Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 7 (1891-1892)
Lt 5, 1891
Bliss, C. H.
Battle Creek, Michigan
January 18, 1891
Portions of this letter are published in TSB 218-219.
Your letter has been received and read. I have had acquaintance with several such cases and have found those who felt conscientious to do something in similar cases to the one you mention. After having stirred things up generally, and torn things to pieces, they had no wisdom to put things together to make matters better. I found that those who were so zealous to tear things down did nothing to build them up in right order. They had the faculty to confuse, distress, and create a most deplorable condition of things, but not the faculty to make them better. 7LtMs, Lt 5, 1891, par. 1
You have asked my counsel in regard to this case; I would say that unless those who are burdened in reference to the matter have carefully studied a better arrangement and can find places for those where they can be comfortable, they better not carry out their ideas of a separation. I hope to learn that this matter is not pressed and that sympathy will not be withdrawn from the two whose interests have been united. 7LtMs, Lt 5, 1891, par. 2
I write this because I have seen so many cases of the kind, and persons would have great burden till everything was unsettled and uprooted and then their interest and burden went no further. We should individually know that we have a zeal that is according to knowledge. We should not move hastily in such matters, but look on every side of the question; we should move very cautiously and with pitying tenderness, because we do not know all the circumstances which led to this course of action. 7LtMs, Lt 5, 1891, par. 3
I advise that these unfortunate ones be left to God and their own consciences, and that the church shall not treat them as sinners until they have evidence that they are such in the sight of the holy God. He reads hearts as an open book. He will not judge as man judgeth. 7LtMs, Lt 5, 1891, par. 4
Now I leave this matter. I go to an appointment in the early morning to attend a meeting at Bushnell, Michigan. 7LtMs, Lt 5, 1891, par. 5