History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Abraham, Moses, the children of Israel, and all God’s people were saved by keeping the commandments of God, we, if saved at all, shall be saved upon the same principle. As God governed Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as families, and the children of Israel as a nation, so we, as a church, must be under his guidance if we are prospered, preserved, and sustained. Our only confidence can be in God; our only wisdom obtained from him; and he alone must be our protector and safeguard, spiritually. & temporally, or we fall.
We have been chastened by the hand of God heretofore for not obeying his commands, although we never violated any human law, or transgressed any human precept, yet we have treated lightly his commands, and departed from his ordinances, and the Lord has chastened us sore, and we have felt his arm, and kissed the rod; let us be wise in time to come, and ever remember that “to obey is better than sacrifice; and to hearken than the fat of rams”. The Lord has told us to build the , and the , and that command is as binding upon us as any other: and that man who engages not in these things is as much a transgressor as though he broke any other command— he is not a doer of God’s will, nor a fulfiller of his laws.
In regard to the building up of Zion it has to be done by the Council of Jehovah: by the Revelations of heaven, and we should feel to say “if the Lord go not with us, carry us not up hence.” We would say to the Saints that come here we have laid the foundation for the gathering of Gods people to this place, and expect that when the Saints do come they will be under the Council of those that God has appointed. The Twelve are set apart to counsel the Saints pertaining to this matter: and we expect that those who come here will send before them their wise men according to revelation; or if not practicable be subject to the Counsel that God has given or they cannot receive an inheritance among the Saints, or be considered as God’s people, and they will be dealt with as transgressors of the laws of God; we are trying here to gird up our loins, and purge from our midst the workers of iniquity; and we hope that when our brethren [p. 37]
Abraham, Moses, the children of Israel, and all God’s people were saved by keeping the commandments of God, we, if saved at all, shall be saved upon the same principle. As God governed Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as families, and the children of Israel as a nation, so we, as a church, must be under his guidance if we are prospered, preserved, and sustained. Our only confidence can be in God; our only wisdom obtained from him; and he alone must be our protector and safeguard, spiritually. & temporally, or we fall.
We have been chastened by the hand of God heretofore for not obeying his commands, although we never violated any human law, or transgressed any human precept, yet we have treated lightly his commands, and departed from his ordinances, and the Lord has chastened us sore, and we have felt his arm, and kissed the rod; let us be wise in time to come, and ever remember that “to obey is better than sacrifice; and to hearken than the fat of rams”. The Lord has told us to build the , and the , and that command is as binding upon us as any other: and that man who engages not in these things is as much a transgressor as though he broke any other command— he is not a doer of God’s will, nor a fulfiller of his laws.
In regard to the building up of Zion it has to be done by the Council of Jehovah: by the Revelations of heaven, and we should feel to say “if the Lord go not with us, carry us not up hence.” We would say to the Saints that come here we have laid the foundation for the gathering of Gods people to this place, and expect that when the Saints do come they will be under the Council of those that God has appointed. The Twelve are set apart to counsel the Saints pertaining to this matter: and we expect that those who come here will send before them their wise men according to revelation; or if not practicable be subject to the Counsel that God has given or they cannot receive an inheritance among the Saints, or be considered as God’s people, and they will be dealt with as transgressors of the laws of God; we are trying here to gird up our loins, and purge from our midst the workers of iniquity; and we hope that when our brethren [p. 37]
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