History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 7.​> [blank] which cannot be remitted to him either in this world or in the world of spirits. God has wrought out a salvation for all men unless they have committed a certain sin <​and every man who has got a friend in the eternal world can save him unless he has com[HC 6:313]mitted the unpardonable sin​> and so you can see how far you can be a savior. A man cannot commit the unpardonable sin after the dissolution of the body, and there is a way possible for escape. Knowledge saves a man, and in a world of spirits no man can be exalted but by knowledge; so long as a man will not give heed to the commandments, he must abide without salvation. If a man has knowledge he can be saved, although if he has been guilty of great sins he will be punished for them; but when he consents to obey the Gospel, whether here or in the world of spirits, he is saved. A man is his own tormentor, and his own condemner; hence the saying, they shall go into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. The torment of disappointment in the mind of man is as exquisite as a lake burning with fire and brimstone— I say so is the torment of man. I know the scriptures and understand them. I said no man can commit the unpardonable sin after the dissolution of the body, nor in this life, until he receives the Holy Ghost; but they must do it in this world; hence the salvation of Jesus christ was wrought out for all men in order to triumph over the Devil; for if it did not catch him in one place, it would in another; for he stood up as a Savior. All will suffer until they obey Christ himself.
The contention in heaven was, Jesus said there would be certain souls that would not be saved, and the Devil said he could save them all, and laid his plans before the Grand Council, who gave their vote in favor of Jesus Christ: so the Devil rose up in rebellion against God, and was cast down with all who put up their heads for him. All sins shall be forgiven except the sin against the Holy Ghost; for Jesus will save all except the sons of perdition. What must a man do to commit the unpardonable sin? he must receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened unto him, and know God, and then sin against him: after a man has sinned against the Holy Ghost there is no repentance for him; he has got to say that the sun does not shine while he sees it— he has got to deny Jesus christ when the heavens have been opened unto him, and to deny the plan of salvation with his eyes open to the truth of it; and from that time he begins to be an enemy. This is the case with many apostates of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. When a man begins to be an enemy to this work, he hunts me— he seeks to kill me, and never ceases to thirst for my blood. He gets the spirit of the Devil— the same spirit that they had who crucified the Lord of life— the same spirit that sins against the Holy Ghost. [HC 6:314] You cannot save such persons— you cannot bring them to repentance; they make open war like the Devil and awful is the consequence. I advise all of you to be careful what you do, or you may by and by find out that you [p. 1976]
April 7. [blank] which cannot be remitted to him either in this world or in the world of spirits. God has wrought out a salvation for all men unless they have committed a certain sin and every man who has got a friend in the eternal world can save him unless he has com[HC 6:313]mitted the unpardonable sin and so you can see how far you can be a savior. A man cannot commit the unpardonable sin after the dissolution of the body, and there is a way possible for escape. Knowledge saves a man, and in a world of spirits no man can be exalted but by knowledge; so long as a man will not give heed to the commandments, he must abide without salvation. If a man has knowledge he can be saved, although if he has been guilty of great sins he will be punished for them; but when he consents to obey the Gospel, whether here or in the world of spirits, he is saved. A man is his own tormentor, and his own condemner; hence the saying, they shall go into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. The torment of disappointment in the mind of man is as exquisite as a lake burning with fire and brimstone— I say so is the torment of man. I know the scriptures and understand them. I said no man can commit the unpardonable sin after the dissolution of the body, nor in this life, until he receives the Holy Ghost; but they must do it in this world; hence the salvation of Jesus christ was wrought out for all men in order to triumph over the Devil; for if it did not catch him in one place, it would in another; for he stood up as a Savior. All will suffer until they obey Christ himself.
The contention in heaven was, Jesus said there would be certain souls that would not be saved, and the Devil said he could save them all, and laid his plans before the Grand Council, who gave their vote in favor of Jesus Christ: so the Devil rose up in rebellion against God, and was cast down with all who put up their heads for him. All sins shall be forgiven except the sin against the Holy Ghost; for Jesus will save all except the sons of perdition. What must a man do to commit the unpardonable sin? he must receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened unto him, and know God, and then sin against him: after a man has sinned against the Holy Ghost there is no repentance for him; he has got to say that the sun does not shine while he sees it— he has got to deny Jesus christ when the heavens have been opened unto him, and to deny the plan of salvation with his eyes open to the truth of it; and from that time he begins to be an enemy. This is the case with many apostates of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. When a man begins to be an enemy to this work, he hunts me— he seeks to kill me, and never ceases to thirst for my blood. He gets the spirit of the Devil— the same spirit that they had who crucified the Lord of life— the same spirit that sins against the Holy Ghost. [HC 6:314] You cannot save such persons— you cannot bring them to repentance; they make open war like the Devil and awful is the consequence. I advise all of you to be careful what you do, or you may by and by find out that you [p. 1976]
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