Review of a Letter from Elias Hicks to Dr. N. Shoemaker (Classic Reprint)

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But the primitive Christian Church having soon after the apostles' days, turned away from the true and only sufficient guide, the Spirit of Truth, that Jesus commanded his disci ples to wait for, and not attempt to do any thing until they had received it, but assured them that when they had received it, it would be a complete and sufiicient rule, without the addition of any other thing, as it would lead them and guide them in all truth. And to its sufficiency, John, the beloved apostle, bore this noble and exalted testimony, in full accordance with his Divine Master, in this emphatic language to his fellow believ ers Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teacheth you, which is truth, and is no lie. But the believers, by too much looking to their old traditions, soon lost sight of or ne gleeted fully to attend, as they ought to have done, to their inward guide, turned their attention outward to the letter, which always killeth those who lean upon it as a rule. Hence, the successors of those meek and self-denying followers of the example and commands of Jesus, apostatised from the simpli city of the Gospel, by which the unity was broken, and they soon became divided into sects and parties, and persecuted each other; and invented and promulgated inconsistent and unsound doctrines, such as original sin, certifying that all Adam's offspring was condemned to eternal punishment for one mis-step of our first parents; for they don't appear to have been guilty of but one failure, and that it appears they made satisfaction for at the time of their first arraignment by their benevolent creator, manifesting sorrow and repentance: which seems to be fairly implied by the sequel of the interview be tween them for it is said he clothed them with coats of skin, to hide their nakedness, which is an emblem of durable cloth ing, and as their nakedness was not an outward one, but a nakedness of soul, not being able to conceal their sin from the all-penetrating Eye of Divine Justice, so when he had brought them, through conviction, to see their error and repent of it, he was reconciled to them, and clothed them again with his Holy Spirit.

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