1 June 1891, Volume 11, Number 11.
Ah gentle spring, thy balmy breeze,
Now chanting mitt the budding trees,
A glorious resurrection sings,
And on thy soft etherial wings
Sweet nectar from ten thousand flow’rs
That bloom in natures happy bow’rs
Thou doest as holy incense bring
To Him who sheds the beams of spring.
Far in the South thy bloom appeared,
And all our journey homeward cheered;
A thousand miles in sweet embrace,
We northward held an even race.
Or if by starts we did outrun
Thy even tenor from the sun,
Ere long we blest thy coming tread
And quaffed the odors thou didst spread.
O brightest, sweetest of the year!
When all is vocal with thy cheer,
Thy lily cups and roses red,
With us some teardrops also shed.
The cherry trees, in shrouds of white,
Bring back to mind a mournful sight.
A coffined brother neath their bloom
Just ere they bore him to the tomb.
Ah yes, thou sweet beguiling spring,
Of thee my inmost heart would sing.
“The time of love,” all bards agree
To sing in merry notes to thee.
Yea such thou art, and happy they
Who walk in love’s delightful day,
Along the path thy flakes have strewn,
And know indeed her constant boon.
But what of him who walks alone,
With past love iled, and turned to stone?
Shall not the spring-tide music’s roll
Mock withered joys, and sting the soul?
Not in the heart embalmed in love
Transported from the worlds above.
Nor seasons, no nor else can bring
Heart-aches where only God is King.
That soul an endless spring enjoys
Where life the will of God employs.
He mid the fields of bliss may tread,
And feast on joys that long have fled,
By sacred memories glowing trace,
More than the heart untouched by grace,
Can drink from full fruitions stream,
Or paint in fancie’s wildest dream.
O God! Thou art the life of spring.
The source of all the seasons bring.
The soul of all the joys we know
The fountain whence our pleasures flow.
While nature wakes from winter’s sleep,
And gentle clouds effusive weep,
We join creation’s grateful lays,
And celebrate our Makers praise.
D. S. W.
WE will first show that our caption is Scriptural.
Second, it expresses a fact taught all ..rough the New Testament.
Third, a fact in the experience of all ..o have been born of the Spirit.
Fourth, what is wrought in the second ..ace.
First, then we remark that the word ..nslated “benefit” in 2 Cor. 1:15 — “see ..d benefit is from karin in the Greek. ..s to what that word means is easily seen ..m the fact that it is the regular Greek ..ord from which wo have our English ..ord grace. Being translated grace 131 ..mes in the Common version, and seven ..nes, favor. And it is never translated ..enefit any where else in the New Testament. These two facts should settle the ..atter. But the translators not knowing ..hat a “second grace” should mean de..rted from the regular manner of trans- ..ting the word in this place. But in the ..argin they entered it grace, and so it is … the margin of the Revised version. The Emphatic Diaglott and Rotherham both ..nder it favor, just as they do karin all ..hrough the New Testament. James Mc Knight translates and paraphrases it as ..ollows: “That ye might have a second ..ft of the Spirit as soon as possible.” That this second gift, of the Spirit, or sec.. grace was is easily seen in the whole ..oor of the epistle. In the former letter … the Corinthians the Apostle acknowledges their real conversion and spiritual ..umination. — 1 Cor. 1:4-7. But he also ..eproves them for having fallen into a sect..h spirit, from which arose strife and con..ention, also for other inconsistencies, such ..s prating against his apostleship, and corrupting, or rather substituting the Lord’s supper by a whole meal of their own. See chapter 11. His epistle had the salutary effect to correct their lives, and produce … thorough repentance and entire clearing of themselves of all these things, as is seen in 2 Cor. 7:8-11. Being now clearly justified again in the sight of God, they were in condition to seek and obtain a second grace. So the Apostle was anxious to visit them, and to help them into the glorious experience. Just as he was solicitous to come unto the Romans to impart unto them a spiritual gift — karisma — to the end they might be established. — Rom. 1:11. And to the Thessalonians, “to perfect that which was lacking in their faith,” i. e. “that their hearts might be established unblameable in holiness ” — 1 Thes. 3:10, 13. This same gift and second grace of heart holiness the Apostle desired to come and help the Corinthians in possession of. Hence said he, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” — 2 Cor. 7:1. “And this also we wish, even your perfection.” “Finally, brethren, farewell: be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” — 2 Cor. 13:9: 11. So the apostle Paul was an earnest teacher of a second grace, which he calls perfection, perfected holiness, a state of grace reached by a work of grace, which cleansed the flesh and spirit from all filthiness, moral impurities.
And this, as we are to show in the second place, is a doctrine of the New Testament. We can only take space to cite a few of the numerous passages in proof of this point. We will begin with the first converts to the faith once for all delivered to the saints. They believed in Christ — Mark 9:42, and hence were “born of God.” John 1:12, 13. Accordingly they “followed Christ in the regeneration” — in the regenerated state. — Mat. 19:28.
But that they were not yet wholly sanctified is evident because the Saviour, after all the above facts in their experience, prayed the Father to sanctify them. — Jno. 17:17. Which second grace they received on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2.
The people believed on Christ when Philip preached in Samaria, were baptized, and had great joy, doubtless, being pardoned of their sins. But afterward, as a second grace, they received the Holy Ghost, whom Christ in John 14 declared the world, sinners, could not receive. See Acts 8:12—10.
The Roman believers had furnished the Apostle satisfactory evidence of genuine conversion. See Rom. 1:6; 15:14. And yet he taught them a second grace. See Rom. 1:11; 5:2; 12:1, 2; 15:13, 15, 16.
The same twofold process of salvation can be traced in all the epistles. But we will only call attention to 1st Thes. In chapter 1:2-6 their first grace of regeneration is clearly seen. Nor had they backslid up to the time of the Apostle’s writing. See 3:6-9. But notwithstanding the good experience they had received and mantained, they were taught a second and perfecting grace. See 1 Thes. 3:10, 13; 4:2, 3, 7; 5:23, 24.
Third, what is the province of this second grace? The Scriptures already cited should be sufficient to show its nature, but let us a little farther examine the matter. We have occasionly met with the idea that the second grace is no cleansing at all, but only an infusion of power. This is a very congenial doctrine to the “old man.” Neither is the devil afraid of all the power men can get without a pure heart. There is no mortification or crucifixion in praying for an infilling of power. But to confess the old man of sin in the heart, and then get down humble enough in the sight of God to have him slain, that is the way of the cross, the way of the Bible.
Another false doctrine is this: “Regeneration gives us a pure heart. The second grace destroys the animal passions, and lusts of the flesh (body).” We quote the above from a letter before us. What are animal passions? Surely a proper answer would be, such passions as man possesses in common with the lower animals. Such as conjugality, the pairing instinct, seen in some species of the animal kingdom; amitiveness, the procreative passion; parental love, love of offspring: combativeness, resistance, defence, courage, etc.; destructiveness, which is executiveness, force and energy: secretiveness, cautiousness, and alimenliveness — appetite, relish for food.
These are about all the passions that can properly be denominated animal passions, and not one of them is destroyed in our salvation. They are all of God’s own creation, hence He does not destroy them, but sanctifies them all under the law of holiness to their natural and Divinely intended use.
What then is the effect produced by the second grace? All the justified soon find that they have an evil fallen nature that impedes their religious progress, and disturbs their new-born peace with God. But where is this inbred foe located, which is cleansed out by the second grace? We have seen that it is not “animal passions” adhering in the physical body, as a certain sin confused soul teaches. It is true that evil nature is called the “flesh,” from sarka which is often used with reference to moral evil in men’s spiritual and mental being. We read, “For the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other,” etc. — Gal. 5:17. That this is the dual state of the justified is admitted by all holiness teachers, and must be admitted by all men, because the sinner does not possess the divine Spirit. And now we are told that the flesh here means the physical body. But read ver. 24: “And they that are Christs (i. e., wholly given to Him according to Rom. 12:1) have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts.” Crucify means to put to death. Have these venders of their new theory committed literal suicide? If only the lusts of the flesh were to be crucified, we might interpret the flesh as meaning the physical body, but since the flesh itself is crucified, put to death, and yet we have not literally expired, it is evident the flesh in such passages does not refer to the corporeal body. If we follow the Word there is no trouble to understand this. “Knowing this that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed.” — Rom. 6:6. It is the body of sin that is crucified. Long before Paul’s physical body was destroyed, he said, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live.” — Gal. 2:20. The lately concocted theory teaches that regeneration makes us perfectly pure in heart, spirit and soul; but that entire sanctification only removes sin out of the physical flesh. Gal. 5; 19-21 is quoted as evidence. But is any one foolish enough to refer “envy, hatred, emulation,” etc., to the physical man. Can matter hate, emulate and envy? That the “flesh” in the above Scripture refers to evil in the mental and spiritual realm of man is evident from the fact that it is associated with the mind. The same word, sarkos, occurs in Rom 8:6 as follows: “For to be carnally minded is death.” Rendered in the Emphatic Diaglott thus: “For the mind of the flesh (sarkos) is death.” It also reads the same in the direct from the Greek. Now we all know that literal flesh does not possess a mind, but that mind pertains to man’s spiritual being. “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God.” ver. 7. “The mind of the flesh (sarkos) is enmity to God.” — Emphatic.
“So then they that axe in the flesh (sarki) cannot please God.” — Rom. 8:9. If this evil element called the flesh were the physical of man he could not please God until after putting off the same in natural death. But the flesh to be crucified is spiritual depravity. The theory that our spiritual being is made perfectly pure in regeneration, and is not further cleansed in the second grace is positively proved to be false in 2 Cor. 7:1; “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Here the flesh, used in contradistinction to the spirit, is evidently the physical, as it is often so used, as well as in relation to the body of sin. Perfected holiness, the second grace, is the result of cleansing both soul and body, both the physical and spiritual of man. From the the former it purges out all unnatural appetites, from the latter all unholy tempers, etc.
The assertion that regeneration makes the heart perfectly pure, and that entire sanctification does not affect the heart, the seat of our affections, is positively proved false by many Scriptures. “The works of the flesh” in Gal. 5, which the new heresy admits are cleansed out in entire sanctification, the Son of God says proceed from the heart. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” — Mark 7:21, 22. The inward source of these things is man’s evil fallen nature, the old man. Their root or tendency exists in the justified; “but if he lives after the flesh” or gives way to these evil lusts he sins, and spiritually dies. So while the sinner is the servant and slave of sin, the justified have all sins removed, and they keep inbred sin in subjection. But the wholly sanctified have both sins remitted and the evil root or bent of sinning destroyed. Since, therefore, the heart is the source of the works of the flesh their destruction involves a purification of the heart.
“Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.” — James 4:8. Bro. Achor gives us the following thoughts in this text: “For sinners to cleanse their hands is to cease from those acts of sin that they have committed. But who is meant by the doubleminded man? A sinner has only one mind, and that is to disobey God. A man with a pure heart has only one mind, and that is the mind of Christ. Therefore it must be a man that has been born of the Spirit, but has not received the second grace. Such doubleminded are commanded to purify their hearts. Therefore the second grace is a purification of the heart.”
That the second grace of entire sanctification is a work of perfect heart purification is incontrovertably established by Acts 15:8, 9: “And God which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did unto us; and put no difference between us and them purifying their hearts by faith.”
God put no difference between the first recipients of the Holy Ghost on the day of pentecost and the Gentiles who were saved afterward. And in all cases when they received the Holy Ghost He purified their hearts by faith. Other Scriptures are not needed. Satan knows very well that the heart of man is the seat of affections, and out of it are the issues of life, therefore he requires his preachers as much as possible, to call attention from heart cleansing salvation to every other device that he has invented. But “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
EXPERIENCE OF SALVATION AND HEALING.
Dear Saints of God: — I will write some of my experience of God’s dealings with me, more especially for the encouragement of those who have more recently entered upon the King’s highway. I left the land of Egypt some 25 years ago, and crossed over Jordan to the promised possession some nine years after, since which time I have found it good to walk in all the light I have been permitted to receive. When the “evening light” came, it found me doubly chained with the bands of the enemy, having been a Methodist and also an invalid for 15 years. My disease had become chronic, and after five years my eyes failed me in sympathy with a nerve of weakness, and though not blind, or entirely helpless, yet I was not able to read a page, or sew a yard of cloth for nearly ten years. I was shut out from the world as it were, until the time promised when God should “pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh,” and set the captives free. Seven years ago, I heard of a people called saints, “who went up to the feast” yearly at Bangor, to worship God, in the good old way; and that God was saying to the remnant of the camp of Israel, in these “later days, go forward, for from henceforth I will be in the midst of thee.” I heard of mighty works being wrought through the holy child Jesus, and I said in my soul, If God permits I too will touch the hem of his garment and be made whole. Another meeting three months later found me at the same place where I presented myself for the healing of my eyes. God had a second work in view, and because of this and for my good He permitted me to become especially burdened with desire for the healing of my eyes at this time. I had suffered much more with my eyes than otherwise for a long time, that I had been obliged to rest my body until I fancied that with their recovery I would feel quite well. God heard and answerad prayer, and in the instant of the exercise of faith I reached for a fine print Bible which was lying near me, and read nearly, two chapters with comfort. O praise our God and let us exhalt His holy name together. I returned to my Northern home, and began to undertake the demands of the same, when within one week I began to realize that the original disease was being aggravated with my effort to labor, and that I needed an entire healing. I was two hundred miles away from any body that I knew of who had a living faith, and as my condition became worse and worse, I cried mightily unto God to deliver me from all infirmity. I tried to pray believingly, but when an ache or pain followed I thought, surely, God has not healed me or I would not feel so. Several weeks passed, when at a time of much suffering I was led to set apart a time for fasting, the same as they did at Bangor. I asked God to reveal to me what was lacking on my part, and while waiting thus before Him I was led to take up a Gospel Trumpet which I had not read. My eyes first rested upon the experience of a sister who had been healed of the same disease. She said that when hands were laid upon her for healing she was in great pain, and afterwards she was still in pain, but according to God’s Word she was healed. He gave her strength to get up and go about, and as she continued to believe strength was given, and the pain passed away. She said at one time she was again in pain, and she asked the Lord why it was. He showed her that it was not the old disease but only a test of faith, also at another time when a sense of weariness came on without cause, that it was not the old disease, but only a test of faith, all of which passed away when her faith was lifted above her feelings. And that we must not ask God to heal us, and then wait to see, but get up and do as if we had what we have asked for. All this was like a message from heaven to me. My prayer was answered. I read the same twice over, and then fell upon my knees with the paper in my hand, and asked God God to touch me with His healing power, and make me every whit whole. I claimed what I had asked for, and arose declaring within myself that I was healed, with no other evidence than God’s Word. That was enough, and I was indeed made whole from that hour. God has required me to walk by faith many times for a long while. I have passed through sore billows of tribulation, when my flesh has consumed away, as it were, and my life had well nigh gone out only for His faithfulness to me. I have been led in ways which seemed beyond understanding, but having committed myself wholly into our Father’s hands, I have found comfort from the life example of our Lord, wherein none were ever so misunderstood as He was, and yet He was without sin and blameless I can see why among all the Christian graces, that of charity is more prominently set forth as the most needful. God grant us mountains of charity toward each other who are walking honestly in all His known will. About three years ago I became conscious of a lack in my soul; I did not know why, but I was not satisfied, and lest the enemy might have ensnared me in some way through the deceivableness of sin, I prostrated my self alone before God, laid by my relation to my former experience as a thing of the past, and covenanted anew with Him as at the first. Not very long after I heard the voice of the Spirit leading me forward to an advanced experience. I was led to fast and listen to what He might say, and while waiting thus before Him the words of Isiah were applied: “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations, spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy states. For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall He be called. For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.” God has indeed verified His Word to me, and my soul has been reaching out into the sweet beyond where the deep waters flow, and where my every desire is met in Him, who is my life, my all evermore.
J. E. Courtney.
Bay View, Mich.
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Dear Gospel Trumpeters and all you who heed its call: — Bro’s. Byers and Schroder and ourselves expect the Lord willing to commence a meeting in Lompoc, Cal. on Teusday, and we humbly ask your daily prayers to God for the success of the meeting in saving souls and establishing the true Church of God in that beautiful valley. We disire next to go up the coast to Bro. Myers, who has long desired us there. Pray that God may also bless His work there. Amen!
Sister Julia C. B. & Bro. Matt. Clayton.
Quite a number of brethren have written that they were coming to the Bangor C. M. from a distance, some, several hundred miles. We would suggest that all such as can remain and take in the St. Louis and Beaver Dam camp meetings. They can find places to stop and work for the Lord between the meetings. There will be plenty work at those camp meetings for all that come filled with the Holy Spirit, and plenty grace to save all that would seek God. All who come for good are welcome, and such as are not supplied with means will be fed freely.
It is probable that our Co. will take in the camp and grove meetings announced for Ind. and O. and then if the Lord will go to Pa. Many desire us to come West, but we think the Lord will send others on the Western line of meetings who are free from other lines of work that rest upon ns and that will doubtless require our return to the office as soon as possible.
Sister Susan Chafee writes from Black Ash, Pa. “Three years ago I was fully saved and sanctified.” “I was called into the work when I was saved, and I know my place in the Body of Christ. O, it is wonderful what God can do for a soul. He only has been my teacher. He has given me the faith once delivered to the saints.
“I was almost two weeks in the city of Titusville. I went to all the ministers of the town, talked with them, and delivered God’s message to them, telling them to warn the people to flee from sin and destruction, to the cleansing fountain. I did not find one really righteous minister. But some seemed as though they would like to be saved. Then I called on the leading ones of each sect, and found some saved up to all the light they had. A few got saved, and one sister sanctified. Many know not what to do, or where to go to get some spiritual food. One brother said he had been fed on chaff and wind. So each sect has some honest souls, who are like sheep without a shepherd. They want the truth preached to them. One brother was willing to board a man filled with the Spirit of God, and help pay his way there. I hope God will send some one here soon to give the people the light of God.”
This is a blessed way to hunt the real sheep of the Great Shepherd that are scattered and bewildered in the mists and fogs of sectism. O, that God had ten thousand servants and handmaidens ready to search out every town and city. O Lord, send thy fishers and fish them, and thy hunters and hunt them. And “thoroughly glean the remnant.” Amen.
Let us hear immediately from Bro’s. G. E. Bolds, W. M. Wilson, and brethren at St. James and Carthage, Mo. concerning the line of meetings. We would advise brethren at Norwood to defer their meeting until Sept. if they wish help from the East. However there are workers enough there in the West. Do as seemeth the Lord’s will.
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Dearly Beloved Saints: — May the blessings of God rest upon you. Now we fee led to ask any of you who have any of the Lord’s means at hand to send a little of it to brother E. E. Byrum that he may send it to Bro. G. R. Achor to help him to purchase another horse to replace the one that he lost. He is a minister of God and you who have the salvation of souls at heart cannot afford to have him at home for the want of ahorse. He has a good company of his own family, and is an humble and able man in God’s Word.
J. L. June.
List of Camp and Grove-Meetings.
THE BANGOR CAMP-MEETING
will begin June 10th and continue 9 days. A large attendance is expected. Let all the saints that can come with tents. Or if not with tents, at least bring some bedding. In fact, we would by all means advise all persons going to camp meeting to go prepared to take care of yourselves if possible. But if not practical to bring provisions and tent, there will be no trouble to make yourself comfortable if you just bring bedding. Of course if this can not be done, if the Lord leads, come anyway. But we think it seldom that people need to come to camp without something to cover them during the night. If you come by R. R. get your bedding checked, if by private conveyance substitute bedding for your buggy cushions.
Persons coming via. Chicago and South Haven by steam boat will find the steamer H. W. Williams running from the former to the latter place Sabbath night, Teusday night and Thursday night, leaving Chicago at 9 P. M. also on Monday. Persons coming in that way notify Bro. S. Michels, South Haven. Persons coming from the South on the Chicago & West Michigan R. R. stop at Bangor. From the North stop at Breedsville. The camp is only two miles from either of these places. Teams will be at the trains the first day. Persons coming later notify Bro. A. B. Palmer at Bangor. Persons coming from the East on the Michigan Central R. R. change here at Grand Junction and go to Breedsville.
We are sorry to observe that the saints in this region of country sire generally poor, and their faith has not usually taken in more than a few expenses of attending the camp meeting themselves, without extending help to the workers. So that it has become rather proverbial that he who goes a warfare on this old battle field, goes at his own charges. We have often been ashamed of this; and we would suggest in the name of Jesus, let all who love God and His cause, yea, even the poorest of you lay by a little to help such as the Lord may direct you to aid. Bro. Michels will have his blessed table set again to feed the hungry who are md otherwise provided, which is always free to such as are not able to go a warfare at their own charges. And let all the saints bring along a little to help the saints travel, and to pay horse pasture and other expenses of the meeting. If you are too selfish and careless to attend to this matter and do what you can, you need not wonder if the meeting should not bring great blessings to your soul. God has good things in store for them whom He loves, and “He loves a cheerful giver.” Let all the saints pray mightily for a glorious and fruitful meeting. Amen!
The St. Louis, Mich. camp meeting will begin the Lord willing June 24th 1891, and continue about 9 days. The holy people have procured a beautiful new camp ground for permanent use only two or three miles from St. Louis, Gratiot Co. Mich., and we hope a great number of good substantial tents will be erected. The camp is pleasant, dry and shady, and well watered by both a creek and strong springs. This permanent and suitable encampment was much needed there, and we hope God will abundantly bless and reward whom He has moved to give the same. I hope the saints will not be slothful or neglectful to turn out and help prepare the ground, watering place, etc. Bro. and sister Walters, appoint a time and call all willing hearts to the work.
The camp ground is between St. Louis and Alma, both quite large towns. St. Louis is on the Toledo & Ann Arbor R. R. and the Saginaw division of the Detroit, Lansing & Northern R. R. We hope to attend the meeting at that place, and may the Lord send an army of baptized workers. Every body that loves God and wishes to seek His favor is invited. For any particulars address Bro. Joshua Walters, St. Louis Mich.
A GROVE MEETING will be held, the Lord willing, not far from Springfield, Clark Co. O. July 23—26, 1891. Bro. Jessie Mc Farland, Forgy, Clark Co. O. please send us particulars.
A GROVE MEETING will be held the Lord willing, near West Liberty, Logan Co. O. July 29 — Aug. 2, 1891.
A GROVE MEETING, the Lord willing, will be held in the northern part of Logan Co. O. Aug. 6—9, 1891. Bro. Schell, please send us particulars of these meetings.
The Beaver Dam Ind. camp meeting the Lord willing, will be held on the old camp ground, beginning Aug. 11 and continuing until about the 20th. Persons coming from the South on the Lake Erie & Western R. R. come to Rochester. Notify Bro. David Leininger, Akron, Ind. All persons coining on the Chicago & Atlantic stop at Akron, notify Bro. R. N. Gast, Akron, Ind. Persons coming from the North or South on the Cincinnatti & Wabash stop at Silver Lake, notify Bro. S. M. Smith at that place. Coming on the Nickel Plate stop at Mentone, and notify Bro. Fletcher Stoner at Beaver Dam, Ind. All bring tents that possibly can, or at least do not fail to bring some bedding.
A camp meeting is called for by Bro. E. Barker at Onekama, Manistee Co. Mich. in Aug. or Sept. The Bro. writes that a good work of grace has been wrought there and quite a number of souls are standing in Christ only, but needing more teaching on the way of Divine truth they are exposed to sectish snares. He say, “Here is as good a field for the Gospel to be preached as I know. Onekama is a summer resort.” The brother is praying that God may send some one there soon filled with the fire of God, to teach the people the true way of God. Cannot Bro. Grover or Bro. Sheldon visit that place soon. And also arrange for the camp meeting.
A CAMP MEETING AT HEDRICK, IOWA is called for, about the time of last year. Let the brethren whom the Lord shall send West arrange the time. Address Bro. C Z. Lindley, Hedrick, Ia.
Randolph co. Ind. camp meeting. This assembly will take place on their pleasant, ground near Deerfield Aug. 21—30. More particulars in the future.
THE PA CAMP MEETING.
Will be held on the old camp ground near Rockland Station, Venango Co. We are not able to announce the time yet.
CAMP MEETING, NORWOOD.
The Lord willing, a camp meeting will be held near the above place in Wright Co. Mo., beginning July 23rd, to continue as long as the Lord wills. Brethren write from there as follows: “We invite all saints that can, come to the help of the Lord against the mighty. We have a good large tabernacle. We want some of God’s Holy Ghost ministers to come and cany on the meeting, as we are not accustomed to holding camp meetings. We expect Bro. Bolds and family, and any other preachers and companies the Lord leads. Such as need help to come, please correspond with us, and we will aid, if the Lord will, what we can. Let all the saints pray for us, that God may abundantly bless the camp meeting in the salvation of many souls. Any one wanting information can address
W. M. Wilson,
Peter Mc Kinley.
Gratiot Co, Mich. camp meeting will begin, the Lord willing, June 21th 1891, and continue about nine days. It will be hold, we suppose, upon the beautiful new camp ground, a couple miles from St. Louis, Mich. More particulars hereafter.
There will be a grove meeting held in the Shellhammer neighborhood, Armstrong Co. Pa., beginning June 4th 1891. D. V. We are expected to be there, also Bro S. Martz, and S. P. Gilger. All coming to A. V. R. R. stop off at Kelly station. Notify Jacob Shellhammer, Cochran’s Mills, Pa. They will be brought to the ground.
Yours in Him.
J. A. & A. J. Dillon & B. E. Fink.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Lompoc, Cal. May 14, 1891.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — May the blessings of Heaven rest upon you all. There were four dear souls baptized at San Diego Sunday May 3rd, and two weeks before that date there were four others followed the footsteps of Jesus down into and up out of the water. On Thursday May 7th … said farewell for a short time to my family and left San Diego for this place. At Los Angeles I met Bro. L. Schroder at depot. We spent the afternoon in the city calling on some of the saints. Bro. Johnson of Chatsworth, Cal. is there at present. Ho.. is an old farmer, and is spending the summer resting, and attending such meetin … as he can wherever he can do and get good, likes the Trumpet, and we had a real profitable visit with him. He is anxious to get to some of our meetings, which we hope he may soon have the opportunity of doing, and become thoroughly established in the present truth. There we also met Bro. Wolfe who has taken the Trumpet almost through its entire history. In the evening went to Lucy Sim’s meetings. This is the colored sister whom we mentioned in our last report. Pray for her dear saints. She needs a deeper experience and establishing. May God use her to His glory among the colored people. Bro. Schroder has been holding forth the Word of life to the Scandanavian people at Los Angeles, but concluded according to previous arrangements to go with … on this trip. We left that city next … for Redondo Beach, where at six P. M. … took the steamship “Coos Bay,” and launched out into the depths of the Pacific. This was my first experience out on the ocean and while others were violently sea-sick my heart was uplifted to God in praise that He is our abundant keeper and healed both on sea and land, from all manner of sickness. Glory to His name! Bro. S. having had much experience on the sea still needed and claimed victory and was also blessedly kept. We slept all night as sweetly as a child in its mother’s arms while the billows were tossing our ship. They that go down to the sea in ships that do business in great waters. These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. For He commandeth and raiseth the strong wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the
heaven, they go down against the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man arid are at their wits end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet, so He bringeth them unto their desired haven.” — Psa. 107:28-30. We reached our desired haven Gaviota, at 8 P. M. May 9th where we met dear Bro. W. C. Olinger at the wharf. Next morning we started across the mountains for this place a distance of 25 miles. Arrived here at Bro. O’s. home at noon May the 10th. Next morning we all went to work putting up the tabernacle in this beautiful town. Lompoc valley covers an area of about 60 square miles. Contains some excellent fruit farms where all manner of the necessities of life seem to abound. On Tuesday evening while finishing the preparations for the meeting, we had the long looked for pleasure of meeting face to face with dear Bro. and sister Clayton who had just arrived from their home Arroyo Grande, 60 miles distant. The same evening we opened the meetings here in the name of Jesus with blessed victory. One soul at the altar yesterday at the afternoon meeting. This valley has a population of about 1500, and we pray and ask all the dear saints to pray that there may be a glorious ingathering of souls at this place.
Your humble brethren upon the Gospel Altar.
Ludolph Shroder & J. W. Byers.
Auburn, Ind. May 13, 1891.
Dear Saints of God: — We begun meeting in Bro. Green’s house 5 miles south east of Lima, Ind. Apr. 19th and continued till May 3rd with the exception of a few nights. The precious Gospel has been greatly cursed and hindered by backslidings, dishonest walk and crooked lives of some mere professors in that country in the past, which might have been the scene of grand results and victories for God and salvation. However those who were willing and ready to walk out in the light and come up to the Bible standard were cleared up in their experience, and several attained unto the grace and perfect victory in entire holiness; while a few we were sorry to leave in no better or rather worse condition because they refused to walk out into the light and fully square up with God’s pure Word. The 5th, dear brother and sister Hart conveyed us to our much beloved Bro. Yoder’s kind home near Brushy Prairie, where we enjoyed a pleasant visit and rest and a prayer meeting with the beloved saints in that vicinity. There were several healed of the Measles, some of whom had them very bad, but the Lord delivered them all. Hallelujah! The 9th dear brother Yoder conveyed us to father Coy’s 3 miles north west of Angola, where we remained with the church over Sabbath The saints were strengthened and encouraged in the faith and grace of Jesus. One was justified, and another healed through faith. Hallelujah! We hope that God’s anointed ministers will visit that place We shall soon hold a meeting at Kendall, Mich., then go to the glorious Bangor C. M.
Yours in the love and patience of Jesus.
F. N. & Susie A. Jacobson.
Bangor, Mich. May 22, ’91.
To all the Saints of God Greeting: — I last reported from Tekonsha, Mich. From there we went over to Bedford, and met with the dear saints in the name of Jesus who giveth us the victory. The people turned out well, and seemed to be interested about their souls. The dear Lord blessed us in giving His Word. The saints were very kind to us. God bless them. We hope that God will do a good work there in the near future. We stopped a Kalmazoo, and met with the Church on Wednesday night. There was a good congregation. The next day we departed Bro. Cross went to Waterloo, Ind., and I came home. On Satuaday May the 16th, I went over to the Trumpet office, and met with the dear saints. O, how my soul was filled with love and gratitude to God, to meet with dear Bro. Warner and all the blessed faithful workers there. On Sabbath met at the Log Bethel. The Trumpet family all came over and saints from other places, a glorious host. In the forenoon God gave us a precious feast of heavenly truth through one of His messengers. In the evening we observed the ordinances of washing the saints feet, and the Lord’s supper. O, how good and how pleasent for brethren to dwell together in brotherly love and unity. Thanks be to God for all His rich blessings.
Your Bro. in Christ, saved and sanctified.
Bangor, Mich. May 21, 1891.
Dearly Beloved Brethren: — May mercy and peace be multiplied unto each one of you. My testimony is that God saves me to the uttermost. Praise His dear name for salvation. The last meeting which we held was three miles east of Davis City, Ia. in a school house, four evenings and one day. Five dear souls obeyed the Lord and went down into the water and were baptized, and arose from the watery grave to walk in newness of life. More will obey in the near future. Any of God’s ministers calling there will find a hearty welcome, although when we first went there was much prejudice against the truth, but light broke in upon their hearts after awhile, it being so near the latter day saints or Mormon stronghold they thought every body that claimed to be a saint was a Mormon, but the blessed Lord helped us to prove to them quite different. From your brother under the blood.
J. L. June.
Jamestown, Mich. May 9th 1891.
Dear Readers of the Lord: — We are very glad to report that we are still saved, and under the all cleansing blood, which keeps us pure and free. Since our last report we have been engaged in several meetings. The Lord helped us to sow the seed, leaving God to give the increase. We just closed a meeting in Ganges Township Allegan Co. with victory for King Jesus. The Church was delivered from false ideas, and much strengthened and settled in the deeper things of God. Great conviction rested upon the people. Some got to the Lord and were saved, while others resisted their conviction, and are still lost. Three followed the Lord in the ordinance of baptism, witnessing their death to the world, and their resurrection to a new life in Christ Jesus. Bro. J. W. Daugherty, and Bro. Cole joined with us in the meetings, who done good work for the Lord, From Ganges we all came here, commenced meeting last night in the name of the Lord Jesus. Our address will still be Grand Junction, Mich.
Yours in Christ, under the blood. Amen!
Wm. N. & S. J. Smith.
Indian Springs, Mo May 14th 1891.
Dear Saints: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony with a report of the good work done at Neash. Bro. and sister Sunderland and myself commenced meeting there April the 21st, and closed May the 12th. Bro. Stanbery came in the second week, and did good service the rest of the meeting. We gave the truth, and the Holy Spirit came with it, and sealed it on the hearts of the people. And wonderful cenviction rested on the people. There were tweenty seven souls professed salvation. Eleven converted and sixteen sanctified. Last Sabbath nine souls were buried with Christ in baptism. And on Monday night we had a blessed ordinance meeting There were tweenty seven took part in washing one anothers feet, as Jesus commanded. The Lord sent the Holy Ghost upon us, and shouts of praises sounded out from the happy saints. Glory to God forever and forever!
We expect to return to them soon, perhaps take our tabernacle with us, that we may be able to accommodate the large crowds that attend our meetings. I am saved this morning, and realize the blood cleanses me from all sin just now, and the truth does make me free.
Your brother in the work.
Dear Brethren: — I feel impressed to write a few lines for the glory of God. Praise His holy name forever! I am still on the sea of glass that is mingled with fire.” — Rev. 15:8. Glory to God for the victory over the beast. I was a good Methodist for over tweenty one years, and then dropped all profession for nearly three years, and said I would never have anything more to do with the sects. I tried to be a Universalist, had no joy, no peace, until about eight months ago, when Bro’s. Markwell and Louck came into our neighborhood. I had always opposed sanctification and holiness. But God made them stay at my house nearly a week, until wife and I were reclaimed, and then their work seemed to be done. Two weeks after I went to hear Bro. Defore preach, and God made him come and stay over night with me. I obeyed Rom. 12- 1, and the following night I commenced praising God and have been full ever since. Glory to His name! Afterwards some Salvation Army boys came into our neighborhood to hold meeting. They seemed to be doing the best they knew. So wife and I took hold in the meeting with a will for God. The fire commenced to burn and spread. We were the only live ones in the meeting, meeting held on for about thirty nights, closing with about thirty living witinesses twelve or fourteen new converts, the rest reclaimed backsliders and cold professors awakened. Thirteen were baptized, and we now have a good prayer meeting started. I think none have joined the Salvation Army or will do so. A Methodist has an appointment here, I think it is his object to feed the flock. Ezk. 34:2, 3, 4.
We pray the Lord to send us a good minister, for we fully believe a good work is done here, and if we get a wholly sanctified minister soon we will be able to hold these people for the Lord.
Your brother justified by faith sanctified by the blood, and waiting to be revealed.
Dear Saints of the Most High Greeting: — May grace mercy and peace be multiplied unto you. I can say to-day to the glory of God, that Jesus fully saves me from sin, and I have the victory in my soul. Thanks be to God! He has said that our light afflictions which are but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. And we find that this is Brought about by looking to Jesus. Hence Paul says in his letter to the Hebrews: “Look unto Jesus the author (or beginner,) and finisher of our faith.” O, that we may by faith walk in Him, rooted and grounded in love: so that we may not be moved from the hope of the Gospel by the great mess of lies and slander that he is scattering around by his servants. Remember that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, and obey His holy Word. I love to do the will of God in sickness or in health. Glory to Jesus! I love the lovely way of God, it is joy supreme to me. And I do not want any Zinzmdorfism nor the fault finding evil spirits that teach that false doctrine. I would say to all the saints of God to have no fellowship with them, but to follow the Lamb, and He will lead you in His ways of peace. I love to read the Trumpet, and find that its teachings harmonize with the Word, and many are saved through reading the truth that it sends forth. O, I pray the Lord to add His blessings, and direct His work.
From your blood washed brother.
A. A. Kinzie.
Dear Saints: — I feel it would be to the glory of God to add my testimony. I love my blessed Savior. As far back as I can remember I joined the Missionary church at 13 years of age, I think I lived an upright life except in having what I called fun with cards, which is the vice of the devil, and go to parties. Jesus cleansed me from that evil 8 years ago. Now I am saved and sanctified wholly.
Your sister in Christ.
Dear Saints: — I feel it to be to the glory of God to write my testimony of what the dear Lord has done for me. He saved and sanctified me wholly, and I am kept by His mighty power every day and hour. Glory to God for salvation full and free. I have been walking in the beautiful light of God for two years and five months, and the way grows brighter every day. I am ready and willing to do any thing for the Lord, and am waiting for Him to come. Pray for me and my family. God bless you all.
Your sister saved and sanctified.
Mrs. N. A. Slaton.
Dear Saints: — About five years ago the Lord led me out into this glorious evening light of the Gospel, and He has delivered me from sectism and all sin, and made me happy in His love. I do glorify God for what He has done for me. Praise the Lord! I have been very much afflicted in body, and ask you all to earnestly pray that the Lord may heal me. I believe He will do it. Pray also that I may be kept by His power.
Dear Saints: — I feel led to write what the Lord has so wonderfully done for me. I am saved from all sin and am kept by the power of God, and am sinking more and more into His will. Glory be to His holy name! I praise His holy name this morning for His wonderful healing power. I was afflicted and had to keep my bed seven weeks. Every one said I had the Consumption, and some told me I would be here but a short time. But glory to God, He always leads His children in the way that pleases Him. I was led to comply with the Word in Jas. 5:14, and was wonderfully healed. Praise the Lord forever. Your saved sister.
HEALED OF THE LORD.
To all the Saints Greeting: — I want to give in my testimony on the Lord’s side. God has healed my poor body. Bless His holy name! My suffering has been indescribable. But bless His holy name, He has healed me. I used a great deal of medicine and received no relief, so quit taking medicine and wrote to the Trumpet for prayers for the healing of my back. Well bless God! I knew when the healing was going on in my back. Bless the name of God forever. We would love to have Bro. D. S. Warner and Co. to come out here and hold meeting. There are but two saints at this place.
Your brother saved and sanctified.
J. C. Green.
Dear Saints: — I feel glad this morning for a present salvation, and although we are not rich in this worlds goods I have a right to the tree of life. Satan has been lard after me, but God is as true as His Word, His grace is sufficient to ward off the enemy. He knows all my needs and is an all-sufficient Savior. As I live in a place where I seldom get to meet with the saints, the Gospel Trumpet is a welcome visitor to my home. Begging all God’s children to pray for me I remain your sister in Jesus.
Mrs. Viannah Crites.
Dear Bro. — I have been taking your paper for quite a while, and was very glad to read them, but they did not fit me just right at all times. But I kept on reading. I thought holiness was too big a word for us at the present age. I thought sanctified people only lived in old time. Now, dear brother in Christ, for such you are to me now, for your paper is right and I was wrong, I would be pleased to add my testimony with those of the dear brethren and sisters that I read in your paper. I believe it will be to the glory of God. Confession is good for the soul. I did not see how we could be holy in this life until last Sabbath evening, when I was reading the Bible. Glory to God! He gave me faith to step out upon His promises. “Be ye holy for I am holy.” O the blessing came. Glory to our blessed Lord! He saved and sanctified me. O I was so happy, I laughed and praised God for I could not help it. My wife said that was what she had been praying for so long. We are a saved family. Bless God for salvation unspeakable and full of glory. Pray for me that I may stand firm. Your saved brother.
Dear Saints: — I praise God that I can report in the name of Jesus that I am saved. He sweetly keeps me each day trusting in Him for all things. Please remember me when you pray, for the enemy is trying to overthrow me.
Your sister all on the altar.
Dear Brothers and Sisters: — I feel led of the Lord to say that I am enjoying full and free salvation that keeps me from all sin, and the God of peace sanctifies me wholly. Glory to His name forever! And I do praise the Lord for healing brother Bradley, and sending him back to Watkinsville once more to comfort the saints, and warn sinners to repent. Many souls were made to rejoice, and I praise the Lord for the evening light. It is a blessed thing to trust the Lord for all things. I take Him for my physician. When Bro. Warner and company were here the Lord wonderfully healed my body through their prayers, and I have not taken any medicine since. I have counted the cost, paid the price, and have consecrated all to the Lord and am sanctified through obedience to His will. Pray for me and my husband that we may be true and loyal to God.
Auburn, Ind. Apr. 12th 1891.
Dear Saints — :I thank God this evening for a present salvation that saves me just now from all sin, and I am kept by the mighty power of God, ready to be revealed in the last time. Oh, I have so much to thank the Lord for that I scarcely know where to begin. I have heard that the Gospel Trumpet was soon to be a weekly paper, and I do pray God that such may be the case. I for one will pay my portion. I can scarcely wait from one time to the next to get my paper.
Your Bro. saved and sanctified by a second work of grace.
G. C. Lahnum.
Mary E. daughter of Henry E. and Ella B. Clyde died Apr. 17th 1891, aged 1 yr 10 mo. and 20 days. Funeral services by Bro. Wooden.
The dear one has gone
To the home of the blest,
Where sweetly she’s resting
On Jesus’ dear breast.
Mrs. E. Tripp.
Bro. Jacob Taylor was born in Montgomery county O. in 1831. Died in Latty, Paulding Co. O. May 13th 1891, aged 59 years, 10 mo’s, and 21 days. Text by request Heb. 4:9. He leaves a wife and children to mourn his departure. May they receive the balm of consolation in this time of bereavement, and believe the Master doeth all things well. God grant that this dispensation of His providence may loudly call the unsaved of the family to repent of their sins, serve the Lord, and meet their departed one in glory. We were happy to learn that he said, “All is well, clear, etc.
B. E. Warren.
Died — at his home, White Cloud, Mich. May 19th 1891, James Hancock. He leaves a father, four sisters and six brothers to mourn his death.
On the 20th of May 1891 Minnie Hancock, wife of the above Jas. H. and daughter of Mr. Edwin and sister Stock well of White Cloud, sweetly departed this life, aged 21 years. She leaves a babe but two weeks old, and a father, mother, one sister and two brothers to mourn their loss. But their loss is her eternal gain. Minnie got saved last winter alone by reading her Bible and calling upon the Lord. A few hours before she sank to sleep in Jesus she sang, “Glory, glory! Hallelujah! victory in Jehovah’s might.”
Mrs. Edwin Stockwell.
Died — an Cheshire, Mich. Apr. 30th 1891, Bro. Absalom Vallentine, aged 72 years, 11 mo’s, and 25 days. Bro. Vallentine embraced the evening light about four years ago, and has lived a good Christian life since that time. The funeral was held at the Rowe school house in Cheshire on Saturday the 2nd of May.
A. B. Palmer.
In Cheshire, Mich. May 8th 1891 sister Martha E. Wilson exchanged this life of suffering for another life of eternal bliss and happiness. Her sufferings though very severe were borne with much patience, having victory in her soul from first to last. She gave advice to many friends on the subject of Christianity, exhorting sinners to turn to God, and saints to stand firm. She died in the full triumphs of faith, just at the last raising her hand toward heaven exclaiming, “Beautiful! beautiful!” “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” She would have been 49 years old the 7th of June. The funeral was held at the Rowe school house on Sunday the 10th of May.
A. B. Palmer.
FREE IN JESUS.
“WHOM the Son maketh free is free indeed.” The Lord never intended that souls should be in bondage to sin and sectism. He created man in His own image (in holiness) to glorify Him, to do His will and not the will of man. In the sects men are not free, but in bondage with a grievous yoke upon their neck, with straps and bands to bind them down. All this I now realize as I stand aloof from sin babel, and look upon her as a piece of foolishnesss, blinding souls and sending them down to eternal ruin. When I was converted I had never heard anything about holiness, and did not know that the sects were not the church, and as I had been taught that it was right and proper to join the church, not knowing that we were born into the Church by conversion, and that to stand outside was to be considered as in the world without hope, I gave my name to the preacher of the United Brethren. This society should now be called divided quarrelers as it is split into two factions, and each party are quarreling with the other as to which is right I did not here find everything at peace and harmony; neither did I find the love existing that should exist among Christians. There were frequent eruptions that would mar the peace of all honest and sincere Christians. I noticed that the different societies did not fellowship each other as they should. They seemed to be jealous of each other, all of this I could not understand. I could not see why there should be a division between God’s children, and why those of different denominations could not fellowship each other as they should. When the Lord led me into the ministry, I saw this more clearly, but how to mend matters I could not tell, and was greatly puzzled over the matter. I found there was confusion among the ministers; they were jealous of each other, and would frequently work against each other in the conferences. This I knew was not right. I also found out another thing that troubled me greatly, the presiding elders whom I had looked upon as godly men, were not living up to their profession; some were guilty of one meanness and some of another, and all were more or less full of, levity, engaging in foolish conversation that was not profitable to the soul. When the Lord gave me light on the true Church I was ready to step out from all sects and be free. For this act I was censured, but praise the Lord I would rather be a door-keeper in the house of the Lord than to sit or dwell in the tents of wickedness. While in the sect I was ruled by a presiding elder and had to obey orders, or run the risk of being reported to higher ecclesiastical powers, and get reprimanded by the bishop, or be set aside in disgrace; but I praise the Lord that I have no one to lord over me now but Jesus, who is my elder brother and the bishop of my soul. The Lord gave me the light on the true Church, and also the light on sanctification as a second work I did not get it from man, neither was I led by man, and now I am preaching a free and full salvation from sin. God does not want His people in bondage but is calling them to come out. I have been offered good salary to preach in the sect, but to go back and join the sect would be for me to backslide and lose my soul, this I cannot afford to do.
G. W. Carey.
WONDERFULLY HEALED OF CONSUMPTION, AND SAVED TO THE UTTERMOST.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — The dear Lord has brought me up from such depths of weakness and affliction, suffering and discouragements into His great and glorious light, and save sand so lovingly keeps me day by day that I feel I should tell it for His glory, and with the hope and desire that it may encourage and lead some other sick and despairing soul to the great and mighty Physician, who so tenderly sooths and heals both soul and body. I have nursed and buried my whole family consisting of husband and five children. Also two grandchildren, who were all victims to that terrible disease Consumption. The last of the family, my beloved son, was taken from me about eight months ago, during whose sickness and death I was brought low with nervous prostration and extreme grief. I used medicines until I found that they were of no earthly use to me, and I kept growing weaker and weaker. A slow lingering fever, a severe cough, and a horrible feeling of suffocation caused by inflamation of the bronchial tubes caused me to give up all hopes of life. All those symptoms kept increasing, coughed harder, had pain in my side and chest continually, sometimes sharp and cutting, sometimes dull and aching, chills in the fore part of the day, and in the afternoon hectic fever, terrible night sweats, profuse expectoration, loss of appetite, swelling of the limbs, etc., which, beyond all doubts, were the last stages of Consumption. This was my condition when on the 14th of March 1891 Bro. J. W. Byers of this city called to see me, and asked me if I was a child of God, to which I could truthfully answer, yes. When he told me that God had provided for the healing of the body as well as for the soul, and that God is not the author of disease, and would heal all who would comply with His requirements, and grasp the promise for healing, I said, yes, I believe those promises for healing as much as any of the rest of God’s Word, but did not seem able to claim them for myself. This dear brother dealt very plainly with me in taking me through a searching consecration, and when I saw the requirements in order to believe I was sure that I could lay hold of the blessed Master, and never let him go until I was sanctified and healed. I was willing and ready to be anointed for healing. Accordingly four of the Lord’s elect met in my room at 4 P. M. the next day. The night before this had been a sleepless and restless one on account of my low physical condition, but my faith was strong. These dear saints now offered up earnest prayer, which went up to the throne as incense, and was heard and answered by the Father. I shall never forget the sweet consciousness of God’s presence filling that little room with a glory not of earth as my head was anointed with oil. Then once more the promises were claimed for me, His sick and suffering child, while I lay passive at His feet. Then they began softly to sing “She only touched the hem of His garment,” and O praise His dear name forever! even as they uttered these words the mighty deed was done. Through all my chilled and dying body the warm life blood went rushing. I felt the glow of a new life, a delicious warmth penetrated my clammy limbs, the pain and soreness left my throat and lungs, I breathed with ease, and raising myself up in bed I stretched out my hands and exclaimed, O thank God! I am healed. I cannot find words to express the peace and joy that fills all my soul and body as I realize that I am again a well woman. That night my rest was so sweet and unbroken by either cough or sweating, and next morning I arose and dressed myself without assistance, walked through one large room to the front door, looking out upon this beautiful world which I thought I should never see again, then walked back to the kitchen, went to the table and ate a hearty breakfast, for with this new life came a hearty appetite for food. I can now, and have from that day been able to go about my work, often walking a half mile or more to church without fatigue. Blest and kept “exceeding abundantly above all I could ask or think.” My body is not only healed but my spiritual life is so wonderfully renewed and strengthened. The dear Lord does graciously fulfill His promise to “keep in perfect peace all those whose minds are stayed on Him.”
Your sister sanctified and healed.
Eliza C. Stubbs.
San Diego, Cal.
WE are admonished much in the New Testament concerning false spirits, teachers, doctrines, antichrists, etc. Take heed how ye hear. ‘Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.’ Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits by the word. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine (not doctrines).” — 2 Tim. 3:16. “But the word of the Lord endureth forever, and this is the word which by the Gospel is preached unto you — 1 Pet. 1:25. “But though we, or an angel from heaven preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” — Gal. 1:8. And ver. 7, “There be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.” Yes, bring in doctrines as spoken of in 1 Tim. 4:1, speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20:30. As soon as a man is overcome by a false spirit (is spiritually dead) what immediately follows? For wheresoever the carcass is there will the eagles (vultures) be gathered together. — Mat. 24:28. O how these false spirits and delusions will gather around a fresh carcass, and will eat as doth a canker, and their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongues shall consume away in their mouth.” — Zech. 14:12. They seek to console each other, and love to prate against God’s children that rebuke heir wickedness as did Diotrephes. Their heart and mind becomes saturated with delusions, see 2 Thes. 2:10—12, which they fancy to be some wonderful light from heaven; and every thing to the opposite is “following some man.” As a certain person has recently entered the mists of error, we are led to expose his doctrines. He says, “In the new birth, or justifying grace, our heart, spirit, soul, mind, every thing except our physical body is made completely pure. And in the perfecting holiness (finished work) our body is cleansed from passion, lusts, anger, etc. Which trouble is not in the heart, but in the flesh (animal physical body).”
Now let us appeal to the Word of God. “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” — Gen. 2:17. The serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die. — Gen. 3:4. Here we have contradictory statements by two parties. One by God who cannot lie, and the other by the serpent, a deceiver. So in ver. 6 they (Adam and Eve) both did eat, hence died that day. Literally? No: they lived hundreds of years after. So it was a spiritual death. Literal death was the result of their not being permitted to eat of the tree of life. See ver. 22-24. What was the result of this spiritual death? Gen. 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was so great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thought of his heart was only evil continually (of his heart), hence spiritual. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, (consider this well) but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness (spiritual darkness) of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” — Eph. 6:12. Therefore “our weapons are not carnal.” “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” Prov. 4:23. What then about fleshly lusts in 1 Pet 2:11? They are called former lusts in 1 Pet. 1:14. Some of them are named in 1 Pet. 4:3 and in James 4:1. These lusts war in your members. In verse 4 one is named, viz. adultery. Now look at Rom. 7:22. — “I delight in the law of God after the inward man; ver. 23. But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, (inward man ver. 22, “Hidden man of the heart” 1 Pet. 3:4) and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members,” am declared by Christ to proceed from the heart Mat. 15:19. Mark 7:21. Here we have two laws in our members proceeding from the heart: for from it are the issues of life. Therefore “To whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.” — Rom. 6:16. Because sin is in our members, mortal body, etc., does not prove that it is not in our heart, for all that is in our heart is in our body; because our heart, spirit, etc. are in our body. But if lust, wickedness, anger and such like are in our body it is proved to be in our heart by Jesus Christ’s own words, Mat. 15:19: Mark 7:21; Gen. 6:5, etc. Our members are only the instruments (arms or weapons — margin) of righteousness or unrighteousness. — Rom. 6:13. Please examine Gal. 5 beginning at ver. 19: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, etc. Whole catalogue of evil lusts which Paul calls “your members which are upon the earth” in Col. 3:5, and which Christ says proceed from the heart. Mat. 15:19 — “For out of the heart (yes, out of the heart not the animal nature) proceeds evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies; these are the things that defile a man. Again in Mark 7:21 — “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murder, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness; all these evil things come from within, and defile the man. Where is the trouble? Shall we believe Jesus Christ or the wresting of these Scriptures by false teachers? “Then cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” — James 4:8. Getting a pure heart is the remedy for the alien mind. See Rom. 8:6, 7. “Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” — Mat 23:26. A holy life, 1 Pet. 1:15. Also redeems from the inherited sin. — Gen. 6:5. Psa. 51:4. Jer. 17:9. Sanctify wholly (German through and through). — 1 Thes. 5:23. Bodies holy. — 1 Cor. 6:19; 3:17; Jer. 11:15. Heart pure, and from it the issues of life, hence, holy fruit free from sin. — Rom. 6:22. Therefore dead to sin. Rom. 6:2, 6, 7, 11, and how is this done? “By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” See office of Holy Ghost. Mat. 3:2, 3; Mat. 3:11, 12; Rom. 15:16. The false teacher imagined he was raising the standard of perfected holiness very high, but just put it on a level with the old Sinai law. See Heb. 9:13, 14; — “For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh (just as he teaches) 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 Jesus Christ once for all.” Heb. 13:12 — sanctified the people with his own blood, that is believers. Jno. 17:16-20. One offering, Tit 2:14, for both sinners and believers He gave Himself for sinners that they might be justified by His blood. — Rom. 5:8, 9. He gave Himself for the Church that He might sanctify and cleanse (by the blood, Heb. 13:12) it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.” — Eph. 5:25-27. So we see His blood was spilt for our justification, also for one sanctification, or holiness complete. Hence “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.” Sins committed. — Mat. 1:21. And from the inhearted sin. — Jno. 1:29. The works of the devil. — 1 Jno. 3:8. “All iniquity.” — Tit. 2:14. This holiness is begun in regeneration, and made complete in perfect holiness. — 2 Cor. 7:1; “Having these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (yes, and spirit), perfecting holiness. Dearly beloved, perfecting holiness could not be done unless a degree of holiness was already attained. And yet filthiness of the flesh and spirit there is in the justified to be cleansed in order to reach the comminuted point of complete purity. So away goes your old filthy fleshly lusts, etc., when the heart is pure. O hallelujah to Jesus for a pure heart in a holy temple, with the lawful appetites under subjection as becometh the Gospel of Christ; baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire, yes, the refiner’s fire. “And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin. — Isa. 1:25.
I am sweetly resting under the all cleansing blood of Jesus. And trust these few thoughts may serve to open the eyes of such as say they see, and yet are blind, and also guard others against similar delusions. Yours in the kindness and love of Jesus.
Geo. L. Cole.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — For the first time in my life I feel led to write my testimony. I was converted under the preaching of Bro. Bradly in Oct. 1888 at Zion Church, and after that I consecrated myself to God, and He sanctified me on the 15th of January 1889. Since that lime I have been enjoying the love of God in my soul, and I am growing in grace and in the knowledge of God, and I find that the way grows brighter and the cross gets lighter. I praise God that I have a joy in my soul that is unspeakable and full of glory.
Pray for me that I may continue to walk in the light, that I may have fellowship with all true saints, that the blood of Jesus may continually cleanse from all sin. Your Bro. washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Dear Readers: — May God bless you all and keep you true to Him in these perilous times for Jesus’ sake. Amen. I am still rejoicing in a Savior’s love, glory to God, and saved from all the works of the devil. Praise the Lord! I am cleansed from all filthiness of the flesh, such as tobacco, whisky, tea, coffee, to which I had become an awful slave, especially the tobacco and coffee. The lions roar all around but they are chained, and I am hid with Christ in God. Hallelujah! I am saved from all ites and isms.
Your brother in the Lord.
John P. Baily.
Wymore, Neb. Apr. 5th ’91.
Dear Brethren: — May God’s blessing rest and abide with you all is my prayer. About eight months ago Bro. Willis, and Bro. and sister Cole and sister Lodema Kaser came here, and they having a tent went to work for King Jesus, and there is where I was led to see myself rushing headlong as it were to destruction. But glory to God, I got a faint glimpse of His marvelous light, and stepped out into it I went to the water, and followed my blessed Savior in baptism, and had a glorious time obeying the Lord. But since that time I fell away and was not living as I should, and then God with His all seeing eye saw I was going to fall, and He sent His angels of light, and glory to God, I repented of what I had done, and asked God to forgive me.. and then I gave myself up to God all that I have in this world, family, and life, and got a glorious victory over the devil, and cleansed from all carnality, sweetly reigning with one Christ Jesus. Glory to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. And now I am sweetly saved and sanctified by a second work of grace, and give God all the glory, God has healed our little children several times. Our little boy five years old was healed of Rheumatism, and the swelling and pain went away and has not returned since. Glory be to God!
Your Bro. and sister under the blood.
M. E. & C. W. Davidson.
Dear Saints: — I feel moved this evening to give my testimony to the glory of God for salvation that saves me from both guilt and power of sin, by a second definite work of grace. I had a narrow escape out of babylon, the mists of babylon were so dense before my eyes that I could not see at all. But praise the Lord for scaling my eyes. First, the Dud smote me so I almost fell to the floor. Then He told me in plain words, “They are my peculiar people, go with them.” But poor self did not want to go with that forsaken band of holiness people, and procrastinated until I lost justification, and the Lord condemned me so that it was hell on earth. And he kept me there day and night, and brought me nigh unto death, then I was willing to go and do my first work, and give myself a living sacrifice. And to-night I am standing on the solid Rock, saved to the uttermost. Blessed be the name of Jesus! I can truly say, the Lord has led me out of babylon, and my prayer is daily to the Lord to have all the taints of babylon washed away as fast as they show up. Praise the Lord for ever for opening my eyes, and showing me the blessed evening light. And by His grace I can prove faithful doing His whole will, and glorify His holy name. Dear saints, pray for me that I may be kept low at the cross.
Your saved sister.
Fort Stephens, Miss.
Dear Saints: — I feel this morning that it would be pleasing in the sight of the Lord for me to testify through the columns of the Gospel Trumpet. About eighteen months ago I met God’s conditions and He truly spoke peace to my soul. Praise the Lord! The devil tempted and tried me a great deal in regard to the two works of grace, I not knowing much about it began reading the Word and praying to God for wisdom, and was soon fully convinced. I then made a complete consecration of everything I knew and trusted the Lord for what I did not know, and claimed the promise by faith. Glory to His name! since that time I have felt the abiding Comforter with me. Praise the Lord! I feel just now that I am fully saved in Jesus. I ask all of God’s saved ones to remember me in your prayers.
W. F. Wright.
Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Dear Saints: — I feel led to write my testimony. I am saved and sanctified by the power of God. Oh, glory to God! I am glad for the evening light. I was a member of the M. E. sect for 26 years, but was never converted until 2 months ago when Bro’s. Lytle and Gibson came to our neighborhood and preached the straight Word. Bless His holy name! I received it, and am saved from babylon. Pray that I may receive more light, for I am weak; but He has promised to give us strength. Oh, bless God for salvation full and free I am glad that our house is a house of prayer. May the Lord bless all the dear saints. I remain your sister in the body of Christ.