plucked up, or cleansed the church of, if their views had been favored by
the Savior; but he, knowing all things, says not so; as much as to say, your
views are not correct, the church is in its infancy, and if you take this
rash step, you will destroy the wheat or the church with the tares:
therefore it is better to let them grow together until the harvest, or the
end of the world, which means the destruction of the wicked; which is not
yet fulfilled; as we shall show hereafter, in the Savior’s explanation of
the parable, which is so plain, that there is no room left for du biety upon
the mind, notwithstanding the cry of the priests, parables, para bles!
figures, figures! mystery, myste ry! all is mystery! but we find no room for
doubt here, as the parables were all plainly elucidated.
And again, another parable put he forth unto them, having an
allusion to the kingdom which should be set up, just previous or at the time
of harvest, which reads as follows:—The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain
of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is
the least of all seeds, but when it is grown it is the greatest among herbs,
and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the
branches thereof. Now we can discover plainly, that this figure is
given to represent the church as it shall come forth in the last days.
Be hold the kingdom of heaven is likened unto it. Now what is like unto
Let us take the book of Mormon, which a man took and hid in his field;
securing it by his faith, to spring up in the last days, or in due time: let
us be hold it coming forth out of the ground, which is indeed accounted the
least of all seeds, but behold it branching forth; yea, even towering, with
lofty branch es, and God-like majesty, until it be comes the greatest of all
herbs: and it is truth, and it has sprouted and come forth out of the earth;
and righteous ness begins to look down from heaven; and God is sending down
his powers, gifts and angels, to lodge in the branch es thereof: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a mustard seed. Behold, then,
is not this the kingdom of heaven that is raising its head in the last days,
in the majesty of its God; even the ,—like an im penetrable, immovable rock in the midst of the
mighty deep, exposed to storms and tempests of satan, but has, thus far,
remained steadfast and is still braving the mountain waves of opposi tion,
which are driven by the tempes tuous winds of sinking crafts, have and are
still dashing with tremendous foam, across its triumphing brow, urged on ward
with redoubled fury by the ene my of righteousness, with his pitchfork of
lies, as you will see fairly repre sented in a cut, contained in ’s “Mormonism Unveiled?”
And we hope that this adversary of truth will continue to stir up
the sink of iniquity, that people may the more readily discern between the
righteous and wicked. We also would notice one of the modern sons of Sceva,
who would fain have made people believe that he could cast out devils, by a
cer tain pamphlet (viz. the “Millenial Har binger,”) that went the rounds
through our country, who felt so fully authori zed to brand Jo Smith,
with the appella tion of Elymus the sorcerer, and to say with Paul, O full of
all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all
righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord! We
would reply to this gentleman—Paul we know, and Christ we know, but who are
ye? And with the best of feelings, we would say to him, in the language of
Paul to those who said they were John’s disciples, but had not so much as
heard there was a Holy Ghost, to repent and be for the
remission of sins by those who have legal authority, and under their hands
you shall receive the Holy Ghost, according to the scrip tures.
Then laid they their hands on them, and
they received the Holy Ghost.—Acts: ch. 8, v. 17.
And, when Paul had laid his hands upon
them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and
prophesied.— Acts: ch. 19, v. 6.
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of , and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal
judgment.—Heb. ch. 6, v.2.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not
believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach
except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of
them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good
things!—Rom. ch. 10, v. 14–15.
But if this man will not take our ad monition, but will persist in
his wicked course, we hope that he will continue trying to cast out devils,
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