1 February 1886, Volume 7, Number 22.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
The last day of the old year, we bade farewell to the dear saints at Williamston. and the dear faithful little ones in the Trumpet Office, and came to Battle Creek, where we spent one night with the holy little Church in that place, God is keeping the little ones who are hid away in the secret place of His pavilion. One sister consecrated and believed for entire sanctification. Praise God!
The next day, came on to Kalamazoo, where quite a little congregation met in the house of our dear Bro. and Sister Bell. We enjoyed the preaching of the Word to them. We know the truth shall not return void.
The next day we came on to South Haven, where we were met by dear brother Kenney of Covert, who conveyed us to that place, where we had the joyful privilege of meeting a host of beloved saints that night. Also our much beloved Bro. S Michels, who continued with us over Sabbath. One soul laid all on the altar, and was sanctified wholly through the blood of the Lamb. A dear man arose in the testimony meeting, and confessed Christ, and from that time rejoiced in this great salvation.
Sabbath morning a good congregation met in the hall; still larger house lull, in the evening. One soul at the altar. On Monday night met in the hall again.
There was a wonderful presence of God, and power of the Spirit in the meeting. O glory to Jesus! His Word was as sweet as heaven in our sold. O glory! glory !! to Jesus! That night there were six wholly sanctified, and one woman gave herself to the Lord for the pardon of her sins. One of the six had been previously claiming holiness, and supposed that she was wholly sanctified, but while laboring with others at the altar, life Lord came into her soul in such power and glory, that she thinks she just then received the real experience of entire holiness of heart.
Tuesday we had a glorious, searching meeting. One who was saved the night before confessed that he had thought himself very strong, and a pillar in the Church, but that he had found he was very weak. Praise God for a willingness to humble ones self, confess our faults, and get fully saved. The Church of the First Born in the village of Covert is quite strong in number, for a recently saved people; and they are lull of holy song and praise. The Lord keep them in the unity of the Spirit and in the bonds of peace.
Wednesday, dear Bro. Michels returned to the place. Thursday, had a blessed meeting services at Bro. A. R. Shurburne’s whose companion was very poorly. Prayer was offered to God, and the laying on of hands for her healing. The power of God! came on her, and she was from that instant greatly relieved and strengthened.
That night we had a powerful and glorious meeting at the house of Bro. Gillard. Four or five were converted. Praise God!
The dear saints entreated us to stay over Sabbath. Many people were under conviction, and it was haul to resist the desire of the dear brethren and Sisters: yet, we longed to go on to the beloved saints in Ind., who have long been waiting to labor with us in the glorious vineyard. We consented to remain. The weather was quite stormy by reason of which, the congregations were smaller. But God saved a few more precious souls.
Sabbath night came, the parting moment. The little ones sang “the saints farewell.” But every verse, some of their sweet voices dropped out of the song. And by the time we reached the last verse, most of their voices were hushed by the tears of parting. O Lord bless and keep those dear saints perfect and complete in all the will of God. Satan had tried to break the unity of the Spirit, and alienate some hearts from others, but on bringing matters together, we found that the slight interruption of the Spirit of fellowship was principally owing to some missunder-standings. O dear saints everywhere, if anything arises that has a tendency to weaken confidence and love, do not let it remain on your mind, without asking the brother or sister yourself all about the matter. Thus the enemy will, often be defeated in his purpose. Thank God, for pure hearts. Though satan may try to break the bond of their union, he will find their hearts still cleave to each-other. Praise the Lord!
Three of the little ones here, who are blest with the precious gift of song, and a young brother from Allegan Co., are going with our dear Bro. S. Michels is this week to Lapaz, and Plymouth Ind., on a campaign of fire, following the Captain whoever He leads. God bless that band, to the gathering of many precious souls.
They made a short, visit to those places some time ago, and God has opened a great door there for the Gospel. At the latter place they began the services by singing, “The Lord is Coining,” in the power of the Spirit, which melted most of the congregation to tears. After Bro. Michels talked and read salvation to them, eight came to the altar and gave themselves to the Lord. O how hungry souls are perishing and dying for want of the bread of life. Amidst all the rowers and educated “dum dogs” of babylon, there is a sore famine in the land. Poor hungry souls wander from mountain to hill, and from the north to the west, seeking bread and find none in all lite walls of sect confusion.
Monday. Jan. 10th. Returned to Kalamozoo. Aboard the train saw an elderly man, who I thought I knew, but was not sure. Addressing him, I found it was indeed Bro. Griffin, who having been saved from a life of intemperance, has so improved in appearance that I scarcely recognized him. From him we learned that Bro. Palmer is having a good revival in his neighborhood. Praise the Lord!
Coming to Lacota station, in came our dear Bro’s. Wm. Grover and S. L. Speck, and another brother. Glory to Jesus! I was desirous of meeting these dear firebrands for God. O how our hearts burned as we communed by the way, of the blessings of the Lord on our souls and on our labors. We had the blessing of their company to Kalamazoo; and over night we all stayed with dear Bro. and Sister Bell, and family. The next morning we came on to Ind. They expected soon to go to Williamston, to hold a meeting there. May God bless their labors abundantly.
South Haves, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord bless you! I feel led to tell the dear saints through the Trumpet, how the Lord blessed our souls in preaching the Word to the people at Lapaz Ind. God gave us victory over every opposing element, and my soul was basking in the sunlight of heaven. Praise God for the wonderful power He gives to those who dare preach the whole Word.
O how I feel the power of this Scripture, “Speak unto them all that I command thee, be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. — Jer. 17: 19. When God puts the Word upon His chosen ones to speak, and they do speak with the Holy Ghost sent down from God, those that cannot bear judgment, you hear them crying love, love, you must have more love. When the Apostle Paul was speaking lo the people they said “he is mad.” So now, if a man preaches as God demands him to preach; He says “Cry aloud and spare not, show my people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins.” Again reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts, they desire teachers that will not offend, or will preach all love, so that none will get offended. Jesus said He did not come to send peace, but a sword. God bless the people. Wherever the Word is preached, the devil is aroused and causes commotion. Blessed are those who are able to stand. O how I praise God that He has delivered me from the opinion of men and their applause, and am where God can lead me and use me. O glory to His holy name forever and ever! Now may the God of heaven bless all the dear saints and keep them from falling, is my earnest prayer. And to them that are chosen of God to preach the Word, God has promised that they should fight against you, but they shall not prevail. Praise God! for His goodness to all that hear and do His will.
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Your Bro. saved and sanctified; kept by the power of God, ready to do whatever He has for me to do.
Dear Brethren and readers of tho Gospel Trumpet Greeting. Our souls are full of praises to God this morning for the gift of His Son Jesus Christ, whose blood has washed and cleansed us from our guilt, and made our garments white and clean. Praise God! We came here Jan 12th. Since then we have had meetings every night, some three or four has been converted, and six or seven wholly sanctified, and still the work goes on. Conviction is taking hold of the people. Hallelujah! we expect to see many more saved before we leave this place. Last evening we met for meeting at dear Bro Glassbrook’s, the house was filled. We commenced to praise God, when He came down with might and power; some lay prostrate with the mighty power of God, while others were leaping and praising God with all their might. Praise God! the power of God took hold of Sister Glassbrook, and she fell and lay prostrate till we invited the sinners to Christ, when God raised her up and with a. shout and jump she swept into the adjoining room where her son, with other sinners, Was standing. She took him and led him forward to the altar, and kneeling down with him, she raised her hands toward heaven and asked God to save her child. Hallelujah! God heard and answered that prayer and her son was converted and taken into the family of God, and to day is resting sweetly in Jesus. O praise God for the wonderful works of His hand! The saints of the living God here are wonderfully united in the holy bonds of love. O we do pray God to keep them. We expect to go about ten miles north-west of Kalamazoo to commence meeting if the Lord wills. We were there last fall and the people were wonderfully interested and have been requesting us to come and hold a meeting ever since, and we feel led of God to go. Truly the harvest is great and the laborers are few. Your brethren in the love of Jesus and companions in tribulation.
W. B. Grover. and S. L. Speck.
THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
John N. Slagle.
THUS saith the Lord. “I am the way, the truth and the life.” John 14:6.
The way of salvation is by the blood of Christ, applied to our hearts through the belief of the truth, which is His Word. Repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus, brings pardon of all our sins through His shed blood. Entire consecration and faith in the Word of God, brings entire sanctification, through the Savior’s cleansing blood. By being obedient to the Words of our Lord Jesus Christ, we receive the Spirit of Truth in our hearts, which is the Spirit of the Word, who guides us into all truth, for the Word is truth. Praise His name forever and ever! Jesus becomes our life, as it is written, “the life of Christ is manifest in our mortal flesh.” Walking in Christ, the way is marked out in his Word, the truth, we receive Christ the life. Then our whole life is governed by the life of Christ in us. I am so glad that Christ has become the way, the life, and the truth to me. O hallelujah!
“The words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit end they are life.” — John 6:63.
Again, “I am the living bread, which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread he shall live forever.” Thus we receive Him as our life by receiving and obeying Christ the Word, Christ the truth. Again, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be, saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture.” — John 10:9. Glory to Jesus! He that entereth not in by the door, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. The thief cometh not but to kill, and to destroy. But Jesus says, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Thus the way of life, and the truth are all blended into one. And the New Testament is a representation of Christ, the truth. Therefore, he “that rejects the doctrine and ordinances of the New Testament, rejects Christ, the truth, has not Christ the life, and is not in Christ the way. Therefore saith the Lord, “He that rejecteth me and receiveth not my words hath one I hat will judge him. The words that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” — John 12:48.
Again, “Go ye therefore and teach (disciple) all nations, baptizing them in tne name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe ail tilings whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” — Matt. 28:19, 20. Now if you refuse to do, and teach these things, you “have one that judgeth you,” the Word itself. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and there is no other name given when by we can be saved, but by the name of Jesus. All sect, church names, are names of blasphemy. Jesus only is the Savior, and He saves me completely.
CHILDREN OF THE FREE WOMAN.
DEAR BRETHREN: — and readers of the Trumpet, I praise God for salvation from all sin. Glory lo Hi.. name forever, for His saving and keeping power! And I praise Him for His power to heal our bodies as well as our souls. He has healed me, when nigh unto death. And the very morning before I was taken sick in the evening while at an F. M.. meeting, the Lord told me it was not our heavenly Fathers will that His children should remain sick, nor look through glasses. I was taken with great suffering. My neighbors said, “why do you not send for a doctor?” I told them I would trust God to heal me.
I grew worse. Then I said I would obey the Word of God, which says, “If any are sick among you, let him call for the Elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.” There was no New Testament Elder in all this city, so we dispatched to Battle Creek, where one oi God’s Elders was holding meeting. And God healed, me by His mighty power.
My suffering was the greatest that could he imagined, but holding on to God. He took it all away, and made me well. Praise His name forever!
Now I feel the Lord wants me to tell how He separated me from the Free Methodists.
When we first came to Kalamazoo we began to ask for people that believed in holiness. The blessed Lord soon got a few of us together who were free in Christ, and we met in meetings with a few others who were Free Methodists. Of course they all promised to follow the Lord wherever He leads. Well the time came when they were made to see the light of the pure Church, that Jesus bought and built Then some of them could not endure the truth, so they stayed away from the meetings. The Lord still had me holding up the light of the one pure Church, and God convicted them of their duty to walk in it. but they loved their sect idol more than Christ. Then they wanted us to help rent a hall. Husband and I, said we would take it to the Lord, and do as He directed. So I fasted and prayed, and asked the Lord to show me if it were pleasing to Him for us to go with them any longer. I asked the Lord to let me know in some way that 1 would understand. I then took my Bible and asked the Lord to let it open to some place that would teach me His will.
I opened the Book in the name of the Lord, and the first thing my eyes fell upon was Gal. 4th chapter. I read on to verse 19 when the Holy Spirit began to speak to me just as plainly as if the Lord were there Himself. As I read on and came to where the children of the free woman were spoken of, the Spirit said, that is me, and when I read about the children of the bond woman, the Spirit said these are the F. M’s. How plainly this chapter shows us the necessity of separation from all the sect children of the bond woman. For “what saith the Scriptures? Cast out the bond woman and her son: for the son of the bond woman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.” — Vr. 30.
In about an hour later I was strongly impressed to read the next chapter. So I look the Book and rend. “Stand last therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Here the dear Lord showed me just what we should do. We had been led out of sects, and the Lord did not want us to be ontangled again with another sect. God showed us clearly that all that did not walk in the light of truth, have gone into darkness. The Sister in whose house we held our meetings, about the time we separated from these children of the bond woman, had a vision. There were five of us together in her house in a prayer meeting. Three of us were standing in a straight line, all in white. On one side of them there was a straight line drawi.. On the other side of that line there was a dark mist. In this darkness stood a Free Methodist bent over crooked. The same man had solemnly promised God that he would follow the Savior wherever he leads. But when the test came he chose sect darkness, rather than the light of God. Another of that sect stood nearer the straight row, but was also in darkness, except some light that shown from one of the three free saints. This vision was fulfilled. We saw these men choose the spurious daughter of the great mother of harlots, instead of Christ. And God gave them over to strong delusions, and God separated us from them. O glory! glory!! to God! is the language of my heart. I am so thankful that He showed us the way of truth, and is leading us therein.
Your Sister, saved and sanctified wholly to God, and made free by the Son.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony for the Trumpet. We take the Trumpet, and I do love to read the testimonies of the dear saints. I have been sick for about two months, not able to work, but when I came where the Lord wanted me, He healed me. Glory to His holy name forever and ever!
The Lord wanted me to get sanctified. When we obey the Lord, O how much He will do for us. We have meeting every other sunday at our school house; prayer meeting every Wednesday evening. We ask all the dear saints to pray for us that God will help us to be brave, faithful laborers for the Lord, that there may be many souls saved in this neighborhood.
Your Sister saved, sanctified and washed in the blood of the Lamb. Glory be to Jesus in the highest!
Effie A. Cox.
Dear Brethren: — I praise the Lord to day for what He has done for me. He has saved and sanctified me, and put a new song in my mouth, even praises unto God.
I will praise Him while I have any being, I have no other desire only just to serve Him.
“I am drinking at the fountain,
Where I ever would abide;
For I’ve tasted life’s pure river,
And my soul is satisfied;
There’s no thirsting for life’s pleasures,
Nor adorning rich and gay;
For I’ve found a richer treasure,
One that fadeth not away.”
Pray for me that I may be like Jesus in all things. Your Sister.
Anna E. Zimmerman.
Dear, Brethren: — I praise God for a salvation to-day, that the world can neither give nor take away. I am still pressing my way onward and upward to the mark for the prize of the high calling. I can rejoice over trials and persecutions. Praise God in this world and that which is to come. Amen! Your Sister in Christ.
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THE GLORIOUS CITY.
TO the time has come, when the Lord surely speaketh, and the glorious City, “the Church of the Living God” cometh forth from the wilderness leaning on the arm of Her Beloved, shining with radiant glory. Yea She cometh forth, “fair as the morning, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.” Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them. — Isa. 42:9. Behold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? Chap. 13:19. Yea we, the ministers of the, “true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man,” do know that the dark night of apostate darkness is vanishing, and the true light now shineth. Hence the prophet of the Lord speaking of this glorious City, or Church of Christ, says, “Arise shine, for Thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon Thee. — Isa. 60: 1, For behold, the darkness (apostacy) shall cover the earth, and gross darkness (sectishness) the people (in sect babylon;) but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. vr. 2. How true of His Church at the present time, which is now coming forth from the wilderness of sect babylon. The Lord has indeed risen upon her, and now shines forth as the sun in His strength, with His mighty power. He makes Her “terrible as an army with banners.”
Thus saith the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two-leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in Sunder the bars of iron. — Isa. 45:1, 2.
To execute vengeance upon the heathen and punishments upon the people;
To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute upon them the judgement written: this honor, have all the saints. Praise ye the Lord. Psalm 149:7, 8, 9.
Thus the prophet describes the power and strength of God’s Church in the latter days. The Apostle Paul in the Spirit of God, calls this Zion, “the Church of the First Born in his epistle to the Hebrews. But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the City of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and Church of the First Born, which is written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. — Heb. 12:22, 23.
Thus we can see plainly that this heavenly Jerusalem is a spiritual Zion, not literal. Her walls are salvation and Her gates praise; and Her ministers are aflame of fire. They are made, or created ministers, by the Lord through the Holy Spirit, which makes authoritive. Thus He says, “I have set watchmen upon thy walls O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night; ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence.” These watchmen are not “dumb dogs,”‘ they keep not silence, they keep up a continual barking for the Lord, who hath commissioned thus to do. Neither are they “lazy dogs,” for they rest neither day nor night, but are always on the watch, and give the alarm, that, every one may escape the danger of eternal death. They all see eye to eye, and are of one mind and of one accord; Thus the prophet Isaiah says, It shall be, when the Lord shall bring again Zion. “And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called the faithtul City.” These judges, the servants of the living God, “will lay judgment to the line, and righteousness to the plummet, and her converts shall be redeemed with righteousness.” Because her ministers preach salvation, as the Scripture saith. Isa. 52:7. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Therefore my people shall know My name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am He that doth speak: behold, it is I.” “Behold I have graven thee (Zion) upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Glory to God! The flaming ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ, publish salvation, because they stand on her walls, and are clothed with salvation. For the Lord saith, “I will also clothe her (Zion’s) priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.” — Psa. 132:16. So the husbandman in the true Church must be first partaker of the fruits of salvation; before he can labor in the vineyard of the Lord. He must stand on the waters of the river of life, which is salvation, clothed in fine linen, which is the righteousness of the saints; and lift up his hands unto heaven, and declare by Him that liveth forever, that no man shall enter into this holy City, or “Church of the Jiving God,” without salvation. For thus saith the Lord. “Thou shalt call thy walls salvation, and thy gates praise.” — Isa. 60: 18. So then the lines of demarcation, or walls of the holy Church of Christ, the Zion of God, which “cannot be removed. but abideth forever,” is salvation. Here looms up before you poor sinner, and cold professors, an impregnable fortress, as high as heaven, “against which the gates of hell cannot prevail,” walls which none can scale, if you seek to climb over them, you will be defeated, and will fall backward in utter despair; when you hear the awful words, “He that seeketh to climb up some’ other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” But O the cheering words, “Blessed are they that do His commandments, they shall have right to the tree of life and enter in through the gates into the City.” Jesus saith, “I have set before thee an open door, and none can shut and none can open.” O what a consolation to the human heart; how it allays all inward fears, to know that our dear Father alone’ controls the entrance or gates into the holy City. Therefore He saith, “Thy gates shall be open continually, they shall not be shut day nor night.” O glory to the compassionate Father! who hath not left them to be controled by the will of carnal man. Will the world not marvel at these words, when we declare, by the authority of the Holy Scripture, that none can ever enter heaven without entering through her gates or becoming a member of the Church of the living God; for as the “Church of the Firstborn” descended out of heaven from God, and is of heavenly birth, so Her members must all be born of God, heavenly subjects, strangers, and pilgrims to this world and on earth. Again Jesus our Lord says, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in he shall be saved.” Thus the walls of the Church is salvation, Jesus Christ the door, through which no man can enter without being saved; for the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. — 1 John 1:7.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature;” all a new creation, created anew in Christ Jesus unto good works. He is a citizen of the new kingdom, a king and a priest unto God; for they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, reign in life by one Christ Jesus. Rom. 5:17.
Awake, awake; put on thy strength O Zion; put on thy beautiful garment, O Jerusalem, the holy City; for henceforth there shall no more come in to thee the uncircumeised and the unclean. — Isa. 52:1 Here the Church is commanded to be clothed with power, with the Holy Ghost, which is the “Spirit of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” “Living, strengthened with all might according to His glorious power,” The woman, the Church, being clothed with the sun, the omnipotent Spirit, She is vested with authority, having “the moon under Her feet” which is a dispensation of the Gospel, the light of which is derived from the sun of righteousness, Jesus Christ; God working all things in all. This Church being filled with the mighty power and fire, no sinner or hipocrite can come in: for “circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter. Again thus saith the Lord. “Who shall ascend into the Hill (or Zion) of the Lord? or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart.” — Psa. 24:3, 4. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem. — Isa. 4:3. This again refers to the heavenly Jerusalem, “Church of the Firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.” Again the Lord saith, Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh. And they shall call them the Holy people, the redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, sought out, a City not forsaken. Isa. 62:11, 12. Thy people also shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever. — 60:21. Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. — Isa 51:11. So when they come to Zion, it must be on the highway of holiness, “the unclean shall not pass over it, it shall not be found there: but the redeemed shall walk there.” But thus saith the Lord that created thee, fear not for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame” kindle upon thee. — Isa. 43:2. O hallelujah to God! What glorious precious promises to the children of God. When the waters of affliction surge against our soul, or when we wade in deep affliction, it is then we find in Him a covert from all storms and tempests; when we are in fiery trials, He will walk with us there; when the rivers of sorrow are about to overwhelm us, He will still the tempest and the billows shall not go over us. So no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Praise the Lord! Happy, are the people that are in such a case. “They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” “He shall dwell on high; his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him, his water shall be sure.” Oh! what a glorious refuge is the Lord our redeemer. Thus when my heart is overwhelmed I flee to the Rock, which is higher than I. Therefore, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord. My soul shall be joyful in my God, for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousnesses a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with jewels.”
Died: — In Locke, January 20, 1889, of Membraneous croup, little John Wesley Tanner, only son of William T., and Melissa Tanner. Age, five years, six months and nineteen days.
“Wherefore should I make my moan,
“Now my darling boy is dead?
He to early rest is gone, –
He to paradise is fled:
I shall go to him, but he
Never shall return to me.
“God forbade his longer stay;
God recalls the precious loan;
God hath taken him away,
From my bosom to His own.
Surely what He wills is best,
Happy in His will I rest.
“Faith cries out, – It is the Lord,
Let Him do as it seems Him good!
Be Thy holy name adored;
Take the gift awhile bestowed:
Take the boy no longer mine,
Thine he is, forever Thine.”
These verses selected by W. T. Tanner.
Bro. Wm. McIntosh, of Geneva Township, aged 52 years, 8 months and 11 days. Departed this life only to enter a better one on the 15th of this month, from injuries received while riding on horse-back. Bro. Mcintosh experienced the joys of salvation a few weeks before he was hurt and died in full faith of a glorious resurrection, and with complete victory over death. The funeral was held at the Sheldon school-house with a very large concourse of people in attendance. The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. Prov. 11: 8.
A. B. Palmer.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Hann’s School House, Ind.
We reached Beaver Dam Ind., Jan. I2lh The next day came three miles west, where the Church of the Firstborn, assisted by the labors of sister Sarah Smith of Jerry City, O., and some other witnesses, have been engagedin a long campaign of fire, for the rescue of perishing souls. Glory be to the living God! He hath wrought, mightily by His Spirit in the hearts of the people.
A great number of souls have been converted, sanctified and filled with the holy fire. It was marvelous to behold the glorious throng, so many of whom had been delivered from the power of sin since we were last here. Glory to God in the highest! Almost the whole neighborhood have turned to the Lord. Many strong men and women have enlisted for Christ, and have put on the whole armor of God.
Several starved to death sheep have escaped out of the M. E. pen, praising God for rich pasture. Some who were strong persecutors of the “saints in light,” have been captured by the love of Christ, and His mighty truth, and now they are glorying much in the holiness and truth they once opposed. Some of them, God will doubtless put in charge of the sacred Gospel. Several men and women of advanced years, and gray hairs God hath redeemed and made joyful in His house of prayer. The host of God doubtless numbers over 80, full of fire and praise.
Earth and hell in terror tremble,
As this army moves along;
And the angels hark with wonder,
At the music of their song.
The work has been going right on gloriously since our arrival. Souls are saved about every day. Sometimes five or six in a meeting, either converted or sanctified wholly. There is no small stir about this way. The whole country is in a blaze. Babylon is in a rage, her children foaming over with the wine of the wrath of her fornication. One Dunkard drew his fist to strike Bro. David Leininger. A woman of that beef soup, tobacco, and whiskey sect, actually swore as she was going away from the school house one night. We have included whiskey in the above description, because there are plenty of them in these parts that indulge in that stuff. An old man attacked us last fall in Rochester, who was about as full as he could well bear. After repulsing him with a few Scriptures, the old sinner went out to a crowd of fellow sinners, and recommended eggs for us. To our astonishment we learned that he is a member of that dead sect, takes part in their meetings, and seldom comes home sober. Well the whole sect, with all others, are drunk on the wine of their fornication, which is even worse than whiskey.
Yesterday we had a glorious closing meeting at Bro. Ballinger’s, and a few more souls espoused the blessed Savior.
Glory to Jesus for complete victory! Tomorrow, accompanied by a few of the dear brethren and sisters, we go to Deer-field, Randolph Co. Ind., to preach and testify the everlasting Gospel of Christ.
Glory to Christ! How we do love to tell the needy, hungry souls the redemption story. We desire the prayers of all the saints, that God may turn many to righteousness. Glory to our King, who saves my soul to the everlasting uttermost!
St James, Mo.
Dear Brethren: — I am again in Southwest Mo., by the order of the Lord. He leadeth me. Hallelujah!
I came here ten days ago, from Litchfield Ill., after an absence of three weeks.
I found the saints still encouraged to fight on for God, but O how the old lion rages. Sectarians are working with all their power to fortify babylon against the forces of the Living God. We intend by the grace of God, to make free use of God’s battering rams upon her walls, until there shall not be one stone left upon another, but shall all be thrown down. We are new in the thickest of the fight, with the sectarians, and God is bringing us off more than conquerors. Hallelujah!
Glory to God in the highest! We will not quit the field until babylon is utterly fallen. We have the arrow ready upon the string, and as long as our God furnishes the arrows we will shoot at her. Hallelujah! The war is hot, the work is aggressive, and by the grace of God we will show no quarters to the devil as long as
there is a sectarian in the field. God has the victory. Hallelujah!
We are having many doors opened for us here, and the people are beginning to get their eyes open, so they can see very clearly the delusion of the beast, and are beginning to tear and come out of her.
Pray for us, that we may abundantly succeed in all our labors for the Master, here and elsewhere. Your Bro. saved, in the faith of the Son of God. Amen!
John D. Ashbaugh.
To all the Trumpet readers Greeting. We have just closed another salvation meeting. The Lord was with us in mighty saving power; for the test meeting we were ever engaged in. We held a few meetings in the Wright neighborhood: several were sanctified, two sought the Lord in the forgiveness of their sins. One, a sister, was taken with a congestive chill, which was the third one. Her physician said she could not live through it. But we anointed her with oil in the name of Jesus, and the prayer of faith saved, and the Lord raised her up, and forgave sill her sins. Praise His holy name! From there, we came two miles east and one mile north, where the brethren prepared a house for us to hold our next meeting in. We commenced the 9th of Jan. and closed the 21st. The first night found two seeking Christ, and they were saved. The meeting continued to increase in power to the end. It was one of wonderful victory and glory.
Praise His holy name! Night after night the altar was filled with seekers, all of whom, with scarcely an exception, were wonderfully saved. It was truly a heavenly sight to see so many newly saved, and with uplifted hands and hearts, praising God with loud voices, and songs to Him that hath redeemed them with His own precious blood. There were over 45 gloriously saved, and a goodly number sanctified. To God be all the glory forever! Amen! Pro. Evans labored with us in the meeting, and did good work for the Lord. He is getting deeper into God, and God is manifesting His power in him. May God fill him with His wonderful fullness. Well, companion and I have never enjoyed so much of the melting power of God as at the present time, and are still on the forward march. Glory to God! We expect God to use us still more. Dear ones pray for us, that we may be kept out of sight, under the blood. Your Pro. and sister saved and sanctified.
Wm. N. & S. J. Smith.
We just received a letter from a brother at Bangor, Mich., dated Jan. 25th, which contained $1.00 for two copies of “Songs of Victory;” black cloth cover. Also an order for eight copies Manilla cover, for which he promises to send money on receipt of books; but unfortunately, the brother did not sign his name, thus we are unable to fill the order. Persons who write here, shoul be very careful to give their name and address.
St James, Mo.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to write my experience for the glory of God. I am rejoicing to-day in a full and free salvation, saved from all sin, sanctified wholly, and kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.
I was converted in the 14th year of my age, lived an up and down life, in babylon, for about 25 years, trying to subdue the old adamic nature that was almost daily rising up within, not knowing that it could be cast out. I never heard a full Gospel sermon preached until about two years and six months ago, when the Lord sent Bro. and Sister Cole to our school house preaching holiness. Through their instrumentality I was led to search the Scriptures, and while reading and praying the Lord gave me wonderful light on His Word, such as I never had before, and during this blessed revelation of the Word of God, I was shown in a dream the end of time: there was thunder and lightning and fire and vapor and smoke. The heaven appeared to roll together as a scroll, and the earth did quake, and there was a great voice as of a mighty rushing wind, and so terrible was the sight that I turned to my husband and in anguish of soul, I was led to exclaim, O let us make haste and get ready quick, for the great day of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand. I awoke with these words imprinted on my memory, which I received as a warning, and I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but through consecration and faith in Christ I was soon brought into the second work of grace, wherein I now stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Praise His holy name!
Now I feel that I will be able to stand when the great day of His wrath shall come upon the earth. Hallelujah! Since the Lord brought me into this goodly land He has also brought me through the furnace. I have been fried as by fire, but I realize that the trying of our faith is more precious than gold. Many times in these trying moments the tempter would come to me and say you had better go back into the old channel where you will have no persecution, you are too weak, you cannot hold out in this way. But by the grace of God I was able to say get thee behind me satan. Glory to God! He has saved and sanctified my husband, who had been fighting holiness, and now we have a happy home, for perfect love to. God makes perfect love at home. Praise the Lord, He saves me from all creeds and organizations of men, for if the Son make yon free you shall be free indeed. The M. E. sect says they have our names and are going to keep them, but here for the glory of God, I declare my freedom. I claim no relationship with this or any other sect, for the Son hath made me free. I have left the old stranded wreck, and am pulling from the shore. I am in the life boat, King Jesus is the captain, and heaven is the port for which she is bound. O glory to Jesus! I “am in the Church of the Living God; having entered through the open door, which no man shutteth and no man openeth. Your Sister washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Livona E. Copeland.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to write a few words for the Lord. Oh how I do praise His holy name for what he has clone for me. He gives me victory over the adversary, and fills my soul with His wonderful love. O I do praise Him! He has been so kind to me. I feel the most unworthy of God’s little ones. I was once a vile sinner, but God in His mercy saw fit to save me from my sins, and place my feet on the Rock of Ages. O how wonderful is the name of Jesus to me. I am sweetly resting in Him, and He dwells within my soul. Glory to His holy name forever and ever! We were called upon to pay our last respects to our beloved brother Mcintosh, who so suddenly departed this life, January 14th. His bereaved family are left to mourn their loss. But I hope they may realize that what is their loss is his gain, for our heavenly Father knoweth all things best. Well dear ones I am trusting in the Lord for all things, and I can truly say that I am saved and sanctified, kept by the power of God each day and each hour. Your sister, saved.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God this morning for the. blessed hope I have in Christ, for He says none but the pure in heart shall see God. I praise God for the glory that fills my soul. Praise God for the way He is leading me. My soul is filled with His love, and I am saved and. sanctified, washed and redeemed in the blood of Christ.
Dear Brethren: — God bless you and all the dear saints every where! I feel it a happy privilege to write to you this morning, and tell you of the sweet joy and peace I have in my soul just now. Praise God! it comes of salvation full and complete; it is flooding all my soul. Glory be to God! the way grows brighter. Oh how I do praise God for cleansing my heart from that old adamic sin. I am free, all spots of the world are gone.
Praise the Lord! He keeps my eyes healed, clear and bright. Glory to God! To Him I give all the glory.
We were up to Geneva to meeting last sunday, had a glorious meeting. Two consecrated, for pardon. There are some consecrations almost every meeting. Glory be to God! He is using His little ones, making them like flames of fire. If I can not preach like Paul, I can help hold up the prophet’s hands. Glory to God! my every day life shall preach louder than than words. But the words shall sound every opportunity I have to give God the glory for what He has done for me.
Praise God forever and ever! Your sister saved and sanctified by a second work of grace.
Dear Brethren: — I desire to testify for Jesus through the Trumpet. I praise God for a complete salvation that saves from all sin, and takes out all pride and every thing that is not of God. I praise God for His healing power, and that He keeps this body in good health. We have meeting every Sabbath and Sabbath evening, and also on Wednesday eve. The Lord blesses our souls wonderfully. Praise God for the wisdom and knowledge He gives His children. Glory be to God! He has shown me that the sects are Spiritually in Sodom or Egypt, although I never was a member of any, but I know they are not of God, but are the works of the devil, hence no part of God’s Church. Well I praise God that I am in the Church of the Living God, and the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son cleanseth me from ail sin. Your Sister, saved and sanctified.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to give in my testimony for the glory of God. O I do praise the Lord this morning for a full and complete salvation which I feel in my soul O praise the Lord for the victory I have had in my soul for the past few weeks. O how I do thank my dear Jesus for the saving of my soul, when I was deep in sin. O praise the Lord for salvation that saves to the uttermost! I do thank the Lord so much for the healing of my body. O He did so much for me! when the doctors told me it would take two or three years at least to cure me, O praise the Lord, when I gave up the doctors, and turned to my blessed Jesus for my healing, He healed me, both soul and body. Oh I do praise the Lord for this straight and narrow way.
Your Sister saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God, through faith.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God this morning for a salvation that saves me to the uttermost. O glory to God for the light I have received, and the blessings I enjoy.
I can not thank and praise God enough for what He has done for me. Glory be to God, for sanctifying my soul! Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever and ever!
O praise the Lord for a salvation that we can enjoy every day. I praise Him too for the healing power. I had the heart disease for several years, and the doctors told me that I could not be cured; but when I brought my case to the Lord, He said I could be healed, glory to His holy name! O glory to Jesus! He has healed me both soul and body, and the Lord has healed every member, of my family. The great. Physician is always near. O how I love to read the Trumpet. O glory to God for the fire and the power of the Holy Ghost. We are living in perilous times; but the grace of God is sufficient for us. O praise His holy name! He wonderfully keeps me, free from all sin. Praise God for the cleansing blood! lam saved through and through. I thank God that I am out in the ocean of His love, where no seaweed nor drift wood conies near me.
There are a few of God’s little ones here standing straight for Him, out on the sea of glass, having the harp of God.
Praise the Lord! I am saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God.
Pray for me. Your Sister in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord said, “if we are His servants, we should testify of Him.” The Word says, “Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they that testify of me.” I came out of the Catholic sect, and I am saved and sanctified. Glory to God in the highest! God says He will have a holy people zealous of good works. Glory to God! I praise God for full and free salvation that saves to the uttermost. I am saved and sanctified. Pray for me.
Irvin’s Store, Ky.
Dear Brethren: — I will send you my testimony. I am all the Lord’s, out on the promises, trusting Him for a present, as well as a perfect salvation; dead to all the trifling things of earth, and my life is hid with Christ in God. O glory to God!
The holiness work is not prospering here, as it would if some were not so weak to bear persecution. When myself and family and one other sister left the M. E. sect, they threatened us with their creed, but they failed to frighten us, or to stop our testimony, but they have kept some from coming out of babylon. May the Lord lead them out if they belong to the Christ Vive, which does not bear fruit in such clusters as the vine of the earth, (babylon.)
Your sister, saved to the uttermost, and seeing Jesus only.
Dear Brethren: — We are having real salvation meetings here. We are obeying God and enjoying salvation full and free, in our souls. The Lord has a little army of saints here, that are standing straight for the truth, and have taken the yoke of Christ and not the sect yoke. We are free in Christ. Blessed be the name of Jesus forever and ever! I praise God that I am out of all sects, and am enjoying the Holy Spirit. I can testify to the power of the blood of Christ, which cleanseth me from all sin. Glory to God and the Lamb forever and ever! Yours in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — I feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to write some of my experience to the children of God. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has brought me out of darkness into His marvelous light, and as His Word says, His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. I was once blind in sin, but now I can see. O glory I glory!! I have received the Comforter, that will abide with all the children of God forever and ever! Amen! O dear children of God, let us be faithful.
Your Sister, saved and washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Dear Brethren: — And all readers of the Trumpet, I feel the Lord wants me to write my testimony for the Trumpet. I praise the Living God for this wonderful salvation that keeps us each day from all sin. I thank and praise Him for ever! calling after me, and for what I feel in my soul. Praise the Lord for this blessed holy rest. The saints met together on Christmas, and praise the Lord! we had a glorious feast of fat things.
Your Sister, saved! sanctified and kept from all sin each day. Praise the Lord !
Dear Brethren: — I praise the Lord for saving my soul from hell. Glory to His name for salvation full and free, Glory to Jesus! I can truly say that the blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin, and I am kept by the power of God, through faith in Christ, and wholly sanctified to God.
Your Brother in Christ Jesus. Amen!
Dear Saints: — I praise the Lord for salvation that keeps me from all sin, every day. I am saved just now, and sanctified to God to do His will. Praise His name forever! Your Sister in Jesus.
Geneva Center, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — For seven long years I prayed for salvation without success. I would go to the sect meetings once in a while, looking for light, but found nothing there but darkness; but I did feel that the time would come when God would send us the true light. When He sent Bro. Fisher here, He sent the light with him. Praise the Lord O my soul! But how did I know that it was the true light? Well it agreed with the Word of God. Praise God for the fire that burns within my soul. O praise the Lord for salvation that sets us free! I am free from every thing that, is not of God.
I belonged to the Free Masons for sixteen years, but God saved me from it all, and set me free in Christ Jesus, “I am free, the Lord hath saved me.” It was two years last fall since I gave myself to God, I died out to the world and everything of the world, and O what a death it was. I said I would not let any thing keep me’ from serving God, and O what a sweet peace I felt; I just sank away into God’s hands, for Him to do with me just as He wished. Then I seemed to hear a noise like distant thunder, every thing seemed to shake, but I felt safe in the hands of the Lord. When the noise ceased, I saw a light coming right down from above, and when it came almost to me it stopped; it seemed to be shining through a veil. All at once the veil parted in the middle, and I was buried in light. O how bright!
Praise God! it looked brighter than the sun. The same day I was buried in Black River, and resurrected in Christ Jesus, and am now saved and sanctified, standing on the solid Bock Christ Jesus.
Glory to God, we have good meetings here, the Lord meets with us. and gives us the victory over the enemy. Amen!
God bless you all! Pray for me, that I always stand firm. Your brother, saved and sanctified.
J. L. Mead.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God for a full and free salvation that saves us from all sin! O I do thank God for the light and understanding He is giving me, on His blessed Word. Praise His, holy name. He says if any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God who giveth liberally. I do bless God to-night that although I am poor in this world’s goods, I am rich in salvation. Glory be to God! I am saved through the precious blood of Christ. O I do thank God to-night for the assurance I have in my soul that I am on my way to glory. O I can never give God glory enough for what He has done for me.
When I look back over my past life. and see what an awful sinner I was, it makes me shudder. O what a merciful God we have. I intend to serve my dear blessed Jesus while life shall last. Glory be to His holy name! He says in His blessed Word that when my father and mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. I have found this to be true, for my nearest friends have turned me out of their company, but I do bless God, He has provided a home for me, and my little girl. Praise His holy name! He has promised to be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless, and He is not slack concerning His promises. I cannot do as much for the Lord as I would like, for I am poor; but praise the Lord, I will do what I can. But praise God! if we are poor we can have salvation, for the poor have the Gospel preached to them.
The dear Lord has saved my soul, and healed my body, and I give Him all the glory. Amen! Your Sister, all the Lord’s, saved and sanctified through the precious blood of Jesus.
Jane A. Castle.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony is, that I am saved, sanctified, washed and redeemed in the precious blood of Jesus.
Glory to God for a full and free salvation! I do praise God for the fellowship I have with all the dear saints who stand straight for Jesus. I wish to say to the readers of the Trumpet: don’t be led away into any delusion, but stand straight on the Word of God, and He will carry you through; for He says His grace is sufficient in every trial. Well glory to God! I am out on the promise, and under the blood. I want to say for the glory of God that I expect to give all the rest of my days to the service of the Lord, for He has done so much for me. Glory to God, there are a few of the dear saints here, that have not defiled their garments. O praise God for salvation! Your brother, saved and sanctified.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord saved me in the year of 1878. In 1883 brother and sister Cole came here and showed as the true light, and I came out of the Baptist sect. I praise God that He ever had mercy on me. Bro. John D. Ashbaugh is preaching here, and he is bringing us into glorious light, I have persecutions, but the Word of God says, “They that live Godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. I praise God for His precious promises in His holy Word. Your brother.
A WONDERFUL SALVATION.
Covert, Mich. DEAR BRETHREN: — And all readers of the Trumpet, I feel led to write my experience. O dear saints, God has cone so much for me I can never tell the half. O glory be to God for saving my poor soul, when I was just on the brink of hell. I praise God for deliverance from all sin just now. I am saved and sanctitied wholly to God.
One year ago last Oct., Bro’s. Michels and Speck came to Covert to preach. I was not saved then, I was sick both soul and body. I had been sick and suffering, for seven or eight months: the doctor’s bill was from three to four dollars a week, besides hired girls. I could not walk across the floor some days, without holding to chairs.
I had heard of the sanctifyers, as they were called. So I asked my husband if he would take me to meeting: he said he would if I could go. So he carried me out, and put me in the buggy, and we went to meeting. Bro. Michels preached from John 15th chapter, and marked it out on the black board, showing the difference between the justified and the sanctified. I just then saw what was the matter with me. When we were coming home ray husband asked me how I liked those people. I said I thought they were fast right. I made up my mind I would never rest till I was sanctified. I came home and began to pray to God to just kill me dead to all sin, and to make me as pure as Jesus. I tell you I was three days dying the death; for I was very proud, and had such a temper. I was just crucified with Christ. But O the Holy Ghost came down from heaven into my soul. Glory to God! I was made whiter than snow. I hardly knew whether I was in the body or not. In about five days I woke one morning at, four o’clock, and I was so full of the glory of God, I could hardly realize where I was. I was lying there, and all at once I heard something dropping on the floor, and there hung Jesus on the cross. The blood dripping down on the floor. In a short time old satan came close to me. He was an. awful looking man. I can not tell how bad he did look. Then Jesus took the old devil clear away from me to never come back again. O glory to God! There was such a straight path led right to heaven.
I could see through the straight and narrow path clear to heaven. Glory to Jesus! Then Jesus told me if I would quit drinking coffee, I should be healed. Just at that moment, Jesus put His hand on me, and healed me. Then I was caught up into heaven, and it was just as bright as gold. I cannot describe the beauties of God’s kingdom. I could not see the heighth nor depth nor width. I felt my spirit drop from heaven to my body again. Then I got up, I was healed.
In three days time I could walk to Covert, I felt like I could walk ten miles. I do praise God in the highest, for what He has done for me. God has given me the gift of discerning spirits, and the. gift of healing the sick, by the laying on of hands, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, “O glory be to God! Yes I will shout glory! glory!! to God, forever and ever! I am all on the altar, saved and sanctified wholly by the blood of the Lamb, and kept by the power of God.
Pray for me. Four sister in Christ,
Dear Brethren: — We are well both soul and body. Praise the Lord for victory in our souls! Our testimony is that we are growing stronger in the Lord; our faith is growing stronger, love increasing, hope brightens. The Lord Jesus blesses my soul every day and I am living in the Spirit and am kept by the power of God. The Lord is making me more and more like Him. Ever since the camp meeting I have had the glory in my soul and the victory now is mine. I can praise God now with my whole heart, and my bands go up to praise the Lord. I am free, the Lord has saved me from all sin.
“My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
Praise the Lord for the Holy Ghost Song Book. “We are trusting in Jesus. Give us your prayers that we may all be of one mind and glorify God. He saves us just now. Praise His holy name forever! Amen!
E. A. Guthrie.
Three Rivers Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I want to say to the glory of God I am kept by the power of God, through faith, ready to be revealed in the last day. I have the witness of the Spirit that lam sanctified wholly to God, soul body and spirit. Praise God forever and ever! Amen! Heb. 9:13, 14. “For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Heb. 10:10. “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Christ once for all.” I praise God for a full and complete salvation. Glory be to Jesus, He is leading me. Amen!
Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth. — John 17:17.
“To the law and to the testimony: it they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” — Isa. 8:20.
It cannot be denied that God, in the scrptures, has set up a standard of salvation far above that taught in the sects, and far above that accepted by the average professor of Christianity at the present day.
The Bible teaches that men should be holy in all manner of conversation; that they should be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect; that they should cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. Glory be to God! I have the victory in my soul. O Brethren, help me praise God for His goodness. “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him”. — John. 2:4 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. — John. 3:15
I praise God for a salvation that saves from all sin. I realize that the precious blood of Jesus cleanseth me from all sin, and the very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. I am free from babylon. Praise God forever! Pray for me that my faith fail not and, that I may grow stronger and stronger, and ever live low down at the Saviour’s feet.
To the Dear Saints of God, Greeting. May the God of all grace sanctity and keep us all blameless unto the coming of our Lord. I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony for the Trumpet. I am saved to the uttermost just now. O glory to Jesus for the perfect peace that fills my soul.
The Lord has wonderfully blessed me and my family. The Lord wanted me to come into this neighborhood and commence work for Him and I said, Lord there are no saints there; and I am weak. But He said go and I will be with you; and He has been with with me. He has saved three of my family; and given, me financial help; and sustained me in a wonderful way The meetings are increasing in interest. There is not a saint here except those of my family.
Last Wednesday night a backslider said he wanted salvation. Praise the Lord, conviction is on the people. I look for some glorious results here soon. Your Bro. in perfect love.
T. J. Cox.
Dear Brethren: — I will now write my experience for the Trumpet, it may be it will cheer some one on their way, as it often cheers me on my way to heaven to read the experience of others. When I was about sixteen years old, I was soundly converted. I was at my home standing on my feet. I felt the need of a Savior and I said in my heart, I will go to Jesus. I was like Nineva, God saw I was in earnest and O such joy and glory was poured into my poor soul. I joined the M, E. sect, thought I had to belong to a so-called church if I was a christain. I lived an up and down life from that time until I was twenty-three, when some holiness people came around. I did not believe we could be sanctified until we come to die, and that would be our dying grace. Praise God! It is both living and dying grace. I thought I ought to do many things contrary to this holy way, but God’s Holy Spirit got hold of me, and convicted me for a pare heart. I went to the Altar, but not in a backslid en state, sought and obtained sanctification, and O such glory and power as came into my poor soul, I never experienced before. I would go to prayer meeting and classmeeting, the power of God would so fill my soul I could hardly wait until it came ray turn to pray or testify. Babylon could not end tire so much, light because her deeds, were evil; so the devil got stirred in the classleader, and he told us he did not want any more sanctification there. Shortly after that I was married; my lot was cast among professed christains, but unbelievers. I was persecuted, and instead of standing firm for Jesus, I began to bear my own burden. But praise the holy name of Jesus, I am back on that straight and narrow path, and by the grace of God I am going to stay there; and God says His grace is sufficient for me. I do not shrink the lion’s den to share, for the God of Daniel is with me, and gives me deliverence. God will have a tried people. “These are they who have come up through much tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Glory to God for victory! I am free from all sect chains. Whom the Son maketh free is free indeed. There is a holiness work needed here and I am ready to do all I can, by the assisting grace of God; for I am free from old babylon, and will do all I can to free other souls. Tour sister purified, made white, and tried.
Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus: — May God bless you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places and keep you on the Rock, is the prayers of your brethren in the love of Christ and co-laborers for the spread of the Gospel. We are with you, heart and hand for the spread of the Gospel Trumpet; for we know it is Bible and in God’s order. We have good meetings here, large attendance. Last night we delivered the Word to about three hundred people of which about one hundred of them were saints of the living God.
O what glorious testimonies and songs of praise went up to God. We do praise God for saving our souls to the uttermost Glory to His name! O dear ones pray for us. God bless you. Amen!
From your brethren in Christ Jesus, saved and sanctified wholly to God, and filled with the Holy Ghost.
W. B. Grover, & S. L. Speck.
Dear Brethren: — Through the providence of God I saw a copy of the Gospel Trumpet; was rejoiced to read the testimonies of the sanctified ones. I am a colored evangelist on the line of true holiness. I was sanctified four years ago, and was converted two years before that. I do praise the Lord for free salvation. I learned from the Bible and the Holy Ghost that the sect churches were wrong, and I am glad to be free from sects and all other sins, and washed in the blood of the Lamb. I am greatly persecuted by the church priests and people; but praise the Lord! He keeps, me through it all. A few are beginning to see the light and walk in it. My wife is also sanctified. We are poor in this world, and some in debt. We would like to have holiness papers to distribute. And any help we could get from the dear ones who may read this will be greatfully received with thankfulness to God. I would be glad to see some of you down this way. I will be glad to hear from any of the holiness people. If I can get out of debt, we aim to go out fully in the work. Brethren and sisters pray for us. Yours sanctified in Christ Jesus.
G. W. Brawner.
Dear Brethren: — I want to say to the glory of God that I am saved and washed in the blood of the Lamb. I wish I could tell to all the world what the Lord has done for me. Praise the Lord O my soul! The Lord has cleansed me from tea which I was a great slave to;: if I did not have tea for my breakfast I was sure to have the headache. It has been over two years since the Lord cleansed me from if. Praise the Lord O my soul for what He has done for me! At any consecration over two years ago the Lord healed me of the terrible pain I had in my head which had troubled me for over twelve years. I could not over work or hear the saints shout without it would bring the pain to my head again; but now it is music to my ears. Praise the Lord! Last Wednesday I was taken very sick and from Saturday night until Sunday morning about eleven o’clock. I could not move my head, and my arms were numb. Sunday morning we sent after brother F. and he prayed for me at the hail, which we did not think of at home, and while I was in such terrible pain that it did seem as though I could not live, it stopped. I could not think for a few moments what had slopped such terrible agony, and all at once it came to my mind they had prayed for me at the hall. Praise the Lord
O my soul! We can pray for one another and the Lord will hear and answer our prayers if we obey and put our trust in Him.
Your sister saved and sanctified by the blood of the Lamb.
Dear Brethren: — My soul says praise the Lord for clean hands and a pure heart and for all His wonderfull goodness and mercy to us. I wish to say we have glorious prayer meetings. Jesus comes and fills our souls. Never has the Lord seemed so near us as at the two last Sunday evening meetings. Praise the Lord O my soul! We feel encouraged, more than ever before, to persevere.
Your sister saved and sanctified.
Dear Brethren: — I praise the Lord this evening for salvation that saves me from all sin. Glory be to God! He saves to the uttermost. O I praise God so much for saving my soul. Praise the Lord! I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. Glory to Jesus!
Your sister saved and sanctified through and through.
Sandy Lake, Pa.
Dear Brethren: — I have a friend, a precious friend, unchanging, tried and true; chief among ten thousand friends. I am glad you know Him too; He is with me this afternoon. Praise the Lord forever and ever! Amen! I am walking up to the light I have received, obeying the Lord, and keeping His commands; studying to know more and more of the deep things of God, and am living to please the Lord, doing what I can to help and encourage others to seek the Lord, and escape the awful doom that awaits all the unsaved. O how I tremble for the poor souls, when I think what awful peril they are in, and that they must soon be cut off, and forever lost. I cannot refrain from weeping while I write, and cry to God to save their poor souls. My Lord, and my God, help them to come and be saved, is my prayer. Pray God that He will help me to set an example that will be safe to follow. Sometimes I hear people talk about being picked at till they have lost all the good they ever had. My experience is, if a soul gets real salvation, it can not be picked out by all the forces the devil can muster up. If it was ever tried on any poor soul, it was on myself, in the past year, but praise the Lord, O my soul! for salvation through the blood !
Your sister saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God.
Mary M. Owen.
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — This afternoon I feel like writing a little of my experience.
One year ago last June, at the Bangor camp meeting, I went there drunk and I abused every body, but that same night God called after me, and the next morning I gave my heart to Jesus, who is able to save His people from their sins, and I was wonderfully blessed. But I did not take up my cross, and God’s Spirit strove with me until Christmas, and then the devil got me again, and I went to drinking, and smoking, and so I went on, getting worse and worse until fast June; and then I tried again but received no blessing, so I did not try very long, all because I did not take up the cross of Christ. No one can serve God and keep their light under a bushel. But praise God! I have got salvation now, and I can tell you where I got it. Bro. Palmer held a meeting down at Reuben Johnson’s, one mile and a half from our place. I told them I had sinned away my day of grace. But the Lord showed me that all sin should be forgiven except the sin against the Holy Ghost. Night after night I went to meeting, and souls were being saved; God strove with me again, but no one came near me. All at once I found myself at the altar, and there I found pardon, and that sweet peace came to me once more; there I promised God I would take up my cross whatever it might be. And praise the Lord, I have. Christmas eve we had an ordinance meeting at our house, and when they gave the invitation to go to the altar, the Spirit said to me, “go and get sanctified,” but I said no I will wait till some other time. But God struck me nearly dumb and blind, so I had to go, and now I can praise God for a complete salvation, and I do glorify His name. I can say to all drinking men, let the poison cup alone, and flee from the wrath of Almighty God. And I can say to all sinners, don’t, do as I did, but resist all evil, and cleave to that which is good. And now I stand free in Christ Jesus, and I do praise God for this salvation, and for a happy home. Pray for me, dear brethren that I may stand firm, and always hold up the true light
C. C. Griffin.
Dear Brethren: — Grace, and peace be multiplied unto you. O Glory to God for His wonderful power and goodness to the children of men. God is with us in mighty power, Saturday night we three sisters had a grand meeting at our house. It continued until nearly two o,clock. O what wonderful things Jesus revealed to us, I am saved and kept by the power of God.
Dear Brethren: — Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. I praise God with all my heart to-night or the salvation God has given unto me! I was once blind, but I now see, and glory to God, I am willing to walk in all the light, that shines on my pathway. If the world were willing to do this, they would not be in darkness long, (there is none so blind as those that will not see.) Glory to God for a full and free salvation.
Brother A. B. Palmer has been wielding the two edged Sword, and the Lord has wonderfully stirred up the people, especially the sectarians. They say if is all right, but if you touch one of their idols, they get carnal, God says, to be carnal minded is death, but to be Spiritually minded is life and peace. God says come: out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not, the unclean, thing, and I will receive you.
Glory to God! He has received me into His everlasting Kingdom. God’s truth. is marching on. Dear ones, let us work and fight while it is day, in the name of our clear Savior and He shall prevail, for He never lost a battle.
Glory to Jesus, I am free in Christ, and saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God, and I expect to hold up the blood, stained banner of King Emanuel, and though the enemy of my soul rages against me, I shall still trust my God. He that, is in me is greater than he that is in the world. We have got to suffer persecution while in this world, but we rejoice in tribulation. Your brother, fully saved.
Geo. F. Heath.
Dear Brethren: — I am led by the Lord to write my testimony. I praise God for a full and free salvation, that saves to the uttermost. Glory to God! Hallelujah! I am living for the Lord alone. I was converted one year ago next March, and I am walking in all the light that shines on my path. O it makes my heart rejoice to read the testimonies of the dear saints.
“O the gushing springs of glory,
That are flooding all my heart.
And the music, sweet and heavenly;
Wakes the chords in every part.”
Your Sister, saved and kept by the power, ready to be revealed in the last times. Praise the Lord forever and ever! Amen!
Dear Brethren: — My testimony is, I thank God for salvation that keeps me from day to day. We have not had the privilege of going to meeting for a few weeks, on account of the weather, but the Lord has been with us at our home.
Praise the Lord! for salvation that keeps me! Praise His holy name! O I do thank God for what He has done for me and my family. He has called me put of darkness, into His marvelous light.
“O this blessed holy rest,
On my Jesus’ loving breast.”
Praise the Lord forever and ever! Your Sister in Christ. Amen!