I come to tell you of a truth which is important to all mankind, and which I desire that you receive just as I write it. So give your best care to receiving just what I shall attempt to write.
I have read with you tonight many sayings contained in the alleged epistles of Paul and Peter, and I realize that they do not seem to be consistent with the truth that has been declared to you by myself and by the apostles who have written to you.
I now desire that you shall understand some of these inconsistencies, and that you will discard from your mind these sayings of the apostles wherever they do not agree with what we have written or what we shall write In the first place, the continual reference of these epistles to my being God is all wrong and must not be believed. Neither should the statements be believed that my blood washes away sin, or that I died on the cross for the salvation of men, or that I took upon myself the sins of mankind and thereby relieved them from the burden of their sins and the punishment which they would have suffered otherwise in expiation of their evil deeds and thoughts.
Again, when it said that from the beginning the Father had foreordained my death on the cross, that all men might be redeemed from the penalties of sin thereafter, this is all wrong,....
Neither Paul nor Peter wrote these things, and never did I teach them, for they are not in accord with the great Plan of Salvation. And the more that men believe these things, the further away will be their realization of the truth of the only Plan the Father has provided for their redemption, which I came to earth to declare and explain to my apostles first, and then to the whole world.
In these epistles, too much emphasis is given to the importance of faith and works - I mean faith in the mere beliefs which these epistles taught, followed by works - and not enough importance to the Foundation Truth of man's redemption from sin and his becoming reconciled to the Father. By this, of course, I mean the New Birth, accomplished by the inflowing of the Divine Love of the Father into their souls through the ministrations of the Holy Spirit.
Many of the teachings as to man's conduct towards man, and as to the lives that the recipients of these truths should lead to effect their own purification and to achieve a condition of righteousness, are true; and they are as applicable to the conduct and living of men today as they were in the days in which the apostles taught. But when the epistles teach or lead men to understand in any particular that these, what may be called merely moral principles will enable a man, by their observance, to enter into the Kingdom of God, or the Celestial Kingdom, they are false and misleading. And men, when they become spirits, will realize that, while leading the lives which these teachings call them to lead will make them very happy, and will allow them to occupy conditions and positions in the spirit world that will make their happiness far superior to that which they enjoy on earth, and even enable them to become occupants of higher spiritual spheres, yet they will never be permitted to enter the Kingdom of the Father, which can only be attained by the possession of Divine Love.
So I say, men must understand and realize the difference between the results to them from leading merely good and moral lives, which affect and develop the natural love, as distinguished from those results which ensue from the New Birth.
I have attempted to explain to you why the great and important Truth of my mission on earth, as I explained it to my apostles, and as was taught by them and written by them, was not preserved and contained in the Bible as now written and accepted by the church as canonical. The great desire in those days was to show and impress upon men those teachings which affected their conduct on earth, and to hold out to them the rewards that would follow such living, and also the rewards which would follow their lives in the spirit world which would become their homes after death. And as I have said, the leading of lives in accordance with these teachings would ensure men a great happiness in the spirit world, but not the happiness which my teachings, if observed, would lead to.
In the various copyings and compilations of the writings of the apostles, many changes from the originals were made. And those persons who performed this work, and I mean by this the dignitaries and rulers of the church, did not know the difference between those things which would bring about a purification of the natural love, and those things which were necessary to fit a soul for entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven and Immortality.
And this ignorance has prevented many a man from gaining the right to the Kingdom of Heaven, as they honestly and sincerely believed would be theirs when they came to pass into the spirit world.
Many of these teachings are intended to make a reformation in the lives of men, and to purge their souls from sin and error, so far as the natural love forms a part of the condition of the soul. And I taught these moral truths to a very large extent. Such teachings were necessary because men's wills were out of harmony with God's Laws which affected the natural love, as well as out of harmony with the laws that affected the Divine Love of the Father. And it is the Object and Plan of God to bring into harmony both of these loves, and thereby enable man to enjoy those things which are provided and waiting for him.
As I said when on earth, "Narrow is the Way and strait is the gate which leads to Life Everlasting, and few there be that enter therein," I repeat now; for it is apparent from the observation of the way in which mankind have exercised their will from the beginning - which God leaves free to their own volition - that a vast majority of men will never enter in at the strait gate, but will be content to live in the spheres and with the happiness which their natural love, in its perfect state and progress, will fit them for.
That all men will ultimately be brought into harmony with God, in either, the natural love or in the higher one, is certain; and that all sin and error will finally be eradicated from God's universe is decreed. But the time will depend to a great extent upon the wills and desires of men. And hence, while my great mission in coming to earth and teaching men was to show the Way to the Celestial Kingdom, yet, a lesser part of my mission was to teach them a way to their redemption from sin and error, that would result in the purification of the natural love. And to my great regret, and to the untold injury to man, my moral teachings were set forth more at large in portions of the Bible, as now accepted, than were my teachings of the higher Truths.
Well, my dear brother, I see that you are in a much better condition spiritually than you have been for some time, and you must thank the Father for it. Your conception of last night's experience is true, and you received a wonderful amount of the Divine Love, and I was with you in love and blessing.
So continue to pray and trust in the Father, and you will realize a wonderful happiness and power and peace.
Your brother and friend, Jesus