A Book of Gems Choice selections from the writings of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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must be something very peculiar in
his course to unsettle their confidence; to start doubts in their minds
in reference to his soundness; to fill the public mind with distrust.
There must be something not _straightforward_.


We know of no proof that the righteous will be raised a thousand years
before the wicked. The Lord says, “The hour is coming when all that are
in the graves shall hear his voice and shall come forth; they that have
done good to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil to
the resurrection of damnation.” We see no _thousand years_ between the
resurrection of those that have done good and those that have done evil

The quotation from John v. 28-29, above, connects the coming of Christ
and the resurrection, and the following connects the coming of Christ
and the judgment: “I charge you, therefore, before God and the Lord
Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at _his appearing_
(his coming) and kingdom.” II. Tim. iv. 1. Other Scriptures show the
same. At the close of Matt. xxv. it will be seen, as it is from other
Scriptures, that all will be judged at the same time, and at the same
time that the righteous “enter into life eternal” the wicked “go away
into everlasting punishment.” This connects the coming of Christ, the
resurrection, the judgment, the separation of the righteous and the
wicked, and the entrance into life on the one hand, and the going away
into everlasting punishment on the other hand.

We listened to the Millerites in 1843, read pretty much all they wrote
about a thousand years’ reign of Christ, between the resurrection of
those who are Christ’s and those who are not his, and whatever the
thousand years may mean in words, “the rest of the dead lived not again
till the thousand years were ended,” we find no clear evidence of its
coming between the resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. Sundry
Scriptures show that the judgment of all, will be at the same time.

Christ sitting on the throne of David does not make him a king, in
the temporal sense, as David was, but only that he is in the royal
family, and, in the sense of that Scripture, he is now in that reign,
and not to be in the Millennium. In the end he will deliver up the
kingdom to God, even the Father, when he shall put down all rule, and
all authority and power. For he must reign till he has put

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We do not want to go _back_ toward that body.
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The meaning is the same as, “I have begotten you by the gospel,” or made you believers by the gospel.
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We will call no man _Reverend_.
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Turn the portions of revelation given at early periods, next to the eye and look down through the Bible, and through the ages to Christ, and then turn the last part of revelation to the eye, and look up through it to Christ, and we thus find that it all centers in Him “who is Head over all things to the church.
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A case that can not be settled must remain _unsettled_.
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Death has been produced in this way many times.
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their sins_ shall be wholly and happy in heaven contradicts the clearest utterances of Scripture.
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We have gained the right of private judgment, private interpretation of the Scriptures, the liberty of speech and of the press; and we have the Bible, translated into our own language, in almost every house; and we have our system of free schools and universal education.
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We, no doubt, could easily have found out, but it was of no importance to us to know, and we have never tried to learn.
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God will depart from all who turn away from the simplicity of the apostolic practice, under the immediate guidance of the Holy Spirit.
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Here is the fruit of unbelief; he can eat of it, and all unbelievers can view it, and see what comes of a man that contemns the Bible and puts its authority at defiance.
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” The great apostle to the Gentiles, after giving a brief summary of side considerations, and many of them weighty,.
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But is it sincere? Is it candid? Is it honest? What is meant by it? If these men with whom you exchange pulpits are not in Christ, what do you mean when you place them before the people as preachers of the gospel and teachers of the saints? Do you mean that in your expanded liberality you would act toward a man as if he were a brother and a preacher, when you know he is not in the kingdom at all, but if he wanted to become a member of the church, you would not receive him, or give the right hand of fellowship till he was immersed? This will do for people with no religious convictions, no settled principles and no law of God on which to act.
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They nearly all have some kind of clerical standard, that a man must pass, to enter into holy orders at all.
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_ We have the infallible directions of the Spirit of God, to believers, connected with slavery, both masters and servants, and these directions we must give, when we speak on the subject at all, or depart from the faith, because we are opposed to it.
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Doubt, uncertainty and gloom extend over the whole habitable earth.
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Out of it there is no life.
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” The other replied, “Who is he?” “A celebrated Campbellite preacher,” was the answer.