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FOR THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES.

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ELDER BEEBE: – In my last remarks I endeavoured to show by the scripture testimony that all professing chrfistians who are endeavouring to promote God’s cause by uniting with the world by means of any Society (I care not by what name it is know, whether benevolent or religious) are violating the whole rule of faith and practice given in the word of God to govern the Saints upon earth. The Apostles earnestly cautioned them to keep themselves “Separate” and Paul particularly urges them to examine themselves, that they do not get astray “Take heed Brethren (says he) lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God,” Heb. iii, 12. James says pure religion and undefiled is to “Keep himself unspotted from the world,” 1 Ch. 27 vs. “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him,” 1 John ii, 15. Speaking of Anti-Christians in distinction from the Saints, says John in his epistle “they are of the world, therefore speak they of the world and the wold heareth them,” 1 John iv, 5. Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world, 5th Chap. 4 – they give up all dependence upon the world to assist them in their religious duties, and are content to look to Christ for every help. – But before this distinction was made manifest by their being called out, they are reminded of their being in the world; “In time past ye walked according to the course of this world,” Eph. ii, 2 – but now “ye are no more strangers and foreigners (to the visible church) but fellow citizens with the Saints and of the household of God,” verse 19. Therefore let your light so shine that the world may see your good works, “for hereby we do know that we know him, (Jesus Christ) if we keep his commands,” “He that saith I know him and keepeth not his commands, is a liar and the truth is not in him,” 1 John ii, 3,4, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself so to walk,” verse 6. Now here is the test “Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error,” 1 John iv, 6. But some justify their course by setting forth the great good that is to result from it, entirely losing sight, of the displeasure God has always manifested towards those who have disobeyed Him, with a view to promote His cause, and that he has said “to obey is better than sacrifice” 1 Saml. xv, 22; and that “God cannot be tempted with evil” James i, 13. All disobedience of God’s commands is sin, but it would seem they rather “continue in sin, that grace may abound,” for it is by their disobedience that His grace is to reach the uttermost parts of the earth. – Who sends the Gospel as it is called to the Heathen? The church & world united in a Foreign Mission Society. Who goes to preach the Gospel to the Heathen? “Pious” young men selected and prepared by the education society, composed of the church and world united. – What kind of Gospel is sent to the heathen? In many instances it is fictitious, stories written by a committee of a Tract Society composed of the church and world united; in others a system of Theology taught at a Seminary, got up, supported and controlled by the church and world united. In short, all the schemes of man to convert the world to Christ, are predicated upon the principle of union between the church & world, and are at war with the duty of every believer in Christ, and shows men to be “wise above what is written.”

Nov. 20, 1833
W.

Signs of the Times
Volume 2, No. 2
December 25, 1833