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Manuscript Releases, vol. 8 [Nos. 526-663], Page 208

MR No. 585—Inherited and Cultivated Tendencies to Sin

The Lord said to Joshua, “Neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.” (Joshua 7:12.) The defects of character in any member of the church, or in the minister, are charged to the church, if the church make light of the defects. If you place Elder _____ over the church as a minister, you, as a church, assume his defects, you make them your own, and the whole church stands under the rebuke of God, even as ancient Israel was under His rebuke on account of the sin of Achan. But your case will be more grievous than theirs, because you knew the evil, yet hid your eyes from it, and walked contrary to the will of God.—Manuscript 1a, 1890, pp. 4, 5. (“A Consecrated Ministry,” February 13, 1890.)

Your case was opened before me in _____, as you well know. I saw you were in danger from your hereditary tendencies, and your habits of life. You are of that nature that you should fear to follow your strong and sometimes fierce impulses. The more experience you gain in spiritual things, the more deeply you will realize your own weakness, and feel your need of clinging close to the Lord as your counselor.

One of the deplorable effects of the original apostasy was the loss of man's power to govern his own heart. When there is a separation from the Source of your strength, when you are lifted up in pride, you cannot but transgress the law of your moral constitution.—Letter 10, 1888, pp. 1, 2. (To E. P. Daniels, April, 1888.)

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