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THE SAME, Yesterday, Today and Forever

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"" Now taking it for granted that the scriptures say what they mean, and mean what they say, we have sufficient grounds to go on and prove from the Bible that the gospel has always been the same, and the officers to officiate, the same; the ordinances to fulfill its requirements, the same, and the signs and fruits resulting from the promises, the same: therefore, as Noah was a preacher of righteousness he must have been baptized and ordained to the priesthood by the laying on of the hands, etc. For no man taketh this honor unto himself except he be called of God as was Aaron, and Aaron was baptized in the cloud and in the sea, together with all Israel, as is related by the Apostle in Corinthians. This position or fact, is witnessed in this manner: the covenant of circumcision made with Abraham, and practiced steadily up to the departing of Israel out of Egypt, was abandoned in the wilderness, forty years-and renewed by Joshua after he passed over Jordan, and encamped at Gilgal, where he made sharp knives and circumcised the whole male portion of the church."    (Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.264)
"Can any one show any reason, or present any evidence from the divine oracles, why obedience to the ancient Gospel will not give the same Faith now as in ancient times? Will not Repentance, in all ages, have the same moral effect upon the mind? Is not Gospel Baptism now the same as anciently? Is not every step of obedience to the Gospel the same now as ever? All Bible believers will, at once, answer, that every requirement of the Gospel is the same; and that all can still yield the same acceptable obedience to each requirement; this being the case, does it not necessarily follow, that the same obedience will impart the same Faith; and still further, that the same Gospel Faith will bring the same Gospel blessings? Nothing is more certain."  True Faith, Orson Pratt

 

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