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sation of the fullness of the times, first, I listened to friends and physicians, a deliverance from disease and death
so far as to make some slight experiments
of medication, but I obtained no help in as well as sin. It will be recollect.
this way, and finally, in the face of Dr. ed, that these are alledged to be Jobn Campbell's warning and advice, I the direct works of the devil. When gave up my case to the sole treatment of therefore, the blessings of redemp. 1845, and at that time, had abundant ex
Jesus Christ. I grew worse till Sept., tion shall be fully enjoyed, and be- ternal reason to expect a speedy death. lievers are wholly rescued from his When the symptoms were at the worst, power, they will obtain complete Jesus Christ advised me to neglect my disfreedom from disease and death.
ease and act as though I was well. I did
so, and entered upon a course of new and This dispensation we are to under- severe labor with my voice, in meetings stand, has begun at Putney, and the
and in conversation. From that time I brethren there are already enjoying have been substantially well, and have the promised deliverance. We give tongue, in the last iwo years, than in any
performed more bard labor with my Mr. N.'s statement in respect to it, other two years of my life. from the Spiritual Magazine' of
“ The case of Mrs. Fanny Leonard is October last.
well known in this community. About
a year ago, after the birth of a child, she The Association, or church of Per- began to decline. The symptoms of her fectionists in this town, was established disease were severe pain in her breast in 1838. This body of persons has been and side, and sinking weakness. She from the beginning, withdrawing more became worse, till her friends had little and more from confidence in the medical hope of her recovery. In March, of the systems of the world, and relying more present year, a general persuasion mani. and more on the power of God. The fested itself in our Association, that she pbysicians of the town have had but a would be healed by the power of God. very little practice among them. Their As that persuasion arose, she still sunk. diseases, in most cases, have been treat- At lengih, the crisis of faith and of her ed on the principles of the faith practice. disease, came together. She received The fact to be noted is that not a single strength at the very time when our faith death has occurred among them. During predicted it, and she received it by the laythe same nine years, the average popula. ing on of hands. She has been visibly tion of the town has been about 1400, improving ever since, and is now a and the average number of deaths about healthy woman. 24 annually, or 216 in all. We have paid " The case of Mrs. M. E. Cragin may no part of this tax to the king of terrors, be briefly referred to here. From the pethough our due proportion would have riod of her sixteenth year till the past been six or seven deaths.*
summer, she has been subject to frequent “The fact we have stated is not to be attacks of the sick headache.' The dis. attributed to our freedom from sickness. ease increased upon her, tillits visits were We have had a reasonable share of dis- expected regularly, as often as once a eases, both chronic and acute. But they week. Many ailempts were made lo have been controlled, as we believe, by subdue it by medicines, but nothing avail. the power of God ; certainly not by the ed. In May last, it became constant and power of medicine. Instances of recov. terribly distressing. Death seemed inevery by faith among us have been very nu- itable.' We resisted the disease as a spirmerous. We will present a few samples itual power, not by medicine, but by ihe of them.
faith and will of our hearts. The devil “My own case deserves to be recorded. was cast out of her stomach, and she has The facts are these. In consequence of
not had an attack of the sick headache' long and loud speaking, and the wear and since. tear of a laborious life, I contracted in " John R. Miller has long been subject 1842 a disease of the throat and lungs, to severe attacks of headache. On one which deprived me of the use of my
of these occasions, in the course of the voice in public, and rendered ordinary last suinmer, I went into his room and conversation painful. I was evidently found him on the bed, suffering dreadful. threatened with the consumption. At ly. I laid my hand on his head and told
him to shake off the devil. He arose at * Mr. N. adds, however, in a note;
once, perfectly free from pain, and has "Some of the Perfectionists have lost not been troubled with this disease since." small children-five or sit in all, during But the most remarkable instance nine years ; but these cases do not proba. of healing was affected in the case speaking only of believers.'
of a Mrs. Hall. Mr. N. pronounces
it'as unimpeachable as any of the burden that lay upon my heart, viz. I miracles of the primitive church !
must lift Mrs. Cragin out of the grave of
unbelief before I can hope to be able to From her own account of her state
raise Mrs. Hall. Under this burden I her diseases were literally • legion.' labored about a week. Faith was the Dropsy, a serious affection of the subject of constant investigation in our spine, a liver complaint, breathing June) the contest with unbelief came 10
On Monday (the 21st of very difficult, night sweats, hectic its crisis, in the case of Mrs. Cragin. To fever, a dreadful cough, a terrible the evening meeting she testified her aspressure on her brain, and total surance that Christ bad saved her for ever
from the unbelieving spirit. The next blindness, are comprised in the fear
morning I saw that all was ready for a ful catalogue. Mr. Noyes com- movement towards Mrs. Hall. Her sis. menced experimenting upon her in ter was at my house and wished to be animal magnetism, in consequence
carried home. I and Mrs. Cragin went
with her. of which, as she says, she began to “ The first half hour of our visit to
Subsequently, she lost Mrs. H. was spent in general discourse her confidence in him, married an on the subject of faith. When I bad fininfidel, sunk into unbelief, and her ished whai I had to say, I called on Mrs.
She commenced but diseases returned with greater vio. had not proceeded far, when she began lence than ever, accompanied by to be pale and faint. I took her by the • ulceration of the kidneys.' But hand and supported her as she sank into this defection from the faith was
death. I said to her several times, in a
loud voice, Look at me.' She heard only temporary. Mr. N. was invi.
Her eyes were open, but fised ted to visit her again, and did so ; and glassy, like a dead person's. I car-the result of which we give in
ried my head forward, till my eye was in his own words.
range with the direction of hers. At
that moment there was a glimmer of rec. “ After Mrs. Hall returned to our fel. ognition in her eye. I smiled, and she lowship, I began to have a strong impres- replied by a smile. Immediately, the sion thai the first signal manifestation of deadly spell passed away, and Mrs. C. healing power would be in her case. The emerged with angelic life and beauty. (!) fact that she had come under my care This scene was afterward repeated in a several years ago, and a cure had been commenced, which had been defeated " When these transactions were finish. for the time by evil powers, seemed a
ed, Mrs. C. and I placed ourselves in pledge of a complete work yet to come. more immediate cominunication with Her connection with an infidel husband Mrs. Hall, by taking hold of her hands. and an infidel father, made her case just 1 perceived that the power of unbelief such an one as we might suppose God
was broken. Mrs. Hall declared with would choose, if he wished to strike a emphasis that she felt "something good' death blow at unbelief. From the time taking place in herself, while Mrs. Cra. when she invited me to visit her, I felt gin was dying. Up to this time, I had myself challenged to a public contest no very definite idea of what was 10 with death. I made up my mind not to
be done for Mrs. H. The way seemed go to ber till I could go in ihe fullness of to be open for her release, but the cir. faith; and I had an assurance that my cumstances in which I found myself dealings with her, at this time would not were new, and I shrunk from anything be like those of the former trial, but alto. like over-boldness, or experimenting. gether more swift and decisive.
thought and spoke of returning home, and “Mrs. Cragin's case was yet upon my yet it seemed to me that she ought to go hands. Her enemies, though often rout
On the whole, I could pot ed, yet persecuted her from time to time, leave her so. and I found at last, that the traitor who “ At length, as I walked the foor, let them in was a subtle spirit of unbelief. meditating on new things, an omnipotent It became evident to me that a decisive will began to infuse itself into my con. and final victory over unbelief was essen- sciousness. I said in my heart, with the tial to a permanent victory over disease freedom which goes with the power of of any kind, forasmuch as unbelief is the realization God shall have his oron nay protecting cover of all subordinate pow- in this matter.' Soon after this the way ers of evil. It also became evident that was naturally and easily opened for me I could not reasonably expect to carry lo call her forth from her prison, and I victory over unbelief abroad, till I had did it with full consciousness of the coobtained it at home. This then was the operalion and authority of God. After
she arose, and while the women were cerns of eternity. Nothing is too changing her clothes, I walked in another absurd to be believed by somebody, room, and there again felt an omnipotent will going forth from my heart, decreeing or, when sufficiently excited by faas from the throne of the universe, that . naticism, to force its way like a morshe should go home with me, which she al tornado, through all our churches. did.”
And in view of the notoriety which Mrs. Hall adds,
the so-called sciences of phrenolo“ This event took place about two gy and animal magnetism are obweeks ago. I have never doubted since taining at this day, we should not that I was healed instantaneously by the wonder if Perfectionism, of the sort power of God. I can honestly say, that before us, of which the latter is the whereas for eight years, I have been a miserable, bed-rid," half dead victim of very life and soul, should again break disease, I am now well."-Spiritual Mag forth upon the churches with still ezine, July, 1847.
greater resources of mischief, and Such, then, is Perfectionism ; more deplorable success than before. not the half-way doctrine of Wes- It is not that we are in any meas, leyanism or Oberlinism, but the sys- ure inimical to the object, at which tem carried out to its full develop this and kindred systems profess to ment, both in faith and practice. aim, thạt we thus speak. A glance at the sketch of it now God speed 10 aught that will truly given, will show it to be a curious elevate the standard of piety among mixture of almost all the specula- professing Christians. But it is betive vagaries new and old which cause, in our view, all the tenhave in different ages been publish- dencies of such a system as this ed to the world ;- ;-a sort of theo. are destructive of that end, that we logical olla podrida, in which, be. would expose it. The human mind sides some shreds of sense and truth, is prone to extremes. Disgusted are mingled Materialism, Sweden- and repelled by such a crude mix. borgianism, Manicheism, Antino- ture of error and mysticism, and mianism, Transcendentalism, Bush. such extravagant pretensions in its ism, Fourierism, and come-outism,' advocates, men go as far the other stewed in the spiritual Auid' of Ani- way, and suppose that the duty of mal Magnetism, and served out by perfect holiness, is as much a chiJohn H. Noyes in the commons of mera as its professed attainment. the Association in Putney, Vt. We This is surely an evil, great and dehave no marvel that they who are plorable. In this age of the church, accustomed to feed on such fare, she can not afford any relaxation of should, like the aforesaid Mrs. Cras motives, urging to the most eminent gin, be distressed with frequent at- spiritual attainments.
The provitacks of sick headache,' and need dence of God in the world, her own more than once to have the devil internal wants, and the commands cast out of their stomachs!'
of Christ in his word, all join in We regret to have occupied so urging her to a higher standard much space with a topic which may, than she has ever hitherto reached. perhaps, be regarded as unworthy Without it, the day of the world's of the notoriety we are giving it. conversion must remain distant. Yet when we remember the career Without it, the true power and exof Millerism and Mormonism, still cellence of Christianity can not be so recent,—to say nothing of the exemplified. Without it, irreligion early history of Perfectionism itself, and infidelity on the one hand, and in Connecticut,-we are compelled error and fanaticism on the other, to own that nothing is insignificant, will never be vanquished. While which affects the faith and conduct then, our confession, with that of of mankind in the momentous con. Paul, should ever be, in penitent VOL. VI.
humility, “Not as though I had al- which are behind and reaching forth ready attained, either were already unto those things which are before, perfect,” we should still recognize 1 press toward the mark for the iis obligation and say, “ But this one prize of the high calling of God in thing I do ;- forgetting those things Chrisi Jesus."
It is only within these two or three selves in this highest matter? For hundred years that Religious Tol. is it a thing of indifference whether eration has had any place among a man hold the truth? Verily, it the wants or aims of the Christian is of the greatest possible difference world. The development of such --for holding the truth, he shall be a want-the rise and growth of such saved ; not holding that, but choos. a doctrine—and the broader and ing, he shall not be saved. There. more spiritual field in which it is fore, let church and slale join hands yet to find application, are topics of to save all souls. Here is the truth: the deepest religious and philosoph. hold men to that, as you would hold ical interest.
them from perdition. If they choose For many ages the current doc. they will differ; and if they differ, trine and practice had been, to adopt they will be damned. as a standard certain prevalent for. This was the prevalent theory mulas of faith and worship, and to through the ages which constitute, require, in the name of all power, in more than one sense, the middle spiritual and temporal, absolute and passage of Roman Christianity. But universal conformity to these, on it could not hold when the thick peril of penalties in such case pro- darkness was rolled off from the vided. Hence, the very names of world. And even then it would not that crime of holding any other wholly yield, nor admit at once any than the established doctrine-hel- considerable modification. It might erodoxy, another opinion ; heresy, be expected even to show its full aigeois, a choice, of course a varia deformity and put forih its worst tion; as is 10 exercise a choice, workings, only when its quiet hold when the truth is all ascertained and on the world should begin to be propounded by authority, were man- shaken. Till ihen it rested for the ifesily a crime! For is not the most part unprovoked, in the peace. truth one? And are not men bouod ful consciousness of being always, to receive and hold it, and noi some- everywhere, and by all admitied. thing else than it? An orthodoxy Accordingly the age of cruelty and being established, any other doc blood, ihe era of the stake and the trine is evidently a heterodoxy; a rack, is found intervening between choice is a heresy, and can not be the old reign of darkness deep tolerated. God having made things enough to secure quiet uniformity, and truths in a certain way, and all and the period of so much light these being mapped out definitely as rendered diversity incurable by by authority, even as He has estab- burning. While as yet the human lished them, by what right shall any mind unemancipated, and man depart from that? By what thought had not yet begun to work right shall any man be allowed to on religion, it cost little expense of depart from that? Shall not all blood, little infliction of any kind powers whatsoever concern them. 10 secure uniformiiy of faith and
worship. Now and then a Wicliffe far from truths-and the others must be crushed; but one example would force men to believe even a sufficed for an age to quell all here. greater number of lies. No spirit. sies, all choosings. But when the ual franchise was yet anywhere flood of light poured over the world recognized. The right to inquire, in the 16th century, light in some examine, prove anything and then such measure as to match the copi. reject or believe-the right to choose ous darkness, then came the strug. at all what a man would believe, gle. The strong man armed kept and how he would embody his be. the house, and ihe stronger strove lief in worship to God was long to enter. The demon inust needs equally an offense 10 Papist and rend his victim in the leaving. Protestant. Hence it is in the transition period Thus far, no approach had been that we find the full fruits of the an. made, or as yet seemed probable, cient doctrine in the horrors of per- toward freedom in religion. Abso. secution.
lutisın was simply passing from Ro. And in this was given one of the mish into Protestant hands, modifi. most needful and salutary lessons of ed, but in no essential changed. In the Reformation. Somewhere in the England, mere state.churchism was times we needed a demonstration of apparently coming forth as the only the real purport and capabilities of product of the Reformation. Had the no-toleration doctrine, the be. this been all, the world would in. seiting vice of all religions; and the deed bave gained something; but martyr-age of the Reformation gave the idea of religious freedom would it, so that it will be ever memorable have found no development. The to the world. By that very demon. Protestant state-church, which was stration, in pari, it has become im. the first result of the struggle, in. possible, we may hope, ever again sisted still on the right and the pow. to establish in iis fullness a doctrine er to enforce religious uniformity, so odious and malignant.
and was not a whit behind the old This transition period is marked school in which it was bred, in de. by another curious feature. The nouncing private judgment and indi. light seems to have been, for a long vidual choice in religion-equally time, almost solely objective in its claiming with Romanism itself, a operation. It shone on things, and sovereign authority over all con. not in men. It revealed more clear sciences, an absolute dictatorship in ly than ever before what ought to all matters of faith and forms. And be believed—what was truth, what such the church of England remains error; but it slowly penetrated the 10 this day in its theory – happily souls of men, to enlighten them as impotent to realize that theory, and to the nature of religious belief and able to do after its kind only far the rights of conscience. Accor. enough to serve the new ages with dingly the sons of light go forih in a live specimen of the old spiritthe great battle of the Reformation like some polar monsier drifting far with the same weapons, for a time, down into softer latitudes on a field with the children of darkness. They, of ice, cold to the last, yet melting too, will make men hold the truth
as it goes. with them, too, no choosings shall But how different had this been, be allowed—no heresies. The great if no third element had had place in difference, too long, was only ihis: the great experiment ! Such an ele. The things, nine and thirty in num. ment God did not suffer to be wantber, more or less, which Protestants ing. Almost simultaneously with would force upon the consciences the birth of English Protestantism, of men, were by God's favor, not Puritanism appeared ; and the ma