1 December 1890, Volume 10, Number 23.
Isa, Chapter 35.
The wilderness shall all be glad,
The desert shall rejoice;
And blossom as the lovely rose,
So fragrant, sweet, and choice.
Abundant shall it blossom fair,
And so rejoice and sing;
And Lebanon shall shake with prayer,
And loud her praises ring.
They shall behold God’s excellence,
His majesty and power;
The happiness of those who trust
His mercy hour by hour.
Then strengthen ye the hands so weak,
And knees that feeble be;
Confirm, and say to fearful hearts,
Fear not, be strong and free.
Behold your God will surely come,
His judgment to fulfill;
But you who trust and live in Him,
He’ll keep and save you still.
The Lord shall open blinded eyes,
To deaf their hearing bring;
The lame shall leap and praise His name,
And tongues long dumb shall sing.
Lo! waters in the wilderness!
The desert fresh and cool,
The parched and thirsty ground refreshed
Becomes a living pool.
Where dragons lay now rushes grow,
And men their Saviour bless;
For, lo! A highway’s cast up there,
And a way of holiness.
It leads the soul from babylon,
No unclean walk this way;
But only over it have passed,
Just “children of the day.”
The humble man, although a fool,
Shall never err therein;
For those redeemed by Jesus’ blood,
Are sweetly saved from sin.
The Lord’s own ransomed shall return,
To Zion homeward lead;
With songs, and everlasting joy,
Shall rest upon their head.
What joy and gladness here they find,
On Zions mount they stay;
All sighing is forever gone,
And sorrow flown away.
HOLINESS OF HEART AND LIFE
MAINTAINED FROM THE CHURCH’S ORIGIN.
“We then, as workers with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”
The above text requires holiness in the whole man. Holiness of heart and life in this world is the tenor of both the Old and New Testament. Their teaching on this subject is emphatic, plain, and clear to every candid mind. The standard of God’s Word on this line or truth is high and immutable; and in the day of judgment every man and woman, believer or unbeliever, professor or nonprofessor, must and will admit it, if they will not now. If they will not acknowledge the practicability of holiness in heart and life, as taught in the Bible, they make the Almighty a cruel and inconsistent Master; for His Word positively demands that we are to be “without spot or blemish” or He will not acknowledge us, when He comes to make up His jewels.
Now, dear reader, be taught, not by man, but by the Bible which you must meet sooner or later. God is not so unjust and tyranical as to require something of His creatures that cannot be done. Will you admit it? If so, never insult God and the Majesty of heaven by saying, “we cannot live without sin and then quote the devils text, “If any man sayeth he liveth and sinneth not, he is a liar and the truth is not in him.” One told me that it was in the Bible. Said I, “it must be in the devil’s bible then, for it is not in God’s.” He took the Bible to hunt it but failed.
God says, ‘having these promises, we must be holy’, etc., but people forget what He promises to do if we will comply with the conditions on our part, which are the prerequisites for Him to do His part He will not delay if we diligently do what is commanded us. It is reported that the Bible contains 31173 promises, all of which are for us; but it we believe not they avail nothing.
People say, when they hear the testimonies of the saints, that “we are boasting.” So we are; but only boasting of Jesus’ blood and the power of God to save and keep us. And the apostle says, “No man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achai.” 2 Cor. 11:10.
“As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achia. He boasted of Christ, and we will also. Hundreds of sectarians will boast of their fine churches, and never mention Christ But God’s people glory in Him only, and it is sure to agitate the elements of sectism. “Out of the abundance of the heart,” they speak.
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” If every one would glory in Christ, sects and sectism would cease to exist. When a man gets evangelical holiness, it will rid him of all such evils; when inbred sin and party spirits are all gone, party names will cease. God takes that black feature of sin (schism) away with all others in pardon, or especially in entire sanctification. I pity the poor creature under the galling yoke of sectism. He is surely in worse servitude than natural slavery. It means something to be “free, free indeed.” Holiness is tIe only element that will effect this freedom, and none but those who have it can appreciate it. The above text is true; try God and prove Him. Do not be foolish enough to say the Lord cannot make and keep us holy, until you try Him. The Bible says, “He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Eph. 3:20. Salvation is effected by the real power of God working in us, through Jesus’ blood, and until it is consummated we cannot live with the approval of God on us. The Lord says it, and it will stand forever. Our text on this subject, is not an isolated one in the Bible. Many equally strong Scriptures could be noticed.
Let us call your attention, however, to Eph. 1:4. — “According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” Holiness then is not a late doctrine. He, God, chose us to be holy “in Him” before the foundation of this world. Thus you see God is holy and people who fight against holiness, fight God. They say that “Thou only art holy.” (Bible) True; but God says, “I will live in you, walk in you.” So we are holy because of the Holy God in us. Praise His name forever! Ever since the formation of this world, God has had a holy people. Notwithstanding martyrdom and the powers of hell, He maintains them. Though severely persecuted and illtreated, they are joyful and happy, with an angelic glow of brightness on their faces; and when they cease to live here, they will live in a brighter world above. Paganism and Catholicism tried through the past ages to crush and exterminate the holy people, and protestantism followed in the same wake. And if they dared would even now be as severe as Catholicism was.
I here insert the following extract of the fourteenth century from T. C. Upham’s book. (“Interior or Hidden Life.”) It did me much good and believe it will be encouraging to others. It also proves that God has always had a few holy people, notwithstanding opposers and fiery persecutions.
(The following conversation took place between Thauler, a learned and popular preacher of the fourteenth century, and an obscure beggar.)
“A great divine prayed to God, during the space of eight years, that he would be graciously pleased to direct him to a man who might teach him the true way to heaven. It was said to Him, at length, ‘Go to such a church porch, and there thou shalt find a man who will instruct thee in the spiritual life.’ Accordingly, he went, and found a poor beggar very meanly clad. He saluted him with these words, ‘God give you a good day, my friend.’ ‘Sir, I do not remember that I ever had an evil day.’ The doctor said to him, ‘God give you a happy life!’ ‘Why say you that?’ replied the beggar; ‘I never was unhappy.’ ‘God bless you, my friend!’ said the doctor, ‘pray tell me what you mean.’ He replied, ‘that I shall willingly do.’ “I told you first, I never had an evil day; for when I have hunger, I praise God ; if it rain, hail, snow, or freeze; be it fair or foul; or, if I am despised or ill used, I return God thanks; so I never had an ill day: nor have I ever been unhappy since I have learned always to resign myself to His will, being very certain of this, that all His works are perfectly good; and therefore, I never desire anything else but the good pleasure of God.” Then said the doctor, ‘But what if the good pleasure of God should be to cast you hence into hell?’ ‘If He would do s0,’ replied the other. I have two arms to embrace Him with; the one whereof is a profound humility, by which I am united to His holy humanity; the other is love or charity, which joins me to His divinity. Embraced with these two arms, He would descend with me thither, if thither He ordered me; and there I had infinitely rather be with Him, than in paradise without Him.’ Hereby the doctor learned that a true resignation to the divine will, accompanied with a profound humility of heart, is the shortest way to obtain God’s love. “After that, he asked him again, from whence he came? The poor man answered, ‘God sent me’ ‘The doctor inquired of him, where he found God? He replied, ‘I found Him where I had renounced all the “creatures.” ‘And where did you leave Him?’ asked the doctor. He replied, ‘with the poor in spirit, the pure in heart, and men of charity.’ ‘But who are you?’ says the divine. ‘I am a king,’ says the beggar. ‘Where is your kingdom?’ says the former. ‘In my soul,’ says the latter. ‘I have learned to bring into subjection and to govern my senses as well outward as inward, with my affections and passions, which kingdom is undoubtedly, superior to all the kingdoms of this world.’ The doctor then asked by what means he had attained unto such perfection. He answered, by silence, watchfulness, meditation, prayer, and the union I have with God. I could find no sure repose, or comfort in any creature of the world; by means whereof I found out my God, who will comfort me through world without end.”
Every perplexity God sees fit to have His people undergo, seems to increase their joy and peace, and proves a blessing to them. The people ought to be thankful to God for holiness as a redeeming power instead of opposing it; since without it we cannot see Him in peace. All of us have fallen into the pit of sin, and nothing but holiness can extricate us from its blighting power, and restore the soul to the image of God. Praise God for holiness, a free gift. But all unholy propensities must be given up to get it. A good treasure is worth a good price. The genuine is the Bible kind, and that only will save us. A profession will deceive us, but a real possession of God in the heart will secure for us a home in heaven, and insure our souls against the great loss in the judgment day. Who will have it? All necessary provisions are made. It depends upon the decision of your will. Break it down; do not tarry in doubt with regard to your souls eternal interest. Hear the loving entreaties; hear the Spirits oft pleadings. Will you meet me in peace over there?
Your humble servant in the embrace of divine love.
Barney E. Warren.
1st. Bro. W. — What do you think of persons when bitten by mad dog resorting to the mad stone?
2nd. Is God “without body or parts,” as stated in the first article of the methodist discipline?
3rd. I wish you to give me the dates you preached at St. James C. M. concerning the beasts in Rev. 13, and the date that Daniel’s time reasoned from.
4th. How does Paul address the Corinthians as sanctified, 1 Cor. 1:2, and yet as carnal in 3:3.
5th. What is a deacon’s duty?
6th. Can there be elders ordained aside from preachers?
7th. Is it necessary to have an elder and deacon in the Church of God at each place?
I thank God for what He is doing for me. But we are young in the work here and wish to have all the light we need. I am saved from all sin. Glory be to His name.
Yours in Christ.
W. M. Wilson.
To 1 st. I know nothing about the mad stone. But God’s children need not, and if properly taught of God, will not resort to such things, but will flee to the Rock, Christ Jesus. “For who is a rock save our God.”
2nd. “God is a Spirit;” but hands, feet, eyes, ears, etc., are ascribed to Him in the Bible, simply because He possesses powers of perception, and execution that correspond with the functions of our physical members, which he could only speak of to us by the use of our members. There is no need to use the old dark age tradition above alluded to, which came down from Romanism into the Protestant creeds, and which was invented in the pit for people to wrangle over. Let us simply speak of God in Bible language.
3rd The Augsbury confession, the first of Protestantism, was adopted and signed by the emperor of Germany, many princes and the reformed ministry in A D 1530. That is the point of calculation between the two beasts. Counting back 1260 years from that time covers the first beast, or Romanism, and it takes it back to A D 270, his beginning for which we have striking historical proofs. Counting forward 350 years from 1530, brings us to A D 1880. The first beast continued 42 months. — Rev. 13:5. That is Catholicism. Forty two jewish months make 1260 days. Each day represents a year. See Eze. 4:4-6 and Numbers 14:34. Immediately following the first beast, comes the second, (protestantism.) — Rev. 13:11. The time of this beast is not revealed here. But in Rev. 11:2, 3 the same 42 months of the first beast is spoken of, which is also called one thousand two hundred and three score days. And this time of the first beast, and the testimony of the two witnesses, is immediately followed by three days and a half that the two witnesses lay in the streets of Sodom and Egypt. See Rev. 10:7, 9. So it is a fact that the three days and a half covers the same time that the second beast does, both coming directly after the 42 months expire. And as the second beast is protestantism, the three days and a half must represent the time of protestantism, and because it was just three hundred and fifty years from the time the first protestant creed was made, until the purging of the Church in the evening light, or in other words from 1530 to 1880, we know the three and one half days of Rev. 11:9 are three and a half centuries. In fact, the Spirit of God showed us and others this, before we knew the historical facts concur. History is very uniform and clear in speaking of the great epoch of 1530, as the transition point from the first to the second form of the apostasy. So it is a plain problem. Measure back 1260 years from A D 1530 and it carries us back to A. D. 270, and in several histories we have clear evidence that the apostasy arose about that time. So add together, 270 years pure Church, 1260 years Romanism to the rise of Protestantism, and 350 years of the latter to the evening light and the sum of the whole reaches to A. D. 1860.
The decree from which the 2300 days of Daniel 8:14 is to measure from is that in Nehemiah 2:1—8. It went forth B C 445, as the common chronology shows. It took until about 420 B C to get everything pure, in order, and triumphant over surrounding foes at Jerusalem, as we can satisfactorily show, but cannot take the space here. That reformation covering 25 years, under Nehemiah is figurative of the present holiness reformation, which has reached the climax of a pure Church. The progress of the work then and many events connected with it find a perfect antitype in the present reformation. Two thousand three hundred years from B. C. 445 reaches to A D 1855. That is, measuring from the beginning of the final reformation of the literal Jerusalem and temple, to the beginning of the general holiness reformation of the present century. And two thousand three hundred years measured from B C 420 years, the complete cleansing of the temple, extends exactly to 1880, when the pure Church of God was established in the evening light, the body of Christ discerned and properly set forth. By subtracting 420 from 2300 leaves us 1880. That is, take the part of time that was before Christ from the whole and you have the years that the time extends after Christ, or to A D 1880. Thus the two lines of prophecy both figure out to the same year, 1880. We are beginning the preparations of a work of probably about 100 pages on these two lines of prophecy, and several others that are associated with them, in which there will be much prophetic and historic truth setting this matter forth clearly, of which we have here given but a little sketch.
Answer to 4. Sanctification is already attained in regeneration, and the second grace is entire sanctification, as is seen in 1 Thes. 5:23 and in other Scriptures.
Ans. to 5. “What is a deacon’s duty?”
The word deacon signifies servant. Those servants were first chosen in Acts 6:1—6, where their work is seen to include the serving of the church in all temporal things which would include the duty of gathering and administering benefactions to the poor, care of the house of worship, and providing the necessaries for the ordinances of the house of God. The qualifications for the office are found in 1 Tim. 3:8-13.
Ans. to 6. “Can there be elders ordained aside from preachers?”
Yes: the New Testament teaches two kinds of elders. See 1 Tim. 5:17. All the ministers of the Gospel, according to the New Testament, are elders who are also called bishops. See Titus 1:5, 7. While local elders should be apt to teach, they are not commsisioned to preach the Gospel, but to take the oversight of and to be ensamples to the flock of God in their town or neighborhood. See Acts 20:28.
Ans. to 7. “Is it necessary to have an elder and deacon in the Church of God at each place?”
Yes: that is the regular New Testament order. See Acts 14:23; Phil. 1:1; Titus 7:2. While these officers should be ordained by the laying on of hands, when they are clearly seen to possess the qualifications, and give evidence that they have been chosen and ordained of God, there should be great precaution in this respect. “Lay hands suddenly upon no man.” Ministers should be required to “Make full proof of their ministry” before receiving ordination. Rather let the church be without officers for a time, than acknowledge such as God has not called and qualified.
Brushy Prairie, Ind.
Dear Saints: — Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. To-night finds us well and saved, with victory in our souls. Believing God’s Word and trusting Him for all things. He has healed both soul and body for which we give Him all the glory. Oh, how we thank God that He has not left us in darkness. He has opened our blind eyes, and unstopped our deaf ears, and has shown us the light of life. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
From your Bro. and sister in Christ.
M. S. & S. Yoder.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I know that God has forgiven all my sins, and saved me. Although I am only nine years old, praise God I can serve Him. Papa and mama are saved. I have a brother and and one sister dead. I love to see every body saved, but oh, how many souls are going the downward road to hell. The Lord saved me on the 8th, of Nov. Papa was talking to me, and I got saved. I praise God for it. It seems like I can not be thankful enough, for what God has done for me. Dear saints pray for me that I may be faithful, and do the whole will of God.
Your saved sister.
L. B. Fairchild.
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A very earnest request is sent from Freeman, Mo. for the prayers of the saints in behalf of Bro. Urton, who is very sorely afflicted and must have relief soon. He is a poor man with a large family, but says he believes the Lord will heal him. Take his case to the Lord in much faith.
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Dear Saints: — I am thankful for all things that I enjoy, and do pray for some saint of the Lord to come here, and that I may receive the second work of grace. I am so hungry for the truth, and desire to be filled with His righteousness. Pray for me and my family, and that I may be healed of all bodily disease.
Your Bro. in Christ,
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Pray for the healing of the bodily afflictions of Bro. U. D. Todd, Sigourney, Ia.
Dear Saints: — I do desire the saints of God to pray for the healing of my body. I have been sick four years, unable to work two years. I have given up all medicine, doctors, and all earthly power and am trusting in God. I am trying to live a christian. Please pray for me the first day of January 1891, at 7 o’clock in the evening.
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La Grande, Oregon.
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Dear Children: — For some time we have felt that unless you have a paper all for yourselves, you should, at least, have one or two columns in the Trumpet. While thinking over this matter, we opened a letter from some one, asking if such could not be done. Now we want to hear from the children, and know what you think about it. Send in your testimonies, and tell what the Lord has done for you, or if you are not saved, and wish to be, you can write and make it known. When you write make mention it is for the CHILDREN’S COLUMN. Send short testimonies, and if any of the older ones have good short articles for the children, we shall be glad to hear from you. We have been in several meetings, and heard a number of children from 5 to 15 years of age testify to the salvation of Jesus Christ, and how sweetly He keeps them saved. Now we want your testimonies to give to the people, and if the Lord wills, we will try and write you a short letter, or an article each time, and will try and begin Jan. 1st. 1891. Let us hear from you atonce.
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Dear Brethren: — If there are any of the saints that can come here and hold meeting, I would be glad to have them come. My soul is hungering and thirsting for the truth to be preached. I can keep them a my house. I feel there are are souls to be saved here if they had the Gospel preached to them. Pray for me.
Yours in the body.
F. H. Lewis.
Dear Brethren: — I know that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sin and sanctifies me wholly. Praise His holy name. I am trusting Him for all things, and know that He keeps me healed both soul and body. I am so glad that I ever heard holiness preached as a second work of grace, and that I did not let prejudice keep me from receiving the true light when I heard it preached. I love to read the Gospel Trumpet, and the testimonies of the dear saints, and the scripture lessons It fills my heart with praises to hear of so many saints that are knit together in love. I know God’s grace is sufficient to keep me while I am trusting in Him. I believe in all of the ordinances, but there are only about four persons here that believe in them. If it is the will of God I would like for some Holy Ghost baptized minister to come through here. I believe there could be a good work done.
Your sister in Christ.
Sarah A. Mc Cain.
Dear Brethren: — I am happy to say that I am saved and trusting in the Lord for all things, ready to be revealed in the last times.
Your Bro. saved in Jesus.
S. T. Rife.
Dear Brethren: — This morning finds me saved and sanctified and rejoicing in the Truth because it has made me free. Blessed be His holy name for what He has done for me. I thank the Lord for the healing power.
Your Bro. in the love of Jesus.
Cheshire, Allegan Co., Mich.
Dear Saints: — I feel led to write my testimony. This morning finds me saved and sanctified and ready to work for the Master He has done much for me in saving, my soul and healing my body. Remember me in your prayers.
Dear Saints of God: — I feel led to write my testimony to the Trumpet readers Jesus saves and cleanses me from sin, and has delivered me from babylon, and made me complete in Him. Hallelujah to the Lamb forever and ever.
Your brother in Christ.
Dear Saints in the Lord: — I am saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God, and my soul is filled with His love continually. I want to tell the whole world how good the Lord is to me and to all that obey Him. May He keep them all from the evil of this world. There is so much need of more firmness and faith in God. Well I do love the Word of God, and know it is true, and my soul is made to feast upon the riches it contains. It means so much to live in presence of the Lord. My trust and help all comes from Him, and He keeps me, soul and body, and I have no need of drugs to keep me well. If we are the temples of the Lord we do not need to be continually taking poisoning drugs.
Christ sent out His disciples with a two-fold commission, to preach the Gospel and to heal the sick. Luke 9:2-6, 1:9. Thes. commands are just the same today. Jesus said, Jno. 14:12, “He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall He do also; and greater works than these shall He do.” The Word of God is full of promises to all who believe.
Dear Brethren: — To-day finds me saved to the uttermost. Some time ago we met with the church at Lima, and three souls were saved. Next at Dixon Ohio. We had a good meeting, and the power of God was manifested in the children’s meeting, and we pray that they may be saved. Pray for us.
D. J. Cross.
La Paz, Ind.
Dear Saints: — God bless you. The radical truth of the Trumpet finds an echo deep down in my soul. Count me a lifetime subscriber. I wish to say through the Trumpet I am saved. Glory to God forever and ever. He has done so much for me that it is impossible to repay Him for all His goodness. Praise God, I know I have been bought with a price and have been born of the Spirit. O praise the Lord for salvation. I am all on the altar for Jesus to use as He sees fit, and willing to become anything for Christ or to do anything for Him. May the Lord bless all the dear saints of God and keep them from the evil of the world. Amen.
J. M. Deniston.
Dear Saints: — I have been reading the Trumpet for some time, and I love to read what God is doing for His children. Will the dear saints all pray for me that I may come out from the world and live for Christ, and that He will heal my lungs. I have no faith in doctors and have laid aside medicine, for I do beleive God will heal me.
Mrs. S. Kennicot.
Dear Saints: — The Lord saves and keep me at all times, and I am trusting Him for all things. One year ago I was led to accept the truth as taught in the Bible, and I cast away all my idols, such as jewelry, fine dress, tea, extra living, etc. He saved me from the methodist sect, where I had been a prisoner for 4 years. We would love to have some one come here to preach the word in its purity. I ask the prayers of the saints for my husband and family, and that I may be kept faithful.
Your saved sister.
Columbia City, Ind.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I feel led of God this afternoon to write my testimony to the glory and honor of God. I am saved and sanctified, and out of Babylon and at babylon wine out of me. I am walking in this glorious evening light of the Gospel ready to be revealed in the last time, ready to do my Masters bidding whatever it may be. Glory to God in the highest! I am to glad that. God saved me. When the fear saints were at this place last winter … opposed them and lost my salvation. But God let me see where I was. I thought the brethren were very cruel to me; I see now it was for my good. I do praise the Lord I am out of that condition, and I ask all the brethren that were here to forgive me, and them that are not here who were here during the meeting. Bros. Jacobson, Leinenger, and Gast held, I want them to forgive me. O bless the Lord! How the Lord blesses me while I am writing. I will soon be ready to go out and work for the Lord again, when He opens our way. O praise the Lord for the fulness in Christ. Pray for us.
Your saved sister.
Flora J. Rothermel.
St. Louis, Mich. Nov. 20 1890.
Dear Ones in Jesus: — May our dear Father bless you all with ..e fulness of His grace. Jesus saves me just now from all sin and keeps me by His mighty power. The Lord has a people in St. Louis and He ..s working among them. We have good meetings and the people are coming in to hear the truth. Tray that God may add to the number that are saved. We are located in St. Louis. Bro. and sister Drowley have gone north to sound the glad tidings of salvation. We will start in a few days wherever the Lord doth lead, to set the battle in array. We expect to but in a solid winter in the field telling what Jesus can do for sinners. Pray for us.
Your Bro saved and kept.
T. J. Cox.
Dear Saints: I feel it would be to the glory of God for me to write my testimony to the Trumpet this morning. Oh, I have so much to praise the Lord for, I hardly know where to begin. He is still saving me and my dear faithful wife, and is still blessing and crowning our labors with success. Bro. Warner and Co. are with us full of heavenly zeal, and holy fire. Oh glory to God! we feel so thankful to God for sending them to us. Pray for us that God may bless our efforts, and save souls. Oh praise the Lord for victory just now!
Your Bro. sanctified through the truth
W. W. Bradley.
Columbia City, Ind.
Dear Saints: — I am led by the Holy Ghost to write my testimoy. I mu still fully saved, and sanctified by a second work of grace. Fully established in the truth and doctrine of God, and I know that I am on the Rock that Jesus said, “Upon this Rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” — Matt. 16:18. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself, being the chief corner stone.” — Eph. 2:20. And on this I stand. “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access, by faith, into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” — Rom. 5:1-2. Beloved, “let us stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.” — Col. 5:1. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen!
From your Bro. in Christ.
C. E. Rothermel.
Dear Brethren: — I am glad that Jesus saves and sanctifies and makes me free in Him. He has delivered me from the used of tobacco, and from going to parties, festivals, political speeches and other such places where He would not have me go; for He will not go with persons to all such places of worldly pleasures.
Your saved Bro.
Jno. H. moore.
Dear Saints: — It is for the glory of God I write what the Lord has done for me. About two years ago the Lord sanctified my soul and healed my body. He keep the free in Him and gives me strength o.. do His work, for which I give Him all th.. praise and glory. Pray for husband and I, as there are no other saints here we would be glad to have some of the saints come and see us.
Yours in Jesus.
Rachel M. Stauffer.
Dear Saints — We are living and enjoying salvation in spite of the opposing spirits we have to contend with, there being no other saints nearer than 18 miles. We feel that the Spirit of God is able to keep us walking in the marrow way. We hope the number will increase. Pray for us that we stand firm and true to the cause of Christ.
Randel & Eliza Sturgis
Dear Saints: — I have been deaf for 11 years. Four years ago I was very unhappy. My father told me to believe on Jesus. I read the Bible and longed to know about Jesus; and one night before going to bed God in His mercy convicted me of my sins and I repented. — Acts 3:19. Bless the Lord, He forgave my sins and I had peace with Him through our Lord Jesus Christ — Rom. 5:1. Before I was converted I read of the sufferings of Jesus upon the cross, and wept bitterly over what Jesus suffered for sinners. I began to seek the Lord! I believed He was the Son of God. After being justified I lived an up and down life, as I had no teaching and could not understand the Word of God. I had never met a sanctified child of God then, and was living with worldly people. Two years after being justified I was on;
bed of affliction and there God showed me I was not saved. I prayed God to show me the right way, and soon the Gospel Trumpet was given me. I soon got my eyes open and God showed me it was of the Truth. I began searching the Scriptures and found the teachings to be according to God’s Word. On Feb. 16, 1889, God sent dear sister and Bro. Wm. N Smith and Bro. R. N. Gast here to preach the truth as it is in Jesus. I went the first night, and while they were singing and lifting up their hands I knew they were of God. God’s children know each other when they meet. I loved them very much. I was in among the unbelievers, when I heard a still small voice saying to me, “Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” I obeyed at once. “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” Jesus said, “Walk in the light while the light is with you, lest darkness come upon you.” Glory to His precious name! I was not saved from all conformity to this world, but I was willing to forsake all when it was made known to me. God’s dear ones gave me instruction which I gladly received. The Lord filled my soul “with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” I also obeyed the Lord in the ordinance of baptism. And that night in meeting, after I testified to what the Lord had done for me I could not help shouting for great joy. Oh, halelujah!
Your saved sister.
GOD’S WONDERFUL LOVE TO ME
To all the Saints Greeting: — Praise the Lord. I am happy to tell that I am still saved and kept by the power of God. I feel led to write some of my experience as the Lord may lead. Heel the real sinking out of self into Christ. Bless the Lord! Oh, how my soul doth magnify the Lord for delivering me from the powers of darkness and giving me this blessed evening light that shines in my pathway, it is so bright that none but the holy can go therein. Oh how sweet it will be to meet the Lord in the air: “For the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4:16, 17. But to the unsaved the Lord will come in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Thess. 1:8. Oh, prepare to meet your God before He comes as a theif in the night, in such an hour as you will not be looking. Oh that I could only impress it upon your minds to get ready to meet the Lord. Praise the Lord I feel that I am ready to meet Him What a happy meeting that will be to the sanctified. I feel that I am sealed with the Holy Ghost just now. I realize that we never get to the end of God’s great love Oh it is wonderful what I have realized in the past two years of my experience. Truly it pays to trust the Lord. It has been some ever two years now since I have been able to do any hard work. Truly it has been a real trial to me; but of late it does seem to be proving a blessing to my soul! to God be all the glory. I have had to depend upon the Lord entirely for all strength, food, raiment, and home, in the two years of my afflictions, and the Lord has granted me every thing I have need of. Oh what love He has for those who trust Him. I am trusting the Lord to make me strong and well in His own time. His will be done. I am sweetly resting one thes precious promises that God has given us. “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” — 1 Pet. 5:10. “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye; being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” — Eph. 3:16-21.
Your sister saved and sanctified to the will of God.
Sarah N. Wells.
Twelve Mile, Ind.
Dear Saints: — I do feel led of the Spirit of God to write again to the “Gospel Trumpet.” as I have not for some time. I feel encouraged to day in the blessed work of the Master, and hope I may also be the means of encouraging others in the christain war-fare. I am so glad that Jesus saves me from all sin just now. Praise the Lord for ever! People are needing real holiness preached here, instead of so much sham holiness and preaching for money. “Babylon is fallen and become a habitation of devils.” — Rev. 18:2. When real holiness people testify at the meetings here to the saving and keeping power, sectarians get mad. The devil tried to get me to go to Ill. by paying my car fare, provided I would bind myself in an article to stay not less than two years. Sects are building up their power to hold poor souls out of Christ. May the Lord send some means of awakening to the precious souls that they may be saved out of sectism. May the Lord help me with all His dear saints, to present the whole counsel of God to the unsaved. Pray for me that I may live a pure life, fully consecrated to God. I love the Gospel Trumpet, for it is a source of pleasure and comfort to read. I would love to see souls saved at this place.
James H. Hunter;
Dear Brethren: — God bless you all We saw an article in issue of Oct. 15 asking some questions, also in Nov. 1. We find a testimony by the same party written from Stafford, signed A. M B. Now I am personally acquainted with all the saints at Stafford, and I do not know of any whose name will correspond with the above signature. I have endeavored to find the party, but have failed so far. Now I do not believe there is such a thing as a saint in disguise. When we write we ought to sign our own name, so we may be found and not bring a reproach on the cause. If any know this Bro. or sister, as the case may be, please let us know as it is a query in our minds.
Samuel M. Helme.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Payne, O. Nov. 21. 1890,
Dear Saints: — Since the assembly meeting we have been at home over one Lord’s day, and had a very precious ordinance meeting with the congregation at Payne. Bro. A. J. Kilpatrick was with us, and we also joined him in the work at Antwerp, O. The meeting lasted from Nov.7, to 16. A few were reclaimed, and many strengthened and made to rejoice. At this place quite an interest was taken in the children’s meeting by both children and parents. A few of the children were saved, and caused to shout the praises of Jesus who, as of old blessed them. O God bless and keep them and give them wisdom from on high. I pray God to stir up the brethren and sisters in the field, and every sainted father and mother all along the line, to look after the children. Read Isa. 54:13; Prov. 22:6; Jno. 14:21; Jas. 2:10.
Could not a column or two in the Gospel Trumpet be given to the children, if the Lord so directs?
From here we go to Hedges Ohio.
Yours in Jesus.
J. N. & M. J. Howard.
South Haven, Mich. Nov. 19, 1890.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — Through the grace and love of God, I am permitted to write to you through the Trumpet, and testify of this great salvation that saves my soul from all sin just now. Praise His dear name forever and ever! We held a meeting in Kalmazoo, which was one of great profit, and God raised up a little church in that wicked city. I received a letter a few days ago, stating they were having good meetings. Oh, may God water them with showers from heaven, and increse them with the increase of God. After the meeting, we came home where I have been ever since working with my hands. The Lord is blessing my soul, and keeps me sweetly saved. For the last week I have been engaged in my home neighbor-hood. There is quite a good interest. Three have found their way to the Lord, and more are under conviction. The work is much hindered, through sect holiness professors; who offer liberty to others, and they themselves are under bondage. Wo expect to continue these meetings from house to house, as long as the Lord wills, and then return to Kalmazoo and visit the lilttle church there. The Lord bless all the dear saints of God, and pray for us that we may be successful in winning souls to Christ.
Your Bro. saved and sanctified.
Sidney, Ohio, Nov. 9th, ’90.
To all the Saints Greeting: — Since our last report of the work of the Lord at Cochran’s Mills, Pa. Our travels have been as follows. From the above named place, Bro. A. A. Roland conveyed us about 14 miles over rocks, hills, and through the valleys to the home of Bro. Dunmire’s, where we intended to hold a protracted meeting, but owing to circumstances we only got to deliver one discourse to that people. On the evening of Oct. the 3rd, we took train at Kittanning, at 5 o’clock and left the 4th, for Ohio. We left the little ones in those parts in a good spiritual condition, came to Logan Co. and was with the church at that place over Sabbath, and came home the 7th; we found the way for the work at this place in a bad condition. But the Lord wonderfuly helped us to preach the Word to the people, which exposed the crookedness of some professers, who were not willing to straighten up and so were cut off by the Word and Spirit of the Lord. Bro. Shell came Oct the 22nd, and held about a 10 days meeting in which 2 souls were saved, and the little ones much strengthened. May the dear Lord ever keep them firm unto the end. We expect to join our Bro. Schell at Bellefountaine to-morrow, the Lord willing, and thence go wherever the Lord leads.
We remain your saved brethren in the love and fellowship of the Lord.
Geo. W. Howard, & Wm. G. Schell.
San Diego, Cal. Nov. 18th, 1890.
Dear Saints: — We left Albany Ill. on the afternoon of Oct 30th, went to Clinton Ia. the same evening, where Bro. B. V. Daniels had engaged a house for us to preach that evening. Here we met Bro. and sister Knight Bro. and sister W. M. Daniels, and others of the dear saints, where we had a good meeting. The Word was held up to the people, and accepted by many. We believe that God will send Bro. Palmer to that place to hold meetings soon, and believe there will be a glorious ingathering of souls. At 5 o’clock next morning we started for Hedrick Ia. where we met Bro. Lindley and others, and begun meetings in the neighborhood of Hedrick, which lasted until Sunday evening. The saints came together from Ollie and Hayesville, and we enjoyed the assembling of God’s little ones. Some of them we hardly recognized, from the fact that they had abandoned all sin and tobacco, and now look so much healthier and strong, that they do not look like the same person. Dear Bro. Corpron who was almost dead with Heart disease, and weighed 145 lbs. is now sound both soul and body, and weighs 170 lbs. all because of salvation. Praise God for a clean salvation for both soul and body. Truly “godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come,” We left Hedrick and the church at that place, on Monday Nov. 3rd, arrived at Chapman Kan. Nov. 5th. Left there on Friday the 17th, for Mahaska Kan., where we met Bro. and sister Willis, Bro. Geo. Cole, sisters Mary Cole and Kaser, who were holding meetings at that place. We enjoyed a glorious feast with these and the dear ones of Mahaska for a short time, but had to return to Chapman on the following Monday, to resume our journey to the coast. We left the latter place on Tuesday morn Nov. 11th, arrived at this place on the following Saturday, where we are now located, and fighting the enemy in the name of our King. Preached to a lagre congregration on Sunday afternoon On Monday evening there were about 1000 people assembled, who were anxious to hear the strange doctrine. The way is opening grandly, and we have the victory on our side. On Monday we had the pleasure to meet dear Bro. Schroder, who is saved out of Babylon, and ready to join us in the conflict. The city is in an uproar and the posts are already runing to meet each other, and the city is taken at one end. A large tent is open for us to use at present. We have gone through the change of climate without the least inconvenience Expect to remain here until God sends us to another city.
We are saved by grace, and on the Gospel altar.
J. W. & Jennie Byers.
Columbia, Mich. Nov. 25, 1890.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — We are glad to report to all once more that we are saved in Jesus, and kept by the mighty power of God each day, from all sin. Bless the Lord! And that we are out in the great work of the Lord battling against the enemy of our souls. We came to this place Nov. 13th, and found the saints trusting in Jesus, although somewhat discouraged; but the dear Lord has wonderfully encouraged them by the preaching of the Word. Bro. and sister Smith were with us some of the time. The Lord used him in preaching His Word. And our hearts were often lifted up in gratitude to God, for the coming of the Trumpet family, who helped in the work of the Lord. During the meeting there were 6 consecrations for pardon, and some of the number obeyed Rom. 12:1, 2, and were made to rejoice in the Lord. Last Lord’s day morning Bro. Smith preached the Word to the people. In the afternoon we had a glorious testimony meeting. And in the evening we were all much refreshed by the coming of our dear Bro. and sister Palmer, who spoke the words of life to the people. The house was crowded with both saints and sinner from quite a distance, who gave good attention to the Word. Meeting closed with victory from beginning to end. From this place we expect to go to Hoppertown, (D. V.) to work for the salvation of perishing souls Well may the dear Lord ever bless the little ones in this place, who faithfully cared for us while here. Dear brethren and sisters, pray much for us, that we may keep low and humble at the feet of Jesus.
Your saved Bro’s. and sister in Christ Wm. Randolph, & W. E. & A. E. Warren
Dear Saints: — May we always abide under the shadow of the Almighty, where we can have the sweet oil of gladness poured into our souls. O hallelujah! I feel the Holy Oil flowing down deep in my soul. I am sinking deep in the will and love of God. O brethren, let us take counsel of God. See 1 Cor. 15. 57, 58. Col. 1:21—23. 2 Chro. 15:7. 2 Cor. 13:11. Phil. 4:4-9. Rom. 15:4-8, 13. Phil. 4:19. 2:32-15. Eph. 3:16-20. Rom. 16:17, 18. Titus 3:9-11. 2 Pet. 2:1, 2. 1 Jno. 2:3, 4. May the Lord help us to obey His blessed Word. See what Jesus says. Jno. 15:14. See the promise Jno. 14:12-17, 21-23. 1 Jno. 3:19-24. Rev. 22:14, 15. Glorious promsies are unto the faithful and obedient. The meeting at Woodston, Rooks Co. Kans. was a glorious good meeting, the Lord was with us in mighty saving power. Some of the dear ones who were professing, when they began to measure themselves by the Word, found themselves in a bad condition, but the Lord brought them all through the fire. Refined, purified and made them pure. Dear Bro. Coy, was wholly sanctified. During this meeting he was enabled to make the complete consecration, die the death, pay the price; when all was done, the Lord sent the fire from heaven. Hallelujah! During the meeting there were 15 professions to pardon and purity. Others were deeply convicted, which we hope will be wise, and yield to God. God has a blessed little church established in Rooks Co Kans. The last night of the meeting was glorious, the Lord was with us in mighty power fulfilling His blessed Word. — Jno 13:15-17. We came from Woodston to Beloit, Michel Co. Kans. where we expect to open fire on the ranks of the enemy. From here we expect to go to Manhatan, Riley, Co. Kans. Dear brethren, pray for us much in this western country.
I remain your free Bro. sanctified wholly.
J. P. Haner.
Nevada, Mo. Nov. 15, 1890.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — We have just closed a two weeks meeting at Little Osage. We have victory through the name of the only begotten Son. Our congregations at night were large, but as school was going on we held our day meetings in private houses and they were not so well attended. The men of the community seemed very hard against the truth, only one man remaining to the day meeting when held at his house. In the neighborhood was a weekly dance, and in some instances some the young people would so from the meeting to the dance. We were greatly burdened for such and fervently sought God to the end that they might see their error. One young lady who had been deeply convicted in one of our day meetings, was thrown from a road cart on her way home from the dance, and had her wrist dislocated and the bone above it broken. Her escort was also badly injured. We visited and prayed with her; she seemed quite penitent and said it was as it ought to be, for she had gone against the wishes of her friends. “Truly when thy judgments are ..n the earth; thy people will learn righteousness. Let favor be shown to the wicked yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.” In the meeting two backsliders were reclaimed and one man saved, and all three were seeking to be wholly sanctified. Sisters Madison and Walton are still blessedly saved and were wonderfully used of God in the meeting.
Yours in Christ.
R. F. & Mattie Rapp.
Died — Oct. 17, 1890, at Fontana Kan. sister Ella Brown. After a lingering illness of several months, she was called into eternity. Her last words were that her Savior was with her.
Mrs J. Bruner.
OUT OF SECTISM JUST BEFORE DEATH.
Sister J. A Chaddock departed this life Nov. 1st, 1890. Aged 36 yrs. and 10 mos. She died in the triumph of a living faith She leaves a husband and four children to mourn. God bless arid care for them, and save their souls in His own time. Funeral services were conducted by sister Julia Crowell.
About four years ago she became very deeply convicted, and troubled on account of her sins, and sent for me to come to see her. I found her in much trouble, but after reading and explaining some of God’s Word, she was enabled to take Jesus as her Savior, and her soul was filled with the peace and glory of God. Not having sufficient light on the Sriptures, she drifted along in sectism, but last winter the Lord showed her the awful sin of sectism, and during her sickness she realized that she had been led astray, and did not feel clear in her soul. She ordered her name taken from the class book, and declared herself free from sectism, and gave herself fully into the hands of the Lord, and shouted the praises of God with perfect freedom in her soul. She has entered the gates of the City to be with Jesus forevermore.
The following lines were composed by her.
“Oh how sweet the songs of Jesus
That we’ll sing before the Lamb!
When we reach that glorious Haven
Governed by the Great, I am.
We will praise for everlasting,
Our dear Father of all light,
Who has saved us by His goodness
From the shades of endless night.
’Twill be sweet to meet the loved ones,
Who before us crossed the wave;
And so sweet to meet with Jesus,
Who once died our souls to save.
Bro. Stephen Kimbel departed this life Oct. 17, 1890, aged 29 yrs. 8 mos. and 21 days. He took sick with Typhoid fever while holding a meeting in Adams Co. Ind., where he lay one week after which he was removed to the house of Margaret Fields, his mother-in-law. in Dark Co. Ohio, where he lay eight weeks longer, and then departed. We were not permitted to visit him in his affliction but are told he died triumphant in the faith. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn their loss. God bless and save the bereaved ones, is our prayer.
Wm. G. Schell.
SAD, BUT TRUE.
A few weeks ago James Jones, one of neighbor’s boys was taken very sick with the fever, and his mother like all other unsaved people, sent for a physician and gave the medicine to order, and done all she could, but James soon felt that all his mother or any earthly physician could do, would not do him any good. He said to his mother one day, in the beginning of his sickness, if some one would pray for him it would do him more good than all the medicine she was giving him. And when his mother told me he wanted some one to pray for him, I asked her for the Bible and read to her from the 5 chapter of James 13, 14, 15 ver. After reading the Word to her, I told her of the mighty power of God to save, and if she would give her consent we would call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; but in her unsaved condition she would not yield to the Word of the Lord. The physician called it excitement, and paid it would not do to have any excitement. But James still pled for some one to pray for him, while they told him he was not going to die. But who can stay the hand of God? Just a few days before he died, he said, “mother now I am going to die let me prepare.” And they still told him that he was not going to die. Dear readers as you read these solemn wor..s think what an awful thing to go into eternity unprepared. Young men be wise and make heaven your choice, seek God while He may be found. Will not some of the dear saints come here to the rescue of perishing souls?
IN holy living the life of our blessed Savior is beautifully exemplified, and the teaching of the Apostles brought into full practice. The Savior went about doing good, although poor in this worlds goods, we often find Him feeding those that were hungry. Mulitudes crowded around Him to hear Him speak the word’s of life, and while He gave them the truth for their souls, He was not unmindful to the needs of their bodies, and kindly supplied their wants with meat. Is it Christlike to shut up your bowels of mercy to refuse to relieve the poor around you, when God has placed the means in your hands? Jesus was often found seeking out the sick and afflicted, imparting strengh and health to them. To the blind He gave sight, the dumb He caused to speak, and the deaf to hear. Holy living does not consist (as some seem to think) in much talking, long speeches in meeting, and loud boasting of how good they are, when they have no influence in their own family because of the pevishness and cross disposition manifested in their every day life. If Jesus saves you fully as you profess, and gives you the sweetness of love in your souls, then let it beam out in every act, every word and look. Instead of harshness and fretfulness under the petty trials that attend you more or less there should be a joyful praise to the giver of every good and perfect gift.
Jesus was careful in His speech; His conversation was mainly about the things that pertained to His Kingdom, and the salvation of precious souls. Our tongues should be used for the Lord. The Apostle James gives the same teaching when he says, Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak. — 1:19. It is not consistent to holy living to back-bite, and use the tongue with vain deceit. “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” — Jas. 3:13. Our Savior showed forth meekness and humility in all that He did. Not a proud boisterous spirit, but of meekness and love, and His words are, “be ye followers of me.” “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another, according to Christ Jesus.” — Rom. 15:5. Amen!
G. W. C..ry.
Dear Saints: — I feel it would be to the glory of God to write through the TRUMPET what the dear Lord has done for me. I am praising God this evening for full and free salvation. Glory be to Jesus! I can write now, my soul filled with glory, that I am sanctified. Oh, I do thank God for the blessings he has been giving me, and for sending the dear saints here to preach the Word in its purity. Oh, what joy I had in my soul when they came to this place, for I had been seeking for sanctification some years but did not know how to come to receive it. When the dear Lord sent brother Campbell and wife and sister Amanda Keefer here, the Lord did wonderfully heal my body of Rheumatism from which I had suffered great pain for years. The saints of God prayed for me, and by the laying on of hands I was healed. O glory be to Jesus for His blessed promises! He says, “If ye abide in me and I in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be given you.” After getting right myself I asked the Lord in prayer to make a way for me to visit my sister in Mercer Co. if it was His will. She is yet a Catholic, and I wanted to talk to her about this great salvation I had found in Jesus. He opened the way for me to go. When I went there she saw a wonderful change in me, for God did fill me with the Holy Ghost. Praise His holy name! So it happened while I was there at my sisters, her child took sick with a very high fever and cankered sore mouth. He was in great pain, and had not taken any thing to eat but, what little water he could drink, for about three days. After telling her what wonderful things God had done for me, she asked me to pray for the child; so we knelt down and asked God to heal the child in the name of Jesus, and to let them know that I was serving the true and living God, (not priest or pope) for God is my refuge. In about half an hour after prayer the child called for something to eat. His fever had left him and he was healed. His parents then had faith in the prayers of the righteous; thye acknowledge! I was serving the true God. I give God all the praise and glory or His great works He does through His children. I cannot express what joy and peace I have in my soul, and how happy I live in Jesus. There are only two sanctified ones here, and we have fiery trials to go through, but Jesus keeps us sweetly saved. Pray for us that we may stand firm, ready to meet Jesus when He comes. Let us all praise the Lord forever. Amen.
Your sister in Christ,
Mary C. Runnels.
Pleasant Hill, O.
Six Points, Ohio.
Dear Brethren: — This morning finds me saved and trusting God for all things that are consistent with His will. I was converted 21 years ago, and the Lord wonderfully kept me though I did not join any sect. But my christian friends kept telling me I would lose my soul if I did not have a place to retreat in time of danger. During that time I was often conscious of a lack in my experience. Yet I felt that I was God’s child. The pure truth was not preached here, but by reading my Bible I knew my experience did not correspond with the Word. But when I talked with those who were older, they would tell me that I must continue to fight the good fight of faith, that this warfare between two opposing elements would end in death. Now the Word enjoins us to be holy in all manner of conversation. And I soon saw that those who were professing to be christians were not living up to all the requirments of God’s Word, neither were they earnestly desiring to do so. I soon quit talking to them about it But about two years from the time I was converted, the U. B. sect had a revival. The last night of the meeting the preacher preached to the young converts about the duty of joining, and that it was the duty of all who were children of God to get in somewhere to have a home to flee to in time of trouble. It is strange, when God had been my refuge and my help at all times, that I should have been led into such things. But I joined them, and soon began to see the evil of their doings, but thought that was a cross I would have to bear for the sake of Him who gave Himself for me. But 11 years ago the Lord sent His messengers out to preach holiness to the people, and instantly I could see that was what I had been thirsting for. But afterwards, when the Lord sent Bro. Warner to Jerry City in the winter of 1882, I was unable to attend and was so blinded by the god of this world as to oppose the truth, although my husband attended the meeting and became convinced that there was a better way of serving God, outside sectism. But I opposed the Truth and lost salvation at the same time; but finally I was led by the Spirit to see my sins, and then the Lord kept peace from my soul until I really gave up my own way, and was willing to read the Trumpet which my hushand took, and comply with the Word of God. Well praise the dear Lord, I found out the truth of God, and received more and more light, and earnestly seeking the Lord was again restored to a state of grace. But in May 1884 while seeking to be again renewed in the holiness of God. I was led to go to the saint’s meeting; had to walk 4 miles. And when surrendering all to God, I was made to see that I must renounce sectism as not of God. Well God helped me to make the sacrifice and I have never had any desire to go back to that or any other sect meeting, since. I am now rejoicing in a present salvation. To God be all the glory. I have been healed of Neuralgia by the power of God, and witnessed God’s power to heal, and to even snatch from the hand of death in answer to the prayers of His sanctified ones. Oh I cannot express the great power and goodness of my God. Happy are the people whose God is the Lord. I am your sister saved to the uttermost. Praise the Lord. Amen! and Amen!
Snider, Oklahoma, I. T.
Dear Saints: — We praise the Lord and thank the dear saints for their kindness in sending contributions to my daughter who is in great need. Several have aided her, and also their letters were a source of great comfort to her soul. We stand alone here in this dark land, redeemed by the blood of Jesus. And although very poor in this worlds goods, are rich in faith, and would love to have some one come here and preach the Gospel in its purity. Now we ask all the saints to pray for the healing of our daughter, Mary Hawley, who is very much afflicted. We know that the dear Lord can heal as well as forgive.
Your sanctified sister.
Eliza J. Hoffer.
Dear Saints: — Praise the Lord oh my soul, and all that is within me. I am walking in the light, and have fellowship with the saints of God. We were at the Galesburg camp meeting; it did my soul good to hear Bro. Palmer give the straight Word of God. The saints were strengthened, and built up. We have been having meeting three and four times a week, at two places. The devil is raging at a terrible rate at Mound Valley, where we have been having meeting, where my sister lives, who was saved when sister Mary Cole held meeting last spring. My sister’s husband has turned agaist her, and persecutes her in the worst way he possibly thinks of. He corses her, threatens to leave, tries to drive her off, burns the Trumpets, hid her spectacles, soaked her Bible in water, attempted to pour hot grease on her head, while she was kneeling praying, but God protected her. These are a few of her persecutions. Now I ask the church everywhere to never cease praying for her, until she is delivered out of the hand of her enemy, in God’s own way. When Peter was in prison the church prayed until the Lord set him free; and it is the same church today, the same God, the same power, and the same Jesus to intercede for her, and for us. I praise His name He is able, He is willing, He is ready, He has promised to hear and answer prayer. So let the church pray in faith. When one member suffers all the members suffer with it. God is keeping us day by day. Pray for us.
Your sister saved by the blood of the ever lasting covenant.
Buffalo, N. Y. 103 Eagle St.
Dear Saints: — Glory to Jesus for full salvation! A salvation that reaches body, soul, and spirit. Praise the dear Lord this morning for the way He is letting me become acquainted with His dear people. I have had one or two numbers of the Trumpet, and reading the testimonies, I feel that you are one with me and that we are not strangers. I can testify just now to full salvation. He is to me sanctification, Physician, and coming Lord. It is glory in my soul all the way, and it grows brighter every day. Praise the Lord that we can “serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.” I enjoy reading the Trumpet, it is always joy to me to hear of the triumphs and victories of God’s children.
Yours in the truth as it is in Jesus.
Mary R. Peck.
Dear Saints — The Lord leads me to write to you. I do love to tell what He has done for me. He has placed me upon the solid Rock, Christ Jesus. I do thank God for His plan of salvation. He keeps me wholly sanctified, and helps me through all afflictions. God’s Word says, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” I do thank God that I am one among the few. I have been a cripple for many years, and want all the saints to pray for my healing. God tells me He will heal me. I do praise God I am dead to the world, and feel like working for the Lord all the time. I am willing to walk in all the light He gives me, and feel that I am doing the will of God.
Your sister saved and sanctified.
L. A. Wortinger.
Dear Saints: — The Lord Jesus Christ fills my soul with joy unspeakable and full of glory. I am getting stronger in the Lord every day, and am more than conqueror over the power of satan, through Jesus Christ. Pray for me that my faith fail not.
Your Bro. sanctified to do His will.
My testimony today is, that my whole desire is to honor God. And that desire I am carrying out, as near as surrounding circumstances permit, by the assisting grace of God. By the sustaining grace of God, I will walk in His ways, seek the guidance of His eye, and the consolations of His Holy Spirit, and be satisfied. Amen.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — Our testimony is that we are saved from sin, and out on God’s promises through the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. Pray for us that God may have His own way with us. Amen.
Your saved Bro. and sister.
Grant & Ella Shimer.
Dear Brethren: — I thank God as one who was blind but now I can see; who lived in the dark, now walking in a heavenly light. Praise His holy name now and evermore! I was a believer in Advent faith. Oh how I pity them, poor blind sheep led by blind shepherds, fed on dry and mouldy husks, when Father has such rich fields always in full bloom, covered with the dew of heaven and fountains of clear pure water flowing from God’s throne for all mankind. Our dear Redeemer has paid the debt and we are free to drink and live. When the saints came here, I went out to hear them and was attracted by the plain dress, and friendly greetings. A divine influence drew me to the meeting. My heart began to melt; I saw these saints were in possession of a wonderful secret of power and peace with God the Father. What can it be? I had faith in christain religion, it was weak, and satan would whisper to me, you cannot live in this world of pride and sin, and be a saint free from sin and worldly passion, you are human, take life easy. I read the Bible, and a longing for something I did not understand came over me. Should I not rest on the Word. “Seek and ye shall find.” I prayed for peace, and found it at the foot of the cross. We have prayer meeting every Sunday afternoon and Thursday evening, at the home of some of the saints. The Lord has led us into the light; it is shining for all, come and be saved poor sinners, come.
God bless Bro. and sister Byers in their new home. May souls come to the sound of the Trumpet, and Word of God, as it is spoken by the saints in our land today. May the power of satan be destroyed; pride and worldly pleasures, forsaken by all who profess to love the Lord.
Your humble sister.
Mary E. Allaway.
Owossa, Mich. Nov. 10, 1890.
Dear Saints: — God’s Spirit is leading my pen to say to you, that I feel that love of Christ that gives freedom from sin; and I realize this is the greatest blessing. My all is on the altar and I yearn to teach these blessed truths to the German people No people need the evening light more. A German holiness paper should be published. All that love the coming of Christ should earnestly pray for God to open this door, and we will hope and pray that God’s Spirit will call forth men and means needed to this glorious work. Every reader of the TRUMPET is asked to offer up prayer daily, for God to find the means and prepare the way for this. The years are rolling by, and the work of the Master needs haste. The last days are here. The devil is in his last struggle. We need to be ready, for the Master is calling; fierce is the battle and glorious the victory.
Your saved brother.
East Jordan, Mich.
Dear Saints: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony on the Lord’s side. He saves me from all sin, blessed be the name of the Lord, and from babylon. I was a sectarian for about three years. When I first sought the Lord my sister and I were living all alone, and we found Him dear to our souls. O bless His holy name! But as we were not taught that we could live in this world without sinning, we soon began to grow cold and indifferent; our home began to get unpleasant; and every little while we would begin to wonder why we did not enjoy ourselves as we ones did. Well when Christ is in the soul He gives sweet peace and joy; but when Christ is not in the soul, it is nothing but pride and vanity, strife and anger. But when we heard the Gospel in its purity, and saw God’s true children, we made fun of the Gospel, and of His children, but O how merciful God has been to us. He called us by His Spirit and saved us from every thing that is contrary to His will, and I am saved and sanctified, and fully resting in the arms of Jesus. Pray for me that I may always be found faithful and low down at the Saviour’s feet.
Your sister saved in Christ.
Dear Saints: — I praise the Lord for salvation in Jesus that saves my soul from sin, I am living each moment under the blood, saved and sanctified, kept by the mighty power of God, for which I do praise the Lord. Hallelujah! Amen and amen!
Your saved sister.
East Jordan, Mich.
Dear Ones in Christ: — Grace, mercy, and peace be with you all. Amen! I feel like praising God to-night for His wonderful goodness to the children of men, for His longsuffering and patience toward us. O blessed be the name of the Lord. My soul is overflowing with praises to His holy name. O how I do rejoice in His blessed name for the wonderful things He has done for me. He has taken my feet out of the mire and has placed them on that Rock, Christ Jesus. Then by the grace of God I shall remain, let come what will. By the grace of God I shall come out triumphantly praising God. The Lord has healed my body of various diseases from which I have suffered for years. I have taken Him for my complete healer, I am saved to-night, washed and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. I do want to be kept low and humble at the feet of Jesus. And all you who know the worth of prayer pray for my dear father, sister and brother, that they may receive this evening light, and know that there is a Saviour that can save from all sin, that they might meet their mother who has gone before. Pray for me that I may continue faithful.
Yours in Jesus.
Dear Saints: — I praise God for His wonderful salvation that gives me such freedom. I love to do the will of God at all times, and know by what I have passed through in the last few months that it means a great deal to be wholly given up to God. For over a year God had been showing me duties that He wanted me to do, but the devil made me believe that I could not do it, so I kept putting it oft until I really refused to do as the Lord wanted me to do. I did not realize that I was tosing the Spirit of God for some time, but when I did, there was such a longing in my heart to be as near God as I once was, but I found I had to repent of my sin of omission. Well praise God I got the victory over it all, and I know He will never ask His children to do any thing without giving them strength to do it. Oh praise God I am ready at all times to do all He wants me to do for poor lost souls.
Your sister in Christ.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet — I feel led of the Lord to send in my testimony. I am a little boy 9 years old, I go to Sabbath school, and meeting every Sabbath. I love to read the Bible, and learn of the promises, God has for those who love and serve Him. Papa and mama prays that God will save us children, and keep us from this world of sin. I have two brothers living, and one has gone to heaven. And I want to be saved so we can all meet around our Father’s throne in heaven. Good by.
Dear Saints: — May God ever keep you humble and filled with the pure holy fire for Jesus’ sake. Amen. I am very thankful to God today that I am able to testify to full salvation. The Lord by His power saves me from all sin and sanctities me wholly. Praise the Lord! For some time I have been absent from the field, but we expect to be in our place in the field again shortly. Praise the Lord, we are at liberty to help wherever the way is open and where most needed. Amen!
I am your Bro. fully saved and free in Jesus.
Dear Saints: — I feel led of the Lord to send a testimony, and tell what the Lord has done for me, and still doing, and is keeping me saved. Praise His holy name. No jealousy or bitterness in my soul. He gives me complete victory at all times. I am so satisfied with the Lord, but the best of all He is satisfied with me. Praise His holy name for ever and ever! Amen! O it is just peace and joy in believing. It is safe to rely on God’s promises, and take Him at His word. I attended the assembly meeting at the Feaster’s meeting house near Rising Sun, and O it was a feast to my soul to meet with so many saved ones that I knew, and to hear the word preached in its purity. O praise God for the fellowship of His dear ones, and with Him and His Son Jesus Christ. Pray for me that I prove true to Him.