23 May 1895, Volume 15, Number 21.
DEPRAVITY OF MAN.
See the world all lost in sin,
Striving earthly joys to win;
See them us they heedless go,
Rushing onward down to woe.
Thoughtless of salvation dear,
Or the name of God to fear;
Grasping, striving for the wealth,
Sacrificing soul and health,
Seeking only for to live
For the things the world can give;
Spending all their time to gain
Earthly things to give them pain.
Wise and simple, young and old,
Selling Heaven’s hopes for gold;
Rich and poor, both small and great,
Passing on to meet their fate.
Some who only care to live
For the things the world can give,
Drink and revel, dance and play,
Never stopping once to pray.
Wasting precious time that’s given
To prepare their souls for Heaven;
Careless, thoughtless, blithe and gay.
Yet must stand the judgment day.
Some a slave to fashion’s curse,
Seeking styles throughout the earth,
Decked in silks and feathers gay,
Heeding not the judgment day.
Some are striving to obtain
Man’s respect and get a name,
Seeking for the world’s applause,
But despise the Savior’s cause.
Some so wicked, base and vile.
Caring not for fame or style.
But to vice and passion given.
Forfeit all their hopes of Heaven.
Some to rum become a slave,
Which soon carries to the grave;
Many men and boys so bright,
Going down to endless night.
О how awful is the scene,
Of a world all lost in sin!
Countless millions sad to tell.
Sinking down to endless hell.
But the God, whose name is love,
Sent a Savior from above,
Who for us his life has given,
To prepare a way to Heaven.
D. C. Engle.
GOD tells us in his Word the attitude we must maintain in walking, Psa. 84:11. No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. We have need of clean hands, Psa. 24:4. And beautiful feet, Sol, 7:1. Isa. 52:7. In the morning light “Walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost they were multiplied;” so God to day in the blessed evening light, Zech 14:7, will help his people. For he says the light shall be seven-fold, in the day when he healeth the breach of his people. Isa. 30:26. Then we are to be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Praise our God! In Deut. 33:24, we read blessed be Asher, “Let him be acceptable to his brethren, let him dip his foot in oil.” Oh, the precious grace of God which will be made to abound toward every one who walk with God! How it will make us see eye to eye in the work of God! He assures us he will dwell in us and walk in us. Oh, dear family of God, let us who have discerned the body of Christ so walk in him that the souls now in bondage may be won. I am so grateful to God, my Father, that although so scarred through disobedience to God’s word, and by the traditions of men, Jesus is my deliverer, and I can walk at liberty, assured that whosoever the Son maketh free is free indeed, Glad that I indeed have the freedom. Praise God! Yours in the faith,
E. C. D.
ТRАIN YOUR CHILDREN FOR HEAVEN.
(A Testimony by G. L. C.)
Dear Parents and Trumpet Readers that have had the blessed privilege of reading Bro. Warner’s continued article on this subject published in the Gospel Trumpet this spring; some of you may yet be in doubts as to the precious truths therein set forth. And to all such I wish to add my experience as testimony … … ..efit and also that … … … that God may be glorified in a special advancement along this line of work.
TRAINING CHILDREN FOR HEAVEN.
I have had some experience in being trained or drilled in this way. I was converted at the (some may say “early”) age of ten years. This was not early for me. I might, and should have been converted quite understanding two or three years before this, had the course been followed as suggested by Bro. Warner. Although when I did yield to God I was but a child. My ways and habits for future years were yet, in a sense, unformed. I did not have the judgment nor yet the firmness to always pursue the best course. I needed help, advice, instruction, correction, encouragement, and most of all a holy firmness, and “go through,” which I did not possess at that age. By way of illustration, the tender plant needed a support in order that it should grow erect. Children are all alike in this respect. Most of them have a desire and disposition favorable to righteousness, but they must have a support. They will not grow upright without it.
In this I found a much needed help and stay in my sister, as she was grown at that time. Though an invalid she was so established in the grace of God, and decided, in trueness and loyalty to God, that she possessed that much needed faculty so wanting in childhood. This, of course, would have been of no value in my behalf unless exercised toward me, which she did.
IN TIMES OF TRIAL OR DISCOURAGEMENT.
The wind did not always blow favorably. There were many bad influences around me too numerous to mention; and some that provoked to anger and I would become discouraged. And, doubtless, I would have fallen a prey to the devil in less than a year and given up all hopes of living for God and heaven, had my sister only pursued the course of many, who lawfully have far more responsibility and care of young minds than she. But thank God! she would watch close after my soul, and if she discerned anything wrong she would question, and search until I would open my heart and tell what the trouble was; and if I talked of giving up and not living for God she would not listen to any such wicked suggestions of the enemy. She would not let me off until I would repent and straighten up and gain new courage and get victory in my soul. And I soon learned it was no use to hide or run, or say I would not serve God. I must submit, and I could not get enough firmness from the devil to resist the firmness she had received from God, until I much dreaded to get out of harmony with God because I well knew the course of medicine I had to take, although I loved her the more whenever she helped me out of trouble. Of course, the devil would try hard to get me to hate her whenever I would get away from God, so as to keep her from being a benefit to me, for he knew he had to travel as soon as his works were discovered. Now, I wish to tell you
In the main, I lived in closer communion with God for five years than many old professors of Christianity; really enjoyed more of the love of God than they, and my disposition so molded for God that I could not drown my conviction even with folly. But could even call to memory the joys of salvation in childhood and realize they far exceeded all the mirth of youth and society; and thereby was persuaded to give up the social circle to serve God in the beauties of holiness in this blessed evening light. All the lying deceptions of Satan in my backslidden state could not erase the foreknowledge of God’s revelations to my soul in those childhood days when I loved the word of God, and the place of secret prayer and the family altar, where I discharged my Christian duty from the age of ten years until my sister went into the gospel field, five уears later. And I was soon caught in the whirlpool of society, the devil’s trap that destroys so many young Christians. And, doubtless, I would have escaped this if I had still been under the proper Christian authority. My exhortation is, dear parents, do walk in the light and train your children for heaven. Amen.
In our article of Jan. 31, answer the question, respecting white brethren greeting colored brethren with the holy kiss, a wrong punctuation occurs which has had some to think we acknowledged slavery as of God. The following words occur in the article referred to: “We believe that God made all men of one flesh. So did he not make one part to hold another part in slavery?” The typographical error consists in the use of the interrogation point. Being thus put in the form of a question it actually leaves the impression on the reader’s mind that God created some men to be slaves to others. This was directly opposite to our intention as may be seen elsewhere in the article. This is no question in our mind respecting the sin of slavery. Our purpose was to state, that God created all men of one flesh, hence, entitled to equal rights in Christ. To Christian equality in a sense, even though existing laws make social distinctions. Also, God made not some men to hold others as their slaves. Both laws creating slavery and making distinction in race and color, are not in accord with the principles of Christianity, but the example of John, Christ and the apostles, that it is a Christian duty to suffer without murmuring and without the fomentation of anything like anarchy, whatever injustice and oppression it may find in the existing laws of any government under which it is called to live. It is the privilege and duty of men of God to cry out against sin in high places, in governments, but such laws as conflict with the liberties of Christians, is a pious virtue to suffer in meekness.
Please explain how those that are alone can keep free from sectism, and obey Heb. 10:25 — “Not forsake the assembling of yourselves together.” etc.
The above text requires the “assembly of yourselves,” that is, of God’s own people. And of course it can only be fulfilled where others of God’s people live near enough to assemble. When that is not the case then you may keep the command as Paul met with the saints at Col. 2:5. The epistle to the Hebrews was addressed to “Holy brethren,” 3:1. To such as had come to Mount Sion the city of the living God, the church of the first-born which are written, in heaven. 12:22, 23. So, holy brethren, your-selves are to meet together. If you cannot meet with such it will do no good to meet with sinners, who had only come to Babylon, and not to Jerusalem. Besides in so doing you disobey the Word. 2 Cor. 6:14—17.
Did Jesus mean the natural hand and foot in Mat. 18:8?
Certainly not; else how could we obey this command, “Work with your own hands,” “lay hands on the sick,” “lift up holy hands?”
The command has reference to the removal of anything that is in the way of our spiritual life, though it might be as dear to us as our own hand, foot, or eye. In Mat. 5:28-30, the same command is immediately connected with, or rather set over against the sin of adultery. Men had better suffer the loss of all unholy and unlawful indulgences, howeyer great the sacrifice may appear, than sink their souls to hell.
Please explain 1 Tim. 5:1. J. С. P.
The same word presbuteros in its several grammatical forms in the New Testament, denotes either an aged person, or an officer by that name in the Jewish nation and also in the church of God. It is the word used to represent the functionary in God’s church (elder) who is also called bishop. But in the text in question it evidently simply means an aged man, being used in opposition to “younger men.” In the next verse the same word occurs in its feminine form, presbuteras, the elder woman. Also, in Titus 2:3, the same word is rendered “old man,” Luke 1:18, “aged man.” Titus 2:2, Phil. 9.
The spiritual overseers of God’s church were doubtless called elders, because they were oldest, and strongest in the grace of God.
God naturally created man with respect and veneration for the aged. And he, always preserving harmony between his creation and his revelation, says, “rebuke not an elder.” It is altogether out of place for young brothers and sisters to rebuke aged saints. But even such may, through enfeebled minds, and the wiles of the adversary fall into error and faults. Then it is the duty of any child of God to “entreat him as a father.” There is a proper way to respect the aged, and yet do our duty by them if they are turned aside in wrong paths.
If you will please answer the following questions you will greatly oblige me.
- Have you an organization as a church?
- If you have, under what name?
- What is your form of ordination?
S. H. Williams.
Ans. to first. We have no organization as a church which we call ours. But God has an organization which is not “a church,” but “the church,” which is the body of Christ, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Eph. 1:22, 23. It is his own church and not ours. He “purchased it with his own blood,” Acts 20:28, and built it. Mat. 16:18. And having bought, us with a great price, we also belong to him, and he has set us into the body — his church — as it pleaseth him. 1 Cor. 12: 13, 18.
Ans. to second. It is an organic body, organized “by the same God which worketh all in all,” and “tempers the body together.” 1 Cor. 12:6, 24. Christ is the door, and salvation the manner of entrance. Jno. 10:9. Hence, all in it are saved, do not sin, and whosoever sinneth is of the devil, and has not known Christ. 1 Jno. 3:6-10.
You will find the name of this divine organization as given by its founder in Jno. 17:6, 11, 12, as understood and used by the inspired apostles, in Acts 20:28, 1 Tim. 3:15, and in about eight other places in the New Testament. The title of God’s church is therefore in full, “The Church of the living God.”
Ans. to third. The inspired history of God’s church gives us the example of laying on of hands with prayer, as the form of ordination of elders and deacons. We accept the Word.
- Please explain Luke 9:45, 50.
- 3 Jno. 10. E. P.
Ans. to first. The party referred to here seemed to have heard and believed in Christ, actually received power to cast out devils. But for some reason, perhaps on account of domestic duties, he did not follow the Savior about from place to place as the other disciples did. The disciples erred in wholly literalizing the Savior’s words, “He that taketh not up his cross and followeth me, cannot be my disciple,” and accordingly judged the man has no right to even cast out devils in the name of Christ. But Jesus intimated that he was actually “gathering with them,” hence, following Christ in spirit and truth. But any person who will not follow Christ in his Word and Spirit, has no part with him. Such are not disciples of Christ, and whatever their profession may be they are scattering abroad, and are against Christ.
Ans. to second. To understand what is meant by this case of Diotrephes, “casting the brethren out of the church,” let it be understood that the church has a two-fold sense. It exists as a divine institution, as a system of principles, doctrine, and truth. And it may be spoken of with reference to its membership, its congregation of adherents. Just so we speak of any religous society. When a man asks the question, “What kind of a church is that?” in such a place. The question may relate to their creed and principles, as it may only have reference to the character of its membership, or he might have reference to both. If he is acquainted with their doctrine and creed, he would be understood as asking after the standing of the members. But if he knew them, and not what they held to, his question would relate to the nature of their creed. Now, so far as relates to the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth, Diotrephes, nor any other man, cannot put a person out of it, no more than one man can put another out of Christ; with whom, indeed, the church is identical. See 1 Cor. 12:12. Eph. 5:30. But this thing that jealous preacher could do, he could, in a sense cast the brethren out of the congregation. Not necessarily bodily ejecting them out of the house where they assembled; but by rejecting them, renouncing them, and denying them all rights and privileges in the church, such as liberty of speech, prayer and testimony, and by treating them as aliens.
But, beloved, what did the apostle think of such arbitrary work? After speaking of his malicious words, and ungodly treatment of the brethren, he says, “Beloved, follow not that which is evil.” So the whole business of lording over God’s heritage, and casting men out of the church — out from the privileges of the congregation, — who are actually in the church, is an evil work of the devil. Whereas to “put out from among you,” one who is actually “without” the body, not in the church that is actually written in heaven, at all, is a righteous work, approved of God. 2 Cor. 5:7, 13. This latter is purging out from among us such as are not in the church. But that of Diotrephes was driving men out of the congregation who were really in the church, and entitled to all its means of grace. No person can really put a person out of the church, their names being written in heaven, and to attempt it is an evil work.
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Requests For Prayer.
I want the prayers of all God’s people for the healing of my husband of lung trouble, as his faith is very weak. Yours in Christ, Lydia E. Matlock.
St. James, Mo.
Dear Saints: As it is prophesied in the word of God that there shall be famines and pestilence, etc., it is sure to come and must come, and it is necessary that it should come to show us that we are very near the end of probation here, and according to the signs it is even at the door. There has been two years continued drouth here so that we have raised no corn, and but very little wheat in the past two years, and at this writing I do not believe there will be three bushels per acre of what is left, and it is not over ten or twelve inches high, and is heading out. With the continued dry weather it looks discouraging. Now we ask all the dear ones that feel the burden resting upon you after you read this, to go to God in prayer in our behalf. We have learned many precious lessons of faith and how to trust the Lord, but as the time has come when there is not a day’s work to be had, and not raising any thing, God will have to put it into the hearts of some of his children elsewhere to supply our needs. We have planted a large garden, but the wind and dust kills every thing as fast as it comes up. Our corn has been killed down by dust storms twice in the last week. Pray the Father that if it is his will, to send us rain. We never have, in all these two years of drouth, murmured at any time, or even complained in the least, but the time has come, dear ones, that we need help for soul and body. Let all pray the prayer of faith in behalf of all the dear ones in the West. Yours in the love of Jesus,
W. G. and N. M. Sorrels,
Calls For Meeting.
We desire some one to come here to hold meetings with a tabernacle.
Geo. W. Shepherd, Union, Cass Co., Neb.
If we could get some true man or woman of God. to come here and teach us, I think the Lord could build up a great work at this place. We trust he will send some one. J. W. Hindman,
We would be glad to have some true holiness ministers to come here with a tabernacle, and hold a meeting this fall.
J. W. Huff,
Dadeville, Dade Co., Mo.
I believe God is opening the way for his true gospel to be preached here amid sect blindness, and hungering souls are enquiring the way of truth. Yours, saved by the blood of Jesus,
Mrs. M. E. Prewitt, West Point, Hardin Co., Ky.
Cannot some true minister of the gospel go to Vosburg, Clark Co., Miss., and carry the glad tidings to the people there? They are begging for the true light. But few of them ever heard it preached. If any one can go in the summer, we think a good work could be done. Address S. F. Graves, Vosburg, Miss., and he will meet you there. There is a house there to preach in.
I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God. I pray that the way may be opened for some holy minister to come here and hold a few meetings. People are hungering for the truth. Begun to see the deception and hypocrisy of sect preachers. By the help of the Lord a few have withdrawn from the sect and give in a good testimony for God. There is a meeting house here, the doors of which will be open. Your humble brother in the one body, Wm. Nanta,
McBride, Montcalm Co., Mich.
Cannot Bro. Cox, Bro. and Sister Walter, or some Gratiot Co. saints respond to this call?
There will be a meeting in Canton, O., May 17-27, the Lord willing.
G. T. Clayton.
Assembly meeting, Darlington, S. C., beginning June 28. Jas, E. Shaw,
Bishopville, S. C.
Tabernacle meeting, Berlin, Ont., beginning July 10.
J. A. Dillon, Wife and Co.
Grand Junction, Mich, camp meeting June 11-20.
Camp meeting near Pullman, Wash., June 14 to July 7.
Camp meeting, Thayer, Oregon Co., Mo., July 24-Aug. 4. B. F. Chase.
Camp meeting at St. Louis, Gratiot Co., Mich., to begin Aug. 15, and last ten days.
Camp meeting at Zion, Anderson Co., S. C., Aug. 1-15.
Camp meeting, Frisco, Ark., beginning Sept. 12.
McLallen Corners, Erie Co., Pa.
The church at this place desire to have a camp meeting, commencing about the 22d or 23d of August, and lasting as long as the Lord wills. We would be glad to have Bro. S. L Speck, W. G. Schell, Samuel Martz, H, M. Riggle, or any one whom the Lord may send. A general invitation is given to all. Those coming from Canada, should come t0 Erie and then, to Waterford, and those from the West, stop at Cambridge. Write to me, and I will see that you are met at the train. For further information address Arthur Howard.
To the Gospel Workers: We would, announce there will be a grove or camp meeting to begin Aug. 11, and continuing to the 20th, or as long as the Lord wills, in Bliss Township, Emmet Co., Mich., 24 miles north of Petoskey, on the G. R. & I. R. R. Bliss is 7 miles west of Levering, a station on the above named road. Our object in announcing this meeting so early is, that some of the workers may make arrangements to attend this meeting, and we pray God to put it in the heart of some of his fire-baptized workers, (man and wife preferred) to come to these parts, to stay until the Lord is through with them here. There is a great field open here for the truth of God. Yours in Jesus,
Allie R. Fisher.
The Lord willing, the Canada camp meeting will be Aug. 29-Sept. ,9. We are looking to the Lord for a wonderful outpouring of his Holy Spirit at this meeting. The brethren have been at work on the ground: this spring, planting young trees, and expect to have a well of water. And we feel it would be to the glory of God that many board tents be put up this summer, that those coming from a distance can be accommodated and sinners get saved. A lease of the ground will be given for twenty years. Parties living at a distance wishing to build, by writing Bro’s Wahlon, Swayze, or M. E. Johnson, Fenwick, Ont., will get full particulars, and have tents put up as cheap as possible. Brethren, do not fail to build up the camp of the Lord, and save the $25.00 that has been paid year after year for cloth tents. Bro. Warner is desired.
J. A. Dillon and Co.
Boise City, Idaho.
Dear Family of God: May the Lord ever richly bless you all. To all the saints in these parts who expect to attend the Washington С. M., I wish to say, those coming by railroad over the O. R. & N. or U. P. system after the first day of meeting, stop off at Elberton, Wash., and notify Bro. J. C. Benton to meet you. All coming the first day, or before, get off at Colfax, and notify Bro. J. M. Cochran to meet you. Any coming over the N. P. R. R., get off at Pullman. at any time, and notify Bro. A. B. Peterman or D. J. Jenkins to meet you. Also, the general baptizing service of the meeting will be July 4, in the forenoon, and the ordinance meeting will be in the afternoon of the same day. Let all the saints in these parts make it possible for you to be with us, especially July 4 and 5, when a rich and grand time is expected, with great showers of blessings from the Lord. Dear Bro. Byrum, of the Gospel Trumpet office is expected to be with us, the Lord willing; also dear Bro. Byers, of California. Pray much for us and the success of that meeting, all to the glory of God. Also, let all mail for this meeting be addressed to, The saints’ camp meeting, Elberton, Whitman Co., Wash., with your name plainly written. This also, will be our address after June 14, to July 8. Yours in Him,
F. N. Jacobson and Co.
Grove meeting near Homeland, Howell Co., Mo., beginning June 2, and holding over the following Sunday. The saints from and around Mammoth Springs, Clifton, and Poynor are especially invited to be with us. Bro’s Stanberry, Watson, Chase, Collins and others are expected. Bro. Collins’ tabernacle will be used on the occasion. Brethren, let us make this a 4th of July rally for the salvation of souls. Address Bro. G. F. Hesselton, Homeland, Howell Co., Mo.
The Lord willing, there will be a grove meeting one mile north of Jordan (Ont.) station, in Solomon Overholt’s woods, commencing May 22, to continue as long as the Lord wills. Let this meeting be a general feast to the saints in Canada, and all who desire to come. The G. T. R. R. runs through Jordan. For full particulars write D. H. Moyer, Vineland, Ont., or Thos. Church, Jordan, Ont. We expect to be there. Jno. A. Dillon, Wife & Co.
A grove meeting is to be held in Noble’s grove, about miles north of Tekoa, Whitman Co., Wash., July 12-22. All seekers after light, truth and salvation are invited. Tekoa is on the O. R. & N. R. R. The Lord will have some company of gospel workers and some of his holy ministers present in the meeting. For further particulars address Bro. Wm. Franklin, Box 93, Tekoa, Wash. Pray for the success of this meeting.
F. N. Jacobson.
Bro. J. F. Howell of Nishnabotna, Mo., has received a large shipment of books and tracts from this office, and desires us to announce that he will have them to furnish to brethren near there, at reduced prices.
The saints in Denver, Colo, are holding forth the pure word of God at 1016, 18th St., every night and on the Lord’s day, morning and evening. Sabbath school at 2 P. M. Any of the saints and others on their way east or west stopping over, and those receiving the salvation of Jesus in other places who live here, are invited to the meetings. God is saving souls.
COME TO THE CAMP MEETING
at Grand junction, Mich., June 11- 20. This is a general convocation for all saints far and near. Its first great object is the instruction, advancement, and perfect equipment of the ministry, and all God’s children in the gifts, and graces and power of the Holy Spirit; in the knowledge of the truth, and the fullness of the love of God shed abroad in the heart. Let all who hunger and thirst after righteousness come expecting to be filled. And we earnestly invite all poor sin- stricken and heavy laden souls to come, expecting to exchange your load of sin and guilt for an exceeding and eternal weight of glory, in the pardon of sin and the adoption of the Spirit. And to all the children of God who are sighing and longing to be free from the canker of inborn sin, come to hear the glorious fulness of the gospel of Christ, and learn the faith of the Son of God which will sanctify you wholly. “That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor.” And we humbly invite those who are afflicted with all manner of diseases, if willing to give yourself wholly and forever to God, to come in faith that the almighty Physician will make you every whit whole. Comfortable quarters will be furnished all who are sick and weakly.
For two great objects, we beseech as many as possible of the ministers and saints of God to come to this feast of tabernacles. First, that we may, all together move forward in the unlimited knowledge and wisdom, and the grace and power of God. Oh beloved, come with your hearts and minds determinedly fixed for a great advancement in the light of God. Second, come to labor earnestly for all the multitude who need your aid. Come with the spirit of sacrifice, chiefly to do good, and your soul will be greatly watered.
We believe it is the will of the Lord that the ministry, as far as possible, attend this meeting. Thank God for the extensive rates that have been granted, so that the cost of travel will be low. Now, dear brethren, see that the messengers of God who are among you are provided with means to come to the feast. And do not forget to bring along something to help those whom the Lord sends here without means to return.
Also, bring along your offerings to the Lord. Remember that our dear Bro. Michels sets a table free to all the poor of God’s people who come here. Nothing will be sold on the Sabbath, as has been heretofore announced, the Lord will require a great liberality from his people. Beloved, come prepared to help as the Lord has prospered you. Though no collections will be taken, the Spirit of God will shew you precious opportunities, of doing good.
Doubtless there will be an increasingly large attendance; therefore, we again insist that every one who can possibly do so, come prepared to take care of yourself; especially do not fail to bring your own bedding.
But above all things, beloved, come praying, with more faith and earnestness than ever before in your lives, for the salvation of a multitude of souls, and the experience of a great epoch in the spiritual advancement of the saints, and the wonderful outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all
his people. Begin at once to pray; yea, fast and pray without ceasing whether you come to the meeting or not.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH IT?
A brother, on receiving a paper called the “Sent or God,” writes us, asking if we thought he could safely give out the same, and if not, what is wrong with it? There are a few other papers that might almost puzzle an and to see any material wrong in them, and yet, this thing is wrong with them all: they are organs of a human clan, a sect whose very existence is in opposition to the word of God. Satan knows very well that the light of holiness has gone forth into the world, and has become generally established. He also knows that the angels of God have sounded out the voice from heaven throughout all this country, and many other places. “Come out of her, my people.” And the Spirit of God himself is indeed calling all who know God in every nation out of sectism; consequently he knows very well that any literature that bears not these two marks are not of God. Hence, he is compelled to send out his agents preaching holiness, right against his work of inbred sin; and be is compelled to have them preach against sects that he has formed, or he could not deceive any of God’s children by these means. But all those workers do not discern the body of Christ. They seek to enroll men in an earthly institution. They are not satisfied with promoting salvation, and having people joined to the Lord, they want all to join their young daughter of the mother of harlots, and have their names written in the earth. The sect represented by the “Sent of God,” is one of the worst to proselyte men into their enrollment we know of.
Before us is the Pentecost, of May 1, the organ of a sect calling itself the “Holiness church.” One would think bу reading it, ail the. flood gates of heaven are opened upon them. One preacher reports a meeting of five weeks in which 150 conversions were counted, and there were over 100 additions to the Baptist church, in whose house he held the meeting. He further says, that “Church” has about 400 members, and the pastor and one-half of the members stand true to the doctrine and experience of holiness.” Now all such chaff may be fed to people whose eyes are not open, but no person in the light of God will take it for a moment. They report a camp meeting, with a great deal of power and demonstration. But with all this great spirit display they report their business sessions, sect machinery, voting and assigning the works, etc. Also, give a list of names who joined their sect during the combination camp and machinery running meeting. Now we know God, and we know how he is moving at this time, and we know that he is calling all his people out of such confusion; therefore, we know that God was not there blessing and running the crutch factories that he is actually burning down in these days. Were the Spirit of God present, as they report, he would rebuke the very work of sect tinkering they were engaged in. Neither the Sent of God sect, nor the Holiness church sect, would have escaped the severest rebukes from the Almighty, had any person undertaken to form them just as they are in the apostle’s day. And if they would have been renounced by all heaven as the works of the devil then, they are none the less such to day. Just think of a number of professed Christian preachers getting together at Corinth and organizing themselves into what they choose to name the “Holiness church,” or “The Hephzibah Faith Home Association,” which is the organization publishing the professed “Sent of God.” It is in some way geared together with another organism, their young sect, the history of which one of its founders gives in their issue of March 21, 1895, in these words: “To the church of Christ established at Freemont Co., la., Dec. 28, 1885.” Here is one of the very last of the daughters of mystery Babylon. A child but eight years old, and yet they have the effrontery to call it the church of Christ. What disgusting confusion! Did Christ have no church until this thing came up? or did he conclude that the one he established on the rock nearly ninteen hundred years ago had gone out of date, and so he got Elder Weavers and Co. to found a better one? Had these new gods that have newly risen came up in the apostles day, think you they would have endorsed and helped them along? just think of the apostle Paul attending and aiding in a camp meeting held by the “Holiness church,” a thing organized by men, and ‘‘written in the earth.” What a strange contrast were we to read in the Acts of the Apostles that Paul went over to Tabor, Iowa and attended the conference of the church of Christ, which was founded by Hanley. Weavers and Co., and encourage them in their good work.” Or were we to read that “Peter delivered a sermon before the Hephzibah Association.” Nay, my brethren, if you would form some idea how the apostle looked upon such new fangled isms, read Acts 20:29, 30. Rom. 16:17, 18. 1 Cor. 1:10-18. 3:1-4. Tit. 3:10, 11.
Just now while Christ is sending his messengers to gather together his bride, and is demanding that all his people should come into the unity of the faith unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ, Satan is making a tremendous effort to keep up the appearance that God is yet owning and blessing sect arrangements; but of course, he cannot succeed in making any such appearance in the old fallen sects. So he has instigated new ones, having the appearance of being in line with God’s present truth, and yet they? are heresies. This one thing is wrong with all these societies. While there are sincere men In them who doubtless are in individual cases doing some good, they have the general effect to make appear that God still endorses sects, and thus they bring in confusion, and are directly opposite to God’s plan of calling out of all isms his people. That some actual good, and much seeming good is manifest in them we will not deny. Indeed, Satan so wants it, otherwise he could not thereby deceive, souls. As counterfeits are compelled to bear more and more the exact marks of the genuine, as detective skill increases, just so, under the increasing light and penetration of the Holy Spirit, and the knowledge of truth, Satan can only keep up an appearance of divine sanction for sect divisions by allowing very radical preaching against his own works, and by an actual, or at least very close resemblance of the work of the Spirit of God. So Satan is forced into very unpleasant business. He is compelled to set his preachers at work tearing down his kingdom in some degree, and building up God’s work to some extent, in order to deceive souls, and tear down to a greater extent. These words may sound strange to some of our readers; but be it understood that the one thing above all that God is now concerned in is the judgment of the whore, and the clear, united, and separate manifestations of the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And as sure as Satan means opposer, his chief business is to try to keep up the appearance that God is still blessing the good (?) sects, and it matters not what you belong to just so you live right. In other words, while God is drawing the line between his church and all men’s organisms, Satan is endeavoring hard to confound the two and still keep up the old confusion that reigned while God’s church was hid by the multiplicity? of sects. Therefore we say again, the best sects are the worst; and the literature having the most appearance of the Spirit and truth, are the most dangerous, just as the best counterfeit will deceive the more people. Remember it is yet true that there is but one body, one faith, and Christ is all and in all, and everything but Christ is a humbug. And any literature that introduces anything but Christ, and what he founded and recorded in his Word is anti-christ, and you are responsible for bidding god speed that which God forbids, if you aid its circulation. Amen.
Arr, by W. B.
The author of grace.
Psa. 84:11 — For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Jno. 1:17 — For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
The throne of grace.
Heb. 4:16 — Let us therefore come boldly unto a throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
How grace is received.
Rom. 4:16 — Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace: to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.
To whom it is given.
Prov. 3:34 — Surely he scorneth the scorners; but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
Eph. 3:7, 8 — Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Jas. 4:6 — But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Pet. 5:5 — Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
What it teaches.
Tit. 2:11, 12 — For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world.
We are justified by grace.
Rom. 3:24 — Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
4:4 — Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
11:5, 6 — Even so then at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Tit. 3:7 — That being justified by his grape, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
The standing grace.
Rom. 5:2 — By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Jno. 1:16 — And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.
Cor. 1:15 — And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit.
Heb. 13:9 — Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines: for it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace.
Pet. 5:12 — By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
The abundance of grace.
Rom. 5:17 — For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. 20 — Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.
Cor. 4:15 — For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
9:8-14 — And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth forever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both ministereth bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness:) being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; while by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; and by
their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
12:9 — And he said unto me. My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
1 Tim. 1:4 — Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
The riches of grace.
Eph. 1:7 — In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, According to the riches of his grace.
2:7 — That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus.
Saved by grace.
Acts 15:11 — But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
Eph. 2:5 — Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved). 8, 9 — For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
Rom. 11:5, 6 — Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Extent of this grace.
Acts 4:33 — And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
Rom. 5:17 — For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. 20, 21 — Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
The word of his grace.
Acts 20:24 — But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 32 — And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
14:3 — Long time therefore abode they, speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
The gift by grace.
Rom. 5:15, 16 — But not as the offence, so also is the free gift: for if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Our conduct must be with grace.
Col. 4:6 — Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
3:16, 17 — Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 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.
Eph. 4:29 — Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Be strong in grace.
2 Tim. 2:1 — Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Grow in grace.
2 Pet. 3:18 — But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We are under grace, instead of the law.
Rom. 6:14, 15 — For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Gal. 2:21 — I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
5:4 — Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
The grace that is to come.
1 Pet. 1:з — Blessed be the God and [Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which I according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
2 Tim. 4:7, 8 — I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 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 all them also that love his appearing.
1 Pet. 5:4 — And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Rev. 2:10 — Fear none of those things which thou shall suffer: behold,” the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
The headstone of grace.
Zech. 4:7 — Who art thou, О great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shall become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” – Psa. 119:129.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. I have drifted all over the United States seeking something to satisfy my soul and give me rest. Having been around all of Babylon, but found such a corruption and antichrist spirit in them that I became a Materialist. But in a few years I found Materialism a vexation of the spirit. My condition became worse, and Satan tempted me to commit suicide. But by the great mercy of the Lord a tract came into my hands, and it was as follows:
IS YOUR SOUL SAVED?
JESUS IS ABLE TO HELP
IN TIME OF NEED.
Mission, 1016—18th St.
Praise the Lord! Hallelujah to his name! I went and the truth of the light of the gospel settled upon me, and reached my guilty conscience. The devil again tried to overthrow me. But praise the Lord, after a week of hard battle between heaven and hell, I was saved through the blood of the Redeemer. To day, after eighteen days, I praise the Lord for the evening light. I am saved, sanctified wholly and baptized. I praise God for a new mind, new ambitions and a spotless life. Pray for me, that I may hold on to this life of holiness, as I am a young man twenty-two years of age. This afternoon through Jesus I am victorious, crucified to the world. Yours saved, sanctified in the one body,
M. E. F. White.
Healed of the Lord.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: I can say that the Lord saves and heals me both soul and body, just now. Bless the Lord! Well, I have been a sufferer from the terrible disease, asthma, for about twenty years. Also had dispepsia until I could scarcely eat anything or take a drink of water without the greatest of distress. And about half of the time I could not lie down to sleep; had to sit up in a chair to sleep, and also had quite a bit of trouble with my heart; and had been anointed a number of times without receiving much or any benefit. Early last winter I was taken with the LaGrippe which only added to my suffering. And I got worse and worse until I could not go to meeting more than half of the time, and I was almost unfit for the work of God which I was engaged in.
Well, I kept calling on God until the 2d of last March, after I had been confined to the house for several days and sat in a chair to sleep for several nights, and could scarcely eat or drink anything. The brother that I was staying with was going to town to be gone all day and he was in need of some one to feed and care for his stock while he was gone. He had about twenty head of cattle, six horses and a number of hogs. So I told him I would do his work for him. He thought it was too much for me, but I insisted. So he went, and I did the work. I would work awhile, then sit down and read and pray, then get up and work again. So I put in the day and got along well with the work, and my faith increased wonderfully. And as my faith increased I felt better, but I could not say I was healed. The next morning was Sunday, and we had meeting given out seven and one half miles from where I was, and while we were getting ready for meeting we had a terrible buzzard. So we went to meeting through the storm and drove back all the way, facing the wind, snow and dust, so we could hardly see or get breath. Yet I felt no harm from it. Still I could not say that I was healed. So I sat up in the chair that night and prayed nearly all night, until about midnight the Lord said, “You are healed; take it by faith.” I said, I am healed by faith. Bless the Lord! So next morning “when the brethren expected to see me almost dead from the effects of the storm (as every little change of the weather had been effecting me so), I was feeling well and able to testify that the Lord had healed me. And for three days feeling quite well, and that night I testified in meeting that the Lord had healed me. And meeting was not quite out until all the powers of darkness was turned loose to try to beat me out of my healing. I was taken worse than ever and for three or four days it seemed as if I would die and there was no help. The heaven seemed like brass to me, yet I knew it was only a trial of faith, for the Lord had already shown me that I had to resist disease just as I would sin. And this promise would come to me, “According to your faith so be it unto you.” I would say. “Though thou slayest me yet will I trust thee.” So that trial passed off, and I went quite a while before another one came, and when it did come, it came with all the force the enemy could rally and lasted for about a week, still I kept holding on to God; I would say, I am healed if I never feel like it. Well, it finally- passed away. And now when the devil comes and tries to bring any of the symptoms of the asthma back on me, I tell him to flee.
Well, it seems too good to be true, after one has suffered so long, to be free and well. Since I have been healed I can see where the devil has been cheating me out of healing for years. I had always been expecting some great manifestations of power, in some strange feeling in my body. So I can say to all, it is safe to take God at his word and move out by faith on his promises, and not wait for some feeling to confirm the word of God. We ought to be glad of the privilege of believing God, and not wait for signs. The Lord says an evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign. May the Lord bless these lines to the good of some poor sufferer. Your brother, saved and healed for the glory of God,
S. P. McCully.
Dear Brethren and Sisters in Jesus: I believe it is to the glory of God for me to write my testimony this afternoon. I have been impressed for some time but let the enemy make me put it off for some other time, and I have been doing it to my own hurt. I have not been feeling very good for some time; would have a touch of the LaGrippe now and then, and I would fast and pray the Lord to heal me and I was healed every time, until night before last I had a terrible pain in my back and felt as if I was going to be laid up with the LaGrippe. And the next day I fasted and asked the Lord to heal me, but the pain still was there all day and night, so I could not lay on my right side or back without terrible pain. And so it went on until to day, the Spirit told me to go at once and write my testimony and the pain would leave me. And oh, bless the dear Savior! as soon as I told the Lord I would go at once and not let the enemy overrule me again, my back felt well. I knew of nothing which I had done in any way that could have been a hinderance. The Lord showed me what I was to do and I have done it and am healed. Bless his dear name! What a dear Savior we have to go to! I cannot praise him enough. How plain it all is when we will let ourselves be led by the Spirit!
There is another case I want to speak about, perhaps it will do some one else good in the way of strengthening their faith. I have been troubled with female weakness for a long while, and was feeling so miserable one day, and I wrote Bro. Byrum a letter and told him how it was with me, and how miserable I was. And in a few days I got a letter in which he said, “Be of good cheer: your prayer is heard; and according to your faith be it unto you.” Oh how that letter cheered me for awhile! And then I would get to doubting; and when I would feel bad I would think I was not healed. Until one Sunday I was wondering if I really was healed or not, and if I was, that God would let me know for sure, so I would know. And all at once it seemed my faith took such a hold and I felt within myself that God had of a truth healed me through the prayers of his faithful children. Oh, bless the dear Lord for his wonderful goodness to us who are nothing but weak worms of the dust! Oh my heart rejoiceth in the Lord that I am a child of the great King! The enemy does try so hard to make me go wrong some wav so as to grieve the Savior, but he, the blessed one, is always close and hears when we call upon him. I am so glad that I have found true saints so near Muscatine and it all come through my dear little Trumpet which the mail man put in the wrong box. I wanted it so bad that week and it did not get here. Now I am glad he put it in the wrong box. Oh it is wonderful how God brings all things around for our own good, even if it sometimes is hard for us to bear at first. Some time ago I became convicted about my hair. The Lord showed me that I must wear my hair plainer. I had been wearing part of my hair twisted in a knot on the top of my head; and I was told to take them down and wear them as becometh a child of God. It was so hard for me to do that. I tried to make myself think it was the enemy that was at me; but the dear Lord made it so plain that I had to come to terms, and when I obeyed I had peace in my soul. I can say I have given up every thing for the Lord. I have given up all my earthly gods; not one is left. I am dead indeed to the world, and by the grace of God I will stay dead. I just want to be as the Savior was, meek, lowly and humble. I can truthfully say with David the Psalmist, “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praises shall continually be in my mouth.” Dear ones, let us keep ourselves from all that is wicked in the sight of our dear blessed Redeemer. Can we who are sanctified go again and commit sin and wound the Savior again afresh? О dear ones, be all for Jesus, or be nothing. This half-way religion will not take us to heaven.
And another thing. So many think if they have worship once a day, that is all that is needed. They think it takes up too much time to praise God in the morning. How can we expect that God will prosper us if wе cannot spare a little time for him? It is all a mistake. Dear ones, do give the Lord more of your time, in the morning at the beginning of the day, and he will bless you in basket and store. Oh bless the Lord! Dear saints, pray for my husband so he can be made free in Jesus. Your saved and sanctified sister,
Has a man of God a right to run about on the Lord ‘s day, visiting and transacting business of a worldly character?
No: the Lord’s day? is to be given wholly to meditation, devotion and the public services of God. Social visiting and worldly business have no proper place in this holy? day. An example like the above would be a stumblingblock to sinners.
Is a sanctified man liable to all manner of faults, and should he preach that there are none of God’s children but what are faulty?
No: that is not the Bible standard of sanctification. Even of Daniel it was said in the old dispensation, “Neither was there any error or fault found in him.” Dan. 6:4. And Christians may and should “stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” Col. 4:12. “They are preserved blameless in soul, body, and spirit unto the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thess. 5:23, 24. “For our Savior is able to keep us from falling and present us faultless before the presence of his glory.” Jude 24.
Please explain John 3:13.
“No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man which is in heaven.”
First, there would seem an inconsistency in the remark, “which is in heaven.” Geo. Campbell removes this difficulty by thus rendering, “whose abode is in heaven.”
But how reconcile the assertion that “no man has ascended into heaven,” with the translation of Enoch and Elijah. Have they not ascended into heaven?
Thus we understand it, and we believe it is by? the mind of the Spirit. The Savior doubtless had reference to the fact that men living in this world do not enjoy? the privilege of ascending to heaven and returning at will. He only had that power. He saith, “If I have told you earthly things-an experience that must take place here on earth-and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly? things? And no man,” etc. That is to say, you depend on me for information from that world for I only of all on earth have been there. I only have power to go there and return. Geo. Campbell renders it, “For none ascendeth into heaven but he who descended from heaven.” “None ascendeth.” It is present tense, and progressive form. No other man is in the habit of making visits to heaven. Thus, it does not contradict the one ascension of those who were translated, but simply denies that heaven lies open for men on earth to explore and return.
Dear Brethren: I desire to ask all the brethren who live in the vicinity? of this city? who expect to go to the Grand J unction camp meeting to send me their address, so that I may arrange to go with them. Yours in Christ, Jas. S. McCreary,
East End, Pittsburg, Pa.
FROM THE HOLY LAND.
Jerusalem, Palestine, Apr. 25, 1895.
Editor Gospel Trumpet:
Dear Brother: I have received several packages of your papers, and thank you much for them. Have distributed what I could of them.
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dearly Beloved: When you last heard from us through the Trumpet we were in the ministry, but God in his providence has seen fit to call us from that duty to the school-room again. Here we have been for the past few months. We enjoyed the ministry and were blessed of the Lord and our souls advanced. We enjoy even more our present work, the blessings of God are even greater and our souls more rapidly advanced, for which we feel very thankful. The school teacher and all have truly been taught of God, and of course has been a success, and God alone is worthy of the glory. Bless his name! This term will close May 31. After the camp meeting, the Lord willing, we expect to have a few weeks of Kindergarten school. The school is yet in need of good books, especially Bibles, and those coming to the camp meeting who can and will bring the children a Bible or any good book will surely be rewarded of the Lord. We are richly enjoying the blessings of God’s salvation; sweetly resting, firmly trusting in him who is unto us all that is needed. Our souls are filled with the pure love of God. Salvation grows sweeter, heaven seems nearer, and God becomes more precious to our souls each day we live, still we need your prayers. Your brother and sister,
Chas. and Minnie Orr.
St. James, Mo.
Dear Trumpet Readers: This evening finds me sweetly saved and trusting in Jesus. I trust him for my Savior and my physician. I go to him in all my troubles, and find him a present help in every time of need. Praise his name! I wish to say to all the dear readers of the Trumpet, who wish to be useful in the cause of Christ, and be the means of saving souls: procure a lot of tracts especially? you who are able. Bro. Byrum offers them very cheap; send for a bundle and distribute among your neighbors, and sow the seed where- ever you go. You who live in cities, towns, or near Union Depot, or thickly settled part of the country, or who attend large public assemblies, have splendid opportunities of doing much good by distributing tracts among the thousands who have never heard the pure gospel. Let us be up and doing while it is day, for the night cometh when no man can work. How glad you would feel when up in glory if some one would say to you, “That tract you gave, or sent to me, was the means of saving my soul.” Let the mighty truth go forth, and spread from pole to pole, and from sea to sea, until the glory of God fills the earth. Yours in Christ,
D. C. Engle.
News from the Field
BISHOPVILLE, S. C.
Dear Saints: We are sweetly saved and kept by the power of God, and our bodies healed of all diseases and afflictions. О praise his name! We held meeting at Ashton, S. C. at the home of dear Bro. J. L. Goodman for a few days. While none got out clear we feel sure that the truth went to hearts that will be the Lord’s soon. We are now at Bishopville, my home, holding meetings in the large opera house hall in the town. All classes of people are attending. Large attentive and serious congregations at every service. Oh how can we praise the Lord for giving us such an open door and for the people at home receiving us so kindly and attending upon the preaching of the Word! To him be all the honor, praise and glory! Amen. In much holy love, yours for God,
James E. Shaw.
Welland, Ont., May 14, 1895.
Dearly Beloved Saints of the Living God: Here in the Dominion of Canada souls have found rest in the one fold, while others who made a start to serve God would not give up pride, fashion, lusts of their god, for one who fills the heart with all the riches of heaven’s glory. But thank God, much prejudice is being removed, and the church of God is standing on the high mountain’ of God’s holiness, clear as crystal. Hallelujah!
A few weeks ago my body was afflicted with the LaGrippe, causing a high fever, making me unfit for the work of our Master. We called for the elders, and Jas. 5:14 was fulfilled. I went out and worked, while the weather was very cold. When night came, my body was in a very weak condition and commenced to expectorate much from the lungs. This lasted for over three weeks, during which time we did all in our power, first, by examining our heart, second, by calling on God to touch our frail body, but no answer. The enemy (Satan) said, You will die with the consumption if you do not get aid from an earthly physician as you did a few years ago. But we knew He accepted us as his, and all his promises belonged to us, and if we were not humble enough were willing to suffer the chastening rod, that we may be clothed with the meekness of Christ, and our faith tested.
About the 23d ult., we felt impressed by the Spirit of God to write to some of our brethren to unite their faith with ours for the healing of our body. About noon the next day while looking to God and wondering if our letter had arrived, suddenly as of a mighty wind, the healing balm of God permeated my whole being, that I got up from my chair sound and well for the work of the Lord. We would love to be at June С. M., if it is our Father’s will, as we feel the need of it. Yours for the gospel,
J. A. Dillon.
Dear Saints of God: May the rich blessings of heaven be with you all. I spent three weeks in East Alabama. Commenced meeting three miles from Dadeville, Ala., at Bro. Barnett’s house. God blessed the truth and opened the eyes of several and we had several invitations. We had meeting at two Baptist meeting houses with blessed results, while we met with some opposition, especially from some sinning preachers. But thank God, the people were not going to let them lead or rule, so we had the privilege of preaching the gospel to them in its purity, and many confessed and accepted the truth. There was a wonderful move of young and old for God; to him be all the glory. I next went to Dadeville and commenced meeting in the court house. There I met with a great deal of opposition, and the people were more indifferent than any place I have ever been. The preachers that lived in the town did not come out, but opposed the truth, and contended for a sinning religion, so I was told, which is of the devil. But thank God, there were some honest souls even in this Sodom-like town, that accepted the truth. I believe the meeting there was bread cast upon the water to be gathered in days to come. I preached at Alexander City, Eutaw, Clinton, and near Cuba. On my way I had many calls I could not fill, as I had to return home. Oh it is serious to meet and hear of so many blind preachers led captive by the devil at his will and deceiving the people, who appeal to sinners to quit sin, and then tell professors of Christ they cannot live without sin. Oh the’ blindness and inconsistency in their ungodly teachings! God pity them and open the people’s eyes to see the truth. God has never called them to but one thing in their present condition, and that is to repentance, and they have failed to obey that call. Dear brethren, let us unite our prayers for the more rapid spread of the saving truth to this dark world. Let us try to distribute more tracts, and give our means as much as possible to send out the light and truth. Any one wishing us to hold meetings, address us at Bozeman, Miss. Your humble, saved brother in Christ, for the right and nothing else,
S. H. Bozeman.
St. Clair, Tenn., May 8, 1895.
Dear Saints of the Living God: Our stay at Greenwood, S. C. was a time of seed-sowing, a few souls were saved. Several acknowledged the truth, and seemed glad to hear it. May the Lord bless them. We came to Tennessee, April 3, held meeting at “Tharp’s Chapel,” near St. Clair more than a week. The church was much strengthened and some of them prepared to assist in the work at other places. We had five meetings at Willow Springs school house, but the people seemed too busy to look after the welfare of their souls, so we took our departure; went to the Walker school house; had meeting a week with very good interest. Two were reclaimed, and others were greatly benefited by the meeting; quite a number that were glad to receive the truth as it was delivered to them. But the enemy was so aroused that we were notified to leave the community (with some threats), and one night on our way from meeting some one threw at us twice, but no one was hurt. We did not close until the appointed time, after which we went to Green Co. about ten miles from St. Clair. Held meeting a few nights in the Pilot Knob school house, but some in the community could not endure sound doctrine and after making some threats with a mob — to no avail — they had some parties arrested that had been opening the door with another key beside the one that belongs to the house. But the majority of the people being in our favor claiming their rights, had the door opened. The night of the arrest, the congregation was so much disturbed that two women fainted, and one of them had to send for a doctor. The officer has said since that he was sorry he did as he had, and no doubt if the law takes its course they will regret it more yet. On account of the confusion we moved to a private house for a few nights, and then went to the Carter school house. After two services the United Brethren invited us in their house near by, where we had two services. The house was well filled each time with attentive listeners to the Word. Many were well pleased with the plain truth, and some acknowledged publicly that we were right. We trust that many will get out straight for God in the near future. We had two services in Couches school house with good interest. Found several there ready to receive the Word. Praise the Lord! This has been a seed-sowing time but we trust the fruit will soon be manifest. The Lord used Bro. J. J. Smith, and Sister Sallie Epps, and Victoria Mooney in helping to sing and testify to the salvation which they have recieved through the present truth. They are very good workers, and were a great help to us. May the Lord continue to use them to his glory. After about two weeks more in this part, we expect to go to Winchester, Kentucky, the Lord willing. Remember us in your prayers. The Lord is our defence, and in him are we trusting. Praise his name!
Thomas and Amanda Carter.
HAWKINS. — Sister Mary Elizabeth Hawkins was born Nov. 18, 1844; died at her home near Sims, Grant Co., Ind., May 10, 1895; aged fifty years, five months, and twenty-two days. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn their loss. She accepted the pure evening light last January, and was sweetly saved. She was prepared to go and expressed quite a desire to be with the Lord.
SLANTZ. — Jeremiah Slantz was born Jan. 26, 1878; died May 9, 1895; aged seventeen years, three months and thirteen days, leaving father, mother, sister and brothers to mourn the loss. God bless dear Bro. and Sister Slantz, may they prove true to Him, and may the dear children give their hearts to the Lord, for you know not the day or the hour when the Lord cometh. Be ready. Funeral services by the writer,
BRUHL. — Sister Rosie Bruhl was drowned April 1, 1895, while trying to cross the Bognefilia river on a foot-log near her home in St. Tamony parish, La. She had started in company with her other sisters to see a sister who lived on the other side of the river. When about half way across the river on the log, she fell into the river. The current was very strong, and as there was no one near that could help her, she went down and was borne away by the mad waters. This sad accident happened about three o’clock. Her sisters called for help, and her father, who was a good way off on his farm, ran to the river but was too late to save her. The people gathered until the banks of the river were crowded with anxious, sympathizing friends, eager to recover the body. Boats and rafts were employed and the search continued day and night until Wednesday at three o’clock, when she was found about half a mile below where she fell in. The funeral was attended by a very large and sympathizing congregation. Funeral services conducted by the writer. Text Rev. 14:13. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. ” Sister Bosie was a daughter of Emile and Louisa Bruhl, and was born in St. Tamony parish, La. She, together with her mother and sisters, were among the first to receive and walk in the light of truth, when we first held meetings in the name of Jesus at Bognefilia church, and for over two years had stood by the whole truth.
On Monday, eight days before she went home to live with Jesus, she had a vision or dream, in which it seemed that the Lord revealed to her that he would soon call her home to live with him in heaven. This she often talked of to others during the few days between her warning and death, and said she had a pure heart free from sin. She is gone, but her happy face and pure, spotless life will live long in the memory of all who knew her. She was so true for one so young, only seventeen years old. May the Lord bless and comfort the bereaved and help them to meet her in glory. Amen.