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DELIVERED AT FRIENDS' MEETING, LOMBARD STREET, BALTI. MORE, ON FOURTH DAY, TENTH MONTH 27TH, 1847, DURING THE WEEK OF THE YEARLY MEETING.
“ My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent mè. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”
The doctrine of Jesus Christ has ever been distinguished from the various counterfeit productions that have assumed the name of religion, by its great simplicity, by the universality of its nature, by its complete adaptation to the spiritual wants of man, and by the influence it exerts upon human conduct and character. We have cause to admire, with feelings of gratitude, the wisdom of our heavenly Father, in that he has not made his doctrine and religion depend on the fluctuations of human opinion, but has established them on the firm foundation of eternal and unchanging truth. Neither has he made us dependent one upon another for a knowledge thereof, but has condescended to be the teacher of his people himself.
When the blessed Jesus entered on his gospel mission, he had no new doctrine to preach, no speculative opinions of his own to promulgate, but simply to