Revelation Book 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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upon the church by the laying on of the hands wherefore the office of a Bishop is not equal unto it for the office of a Bishop is in administring all temporal things nevertheless a Bishop must be chosen from the high priesthood that he may be set apart unto the ministering of temporal things having a knowledge of them by the spirit of truth and also to be a judge in Israel to do the business of the church to sin [sit] in judgment upon transgressors upon testamony as it shall be laid before him according to the Laws by the assistance of his councellors whom he hath chosen or will choose among the Elders of the church thus shall he be a judge even a common judge among the inhabitants of Zion until the borders are enlarged and it becomes necessary to have other Bishops or judges and inasmuch as there are Bishops appointed they shall act in the same office, And again verily I say unto you the most important business of the church and the most difficult cases of the church inasmuch as there is not satisfaction decission of the judges it shall be handed over and carried unto the court of the church before the President of the high Priesthood and the President of the court of the high priesthood shall have power to call other high priests even twelve to assist as councellors and thus the president of the high priesthood and his councillors shall have power to decide upon testamony according to the laws of the church and after the decision it shall be had in remembrance no more before the Lord for this is the highest court of the church of God and a final decission upon controverses there is not any person belonging to the church who is exempt from this court of the church and inas much as the President of the high priesthood [p. 85]
upon the church by the laying on of the hands wherefore the office of a Bishop is not equal unto it for the office of a Bishop is in administring all temporal things nevertheless a Bishop must be chosen from the high priesthood that he may be set apart unto the ministering of temporal things having a knowledge of them by the spirit of truth and also to be a judge in Israel to do the business of the church to sin [sit] in judgment upon transgressors upon testamony as it shall be laid before him according to the Laws by the assistance of his councellors whom he hath chosen or will choose among the Elders of the church thus shall he be a judge even a common judge among the inhabitants of Zion until the borders are enlarged and it becomes necessary to have other Bishops or judges and inasmuch as there are Bishops appointed they shall act in the same office, And again verily I say unto you the most important business of the church and the most difficult cases of the church inasmuch as there is not satisfaction decission of the judges it shall be handed over and carried unto the court of the church before the President of the high Priesthood and the President of the court of the high priesthood shall have power to call other high priests even twelve to assist as councellors and thus the president of the high priesthood and his councillors shall have power to decide upon testamony according to the laws of the church and after the decision it shall be had in remembrance no more before the Lord for this is the highest court of the church of God and a final decission upon controverses there is not any person belonging to the church who is exempt from this court of the church and inas much as the President of the high priesthood [p. 85]
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