1 March 1890, Volume 10, Number 5.
RUSSEL’S HOAX-AGE EDITION OF SOUL-GRIPPLE CITY.
Just what adverse moulding forces
May have stamped their dire effect,
And misshaped the mind of Russel,
We are not prepared to state.
But it seems that some misfortune
Sat upon his embryo,
Hence it was, the Holy Bible
He could not believe was true.
On that book he sat in judgment,
Holding it much under par
By the standard of his wisdom:
For he thought, ’twere better far,
Had it been confined to Heaven,
And that all must in it dwell;
But, O dear! that dreadful larum,
Of an everlasting hell!
Tho’ ’twill do on earth to ’prison
Men who thirst for human blood,
All should freely stalk in heaven.
Thief and villain, bad and good.
Since the Word gives faithful warning,
That the wicked must depart
If they slight complete salvation,
And so demonize their hearts,
Russel said he would not stand it;
Unless God revised the Book,
To the wisdom of his ethics
He’d drop on the sceptic hook.
Since the Scriptures verse his reason,
And declare there is a hell,
He kicked out of Heaven’s traces,
And became an infidel.
But to be a sceptic merely,
Did not meet the devil’s plan,
That is stale and out of season;
So, said he, “my faithful man,
You’ve been bravo ‘gainst the Bible,
And abhorred the thoughts of hell,
But you’ll curse the place still louder
When with us awhile you dwell.
“Now I know you love promotion,
And I’ve found a place for you,
We’ve devised, in hell’s convention,
Something altogether new.
Or, at least, we’ve dressed it over,
So it cannot help but take,
For the restless hearted sinner
Wants a cooler for the “lake.”
“Once we did a thriving business
On the universal bate,
But the thunderbolts of heaven
Knocked it wholly out of date.
So we gave it a new dressing
And confused that hell is right.
But its flames would work redemption,
And just burn the sinner white.
THE verses that follow finish the hoax-age description.
HOLINESS PERFECTED, OR ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION JUST NOW.
For it in written be ye holy; for I am holy. — 1 Pet. 1:16.
A great many it ho are unable to deny that the Scriptures teach Christian perfection, or entire sanctification, can not evade the real point in any other way, than by teaching that it cannot be reached in this life. “Only after death can it be attained.” Which destroys the real meaning of God’s Word, and makes it null and void. Among this number who are so bitterly opposed to Christian perfection, or entire sanctification, there are none more blinded than the self styled “Rev.” J. Crawford, D. D. In “the standard” A religious organ of the baptist sect. This man after quoting Matt. 5:48. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,” goes on to say: “Must not a man be a fanatic, who thinks he has come up to this standard, that he is as holy as his maker?”
He also adds, “that we all come short of it: and will until we have breathed the last gasp. And in death only will we be delivered from corruption.” Now this is just what we do say, that we do come up to this standard, which is entire sanctification or Christian perfection. To teach otherwise would be only to clash with this command. And is this the only command that we find in the Word? Let us search the Scriptures and see, for this learned D. D. says that he is willing to rest it entirely on divine testimony. The Scripture says that it is not every one that saith, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” — Matt. 7:21. What is the Father’s will, and what must we do, to do or prove His will? “I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. And be ye not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.” — Rom. 12:1-2. Now do not let us be “unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” — Eph. 5:17. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.” — 1 Thess. 4:5. But, what kind of sanctification does the apostle have reference to here? “And the very God of peace, sanctify you wholly.” (Gr. Entirely) — 1 Thess. 5:23. Praise God, they were to be sanctified wholly. which is entirely. But one may say, does this Scripture teach that it was to be wrought in these brethren before they breathed their last gasp?” Most certainly it does; for the apostle goes on to say the same verse, “And I pray your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Praise God! Who can fail to see, that after they were “sanctified entirely,” that they were to be “preserved entire,” where? in heaven? No. On earth until the Lord Jesus Christ came.” And were to “be found of Him in peace, without spot, (sin) and blameless.” (entire) — 2 Pet. 3:14; 16-14. And again Paul writing to the Corinthian brethren: Admonishes them to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” — 2 Cor. 7:1. How were they to cleanse themselves, and thereby “perfect holiness?” By “presenting then- bodies a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable unto God,” and thereby proving “the will of God.” (Rom. 12:1, 2.) Which is entire sanctification.” — 1 Thess. 5:23. And again Christ speaking to the disciples, said: “the disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect, (“when he is perfected”) shall be as his Master.” — Luke 6:40. When, and how is the disciple to be perfected? “For by one offering He hath perfected them that are sanctified, whereof the Holy Ghost is a witness to us.” — Heb. 10:14-15. Praise God! here we have the positive proof, that we are AS or EQUAL to the Master in holiness, or purity. Whe fountain can rise just as high as the source, for we are “heirs and joint heirs with Christ.” — Rom. 8:17. “And we are members of His body of His flesh, and of His bones.” — Eph. 5:30. And we are mads partakers of His divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” — 2 Pet. 1:4. But, says the learned D. D. “that in death only, shall we be delivered from corruption.” But Paul declares, that the creature itself, shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” — Rom. 8:21. Praise God! “Divine testimony has then forever settled it. We are delivered from corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God. When? Now. Not at death, but delivered or saved now. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us who are saved, it is the power of God.” — 1 Cor. 1:18. Also, 2 Cor. 2:15. Death will have no effect whatever, no not in the least, upon the inner man. It will only claim that what is mortal; the inner man will be disrobed by death, not changed in the least, neither does the “divine testimony” claim it. All those who are waiting for death to make a change for them upon the inner man, will be deceived, and when disrobed by death, the inner man will take its flight into the dark world of despair.
Dear reader take warning, nowhere in the word of God is the promise held out to you, that death has any cleansing or purifying power. Just as the Spirit is stripped of the mortal body, will it have to appear before the great tribunal of God. Have this great change wrought in your soul just now, and be delivered from corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Now again the command. “Be ye holy for I am holy.” The question arises bow holy? how pure? Let divine testimony settle it for us again. “And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself even as He is pure.” — 1 Jno. 3:5. What hope is this spoken of here? “It is Christ within you the hope of glory.” — Col. 1:27. And now John says: if we have this hope in us we will purify ourselves. How much? Even as He (God) is pure. (Even in like manner, likewise we.) Let us see if Paul likewise understood it. “Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” — Phil. 2:5, 6. The greek text has it, did not meditate a usurpation to be like God.” Hallelujah to the Lamb! Then it is not usurpation for us to be like God in purity. Nay. We are commanded to have “this mind,” And unless we obey His commands, we will never see His face in peace, for He says, “follow peace with all men and holiness (sanctification) without which no man shall see the Lord.” — Heb. 12:14. Yet this learned D. D. in his article says, “Is it not preposterous to affirm that if we have this hope in us we over attain to this high standard?” Why the Scriptures saith positively, that if we have this hope we will purify ourselves even as He is pure.” And if we do not attain to it we shall be like the seed sown by the sower, which fell among thorns and brought no fruit to perfection.” — Luke 8:14. And will be gathered in the lust day with the thorns and briars, and burned with fire unquenchable.” — Matt. 3:12. We pray God that the blinded eyes may be opened, before it is forever and eternally too late, and that the glory of God may shine into the souls of the deceived, that they may be saved eternally. Again, this individual in his article, after quoting the Scripture in Heb. 13:21. “Make you perfect in every good work to do His will,” adds, “Wherever these men find the word perfection in the Scripture, they immediately jump to the conclusion, that entire sanctification is meant. And then adds, “that he fears, that they are in scriptural knowledge among the babes of which the apostle is speaking,” for this passage has no reference whatever to sanctification but to knowledge.” We would say that this is a greater degree of knowledge than man can ever attain to, for to be made perfect in knowledge, is to claim one of the three attributes which belongs to God alone. Namely, Omniscience. But such are the strides of the deceived who so much abhor a perfect holy life in this world. Well saith Isaiah the prophet, “His watchman are blind, they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs that cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.” — Isa. 56:10. John says. “Beloved now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” — 1 Jno. 3:2. Will we have to wait until He doth appear before we shall be like Him? No. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is so are we in this world.” — 1 Jno. 4:17. When He comes He will find us like Himself, and we shall be caught up together with Him in the clouds.” — 1 Thess 4:17. For we have been made free from sin (Rom. 6:22.) and denied ungodly and worldly lusts; we have lived soberly righteously, and Godly in this present world.” — Titus 2:12. Then let us walk as the children of light. Redeeming the time for the days are evil. And the Scripture saith, “He that saith he abideth in Him. ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” — 1 Jno. 2:16. How did He walk? ‘for even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow in His steps, who did no sin neither was guile found in His mouth.” — 1 Pet. 2:21, 22. And if we abide in Him we will not sin.” — 1 Jno. 3:6. Because “whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for His seed remaineth in him and be cannot sin because he is born of God.” — 1 Jno. 3:9. “Ye therefore beloved, seeing that ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” — 2 Pet. 3:17, 18. For the time will come when God will say, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still, and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” — Rev. 22:11. “And behold I come quickly; to give every man according as his work shall be.” — ver. 13. “Amen, even so, come Lord Jesus (ver. 21) for we are ready and waiting for Thy coming, we are watching for Thy approaching; come quickly Lord Jesus. Amen!
W. B. Grover.
THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
Bucyrus, O. Feb. 4, 1890.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: — I am still standing on God’s Word, sanctified and meet for the Master’s use. Glory to God! My salvation came through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We read in John 14:6, I am the way the truth and the life. The way — first there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12. Again He is the way by precept and example. His Word teaches us the way through the door of repentance and the belief of the Gospel.
The Gospel also gives ns the example of Jesus Christ; in His life and character, He is not only the way, but the truth.
The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Sanctify them through thy truth; Thy Word is truth. John 17:17. also, 1 John 5:6. Spirit is truth. Then Jesus Christ is truth. The Word is truth, and the Spirit is truth. They are inseperably connected. The Gospel is just what Jesus Christ taught in the Word. The word is truth; then the teachings of the Word is truth, and Jesus Christ is truth; and we must obey it. There is a class of people in the world who rejected part of the Word, they seem to he ahead of Jesus Christ. He tells us to keep His words. John 12:48.
He that rejecteth me and receiveth me not, hath one that judgeth him. The words that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. I believe those that are rejecting the ordinances of the Church (which is Jesus Christ) the same will judge them in the last day. This class is in the majority, in these parts. Well praise the Lord for salvation that comes through the Lord. We are to worship Him in spirit and in truth, always be sure we are abiding in Him, and His words abiding in us; then we can ask whatsoever we will and it will be done unto us. Also by obeying the truth He becomes our life; the real life and power of God in the soul.
If any man do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. For the spirit brings life and power to us. Acts 2:41. then they that gladly received His Word were baptized, in the whole line of the Gospel. It is understood where anyone received the Word they were baptized according to previous instructions. Praise the Lord for the way, the truth, and the life.
Your Bro. saved, sanctified and kept.
John N. Slagle.
LIFT UP CHRIST.
AND as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up. — Jno. 3:14.
Row let us see for what purpose Moses lifted up the serpent. That we may know how the Son of man must be lifted up. “And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, we have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that He take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is kitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole; and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” — Num. 21. 6-9. Now we see that God sent the serpents to bite the people on account of their sins; and Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness that if they would look upon it they should live. But God did not compel them to look; neither does he compel us to believe on the Son of man; but He says: he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. — Mark 16:16. Now we see that sin brought the bite of the fiery serpent and the bite brought death. And by looking upon the serpent that was lifted up in the wilderness, healed the bite and saved the lives of all them that would look. So by believing on the Son of man that was raised up from the tomb, we are healed from sin that brings death, and receive life eternal. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. — ’Rom. 6:23. So you see they were both lifted up to heal the malady for sin, for the Gospel says: “And she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for He shall save his people from their sins.” — Mal 1:21. Still many professing godliness will light holiness and contend for sin. Now what does God contend against? Sin; and ..s for holiness. For what does the devil contend? Sin; and he is against holiness. What element contends for sin? The devil element. What for holiness? The God element. Now shame on a people who contend for sin and claim to be children of God. May God pity their poor deceived souls while yet there is time; for as the tree falls so it shall lie; and if death overtakes them in such belief, an everlasting hell awaits their doom.
Now let us see what Christ told Nicodemas when he came trying to flatter Him, when he said: “Rabbi we know that thou art a teacher come from God, for no man can do these miracles that thou doest except God be with him.” — Jno. 3:2. But what did Christ say: ‘Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” 3 ver. But this great man that was ruled of the Jews could not understand. For the same reason many that claim to be rulers of to-day, do not understand the ways of God, because they have not the element of God in their soul, but that other element that brings death. Jesus Answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” 5, ver, Now we see that all of God’s children must be born of the Spirit; And He says in His Word, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” — 1 Jno. 3:9. What is this seed? It is the Spirit with which the children of God are born that they may enter into the kingdom of God which Christ has gone to prepare for all that prove faithful until the end. What is that Spirit? Just let the Word answer. “If ye love me keep my commandments and I will pray the Father and He shall give you another comforter that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not neither knoweth Him; but ye know him for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you.” — Jno. 14:15-17. “This I say then walk in the Spirit and ye shall not tfulfill the lust of the flesh.” — Gal. 5:16 “But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you; now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of His.” — Rom. 8:9. Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith; prove your ownselves. Know ye not your ownselves how that Jesus Christ is in you except ye be reprobates.
Oh may all that claim to be God’s holy saints ever be found lifting up Jesus Christ as a standard that will save from all sin; and dear brethren may we ever show forth the real life of Christ at all times and in all places, and never contend for any thing that the Word of God forbids; but keep in His order that He will ever be ready to answer our prayers. “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth.” — Jno. 9:31.
O praise God for a salvation that will save from all sin, and keep from all sin, and give a spring of living water springing up into everlasting life. Amen!
F. W. Schoolcraft.
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And now we are compelled to have our large press repaired by the purchase of new Springs. The old ones being worn out, there is but little to stop the momentum of the bed. Hence we have run to very slow, and then we have frequent breaks, In fact the press is in danger of being utterly ruined every moment we run it until new springs are procured. They will cost no less than $125. Trusting the Lord again, we will proceed to purchase, and we ask all the dear saints to be obedient to the voice of the Lord, to help on the good work. It is wonderful how God is increasing the demand for this holy literature Some weeks we have to pay from $2, to $3 dollars per day, for stamps to send out our mail. Praise God! He is sending out His light and truth rapidly. Amen!
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NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Coopersville, Mich. Feb. 12, ’90. Dear Brethren: — We do thank and praise the Lord this morning for a full and complete salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Hallelujah!
We moved to this place about the middle of Oct., and commenced meeting in Bro. Tenden’s house; and the power of God was wonderfully in the midst to save and to sanctify. Sinners were under deep conviction, and there had been six consecrations, two for justification, and four for sanctification, when the devil saw there was one in the midst that he could use to hinder the work; and that one was Mr. Geo. P. Wilson, whom he filled with his picking and fault-finding pernicious spirit, which drove the spirit of conviction out of the hearts of some of the sinners. One poor sinner who was under conviction said he never would come back again so long as Mr. Wilson lived there. Although the people for miles around here have become disgusted by the way he and Henry DeVries have acted and were filled with prejudice, but some of their minds had become changed, and a few came out to hear the blessed truth of the Gospel, and those few were driven back and would not come on account of his awful ways. There would have been a glorious work done here for God if he had not been here. The poor man is in an awful state; he has turned the Holy Ghost power to the power of the devil. God says in His Word: “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil, that put darkness for light and light for darkness, and put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” — Isa. 5:20. Although he rose up against ns like a lion to destroy our souls, the mighty power of God has firmly established our feet on the Solid Rock Christ Jesus that all the powers of hell cannot move them. Hallelujah to God and the lamb forever and ever! And glory be to God, through Him we triumph over all the works of the devil with complete victory. Though a host should encamp against me, I will not fear; the Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge, praise His name. I would ask all the dear saints to pray mightly for the restoration of this poor man’s soul. He seems to think he is doing God’s will; satan has blinded his eyes, and he cannot see the awful evil of his ways. My prayer to God is he may speedly be restored, and brought back again in the kingdom of our God; filled with the love and joy, and peace of almighty God, and once more be a useful instrument in the hand of God to save poor perishing souls. O I do praise and thank our God for His wonderful keeping power. Glory be to His name! all other powers are subject to our almighty King, who alone is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings: praise His name. He says if it were possible the very elect would be deceived. Although satan tempts us, and God tries us, He gives us grace whereby we can stand undaunted for Him and His cause. O glory, glory, be to His matchless name. And though God may permit us to be put in the fiery furnace of tri..ls, we will shout the louder, and when we are called out, we will come out the brighter to shine in His kingdom, for God will have tried people; therfore dear sain Is whatever trial you may be called to pass through, remember God is with you, for God is always with His people; those who will keep their eyes fixed on Him. ‘ cast thy burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” He shall deliver thee in the sixth trouble, yea in seven there shall no evil touch thee. O what a wonderful God to trust; to Him be praise glory, and honor now and forever more. Amen, and Amen! From your saved Bro. and sister washed and redeemed, standing on the sea of glass, going through with Jesus Christ the King, having on the whole armor with complete victory in my soul. Praise His name.
Wm- & M. A. Stowell.
Blue mound, Kan. Feb. 21, ’90.
Dearly Beloved Saints, of the Most High Greeting: — We are glad to report to you that we are still gloriously saved in Jesus from all sin, sanctified wholly and kept by power divine from all seducing spirits and doctrines of devils and anti-christ deceptions. Truly these are perilous times, as spoken of by the apostle Paul. “Many give heed to seducing spirits and doctrine of devils.” Of all the places that I ever was in, this place is the most terrible for anti- Christ doctrines; the devils Watch Tower doctrine, (namely Zions Watch Tower;) anti- ordinance; three works of grace. One man claiming 7 works of grace, and expects to receive 65 in all, which puts us in mind of Mary Magdalene with the seven devils in her. Another which they called the Sweet Spirited preachers which takes in all the other spirits, and loves any be the devil may bring up out of the pit. They call it a Liberal Spirit; all professing holiness. Some of them believing that the devil would yet be saved. May God have mercy on the honest people and save them for Jesus sake.
We arrived at Meriden the last day in the old year, commenced meeting in the name of Jesus, and continued over two weeks, and the Church was greatly settled and strengthened; Some reclaimed. Feeling led of God we came to Vinland, commenced meeting two miles south-west of the village. The first week we were very sick with the La Grippe, but the dear Lord healed us. Praise His holy name! and we were able to work again for the Lord. We found that some of these delusive spirits had been doing their work in that place. God had laid the compromising and anti- ordinance preacher on his back with disease He confessed his leanness, promised God to walk in the light; but on recovering somewhat he began to oppose the truth and hinder his children from entering in; and God laid His hand upon him again. There were a number converted and some sanctified. Eight followed the blessed Master in the ordinance of baptism, of which one was our dear Bro. John Daugherty, ignoring babylon and not taking, a stone out of her. Glory to Jesus! Then in obedience to the commands of the blessed Jesus, we washed the saints feet and ate the Lord’s supper. O how our hearts were melted in one while we contemplated His mighty love and example of humility. It was a glorious time. We leave a precious little church at Vinland.
We are now at Blue Mound at the house of sister Minnie Whaley, who is a blessed soul, willing to walk in all the light of God. What we shall be able to accomplish here the dear Lord only knows. So we will do the bidding of the Master and leave the result with Him. From here we expect to go back to Meriden, and from there to Neb. Dear saints pray much for us and the work of the Lord. Amen!
Your saved Bro. and sister.
W. N. & S. J. Smith.
Kilgore Pa. Feb. 19. 1890.
Dear Saints of God: — We are of a truth thankful to God and happy in our souls, to report the work in this part of Pa. God is moving on in power in the Gospel, and holy testimony to get the truth before the people. At the close of the Mariasville meeting, we came to Turkey City, where our dear and much beloved Bro. S. B. Heeter and wife lives whom the Lord hath redeemed out of all sin, and sectism. The meeting was continued a few days, but God saw fit to set at liberty, 4 dear souls. Praise God, those who see the awful state of sectism and understand God’s judgments again to her, are willing to make their scape out of her, and be established in the “Church of God” “The Body of Christ.” At the close of the Turkey City meeting we went to Red Lion, and continued meeting there with the saints two weeks. O Hallelujah! This was a real feast for all our souls. God was present in power to make free those whom the enemy had bound. The most of the good was effected among the saints of God, and those who had left God and His people to follow after Baal. O when shall the people learn to trust God, and refuse to obey the devil in all things? We closed the meeting in communication of the death of the Son of God, by washing the saints feet, breaking bread and drinking wine. There were 22 saints who took part in this sacred ordinance, and had the glorious privilege of proving what Jesus promised in Jno. 13:17. “If you know these things happy are ye if you do them,” Owing to much rain, bad roads and sickness in Pa. we have had small attendance, only at this place the people are filling the house, and God is filling our souls with good things to preach to them so that none need go home empty. Since the Rockland camp-meeting, we are in our 11th. meeting, and during the last ten meetings we had been conveyed only three times to and from meeting, and some times we had to walk two or three miles to stop all night. We do thank God that He hath kept us up, and well in soul and body. As the sisters are a little tired in body; we feel it to the glory of God to go west at the close of the Henderson meeting. We all ask God’s people to earnestly pray for us that we may do the whole will of God. We are your brethren in full salvtion.
S. L. Speck, A. J. Kilpatrick & Co.
Maple Rapids, Mich. Feb. 15, 1890.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — Now are we the sons of God; But it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
Every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself even as He is pure. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Well dear ones we are still praising God for salvation, and the way He is using us in the salvation of souls. We had meeting in the Bridgeville school-house a week ago last Sunday evening, and again last Sunday evening. We continued there until last Wednesday evening, and the house was closed.
When God begins to work the devil also works. While in the house the Lord pardoned the sins of 3 souls. One Bro. having a vacant house, tore out the partition, seated it and fitted it up for meeting. It was already and filled with people when we came.
Praise God! He can work and none can hinder. O praise His name forever! We have had 6 meetings in succession, and there has been 7 consecrations, all for pardon. Last night an old man about 75 years of age, was gloriously saved, after a hard struggle of about an hour. The devil tried to make him beleive it was impossible for him to escape out of his hands; but when he did believe, he said: O it is so easy.
The Lord is still working; conviction rests upon the people wonderfully. The mighty power of God holds the people, and the audience as kept quiet. We continue as long as the Lord wills.
Pray for the work. Your Bro. and sister all the Lord’s.
John T. & Emma A Lyon.
Six Mile, Ind. Feb. 25, ’90.
Dear Brethren: — We are praising God to-day for salvation from all sin; we are saved to the utmost Glory be to Jesus! and are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Meeting at Sidney, Ohio, of which I spoke in my last letter, closed with victory on the Lord’s side. The little flock was strengthened and their hearts established with grace unblamable in holiness and “the flying roll cut off every thing (or one) that sweareth (professed) falsely.” May God bless the faithful few at Sidney, and may it be said of them, as of the congregation of God at Corinth, so “that in every thing ye are enriched by him in all utterances, and in all knowl-
ledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that ye come behind in no gift etc. who also will confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 Cor. 1: … , 10. (Dearly beloved may God help ..o read ver. 10.) Sanctification keeps ..here.
..om here my wife and children re..ed to Payne, Ohio to our home, and I ..mpany with my Bro. Geo W. How- .. came to this place Saturday Feb. 15, ..eld meeting until last night The … Lord was with us in power and bless..s in speaking His Word to the peo.. who listened attentively. Two were ..erted and consecrated for sanctifica.. and received the desire of their heart, ..n the 24th were buried with Christ ..e watery grave by immersion, and … up out of the water praising God. ..lujah! Meeting closed last night … victory on the Lord’s side and a ..ect for a good harvest of souls in the … . We are here now waiting the … time to get away, as we are hem..n by high waters. During the greater ..f this meeting our Bro. Geo. Howard … afflicted with lung trouble that he … not attend but a few meetings. We … at when we came to this place we … be able to visit Daviess and other ..es in southern Ind; but circum..s make it needful for me to return … at present. May the dear Lord bless ..w faithful ones in this place who ..enounced babylon and all of the … of the devil and took a firm stand ..d, and especially our dear Bro Benj. … and family who gave us such a ..table home and so abundantly sup..ur needs. Amen! Pray for us ..inis. I had rather be like my Mas.. have “no place to lay my head,” … have a place and have to keep ..d lying there while souls were go..ell all around us. O may God ..ery one that is able to “Go ye ..re,” go with your means, go with ..rayers; praying always with all … and suplication in the Spirit, for ..ts and for me. and all God’s minis..t utterance may be given unto us … may open our month boldly to ..nown the mysteries of the Gospel ..t I may speak boldly as I ought to … . We expect to return to these … soon as the Lord wills; Perhaps Beaver Dam C. M. if not sooner. ..r us that God will keep us hum.. make us more successful in win..als to Christ.
… free Bro. saved in Jesus and de.. on God for all things and in for ..le war, sancitfied now.
J. N. Howard.
Lapaz, Ind. Feb., 17, 1890.
Brethren in Christ: — May God ..less, and keep you all sweetly … . We begun meeting at Columbia ..an. 21st, in the Universalist meet.. ..se, which continued until Feb. 1st ..sed with a glorious victory for God. ..jah! At the first meeting there … at the altar for sanctification. The ..y we were joined in the work by Koffel, Leininger, and Gast from … Dam. Bro’s Leininger and Gast ..ed with us until Feb. and were a … ..elp in the work. Our dear Bro. … as with us over one Sabbath, … Bro. Felger from Arcola, who had … experience, came to the meeting ..s joyously restored to the grace of … . The seed was sown in scores of … though many were convicted, yet … not yield to God. We hope they … saved in the near future. There … about 21 consecrations, including … ..stification, and sanctification, how.. ..me of whom drew back when the ..ne to make a perfect sacrifice of all, ..r most of them have the victory, ..e saved in Jesus. Five were … with Christ in baptism by dear Bro. ..ger. The Spirit and glory of God ..ed their acceptance. In the even.. ..met and celebrated the ordinances ..s house, which was a blessed time … souls. Bro. J. F. Pence was ordain.. ..er, and to the ministry; Bro. Jos. …, Deacon; and Bro. Daniel Durr ..dained to the minstry of the Word, ..e doubt not but the Lord will use … the future in preaching the Gospel, ..ally in German. We are thankful … that He has raised up a German ..er in the evening light. Bro. Durr is … to go and labor among the Germans ..ver, and wherever he is wanted.
C.E. Rothermel came down at the Jesus and died the death, and was sanctified and ordained to the work of an evangelist in the Church of the Living God. He has been very successful in the W. B. Eldership in the past. Bro’s Pence and Rothermel have been licensed preachers of the W. B. Eldership, and they made a full consecration of all, were baptized, and they are now licensed by the Holy Ghost to preach the everlasting Gospel. Oh may God ever keep them free, humble and pure, and fully qualify them for the ministry. There were also quite a number healed. Praise the Lord! We have doors open for us in the Gospel which we will hasten to fill as fast as the Lord directs. Truly the harvest is great. I was impressed by an earnest call in the Spirit to come to La Paz. We are now holding meeting in the W. M. house; we expect to continue about a week, then return to Auburn for a week, thence to Antwerp Ohio, about the first of Mar.
Dear Saints, Pray for us, that we may be kept humble, and do the perfect will of God in all things, that we may have a rich harvest of souls.
Your Bro. sanctified in Jesus.
F. N. Jacabson.
Deer Creek Ind, Feb. 23 I860.
Dear Saints: — This morning finds us saved in God, enjoying His sweet peace. Praise the Lord for a complete salvation. From Grand Junction we went to visit the church at South Haven, found them in fair condition, preached to them Saturday eve. Sunday morning and evening; baptized two on the Sabbath, left the church much encouraged. Tuesday the 18 th. we arrived at Logansport Ind. and was conveyed by dear Bro. Monteith, to his place, nine miles south; commenced meeting in a School-house, two miles east and north of Bro. Monteith’s Wednesday evening. The people soon became very much interested, and were in favor of holding meetings in the School-house, but the teacher thought best to close the house against us, the following Monday evening. We held meeting in Bro. Monteith’s house, Tuesday forenoon and evening. We now have an invitation to hold meeting in the Grange hall, about two miles still farther east, which invitation we accept and to night we expect to commence there. Up to this date there have been four converted, and a deep feeling in the community. We look for a glorious church to be planted here. From your Bro. in the holy war.
A. P. Palmer.
Dear Brethren: — May the glorious Gospel of oar Lord and Savior Jesus Christ fill your hearts with all joy and peace in believing.
We are impressed to write this, and ask all the saints to examine their hearts, and ask the Lord to direct them, and make known His will concerning them.
We have an almost new tabernacle 34x 48, which we are expecting to put in the field this spring, for the glory of God. I may not be able to be with it all the time but shell be most of the time: We feel it Would be to the glory of God for a Holy Ghost baptized little company, filled with the fire to be with it all of the time. And now we ask every one who feels the divine commission, to go “labor in my vineyard,” resting on them to take the subject to God in prayer, and ask Him: “Lord what wilt thou have me to do”. If any are impressed, to join in this glorious work let them address the undersigned. Also anyone desiring tabernacle meetings, so that arrangement can be made early in the season. We are praying our God to raise up such a band of singers and workers, as shall he used most, wonderfully to His glory, in the salvation of souls. Amen.
Your Bro. sanctified by the blood of the everlasting covenant.
C. Z. Lindley.
East Jordan, Mich. Feb. 21st, 1890.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for salvation that I enjoy in my soul. Jesus has become my salvation. He is all and in all to me.
The lord is with us in mighty saving power, many souls have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God’s dear son. We expect to commence meeting to-morrow evening the Lord willing, where there are many isms, ists, and ites to contend with, but the Lord is our captain. I know we shall have the victory. Praise God forever.
Your sister in Christ, saved.
St. Louis, Mich. Feb., 16. ’90.
Ernest Leroy, son of James and Rachel Strong, was born August 25, 1887, died Nov. 25, 1889, aged 2 years and 3 months. His death was caused by a fatal shot wound. About an hour before his departure, he said: Soon over there mamma. God bless the dear sister and keep her through these trying circumstances, and we hope the dear father will give his heart to God, and meet his little boy in heaven; also his brothers and sisters, who loved their little brother so well, that they also may prepare themselves to meet little Ernest who has gone before. Funeral services by
I shall soon be over there mamma.
Where all is light and joy.
And when you pass the pearly gate,
You’ll find your Ernie boy.
I shall soon be over there mamma,
Where nothing can destroy
The robe of white that Jesus gives
Your little Seraph boy.
I shall soon be over there mamma,
You know in God’s employ,
Are many angels He can send
To bring your little boy.
I shall soon be ever there mamma,
And to my happy home,
Dear mamma and dear papa to,
I hope to see you come.
I shall soon be over there mamma,
But don’t forget to tell
My brothers and my sisters all,
With Ernie all is well.
Let me kiss you all good-night, mamma
Before the angels come
With songs so sweet and wings so bright
To take your Ernie home.
Mary E. Shelly.
DIED, in Forest Home, Antrim Co., Mich Feb. 6, 1890 of spinal desease, Edward, the infant son of Bro. and sister Philip Willis. Aged, 3 mo. 14 da. May God bless the dear souls who mourn, and may they ever follow the Shepherd who has taken the lamb.
W. B. Grover.
On Jan. 30th, at eight o’clock A. M. the dear Lord took home to Himself our dear sister Nora, daughter of Bro. and sister Spidle. Aged 13 years 6 mo. and 27 days We pray the Father to let His choicest blessings rest upon the bereaved family. Sister Nora is the third child they have laid to rest since last June; but dear parents you have a hope of meeting them in glory where parting will be no more, as all of them fell asleep in Jesus. Blessed hope. Prove faithful. Funeral services by
Fold her bauds tightly over her breast,
Close her lids lightly, lay her to rest.[brow,
Smooth her dark tresses back from her
All thy caresses avail her not, now.
Joy: to the mourner comfort is given, [en.
Angels have bourne her in triumh to heav-
Then fold her hands tightly over her breast,
Close her lids lightly and lay her to rest.
Sel. by W. B. Grover.
Dear Brethren: — Who will come to this place and preach the true Gospel May God send some Holy Ghost minister here is my prayer.
The wickedness is great, and we have meetings here. I have enjoyed the blessing of holiness in time past, but lost the experience. I have made up my mind as for me I will serve the Lord. We live 3 miles north-east of Blandinville. O what true Saint will come to this place.
I ask the earnest prayers of all God’s people.
Mrs. J. B. Evans.
Dear Saints: — O praise the dear Lord for His goodness. He wonderfully blesses me, and keeps me above sin. O hallelujah! I have been wholly saved a little over a year. I am resting sweetly in Jesus just now. Amen! Pray for me that I may live a humble life, and walk with Jesus every day. Your saved sister.
M. J. Lee.
Dear Trumpet Readers:: — May Gods richest blessing rest and abide with you all.
I realize it a grand privilege to testify to the goodness of God. A little over a year ago the Lord sanctified me to do His will and made me free. I was led by the false teachings and made to believe I must belong to some man-founded church, but found them to be empty cisterns; no satisfying fountain of living water there; and lo these 15 long years, my soul was hungering and thirsting after righteousness. I had never heard the Word preached as it was in Christ, and had not yet received my spirituality; had not had my understanding cleared up, and was yet living a babe in Christ: O I do praise God that He ever sent some of His ministers here to preach to us. I had received the first principles of the doctrine of Christ, and when I heard consecration preached, how willing I was to give up all, though to a great extent the enemy had overcome me with pride and fashion. I was very ignorant concerning God’s will about this, and when the dear Lord made known the abomination of these things to me, I earnestly prayed God to free me from them. Praise His name forever! He heard my prayers and answered, and through the atoning blood He washed me and cleansed me from all sin and set me free. O what a grand thing it is to know that whosoever the Son maketh free, is free indeed. How plainly I can realize this, after having been cooped up in the the sect walls for more than 15 years. Oh I would to God all the sect captives could realize the goodness of God and the strength we receive when we are willing to remove every obstacle between us and Christ, that we may have a closer walk with God, and lean entirely on the strong arms of Jesus and receive from His own bountiful hand heavenly manna that our souls may feast Jay by day. Oh how I do praise the name of Jesus that He ever prayed God to sanctify those that believed on Him through the words of the apostles that we might have the keeping power to keep us from all sin. O how many poor souls are running a high race down the steps of eternity, feeding their hungering and thirsting souls on the husks and chaff of the earth, starving their souls and many, many of those poor ones believe themselves to be rich in serving their goddess Diana which is pride and fashion; will be heard weeping and wailing in the pits of eternity. O that I could receive the gift from God, of the alarming cry that would arouse them cut of their stupidity that they might cry for help before it is too late. Dear brothers and sister, let us live low and humble at the foot of the cross. Live meek and humble each day of our lives. Pray for me that I may ever be fully consecrated.
Your sister saved and sanctified.
New Washington, Ohio.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — May the choicest blessings of heaven’s richest gilt rest an abide upon you all for Jesus sake. Amen!
I feel led by the Holy Spirit to testify once more to this perfect love that I have through a perfect Saviour. I praise God that it is our privilege to accept Christ in all His fullness, and that I am wonderfuly saved just new. I have just returned from a visit to Va. and Penn.; and O the darkness and blindness that I found among some professors; why they can go anywhere, indulge in the use of tobacco, drink hard cider, believe in witches, see no harm in picnics &c &c. Some are then as they say, living up to all the light they have, in darkness, for some say they are seeking this higher life and cannot see any harm in using tobacco. We are told to keep ourselves from idols, and only the pure in heart shall see God. And the blessed Saviour says “If ye love me keep my commandments”. Happy are ye if ye know these things and do them. They say this is not neccessary. Jesus says teaching them to observe all things, what soever I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you even unto the end of the world. Out of the few professing sanctification, I only found two that I had sweet fellowship with. O dear saints be straight for God; live this Bible salvation.
Pray for me. Yours out on the fire line for God.
South Haven, Mich. Feb 12, 1890.
Dear Saints: — I feel like writing a few lines. It may encourage some to continue in the way, for this truly is a glorious ways; free from sin, free from babylon. No one knows the bondage in babylon, but those who have been in bondage.
The Lord has been fit in His providence to afflict me in the last few weeks, which has been much profit to me spiritually. Not being able to work, I was e.. to attend some of the meetings at Grand Junction This was the first time that I ever attended a meeting with the dear saints of God in any locality, outside of the little band at this place; and so recently withdrawing my name from the M. E. class-book, I was not prepared to receive the kindness shown me, not only me, but all who came. It seemed to me in every room o.. the Trumpet building the Spirit of God dwelt. I am satisfied it is in the order of the Lord. God bless the dear Saints at Grand Junction wonderfully.
O I have been drinking at the fountain ever since; and thank God for this affliction which has brought me out of darkness into light, I know the Lord called me out of the M. E. sect. I left, not knowing where he was going to place me, but my desire to do the Lord’s will, and walk in the light that He let shine upon me, trusting in the merits of Him who has redeemed me from all filthiness of the flesh, to lead me aright. I can truly say these have been happy days. Praise God for a child redeemed by the blood. I will let the Lord lead. Praise His name!
Your Bro. kept by the power of God.
W. B. Crall.
Dearly Beloved in Christ: — Wishing to cast a few crumbs of bread upon the waters, I am always ready to speak for my redeemer. I was converted, and sanctified last March, under the preaching of thy Gospel by Bro. Bolds, and his daughter: and have since been rejoicing in a Savior’s love. I ant praising God for a complete salvation, and a satisfying portion in Jesus. Praise His holy name forever! and am determined to press forward with a view of obtaining the crown that is laid up for all who overcometh For by the law of life in Christ Jesus are we made free from the law of sin, and death. Praise His name forever! Leaving everything with Him who ruleth the world. I remain ever your Bro in Christ.
Martin D. Woods.
Beaver Creek, Mo. Dear Trumpet Readers: — I feel it is my duty to write a few lines in I lie name of my Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ. I can say that He leads me daily, and I love to tell His praises every where I go. It is too bad to see old people just ready to step into their graves, still clinging to worldly affairs. Last fall I was converted, and sanctified, and buried with Christ in baptism, and I do feel so happy to obey His commandments. The Savior keeps me night and day; and how many rich blessings, Christ gives His people to enjoy while here on earth. The new Testament has precious reading in it. And I always love to read it. I also love to read the Gospel Trumpet. I want the prayers of all the dear saints. Your sister sweetly saved in Jesus.
Diamond Springs, Mich.
Dearly Beloved Sain::: — O I praise God that He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus; and that He let His light shine into my once darkened heart, and I took heed and walked. in the light, and am saved, sanctified, and walking in all the light of His precious Word.
At Bellaire, Antrim Co., Mich., Feb. 8h, 1890. Bro. Leroy. Sheldon and sister Flora Pattee. We pray God to let His blessings rest upon this couple, and use them mightily for the building up of the Church of Jesus Christ. Bro. Sheldon has been called to the Work of God, and the Father is wonderfully blessing his labours.
Dear sister Flora is wonderfully consecrated to follow the Lamb whithersoever He leadeth.
W. B. Grover.
THE WILL OF GOD
THE submission of our Saviour to the will of our heavenly Father is very striking, and illustrative of what is effected of the followers of our Lord. What was the Father’s will, was His will, and in no instant did He try to evade duty. We have from His own lips this language. “I seek not mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.” — 1 Jno. 5:3. Not His own will, not His own pleasure was He seeking after, but the will and pleasure of His Father. How unlike a large number of professed followers of Him today, who are walking after the course of this world. After their own natural affection and not after God; whose actions and lives show plainly that they are far from possessing what they profess. Jesus said to His disciples: “Be ye followers of me.” To another one He said: “follow me.” If they had been stubborn and self-willed as some professing Christians are, Jesus could not have sent them out to do His work for Him that they did, nor would they have returned rejoicing. But being subjected to Him, He was enabled to manifest His power through them to the healing of the sick, the casting out devils, and many other wonderful works. If we are to follow our Saviour, then we should be like Him in our lives, our actions, thoughts, aims, and motives. And we find Him not seeking His own will, but the will of His Father. And this should be, and is characteristic of His people. At another time He said: my meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work.” — Jno. 4:34. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.” — Jno. 6:38. It was a delightful feast to Jesus to do God’s will; for He said: “It is my meat to do the will of Him that sent me.” He did not go around with His head bowed down like a bulrush, as though it was a heavy cross to bear. I have seen those who claimed to be the Sons of God, look and act as though they thought the will of God was a heavy burden, and when entering into conversation with them, it was very plain to be seen, that they were afraid to say, the Lord’s will be done in all things, not realizing that the will of God, was the very best thing that could happen to them. God loves His children more than earthly parents can theirs, and does not want to make any of them miserable or unhappy. But desires to work for their best interest in every way, if they would only let Him. For He does not will the death of any, but that all should live. “Be not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” — Eph. 5:17. How few there are who get their own will destroyed, and allow themselves to sink down into the sweet will of God. But allow their own stubborn wills to usurp authority, walking blindly in regard to God’s ways and laws. If those dear ones only knew how sweet it was to do the will of God, what a pleasure and delight, what a victory it would give them in their s0uls; they would gladly give up their wills for God’s. The Psalmist prayed: teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God.” — Isa. 143:10. So desirous was he to know the will of God, that he prayed earnestly, “teach me.” At another time he exclaims “I delight to do Thy will, O God.” — Psa. 40:8. Thus the Psalmist found it to be a pleasure to do God’s bidding. Hear soul wherever you may be, the same pleasure awaits you, if there is but a yielding up upon your part. The Lord is desirious to work in you but He cannot while you hold out against Him. If you yield, and let your will sink into nothingness, then God will work in you both to will and to do of His own good pleasure.” — Phil. 2:13. This will bring in possession of such blessings and soul rest, as perhaps you have never experienced. The apostle Paul in closing his letter to the Hebrews, prays: Now the God of peace — make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ.” — Heb. 13:20, 21. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, what maketh thou?” — Isa. 45:9. We are the clay, God is the potter, and as the clay is in the potters hands, so should we be passive in the hands of God. Not questioning the moulding and shapening, feeling assured that God will do His work well. Then gladly yield up all to the mandate above, be ready to catch His low whispering word; yield not to any foe. But abide in His sweet will and you shall abide forever” — 1 Jno. 2:17. Yours in the love of Jesus.
G. W. Carey.
CAUSES OF DIVISION.
Dear Brethren in Christ::: — The above subject has been pressing upon my mind for some time, but now I feel it has becomes my duly to write upon it.
These are perilous times indeed, and the great enemy of the Church, (the devil,) is doing every thing in his power to cause schisms or divisions in the body of Christ.
May the dear Lord help us to guard carefully all the weak places, and pray much that we keep the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace. Eph. 4:3.
There are many causes which result in the same end, but the one which I desire to speak of more particularly is the habit of speaking of our failures and weaknesses of our brothers and sisters, and that often in a harsh and judging manner, this habit will soon destroy the spiritual life on whom this indulges, and is very apt to gender prejudice in the mind to whom he speaks. He also sets a bad exemple to other weak ones to follow; thus often causes a great matter to be kindled from a little fire, see James 3; 5. We should never speak of these things except it be to glorify God. It might become neccessary in some instances to speak of them to one who is strong that they might pray and labor together for the dear one to overcome his weakness. We must be very careful to obey every word of God. We are told that we should not take up a reproach against our neighbor. And in 1 Tim. 5:19, not to receive an accusation aguinst an elder, but before two or three witnesses. This is the straight Word of God and it must be strictly obeyed in order to preserve the Church blameless, without spot or wrinkles or any such thing until the coming of our blessed lord.
While we must not cover up nor compromise with sin in the least degree, yet we must avoid the other extreme and be exceedingly careful how we speak of each other. Evangelists and workers in the field especially need to pray much that God will keep them from this evil.
Then when a man is overtaken in a fault, in trying to restore him, certain rules are laid down which we must explicitly follow or great evil may come of it Read Gal. 6:1. 1 Tim. 5:1. Mat. 18:15-17. There is also great danger of being too hasty in condemning or exposing one who has erred. We are commanded to be longsuffering and patient.
Jesus said the gates of hell should not prevail against the Church and we believe it. Yet at the same time we each have our part to perform, our place to fill in the body. God hath set every member into the body as it has pleased Him. The eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee; nor again the head to the foot I have no need of you. Nay much more those members of the body which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: That there should be no schism in the Body; but that the members should have the same care one for another 1 Cor. 12:13-26.
Then beloved Bro’s and sisters let us obey this Gospel, and care one for another, pray much for eachother, and keep in the unity of the spirit, for Jesus sake.
Your sister saved from all sin, and made perfect in love.
Mrs. G. W. Cary.
A LETTER WRITTEN TO AN INVALID.
Dear-Sister: — I received your letter last evening in which you spoke of your doubts and your inability to acquire the requisite amount of faith to believe that you will be healed. My heart goes out to you in sympathy. I loo had been taught that miracles ceased with the apostolic days; but there is nothing in the Bible to imply such a thing. We believe that all the promises for spiritual blessings, are unto us, and “to all them that are afar off,” and physical healing is offered to us in the same way. Then why should we accept the one and think it presumption to claim the other. But this physical healing must be recived by a living faith. When our Lord Jesus healed the sick, He said, “thy faith hath made thee whole,” and according to thy faith, ..o be it unto thee.” I feel now that God is willing and anxious to heal us if we ask in faith, and if we do not claim the promise, we show that we do not trust Him. We know that God’s word cannot fail, and nothing is too hard for Him. My heart almost stands still when I think of the rich blessings we might claim through faith if we would, for what is not included in His “Whatsoever?” Great spiritual blessings go with the healing in every case. I had been sick for nine years and my health had been failing for some time before this. My disease was of a chronic nature. I was in a terrible condition. Physicians had given me up, though they told me it might be some time before physical endurance gave way. I depended on the strength of my constitution as to how long I could live. The first six years I sat up half an hour at a time and could walk a little, but the last three years I could not sit except to eat a few mouthfuls. Could not walk around my room enough to wait on myself, was in constant pain, could not lie on my back at all, nor use my arms even to hold a book or paper. I suffered much with my head, could bear but little company and no excitement. When the prayer of faith was offered for me, I had been in pain all day, and after the hour of prayer I was still in pain. But according to God’s Word I was healed. His Word could not fail though my feelings might deceive me. I rose up in God-given faith and walked two or three blocks, and as I walked the pain left me. I had to believe I was healed, and act out that faith, and then God let me feel the healing in my body. We must firmly believe it before we see it, or are wallring by sight, and not by faith. I felt quite badly through the night. Many doubts came to me and I cried to the Lord continually to deliver me from them. If I had given up when my faith was tried, all would have been lost; but I clung to God’s promise. The next day I sat up an hour in the morning, took a short ride in the afternoon, was able to lie on my back two hours, and sat up an hour in the evening. The second day I sat up three or four hours, and the next day I went to church. I know the disease left me that night and my strength came as rapidly as I could claim it through faith. We must not ask God to heal us, or give us strength, and then sit and wait until we feel the strength before we act upon it. I have had many and severe trials of my faith; but the Lord was sufficient for me. I am so well and strong that I can work hard from morning till night, and am able to walk all over our little city. What the Lord has done for me, He is more than willing to do for you. At one time I suffered a good deal and did not seem to gain any. I cried to the Lord to know what stood in the way of my improvement. The Lord showed me that the pain was not from disease, but was only a trial of my faith; so I did not lie down when it came on. As I continued to believe, the pain left me. The Lord also showed me that I ought not to get tired; that I had asked for strength and according to His Word He had given it to me. I had only to believe that I had it; so I sat up all the time and worked, paying no attention to the feeling of weariness, and it left me while at work. Faith is the gift of God. Ask Him to increase your faith continually. The ten lepers came to Christ for healing and He told them to go and show themselves to the priests. Probably this was for the purpose of a certificate from them that they were healed. We naturally would have said: heal us first and then we will go. What use is there in going now when we see the leprosy all over us? But they started to go, and as they went they were healed. Do not be guided by your feelings, but believe God’s Word in spite of everything. Believe that you are healed at the time you pray for it, not that you will be. If you put it in the future, it will stay in the future. You may feel pain and weakness, but it is not the old weakness and disease, it is only to try your faith. It will leave you above your feelings. Do not give up, no matter how dark it may seem. There will be many things you will not understand at first, but God will give you light if you ask Him. May the Holy Spirit lead and guide you. Yours in Jesus.
M. J. W.
South Chicago, Ill.
Dear Saints: — I feel led to write my testimony. I do praise God for salvation that saves to the uttermost. I am saved and sanctified and kept by the mighty power of God. He keeps us in health. I praise Him for His healing and keeping lower. I do hope and pray that God will send more of His saints here to preach the Gospel. If any one comes write and let me know. Your sister in Christ.
St. Petersburg, Pa.
Dear Saints: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony, to tell to the world a few of the wonderful things the Lord has done for me. I longed for salvation from child-hood; at the age of 16 I was converted at campmeeting, M. E. but for lack of proper instruction I went back in about six months. I made several attempts after that to seek the Lord, but without success, because I did not understand the way. At the age of 32 I made a mighty resolve to serve the Lord let come what will. I had read the Bible by this time enough by the help of God’s Spirit to give me understanding, to know that I must die to the world if I would live for God. I made perfect consecration, and the Lord pardoned my sins. Then I walked in all the light I had for 1 year, it was indeed an up hill road. For I passed through much persecution, affliction and gross darkness that surrounded me in the sect to which I belonged, for I had joined the M. E. sect; all this time there was a craving in my soul for something higher to which I could not attain, then I was taken with cancer, had an amputation that almost cost my life, I was so low that some thought me dead: my physicans gave up all hope of my recovery. The Lord was with me in mighty power during all my illness, and particularly the mornning I was supposed to be dying. O such peace, such perfect peace that came over soul and body. I sank away rejoicing in the love of God, but when I revived there was a fear came over me, I became afraid to die, and I prayed the Lord to spare my life: I promised the Lord it He would spare me I would study the Bible and if there was any thing more for me to do, I would do it. God in His goodness did raise me up. And I did study His Word, and was deeply convicted for sanctification for five years, but did not know how to obtain it. Then God in His infinite mercy sent dear brother Warner, and band here to teach sanctification, and when they called come out of sect babylon, it gave me a prejudice, I thought it my duty to tell them my mind, which I did publicly instead of humbly submitting to the teaching of God’s ministers. In so doing I sinned and God let me drop down to a sinner, but I did not understand it, I had much to try me, and my temper gave way, I was surprised at myself and very sorry that I had given way I cried unto the Lord and resolved that should not happen again, but I could not control my temper; every time I was tried I was over come. For I was in the power of devils. And yet I was seeking sanctification not realizing I was a sinner, for I had asked pardon each lime that I had failed, but not in the right way. I sought sanctification three times at the altar, while the band was here, but got no light. I did not give up when they went away, but went on studying the Word: my case was becoming desperate, (I had been told by a Methodist minister that the only way to get sanctified was to grow in grace) I began to think he must be right, and I thought to give up seeking, but God held me to my promise, and showed me if I gave up, he would deprive me of my reason: I resolved I would have salvation or die. I had come home, and had been doing nothing but reading and praying for a couple weeks. There was a little Church in this place that held prayer meeting in brother Morgan’s house. I went to the prayer meeting, dear sister DeRouse, who was then but a babe in Christ of but a few weeks, was instructing me, she asked are you sure you are free from sin? I said I have not felt right since I got angry over at —— well said she, I do not believe I would seek sanctification, I believe I would seek justification first. I was glad to accept the instructions, I was willing to be as humble as God wanted me to be, if only that burden could be removed; the next morning I went at it in dead earnest. I got down a penitent sinner, and plead for mercy. I once more laid all on the altar asked pardon, claimed the promise by faith, and thanks be to God peace was restored. I then presented myself a living sacrifice for sanctification, claimed the promise by faith without any manifestation, and God for Christ sake sanctified my soul, took out all the carnal nature. That was one year ago last October, since then I do not have to control my temper. For I am reigning in one Christ Jesus far above this world of strife; the old longing is gone, and I am drinking deeper, and deeper into the fountain of life. I could not understand why we should come out of sects, and I could not quite believe that the Lord wanted me to come out, that is before I was sanctified, but I told the Lord He knew my heart, and if He would sanctify me and show me by His Spirit that it was His will that I should come out and the sect should not be any more to me than the dust that stuck to my feet. Well it is just wonderful how the Lord talked to me by the Spirit, and showed me in the corruptness of the sects, and how of fensive they have become to God by their form of godliness. Oh the abomination but I came out. I went to the next prayer meeting and requested my name taken of the class book. The preacher said they would take no action on that, but the would pray for me to come back. I belongs to the W. C. T. U: I came out of that ah I am just a free child in Christ, not bound down by any discipline of man. I am free! free!! free!!! whom the Son maketh free, i.. free indeed. And I praise His hol.. name, for this freedom. I am dead to the world, and to the opinion of men. h.. face is zionward. I am determined by th.. grace of God to do the will of God. Yo.. sister in Christ saved and sanctified a.. kept by the mighty power of God, read to be revealed in the last time.
Sarah. A. Farris
St. Petersburgh, Pa.
Dear Saints of the Living God: — … thank God that I am permitted to wri.. another testimony for Him, and to tell … the world of his goodness. I am still ke.. by the power of God with a Bible salvati.. . It has been over three years since I fou.. holiness; and by watching and prayi.. I have been able to overcome all the de.. has put in my way. May God ever h.. us, to be at our post with the whole arm.. of God on, and the Sword in our hand, t.. we may be al-ways ready to smite the de.. and all his works; for be goeth about se..ing whom he may devour. But praise G.. when we have the whole armur of God, … the Sword in our hand, the devil will … from us; for he is afraid of and against … . True Word of God; for when it strike strikes to kill, and does kill. Praise … forever! When persons testify they … making crooked paths, and having h.. lives, we know they are deceived of … devil, for the way of the Lord is straig.. and His yoke is easy, and His burde.. light. Those that are living on cro.. paths had better get on the straight … that the Lord has laid for His redeeme.. walk in and follow His foot steps, … you will not need to testify of cro.. paths. There are a great many after receiving the whole armor of God and … puts the Sword in their hand to go … work in His vineyard, for the Lord h.. work for all of His chldren to do, … when this call is made instead of obey … God, some become weak and spiritual … and lay down the sword the Lord has gi.. . May God keep all of His true ones se.. and grounded in His love; for it is unto them that obey not the Gospel they shall be cast into outer darkness … all the nations that forget God; for … not all who saith Lord, Lord, shall e.. the kingdom of heaven, but those that d.. the will of the Lord. They said unto … Lord, are they few that be saved?
He said unto them, strive to enter in a.. straight gate, for many shall seek to e.. that shall not be able. They that tru.. the Lord shall be as Mount Zion which … not be removed, but abidth forever, the mountains are round about Jerusa.. so the Lord is round about His peo.. from hencforth even forever. We ask … prayers of all God’s people on behal.. the little Church in this place. The … has wonderfully kept us. We haven m..ing every Thursday evening, and Sab.. morning, and evening.
Your Bro. saved and sanctified.
Dear Saints: — I praise God this m..ing for salvation full and free, that sa.. one from all sin. About three mon.. ago God for Christ’s sake pardoned all sins, and afterwards sanctified me who … . O praise the Lord forever and ever. I alize that it is a river of peace flow … deep in my soul. Praise God! I … know that Jesus saves me just now, an … have complete victory over the beast … his image. Praise God for a salvat.. that can, and does keep us from all s.. . There are but few of God’s little o.. here, but we have good prayer-meeti.. twice a week in the name of the Lo.. . Your sister saved, sanctified and sa..fied.