1 August 1887, Volume 9, Number 10.
THE CURE OF FREELOVEISM.
AGAIN it is our duty to lift up our voice as a trumpet, and blow a blast of warning against this most subtile and soul destroying of the “three unclean spirits like frogs, that came out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophets; for they are the spirits of devils, working miracles” to deceive, if it were possible, the very elect. By the above head we do not refer to that gross form of freeloveism that is associated with Mormonism and spiritualism, but that more deeply disguised snare of the devil that sails under color of spiritual fellowship; that new revised form of freelove, which hell has in these last days devised as a counterfeit of the Spirit of God. It is a false love, a satanic counterfeit of the love of God in the heart. It is the very devil himself disguised in the professed cloak of divine love. It is a claiming devil, who breaks the fellowship of the saints of God by charming, sliming, flattering you with very lovely words, and then putting evil in your heart against every child of God that can see that pernicious spirit, and who stands firmly against it. This hellish spirit makes out its victims, seeks the most humble and faithful who may not be sufficiently gifted with discernment to detect the concealed viper, bestows much attention upon them as if enjoying great fellowship in the Spirit. And when the poor innocent soul is well coiled about, the charmer begins cautiously to infuse his or her poison, and plant an evil eye in the heart that now begins to see others in a bad light, and so a ring is formed, and the devil breaks the unity of the Spirit. But the most pernicious form of this hellish bane is its false lovecharm between two of the opposite sex. The devil used it to bring about an unholy bond of union between a brother and a sister. A man becomes wonderfully charmed with some other man’s wife, or a women is ravished in her affections after some other woman’s husband. And this plague spot from the pit of hell often suddenly breaks out in hearts that have hitherto been highly spiritual. This curse has in the last year appeared where unlooked for. O Lord how true we are in perilous times. And though great and solemn responsibility rests upon our soul to blow an awful blast of warning to all the saints of God, yet we think the Lord spares us the painful duty of mentioning names, which is the way such evils must usually be met. Perhaps most who are in danger will understand the blast though it be this time a little “uncertain.” When two hearts become so blinded, and their brain so softened that they can spend hours in a corner privately talking with each other, and often whispering in company with their lips to their ears, and that in the presence of the man’s wife and whoever chances to be present, and keep up this conduct so constantly that every stranger is led to the conclusion that they are both single and much enamored, or else are man and wife, we conclude there is a love that is a little too free. No wonder that, when the people found out that the other lady who seemed to be so utterly unnoticed was the man’s wife, they concluded that there was something wrong, and some were staggered and overthrown, and sinners who were convicted by the Word of God, were turned away and hardened by this ungodly deportment of those who had preached it. And when a preacher will, as a rule sit beside another woman in the sled, and they two recline their heads together, or the one recline his or her head upon the others shoulder in the presence of the man’s wife, saints and sinners, it is no marvel that the report should go flying abroad that they are Mormons, freelovers etc.; and the name of Jesus Christ and His holy cause be dishonored, and souls stumble into hell. Yea worse, taking occasion by the severity of the weather the preacher woman and the preacher man even occasionly covered themselves over a quilt while riding to and from meeting in the sled, thus shutting themselves in from the gaze of all but the eye of God. Can we as men of God fellowship works of the devil? We can safely call it such, because well calculated to stumble and destroy souls. And whatever will work evil to souls is of the devil. To say the least it was not avoiding the appearance of evil. It will not do to plead cold weather. A man of God will always take refuge in the promises of God for protection, and stay under His pavilion of righteousness, rather than get under the devil’s hoodwink. Again why not the brother cover himself alone or take in some brother, or more consistently why not his wife? Why is it that only that one particular sister seemed to possess the necessary fervency to keep the brother from taking cold? God deliver His cause from all such works of darkness, and by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ we must renounce and rebuke the same. And these things we have from eye witnesses, neither was it a single accidental occurrence. And when any consciencious child of God disapproved of such proceedings, he or she was renounced as not having salvation.
Worse than all, after this brother, — for we continue to love his soul, and admonish him as such, though fellowship and confidence have vanished away — after conducting himself in that way having concluded that his wife was jealous hearted, and that “his love was transfered from her to another,” proceeds to get a bill of divorce from her, and by shamefully tarnishing her character, and by legal strategem and the inducement of a little money to his attorney actually succeeds. O shame where is thy blush! Has the heart lost its flesh and the conscience all its sensitiveness? All in the day of judgment, my dear lamented brother, you will not stand up and say that the hard, unhuman and untruthful charges contained in that bill of complaints against the patient companion of your youth were through, your “lawyers coloring.” O no. Such excuses will not stand there. Your attorney was your own representative before the court. And if he took the liberty to exaggerate your statements, the instrument was read to you, or by you, and its contents well known before it was filed in court, and you are just as guilty before God for all it contained as if you had indicted every word of it yourself. You could have objected to any untruthful statement it contained if you had wished to do so. But there it appeared with your name before the Judge, and so it must appear in the last day when you stand before the Judge of all the earth, and the books shall be opened which contain a faithful record of all that deplorable procedure. As you object not to what was written before it went into court on earth, it will all appear to your account before the court of Heaven. O how sad our heart is to think of these things. Alas! Alas!! how we wish they were but a dream, and we could awake to the joyful realization that the beloved brother who has in the past stood with us in the ministry of the Gospel, yet wore the fair mitre, the untarnished breastplate of righteousness, and the glorious helmet of salvation.
But does he not still claim the rich favor of God and His indwelling power? We presume he does. But such are the characteristics of the age in which we live. Deception is the devil’s present policy. Even “many of them of understanding shall fall away,” in “the time of the end.” And if those days were not to be shortened for the elect’s sake, no flesh should be saved. O Lord hasten to gather what wheat can yet be gleaned, and shorten the days speedily by Thy coming to receive Thy pure bride.
Neither will the excuse stand in the day of judgment that you were not joined by the Lord and never loved eachother. Since God has maintained the character of the one you sought to cast off, and His abounding grace in her soul has regained the confidence of the saints, this weak refuge is resorted to. But this bed is too short, its covering too narrow to wrap yourself in. You took that woman in her youth for your lawful wife. You solemnly covenanted before God that you would cherish her to the end of life as your wife. You lived together when sinners. And since both become saved you have lived and labored together in the vineyard of the Lord as holy man and wife. You have told more than once in the pulpit that you loved your wife as dearly as any man, and now to say that you never loved, and were led of God to put her away; thus bringing doubts and confusion into the minds of sinners and young disciples, imperiling immortal souls, and bringing reproach on the cause of Christ. To say you were led of God in this, is simply preposterous. And if not led of God, you must have been led of the devil. Therefore you cannot have the favor of God upon your soul until you repent and retrace the steps of satan’s leading. Even though you had not been originally joined with the proper measure of divine love, would not perfect love in your hearts enable you to live together in love and kindness and respect, and would not God require this at your hands rather than furnish the enemies of His Church an occasion of much evil speaking, and reproach? If a man has a right to put away his wife because married when sinners on a low plain of love, and because his eyes have fallen upon some one else that suits him better, then all others who were joined in a similar way have the same right. And should they use it, the Church of God would become a place of trading wives, instead of a holy temple filled with the pure love of God, which “turns the hearts of the children to the parents and of the parents to the children,” and strengthens and intensifies the bonds of matrimony, and blesses all the relations of life. O let it not now be said you never have loved. These words from your own lips, will judge you in the last day, “has transfered my love from her to another.” Yea it is too plain that it was the unholy and sin created attractions of “another” that killed your love for the wife of your youth. The Word of God says, “Let not the husband put away his wife.” “Art thou bound unto a wife seek not to be loosed.” — 1 Cor. 7:11, 27. Does the Spirit of God lead a man contrary to the Word?
Likewise, ye husband, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. — 1 Pet. 3:7.
What human and friendly heart can think it right that after a wife has suffered privation with her husband, traveled and toiled in much self-denial and affliction for years, that he should now put her away, since their circumstances have become more favorable, and the devil has “transfered his love to another?” Neither will your professed service to God atone for the cruel deed. Your compassing God’s altar, and professed offerings of praise will not prevail. “He regardeth not the offering any more.”
Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. The Lord will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the Lord of hosts. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Yet ye say, wherefore? because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the Spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against, the wife of his youth. For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that He hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. — Malachi 2:11-16.
O may God deliver all such deceived souls out of the snare of the devil. The woman who allowed herself to receive those sinful attentions, and reciprocated the same, is no better than the man. We have personally admonished those parties, and rebuked their evil doings, and there was some penitence shown, but no confession made of the real wrongs committed; but rather a plea of self justification. Hence it is evident that the sore of iniquity was not removed. Many have been whipped and bluffed into an endorsement of the crooked in heart. But God will not suffer sin to be covered by His saints. Through our great sympathy and love for the brother we had hopes that God would permit us to give place to him in the TRUMPET, and we so expressed our hopes and desires. But when out from his personal influence, and under the Spirit’s pure impressions, our soul recoils in holy indignation from fellowshiping such elements. It is very apparent that as long as a heart loves Christ in sincerity, that person will avoid the very appearence of evil, and suffer any personal sacrifice rather than lay a stumbling block in the way of souls for whom Jesus died. To permit persons to occupy the columns of God’s paper without having publicly confessed and showed fruits of genuine repentance for such works of darkness, and we knowing these things to be facts, partly by our own eye sight, and by the testimony of many saints, we say to give place to one of such works, would be a public endorsement of them. We may appear inconsistent in the eyes of the people for having deferred our final decision. But the Lord knows that the way was not clearly open for our public protestation until now. And we also cherished the hope that the parties would make proof of their godliness, and yet prove worthy of our confidence. Let all saints pray earnestly that God may completely deliver these dear ones. While God lives in us, His cause cannot and will not be sacrificed for any personal consideration.
O let us solemnly warn all the beloved saints of God to give no place to the free- love devil. “HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES.” To be more courteous and obliging to any other woman than your wife is an abomination in the sight of God. To prefer the company of another woman is sin. We have seen men, and well gifted brethren that are electrified with the company of other brethren and sisters, but treat cooly their own wife and have no pleasure in her company, and then they come to us with the complaint that wife is jealous and unsaved etc. No wonder. O may God purify, intensity with heavenly love and raise to its high and holy standard the sacred and divine bond of matrimony. God forbid that we should allow, or in any way give continuance to an example that would reduce this heavenly lie to a brickie rope of sand. O ye husbands love your wives, and ye wives love and obey your husbands in the Lord that you may give no place to the devil to transfer your love to another. Amen!
FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST.
“BE filled with the Spirit.” God’s Word teaches us (Eph. 5:18,) that the gift of the Holy Ghost was the fitness for preaching the Gospel, or doing any other work for God successfully. “But ye shall receive power (strength) after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me.” — Acts 1:8. “But tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.” – Luke 24:49. Jesus gave His disciples a command to tarry for the power, and then tells them that they shall receive it after that the Holy Ghost is come upon them. Some people in these days seem to think they can preach the Gospel without the Spirit. Jesus Himself, did not preach until He was anointed and full of the Holy Ghost. “And Jesus, being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.” — Luke 4:1. “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor. &c,” — Luke 4:18.
If Jesus the Son of God, had to be thus qualified, there is no use for us to try to preach without it. God help us to see this point — “The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit.” Hence the Spirit must use it by us. “Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.” — Heb. 1:7. Without power we are as a sounding brass: our words, seemingly fall to the ground.
“And they were astonished at His doctrine, for His Word was with power.” — Luke 4:32. Paul, in writing to the Church of God which is at Corinth,” says, “But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will not know the speech of them which are puffed, up, but the power.” “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” — 1 Cor. 4:19, 20.
Persons may testify, preach, exhort or sing without the power, and it will amount to almost nothing. It will be surface work, because it is the Spirit that “shall reprove the world of sin,” and if we speak as the Spirit gives us utterance, God will work in us, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is the Spirit that shall guide you info all truth. — John 16:13. “For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” “But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit.” — 1 Cor. 2; 10.
Man, without the Spirit, speaks to the ear, but man, by the Spirit speaks to the heart. “For what man knoweth the things of a man save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” – Vr. 1l.
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God. That we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak not, in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth: comparing Spiritual things with Spiritual.” — verses 12, 13.
The disciples on the day of Pentecost, were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak as the Spirit gave them utterance.” — Acts 2:4.
“And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.” – 3rd verse.
Oh beloved Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, have we the cloven tongues like as of fire? Are we living up to the glorious privileges of this, the Holy Ghost dispensation? This is the great need of the hour. If we are all on the altar we may have it. Glory to God in the highest! Jesus says, “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” It is for us, bless God! I praise God that some of the professed holy people are getting the Pentecostal, apostolic power.
God bless you, dear ones, God has as much power for you as He had for Paul, Barnabas or Peter. Glory to God! God says, “Barnabas was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost.” “Stephen was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and faith.”
Praise the Lord! One of the old prophets exclaimed: “I am full of power.” God told Jeremiah, “I have made thee this day a defenced city, an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land * * * they shall fight against thee, (yes, they will now too) but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.” — Jer. 1:18, 19.
Bless God! Our deliverer has come, and still lives, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire,” – Heb. 1.
Brother, sister, have you the fire? Your Bro. full of the Holy Ghost and faith.
J. B. Slagle.
New Florence, Mo.
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JESUS sends us everywhere preaching the Gospel. And he said unto them, go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. — Mark 16:15. So all of God’s holy ministers anointed to preach the Gospel, go every where blazing abroad the glad tidings and good news of the Son of God, with the authority of the Holy Ghost, which inspires our hearts and minds to utter Heaven’s truth to the people. I charge thee, therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. — 2 Tim. 4:1, 2.
It is a command of God to preach His Word, and we love to keep His commandments and do those things winch are well pleasing in His sight. “For blessed are ye that know His commandments and do them, for he shall have right to the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Not merely acknowledge them.)
“For the hearers of the Word are not justified, but the doers shall be justified.” For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. — Matt. 12:37. Now this is the Savior talking, and He did not give His disciples authority only to preach the Gospel.
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. — Acts 8:5, 35. So they preached Jesus Christ to the people. If any one has authority to preach anything beside the Gospel, he received it from the devil and not from God. Jesus preached His own Gospel, and He sent His disciples to preach likewise. Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the Word to none but unto the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. — Acts 11:19, 20. He also sends His ministers into all the world to preach His Gospel. Now He teaches us to observe all things whatsoever He has commanded us. He commanded us to preach the Word and nothing else; and if you have anything in your heart that does not pertain to life and godliness, you had better dispose of it as soon as possible. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about, questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. — 1 Tim. 6:3, 4, 5.
What shall we preach Christ for? To put away sin. For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. — Heb. 9:26. Is He able to destroy sin by the sacrifice of Himself? Yes. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. — Matt. 1:21. The Word says He will save all that come unto God by Jesus Christ. What does it mean to be saved? To have all sin utterly destroyed by Jesus Christ. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. — Rom. 8:10. But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Rom. 6:22, 23.
“We speak the things which we have learned of God.” “We learn the word at His mouth;” “for we testify the Gospel of the grace of God:” “and we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord.” For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. — Acts 4:20. We have been taught of Him. Jesus says, “Think not what ye shall say, for the Holy Ghost will teach you in that same hour what ye ought to say.” “And it shall come to pass they shall all be taught of God;” and God teaches us to preach salvation. All the ministers of Jesus Christ are filled with salvation. Therefore the Gospel flows out of their mouth like an artesian well. The Savior says, “It shall be in you a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” There is no use of a man trying to preach salvation if he has not got it. But thank God, they who are saved, and called to preach the Gospel, go forth in the name of Christ who preaches through them. Paul says, “So we preach, and so you believe;” and if you believe in your heart you shall be saved. For with the heart man beleiveth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. — Rom. 10:10. Salvation is obtained by believing in Christ. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. — Titus 3:5, 6. When wo walk in all His ways we maintain salvation and keep victory in our souls. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow His steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth. — 1 Pet. 2:21, 22. Then Jesus said unto His disciples, it any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. — Matt. 10:24.
The people of to day say that no man can be saved in this life. But the prophet says, “Behold God is my salvation.” Jesus is just as able to save to day as he ever was: he is the same yesterday, to day, and forever. (Heb. 13:8.)
What is it to be a witness for Jesus? Is it not to publish His mighty works, and proclaim His wonderful power. (Acts 2:32.) 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; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. — Titus 2:11-15. It is a command of God to these things. And if a man has salvation, the people about him will see it because God is in him. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. — Acts 2:33. After we obtain the Holy Ghost, the sanctifier, and throw it in the Heart by holy testimony, it results in a terrible destruction to the devil’s kingdom. A man filled with the Holy Ghost is worse on the devil’s kingdom than a big dynamite cartridge under an old rotten stump. He is all around, and ready to charge on the enemy whenever orders are given.
The Lord’s flying angels go through the land like a flaming meteor, and by the Spirit of God they smite the walls of babylon, and they crumble and fall, and are driven to the four winds like the chaff a summers threshing floor. The awful hammer and fire of God’s eternal truth is worse on the wood, hay, and babylon, than a mighty whirlwind in a straw pile. For the prophet says, “God shall go with whirlwinds,” and every of His preachers with God in destructive whirlwind to the devil; and the people see and hear nothing but God, for God is in us of truth, operating and controlling us to His glory.
Your Bro. in the faith of the Son of God, saved by His blood and kept by His power, devoted to the service of God forever.
B. E. Warren.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
St Louis Mo, July 26.
“O praise the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” We have just landed here from the steamboat Sidney having had a very delightful trip down the Mississippi river from Keokuk. We made the trip of 200 miles in 20 hours. The river being very low at this time much caution was necessary to avoid running aground: doubtless 100 miles were traveled in passing from one side of the river to the other, to keep the deepest chanel. We were a day and a night at Keokuk, waiting the coming of the boat. The Jem City was to have reached Keokuk the first day, and than return down the river. But being late, she turned about at Quincy and started back, leaving us to wait until the next day. Praise God, we confessed His alwise hand in the matter, and thanked Him for the prolonged wait, believing it was all ordered of Him. This morning about day break we passed the Jem City, she having stuck fast in the sand. So the Lord was good to His little ones, and gave us a safe and very joyful voyage. O the goodness and wisdom of God our Heavenly Father, for placing the great rivers and lakes in the earth as a beautiful means of travel. It is so much more pleasant than by R. R. And though the speed is not more than half so great, we can very pleasantly improve the time reading and writing. However this trip was so wonderfully enjoyed by us, that we could do no more than feast upon the beauties of nature and praise the Lord. The river abounds in beautiful given islands and all her verdant banks are delightful. Just below the mouth of the Ill. river, for a few miles, the hand of God has skillfully carved out of the high rocky shore very beautiful scallops, and great piers and towers and even some appearances of partly ruined mansions and rustic stone buildings. No one else on board the vessel seemed to be delighted with those vast and beautiful works as we were, because unacquainted with our dear Father, whose hand of love has formed them all. O how blessed the pure in heart who see God all along the voyage of life. What a vastly different aspect every thing wears when looked at in the light of God. O how poor and meager the pleasures of the children of this world. How utterly tasteless and empty their thoughts and conversation. No place on earth serves better to call out the glories of a life hid with Christ in God in its striking contrast with the dark minds and almost, senseless twaddle of the aliens, as that of a steam-boat. Even the more elevated seldom have a thought that is worthy on immortal mind. While every object our eyes lighted upon in the passing panorama of nature, inspired our souls with joyful acknowledgments of God, and moved our hearts and lips to praise His name. O what a rapturous and heavenly kingdom we live in — all flashing with glory, and yet hidden from the blinded sinners. Having lost our lives for Christ’s sake, we are raised to the heavenly joys of the life of God in us; a life of bliss that already transcends the sinners loftiest idea of Heaven itself. O the beauties of holiness! “Out of Zion the perfection of beauty God has shined.” Never in all past experience has our heart flowed out more in gratitude to God for the inexpressible bliss of a pure conscience, a clean heart through the blood of Christ, an innocent life through grace divine, a conversation in Heaven, flowing from a good treasure in the heart; and above, all, a soul illuminated and inspired to see and enjoy God in every bright sunbeam that gleams on earth, and sparkles in the silvery stream, and every object upon the footstool of God.
God is love the angels know
That Father dearly loved us so;
But O the ransomed feed within,
The burning love we fry to sing.
God is love, O praise His name!
I feel His love, a holy flame;
How sweet to know He sets me free,
And perfects that concerning me.
God is love, O could I tell
The love that saved my soul from hell:
O Jesus break the heart of stone,
And let thy mighty love be known.
God is love, that thought so dear,
Now sweeps away each doubt and fear,
I sweetly rest this soul of mine,
Deep in the heart of low divine.
God is love, a boundless sea,
And O the wondrous mystery,
His mighty billows o’er me roll,
And flood with bliss my inmost soul.
God is love, and O how sweet,
His love in me is made complete,
I dwell in love, in God alone,
And share the bliss of Heaven’s throne.
O how the salvation of God has made all our life sweet and happy. But woe unto the wicked. Many sorrows pierce their hearts in life, the fruits of their willful sin. Like the foolish miller they furiously dart at God, who is a consuming fire, and soon burn away the delicate wings of this temporal life, and fall to rise no more from the irrevokable results of these days. Yesterday while our boat was stopping at Quincy, a fellow passenger told us that a few days ago the most prominent and prosperous saloon keeper in that City took his life and thrust his soul into eternity. Lost! Lost, lost for ever! O my Lord, he heeded not thy voice, his blood shall be upon him. But let us warn the wicked, lest dying in his sins, his blood be upon us.
Well we must not omit our pleasant stop at Onarga Ill., and Haysville Iowa. Having crossed the Ill. line we put up for the night at Sheldon. The next morning being early awakened by the moving trains, we arose and began to talk with God. The Lord sweetly appeared unto us there in gracious promises for the future work of Bible holiness in that State. Being so strongly impressed we took some TRUMPETS and started out. The first two persons to whom we handed the paper, thanked the Lord, and said it was just what they believed, and one said he used to read it, and that God was raising up a little holy fire company in his place, clean out of sectism. They invited us to come to their place, which we hope to do on our return. That day we were met by dear Bro. Reed at Gilman Ill. and taken to his house, and then over to Onarga where a few people gathered at the house of dear sister Sander, to hear the Gospel. Doubtless many heard the Word of God unseen by us, having collected in the neighborhood by the attraction of our song in the Spirit of God. About every person present was convicted, one lady endeavered to consecrate all to God. Several asked our prayers; and the next day a dear old saint came to see us at sister Sander’s, and there making a complete consecration was gloriously sanctified; which experience her heart had long desired. Thus God gave us at each point visible tokens of what the Spirit impressed us. But we had to pass on through the State to meet our engagements in Iowa. Crops look fair in Ill., but rather better in Iowa. When we came to Onarga Ill. it was extremely hot and dry; we were led to cry to God for rain, and the Lord sent a good shower. Praise the Lord!
Through the kindness of Bro. Reed, and the Agent at Gilman, we were blessed with reduced rates from that place to Burlington Iowa, for which we were very thankful.
July 15th we were met at Hayesville Keokuk Co. Iowa, by dear Bro. A. Harman who conveyed us to the grove where we met our dear Bro. C. Z. Lindley once more. God bless his dear soul. How our heart has been drawn out in sympathy for him and his dear companion, as they are surrounded by innumerable spirits of devils, and have had but very few to stand by them. Thank God! Bro. Lindley still keeps victory over the devil and all his powers, and has the fire in his heart. The Lord gave him success in a meeting here last winter, and we found here dear good hearts, who were hungry for the Word. Praise God, a few souls were converted and sanctified, and all the little ones were greatly encouraged. Also a good many souls were awakened, convicted, and became warm friends of the truth, whom we hope will soon find Jesus. The hot dry weather, and harvest work not being finished, rendered our visit less effectual, than it might have been under other circumstances. This is a great stock country and the pastures began to be so dried up that people wore becoming alarmed for their herds; but thank God, before we left the good Lord sent several abundant showers of rain. O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for His great mercy to the children of men. God bless the dear saints and kind friends at Onarga, and Hayesville; and reward all their kindness and liberality bestowed upon His humble messengers for Christ’s sake.
We shall never forget those dear ones, and shall be very happy to return and see them again, if the Lord wills. This evening we start out for St Louis Mo. the Lord willing, where we expect to meet once more our dear Bro. J. Cole, and many dear to our hearts by the fellowship of the Spirit whose faces we have never seen. And best of all are expecting a glorious harvest of souls, turned to righteousness by the mighty power and love of God. Let all the saints pray much for all our little company, that the Lord may abundantly bless us, with health, strengtho, power, and wisdom to work effectually for Him. Amen!
A SOLEMN STILL VOICE.
HEARKEN to the voice and call of Christ, you that are exaltedly Province above your neighbors — who have your heads, hands, and hearts full of the world: men of trade and business, I have a few solemn questions to ask you this day.
You have made many gainful bargains in your time, but what will all profit you if the agreement be not made between Christ and your souls? Christ is the only treasure which can enrich you. Matt. 13:44. Thou art poor and miserable, whatever thou hast gained of this world, if thou hast not gained Christ; thou hast heaped up guilt with thy riches, which will more torment thy conscience hereafter, than estate can yield thee comfort here.
You have made many insurances to secure your estates, which you call policies; but what insurance have you made for your souls? Are not they exposed to eternal hazards? O impolitic man, to be so provident to secure trifles, and so negligent in securing the richest treasure.
You have adjusted many accounts with men, but who shall make up your accounts with God if you are Christless? “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world and loose his own soul?” Matt. 16:26. Say not, you have much business on your hands, and cannot afford time; you will have space enough hereafter to reflect upon your folly.
(2.) You who are poor in the world, what say you; will you have two hells, one here and another hereafter? No comfort in this world, or hope for the next? Your expectations here laid in the dust, and your hopes for Heaven built upon the sand? O if you were once in Christ, how happy were you, though you knew not where to obtain your next bread. Poor in the world, but rich in faith; and heirs of the kingdom which God has promised. James 2:5. O blessed state. If you had Christ, you would have a right to all things, 1 Cor. 3:22, 23; you would then have a Father to fake care of you. But to be poor and Christless, no comfort from this world nor hopes from the next, this is to be miserable indeed. Your very straits and wants should prompt you to the great duty I am now pressing on you; and me- thinks it should be matter of encouragement that the greatest number of Christ’s friends and followers come out of that rank of men to which you belong.
(3.) You who are seamen, floating often on the great deep, you are reckoned a third sort of persons between the living and the dead; you belong not to the dead, because you breathe, and scarcely to the living, because you are continually to near to death. What think you, friends, have you no need of a Savior? Do you live so secure from the reach and danger of death? Have your lives been so pure, righteous, and innocent, who have been in the midst of temptations in the world abroad? Ponder that Scripture, 1 Cor. 6:9, 10: “neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of them selves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drnkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God;” ponder it, I say, and think whether you have not as great and pressing a necessity of Jesus Christ as any poor souls under heaven. You have had from God many temporal salvations, great and eminent deliverances; and will these satisfy you? Is it enough that your bodies are delivered from the danger of the sea, though your souls sink and perish in the ocean of God’s wrath forever? If you will yet accept Christ upon his terms, all that you have done shall be forgiven. Isa. 55:1, 2. The Lord now calls to you in a still voice: if you hear his voice, well; if not, you may shortly hear his voice m the tempestuous storms without you, and a roaring conscience within you. Poor man, think what an interest in Christ will be worth, wert thou now, as shortly thou mayest be floating on a piece of wreck, or shivering on a cold and desolate rock, crying, mercy, Lord, mercy. Mercy is now offered thee, but in vain wilt thou expect to find it, if thou continue thus to despise and reject it.
(4.) You who are aged and full of days, hearken to the voice of Christ; God has called on you a long time. When you were young you said, it is time enough yet, we will mind these things when we are old, and come nearer to the borders of eternity. Well, now you are old, and just on the borders of it; will you indeed mind it now? You have left the great concerns of your souls to this time, this short, very short time; and do the temptations of your youth take hold upon your age? What delay and put off Christ still, as you were wont to do? Poor creatures, you are almost gone out of time, you have but a short space to deliberate; what you do must be done quickly, or it can never be done. Your night is even come upon you, when no man can work.
(5.) You who are young, in the bud or flower of your time, Christ is a suiter for your first love; he desires the kindness of your youth; your spirits are vigorous, your hearts tender, your effections flowing and impressible; you are not yet entered into the incumbrances and distracting cares of the world. Hereafter a crowd and thick succession of earthly employments and engagements will come on; sin will harden you by custom and continuance. Now is your time; you are in the convertible age; few that pass the season of youth are brought to Christ afterwards. It is the wonder of an age to hear of the conversion of aged sinners. Besides, you are the hope of the next generation. Should you neglect and despise Christ, how bad soever the present age is, the next will be worse. Say not, we have time enough before, us we will not quench the sprightly vigor of our youth in melancholy thoughts. Remember, there are skulls of all sizes and graves of all lengths in the church-yard. You may die before those that seem to stand nearer the grave than you. O you cannot be happy to soon. As young as you are, did you but taste the comforts that are in Christ, nothing would grieve you more than that you knew him no sooner. Behold, he standeth at thy door in the morning of thy age, knocking this day for admission into thy heart.
(6.) To you who have had some slight, ineffectual, and vanishing convictions formerly, the Lord Jesus once more renews his call. Will you now at last hear his voice? It is an infinite mercy to have a second call. I doubt not but many among you, while you have sat under the word, have had such thoughts as these in your hearts: “Sure my condition is not right, nor safe; there must another manner of work pass upon my soul, or I am lost for ever. External duties of religion I do perform, but I am a stranger to regeneration.” Such inward convictions as these were the knocks and calls of Christ, but they passed away and were forgotten: your convictions are dead, and your hearts the more hardened; for it is with a soul under conviction as in putting iron into the fire, and quenching it again; this hardens it the more. You have been near the kingdom of God, but will be the more miserable for that, if you are shut out at last. The quickening of your convictions is the right way to the saving of your souls. The Lord make you this day to hear his voice.
(7.) Such as go to hear the gospel on vain accounts, for mere novelty or worse ends — to catch advantages, or to reproach the truths of God — scoffing at the most solemn voice of Christ: the word that you have slighted and reproached, the same shall judge you in that great day, except the Lord give you repentance unto life, and make the heart tremble under it that hath scoffed at it. “Be ye not mockers lest your bands be made strong.” Isa. 28:22.
(8.) Let all whose hearts the Lord has opened this day, for the enjoyment of the Gospel, the blessed instrument of their salvation, bless the Lord that has made it a key by regeneration to open the door of salvation to your souls: “And as ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.” Col. 2:6.
PRAISE THE LORD FOREVER.
Yes in the laguage of the Psalmist, let us praise the Lord. “Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart; in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.” “Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from ths time forth and for ever more. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.” “O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him, al ye people. For His merciful kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the
Lord.” Praise the Lord O my soul! “While I live will I praise the Lord; I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.” “Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” “Praise ye the Lord! Praise ye the Lord from the Heavens; praise him in the highest. Praise ye him all his angels; praise ye him all his hosts. Praise ye him sun and moon; praise him all ye stars of light. Praise him ye heavens of heavens and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the Lord; for he commanded and they were created.” Kings of the earth and all people; princes and all judges of the earth: both young men, and maidens; old men and children; let them praise the name of the Lord; for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints: even of the children of Israel a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto to the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.” “Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishment upon the people; to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written; this honor have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.” “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.”
O my soul is full of praise. I do realize that the Scripture is fulfilled in Zechariah which says, It shall come to pass that at evening time it shall be light. Isaiah also says in the twelfth chapter, And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee; though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortest me. Behold God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the LORD JEHOVAH is my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people. Make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord, for he hath done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. Cry out find shout thou inhabitant of Zion; for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.” God dwells in my heart and fills my soul with glory. He sanctifies my nature and keeps me continually. My prayer to God is that He will keep the dear saints every where by His mighty power: for Jesus is coming in the clouds of His glory. The signs of His coming are already here, and we must all be ready to meet Him. I do also pray for dear Bro. Warner and the little ones that are with him on his journey in the west, that God may prosper them and keep them from the power of the enemy. And may many souls be brought into the light of Christ. Amen!
H. C. Wickersham.
Dear Brethren and ALL the Trumpet Readers: — May God bless you as he does the one that is now writing these lines to the glory of God. I praise God to-day for salvation and that I know I am saved and have a pure heart. Being born again not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible by the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever. — 1 Peter 1:23. Glory to God! I know that the word of God lives and abides in me and that it will last forever.
For He has perfected forever them that are sanctified. Heb. 10:14. For we know as long as we abide in Christ and He in us that we can not fall. Oh glory to God for a Savior that is able to make us stand. For we are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time, wherein we greatly rejoice. And again Paul says we should rejoice always, and again I say rejoice. I can say the Lord’s will be done in all things for I know all things work for good to them that love God. The church at this place, Walkerton, is prospering wonderful. And the little ones have great faith in God. The Lord is adding to the church; several have been saved since Bro. Warner was here last Spring. Some have been wonderfully healed by the power of God, some have had devil’s cast out of them by the Word of God through His little ones. Oh I praise the Lord for the wonderful manifestations of His Spirit, One dear sister has passed away with Christ. The dear little Church at Grover Town is still strong in the Lord. May God bless them and keep them from the evil of this world.
From your saved Brother down under the blood, free from all sin and lead by the Spirit of God. Amen!
James L. Forsyth.
There will be a Camp Meeting commencing Aug. 19, near Cold Spring Dearbarn Co., Ind. Get off the train at Veedersburgh, 65 miles West of Indianapolis and 20 miles East of Danville, Ill. on the I. B. & W.; Chicago & I. C.; Toledo & St Louis R. R’s. It will be held in a fine grove where there is plenty of good water; and will be a meeting for both soul and body work. Come all who are afflicted. All are invited.
Dear Saints: — To-day finds me saved and rejoicing in God the Rock of my salvation, to whom be all the honor and glory forever. Amen!
I do thank God to day forever convicting me of sin. Blessed be His name! And after I had fully determined in my own mind to turn from my sins and obey God, how the Holy Spirit did lead me and show me what I must do, and what I must not do, if I would be approved of God. Praise His name! Oh I can never praise God enough for all he has done for my soul. He has forgiven all my sins, and cleansed me from all unrighteousness. Praise God forever and ever! To day my face is set Zion-ward. And I have a strong determination in my soul to behold the King in his beauty; And to possess mv heavenly mansion, which my blessed Jesus has gone to prepare for all the faithful. I am out on the straight word of God, with the Holy Ghost in my soul to guide me into all truth. Glory to God! My soul rejoices with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Oh clear ones it pays to be true to God, it brings peace and joy to our souls. Jesus says in the world ye should have tribulation, but in me ye shall have peace.
And this is my experience. Your sister in the love of God.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony this morning is that I love the Lord dearly. I offered my soul and “body a living sacrifice wholly and acceptable unto God,” ever since the 31st of Aug. 1886. I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in my soul. Praise God!
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; not in the lust of concupiscence even as the Gentiles which know not God. — 1 Thess. r:1-5. The seventh verse says, “For God has not called us unto uncleanness but unto holiness.” Praise God for salvation complete! There is a river of love flowing through my soul for all the dear saints. The 9th verse says, “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.” Hallelujah for victory over the devil! Praise God! I am so glad that God has established His true Church in my soul. Pray for me dear saints that I may grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord. I can, I will, I do believe that Jesus saves me now. I am saved from coffee, tea, tobacco, whiskey, and I have laid aside every weight and the sin that did so easily beset me. Praise God for salvation full and free! I have it and it just suits me, and I want the whole world to know it. Your saved Brother in Christ, sanctified and cleansed from all sin and disease.
Dear Brethren in Christ: — I feel led by the spirit to give in my testimony. I do praise God for saving me from all sin and foolishness of this world. He has saved and sanctified me through and through.
I have been washed in the precious blood of Jesus. For if we be dead with Him we shall also live with Him. I do praise God for His blessed promises to his beloved children. Your sister in Christ
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
AFTER the Bangor C. M. we spent a few days at the OFFICE, and then came on Friday, June 24. to the saints in La Grange Co. Ind., in the vicinity of Brushy Prairie. Praise God! It was sweet to our souls to meet the beloved saints in those parts again. We found the Lord has increased His “little flock” since we were here in the fall. On Sabbath, June 26. some of the saints accompanied our company to the village of Ontario, where we preached to a well filled school room of attentive hearers. Bro. and sister Van-camp from Mich. have moved there and the saints had held meeting a few times previous to our visit. There is a good prospect for God to raise up a saved people. At the same time Bro. Kilpatrick, and many of the saints met at Bro. P. Goodings, and again at night several came to the altar. Bro. K. expected to remain and continue meetings. On Monday eve, June 27, we preached in the Milford Chapel, eight miles south, where dear father John Martin and companion are waiting their call to go home. Bro. Martin is 83 years of age. Labored many years as a minister of the so-called Church of God, which he calls the church of the god of America. The dear old pilgrim has escaped out of her. He says it has become more a nest of devils than the Church of God. We found him joyfully awaiting his change. God blessed our soul abundantly in delivering His message, and poor sect worshipers were no little discomfited by the truth.
The next day Bro’s Yoder and Kilpatrick brought us on our way to Kendleville, seven miles more, where we took train for Portland, Jay Co., where we were met by Bro. Wm. Fields, and brought to his home. There we began meeting in the Willow Chapel, a good large house of worship, now owned by the saints of the Most High God. Here we held meetings until over Sabbath, July 3. Certain influences had wrought depression and death here, but much good was done, a few souls enlisted for the Lord, others were renewed in the Spirit and all were quickened. On Sabbath many saints full of tire came over from the Church at Bro. Wickersham’s and Isaac Key’s, and we had a glorious meeting. That evening we accompanied these dear saints to their home, where we began meeting on Wednesday night in the new meeting house built by the saints. Dear Bro’s Samuel Speck and John U. Bryant arrived at the beginning of the meeting, and toward the last of the week, dear brethren came from Grant Co. and from Ohio. O how joyful to our souls to meet the mighty host of saints in this country. O it was glory, heavenly glory. By the grace of God we lifted up Jesus in this place one year ago last winter. Sectish opposition raged, but the Lord our God fought for us, and about twenty souls were saved. Thank God they stood firm in the fight, and God has been adding to His Church there ever since. The fire of God sweeps on, and the holy ones are wonderfully free, leaping and shouting the praises of God. On Sabbath morning, dear Bro. Shell from Darke Co. O. came in. He is a dear young man about 18 years of age, gloriously anointed by the Spirit of the Living God to preach the blessed Gospel of Christ. God bless the dear young Bro. and speadily engage all his time in the great work. On Sabbath a great many people came out to hear the Word. The house 30X50 feet could not hold all the people. Many stood at the windows without and listened to the Word of God. In the afternoon the press was so great and the weather so hot that the interest of the meeting was thereby somewhat hindered. Near the close of the day we all engaged in the solemn ordinance of washing the saints feet, and the Lord’s supper. Not far from a hundred saints were present to participate, quite a number had to leave before these holy services. Knowing these things, we were truly happy in doing them, as our blessed Savior promised. Several souls were saved of God during these meetings. Then came the farewell song, and the many loving farewell greeting and holy embraces. O what, love binds the beloved saints of God. Deeper and stronger, higher and purer, more and more heavenly grows the fellowship of the saints, as time moves on.
The next morning dear Brother Alem Fowler brought us to Saratoga, where, after enjoying a very precious call with mother Lollar at that place, we took train for the west. The next day we were met
by dear Bro. Reed at Gillman Ill. and conveyed to his lovely farm home. And now we are blessed with a short sojourn with sister Sander in Onarga. Last evening a very small company came out to hear the Gospel of God at sister Sander’s, about all of whom were convicted. One consecrated and several asked our prayers. We expect God will save some dear souls to day. Praise God for constant victory.
To the dear saints of God scattered abroad, greeting. I send these few lines of testimony, concerning the good work of salvation in this part of the country. I am sanctified wholly and kept by the power of God. Glory to God, I have been sanctified for several years, but only came out of babylon a few months ago, being mysteriously led of God; but praise God, some of the members of the work I was building here in the name of the Wesleyan Methodist are following. I was raised a Quaker, but found they were full of abominable wickedness. I left them and joined the Methodist, and was walking in all the light I had; and God wonderfully blessed my soul and labors. I started out last fall to devote the winter to the service of God, with nothing to live on, but God wonderfully and mysteriously provided for me. Halelujah! I soon opened meeting at Lone star school house; several were converted and I organized a class, but that almost stopped my work for the winter, so that I did not hold another protracted meeting with success. God led me to see the error of the sects and I just walked in the light, and O how wonderful it is becoming. Bro. Drigs, one of the class leaders, has also seen the evil of sectism and stepped out. Also Bro. Cooper, a prominent member of the M. E. sect has withdrawn from them, and was married to sister Hattie Drigs, in June; both being sanctified. They enter into married life with a determination to do what they can for God, although living quite a distance from other holy people. May God bless them abundantly with grace and make them to prosper, and to be a power in his hands to lead souls to salvation. The church at Burden is prospering, all alive for God having glorious meetings, but satan is getting mad. We intend to go through on the straight blood and fire line, as the martyrs did. Dear sister Drigs, one of the saints here, is very sick; we ask the prayers of all the dear interested saints, for her recovery, for we need her help so much in singing. Dear Bro. Isaac Pennington of Winfield, is lying in prison for Jesus’ sake. Perilous times are surely here. He was arrested for disturbing the peace at a meeting at his own house as I understand. He has been past-master mason, and he exposed masonry freely in the tabernacle; that is the reason he was arrested. His friends offered to pay his fine, but he prefering rather to lie in jail than to confess he was or did wrong. Praise God forever for soldiers that will stand uncompromisingly to the colors. There are surmisings, that some of us will be arrested if we do not stop our noise; but praise God we cannot keep still or hold our peace, when so many around are going to hell. We are ready if need be, even to be offered up for Jesus’ sake. Pray for dear Bro. Pennington and all of the suffering saints.
All of us about Burden attended ordinance meeting at Zion 12 miles from here, Saturday night. July 9th; it was a glorious time. Sunday morning sabbath school was largely attended and good interest manifested. Meeting at 11 o’clock was a wonderful power and feast to our souls. At night I had an appointment at Lone star, where I built a Wesleyan class and served as pastor. God gave witness of victory before meeting. People came late, but I had victory in my soul. Some young men, including class leader, came about first and attempted to fire me out with fire crackers, firing them by the windows and throwing soma into the house. One thing especially, when they fired them at the pastor, it scared my pony; but when they went to her with them to make her break loose, cared nothing for it.
Praise God! I commenced singing and paid no attention. They came in and the Spirit was manifest in wonderful power. I talked to them from Matt. 5, with precious liberty for about an hour undisturbed. After speaking, I engaged in prayer when there was a profound silence all over the house, as I never witnessed before to my knowledge. Glory to God for victory. I left the appointment by request
for two weeks. After I left the Wesleyans, the new Wesleyan preacher who took my place came to see me, and I poured out light, and bless God he saw it; but would not receive if, yet I think he will. Any means for the support of Bro. Pennington’s family would be graciously received.
G. R. Achor.
Grand Junction Mich.
Dear Saints: — I can testify through the GOSPEL TRUMPET this morning that I am saved and sanctified through the precious blood of my Savior. Oh I do praise God so much that He ever called after me.
It just fills my heart with glory to see the work going on. My soul is filled with glory all the time. I came out on the Lord’s side at the Bangor camp meeting.
When I consecrated for sanctification I felt so much glory in my soul. The Lord put His power upon me so that I was prostrated and a dear Bro. carried me over to Bro. Palmers tent and I saw the devil pass through the window, and out of the door, He thought he could get at chance but he could not. Glory to God! God showed me a straight and narrow path leading up to heaven, and on both sides was the whole of the New Testament in printed letters and I believe that was to show me that I must learn as I go on the way.
And another day the Lord put His power upon me again and I saw water clear as crystal, and trees growing sideways in the water, and I did not know what that meant.
Can some dear Bro. tell me? I am only 11 years old, but I can feel as much of the glory of God in my soul as any body. I praise God for salvation that saves poor souls from hell. Pray for me.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God for full and free salvation that saves me from all sin and sanctifies me wholly unto God. Praise His holy name forever for what He has done for me and what He is still doing. He has so wonderfully saved me from all sectism creeds and doctrines gotten up by men. Bless God oh my soul! One of the sect priests came around some time ago and tried to lead Gods little ones astray. He said that sect meant those that were out of Christ. Well praise the Lord we can agree with him there, for we know they can not be saved and be in a sect. For we read in the 5th chapter of Gal. that they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven. Well praise God we have the victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil, and we are proving all things and holding fast to that which is good. Praise God forever! Your sister in Christ saved and sanctified.
Dear Readers of the TRUMPET: — I can testify to the goodness and loving kindness of God, for I feel that without Him I can do nothing. God wonderfully pardoned my sins and gave me a complete witness of it in my soul. Praise the Lord! In a few days he sanctified me wholly by a second work of grace. I know whereof I speak, for I have the experience in my soul. I am praising God to day for a salvation that saves from the world and all sectarian creeds. Glory to God! Pray for me dearly beloved, that I may always be found at my post, ready to do my Master’s will.
STAY OUT OF HER.
Dear TRUMPET readers: — After reading the question in the last Trumpet, (is it right to go to sect meetings?) I have felt impressed to write my experience concerning it. The M. E’s were having a revival as they call it, and as there is no one here but me that professes sanctification, I thought it would not hurt me to go once in a while and work for the salvation of souls. I thought that if there could only be some saved even in the sects, that God could take them out in His is own time. So I went but did not feel just right about it, and one night after I had been to meeting I felt somewhat condemned. I asked the Lord to show me just how it it was in a dream, and He did. I saw a building that had been commenced, but for some cause had never been finished. In it I saw such a beautiful fountain and the water seemed to rise several feet high through a pipe and it glittered like diamonds. There seemed to be some attraction and a few people went in and up a ladder to the fountain; but when they were all in, the fountain ceased to be. And instead of sparkling water there was smoke and as the people went to go out they found the ladder had been taken away and they had a wonderful hard time getting out. This proved to me that although the day has been when God saved people in the sects, He has now withdrawn from the sects. At any rate I have no desire to go to sect meetings any more. I would sooner go out in the highway hedges where Jesus tells us to go. Your sister saved and wholly sanctified.
M. E. Hurd.
This apparent water of life but a false deceptive glitter, and instead of refreshing your soul like pure water, you will find it a smoke which will arise and spread darkness in your soul. She is fallen and become a habitation of devils and a hold of every foul Spirit, and you cannot go into her unless specially sent of God to reprove her, without suffering harm. When once tainted by her smoke, you will find the ladder by which you climbed up into her holds is removed, and it is more easy to get into her corrupting coils than to get out. “Therefore from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and I will receive you.”
Died in Columbia Township June 30th of consumption, Charles M. Goodrode, aged 30 years 6 month 6 days. Bro. Goodrode was saved during the Bangor Camp meeting. At his request Brother Warner and others went to his house to pray for him, he not being able to attend the meeting, at which time he gave himself to God. Was accepted and made happy in Gods love. From that time to the close of the camp meeting Bro. Warner and others visited him daily, praying with, and singing for him and encouraging him. From that time he lived happy and died in the full triumph of faith. The funeral was held at the brick school house near the camp ground on Saturday July 2nd.
On Thursday July 14th Della Harrington, age 19 years, son of sister Caroline Robbins, was drowned in Paw Paw river. The funeral was held at the Hicks school house on Friday the 15th just,
A. B. Palmer
To the dear saints of God: — May the blessings of God rest upon all fur Jesus’ sake. Amen!
This morning I am saved in Jesus with an everlasting salvation. Praise the Lord forevermore! Well dear ones, since Bro. Warner and the little ones were here with us, the Lord has been with us in saving power, and has added to His Church a few precious souls. Old mother Myers who was saved six weeks ago, while Bro. S. L. Speck was here, and she was lying upon her bed of affliction without salvation, and requested the saints to come and pray with her; we went, and Bro. Speck read some of the Word of God to her, then we prayed with her and she was sweetly saved in Jesus. The glory of God lit up her face and she was enabled to praise the Lord. O how I do praise God this morning for such a loving Savior. We were permitted to visit mother Myers several times during her sickness, always found her resting complete in Christ Jesus. Glory be to God for His saving and keeping power. The next Lord’s day we were permitted to baptize five clear little ones, and on last Lord’s day we baptized a precious young man, Bro Isaac Myers. Two move promised to seek salvation. O praise God! He is still working in our midst to the saving of souls.
Mother Myers was called home to glory on the 29th of June 1887. About the last words she praised the Lord. O may we die the death of the righteous and may our end be as theirs. Her age was 66 years, 1 month and 28 days. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her loss. Some of the children are saved, and let us pray that the blood may be applied to the unsaved soul. Her request was that the saints should preach her funeral and they sent for Bro. J. L. Fo..ey..h and myself, and we were enabled to talk a little from Rev. 14:13, as the Holy Ghos lead. A goodly number of saints, and also of friends and neighbors gathered and were very attentive to the Word.
My testimony is that I am saved, sanctified and kept by the mighty power of God ready to be revealed in the last time. Oh how I do feel the holy fire burning in my heart just now. Glory be to Jesus! The devil gets wonderfully stirred in these parts sometimes, but God gives us complete victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for us, dear saints, that we may be enabled to feed the flock which the Holy Ghost has made us overseer.
Your Bro. under the blood.
Samuel P. Strang.
Bro. Warner, we would like to have light on the following questions.
1st. When a person falls from grace, and is again restored, is he, or she restored to all the attainments possessed before the fall?
2nd. When an Elder falls from grace and is again restored to the favor of God, is he restored to his Eldership again?
Answer to first. No. The gifts and attainments were not received all at once in
the beginning, and must be attained by separate grasps of faith as at the first. But having the knowledge of these privileges in Christ, the restored soul may advance more speedily to their attainment, and will not be satisfied without them.
Second question. Yes, except where man had not only lost faith in Christ, by also done some disgraceful deed, by he has brought reproach upon himself and the Church. In such instances we do n.. think that pardon should at once be followed by the use of the office of an Elder. Let such be tried fist.
RETURN UNTO THE LORD.
Yorkshire, N. Y. 7-4. ’87.
Dear Bro. D. S. Warner. I am thankful, and the Christian brotherho.. generally, should be, for your faithful delineation showing the analogy between the ancient Babel and the modern Babel us in your TRUMPET of July appropriate heading “The Abomination Desolation.” There are good, and othe rwise intelligent men, that are ill with the condition of things, as in the ..vided and scattered condition of things the professed Christian family, who nevertheless satan has blindfolded, and leading captive to do his will in regard the matter of creating and perpetual schism, and consequent babel confus.. and other diabolism.
Such disturbed and dissatisfied ones, ..alizing thai their several broken sect ..terus can neither hold or dispense wat.. for the healing of the nations, are mor.. to the hewing oat of other humanly o..trived cisterns. These new ones, to h.. a capacity sufficient to receive, and po.. to conserve all the other from utter ..struction.
Such are called Pan Counsels; Yo.. men’s Christian Association, eligibility ..full membership in which, demands … applicant, that he belong to “Some ev..gelical church,” which interpreted me.. some one of the schismatic bodies kno.. as churches. “Evangelical Alliance” … name adopted by an association that ..cludes in its membership such as bel.. in, and practice, with the consent, if … even at the demand of such a body, … be belong to some denomination or … other than that of the Nazarene.
The latest effort known to the writer.. doing and not doing, is reported as be.. as follows. “A circular has been is … calling for a General Conference of … evangelical Christians in the United States to be held under the auspices and di..tion of the Evangelical Alliance in W..ington, on Dec. 7, 8, 9 next. The questions to be considered by the conven.. are: First, what are the present peri.. the Christian church and the country!
2.Can any at them be best met … hearty co-operation of all evagel.. denominational concern, will serve.. interests of the whole Church?
3rd. What are the beat means to ser.. such co-operation, and to a waken … whole church to its responsibility? The call is signed by the president.. the Alliance, Mr. W. E. Dodge; by chairman of the executive committee, John Jay, and by the Rev’s. Philp Sc.. D. D.; Josiah Strong, D. D.; C. A. S..dard D. D., and Lyman Abbott.”
Observe, the proposed Conference is be “Under the auspices and direction … a body not chosen by, nor in the inte.. of, as such, all evangelical Christians. … though the invitation, as if should be extended to “All evangelical Christian yet when assembled, they are not as s.. either as a body by themselves, nor conjunction with their Lord and Mast.. to have “direction” of the proceedings.
And then it is fairly implied that s.. schism under the name of “Denominational concern,” is to be carefully preserv.. and conserved. Thus, that which is probably satan’s strongest citadel, as it wor.. appear, is to be pre gu..rded from attac..
R. W. Lyman.
And we would add, that which God … consuming with the fire of His truth, th.. are endeavoring to preserve. “Thus sa.. the Lord of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her his gates shall be burned with fire; and … people shall labor in vain, and the folk … the fire, and they shall be weary.” – Je.. 51:58.
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