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In his name they shall
not cast out devils.

The gift of tongues is
no longer needed.

If they take up ser-
pents, they will bite them;
if they drink any deadly
thing, it will kill them.
They shall not lay hands
on the sick, and if they
do they shall not recover ;
for such things are done
away.

He that believeth on
Christ shall not do any of
the miracles and mighty
works that he did, for
such things have ceased.



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There is nothing secret
that shall not be revealed,
neither hid that shall not
be known.

And He shall send His
angels, and they shall
gather His elect from the
four winds, <fcc.

And I saw an angel
flying in the midst of
heaven, having the ever-
lasting Gospel to preach
to them that dwell on the
earth, &c.

And when He, the Spi-
rit of truth, is come, He
will guide you into all
truth ; again, " He shall
show you things to come."



If ye abide in me, and
my words abide in you,
you shall ask what you
will in my name, and I
will give it you.

Father, neither pray I
for these alone, but for all
them that shall believe on
me through their words,
that they may all be one,
even as we are one.

One Lord, one faith,
and one baptism.

And by one Spirit are



There is to be no more
revelation, for all things
necessary are already re-
vealed.

And there is to be no
more ministering of an-
gels, for such things are
done away.

Angels do not appear
in this enlightened age,
because they are no longer
needed.



Inspiration is no lon-
ger needed in this age of
learning and refinement.
Again, it shall not show
you things to come ; for
then you would be a Pro-
phet, and there are to be
no Prophets in these days.

It is not so in these
days, we must not expect
to heal the sick and work
miracles.cousequeotlywe
must not expect to re-
ceive what we ask for.

And we are all good
Christians, and we all be-
lieve on him through the
Apostle'swords, although
divided into several hun-
dred different sects.

Many Lords, many
faiths, and three or four
kinds of baptism.

And by many spirits



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ye all baptized into one
body.

And God gave some
Apostles ; and some, Pro-
phets ; and some, Evan-
gelists ; and some, Pas-
tors and Teachers ; for
the perfecting of the
Saints, for the work of
the ministry, for the edi-
fying of the body of
Christ.



These gifts and offices
were to continue until we
all came into the unity of
the faith, and of the know-
ledge of the Son of God,
unto a perfect man, unto
the measure of the stature
of the fulness of Christ.

These gifts and offices
were given that we hence-
forth be no more children
tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every
wind of doctrine, by the
sleight of men, and cun-
ning craftiness, whereby
they lie in wait to deceive.

For no man taketh this
honour upon himself, but
he that is called of God,
as was Aaron.

Bat how shall they



are we all torn asunder
into different bodies.

And there are to be no
more Apostles, and no
more Prophets. But the
work of the ministry, the
perfecting of the Saints,
and the edifying of the
different bodies of Christ,
can all be done very well
without these gifts of
God, only give us money
enough to educate and
employ the wisdom of
men.

Apostles, miracles, and
gifts were to continue
during the first age of
Christianity, and then
were to cease, because no
longer needed, having
accomplished their pur-
pose.

Tracts, creeds, ser-
mons, and commentaries
of uninspired men, to
gether with a hireling
priesthood, are now ne-
cessary in order to keep
men from being carried
about with every wind of
doctrine, &c.

For no man taketh this
honour upon himself, but
one who has been educa-
ted for the purpose, and
commissioned by men.

But how shall tb*y



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THE DOCTBINH OT CHRIST.

preach, except they be
sent (of God?)



Is any sick among yon?
let him call for the Elders
of the Church ; and let
them pray over him,
anointing him with oil in
the name of the Lord:
and the prayer of faith
shall save the sick, and
the Lord shall raise him
np; and if he have com-
mitted sins they shall be
forgiven him.

Repent and be baptized
every one of you, in the
name of Jesus Christ, for
the remission of sins, and
ye shall receive the gift
of the Holy Ghost; for
the promise is unto you,
and to your children, and
to all that are afar off,
even as many as the Lord
our God shall call.

It shall come to pass
in the last days, saith
God, that I will pour out
my spirit upon all flesh :
and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men
shall see visions, and
your old men shall dream
dreams, <fec.



THE DOCTRINES OF MEN.

preach except they be
well educated for the pur-
pose, and sent (by the
board of officers ?)

If any are sick among
you, do not send for the
Elders of the Church; or
if the Elders come, do not
let them lay hands on
them, neither let them
anoint them in the name
of the Lord, for this is all
Mormon delusion ; but
send for a good physician,
and perhaps they may
get well.

Repent and come to the
anxious seat (penitent
form), every one of you,
and cry, "Lord, Lord,"
and may be you will get
forgiveness of sins; and
you may be baptized or
not ; but if you do you will
not get the Holy Ghost as
they did anciently, for
such things are done away.

And in these last days
the Lord will not pour out
his Spirit so as to cause
our sons and daughters to
prophesy, our old men to
dream dreams, and our
young men to see visions;
for such things are no lon-
ger needed, and it is all
delusion, and none but
the ignorant believe puch
things.



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THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST. THE DOCTRINES OJ MBN.



Covet earnestly the
best gifts, but rather
that ye prophesy.



Covet to prophesy, and
forbid not to speak with
tongues.

But in vain do they
worship me, teaching for
doctrines the command-
ments of men.

I thank thee, Father,
Lord of heaven and earth,
because thou hast hid
these things from the
wise and prudent, and
hast revealed them unto
babes; even so, Father,
for so it seemed good in
thy sight.



No man knoweth the
Son but the Father,
neither knoweth any man
the Father save the Son,
and he to whomsoever the
Son will reveal Him.



And this is life eternal,
that they might know
thee, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom
thou hast sent.



Do not covet any of
the supernatural gifts,
but especially beware of
prophesying, for such
things are done away.

Do not prophesy, and
it is all a delusion to
speak in tongues.

It matters not what
kind of doctrine, or what
system, a man embraces,
if he is only sincere and
worships Jesus Christ.

We thank God that He
has revealed nothing to
any person, wise or sim-
ple, for many hundred
years, but that our wise
and learned men have
been able to know God
without a revelation,
arid that we shall never
be favoured with any
more.

We all know God in
this enlightened age, and
yet neither the Father
nor the Son has revealed
any thing to any of us,
for we do not believe re-
velations are necessary
now.

And we cannot know
for ourselves, by any
positive manifestation in
these days, but must de-
pend on the wisdom and
learning of men.



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THK DOCTRINE OF CHRIST. THR DOCTRINF8 OF MTCN.



I thank my God always
on your behalf, for tbe
grace of God which is
given you by Jesus
Christ, that in every
thing ye are enriched by
Him in all utterance, and
in all knowledge, even as
the testimony of Christ
(the spirit of prophecy)
was confirmed in you, so
that ye come behind in
no good gift, waiting for
the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ.



The foolishness of God
is wiser than men ; and
the weakness of God is
stronger than men. For
you see your calling,
brethren, how that not
many wise men after the
flesh, not many mighty,
not many noble are call-
ed ; but God hath chosen
the foolish things of the
world to confound the
wise ; and God hath chos-
en the weak things of the
world to confound the
things which are mighty,
and base things of the



We thank the Lord al-
ways in behalf of the
Church in these days,thaf
she has no supernatural
gifts given unto her, and
that she is not enriched
by Christ, neither in the
gift of utterance, nor in
the gift of knowledge;
neither has she the testi-
mony of Jesus (the spirit
of prophecy) confirmed
in her, and she comes be-
hind in all the gifts ; nor
is she waiting for, or ex-
pecting the coming of
the Lord; for he has come
once, and never will come
again till the great and
last day, the end of the
earth.

The wisdom of men,
and the learning of men,
are better than the
inspiration of the Al-
mighty, for that is not
needed any longer ; for
you see your calling,
brethren, how that the
wise, and learned, and
noble, and mighty are
called in these days ; for
we have chosen such to
confound the foolish ; the
unlearned, and the ig-
norant; yea, to confound
the base things of the
world which are despised,



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world, and things which
are despised, hath God
chosen ; yea, and things
which are not to bring
to nought things that
are ; that no flesh
should glory in His
presence.

And I, brethren, when
I came to you, came not
with excellency of speech
or of wisdom, declaring
unto you the testimony of
God; for I determined not
to know anything among
you, save Jesus Christ,
and him crucified. And
I was with you in weak-
ness, and in fear, and in
much trembling. And
my speech and my
preaching was not with
enticing words of man's
wisdom, but in de-
monstration of the Spirit
and of power; that
your faith should not
stand in the wisdom of
men, but in the power
of God.

But we speak the wis-
dom of God in a mystery,
even the hidden wisdom,
which God ordained be-
fore the world unto our
glory ; which none of the
prinoes of this world
knew: for had they



that flesh might glory ID
His presence.



And we, brethren,
when we came unto you,
came with excellency of
speech, and with the wis-
dom and learning of man;
and our speech and our
preaching were with en-
ticing words of man's
wisdom ; not in demon-
stration of the spirit and
power, for that is done
away; that your faith
should not stand in the
power of God, but in the
wisdom of man.



But we speak the wis-
dom of man in a mystery,
even the hidden wisdom,
which none but the learn-
ed knew ; for had others
known it, they would
never have been under
the necessity of employ-



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THE DOCTRINE OT CHBI8T. THB DOCTRINES OF MEN.



known it, they would not
have crucified the Lord
of glory.

But God hath revealed
them unto us, by His
Spirit; for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea,
the deep things of God.



For what man knoweth
the things of a man, save
the spirit of man which is
in him? Even so the
things of God knoweth
no man, but the Spirit of
God.



Now, we have received
not the spirit of the
world, but the Spirit
which is of God; that
we might know the
things that are freely
given to us of God.

Which things also we
t-peak not in the words
which man's wisdom
teacheth, but which the
Holy Ghost teacheth :
comparing spiritual
things with spiritual.

But the natural man
receiveth not the things
of the spirit of God : for



ing us to tell it to
them.

But God hath revealed
nothing unto us by His
Spirit; for the wisdom
and learning of man
search all things; yea,
all the deep things which
are necessary for us to
know.

For what man knoweth
the things of man, save
the spirit of man, which
is in him ? Even so the
things of God knoweth
no man by the Spirit of
God in these days, for it
is done away, or it reveals
nothing.

Now, we have not re-
ceived the Spirit of God,
but the spirit of the
world, that we might not
know for a certainty, but
that we might guess at,
or give our opinion of, the
things of God.

Which things also we
speak, not in the words
which the Holy Ghost
teach eth, but which man's
wisdom teacheth ; for the
inspiration of the Holy
Ghost is done away.

But the learned man
may receive and under-
stand the things of God



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THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST. THE DOCTRINES 01 MEN,



they are foolishness unto
him; neither can he
know them, because they
are spiritually discerned.



Let no man deceive
himself. If any man
among you seemeth to be
wise in this world, let
him become a fool, that he
may be wise.

For the wisdom of this
world is foolishness with
God : for it is written, He
taketh the wise in their
own craftiness. And
again, the Lord knoweth
the thoughts of the wise,
that they are vain. There-
fore let no man glory in
men.

Now concerning spiri-
tual gifts, brethren, I
would not have yon igno-
rant.



But the manifestation
of the Spirit is given to
every man to profit
withal.

For to one is given by
the Spirit the word of
wisdom ; to another, the
word of knowledge by
the same Spirit.



by his own wisdom, with-
out the inspiration of the
Spirit ; for who will be so
foolish as to believe in
visions and revelations
in this religious age ?

Let no man deceive
himself. If any man
among you seemeth to
be wise in the things of
God, let him get the wis-
dom of men, that he may
be wise.

For the wisdom of God
is foolishness with the
world, for it is written,
Let us educate young
men for the ministry;
and again, Let no man
preach who has not been
educated for the purpose ;
and especially, receive no
man who professes to be
inspired.

Now, concerning spiri-
tual gifts, brethren, we
would have you entirely
ignorant, for they are not
needed at all in this ge-
neration.

But the manifestation
of the Spirit is given to
no man to profit at all.

But to one is given, by
the learning of men, the
word of wisdom ; and to
another the word of know-
ledce b* human learning.



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To another, faith by
the same Spirit; to
another the gifts of heal-
ing by the same Spirit.

To another, the work-
ing of miracles ; to ano-
ther, prophesy ; to
another, discerning of
spirits; to another, divers
kinds of tongues ; to
another, the interpreta-
tion of tongues.

For as the body is one,
and hath many members,
and all the members of
that one body, being
many, are one body, so
also is Christ.

For by one Spirit are
we all baptized into one
body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether
we be bond or free ; and
have been all made to
drink into one Spirit.

For the body is not one
member, but many.

But now hath God set
the members every one
of them in the body, as
it hath pleased Him.

And if they were all
one member, where were
the body ?



And to another faith,
by the same Spirit ; but
to none tho gift of heal-
ing by the same Spirit.

And to none the work-
ing of miracles, and to
none to prophesy, and to
none discerning of spirits,
and to none to speak with
divers kinds of tongues,
and to none to interpret
tongues.

For as the body is com-
posed of many sects and
parties who are opposed
to each other, and have
no gifts, and, being many
sects, are but one body,
so also is Antichrist.

For by many spirits are
we all baptized into many
bodies, whether we be
Catholics or Protestants,
Presbyterians or Metho-
dists, but have all drank
into one spirit, even the
spirit of the world.

For the body is not one
sect, but many.

But now hath the god
(of this world) set the
sects and parties in the
body (of Antichrist) as it
hath pleased him.

And if they were all
one sect, where were the
body?



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THE DOCTRINE OP CHRIST. THE DOCTRINES OF MEN.



But now they are many
members, but one body.

Now ye are the body
of Christ, and members
in particular.

And God hath set some
in the Church, first
Apostles ; secondly, Pro-
phets ; thirdly, Teachers ;
after that, miracles; then,
gifts of healings, helps,
governments, diversities
of tongues.

Blessed are ye, when
men shall revile you, and
persecute you, and shall
say all manner of evil
against you falsely, for
my sake : rejoice, and be
exceeding glad ; for
great is your reward in
heaven ; for so persecuted
they the Prophets which
were before you.

Give to him that ask-
eth thee ; and from him
that would borrow of
thee turn thou not away.



Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father who
is in heaven is perfect.



But now are they many
sects, yet but one body
(even Babylon).

Now ye are the body of
Antichrist, and members
in particular.

And man hath set some
in the Church ; first a
hireling Priest; secondly,
aboard of officers; third-
ly, tracts ; then com-
mentaries, creeds, and
diversities of opinions ;
hence societies, and won-
drous helps.

Woe unto you, when
men revile you, and per-
secute you, and say all
manner of evil against
you falsely for Christ's
sake. Lament ye, and be
exceedingly sorrowful in
that hour, for little is
your reward among men
for so persecute they the
Latter-day Saints.

Give to him that ask-
eth of thee, if he be able
to make thee a similar
present ; and from him
that would borrow of
thee turn not thou away,
if he be able to pay
thee again with good in-
terest.

Do not think to be per-
fect, for it is impossible
to live without sin.



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THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST. THE DOCTKINES OF MEN.



Take heed that you do
not your alms before men,
to be seen of them; other-
wise ye have no reward
of your Father who is in
heaven.

Therefore, when thou
doest thine alms, do not
sound a trumpet before
thee, as the hypocrites
do in the synagogues
and in the streets, that
they may have glory of
men. Verily, I say unto
you, They have their
reward.

And when thou pray-
est, thou shalt not be as
the hypocrites are : for
they love to pray stand-
ing in the synagogues
and in the corners of the
streets, that they may be
seen of men.

Moreover, when ye
fast, be not, as the hypo-
crites, of a sad counte-
nance : for they disfigure
their faces, that they may
appear unto men to fast.
Verily I say unto you,
They have their reward.

Lay not up for your-
selves treasures upon
earth, where moth and
rust doth corrupt, and
where thieves break
through and steal : but



Take heed that you do
your alms before men, to
be seen of them : other-
wise you have no reward
nor praise from the chil-
dren of men.

Therefore, when thou
doest thine alms, publish
it in the Missionary He-
rald, or some other paper,
that you may get praise
of the world. Verily I
say unto you, You shall
have your reward.



And when thou pray-
est, be like the hypocrites
in days of old ; go before
the public and cry migh-
tily, not expecting to be
heard and answered, for
that would be miraculous,
and miracles have ceased.

Moreover, when ye
fast, be like the hypo-
crites, of a sad counte-
nance, that ye may appear
unto men to fast : so that
you may get your reward.



Lay up for yourselves
abundance of treasures
on the earth, where moth
and rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves break
through and steal : for if



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THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST. THE DOCTRINES OF MBN.



lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven,
svhere neither moth nor
rust doth corrupt, and
where thieves do not
break through nor steal ;
for where your treasure
is, there will your heart
be also.

Therefore, all things
whatsoever ye would
that men should do to
you, do ye even so to
them ; for this is the law
and the Prophets.

Enter ve in at the
etrait gate, for wide is the
gate, and broad is the way
that leadeth to destruc-
tion, and many there be
which go in thereat.

Because strait is the
gate, and narrow is the
way, that leadeth unto
life, and few there be
that find it.

Beware of false Pro-
phets, which come to
you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are
ravening wolves. Ye shall
know them by their fruits.
Do men gather grapes of
thorns, or figs of thistles?



your heart is only in hea-
ven, it is no matter how
rich you are in this world;
for now it is come to pass
that ye can serve God
and mammon.



Therefore, all things
whatsoever men do to
you, do you even so to
them ; for this is the law
and the practice.

Enter ye in at the wide
gate, where the multi-
tude go ; for it cannot be
that all our great and
learned men are wrong,
and nobody right but a
few obscure individuals.

For the narrow way is
not altogether too strait,
but only a very few travel
in it.

Beware of Prophets
who come to you with the
Word of God ; you may
know at once they are
false, without hearing
them or examining their
fruits; popular opinion is
against them ; whereas,
if they were men of God,
the people would speak
well of them.



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Wherefore, by their
fruits ye shall know them.
Not every one that saith
unto me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the king-
dom of heaven ; but ha
that doeth the will of
my Father who is in
heaven.

And it came to pass,
when Jesus had ended
these sayings, the people
were astonished at his
doctrine : for he taught
them as one having au-
thority, and not as the
cribes.



If we are only sure
that we have experienced
religion, and we pray
often, we shall be saved,
whether we do the Lord 1 !
will or not ; for it matter-
eth not what system we
embrace, whether it be
right or wrong, if we are
only sincere.

And it came to pass,
when men had ended
these sayings, the people
were pleased with their
doctrines, for they taught
them not as men having
authority, but as the
scribes.



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