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Carlylt. Mattie Horne and Elmina S. Taylor
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THE HOLY GHOST.
of better information, carry along with
The Glory of God is Intelligence.
concerning a few members that are in
this dilemma, and for their information Various and conflicting are the opinions make a few remarks upon the subject. of men in regard to the gift of the Holy We believe in the gift of the Holy Ghost. Some people have been in the Ghost being enjoyed now, as much as it habit of calling every supernatural mani was in the Apostles' days; we believe festation the effects of the Spirit of God, that it is necessary to make and to orwhilst there are others that think there is ganize the Priesthood, that no man can no manifestation connected with it at all; be called to fill any office in the ministry and that it is nothing but a mere impulse without it; we also believe in prophecy, of the mind, or an inward feeling, im- in tongues, in visions, and in revelations, pression, or secret testimony or evidence, in gifts, and in healings; and that these which men possess, and that there is no things cannot be enjoyed without the such thing as an outward manifestation. gift of the Holy Ghost; we believe that
It is not to be wondered at that men holy men of old spake as they were should be ignorant, in a great measure, moved by the Holy Ghost, and that holy of the principles of salvation, and more men in these days speak by the same especially of the nature, office, power, principle; we believe in its being a cominfluence, gifts and blessings of the gift forter and a witness bearer," that it brings of the Holy Ghost, when we consider things past to our remembrance, leads us that the human family have been en into all truth, and shows us of things to veloped in gross darkness and ignorance come;" we believe that “no man for many centuries past, without revela know that Jesus is the Christ, but by the tion, or any just criterion to arrive at a Holy Ghost.” We believe in it in all its knowledge of the things of God, which fulness, and power, and greatness, and can only be known by the Spirit of God. glory; but whilst we do this, we believe Hence it not unfrequently occurs, that in it rationally, resonably, consistently, when the Elders of this Church preach and scripturally, and not according to the to the inhabitants of the world, that if wild vagaries, foolish notions and tradithey obey the Gospel they shall receive tions of men. the gift of the Holy Ghost, that the
The human family are very apt to run people expect to see some wonderful to extremes, especially in religious matmanifestation, some great display of ters, and hence people in general, either
some extraordinary miracle want some miraculous display, or they Performed; and it is often the case that will not believe in the gift of the Holy po ung members of this Church for want Ghost at all. If an Elder lays his hands
upon a person, it is thought by many that
the person must immediately rise and Ometimes fall into egregious errors. speak in tongues and prophesy; this idea We have lately had some information is gathered from the circumstance of
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Paul laying his hands upon certain indi- | it is evident from this, that some of them viduals who had been previously (as they were ignorant in relation to these matters, stated) baptized unto John's baptism; or they would not need instruction. which when he had done, they “spake Again, in chapter xiv., he says: with tongues and prophesied.” Philip “Follow after charity and desire spiritual also, when he had preached the Gospel gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” to the inhabitants of the City of Samaria, It is very evident from these Scriptures sent for Peter and John, who when they that many of them had not spiritual gifts, came laid their hands upon them for the for if they had spiritual gifts where was gift of the Holy Ghost, for as yet He was the necessity of Paul telling them to fol. fallen upon none of them; and when low after them; and it is as evident that Simon Vagus saw that through the laying they did not all receive those gifts by the on of the Apostle's hands the Holy Ghost imposition of hands, for they as a Church was given, he offered them money that had been baptized and confirmed by the he might possess the same power. Acts laying on of hands-and yet to a Church viii. These passages are considered by of this kind, under the immediate inmany as affording sufficient evidence for spection and superintendence of the some miraculous, visible manifestation, Apostles, it was necessary for Paul to whenever hands are laid on for the gift say, "follow after charity, and desire of the Holy Ghost.
spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may We believe that the Holy Ghost is im- prophesy,” evidently showing that those parted by the laying on of hands of those gifts were in the Church, but not enjoyed in authority, and that the gift of tongues, by all in their outward manifestations. and also the gift of prophecy are the But supposing the gifts of the Spirit gifts of the Spirit, and are obtained were immediately, upon the imposition of through that medium; but then to say hands, enjoyed by all, in all their fulness that men always prophesied and spoke and power; the sceptic would still be as in tongues when they had the imposition far from receiving any testimony except of hands, would be to state that which is upon a mere casualty as before, for all untrue, contrary to the practice of the the gifts of the Spirit are not visible to Apostles, and at variance with holy writ; | the natural vision, or understanding of for Paul says, “To one is given the gift man; indeed very few of them are. We of tongues, to another the gift of pro read that “Christ ascended into heaven phecy, and to another the gift of healing;” and gave gifts unto men; and he gave and again,“Do all prophesy? do all speak some Apostles, and some Prophets, and with tongues? do all interpret?” evidently some Evangelists, and some Pastors and showing that all did not possess these | Teachers;” Eph. iv. several gifts; but that one received one The Church is a compact body comgift, and another received another gift, posed of different members, and is strictly all did not prophesy, all did not speak in analogous to the human system, and Paul, tongues, all did not work miracles; but after speaking of the different gifts, says, all did receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; “Now ye are the body of Christ and each sometimes they spake in tongues and one members in particular; and God hath prophesied, in the Apostles' days, and set some in the Church, first Apostles, sometimes they did not. The same is the secondarily Prophets, thirdly Teachers, case with us also in our administrations, after that miracles, then gifts of healwhile more frequently there is no mani- ing, helps, governments, diversities of festation at all, that is visible to the sur
tongues. Are all Apostles? Are all rounding multitude; this will appear plain Prophets? Are all Teachers? Are all when we consult the writings of the workers of miracles? Have all the gifts Apostles, and notice their proceedings in of healing? Do all speak with tongues? relation to this matter. Paul, in i Cor. Do all interpret?" It is evident that they xii. says, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, do not; yet are they all members of the brethren, I would not have you ignorant;" one body. All members of the natural
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body are not the eye, the ear, the head to another the interpretation of tongues. or the hand-yet the eye cannot say to
But all these worketh that one and the the ear I have no need of thee, nor the self same Spirit, dividing to each man head to the foot, I have no need of thee; severally as He will." they are all so many component parts
There are several gifts mentioned here, in the perfect machine-the one body; yet which of them all could be known by and if one member suffer, the whole of an observer at the imposition of hands? the members suffer with it; and if one | The word of wisdom, and the word of member rejoice, all the rest are honored knowledge, are as much gifts as any with it.
other, yet if a person possessed both of These, then, are all gifts; they come these gifts, or received them by the imfrom God; they are of God; they are position of hands, who would know it? all the gifts of the Holy Ghost; they are Another might receive the gift of faith, what Christ ascended into heaven to im and they would be as ignorant of it. Or part; and yet how few of them could be suppose a man had the gift of healing, known by the generality of men.
Peter or power to work miracles, that would and John were Apostles, yet the Jewish not then be known; it would require court scourged them as impostors. Paul time and circumstances to call these gifts was both an Apostle and Prophet, yet into operation. Suppose a man had the they stoned him and put him into prison. discerning of spirits, who would be the The people knew nothing about it, al wiser for it? Or if he had the interpretathough he had in possession the gift of tion of tongues, unless some one spoke the Holy Ghost. Our Savior was "anoint an unknown tongue, he of course would ed with the oil of gladness above his have to be silent; there are only two fellows,” yet so far from the people know- gifts that could be made visible—the gift ing him, they said he was Beelzebub, and of tongues and the gift of prophecy. crucified him as
an impostor. Who These are things that are the most talked could point out a Pastor, a Teacher, or about, and yet if a person spoke in an an Evangelist by their appearance, yet unknown tongue, according to Paul's had they the gift of the Holy Ghost. testimony, he would be a barbarian to
But to come to the other members of those present. They would say that it the Church, and examine the gifts as was gibberish; and if he prophesied they spoken of by Paul, and we shall find that would call it nonsense. The gift of the world can in general know nothing tongues is the smallest gift perhaps of about them, and that there is but one or the whole, and yet it is one that is the two that could be immediately known, if most sought after. they were all poured out immediately So that according to the testimony of upon the imposition of hands. I Cor. Scripture and the manifestations of the xii., Paul says: “There are diversities Spirit in ancient days, very little could be of gifts, yet the same spirit; and known about it by the surrounding multithere are differences of administra- tude, except on some extraordinary octions, but the same Lord; and there casion, as on the day of Pentecost. are diversities of operations, but it The greatest, the best, and the most is the same God which worketh all in all. useful gifts would be known nothing But the manifestations of the Spirit is about by an observer. It is true that a given unto every man to profit withal. man might prophesy, which is a great For to one is given, by the Spirit, the gift, and one that Paul told the peopleword of wisdom, to another, the word of the Church--to seek after and to covet, knowledge, by the same Spirit; to another rather than to speak in tongues; but what faith, by the same Spirit; to another the does the world know about prophesying? gifts of healing, by the same Spirit; to Paul says that it "serveth only to those another the working of miracles; to an that believe.” But does not the Scripother prophecy; to another discerning of tures say that they spake in tongues and spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; 1 prophesied? Yes; but who is it that
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writes these Scriptures? Not the men was the case probably with Abraham and of the world or mere casual observers, his wife; when the Lord appeared to but the Apostles-men who knew one Moses, it was in the burning bush, in the gift from another, and of course were tabernacle, or on the mountain top; when capable of writing about it; if we had the Elijah was taken in a chariot of fire, it testimony of the Scribes and Pharisees was unobserved by the world; and when concerning the outpouring of the Spirit he was in the cleft of a rock, there was on the day of Pentecost, they would have loud thunder, but the Lord was not in told us that it was no gift, but that the the thunder; there was an earthquake, people were "drunken with new wine," but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and we shall finally have to come to the and there was a still small voice, which same conclusion that Paul did-No was the voice of the Lord, saying, "What man knows the things of God but by the doest thou here, Elijah?" Spirit of God,” for with the great reve The Lord cannot always be known by lations of Paul when he was caught up the thunder of His voice, by the display into the third heaven and saw things that of His glory, or by the manifestation of were not lawful to utter, no man was ap His power; and those that are the most prised of it until he mentioned it himself anxious to see these things, are the least fourteen years after; and when John had prepared to meet them, and were the the curtains of heaven withdrawn, and Lord to manifest His power as He did by vision looked through the dark vista to the children of Israel, such characters of future ages, and contemplated events would be the first to say,“Let not the Lord that should transpire throughout every speak any more, lest we His people die.' subsequent period of time, until the final We would say to the brethren, seek to winding up scene-while he gazed upon know God in your closets, call upon Him the glories of the eternal world, saw an in the fields. Follow the direction of innumerable company of angels and heard the Book of Mormon, and pray over and the voice of God-it was in the Spirit, on for your families, your cattle, your focks, the Lord's day, unnoticed and unobserved your herds, your corn, and all things that by the world.
you possess; ask the blessing of God The manifestations of the gift of the upon all your labors, and everything Holy Ghost, the ministering of angels, that you engage in. Be virtuous and or the development of the power, majesty pure; be men of integrity and truth; keep or glory of God were very seldom mani the commandments of God, and then you fested publicly, and that generally to the will be able more perfectly to understand people of God, as to the Israelites; but the difference between right and wrong most generally when angels have come, -between the things of God and the or God has revealed Himself, it has been things of men; and your path will be like to individuals in private, in their cham that of the just, "which shineth brighter ber, in the wilderness or fields, and that and brighter unto the perfect day.” generally without noise or tumult.
The Be not so curious about tongues, do angel delivered Peter out of prison in the not speak in tongues except there be an dead of night; came to Paul unobserved interpreter present; the ultimate design by the rest of the crew; appeared to of tongues is to speak to foreigners, and Mary and Elizabeth without the know if persons are very anxious to display ledge of others; spoke to John the Bap- their intelligence, let them speak to such tist whilst the people around were ignor- in their own tongues. The gifts of God ant of it.
are all useful in their place, but when When Elisha saw the chariots of Is. they are applied to that which God does rael and the horsemen thereof, it was un not intend, they prove an injury, a snare, known to others. When the Lord ap and a curse instead of a blessing. We peared to Abraham it was at his tent may at some future time enter more fully door; when the angels went to Lot, no into this subject, but shall let this suffice person knew them but himself, which for the present.