Letter to the Church in Caldwell County, Missouri, 16 December 1838

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unto you falsely; we have been misrepresented and misunderstood and  belied and the purity of our hearts have not been known. And it is through  ignorance, yea, the very depth of ignorance is the cause of it, and not only  ignorance but gross wickedness on the part of some and hypocrisy also  who by a long face and sanctified prayers and very pious sermons had  power to lead the minds of the ignorant and unwary and thereby  obtain such influence that when we approached their iniquities the  devil gained great advantage & would bring great sorrow upon our heads  and in fine we have waded through an ocean of tribulation, and mean abuse  practiced upon us by the ill bred and ignorant such as ,  , and , , , , and various others  who are so very ignorant that they cannot appear respectable in any  decent and civilized society, and whose eyes are full of adultery and  cannot cease from sin. Such characters as , ,  , , , who are too mean to mention  and we had liked to have forgotten them. & whose hearts  are full of corruption, whose cloak of hypocrisy was not sufficient to  shield them or to hold them up in the hour of trouble, who after  having escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of  God and become again entangled and overcome the latter end is worse  than the first. But it has happened unto them according to the words  of the savior, the dog has returned to his vomit, and the sow that was  washed to her wallowing in the mire. Again if we sin wilfully after we  have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more  sacrifice for sin, but a certain fearful looking <for> of judgement and  fiery indignation to come which shall devour these adversaries.  For he who despiseth Moses’ law died without mercy under two or  three witnesses of how much more severe punishment suppose ye shall  he be thought worthy who hath sold his brother and denied the   by which he was sanctified calling  it an unholy thing and doing despite to the spirit of grace.  And again we say unto you that inasmuch as there be virtue in us  and the holy hath been conferred upon us, and the  of the kingdom hath not been taken from us, for verily thus saith the  Lord be of good cheer for the keys that I gave unto <you> are yet with you  Therefore we say unto you dear brethren in the name of the Lord Jesus  Christ, we deliver these characters unto the buffetings of satan untill the day  of redemption that they may be dealt with according to their works [p. 6]
unto you falsely; we have been misrepresented and misunderstood and belied and the purity of our hearts have not been known. And it is through ignorance, yea, the very depth of ignorance is the cause of it, and not only ignorance but gross wickedness on the part of some and hypocrisy also who by a long face and sanctified prayers and very pious sermons had power to lead the minds of the ignorant and unwary and thereby obtain such influence that when we approached their iniquities the devil gained great advantage & would bring great sorrow upon our heads and in fine we have waded through an ocean of tribulation, and mean abuse practiced upon us by the ill bred and ignorant such as , , and , , , , and various others who are so very ignorant that they cannot appear respectable in any decent and civilized society, and whose eyes are full of adultery and cannot cease from sin. Such characters as , , , , , who are too mean to mention and we had liked to have forgotten them. & whose hearts are full of corruption, whose cloak of hypocrisy was not sufficient to shield them or to hold them up in the hour of trouble, who after having escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of God and become again entangled and overcome the latter end is worse than the first. But it has happened unto them according to the words of the savior, the dog has returned to his vomit, and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. Again if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin, but a certain fearful looking for of judgement and fiery indignation to come which shall devour these adversaries. For he who despiseth Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses of how much more severe punishment suppose ye shall he be thought worthy who hath sold his brother and denied the by which he was sanctified calling it an unholy thing and doing despite to the spirit of grace. And again we say unto you that inasmuch as there be virtue in us and the holy hath been conferred upon us, and the of the kingdom hath not been taken from us, for verily thus saith the Lord be of good cheer for the keys that I gave unto you are yet with you Therefore we say unto you dear brethren in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we deliver these characters unto the buffetings of satan untill the day of redemption that they may be dealt with according to their works [p. 6]
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