POISON OF DRAGONS AND VENOM OF ASPS.

“Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.” - Deut. xxxii. 33.

WHEN Moses, the servant and prophet of the Lord, was about to die, in taking leave of the children of Israel, he summoned both the heavens and the earth to hear the words of his mouth; while in a retrospective glance at their history, he recapitulated the wonderful work of God towards them; and knowing as he did most assuredly, that after his death, Israel would corrupt themselves with the abominations of the nations among whom they were destined to dwell, (see chapter xxxi. 29,) he spake in prophetic language of future events concerning them; and while he portrayed the rebellion, idolatry, and wicked departures of that stiff-necked people, from the law of their God, and of God’s righteous judgments, which should overtake them in their wickedness; he also sets forth in the spirit of this song, the rise and progress of the visible church of our Lord Jesus Christ, of which Jeshurun was a type.

Our readers are invited to read this chapter, and then follow us in a few remarks which we design to make on the application of the subject to present times and things; for whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, for our admonition, reproof, and instruction in righteousness, &c.

It was judged expedient that Israel should, and they were commanded (verse 7th) to “Remember the days of old,” &c. The ample display of divine sovereignty on the part of the Most High exemplified in the division of the nations, and in the separation of the sons of Adam, and in the establishing of the immovable bounds of his people, together with the reason assigned for this divine display, viz: “For the Lord’s portion is his people: and Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.” How vitally important it is that the spiritual Israel should forever keep in mind their calling, and their election of God, the sovereign display of God’s electing love, and distinguishing grace to the inward, because this people he has formed for himself, and they shall show forth his praise.

The Lord found Israel in a desert land, and in a waste howling wilderness. How striking is the application of this figure to the case of the spiritual Israel whom he found in the land and shadow of death, and in the wilderness where the voice of one crying was heard, and desert where the way of the Lord was prepared; that wilderness from which the spouse of Christ emerged like pillars of smoke, and came forth leaning on her beloved. “He led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” When our Lord Jesus Christ received his church from the wilderness of Judea, and from the barren deserts of the covenant of works he led them about; mark! they did not lead him about. He was the leader, and his disciples were the followers, and there was no strange god among them. And when he by abolishing the law of commandments, tore away the old Jewish nest from under his infant brood, after the similitude of the eagle, in verse eleventh, he taught them the inefficiency of their own unfledged wings to bear them up in the day of trial. He, like the eagle, spread abroad his gracious wings, and carried them; yea, he bore them all the days of old. Real christians, even down to the present day, often witness the work of the Lord in stirring up their nests, and teaching them the necessity of depending on his wings, to bear them upward; while all who wait on him do mount up on wings as eagles, and are made like the chariots of Aminadab. - Song vi. 12. Even thus the primitive saints were made to ride upon the high places, and to suck honey out of the rock; “Butter of kine, milk of sheep, and fat of lambs,” &c., were the food of the people of God. But, alas, we see in the anti-type, as well as the type, that the people of God are not able in this world to bear prosperity. Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked! and as soon as he had grown thick he. Forsook God and lightly esteemed the rock of his salvation, provoked the Lord to jealousy with strange gods, sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods which came newly up, whom their fathers knew not, and forgot the rock that begat them. Can language more forcibly set forth the early history of the visible or professed gospel church? In almost the precise words of Moses, as given above, Paul made the same prediction concerning; the church that Moses had concerning the Jews. He knew that after his departure grevious wolves would come among them, not sparing the flock; and even of themselves, some should rise up speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them for he knew full well that the end of the world, and the ultimate glory of the people of God could not come, except there come a falling away first, and the man of sin be revealed whose coming was after the working of Satan, with signs and lying wonders, and all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish. Forgetful of the rock of their salvation, Israel went on to multiply their vanities, and at the time of their visitation referred to in this chapter, had become enlarged and fat, and among them were found those whose spot was not the spot of God’s children; and whose rock was not the rock of Jeshurun, the enemies themselves being judges; for they were a crooked generation, like those who ‘wished to join the Baptist church in the days of John - a generation of vipers; crooked of course. But by some means these crooked animals found their way in amongst the ancient tribes, and brought with them some sprouts of the vine of Sodom, which had been taken from the fields of Gomorrah, with grapes of gall, and clusters of bitterness, and from which their wine was extracted. And so, also, the enemy has come in upon the christian church, like a flood; and they have brought with them, of the vine of spiritual Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified, and where the dead bodies of the witnesses must o’er long lie unburied; they have brought in from the fields of Gomorrah damnable heresies and doctrines of devils. The true church of God is planted in a very fruitful hill, (Zion,) wholly of a right seed. Christ is the true vine, his Father is the husbandman, and the spiritual family are the legitimate branches of that true vine; but under the gospel profession, now we find those who, by their spot, by their rock, by their faith and practice give awful demonstration that they are not of the true vine; by their fruit we know them; their grapes are· grapes of gall, and their clusters are bitter. Many of the dear saints have, when tasting their grapes of gall, responded aloud, Amen, to the prayer of Paul, “I would that they were cut off,” &c. And in this day in which we live, this state of things is developed to a far greater extent than at any former period. God has evidently broken up the nest of his people, by persecution in the European nations, in years which have gone by, and gave them two wings of a great eagle, (providence and grace) for on these he took them, and brought them into this country to a place to nourish them from the face of the dragon, for a season; but like their type they could not bear their prosperity - they forgot the Rock that begat them; and from Sodom, and the fields of Gomorrah, (Papistry and Protestantism) they have borrowed the degenerate plants of a strange vine; and strange as the vine may be, it is by no means barren; it is indeed prolific in its productions of gall and bitterness, to the saints of God. But we rejoice in the divine assurance that we shall yet be delivered from this strange plant; for every plant which God has not planted shall be rooted up.

But passing to a more direct illustration of the figure at the head of this article, will lead us to enquire more particularly after the introduction of the productions of the vine of Sodom and Gomorrah among the Baptist churches. After about half a century of civil and religious prosperity had been allowed in America, for the spiritual Jeshurun to fatten, the Baptists began to kick. And very different from that lean, meagre figure, which they presented when they first came to this country, for then they were a poor and afflicted people, who trusted in the name of the Lord, and so thin and feeble that the Protestants (Congregationalists) thought to crush them at a blow. The blow was truly struck, and the blood of the Baptists stained the shore of Massachusetts; they then appeared the least of all seeds - a little leaven, as it were. Ephraim was then small - he spake tremblingly - he trembled at the word of God, and would suffer all the wrath of men, rather than turn from the law of Christ, or yield one inch of gospel truth or order to the foe. Butter of kine was their food, for they could not fill themselves with the husks which the Congregationalists were eating; nor would any man give them of the government pap on which the churches of the law established religion were then gormandizing. But now, where shall we look for that feeble, trembling, despised, and persecuted people? The last vestige of them can only be seen among those, who by way of distinction from the corpulent body, are now denominated Old School Baptists; whilst the great body of the Baptist churches in America have become so puffed up that they challenge a comparison of numbers, and of Sodomitish productions, with the greatest religious denominations round about thorn. They have within the last thirty years become enamored with the strange gods - gods which have come newly up - (observe, these gods are of hellish production; they never come down; there is no pattern for them in the Mount) gods which their fathers, the Primitive Baptists, knew not.

There were various descriptions of the idols with ancient Israel; some were made of borrowed jewels, others of gold, lavished out of the bag, and he that was too poor to provide himself with such splendid gods, chose him a tree that would not rot. The jewels, gold, and tree, were not in themselves idols, neither did their fashion or shape constitute them such, but the use which was made of them. The abomination consisted in setting them up as gods, and ascribing salvation to them, contrary to the commands of God, and offering that praise to them which was due only to God. There are now among the Baptist churches, various descriptions of institutions set up, unto which salvation is ascribed, and a variety of forms; some are amazingly splendid, composed of gold, lavished out of the bag, like the National Baptist Societies, called Bible, Tract, Missionary, &c. And who will dare deny that those who set up these idols, and who for that purpose lavish gold, ascribe salvation to these institutions? Let any of them deny this, and we will prove our assertion from their own mouths. Some are composed of borrowed jewelry from Egypt. The jewels in which the daughters of. the old mother of harlots have flourished, lire such as learned and graceless ministers, taught in literary schools, and not taught in the school of Christ. This livery of an harlot has been borrowed from other denominations, and this Babylonish garment and golden wedge has been secreted among the stuff in our camp, until at length it has produced a number of calves, one on College Hill, in this District, one at Hamilton, N. Y., and others in various parts of our country. It is not necessary for us to say that these idols were unknown by our fathers, the Primitive Baptists; none will attempt the task of proving them scriptural.

But some of our idolatrous Baptists are so impoverished that they cannot raise the oblation (cash) requisite to entitle them to the privilege of worshiping these splendid idols - they choose them a tree. If they cannot pay one hundred dollars for a seat. in the General U. S. Convention, nor thirty dollars for a seat in the Home Mission Society, they may perhaps get a birth as teacher of some Sabbath School, or a mission to peddle tracts, or become a member of a Mite Society, or a Rag Bag Institution. These various systems of idolatry have been stealing in upon the Baptists for several years past, until the Baptists of our day can by no means come down to the dimensions of a gospel church; this would be in their imagination far, very far behind the spirit of the age; and they hesitate not to avow their desire to keep pace with the world.

The vine introduced among us by this system of idolatry, must have reference to those strange children, nominal professors of christianity, mocking Ishmaels, and graceless hypocrites, brought into the Baptist profession by the use of these inventions. We have shown that Christ and his church are the true vine, and the branches of the true Vine, consequently all the branches that do not proceed from, nor grow out of him, must be of a false vine, as there is but one true Vine; hence all those who are converted by these institutions of men, or are ferried into the Baptist profession by A. D. Gillett’s “Life Boat,” with all others who enter not by Christ the door, but climb up some other way, are most assuredly of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah.

From what has been said of Israel, as being typical of the christian church, we are unavoidably brought to the conclusion that those characters, whose wine is called the venom of dragons, are those illegitimates or strange children among the people of God, whose spot is not the spot of the peculiar people of God, and whose rock is not our rock, themselves being judges. Their wine, in the figure before us, must necessarily mean the production of their grapes of gall, from the vine of Sodom; and if we are correct in supposing that antichrist is the vine of Sodom, and that the vines composed of nominal professors, and carnal hypocrites among us, are of that stock, or are sprouts from that abominable vine, we must of course conclude that their wine, the intoxicating juice of their grapes of bitterness, is the product of innovations upon our, faith and practice, as the people of the living God; and comprising the entire mass of human inventions, false doctrine, and practices borrowed from spiritual Sodom. Their wine is that which they wish to substitute in the place of the pure wine of the kingdom of Christ, which Christ has given “as wine on the lees, and well refined;” for which the spouse of Christ prayed for flagons, and which goeth down sweetly, and which is Christ’s blood, in the New Testament, which wins shed for many; that wine which Christ has provided, and of which he welcomes his church to drink abundantly, and which is given to him that is of a heavy heart, that he may “drink and forget his poverty and remember his misery no more.” That system of works, doctrines, and means, employed by nominal professors of christianity, to exhilarate, bewilder, and intoxicate their Ishmaels with, and with which they wish to supercede the doctrine of God our Savior; and with which to set aside his atonement and his legislation, by teaching tor doctrines the commandments of men, and to make void the law of Christ, by their own traditions, must assuredly be intended by their wine.

It will be proper for us here to inquire, whether the doctrines and institutions of men, as introduced among the Baptists under the name of religion, and urged upon us as the choice wine of the Kingdom of Christ, does or does not, possess the qualities expressed in the metaphorical language of our text; to this end, we will attend to the following inquiries, viz:

First. - Are the doctrines and measures imposed on the churches at the present day, by the New School Baptists, to be found in the original or primitive faith and practice of the church of Christ, or are they not of foreign production, borrowed from other denominations, Sodom, Gomorrah, &c.?

Second. - Are innovations upon the faith and practice of God’s people, in the scriptures compared to wine?

Third. - In what respects are the doctrine and order of the New School Baptists set forth by this figure? And

Fourth. - How are we to understand that their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps?

1. - Are the doctrines of the New School Baptists of foreign production? We are free to admit that with the greater portion of the New School Baptists of our day, there are some sentiments on doctrine and practice retained, which are not borrowed, but which properly belong to the faith and. practice of the church of God; while the great mass of their distinguishing doctrines, and practices are evidently anti-scriptural, and consequently anti-christian. Among the doctrines of this class, we will name, general or universal atonement; free agency, (so called,) meaning a power lodged in the hands of unregenerate men, by which they are able, if they choose, to appease the wrath of Divine justice, and satisfy the law of God. Salvation, not by the deeds of the law, but by deeds which are neither required by law or gospel - such as joining their humanly devised institutions, by the payment of stipulated sums of filthy lucre, for which they promise them, in this life, an hundred fold, and in the world to come, life everlasting; and for which they sell them life memberships, and even everlasting life membership in what they term religious benevolent societies.

Will argument be required of us to prove that these doctrines and practices are unwarranted in the scriptures? Does it devolve on us to prove the negative? Long, long, have we challenged the new order of Baptists among us, to show us a “thus saith the Lord” for their doctrines; but how have they treated our inquiries? Hear them. Mr. Crosby, (late editor of the American Baptist and Home Mission Record,) says the best way to treat us, is to let us alone. Mr. Canfield, of the Christian Secretary, recommends for us the salutary advantages of a penitentiary! That poor trifling thing, the editor of the Religious herald, upbraids us for presuming to question the propriety of what is practiced by so large a majority of the Baptists. Mr. Wailer, of the Banner, after challenging a discussion on the subject with us, says, he will not respond to our arguments; whilst our more honest opponents of the Cross and Baptist Journal, inform us plainly, that the Bible contains no such authority, and that it was never intended to embrace all the duties incumbent on christians. We prove, thus, from their own confession, that their grapes are not from the heavenly vine, Christ; and as they are not of Christ, who declares himself to be the true Vine, they must be of a false vine, of the vine of Sodom. Neither the old mother Arminianism, nor any of her brood of human inventions, are natives of the Zion of God, but have been by the Baptists borrowed from the fields of Gomarrah; they were not found in the primitive church, but have been brought in by those whom the apostle advised the church, would bring in damnable heresies and doctrines of devils. - 2 Peter ii. 1.

2. Are innovations in doctrine and practice, comparable to wine? This figure is of very frequent recurrence in the scriptures; the fifth chapter of Isaiah is not the least forcible on this subject. After pointing out the abominations of the corrupted daughters of Zion, in the preceding chapters, as shown by the numbers being published by Brother Trott, in this chapter, portraying with astonishing exactness those greedy advocates of the new fangled proselyting systems of our day, who join house to house, and lay field to field, and who cannot rest while they conceive there is more laud, to be possessed; says, “Wo unto them that rise up early in the morning that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night till wine inflame them.” And again in verse 20th, the same characters are charged with calling evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” And in denouncing the fearful curses upon them, he says, verses 22 - 25, “Wo unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink, which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him.”

Can our readers be at a loss to find men in this our day, who for a reward will justify the wicked, promise them in the world to come, life everlasting, for reward, and who will, like the executive of the American Bible Society, who congratulated a successful horse racer, on having swept the stakes, and gained the purse; and at the same time solicited of him, with thirty dollars of his ill-gotten booty, to constitute himself a life member of that religious institution; which was accordingly done. We say, who, while they will thus justify the wicked for thirty dollars reward, will rob, if possible, the righteous of their characters, by saying all manner of evil against them falsely, because they smite with their fist, and stamp with the foot, and show unto God’s people their transgressions, and to Israel their sins. “Therefore,” continues the prophet of the Lord, “as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up to dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord of Hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” And in chapter lvi. 12, the figure of wine and strong drink is repeated by way of illustrating the doctrines and base insinuations of these blind, ignorant, sleepy (or lazy) and greedy (logs, which can never have enough. “Come ye, they say, I will fetch wine? and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to-morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.”

3. In what respects is wine a proper emblem of the false doctrines and corrupt practice of the New School professors?

Let the word of God answer. “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging.” Prov. xx. 1. So, also, are the systems of which we complain; they in many respects mimic the truth, and ape some of the ordinances of the church of Christ. Those who advocate and practice them, will generally assume solemn airs and gestures, use good words and fair speeches, in order to deceive the hearts of the simple, professing extraordinary zeal for God, and love for souls; it is a mocker because it is deceitful and full of hypocrisy; and it is also raging when mixed; it requires mighty men, such as are not afraid of the thunderbolts of Jehovah, to mingle it, giants of arminianism, who are nerved (in their mock pretensions at least) with strength enough to save themselves and others, anti who think themselves able to save the heathen, and to evangelize the world; who dare to brave the word of God and, defy the armies of the Most high. These are the men who mix the strong drink, and who, for their strength and industry in mingling the doctrines of the day, are frequently dubbed D. D., or with some other mark of their Sodomitish breeding. Their strong drink is raging; when once they become able to drop into the bowl, a sufficient proportion of legislative power, their drink becomes so maddening as to cause the blood of the saints of God to flow in torrents.

Again, wine in its intoxicating qualities, is a suitable emblem of false doctrines and practices. This figure is most clearly traced by the prophet Isaiah (xxviii. and 8,) in speaking of the drunkards of Ephraim, “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in Judgment; for all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.” If by the tables in this text we are at liberty to understand the pulpits of these drunken Ephraimites, as the place where the children have been wont to go to receive their spiritual food, how awfully true the declaration that they are defiled, that there is no clean place to be found among all that portion of the Baptists of the present day, who are represented by these intoxicated Ephraimites, but upon them is brought to pass the fearful prediction of Jeremiah xxv. 27, that they should drink and be drunken, and spew, &c. But the drunkenness of the new-lights is not only demonstrated by the abundance of wretched, filthy arminian corruption, vomited upon all their tables, and spread out as a repast for their churches, but it also discovers itself in its inebriating effects upon themselves and their adherents: hence how very common for us to witness among this class of wine-bibbers, when they have continued long at the Theological School, even until wine has inflamed them, with what a grace they will act off the drunken man, swaggering and boasting, and saying, “I am rich and increased in goods, and have need of nothing;” that all the necessary means for saving themselves and all the rest of mankind, is in their possession, and if they do not boast with the Pope, of holding the keys of the kingdom of heaven, yet they hold that the keys of what they presumptiously call the Lord’s treasury are with them, to draw upon, exhaust, and replenish at their pleasure.

But once more. The drunkard, when overcome with wine, is liable to rush on in that state into all manner of wickedness; and what crimes have not been literally perpetrated by men in this state of inebriation? Even so with spiritual drunkenness; when religionists have taken their toddy until. forgetful of every principle of prudence, how ravingly will they assail the characters of their more temperate neighbors,. and at what will they stop? Surely at nothing short of the accomplishment of what one of their number once prayed foe, (as stated in a western religious periodical,) viz: “that those who were opposed to their systems might be laid aside, where their croaking would no more disturb the wheels of their missionary car,” &c.

4. How are we to understand that their wine is the poison of dragons, &c.? Dragons are a kind of serpentine monsters; the dragon mentioned in Revelations xii. 3, is represented with seven heads and ten horns, and is called the devil, and Satan, that deceiveth the whole world; and as all false doctrines are doctrines of devils, it follows that their wine is of the dragon; but it is called the poison of dragons; showing that these doctrines and practices not only emanate from him, but that they are the very poison of dragons. The dread of poisonous reptiles of the earth appears to consist in that deadly poison which they carry in their mouth, in their teeth, and under their tongues. Thus in his mouth the serpent carried the poisonous doctrine of the arminian creed into the garden of Eden in the morning of creation, and preached to our mother Eve, that by her own works she could make herself as God, &c., the word and truth of God to the contrary, notwithstanding; and the deadly character of that poison sentiment has ever since that moment been developing its malignancy among the sons of Adam. This rankling poison is still retained in all the doctrines of devils which are now, or ever have been, set afloat in the world. All who have ever witnessed the effects of the bite of a poison serpent, literally, know that the poison when communicated to the human system, is considered incurable. The person poisoned soon becomes swollen and inflamed, and in the process of its work of death, reason forsakes her empire over the mind, and the unhappy sufferer, raving in madness and pain, is left to terminate his miserable existence in the most horrible manner; but before he expires, it is said that the sufferer will assume all the colors, shapes and appearances, of the serpent by which he is bitten, which are possible for a human being to assume. Thus when the representatives of our human race received the poison from him that deceiveth the whole world, they became inflamed; the wound was unto death - that death passed upon all their unborn posterity - for all were poisoned; and so in like manner when men become corrupted by false doctrines from the old dragon, they invariably become inflated, and the poison extends to every part; the head, the heart, the hands, the eyes, the mouth, and particularly the tongue, the ear and feet, are all corrupted, and assume so much the appearance of serpents, that John the Baptist had no difficulty in detecting those who wished to join the Baptist church upon an old Abrahamic covenant platform.

But this wine or false doctrine is not only called the poison of dragons, but it is the cruel venom of asps. Those who tipple at it become cruel, unfeeling, brutish, and filled with venom, especially against those who will not consent to drink with them. In how many thousand instances have the Old School Baptists witnessed this result in cases of those who once stood shoulder to shoulder with us, striving against sin; but now, alas! how changed, how filled with venom; they seem as though they could bite and destroy. Cruel venom! how awfully has it been displayed on the thousands of our murdered brethren who have suffered martyrdom rather than drink of the deadly poison. For examples of this rankling poison in those who have gone out from us, witness their fury from the pulpit and press against all such as stand fast in the apostles’ doctrine; view the scattered bones of the dear disciples of the Lamb who have been cast out, persecuted and slandered by the New School. Witness the cased of our brethren in Oswego Co., N. Y., and at Enfield, N. Y. Read in the preceding number our extract from the letter of Elder Blodget, and the communication of brother Salmon, who has survived all the envenomed fangs of that man, who in connection with others of the same crooked and perverse generation, were unyielding in their efforts to ruin him because he would not unite with them in their combination, as preachers, binding themselves that they would not preach for the churches in the Black River Association unless said churches would tax all their members ten dollars on every thousand dollars they possessed for their ministerial support. Mark the infected breath of Healy, Jones & Co., blown at the Baltimore Baptist Association because that association has refused to. hold fellowship with the new measures of the day. Note well the pestilential puffs of slander blown at the characters of elders who in that connection stood firm in the apostles’ doctrine. Nay, look which way we will, from Georgia to Maine, and from the Atlantic to the remotest West, and we discover the traces of this poison of asps, this venom of dragons.

But perhaps it may be the inquiry of some, How is it possible that any of the children of God should be infected, or in any measure intoxicated with this deadly poison and yet live? The answer will be found in the blessed declaration of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they shall tread on serpents and scorpions without injury, and if they drink deadly poison he will still secure their lives. Were it not for their good and great Physician, they would drink death in every draught; but thanks be to God who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our language in reference to the New School may sound harsh, and be thought, severe but we wish not to be unnecessarily harsh or severe with them. From our soul we pity them, and we pray God, if consistent with his holy purpose, he may deliver them from their delusions, but while they remain in their drunkenness we are bound to treat them as drunkards, and with them we are commanded to keep no company, not even to eat with them, that they may be ashamed.

A word of exhortation to the sons of Zion and we will close. Dear brethren, “Who hath wo? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They who tarry long at the wine; they who go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright; at last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.” “Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things; yea, thou shalt be as he who lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. Hearken unto me, therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth, Let not thine heart decline unto her ways, go not astray in her paths. She hath cast down many wounded, yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.” - Prov. xxiii. 29-34; vii. 24-27.

ALEXANDRIA, D. C.,
March 24, 1837.

Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 1
Pages 365 – 380