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J77; E231| To the Christians.

J77; E231|        Devils are I give you the end of a golden string,   t319
J77; E231|        False Religions Only wind it into a ball:
J77; E231|        "Saul Saul" It will lead you in at Heavens gate,
J77; E231|        "Why persecutest thou me." Built in Jerusalems wall.

J77prose; E231|        We are told to abstain from fleshly desires that we may lose no
J77prose; E231|        time from the Work of the Lord. Every moment lost, is a moment
J77prose; E231|        that cannot be redeemed every pleasure that intermingles with the
J77prose; E231|        duty of our station is a folly unredeemable & is planted like the
J77prose; E231|        seed of a wild flower among our wheat. All the tortures of
J77prose; E231|        repentance. are tortures of self-reproach on account of our
J77prose; E231|        leaving the Divine Harvest to the Enemy, the struggles of
J77prose; E231|        intanglement with incoherent roots. I know of no other
J77prose; E231|        Christianity and of no other Gospel than the liberty both of body
J77prose; E231|        & mind to exercise the Divine Arts of Imagination.
J77prose; E231|        Imagination the real & eternal World of which this Vegetable
J77prose; E231|        Universe is but a faint shadow & in which we shall live in our
J77prose; E231|        Eternal or Imaginative Bodies, when these Vegetable Mortal Bodies
J77prose; E231|        are no more. The Apostles knew of no other Gospel. What were
J77prose; E231|        all their spiritual gifts? What is the Divine Spirit? is the Holy
J77prose; E231|        Ghost an other than an Intellectual Fountain? What is the
J77prose; E231|        Harvest of the Gospel & its Labours? What is that Talent which it
J77prose; E231|        is a curse to hide? What are the Treasures of Heaven which we are
J77prose; E231|        to lay up for ourselves, are they any other than Mental Studies &
J77prose; E231|        Performances? What are all the Gifts. of the Gospel, are they not
J77prose; E231|        all Mental Gifts? Is God a Spirit who must be worshipped in
J77prose; E231|        Spirit & in Truth and are not the Gifts of the Spirit Every-thing
J77prose; E231|        to Man? O ye Religious discountenance every one among

J77prose; E232|        you who shall pretend to despise Art & Science! I call upon you
J77prose; E232|        in the Name of Jesus! What is the Life of Man but Art & Science?
J77prose; E232|        is it Meat & Drink? is not the Body more than Raiment? What is
J77prose; E232|        Mortality but the things relating to the Body, which Dies? What
J77prose; E232|        is Immortality but the things relating to the Spirit, which Lives
J77prose; E232|        Eternally! What is the joy of Heaven but Improvement in the
J77prose; E232|        things of the Spirit? What are the Pains of Hell but Ignorance,
J77prose; E232|        Bodily Lust, Idleness & devastation of the things of the Spirit[?]
J77prose; E232|        Answer this to yourselves, & expel from among you those who
J77prose; E232|        pretend to despise the labours of Art & Science, which alone are
J77prose; E232|        the labours of the Gospel: Is not this plain & manifest to the
J77prose; E232|        thought? Can you think at all & not pronounce heartily! That to
J77prose; E232|        Labour in Knowledge. is to Build up Jerusalem: and to Despise
J77prose; E232|        Knowledge, is to Despise Jerusalem & her Builders.
J77prose; E232|        And remember: He who despises & mocks a Mental Gift in another;
J77prose; E232|        calling it pride & selfishness & sin; mocks Jesus the giver of
J77prose; E232|        every Mental Gift, which always appear to the ignorance-loving
J77prose; E232|        Hypocrite, as Sins. but that which is a Sin in the sight of cruel
J77prose; E232|        Man, is not so in the sight of our kind God.
J77prose; E232|        Let every Christian as much as in him lies engage himself
J77prose; E232|        openly & publicly before all the World in some Mental pursuit for
J77prose; E232|        the Building up of Jerusalem

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