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BY 



RICHAED BALLANTYNE, 

ELDER 1 THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIS! 

OF 

LATTER-DAY SAINTS; 

CONSISTING OF : 

1st A Proclamation of the Gospel. 

2nd The Only Way to be Saved. 

3rd A Reply to the Rev. J. Richards. 

4th A Second Reply to do. 

5th Millennial Star for April 1854. 
6th Do. do. for May „ 
7th Do. do. for June „ 
8th Do. do. for July „ 

9th A Dialogue on Polygamy. 



PRICE ONE RUPEE. 



MADRAS, HINDOSTAN, 1853-1854. 



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"He that judgeth a matter before be hearetk it, is 
not wise." 



THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED. 

" THE WAYFARING MAN, THOUGH A FOOL, NEED NOT ERR THEREIN." 

AN EXPLANATION 

OF THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF THE DOCTRINE 

OF 

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST 

OF 

LATTER-DAY SAINTS. 



BY LORENZO SNOW, 



Missionary from America, and President of the Italian, Siviss, and 
East India Mission. 



iWatrraa ; 

RE-PRINTED BY R. BALLANTYNE. 

Presiding Elder of the Mission to Madras, 
1853, 



THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED. 

" He that judgeth a matter before he beareth it, is not wise." 

There are certain principles established of God, which, being understood, 
and observed, will put men in possession of spiritual knowledge, gifts, and 
blessings. In early ages of the world, a'so in the days of the apostles, people 
came into possession of spiritual powers and various privileges, by obtaining 
an understanding of, and faithfully attending to, certain rules which the Lord 
established : as lor instasce ; Abel, obtaining information that offering up 
sacrifices was an order instituted of God, through which men might receive 
blessings, he set himself to work, observed the order, and performed the 
sacrifice, whereby he obtained glorious manifestations of the Most High. 
Again ; when the Antediluvians had corrupted themselves, and the time 
arriving at which destruction was coming upon them, the Lord revealed a 
course whereby the righteous might escape ; accordingly, all who understood 
and observed that course, were sure to realize the blessing promised. Joshua, 
before obtaining possession of Jericho, had to observe certain steps appointed 
of God. The steps having been properly taken, according to commandment, 
the object immediately fell into his possession. Another instance ; the case of 
Naaman, captain of the Assyrian host ;— it appears, ^hat being afflicted with 
the leprosy, and hearing of Elisha, the prophet, he made application to him 
for the removal of that affliction. The prophet, having the Holy Ghost upon 
him, which is the Mind of God, informed him that, by washing in Jordan's 
waters, seven times, he might be restored. At first, Naaman thought this too 
simple, and was displeased, and disposed not to conform — not to make use of 
means so simple. After due consideration, however, humbling himself, 
lie went forth complying with the rules ; when lo ! the blessing directly fol- 
lowed. Under the Mosaic dispensation, forgiveness of sins was obtained upon 
the same principle as those blessings were to which I have alluded. An 
animal was to be carried before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation 
by the individual wishing to obtain forgiveness of sins ; it was then to be 
offered up in a particular manner ; this being done, the promised blessing 
immediately followed. 

When the Gospel dispensation was introduced, gifts and blessings were 
obtained upon similar principles that is, upon obedience to certain establised 
rules. The Lord still marked out certain acts,promising to all those who would 
do them, certain peculiar privileges ; and when those acts were performed — 
observed in every particular — then the blessings promised were sure to be 
realized. Some vainly imagine that, under the Gospel dispensation, gifts and 
blessings are obtained, not by external observances, or external works, but 
merely through faith and repentance, through mental operations, independent 
of physical. But, laying aside the traditions, superstitions, and creeds of men, 
we will look to the word of God, where we shall discover, that external works 
or outward ordinances, under the Gospel dispensation, were inseparably con- 
nected with inward works, such as faith and repentance. In proof of this, I 
introduce the following observations : — The Saviour says, " Why call ye me 
Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say ?" Again ; he says, " He that 
heareth my words, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a man that built his 
house upon a rock." And, " He that believeth and is baptized shall be sav- 
ed." Likewise, he says, " Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he 
cannot enter into the kingdom of God." — John iii. 5. These sayings of our 
Saviour require men to perform external works in order to receive their 
Salvation. 

On the day of Pentecost, Peter says to the surrounding multitude, *<Repent 



THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED. 3 

and be baptized, for the remission of sins, and you shall receive thegift of the 
Holy Ghost." In this prophetic statement, we learn that people were to per- 
form an external work (baptism in water) in order that they might receive 
the remission of sins, and afterwards the gift of the Holy Ghost. But, before 
attending to the outward work, the inward work must be performed — faith 
and repentance. Faith and repentance go before baptism ; and baptism before 
the remission of sins, and the reception of the Holy Ghost. Hence, we see 
the useless and unscriptural practice of baptizing infants. They cannot ex- 
ercise faith and repentance, qualifications necessary previous to baptism; 
then, why require the outward work ? 

Some deem it wrong to number baptism among the essential principles or- 
dained of God, to be attended tein obtaining remission of sins. In reply, we 
say that the Saviour and apostles have done so before us ; therefore, we feel 
obligated to follow their example. The destruction of the Antediluvian world 
by water was typical of receiving remission of sins through baptism. The 
earth had become clothed with sin as with a garment ; the righteous were 
brought out and saved from the world of sin, even by water ; the like figure 
ev^n baptism, doth now save us, says Peter (1 Peter iii. 21), by the answer of 
*' a good conscience toward God." Noah and his family were removed, and 
disconnected from sins and pollutions, by means of water ; so baptism, the 
like figure, doth now remove our souls from sins and pollutions, through faith 
on the great atonement made upon Calvary. Many express surprise that 
such blessings should be had through baptism. Naaman, when told to wash 
in Jordan seven times, was equally surprised ; but, trying the experiment, 
he found the word of God to be true ; his leprosy, his physical pollution, 
was thereby removed, and was typical of the removal of spiritual pollutions 
in the Gospel dispensation, by baptism in water, through faith and repen- 
tance. Through the means of water, Naaman, we have seen, obtained a mi- 
raculous blessing ; also the blind man, whom the Saviour directed to wash 
in the pool of Siloam, received his sight by means of water. 

The Saviour, after coming out of the river Jordan, received the Holy Ghost. 
These examples show clearly that water has been appointed a medium through 
which heavenly blessings are obtained. Be baptized, says Peter, for the re- 
mission of sins. — Acts ii. 38. Ananias says to Saul (Acts xxii. ]6), Arise 
and be baptized, and wash away thy sins. In the city of Samaria, the people 
baptized by Philip.it is said, rejoiced. They rejoiced because of the remissi- 
on of their sins, through baptism ; so, also, in the case of the Eunuch (Acts 
viii. 39), after coming out of the water, having obtained remission of his sins 
his conscience becoming void of offence toward God, he was enabled to go 
on his way rejoicing. 

Some suppose they must obtain religion before they are baptized ; but the 
Saviour and apostles teach us to be baptized in order to get religion. Be bap- 
tized, says Peter, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the Holy 
Ghost. To obtain the gift of the Holy Ghost is to obtain religion. Faith 
and repentance were to go before baptism ; but remission of sins, and gift 
of the Holy Ghost, were to follow this ordinance. Every unprejudiced mind 
can see that this is in perfect agreement with the saying of our Saviour, 
" Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the king- 
dom of God." If religion were promised before baptism in water, our Savi- 
our would have said, born of Spirit and of water (see John iii. 5) ; but he 
said, " Except ye are born of water and of the Spirit." " What God has 
joined together, the scripture says, let no man put asunder :" but we put 
asunder this order of things, when we say a man must be born of Spirit, 
then of water ; or, must get religion — get the Holy Ghost — and then h( 
baptized, 



4 THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED. 

Peter (Acts ii.) preached the same order of things, as above mentioned, 
when he said, " Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins, and ye 
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost j" that is, be " born of water" then 
he shall be " born of Spirit." Paul himself, though he had a vision of the 
Lord Jesus, yet received not the Holy Ghost ; he did not receive religion, 
until he had washed his sins away through baptism, as administered by 
Ananias. There is one instance, and but one, where the Holy Ghost was 
given before baptism—I mean, in the Apostolic dispensation. Cornelius and 
his friends, who had assembled together to hear the message from Peter, re- 
ceived the Holy Ghost previous to baptism — Acts x, 44. This was done, 
however, to convince Peter that the Gentiles had a right to receive Gospel 
privileges. Cornelius and his friends were Gentiles, and Peter would not 
have baptized them, unless he had first seen the power of God resting upon 
them. He looked upon the Gentiles as heathen, and too wicked and sinful 
to receive Gospel privileges With the people of God— the Jewish nation. He 
did not imagine they were to receive the Holy Ghost, and thereby be pre- 
pared to sit down in the Kingdom of God, with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and 
the Jewish prophets j but when he saw the Holy Ghost resting upon them, 
being astonished, he immediately exclaimed, Can any man forbid water, 
that these should not be baptized ? He then commanded them to be 
baptized. This receiving the Holy Ghost, before baptism, was an exception 
to a general rule, and arose from peculiar circumstances, as I have shown. 
God, if he sees fit can depart from a general rule, and confer blessings; but 
man has not this privilege ; he must observe the order laid down, or he can 
have ko claim upon the promise. After Elisha had laid down the order, 
whereby Naaman could obtain removal of his leprosy, God, if he had chosen, 
could have removed it in some other way ; but, at the same time, Naaman 
could not have claimed the blessing, until he had taken the course marked 
out.— See 2nd Kings, chap. 5. If we will observe the order of the Gospel ; 
a promise is left us, we shall have its blessings, otherwise, we have no claims 
to urge ; and it is worse than folly for men to say, " Lord, Lord," and do 
not his commandments. 

It is plainly manifest, that external works must be attended to, as well as 
faith and repentance, in order to receive Gospel privileges, 

Baptism in water, forming a part of the Gospel of Christ, we notice there- 
fore, that the servants of God, in early ages, were very particular in attend- 
ing to its administration ; also, it is evident, that unless peculiar blessings ac- 
tually were experienced, through baptism, they would have neglected enforc- 
ing its observance. If, as some suppose, that faith, repentance, and prayer, 
answer the purpose, in receiving the fulness of Gospel privileges, then it is 
very evident, that baptism was a vain and useless work, and had no need to 
he observed. Naaman would have been performing a vain and foolish work, 
when washing seven times in Jordan's waters, had it been in his power to 
have been recovered from his affliction merely through faith, repentance, and 
prayer. Also, Noah and his family were very foolish in performing an ex- 
ternal work, in building an Ark, provided they could have obtained the same 
blessing through faith, repentance, and prayer. Furthermore, the Israelites, 
could they have obtained forgiveness of sins, through faith, repentance, and 
prayer, it would have been folly in them to offer up animals for that purpose. 
So also, under the Gospel dispensation, the three thousand people, on the 
day of Pentecost, who were baptized in one day, were very unwise and 
foolish in submitting to the trouble of baptism, provided the same blessings 
could have been realized by exercising only faith, repentance, and prayer. 
The Eunuch would not have alighted from his carriage, and accompanied 
Phillip into the water, if nothing had been required in receiving Gospel 
blessings but inward works f neither would Ananias have commanded Saul 



THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED. 5 

to arise and be baptized, washing away his sins, unlesss he had known assur- 
edly, that baptism, an outward work, must necessarily accompany the inward 
works of faith and repentance, in order that Saul might come into and obtain 
possession of Gospel privileges. Paul would not have baptized those twelve 
men, alluded to in Acts xix., if mental operations could have given them the 
gift of the Holy Ghost (1st Cor. i. 14) ; neither would he have baptized the 
household of Stephanas; also, Crispus and Gaius, and permitted A polios to 
water, or baptize those whom he planted or enlightened (1st Cor. iii, 6), unless 
baptism had been absolutely essential to receiving Gospel privileges ; nor 
would Peter when speaking of Noah and family being saved by water, have 
said — " The like figure whereunto even baptism doth now save us" (1st Pet. 
iii. 2 J) ; nor would Christ have said, "Except ye are born of water and of 
the Spirit, be cannot enter the kingdom of God." I might multiply proofs 
of this kind, but sufficient has already been said in proof that baptism is ab- 
solutely necessary with faith and repentance. 

We will now occupy a moment in endeavouring to obtain a proper view of 
the mode in which baptism was administered. It is quite evident that there 
was but one way or mode in which this ordinance was to be administered, 
and that mode was explained to the apostles, and strictly adhered to in all 
their administrations. In order that we may obtain a proper notion of this 
subject, it will be necessary to refer to the circumstances under which bap- 
tism was administered. 

It says of John, that he baptized at Mnort, because there was much 
water ; then, if sprinkling had been the mode, we can hardly suppose he 
would have gone to Mnon, because there was much water at that place ; for 
a very little water indeed would have sprinkled all Judea, which he could 
have obtained without having performed a journey to iEnon. We are told, 
also, that he baptized in Jordan, and that, after the ordinance, was adminis- 
tered to our Saviour, he came up out of the water, expressly signifying that 
be had been down into the water, in order that the ordinance might be ad- 
ministered in a proper manner. Again, it speaks of the Eunuch, that he 
went down into the water with Philip, and then came up out of the water. 
Now, it mu6t be acknowledged, by every one who makes any pretensions to 
reason and consistency, that had sprinkling a little water on the forehead 
answered the purpose, then those persons never would have gone into the 
water to receive the ordinance, Paul, in writing to the saints, gives us a 
plain testimony in favour of immersion — (2d Col. 12th verse ; also, 6th Ko- 
mans, 4th verse). That apostle states there, that the saints had been buried 
with Christ by baptism. 

It is plainly evident they could not have been buried by baptism, without 
having been entirely overwhelmed or covered in water. An object cannot 
be said to be buried when any portion of it remains uncovered ; so, also, a 
man is not buried in water by baptism, unless his whole person is put into 
the watery element. This explanation of the apostle, upon the mode of bap- 
tism, very beautifully corresponds with that given by our Saviour, if Ex- 
cept ye be born of water," &c. To be born of a thing signifies being placed 
in that thing, and emerging or coming forth from it; to be born of water 
must also signify being placed in the womb of waters, and being brought 
forth again, 1 trust sufficient has already been said to convince every rea- 
sonable and unprejudiced mind, that immersion was the mode in which the 
ordinance of baptism was administered in the early days of Christianity, 
when the Gospel was proclaimed in its purity and fulness ; therefore, I will 
close my observations upon this point. 

We learn, from 6th Hebrews, that the laying on of hands was enumerated 
among the principles of the Gospel, It is known by all, that this ordinance, 



6 THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED, 

as well as baptism for the remission of sins, by immersion, is quite neglected 
at the present day in the Christian churches ; a few remarks, therefore, upon 
this subject I hope will prove proBtable. We have several instances where 
Christ laid his hands upon the sick and healed them ; and, in his commission 
to the apostles, last chapter of Mark, he says — These signs shall follow them 
that believe ; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover, &c. 
Ananias laid his hands on Saul, who immediately received his sight, after 
this ordinance was administered. Paul, when shipwreeked upon the island 
of Melita, laid his hands upon the father of Publius, the governor of the 
island, and healed him of a fever. These few remarks show clearly that lay- 
ing on of hands has been appointed of God to be a medium through which 
heavenly blessings may be obtained. 

Although the healing of the sick was connected with the administration of 
this ordinance, yet, when we pursue the subject further, we shall discover 
that a still greater blessing was connected with this ordinance. We are told 
that, in the city of Samaria, men and women had been baptized by Philip, 
which caused great rejoicing in those baptized. They probably were rejoicing 
in consequence of having received remission of sins, through faith, repent- 
ance, and baptism, and of receiving some portion of the Holy Spirit of God, 
which naturally followed them, after having obtained the answer of a good 
conscience, by the remission of their sins. Through this portion of the Holy 
Spirit, which they came in possession of, they began to see the kingdom 
of God. For, it will be recollected that our Saviour has declared — That 
no man can see the kingdom of God, unless he is born again ; and, in the 
verse following, he says — He cannot enter into it except he is bom twice ; 
first of water, then of the Spirit, Now, those people at Samaria had been 
born of water—they had received the first birth, therefore they were in a 
state of seeing the kingdom of God, of contemplating, with the eye of faith, 
its various blessings, privileges, and glories ; but, as they had not been born 
the second time, that is, of the Spirit, they had not entered into the king- 
dom of God — they had not entered into possession of Gospel privileges 
in their fulness. When the apostles at Jerusalem heard of the success of 
Philip, they sent Peter and John to Samaria, for the purpose of administer* 
ing the laying on of hands. Accordingly, when they arrived at Samaria, 
they laid their hands upon those that had been baptized, and they received 
the Holy Ghost. Simon the sorcerer, perceiving the Holy Ghost was given 
through the laying on of hands, offered the apostles money, if they would 
confer upon hi in the authority of administering that sacred ordinance ; so it 
is plainly evident that those people in Samaria, were born of the spirit, were 
introduced into the Gospel kingdom— .into possession of Gospel privileges — 
by means of laying on of hands. We will adduce another instance of the 
kind. It is found recorded in Acts six. Paul, we are told there, found 
twelve brethren at Ephesus, upon whom he laid his hands, and they re- 
ceived the Holy Ghost immediately, viz., through this ordinance they were 
born spiritually into the kingdom of God ; for previous to this they had but 
seen the kingdom of God, having been born of water only. 

This then was the Gospel order in the days of the apostles, belief on Jesus 
Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, and 
the laying on of hands for the reception of the Holy Ghost. When this 
order was understood, and properly attended to, power, gifts, blessings, and 
glorious privileges followed immediately ; and in every age and period, 
when those steps are properly attended to, and observed in their proper 
place and order, the same blessings are sure to follow ; but, when neglected, 
either wholly or in part, there will be, either an entire absence of those 
blessings, or a great diminishing of them. Christ, in his commission to the 



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apostles, speaks of some supernatural gifts that those received who yielded 
obedience to this order of things. — See Mark, last Chap. Paul (1 Cor. xii,) 
gives a more full account of the various gifts that attended the fulness of 
the Gospel : he mentions nine of them, and informs us they are the effects 
or fruits of the Holy Ghost. Now the Holy Ghost was promised unto all, 
even as many as the Lord should call. — See Acts ii. This gift being un- 
changeable in its nature and operations, and being inseparably connected by 
promise with this scheme or order of thing?, it becomes reasonable, consis- 
tent, and Scriptural, to anticipate the same gifts and blessings ; and if Noah, 
after having built the Ark, could claim and obtain his temporal salvation 
according to promise ; or Joshua, having compassed Jericho the number of 
times mentioned, could go up on her prostrated walls and make captive her 
inhabitants ; or the Isralites, having offered up the sacrifices commanded, 
could then, as promised, receive forgiveness of their sins ; or Naaman, after 
having complied with the injunction of Elisha, in washing seven times in 
Jordan's waters, could demand and obtain his recovery ; or lastly, the blind 
man, after having washed in the pool of Siloam, if he could then claim and 
realise the promised reward, then, I say, with propriety and consistency, 
that whenever a man will lay aside his prejudice, sectarian notions, and 
false traditions, and conform to the whole order of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ, then there is nothing beneath the celestial worlds that will operate 
against claiming and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and all the 
blessings connected with the Gospel in the apostolic age. To obtain re- 
ligion that will save us in the preseuce of God, we must obtain the Holy 
Ghost, and, in order to obtain the Holy Ghost, we must believe on the 
Lord Jesus Christ, then repent of our sins (that is, forsake them) then go 
forward and be immersed in water for the remission of sins, then receive 
the laying of hands. But there is one thing which I have not notieed, 
and it is something of great importance. What I allude to is, that con- 
cerning the authority of administering the ordinances of baptism and laying 
on of hands. Unless they are administered by one who is actually sent of 
God, the same blessings will not follow. The apostles and seventies were 
ordained by Jesus Christ to administer in the ordinances of the Gospel, 
through which the gifts and blessings of the eternal worlds were to be en- 
joyed. Hence, Christ says to the Apostles, " Whosoever sitis ye remit, they 
shall be remitted ; and whosoever sins ye retain, they shall be retained :" 
that is, every man that would come, in humility, sincerely repenting of his 
sins, and receive baptism from the apostles, should have his sins forgiven 
through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, and through the laying on of 
hands, should receive the Holy Ghost ; but those that would refuse receiv- 
ing this order of things from the apostles would have their sins remain 
upon them. In view of this Paul says — " We are savours of life unto life, 
or of death unto death." He was a minister of life unto those who received 
the Gospel, which he had authority to administer— but a minister of death 
to those refusing compliance. This power and authority of administering 
the Gospel was conferred upon others by the apostles, so that the apostles 
were not the only ones who held this responsible office. And every man, 
in every age, who holds the authority of administering the fulness of the 
Gospel, becomes, in this respect, like the apostles, viz. — a messenger of life 
unto life, or death unto death, according as his message shall be received 
or rejected. Now, until some one can be found that holds an office like this, 
some one having authority to baptize and lay hands on, no one is under any 
obligation to receive those ordinances, nor need he expect the blessings, 
unless they have been administered legally. 

It is very evident that the authority of administering in Gospel ordinances 
has been lost for many centuries for no man can have this authority, except 



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he receive it by direct revelation ; either by the voice of God, as Moses did ; 
or, by the ministering of angels, as John the Baptist received his message ; 
or, by the gift of prophecy, as Paul and Barnabas received theirs— Acts^ 
xiii. 2. Now, it is plain, that men have denied immediate revelation for 
many hundred years past ; consequently have not received ir, and there- 
fore could not have been sent of God to administer in the fulness of the 
Gospel. God never sends a man on business, except he rereal himself to 
that man — never sends a man with a message (in other words), unless he 
reveal that message to him in a direct manner, The church established by 
the apostles, gradually fell away, wandered into the wilderness, and lost her 
authority (her priesthood) and departing from the order of God, she lost, also 
her gifts and graces ; she transgressed the laws, and changed the ordinances of 
the Gospel ; changed immersion into sprinkling, and quite neglected layino- 

on of hands ; despised prophecy, and disbelieved in signs following. (Rev. 

xii. 6. Isaiah xxiv. 5.) In consequence of this, the Gentiles have been cut 
off from the fullness of Gospel privileges, as Paul said to them in Rom. xi. 22 
'* If you continue not in the goodness of God, you also shall be cut off." 

John in his Revelations, having seen and spoken of the wandering of the 
church into darkness, and the beas f , the Gentiles making war against the 
saints and overcoming them (xiii. 7), speaks in chap. xiv. 5. 6. of the 
restoration of the Gospel — u I saw another angel flying in the midst of 
heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on 
the earth." So it 19 evident that prophecy was to be fulfilled at some 
time previous to our Saviour's second advent. 

That those, into whose hands this Tract may fall, shall be without excuse 
in the great and coming day of the Lord, I now bear testimony, having the 
highest assurance, by revelation from God, that this prophecy has already 
been fulfilled, that an Angel from Ood has visited man in these last days, 
and restored that which has long been lost, even the priesthood, — the keys 
of the kingdom, — the fulness of the everlasting Gospel — and commanded 
men to cry," Behold, the Bridegroom cometh, go you out to meet him ;" to 
call upon the wise virgins (Mat. xxv.6.) to arise from their slumber, be 
baptised for the remission of sins, that they might receive the gift of the 
Holy Ghost, and thereby " trim up their lamp9," and thus be prepared to 
stand when the Bridegroom shall appear, for, saith Malachi iii, 2. " Who 
may abide the day of his coming ? Who shall stand when he appeareth ? 
for, He is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap." Answer, those that now 
repent of their sins and receive the message God is sending, those that will 
forsake their false traditions, and come out from under the blighting and 
benighting influence of a hireling priesthood whom God has not sent, and 
with whom he is not well pleased. I say, and now bear testimony, in the 
name of Jesus Christ, that the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has 
sent me to say unto you, " Come out of her, ye people of God, O ye wise 
virgins, or else you must partake of her iniquities, and you must receive of 
her plagues. — (Rev. xviii. 4) I say, in the name of Jesus Christ, the 
Holy Ghost having borne witness, that the anger of God is kindled against 
the abominations, hypocrisy, and wickedness of the religious world, and 
from the heavens has he uttered his voice in anger against those who 
" divine for money and teach for hire ;" and unless the,y speedily repent, 
and be baptized for remission of their sins, receiving the message the 
Almighty is now sending unto all people, they will be destroyed by the 
brightness of the coming of the Son of man, which is now at hand — even at 
your doors — O ye inhabitants of the earth ! ! ! 

S. BOWIE, PRINTER, W, POPHAM'S BROADWAY, MADRAS,