1. O ye Pastors of the flock, who
watch in the broad way and cry at the wide gate, hearken; hear my words and understand my
voice, saith the Lord your God, whose eye is upon every sincere heart, and from whose
sight no deceitful worker can be hid.
2. The God of Israel and of Jacob,
in condescending kindness, now calleth unto you, in a way of my own appointing, not
yours. Will ye hear my word, and in breathless silence let the same sink deep into
your hearts? Or will ye, by reason of the humble means that I have made choice of to
convey it unto you, spurn at the same, before my face? I will, with mine own hand, prove
you, saith the Lord.
3. For what purpose do ye stand as
preachers to the people, calling aloud unto them, to enter Heaven's gate?
4. Is this to benefit the souls of
your flock; or to increase your numbers to be seen of men?
5. Have you firstly prepared your
own souls, for true and faithful Pastors of the flock, as the Son of God required?
6. Have you traveled in the narrow
way of a daily cross, and entered at the gate of true self-denial?
7. Doth your daily walk declare
these fruits in open view of your flock, proving you to be the true ambassadors of Christ?
8. Are all your secluded and secret
hours, to Me your God sincerely spent in prayer and humble supplication?
9. At what fountain were you
baptized with divine and holy power, to lead the people unto Me?
10. Was it at the literary spring,
where eloquence of words are considered the greatest [qualifications?]
11. Did you there receive the
sacerdotal garment, to enable you to stand truly in the priesthood of a pure and holy God?
12. Or was the power of framing
words, to make them answer the purpose of real truth at heart, there diffused, and the art
of dissembling there to perfection brought?
13. Did you there receive my holy
power, which instructed you to cleanse your souls and purify your hearts, by subduing the
vile passions of nature, which power would enable you to bring every member of your bodies
into subjection to the law of Christ, or the Son of God, whose name ye have applauded so
highly, and whose gospel is a pure, sin destroying gospel?
14. Was the pure and undefiled
religion of the Lord Jesus Christ, the first object of your pursuit? Or were the chief
seats in the synagogues, and to be called of men Rabbi, Rabbi, and the greetings in public
squares, your object?
15. Do you sincerely believe that
the Holy Son of God, or the gospel he preached requires you to make long and labored
prayers to be heard of men? Or to preach studied sermons by rule, embracing the words of
my holy Son, but not the power and substance, to save the soul from sin?
16. Do you put your hands to work,
and give your souls in prayer to God, when not immediately in discharge of duties,
incumbent on what is termed your priestly office? Or do you live in pomp and splendor,
regaling and indulging yourselves in luxury and extravagance, supported by the suffering
17. Does the register of your
hearts, which contains all your proceedings by night and by day, bear upon its face that
which you are willing and ready, at the shortest notice, to appear with, before my eternal
tribunal of justice? and there meet the everlasting record of my truth, which altereth
not, and upon whose pages my Almighty hand of eternal justice hath stamped the deeds of
every soul and the thoughts of every heart; and to which place the sound of my eternal
summons will shortly call you?
18. Have the leading motives of your
transactions through life, been such as will support you at the hour of death, and justify
your immortal souls, before the bar of God and his holy Angels? If not, consider well the
cause, make no delay. Integrity of heart and sincerity of soul, though in a state of
blinded ignorance, will I, in my mercy, notice, saith the Lord.
19. The sincere and honest souls,
though ignorant of true gospel light, and of the way of salvation, will I cover with the
wings of my mercy, if they will hearken when once they are warned by this, the solemn
warning of their God.
20. And again; Do ye who stand as
shepherds to the flock, declare unto them, by precept and example, that you do yourselves
possess the true gospel of Christ, which is a gospel of peace, sufferings, and of long
21. Or do you proclaim unto them,
that the pure and holy gospel admits of quarrels, contention, wars and bloodshed? Or ever
give the holy church a right to compel souls to join and acknowledge her supreme
authority; or be persecuted, even unto death, as the consequences of a refusal?
22. Who among you all, saith the God
of Heaven, are willing to appear before my eternal bar of justice, with this doctrine
between your teeth, and having also palmed it upon the holy Son of God?
23. Who among you all, think that by
the traditions of men, you can make the commandments of God of no effect?
24. Who among you all, when you are
made sensible that the doctrine you hold forth to the people, as being the doctrine of
Christ and his apostles, is falsely so asserted, still continue, for popularity's sake, to
cast the veil of deception and falsehood still longer over the multitude?
25. Will you not be met in judgment
for so doing, by your Creator God, and there bewail the loss of such souls as have been
blinded by your deception, or the deception of that doctrine which ye preached as the
doctrine of Christ and his true followers, and by that means, spent their lives in almost
every kind of sinful indulgence? Surely, you shall there be met by your Creator God, and
in a path where there is no turning.
26. But for every effort you have
made, and for every act of goodness you have performed, in singleness of heart and
sincerity of soul, to restrain, and bring souls to walk in the path of true moral virtue,
that has in any way saved them from committing sin, either upon their own persons, or upon
others, shall be accounted unto you for deeds of goodness; and a reward for the same you
27. Many among you, stand upon my
record as having acted sincerely in this office and calling, according to the best light
and understanding which had been given you, for the time being, not being enlightened into
the true knowledge of that life which the gospel of Christ, in reality, doth require souls
to live, either in his first, or in his second appearance.
28. But the word of the Lord your
God is, Return unto the moral law of nature; propagate your own species according to the
law of nature, or cease to call on the name of your God for mercy, or upon the name of
Christ, for a saving gospel.
29. And all ye who stand as priests,
or teachers of the people, teach ye this commandment of your God, respecting the law of
nature, which commandment has been from of old: Indulge not in sexual intercourse, further
than is necessary for the purpose of begetting your own offspring: indulge not the sunken
and sordid propensities of nature, for self gratification.
30. Teach your congregations to
prepare, in obedience, to meet Me in judgment, that in obedience they may receive at my
hand of mercy, in the day that all flesh shall become as grass that withereth, and the
kingdoms of men as a shadow before Me.
31. But [let] such as feel that they
are called upon, by the light of that gospel dispensation established on earth in this
their day, obey that light, and keep the law of grace.
32. But let not any souls seek for a
refuge in the Zion of my likeness, or, in other words, let none who do not feel [that]
they are called upon by my Holy Spirit, to forsake all for the gospel's sake, seek to
enter into that completed order of my new Heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness, now set up, no more to be overthrown.
33. Souls had better remain under
the law of a carnal commandment, or in the works of natural generation, if they will but
keep that law, than after having set out in a dispensation of greater light, and a more
perfect law, to turn back again to their former lives, in the law of nature: for by so
doing, "They crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open
shame," through their own weakness, by reason of the flesh.
34. For they that have been called,
and have had a privilege to taste the good word of God, and the powers of the world to
come, and have tasted of the same, if they then fall back, they have nought to feel, but a
fearful looking for of the fiery indignation and judgments of God, to be revealed from
Heaven, against sin and all unrighteousness.
35. But where the law of Christ is
in truth not known, and there are many transgressions committed through ignorance, they
will be lightly passed over, saith the Lord.
36. And how is it, O ye Shepherds,
that the earth is covered with so many different denominations and persuasions, clashing
and quarreling, both priests and people, one with another? yet all professedly maintaining
the true religion of Christ!
37. Do you expect, or have you any
reason to expect, that all these roads lead along the narrow way, and enter the strait
gate that leadeth unto life?
38. Was it not plainly testified by
the holy Son of God, that there was but one way that souls could enter his kingdom? And do
you expect his words, which he received from my eternal throne, are going to prove false?
39. Have you not carved out ways of
your own, to find salvation?
40. And have you not, by that means,
been under the necessity of always placing salvation in the future tense, by reason that
you never found it in the present?
41. [Therefore you] found nothing
that could protect the soul from the temptations, snares, and enchanting allurement's of
42. And what do I, the God of
Heaven, behold spread over the domains of earth, but a religion said to have emanated from
my blessed Son, whom I sent into the world to open the way of life, yet, possessing no
power, [in the present tense,] to save the soul from sin and death. And more than this, it
admits of their staining their hands in the blood of their fellow creatures.
43. Have not many souls, in
consequence of the wickedness and abominations, bloodshed and carnage that they have seen
practiced, and cloaked under the name of being sanctioned by a religion that emanated from
the Son of God, been induced in their spirits, to abhor the very name of a religion that
would admit of such awful wickedness?
44. And have they not even been
induced to believe that the whole is a deception, from beginning to end; and by that
mean's, almost or quite deny the being of a God, or of any supernatural agency operating
on the earth; or that there is any existence in eternity, of future reward's and
punishments after death?
45. Call not such a pretended
religion, the religion of the Son of God. Blasphemy, in very deed, is recorded on my
eternal records, against those who have light and understanding, and do this. But let it
stand for the inventions of man; disgrace not the name of Christ with it.
46. Nothing belongeth to Christ, my
blessed Son, either in his first or in his second appearance, that is impure, unholy,
cruel, wicked or unjust in any shape.
47. But all such as will live a
moral life, after the order of nature, and humble themselves at my warning, put their
hands to honest employment, and give their souls in prayer to Me, according to the best of
their understanding, they shall not fail to receive in mercy, at my hand, of that which I
have provided for them.
48. And unto all of you who stand as
leaders of the people, in sacred and divine service, do I require, saith the God of
Heaven, that ye should often bow yourselves low, and call upon the assembly to do in like
manner, and supplicate, while clothed in sackcloth and mourning, the mercy of that God,
whose hand is stretched out towards the inhabitants of earth, both in judgment and in
49. Let mortals cease their pleasure
And learn my name to fear;
Though I'm a God of all domain,
Yet, penitents I hear.
50. And, it is my commandment unto
you, all ye who stand as Pastors of the flock, that, as fast as ye can obtain these sacred
volumes of my word, ye cause one to be kept in your pulpits; and often look therein, and
exhort the people to repentance; and, in your obedience, I will often cause a portion of
my spirit to break out in your assemblies.
51. Dwell together in peace, and let
harmony pervade your meetings. The GREAT I AM visiteth the earth with myriad's of his
Angels; yet, with your natural eyes you behold them not: but, as you feel the wind, and
see it not, so shall our Almighty Power yet be felt.
52. Say not within yourselves,
"Our God delayeth his coming, and these pretended words of warning are all false,
they are of man's invention:" For upon such, will I break forth as a thief in the
night. Therefore prepare, all nations, prepare, all people, for the God of Heaven will
weigh you as the small dust of the balance; therefore, prepare, prepare ye for his coming.