1 December 1885, Volume 7, Number 18.
№. 31. The Bride of Christ.
“Come hither, I will show thee the Bride, the Lamb’s wife.” — Rev. 21:9.
Words and Music By J. C. Fisher.
INSTEAD of an attempt to answer our recent article exposing the crookedness of the Harvester editor, ho re-produces his original article, from which we quoted. He says we did not quote correctly; so we now present his article entire, so that all our readers can see just what he has said, and also whether we have misrepresented him. He seems to be disturbed because our quotations “make him out to have been in 1879, nearly or quite a come outer.”
Well our friend Doty may creep back deeper into his sect hole, — “For this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses” — Isa. 42: 22, — but he cannot take his record in with him. Like the ground-hog, he has become scared at his shadow and is going back into his sect burrow. However he need not be alarmed that we will expose him to the dreadful reproach of having quite come “out of babylon.” No, we never tried to make you out a come-outer, or any thing near one. In fact you never came any nearer being a come-outer, than a sinner does a Christian, by admitting that, “there is not one word in the Bible favorable to sin and wickedness,” but still continues in his practice. To represent you fairly we say you have simply acknowledged the sinful origin of sects, but have never shown any disposition to repent, and forsake them.
But here is your article. You say, “It was the truth of God, Jan. 16, 1879, and remains so to-day.”
“1. God has a Church on earth. It is one and indivisible. It is made up of all and singular who are born of the Spirit.
“2. Individual churches, or congregations, are as Scriptural as they are necessary.
“3. There is not one word in the Bible favorable to denominations or sects. The only sect among Christians that is spoken of in terms — the Nicolaitones — is severely condemned. There are indications of sectish belief, against which John is supposed to labor in the first chapter of his Gospel, and Paul withstood, in the Judaizing tendencies even if a brother Apostle. Denominations are directly or indirectly the result of sin, remaining in the great body of professors Thorough and widespread holiness ……. destroy denomina- … … … … ..enominations of to-day contain the mass of true Christians, with a multitude of mere professors. Because of differences, sects cannot yet be abolished; and an effort at abolition would result in a new one. Therefore sects are at present a necessity until holiness more generally prevails; and we should save breathy and not fight against it. Ordinarily the Christian is properly connected with a denomination.
“5. The professor of perfect love of necessity overleaps denominations in spirit, and so regards all the sanctified as perfectly his brethren. He uses his denominational position to effect good therein, and also broadens out, in a universal work and sympathy. He is careful of local interests and is also a spiritual cosmopolitan.
“6. We are bound to be true to every really spiritual interest of our denomination. Yet, considering the one church as superior to any of its little namesakes, we have reserved and precious rights, of thought, feeling, and action, that no sect takes from us.”
“God has a Church on earth, it is one and indivisible,” and this Church you admit includes all that are, “born of the Spirit.” So what are you but an idolater when, you and all other sectarians, prefer a church that is the “result of sin,” to the only one that is of God? Did not the M. E. sect split off from the sect of England? and did not all the lesser methodisms divide off from the M. E.? are they not, with all other sects divided from each–other, into separate bodies, and governments? You cannot deny it. Therefore they are not of God’s Church at all. For you acknowledge that His Church “is one and indivisible.”
“Not one word in the Bible favorable to denominations or sects.” Then you are anti-Bible, and consequently anti-Christ, in holding to, and defending sects.
It the Scriptures condemn the only sect it speaks of, among Christians, does it not condemn yours, and you for being in it? If denominations are the result of sin, are you not a denominational sinner?
You admit that “thorough and widespread holiness would soon destroy denominations.” Then denominations are unholy, and only exist in the absence of thorough holiness. If thorough holiness destroys denominations must it not do it in every heart that becomes thoroughly holy? So by your adherence to the sect you prove that you are not thoroughly holy. “Are ye not carnal, whereas one sayeth I am for Wesley, another I am for Roberts, and I for Otterbein.” Are ye not carnal and walk as men, even judged by your own words, as well as by the Word of God? But your idea that holiness must reach a widespread proportion in the world before it destroys denominations, is a delusion and snare of the devil. It is satan’s apology in your heart to screen his own works, i.e., the sect idol in your heart. Any man of common sense knows that every element, and fruit of holiness in the masses, must, and will be present in the individual. What kind of holiness is it that sanctions the “result of sin,” until a great many receive it, and then turns about and “soon destroys” the same. Shame on such crookedness.
You virtually say that holiness destroys denominations, but you will not let it work that degree of thoroughness in your heart, until a majority of other hearts are willing to accept the same work; so that you may avoid the reproach of Christ that results from going forth with Him without the camp; and also that you may find yourself surrounded by enough friends to support your paper. Such sickening effeminacy God will judge. His curse will even be upon your publication. By swallowing up a few more papers, it may survive a short time, but every thing that gets in the way of God’s line of march must be wiped out by His Omnipotent hand.
“Because of differences sects cannot yet be abolished.”
Well where are differences? Ans. In carnal men and women only. All the wholly sanctified are of “one mind.” “But we have the mind of Christ.” It is only in sect babylon where the differences are. “Thy watchman shall lilt up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.” Isa. — 52:8. By reading verses 2, 11, 12, you can see that the “bringing again of Zion,” is her return from the captivity of sect confusion, and it is said, “the Lord will go before you,” as ye depart and “go out from thence.” So they are such as have gone out. Their watchmen “see eye to eye,” so likewise all that walk in the light they are in. But Doty thinks because there are differences in babylon it will not do to come out of her. His excuse is just as good as that of a sinner who refuses to come to Christ because he is a sinner.
“Ordinarily the Christian is properly connected with a denomination.”
By what standard do you teach that the “Christian is properly connected with” that which, is the “result of sin?” Are not the fruits of sin, also sin? Or do you think that holines can grow out of sin?
“If the root be holy so also are the branches holy.” So says the Apostle. That is so; for the branch and fruit must be the same as the root that produces them. And by this self-evident principle if the root be sin, the sect that grew out of it is sin also. But what is a Christian? strictly the word means an anointed one.
A Christian is one who is anointed by the Spirit of Christ, and who possesses the mind, life, and character of Christ. The Christian then is a holy man; the sect being the result of sin, is sin; therefore Doty-confusion teaches that holiness is properly connected with sin. He seems to think we should continue in sin that sects and differences may abound. But we hold in very great respect that ancient Book, which says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the Living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” — 2 Cor. 6:14-17.
“The possessor of perfect holines of necessity overleaps denominations in Spirit, and so regards all the sanctified as perfectly his brethren.”
Now if the Spirit of holiness and love cannot be fenced off by these sect walls, but ignore and leap over them, why keep the miserable walls there? Is it such a pleasing exercise for the Holy Spirit to over-leap these walls, that He would not dispense with them? In the name of Jesus Christ we say the perfect love of God only over-leaps these walls, as the flame of fire over-leaps a wall of dry straw, utterly consumes them. You might as well say that a mighty flame of fire will run over a pile of dry straw and not burn it up, as to tell men that the fire of the Holy Spirit will play back and forward over these paper walls, and let them stand.
O such babylon confusion! Like the babylon priests that held the national camp meeting at Lansing Mich., last year. They said holiness had wrought such a great influence in the world, that the sect walls have become so lowered that they could shake hands over them. Shame on such a picture of holiness. Civilization will do that much; but “holiness destroys denominations.” Utterly consumes all walls, and lines of distinction. “He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one.” — Heb. 2:11.
It is utterly impossible to build any partition walls in the “holy of holies.” It is a libill upon the whole Word of God to teach that true holiness will keep walls between its professors. No! the walls of which you speak, that the Spirit of holiness overleaps, proves that the perfect love of God is not in you.”
You say, “God has one Church,” and close up by saying “yet considering the one Church superior to any of its little namesakes, we have reserved and precious rights, of thought, feeling, and action that so sect takes away.” O what floundering and plunging about in the mire and fogs of confusion, and yet admitting some rays from the Book of Truth.
“God has a Church, it is one and indivisible.” Then there are plenty of others which are namesakes of if. Now if God only has the one, who has the rest? They cannot belong to God, for He only owns one. Who then will come forward and father the “little namesakes?” Martin Luther would say, “whatsoever is not of God is of the devil.” Well he surely has the best right to them since “they are the result of sin,” and he is the father of all sin, hence grand-father of all the product of sin. Hence according to Dotes, sin-conceived origin of the sects, the devil, surely has the oldest and only right and title to them. But if would appear that he anticipated their great corruption, and did not want to disgrace his name with them; hence made them “namesakes” of God’s Church, to attach the reproach upon Him.
Well our friend Doty does conclude after all that God’s “one and indivisible Church,” “is superior to any of its little namesakes” that sin has spawned. Indeed it is reasonable to suppose that God could make a better Church than sin can.
This we admit “was truth Jan. 16th, 1879, and remains so to-day.” He also admits that the Church of God, gives us precious, and reserved rights which no sect takes from us. Well we praise God for this. Prominent among those rights, is that of abiding in God’s Church to the utter exclusion, of all the sin conceived “namesakes,” or counterfeits. Having all the blessed privileges of God’s “one and indivisible Church,” we have no use for any of the counterfeit namesake daughters of Rome, who were conceived in sin, and shapen in iniquity. Dwelling in the “Superior” Church whose builder and maker is God,” what gross blindness to think we need to live in any of the wretched family of sinners.
Glory to God! the most blessed right God gives us, is to live out-side all the daughters of confusion.
Now let us give an Analysis.
Of those six paragraphs, of which the writer says they were, “the truth of God, Jan. 16th 1879, and remain so to-day.”
The following parts were satan’s lies, 1879, and remain so to-day.
- “Because of differences sects cannot yet be abolished.”
- “And an effort at abolition would result in a new one.”
- “Therefore sects are a present necessity.”
- “The Christian is properly connected with a denomination.”
- “We are bound to be true to every spiritual interest of our denomination.”
Sects have no Spiritual interests. Spiritual interests only attach to God’s Church. God’s Church is founded in the Spirit, and increases with the increase of Spirituality.
All sects are the fruit of carnality, the “result of sin,” Are not built up by Spirituality: but “destroyed by holiness,” which is Spirituality.
The following was truth 1879, and remains so to-day.
- “God has a Church on earth.”
- “It is one and indivisible.”
- “There is not one word in the Bible, favorable to denominations or sects.”
- “Denominations are directly or indirectly the result of sin.”
- “Thorough and widespread holiness would soon destroy denominations.”
- “The One Church is superior to any of its little namesakes.”
Result of the analysis. Positive falsehoods — five twentieth. Bible truths — six twentieth. Mixed confusion — nine twentieth.
Surely the Harvester is in the very midst of babylon-confusion.
By Sarah N. Wells.
TO the beloved saints, scattered abroad greeting. I feel led to tell some of my experience, in God’s gracious deliverance out of the dark snare of Quakerism.
When my father died I was quite young, and did not know much about salvation. There was one mother in Israel as I thought, who told me I could make my home with them, when not elsewhere employed. I thought that was very kind and all of God. And I still feel grateful to Him for the same. So I called that my home for seven or eight years, and they seemed like a father and mother to me. I was sick under the doctors care three years, during which they kindly cared for me, for which I thank them and God. In the year 1879 I entered the grace of entire sanctification. And in 1880 the Lord graciously healed me. Glory to God! As I continued to walk in the light of holiness, I began to find that I was looking, and leaning too much upon the folks where I lived. I found l was under their power, and could not break loose. I was letting them lead me instead of God. Their kindness to me, had become a snare to my soul. I thought I must think as they did, and the devil blinded me, and I had much trouble. I could not get established. About two years ago, this family influenced me to stop the Gospel Trumpet. They tried to so explain the Scriptures to me, that I should not take the Lords supper. As they did not take it, I did not. Not long after the Spirit of God so worked on me that I could not rest day nor night. I had to call mightily on God for help. Glory to God! He heard me, and I felt much relieved. Then I began to get my eyes opened a little to the kind of spirits that had been leading me. I still went to them for advice, some of the time. But thanks be unto God who giveth us the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord.
God showed me they were not right. They indorse the Stumbling Stone. I went to the Bangor Mich. Camp meeting last June, and there I was powerfully renewed and established in holiness. While there God showed me just how terribly they were deceived by the devil. Glory to God, He there delivered me fully from all such spirits. I give Him all the glory.
Now we have no fellowship. O how dead they are, they have become enemies to me. Praise God I am dead to all people. But “I am a companion of all them that keep His commandments.” Glory to Jesus! They tried hard to keep me from going to the Bangor Camp meeting, told me they were sure God did not want me to go. But I was sure He did want me to go. Praise the Lord, I did go, and I have been filled with the Spirit ever since. I pray God that none of you may have to go through what I have. O how
I praise the Lord for the victory over the devil, and over all this world. Your Sister saved and sanctified.
Sarah N. Wells.
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THE Spirit of God, the Comforter, is one of the greatest gifts of God. But after His reception. He is the source of what are called “Spiritual Gifts,” or “gifts of the Spirit.” The gift of the Spirit is essential to salvation, He being the sanctifyer. The gifts of the Spirit do not produce salvation, but are received in the perfectly saved state. They are for our safety, and especially to qualify us for the work of the Lord.
Every sanctified soul has a measure of the same faith, or element which constitutes the gifts, but the gifts properly are different from this measure of faith that is common to all saints. This common possession, is received in the first work of grace. The gifts only after entire sanctification. They also differ from the former measure of grace, in that they are distributed among the members of the Body, no one member possessing all of them. All Spiritual minds have a measure of discerning; but to one is given the gift of “discerning of spirits.” All holy men have miracle power in them, but to one is given the “working of miracles,” as a gift. All saints have faith, but to one is given the gift of faith. All Christians can pray for the sick, but one has the “gift of healing.” All people filled with the Spirit of God, have boldness to speak in His name, but all do not possess the gift of prophesy. So we might observe of all the gifts. No one is led by the Spirit of God either to seek, or profess all the gifts. As sure as the Spirit and Word of God agree, every person claiming all the gifts is fanatical, and to some extent deceived. The Word of God is very clear and explicit on this point.
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit: To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit: To another the working of miracles; to another prophesy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues. But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the Body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the Body; is it therefore not of the Body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary. And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon those we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked.” — 2 Cor. 12:7-24.
Here we learn that the gifts are distributed among the member, and not all given to any one.
The various gifts constitute the characteristic difference in the members; therefore each member could not possess all the gifts, else there would be nothing to make the members differ one from another.
Again this dividing of the gifts among the members is essential to make the members helpers one of another, and each a blessing to the other. If the eye had in it-self all the gifts of the body, it could say to the hand, “I have no need of thee.” If all the gifts were in the head, it could say to “the feet, I have no need of you.”
“Nay those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary;” because they possess some gift which others, having even greater gifts, do not have.
The fact that all the members are dependent, in a sense, upon all the rest, proves that each have gifts that others cannot have, and yet need the benefit of them. This is a wise and beautiful economy in the gifts of God. Why need I all the gifts that my brother has, when he and I are one? I can have in a large degree the benefit of the gift he possesses, and leave my powers to be concentrated in the gift I possess.
These various gifts represent the “members in particular,” and all the members make up the body. Therefore for one person to have all the gifts, would make him a whole body by himself. But this is contrary to the Word, which makes each man a member and not a body.
“All are not Apostles; all are not prophets; all are not teachers; all are not powers; All have not gifts of Cures; all do not speak in different languages; all do not interpret. But you earnestly desire the more eminent gifts; and yet a much more excellent way I point out to you.” — verses 29-31. Emphatic Diaglott.
What are implied as negatives here in the comon version, are so translated in the Emphatic, and correctly too. The direct rendering from the Greek, is as follows. “Not ail Apostles, not all prophets, not all teachers,” etc.
These words of inspiration settle the question of all the gifts. If each member could possess all the gifts, then all would be prophets, all apostles, all teachers, etc. which is just what the Word of God positively denies.
“But covet earnestly,” — all the gifts? No, “the best gifts.” Why commanded to covet earnestly the best gifts, if each man should and could possess them all?
“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith. Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth on teaching:” — Rom. 12: 4—7.
Here again, as in all the Word of God, the gifts are distributed, one to this member, and one to that, and not in any instance all given to one person. The uniform idea is, that the gifts are distributed among the members. That some persons possess more than one we do not doubt, but that any one ever possessed them all we have not the slightest intimation in Scripture. To pray for it is to transcend the promises, and is fanaticism. And every person professing them all, is under a delusion, and in fanaticism. Keep in the Word and Spirit of God, and you will do well.
Dear Brethren: — And all the readers of the Gospel Trumpet; I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. I can say of a truth the Lord saves me to the uttermost and I am walking in the full blaze of Gospel day, and out of all sects, clean escaped. My heart is full of praise to God this very moment. It is blessed to be all given up to God. Your sister wholly sanctified.
Dear Brethren and Sisters in Christ Jesus our Lord. My testimony is, I am saved and sanctified through the blood of Christ. O Glory! Glory!! Glory!!! to God and the Lamb forever and ever. Amen! I do praise God for what He has shown even me, for I can never praise Him enough for the way He has kept me.
O how my soul did praise the Lord, when I read the article Bro. Warner wrote headed “Who are your Foes,” it just met the demands of my soul. I do praise God for the truth as it is in Jesus. O praise God for the fellowship of the saints of God. His little ones have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. I feel I must not tarry in all the plains lest I be consumed. As soon as the weather will permit, I leave Sodom. It is raining to-day, and is dark and cloudy. But praise God it is light in my soul, for Jesus reigns supreme. I don’t get to meet with the saints of God very often, only twice since the camp meeting. I went once to Bro. Silas Powell’s, it was one of the Pentecost meetings that God’s children do have. I thank and praise my blessed Father for such meetings. Last Sabbath I had the blessed privilege to go to Clarks mills, to meet the little ones. I found them walking in the truth. But I do not live by getting to meeting only, but by every word of God. I am redeemed! redeemed! through the blood of the Lamb. I would, love to see you all face to face if it were God’s will. But I am ready waiting for the coming of the Bride-groom, then we shall see each other, and not only each other, but we shall see the King in His beauty. O glory! glory!! for the blessed hope within is as an anchor to the soul both sure and steadfast. I will join in anthems of praise to Him that redeemed us with His own precious blood; and sing victory! victory!! through the blood of the Lamb. I’ll sing of defeat, no, never, but sing vict’ry with all my might,
O glory hallelujah! for victory in my soul. Your Sister in Christ Jesus.
Dear Brethren: — Praise the Lord! Husband and myself are seeking for light in regard to Sabbath school. There are some here that do not believe in sects, but think it right to organize for Sabbath school. Husband thinks it is not right, he thinks we have no Scripture for Sabbath school. Can you show us any Scripture for it? we would like to hear from you. I never read much about. Sabbath school in the Trumpet. If you think them right, please tell us how you conduct them.
Find enclosed 50 cts for the hymn book, would be glad to send more, and hope the Lord will open up the way so we can send more soon. We are left almost alone here, it is very testing times with us.
Pray much for us that the Lord will bring us out more than conquerors through His blessed name, and precious blood, and we at least may be permitted to meet you with all the blood washed on the other shore, if not here. Yours all the Lord’s.
C. A. Barham.
Concerning Sabbath schools, we answer that we read of no such thing in the Word of God. The Sabbath schools, as ordinarily conducted in babylon, are schools of vanity, and hotbeds of pride and false religion. Let all the saints keep themselves and childred out of all such fashionable, worldly gatherings. Have no fellowship with them.
Yet to properly teach your children the fear of God, the love of Christ, “and the way of virtue and salvation is one of the most important duties upon parents, and one too that is greatly neglected. Begin in the infancy of your children and teach them to revere God, pray to, and trust in Him. It is astonishing at what an early period of life, children will receive Divine impressions.
Most of the religious training should be given to children by parents at home. Yet where there are a sufficient number of saints to bold a service specially for the instruction of the children and youths, there is no reason why such service should not be held. But it must not be after the popular style. It must be held in the Spirit of Christ, all the teachers being holy. It must not have the fashionable corps of oficers, or any of that sort, but let it be a part of the regular worship of God. Let the Elders and others apt to teach, instruct, and the Holy Spirit preside instead of a voted in superintendant.
Children and adults unsaved, should be made welcome as in all other meetings, but have no more to do with the manageing of the services, than other regular meetings for worship.
Dear Brethren: — Through the kindness and mercy of God, our Savior, I am permitted to write to you again. Great has been His love with which he has loved me, and has washed away my sins in His own precious blood, and gave me an inheritance among them that are sanctified, and delivered me from the powers of darkness and babal confusion. Soon after the Lord sanctified me He began to show me the desolation, pride and darkness of the sects. But I was so slow to learn, and my desire was to stick to the sect. I thought it best to stay there, and testify to holiness. I have found that my testimony was hot received, but proved rather an offence to them, and my official relation to the church was being cut off from time to time. The Spirit of the Lord led me to write a note to the Pastor here, requesting my name dropped from their book. But when the time came to deliver it, my heart failed me, not being satisfied as to my duty. But I prayed and left the whole matter with the Lord. I told the Lord if He wanted me to come out of the M. E. sect, to make it plain, or bring it about in some way. So the Lord brought it about in a way that I need not now stop to explain. But the first I knew of it, I was notified that my name was dropped from the sect book. But now I am happy to say to the saints, I am free! I am free!! I am anxious to see your tract on, “Christ is the Body the Church.” I think there are two others here that have come out of the Baptist sect. Your brother saved to the uttermost.
Dear Brethren: — Of the Trumpet Office, I send thee greeting in Jesus’ name. May God bless you all for Jesus’ sake, is my prayer. Glory to His name forever and ever! Amen! I remain your sister saved and sanctified wholly.
Nannie M. Donnell.
Dear Brethren: — I praise the Lord for a full and complete salvation, and for His healing power. My aunt was very sick, and she felt led by the Lord to send for Brother Reeves to come and lay hands on her for her healing. He came and laid hands on her and prayed, and she rose up in her bed and shouted praises to the Lord and said she was healed, and to-day she is up and around the house.
There were two souls converted at our meeting. Pray for me. Your sister saved and washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Mary E. Drowley.
New Washington, O.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God this evening for the all cleansing blood of Jesus, His saving grace and keeping power: Praise the good Lord forever! He forgives us our sins and cleanseth us from all unrighteousness. Hallelujah to God forever and ever! Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee. Because he trusteth in thee. O, my soul praises God for the precious Gospel Trumpet. It is a welcome visitor. I know it is blessed and sent of God. I trust the time will soon come when it will be sent out every week. There is no paper published that comes up to the Bible standard like the Gospel Trumpet. O that every professed holiness editor could see the onward march of God and walk out in God’s order, and know the leadings of the Spirit.
Praise God, whom the Son makes free is free indeed. I praise God that I know I have an inheritance among them which are sanctified. Glory to the Living God forever! I do realize that none does molest us or make us afraid, because our lives are hid with Christ in God, and nothing is able to pluck us out of His hand.
Hallelujah hallelujah my soul is now free, For the precious blood of Jesus cleanseth even me.
Your Sister, to all the saints of God.
Emma C. Whitney.
Battle Creek, Mich.
Dear Brethren and sisters and readers the Trumpet: — It is with great gratitude to God that I write another testimony of His dealings with me. I praise His holy name for His cleansing, sanctifying, and healing power. For these bright eyes, and a sweet rest of soul which makes me “perfect, entire, wanting nothing.” “When I think of His wonderful transforming power whereby we are made new creatures in Christ Jesus, I am lost in wonder, love and praise, and can truly say,
Blessed Jesus I do love Thee,
Spring of life Thou art to me;
Spring of never fading beauty,
Thou art mine, and Thou shall be.
O how thankful I am that. I yielded to the voice of His Spirit which said repent and seek thy God. “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths,” so that in whatever circumstance or condition, we may know that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
“According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”
O praise His name forever for a sweet sweet rest, and the peace that passeth understanding.
Your sister in the love of Jesus.
I feel impressed to write a few lines for the Trumpet. I feel like praising the Lord for what He is always doing for me. Praise His holy name! He keeps me continually. O glory be to God for this blessed holy rest which He bestows on us. What wonderful promises the blessed Savior gives us. Take, for instance, John 15:7. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be dune unto you.” Chapter 14 and 14th vr. “If ye shall ask anything in my name I will do it.” Glory be to God! Brethren, it we just fulfill our part, He will always fulfill His promises. Just let us read and see how in the apostles times, these promises were fulfilled. Why, just because they were obedient and went right ahead, nothing doubting, and they received every thing they asked for. O well, people say, now those times are past. Not so I Brethren, the same God that was then, is to-day; and the same Jesus that was nailed to the cross liveth now; and the same power He had then, He has to-day. Glory to His name! and these promises are to all that believe even unto the end of the earth. I do praise the Lord that He has brought me out from among the unbelieving, and has established my going. By the grace of God I am determined to light on, as Paul said, I know there is a crown laid up for me. Praise His holy name! It seems just as if people were afraid to praise the blessed Master. Why? Just as I said before, because they have no faith. O brethren, God help us to lift our voices for Him and no other. Amen!
St James, Mo.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord to write to the Trumpet, that the Father of love and mercy, for Christ’s sake, has pardened all my sins two months ago; and one month since has gloriously sanctified me, for which I give him all thanks and glory. The Lord has showed me if I live up to all the light I get, that He will wonderfully bless me. I have taken Him for my Savior of both soul and body, my all and in all. He is a sanctifying portion to me, for I know that I am washed in the precious blood of Jesus. I am 13 years old; young in years, and young in the good cause, but not to young to be saved.
“Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God.”
The Lord has brought me to the light, and showed me that I must live up to it.
Dear Trumpet readers, I know that my same is registered in heaven. The Lord snowed me about three weeks ago, that He could, and would heal our bodies as well as our souls. I was having the chills and I trusted in Him to heal me and He did. Oh how I thank and praise His holy name for His healing of both soul and body. Your brother saved and sanctified.
Martin A. Marcee.
I want to say to the readers of the Trumpet, I have the witness within me that the blood cleanses me from all sin I am willing to take the lone way with Jesus, and it is blessed to my soul. I am saved to the uttermost just now.
Dear Brethren: — Please find enclosed $1.00 for the Trumpet. O praise the Lord for a paper that will cry aloud and spare not! O how I love the sound of the Trumpet. I am free in Jesus and there is not a band on me. Praise the Lord for the oneness! I am out of sects and belong to the Church of the First Born. O glory! I am saved to the uttermost, and the very God of peace sanctifies me wholly just now. Your Bro. in Christ.
A. L. Snell.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to write my testimony to the Trumpet. It has been my privilege to receive several copies of the Trumpet. I am so thankful to have the privilege of reading the testimonies of my brothers and sisters in christian love; although we are many miles apart, we have the same Father and Spirit with each one of us, praising the same God. It makes me rejoice to think, although I am poor, my Father holds the wealth of this world in His hand. Praise the Lord O my soul! I am happy all the time, for God so fully saves and keeps me by His Holy Spirit I sometimes stop to think how God was so good as to pick me up when I was sinning against Him with a high hand. Well the Lord be praised for these privileges and promises. My testimony is that I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God, doing His will. Dear readers, pray for me that I may ever be found on the path of duty. Your sister saved by the blood of the Lamb.
M. Z. Seigles.
Dear Brethren: — May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you with all Spiritual blessings in heavenly places. My testimony is this morning, saved and wholly sanctified by the blood of Jesus, and filled with the power of the Holy Ghost at all times; not only when standing before the public declaring unto them the words of the Lord, but also in private conversation I can feel the power of God in my soul.
Praise Jesus for this wonderful salvation that brings joy in our souls, that is indiseribable and full of glory. It seems that the fire of God in my soul is becoming more intense every day. Amen!
Well dear saints, Bro. Grover and I are at work in this place for God. Souls are being saved of God, and the saints built up by the Word of the Lord. And those that have opposed God’s little ones in living without sin, by their anti-holiness spirit — thanks be to our God, — are confounded by the awful Word of God. Hence have nothing to offer, not even a testimony.
S. L. Speck.
Dear Brethren: — I praise the Lord this morning for salvation full and free, sanctified through and through, and kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. I praise God to-day for the sweet peace that I feel in my soul. Glory to Jesus!
I praise God for the way He leads His children. Some time ago while we were having a day meeting at the Zimmerman school-house, the Lord sent the Holy Ghost in my soul, and I was made to leap, and shout praises to God. I have had victory in my soul ever since. I praise the Lord that He uses me to talk the Word of God to lost people. I am how at Bro. W. Goulds. I was working for a man who was once a professor, but had gone astray. I talked salvation to him: his wife and his lather were trying to serve God; the old brother wanted me to come in his room and talk with him. Praise the Lord! I went, we talked the Word and then we sang praises to God, and then the Lord led us to pray. The Bro. that had gone astray, returned back to Father’s house, where there is bread and enough to spare. Glory to Jesus! the Lord blessed our souls; the dear brother was made to rejoice in to I praise God that I am all sold out to do His will. I am free in Christ Jesus, and whom the Son maketh free, is free indeed. I am cleansed through and through. The Lord Jesus just took the tobacco, tea and coffee all from me, and made me every whit whole, and put a new song in my mouth, praises to God.
My prayer to God is that He will keep me saved and sanctified through and through.
May God bless all the dear saints is my prayer. Your Bro. washed in the blood of Jesus.
Dear Brethren: — And the saints scattered abroad, greeting. Glory to God and the Lamb forever! I am just out of the lions den. I have been sixteen months in that god-forsaken Sodom of Sodoms, the worst Sodom of America, (St Louis Mo.) But I can say God closed the lions mouths so they could only growl and snarl at me; being chained, they could do no harm, save to themselves. Hallelujah! It may be said of this modern Sodom, they certainly need a godly missionary upon every block of the city, to teach these heathen the way of life and salvation. There is a great golden image reared up in the plain of this hellish babylon and lion dens and firey furnaces plenty, for the saints of the Most High, who do not bow down to their shrine. But hallelujah to the Most High! we do not have to be careful to answer the king in these matters. This modern moral heathen, city has many sect shrines to the unknown God, whom they do not ignorantly worship, but seem to be so joined to their sectish idolatrous priestcraft, that one would think God certainly would burn it with fire and brimstone, as He did ancient Sodom.
I preached faithfully and labored in various ways to bring the truth of God to bear upon them, but the more abundantly I labored the more abundantly they rejected, and persecuted, and maliciously imprisoned me for 36 hours; but the Lord delivered me out of the lions month, and gave me such victory in my soul, over the enemy as I could not have obtained elsewhere. Thanks be unto God who always causeth us to triumph through our Lord Jesus Christ. But I see you are still faithful in lifting up the Trumpet voice against sectarian holiness, and holiness hating sectarians. Hallelujah! I am fixing now to go to the front again to stand the battle for the Master. I am sure of one thing in this holy war, if we are valiant for the truth, we will wake the devil.
But we can’t compromise or moderate things to please the people with their pet theories. Now let all the true saints of God make haste to “cry aloud and spare not,” that the truth of God may avail much. Hallelujah! You will hear from me again in the near future if God permit. Amen!
John D. Ashbaugh.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God for a full and free salvation that saves me from all sin. O praise God forever for what He has done for me. I am so sweetly saved and kept each day by the power of God. I enjoy this salvation which I possess in my soul, much better than 1 did the pleasures of this world. I have no desire to turn away from God, for He has been so merciful to me, and has given me this salvation which is good to live by and I know it is good to die by. From your Bro. in Christ.
Harthe gig Pa.
Dear Brethren: — I am all the Lord’s, and wonderfully saved from sin, and ready and waiting for the coming of the Lord, when He shall be revealed from heaven, in flaming fire, taking vengence on them that know not God and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Your Sister saved in Christ.
A. E. Maskrey.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony this morning is, that Jesus saves and keeps me, and that He has healed me both soul and body. O how I thank Him for this wonderful salvation that saves to the uttermost all that will come unto Him. Though all men forsake Him I am determined to follow Him wherever He may lead. May God bless you all and keep you faithful is my prayer. Your sister in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — of the Gospel Trumpet, this evening finds me enjoying salvation, in the blood of the Lamb. Sister Dora Johnson came from St Johns and held meeting here fifteen evenings. She said she was out of sects and she was going to stay out. The house was about full every night. When the meeting closed we found three souls that we thought were sweetly saved. I think they enjoy more salvation than they ever have before. Others are making progress iu the Divine life. There were four young men in the meeting that said they had received justifying grace in the meeting, and one more since the meeting said he was going to seek the Lord. We begin to take courage. Pray for us. Your Brother, saved and kept by power Divine.
I want to say to the honor of God and to the benefit of souls, this blessed Sabbath evening, that I am saved through the precious blood of Jesus. I do feel to praise my blessed Saviour for what He has done for me. I have been wonderfully kept from all sin for the past 8 months, by putting my entire trust in my blessed Jesus. Oh praise His holy name for tree salvation in the Lord Jesus-Christ. I was at one time an unbeliever of the Word of God. I did not regard it more than a novel and did not love to read it near as well. The cause of unbelief was hearing so many different ways preached by sect preachers. Every one had his own creed and doctrine and yet claimed to be bible, which led me to think there was nothing in it, or else every body would see alike and believe alike, especially those that were called to preach. But I do thank God to night that He ever sent His true ministers into this part of the country, who preached the true Word of God and against all man’s creeds and organizations, which I always was opposed to. I do feel to thank God to-night that He ever showed me my condition as it was, and that I accepted the truth. Your Sister saved through the blood of Christ.
Mary A. Sisco.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise the Lord for this wonderful salvation that I enjoy. How blessed it is to know we are God’s Children, and are owned and blessed by Him. I do praise the Lord for the wonderful light I received at the assembly. O, I do feel so thankful that the Lord ever called after us and saved us. O I feel that I can never praise Him enough!
Well we are all given up to do the whole will of God, and are going on, to fight the fight of faith, and lay hold on Eternal life. Your sister saved and sanctified.
Lucy M. Lewis.
Bay View, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — This leaves me well and saved, praise God! and abounding in all the blessings of His providence as I have need. I am quite alone, yet am never lonely, being conscious that I am serving my time and purpose as I have opportunity, according I trust, as God has purposed concerning me. My zeal for the great work which is going on seems at times almost unbounded, yet I am content, hoping however, at some future time to be able to do more for the Master. I am greatly blessed in the reading of the Trumpet. The last number rejoiced my heart and melted my eyes to tears, while I gave praise to God for such a message of salvation, and the testimony of the saints. I remain yours in the Lord.
Dear Brethren — I am free, the Lord has saved me. Some say I harp on tobacco and whiskey until I make a hobby of it, but praise the Lord, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. I would like to hear some one preach the straight, Word of God here before I leave. Your brother saved and sanctified.
D. J. Cross.
Dear Brethren:: — And readers of the Gospel Trumpet. My testimony is, I am redeemed and saved through the precious blood of Jesus. O praise His dear name forever! He keeps me each day and hour. And I shall trust and praise Him while He gives me breath. I find that although I cannot be with the saints of God, He is able to keep me.
Pray for me, that I be faithful to the end, and meet you on that bright and golden shore. Your Sister in Christ.
Amy I. Findley.
Dear Brethren: — I am happy to-night in the Lord, washed and redeemed in the blood of the Lamb. We have stirred up the sect bees, and they are trying hard to sting us, but the Lord delivers us. Praise His name! Yours in the Lord.
Dear Brethren: — We received the Trumpet this morning, and have had a good time reading it. I thank the Lord for this paper. It does my soul good to read the testimonies of God’s true children, as there are no meetings here only the sects. We have been praying for God to send some one here to preach, and now we are trusting that He will. If there ever was a place in the world that needs the straight Word of God, it is here. We keep sending our paper and the tract on the One Church around in the neighborhood, and it is quite a talk among the people. A few weeks ago brothers Drowley and Cross, and my mother, were here from Gratiot, and we went to praise meeting on Sunday night. We had a glorious meeting. Oh I hope it is the Lord’s will to send some one here to preach.
Your Sister saved in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony this morning is, I am saved, sanctified, washed and redeemed through the precious blood of Jesus. Glory to His holy name! We have been having glorious meetings, in the power of the Holy Ghost. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers. I do praise God for a full and free and complete salvation. We expect to have glorious meetings this winter, and see souls brought to Jesus. Last Tuesday night some of the dear saints met and God poured out His Holy Spirit upon us. One dear soul stepped out on the Lords side, and is willing to be fully saved.
“All honor to Jesus whose eyes are aflame,
Who wondrously helps us each battle to gain.”
Praise God for the anointing and healing power. My companion is fully saved, and we ascribe all strength to God in the name of Jesus. O how my heart does melt this morning, with the love of God that floods this earthen temple. Your brother, saved by the blood and kept by the power of Christ.
George S. Bryant.
Dear Brethren: — I want to give my testimony to the world through the Trumpet, that “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth me from all sin.” And He saves and sanctifies me now, I am free from all man made sects, but am a member of the Church, the “glorious Church not having spot or wrinkle, but is “holy and without blemish.”
A. B. Gildersleeve.
Dear Brethren: — By the help of the Spirit I will write a few lines to the readers of the Trumpet. God has done wonderful things for me in the past, but that would amount to nothing if I were not right just now. I am thankful for past favors, but most because I am saved now, and kept eternally saved. O praise the Lord! All the past is under the blood, and I am now redeemed and delighting myself in the Lord. Glory to His name! We are having good times here, reigning with Christ Jesus over every foe. Well brethren I am doing, the will of God, and am contented with the fare, perfectly satisfied with what follows a life of entire obedience to the Word of God. No fear that God will require of me any thing but love. I pray God to make out of me all He can, and accomplish all His designs through me. Wife and I are alone in these parts, delivered from sect babylon, but we are thoroughly cleansed from the marks of the beast and the number of his name. The light is shining and others are beginning to see. O how we would like to see some one of God’s baptized preachers come this way. Amen!
J. M. & S. J. Hamilton.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for salvation full and free; a salvation that saves to the uttermost. I am sanctified by a second work of grace, walking in all the light that shines on my pathway. Praise the Lord! We had a glorious meeting at Bangor last Sabbath evening. Two consecrated for pardon. Praise God! I received the Trumpet in due time. May God bless you all is my prayer. You will find enclosed 25 cents for the Trumpet.
VISIT TO ILL AND IOWA.
AFTER holding meetings at Hann’s school house Ind., a few days at the close of the Beaver Dam meeting, we responded to an invitation to visit some dear saints at Onarga and Gillman Ill. Praise God! we found a few dear children of God, in whom was the God that answereth by fire. Sister Sarah N. Wells having been gloriously filled with the Spirit at the Bangor Mich, camp meeting last June, returned to Onarga and began to testify in the Spirit. Others began to revive. Brother Frank Johnson at Gillman, was wonderfully sanctified and called to the ministry, and the result of their little meetings was no small stir among the dry bones of dead religion. A dear girl embraced sanctification, who being so despotically treated by her sectish parents, and friends, was thrown into a sick spell, which was laid to the blame of the saints, she was reported crazy, etc., which called out slanderous pieces against the little ones in the papers, and no little persecution. Praise God for a salvation that makes a stir, and sets the devil raging.
After a short stop, and a few services at both Gillman and Onarga, we went on to the meeting near MtPleasant Iowa. We found a few of the little ones there still holding on to God, but about all, somewhat depressed by the powers of darkness. The Lord greatly strengthened all who are walking in the light. Some were much advanced in the Spirit. We found dear Brother C. Z. Lindley boldly standing up for the truth of Christ and the liberty of the saints. But his usefulness has doubtless been much limited by his labor with his hands to support his family. I pray the Lord to soon cut him utterly loose from these temporal cares. For the laborers are few, and still there’s much to do. One dear young brother and sister who had about given up the life of faith, were restored to the grace of God, and we hope they will become established unblamable in holiness. O! may God greatly bless all those dear souls who have thus far kept the faith, in spite of all the powers of darkness, that have been arrayed against them. These Scriptures were much impressed on our mind during this meeting.
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the Savior of his knowledge by us in every place.”
“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:”
“To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things.”
“For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” — 2 Cor. 2:14-17.
During the Williamston assembly, in Sept., satan began to afflict our eyes. At the beginning we were impressed that it was an attack of the enemy. They grew worse until we were scarcely able to read or write. The next morning after arriving in Iowa, the Spirit impressed Sister Sarah Smith, of Jerry City Ohio, a faithful soldier of 40 years service for Christ, and 26 years in entire sanctification, that it was satan who had afflicted our eyes, to prevent our labors in writing etc. After coming to Bro. Henry Smiths where we were suffering much pain, she told us the same. Instantly recollecting the same impression in our mind, at the beginning of the attack, we knew it was of God.
Our vehement faith in God, and indignation against the devil was instantly aroused, we fell upon our knees and asked God to deliver us, rebuking satan in the name of Jesus Christ. Praise God! the pain all ceased, and we were able to do a pretty good days work. And our eyes have been well ever since. God suffered the attack doubtless to teach us a losson concerning the origin of much of the suffering of the afflicted. Praise His name!
Sister Sarah N. Wells of Onarga Ill., also attended the meeting in Iowa. She is gloriously anointed and called to work for the Lord.
Returning to Onarga we had meetings there a few days again. Though we had but few hearers besides the saints, God met with us in glorious blessings upon our souls. On Saturday, Nov. 7th, we immersed dear Bro. Frank Johnson, and sisters Sanders and Reed. Glory be to the Living God for the blessed outpouring of His Spirit upon our souls. Sabbath morn, in family worship God greatly blessed sister Reed, and set her gloriously free in the Spirit, also gave brother Johnson a wonderful blessing and evidence that he was fully healed. He having previously had hands laid upon him, and prayer for healing. On Sabbath eve, we had a holy, solemn communion service, observing the ordinances of Jesus Christ. O how wonderfully the Lord was in our midst, melting and filling all our hearts with the great fire of His love. Glory be to the Lamb of God. After these solemn services, our dear Bro. Reed, who has for some years been identified with the cause of holiness, having discovered that he was not fully dead to this world, offered himself a living sacrifice to God. O that he may soon be filled with all the fulness of God. He will be a power in God, has done some preaching for the Lord, we hope he will be much used. Following him, a dear brother who had that day heard us the second time, made his escape out of babylon, was melted to penitence, and restored to pardon, also his dear daughter gave her heart to God. The Lord bless them. Sister Sarah Smith remained there to labor some time with the beloved saints. O that God may abundantly bless their labors together with the Lord.
We feel it our duty to thus acknowledge the great goodness and kindness of our dear sister Sanders of Onarga Ill., for the rich blessing of a donation in money and other valuables. God bless and reward her, as indeed He is blessing her soul abundantly. Having received a letter from dear brother Fisher, wishing our return to assist in the publication of the song book. We joyfully started home. Nov. 9th. Praise God for all things. Amen!
Dear Brethren in Christ: — We have moved to this place, and your letter came to hand yesterday as a ray of sunshine into our new home. How my soul glorified God for the same. Glory be to God!
“The cleansing blood I see I see,
I plunge and O it cleanseth me.”
My constant cry is, O Father increase my faith. The Lord is blessing my labors in the salvation of souls. I praise God for the work you are accomplishing in the name of King Jesus. O it is just grand to work for God, to be a “worker together with Him,” to know He goes before us, and opens doors which no man can shut.
O the blessed promises, how they ring through the secret chambers of my soul to-day. “If ye abide in me and my Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.” I know I have met the conditions, I do abide in Christ. I love Him with all my heart, all my mind, and all my strength. My soul doth magnify the Lord. And though the billows of trouble may roll, they touch me not, they break at my feet and pass away. The arrows of persecution fly thick, yet they only strike the Rock; for I am hid away with Christ in God. O God still increase my faith more and more. Amen! God bless you in your great work. Your Sister sanctified and kept by the power of God.
Anna E. Benedict.
Dear Brethren in Christ: — And all the readers of the Trumpet. I feel impressed this morning to write a few lines to the glory of God. I humble myself down and sit at the feet of Jesus, and listen to His blessed words, and learn from Him, because every thing that is good must come from Him. O glory! glory!! to the name of our God. I can not praise His holy name enough for His blessings which I feel in my heart. Since I am wholly sanctified to the will of God, it is as natural for me to live in the love of Jesus, as it is for a fish to live in the water. Take a fish out of the water and it must die, so it would be with me, if the love of Jesus should be taken away from me. Their could be no worse punishment for me, even hell itself. Jesus is so good to me, when I go to bed He goes with me, and I lay myself in His arms and rest sweetly, and He watches over me and keeps me from all harm and sin. When I wake the the first thought that comes to my mind is Jesus, then my heart breaks out in singing praises to my God. It seems that I could shout praise the Lord all the time. Jesus is worth more to me than all the riches of this world. Praise the Lord, O my soul! O dear saints, and readers of the Trumpet, help me to praise the holy name of Jesus! O my heart is full of the glory of God! O dear saints of the Lord, I do love to read the blessed testimonies that comes in the Trumpet. It makes me shout praise to God for His wonderful mercy. I long very much to be with the saints that are wholly sanctified to the will of God; where nothing flows but the love of Jesus. I praise the Lord for victory over the world. Blessed are those that can say these words: “O I know He will never leave me, for I have Him in my heart.
Blessed Jesus, precious Savior,
I will never from Thee part;
And when all the loved ones gather,
In that blessed home above,
We will praise Him there forever;
In that blessed world above.”
Amen! and Amen! From your true brother in the Lord. Sanctified in the blood of Jesus. My motto is victory over all sin, through the blood.
Dear Brethren: — God bless you with all blessings that pertain unto life and godliness. Glory to God for full salvation through the blood of His beloved Son. Amen!
We have been in the field ever since the assembly at Jerry City O., and God has been giving us a continued victory over the enemy, through our Lord Jesus Christ. We held a meeting at Deshler Henry Co. O., from Tuesday eve, over the Lord’s day. The Lord was with us in power. There were about sis converted, and twelve sanctified. May God bless and keep them from the power of the enemy. Bro. and sister Ogan from Latty labored with us in the Lord, to the close of the meeting.
The next place we went to, was the residence of Bro. Sweet; in Maumee Tp. Allen Co. Ind. God wonderfully blessed the saints in that vicinity. The result of the meeting was three or four converted, and five sanctified. Bro. and Sister Howard of Latty were with us and labored for the glory of God. Several of the saints from Flat Rock was at the meeting at different times.
We went next to Carryall Tp. Paulding Co. O., had services at several different houses, resulted in seven conversions and three sanctifications. Bro. J. Williams labored with us in the Lord. God bless him and make him mighty through the power of the Holy Spirit to the destruction of the power of darkness.
Well we all unitedly give God all the glory for what has been done; for He was not only with us in convicting, converting and sanctifying power; but in healing and casting out evil spirits also.
Yours saved and sanctified.
A. J. Kilpatrick.
St James Mo.
I feel led to testify for the glory of God. I was converted when 14 years old, and joined the M. E. sect, but God has delivered me and I am all given up to the will of God. The blood of Jesus cleanseth me from all sin, and I am sanctified wholly. Pray for me and my children.
St James, Mo.
I praise the Lord that He has led me out of darkness into the light, and into green pastures. The blood of Jesus cleanseth me from all sin, and the very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. Christ is my all in all. He is my prophet, priest and King. God bless you all is my prayer.
Your Sister in Christ Jesus.
St Jaaes Mo.
Dear Brethren: — Where there is a will there is a way. God always provides for those that try to live righteous. Trust Him and He will do the keeping. Our wheat crop has been almost a failure, but wife and I have been trusting God for a certain amount to supply our needs, and what we had more than that should be for the Gospel Trumpet. When we threshed I had four bushels more than I expected. So find enclosed $3. 05 to help blow the Gospel Trumpet for the glory of God. I realize that the precious blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all sin, and the very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. Your Brother in the Lord Jesus.
Grand Junction Mich.
Dear Brethren. — I praise God this morning for salvation full and free. Glory be to Jesus for His saving power, and for His keeping power, that keeps me every day from all sin. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! When I have trials and persecutions, I have no one to go to, but Jesus. Praise His name forever and ever! When I get the Trumpet and read it, it fills my soul with the glory of God to hear of so many that are saved and sanctified to God. O, glory, glory be to God! I went to meeting Thursday night. Bro. Grover spoke to us. O such glorious words! the power of God was there, although the devil came in also. May God be merciful to those who mock and scoff at His Word.
The Word says shun all appearance of evil. Dear brethren and sisters, let us be careful what we do or say, and be honest before God and the world, that people may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. Oh the glory that is in my soul as I write! I am dead to the world, the flesh and the devil; even to my family, for the Word says we must give up all for Christ’s sake. If we do not, we are not worthy of Him. Praise God for His healing power! I am still healed. I praise God for His mercy to me. He saves me just now, and sanctifies my soul. Pray for me. Your sister in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord wants me to write a little of my experience and tell what He has done for me. He has saved me from all sin, and cleansed me from all unrighteousness, and all the world and the things therein. He saves me to-day through His precious blood. O praise the Lord forever and ever! He keeps me through all the storms and trials I have to go through, and gives me complete victory in my soul. O it is wonderful, what the Lord can do for us, if we will only let Him have His way with us. I have taken Him for my physician, for He has healed me. I want to tell to the glory of God how wonderfully He healed me. I was taken very sick with the neuralgia in the stomach and head. I was unconscious of what was going on in the world, but the Lord says if any among you are sick, send for the Elders, and by the laying on of hands yon shall be healed. We sent for Bro. and sister Fisher, and they laid hands on and I was healed from the awful disease.
O praise the Lord! we have a great physician so near, who can heal all His dear children if they will call upon Him.
He is a very present help in every time of need. O how precious these words are to me.
Jesus the Savior of my soul,
Be Thou my hearts delight;
Ever to me the same remain,
My joy by day and night.
Hungering and thirsting after Thee,
I would be found each hour;
Contrite in heart, and holy kept,
By Thine Almighty power.
Oh let me never once forget,
How poor, how vile I was,
A sinner ransomed by the blood,
Of God’s atoning Lamb.
The wonders of redeeming love
Be ever dear to me;
And the flesh and blood of Christ.
My daily manna be.
Your Sister saved in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony is that I am saved and tried and washed in the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who is King of kings, and Lord of lords. Glory to God in the highest! I have the victory just now over all the power of the enemy and over all enemies in babylon. Hallelujah! The Lord has bruised satan under my feet. Amen! I once was dead in sin, but now I am dead to sin, and alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Glory to God, the little leaven that was given to one before, has leavened the whole lump. I am just now circumcised with the circumcision not made with hands in putting off the old man with his deeds which was corrupt, and have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge, after the image of Him that created him old things are all passed away, and behold all things are new. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever and ever. O praise God for my great salvation from the dark dungeon of the lower cells of babylon. I am born of God and kept by His power, and the wicked one toucheth me not: for my name is written in the Lambs book of life.
Jesus has clothed me in humility, and has given me a white robe of righteousness. He has put new songs in my mouth, even praise to the most high God. O, it’s wonderful how Jesus works in this temple, it seems to me that it is heaven on earth. Glory to God! when we are willing to forsake all things for Christ’ sake, then are we His disciples indeed; but just as long as we keep any idol of ours, we will die Spiritually. This was one great trouble with me, I looked back too much, and became hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. But now the sharp two edged sword has cut off the very roots of sin, and has caused me to forget those things that are behind, reaching forth toward heaven, and Immortal glory. I can say that I am one stitch knit together in love with all the saints of the Most high God, ready and willing to go at His calling to preach the all prevailing Word of God, whenever there is opportunity, for I feel the worth of souls, and woe is me if I preach not the Gospel. I submit myself to do thy will O God, and the Holy Ghost leading me into all truth. All glory be unto God and the Lamb forever and ever! Amen!
St James Mo.
Dear Brethren: — I am thankful to God that I am spared to write to you, and tell you that I am saved. Praise His holy name! He has led me out of all sects, and I am free from human yokes. Glory and honor to His name for what He has done for me. I expect by the grace of God, to keep free in the Lord: for whom the Son maketh free is free indeed. I am trusting every thing to Jesus, and find Him a very present help in every time of need. He has turned me from darkness to light, He has cleansed me from all sin, and enabled me to quit the use of coffee and tobacco, to which I was a great slave for 29 years. But I have never experienced any trouble at all in forsaking my sinful idols. I do praise God that He has ever given me the knowledge to discern good and evil, and has given me power and a willingness to forsake every thing that is unclean or unholy in His sight, I find that all is vain, unless the power of the Holy One comes down to aid us in obeying His holy commands. I do praise God for His saving and keeping power. I am wholly sanctified by faith through the all cleansing blood. O glory to God! we need not go through the world in the dark, for God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all; so if we abide in Him we abide in light.
Glory to God for the promise of that love and light which I feel in my soul just now. I know my name is registered in the Lambs Book of life. Hallelujah to the Lamb that was slain, but liveth again. O my mind and heart fails to find expression in words that would convey the idea of the inexpressible weight of glory that my soul feels just now. But it is my hearts desire to live humbly at the feet of Jesus the rest of my days. Pray for me that I may so live and glorify God in all I do.
Your Sister trusting in Jesus.
Julia A. Marcee.
Table Rook, Neb.
I am sweetly saved this morning. Glory to Jesus for His keeping and saving power!
I am saved from all sin, and walking in the light. Hallelujah forever and ever! There is very little salvation in this place, but I am praying for the Lord to send some man out here that can preach the straight Word.
I am saved from all sects, creeds, and organizations, and I am standing straight for the Lord and His Word. I have got all babylon dust off of me. Enclosed find $1.00 for the Trumpet; I cannot do without it,
Upper Sandusky, O.
Dear Brethren: — Praise the Lord forever more! God bless you in the Gospel, as laborers together with Christ. “I am alive, yet not I but Christ liveth in me.” And I live by the faith of the Son of God who gave Himself for me. Glory to His name, again, and again. I have committed myself to the full and complete Gospel of Christ. Free indeed in Christ Jesus. Free from all sin, and all sect bondage.
I have purposed to come and see you as soon as practical. Or can you appoint a meeting some where in Ohio, in the near future, that we may meet together and learn to co operate more fully in the great work of the Master. Thank God for our unity in the One Holy Spirit of the Lord. Your Pro. in the bonds of the Gospel of Christ.