Times and Seasons, 1 October 1842

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to show the difference between the Baptists and Former-Day Saints.
1st.—The Former-Day Saints baptized for remission of sins, Acts ii. 38. The Baptists baptize those only who are supposed to have their sins forgiven before they are baptized.
2nd.—The Former-Day Saints admitted all persons indisciminately to baptism, as soon as they professed faith and repentance, encouraging them to pass though that rite with the promise that great spiritual improvement would follow, Acts ii. 38–41 inclusive. But if the Baptists found the penitent believer looking for remission of sins through that rite, they would be put back to “get religion” where they could find it.
3rd.—After baptism, the Former-Day Saints prayed for and laid hands on the disciples in the name of Jesus, and professed to give them the Holy Ghost, Acts viii. 17, also Acts xviv. 6. The Baptists say, “they regard such mummery with as much disgust as all Christians do.”
4th.—Having, as they supposed the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, the Former-day Saints consistently pretended to have the power of working wonders, and professed to heal the sick with Holy Oil. Jas. v. 14, 15. Also to the power of prophecy. First Corinthians from 12th to 14th chapter. It need not be added that, the Baptists stand far removed from “such conceits,” and have no part in them; nor in any thing pertaining to the gifts and power of God: or to use the Apostle’s own words, they have a form of Godliness, denying the power.
5th.—Not satisfied with the Bible as a complete revelation from God, the Former-day Saints have added a volume of several hundred pages (the New Testament,) to that book, which (according to Baptist logic) Moses forbid them to add to, or take from. Deut. iv. 2. But even this was not enough; but new revelations were served up almost daily, fresh as they arrived, for all those who could swallow them. “The disgust with which the Baptists regard such things, considering them but a melancholy exhibition of human folly and wickedness;”separates them to an impassable distance from the Former-day Saints: and how with all these differences the Baptists should ever have been thought by themselves, or any body else, to be the church of Christ, is difficult to imagine!
6th.—In order to carry on their strange work, or order of things, the Former-day Saints had two priesthoods. The Aaronic Priesthood administered in outward ordinances, as in the case of John the Baptist. The power and authority of the Higher, or Melchizideck Priesthood was to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the Church, as Jesus said, "I give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven—whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven," &c. They were to have the privilege of knowing the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom,”—to have the heavens opened unto them—to commune with the general assembly and church of the firstborn; and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and of Jesus the mediator of the new covenant. Heb. xii. 22, 23, 24. So that in this wonderful Priesthood, they have provided for an ample supply of new things in endless variety, and without end, from those who are and were counted the off-scouring of all things; and who, as the baptists would insinuate, “did aspire to a dignity which they say, “belongs only to him who is the only Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedeck.”
The fear of trespassing upon the time and patience of our readers, prevents our enlarging upon these and many other points of difference; but enough has been said to shew that no two sects can possibly differ more widely from each other than do the Baptists and Former day-Saints,—and to amalgamate the two systems in any way is not only an act of injustice—but would involve the Baptists, who by the by are an honourable body, in the disgrace of that sect which was "every where spoken against" See Acts.
Millenial Star.
 
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The Boston Olive Branch says:
Laroy Sunderland’s paper has gone out of his hands. Where are the thousands of dollars he begged for the poor slave gone? A mystery—we wish it solved.
☞ Now, if the public are not acquainted with Mr. Pratt’s exposition of Mr. Sunderland we refer all inquiries to that document, and we think they will be satisfield. We will, should they wish it, give the “thousands” a touch hereafter [p. 933]
to show the difference between the Baptists and Former-Day Saints.
1st.—The Former-Day Saints baptized for remission of sins, Acts ii. 38. The Baptists baptize those only who are supposed to have their sins forgiven before they are baptized.
2nd.—The Former-Day Saints admitted all persons indisciminately to baptism, as soon as they professed faith and repentance, encouraging them to pass though that rite with the promise that great spiritual improvement would follow, Acts ii. 38–41 inclusive. But if the Baptists found the penitent believer looking for remission of sins through that rite, they would be put back to “get religion” where they could find it.
3rd.—After baptism, the Former-Day Saints prayed for and laid hands on the disciples in the name of Jesus, and professed to give them the Holy Ghost, Acts viii. 17, also Acts xviv. 6. The Baptists say, “they regard such mummery with as much disgust as all Christians do.”
4th.—Having, as they supposed the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, the Former-day Saints consistently pretended to have the power of working wonders, and professed to heal the sick with Holy Oil. Jas. v. 14, 15. Also to the power of prophecy. First Corinthians from 12th to 14th chapter. It need not be added that, the Baptists stand far removed from “such conceits,” and have no part in them; nor in any thing pertaining to the gifts and power of God: or to use the Apostle’s own words, they have a form of Godliness, denying the power.
5th.—Not satisfied with the Bible as a complete revelation from God, the Former-day Saints have added a volume of several hundred pages (the New Testament,) to that book, which (according to Baptist logic) Moses forbid them to add to, or take from. Deut. iv. 2. But even this was not enough; but new revelations were served up almost daily, fresh as they arrived, for all those who could swallow them. “The disgust with which the Baptists regard such things, considering them but a melancholy exhibition of human folly and wickedness;”separates them to an impassable distance from the Former-day Saints: and how with all these differences the Baptists should ever have been thought by themselves, or any body else, to be the church of Christ, is difficult to imagine!
6th.—In order to carry on their strange work, or order of things, the Former-day Saints had two priesthoods. The Aaronic Priesthood administered in outward ordinances, as in the case of John the Baptist. The power and authority of the Higher, or Melchizideck Priesthood was to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the Church, as Jesus said, "I give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven—whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven," &c. They were to have the privilege of knowing the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom,”—to have the heavens opened unto them—to commune with the general assembly and church of the firstborn; and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and of Jesus the mediator of the new covenant. Heb. xii. 22, 23, 24. So that in this wonderful Priesthood, they have provided for an ample supply of new things in endless variety, and without end, from those who are and were counted the off-scouring of all things; and who, as the baptists would insinuate, “did aspire to a dignity which they say, “belongs only to him who is the only Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedeck.”
The fear of trespassing upon the time and patience of our readers, prevents our enlarging upon these and many other points of difference; but enough has been said to shew that no two sects can possibly differ more widely from each other than do the Baptists and Former day-Saints,—and to amalgamate the two systems in any way is not only an act of injustice—but would involve the Baptists, who by the by are an honourable body, in the disgrace of that sect which was "every where spoken against" See Acts.
Millenial Star.
 
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The Boston Olive Branch says:
Laroy Sunderland’s paper has gone out of his hands. Where are the thousands of dollars he begged for the poor slave gone? A mystery—we wish it solved.
☞ Now, if the public are not acquainted with Mr. Pratt’s exposition of Mr. Sunderland we refer all inquiries to that document, and we think they will be satisfield. We will, should they wish it, give the “thousands” a touch hereafter [p. 933]
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