15 January 1888, Volume 9, Number 21.
Secure in Christ.
Words and music by B. E. Warren.
O ye blessed happy pilgrims,
Marching up the shining way,
Trifle not with fabled gorgons,
Says the Savior: “Watch and pray.”
Cho. — I will stand upon His promise
With a faith that anchors strong;
I will praise my blessed Jesus
With an everlasting song.
Are you now prepared for Heaven?
Do you feel His love in streams,
Flowing from the crystal fountain,
Where His golden glory beams.
Living in the realms of glory.
With the lovely Son of God,
Glowing with perfected beauty.
Through His all atoning blood.
Walking in His strength and power.
On the plain of hallowed peace;
Truly we’re ascending higher,
O how sweet His smiling face.
He hath purchased our salvation.
And released us from the flame;
Through His blood, we have redemption,
Hallelujah to His name!
Glory, honor, adoration,
Be unto our Father’s Son;
To Him all our contemplation,
Blessed be the Holy One!
WE meet with many ungrateful professors of the religion of our Lord Jesus Christ who do not, and will not have family worship; neither do they ask God’s blessing upon the food which He provides for their temporal life. Their reasons and ideas for not praying and asking the blessing of God upon their temporal refreshments, we have not as yet fully learned. But these few facts we fathomed: they are either in a backslidden stale or never had the blessed salvation of our God, which puts into the heart of all saints the Spirit of prayer and thankfulness for all things. When the blessed Son of God comes into our hearts washing away all our sins, and destroying all selfishness out of our souls, it will be no task at all for us to lift up our hearts to Him in prayer and praise for all His love to us. Oh hallelujah to God! the soul that is on fire for God will erect a family altar of supplication and praise to our eternal Redeemer.
Well is family worship consistent with the teachings of the Word? Yes. David says, “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall Lear me.” Psa. 55:17. “Harken unto the voice of my cry, my King and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shall thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and will look up.” — Psa. 5:2, 3.
Again, what shall I pray for? I feel that I have a clean heart and am not in need of any thing. O Bro. do not let the devil deceive you, for there are many things we are to pray for, even things we stand in need of. Let us look at Jesus; He was a good and pure man while here on earth, yet He prayed for ns and also for Himself, not that He was guilty of any sin. “He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, Thy will be done.” Matt. 26:42. “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.” — John 17:20. We will lake up eight supplications the Word of God enjoins the saints of God should pray.
1st. Pray God to keep them from evil. And Jabez called on the Goa of Israel, saying, O, that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. — 1 Chro. 4:10.
2nd. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. — Matt 26:41.
3rd. Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. — James 5:13. That is, “let him pray” that He may be healed. For Jesus said, “Ask and yon shall receive.” And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye shall receive. — Matt. 21:22 Again, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. — Mark 11:24. When we feel clean in all things before God, we are righteous, and we learn by reading the Word of God, that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. – James 5:16. Therefore we can help others by our prayers. Our children and poor sinners need our daily prayers and influence to lead them to the blessed Son of God who will pardon all that will come unto Him.
4th. Pray for all saints. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. — Eph. 6:18.
5th. For the ministers who are in the field laboring for the salvation of souls and the spread of the Gospel. Finally brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: and that we may he delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. — 2 Thess 3:1, 2.
6th. For all that are in authority. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. 1 Tim 2:1-3.
7th. For those that are deceived of the devil, having the form but not the power; that God may deliver them from the wicked one. Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might he saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. — Rom. 10:1, 2.
8th. For those who persecute you. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. — Matt. 5:44. I found one man in my travels, who professed holiness and also preached at it, for he could not preach what he did not have in his soul. This man professed both publicly and privately that he did not need to pray for himself any more, and at times he did not pray for three days. All such testimonies do not agree with the blessed Word of God, which says, “Pray without censing.” “And he spake a parable unto them, to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not lo faint.” Luke 18:1.
On thanksgiving. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. — Col. 3:17. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. — 1 Thess. 5:18.
Brethren, pray for us.
S. L. Speck.
SOME think it not necessary for sinners to weep. I heard a holiness minister about two years ago, say, that all one need to do was lo believe, no need of weeping at all, and he was honest; but it was opinion instead of the Word. And it is still taught by some. Let us see what the Word says. And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. — Luke 22:44.
Again in Matt. 26:37, 38, “He began to be sorrowfull and very heavy, then He said unto them, my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.” What was the cause of this sorrow and agony? It was the sins of the people. And Christ left us an example that we should follow His steps. When a sinner is convicted enough to repent, when they see the loving Jesus suffering, bleeding and dying for their sins, and realize how they have been sinning against such a kind loving friend, one who died that they might hare eternal life, one who loved them so much as to leave the Heavenly mansions and walk this unfriendly world, persecuted, and finally crucified, all for poor lost sinners. Then when a sinner sees the loving hands pierced, torn and bleeding for them, it is enough to make them weep and beg forgiveness. if it does not bring tears there is not much repentance.
Jeremiah says, 9:1, “O that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people.” Then in chapter 13:27, he says again, “But if ye will not hear it (God’s Word) my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride: and mine eyes shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the Lord’s flock is carried away captive.”
Then the prophet Joel in chapter 2: vr. 12, says, “Therefore also now says the Lord (not man) turn ye even to me, and with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God; for He is gracious and merciful.” Yes, God’s ministers weep, or some of them do, and all should be burdened for souls until they shed tears night and day for poor souls just on the brink of hell. I tell you it is something to weep over, just to think of souls going into an endless hell never to get out again. Just let a minister of God burdened for souls, tell the congregation, with tears in his eyes, about the awful, endless hell, the beauties of Heaven, and the love and sufferings of Jesus, show them their danger, and their opportunity to escape it, and see if there is not more tears shed among the hearers in the congregation, more than when cutting and slashing. Of course there is exceptions in places, there are hardened hypocrites that need no sparing, but the plain truth as Jesus gives it to them after they had rejected His teaching.
Godly sorrow works repentance unto salvation not to be repented of. May all God’s children be careful that they preach the word, that satan may not get them to waver the least from the Word. O what watchfulness, carefulness and prayerfulness it takes to have everything backed up by the Word of God; for by the Word we will be judged. O praise God for His Word which is able to make us wise unto salvation if we obey it.
Your sister, out on the promise, and under the blood. Consecrated to God, any thing or nothing for Jesus’ sake.
Dearly beloved saints of the Most High God: greeting. Eternal grace, pence, mercy and truth unto you all. May you all increase and abound more and more in the love of Christ Jesus; may your faith grow exceedingly. Jesus says through John, “These things I write unto you that your joy may be full.” God bless you all. May you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. O how my heart burns with love for all of God’s dear children. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one for another. — 1 John 13:35.
“O wondrous love, O joy sublime,
I’ve Jesus with me all the time.”
Hallelujah! “O ’twas love that moved the mighty God, ’Twas love that found out me.” O the wonderful love of God! Love is the theme of my soul. “Let love be without dissimulation: see that ye love one-another with a pure heart fervently. Be kind, affectionate one to an – other. Love is the fulfilling of the law. The end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart. Love is the law that governs the host of heavenly beings, and this is God’s law in earth to His children, for us lo love Him with all of our hearts, and our neighbor as ourselves. O that we may have, and manifest the real sweet love of God to one another, and to those who evil entreat us, and despitefully use us, that the world may know that we are the disciples of Jesus Christ, the Savior of men. Love is stronger than death; love will win and overcome when nothing else will. Thank God! we can be full of the real sweet burning melting love of Jesus in our hearts. The love of God filling our hearts leaves no room for any of the works of the devil, such as anger, pride, self-will, covetousness, haired, malice, contention, strife, murmurings, and brawling, short words. O thank God, the love of Jesus sweetens our words, takes all harsh, rasping words from our language, makes us gentle, kind, meek, humble, and lowly in heart. O if all those who profess holiness only would manifest the real Spirit of Christ, the work of Jesus would move rapidly along in the power of the Holy Ghost, many more souls would be saved from sin. One great cause of opposition and persecution, is the way so many who profess holiness live and talk. O hallelujah! I have found this blessed way of perfect love, that makes ns so sweet and heavenly. May God sweeten us all, and may we adorn our profession with a real holy life.
Thank God for the article in the Trumpet, title “Holy wisdom.” May God bless that article, and may it fall with weight on all of our hearts. Yes beloved, we want to get the real wisdom of God so we can faithfully deal with souls, and keep salvation before the people. I find it in the order of God to instruct the people in the way of full salvation, preach the plan of salvation to the people. Repentance, Regeneration, consecration and entire sanctification by faith, and a holy life by perfect obedience to all the commands of Jesus Christ the Savior. Many to day are out in the field who are in need of heavenly wisdom, and the sweet melting love of Jesus, shed abroad in their hearts. O hallelujah! It is a glorious thing to be saved out of babylon. So ninny have left the sects, and have a real bitter, rasping harsh, grating come-outism spirit. Such need the sweetening by love. Let us preach the awful truth of God against the sill of sectarianism with a heart full of the love of Jesus, showing the people we love them, and are interested in their eternal welfare. Let us have it lo say, “O God, thy gentleness hath made me great” Amen!
If any man hath not the Spirit of Christ he is none of His.
Now beloved, if we have the spirit of Christ it will make us act like the blessed Christ. Remember the command, “take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart.” His yoke is His law, His law is His commandments. This is the love of God that we keep His commandments.
Well thank God I have found the way to Heaven, and that is the way of obedience. Hallelujah!
In my last report, I spoke of going, the 27th of Nov. to Humboldt Kansas, to baptize some of the dear saints. It stormed so we could not go; but went the 3rd, and on the 4th three of the dear saints were buried with Christ in baptism, by brother George Houghton. At night we had ordinance meeting, in which 15 partook. We bad a glorious meeting, Bro, Snyder was ordained Elder of the Church. He was once a Free Methodist preacher, but he renounced and left the sect, and is free indeed. Glory to Jesus! We went to Thayer the 2nd, had meeting at brother Rutherford’s house. Had a glorious meeting, Bro. Rutherford was reclaimed, and was called out into the work of the Lord. May God wonderfully bless him, and keep him low down at the feet of Jesus.
Glory to God! The work moves on in the power of the Holy Ghost. The Lord willing, we start the 7th to Carthage, Joseph Co. Mo., to preach the awful Word of Jesus. Bro. Edward Houghton will accompany me in the work. Pray for us.
I received a letter from brother G. W. Stover, of Wellman, Washington Co. Ia., a call for us to come there.
I wish to say, all who may feel led to write to me in the future, will please address me at Urbana, Kansas. This is my permanent address; letters sent there will be forwarded to me wherever I may be. I would be glad to answer all calls that come to me to come and preach the Word of the Lord. May God send more laborers into the harvest. The cry comes to me so often, “Come and help us!”
Lord bless the saints, may every one obey God, and act no longer like Jonah. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Many who are called do not go, and some go who are not called.
I remain yours, pure and true, white and tried, firm and strong. Glory to God! sweetly trusting in Jesus. Bless His name.
J. P. Haner.
Dear Brethren: — As I am leaning on the loving arm of Jesus, I hear a voice saying write. And so I will write ns the Spirit directs. Praise God for the wisdom which comes from above. We read in Rev. 19:7-9, Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him, for the marriage supper of the Lamb is come, and His Wife bath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen dean and white, for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” “And He says unto me, write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And He says unto me. Those are the true sayings of God.” And now my beloved ones in Christ, it is not with flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto yon the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand — Eph. 6:12, 13.
The apostle Paul speaks to the Corinthians in the 11th chapter 2, 4. “For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy, for I have espoused you to one Husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin unto Christ. But I fear lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ For if he that cometh preaches another leans whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit which ye have not received, or another Gospel which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” So you see that we belong to a husband.
Now my beloved be careful that you do not break your promise, for when we came to Him in our sins we promised faithfully to serve Him, and Him only. And now may the Lord keep ns from fornication, and wholly for Himself. Paul says in 1 Cor. 5:9, 10, “I wrote unto you an epistle, not to keep company with fornicators, yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the idolaters, for then ye mast needs go out of the world.” So my dear readers, yon see if we are joined to anything but Christ, we commit fornication spiritually. The Lord is our Husband, and has promised to provide for us. Glory to His holy name! He does supply all our wants, and why should we leave Him and be joined to a harlot? God forbid. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them the members of a harlot? (sect) God forbid. What, know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? For two, says He, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit. Praise God!
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of His. — Rom. 8:9. So you see yon must be joined to the Lord in order to have His Spirit. Now Christ in the sermon on the mount, said, Whosoever shall pat away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery, and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commits adultery. — Matt. 5:32. So then if we join a harlot, or sect, we make ourselves fornicators. Be wise beloved, do not let the sect priests get the sin of their craft upon you; stand alone in Christ. Every sin that a man does is without the Body, but he that commits fornication sins against his own body. — 1 Cor. 6:19, 20. What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s.” For we are members of His body, of His flesh and His bones. — Eph. 5:30.
John saw the mother of harlots, and the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones, and pearls: having a golden cup in her hand, full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS and abominations of the earth. Rev. 17:4, 6. And so my beloved ones in Christ, let ns all abide in Christ and His Word.
Pray for our little company of workers here, that we may hold up the true light. May the good Lord ever protect and keep His children free from these deceiving elements, which will drag down hundreds, yea thousands of them into hell. The deceivers and the deceived must go together.
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AND we have known and believed the love that God hath to us, God is LOVE, and he that dwells in LOVE, dwells in God and God in him. — 1 John 4:16.
Grace, mercy, peace and love be multiplied unto you, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from this present evil world, and present us faultless before his throne in love unfeigned with exceeding joy, worlds without end. Amen!
But covet earnestly the best gifts, and yet I show you a more excellent way — 1 Cor. 12:31. And that more excellent way is charity (or love.) “And now abides faith, hope and charity; but the greatest of these is charity.” Now these three must abide with every Christian, for we cannot obtain this pure love without faith; for without faith it is impossible to please God. And this hope is an anchor of the soul; but love is the greatest of all. The wore says, “Put on charily which is the bond of perfectness — Col. 3:14. And Peter uses the same language, saying, And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves, for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. — 1 Pet. 4:8. According to these Scriptures then, love must be the greatest of all, and sin the worst of all, and where love abounds, sin cannot live, am where sin doth abound, love cannot be found. I do not marvel at what Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven to, saying: The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a merchant man seeking goodly pearls; who, when he hath found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. — Matt. 13:45, 46. O praise God for this wonderful lesson of Pure Love, which when reigning in a man it keeps him from all sin. Why? because God is love, and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him, for God cannot sin; therefore whosoever dwells in God, sins not. The first and great commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind. — Luke 10:27. Now unless we obey this first command, we need not expect to obey the rest: but if we obey the first, there is not much danger but what we will obey all of the perfect law of liberty; for when we love God with all the heart, soul, and mind, we will delight to obey Him perfectly. The fruits of the Spirit are, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness; against such there is no law. — Gal. 5:22, 23. God’s law will not condemn such nor cut them down. But the ax is laid at the root of the tree — and every tree which does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down and cast in the fire. The good fruit is love that covers the multitude of sins, and by this Pure Love we are made free from, and now have our fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. — Rom. 6:22. One reason that love is the pearl of great price, is, because it never fails. Praise the Lord! For God hath chosen us from the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. — Eph. 1:4. This plainly shows that we cannot be holy and without blame, unless we have pare love to God and to all mankind. Who is he that loves God? And what rule do we go by? He that hath my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves Me. — John 14:21. He that loves Me not keeps not my sayings — ver. 24. For this is the LOVE of God that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous — 1 John 5:3. When we have godliness, brotherly kindness will follow in a pare heart of love. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another — John 13:35. Cain did not have that pure love in his heart for his brother, but had hatred, which caused him to commit murder; but how is it to-day? Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer — 1 John 3:15. Now we are taught of God to love one another, and I pray God that ye abound more and more, and that the strong Bro. bear with the weak, and not please himself, for we are members one with another, whether rich or poor, bond or free, male or female, we are all one in Christ Jesus which is the Head of all principality and power; for if we have respect to persons we commit sin, and are transgressors — James 2:9. But we should bear one anothers burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. If some of us have become sheep, let us have pure love for the Lambs of the fold, and feed them on the sincere milk of the Word, and take Use oversight of the flock to feed the Church of God which He has purchased with His own blood. “Not as lords over God’s heritage, but ensamples to the flock,” preferring one another and not prefer ourselves always first just because we are farther advanced or better gifted. And let Him that is a babe in Christ not despise him that is advanced in the Word of the Lord. Now I pray God that your hearts might be comforted, being knit together in pure love, one towards another. This pure love is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned – 1 Tim. 1:5. Now if we fulfill this law we will not miss Heaven and eternal life; for pure love reaches from Matt, to Rev., Now brethren, “let us not love in word and tongue, but in deed and in truth: and truly if we love our Brother whom we have seen, we will love God also. Praise ye the Lord from everlasting to everlasting. Amen!
Your Bro. gloriously saved, tried and made white.
Dear Brother Warner: – I have had some difficulty in understanding how the following Scriptures should be practiced in the Church. “Now we command yon brethren in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks disorderly, and not after the tradition which ye received of us.” — 3 Thes. 3:6. “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.” — 2 Thes. 3:4. “Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them.” — Rom. 16:17. “But now I have written unto you not to keep company if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such a one, no not to eat.” — 1 Cor. 5:11.
If you can explain these texts, and will tell us through the TRUMPET how they are to be practiced with us, you will confer a great favor. Your brother, walking in all the light I have, and desiring more on the Scriptures.
The command is in reference to those who have proved themselves unsaved, and ungodly; and after all the efforts required by the Word of God, and the love of Christ, have failed to bring them to an honest repentance, and recovery of salvation. Then the Word is, “Withdraw yourselves from such,” “Have no company with him.” “And avoid them.” “With such a one no not to eat.” Emphatic, “With such a person not even to eat.” None of these Scriptures Imply that we should cease to love such, nor forbear to show that we love them, for “charity (love) never faileth.”
We should love their souls, show them courtesy and kindness. Manifest sympathy toward them if in trouble or want. Be ready to befriend them in time of need, and give aid if in distress. And as opportunity presents itself admonish them in reference to their lost condition, and pray much for them. Bat the above directions require that we do not acknowledge him as a child of God. Withdrew from him by telling him that you do not acknowledge him as a Christian. Do not keep company with him on the plain of Christian companionship, or brother-hood. His sins having destroyed Spiritual fellowship between your soul and his, do not act toward him outwardly as though you had inward fellowship, for that were deception. Be candid with him; after you have done all you can to help him back to God, if he refuses, let him know that you must utterly disown him as a child of God. Then no longer company with him in a manner that would indicate that you endorse him as a Christian, lest you fellowship his sin, and become partaker of his evil deeds. But never allow the devil to put a callous spot on your own heart toward him, nor cold indifference for his soul’s welfare.
“With such an one, no not to eat.” Anciently, as is yet the custom, eating together was a very marked expression of social and religious regard. It indicates fellowship in its warmest degree. Where as to refuse to eat with a person, whether hungry or not, was an imparnonable insult. With this light on the Apostle’s words, we understand that we should not eat with such a person, when that act would in a special manner indicate fellowship. You should not entertain each-other with social meals, where your eating together is specially to show friendship, and social affinity. Yet if you are laboring for a neighbor, and this man also, and you are called to sit down at the same table to eat your necessary meals, give yourself no uneasiness, but eat your meal with singleness of heart. All that is designed in all those Scriptures is, that you abstain from any conduct toward the man that would go to show that you acknowledge him a Christian. But under present existing circumstances no one would think that you had fellowship with a bad man simply because you chanced to be eating your necessary food at the same table, when the common business of life had occasioned the incident. But were you to make social sappers and invite such men, and receive the same social compliment at his table, people would justly conclude that you fellowship the man, and his evil deeds. And such conduct would uphold a man in his sins, and be in the way of his conviction and salvation.
Bro. Warner. Will you please give us your understanding of 3 John, verses 9, 10, through the TRUMPET, and oblige by throwing light on the subject. My testimony is, I am fully shoved by the blood of Jesus. O glory be to God forever and ever!
Your Bro. in Christ.
M. H. Basore.
Including the verses following the Scripture in question reads as follows.
“I wrote unto the Church: but Diotrepheus, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbids them that would, and castes them oat of the church. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil hath not seen God.” — 3 Jno. 9-11.
Diotrephes was evidently a bigoted selfish man, who had set himself up as a Lord over God’s heritage. He presumed to exercise just about the same authority that sectarian functionaries do now days. Fearing that the Evangelist John would abound in fruits of salvation, and thereby obtain more honor for his work’s sake than he, and wishing to be preeminent himself he was unwilling that John should come there to preach the Gospel. And his lord-ship even forbid the Church to receive John, and such as would not consent to his mal-administration he presumed to excommunicate from the congregation. That is, he refused them the rights and privileges of the Church of God in that place. The word church, correctly translated simply means the congregation. Church of God, is the congregation of God. The entire body of Christ. The Church in any one place, is the congregation of God in that place. No man can really cast a person out of the Church. But a man having become evil, and as such not really in the Church at all, but because no one present at that place had felt sufficient strength to execute judgment upon him, he being Elder, could by evil rule and brute force exclude certain real children of God from the privilege of worshiping God in the Church, the congregation of the Lord, And such in a practical sense, and to all I outward appearance would be cast out of the Church. Yet they remained, for all that, members of the Body of Christ, the Church. And dwelling at that place such are, in reality, members of the Church at that place. Though, for the time being they are denied the immunities of the immunities of the Church, and are cast out from among those who enjoy the liberty of worshiping in the public congregation. Which is, in a modified sense, being cast oat of the Church. Namely, excluded from the privilege of the Church’s public worship. This is evidently just what the above Scriptures mean. And that ungodly presumption of casting out of the church practically, and apparently, such as are yet members Spiritually and really, is just what sect administration presumes to do. They cast holy men out from their sect inclosure and then declare them out of the Church. There is this difference. Then there was no sect authority, or man rule established which was called the church as is now the case. But Diotrephes acted just as though God’s Church were governed by the will and caprice of man, just as the modern sects are. But this whole matter of man rule, by which men are cast out from the practical privileges of the Church, who are in spirit members of the Church, is of the devil. So John, referring to that usurper of authority, says, “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good.” Then be it remembered, fall ye babylonians who wish to take license from Diotrephes’ act, that the only sense in which a man can “cast persons out of the Church,” is in an evil sense. It is the work of the devil, and is prompted by jealousy, and love of preeminence. But no babylon law had yet been enacted that prohibit a preacher going on an other preacher’s field of labor to hold meetings, without consent from the minister in charge. As the present sects have legislated for the gratification of their carnality, and lord-ism. Therefore John did not regard D. D. orders, but expected to go right there despite his refusal. And what was to be done when going there? “I will remember his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. Doubtless he would “rebuke him sharply,” and if he refused to humble himself, repent and get saved, “deliver him over to the devil for the destruction of the flesh,” by giving him the sop, and declaring him of the devil, and not in the Church. Whether he become saved, or “purged out from among them,” those he had cast out from the public worship of God, who still remained in the Body of Christ, would immediately resume their privileges without initiatory ceremony. Whereas if a sect had then been in existence, they would have to be sectwise taken in again.
Casting men out of the sects in these last days have proved salvation to the excluded. Bat casting men out of the Church, which is denying men in the Church, the public privileges of the Church, is an evil work of the devil. But yet it remains true, by the whole tenor of the New Testament, that no man can sever another from the Body of Christ. But an evil man who is himself out of the Church, but not yet so manifest, may cast out of the public congregation, men yet really in the Body of Christ.
Dear Brethren: — am led by the Spirit of God again to write a few words for my blessed Lord and Master. O glory to God! I am washed and cleansed in the blood of Jesus, and am walking in the light of God. O how sweetly Jesus saves me, even me; and redeems my soul from all iniquity. O how His blood flows o’er my soul, and keeps we clean, and white, and whole. Your sister saved and kept by power Divine. Pray for me that I ever be a living witness for Jesus.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Dear Brethren:—God wonderfully bless you, and fill you with all joy in the Holy Ghost. May the eternal love and peace of God flow through you like a river. O the wonderful love of God that fills the human heart! It makes us have true love for our friends, we love our enemies, pray for those who despitefully use us. Hallelujah! O the wonderful salvation of God that saves ns to the uttermost, that saves us all the lime, in evil as well as good report. O it is so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word. O I do praise God for this wonderful salvation that is to sweetly saving me from all sin, saves me from all desire to sin. Glory to God! I have the real victory in my soul over all the powers of the devil. Glory to God for the faith once delivered unto the saints. Hallelujah!
Meeting closed here last night with glorious victory on the side of the Lord. God was with us in mighty convicting and converting power, and convincing the people of the truth. Hallelujah! Many precious souls and families were made happy in the faith of Jesus. Several were converted or pardoned of their sins, while between 15 and 20 consecrated themselves to God a living sacrifice, and were by faith wholly sanctified to God. — Acts 26:18; 1 Thes. 5:23; Heb. 11:1; 1 John 5:1; 4:10.
Now faith is the substance of things Loped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Praise the Lord for faith! I am so glad we live by faith as it is written, the just shall live by faith. Now I have heard a great deal of such talk as this, “I am sanctified by faith, but I haven’t the witness, I have not the evidence.” Paul declares faith is the evidence, so if you have the faith you have the evidence; for faith is the evidence. Then 1 John 5:10 shows you faith is the witness. Glory to God! It means salvation to have faith in God, just to take Him at His Word, simple faith. Just the moment you believe, just that moment you are saved: you have the evidence, the witness in yourself. You have it, praise the Lord! Salvation is by faith in Jesus. We had wonderful liberty in preaching the awful Word of God to man. God anointed us from time to time, to deliver the awful, messages He gave us to deliver. The Holy Ghost was present to bless the Word and carry it to the hearts of the people, and rivet deep conviction on their souls. Many souls were convicted every night, but they would not yield. Many were awfully convicted, but obey resisted the Holy Spirit and grieved Him away. Yet quite a goodly number yielded and were blessedly saved from all an. Nearly all who were saved were young people. Bro. Bold’s family were all saved but one when we came. One son was away from God: he came to the meeting and the blessed Spirit got hold on his heart. He fought against his convictions, but finally yielded to God, and was gloriously saved. May God keep him true. God has a work for this young man, and if he is only true he will be a useful man in the service of the Lord. We had been corresponding with dear brother Pine, and bur heart longed to meet him. The time came when we were in each-other’s embrace. O how our spirits did blend together as we met. O how sweet is the fellowship of the saints of the Most High.
God done a wonderful work in the family of brother Pine; three of his children were gloriously saved of God. His oldest daughter was awfully convicted, and resisted the Spirit for one week. Conviction increased on her so that she could not sleep; appetite was taken away. She finally gave up and was blessedly saved. She had a glorious experience, very bright. God wonderfully delivered her from all the snares of the devil, who had laid many snares to trap her soul. I pray God that she may escape them all. She will be wonderfully useful to God if true to Him. Dear saints pray for her.
We had ordinance meeting New Year’s eve, which lasted until 2 o’clock Sabbath morning. God was with us in mighty power, one soul was converted and sanctified, O the wonderful streams of Divine glory that flooded our souls as we obeyed the Lord. This was one of the most powerful meetings I was ever in. There were 33 took part in the ordinances of Jesus Christ. There were some 8 or 10 who took no part in the ordinances, and they missed a feast to their souls. The saints were wonderfully strengthened and received a great deal of light on the blessed Word. We had to rebuke quite a number in the name of Jesus, who were not right, and would not get right. One who professed to be the Elder of the Church, we had to rebuke in the name of Jesus Christ. We found him spiritually proud, jealous of the man of God. The first night we were here and preached, he treated us cool just like the rest of the sinners. He would shun me, and took no part in the meeting. God showed me the first time I saw him that he was not right. He would turn his back on us, and would have nothing to do with me. The meeting continued two weeks before we rebuked him; but I am satisfied would have been better if done at the beginning. God has opened the eyes of the saints to this man. When we rebuked him, he, as Judas took the sop and went out, and did not return any more. O may God open the eyes of this poor man that he may see his condition and get straight with God. We ordained one Joseph F. Lundey Elder in the Church, He was once an M. E. preacher. May God preserve the Church here from all who come in sheep’s clothing to deceive. May they have keen discernment to detect the first approach of satan.
From here, we go to Nevada, Vernon Co. Mo., the Lord willing. Your free Bro. saved, Hallelujah to God for ever!
J. P. Haner.
PARK CITY, MICH.
Dear Trumpet readers, and beloved saints of the Holy city, greeting. May the Lord ever bless and fill your dear souls with His sweet peace and joy. We praise the Lord that we were ever brought out of nature’s darkness into His marvelous light through the loving kindness of Jesus Christ our loving Savior, and that we ever heard the true sound of the GOSPEL TRUMPET, which called and is falling the people to return from the fallen (spiritual) city of babylon to Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, whose builder and maker is God; which came down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Hallelujah! O I do thank God that my lot-has been cast with the true saints of God, who make up and compose the true Church of the First-born which is written in Heaven.
“Sanctified by God the Father,
Built by Jesus Christ the Son,
Tempered by the mighty Spirit,
Like the Holy Three, in One.”
Who is she that looks forth as the morning, fair as the Moon, clear as the San, and terrible as an array with banners? Answer. The holy heavenly Bride of Jesus, walking far above this world’s confusion by Jesus’ side, leaning on His loving bosom. Never have we realized such pure melting, compassionate manifestations of pure love and perfect holiness in our soul as now; and love for God’s holy cause and our fellow-men who are perishing on every hand for the bread of eternal life, and sinking O how fast into eternal perdition.
O my God! rescue the perishing souls by the Gospel of thy saving grace through the love of Thy dear Son Jesus.
I have nothing that I can call my own except my inheritance among the saints in the Heavenly kingdom where Jesus dwells. Blessed be His name for ever and ever! I realize that I am not my own, for I have been bought with a price, even with the precious blood of Christ, so freely shed for us all cm Calvary’s cross.
Praise the Lord for ever and ever! During the last few weeks I have realized more deep and sincere unworthiness of self before God than ever before.
Bro. and sister Smith, also Bro. and sister Grover were with us at morley, proclaiming the blessed truth of the Gospel to the people. From there they went to East Jordan, and we came to Park City, where we met the dear brethren with many happy greetings, and wave after wave, and shower after shower of Divine love came upon us, and our souls were filled to overflowing as we shouted the praises of Jesus, and sang songs of victory.
Praise the name of Jesus for this blessed unity in Christ. We have held a few meetings here, and will go next to Diamond Lake. Pray for us. Your saved brother in the Church of the Living God.
Brushy Prairie, Ind.
We are having a grand meeting, the prejudice is breaking away. There was quite a number saved and sanctified. On Sabbath we preached on baptism, and four dear souls obeyed, and were immersed in water, and the Holy Ghost witnessed to their baptism. In the evening we observed the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and the washing of the saint’s feel, in which 21 participated. O praise God for His wonderful love! O what a melting time there was in the washing of the saint’s feet. O the sweetness, and completeness of perfected holiness. Amen!
The Church is in the best of working order, all of one accord. Praise His holy name! We were called from here back to Ohio, where we are holding up Jesus as a perfect Savior who saves from all sin. O our souls are full of the Holy Ghost. Hallelujah! We have learned that love will melt down all foes. The pure Word of God will conquer all who oppose. Let all who wish to see the millennium begin come out and be separate from sinners and sin. From your saved, and sanctified brothers in Christ.
A. H. Lea & Wm. H. Miller.
Silver Lake, Ind.
We love to report to the saints of God how the Lord of all grace is working in the hearts of the people in these last days, for their comfort and salvation.
December 14th we commenced meeting at Geneva Center in the Tabernacle, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The meeting lasted 13 days, during which time there were 21 consecrations in all: 12 claimed pardon and 9 sanctification. And the saints of God professed light received in which they will walk henceforth with joy. The meeting closed the 25th, and the eve of the 20th we had meeting at our dear brother Joseph Smith’s in Lee. O hallelujah! what a heavenly time the good Lord did give to His little children. After about all had witnessed to the cleansing, an invitation was given to those wanting salvation to come to the altar, and eight came, some for pardon and some for sanctification. The next night Bro. A. J. Kilpatrick held meeting again at Bro. Smith’s, while Bro. E. E. Byrum and I went to Columbia, 1 1/2 miles from Grand Junction, to preach to the people the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. The Lord blessed our souls, and also our labors. Four came to the altar for sanctification, and were made exceeding happy in their souls.
After meeting we returned to the Junction, and when Bro. Kilpatrick and the Trumpet family returned from Bro. Smith’s they reported six at the altar, one poor sinner for pardon, and five for sanctification. We took train that night for Rochester Ind., and were met by our dear Bro’s John U. Bryant and S. B. Barr, who conveyed us to the homes of saints about 8 miles in the country. We held three meetings with the saints of God about Beaver Dam. Saturday, Dec. 31 Bro. J. U. Bryant and myself left Beaver Dam for this place where we are now engaged in the work of the Lord for the good of poor souls that are in sin. Dear brother Kilpatrick was called home to Payne Ohio, on Friday, Dec. 30, to lay hands on the sick, and on Monday returned to Silver Lake, Ind., to help in the wonderful work of God.
Your saved Bro’s. in the kingdom of God.
A. J. Kilpatrick & S. L. Speck.
Dearly Beloved in the Lord: — May God bless you and keep you preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord and Savior who will soon come, and will not tarry; for the signs proclaim Him near, even at the door. Glory to His holy name! Even so come Lord Jesus. We who are fully saved are looking for the hastening of the coming of the Lord. My testimony is, the Lord has freely justified me, and wholly sanctifies me just now, and fills me with all His fullness. O glory to Jesus for this great salvation! My knowledge of it is growing deeper and deeper. O I know not whereunto it will yet grow, but I just expect to go on through a never ending eternity praising God.
Bro. Whitcraft and I began meeting at Scott, Van Wert Co. O., Dec. 26th, in a large hall. We had perfect liberty in preaching the Gospel, which was received with good attention. We had only held three meetings when we understood that we were troubling the Methodists, who were holding a protracted meeting there at the same time. The man of whom we rented the hall said the people looked down on him for letting us have it, and so closed the door against us. During our short stay there were some precious souls won by the truth, which we earnestly pray may get fully saved in Jesus. One man offered us a work shop to hold meeting in when the hall was closed, but the weather being cold, we deemed it prudent to suspend the meeting at that time. If the Lord wills we may go back in the near future. O the dear Lord does wonderfully bless our souls in preaching His glorious Gospel to poor lost souls.
The Methodist priest called the meeting of God’s little ones a side show. He only had a congregation of nine or ten: we suppose that was why we troubled him, because he did not have much timber to work on. We read in Rev. that babylon deals in a great deal of traffic, and in the catalogue is “the souls of men.” O may the Lord have mercy on the people in their blindness and save their souls is my prayer.
Your saved brother, discerning the Lord’s body.
Lewis A. Basore.
Dear Saints: — May God bless you all is my prayer. I feel led to write a few lines and hope God will bless the same to His glory. I can say for myself, I know that I am saved of God and sanctified through the truth, which is God’s Word. The Word says. If ye love me keep my commandments. Blessed are they who do thy commandments, and ye are my disciples if ye do whatsoever I have commanded you. We are commanded to do to others as we would have them do to us; and whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to others. It is not so much what we profess with our lips, that tell to the glory of God, but it is whether we live one continual life of godliness, and prove ourselves to be what we profess. We see secret orders have their charitable funds, and if they have an unfortunate one, they see that they are provided for; and should we not do as much fur our brethren? We are commanded to visit the sick. And Christ hath said. In ns much as ye did it not unto the least of these my brethren, ye did it not unto Me. Did you ever think in as much as ye are not looking after the needs of your brethren and sisters you are neglecting Christ.
Well there is a good saved Bro. who lives in Bangor that is afflicted with fits, not able to do anything, and yet a few days ago in the midst of a cold storm, he was forced to go out and get wood, and fell twice in-the snow in these fits. He has had as high as ten or twelve in a day. He ought not be away from the house. Now can men have acres of timber and hundreds of dollars in money, and know his circumstances, and not administer to his wants. Well we will let God answer: he that hall) this world’s goods and sees his brother hath need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion against Him, how dwells the love of God in that man? Now, beloved saints of God, I know that deal brother Lanning is a saved child of God, and desires the help of all who can. I believe there is none of us to poor to give, if it is only the widows mite. God help each one of us to look to it, and see that in that great day of reckoning, that we may hear the Savior of the world say to us, “I was sick and ye visited me, hungry and ye fed me, naked and ye clothed me: and when we ask when we saw Him thus, peradventure He may say, In as much as ye did it unto Bro. Lainning, ye did it unto Me. Oh I do praise God for the wonderful things He hath done for me, and most of all, for the saving of my soul and His Word which is a lamp to my feet. Oh how glad I am that the Lord so loved the world that He gave His Son that we might have eternal life. Oh what love! and should we not obey Him in all things? Oh how my heart goes out after those who have strayed away from the loving Savior. May God help each one of us to lend a helping hand that they may return to Father’s house. I am saved to the uttermost, and by God’s grace I mean to see the end of the Christian race, and with all the blood-washed saints, praise our God through an endless eternity. I feel that when we have been there ten thousand years, we shall have no less days to sing His praise than when we first begun.
Pray for us all ye saints, that we may be kept from all evil, blameless before God. Amen! Your sister under the blood.
N. J. Daugherty.
Sedswick City, Kan.
The Lord does wonderfully help me, and keep me from all sin, and I give Him a the glory for what He does for me. About six years ago He saved me from tobacco, and all foolish pride of dress, and I do not drink tea nor coffee. Bless the Lord! I am all the Lord’s, saved and sanctified by the precious blood of Christ.
The Spirit leads me to testify to the goodness of God to me. O how the love of God thrills my inmost soul. Praise God for salvation that I know I have, and that keeps me from all sin. For Christ came to save ns from our sins, not in them; for as Jesus is so are we in this world. And again He says, that every man that hath this hope in him purifies himself even as He is pure. — 1 John 3:3. I praise God that I have this hope in me, and I know that my Redeemer lives. I praise God for leading me out of the cages of deception, and placing my feet on the solid Rock where the gates of bell cannot prevail against me and I am in the true Church. O glory to God! I know my name is written in heaven, in the Lamb’s book of life. O how I do thank God for sending His ministers here to teach ns the right way. O I never can thank God enough for sending dear brother Warner here to preach the straight Word of God to us. Praise God for the sweet peace and joy I have in my soul continually! I am reigning in life with Christ Jesus, far above this world of strife.
We have glorious little meetings here, God comes down in mighty power. ’Tis Heaven come down to the sanctified wholly. O praise the Lord for ever and over for saving my soul. I was only a sinner saved by grace, not of works lest I should boast, but through His mercy He saves me. He sanctifies and keeps me by His mighty power. Pray for me, that I may keep under the blood that makes whiter than snow. Your sister in Christ.
Ahnira M. Wolfburger.
Dear Brethren: — Grace, mercy and peace be multifilied unto you. O how my soul does praise God to-night for His wonderful salvation that saves my soul just now. My testimony is that I am all the Lord’s and the Lord is all to me. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb! Wife and I are praying earnestly that God will hasten the time when some of His ministers filled with the Holy Ghost will make their way for Syracuse, for I have been holding up the straight Church before them, and telling them that Jesus is able to save them from all sin, and the testimony of some is to us that they want to get out deeper in the ocean of God’s love, and requested me to send for some of our preachers, as they call it, but glory be to God, they are not our preachers, they are God’s servants. They tell us if there is any more salvation for them to obtain they want it. Now if any of the Brethren can come right away, write me a card and I will announce a holiness meeting and meet you at the depot. I praise God for what He has done for us in leading us out of babylon. Glory be to God forever and ever! Our hearts run out after poor perishing souls that are starving for the true bread of eternal life.
Your Bro. and sister in the Body of Christ, saved, sanctified, and kept by the power of God.
O. A. Harding.
Bro. John S. Howe, born June 18, 1832, closed this mortal life triumphantly in Jesus, Sunday evening, November the 20th, 1887, Aged 55 years 6 months and 2 days. He fell asleep in Jeans as calmly as though he was about to take his natural rest, without a groan or struggle. O death, whore is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord: yea from henceforth they rest from their labors and their works do follow them. Would to God that all had a Bible hope of meeting him in glory. May they prepare to meet him in his heavenly homo where suffering and death can never come.
A week before he died he said it seemed to him like a dream about Bro. Warner and his company being at his house, and wished to see them. Bro. Howe had a doctor before Bro. Warner came. Bro Warner laid hands on him in the name of the Lord, anointing him with oil, and he got better. He was able to walk some, and gave in his testimony for the Lord in prayer meeting at his house; but soon after that ho took cold and had a chill, and the fever came back, and he died in a few days.
Bro. Austin took charge of the funeral services. He read the 14th chapter of John, and spoke to the people as he was led of the Lord. Glory to God for this fact that Jesus died for us, that whether we wake (live) or sleep, (in death) we shall live together with Him.
Sedgwick City, Kansas.
Dear Trumpet Readers: – It is the will of God that I testify for Jesus. The Lord is still dwelling richly in my heart. Glory he to God I Many of the saints may wish to know what I am doing, as I have left the Trumpet Office. When I left the Office, all was running in the Lord’s order, and the Lord abundantly blessed me for all my labors while there. Since I left there, the Lord has wonderfully kept us, and provided for us, both Spiritually and temporally. He has given me a school to teach, and I am teaching it for the glory of God. All I do is for the glory of God. I am living all the time just as He would have me to live. I have the witness in my soul that I please God: His smiles are resting upon me every moment. O my heart melts within me when I think of His wonderful love. O glory to God!
I wish to say to all, the Lord still keeps me healed from my lameness. Most of you remember that 5 years ago, (Jan. 25) I was healed of hip disease, and enabled to throw away my crutches winch I had used over 16 years. Since that time I have felt no need of them at all. God has all the glory, for through the name of Jesus He did the work. Before the Lord healed me I could not walk ten rods without my crutch and cane, but now, in the name of Jesus, I am able to walk to and from my school every day, which is two miles from my home. Praise the name of Jesus! He is my physician: I will trust Him as long as I live. He saves me and leads me by His Spirit all the time.
There are no saints near here, so we do not have the privilege of meeting with them, hut my heart is with you all, and I pray without ceasing that the work may go on until God says enough, and closes time.
O dear ones, pray for me, that I faint not. My companion and I are both sanctified wholly, and are doing the whole will of God at all times. Praise God for ever! Your brother in Christ.
Dear saints and Trumpet readers: God bless you all and keep you in His fullness is my prayer. My testimony this morning is that I am settled deeper into the will of God than ever before. How much more I feel the need of walking holy before God than ever. O may God lead our every thought and action in this life. I also feel led of the Lord to give a little of my past experience. I was converted when I was about 15 years old. I well remember the first passage of Scripture that ever came to me. It was on Sabbath morning while I was dressing to go to church. I could not get ray clothes fixed to suit me, as was very proud. God spake to me these words: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” — Matt. 6:38. Also read 31, 32. So after I was justified I thought I ought to live like an angel, or without sin; but the people told me I could not live that way, so I joined the Baptist sect, and lived about 9 months without sinning, or if I sinned I did not know it. But the devil got the advantage of me and I sinned, so he told me I had fallen from grace. Also seeing the members of that sect go into the grocery and drink whiskey, and two of our preachers would get drunk: and worse than all would try to deny it. So I became so disgusted I went back into the world and lived a very wicked life for seven years. During that time I was brought to death’s door two or three times, and I promised God I would do better; but very soon I would forget my promise to God. By this time I was hardened in sin, so I thought I would just as soon die as to live. There was a protracted meeting about five miles away. I procured a bottle of whiskey and went to the meeting. The devil told me I could do just as I pleased, so when they began to sing and call fur seekers I tried to sing or halloo lo excite the attention of the people. The preacher noticed me, and said, “O ye reprobate, how can you sing that song?” By this I was brought under conviction and, went and sat down, the word reprobate, ringing in my ears. When he gave a call for seekers I tried to go, but could not get up from the seat. Some of them noticed me in that awful condition, and came to me and prayed for me. I thought, poor Christian, you can pray for me, but it is too late. The devil told me I had committed the unpardonable sin, and brought this Scripture to my mind, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have lasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good Word of God and the powers Of the world to come: if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame. — Heb. 6:4-6. This is one among the many passages of Scripture the devil used to present to me to deceive me with because was a backslider. But glory be to Jesus! I found the devil to be a liar, for God would give me a promise every time, only believe and you shall be saved. O hallelujah to God and the Lamb for ever and ever! He was so merciful to me as to pardon my sins after three months hard struggling with the devil. Eight here I would say to those who have left their first love, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do thy first works or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy candlestick out of his place except thou repent. — Rev. 2:5.
Well after I had been justified this time I began to inquire again what church to join. I went to a sect minister and told him I believed I could live better out of a church than in one, for I could not find one that I could believe was right according to the light I had. He told me I could not live outside of some organization, and advised me to join his church (sect). Of course I was not satisfied, and I went to the Lord about it, and He told me His grace was sufficient for me; but not knowing the true Church I attended the Baptist sect meetings, and of course they persuaded me to join them again. We began to hold prayer meetings, but they soon went to nothing. Then I joined a Methodist sect, and found them no better. I moved out of that neighbor-hood which removal I believe was of the Lord. I heard of the holiness people about 6 miles away. O what awful lies we heard about them.
I was taken sick and could not go to their meetings, so the people sent for them to come into our neighbor-hood. By that time I was well enough to attend their meetings. I found it quite different from what I had heard. Bro. Cole preached on sanctification. I thought I never heard such a sermon in my life. There was a voice said to me, “That’s the very thing you need.” I used to go in secret prayer every evening about Sun-set, and something would say, you must have more grace in order to live without committing sin. So I went right to seeking sanctification. I consecrated on Friday, and on Sunday I received the witness. Then I found I could live without sinning. I was very badly afflicted with several diseases. There had been a good many dollars spent to cure me, but failed. I had dyspepsia, heart disease, neuralgia, rheumatism, and constipation, was so bad I had lo take medicine all the time. I had been afflicted from my infancy. Bro. Cole told me I could be healed if I would trust the Lord. It was three months before I could take the Lord fully for my physician. The dyspepsia got so bad the week before I was healed that scarcely anything would lay on my stomach. The morning I was healed I came very near fainting with hunger. The dear Lord sent Bro. Cole to our house, He asked me if I could take the Lord for my physician. I told him I thought I could: so he laid hands on me in the name of the Lord, and I was instantly healed. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb! I have never used any medicine since that time, over four years ago. I have had many severe trials of faith, and lots of persecutions; but God gives me victory over all of them. Praise His name forever!
He healed them all, the blind the lame, the palsied,
The sick in body, and the weak in mind;
Whoever came, no matter how afflicted,
Were sure a sovereign remedy to find.
His word gave health, His touch restored the vigor,
To every weary, pain-exhausted frame,
And all He asked before He gave the blessing,
Was simply faith in Him from those who came.
And is our Lord the kind, the good, the tender,
Less loving now than in those days of old?
Or is it that our faith is growing feeble,
And Christian energy is waxing cold?
Why do we not with equal expectation,
Now bring our sick ones to the Lord in prayer?
Right through the throng of unbelieving scruples.
Up to His very side, and leave them there.
He never health refused in bygone ages,
Nor feared to take the chastisement away;
Then why not ask it now, in stead of praying
Nor patience to endure from day to day?
Your brother under the blood.
John P. Bailey.
If sinners entice thee, consent thou not
Dear Brethren: — This morning finds me rejoicing in a complete salvation, full and free. Praise God for what He has done in this place, and for what He is still doing. Glory to Jesus! God, in answer to prayer, sent Bro. J. C. Mayne here to warn sinners to flee from the wrath to come, and it is wonderful how the Lord used him in dealing out the Word to sinners.
Meeting commenced Tuesday evening Bro. Kilpatrick met with ns and preached the Word, and Bro. Mayne continued with us until the next Monday night. Also the dear ones at the TRUMPET OFFICE met with us. Eleven dear souls felt their burden of sin, and came to the Lord. They have testified to forgiveness of sins, and some to sanctification. We still meet together every night and have prayer meetings. One dear soul came to Christ last night for pardon of sins and one for victory, and both felt that they received the desire of their hearts, and testified to the same. O glory be to Jesus! While He has been calling sinners, He has also been deepening the work in my heart. O I praise God for so uniting us together in love that we can be of some use in the hands of the Lord to the salvation of souls. There are others under conviction, and good interest among the people. My prayer is that God will deepen the conviction upon the hearts of poor sinners until they will accept Christ on the terms of the Gospel. Glory to Jesus! The love, peace and joy I have in my soul knows no bounds, it is from everlasting to everlasting. Last Tuesday night Bro’s. S. L. Speck and E. E. Byrum met with us. The Lord was there, and we had a blessed meeting. Bro. Speck preached to us the Word of the Lord by the Holy Spirit, after which four precious souls consecrated themselves on the altar, for sanctification. O how I love this narrow way. Glory to Jesus! I have complete victory in my soul. I am saved, sanctified, and satisfied with Jesus. God bless and keep the dear Trumpet family in their labors of love. Amen! Your sister in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. Jesus has blessed me and saved my soul, and has given me the Holy Spirit to guide me, and makes me to rejoice all the time. Praise His holy name for ever! O I cannot thank Him enough for all His goodness to me, for He is my hope, my helper and physician. I am praying God to send some of His workers here. All around us, there is nothing but sin; there are a few sect professors, but they are no better than non-professing sinners. Husband and I are standing firm, though we stand alone with Jesus, and by the grace of God we shall stand to the end of this life. Dear saints pray for us, that we may make each day a preparation for eternity. May the blessing of God rest upon all His dear children. Your sister, saved.
Emma A. Green.
My soul says praise the Lord just now. I have been reading the Gospel Trumpet for some time, and O bow it cheers my soul. May the Lord bless and keep yon all.
Your brother, saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God.
John A. Ferguson.
I will say by the way of testimony, I am filled with all the fulness of God. It was two years the first day of January since God spake peace to my poor soul. It was the first truly happy New Year I had ever enjoyed; for I find there is no real enjoyment outside of Christ Jesus. Oh that was a glorious happy moment when I felt my load of sins all roll away. I also learned that the old carnal nature still remained and that I had much to contend with inside and out. My evil temper was the worst. But praise our God! I always found Him a very present help in every time of need: and He always gave me grace to go and acknowledge my faults to my God and fellow men. I had also been subject to spasms for over six years, caused by sun stroke, and I bad spent much money to try to get relief; but all to no avail. Well all praise be to God, I have learned that man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. So one morning when I was so far gone with one of those much dreaded spasms, as to be unable to walk any further I started to lie down to keep from falling; I heard a soft voice from Heaven saying, Why do you not take it to the Lord in prayer. Instead of lying down I knelt and poured out my heart to God in prayer, and immediately I felt partial relief. I then went into the house, told my family, and asked them to join with me in prayer. Presently all symtoms were removed, and my heart was filled with praises to God which caused me to leap and shout for joy, while the whole room seemed illuminated with a brightness which far out-shone the sun. Praise God! the Sun of righteousness was there. The Spirit showed me I must testify to the power of God to heal. So the same hour I went on the road telling all whom I met of what a wonderful miracle God had wrought in and through me. My testimony was received with doubt. Some saying, “Well that is good: but don’t you think they will return when warm weather comes again.” Well praise God! my faith is just as good in warm weather as cold, and it is an unchangeable God that I serve. So I passed through the summer with victory in my soul. Well praise God I during last winter I was convicted, for full salvation. I presented myself wholly and acceptable unto God and He cast out the old man with his deeds. Praise God! last winter Bro. Warner and baud of workers came this way and taught the true light which a few gladly accepted, and stepped out on the promises of God I by faith. But the devil is at large and going about seeking whom he may devour, and some have fallen victims to his will, while others are clinging to God by faith and are enjoying perfect freedom in Christ Jesus. We need some fire baptized minister here to preach the straight Word. And I believe there could be much good done in the name of Jesus. We have free access to a school house to hold meeting in, and are praying that God will direct some one this way.
Your free brother in Christ.
F. E. Akin.
Dear Brethren: — I am led of God to testify through the GOSPEL TRUMPET that I am saved to the uttermost, walking with one Christ Jesus. Oh glory to God for his goodness! He has healed my body and keeps me daily. I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God.
Your sister in Christ.
Columbia City., Ind.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to write my testimony to let you know that I am still saved. I praise God for a sweet peace in my soul. Glory to Jesus! I am saved from the use of tobacco and alcohol and all the filth of the flesh. There are just a few standing here in the light and we have glorious prayer meetings. It has been over a year since I was saved.
Praise God for salvation that keeps me saved. Your brother sanctified and satisfied. Pray for me that I may stand firm.
Jerry City, O.
I praise the Lord for all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. The blessed Jesus is keeping me through every trial. It is wonderful how the Lord is leading His dear children; how humble we might to feel when we see the wonderful kindness of our blessed Lord to us; how often we have come short, but he has been longsuffering, still ought not we to follow Him in this also. How careful those who are strong ought to be with poor saints who are under temptation and severe trials. We should have a heart full of love that goes out after the soul’s best interest: but sometimes we see some who seem to have no other object in view than to be heard for their much speaking. How much better would it be for all, if such would again do the first works, and get the glory in their soul. I praise God that I am saved just now through the sanctifying blood of Jesus.
Dear Saints: — I do glorify God for the blessed salvation He gives to me just now I do praise and glorify Him for the victory He gives me over the world, the flesh and the devil. Though the devil rages all around, Jesus gives me complete victory. I know He keeps me each day from sin. Praise His holy name! The devil put it into the heart of one who pretended to be a child of God, to come here and make the little ones believe the Word of God taught us we could not live without sin and that if we said we did, we were putting ourselves above Christ, for He (Christ) was not without sin. But glory be to our God, He gave us wonderful victory over the devil and all his works. I do pray God to deliver that, person from the sin and delusion in which the devil now keeps him. Dear ones, I know that God has gloriously delivered me firm the sin of this world. God gives me such wonderful victory in ray soul that it seems as if I could die for Him as the Martyers of old did. Oh I cannot praise God enough for what He has done for me, for over saving me. Glory to His holy name! God’s little ones need not be afraid, for He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world. Sometimes the devil tries to get between God and His children, but God does gloriously keep them from all harm. Praise and glory be to His name! Dear Saints pray for the Church here that we may remain firm for Jesus.
Your sister redeemed by the blood.
I praise God this evening for the blessed indwelling of the Holy Spirit and freedom in Christ Jesus. There is a little baud of saints here at this place suffering the persecution for Christ’s sake. The adversary is trying to overthrow us, but I remember, if Christ be for us, who dare be against us. I hear poor deluded souls say, I have a hard time in living a Christian life: but Christ says, “My yoke is easy and my burden light. I fear they look at the burden and not at the Christ they should adore. I desire the prayers of the saints that I may be useful in the vineyard; for none but the experienced knows the longing I have for the perishing. Your Bro. saved in Christ.
A. T. Dawson.
Dear Brethren: — May the God of all grace, keep your minds and hearts in peace until the Lord shall come. I do praise the Lord for permitting me to attend the Beaver Dam camp-meeting to hear God’s Word preached in the Spirit and power. Glory be to Jesus for His goodness to the children of men! I can truly say “the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” And when the chief Shepherd shall appear I shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away. Praise God! The Lord Himself shall give it unto them who are faithful unto the end. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto them also that love His appearing. All who are made perfect in love, will love the appearing of Christ, when He shall come with a shout. I praise God for my deliverance out of babylon confusion. I am free and walking in all the light He gives me. Glory to God! I am sanctified through the truth, and wholly given up to God to do His will in all things. I am tried and made white, and in the Church which is the pillar and ground of the truth, established by God Himself.
Dear Saints: — I praise the Lord for salvation and for this great freedom in Christ who delivers me from all the snares of the devil, and fills me with His glory. I am saved, sanctified and kept by His power ready to be revealed in the last time.
Your saved Brother in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — praise the Lord for full and free salvation that saves from all sin. I wish some of the dear saints were out here to preach the Gospel as it is. We hope that God will send some of the dear saints this way, for there is a great work to be done here. Your Bro. saved.
Plumbs Cross Roads, O.
Dear Saints: — My testimony this morning is that I am saved from all sin just now, and have the sweet peace of God in my soul. About one year ago the blessed Lord convicted me of my sins, and I saw my condition and came to God, and He for Christ’s sake forgave me of my sins and placed me in His Church. Afterwards I saw it was the will of God that I should be sanctified, and I presented my body a living sacrifice holy acceptable unto the Lord, and He sanctified my soul by a second work of grace. Praise the Lord! He just sweetly saves and keeps me all the time. Pray for me.