1 December 1891, Volume 11, Number 23.
Prayer To The Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit! mighty God!
Send Thy glorious light abroad,
Through each chamber of my soul,
Bending all to Thy control;
All renewing, all transforming,
My whole mind to Christ’s conforming:
What He values let me prize;
Let me all things else despise.
What did he of value deem?
Did He this world’s joys esteem?
Wealth or grandeur, rank or fame,
Did He seek then, or disclaim?
Poor, despised, of humble birth
Having not a home on earth:
Gold or silver He had none,
Called not aught on earth His own.
Satan’s empire to destroy
Was His object and His joy;
Heal the miseries causd by sin,
For His Father souls to win;
To the contrite peace to impart,
Binding up the broken heart;
Pouring light upon the mind,
Vision on the inly blind,
Thus His mission to fulfil,
Thus to do his Father’s will,
Was the only joy He sought;
Night and day for this He wrought.
Sowing seed each day with care,
Watering it each night with prayer;
And with Godlike love and power
Scattering blessings every hour.
Wondrous was the race He ran,
Marvelous His love to man!
Meek and lowly, though so great,
Washing His disciples’ feet
He, the holiest, did descend
To be called the “sinner’s Friend;”
And to shame all human pride,
“Numbered with transgressors” died.
Blessed Spirit! by thee led,
In his footsteps let me tread;
Seek the object that he sought,
Labour for the souls He bought;
Pleasing not myself, but still
Doing all my Father’s will;
Growing more and more in love,
Till I see His face above.
For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. — Joel 3:1, 2.
In this text we have a wonderful picture of what is going on to-day in the world. It has been a great puzzle to theological writers, and various opinions have been put forth, about all, in some way, interpreting the valley of Jehoshaphat literally, or applying the language to the final judgment. But while this valley relates to the vale of Kidron, which lies by the side of Jerusalem, the literal is only used as a figure of the glorious present truth taught in the above scripture. Jerusalem is one of the most prominent figures of the Church. The valley of Jehoshaphat would therefore correspond with a position just outside the Church, where the two great antagonistic forces of the Church and the world come in contact. As that valley has flowed with the blood of many slaughters, so there is a constant war between the Church and the world, between the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of darkness. Jehoshaphat means, “The Lord judgeth,” or “The judgment of God.” And the words of our text are now being fulfilled in God’s judgment of the great whore — the false apostate church — that sitteth upon many waters,” — Rev. 17:1, which are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. — ver. 15. “For, behold, in those days, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem (namely, the spiritual, the pure remnant), I will gather all nations and bring them down in the valley of Jehoshaphat.” That is when God gathers His holy remnant, which now is in progress. He compels all the religious creeds, doctrines and traditions, with all kinds of believers and worshipers, to come under the judgment fire and hammer of His word; and every person who will not measure up to the perfect divine measuring reed must be judged and condemned. This is judgment beginning at the house of God, and the necessity for this preparatory judgment is thus stated: “And I will plead with them there for my people, and for my heritage Israel, whom they (false teachers who bring in condemnible sects, schisms) have scattered among the nations (denominations), and parted my land.” In many such texts the “land” has reference to holiness, and here, by a natural extension, it alludes to God’s holy people. So it is because of the divided, low, mixed state of the religious world that God calls all nations down in the valley of judgment, and there tries every man by bis word, gathering into His fold, and into perfect harmony all who measure to the word, and get free from every spot, and all others are driven away from among God’s pure remnant, and become the wicked army of Gog and Magog, who compass the camp of the saints, and the beloved city (Church) on all the face of the earth. Though the last verses of the preceeding chapter were properly applied by Peter to the first, outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and will apply to any and all outpourings of his power throughout the Holy Spirit dispensation, we could show in all the context that there is in them a special allusion to the coming forth of the pure remnant in the evening light. For in mount Zion — the Church of the first-born, Heb. 12:22 — shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. For, behold, in those days, i. e., of the calling out of His remnant, He will gather all nations in the valley, “the Lord judgeth,” etc. So the Judah and Jerusalem of Joel 3:1 is the saved remnant of Joel 2:32, and is gathered by and through the preparatory judgment of God that is now sweeping through the earth. Verse 12 shows that the nations being judged are not the Jews, but Gentiles — heathen, as called by the Jews. This is God’s last reformation to the Gentile world; and all who would represent this remnant must be holy.
So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. — Joel 3:17.
After passing through the hail, fire and blood of Jehoshaphat we enter the sweet valley of decision.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. — Joel 3:14.
The saints are now entering this valley of perfect and everlasting devotion to God. Praise the Lord! His coming is near.
“I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
But the judgment, shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of (he saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all nations shall serve and: obey him.” — Dan. 7:21, 22, 26. 27.
The anti-christ power made war with, and prevailed against the saints, until the ancient of days came. The same Christ that was in the ancient church came in the present fire of holiness, and judgment is given to the saints, and the time has come that the saints of the Most High do possess the kingdom — perfectly triumphant over all the power of the world, the flesh, the beast, and the devil, through divine “love and joy and peace in the Holy Ghost,” which comprise the elements of the kingdom. “But the judgment shall sit,” — the preparatory judgment given to the saints; — and they — the saints — shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. We see the judgment here spoken of is before the end, and from the time of this fire of God on earth the saints shall be free from the apostasy, and the beast power shall consume unto the end. So it is the power of judgment given to the saints that ends the reign of the beast, so far as the history of the Church is concerned. The professed church and the world having been married by the devil, through the sect device, now the holy and real Church stands clear from world and the devil, through the discerning of, and exclusive membership in it. And the Spirit of God enables us to discern and purge out from among us all hypocrites and spotted characters. And “this honor have all His saints.” — Psa. 149.
An extensive Bible reading was given in the Trumpet some months ago, therefore it is not our present purpose to repeat those scriptures. But we are sorry there are still some in their babyhood: we do not mean young converts, for these can bear judgment put forth in the Spirit and not stumble. But we mean persons who would be teachers, when for the time being they need some one to teach them again the first principles; who are subverted and confused; who have forgotten that judgment is given to the saints of the Most High, and that he that is spiritual judgeth all things. And not being “full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might to declare unto Jacob his transgressions, and to Israel his sins,” see Micah 3:8; not being able to discern Satan’s transformed angels of light, they think no one else is, and therefore, they “turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth.” — Amos 5:7. They subvert and call carnal strife the judgment that Christ “sends forth to victory,” through his holy messengers. In every instance, as far as has come under our observation, just as soon as men become corrupt and crooked they “abhor judgment and subvert all equity.” — Micah. 3:9. One of those poor darkened souls recently wrote us, saying that he prayed God to deliver us from the spirit of judging. But “the righteous Lord loveth judgment,” hence, He will not answer that prayer. When men are not right, themselves they would that all God’s holy saints would turn Pharisees, and “leave off judgment.” O may God help all His children to live in the pure light of God and His word, and know Christ in His true saints, whether He is manifest as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah,” or as the “Lamb of God!” Young babes, who desire the sincere milk of the word, God can lead on to perfection, and keep from the spirits of, devils, but old babes who growl and pick because God uses some one beyond their attainments, are in great danger of falling into awful darkness. O may God keep all from the snares of Satan!
After Christ called his people out of Babylon, the holy gathered remnant becomes His bride “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white.” — Rev. 19:8. What then? Did He tell them to shut their months, sit down and fold their hands, assume no responsibility, allow all kinds of devils to cloak themselves with an imitation of their robes, and pass freely among them, and all the bridal company love and fellowship them, “speak not evil” of them, be a set of silly babes, effeminate, soft and blind? Nay; He pots this snow-white bride on white horses, and he rides in the front of them also on a white horse, “his eyes a flame of fire,” and in righteousness he doth judge and make war;” “and out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations.” This sword is no carnal weapon, but the word of God. — Rev. 19:11—15.
And what kind of characters does He then marshal? Answer. “I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for my anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.” — Isa. 13:3.
This chapter shows the “burden of Babylon” the prophets felt. Read the whole chapter. It shows no sham fight. Much of it is present truth. “Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is near at hand. It shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.” Every one (Babylonian) that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them (spirits of confusion) shall fall by the sword.” Not only does Christ at the head of His army send forth the sword, but all His army must “take the sword of the Spirit.” And, “Cursed is he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed is he that keepeth back his sword from blood.” — Jer. 47:10.
Of course, no one is fit to use the double-edged sword who is not pure in heart, filled with love, and all meekness and goodness, and who, like the Master, is filled with the most tender sympathies for the weak and erring; and yet can use the scourge of Heaven’s, judgment upon the ungodly One of Satan’s ways of judging through the mouth of them that cry, “judge not,” is to condemn God’s saints because they do not administer smooth words and flattering sympathies to men whose only hope of being saved is to deliver them over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. And the cause of Christ can only be protected from these devouring beasts by having their rotten hearts and lives “rebuked before all.” We repeat, that one of Satan’s means of causing men to turn sour and look with evil eyes upon God’s servants, is because, in the light of God, we give sympathy where it is needed, and gospel rebuke where it is best for all souls concerned, whether half blinded, croaking spirits can see the wisdom of God, in this course, or not. In the name of Jesus we admonish every child of God to keep your hands off God’s work through other instruments, who, perhaps, have different gifts and responsibilities from those you possess. Keep your eyes on Christ, and keep your hearts in the love of God, watching unto prayer always. Amen!
SEEING the responsibility that parents are under, or due to God, and how little many that profess godliness regard it, judging from their fruits, I feel impressed to write some on that line with an eye single to the glory of God, and the good of human souls. God forbids provoking children to wrath lest they be discouraged. Col. 2:21. But He commands to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. — Eph. 6:4. It is awful to see fathers and mothers professing godliness, provoke their children to wrath and thereby discourage them with the idea of salvation. There are many ways in which parents can act so as to provoke their children to wrath and discourage them from serving the Lord. Some go to meeting, pretend to be happy, pray and praise the Lord, and then go home and murmur and grumble, and never call their children around them to read God’s word and advise and pray for them. Such parents will need more salvation to meet your God in peace in the final and awful day, and hear the words, Come ye blessed, inherit the kingdom prepared for you. One reason why you cannot pray with and instruct your children, is because you do not live right yourself. It is awful to visit places where parents once had the love of God shed abroad in their hearts, and to see how diligent they were as a family in the duty they owed to God and to each other and how blessed it was to be in their family worship; but O how sad to be there now, and see them go through the same form of prayer and no unction scarcely with it. Poor souls; they have gotten out of the way of serving God in love, into a drudging form. It is awful to see how sectarian preachers and most of their members that are parents, raise their children. It is often said that preachers raise the worst children, and it is too often so, just because they live as they do at home, and act as they do in public meetings and their children lose confidence in them and measure all others by them. They pretend to be the friends of God and believe in an eternal hell and that the wicked shall be turned into it, and then contend that they cannot live without doing wickedly, i. e., sinning, and yet expect to go to heaven. Again, they pretend to believe as God says, that the “friendship of the world is enmity with God.” — Jas. 4:4. But notice when the worldly doings come off, they are there, children, preacher and all. The preacher there seeking honor of men, desiring to be called Rev. or Dr. so and so, and then have the impudence to get up on the Sabbath with a long sanctimonious look, and pretend to warn them against the evils of the world. Serious to say, some people who profess holiness, think persons can go to fairs and please the Lord; such are mistaken. I used to go to them before the Lord saved me, and it is a place of rowdying, gambling, horse racing, etc., and God’s saints cannot spend their money to his glory to visit such places, and God save parents from encouraging their children to go. “God says the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” The wicked prize and idolize their race stock, and they seem to have tender mercy for them, the way they care for them at times, but on such occasions as fairs, how their tender mercy turn sout cruel when money is at stake. Some horses have been run until they have fallen dead on the track. Such places may entertain carnal professors, but not men who have the mind of Christ. I used to notice how sectarian professors would get enthusiastic over horse-races. As the horses would pass them they would jump up and clap their hands and hollow until their voices would rend the air and I have noticed the same men since God has saved me, when they would hear the gospel of Christ preached to them, that is able to save them to the uttermost, and cause us to live in this wicked world without sin; and if some of God’s saints shouted with the joy of the Holy Spirit, those persons sat horrified and astonished, and treated such worship with contempt. O how we need more of Christ’s ministers to preach to such people as did Christ, and give us holy boldness to speak to the same class in our day as Christ did: “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell!” — Matt. 23:33. Oh! it is awful to see how the majority of professors of religion are so dead to the gospel of Christ, and the glory to be revealed. A man can take a drum and act a simpleton, and get up more enthusiasm in such, than the glorious gospel of Christ produces.
I will say to the saints, Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ.” — Col. 3:8. There are two extremes in training children. One is by using too much restriction and not enough love manifest; and often threatening to use the rod and not doing it. Correcting children in a carnal, grumbling way tends to provoke to wrath and discourage. When parents promise to whip a child, they ought to be sure they are right in the promise, then fulfill it. Not whip them because their patience is worried, hut because they deserve it. If parents are positive with their children and set godly examples before them and commence right they will not have to use the rod much. Some parents tell their children often if they do such things again they will whip them, but do not do so. This causes children to lose confidence in their parents’ word. Sometimes a mother forbids a child doing certain things, but the child whines around, and she finally consents to its desires, or it will go to its father and he trill consent to it. Such is not honoring God, and is sure ruin to the child. God commands us to be “holy in all manner of conversation” and to do this we must use “sound speech that can not be condemned.” God says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” — Prov. 22:6. See what He says about using the rod in Prov. 23:13, 14. “A child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” — Prov. 29:15. How often is this fulfilled! Where children are trained badly and mothers take them visiting, or some one comes in, the child is most sure to take advantage of the occasion, not being in subjection to its mother’s control. Not only in this way, but oh, the innocent children that God has given to parents and of such Jesus says is the kingdom of heaven, and they are not trained right, left to their own ways and fill a drunkard’s grave, or depart this life ruined for eternity! There are many fathers and mothers in the world that it grieves their hearts to think of where wandering boy or wayward girl is, that they left to their own way, who was once an innocent babe in their care, and is now a perfect wreck, spiritually, morally, and perhaps physically. God will hold all parents accountable for the way they train their children, especially until they reach the age of accountability. God impressed them with the duty they owe to him and their children and they failed to meet it. Some people go about, and teach others how to raise their children and instruct the
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Dear Trumpet Readers: I received the light on holiness last-winter through reading the word. I never heard it taught by man; but believing the apostles’ doctrine, the very God of peace sanctified me wholly, and the Spirit consumed the dross. I was filled with the Holy Spirit and fire, way down here in the mountains. Pray that I may be healed of Neuralgia. I have been going through severe trials.
O that God would send some workers in here to preach the true light! I read so many testimonies in the Trumpet that are just like my own experience.
God bless you all.
Pray for the healing of Sister Bessie, daughter of Bro. and Sister Mast, at Todd’s Point, Ill.
Pray for the healing of our little boy, who is much afflicted. The Lord has healed him, and has healed me, and believe he will again, if we only trust him. There are no saints here. Hope the Lord will send some one here filled with the Holy Ghost.
Your brother and sister,
B. F. Clark.
Jane Salmon of Doniphan, Mo. desires your prayers that she may be sanctified, and healed of Dyspepsia, sick-headache, and deafness. Says she never heard a holiness preacher, and desires some one to come and preach.
Jessie Sinkler of Cheshire, writes, “I am greatly afflicted; am taking medicine, but know the Lord could heal me if I could exercise the faith. My brain is affected. I would like to have some of the saints to come to see me if so led of God.
[The Lord will heal you if you put your case into His hands, and He will not need the aid of drugs and earthly physicians. We read in the Bible that Asa trusted in the physicians and not in the Lord, and he died. Trust it all with God; walk out upon His promises. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. Let us pray for this afflicted one.]
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Dear Brother: Can a man be a Christian and belong to a brass band? Please answer in the next Trumpet.
Your brother, saved,
Ans. We do not find in the word of God that Christ has authorized any brass bands for His worship. So we do not think he gets up any such thing, and to join one got up by the spirit of the world, is to join with the elements of the world, and come under the rudiments of the world. But God’s people are not of the world, hence are out of order in joining any such thing, and the result will be spiritual death. Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate.
Of agents all over the country selling a book of Adventism called Bible Readings, published at Battle Creek. Mich., Oakland, Cal., and perhaps elsewhere. Except in the families of Advents the agents are careful to conceal the fact, that the book is Advent literature. And thus they sell to unwary men, who find, on reading, they have given the Lord’s money to help on the devil’s cause.
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Sister Susan Chafee of Black Ash, Pa., has responded to the call of God to work for the salvation of perishing souls, and wishes to go with some one into the field, some brother and wife. If all given to God and filled with the Spirit, we think she will be useful. Who will invite her to labor with you? The Lord lead. She says she has died out to the world. Amen.
Bro. J. L. Whitlock writes from Meridian, Miss., “I am talking salvation and giving papers and tracts to every body I can, high and low. I love to tell the poor about Jesus. A nephew of mine a few miles away who was converted, but did not know how to get full salvation and get fully prepared for heaven, found a Trumpet on the road, and by reading it found the way to Jesus, and was sanctified at home, without ever hearing holiness preached. Praise the Lord!”
Bro. Adelbort Bixler of Gardner, Ill., writes: “This afternoon my soul is filled with gratitude to God for His wonderful works to the children of men. O my soul longs to be at work for Jesus! Almost a year ago when Jesus put his hand upon me, and I went up to Grand Junction, and received pardon, and afterward the sanctifying portion in my soul, I then saw I was not going to have flowery beds of ease to sail to heaven on. The Lord began to show me my duty, and I am all on the altar for anything the blessed Jesus demands. I saw in the last Trumpet several calls for helpers. I almost felt I must respond to some of them. I am ready to go when the Lord opens the way and his Spirit directs.
Your saved brother, all on the gospel altar,
Dear brother, tarry not for special orders. “If you want a field of labor you can find it everywhere.” Take steps to move out, and where the Lord most inclines, go. “The meek will he guide in judgment.” Bro. J. N. Howard wants help. Go out somewhere, not knowing whither you go, as Abraham our father did, only trusting God.
Bro. Gibson and company write us: “The Lord willing we will commence a meeting near East Hickory, Forest Co., Pa. about Dec. the 5th. We would like to have as many of the dear saints come and help in the work as can, and all pray for us.
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Henry Gibson & Co.
A LITERARY FUND.
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To Our Subscribers.
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THE THORN IN THE FLESH.
We are requested to explain what is meant by Paul’s thorn in the flesh. We will do so by letting the word speak, and define. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations. there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to bullet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for ray strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” — 2 Cor. 12:7-9.
This thorn in the flesh was given the apostle to prevent exaltation, or as a means of humility. Hence it was not inbred sin, for that is the root of pride in the heart. And moreover that was not given any person to accomplish any spiritual end; but was the direct result of the fall of man, and the in herited lot of all. The apostle says plainly that it is an infirmity. But an infirmity is neither sin nor depravity.
But the apostle gives us further information on this infirmity in Gal. 4:13—15, as follows:
“You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. And my temptation which was in my flesh you despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear yon record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them unto me.”
Here he defines. It was not an infirmity of the soul or spirit, but of his flesh, i. e., the physical. It was evidently an affliction that was visible, and which rendered his personal appearance repulsive. Hence he commends them for love sufficient to not despise him on account of it. And verse 15 clearly indicates that the trouble was afflicted eyes. Else there would be no occasion for them to pluck out their own eyes and give them to him.
A brother who has recently got the Trumpet and is rejoicing in the good news, writes as follows: “I would like to know how you folks hold together, or in what way you distinguish yourselves from other saints, as you have no church organization.”
Ans. We do not distinguish ourselves from other saints. There are no other saints but such as are “sanctified in Christ Jesus,” and there is only “one body in Christ Jesus.” See Rom. 12:4, 5. We do not believe in any schisms, divisions, partitions or distinctions, “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one.” Namely, of one body, one heart, one soul, one mind, and are perfectly joined together in the same mind, i. e., the “mind of Christ.” Neither do we hold together. But the Lord our God has, “knit us together,” “compacted us together,” “fitly framed us together,” “raised us up together.” and “makes us sit together in heavenly places,” and he has bound us together by the bond “of perfectness,” which is the love of God. And nothing shall be able to separate us. — See Rom. 8:38, 39. And all this is because we are tempered together in the most perfect organization that ever appeared on earth, an organization formed by God Himself through the Holy Spirit. — 1 Cor. 12:7-18. Hence we are not without organization as the brother supposes. But having the body of Christ which is organized by the eternal Spirit of God, of course we need no sect organization formed by man.
FALLEN INTO BAD COMPANY.
It is our painful duty to inform the saints of God that our much beloved brother, G. W. Carey, of Deny, Greenwood Co., Kan., has become deceived and overthrown by fellowshiping men possessed with devils. The Spirit of God is always reasonable; but what reason is there in an unqualified demand of us to publish as men of God, filled with the Holy Spirit of God, etc., men who have sinned against God and their own lawful wives, by lusting after other flesh, and who, for fear their corrupt characters would be uncovered, threatened to resort to law if their names and deeds be exposed. And who have defamed and railed at God’s saints generally, and asked no pardon for it, nor showed any fruits of repentance. We know that no child of God can do these things; and we know that no man can stay in God and fellowship such spirits. Not only have they done abominable works, but they have gone out from the body of Christ, and are now teaching false doctrine. We have twice written Bro. Carey, admonishing him in love, giving him facts of the corruption of the men he has joined himself to, falsehoods, slanders and false teaching we have right from their own pens. But he casts all aside, and puts darkness for light, and light for darkness. Therefore we will bear no responsibility growing out of his past good standing among the saints. But we pledge him our love and prayers, and ask all the saints to pray for the recovery of his soul.
GOD IS MOVING ON.
Will we all move with him? Time is short. God is hastening his great work in its season, and now is its season. O Lord, rise in thy might, and go forth in thy fury, as a continuous whirlwind, and let thy consumption decreed overflow with righteous ness in all the land. Amen! Amen!!
In response to many earnest desires written us for the weekly Trumpet we have expressed a hope to begin it the first of the next year. This has been our faith and prayer during the whole past year. Dear Bro. Byrum has, with us, felt the need of it, and believed God would bring it to pass, and only waited Father’s order to move. Last week we fasted and enquired of the Lord what is His will. My soul was confirmed in the conviction that we should move out. But neither said a word to the other. The next day, Bro. B. earnestly besought the Lord, that if it was His will that we should take steps to the publication of a weekly, to open hearts to send means, to meet present pressing bills. Praise God! on Monday morning, the same was confirmed and witnessed to by a heavenly token, as was the fleece of olden time filled with the dews of heaven. — See Judges 6:37, 38. One brother wrote that God showed him that his wheat was not his own, and so he sent the bulk of its proceeds ($S5.00) for the work of the lord. God bless the brother. May all the holy people on earth find out and acknowledge the fact that “the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof”. And now, beloved, we expect to proceed in the name of the Lord, and we call on all God’s dear children to do your whole duty in the sight of God. You that can do nothing financially, you can help ns mightily with your prayers and faith. God is in earnest, and our souls are in earnest to enlighten this dark world. He has blessed and prospered us in every advance step we have
taken in this great work, and thank God to-day we have the witness of His Spirit that we are fully accepted of Him, and that we are doing those things that are pleasing in His sight. For some time every thing has been moving in the direction of a weekly issue. God has been moving consecrated workers to come here, and with the addition of about three who are ready to come we will doubtless have sufficient force to carry on the work. We had thought of asking $2.00 for the first year of the weekly, and about $1.50 after the first year. But both of us have been looking to the Lord about, the matter, and have concluded that for the sake of the Lord’s poor, we would keep the paper right on at the price of $1.00, and trust God to move the able and willing-hearted to make up what this lacks, by free will offerings unto the Lord. This will place us more directly dependent upon God for the means, and constitute a field for the exercise of our faith, it will also favor the poor who could not pay more, and at the some time help to develop liberality in all who are able. A reasonable price would be $1.50 per year, and having no advertisements, and publishing all of twice as many for free distribution as we get pay for, $2.00 per year would not be self-sustaining price. But in the name of Jesus we are willing to leave the price at one dollar and trust God to find liberal souls enough who will make up all needs and receive the reward. About $400 worth of new type will be needed. This will get a new supply for both the Trumpet and book work, as much of our present body type is worn, but will supply our mailing galleys, for which additional type must be furnished. Now all ye lovers of God, who has saved our souls, we solemnly call upon you to help in this great work by your means and prayers. Do not think what is sent is given to us. God bless you, we are all working with all our might for the Lord, having only our food and raiment in this world. We are actually doing a mighty work for God. Twenty thousand tracts. “Babylon is fallen.” have been printed and made up, and by far most of them have gone out free. About four thousand two hundred Church of God tracts have gone out preaching the unanswerable truth of God, and there are about eight hundred on hand. Ten thousand supplements containing the tobacco article were printed, and ten thousand more were put in tracts with nice printed covers, making in all twenty thousand, of which about sixteen thousand have already gone out free to all in the past several months since issued. A fault nine thousand five hundred “Must we Sin” tracts have gone out to dispel the fogs of ignorance, and about five hundred remain on hands. One thousand five hundred Ordinance tracts have gone their way, contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, and two thousand five hundred remain ready for the call. Seven thousand Age to Come tract were printed, of which about two thousand remain on hands. Recently a work of eighty-four large pages was published for Bro. W. W. Bradley, of Prism, Miss, on the ordinance of washing the saints feet. The most thorough vindication of that rite of the Son of God, we have ever seen. It is an excellent work. Saints and all who love the truth should purchase the work. Price 25 cents. Order from the author or from this office.
Many thousand other tracts have been printed and sent forth, mostly free. Thousands have been made that were never even advertised in the Trumpet. And there are several excellent manuscripts in the office now that have been waiting for means to purchase paper. Tracts of important use for the Master, and a few others must shortly be written. Bro. Byrum will soon begin printing his work on Divine Healing. Bro. Schell’s and our work will follow. O there is worlds of work to be done, and we are all at it with consecrated hands and minds, and thousands of dollars are needed to purchase material. Who is consecrated to help furnish the means? O brethren, begin to give to God His own, begin to devote your substance to God as never before. At regular subscription price we send out over $300 worth of papers per month free, in addition to free tracts. So the work you are asked to help on is not prospective, but is actually going on. A new press is greatly needed for the weekly issue, and the constant line of book and tract work. But should we not be able to begin the year with it, in the name of Jesus, we will try to get along a short time without it. The Lord has been greatly assisting us in lessening debts lately, but about $600 yet remains. Now beloved, let all the saints be prompt in renewing their subscription for both the Trumpet and Shining Light, paying all back dues, and add what the Lord directs as free-will offerings, between now and the first of Jan., and God will make it a happy New Years to your souls. Amen.
Jumbo, O., Nov. 15.
To the Dear Saints and Readers of the Trumpet: This leaves us well and saved. To the glory of God, for the benefit of the saints, and for my own good, I must confess to some wrong steps in the gospel work. By not going out with some older brethren, my work has not proved very successful, and it is more than likely that for want of better knowledge the cause has been crippled in some places. But I have learned some dear lessons. Before going to Willshire, Ohio, I had been informed that Sister Belle Stetler was crooked as the devil, and not being wise as serpents, and harmless as doves, I judged from that talk and not by the Spirit. Bro. D. I. Gross was carnal, and had a spite at her, and wrote a letter to her which was not fit to be written to any person. I did not discern the abusive spirit that he was of, and being with him I got under the same influence, which I have renounced in the name of Jesus. I believe Sister Stetler to be a woman of God. I saw her a few days ago, and made all right between us. And where I have said or done any thing wrong I ask all saints to forgive me, and pray for me and my wife, that we may keep very humble and do God’s will in all things.
Your humble brother and sister in Christ,
Marion and Ida Welsh.
We are glad to receive the above good step of Bro. Welsh. We have known for some time that all was not right, and we hope God will also give Bro. Cross an honest heart to repent of his bad doings. We have a letter containing a statement of things he had falsely said, being five names of parties who heard it, and now he denies it. We love his soul and hope be will get right with God. But we must mention these things that the saints may know he is not worthy their confidence in his present condition. Pray for him.
Sister Stetler writes us from Willshire, O., Nov. 13, “Bro. Warner, the Lord bless you and all the saints. Bro Welsh was to see me recently. He said he had been feeling miserable, that he saw be bad been out of the order of the Lord. He made his confession, seemed to repent heartily, and reconsecrated to God. He said that Jasper Cross told him I was not straight before he ever saw me. They have not been working together for some time.”
CALLS FOR THE GOSPEL.
A holy man is desired to come and preach the gospel. Address Stephen A. Sharum, Doniphan, Ripley Co., Mo.
Address J. L. Slone, Gordon, Neb.
Todd’s Point, Shelby Co., Ill., Nov. 11,
Dead Readers of the Trumpet: Having received light from reading the paper and tracts, we are hungering to become acquainted with and hear some of God’s true ministers. We would like very much if some of them would come and preach for us if the Lord leads. We are not rich in this world’s goods, but they are welcome to our home, and we will do all we can to provide for them. We do not belong to any sect, but we belong to God’s true Church. We have never heard the true gospel preached, and we need more light.
From E. D. Mast, and family.
Cannot Bro. Speck and Bro. Bixler go to that place, or who will the Lord send?
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Davis City, Ia., Nov. 8, 1891.
To all the Dear Saints, Greeting: Our last report was from Mystic, Iowa. We held a few meetings there in the M. E. meeting-house, and there had begun to be a good interest manifested, when the M. E’s wanted their house for a week’s meeting. So we closed; but there were two souls that got saved, for which we give God all the glory. Could we have continued for a week more, we feel there might have been a great work done; but the dear Lord knows what is best, and we are satisfied.
From your saved brother,
J. L. June.
Kenesaw, Neb., Nov. 10, 1891.
To all the Saints: God bless you. We are praising God for victory in Jesus’ name, and for what God is doing in Neb. The new fields are opening fast. Preached in Hastings last night. Bro’s Achor and Stover are holding forth the word of life there. We are looking for many to come to the Lord at that place. We take train to-day for Cal., and can say that we go bound in the Spirit, and filled with glory. God has wonderfully opened the way. We do earnestly request the prayers of God’s dear saints.
Your brother, saved to the uttermost,
Massillon, O., Nov. 7, 1891.
Dear Saints: May the dear Lord bless you all. Amen. We are happy to report the work of the Lord at this place. Arrived here from Burbank and found Bro. and Sister Stauffer rejoicing in God. Commenced meeting in the name of the Lord, with victory in our souls. The attendance was not very large, but very attentive congregations. Souls were convicted but would not yield. But one soul gave up to the Lord and was saved. On the 11th we were called to visit a sick sister, who had been in bed for six months. We went in the name of the Lord, and through prayer and the laying on of hands, according to James 5:14:15 and Mark 16:17, 18, she was healed. The next day she sat up in a chair and is gaining every day. Glory to Jesus for the healing power! On the next day we were called to the house of Sister Bevan, who has so been afflicted with her eyes for a number of years that she could not see to read at all or walk about with any comfort. We found her walking in all the light she had, but not entirely saved, and her husband was not saved at all. They both made the sacrifice and died out to the world, and were saved. Praise God! There was a happy family. She said she had the perfect faith that God would heal her eyes if we would anoint her and lay on hands. We did so, and oh, praise our God! a grand work was done. The next morning she read in family worship from Rom. 4:1—6. O glory be to God! The mighty work of the Lord is moving on. We closed the meeting on the 15th with an ordinance meeting at Bro. Stauffer’s house. Oh, how the Lord did meet with the little ones! But to-day (Monday) he separation takes place for a short time. Mother Smith and Sister S. J. Hoard will go to their home at Burbank, and Bro. Welk and wife and myself go on to Urichsville. God be with the little ones till we meet again. Pray for us, all ye saints.
We remain your brethren and sisters, saved and sanctified, ready to do the Lord’s will at all times,
Henry T. Gibson & Co.
Batavia, Mich., Nov. 24, 1891.
Dear Saints, Greeting: We are all well and saved with victory in our souls. We closed the meeting at Three Rivers the 22nd. We had a very precious day. After the morning service we went to the river, where four were buried with Christ in baptism. In the afternoon we observed the washing of the saints’ feet and the Lord’s supper. O how graciously the Lord did witness to these sacred ordinances! While engaged in washing feet a sinner saw the love God’s people have for each other, his heart was melted, and be began to sob and weep. We went to him and talked to him about his soul. He acknowledged he was a sinner and wanted to be saved. So we stopped and prayed for the poor sinner. He yielded to the Lord and was saved. Praise God! Seventeen took part in the ordinances.
We are now at Bro. S. Keagle’s. The Lord willing, will hold meeting here to-night, then go to Bro. C. H. Eldridge’s for a thanksgiving meeting, and over Lord’s day, and then return to this place where we feel the Lord has a work for us.
From your brethren, saved and sanctified,
S. Michels & Co.
Gresham, Neb., Nov. 14, 1891.
Dearly Beloved Saints: The Lord bless and sustain you in all of your work for Jesus. We are happy to have the privilege of testifying to the saving grace and power of God to save and keep us clean and free from sin. Praise the Lord! We had a precious seed-sowing time at Utica. Some were saved and many others were under conviction. The people were very much stirred all over the surrounding country and many would have been glad to attend the meeting, but during the busy time of corn gathering could not work hard all day and attend meeting at night. We believe there will be a glorious opening for some one to hold meeting there in the near future. May the Lord send some one there. From here we expect to go soon to Mahaska, Kan. May the dear Lord bless the dear people and qualify us for the work. Pray for us.
Yours in the spreading of the gospel and the faith of Jesus,
Wm. N. & S. J. Smith, & Wm. A. Randolph
Columbia City, Ind., Nov. 23, 1891.
Dear Brethren and Trumpet Readers: Our last report was from Albany, Ill. We tarried in those parts for awhile, meeting with the church, and preaching the precious word to the people at the different points of meeting. The Lord met with us in power, and with showers of blessings. The last Sabbath we met at the Slocum St. school-house was indeed a glorious time because of the power of God upon the people. In the evening we met at the house of Mr Low for prayer meeting, which was a very precious time. We next went to Fair Haven where we met our beloved Bro. Hechler. On the Sabbath we had a precious meeting; one sanctified. We remained and held a few meetings which were blessed of God. From there we went to Cottonwood and spent our last Sabbath there, which was a precious time to our souls. We also visited the city of Clinton, Ia. On our way here we stopped in Chicago a few days with our relatives. When we arrived here the 14th, we learned that Bro. Rothermel in Co. with the saints of these parts, was holding a meeting near Arcola. We joined them in the evening, and the next day had a precious time in the service of God, and tarried with them for four services. Several backsliders were reclaimed, and several were healed of God. Bro. R. & Co. went to Antwerp, O., and we came here, and are now holding meetings in the Universalist house of worship, which will last two or three weeks, D. V. The people are interested, and God is moving upon them in convicting power. Pray for us and the success of these meetings. We expect to labor around here about a month, and toward spring return westward, the Lord willing.
F. N. & Susie A. Jacobson.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” — Psa. 119:129
Dear Readers of the Gospel Trumpet: My testimony is that Jesus saves and sanctifies me wholly, and I am living free from all sin, being kept by the power of God through faith. I am trying to preach this great salvation to others. I am delivered from the filthy use of tobacco, to which I was a very great slave. I praise God that it was ever my happy lot to meet with his saved ones in this part of the country, with whom I have been constantly associated for about six weeks. Bro. J. Cole is here in Miss., preaching the gospel of Christ, and refreshing the hearts and the minds of the saints, teaching the truth as it is in Jesus. Pray that God may bless his labors in His cause, and ever increase his usefulness in the vineyard of the Lord.
I remain your brother, saved and sanctified in Christ Jesus,
W. C. Barnett.
Dear Saints: I am praising the Lord for full and free salvation. Yes, praise his name forever! He saves me from all sin and keeps me day by day. We can only live a day at a time, and we must have daily bread for our souls to feast upon; and we must also live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. If we do this we will be happy all the time. Praise the Lord! Pray for me.
J. L. Whitlock.
Dear Saints: I can say that I am saved and the precious blood of Jesus flows over my soul and cleanses me from all sin. I was saved over a year ago when Sister Mary Cole was here, and I am not tired of the way yet. I praise God for what he has done for me. He has saved my soul and healed my eyes. I give him all the glory. My eyes were very weak, and from a child I had to wear gold ear-rings to strengthen my eyes. When I got saved I laid aside my ear-rings and trusted the Lord for the healing of my eyes. I obeyed the blessed word of God, and the work was done. Glory to God! The Lord also heals my little boy. He says Jesus made him well. May the Spirit of God use this in saving some poor soul, and the healing of their body. God’s word is true: he cannot lie.
Your sister, under the blood,
America Fribley, departed this life ne.. Illion, Ind., October 5, 1891. Aged 60 years. Bro. and Sister Fribley were among the few who received the truth when we first entered that neighborhood several years ago. He departed in peace. Funeral services by Bro. David Leininger.
Died, — at her home in Washington Township, Paulding County, Ohio., Nov. 10, 1891, Sister Hannah J. Fought, wife of Bro. Jacob Fought. She leaves a husband and children to mourn their loss. She had some years before, obtained the salvation of Jesus Christ, and had been living a life of faith in Christ, and expressed a desire to depart and be with Jesus.
A. J. Kilpatrick.
Six Points, Ohio.
Died, — Nov. 4, 1891, Willie Brown, infant son of Bro. William and Sister Susan Brown; aged 1 yr., 5 mo., and 26 days. The dear brother and sister are fully saved in Jesus and do not sorrow as those who have no hope. Although it was heard to part with the little one, the meeting will be joyous.
Swander’s Crossing, Ohio.
Died, — James Wesley Morton, Oct. 1, 1891, and Warner Clayton Morton, Oct., 28, 1891, the sons of James and Ida Morton. Funeral services by A. J. Fosnight. Pray much for me and my unsaved family.
Your saved sister,
Died, — of Membranous Croup, Sept. 8, 1891, Carl Ablert, son of Bro. and Sister J. W. Bagenstos; aged 6 yrs., 5 mo., and 22 days.
Payne, Ohio, Nov. 20, 1891.
Sister Mary Elizabeth Stove, of Willshire, Ohio, departed this life Nov. 12, 1891. Born March 24, 1832. Aged 59 years, 7 months, and 18 days. She leaves a husband and family of children (grown) to mourn their loss, which is her gain.
The deceased had been a sufferer for the last ten years with the dropsy. She departed in peace; was saved in this “evening light” about eight days before she died.
We hope the mother’s death and departure to heaven will be a strong inducement for “the remaining part of the family, which are unsaved, to secure a home with her in glory. The departed mother has two daughters who are saved in this evening light; also, thank the Lord, one of whom is Sister Samuel Fairchild. God bless all the bereaved ones, is our prayer.
Text: “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Rev. 14:13.
Our mother, dear, has gone to rest
In Heaven’s fair land with all the blest.
Sweet thought like angel visits come, and whisper
“She is safe at home.”
That voice from Paradise I hear,
Will sooth our grief and dry each tear
Of broken hearts bereft of home, and bid us gather ’round the Throne.
Barney E. Warren.
Died, — Saturday, Nov. 14, 1891, Mr. Parkerson Jewell; aged 83 years and 1 month. He is the father of Sister Hart who lives about four miles north-west of Antwerp O. near the saints’ new meeting-house. Services were held by the writer.
B. E. Warren & Wm. L. Kilpatrick.
Emma R. Grossman, wife of W. Grossman, went to her home in peace, Nov. 16, 1891, at Rew City, Pa. Sister G. was a daughter of Sister Rachel Dunbar. Her disease was consumption, being the fifth one of the family who has been taken out of the world with the same disease. The mother writes, “They all had the Bible change of heart. Dear Emma loved God and all His people. She said that if she did get better, she would like to go to Mich. and stay with the good people. She sang a little before her death, ‘I’m going home to die no more.’ She was resigned to God’s dear will; so sweetly saved in Jesus that I could bid her farewell with peace. She leaves a kind husband and five children mourn their loss.”
The husband writes, “She left a glorious testimony that she went to heaven. A short time before her departure she said, “I do not want to get well; I have a home in Heaven, and I want the dear Lord to take me home.’ ”
The Lord bless and save her husband and prepare all the loved ones left behind to meet her in glory. Amen.
children, but do not practice it themselves at home. I heard a brother say home was a good place to catch up with a person. Amen! Think of Eli’s case who was once a high priest under the law and by failing to command his children, see the awful result. 1 Sam. 1-4 chapters. May God help parents that are neglecting their duty to take warning and learn a lesson in his case, before they learn it from sad experience. Eli honored his children rather than honored God, by not correcting them, and making them know their place. Many are dishonoring God by giving way to disobedient children, and letting them go in the ways of the world, the broad road to destruction, and thereby dishonor God as did Eli. I heard a person speak in a jesting way, about another man’s children, saying their hearts were so tender they would cry if he told them to bring a bucket of water.
The Lord puts more stress on training children than some are aware of. He mentions it in connection with the ordination of deacons and elders. He requires them to have their children “under subjection with all gravity.” (See 1 Tim. 3, & Titus 1.) Dear parents, examine God’s word more and see the duty you owe to Him and ask Him to give you grace, patience, firmness and wisdom, and He will help you wonderfully, and when separation takes place in this world between you and your children, you can one day be a reunited family in the home of our God above. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shah be saved, and thy house.” — Acts 16:31. “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.” — Heb. 3:12. Amen!
TO THE SAINTS GENERALLY.
Now dear brethren, a few words to you about supporting the Gospel and helping the poor. I notice some think they ought to give the tenth of all they make, and want to enforce that upon others as a system. But it cannot be sustained by the perfect law of liberty. It was the law in the old covenant, but now the yoke of bondage is removed and God’s people give as he has prospered them, and do it cheerfully from the heart, and not grudgingly; for the Lord loves a cheerful giver. While some contend for the tenth system, there are few that come up to the standard of the old covenant, much less that of the new. Some, if you judge them from what they say, would like to help the cause of God, but they want to get fixed up all right at home, the way they desire, and the more they obtain the more they think they need, and they still desire more and more. To be comfortably fixed at home is no more than right; but so many lose sight of their duty otherwise. And it is a shameful fact that many of the deacons never see after the welfare of those who preach the gospel to them, never inquire if he or his family is in need, or see the brethren about helping, except it is some preacher he is partial to, according to the flesh. Neither do they see after the destitute widows and orphans, and other suffering poor. May God help deacons to learn more of their duty, and see there is a difference in using the office of a deacon well, and using it slothfully. 1 Tim. 3:13. When they were first appointed of the Lord, that was especially their duty. Acts 6; and it has not changed since. There are some that claim to be consecrated to God that are in good circumstances and have money loaned out, and scarcely ever help the destitute. O dear brethren! think of the multitude of souls perishing and going to eternal woe and misery, and being deceived by false, salery teachers. Think of the ministers of Christ, who are generally poor financially, and are hindered in going off to preach the gospel by having to labor so much of their time for a support. Often they even bear their own traveling expenses, go and hold meetings for the good of souls, and then some that live at the place will grumble about losing a little time to go to meeting, though the preacher has left his labor in which he is dependent for a support, and paid his own expenses, and when he goes to leave, some seem to lament about not having anything to help him. Such would do well to obey 1 Cor. 16:2. Some promise they will help, but only do so in promises, and the sisters send love to his wife. Of course this is all right. But the word says, “love in deed;” and a good way to send much love is by sending means, or some of the comforts and necessaries of this life. Dear brethren of the ministry, let us trust God. If we cannot rely on what some brethren say, let us endure hardness as a good soldier of Christ, and labor with our hands if necessary and the Lord wills, and do all we can to rescue the perishing, so that no body’s blood will be required at our hands, and we will soon lave rest from our weary toils, and financial oppressions where the weary are at rest, and the wicked cease from troubling. Thank God!
Now I have not written the last for my special benefit, but for God’s cause, and the good of others. All that are careful readers of God’s word see the duty on this line whether they obey or not. While the Lord has ordained that they that preach the gospel should live of the gospel, yet it is better for us to die than any man should make our glorying void. — 1 Cor. 9:14-15. May God help us to examine His word more and more, that we may understand what His will is, and stand perfect and complete in His will, and be doers and not only hearers of the word. Amen! God bless all the saints, and all for whom we should pray.
Your humble saved brother in Jesus,
S. H. Bozeman.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Ford Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. I am praising the Lord for a full and free salvation in Jesus. Oh! I cannot find words to express my gratitude to God for saving a poor sinner like me, but thank God for an endless eternity through which I can thank and praise Him for gifts, mercies and blessings, for which I am not able to praise and thank Him as I desire, with a mortal tongue. Oh! I feel this moment His holy power in my soul, by which I am able to overcome the enemies. The Lord has been so gracious to me in delivering me from the power of darkness, not only from the gross sins, but from all of babylon confusion, false religion, sectarianism, with all of its man pleasing creeds, and Bible disputing doctrines; and at last in opening my eyes to even false teachers and spurious theories on holiness. Oh praise the Lord for a love of the whole truth! And a holy desire to keep all of His commandments, and ordinances, and to teach the people to observe all things that He has commanded us. We are brought out into this glorious evening light by the power of God. And we should ever walk in every ray of light the Lord gives us. Some previous souls make a dreadful mistake by obeying the voice of Satan and his false teachers instead of God and the truth: hence refuse God’s Word and reject His counsel against themselves, and soon find their religion a dead formalism without the witness of God’s Spirit and without holy zeal or power. Oh dear saints! let us ever consider that the Christian’s secret of a happy life is to obey God in all things. And as we desire Him to hear and answer our prayers, we should never forget that He has said, “And why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” — Luke 6:46. And John says, “And whatsoever we ask we receive of Him because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. — 1 Jno. 3:2. And Jesus has said. “If ye know those things happy are ye if ye do them.” — Jno. 13:17. We should never regard any man as a teacher sent of God, who opposes any of the ordinances of God, delivered to us either by the Lord Himself or by the Holy Spirit through the apostles. We are commanded to avoid such men. A man who would teach us to leave off what our Lord and Lawgiver has taught us to do is an enemy of the truth, no matter if he professes to be a holiness teacher. We should ever beware of false teachers, or men teaching a false or counterfeit holiness, under a false name. I believe we have more to bear from this than any other source. Remember that the devil, when he cannot successfully oppose the work of God, he will counterfeit. You can detect the counterfeit by the following signs or symptoms that attend it: A love of praise, a fear of derision, a love of gain, a false modesty that is easily shocked at the performance of God’s ordinances, that is, immersion and feet washing, a desire to please the people by leaving off such of God’s ordinances as shock the hypocrisy of carnal professors, and another sign of false spirits is a hatred of those who love the whole truth, and obey Jesus in all things. Such are some of the characteristics of a false teacher, or of a man who teaches a fake form of holiness. Oh! I do praise the Lord that He is fulfilling his promises to us; for He has said the unclean cannot pass over this way of holiness —Isa. 35:8. It seems that every unclean character that attempts to pass over it, and falls through, instead of going to God and getting right and clean so that they can pass over, they go and set up a sect of their own, and make out a way of their own. Then join the devil in his war against the truth and the saints of the Most High. Some are even vile enough to try to build a sect, a hiding place for men who want to live in adultery and all manner of ungodliness, and hide from the word of God in man-made, and truth-preverting sects. Yet they must meet it at the last day; for Jesus has said, “The words that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” — Jno. 12:48. Oh brother, let us be true to God, and stand by the whole truth of God. Advocate every thing good, pure and holy, and oppose every thing that is sinful, vile and evil, this side or out of the pit. The Lord has- opened our eyes to false teachers and their doctrines; and neither the GOSPEL SWORD, with its slanderous breath, nor the false teacher or enemy of the truth who sent it to us, can turn us from the blessed way of truth and holiness, where we have found Jesus so precious to our souls. Oh brother, sister, it is my duty, as a man of God, to want you against those things. I fear some of us have held our peace too long for the good of souls. The time is come when no true man of God can look out on the counterfeit man-pleasing, and Bible-contradicting theories of religion that are dragging or trying to draw down the standard of holiness to a level with the dead formality of sectarianism, teaching men that they ought not to do what Jesus Christ taught them that they ought to do, making common came with apostates and adulterers, fierce haters and slanderers of those who dare to stand by the truth and obey God in all things. Oh! may the Lord help us to be true, and warn the people against these. See Jude. 2 Peter 2. Acts 20, Ezek. 33, 2 Jno., Rom. 1. Now dear readers. before you decide that I have written too plainly, examine the word and see if I have written more plainly than did the blessed Saviour and the holy apostles or holy men of old who spake and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. It is for the good of your souls, dear readers, that I write this in love to you and to God. Oh brother, sister, Jesus is the way: what He taught is the truth: then let God be true and every man that contradicts His word a liar. I expect by the grace of God to be true till death, to open fire on all black flags and false colors, and to stand by all that is good, and oppose all evil.
Your brother under the blood,
W. W. Bradley.
THE LORD OUR TEACHER.
It is written in the prophets, “and they shall be all taught of God.” — Jno. 6:43. “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord: and great shall be the peace of thy children.” — Isa. 54:13. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people; and they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saving, Know ye the Lord: for all shall know me from the least to the greatest.” — Heb. 8:10, 11.
But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you.” — Jno. 14:26. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come he will guide you into all truth, for he shall not speak of himself, and he shall shew yon tilings to come.” — Jno. 16:13. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter that he may abide with you forever; but ye know him for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” — Jno. 14:16, 17.
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. — 1 Cor. 2:12. “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you all things, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” — 1 Jno. 2:27.
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip (“lest perhaps we should glide away.” Emphatic Diaglott) — Heb. 2:1.
If so be that ye have heard him and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lust;” etc Eph. 4:21. 22.
The above scriptures we deem sufficient to prove to every honest person that God will and does teach all his children, that look to him for teaching and guidance, especially those who have fully dedicated their bodies to God, to be a holy temple, filled and indwelt by the Holy Ghost, the the great comforter and teacher of His body which is the Church. The Holy Ghost as a teacher is so perfect and direct in his teaching, that the apostle declares that ye have no need that any man tench you. Although God does bestow on his holy ones the “gifts of the Spirit” and among those gifts is the gift of teaching, see Rom. 12:6, 7 1; Cor. 12:28; Heb. 5:12-14 and Eph. 4:8-13, which shows the chief object of this gift: viz., to assist in bringing people unto the statue of the fulness of Christ “filled with all the fullness of God” where they are in possession of the Holy Ghost as their comforter, guide, power, present, perfect and reliable teacher, refiner, etc. In which state a man of God will place perfect reliance to His divine will. Neither does he cast away the instructions of God’s teachers as a thing of naught; but recognizes the Spirit teaching through them, and prayerfully considers them. And if the Spirit and the word of God approve of the same, receives it not as of men but of God. Remembering “that no prophesy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” 2 Pet. 20, and “thy watchmen shall see eye to eye.” — Isa. 52:8. There is no schism in the Spirit’s teaching. Paul greatly rejoiced and thanked God that the Thessalonian brethren had revived the word of God through his preaching and teaching, not as of men, but as it was in truth the word of God that worked effectually in them that believed. See 1 Thess. 2:13. How sad it is to see dear souls cast away their confidence which hath great recompense of reward, by allowing the enemy of all righteousness to befog their spiritual vis. on, causing them to lay aside the clear leaching of God’s Spirit and word as unreliance and uncertain. Not only doing so, but bow down before hel.. tribunal in perfect confusion, and there call on God to give light which had already been given, and laid aside as worthless; even agonize and fast for days, perhaps a whole week, to find out if that which God had shown them was truth. This is a false deception of the devil, etc. It is no marvel that poor souls would get polluted with foul spirits in following the above course, and then put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter, take their friends to be their enemies, and their enemies to be their friends, declaring with the best of presumption that God had revealed it unto them.
What could be more God-dishonoring and grieving to the Holy Spirit, having given our bodies to God to be the temple of the Holy Ghost, now to disregard His teachings, and ascribe it to a delusion of the devil.
If I would now give up my faith in what I know God has taught me by his word and Spirit, my covenant with God would be broken. I would be a prey for every feathered fowl and beast of the desert, evil delusive spirits.
Thanks be unto God! He has taught me to “prove all things and to hold fast to that which is good.” Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. As ye have received the Lord Jesus Christ, so walk ye in him.
Be sure your teachings are all of God, then do not let men nor devils beat you out of them. For this is the way to keep clear of all false doctrines. We are to be as much consecrated to God in doctrine as in life. Amen.
Your sanctified brother, cleansed by the second work of grace,
Geo. L. Cole.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” — Psa. 119:129.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I do rejoice in the love of God. Praise his name forever! I am so glad that my will is swallowed up in the will of God. I am trusting the Lord to lead me into all truth, and regardless of what people say, if I hear the voice of my Saviour before me, I will follow him. Praise the Lord for this evening light! Pray for me.
A sister to all who are in Christ,
Mary V. Christian.
Paso Robles, Cal.
Dear Ones in Christ: It does my soul good to read the testimonies for Jesus in the Trumpet, and the words of encouragement that the dear saints write. I had been praying for more strength for a long time, but instead of receiving it, I seemed to have less, and I did not know a what was the matter. But I found the trouble was with me. I had not given up every idol. Praise God! I can now say that I have no will of my own, and have left all with Jesus. Glory to His name!
Floyd’s Knobs, Ind.
Dear Saints: I feel led of the Lord to write my experience. I am saved and sanctified through the blood of Jesus. I am bo thankful that Hie has brought me out of darkness into light. O praise His name! I am alone in this country, but the Lord is with me. I am praying God to send some of His ministers this way, that others may see the light and get salvation.
Dear Brethren and Sisters in Jesus: I feel led to day to write my testimony to the Trumpet, to all God’s dear family. During the meeting at Manchester, the power of the Lord was manifested in saving and sanctifying previous souls. Oh, what a precious sight it was to see the children gather around Father’s tablo and feast till our hearts overflowed! The ordinances never seemed so precious to me before. How sweet to follow our precious Jesus! Ten dear souls were buried with Him in baptism. Jesus is so precious, and He has followed me so faithfully in all my wanderings and disobedience. How could I ever treat such a loving Savior so? Words fail to express my gratitude to Him. I feel that I have wasted so much precious time, but the light shines brightly on my pathway. I thought I could hold up the light in Babylon that others might see, but the Lord says, “Flee out of the midst of Babylon.” I laid it all on the altar, and gladly said amen. Your sister,
Dear Saints: It is by the help of God that I write my testimony to the Trumpet. I can say this evening that I am saved and sanctified by faith in Jesus’ blood. I am praising God for what he has done for me. He keeps me day by day by his mighty power from all sin. Jesus is alt in all to me. I was once a member of the sect known us the Christian Church; but praise God! he has shown me a better way. I have gotten the victory over the beast. When I was in the sect I went along hand in hand with the world, but praise God! I have broken loose from the world and its allurements. Glory be to God! I belong to the Church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven. Praise God for full salvation! I ask an interest in the prayers of all the saints.
Your sister, washed in the blood of the Lamb,
Mary E. Hood.
Fort Stephens, Miss.
Dear Saints: I fed led to write my testimony. I was saved about three months ago, and glory to God for full and free salvation! I am saved and sanctified, and trusting in God, ready to do His will at all times. Oh! I cannot praise the Lord enough for the sweet peace and joy I find in doing His will! Glory to God! I am determined to live for Jesus. Pray for me and the cause of Jesus that the work may prosper in this place.
Your brother in Christ Jesus,
F. M. Allen.
Ft. Stephens, Miss.
Dear Saints of God: I do feel to praise God this morning for salvation that saves me from all sin and keeps me. Glory be to Jesus! It is glorious to drink at the fountain that never runs dry. I was saved several months ago; that is, I was converted and walked in all the light I had. Afterwards the Lord sanctified me wholly. I wish to ask all the saints to pray for me. Your brother in Christ Jesus,
J. W. Allen.
Cawker City, Kan.
Dearly Beloved: It has been a long time since I have written to the Trumpet. It has been about one year since I received complete salvation. The world is dying for the bread of life. May the Lord send some of His ministers here to preach the true word. May grace and peace be multiplied unto you all. Amen.
Your brother, kept by the power of God,