Lectionary Readings for Thursday, December 24th, 2020

Lectionary Readings for Thursday, December 24th, 2020

Book of Discipline Chapters 5

1. Whoso ruleth over his own earthly desires, passions, actions, words and thoughts,
being constantly watchful for the highest light and greatest good, is on the right road.

2. And if he persist in this till it hath become a constitutional growth within him, then
shall he hear the Voice.

3. Who then can judge him, save they have also attained to the same high estate? Is
it wise for the unlearned to dispute with the learned; or the unholy with the holy?

4. Shall the drunken man, reeking with foul smell, sign the pledge to drink no more, and
straightway say: We temperance men! and presume to dwell with the pure?

5. I say unto thee, till that man is purified and grown to be constitutionally temperate he is
not temperate.

6. Consider then the seers and prophets (who hear the angels) whether they have grown
constitutionally to be one with Purity, Wisdom and Goodness.

7. For this is required of such as presume to hear me and my holy ones. And having
attained to this, who can judge them, save they have attained unto the same?

8. Shall a man inquire of the magician as to the inspiration of the prophets of thy God? Or
the angels of the first resurrection be consulted as to their opinions of my revelations, and
their words taken for truth without substantiation?

9. Let all things be proved, or supported by corresponding testimony known to be true. As
the holy man perceiveth how things should be in the heavens above, so they are. The
unholy man seeth heavenly things but dimly; he bindeth himself in ancient revelations
which have become corrupted.

10. Jehovih is as near this day as in time of the ancients; put thyself in order, becoming
one with Him, and no book so easily read as His created universe.

11. Inspiration cometh less by books, than by what Jehovih wrote, His worlds. Read thou
Him and His works. Frame thy speech and thy thoughts for Him; He will answer thee in
thine own behavior, and in the happiness of thy soul.

12. Great wisdom cannot be attained in a day; nor purity, and strength, to overcome
temptation, till the growth be from the foundation.

13. The fool will say: The sacred books are no more than man of his own knowledge
might write; yet, he hath not imitated wisely the power of the words of thy God.

14. Let him do this well, and, behold, he will also declare my words are from me. Yea, he
will recognize them wherever found.

15. It is the will and wish of thy God, that all men become constitutionally capable of
receiving and comprehending the highest light, and that they shall no longer depend upon
any priest, church, oracle or holy book, or upon consulting the spirits.

16. That their behavior may make the earth a place of peace, with long life unto all
people, for the glory of Jehovih.

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