History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​1841 April 15​> 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 viii. 17, also Acts xix. 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 v. 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 Apostles 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. Dieut. iv. 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, the Former Day Saints had two priesthoods. The Aaronic Priesthood administered in outward ordinances, as in the case of John the Baptist. The power and authority of the higher or Melchizedec Priesthood was to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the Church, as Jesus said, “I give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven— whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,” &c., They were to have the privilege of knowing the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom,”— to have the heavens opened unto them— to commune with the general assembly and church of the firstborn; and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and of Jesus the mediator of the new covenant [p. 23]
1841 April 15 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 viii. 17, also Acts xix. 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 v. 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 Apostles 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. Dieut. iv. 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, the Former Day Saints had two priesthoods. The Aaronic Priesthood administered in outward ordinances, as in the case of John the Baptist. The power and authority of the higher or Melchizedec Priesthood was to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the Church, as Jesus said, “I give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven— whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,” &c., They were to have the privilege of knowing the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom,”— to have the heavens opened unto them— to commune with the general assembly and church of the firstborn; and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and of Jesus the mediator of the new covenant [p. 23]
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