Ohio, Dec. 30, 1867.
Friend Beebe: — I have been a reader of the “Signs of the Times” about ten years, and have not asked for your views on any subject until now; I will ask your views on James 5:14,15.
Reply: - The passage referred to this reads thus: “Is any sick among you? 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 up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”
These instructions are given to, and enjoined upon the saints, by one divinely inspired by the Holy Ghost, and duly authorized by our Lord Jesus Christ to sit in judgment over the twelve tribes of Israel, to whom this epistle is specially and exclusively addressed. However dull to understand, or slack we may be to practice according to these instructions, we cannot doubt concerning their vital importance, for all the laws and instructions given by our Lord Jesus Christ, through his holy apostles, are of vital importance; and if we lack wisdom to comprehend them, this faithful apostle reminds us of our privilege to ask for wisdom of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him (Chapter 1:5). Some have supposed that this instruction was only indicating so little light, we will submit what we have written, until called on for further explanations of our views.
April 1, 1868.
Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 7
Pages 171 - 172