1 April 1885, Volume 7, Number 2.
GONE TO THE BETTER LAND.
Died Jan. 19th 1S85, of membraneous croup. Little Euna H. infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Monroe, aged 22 months.
As a feeble tribute of our tender love and sympathy for and with the afflicted family we bring these lines.
Gone from the family circle,
Gone from the loving embrace,
Gone from her place at the table,
Gone is the dear baby face.
Hushed is her sweet baby prattle,
And all her innocent glee,
Gone from the crib, at the bedside
Little Euna is gone, can it be!
Yes Euna has gone with the Angels,
To the home of the pore and the blest,
With Christ the dear Saviour in glory,
Thy darling hath found a sweet rest.
Go gather the wee little garments,
Go fold them with tenderest care,
Thy baby is robed now, in brightness,
And waiting for thee “over there.”
Dear parents, look up in your sorrow,
‘Tis Jesus, that’s calling to thee,
In accents so tender and loving,
“Let the little ones come unto me.”
Yes Jesus hath taken thy treasures,
They are safe now from sorrow and pain,
And if thou’lt believe, and obey Him,
In heaven thou shalt meet them again.
“LET THAT PUMP ALONE.”
IT is hard to look on and witness useless and fruitles labor. And it is specially hard for a man who knows what should be done, and how to do it, to stand by and see persons trying to do what they can never do, and what they in some instances hinder others from doing. William Taylor, the evangelist, tells the following story:
“I remember one night years ago, in San Francesco, when water was worth a shilling a pail, having previous permission, I went to a neighbor’s well for a bucket of water. I pumped away for a minute, but no water came. I went at it again with more earnestness of effort to make it come, when I heard the good lady of the house, who did not know she was talking to her minister, exclaim in an authoritative tone, ‘Lot that pump alone! the water is all out of the well, and you’ll spoil the pump.’ “
How many persons stand in pulpits today working dry pumps, and laboring to do something which God has never given them to do, and which they never can do without His commission and His help. A dry pump is moisture itself compared to a dry minister; one who has been instructed by men, but not taught of God; one who holds his mission from some human association, but who has never been sent, sanctioned, or honored by the Lord of Hosts; a man who seeks wages rather than souls, and who feeds the hungry church on stones instead of bread. How the pump creaks and squeaks when an effort is made to draw up something refreshing from one of these “wells without water;” and how sometimes one feels as this woman did when she ordered her minister to “Let that pump alone!”
Oh, if some of these empty talkers would only stop pumping; is they would leave their pulpits and go into their closets; if they would seek the pardon, the blessing, the salvation of the Lord of Hosts; if they would confess their sinfulness, their emptiness, their wickedness, and their worthlessness, and cry to God to be brought up out of the horrible pit and miry clay, how soon they would find peace and blessing at the hand of the Lord; and it is possible that the Lord might yet count them faithful, putting them into the ministry.
And if the time should ever come when they, receiving into their hearts the words that Christ has spoken, should find abiding within them “a well of water springing up unto everlasting life;” if, believing on Christ, they should be filled with His Spirit, that out of them should flow “rivers of living water,” their own souls would rejoice quite as much as would their thirsty people, in the fact that they had stopped working the dry pumps and learned with joy in draw water out of the wells of salvation.
TEAR THE OLD PUMP OUT.
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. Isa. 12:3. In the 2nd ver. we read, behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAN, is my strength, and my song; He also has become my salvation. Jesus said to the woman at Jacobs well, if thou wouldest ask of Him, He would have given thee living water.”
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water, springing up unto everlasting life.” When God’s prophets have the well of water in them, springing up, (not pumped up) unto everlasting life, when the water flows, every thirsty soul in the congregation, will be found drinking of the water, the well supplieth.
But the text says therefore shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation, the man, that has such a well in him is continually drawing water from the wells of salvation. God has a great many, different sources from which we can draw water, if we have the fountain within. It is not only a fountain of water, but a fountain of light, which discovers to us every well of salvation, and gives us access to the same. Glory be to His name! you can not draw blood, out of a stone, nor water where there is none; but you can give to drink, if you have it to give, and thirsty souls will be glad. If a saint uncap the well within him it will uncap every well in the congregation and the water is drawn out in abundance, and flows like a mighty river.
May God help the people to tear out the old pump, and drill down to bed rock, and strike the living water, which ever floweth; which is Christ Jesus. And drink water out of thine own cistern, and running water out of thine own well. Pro. 5:15.
For the Lamb * * * shall lead them into living fountains of water. Rev. 7:17. And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul * * * thou shalt be like a watered garden, and a spring of water, whose water faileth not. — Isa. 58:11.
PUT UP OR SHUT UP!
I don’t know whether I would be considered under the influence of a good spirit or an evil one. You can name it yourself. I am going to talk a little. A band of Holiness workers arrived here last Friday and commenced work. We had heard all sorts of reports of them as to their preaching, their conduct, character, etc. Curiosity took us to hear them. We soon found out that it was not a circus or a picnic. We found them armed “to the teeth” (with the Bible.) Fact of the business they preach to much Bible, Truth you know is what hurts. Well they scatter it round lively. It pelts you on every side and hits, sticks burns and makes you feel like they have heard of you before. You think somebody has been telling them folks about you. They believe the Bible is the work of inspiration. They believe all of it and they don’t believe in any religion that the Bible does not sustain. They preach Bible doctrine and the consistent and beautiful part of it is they practice what they preach, in their daily walk and conversation. They have no church to offer you only the Church of Christ. * * * Their greatest aim seems to be to get the people saved, and live up to their privileges. These people were strangers to the most of us, hut judging from their conduct and conversation they are either the worst or best people that have ever visited this town; there is no half way business about it; you have got to be wholly saved or you are not saved at all. The blood of Christ does cleanse from all sin or it don’t cleanse at all. Many will not hear them and denounce them as “itinerant vagabonds.” Others say they are the seam of the earth.” “To such I would say “put up or shut up,” lay aside your cloak of hypocrisy and prejudice and go and hear them, if you cannot refute their argument it is folly to say it is false. Go and hear them, they cannot possibly harm you and your mind will be rid of many things. If these people are a sample of the class we think, the Religion and the morals of New Florence would be much improved if they could all be sanctified. It seems we can’t get the Court House, or a railroad, or a rock road, nor can’t even keep a butcher shop or anything else we want. What a blessed thing it would be if we had even one citizen among all our church members that knew their names was written in the Lambs book of Life. That they lived here so as to be prepared to meet their God any time. They can’t get any further than “I hope I am allright, I am trying to serve the Lord,” etc. I affirm there is no man or woman that has common sense but what knows whether they are walking according to God’s ordinances or not. They are either christains indeed or they are not christains at all. God always completes His work and He is a good architect. Then do not condemn them till you hear them. Don’t be afraid to hear them if they can’t do you any good they cannot make you worse, so you have nothing to lose and might learn something that would do you good. If they are bad people we would like to be bad that way.
GLORY TO JESUS.
[The above was clipped from the New FLORENCE OPTIC, a local newspaper published at New Florence, Mo., which shows how an honest, unprejudiced mind understands Holiness teaching, although he may not be in the blessed experience himself.
May the Lord open the eyes of the people.]
LIVE UP TO YOUR PRIVILEGES.
Dimondale Mich. March 4th 1885. FOR God, hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Tim. 1:7. If we say we have fellowship with them and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth. I John 1:6. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanses us from all sin. 7th vr. Then shall we go on sinning, and repenting all our days? if so, what better would we be than common sinners, that don’t profess to love God. In vr. 9th, if we confess our sins, He is faithful, and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleans us from all unrighteousness. Dear readers have we been cleansed from our sins? and is God able to keep us from falling into sin, and geting defiled again after being washed in the blood of the Lamb? We read in 1 John 3:9, whosoever is born of God doeth not commit, sin; for His seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. And again 1 John 5:4, for whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world, and this is the victory that overcometh the world even our FAITH. Oh may the Lord help us to have an overcoming faith, alter we have sought and found peace with God, according to His Word, and be willing to obey the Word in all things, having our works correspond with our faith. “Having the Spirit of Christ,” for if we have not, “we are none of His.” “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the Sons of God.” Now after we have found peace with God, we should walk in all the light we can get from the reading of the Word, by the Holy Ghost. But soon as we find an uprising of the old nature and find ourselves in trouble for we know it is not Christ like to give way to anger, hatred, and malice, for that is not the fruit of the Spirit. Paul says, Rom. 7:20, now if I do that I would not it is no more I, that do it, but sin, that dweleth in me; The old man of sin has been bound, but not east out, he desires to rule and we find it hard sometimes, to keep him quiet. Again in vr. 24. Oh wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death. Now let us read on till the end of the 8th Chap, and see if Paul did not have an overcoming faith, he became very strong and closes the Chap, by saying, for I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate, as from the love of God, which is it Jesus Christ our Lord. 8th Chap. 38 and 39. That ye pat off *** the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lust: Eph. 4:22. And vr. 24, and that ye put on the new man which after. God is created in righteousness and true Holiness. Let us get more in earnest before God, have all inbread sin and polution cleansed out, that the Holy Spirit may dwell in us (His temple.)
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. 1 Cor. 6:19, 20. We are not fit to work in the vineyard of the Lord without this cleansing; so that the Holy Ghost may live in us, and speak through us. Oh what a host for God if all that named the name of Christ lived where God could use them. Oh let us be wholly sanctified, that we may have an inheritance among all them that are sanctified. Acts 20:32.
Malinda A. White.
THE stumbling man is no little stirred. The wine of the wrath of his quakerism is foaming over the work of God at Dimondale Mich, where God saved a number of souls lately, among whom were some that had backsliden over his antichrist doctrine. He blindly condemns us because we reproved some of the false and delusive spirits that were in fellowship with him. He says, “The Spirit of God never condemns any one without specifying some manifest, unrighteousness, unrepented.” “No spirit which condemns a brother for any thing except sin by the test of God’s eternal law which all can see, can be the Spirit of God.” These two sentences clearly publish to all Gospel enlightened, and spiritual minds, that H. Johnson is a dead blind formalist, entirely destitute of spiritual light, and ignorent of the Word of God. He makes outward action, “which all can see,” the only rule by which men’s inward condition can be measured. Hence his way of judging is directly the opposite to that of God’s way. “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord on the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7. But does the Lord Jesus authorize and qualify us to judge men in the same way He does? Yes. And He forbids us to judge from outward appearances. Judge not according to appearances, but judge righteous judgement. John 7:24. To judge from appearance, is to judge from outward acts “which all can see.” Now Christ forbids judging this way, while the stumbling man says this is the only way to judge, and affirms that judging any other way is not the leading of the Spirit of God. So what Christ calls “righteous judgement,” Johnson calls fanaticism. “The Spirit of God never condemns any one without specifying some manifest unrighteousness, unrepented.” What utter ignorance. According to this teaching the pure in heart have no more fellowship with each other, than with sinners. There is no such thing as spiritual light in the soul that can discern any difference between light or darkness in other souls. Then to a Holy saint, men possessed with devils, appear no different than men filled with all the fullness of God, untill some outward department furnishes the means of discerning the difference. Then if Johnson’s teaching were true, no one possesses the gift of discerning. Then Paul taught falsely when he says, He that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 1 Cor. 2:15. In the margine the translators render more correctly, “discerneth all things.” So all the different versions render it that we have noticed. Johnson says that men, with the true spirit of God, never condemn any one except for the violation of God’s law, in a manner “which all can see.” But God’s Word says that men are to be discerned and condemned by the light of the Holy Sprit, which only the “spiritual” possess. This poor blind stumbler, virtually admits that there is no law of Christ but that which is outward, and of which a sinner can see the violation as well as a Holy saint. Hence he acknowledges that he is just as blind as any other sinner, and would not dare condemn a person, except for sin “which all can see.” But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 1 John 2:20. But Johnson virtually admits that he knows no
more than sinners, and supposing that no one else has received the illuminating unction of God. He rashly concludes that whosoever condemns false and pernicious spirits by the light of that unction, have not the Spirit of God.
Again, 1 John 1:7, we read, If we walk in the light as He (God) is in the light, then we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. All this is far beyond any thing that Johnson knows any thing about. He seems to have fellowship with men and women that are possessed with, devils, just as much as with pure saints. If not he would know the difference between, them; for fellowship is an inward conscious blending together of the same spirit in different hearts. Now if that blind stumbler had the experience of 1 John 1:7, and 2:20, he would know and fellowship all the pure in heart, and “discern,” “know,” and rebuke every false and corrupt spirit that wears the garb of profession. Even sinners feel the opposite spirit in the hearts of the Holy. But Johnson is more blind than they; knowing nothing except by sight. He belches forth his rage against the work of God in Dimondale, regardless of the fact that God saved a number of poor sinners, some skeptics, who are made free from sin and are now praising God. One poor soul that had backsliden through his poison, came back to God, and was saved. Of course this is all nothing in his eyes. God is saving drunkards and profane swearers, but this is all the work of the devil as for Johnson’s descision. The stumblingstone is without a feather’s weight of salvation either in its teaching or reports. Yet it alone is of God, if Johnson were to be believe. Praise God salvation is rolling on in spite of babylon.
A NEW BOOK.
THERE has been sent to the TRUMPET OFFICE, a book exposing the abominations of Roman Catholicism. Though we have not had oppertunity to read the book as yet, we doubt not that it is a pretty lively shaking up of the old mother of harlots, and an unvailing of her abominations. Our Agent, Bro. Smith having examined the work some, says, “It opens the dark places of hell.”
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The Priest, the Woman, and the Confessional.
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St. Anne, Kankakee Co. Ill. March ’85.
Mr. Editor of The Gospel Trumpet.
My Dear Sir: — Allow me to present to you a volume of the 27th edition of “The Priest, The Woman, and The Confessional.”
I have thought it my duty to publish this new edition as the antidote to the sophisms of Home and of the High Episcopal Church party, on that subject.
When so many efforts are made to deceive the old and the young, the rich and the poor, about that stinking relic of Bacchus’ priest, is it not the duty of every Christian and patriot to warn the unawares against the impending dangers ahead from that moral and social plague?
It was in the confessional box that the Pope had forged the chains which kept so many noble nations among his vile slaves, for so many centuries, and it is through auricular confession that the same Pope hopes, in. a near future, to tie this young republic to the wheels of his chariot.
This book is the most complete refutation ever presented to the world of the dogma of auricular confession. It is the fruit of my twenty-five years spent in hearing the confessions not only of the common people, but of the nuns, and priests and the bishops of Home.
Nothing has been neglected by me to make this book worthy to have a place in the library of every Christian minister, every father of a family, every patriot and every legislator in the United States. For them especially it has been written. Yours truly,
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..ARATION OF THE PRECIOUS FROM THE VILE.
..EFORE coming to Mt. Pleasant Iowa, … we were shown by vision of the … what we should meet, and what we ..o do. That most subtle child of the … A. M. Raper, and Mrs. Hettinger, ..he had induced to leave her hus.. ..n Ohio, with others, lived together ..use in Mt. Pleasant, much after ..e of freelovers. The leaven of ..nrighteousness is like a spreading … plague — Lev. 14. One Mrs. Gussie ..iving in that place seems to have ..ed freely of the wine of this fornica… Satan has invested her with much ..r to charm and bewitch whom she …. Before leaving home the Lord ..d brother Joseph in a vision, her ..usness and moral wretchedness. … ..ote and told her of the same. We … the facts corresponding with the ..ation of God. The deluded Jezebel … ..everal in the coils of her serpentine ..s. Two men, besides her own husband regarded her as their wife. And the ad actually set up with them untill day dawn, while her husband slept in the same house. These abominations were brought to light by the God who searcheth the hearts, and revealeth the secret works of darkness. The night before starting to come here, we saw in a vision a mass of serpants, and brother Joseph and I proceeded to beat them vigorously with rods, untill they were all killed: striking lick about, as regularly as two threshers with flails. As soon as they were killed, we seized two spades, and rapidly turned under the vipers, and all the ground about that was tainted. Glory in God! when we saw them, the Holy Spirit in us opened fire upon them. Yea, “Hail and fire mingled with blood.” And though the subverted, deluded, and serpent beguiled, put on a bold front at first, seeking to hide their true inwardness by foaming and shouting, on the more wine of their fornication; the Word of God, soon began to stop their mouths and turn
their faces black. By the grace of God we pointed out the turbid contents of their hearts, and the evil of their doings before all. One, Wm. Thatcher, a quaker in doctrine, and professed preacher, and possessed with devils; having thou “received the sop,” the first night writhed under the fire of God, and never returned to another meeting.
The last night we stayed at Roann, sister Fisher saw in a vision a tall man staggering beneath the weight of two women, who with hands clasp about his neck, were hanging upon him. As soon as we met the people here, the Spirit showed that Oscer Stout was the man. Mrs. Hill, and a young sister whom she had charmed and bewitched, made up the vision. The dear sister last mentioned, by the grace of God, broke the charm, and escaped out of the snare of the devil. She renounced the whole crew. W. W. Roberts, Mrs. Hills and all that adhered to them. God blessed her soul in testifying against them. Stout had been a good man, and had the confidence of all the saints about here. But he has evidently fallen through the seductions of her “whose steps take hold on hell.” Some months ago he left his wife under the pretents of consciencious scruples about the validity of their marriage. He went directly to the house of Mrs. Hills, and for some time past has made his home there. The poor man soon melted down before the thunder and lightning of God’s rebukes. But he was so entangled in the meshes of the devils net that he would not break out and deliver his soul. O what an object of pity. What deplorable, soul damning work this hellish freelover spirit does; breaking the marriage covenant, and drowning souls in perdition. O how, my heart feels for poor fallen Bro. Stout. We labored hard to get him to God. But he went away in the blackness of despair. We learned that he was sick for a season, and on the borders of insanity. He acknowledged that he regarded Mrs. Hills as his wife. Another man, a professed preacher of the Gospel at Burlington Iowa by the name of Telfer, has also been paying his respects to this woman for some time, perhaps hoping for the death of Mr. Hills. After Stout seems to have outrivaled him, he called to visit her; she kept his company, but told him the sad news of his rival. He told her that he had for some time regarded her as his wife, and that Stout’s cause was of the devil. While there one day he passed through an awful transe, in which, he afterward acknowledged that he was prodded and tormented by devils. By the grace of God we will expose and denounce all such abominable works of the devil.
W. W. Roberts, a preacher we recently announced as fallen and subverted, has proven himself such. He throwed his influence against the work of salvation, when brother Joseph was here. And since then he has “crept into houses,” of the saints wherever he could, and has killed some poor souls with the poison mildew of prejudice, leading them from Christ, and the unity of the Spirit to himself. His wife being equally deluded of the devil, zealously labored with him in this pernicious business. She was bold enough to try to keep a soul from coming to the altar for salvation. But thank God she came and was saved in spite of the obstruction. One day when we requested the altar seat vacated, R. being seated upon the same refused to vacate. Another altar was arranged, and the work of salvation went on, while ha mulishly in his shame. This man Roberts pretends to renounce A. M. Raper, but is largely of his spirit, and through a quakerized pharisee, Abraham Jackson, he is linked on to the whole mess of Raper abomination. As Roberts fellowships Jackson and the later Raper. In fact we found Roberts, Jackson, Thatcher, Mrs. Hills, and all her lovers, mixed and yoked up together. Though he pretends to renounce Mrs. H. when she made a hypocritical speech, by inspiration of the devil, Roberts, and all his adherents, shouted boisterously. And when this guilty Jezebel because convicted enough to come to the altar, and make a faint effort to get deliverance, Roberts and his followers were aggitated into confusion. And satan wrought in them to brace her up in her sins, and keep her from consecrating herself to God. Mrs. R. assured the lacivious freelovers that her heart was as pure as angel. They evidently feared that God would save her soul, and then she would renounce them. In their hellish zeal they would rather souls would be lost, than that they should loose adherents. The poor deluded souls me on the verge of insanity, and while we greatly pity them in their blind, obstinate and subverted condition, we must nevertheless cut off their pernicious work.
The saints of God all renounced and withdrew themselves from the Roberts, and Mrs. Hills’ leaven of unrighteousness, and from all that adhere to them. So the living burning truth, as God’s mouth, hath “taken the precious from the vile.” see Jer. 15. Praise God! There is a goodly number of true and faithful saints here, all bound together in perfect love and unity. Bro. C. Z. Lindly is among them a faithful minister and servant of Jesus Christ. We have written these things because of the duty to expose all the works of the devil, and all evil workers in organized or unorganized babylon.
BY Adelia Kennet.
DEAR BRETHREN: – I do thank my blessed Savior this morning for the glorious privilege of writing to the children of God. May the Lord bless you all. Praise the Lord for continued victory in my soul.
The Lord moves me to write my experience for the Trumpet, and I now ask Him to help me to do so.
I was born in Ireland, and I came to York State in 1873. I was raised a Roman Catholic, and taught according to the perfect manner of the laws of the “Mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth.” — Rev. 17:5. Five years ago this winter I was born of the Spirit of God. A Protestant Methodist preacher came to our house and wanted husband and I to join his Church; he said we would have to join some church. So I wanted him to show his discipline. And when he read his discipline, it spake of the “Holy Catholic Church.” I told him I already belonged to the Catholic Church. He wanted me to join another church and yet believe in the Catholic Church. Well the Lord did not let us join that sect. I told him I believed that God would keep me without joining anything. Well we believed that there was but one Church, but did not know which was the right one. The Catholics taught me that they were the true Church, and every one that that did not belong to them would go to hell. Yet they went to mass, come out and go to the saloon and get drunk, and come home and abuse their families. I have known them to get together in Ireland and have a dance on Sabbath afternoon.
Well I do thank my God that I have been redeemed from the darkness of the night. O how lost was my condition, till Jesus took me in, and made me whole. O glory, glory Hallelujah! His blood now cleanses and keeps me clean. Two years ago last October the Lord sanctified wholly. Glory to God forever! I will never forget the first men I ever heard say they lived without sinning, they were brother Warner, and brother Fisher. Dear beloved in the Lord, I do praise God that I may now speak boldly of the wonderful salvation I have in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory, I never got a blessing from God, while I was in the Catholic, mother of sects. But now my soul is blessed all the time, filled with all joy and peace in believing, and abounding in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. Praise the Lord forever! And now to my heart is the blood applied, O Glory, O Glory I’m saved.
Well now I shall reward her even as she rewarded me, and double unto her double according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled, fill to he double. How much she hath glorified heself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her; for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow; therefore shall her peagues come in one day, death, mourning and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. — Rev. 18.
May God bless all the laborers in the TRUMPET OFFICE. Your Sister saved and sanctified.
Lafayette Mich., Feb. 10th 1885.
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THE WORK IN OHIO
DEAR BRETHREN, AND ALL THE SAINTS AND READERS OF THE TRUMPET: Grace and peace be multiplied.
I have just returned home from labor in the vineyard, and am gloriously saved. Praise the Lord. O my soul! Glory to God for the victory, and witness of the Spirit to my sanctification!
The Lord called me to Henry Co. Ohio, to hold a meeting. Left home on the 4th of Feb., my little girl accompanying me. The Lord wonderfully led us in delivering the Lord’s message. Glory to His holy name! At the beginning of the meeting we had no one to help here. Glory to God! sinners were soon made to tremble, and constrained to yield to the Lord, and soon enabled to glorify God. In nearly every instance the converts consecrated the next night for full salvation. So the Lord soon raised up helpers. God was with us in power. O how souls were made to tremble. The interest soon spread abroad so that people came from a distance of 6 miles, to hear the plain Word of God taught. I never saw people so much interested in the Gospel of salvation before. Old men, hard in sin, were made to mourn and tremble, and, glory to God! some of them turned to God. But many would not yield to the Lord.
The Lord sent Bro. Wilson from Custar, it assist. He is gloriously saved. He also brought two of his daughters, who are full of the Holy Spirit, and sweet songs of praise. On Saturday the 14th, my wife came, also sister Smith, and Bro. and sister Miller from Jerry City. Praise the Lord! They are all gloriously saved. O glory to God! how glad I was to see them. The Lord was with as in mighty power; all was love and union, from beginning to end. We praise God that there are a few that are willing to let the Holy Ghost lead in His own way. There were 8 converted, and 10 sanctified. An old man came from a distance; he came to the altar for cleansing from all sin, but I think he did not receive the witness. Five were delivered from the appetite and use of tobacco. Glory to God for what He has done in this place. Meeting closed Feb. 15. Praise the Lord! We have learned to follow the leadings of the Spirit of the Lord more fully, and try the Spirits. God has not only brought me out of babylon, but has learned me to stand alone with Him. I am all given up to God, and saved by the blood.
A. M. Dick.
Mt Pleasant, Iowa. March 10th ’85.
Leaving Beaver Dam Ind. from whence we last reported, we went to Roann, Wabash Co. Here we applied for reduced rates on the Wabash, R. R. which was kindly granted us. We are greatful, for the courtesy, and favor that Co. has always showed us Thank God for the means of swiftly “flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach to them that dwell upon the earth.” What a wonderful age we are living in. Daniel says, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” “Many shall be purified, and made white and tried.” This is what he calls “the time of the end.” Another prophet says, “I will bring my servants from far, even from the ends of the earth.”
While waiting for our passes, we held a few services at Stockdale, a village near Roann. There was some interest, several asked prayers that they might be saved.
Could we have remained longer, doubtless souls would have been saved. God bless the little ones there, and reward their kindness to us.
We reached Mt Pleasant Iowa, Saturday Feb. 28th. Held meeting that night in town, Praise God for the happy privilege of meeting with the dear saints of God, we had met with at the camp meeting here a year ago last summer, and also a goodly number of converts, who embraced the Savior last fall, while Pro. Fisher labored here. The next day, and evening; meetings were held in Clay Grove school-house, in the country. The work was continued in a paivate house. Satan has been at work here with fierce rage, and cunning craftiness, to overthrow the work. Our first business was to cut off his instruments.
Praise God! there are a goodly number of true saints here, bound together, in the love of God and unity of the Spirit.
Thus far a few fallen ones have been restored.
Caloma Mich. Feb. 18th ’85.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord bless you, in all your journeyings and labors. I would like to have accompanied you to Iowa, but the will of the Lord be done. I am His and He is mine: glory to God! His ways are my ways, and my soul is satisfied. My heart burned within me when I read your card.
Praise the Lord! the work is going on here. The devil tried every plan to shut us off. The school-house was closed; then the grange hall was opened for us. But at the first meeting, the sect devil began to flop and flutter, and they closed the hall, against any further meetings there. The enemies of the Lord then thought we would have to leave the place, but I told them that the Lord had sent me here, and He would have a place for me to labor in, and now; praise God! we have a good hall, well seated, and souls are being saved
The secret, and sect spirits, are wonderfully stirred, but God gives us victory
Wife and some of God’s little ones from Covert, are here helping to reap the harvest.
Bros. Parmer and Speck were laboring at Osterhouse the last I heared from them.
Last night we had a glorious victory, O how wonderfully God did bless, and fill my soul, and body with His Spirit and power.
One M. E. ist., having told some of his sect that he had a message for me, came to the meeting; the Lord gave me the 4th of Ephesians for a lesson, and when He got through with me, he got up and acknowledged all that I had preached, and that from what he had heard others say, he was disappointed. Praise God! we look for a gracious meeting this afternoon. The Christian sect element is here, they claim to be no sect, but they are nothing but a cold, dead, sect. Opposing Scriptural holiness as a second work; holding to secret societie, and using tobacco. When we began, some of them came out and testified boldly, but when the measuring rule was applied, they were soon silenced. But some have sought God. Praise God! for victory in my soul just now. God is raising up some valient soldiers, who dare stand up for the whole truth.
May God bless you, and all the dear saints. Our love to you all. Your brother, and sister in Christ. Saved and sanctified.
S. and C. Michels.
ON WOMAN PREACHING.
Bro. A. M. Dick, of Shawtown Ohio, sent us quite a good article on the above subject. But as Bro. Joseph had written the same subject before this article reached us, and used about the same scriptures, it were superfluous to send his also. The following sentences enable brother Dick to commit himself on the subject. The Holy Ghost clearly teaches that all distinction on account of sex, race, or nationality, are forever done away in Christ.” He says, “There is neither Jew, nor Greek, nor bond, nor free, male or female.” “All these ideas (that women have no right to preach) come from sect babylon and she is a cage of every unclean bird, and all such interpretations are of the devil. Sisters work on, the harvest is great, and the laborers are few.”
A. M. D.
A WITNESS FOR THE LORD.
Grand Junction Mich. Feb. 8, 1885.
DEAR BRETHREN: — I praise the Lord that He has permitted me to send in my testimony. I can say that I am saved and sanctified. I do thank the Lord for joy and peace in my heart and for what He has done for me. When I was going to destruction, with the pride of babylon, He took me out of darkness into His marvelous light. O I do thank God that He put it in my heart to serve Him. Glory to God for salvation that saves me to the uttermost, and keeps me all the time. I never was so happy in my life as I have been since I have salvation. Oh glory to God! the devil has got no claim on me now. I am standing firm on the solid Rook Christ Jesus, and by God’s grace I intend to stay there. Glory to Jesus! He fills my soul and body, and mind so full, I can’t write it fast enough. May the Lord be with all the dear saints, and He surely will, if they put their trust is Him. He is all we need, and to trust in Him is the only right way. Glory to Jesus forever! I am saved, saved to the uttermost. Glory to God! for me Comforter. Your sister in Christ.
A TRUMPET BLAST.
Watchman, mount the vails of Zion
Blow the Trumpet loud and long;
Millions noath the power of satan,
In a th..; A’.H ill.
Call to you in vel.. ungeish:
Tell me satans of God be …
Come up to the help of Jesus;
We have whited … … yet.
“See us! see us! now we send..;
In dense darkness how we grone;
And at last at death, we, trembling.
Pass away without a hope.”
Hark! the cry of helpless widows;
Hark! the little children cry;
Hark! the voice of tens of millions:
“Bring to us the light – we die.”
Here and there a few are standing.
Holding up the Gospel light.
But, al..s. – they need more helpen –
Holy warriors in the fight;
Come, our brother, sister, quickly —
Hark; the Master calls for you.
Lo, we perish lost forever;
Be not to your call untrue.
Watch, blow the Trumpet loudry;
Bid fair Zion daughters rise:
Tell them, for their cloth and slumber,
God’s dread curse upon them lies;
Tell ye to the sons of Merez –
These withholders from the fight —
They’ll be punished at the judgment —
Banished from God’s Holy sight.
Sel. by Sister Maud Butters.
I great deal of prejudice exists, in reference to women preaching the Gospel. Many claim they have no Scriptural right preach, or teach. Such individuals are ..dently ignorant of the teaching of the ..iptures. We wish to call attention to a … Scriptures, on this question, for the ..efit of those who wish to know the truth. … know and am assured, that a great deal … he existing prejudice, grows out of the ..ousness of the hearts of men, who claim ..e called of God, to preach the Gospel, … they having only the form, without … power, are afraid of being rivaled.
Hence they are opposed to the sisters ..aching, no matter how much the Lord ..s them in saving souls. Their conscience ..ng seared, they would rather see souls ..ish, and obstruct the work of God, than ..e rivaled, or out-preached by a woman. ..ut what saith the Word of God. There … some that “stumble at the word.” Not ..ing the Spirit of truth, to interpret the ..h They are always catching their ..s on something, and stumbling and reel-.. around, in the dark, not knowing ..ere they are. They stumble at such … sages of Scripture as these. “I suffer … a woman to teach, nor to usurp author-.. over the man, but to be in silence.” 1 ..: 2:12. Again. “Let your women ..p silence in the Churches, as also saith … law.” 1 Cor. 14:34. This is one of … greatet stakes, for these chronic grum..rs to hitch on to in the whole Scriptures.
Hence they are always prancing around … “understanding neither what they say, … whereof they affirm.” Now what does ..se Scriptures mean; do they mean that … woman has no rigt to preach, or to speak, ..d tell her experience in the congregation … the Lord? Let us see. Read 1 Cor. 11:… Here the Apostle speaks of the wo-..n “praying or prophesying,” which he ..e admits, they had a right to do. Acts …:17 18. Says, “and it shall come to pass, … the last days, saith God, I will pour out ..my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons … your daughters shall prophesy, and ..ar young men shall see visions, and your … men shall dream dreams: And on My ..vants and on my handmaidens I will pour … in those days of my Spirit; and they … all prophesy:” Eusebius, the early ..urch historian tells us, it was the custom ..der the Law, and so allowed, that a man ..siring to enquire of the speaker, while ..aching in the Synagogue, to arise and en- ..ire in reference to any point of doctrine.
But the women were not permitted to so ..eak, but to enquire of the husband, at me. And Paul says, “as also saith the ..w.” So also it was esteemed a usurpa-..n of authority over the man, for a woman … to speak. So the Apostle ordained in ..e Church, that the women, should be in ..ence, and modesty. Let us search the scriptures further, and see if there is any ..ing in favor of women preaching, or that ..ey did preach, or hold any office, in the ..imitive Church. See Rom. 16:1, 2, 3.
The Apostle says, “I commend unto you ..hebe our sister, which is a SERVANT OF ..HE CHURCH, in Cenchrea; “that ye receive ..er in the Lord, as becometh saints, and ..at ye assist her in whatsoever business ..e hath need of you.” Now the word SERVANT, is from the Greek word DIAKONOS ..hich means a minister, or servant or dea- ..on, and is applied to both males and fe- ..ales, whose business it was to serve the congregation, in any capacity. Phebe then was a deaconess. In the 3d. verse Paul says, Priscilla and Aquilla are his helpers in the Lord. They were also teachers, we find, by refering to Acts 18:26. When they took Apollos, “and expounded unto him the way of God, more perfectly.”
Again, Rom. 16:12. This quotation, “salute Tryphena, and Tryphosa, who labor in the Lord. Salute the beloved Tersis, which labored much in the Lord.
Those who are not familiar, with names, by reading the common version, would not know whether these were men or women.
But the Emphatic Diaglott renders it thus, “Salute Tryphena, and Tryphosa, those SISTERS, laboring in the Lord, salute Tersis she beloved HER who LABORED much in the Lord. But it may be said by some who oppose women teachers, that they did not labor in the capacity of teachers of the Gospel. Well let us then read. Phil 4:3.
“And I entreat thee also, true yoke – fellow, help those we MEN which LABORED with me in the GOSPEL, with Clement also, and with other, my fellow-laborers, whose names are in the hook of life.” These women then were Evangelists, as an evangelist is one who proclaims the Gospel, or glad tidings. The word Gospel, is from the Greek word, EVANGGELION, which means good news, or glad tidings. Hence, one who preaches the Gospel, is an evangelist, from the Greek word, EVANGGELISTAS.
Now to say the Apostle meant, he suffered not a woman, to speak, or preach, is to make him appear very inconsistent, in his teaching. For if after he has taught that a woman must not teach, or preach; he, himself cooperates with them in preaching, and commands others to do so. Then he must needs be found a transgressor; for he himself; testifies, “if I build again, the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.” But we know that the Apostle did not mean, that a woman should not teaeh the Gospel. In his epistle to Titus 2:3. He says, “the aged women like wise; that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, TEACHERS of good things, and that they may TEACH the young women, to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.” Praise God! He is no respector of persons, “there is neither male nor female, but all one in Christ Jesus.”
And, whom the Son makes free, is free indeed.” Go on sisters, “preach the Word, be instant in season, and out of season, reprove, rebuKe, exhort, with all long suffering, and doctrine. For the time has already come, when they will not endure sound doctrine. They who are filled with the Holy Ghost and faith, much people will be added to the Lord, as the fruits of their labors. Some of the most noble martyrs, in the primitive Church were women, who suffered, tortures of all kinds, and to be torn by the wild beasts, because of their profession, and labors in the beloved Lord.
Let no one dare to put their hands on the work of the Lord, lest they be found to fight against God. For they who gather not with Him, scattereth abroad. And the Savior says, “as ye did it unto one of the least of these little ones, that believe in Me, even so ye did it unto Me.” Let us then, not put a stumblingblock, in each others way, but strive together in one spirit, with one mind, for the faith of the Gospel, and the salvation of poor sinners.
IT is a legitimate business — a useful and profitable employmnt. But this is true only as the search has in view one object, the glory of God. “If thine eye be single thy whole body will be full of light.” The heathen Athenians daily sought something new, but it was without any thought of God’s glory, only for the gratification of intellectual pride. Hence they were engulfed in a flood of superstition. The desire to know was all right and proper enough in itself but it was proscecuted for an improper and wrong purpose. Now this is the consideration so widely missed by some of our brothers and sisters, who in a wholesale and indiscriminate manner condemn seeking light.
The plain command of God is, “Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Being in the elements of grace and knowledge we are to grow, but who will say, so far as the quality of them is concerned as possessed by us, that grace and knowledge themselves are not to increase also?
“Desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increacing in the knowledge of God.” —
Col. 1:9, 10. To be filled with a knowledge of His will is glorious, but if is not the maximum of duty and privilege — we must be evermore increasing in the knowledge of God.
“Add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge,” — 2 Pet. 1:5. So “A man of knowledge increaseth strength. — Prov. 21:5. This increase of knowledge is the ingathering or accumulation of light on the Divine will and work.
These texts express the clearly spoken trend of the whole of God’s Word. So he who affirms otherwise, as it seems to us, is at once convicted of either a serious mistake or an unteachable and self-reliant spirit. The consciousness that we may not have the real light on a thousand important and useful questions, is the very spirit of humilty and teachableness. On this line too, there is possibility of blessed progress “in the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
On the other hand, if one assumes that he has ascended to the altitudes of divine light, and explored the deep seas of divine knowledge, as revealed, in God’s Word and knowable by the Holy Spirit, his soul has already become a stagnant pool covered with miasmatic scum and ready to breed multiform, repulsive and deadly creatures. Let us beware of thinking we have learned it all.
Of late there is considerable objection to seeking light, especially on the church question. One’s objection is based on the following statement: “God has never revealed it to men as far ahead of them in the depth of religious experience and power of usefulness as can be imagined.” That might be so, and be so too, because they had not given the question a serious, patient and prayerful study, as the writer of the above sentence confessed he had not done, and therefore had no well defined views. This puts me in mind of the man who carried his grist in one end of the bag, and a stone in the other, because his father always did so, and would not abandon his fully although convinced of a more convenient and economical way. No, all the useful wisdom and helpful light on God’s Word did not perish with die death of a few wise and gracious men of a century or two ago. Let us keep on our faces before God for more light, love and power.
FULLY SAVED, AND HEALED.
Milan Center, Ind. Feb. 15th. ’85.
DEAR BRETHREN: — In Christ; I feel led of the Lord, to write a few lines for the TRUMPET. Praise the Lord! I am saved from all sin, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah to His name, for salvation full and free! I am wholly sanctified to God. I have proved what is the good, and perfect, and acceptable will, concerning me. I do thank God, this morning, for sending teachers here, to preach the Word in its purity. The first time I came into the assembly of the saints, I was a sinner, and the devil made me believe that they were pharisees, and of course I opposed this way. But thank God! the Lord has wonderfully brought me out from the power of sin, and delusion of the devil, and showed me who are His … children. I tell you Bro. Warner, we are passing through fiery trials; but one of the them all the Lord delivers. Glory to God! we count it all joy, for we know that all things work together for good to us, and to the glory of God. Dear Bro Warner, we sympathize with you, in the great trials you have had to to pass through, but we also rejoice in God that He so wonderfully sustains you and blesses you, and gives you the victory: and He has given you an inheritance among them that are sanctified. I am poor in this world’s things, but glory to God I am rich in heavenly things.
The Lord has healed me of heart disease. I had if over 7 years. Blessed be His holy name! I went to one of our best physcians, and he said I could not be cured. But glory to God! when I went to Jesus. He said I should be healed. I called for the Elders of the Church; the prayer of faith was offered, and the dear Lord healed me according to His promise. Praise His holy name forever. May the Lord ever keep you and Bro. and sister Fisher saved through the blood, filled with the Holy Spirit.
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Therefore, my beloved brethren, he ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for us much as ye know that your labor as not in vain, is the Lord. 1st Cor. 15:58.
The Apostle in the chapter here, sets forth the doctrine of the death and suffering of Christ; which he declares to be the Gospel, which ye have received, and wherein ye stand. By which also, ye are saved. vrs. 1. 2. For surely if Christ rise not, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. vr. 14. In that day many denied the resurrection of Christ; which is one of the great fundamental doctrines of the Gospel. In the setting up of the Gospel dispensation, the apostles had many errors to contend with. Some saying that the resurrection was passed already; and overthrew the faith of some. 2 Tim. 2:28. And also party strifes, and divisions, even in reference to the ordinances, even as it is in this day, and many times had to rebuke, and reprove, and teach, with much longsuffering. But in this chap, he referes mostly, to the resurrection, and how WE are to be resurrected, and this mortal shall put on immortality, when the last trump shall sound, and death shall be swallowed up in victory. OH DEARLY BELOVED, seeing we look for such things, be dilligent, that we may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless. In the last verse of the chapter, he says therefore, (because of all these things which I have told you) Therefore my BELOVED BRETHREN, be ye steadfast, immovable, steadfast in the faith, for this is the VICTORY, that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Oh BROTHER! SISTER! how much we need this exortation in these perilous times, with so much false teaching. And the Apostle also says, stand fast in one Spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel, rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith. Then we are to stand by faith, through the Spirit, buried with Him in baptism, wherein ye also are risen with Him, through the faith of the operation of God. Col. 2:12. God operates through the Spirit. Eph. 2:22. So then this is the way in which we are to become steadfast and immovable. Then it is fay faith through the power, of the HOLY GHOST we are to abound in the work of the Lord.
We are quickened by the Spirit, to the work of the Lord; in His vineyard, to go out into the highways and hedges, and everywhere; for the field is the world.
Jesus says, ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.
We cannot abound in the work of the Lord without the baptism of the. Holy Ghost, and if we go in His power, in the name of Jesus, no man has any right to say when, or where, we shall go, or what we shall say; for the HOLY GHOST shall teach us all things. Some men would like to put words into our months, and bind us to their creeds, and then tell us just where to go and if we do not follow: then we will have no fellowship with you. Well praise God, we have no fellowship with such works of darkness, but are STABLISHED STRENGTHENED, and SALTED, in Christ Jesus, to Him be glory, and dominion, for ever and ever, Amen and Amen. Therefore, my beloved brethren; be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
For as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain In the Lord, for we are laborers together with God, for every man’s work shall be made manifest, for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire. If any man’s work abide; he shall receive a reward. Better no in the Spirit alone with God, on the isle of Patmos, than to fellowship the unfruitful works of darkness. O how I do praise God, for this testimony, that I please Him, and that He has called me into the ministry of His word, and that He does lead me and keeps me, in the midst of every opposing element.
When He gave me my commission, He said, I know thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my Word, and hast not denied My name. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience. I will keep thee from the hour of temptation. Yes glory to His name, His grace has been sufficient in every hour of temptation, and I will go in His name, and not shun to declare His Word, faithfully; whether men will hear or for bear. For He saith behold I come quickly; hold fast that thou hast, that no man take thy crown. To him that overcometh; will I grant to sit with Me on My throne, even as I also overcame, and am sat down with My Father in His throne. May the Lord keep us all faithful, is my prayer, Amen.
Pray for us. Your sister.
S. A. Kiplinger.
Silver Lake, Ind. Mar. 18th 1885.
THE SABBATH TRACT.
Was much delayed, on account of its being much larger, than we first anticipated; as notice was given in Feb. 1st, volumn 6 No. 22 and again has been very much put back, on account of paper. We printed the half of the tract; using up all the paper on hand; had more ordered; paper came, but did not correspond with what we had already used. We sent to several different firms but with no better success, so we have concluded to do the best we can, with the paper we have; and print the tract.
A good many have already sent in their orders, which will be filled and sent as soon as finished.
Williamston Mich. March 16th 1885.
Dear readers of the TRUMPET, the Lord wants us to tell what He has done for me;
It was one year ago, the Lord saved me, through His precious blood; and sanctified me through His blessed Word, and He has been very precious to my soul ever since.
Praise His holy name for ever and ever, for what He has done for me! O the Lord is so willing to help those who will help themselves, and do His will. He keeps me saved and when we are in need of any thing, I ask the Lord for it; and He gives it to us. For He says in His precious Word, ask whatever ye will, in My name, and that will I do. O it is so glorious to know that we have such a dear Savior, and He shows me so many things to do, and it is all for Him. O praise the Lord, forever and ever. He has healed me soul and body, and also healed my little daughter, of the inflamation of the lungs, by the laying on of the elders, hands, and the prayers of the dear saints, that were there.
O praise His holy name! O what a grand thing it is, to have a great Physician; so near, the sympathizing Jesus.
O how glorious it is, that we can come to the Lord and be healed, when we are sick; and trust the Lord for every thing. All I have is the Lords, to do with as He sees fit, to use any way that will be pleasing to Him. When the Lord wants a few dollars, it is free, for Him to use, and I praise the Lord, for it belongs to Him.
A more dressy woman you never saw, than I was; all decked with gold, but when I gave Him my heart, He dressed me in “modest apparel,” O how I do praise Him for it. O how glorious it is to serve the Lord. Now I am resting, sweetly resting, hidden in the cleft of the Rock, which was made to take me in. Your sister, saved to the uttermost.
Elyria Ohio. March 1st, 1885.
Dear Brethren: — And saints in Christ Jesus; I am fighting the good fight of faith, and crowning Christ Jesus, the head of the Church, and Lord of all. God bless you, in sending the TRUMPET unto all the earth.
Let the light of the pure Truth flash from your press, to all the people, especially to all that will receive it. We are called to do some fighting on the line of faith, for Christ. For the devil is taking the lead of all the babylon churches; men and women professing Christ, are unequally yoked together with unbelievers, on the sect class book. Christ says, these people have a form of godliness, but their works, deny Me. They also deny the power of the Holy Ghost, and follow every thing else, but Christ. But the true Church of Christ is a holy body, a living power, baptized with the Holy Spirit, as described in Deut. 7:6, 9. It is not because Israel in such a numerous people, but because the Lord loved us, and would keep His covenant with the fathers. He hath brought us out with a mighty hand, and redeemed us out of the house of bondage. Praise His name!
But the sects, are not this holy Church, they are net “a spiritual people,” not peculiar from this world, they are like the world, and of the world. But let us, dear brethren, “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints.” The holy faith that denies self, and loaves the world.
The faith the apostles had, that heals the sick, easts out devils, and subdues kingdoms, and turns many to righteousness. I do praise God, for the light, and the faith, He has given me. Glory be to God, for salvation full and free! By the grace of God, I am standing free from all sects, and evil works of darkness. It is not I but Christ, dwelling in me, that keeps me.
Hallelujah to the Lamb! Christ has cleansed me from all sin, “from all filthiness, of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost! I am cleansed from all appetite for tobacco, whiskey, and beer, and God has taken all desire from my heart for the fashions shows, fairs, festivals oyster suppers, and all other evil, and unfruitful works of darkness, of the world and babylon. Praise the Lord, for it all!
“My delight is all in the Lord, and in His law do I meditate, day and night.”
Brethren, pray for me and family, and help me pray for my neighbors, that they may shortly learn what gracious things, Christ the Lord has for their souls. Now to God and the Lamb, be all honor and glory forever, amen! Your brother.
Battle Greek Mich., Mat. 9th ’85.
To THE Dear Saints in Christ: — I desire to tell the readers of the TRUMPET what the Lord is doing for my soul. I am saved and rejoicing in a Savior’s love to-day; and I do thank my precious Redeemer that He ever sent the light of His glorious Gospel to shine into my poor, dark heart, and permitted me to hear the TRUMPET’S gracious sound which raised me from the “dead,” and bid me awake to newness of life. I shall ever praise God for what He has taught me, through His messengers. I was groping in error, and darkness, under the power of the devil, because possessed by him, when Bro. Warner, found me last fall; and was the means, God used in bringing deliverance to my poor captive soul. Satan was cast out, and God has taken possession of His temple. Before the Lord gained admittance to my heart, my mind was so distracted, that I was on the verge of insanity; and my body was so tortured, and tormented, by the powers that held me, that I was indeed a wretched wreck, wandering up and down, seeking relief, when lo! the Lord showed me how and where to find it. He told me there was “balm in Gillead, and a Physician there,” Who would gladly undertake for me: and in a state of desparation, I followed His directions, and was completely healed, body, mind, and soul. And now I am praising His holy name, for His goodness to me, in lifting me out of the miry clay, and setting my feet upon The solid Rock, Christ Jesus. Each day I am growing in grace, and getting nearer to my Deliverer. He oft-times, floods me with His Spirit of light, and glory, and I am looking for Him to be revealed from heaven, when He shall gather all the pure ones for His Kingdom. O may He hasten the day, when we shall all stand before Him in those beautiful garments, of salvation, which He has prepared for us, by His own blood, which He shed on Calvary.
Glory to His name! Enclosed you will find $2, from Mr. Worden, and my-self, for the TRUMPET, an other year. For my part, I do not feel as though we could do without it, at our house, it feeds my soul with heavenly manna, and refreshes me with its words of love. God bless all the dear ones connected with it.
Your sister, sanctified by The blood.
C. M. Worden.
Battle Creek. March, 10th 1885.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord, this morning, to write a few lines for the TRUMPET, to tell the saints, what the Lord is doing for us; He is wonderfully, blessing the saints here. Praise God forever, for the blessed little meetings, that we have at the houses. God is wonderfully, pouring out His Spirit upon us, and there is more being added to our number
I cannot praise Him enough, for what He has done for me, and my companion; He has taken me out of the miry clay, and put a new song in my mouth, even praises to God; and sanctifies me wholly, through the blood of the Lamb. Your brother in Christ.
Lacota, Mich. March 8th 1885.
Dear Brethren: — I praise the Lord for salvation, full and free, that saves to the uttermost. Glory to God! I praise the Lord, that He ever called after me, and placed my feet on the solid Rock, Christ Jesus. Praise His Holy name! I tell you that the Lord will, carry on His own work.
He has done a wonderful work at GENEVA CENTER. Many were saved. Glory to Jesus! This world has no charms for me, I would not give one day, of my enjoyment in Christ Jesus, for all the pomp or display of this world. Glory be to God!
It is not quite one year, since I gave my heart to God, I was but 12 years old.
I have not got tired, for I love the way, it is so grand to me, for Jesus keeps me so sweetly saved. Glory to Jesus! I am His, and He is mine.
“I am so wondrously saved from sin,
Jesus, so sweetly, abides within.”
Your sister, saved and sanctified, and always willing, and ready to do God’s will in all things.
Greenville Pa. March 3d, 1885.
Dear Brethren: — Grace and peace be multiplied unto you, and all the dear saints at Williamston. Amen! My testimony to day is, I am saved through and through, and sanctified by the precious blood of Jesus, and kept by the power of God through faith. I praise God for the way He has kept me, while going through the firy furnace. He has tried me as gold is tried in the fire. Glory to God, there is not the smell of fire upon my garments.
Sister Davis and a few of the saints from Sandy Lake, and my self, held a meeting near Custards Pa. Spear and Wm. Moor of Franklin, came there to oppose the work of God. They fought the ordinances until they saw their craft in danger; then they pretended to observe the Lords supper; they said, they did not do it, because they thought it was right; but we saw that they did it merely to hold their ground.
Lord have mercy on their poor souls is my prayer.
I praise God that ten or twelve of those dear souls, who fell into error, through the Moor heresy have claimed their liberty in the name of Jesus.
Bro. Zechariah Turner whom Bro Warner remembers of meeting at the Sandy Lake C. M. has got his eyes open at last.
He claimed the victory over the salvationists, to which his soul was in bondage.
His praises to God for deliverance, are continualy on his lips. O how I do praise God for what He is doing for those dear people. Glory to God and the Lamb forever and ever. Amen!
I am going on to know the Lord more perfectly. I praise Him for giving me a teachable spirit. I know the Lord will not teach us any thing we ought not to know.
To learn of the Lord, we must be very humble, lie low at Jesus feet, and be willing to be taught by one of the least of His little ones. Praise God! without him I can do nothing. In His strength, I can do all things.
I’m leaning on His loving breast!
Along lifes weary way,
My path, illumined by His smiles,
Grows brighter day by day.
No foes, no woes, my heart can fear,
with my almighty friend so near.
Praying God to bless you in your labors of love, I remain yours in the Kingdom of Christ.
Nannie M. Donnell.
PARING DOWN THE GOSPEL.
When a man gets to cutting down sin, paring down depravity, and making little of future punishment, let him no longer preach to you. Some modern divines whittle away the gospel to the small end of nothing. They make our divine Lord to be a sort of blessed nobody; they bring down salvation to mere salvability; make certainties into probabilities, and treat verities as mere opinions. When you see a preacher making the gospel small by degrees and miserably less, till there is not enough of it left to make soup for a sick grasshopper, get you gone. As for me, I believe in the colossal; a need as deep as hell and grace as high as heaven I believe in a pit that is bottomless, and a heaven that is topless. I believe in an infinite God, and an infinite atonement; infinite love and mercy; an everlasting covenant ordered in all things and sure, of which the substance and reality, is an infinie Christ.
THE MIND OF CHRIST.
If God indulges you with ecstacies, and extraordinary revelations, be thankful for them; but be not exalted above measure by them. Take care lest enthusiastic delusions mix themselves with them; and remember that your Christian perfection does not so much consist in building a tabernacle on Mount Tabor, to rest and enjoy rare sights there, as in resolutely taking up the cross, and following Christ to the palace of a proud Caiaphas, to the judgement hall of an unjust Pilate, and to the top of an ignominious Calvary.
Ye never read in your Bible, Let that glory be upon you which was also upon Stephen, when he looked up steadfastly into heaven and said, “I see the heavens open, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” But ye have frequently read there “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who made Himself of no reputation, but took upon Himself the form of a servant, and being found in fashion as a man, humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
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“YOUNG MAN YOU ARE ON FIRE THERE!”
THIS remark was made by Bro. Davis, a preacher in the north Michigan lumber camps, to a young man. His clothes were on fire and he did not know it. You might ask had he been near some fire? that had caught his clothing? No — then what was the cause: He had put the fire into his pocket. You may think I am setting forth strange things, or, the man was a fool or a lunatic. He surely was quite foolish, for he had been smoking tobacco and had put the pipe into his pocket with some fire in it.
I remember of a similar case of an oldish man standing near me and after some time I noticed his clothes burning, and when discovered, it had burned nearly half of his vest front, by putting his pipe in his pocket with fire in it.
These are only two cases in a thousand, perhaps more, where people have set themselves on fire with the pipe; yes and have lost their lives in the same way; and have burned thousands of dollars worth of property besides. Which might (if rightly used,) go a long ways toward the support of the Gospel and the poor, but this is not all: the tobacco that is used in various ways would support this government, the Gospel of Christ, and educate all the orphan children: And all a foolish habit, which does nobody any good, but is hurtful and sinful. Sinful, because it injures the body, and plants the seeds of disease which are felt all along through life, but especially in old age. Sinful because it is superfulous and superfluity is one of the greatest sins; for while they are indulged in, our fellow man may he suffering for the necessities of life, and the Gospel privilages, which our waste of God’s means might supply. But nearly every one has their excuse; and generally it is for some disease.
If I were sick: say with Ague, and the doctor should prescribe Quinine and Acconite, I would take it till cured and no longer. If it would not cure me, I would lose confidence in both the doctor and medicine, and would quit the former and discharge the latter. But not so with the poor slave, a tobacco user. He keeps on taking his medicine (which is not medicine) vainly hoping to be cured, till he has the habit fastened on him, like a huge Boa Constrictor: and he has not the will power to shake it off; and he is all the time getting worse.
Tobacco injures the papilla nerves located in the tongue, and soft palate, which are the organs of taste. I have heard tobacco users complain of not having a cute taste; the reason is plain: these nerves are injured by the constant contact they have with nicotian (tobacco poison). It also comes in contact with the saliva glands located under the tongue. They become weak and throw out to much saliva, — hence the constant spitting. Therefore, it draws from the fluids of the body; especially that of the stomach, and impairs digestion; and brings on dispepsia, liver complaint, blood poisoning, and other diseases. Many people take it for dispepsia: but it only keeps the food from rising by nauseating the mouth and the alimentary canal. But it is no cure.
Tobacco users have not a natural taste for it, but an acquired taste. Except in a few instances, where the parents were habitual users of it themselves. In that case the children might inherit it just as any other disease. The Word of God says, He will “visit the iniquity of the Fathers on the children, unto the third and fourth generations:” Ex. 20:5. But when it is first taken into the mouth the whole system tries to repel it, — an “enemy is in the camp:” the stomach becomes quamish, the saliva glands give out an unusual quantity of fluid, the tongue and mouth burns, the pores of the body expand, and perspire, the head becomes dizzy, the heart beats more rapidly, the nerves and muscles relax, and all parts of the body are arayed in hostility against this new enemy to expel it from the system.
Nearly all paralytics are (or have been) great tobacco users. The narcotic poison off tobacco comes so much in contact with these nerves that it brings on this disease. You may argue, some live to a great age, and have used tobacco from youth up: true, but these men God had indued with superior constitutions, and vitality; and might have lived a great deal longer, if they had not used it. Teerefore I advise all, to stop using this abominable weed, do not defile your body, which is the temple of God, for, “he that defile the temple of God him shall God destroy.” 1 Cor. 3:16, 17. Stop a habit that polutes yourself, and every body that comes near you. For the vile odor is on your clothing; yes the very air, which God has given us pure to breathe, is fouled by the stench of tobacco. And we have to inhale it though it he ever so offensive, the ladies not excepted.
Our legislators ought to enact laws against it; especially, among the youth of the land. See the sickly boys! pale and haggard daily poisoning himself with tobacco, thinking it makes a man off him.
The example is set by rich and influential men, in high and low circles of society.
Yes and by men of the pulpit: (shall I call them the ministers of Jesus Christ?) who ought, to set a more Godly example for them: Which influences his young mind and, exalts his boyish pride.
Tobacco user, I pity you. You have become a slave to a giant evil; who holds you unrelenting in his iron grasp; until he has destroyed both soul and body. I pity you: for I was a slave to it about fourteen years;
And I often thought I would quit some time, but when these thoughts occured it would send a gloom over me at the prospect of quitting my dear idol.
How many mornings I would arise with hot and parched mouth, feverish and irritable, and not to be satisfied til I had some tobacco in my mouth. I would not use it again for all the world. But God looked with pity upon me, and showed me my sinful habit; and I determined I would quit it in all forms forever. And getting on my knees I asked God to help me keep my resolutions, and He helped me; and the taste for it was removed, and I have not used any since, these five years. But is there no help? you may say, I cannot quit it, if I could, I would, — yes some say I would give lots if I could; some strong minded men have, but they are few. My advice is come to Jesus, and concecrate your all to Him, soul, body and spirit, and all habits; tobacco and every thing else and He will save your soul and remove all habits and appetites, and make a free man of you, and under bondage to no man, nor to a VILE WEED as thousands can testify.
F. P. Smith.
DEAR BRETHREN: — I feel led of the Lord, to write some of the wonderful dealings of God to me. I was converted when 15 years old, had a very clear witness of my sins forgiven. I saw my Savior, and He stooped and whispered to me your sins are all forgiven. I was very happy, rejoicing in the presence of my Lord.
But soon the tempter was after me, and the carnal nature in me, not being removed, nor did I know that it could, be done for me, and soon I got into trouble.
When I testified, and done my duty, the Savior was present, and then I would take courage and promise to live every moment for my Lord. The meeting closed, of which there had been 100 converted.
The preacher said now we will see how many will stand; and be on hand at all the prayer-meetings. Of course I thought I would stand, but I was young having never been taught any thing about salvation, supposing when once converted, the work was done. But one day when the tempter came to me, I began to doubt, the way looked very dark. I went in secret prayer, but my faith was weak, coming back I sat down, taking my testament I tried to read, but my mind was wandering. Just then the devil stood before me as an angel of light, and I listened to him: he said you are young and the way is hard you may just as well give up now as any other time, just then I felt my hands fall from the book I held, and believed him with all my heart, and then he took possession of my heart.
O what a night I spent; whenever I closed my eyes to sleep, he stood before me, I thougt to take me to hell.
I could not rest, I arose and tried to pray but my heart was hard as a stone.
Then my sorrow began, I sought my Savior day and night, for two long years, publicly and in secret. I told my trouble but no one could give me any light.
At that time there was a union meeting of the U. B. and the Winebrenarians in progress; I was there, seeking every oportunity, to get back to God. But at last my convictions became so strong that I must be saved that night, or hell would be my doom. The meeting was brought to a close, they all started for home; my dear Father came to me and laid his hand on my head, and asked me if I did not want to go, I said no I must be saved to night, he told the brethren and sisters, to take care of me. It was not long until I yielded, and my dear Savior set me free.
I once more praised His holy name for deliverance! for five years I walked with
my Savior, and glory in my soul. I was always present at the prayer-meetings, and my chief delight was to bring sinners to their Savior. We were all, as I supposed one. At the close of the meetings, they opened the doors of what they called the Church, setting out two benches, on the left was the U. B. bench, and on the right was the Winebrenarian. I was asked to join the U B. which I dif. And on lifting my eyes, to my surprise, the other party looked black. I said in my heart this is wrong! and O how oft, I wished I was free. But I tried always to be in union. After five years my health failed, having the consumption, and it was thought best by my parents, that I should go west. My health improved, but I died spiritually. My western friends, being presbyterians, were very quiet, and I gradually died. Two years after, I returned home found; I had lost ground, but soon regained my former experience.
When I first heared of the holiness work as taught in the Bible, I was convicted for a deeper work of grace in my heart.
I dilligently sought my Savior and knew I was His child. Then the searching time commenced with me. I read the Word, and my conviction became deeper, and I was wonderfully shaken. The 12th, of Romans, 1st verse, gave me much light on consecration. I ventured out, and carnality was removed, and I was cleansed.
O how calm I felt. I testified to entire sanctification. I seemed to have no power, but I remained all on the altar. In about ten days, on going to prayer-meeting I testified that I was sanctified, and the power came, and I was filled; it continued to come, on the way home, the brightness was so great, that I said to my husband, that I never saw the moon shine so bright, he said the moon did not shins at all,
I raised my eyes, and to my surprise, there was only a few stars shining, and no moon to be seen. Praise the Lord! I have entered the Canaan land, and enjoy its sunny shore. And I am going to possess all the land as my inheritance.
I told what God had done for me, to my supposed, brothers and sisters, in Christ, but to my surprise, they rejected my testimony, and tried to crush us down.
We felt the Spirit grieved; we hardly knew what to do; but the Spirit led us to withdraw from the sect; we obeyed, not knowing what the Lord wanted of us, and in a short time we were invited at different places, to join their sect. But the Spirit forbade us, saying am I not enough, and can I not keep you; we said yea Lord, we will follow Thee, whithersoever Thou goest. We heared of the GOSPEL TRUMPET, and we sent for it, I did not like it at first, I thought it too strong, against sects; but after carefully comparing it with the Word of God, my prejudices gave way, and I cried out Lord it is truth.
It is now more than five years, since God sanctified me. Last fall the Spirit bade us to leave our home in Ohio, and start out into His work. He has blessed our labors, and we are filled with the Spirit continually. We are at the TRUMPET Office now, working for the Lord, and will continue here, until the Lord shall give us further orders.
REFUGE IN GOD.
“There shall we safe abide,
There sweet shall be our rest,
with every longing satisfied.
And full salvation blessed.”
What a wonderful refuge has the good man in God! For he becomes the faithful guardian of His saints in the hour of danger, their refuge in distress, and their wondrous deliverer in seasons of peril.
“The Lord is a present help in time of trouble, and knoweth all them that trust in Hica.” How blessed to trust in Him at all times! Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty, therefore, we shall be in perpetual safeguard. Yea here we may secure rest. None may harm us or pluck us out of His guarding hand. Let us then leave our all in His faithful guardianship.
None may molest us or ever hurt that one whom God delights to save. He is the everlasting inheritance of His saints.
Yea, He is the strength of our heart, and our portion for ever. Hallelujah!
“All hail the power of Jesus name!”