repented of their sins. It is the object of this
to reform persons, not to take those that are corrupt, but if
they repent we are bound to take them and by kindness sanctify and cleanse
from all unrighteousness, by our influence in watching over them — nothing
will have such influence over people, as the fear of being disfellowship’d by so
goodly a Society as this. Then take Sis. O. as Jesus
received sinners into his bosom.
Sis. O. In the name of the Lord I now make you
free, and from this hour if any thing should be found against you
Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to
take them by the hand and watch over them with tenderness. When persons manifest
the least kindn ess and love to me, O what pow’r it has over my mind, while
the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and
depress the human mind.
It is one evidence that men are unacquainted with the principle of
godliness, to behold the contraction of feeling and lack of charity. The pow’r
and glory of Godliness is spread out on a broad principle to throw out the mantle
of charity. God does not look on sin with allowance, but when men have sin’d
there must be allowance made for them.
All the religious world is boasting of righteousness — tis the
doctrine of the devil to retard the human mind and retard our progress, by
filling us with selfrighteousness — The nearer we get to our heavenly Father, the
more are we dispos’d to look with compassion on perishing souls— to take
them upon our shoulders and cast their sins behind our back.
I am going to talk to all this Society— if you would
have God have mercy on you, have mercy on one another.
Prest. S. then refer’d them to the conduct of the
Savior when he was taken and crucified &c.
He then made a promise in the name of the [p. ]