The Pure Testimony Poured Forth in the Spirit

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Lyrics from A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, 1840

Hymn 246
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1. The pure testimony poured forth in the spirit,
Cuts like a keen two-edged sword;
And hypocrites now are most sorely tormented,
Because they're condemned by the word.
The pure testimony discovers the dross,
While wicked professors make light of the cross,
But Babylon trembles for fear of her loss.

2. Is not the time come for the church to be gathered,
Into the one Spirit of God?
Baptised by one spirit into the one body,
Partaking Christ's flesh and his blood?
They drink in one spirit, which makes them all see
They're one in Christ Jesus wherever they be,
The Jew and the Gentile, the bond and the free.

3. Then blow ye the trumpet in pure testimony,
And let the world hear it again!
O come ye from Babylon, Egypt and Sodom,
And make your way over the plain;
And gird on your armour, ye saints of the Lord,
For Christ will direct you by his living word,
The pure testimony will cut like a sword.

4. The great prince of darkness is mustering his forces,
To make you his pris'ners again,
By flatteries, reproaches, and vile persecution,
That you in his cause may remain;
But shun his temptations wherever they lay,
And mind not his servants whatever they say,
The pure testimony will give you the day.

5. The world will not persecute those who are like them,
But hold them the same as their own;
The pure testimony cries up, separation,
And calls you your lives to lay down,
Come out from their spirit and practices too,
The track of your Saviour keep still in your view,
The pure testimony will cut the way thro'.

6. A battle is coming between the two kingdoms,
The armies are gathering round;
The pure testimony and vile persecution
Will come to close battle ere long:
Then wash all your robes in the blood of the Lamb,
And walk in the spirit, as Jesus has done;
In pure testimony you will overcome.