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ELDER BEEBE: – In God’s holy word the line is manifestly drawn between his “chosen people” and the world, – and this is evidence that must stand, in opposition to all the reasoning powers of man, for he has said “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you.” Deut. iv, 2. Christ says, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” John xvii. 9. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers” &c., 2d Cor. vi, 14,15,16. “Come out from among them and be ye separate,” verse 17. “Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God.” James iv. 4. “Ye cannot serve God and Mammon,” Math. vi, 24. “Whosoever is born of God overcometh the world,” John v. 4. “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world,” Col. ii. 20. “Ye are the light of the world,” Math. v. 14. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,” vs. 16. together with the whole tenor of the Scriptures – and Christ says “If ye love me keep my commandments,” John xiv, 15 and 23. Yet we find at the present day men, who have for a long period of years, in the pulpit, contended for the doctrine of the Bible, and opposed all the inventions of men, that are now advocating and urging and amalgamation of the church and world. – Says one it is the duty of the church to send the gospel to the heathen; but our church is small and the members poor, hence the necessity of forming a Foreign Mission society, that we may associate with us the wealth and influence of the worldling, without regard to his moral character, so long as he will join in helping on the Lord’s cause. Where is the manifestation of love to Christ, or his cause, in such a course, is it not a direct violation of his express commands? Such are not good works according to bible testimony, tho’ they may be, in the esteem of the world. Christ said to his apostles “Go ye into all the world, & preach the Gospel to every creature,” Mark xvi, 15. There is no command to ask the aid of a Missionary Society, or assistance from any worldly person; neither can any thing be found in the word to sanction it, and let it be remembered that ye shall not add unto, nor diminish from it, but obey it as it is; but if at any time there should appear to be a deficiency of laborers, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the Harvest that He will send forth Laborers into his Harvest,” Mat. ix. 38. Not join with the worldly satellites of Satan to send the gospel by means of money – for “what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness.” Some say the Bible contains a far better Temperance constitution then can be framed by man, and all who make an open profession of the religion of Christ become members of the Society under it; yet others say that it is too limited; by it many wealthy and influential persons are prohibited from becoming members, therefore we must frame one that will admit all who will pay a stipulated sum; thereby violating the express command to be “not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers” &c., and seeking “friendship with the world,” which is no evidence to love to Christ but dishonoring him and his cause. But here what Paul says of such “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed,” Gal. i. 8. Also 2 John 10, “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.” But we are cautioned to “Beware of false Prophets,” Math. vii, 15. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ,” Col. ii, 8. – Evidently intended to guard the church against the identical false doctrines of the present day.

Nov. 12, 1833

Signs of the Times
Volume 2, No. 1
December 11, 1833