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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<May 16> laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works &c, but of the doctrines of baptism, laying on of hands, the resurrection and eternal judgment—” &c— That the doctrine of eternal judgment was perfectly understood by the Apostle, is evident from several passages of scripture. Peter preached Repentance and baptism for the remission of sins to the Jews, who had been led to acts of violence and blood, by their leaders, but to the Rulers he said, “I would that through ignorance ye did it, as did also those ye ruled”. “Repent, therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing (redemption) shall come from the presence of the Lord, for he shall send Jesus Christ, who before was preached unto you, &c.” The time of redemption here, had reference to the time, when Christ should come; then and not till then would their sins be blotted out. Why? Because they were murderrs, and no murderer hath eternal life. Even David, must wait for those times of refreshing, before he can come forth and his sins be blotted out: for Peter speaking of him says “David hath not yet ascended into Heaven, for his sepulcher is with us to this day:” his remains were then in the tomb. Now we read that many bodies of the Saints arose, at Christ’s resurrection, probably all the Saints, but it seems that David did not. Why? because he had been a Murderer. If the ministers of religion had a proper understanding of the doctrine of Eternal Judgement, they would not be found attending the man who had forfeited his life to the injured laws of his country by shedding innocent blood; for such characters cannot be forgiven, until they have paid the last farthing. The Prayers of all the Ministers in the world could never close the gates of hell against a Murderer. He then spoke on the subject of election, and read the 9th. chapter of Romans, from which it was evident that the election there spoken of, was pertaining to the flesh, and had reference to the seed of Abraham, according to the promise God made to Abraham, saying, “In thee, and in thy seed, all the families of the Earth shall be [HC 4:359] blessed.” To them belonged the adoption, and the Covenants &c. Paul said, when he saw their unbelief, I wish myself accursed— according to the flesh, not according to the Spirit— Why did God say to Pharoah, “for this cause have I raised up”? Because Pharoah was a fit instrument— a wicked man, and had committed acts of cruelty of the most atrocious nature— The election of the promised seed still continues, and in the last days they shall have the Priesthood restored unto them, and they shall be the “Saviors on mount Zion” the ministers of our God;” if it were not for the remnant which was left, then might we be as Sodom and Gomorah. The whole of the Chapter had reference to the Priesthood, and the house of Israel; and unconditional election of individuals to eternal life was not taught by the Apostles. God did elect or predestinate, that all those who would be saved, should be saved in Christ Jesus, and through obedience to the gospel; but he passes over no man’s sins, but visits them with correction, and if his children will not repent of their sins, he will discard them. This is an — — — — — — — — — — imperfect sketch of a very interesting discourse, which occupied more than two hours in delivery, and was listened to with marked attention by the vast assembly present. In the afternoon, the assembly were addressed by President .”
<Conference met in (see Addenda book page 7) [t]heir conduct.> [p. 1203]
May 16 laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works &c, but of the doctrines of baptism, laying on of hands, the resurrection and eternal judgment—” &c— That the doctrine of eternal judgment was perfectly understood by the Apostle, is evident from several passages of scripture. Peter preached Repentance and baptism for the remission of sins to the Jews, who had been led to acts of violence and blood, by their leaders, but to the Rulers he said, “I would that through ignorance ye did it, as did also those ye ruled”. “Repent, therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing (redemption) shall come from the presence of the Lord, for he shall send Jesus Christ, who before was preached unto you, &c.” The time of redemption here, had reference to the time, when Christ should come; then and not till then would their sins be blotted out. Why? Because they were murderrs, and no murderer hath eternal life. Even David, must wait for those times of refreshing, before he can come forth and his sins be blotted out: for Peter speaking of him says “David hath not yet ascended into Heaven, for his sepulcher is with us to this day:” his remains were then in the tomb. Now we read that many bodies of the Saints arose, at Christ’s resurrection, probably all the Saints, but it seems that David did not. Why? because he had been a Murderer. If the ministers of religion had a proper understanding of the doctrine of Eternal Judgement, they would not be found attending the man who had forfeited his life to the injured laws of his country by shedding innocent blood; for such characters cannot be forgiven, until they have paid the last farthing. The Prayers of all the Ministers in the world could never close the gates of hell against a Murderer. He then spoke on the subject of election, and read the 9th. chapter of Romans, from which it was evident that the election there spoken of, was pertaining to the flesh, and had reference to the seed of Abraham, according to the promise God made to Abraham, saying, “In thee, and in thy seed, all the families of the Earth shall be [HC 4:359] blessed.” To them belonged the adoption, and the Covenants &c. Paul said, when he saw their unbelief, I wish myself accursed— according to the flesh, not according to the Spirit— Why did God say to Pharoah, “for this cause have I raised up”? Because Pharoah was a fit instrument— a wicked man, and had committed acts of cruelty of the most atrocious nature— The election of the promised seed still continues, and in the last days they shall have the Priesthood restored unto them, and they shall be the “Saviors on mount Zion” the ministers of our God;” if it were not for the remnant which was left, then might we be as Sodom and Gomorah. The whole of the Chapter had reference to the Priesthood, and the house of Israel; and unconditional election of individuals to eternal life was not taught by the Apostles. God did elect or predestinate, that all those who would be saved, should be saved in Christ Jesus, and through obedience to the gospel; but he passes over no man’s sins, but visits them with correction, and if his children will not repent of their sins, he will discard them. This is an — — — — — — — — — — imperfect sketch of a very interesting discourse, which occupied more than two hours in delivery, and was listened to with marked attention by the vast assembly present. In the afternoon, the assembly were addressed by President .”
Conference met in (see Addenda book page 7) their conduct. [p. 1203]
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