Peacemaker continued 7
But the law of God forbids the man to put away his wife without a lawful cause or to abandon her on pain of death. The word sayeth of the woman, if her husband be dead she is at liberty to be married to whom she will only in the Lord. But our law sayeth she is at liberty to be married to whom she will, provided the man has not a wife already.
It is evident that the apostle knew of no such proviso. In fact he has declared by the holy spirit, that there was no such proviso. He has expressly told us that there was no such exception. But the only exception that can exist is, that he should be a believer.
The liberty of marriage to persons of every description according to the law of God reads thus: 1st. A maid who has not been given in marriage; and who hath a father, is not at liberty to be married without the consent of her father: but with his consent she is at liberty to be married to whom she will.
2d. The maid who has not been given in marriage and has no father living is at liberty to be married to whom she will.
3d. The woman who has been married, and is legally free from her husband, or husbands, by death or otherwise; is free to be married to whom she will.
4th. A man is at liberty at all times, to marry any free woman or maid he pleases. Certain degrees of consanguinity in all cases excepted. And a woman is not bound to live with any man. contrary to her own free will and choice; but if she desire it, she must be freed. The law of God protects completely the rights of women from all oppression; so far as they have any rights that can be of use to them, or the world of mankind. And it protects the rights of men in like manner. It also defines the rights both of men and women, and grants full protection to all good and virtuous men and women; while it rains down wrath, and destruction upon all who do evil.
Such as do well have nought to fear. In every thing respecting the communion of the sexes, the law of God lays down principles and annexes penalties where penalties are necessary absloutely perfect; and meets vice in every possible shape wherein it can present itself.
And no other being but he who made man is capable of determining the proper laws to regulate this intercourse. Thus saith the Lord, I have written unto them the great things of my law, but they have counted it a strange thing. Hosea 8: 12
Shall this be said of us who profess to be a christian people, and to hold to the inspiration of the Bible? Did not the scriptures foresee, and foretell this strange fact, in the very words here quoted? Is not this prophecy now literally fulfilled in our ears? What shall we say to those who hold that the penal laws of God given by Moses, were not given to the Gentiles to govern them?
We will say then that the Gentiles are doomed to perpetual damnation as long as the world stands. For by no other means than the establishment of that law among us, can we be saved from sin. For man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God shall he live.
If we have even heard, or understood this perfect law; then it is given to us, by the spirit of the Lord. For every good gift, and every perfect gift, cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, or shadow of turning.
Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? Did not the Lord when he divorced them? They would not walk in his way, neither would they be obedient to his law. Therefore has he poured upon us the fury of his anger and the strength of battle: and it hath set this people on fire round about, yet they knew it not; and it burned them, yet they have laid it not to heart. Isaiah 42: 24-25
Surely the Gentiles who have the scriptures, have no other authority over the holy and divine law of marriage, than to execute it precisely in the manner God has ordained, and in no other way.
Yet in the United States we have so changed this law, that it is materially different in different States. For a people to make a law to enforce the violation of the law of Almighty God, is the most outrageous crime that a nation can be guilty of. Sodomy itself, is a trifle to this. This you have done or the law on this subject could not be different in different States.
That we have done this wicked deed in this most important of all laws, which is the very foundation of human society, and of all order and government, which is indeed the very root of social order and righteousness in this life, is manifest, from our various, imperfect, and different laws upon this subject.
No nation can be free and happy while governed by imperfect laws. This grievous charge I now prefer against this whole nation. But brethren, I wot that it is through ignorance ye have done it, as did also your fathers. You have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. You have put forth your hands like Uzza of old to steady the ark of God's covenant, and God smote him there and he died by the ark, 2 Samuel 6: 6-7
Again it is written, who is like unto the Lord our God who dwelleth on high; he raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. Psalm 113: 5-9
If a man curse father or mother let him be put to death. Really it was the intention of God to maintain the seeds of good government in the families of the earth. But alas! we have wandered far from it:
Of this identical evil the Jews became guilty, respecting the reverence and obedience children should always observe towards their parents; which is the first command with a promise thereunto annexed. Of this fault Christ accused them and said that they had made void the law through their tradition. And indeed so have we, not only in this particular, but in many others.
If a child curse father or mother, let him be put to death. Because the Jews had made void this law, Christ thought it of sufficient importance to rebuke their error in this case in a special manner. Did Christ abrogate this law? NO, but he rebuked the Jews severely because they had made it void. Did Christ find fault with the severity of this law? No, he expressly approbated it. Was this a law of God and expressly confirmed by Jesus Christ? Yes verily. Have we made this law void? Yes we have. Is there any such law now in operation among us? No. Have we any just right to the name of a Christian nation; who do by Law make void both the law of God and Christ? We have not.
But by reformation we live, without it we perish quickly; even this whole nation. Blackstone says that all wise nations, especially in high northern latitudes have forbidden polygamy by law.
The idea here is I suppose, that in cold countries, the constitutions of men are naturally colder; and one wife is sufficient. If nature in such countries has produced this effect, and has formed the constitution temperate; temperance in this respect would be the natural result without a penal law to command it, and to enslave the man, and to be the fountain of an endless catalogue of crime as well as mental stupidity.
Again says the same noted author; The New Testament forbids polygamy. But Blackstone should have known that it was not the business of the New Testament to give law; but to establish the grace and truth which came by Jesus Christ; and that the law was given by Moses; and that it is easier for heaven and earth to pass than that one jot or tittle of the law should in any wise fail.
It is evident that by the corruption of this holy law of marriage an endless catalogue of crime has been created that otherwise could never have existed: and that does exist at this moment in these States.
Husbands forsake their wives, and often brutally abuse them. Fathers forsake their children; young maidens are seduced and abandoned by the deceiver; wives are poisoned and put to death by their husbands; husbands are murdered by their wives; new born babes are cruelly murdered to hide the false shame created by the false, and wicked, and tyranical law against polygamy : besides the in numerable host of evils created by the destruction of the righteous government of the husband and head of the family.
While on the other hand polygamy regulated by the law of God as illustrated in this book could not possibly produce one crime; neither could it injure any human being.
The stupidity of modern Christian nations upon this subject is horribly astonishing. The abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the Prophet, standing where it ought not; was the laws of the Gentiles, superceeding the penal laws of God in the civil government of his people, and which began to be effected about the time of the destruction of Jerusalem; and was ultimately consumated, confirmed, and established, by placing the man under the law of the woman, by authority in the church of Rome.
This was indeed the abomination of desolation; a power standing by law where it ought not. Do not appeal to the Turks, as an example of this thing.
The Turks have not the law of God, neither have they the gospel. It is expected that the Congress of these United States who have the power, will immediately deliver us from the ruin and bondage we are now suffering by restoring the wise and holy law of God to this nation; for which they will then receive a glorious reward both in this world and that which is to come.
But if you my countrymen
the law of God, to your own glory and honor; the Son of Man may compel
you to do it; to your everlasting loss:
And the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. Isaiah 10: 22
Watch, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh. And what I say unto you I say unto all ; Watch.
The truth on this important matter is now clearly set before you my countrymen: and that by many strong arguments that cannot be gainsaid; and by many incontestible evidences: and you can understand it. The question is not now to be debated whether these things are so: neither is it a question of much importance who wrote this book?
But the question, the momentous question is; will you now restore the law of God on this important subject, and keep it?
Remember that the law of God is given by inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Speak not a word against it at your peril. O Americans are
you the people who will not
have this man Christ Jesus to rule over you? I hope not.
There was a book printed at my office a short time since, written by Udney H. Jacobs, on marriage, without my knowledge; and had I been apprised of it, I would not have printed it; not that I am opposed to any man enjoying his privileges; but I do not wish to have my name associated with the authors in such an unmeaning rigmarole of nonsense, folly, and trash. JOSEPH SMITH (TIMES AND SEASONS, 4: 32, 1 Dec 1842)
Every Word Till Now, has been the words of "Udney Hay Jacobs," the "Pen Name" of the Prophet Joseph Smith spelling errors included.
So The Parowan Prophet now says that if you are one of the 10 million Mormons, most of whom are hypocrites when they sing :
"We thank thee O God for a
Prophet." You can also decide if you
are just like one of the millions of
Mormon's who will not
the inspired words of the Prophet Joseph in the
"Peacemaker" AND will not
keep all the commandments of the one and only "Eternal God" our Father in
Heaven. Hold to the Rod, the Iron Rod, is the only answer that
hypocrites sing about. BYE for now.