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ON THE LAW OF MARRIAGE.
'Yet once again I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word yet once again signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made; that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.' Heb. 12:26,27; Hag. 2:6,7
But sin is a reproach to any people. A reproach to our understandings. We all admit that sin is an unreasonable thing; and not to our interest. Yet we practice it. This proves that an astonishing frailty exists in our minds. But our sin is not the cause of this frailty, for it is manifest that this frailty is the cause of our sin. Whence then arises this frailty, or imbecility of mind? I answer, that I have applied myself to seek and search out wisdom; and the reason of things: and to know the cause of madness and foolishness. And I find that more bitter than death is the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are bonds, Solomon. And thus are we involved in Adam's chains, and all the penalties and pains, of slaveries' growth. But what should we understand by Adam's chains? Answer, Adam was enslaved by the woman, not by the serpent in the first instance, as we are taught by the word; Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. She gave unto the man and he did eat. Therefore said Paul, I suffer not a woman to teach or to usurp authority over the man, but to be, in subjection. Her law and government over a man we are thus taught by the Holy Spirit is an usurpation of power. But Adam was enslaved by the woman, and so are we. It is the nature of an unnatural and unlawful bondage to degrade the mind, bred and born, and involved therein. Hence we have lost the original dignity, nobleness, and excellency of the masculine mind.
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