themselves to teaching the first principles of the Gospel: not endeavoring to institute regulations or laws for
Zion, without having been appointed of God.
Now we say there is no need of in
Zion, or appointing any more
officers: but let all those that are ordained magnify themselves before the Lord:
by going into the vineyard and cleansing their garments from
the blood of this generation. It is one thing to be ordained to preach the gospel,
and to push the people together to Zion, and it is another thing to be to lay the foundation and build up the City of Zion,
and execute her laws.
There fore it is certain that many of the have come under great condemnation, in
endeavoring to steady the ark of God, in a place where th[e]y have not been
The and have been established to do the business of Zion, and her
children are not bound, to accknowledge any of those who feel dis posed to
run to Zion and set themselves to
be their rulers. Let not her children be duped in this way, but let them
prove those who say they are , and are not.
The Elders have no right to regulate Zion, but they have a right to preach the gos pel. They
will all do well to repent and humble themselves, and all the ,
and also we, ourselves receive the admonition and so now endeavor and pray to this end. [p. 78]