Essential Brigham Young
Foreword by Eugene E. Campbell
“When I Contemplate the Subject of Salvation” A Sermon Delivered on 12 February 1854
(from The Teachings of President Brigham Young, Vol. 3, 1852-1854
[Salt Lake City: Collier's Publishing Co., 1987], 230-45)
[p.74]When I contemplate the subject of Salvation, and rise before a congregation to speak upon that all-important matter, it has been but a few times in my life that I could see a beginning point to it, or a stopping place. There is such a multiplicity of principles, and circumstances all interwoven so closely that it seems to be one eternity. I suppose this is the case in reality. To be Saved, to be Redeemed, and to have a right to the Celestial Kingdom of God is to be infinitely connected with the principles of Eternity.
I recollect once when I was preaching, a question was asked me: “What is Priesthood?” The answer was ready, and perfectly simple in its nature, plain to be understood, and is couched in a short sentence (viz.): Priesthood is a perfect system of Government that rules and reigns in Eternity.
A question at once arises in the mind: “Where is Eternity?” The answer is at hand: Eternity is here:—we are in Eternity just as much so as any other beings in Heaven or on Earth. Heavenly beings are no more in Eternity than we are. We are in the midst of Eternity; and when we become acquainted with the system of government and the laws that rule in Eternity, we shall then know [that] it [is] calculated to endure; to govern and control all things which are in Heaven, and on the Earth.
The Eternal Priesthood of God—the Government of God—the Laws of Eternity—is a pure and perfect system of government!
While meditating this morning upon what we are here for—why man is acted upon as he is, and the cause of what we see continually exhibited before us—which is referred to in hundreds of passages of scripture, for the ancient prophets and apostles could see the darkness, ignorance, wickedness and blindness of mankind in the midst of Eternity. Made as they are, they seem to be governed and controlled—or were we to speak without reflection, at a glance over the face of the living masses of the human family, we might say with some show of truth: “they are compelled to do as they do, and be what they are by some power unknown to them, and over which they have no control.” Men in general seem not to know what is the cause of action, and why it is we do as we do. While these thoughts pass through my mind, the question: [p.75]“What are we here for,” was answered very nigh as Brother Taylor spoke this morning. We came here to serve God, to be Saints, and help build up the Kingdom of God. Yet we see many things that do not tend to righteousness; we then consider the Lord must be the controller of all things, and it is His hand that rules and overrules, that He has His way, fulfilling the counsels of His own will, setting bounds to man that he cannot pass. Though He governs, and controls the children of men, it is but to a certain extent; for numerous powers, principles, and spirits operate in as great a variety of ways upon them which is seen in their actions, feelings and impressions. The variety is very great. We behold this variety not only in the human creature but in all the other works of God. We may examine the Earth, the elements in which it floats, the planetary system, the starry heavens, and a thousand other things common to natural philosophy, and the same principle of endless variety presents itself to our notice.
What is natural philosophy? We may illustrate this question by saying: If we plow the ground, and properly prepare it for the reception of seed, and then sow it with good wheat it will produce wheat. This is natural philosophy. Every seed will bring forth its own kind. All the reasonable doings, and labors of man have been performed upon the principles of natural philosophy.
While we see this great variety in nature we ask philosophers how many elements they count, for they say the elements can be numbered with ease. This is vain philosophy. I do not believe that any man by the science of natural philosophy has discovered all the elements, and numbered them. They are so interspersed, and operate in such an endless variety of ways; creating an endless variety of new forms, and results. It has not come within the capacity of the most able philosopher to arrange, number, and classify them, to do which is the province of natural philosophy.
When we read the scriptures we read the letter, or that which we know naturally, that we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, handle with our hands, and understand with our natural mind as natural beings. The Apostles when speaking of a certain class of unbelievers, wisely said, “They were like brute beasts made to be taken and destroyed.” That is, they (the beasts) know naturally as we do when they are hungry; when they want to eat and drink, when they are uneasy from the effects of cold, or over much heat.
What we can see, hear, smell, taste, feel, and understand is embraced in natural philosophy. But without something more than we can gather from natural philosophy—from the natural organization of the human system it all tends to death. As it is written the letter killeth but the spirit giveth life.
[p.76]That God fills immensity is a true principle to me. There is no portion of space where He is not. There is no element in existence that does not contain Him; no matter whether it be in its primitive, or in an organized state, He is through it and round about it. God fills immensity.
Can any person make it plain to our understanding why things are as they are? What produces that which seems natural, and rational to us, and perfectly congenial to our feelings? But our feelings are wholly the result of tradition. As a general thing, what we individually see and understand appears right to us, though we come in contact with things we call wrong—like men’s acts, and thoughts, we are very apt to call wrong—but that which we do, and that which we think, and that which we consider to be right, to us is perfectly right. People can be traditionated to think, and act, in every possible way, and justify themselves therein. For instance, refer to the traditions of the world, and ask those who profess Christianity if they can believe it is right for a wife to go on to the funeral pyre to be burnt alive with her dead husband. In some parts of the world, if a husband dies they make what they call a “funeral pyre,” which is composed of fine dry wood mingled with other inflammable combustibles, which they set fire to, and the beautiful healthy young woman is consumed with the dead body of her husband? Does the Christian consider this right? It appears almost impossible for us to believe that any human being could be traditionated to do what we often read in history. I will relate another circumstance that transpired upon one of the southern islands. A missionary who had made some considerable progress in his labors on one of these islands, was much annoyed by the practice of polygamy among the natives. One of them who had become a member of the Church told his priest that he had two wives. This, of course, appeared to the clergyman [as] an unpardonable sin, who told the savage if he remained a member of the Church he must have but one wife. The native went from the presence of the priest and in a while returned again saying, “Me good Christian, me one wife.” The priest inquired what he had done with the other one. “Me kill her and eat her up.” He believed he had done just right. Is it not strange how people can be traditionated to believe and practice such enormities. That is, to us it appears strange. Some of the old people in this Church, who have been brought up in what we call the blue states, or the Eastern States, are influenced continually by the habits of their youth. To this day the old woman of 80 years of age considers it decidedly wrong to take up her knitting after sundown on Saturday evening. Were she to do it under any pretext whatever, her conscience would be stung with guilt, while another individual would not consider it wrong to run his mill on Sunday but feel perfectly justified in the act. But the good old lady could not take up her knitting after sundown on Saturday night without feeling con-[p.77]demned. Why is this? Because her father, and her mother, and her priest taught her so. They told her it was not right to work after sundown on Saturday. The influence of this teaching follows her to this day.
Mormonism rubs off a great deal of this old rust, and causes them to judge, and think for themselves.
Again, I ask this congregation a question, which if I do not answer, I want you should sometime, when you choose, or I should like some of the Elders [to] answer it when they preach to us here. I shall not try to answer it myself. The question is, “How many spirits has the Lord got?” Many spirits are gone out into the world. We hear of spirits that rap, and spirits that knock, and spirits that write, and numerous others that perform as great a variety of other things. Who can tell how many spirits the Lord has? Perhaps the rapping spirit is one the Lord has sent. The Apostle in one place enumerates up spirits of God. In another place he says, “Try the spirits for many false prophets are gone out into the world.” He also speaks of three spirits like frogs, that are the spirits of devils working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the Earth, and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Add to these another quotation, (viz.) “And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming; even him whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders. For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” How many spirits the Lord has sent into the world I do not pretend to say, but if any man among you knows, let him tell the number.
You may now inquire if the Lord has any spirits but what are good spirits. Are they not all good that He controls, and sends forth to do His pleasure? How shall we answer this question? Shall we say they are all good, or that some are good, and some are evil? Were I to answer it and leave out all modifications, I would say at once, the Lord has control over all spirits, influences, and powers within the confines of His dominions, whether these dominions extend throughout eternal space, or only occupy a portion of it. All within His dominions, good, and bad, clean, and unclean, noble and ignoble, great or small, every spirit in His dominions is controlled by Him. He gives them their ability, He endows them with the knowledge, power, understanding, and every other attribute they possess according to their worthiness, or unworthiness; all they possess they have received from that God who owns, governs, and controls these dominions of which we form a part. I have answered the question in part.
A thousand different queries will arise in the minds of the people [p.78]upon this and other subjects, each shade of thought being prompted by the spirit they have received from some quarter. All people have received intelligence, either more or less, or a spirit, or an impression that causes the variety in manner, expression, thought, and action which we see manifested among the multitudes that compose the nations of the Earth. This variety is caused, chiefly, by the spirit they have received.
I observe that natural philosophy, or in other words, the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. Now, it is clear to the mind, by the external operations of spirits, there is a tangible something that is invisible to the natural eye. But if a person has the gift of seeing spirits, they see a body, or the body of a spirit. They however do not see with the natural eye. Many are endowed with this natural gift. They are natural seers, and if the spirit should present itself behind them, in an opposite direction to the natural vision, they can see it there as well as in any other position, although they may not turn round to see it. In the visible operations of spirits, we see the affects of an invisible agency. And as varied are the effects we see as the spirits that produce these affects. Among the many spirits. that are sent into the world, we read that the Lord God sent his seven spirits into all the Earth—it confounds and puzzles the children of men to know what spirit to follow to secure to themselves the object of their pursuit. Have you ever felt yourselves in a quandary to know the right from the wrong; the course you ought to pursue, and the one you ought to avoid, in order to gain the object of your pursuit, whatever it might be? Your own minds will echo an affirmative to this question, and each one of you can judge of it for yourselves. It is certain that we see, know, and understand that spirits operate upon the people, and there are spirits that operate upon the brute creation. That evil spirits operate upon them you can discover by their actions—by what is manifested through their bodies. The same animals are subject to entirely different operations at different times according to the disposition of the spirit that influences them. Some spirits are so well schooled at the present day, and have obtained so much influence over certain individuals as to take the entire control of their hands and cause them to write in the handwriting of Washington, George the Fourth, Phillip of France, or Joseph Smith the Prophet. Or they can cause a table to move about from place to place; and rap on doors, on casements, or on tables.
Are these the spirits of the Lord, sent forth into all the Earth, or are they not? Are the people governed, and controlled by good spirits or evil ones? Can they tell? These are intricate matters to the human family. It is hard for them to discriminate between the good and the evil. It is impossible for them to know the spirits unless the Lord opens the vision of their minds, to give them understanding of things that are not seen with the natural eye. See the present commotions, and hear the loud [p.79]rumors of war that are spreading like a dark cloud over the world! Who can understand it? No man or woman that now lives or that ever did live can understand the operations of spirits, why things are as they are, and the cause of the endless variety and the sentiments, feelings, and actions of the inhabitants of the Earth, unless God opens the visions of their minds, and unveils eternity to them, revealing what is in the next, or in the previous world if you please.
But I said we are in eternity. It is true, but could we look beyond this mortality we should see that which is unclothed. We are now clothed upon with mortal flesh which veils the vision of the eternal spirit, that we cannot perceive what is going on in those eternal elements that have passed through a routine of changes until they have secured to themselves an eternal organization both in body and spirit, in the tabernacle, and out of it. Who can understand these deep matters unless the Lord reveals them? No one!
Then Brethren and Sisters it is all important that we make this the subject of our consideration, and deep thought, when we rise from our couch, and it ought to be the last thing contemplated when we retire to rest. Our God—our religion—the Way of Life and Salvation—what the Lord wishes of us, to learn our daily actions, thoughts and feelings, to ascertain if we are pursuing the right path, should be the first and foremost, and most prominent thing in our minds. And for this very potent reason, except the Lord is continually with us, guiding us by the light of His Holy Spirit, we are liable to be overtaken by the enemy, drawn away from the right path, lose our faith and confidence in God, and be led captive by the Devil at his will. How important it is that every Latter-day Saint should live their religion. Is it not necessary that every person should know for themselves that they are governed, and controlled by the spirit of the Lord Jesus?
I will make a remark here that will perhaps reflect a little light on the minds of some. We are taught to ask the Father when we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ. The ancients as well as the modern revelations ascribe honor, praise, and glory to Christ. We render praise, and honor, and thanksgiving to the Fathers, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost; or in other words, Holy Spirits. This idea may give you a particle of light. I do not, however, pretend to say how many spirits the Lord has sent forth; but the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised to his disciples, the ancients enjoyed, and so does every man who understands the way of the Lord and has had committed to him the Keys of the Everlasting Priesthood; they are exhorted to seek and enjoy a Holy Spirit. It is not a matter of moment to me how many other spirits there are; but, brethren and sisters, let you and I seek diligently to possess the Holy Spirit of the Lord Jesus, and then if there are myriads of unholy spirits around us we are prepared [p.80]to discern the difference.
As I observed in the beginning of my remarks, I never know where to begin, or where to leave off in the subject of Salvation. But I wish to say touching the mysterious presentations that are made in this day, let no man marvel at them. If Joseph Smith is a prophet he has told us the truth, and Mormonism is the work of the Most High. We believe the time is fast approaching, according to the words of other prophets, as well as Joseph Smith; and according to the words of Jesus Christ, and His Apostles, when the veil of the covering will be taken from the nations of the Earth, for there has been a veil of darkness and ignorance over them. It will be taken off, and all flesh will behold the glory of God, Saint and Sinner, the righteous and the unrighteous; those that believe in Jesus Christ, and those who do not believe in him, all flesh must see the glory of God, and the hand of God manifested to the degree that every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess to the glory of the Father, and that His son Jesus Christ whom He sent into the world is the Savior of the world. Therefore do not be astonished at the marvelous manifestations from the spirit world, nor be afraid, but let your feelings be calm, for you will see every kind of spirit that ever was in the world manifested among the children of men in the last days. The Priesthood of God is no sooner revived, and in operation, in every age of the world, than the Devil introduces his priesthood in opposition to it; for the Devil has got a priesthood, which many of you have seen illustrated here. He says, “I have got power, and the Earth is mine, and I rule.” So he will as long as he can; but there are bounds set to his power. He has power to take natural life, and there his power is at an end. Death will yet be driven from the Earth and him that hath the power of it which is the Devil.
When you see spiritual manifestations that you do not understand be quick to see, quick to hear, and then be quick to understand, but slow to judge. I give you this advice for a safeguard, that you may always be upon safe ground, and not be led away, when you may be distant from the body of the Church. The Elders of Israel in their travels may see a great many mysterious things. A table for instance moving about in a room by means of an invisible force would be a mystery to an Elder uneducated in the principle of spiritual agencies. One of our Elders in St. Louis last summer went to see the operations of the spirit rappers. When he saw a table moving, says he, “That is of the Devil.” The table made a bound at him, and he narrowly escaped injury. Had I been placed in his situation I should have commanded it in the name off Jesus Christ to stand still, and I am persuaded it would have obeyed me. I do not know but I might, however, have felt somewhat timid and tried to get out of the way.
It is all right. The Lord will suffer the priesthood of the Devil, and [p.81]every specious of his hidden mysteries to work. He intends the Devil shall exercise himself, to let the people see his power. So when you see the manifestation of a spirit, never judge whether it is of God or not, unless you understand the spirit.
There is a great deal to be done that might be considered absolutely wrong, but the wrong alone abides with the actors, as for instance, in the case of Judas Iscariot. It was necessary Jesus should be slain, and his blood shed to atone for the sins of the world; but is there any credit due to the man who perpetrated the deed? No, they are cursed for it, because they had the spirit and disposition to commit such an atrocity. They wanted to do it, and they are reaping their reward. So it is in this day, a great many do things that are opposed to every principle of righteousness, and humanity, but it is necessary to purify the Saints. The actors have an evil design, but the design of the Lord is good to His people. In the case of the brothers of Joseph who was sold into Egypt, their design was evil. Had the cause of the jealousy of Joseph’s brothers, the dreams Joseph dreamt been left out of his history, it would have been a marvel to following generations why his brethren wished to destroy him. They had evil in their hearts in seeking his destruction, but God designed by that means to save the house of Jacob.
Do I find fault and complain? No. But I say rap away, and write away, and go to all lengths you please for God controls the whole of it. Do you inquire how you are to know whether it is of God or not? You are told here every Sabbath what you must do in order to be saved. Cling close to the Lord; keep His law faithfully, and do as your leaders instruct you continually, and rest not until you get the spirit of the Lord Jesus sufficiently to know and understand things that are out of sight to the natural eye; then nothing can move you.
There is a danger all the time of your being led away from the path of righteousness. There was a few words dropped here this morning which I agree with and yet I would alter them a little. It was concerning men’s faith and integrity in serving God, and being determined to serve him though the devil should stand at the door; and that he would not give the ashes of a rye straw for those who would not hold on to the cause of truth whatever should be the consequence. When a man is instructed then is the time to consider him a good Saint, and always on hand to do right, not withstanding the consequences. But wait until he is instructed. There are Elders in this Church, though they cannot be considered unfaithful to their God; yet they are asking for things that is as inconsistent for them to have, as it would be to open a chest of joiner’s tools for your little children to play with. Wait brethren until we have time to instruct you, and do not plead like a child for a razor, for you will only cut your fingers if you should get what you ask for. When the [p.82]child looks upon a finely polished razor, he is dazzled with its shining exterior, and before he knows he draws it through his hand. It is precisely so with many of the Latter-day Saints, they are so anxious to obtain this thing and the other thing which if they could obtain would prove their destruction. Wait until you know how to handle sharp-edged tools. Joseph used to talk about people handling edged tools.
Let me make the application of this to the Eiders that go abroad. Brethren do not undertake to handle that [which] you do not understand. There are multitudes of spirits in the world. Everything we see, and have a knowledge of has got its own peculiar spirit, or else there is no life in it. The spirit constitutes the life of everything we see. Is there life in these rocks, and mountains? There is. Then there is a spirit peculiarly adapted to those rocks and mountains. We mark the progress of the growth of grass, flowers, and trees. There is a spirit nicely adapted to the various productions of the vegetable kingdom. There is also a spirit to the different ores of the mineral kingdom, and to every element in existence. And there is a spirit in the Earth. I am inclined at this stage of my remarks to expose my ignorance. I am not aware that any of the philosophers, or astronomers have told you that the Earth is a living creature and breathes as much as you and I do. It is the breathing of the Earth that causes the ebbing and flowing of the tide, and not the moon as some have vainly supposed. The moon has nothing to do with this natural phenomenon. The motion is natural to the Earth and independent of the moon’s influence. It is the life in the Earth that forces the internal waters to the summits of some of the highest mountains which often gush out forming lakes, and springs. I am now exposing my ignorance to you astronomers, but I boast not, when I say I know as much about it as you do, and then a little more.
There is no philosopher that can tell how many elements there are, for there is an eternity of them. Go to the forests of Europe and America, and see if you can find two leaves alike. Go into the meadows and see if you can find two blades of grass exactly alike. We can see an eternity of variety, and there is an eternity of elements to cause that variety, and an eternity of spirits and lives to those elements.
Who is the giver of all these—who the proprietor, and controller of them? Let the Lord speak, and He would say it is I the Lord Almighty who governs and controls, and am in and round about all things. As we heard this morning the wealth of this word is nothing for it passeth away. The Lord suffers His creatures to gather together riches to try them, that He may see if they will set their hearts upon them in preference to the more enduring substance. In the end of this life, the rich man, and the king upon his throne with all their splendor will be brought to the same level with the begger [sic]. The Lord throws down kingdoms and [p.83]governments, but He does not do it as you and I would, in anger. When we look upon the outrages of the wicked upon the innocent and helpless, had we the power and should give way to the impulse of our resentment, we should blast them, and everything around them with utter desolation. But He has His own way of producing their destruction. He establishes a cause that is sure to bring about the affect desired. There is always a cause for every affect we see. For instance, If I were to operate upon that table as the table movers do, and it should move from place to place without any visible assistance, you might be inclined to take off your hats to me and feel awe struck in my presence as a being of superior power—and some might, in their enthusiasm, believe me a god, and might inquire of me when I left the upper regions. The table moves by the force of animal magnetism. That is the term applied to it. No table can move unless it is charged with the life that is in the operators. Animal magnetism is a true principle. It is called by this name because the term belongs to earthly beings, but we should call it the Spirit of Life, the power of the Holy Ghost, or the Life of God in the creature. When the Lord sheds the Holy Ghost upon His children, by means of bringing their bodies in contact with other bodies according to the order established by Him, it is transmitted from one person to another; this you may, if you please, call animal magnetism. When the Lord touches a person, that person is filled with life. The very principle the philosophers call animal magnetism was taught and practiced by Jesus and his Apostles. It has always been taught and you teach it continually to your families, though you may not be aware of it. It is taught largely in the scriptures for instance in the Epistle of James it is said, “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” etc. The Lord in the Gospel by Mark, among other things that believers should do, said, “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” You are full of Life; and if you have the power of God upon you, you are filled with still more Life than the person who has not the power of God comes in contact with another person who has a disease upon him, I can be overpowered by the laying on of his hands commanding it at this same time to depart in the name of Jesus Christ; and the sick person will immediatey rise from his bed made whole. I have seen instances of this kind a great many times in my life, and so have you. This is what the world calls animal magnetism. It is the Life, that is in everything, and God is the author of it, and in this way He is in everything, and round about everything, and round about everything. This does not refer to his personal tabernacle, it is not in you nor in this room. He is at home; or else on a visit to some of His friends; He is where He wishes to be in His personal tabernacle, but His power is in everything. Devils are as much [p.84]indebted to Him for their being, as you and I are, both the devils on the Earth, and the devils of Hell; they are all under obligations to Him for their life and being, as any other being there is in Heaven or on Earth. They have made an evil use of the knowledge they have.
When I was young, a Methodist priest whom no person would fellowship because he taught so many new things in his preaching, made a remark that I believe is true. Says he, “Evil is inverted good.” Now for Methodists to talk such things was indeed strange; they did not know that the Devil is as eternal as God, and coequal with Him in this respect. Evil is inverted good. If you receive the Priesthood, and make an evil use of it, it will make devils of you. If I am a righteous man, I acknowledge the hand of God in all things, that I owe my life and all I am to Him. Suppose I become a devil, do I owe Him any less? No! A perfect trim mounted devil is one who has had the Eternal Priesthood upon him, or else he has not got his proper character. That is the way devils become what they are. Evil must have an end. It may be painful to endure it for the present, but when it has reached its bounds the Lord will put a stop to it. All evil is bounded. The Devil cannot transcend his bounds. Wicked men are bounded in their operations, and they cannot go beyond them. We used to hear Orthodox ministers say [that] when a person died in their youth, that bounds was set to their lives, and they could not live any longer. That is a mistaken idea. The life of man was not to exceed one thousand years, for saith the Lord, in the day you eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil you shall die: and according to the reckoning of the Lord’s time, one day with Him is as a thousand years of our time. Men may live if they can until they are as old as Methuselah, but they must die within the thousand years, or in the Lord’s day. It is your privilege to live as long as you can in time, within a thousand years, if you can fight the devils, and successfully keep them at bay from taking your body away by death. So it is with everything else, in these lower possessions of our Father in Heaven, and they cannot be passed.
With regard to spirits, I wish to say further. The Lord is taking the covering from the face of the Earth. Joseph Smith commenced the opening of the last dispensation by giving revelation direct from Heaven when the whole world denied the principle. There was not a single orthodox Church or individual that acknowledged it, except here and there a poor out cast, forlorn person, who was considered lunatic, or one led about by the Devil because he believed in the principle. Joseph Smith gave to the world the revelations of God [which were given] to him; but, the world would not receive them. A few favoured ones did. We have had testimony since, sufficient to satisfy both Saint and Sinner that the Devil can make them believe his revelations. I think Andrew Jackson [p.85]Davis is a very eminent instrument in this work of the Devil, and there are thousands besides. Revelation from the other world is no new thing. Brother Waterhouse and his family came to this valley by the revelations of a rapping spirit; and I will say the same spirit took him away. If any spiritual rapping brings people into this Church, the same spirit will take them out of it. How are we to know the truth but by keeping the commandments of God. Judge not, brethren but be ready and quick to hear, and discern. Judge no man but cling to the Lord, and to the Holy Spirit of Christ, for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. I would rather a man would only speak five words whose heart is melted under the influence of the Spirit of Truth, than hear a man talk two hours with the eloquence of Cicero. It is not the sounds that issue from the mouth that convinces the people, but it is when the Lord breathes through the man that stands up in His name that produces a convincing, and winning affect upon the people, so as to carry them away in favor of the man, and the principles He advocates. It is your eternal (I dislike to use the term) magnetism that you carry with you, that does the good, even if you never open your mouth.
Vain philosophy, or philosophy without the Spirit of God, will carry you to the Devil. Let us therefore cling to the Lord our Father, and to Jesus Christ our Elder Brother. I have spoken enough at this time. May God bless you. Amen.