repented of their sins. It is
the object of this Society 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
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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.
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