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 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 London (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 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 London (see Addenda book page 7) their conduct. [p. 1203]
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