confine 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
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 sent.
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]