1 August 1890, Volume 10, Number 15.
BABYLON IS FALLEN.
Hail the day, so long expected.
Hail the year of full release;
Zion’s walls are now erected.
And the watchman live in peace
From the sacred walls of Zion,
The shrill Trumpets loudly roar.
Babylon’s fallen, fallen, fallen, —
Babylon’s fallen to rise no more.
Hark, and here the people crying.
See the City disappear
Trade and traffic all is dying
So they sink to rise no more,
Merchants who have bought her traffic
Crying from a distant shore,
Babylon’s fallen, fallen, fallen —
Babylon’s fallen to rise no more.
All her merchants cry with wonder:
What is this that’s come to pass?
Murmuring like some distant thunder
Crying, oh! alas! alas!
Swell the sounds, ye Kings, and Nobles
Priests and people, rich and poor.
Babylon’s fallen, fallen, fallen —
Babylon’s fallen to rise no more.
Tune your harps, ye heav’nly choir.
Shout, ye followers of the Lamb;
See the city all on fire
Clap your hands and blow the flames
Now’s the day of compensation
Hope and mercy now is o’er;
Babylon’s fallen, fallen, fallen —
Babylon’s fallen to rise no more.
So! her captains are returning,
Up to Zion see them fly;
While the heavenly hosts rejoicing,
Shout the echo through the sky.
See the ancients of the city
Terified at the uproar;
Babylon’s fallen, fallen, fallen —
Babylon’s fallen to rise no more
Selected By Lucy Cobb.
Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
IN our travels through the country laboring to turn sinners to Jesus, and establish the Church of the living God; we see and learn more of the errors of the many would-be teachers. Many we find instead of teaching the word teach theory; some great man’s opinion or what “our Church” teaches. “Teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.” Making a line lecture, oration or flowery speech that will win the people to themselves, but scarcely ever refer to the Word of God. Well, one says I believe in preaching Jesus. We cannot preach Bible without preaching Jesus, nor preach Jesus without preaching Bible; because it testifies of Him. What is the word? And He said unto them, “go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel in every creature, etc. And they went forth, and preached every where the Lord working with them, and continuing the word with signs following” Mark — 16:15. 20. “Neither pray I for these alone, but them also who shall believe on me through their word.” Jno. — 17:20. “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ.” Hence the Bible is the word of God spoken by the Apostles. So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Rom. — 10:17 If then the Bible is the word of God: why do so many differ so widely in reference to it? Because it is wrongly divided. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim. — 2:15. Now if every one who attempts to divide the word, would divide it alike every one would see and understand it alike. Why is it that so many see and teach different.? Because they have the carnal nature in them; which is enmity against God and is not subject to the will of God neither indeed can be.” Rom. — 8:7. The spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience Eph. — 2:2. Now it is the business of the carnal mind to divide the word wrong so as to drive and draw people, away from it by unbelief. That accounts for so many beliefs and opinions in the world. It is the very nature of strife and division and if a man is unsound in doctrine, he has the spirit of division dwelling in him, that will manifest itself sooner or later without a doubt. Jesus says. “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost; whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Jno. — 14; 26. “He will guide you into all truth.” Jno. — 16:13. The fact of the matter is if two persons are just to the opposite on the doctrine of the Gospel one is not and cannot be right. The truth is a unit and if we believe the truth we believe it just a like; because the Holy Ghost cannot make two truths out of one. Hence the one that believes the truth is of God, must have the Spirit of Christ, and he that does not, has an anti Christ spirit, or spirit against Christ. At one place we spoke of those points of the doctrine of the Gospel variously, and one that had been hanging on but advocating the heresy of sprinkling for baptism; thought it was driving at him and got up and verified what I said that he had the spirit of division in him very strongly. So I have observed on several occasions. I want to say it is just as essential to be sound in the doctrine of the Gospel as it is to believe on Jesus Christ. “Speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.” Tit. — 2:1. We are to be sound in doctrine even in our conversation, among whom we associate. To be unsound in doctrine or faith is an error, and of course is not of truth. “Holding faith in a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.” 1 Tim. — 1:19. “Who concerning the truth have erred saying that the resurection is past already, and overthrow the faith of some” 1 Tim. 2:18. By not being sound, or becoming unsound, is falling into an error of the devil, and will overthow others and lead them a stray. So we can discern plainly the necessity of being sound in doctrine. It is also essential to salvation. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in: them for in doing this thou shall both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” 1 Tim. — 4:16. Is it any wonder the world is wrapped in darkness and blindness when so much infidelity has been taught from the pulpit, and in the Sunday schools. Children trained up from infancy in the cradle of infidelity. God have mercy on the people. It is getting no better; for so many claiming to preach holiness that teach so many fatal errors, denying a great portion of the Word of God. How can we expect to save others unless we teach the truth free from error? When we leach the pure truth by the Holy Ghost sinners usually see and acknowledge it as such. “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort, and to convince the gainsayers.” Tit. — 1:9. “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our 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 with-draw thyself” 1 Tim. 6:3-5. This explains itself so clearly that such persons are not of God. Acts 15:1-5. ‘Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying ye must be circumcised and keep the law; to whom we gave no such commandment.” 2:4. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed; for he that biddeth him God speed, is partaker of his evil deeds.” — 2 Jno. 9:11. It is plainly to be seen that a man that is not sound is not of God, but is accursed.
But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” — Gal. 1:8-9. Then all such we are to avoid.
Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause division and offences contrary to the doctrine which we have learned: and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ.” &c — Rom. 16:17, 18. “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” — Eph. 4:14. I heard a man that was professing holiness say; a certain man, he had fellowship with, but he come to find out he was not of God. Hold on I said, you do not understand fellowship. If that man was not of God he was of the devil, and you had fellow-ship with a devil and according to the Bible you was of the same spirit. And of course he was, for he did not have fellowship with the saints of God, but he dwelt in the valley of Hinnom. There is a place in Denver we call the valley of Hinnom, because all the rubbish that is cast out of the city (Zion) goes there. That is to the Bakerites. Whenever any are so crooked that the saints can not fellowship them, and they will not receive the Word, they go to Bakers and they receive all, regardless of what they believe or teach, just so they do not teach feet washing, and are destitute of the Spirit of Truth. “A heretic after the first and second admon- reject.” — Titus 3:10. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come; for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unholy, unthankful, without natural affections, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontenent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Having a form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” — 2 Tim. 3:1-5.
Who will understand the doctrine? “Whom shall He teach knowledge? and whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the bfeasts.” — Is. 28:9. Such as have not been weaned from babylon milk, do not desire the sincere milk of the Word, that they may grow thereby.” — 1 Pet. 2:2. These are all poor sickly dwarfs. “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not strong meat. For everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” — Heb. 5:12- 14. Both in doctrine, walk, conversation
What is the nature of the babes? “And I brethren could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even unto babes in Christ.” — 1 Cor. 3:1. Thus carnal: babes cannot understand the Word, much less these perverted pharisees in the valley of Hinnom. The reason why they do not and cannot understand is because they are carnal, and also subverted. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” Why? “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” — 2 Pet. 1:20, 21. They came not by the will of man, neither can be interpreted by the will of man, but by holy men moved of God. “Jesus answered them, My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent me.” “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself.” — Jno. 7:16, 17. What is His will. “For this is the will of God even your sanctification.” — 1 Thes. 4:3. “By the which will we are sanctified, by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” — Heb. 10:10.
So we can see clearly that those who are sanctified can understand the doctrine of Jesus. Why do the sanctified understand? “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” — Jno. 14:26. “That the Gentiles might be acceptable being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.” — Rom. 15:16. It is very evident that error or false doctrine come from carnality and such persons are not sanctified; for the Holy Ghost leads into all truth.” — 1 Jno. 16:13. So if a person holds to unsound doctrine he has the spirit of division dwelling in him, and of course is dangerous and detrimental to the cause of God. But he that lacketh these things — i.e., God’s commandments and the graces of the Spirit — is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” — 2 Pet. 1:9.
“This I say therefore; and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” — Eph. 4:17, 18. But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost. — 2 Cor. 4:3.
Yours in Jesus sanctified wholly.
G. R. Achor.
Submitted to the numbers of the M. E. denomination in Owosso, Mich, and to all people,
A proper regard for the opinions and feelings of others, demands of me to give my reasons for separating from the organization I have labored with.
Thirty years ago next January God’s Spirit illuminated my soul with a joy unspeakable and full of glory, and called me as a teacher of Christ. Ever since then I have endeavored to do so, mostly under the instructions and control of the M. E. denomination, of which organization I now declare myself no more a member. Some of my reasons for this step I now anounce as follows
First I now belong to the Church of “the living God, which is the pillar and ground of the truth.” And which is the body of Christ, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all. — See 1 Tim. 3:15. Eph. 1:22, 23. Col. 1:18, 24.
Second, God has led my soul into a more complete experience of Bible salvation, and into more perfect light of God and His sacred truth. My experience is expressed in the second article in the Gospel Trumpet. No’s 12 and 13 vol. 10. Also in tracts, the second work of grace, and The Church of God.
Third, I declare with Bishop Foster that the M. E. and all sects in general, have fallen, and are no more God’s means of spreading Scriptural Holiness, but the devils instrumentalities, to mislead, deceive, and destroy, precious souls. I cannot “partake of her sins,” by an apparent sanction of the same through my membership in her, nor will I run the awful risks of “receiving of her plagues,” hence I escape out as we would from a burning building, even as the voice of God from heaven calls me, forth. — Rev. 18:4. For God’s wrath is kindled against her, and our eternal welfare demands separation. I do this after a long and prayerful study of the Word of God, and with a deep sense of my duty toward God and humanity.
Your Bro. in Christ, called to teach the evening light, in holiness of heart, a second work of grace. Praying that many M. E. members may receive Christ as their full and complete Savior from all sin, and may abide in Him alone.
I remain your brother in Him.
“Is it right for the Church to let a poor hard working Bro. or sister go to the poor house, just because they are unable to work for a season, but if helped for a few weeks would in all probability be able again to maintain themselves.” And the brethren not blessed with much of this world’s goods, are nevertheless able to support them, without suffering any deprivation?”
Ans. No, it were a sin in the sight of God, a violation of the Word, and a scandal on the religion, of Christ to suffer such a thing.
Christ said, “the poor ye have always with you.” So He did not intend you should ship them off to the poor house. From the beginning of the kingdom of Heaven on earth, it was made a prominent principle that the poor be fed, clothed, and cared for within and by the Church. Hence Christ told the rich man to “sell that thou hast and give to the poor.” — Matt. 19:21.
“Christ and His disciples, poor as they were, seem to have carrie with them something to give to the poor. — see John 13:29.
There was a famine at Jerusalem in Paul’s day, hence in his travels he made it a point to gather what the Church could give, and carried the same to his poor brethren at Jerusalem. — Rom. 15:26.
When the apostles gave Paul and Barnabus the “right hand of fellowship that they should go unto the heathen.” they charged them in kindness to remember the poor, which said Paul, we also did. — Gal. 2:9, 10.
But says the modern Mr. Pious Love-my-self, we now have poorhouses built on purpose to take care of the poor, and pay taxes to keep them up, so let them go there.” Such talk is cold enough to make the cold chills run over a persons body, yea cold enough to freeze a poor weak Bro. or sister to death. Cold and cruel enough to have Christ say to you in the day of judgment: “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was a hungered, and ye gave me no meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.” — Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”
And will you there begin to say Lord, we had poorhouses in our day, hence we thought ourselves under no obligation to and and clothe the poor? Will not these words of God condemn you. “But ye have despised the poor.” — James 2:6.
“And we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this worlds goods, and seeth his brother have need poorhouses or no poorhouses) and shutteth up his bowels (heart) of compassion from rim, bow dwelleth the love of God in him.” — 1 John 3:16, 21. The only answer is this, it connot dwell there at all.
Many think they only need to labor to furnish the necessaries for themselves and family. To all such God says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to lira that needeth.” — Eph. 4:28. Do you not see that God requires you to lay out your crops, and plan your work just as much to have something to give to the needy as to feed yourself?
In the Apostolic Church the people brought together freely of their earthly goods, to feed the poor, and distribution was made to all ns they had need, and as a result no man lacked any of the necessities of life. See Acts 4:34, 35. There was even a “daily ministration,” and when this benevolent work reached a magnitude that the Apostles could not give proper attention to it, seven Deacons were chosen to attend to the same. — Acts 6.
It is not only a duty to feed and clothe the poor of the household of God, but to do good unto all men, as we have opportunity. Yea not only a duty but a sacred privilege, the natural and delightful result of a pure heart filled with the love of God. We not only love to relieve the suffering, but have respect unto the recompense Of reward. For whatsoever good thing any man doeth the same shall he receive of the Lord.” The Church of God is an asylum itself for all the poor and oppressed, capacious enough to relieve all its inmates, and do much for the hungry without. “He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seem.” And what man of common sense can say he loves his poor brother when he coolly witholds from his wants, although able to relieve him, and suffers him to be put on the county, Shame on you, you had better confess that your heart is destitute of the love of God, and thus at least show consistency, since you have no love to show, nor fruits of righteousness.
A church that will suffer its honest poor to go to the county house, when able to keep them, should be called the church of Beelzebub, and not of God.
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CAMP MEETING NEAR DEERFIELD IND.
August 1-9. In a beautiful Grove on the farm of Bro. Samuel Grow, a short distance east of Deerfield, Ind. And saints from all parts are invited to come and tent on the grounds. It you cannot tent, come any how, and you will be taken care of, in the name of the Lord. A good seated pavilion is on the ground. The nearest Station is Deerfield, one mile west on the Panhandle R. R.; Ridgeville, four miles west, on the Grand Rapids and Ind. R. R. And Union City, eight miles east on the Bee Line(C. C. C. & I,) R. R. All coming to Deerfield, notify Bro. Samuel Grow, Deerfield Ind. and those coming to Ridgeville, notify Bro. Noah Fowler, Deerfield, Ind. and those coming to Union City, notify Bro. Fletcher Byrum, New Pittsburg. Ind Persons from afar who have not the means to pay board will be freely feel. Come in the name of Jesus, all who love God, and all who would seek to know Him and His great salvation. We expect a good time in the Lord, all glory to His name. Amen. Any information desired concerning the meeting. Address:
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THIS annual feast of tabernacles will begin August 12th. and continue until the 21st A glorious coming together of the fire-brands of the Lord is expected this year. Persons coming on the Lake Erie and Western, from the north or south, stop at Rochester, Ind.. write Bro. David Leininger, Akron, Ind. those coming from the east or west on the Nickle Plate, stop at Mentone, notify Bro. F. Krause, Beaver Dam, Ind. Those coming on the Chicago and Atlantic from east or west, stop at Akron, Ind. notify Bro. R. N. Cast. at Akron. Coming from the south on Cincinati and Wabash, stop at Silver Lake, notify Bro. S. M. Smith at Silver Lake, Ind. Coming from the north on that R. R., Stop at Claypool Notify Bro B. F. Bear at Burkett, Ind.
A GROVE MEETING
The Lord willing, will be held at Huntington, Ind. August 21—26. A pleasant grove has been procured at that place by Bro. Gardner, near his place, and close to the town of Huntington.
GRATIOT CO. MICH. CAMP MEETING.
The time of this meeting will be August 26—Sept. 3. One half mile west of the residence of Bro. Jacob Cross, 4 miles south of the Saginaw & St. Louis R. R. Those coining from the east will stop at Merrill, and from the west at Wheeler. All desiring to be met at the train write to Wallace Gould, stating the name of the station where they desire to be met.
A GROVE MEETING.
The Lord willing, will be held near Sidney, Ohio. August 1—4. That place is on the D. & M. & the C. C. C. & I. R. R’s. Bro’s. Kilpatrick and Speck expect to be there.
Address Bro. Grant Ferree.
At Walnut Grove, Miss. beginning Aug. 1st. and continues as long as the Lord wills. Every body is invited. Let as many come with provision and bedding as can. Those from a distance will be cared for.
J. B. Ducksworth.
A Grove Meeting.
At Deer Creek, Carroll Go. Ind. The Lord willing. August, 22—24. Bro’s Palmer, & Speck.
At Hedrick, Iowa the Lord willing, August 27—September 2. Bro’s Palmer and Speck.
Hedrick is located on the Central Iowa, Burlington and Western, and the Chicago Milwaukee and St Paul railroads. Address,
Bro. G. Z. Lindley,
A Grove Meeting.
In Bro. Trip’s grove, in Cheshire Town ship, Allegan Co. Mich. The Lord willing. August 1—3. By Bro’s Michels, and J. Storrer.
Red Lyon, Pa. Camp Meeting.
Will be held on the old camp ground, near Rockland Station, which is on the Pittsburgh & Allegheny Valley, R. R Aug. 27—Sep. 4. Bro’s Kilpatrick & Schell, are expected to be there, and we trust others. Address Bro. Samuel Martz, Pittsville, Venango Co., Pa.
A Grove Meeting.
Three miles east of Melrose, Paulding Co, Ohio; which is on the Nickle Plate, R. R. Time, Aug. 1—4. Bro. William Smith, and wife, and Bro. John Doherty all from the west, will be there, the Lord willing.
Address Bro David Smith.
Timberville, Paulding Co. Ohio.
A Grove Meeting.
Near Tekonsha Calhoun Co. Mich. Will be held, the Lord willing, August 20—25. In Bro. Cook s grove, five miles south west of Tekonsha. Calhoun Co. Tekonsha is on the Michigan Air line. Parties can also be brought from Ceresco, on the Michigan Central line. Coming to either place, please notify Bro. G. H. Eldridge, at Tekonsha, Mich. We expect to be there and whom the Lord sends.
A Grove Meeting.
Will probably be held at Columbia City Ind. August 22—24. Bro’s Kilpatrick & Schell.
A grove meeting is wanted one mile from New-Castle Pa. Just before or after the Red Lyon O. M. So that brethren, holding that meeting could arrange to hold both. Prospects are reported favorable at New Castle; which is a large place. Brethren going East, arrange for this meeting, and send us the notice. Address Emma Kiefer New Castle Pa.
CAMP MEETING, ST JAMES MO.
This meeting will be held Sep. 4—11th on the fair ground near St James, where it was held last year. St James is on the St Louis and SanFranciseo R. R. one hundred miles south west of St Louis. There will be a pavillion on the ground that will seat and shelter several hundred people. The brethren write that they “will do all they can to accomodate those that come from a distance, but would advise all that can to bring tents and bedding. It is expected that there will be a boarding tent on the ground. Bro’s A. B. Palmer, and S. L. Speck are expected. And we invite all to come that can.” Amen!
Grove meeting at Ridgeville Corners, Henry Co., Ohio, Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. All invited. Those coming cast or west over the Wabash E. R. stop off at Okolona. Notify Bro. Wm. Spray Ridgeville, Henry Co., Ohio. We hope the Lord will send Bro. J. N. Howard and as many others as feel led to come. Amen.
F. N. Jacobson.
To all the dear saints west of Chicago who expect to attend the Beaver Dam C. M. I am making efforts to secure reduced rates on the Chicago & West Michigan R. R, for the Beaver Dam C. M. All who like this line will do well to inquire for reduced rates before purchasing tickets, especially those who start from Fulton, Ill., Cedar Rapids. Iowa, or Omaha. Neb., inquire at Chicago for rates on the Chicago & Atlantic to Akron, Ind. The reduction will probably be made on the certificate plan.
Yours in the welfare of the cause.
J. W. Byers.
We have received word, in brief from Cedarvale, Kan., that the meeting an- announed there for July 10 was held by Bro’s Bolds and Lundy. Nevertheless, Bro. Palmer and company are requested to hold a meeting there on their western tour. Amen.
A LITTLE HOME.
OF 26 acres of land, yet in timber, good soil, in a neighborhood where are saints and good neighbors; is consecrated to God, if any person will purchase it the money will be dedicated to spread the Gospel. It is located in Ohio. Anyone wishing such a place may make inquiries by writing here.
BEAVER DAM CAMPMEETING.
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The prospects are for a large attendance from abroad, and a glorious time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. Let as many come as possible, and all bring tents, bedding, etc., that can. We are glad in learn that J. W. Byers is hopeful of getting rates from Fulton, Ill., and possibly still farther west, on the Chicago & North. We torn and on the Chicago & Atlantic Hope he may succeed. Come in the name in the Lord.
REQUEST FOR PRAYERS.
Let all the saints pray for the healing of Bro. A. J. Robinson at Montgomery City, Ohio.
HOLINESS AN EXPERIENCE.
HAVING taken a small look at the majesty and beauty of holiness in our last; we wish now to consider holiness as an experience. Yea, it is a state to be experienced, an actual posession to be felt and enjoyed. It is an experience that cannot live in the foggy wilderness of babylon. “But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness and the house of Jacob (God’s Church) shall all possess their possessions.” — Obad. 1:17. Yes holiness is an actual possession the treasure which having been found, we sell all we have to buy. And so, bless. God! it is ours, and not only impaled unto us; because Christ was holy. Imputed holiness, as usually taught in the old sects, is a great mistake, a very dangerous doe trine. It teaches that we, as Christians, are full of sin and uncleanness: but that the robe of Christ’s righteousness covers our sinful hearts and lives, so that God only looks at the righteousness of Christ, and sees not our sin. This would be saving men in their sins. But instead of Christ, furnishing a cloak for cur sins, He says. “If I had not come and spoken to them they had not had sin, but now there remaineth no cloak for their sins.” — Jno. 15:22. Instead of cloaking sinful hearts. He strips off all covering of sin, and takes away all excuses to sin. He does not cover up, but cleanses out sin and unrighteousness. He did not come to cloak over the “works of the devil,” but to destroy them. Therefore holiness is not a nonpossessed fancied imputation: but a glorious Beulah land, willed to as in is life, and in which we dwell and feast upon its fruits just now.
Its negative element is perfect freedom from sin, unrightcousness and uncleanness, in spirit soul and body, both acquired and inherited, for “He is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteouness.” – 1 Jno. 1:9. That takes in the unrighteous nature born in us through the fall of our race. See also 2 Cor. 7:1. 1 Thess. — 5:23, 24. The law did not make men perfect as pertaining to the conscience, but under the reign of Christ; “the worshipers once purged have no more conscience of sin.” That is we have a consciousness, of being free from all sin and moral pollution.
The positive of holiness is the perfect image of God restored to the soul.: — Eph. 4:22-24. Collos. – 3:10. The real “divine asture.” — 2 Pet. 1:4. Yea we not only receive in our soul the “nature,” “image,” and holiness of God; but God Himself. 2 Cor. 6:16. Even “all the fulness of God.” — Eph. 3:17-19.
This is a great and marvelous experience, a fountain of everlasting peace, joy, and praises to God. “It shall be in you a well of water springing up unto everlasting life.
All this world, its wealth and honor
Cannot safe the human breast.
But when filled with God our Father,
Every want is fully blest.
All my soul can wish forever,
I do find in Christ replete.
Every blessing, and the Giver,
In my peaceful bosom meet.
Is thy life bereft of comfort,?
And thy heart a cheerless spot.?
Say not Christ is in thy desert;
For we can believe it not.
Can a bird drink up the ocean,
Thirsting still from shore to shore?
Or the God of all creation,
Leave thy heart yet craving more.?
Would my soul could more encompass
Heaven’s glory willed to me.
O the love of God, so precious!
An unfathemed boundless sea.
And this infinite wealth in not confined to the preachers, or a few superior mental constitutions: “but this honor hath all His saints.” In all their varied callings, on the farm, in the bitchen, in the store, or in the shop. Upon the land or sea. Plodding our slow match in dust and sweat, or flying on the lightning chariots of prophetic fame; surrounded by friends or foes, whether rich or poor, sick or well, honorable or despized, old or young, you may all be filled with the glory of the unsearchable God, “and comprehend with all saints what! is the height and depths and length and breadths, and know the love of God that passeth understanding.” O let every groveling soul, that creeps like the male beneath the dark dirt of this world, come up hither and see the light and glory of God. But if the masses will not believe this goad news then, in the name of Jesus: we turn to you who have credited the joyful tidings, and say unto you all, let your holy life of good fruits and of joyful praises to God, show that what you have professed you do possess, and that it is indeed an inheritance unspeakable and full of glory. Hear, O ye worldly minded men! “Rise up ye women that are at case: Hear my voice, (saith the Lord) “ye careless women.” Why in the name of Jesus do you allow your lives to drift along on such a low plain. O wake ye, go forth to the spoil. Why not work this glorious mine for all that is in it. Its gold shall endure forever. Who will consider, and move up on praise street in the Heavenly Jerusalem.?
To all who would enter this delectable land the Lord help me to show you what gate it is that you must pass through. It is not the “valley of the shadow of death,” but the deep awful vale of death itself. Yea over the threshold of this celestial realm, it is written. “He that would enter here must lose his life.” Herein is the throne of Jesus, and “if we be dead with Him we shall also live with Him.” And “how shall we, — yes we living men and women – “how shall we that ARE READ TO SIN live any longer therein?” Rom. 6:2, so talk the people who inhabit this mountain of His holiness. They have all “loved not their lives unto the death,” and “he that is dead is free from sin.”
Ah, saith one long tossed upon the billows of an unsettled and painfully unsatisfying state, or one that has long lingered shivering on the blink, and feared to launch away from the wilderness of doubts, “O if I only knew how to die, to yield up the ghost and be no more, then would I seen be numbered among the dead, and be at rest.”
To all such we reply in the name of
Jesus, there is a consecration yon can make, that will end in speedy death upon the cross; that will drive the spear of self destruction to the heart of the old man, and slay the “body of death,” which will be followed by a resurrection into the holy life or Jesus. Why make a long dreaded task of the crucifix ion? Come at once to the cross, to the point of death, and let it be over with forever. Whatever be your claim of an entire offering of all upon the altar of God, it the sanctifying grace of God has not met you there, it is because you lack somewhat in having reacebed that point. For it is written, “the altar which sanctifieth the gift.” If you were all on the altar an everlasting gift unto God, the fire would come down from heaven and consume the sacrifice. O be not deceived, God is not mocked. Therefore keep back nothing. See first that your consecration is negativly, or passively perfect. That is that you drop the last point of your will mild the will of God. Report right down at the feet of Jesus, for any service, sacrifice, or suffering that. God may see good for your soul and His glory. Give up your dearest friends, your dearest plans, your dearest views, opinions and doctrines, you: dear sect, your cherished reputation, and good name: make yourself of no reputation, and in so doing follow Christ to Golgotha. If wealthy, be willing to change place with Lazarus, with dogs for your test friends. If wise became a fool for Christ’s sake, that you may be wise indeed. If fashionable, “Le not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed.” Mortify your pride by consecrating to dress with modest apparel. It seated high in honor, in office, or social position, come down into the dust, and become with Paul the offscouring of all creation that you may win Christ and His eternal glory. If sensative, throw your self at the feet of Jesus, to be a rag for all men to wipe their feet on, and “magnify your office,” for Christ’s sake, If loved by many on earth, accept the sitnation of bring “hated of all men for His name sake.” Or whatever may be your dignity, standing, possessions, plans, wishes, pleasures, or friends on earth, suffer the loss of all now and forever and your own life too, for a crown of everlasting life, in Heaven and for the glory and bliss of being a holy hated, persecuted, but joyful, fruit bearing saint of God on earth.
And when you have reached the point, where you know you have become unreservedly passive in the hands of God, that the right eye, right hand, and right foot, and every cherished idol of your heart and very soul is given up, then you have but met one side of the consecration, the passive or negative side. Now comes the positive and active side of the holy covenant. Now you must go foward and covenant with God that you will cease to be a babe, pouting and sniffling around, and teazing God for some good feeling, some sweet emotion, etc. But now God demands of you to play the man, and you must at this point consecrate to believe the exceedingly great and precious promises of God. Believe that the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses you from all sin right now. Covenant, with and consecrate to God, to believe that He docs sanctify you wholly this moment, by the blood of the everlasting covenant; consecrated to God to both believe, and testify that He does wholly sanctify you, and do it on the authority of His eternal Word. Covenant with, and consecrate to God, that von will henceforth, constantly and forever believe it, on the authority of His Word, and in spite of EVERY THING. Covenant with, and consecrate to Almighty God that you will from this time forth and forever more, resist the devil, and light the fight of faith, in the name of Christ, who, in you, is great than He that is in the world, and shout in the face of all hell that the blood of Jesus Christ does sanctify you wholly. When you covenant with God that you will believe in spite of every thing, that Jesus does sanctify you wholly, you covenant to believe it regardless of your own consciousness, regardless of how or what you feel, or do not feel. But should some one suggest that it were ridiculous to believe that you are sanctified wholly, and yet at times feel the stirring of inbred sin. We answer, not only ridiculous, but believeing a lie. But beloved, when the consecration is absolutely perfect, and you know it, and you believe with all your heart that God does wholly sanctify you, and you know that yon believe, it is just as impossible that carnality can exist in you, as it is impossible for God to lie. Because the former implies the latter. If one could be all on the altar and wholly believing the promise, he must be wholly sanctified or the Word of God were-untrue. Therefore a consciousness of perfect consecration and trust, am consciousness of in being sin can never coexist. And yet it is proper, and necessary, yea highly important, that you covenant with God that you will believe every moment that He does wholly sanctify you in spite of any peculiar feeling that you might have to pass through. For this reason, that under fiery trials and sharp temptations, some dart of the adversary might so far enter as to produce an inward consciousness, which, under the existing satanic pressure, you might not be able to distinguish between inbred sin and the old nature; in which case a faith that is circumscribed by, or in any wise contingent whom feeling, would let go its hold on the promise, and drop the soul from the plain of triumph. Whereas, if your covenanted faith in God rest, alone upon His immutable Word, and has pledged fidelity to the almighty in spite of any feelings whatever, or no feelings at all, it will hold right on to God, when even our consciousness, darkly shaded by satan’s storm of accusation, would indicate to us that evil stirred within. And so holding, fast our confidence, and assurance, till the storm passes over, consciousness, again lit up by the smile of God, resumes her testimony jointly with faith, the Word and Spirit, of God, and says, surely the “blood of Christ, His Son cleanseth me from all sin.” Praise the Lord! I know it, I feel it.”
Yes, but it was none the less a fact during the storm when faith and hope anchored to the rock, and consciousness, save of faith, was dumb, and feelings overcast with apparent cause to doubt. So we see that faith testifies always, but feelings only in fair weather.
Well now we have followed the work of seeking holiness to the point of perfect consecration, both passively and actively. What more is needed to assure the cleansing blood applied? You have covenanted consecrated to obey, suffer, and believe, all the will of God, as made known to you through His Word, His Spirit and His providence; and to do so just now, henceforth forever. This consecration constitutes you wholly sanctified this minute; because it includes the obligation to believe the promises of God right now, that the blood does sanctify you. And upon that condition God does the work. So you must either break your covenant, and solemn vow to God, or by putting it into practice, reckon yourself dead indeed to sic, and wholly sanctified just now.
Let all the teachers and workers in the vineyard, observe that we did not carry this consecration to a supposed point of perfection, and then insist upon faith as another and distinct act. No, consecration is not perfect until it includes the very act of faith; until it leads the heart, soul, mind, and will, to accept all the will of God. And begin right now and here to obey every command of God. “And this is His command that ye believe on His Son.” Believe on Him just now for the thing we need just now, and that s entire sanctification. Therefore when the seeker has made a perfect consecration, he has already purified his heart by faith,” because that act is included in the consecration. The difference between making the act of faith a separate thing from consecration, and the above instruction is this. The old idea makes the act of faith a gratuitous thing, outside of all that constitutes your duty and obligation to God. But the above view demands faith as an act of obedience to God, as an important point in the surrender of the will, hence a very vital part of consecration. The old practice of not including faith in the consecution, divests it of all moral obligation; but the above position makes faith a command of God, and unbelief a sin. And so does the Word of God. Nothing but sin will damn any soul, and yet it is written, “he that believeth not shall be damned.” If it is not an impious sin to make God a liar,” what, we would like to know, is a sin? but that is just what unbelief does. How disgusting scenes we have often witnessed at the altars of babylon holiness. Poor blind unawakened sinners. Saying: “Oh I know my consecration isperfect;” “I just know I have given all to God, but some way or other I can not believe.” “Its a weakness of faith and I can not help it,” etc. And the babylon priests all allow that the consecration is all right, and try to doctor up their faith. No heart and will is consecrated to God that still holds Him as a liar. That some people’s credulity, or faculty of believing is more ready than others is certain, and that some information is needed as to the act and nature of faith, is also true. But in all cases where the grasp of faith seemed most difficult, we have found the above plan by far the best to move the will out upon the promise of God, in appropriating faith. Making the act of faith a real point of consecration, and a duty before God, puts it in a light that brings conviction on the conscience that the person must believe God, or stand in the attitude of a rebel against Him; which will arouse the soul to desperate action. Take or illustration, the use of tobacco. So long as a person is not convinced that it is really a sin in the sight of God, even though sincerely trying to live a Christian, he seldom musters sufficient faith to quit it. But when convinced that it is a sin, he generally summons all his energies of faith, and breaks the tyrant’s chain. Just so, while people think they are under no obligations to believe God’s Word, that unbelief defers their salvation, but does not violate any command of God, they are apt to shift along, in a lazy manner, saying, “It seems I am not like other people, for I cannot believe.”
Our manner of laboring at the altar is this. First thoroughly test the justification. When that is clear, demand an utter death to self, and abandonment to the will of God. When entire passive subjection is reached, we carry the consecration forward to do, and to believe the Word of God. The seeker will readily bind himself in a covenant by the grace of God to do His whole will right from this moment. Then we show them how God commands to believe His Word, and they laving covenanted to do His commands, are forced by their own consecration and solemn vow, to the act of faith, which is followed by the result of salvation. We keep faith before their minds wholly as a command, hence they are forced to say, “I must obey God or be lost, I will believe, I do believe” It is wholly a question, will you believe? The question is to whether the person can, or cannot believe, is utterly ruled out and thereby satan’s temptation that “you can not believe,” is also cut off. God takes it for granted that men can believe His Word if they will. With the exception of such cases as are utterly given over of God to believe a lie, because they loved not the truth, and such as have committed the unpardonable sin, the whole tenor of the Bible takes it for granted that men can believe the truth, and be saved if they will, and so, as a Bible man, we also take it as a fact. And God puts His holy seal on the work, when we hold men to consecrate, to believe and be saved. So when we are through with the work of consecration, the believing is also done, and the soul is saved, and ready to testily to the same, and often with praises to God, and much joy. The very act of faith in God for salvation, right now, is quite commonly the last, dying point in consecration: the point at which the will is wholly submitted to God’s will. And until that point is reached we affirm, and God sustains us in saying, that an absolute consecration is not made. God help us as teachers. Amen!
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Hadden, Kan., July, 18, ’90
Dear Saints: — Grace, mercy, love and peace be multiplied unto you all. Amen. We are haypy to report what the dear Lord, is doing in this western country for the people. Our last report was from Mahaska, we had begun meeting there. This was a glorious meeting all the way through. Many hearts and homes were made happy in Jesus love. We found a goodly number of honest souls there in neighborhood of Mahaska, who were willing and anxious, to hear the Word of God preached in its purity. God was with us in mighty power, mightily convincing the people of the truth. Some gladly received the Word of God, and were filled with the Holy Ghost. Many were convicted, but would not yield to the wooings of the Holy Spirit. A great many false professors were exposed by the Word of God. The cloak was pulled off of them, causing them to foam out their own shame. Poor deluded souls led captive by the will of the devil, deceived and goining down to destruction. There are a great many sinners there who make no profession and have become disgusted with sectarians. Are good friends to the truth. God bless them. We hope to hear of them being saved in the near future. There is a great opening in Washington Co., for the truth. Meetings are wanted in quite a number of places. Also over in Neb. northeast, of Mahaska 7 or 8 miles. A great work has been done in this country. During the three weeks meeting there were between 25 and 30 came to the altar, the most of them received the gift of the Holy Ghost. One of them was dear Bro. Humerick the U. B. preacher, was wonderfully filled with the Holy Ghost. He was carried away in the spirit, and lay in a trance for over three hours. O Hallelujah! He has renounced and denounced sectism. God bless and wonderfully use him in the vineyard. Bro Humerick’s wife was wonderfully saved, sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Rom. 15:16. 6 followed the Lord in the ordinance of baptism, one of that number was dear Bro. Willis, who after two years striving against conviction, finally yielded in perfect obedience rejecting heretic baptism. The Lord wonderfully blessed him in this act of obedience. O my dear brethren it is best to go full length for God, obey at once; do not put these things off. O hallelujah to God, for complete salvation from all the works of the devil. My soul is happy in Jesus. Made perfect in His love. Packed full of His glory, reigning, sweetly reigning, over all this world of strife. Hallelujah! O how true, “Happy is that people whose God is the Lord.” We closed meeting at Mahaska, the night of the 14th with a glorious ordinance meeting. Which lasted until nearly 2 o’clock A M. God wonderfully blessed the little ones as they moved forward in obedience to the holy commands, in St. Jno. 13:1-17 The willing and the obedient, eat the fruit of the land. — Isa. 1:19. Hallelujah O how sweet and blessed to do just what the Lord commands. We hope the dear Lord will send some one full of the Holy Ghost to Mahaska. Any one led of the Lord to come, write to Bro. Jno. Livingston, Mahaska, Kan., or Bro. H. T. Landis. I believe they are expecting Bro. J. W. Byers, from Ill. this fall some time. Come on Bro. Byers, a great opening is waiting for you here. Could Bro’s. Palmer and Speck reach this point while in the west? Let all the saints pray for the little ones at Mahaska. God bless them. O God keep them from the evil one. Amen! We came here and began meeting 7 miles S. W. of Mahaska, in the round grove meeting-house. God is working on the hearts of the people. Some are seeking a pure heart. From here we expect to go to Jacksonburg, Smith Co. Kan., from there to Almena, Norton Co. Kan., probably from there to Kenesaw, Neb. Let the saints pray much for us in the west. We remain yours fully saved, kept by the power of God, ready for the hottest of the battle. Hallelujah.
Haner & Willis.
Dear Saints: — We are saved and kept, wonderfully filled with everlasting joy Praise God! The assembly-meeting at East Jordan was a glorious least to our souls. The Lord of hosts was with us in mighty power from the commencement to the close of the meeting. Quite a number sought and found the Lord, and the Spirit to witness that they were born of God. Also a number received the blessed Holy Spirit to witness to their sanctification. Although the enemy rages, men are delivered from all their secret orders of the day, and from all places which the Word of God condemns. Praise God, we are free. On Lords day there were about 150 saints present, all filled with the Spirit, and rejoicing in this wonderful salvation. After the morning services we went down to the water and 18 precious souls were buried with Christ in baptism, and came forth praising their deliverer. About 1000 people were present at the baptism. On the last Eve. of the meeting about fifty of the saved who remained, came together at Bro. Haley’s house and commemorated the death of our Lord, by washing the saints feet, and breaking bread; also of partaking of the cup, after which farewells were spoken and each one went their way praising the Lord. There were also about 12 or 15 presented their bodies for healing and entirely made whole by the touch of the hand of the Lord, and shouted their freedom from all their diseases. We pray God to abundantly bless all the redeemed and keep them faithful until the end when we all shall receive the robe and crown never more to part. Amen.
Your saved Bro.
W. B. Grover.
Huntington, Ind. July 21 1890.
Dear Saints: — We held meeting at Liberty Mills in the name of the Lord. He gave us the victory from the first to the last. The Methodists had promised us the tree of their house bat became alarmed and refused to let us preach in it, but the Lord opened the Way for us to Preach in another house. Some accepted the light and determined to walk in it. 2 consecrated for a pure heart, who received the victory and were baptised. Two others were reclaimed. In the evening we met at the house of Bro. Erwin and commemorated the ordinances of feet washing and the Lord’s supper. It was a joyful time to all our souls. The Lord also manifested His power to heal the afflicted. Bless the Lord! The 17th we were conveyed to this place. We expect to start for portland the 28th and tarry with the church there several days, thence to the Deerfield C. M.
Pray for us. Your humble Bro. and sister.
F. N. & S. A. Jacobson.
Adrain, Mich. July 23 1890.
Dear Saints: — We are happy again to report that we are still saved and on the forward march for Jesus. We came to this place soon after campmeeting and have been doing all in our power to rescue poor fallen humanity. God has blessed us much and fills us with His power and glory. A few dear souls have been brought safe within the fold of Christ. The Lord gave us a precious ordinance meeting, after which 2 clear souls were buried in the symbolic grave and arose with the witness from heaven to walk in newness of life with heart made pure and garments white and Christ enthroned within. Praise the Lord! We have received and read a copy of the Poems of Grace and Truth. They are indeed rich food for the thinking, spiritual mind We love them much. Yours under the blood.
Pray for us.
E. F. & Hattie Houghton.
Akron, Ind. July 22 1890
Dearly Beloved Saints: — We left Berrien aprings July 3rd and came to Beaver Dam and met with the saints on the old campground the 5th and 6th and had a refreshing time. On the 20th we preached two discourses to a large congregation in a Campbellite meeting house in the town of Akron. God bless them for opening their house to hear the Word of God. The Lord willing we intend to stay in these parts until the Beaver Dam C. M. Then we are ready to go wherever Father sends us. But we feel impressed if the way opens to go to Pennsylvania and labor for a year or two, or as long as the Lord wills; for we feel there are many precious souls there, but the laborers are few.
Yours in Him.
J. A. & A. J. Dillon.
Address, Grand Junction, Mich.
A TESTIMONY FROM THE OTHER SIDE.
Dear Saints: — I feel led to have the Saints pray for me. I am so unhappy, living in a blackslidden state. I have no peace in my soul. It has been nearly 8 months since I left the Lord. But the Lord will not leave me alone. He has plead with me, and I have been warned several times to give up all for Jesus. O my heart does ache continually to think what I once enjoyed, and now I am lost, lost. lost! O the agony I have in my soul, nobody knows. Satan tries to turn me against the saints, but I have had so much light, I know the saints are right. I have tried to enjoy myself everywhere, but, alas. There is no pleasure for me. I am hated wherever I go. It seems that I cannot pray myself; I am just bound down, and that is the reason I ask your prayers. O I am so sick of the world, I do not partake of its pleasures. O do pray that God may deliver me, for Christ’s sake.
O let all the saints pray earnestly for this poor unhappy soul. And let every child of God take warning from this sad testimony and keep in Christ at the loss of all things on earth.
DO YOU LIVE FREE FROM SIN?
I wish to impress upon your minds, the words the Holy Spirit, caused to be written by the hand of St. James. Chap. 4:17. ‘‘Therefore he that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Sins of omission are as heinous and black before God, as overt sins. And will be visited with the same bitter, painful, and terrible results — the same consequent loss, destruction and death will follow. Again, “whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” — Rom. 14:23. Then let us be true to God, with willing heart and fervent trust in Him at all times that no duty be neglected. “Awake to righteousness and sin not.” Thus the blood cleanses from all sin see first Jno. 1:7. Do not settle down on yesterday’s sanctification, expecting to make no advancement, but we are to walk in the light, and be obedient to Him in all things, doing His known will, and the blood keeps us clean. Read Heb. 5:9. Acts 20:32.
Yours sheltered in the rock of Ages.
J. C. B. Clayton.
CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT SIN?
WE hear many who profess religion say: we cannot live free from sin. Now we would say to all such: Why did Christ command us to be “perfect even as our Father which is in Heaven is persect” if He did not intend us to live free from sin? Does He not say in His Word, that with every temptation, He will provide a way of escape? Certainly He does. Then why do people go about finding fault with the Gospel, and crying we must sin? Dearly beloved, it is because of those who profess to be the ministers of the Gospel of Christ, and shun to declare the whole council of God. Men who stand in the pulpit and pretend to preach to sinners, and say ye cannot be free from sin; thus making the Word of God of none effect. Brethren does it not stand us in hand to be true to our profession, to be faithful to our God; that sinners may sue that we have come to God, and learned of Him? Jesus says: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” What are His commandments? “Be ye holy for I am holy.” “Ye must be born again,” etc. Then if we are born of God we do not commit sin; “for His seed remaineth in us, and we cannot sin, because we are born of God.” But they says. What is the new birth that you people teach? It is merely being taken from the kingdom of satan, and transplanted into the kingdom of God. Yes it is all that, and it also gives us grace whereby we can live without sinning. John says in his first letter: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.” He was writing to children, not to persons old in experience. Then when we are born again, we become children of God. Certainly, for Jesus says: “except ye be converted and become as a little child, ye shall not enter the kingdom of Heaven.”
But after we are born again, are we perfect, “even as our Father which is in heaven is perfect?” Of course we are not. For that old element which caused us to commit sin, before we were born of God, still remains. That old root of bitterness. But Jesus says: “Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up.” And again Paul says: “I beseech you brethren, (here Paul calls them brethren. Why? Because they were born of God.) by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” — Rom. 12:1. So then when we are born of God, we become brethren, free from all our sins. But there still remains that old root of evil, and which God says must be rooted up. But how is it to be done? By presenting “your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,” and believing God does the work. Then through the cleansing blood of Christ we are made holy as He is holy, and “perfect as our Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” “May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” Amen!
Your Bro. in Christ.
Oliver L. Arms.
Dear Saints: — My experience this morning is, that I am saved in Christ and washed in the blood, from all sin, walking in the light. I praise the Lord for all that I have and am. I am sanctified by a second work of grace, and have been healed by the mighty power of God.
Your sister in Christ.
Bear Creek, Mo.
Dear Brethren: — I believe it would be to the glory of God for me to write my testimony, as I have not written for some time. This morning I can say that the God of peace sanctifies me wholly, soul, body and spirit. I have been at home for some time resting, but expect to go out soon into the vinyard, wherever the hand of the Lord may lead. Brethren and sisters pray for me that the God of peace may have the preeminence over me continually. From your Bro. hid in the secret presence of the Almighty, abiding under the shadow of the Most High.
Dear Brethren: — I feel it my duty to give my testimony and some of my experience. About 55 years ago I gave my heart to the Lord, and united with the M. E. sect I tried to live a Christian, living up to all the light I had; and always filling office in the so-called church.” I thought I was doing God’s service, but praise God, I have been brought into the light. Late years I became satisfied that the denomination is not what it was 40 or 50 years ago, and I thought there was a higher state of grace than I enjoyed. Myself and wife had been seeking for this higher plain of Christian experience for 3 or 4 years when the Lord sent dear Bro. Jacobson and his company here to lead us into the light. Praise the Lord, we have found the pearl of great price. We can shout glory hallelujah. Why it is glory all along the way every day. We have excellent prayer- meetings every Sabbath and also Wednesday evenings, and the Lord meets with us according to the promise. O praise his dear name for the love that fills my heart every day. I have almost reached home, I am almost 78 years of age. I am saved Praise the Lord. Your Bro. in Christ.
Cedar Creek, Mich.
Dear Saints: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. I was brought up a Roman Catholic and went to confession and communion many times, and lived with the sisters of Charity 6 or 8 months, and I know they are not of God. Oh what works of the devil I saw among them. When I was 18 years of age I married a man of the world the same as myself, for when I went to confession I would tell more lies than I did any other time, for I would never tell the priest all I said or did and I could not say any thing to any of my folks for they did not beleive as I did, for they thought they had to tell him all. — And they believe so. They call me a heretic and say I am going to hell. But I can praise the Lord for deliverance out of it all. Three years after we were married I began attending some revival meetings. And soon learned that I must do better or be lost I decided to leave father and mother husband, brother and sister and all for God. But my husband soon went with me. praise the Lord! My parents said they never wanted me to come home again, and they would never come and see me. I was away from home among strangers, but I knew the Lord would take care of me. I started in good faith to serve the Lord. My husband and I joined the U. B. sect. We thought we had to join somewhere and thought that sect the best, but I soon drifted into dead formality, I did not have the right teaching and became twofold worse than in the beginning. My husband was firm, and as soon as he saw this evening light he began walking in it, and I began fighting it, and professing to love God all the white, and I know I was going to hell as fast as the devil could carry me here. My husband prayed much for me and he bad a number of the saints pray or me. I felt the effects of their prayers, the Lord troubled me in my sleep. I loved he sects, pride, and to go to fairs, parties, and worldly doings; it just suits formality but does not suit the Lord. Well the Lord troubled me until I came to Him a common sinner, and I felt He forgave al..; but I felt there was still more for me, and then I presented myself a living sacrifice, He took extra dress and gold pins and every thing of this world from me. Praise the Lord! and now we are a family for God. O I do praise God I gave up every thing and I am willing to become any thing for God. I know I am saved and sanctified to do the whole will of God as fast as He makes it known to me. I know I have passed from death unto life, and I love to be with the true saints of God. I ask all the saints to pray for me that the Lord may keep me humble.
Your sister in Christ.
Emma A. Polley.
San Diego, Cal.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — May God bless you and keep you and crown your labors in the holy war with many precious souls made pure from the bondage of satan and babylon, for our Lord Jesus Christ amen! Glory to Jesus for the Spirit that makes us be of one mind, speaking the same thing, and enjoying the same freedom in Christ Jesus. O praise the Lord! I wish I could find words to express my feelings now, since my eyes have been opened and I can look back to the terrible confusion of babylon, thank God for deliverance. Oh how sweet it is to be able to sing from the depth of my heart. “Saved, saved, saved to the uttermost.” Hallelujah! Our dear father knew what he was doing when he brought me from far across the Atlantic Ocean, all the way to San Diego.
First I was confirmed in the Lutheran sect in Abo Finland. And coming to San Diego, a Sweedish M. E. minister found me once when I was laid down on a sick bed. And asking me about my soul, I told him I was a Lutheran, and was all right. I then wanted to know what he was, and after telling me that he was a Methodist my reply was. “Get out of here, I have no use for Methodists, I am a Lutheran and I am going to be it to.” But instead of doing as I told him to, he knelt down near my bedside and asked God to bring conviction on me. That prayer was surely heard and answered. From that time the Spirit of the Lord strove with me, and two months later I professed conversion in one of his meetings. Praise the Lord! From this time,. Jan. 1889 it has been my earnest desire to work for God. My intentions were to go to an M. E. Swedish College, but the Lord opened my eyes to the light of baptism, and so I was baptized in the Baptist sect, which closed the door for me in the M. E. sect, as the minister told me. A short time afterward I joined the Salvation Army but I never yet found one man made organization where I could not see many things of the devil. But praise the Lord for the body of Christ Jesus, in whom I am a member, with my eyes open. I can see the Lord’s providence in permiting me to prove for myself that there is nothing perfect but the body of Christ Himself. Hallelujah! Well the Lord is opening the way nicely for me to come to you, I trust it will not be long before I can mingle my voice in praise to God together with the saints in Grand Junction Mich. God bless you abundantly, and keep you.
Your Bro. in Christ, saved and complete in Him only.
Dear Saints: — I feel it my duty to let you know how I am getting along. I had been afflicted for a long time, and can say by the grace of God that I was healed by the laying on of hands. Glory to God I shall try to preach a full salvation from this day on.
I remain your Bro.
J. C. Wood.
Black Lake, Mich.
Dear Saints: — I feel a desire to write my testimony to night. I love my Savior and mean to be His. I cannot remember when I did not; I was so young when I comenced to serve God. Oh how happy we all should be that He gave us this privilege, that we may reign with Him for ever and ever, in peace, joy and happiness. When I was about 5 years of age, my little sister, two years younger and myself, were playing and something went wrong. I said Emma I’ve prayed for you three times, but I’ll have to pray for you again. After I had prayed for her, we went back to our play with happy hearts. Little Emma died when but 3 1/2 years old and a brighter testimony conld not have been asked for; She had the Lockjaw and when she came out of one of the spasms, said: “Where is Jesus gone.” She was happy, with Him. After she died, I was talking to a little girl about my own age, who said my sister was dead, I told her she was with Jesus, and if she believed in Him, and was good she would be to. I will give one more instance, to the glory of God. When I was 10 years old, I wanted to go to the circes. My mother told me she had nothing to say, I must ask the Lord about it. First I went to my Bible and prayed that God might direct my eyes to a passage for my good, and it opened to the 1 Chapter of Ecc. “Vanity of vanities, Saith the preacher vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’’ But I wanted more proof, and said I might have turned to that any way, so I prayed that it might rain, if I must give it up. It was a beautiful day, but a shower came up and cleared off again, before time to start. I had my answer and never was so happy as when the struggle was over. The true christian has many battles to fight. I do want to be victorious and win the crown that Christ has prepared for all who are faithful. My prayer is now for a clean heart, for Jesus to live in; also for some Holy Ghost workers to labor here for the good of perishing souls. Amen!
H. Isabel Coston.
Dear Saints: — I praise the Lord for privilage of testifying to a complete salvation and victory in my soul over all the powers of darkness. I praise God that I am out of sect babylon. I am out on the straight Bible line, and decided for God. Pray for me that I may hold out faithful and true to God.
Yours in the love of Christ.
Dear Brethren: — I am praising the Lord this morning for this wonderful salvation that saves us from all unrighteousness. I am determined to stand true to my blessed Savior who has done so much for my poor soul. When I was a sinner and fighting against God, He in mercy convicted me of my sins. I saw I was lost, and He also showed me I had to give up worldly pleasure. I got down on my knees and cried to God to be merciful to me a sinner and God heard my cry and spoke peace to my soul, and on the following night I presented my body a living sacrifice wholly and acceptable unto God, which was my reasonable service, and I do know He sanctified me wholly, and oh the joy I cannot express it. I was the only one of our family that was saved, but the Lord was working, and soon one of my little sisters was saved. Oh What a happy time we had together. But persecutions were heaped upon us, but I just took this promise, He said His grace would be sufficient, and we can also read in the blessed Word of God every thing works together for good to them that love God. And I do know I love the Lon with all my heart. Yes I was willing to leave home and all for the sake of Christ. And I know He is with me, I know I am all sold out for Jesus, and no longer am my own, and I also realized that God had no idlers in His vineyard, so I felt Got had laid His hand on me to go and work for Him. I told my parents, hut they tried to make me believe God had not called me, but all in vain. I promised, if God would save my poor soul l would be willing to work for Him. So last spring the Lord opened the way for me to go out and warn sinners to come to Jesus, and He also has promised He would supply all our needs, and this, morning I am entire wanting nothing. Oh I do know I have the faith that was once delivered to the saints. I have been healed of different diseases. Last fall I met with an accident; my arm was crushed, and my head badly hurt, but the Lord raised me up, and I do know He is a present help in time of need. It fills my soul, with joy to read the blessed Word of God, and also read the Gospel Trumpet and to here of others standing true to Jesus. We are out in the battle field for God. I enjoy working for Jesus, and to see many turn from natures darkness into this glorious evening light, and liberty of the true Gospel. Praise His holy name! I am saved from all sin. I ever remain your sister sanctified wholly, ready to be revealed in the last time. Pray for us.
North Manchester, Ind.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I have read the dear old Trumpet through. It is manna to my soul. It sends forth much encouragement to my soul. Glory be to Jesus for salvation full and free, that He can inspire His little ones to write such pure testimonies. He takes all pride, selfishness, and sectarianism out of our hearts, and engrafts us into the true vine which is Christ.
We do need the true Word preached in this place. My prayer to God is that He will send some one in our midst that is able to put forth the truth in all its purity. I feel their are a few souls at least that will accept the truth. Pray for me.
Your sister in Christ.
Fair Haven, Ill.
Dear Brethren and all the dear Saints al the Trumpet Office: — May God’s richest blessings rest upon you all is my prayer. I think about you everyday and pray God to abundantly bless you all in your work for the Lord. If it is the Lord’s will I will go to the Beaver Dam camp-meeting I feel it would be to the Glory of God for me to go. The Evangelical sect does not want the saints to come here. They say they got the Wressell girls. O I praise God for deliverance. I do praise God it was not the saints that got us, it was the dear Lord, praise His holy name forever. And He is keeping us every day. If it had only been the saints that got us, we would perhaps, have been back in the sect long ago. I do praise God when He takes us out, and the straps and hands are broken by the anointing we receive, and the scales fall from our eyes, they can flatter or persecute or talk all they want to, we can stand against all the wiles of the devil. I was healed instantly of some diseases after I fully died out to the world, but my cough still remains. I have had a bad cough ever since I was 3 years old. I have doctored much but to no profit. I am praying God to heal my body, fully, and believe He will. I am willing to abide by His will. We had a glorious assembly meeting at Cottonwood Sunday. O the floods of glory that swept over our souls. Two dear ones were buried with Christ in baptism. I pray that they may stand firm for Jesus in all things. The Lord did wonderfully bless Bro. J. W. Byers in preaching the Word. The school-house was filled.
I do praise God for this wonderful salvation. When we get Bible salvation, we also get Bible persecutions. “We are made as the filth of the world, and the offscouring of all things unto this day. O how my heart does ache for the people in their blinded condition. But they are willing to remain so, because they love the pleasures of this world more than God. My daily prayer is that they may see their lost condition before it is too late, and that I may be the means in God’s hand of saving some poor soul. Remember me at the throne of grace.
Your sister in Christ.
Lydia E. Wressell.
South Haven, Mich. July 7th, 90.
Drowned in Black River at Trowbridges Mill, Sunday July 6th, Albert Allen Leach Age 16 years 2 months 3 days, eldest son of Bro. and sister Leach of South Haven, Mich. Funeral services at South Haven July. 1th. By the writer.
Henry C. Sharpnack.
Died near Decatur, Mich. June 28th 1890. Mary A. Powers aged 69 years and 23 days Sister Powers was formerly a member of the M. E. sect; but when she heard the evening light preached by Bro. Jacobson last winter, she readily embraced it, was buried with Christ by baptism at the last Bangor C. M. Sister Powers was held in esteem by those who knew her as a christian and neighbor. She leaves a husband and two sisters to mourn their loss The funeral was held at the East Decatur school house June 20th. May the blessed Lord uphold dear Bro. Powers by his grace and enable, him to bear his affliction with christian fortitude is our prayer. Amen!
A. B. Palmer.
THE following testimony she sent to the office, recently, which we publish as her last testimony, “by which she, being dead yet speaketh.”
Dear Saints: — I feel led to write my testimony through the Trumpet once more. I can say I am saved and sanctified, and standing on the solid rock, living up to all the light I have. Praise the Lord for salvation full and free. Oh I am so glad that the blessed Saviour bade me follow Him, and that I responded with a willing heart. The time has been in my experience, when I could net rejoice evermore, and pray without ceasing. But praise the Lord I can do so now. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever! Your sister washed in the blood of the Lamb.