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The speaking in tongues is never brought about by any of the above influ-
ences. In all our work the laying on of hands is practiced only occasionally,
and then for the space of only a minute or two. No such thing is known
among our workers as the suggestion of certain words and sounds . . . Non-
sense! The Holy Ghost needs no help! . . .
The falling under the power in Los Angeles has, to a large degree, been
produced through a hypnotic, mesmeric, magnetic current.
The Holy Ghost does nothing that is unnatural or unseemingly, and any
strained exertion of body, mind, or voice is not the work of the Holy Spirit,
but of some familiar spirit. . . .
How vastly important it is that we try the spirits. . . .
I feel that it is still my duty to stand against anything and everything that
will in any way prove a hindrance to . . . the advancement of the work. . . .
96. “THE SEALING”
(AF, Baxter Springs, December 1910)
This movement utterly repudiates the doctrine of Inherent Immortality,
perpetuated by the Roman Catholic church and perpetuated by Protestants
. . . Catholics and orthodoxy [i.e., Protestants] continue to teach “Dante’s
Inferno” and “Milton’s Paradise Lost” instead of the Word of God. . . . It
is a marvel that every verse used to prove Eternal Torment teaches “Death,”
“Destruction, ” “Perish” and the annihilation of the wicked. It has been
charged that this editor is a “No Hellite, ” which we deny. We believe in a
literal Lake of Fire, but deny that the wicked are eternally tormented.
(AF, Baxter Springs, January 1912, 7)
The most important tenet before the Christian world today is Conditional
Immortality. On it hangs the whole fabric of Christian doctrine—the Divin-
ity of Christ and authenticity of the Scriptures. . . . We believe in hell, but
that it means destruction instead of torment, and death instead of life . . .
ignorant benighted people still cling to the lie concocted by Augustine and
adopted by Protestants—hell (eternal torment) for all who will not join us
and our church.
98. SOURCE OF DISEASE
(AF, Baxter Springs, August 1912, 1–5)
Sickness arises from three causes/ . . . sources. The ﬁrst is hereditary disease.
. . . [The] next . . . is from allowing conditions, climate, food, over-eating,
under-eating and over-exertion to bring on disease. The third and last is