disgrace of being partakers in a bold imposition, or a pitiable delusion, which they rgard with equal abhorence and disgust.
Hanley, Feby 16th. 1841.
A Baptist.
The foregoing article attempts to shew the difference between the Baptists and Latter-Day Saints. We will now attempt to show the difference between the Baptists and Former-Day Saints.
1st.— The former-Day Saints baptized for remission of sins; Acts 2. 38. The Baptists baptize those only who are supposed to have their sins forgiven before they are baptized.
2nd.— The Former-Day Saints admitted all persons indiscriminately to baptism, as soon as they professed faith and repentance, encouraging them to pass through that rite with the promise that great spiritual improvement would follow. Acts 2 .38–41 inclusive. But if the Baptists found the penitent believer looking for remission of sins through that rite, they would be put back to “get religion” where they could find it.
3rd.— After baptism, the Former-Day Saints prayed for and laid hands on the disciples in the name of Jesus, and professed to give them the Holy Ghost; Acts 8. 17; also Acts 19. 6. The Baptists say, “they regard such mummery with as much disgust as all Christians do.”
4th.— Having, as they supposed the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, the Former-day Saints consistently pretended to have the power of working wonders, and professed to heal the sick with Holy Oil. Jas. 5. 14, 15. Also to the power of prophecy. First Corinthians from 12th. to 14th. chapter. It need not be added that, the Baptists stand far removed from “such conceits”, and have no part in them; nor in anything pertaining to the gifts and power of God: or to use the Apostle’s own words, they have a form of Godliness, denying the power.
5th.— Not satisfied with the Bible as a complete revelation from God, the Former-day Saints have added a volume of several hundred pages (the New Testament), to that book, which (according to Baptist logic) Moses forbid them to add to, or take from. Deut. 4. 2. But even this was not enough; but new revelations were served up almost daily, fresh as they arrived, for all those who could swallow them.” The disgust with which the Baptists regard such things, considering them but a Melancholy exhibition of human folly and wickedness”, separates them to an impassable distance from the Former-day Saints: and how with all these differences the Baptists should ever have been thought by themselves, or any body else, to be the church of Christ, is difficult to imagine!
6th.— In order to carry on their strange work, or order of things, [p. 23 [addenda]]
my enlarging upon these and very many other points of difference; but enough has been done to shew your readers, that no two sects can differ more widely from each other, than the Baptists and Latter-day Saints; and that to confound them in any way together is not only unjust to the former, but involves them in the disgrace of being partakers in a bold imposition, or a pitiable delusion, which they rgard with equal abhorence and disgust.
Hanley, Feby 16th. 1841.
A Baptist.
The foregoing article attempts to shew the difference between the Baptists and Latter-Day Saints. We will now attempt to show the difference between the Baptists and Former-Day Saints.
1st.— The former-Day Saints baptized for remission of sins; Acts 2. 38. The Baptists baptize those only who are supposed to have their sins forgiven before they are baptized.
2nd.— The Former-Day Saints admitted all persons indiscriminately to baptism, as soon as they professed faith and repentance, encouraging them to pass through that rite with the promise that great spiritual improvement would follow. Acts 2 .38–41 inclusive. But if the Baptists found the penitent believer looking for remission of sins through that rite, they would be put back to “get religion” where they could find it.
3rd.— After baptism, the Former-Day Saints prayed for and laid hands on the disciples in the name of Jesus, and professed to give them the Holy Ghost; Acts 8. 17; also Acts 19. 6. The Baptists say, “they regard such mummery with as much disgust as all Christians do.”
4th.— Having, as they supposed the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, the Former-day Saints consistently pretended to have the power of working wonders, and professed to heal the sick with Holy Oil. Jas. 5. 14, 15. Also to the power of prophecy. First Corinthians from 12th. to 14th. chapter. It need not be added that, the Baptists stand far removed from “such conceits”, and have no part in them; nor in anything pertaining to the gifts and power of God: or to use the Apostle’s own words, they have a form of Godliness, denying the power.
5th.— Not satisfied with the Bible as a complete revelation from God, the Former-day Saints have added a volume of several hundred pages (the New Testament), to that book, which (according to Baptist logic) Moses forbid them to add to, or take from. Deut. 4. 2. But even this was not enough; but new revelations were served up almost daily, fresh as they arrived, for all those who could swallow them.” The disgust with which the Baptists regard such things, considering them but a Melancholy exhibition of human folly and wickedness”, separates them to an impassable distance from the Former-day Saints: and how with all these differences the Baptists should ever have been thought by themselves, or any body else, to be the church of Christ, is difficult to imagine!
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