1 May 1891, Volume 11, Number 9.
Oh What A Bible!
Oh, what a Bible! — sweet gift from above;
In it we learn of the Saviour’s pure love;
How he has suffered and died on the tree,
All for the sin-laden heart to be free,
Chorus: — Oh, what a Savior! — precious and pure;
Oh, what a Bible! ever endure;
All is a gift from our Father above,
Oh, What token of heavenly love!
Oh, what a Bible! — the Book of all books,
Only is fathomed by Him who now looks
Into each heart with an all-searching eye,
From His imperial throne in the sky.
Oh, what a Bible! — complete and Divine,
Source of all wisdom in this evil time,
God of all power, the Spirit and Son, —
All are forever united in one.
Oh, what a Bible! — its pages so pure
Telling us how to be firm and endure;
Faithfully serving Him, constant in player,
Till we inherit our home over there.
Oh, what a Bible! the life and the light,
Making our pathway so clear and so bright,
Giving us vigor to run in the race,
While we enjoy the sweet smiles of His face.
Oh, what a Bible! — true volumes of bliss, —
Leads to a world that is brighter than this, —
Sparkling with gems ever clear to behold,
Painting its glory in hearts of pure gold.
Oh, what a Bible! — the Book of goodness; —
A cup running over to hearts who will choose
Life everlasting, — a fount of all good;
Yea, for the hungry its manna is food.
Oh, what a Bible! — our sword, and the shield,
Helping us never to falter, or yield
To the seducers of souls, into sin,
But to courageously conquer and win.
Barney E. Warren.
A BLESSED EXPERIENCE.
Dear Beloved Saints of God: — While the bells of babylon are ringing together the army of Gog and Magog against the “Lord of lords and King of kings,” we feel led of the Father to write our testimony, and shout praises to God for deliverance from babylon, and that we are no longer deceived by the beast or false prophets, but are among the followers of the “Faithful and true, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Oh praise the Lord for the deep, sweet river of peace that flows in my soul this morning! My body is the temple of the Holy Ghost just now. Hallelujah to our God! My soul is filled with glory and leaps for joy. In August 1890, I was a poor deluded sinner under condemnation, without God and without hope. I had been a member of a sect for four years, and struggled hard against the Spirit of God to pursuade myself that I was a Christian. But I read that “God will speak peace to His people, and to His saints. — Psa. 85:8. And the work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness, and assurance forever.” — Isa. 32:17. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Rom. 5:1. I had no peacee nor quietness in my soul, nor any assurance of eternal life, and in the dark hours of night when there was nothing to stand between me and the whisperings of my soul, I would be filled with awful terror. “To commune with toy own heart upon my bed, was not to be still, but to toss about with horror in my mind. I would read the Bible to find peace, but it only filled me with uneasiness, because it condemned me on every page. I was living as good a life as any in the sect, and I did not know there was anything more I could do. So I was looking for Scripture to justify me where I stood, and I could find none. I would send for and read religious papers in my search for peace. In looking through a copy of “The sunday School Times” I saw an advertisement of “Bible Readings” by Bro’s. Kilpatrick and Speck. I addressed The Gospel Trumpet, Grand Junction, Mich. concerning it, never taking any thought as to what The Gospel Trumpet was. I received an answer to my letter, and on the envelope received I read, “Be ye holy for I am holy,” it was sweet to my soul. I read also the advertisement of the Trumpet, a holiness paper. My soul seemed to lay hold of anything that had the ring of holiness. I sent for a copy of the paper; I knew but little of holiness, or of Bible, but the paper held the standard of Christianity to where reason seemed to say it should bo. I soon discovered I had no salvation, and began to cry mightily to God for a pardon of my sins. One Monday morning on my way to school I received full pardon of all my sins, and had peace with God. I was immediately grafted into the vine, and felt the life giving Spirit go through every vein, cleansing me completely. Yes, I was cleansed of the tobacco habit which was a miracle exceeding great. The Christ life was implanted in my soul, and all the powers of my mind, the least and the greatest, (shepherd and wise men) fell down to worship and offer gifts of “gold frankincense and myrrh to the young child.” But in a few days Herods arose and the “child” seemed to be in danger of bis life. I loved the Lord and desired greatly to soar continually in an atmosphere of His love, but something seemed to bind me to worldly things. I sought God earnestly for deliverance from everything contrary to his nature, and in February of this year through the instruction of Bro. Wickersham and Bro. Roe, I laid hold of the promise, and God sanctified me wholly. Oh glory to Jesus! My wife was sanctified the same evening, being the only two in this community at that time. A few days later however another brother received sanctification, and we three stood alone here with the Lord for a few weeks, when the dear Lord had brother Warner to stop here and have a few days meeting which resulted in five being sanctified, and five others justified. Oh we do praise the Lord for the wonderful work He has done here, which He begun by sending a copy of The Gospel Trumpet to this place. May God still coutinue His work and save other souls we pray. We request the dear saints everywhere to pray for the church here, for babylon is most bitter. A Baptist, Campbellite, and local Methodist preacher are using all the power the devil gives them in persecuting the Church of God. One of them claimed sanctification before the Word of God was preached here in the power of the Holy Spirit. And we are told that he now teaches the impossibility of living free from sin. Hallelujah to God! They must either walk in the light, or go into darkness. God bless the saints and help us all to work to aid the Trumpet in be coming a weekly.
Your saved and sanctified brother.
Chas. E. Orr.
THE BODY OF CHRIST.
FOR as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. — 1 Cor. 12:12-14. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. — ver. 27. A certain individual who was converted while serving His time in the penitentiary, began to read his Bible and at once saw the glorious promises contianed therein; also the requirements of the same, and expected with all his heart to find the professing world up to the Bible standard. As his time expired and he came in contact with those who claimed to be the followers of the Gospel, he found, to his great surprise, that such professors came far short of the simple Word. When the above Scriptures are read by the young convert, whether in India, Africa, Europe, or America, he believes it means just what it says, and at once comprehends the simple analogy of the apostle. But how few there are who understand it while reading the Word through a sectarian veil. Let us see some of the simple statements of the Gospel with regard to the ONE BODY. This one body bas but ONE FATHER. Eph. 4:6. One God and Father of all. ONE MOTHER. Gal. 4:26. — But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. All children who are born of the holy parentage belong to the ONE FAMILY which has but ONE NAME. Eph. 3:15. — Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. This one family is the same as the one body. Eph. 4:4. — There is one body. This one body is the same as the ONE CHURCH. Col. 1:18. — And He is the head of the body the Church. This ONE CHURCH has ONE CREED. Psa. 119:105. — Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 119:11. — Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. This ONE CHURCH has but ONE DOOR. Jno. 10:9. — I am the door, ONE FOLD. Jno. 10:16. ONE SHEPHERD. And there shall be one fold and one shepherd. This ONE BODY has but ONE HEAD. Eph. 1:22. — And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the Church. This body is represented, by ONE LOAF. 1 Co. 10:17. — For we being many are one bread (Ger. loaf) and one body, for we are all partakers of that one bread (Ger. loaf). This one body has but ONE SPIRIT. Eph. 4:4 — One Spirit. It also bas but ONE BAPTISM, because it has but ONE FAITH in the ONE LORD. Eph. 4:5. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. ONE MIND. Rom. 15:6. ONE MOUTH. That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God. With the ONE MIND and ONE MOUTH this ONE BODY speaks but ONE LANGUAGE because it has but ONE JUDGMENT. 1 Cor. 1:10 — Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye all be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For this church there is but ONE CLASS BOOK. Luke 10:20 — But rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven. Rev. 20:15. — And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the Jake of fire. This one body Las but ONE HOPE. Eph. 4:4. — Even as ye are called in one hope of your calling This is the fulfillment of the gathering into ONE. Eph. 3:10. — That in the dispensation of the fulness of times, He might gather together in ONE all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth, even in Him.
Yours in the one body.
J. W. Byers.
WE have seen some articles written upon this subject, but observation, or experience which we have and are continually passing through brings very forcibly to our mind one point which we never have seen clearly brought out by any writer. First, we will notice briefly some things that have been spoken of by others. We read in Prov. 11:30, — The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. Here we see that it is necessary that we be winners of souls; or, in other words, wisdom makes us winners of souls. We have seen many who by their harsh, rash ways (which of course, is the result of having an Anti-Christ spirit) were continually driving souls away from Christ. Many honest souls have been rashly rebuked and driven away, when if some one had gone to them and taught them the truth, they would, no doubt, have accepted it and measured up to it. May the Lord help each of us to see whether or not we are winning souls. This is not the only way we may win souls or drive them away. The every day life of both those who travel in the work and those who stay at home is either winning the confidence hearts and of those with whom we daily associate, or it is causing them to doubt the reality of the salvation which we profess to have. Though they may speak evil of us, in their hearts they must confess that we have something they know nothing about if we really live the life that God commands us to live; but if we profess a high profession and live far beneath it, they are disgusted at the name of holiness because we profess to have it and do not live it. In this way we are either winning souls or driving them away. Jesus says, “Ye are the light of the world. — Mat. 5:14. The poor sinners in this world who know not God nor read His Word, have no other light to look to but God’s saved ones in this world. Again we say, are you winning souls? Praise the Lord! We may live with God’s approving smile upon us every day. Now we begin to look at other point. We ask you if you are winning souls? If you answer, yes, then we ask, to what you are winning them? Almost every one says, we are winning them to Christ but will you not allow us here to test the matter a little, whether you are winning them to Christ, or whether you are winning them to something else? Here we have before us a great multitude of people professing to be winning souls to Christ, and we find but few souls that are really won; to Christ. There must be a great error somewhere. Every soul that is won is won to something; if it is not to Christ, it is to some error or delusion of the devil. Let us look at the Word of God and see what we can learn about it. Jesus saith unto Him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me. — Jno. 14:6. Here we see that Christ is the way and the truth, and we know that there is but one Christ, hence we know that there is but one way of truth. Now if Christ is the truth, and if we win souls to Christ we must win them to the truth. Again we read in Jno. 17:17. — “Sanctify them through thy truth: Thy word is truth.” Then we see that Christ is truth and His word is truth. Then if a soul is won to Christ they are won to the Word, or, in other words, they are won to obedience of the Word. How often we find souls that have been won and are professing Christ, but are very unwilling to obey the Word of God. Some one then has been around winning souls, but not to Christ. Let us compare a few of these points. The Word of God says, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” — 1 Pet. 1:10. Again, “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” — 1 Thes. 4:3. Then persons who profess to be winning souls for Christ say, we cannot be sanctified and made holy. Such persons are not winning souls to Christ, but to delusions. Again the Word of God says, “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit He purgeth (which means he cleanseth) it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” — Jno. 15:2, or This plainly proves that there is a purging cleansing to take place after we are branches engrafted into Christ the true vine. Jno. 15:1. Then these are they who teach the people that we are made perfectly holy when we are converted, and that there is no second work of grace to be wrought in the heart; and many follow after them. These are winning souls to delusions and not to Christ. The Word then says, “If I then, your Lord and Master have washed your feet, ye ought also to wash one another’s feet; for I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you.” — Jno. 13:14, 15. He had washed the disciples feet when they were well enough to go up to the house of worship and eat the passover supper. And He said that I have given you an example that ye should do as (or in the same manner) I have done to you. Then they would have to wash the disciples feet while they were well. Again He tells them, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them (all nations) to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and, lo, I am with you alway even unto the end of the world. — Mat. 28:19, 20. Then if He commanded them to wash one anothers’ feet, they must teach all nations to wash one anothers’ feet if they obey the command in Mat. 28:20. Then we find those who say, and teach the people that it is not necessary to wash one anothers’ feet, and many souls are won to their ways of disobedience. O, my Lord, help the people to see what the Word means that says, “He that winneth souls is wise.” We find another class that profess to be winning souls to Christ. They work under the influence of a compromising or human sympathizing spirit. This spirit lets in all such as are afraid of going to hell, and yet are not willing to pay the full price of salvation. They work more on a line of feeling than preaching the plain truth and executing the judgments which are written. They always want to work up a revival spirit, as they call it, no matter how much crookedness there might be under their voice, they must have a revival spirit, or a spirit of feeling. And under such a spirit many who are corrupt in their hearts smooth it over, and get up a feeling and go on among the sheep as though they were a sheep. And those teachers are so sympathizing that they can not let any judgment go forth on such, and so the little leaven leaveneth the whole lump, and the church is corrupted. We may make this plainer so as to get you to understand what we mein. This compromising spirit works in this way; for instance, you may believe that it is right to wash one anothers’ feet, but some one comes along that does not believe it, and you say, Oh, well, we will not let that make any difference; and so you brother or sister them right along. And do not think to tell them of the awful error and delusion they are in or getting into by disobeying the Word of God, and the awful hell that a waits all the disobedient, whether they profess Christ, holiness or any good profession or not. Read Titus 1:16. — They profess that they know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Under such a spirit many souls profess Christ, but they cannot stand the truth at all. When God sends His whirlwind of truth through the land they are all fanned away Then where is your work, poor sympathizer? O! how many are really winning souls to the truth? They have to stand the truth in the judgment. Then why not let them hear it here? The apostle Peter speaking of those who win souls to their own way says, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.” — 2 Pet. 2:1, 2. So they were winners of souls, and, no doubt, claimed the wisdom spoken of in Prov. 11:30. But would not the wisdom spoken of in Jas. 3:15 suit their case better? “This wisdom descendeth not from above but is earthly, sensual, devilish,” or natural. That is, they have not the Holy Ghost to guide them into all truth; so they endeavor in their own minds and by their own wisdom to understand the Word of God and spiritual things. If souls are not won to the truth, but are won to an error they are worse than they were before they were won. O let the people who profess to be winners of souls see to it well that they win them to the truth, for we read in 2 Thess. 2:10, “ And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.’ Why did they perish? Because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. Here we see that those who receive not the truth and a real love for the truth must perish. Then how careful we ought to be that we win souls to the truth, and all of the truth: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. — Jas. 2:10. Knowing that God will judge us by all the words of Jesus, let each one see. that they preach a whole Gospel, and live by every word of God. We shall have to give an account for how we live and how we deal with souls. If souls be won, let them be won to the truth. Oh! what darkness we find where those self wise persons have been teaching and winning souls to their ways.
Your brother saved from all sin.
Dear Saints: — Glory be to Jesus I am saved and sanctified now, and Jesus keeps me sweetly. I lived from childhood — until two weeks ago — in the Lutheran church without salvation. I am now 64 years old, and praise the dear Lord, that He saves me in my last days. O it is wonderful, wonderful, this salvation that makes me so happy! Even when I am at home alone, the dear Lord is with me, and I do not get lonesome. Oh, I do praise God to think that He would save one who has so long lived in sin. All I can do now is to give my life to Him, and let Him use my remaining days to His glory. Hallelujah to God!
Your sister saved and sanctified.
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REQUEST FOR PRAYER.
Dear Saints: — I have been suffering for 9 weeks with Lagrippe in my back. I have done all I can, and am suffering intense pain, but I believe God will answer prayer. Pray for me.
J. C. Green.
Sister Emily Moore of Odon, Ind, desires all the saints to pray for her on the 10th, of May, that she may be healed of Lung trouble, from which she is suffering intensely She is getting old, but says she has faith that God will heal her.
Will begin about the 10th or 12th of June. Full particulars will be given in next issue. Let us all pray for the rich blessings of God upon this meeting.
A GENERAL ORDINANCE MEETING.
We hope to see all the dear saints of, God in the country round about Beaver Dam, Ind, assembled together in the name of the Lord, and in the Spirit of Elijah’s God in a general ordinance meeting, May 2 and 3. Amen!
D. S. W.
A Bro. in the West wrote us concerning our authority, respecting the words of Bishop Foster. We cited the Bro. to Ellis, the Editor of the Fire and Hammer, from whose tract we had printed the matter. The Bro. wrote him and received the following reply.
Portland, Ore. March 9th, 1891.
Your card received: — The best way for the people to find out is to write to Foster hinself. “I copied it from the Christian Standard, and Home Journal,” which ought to be good authority. There is not a Methodist on the Lord’s foot-stool that can deny it. God, men, angels, and devils know that it is a fact, every word of it. As soon as I was converted, and before converted I knew most of them were no Christians at all.
Yours in Christ.
W. T. Ellis.
The “Christian Standard,” is a promient Methodist paper. So you see if Foster did not write the tract, Methodist papers are responsible, for the article. But there is no getting out of it, Foster wrote the words.
Sister M. Lane, of Binghamton N. Y. writes that she has received letters from John Grimes, and L. Blodgett, respecting homes for Bro. Marsh’s boys, and they failed to give their address. If this reaches them, please write her again, giving address.
Jesus has gone to Heaven to represent His saints in their interests before the throne, and has left us here on earth awhile to represent Him on earth. Our lives should therefore exemplify the holiness, disinterested and self-acrificing love, meekness, gentleness, patience, and in fact, every characteristic of the moral perfections of the Son of God. This can only be done by possessing His inward purity, and His actual life within us, to the exclusion and utter destruction of every opposite element in our moral being. As He died unto sin once, and now liveth unto God, likewise reckon also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, and alive unto God.
“Men’s hearts failing for fear, and for looking after those things that are coming upon the earth.”
Last summer in Shelby Co. Ind. a few miles from Shelbyville, 80 acres of land was torn up by a powerful gas explosion and left in wild confusion, and deep chasms. Flat Rock stream was elevated so that for some time the water ran up the stream. And when the water begad to take its original course, it was one day and night filling up a chasm that had been opened by the explosion. Excursion trains ran from Indianapolis to the sight for some time. No hole had been sunk in the ground, but it burst forth by its own awful force. At a place where logs were burning, the gas caught fire, and the flames ascended 300 feet. But the supply seemed to have soon exhausted.
HEAR YE THIS CALL.
Sister L. A. Smith, Box 177, Plainwell, Mich. writes us: “There is an open door at Cedar Springs, and has been for some time. There are so many hungry souls there that want to hear the Gospel preached in its purity. Quite a number have come out of the sects. My mother lives there, and takes the Trumpet, her house would be open for the saints. I have written some of the preachers, but no one has responded, “Here am I, send me.” I do believe a great work can be done there in Jesus name. There were a number of us going up there if we could get some fire brand of God to go with us, we all feel led of God to go, for we could help in the singing, arid tell of the goodness of God.”
We hope God will send some preacher of the everlasting Gospel to that place soon. We would say that we should love to go, but feel our call is very urgent to spend all the time this summer we can writing in our precious sanctum at home. If no one else comes to your help, why not Bro. Sanford, and a few of your fire brands about Otsego and Plainwell go in the name of Jesus, sing the Gospel and tell the triumphs of God’s grace in your souls, and the Lord has promised to be with you, and give you a mouth and wisdom that none of your enemies can gainsay nor resist. The Lord often begins the work in that way, and other ministers will follow. Send to the office for a supply of papers and tracts, go in the name of Jesus. Shout and sing the glorious tidings, and God will bless your souls and save some that hear you. Whenever God moves hearts to take the Gospel to any place, do not tarry long, for preachers to go with you; for God can make all His children preachers, and mighty ones, too, when He wants to use them. Go ye therefore into all the world, and tell the glorious tidings of Heaven’s redeeming love. Amen!
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Markleville, Madison Co. Ind. Apr, 20.
Dear Saints of the Most HiGh God: — Let us praise Him who hath done and is doing great things for us. We last wrote you from Tampico, Jackson Co. Ind. The dear Lord did a glorious work there. We remained ten days, and God converted nine souls, some of whom were made very happy in the love of Jesus. There were also five who consecrated for and received the blessed grace of entire sanctification And on the last Lord’s day our dear brother B. F. Roe baptized five dear children of God. Also that eve we had a sweet and precious ordinance meeting. O blessed be God! It is so glorious to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. God has established a very precious little church there, and many more souls are in love with the truth, whom we believe He will add to His holy family. Doubtless, we reaped some of the fruits Of Bro. Wickersham’s sowing, who, with Bro. Roe was here before; for “One man laboreth and another entereth into His labors.” The church and the community- generally have learned the Anthems from the Throne, and sing them freely. Among its first converts were brother and sister Zimerman, and we were happy to find that the sister is our cousin. She is a good singer, and understands music very well. So, equiped with full salvation and the whole armour of God, and Himself in the midst, and blest with good song talent, this precious church must increase with the increase of God, and prosper as a tree that is planted by the side of a living stream. There were calls to adjoining neighborhoods, and many desired us to remain longer, but we had to bid them all farewell and go on our way. We trust the time will come when the Lord will establish a camp meeting in that place for southern Ind.
From there we came on to Indinapolis, where we began the blasts of the Gospel Trumpet. We remained all night, and early in the morning walked out to the spot where we labored and prayed, and trusted God over two years in great trials. Abandoned and hated of all the world, opposed by all of babylon, and rejected by the sectish associated holiness forces we were forced out upon the promises of God, and endured a great fight of faith. All the earth seemed dark as midnight, and growling letters came thick and fast, and friendly ones few and far between. And where, a stranger in a city, without money, friends, or credit, “give us this day our daily bread,” was not a mere formal prayer. O the riches of the goodness, and the wonders of the mercy of God! Surely He hath never yet forsaken the righteous. Here we labored and prayed in intense poverty, while the Word of the Lord tried us,” but His strong arm hath gotten Him the victory over all the powers of hell and earth. Here we had a temporary summer office on our let and occupied a room of the house in winter, about 10×14. Now a large two storry building is occupied with the business, and the circulation is rapidly enlarging.
We went back to the room we had occupied through the night, and cast ourself down upon the carpet in gratitude to God. O glory, everlasting glory! be to God for the triumph of His mighty present truth! The great state house, which was in process of erection while we lived here is finished, and is perhaps the most beautiful and magnificent structure we ever passed through in our life. The museum, a very large apartment filled with geological, and other natural beauties and curiosities is sufficient to steal away a half day, but we only spent a few moments glancing through. We came on to Elwood, Ind., where our dearly beloved Bro. John W. High met us, and coveyed us to his home near Curtisville, Tipton Co. Here we had reserved two days for rest, and writing. But the Lord left us down to the level of our own weakness, and we were not able to sit up much of the time. Such experiences we had before, and by means of the same we are better able to realize how dependent we are upon God for our strength. O praise God who is the saving strength of His anointed.” After keeping the lounge most of the day, the night came for us to preach to the people. Bro. High wished us to ride his horse, but we preferred to walk the mile to Curtisville knowing that as strength was needed God would give it. Praise God, He did. Though we spake with some weakness, the next night found us blessed with our usual divine strength. We only had time for three services in this village, where the Lord has a few pure children Then we went to Windfall and continued a few nights. Here we had the happy privilege of meeting dear Bro. and sister Shawhan, who are all given up to the work of God, in publishing His great salvation. The sister is gloriously anointed to preach glad tidings to the meek. The brother is also in real earnest, firm in God, and blest with good talents, but we doubt not a more melting drawing power of the blessed Spirit of God will soon be reached by him, greatly increasing his usefulness. The Lord has blest their winter’s work with the salvation of many souls. We also enjoyed the privilege of meeting at Windfall, Bro’s Bagwell and Burns from Howard Co. The former was by the power and voice of God miraculously delivered out of the Winebrennarian sect, and the latter escaped out of the U. B. branch of confusion. He consecrated in the meeting here for entire sanctification. May God keep these two dear young brethren filled with the mighty power of God, and use them effectually in the preaching of the Word, where unto they are called of Him. There are a few clear souls in and about Windfall and many who love the way. The Lord bless them all. Amen! Returning to Bro. Highs we spake to the people one night in his neighborhood. On Friday April 27th Bro. H. took us to Markleville, about 40 miles south east, in Madison Co. where we spoke unto the people until over Sabbath. Bro. H., has preached the glorious fulness of entire sanctification here for a few years in the past, and the church of the god of this world cast out several souls here, because they have experienced a pure heart, and also one who stood up for them. So bitter and evil eyed are those carnal preachers against the throne of God’s holiness. But notwithstanding all the opposition and persecution that has come upon these little ones, God has kept them, and we found some of them gloriously filled with the Spirit. Bro. and sister Shawhan also met with us at this place, and added their testimony in the Spirit. They were ordained by the laying on of hands to the solemn work of the Gospel ministry. Sister Bray was also thus acknowledged, and set apart to the same calling in the body of Christ, and two deacons were ordained in the Church of the living God at Markleville. God will, we believe, prosper His own Church in that place. We enjoyed our short visit among them; and shall not forget their kindness to us. On Sabbath one dear Bro. was buried with Christ in the ordinance of baptism, and came forth praising God. He had been a Quaker for some years, but after God converted and sanctified his soul, he was led to follow the footsteps of Jesus. We returned to Bro. High’s to-day (Monday) and tomorrow I got Howard Co. where I stop three nights, and then go on to Cass Co., Thence stop at Beaver Dam, where we expect to have an ordinance meeting May 3rd, stop May 4th and 5th at Walkerton, Ind. and reach home May 6th, the blessed Lord willing. Amen!
Edgar, Neb. Apr. 18, 1891.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — May God’s richest blessings abide upon you all. My testimony is that I am sweetly saved in Jesus, first justified and then sanctified by a second definite work of grace, and kept by the power of God, free from all sin, and all the works of the devil; hid away with Christ in God, praise His holy name forever and ever. I am here with Bro Achor battling for the Lord against the enemy of all righteousness. God is working, but the devil is raging against the truth; and professors are fighting holiness. The weather is very unfavorable for holding meetings, so much rain, and farmers are very busy getting their crop in; yet we have good congregations most of the time. Dear Bro. Achor intends starting home soon, to arrange to bring his family East. They are getting ready to go into the work with him, and we need him so bad here in Neb. Now I would say that one of Bro. Achor’s horses died this spring, while in the care of another man, and while he was away from home in the work. This leaves him with only one horse. I would say, all who feel led of the Lord to help the dear Bro. to get another horse so he can travel in the work, will please send it to G. R. Achor 211, 33 Ave. Denver, Col., or to the Trumpet office audit can be forwarded to him, and God will bless you. He intends starting East about the middle of May.
M. M. Stover.
Humboldt, Kan. Apr. 16, 1891.
Dearly Beloved Brethren: — Grace, mercy and peace be multiplied unto you for Jesus’ sake. Amen. Our souls are rejoicing in a complete salvation and victory over all the powers of Satan through the blood of the Lamb. Our last report was from Galesburg. We held meeting there for a short time. God’s dear children were strengthened and encouraged, and a couple faltering ones were brought back to the fold. We had a very precious ordinance meeting and the Lord was present in mighty power. From there we went to Thayer a town 7 miles west, and held meeting two weeks. The Lord broke down prejudice, the saints were benefited and good seed was sown. We closed with a glorious ordinance meeting. The melting power of God was present, and four dear girls were converted and one sanctified wholly. To God be all the glory. We next held meeting in a school-house four miles from Galesburg. God manifested His saving power, and a few were converted and some sanctified. Here we took train for Humboldt, and commenced meeting in a school-house six miles from that place on the 10th, and on the 11th in the night a telegram came to our dearly beloved sister Dema Laser from her home stating that her mother was not expected to live, and for her to come immediately, so she started next day for Ind. We miss her much and trust the dear Lord will send her back soon. Meeting is progressing nicely. One soul was saved last night, and others serious. Pray for the work here in the West, and for your humble servants that many souls may be garnered in for Christ. Sectism has no meeting here at all. They have given up the struggle. Isa. 26:14. “They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise.” Then let us pray for God to move on His mighty work until the knowledge of the glory of God shall cover the whole earth as the waters cover the deep, and give him no rest until He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth, and be sure we are willing to do all the Master has for us to do.
Your brother and sister under the blood.
Geo. L. & Mary Cole.
St. Louis, Mich. Apr. 14, 1891.
To the Dear Readers of the Gospel Trumpet Greeting: — May the God of heaven bless you with all His fulness of love, joy and peace for Jesus’ sake. Amen. The last we wrote was a short sketch from Williamston, Mich. I feel that it would be to the glory of God to give a more definite statement of the work God did at that place. This is perhaps the only place in Mich. where there were any who called themselves saints, who yet held to J. C. Fisher with all his ungodly works. These parties sent to him for a preacher, and he wrote them he would send J. P. Haner, and that he “hoped H. would get there before any of the Warnerites got there.” Though God has no Warnerites, or any other ite preachers, He defeated his wishes by powerfully moving upon me to go to Williamstown. I got there on Thursday evening, just the day after they had sent money to Fisher to bring Haner. We commenced meeting in the name of the Lord Jesus, and all went well. Some of the dear ones who were honest began to correct themselves by the Word of God, and the Lord was breaking down prejudice in the town; and the church agreed to send and tell Fisher that they did not want his preacher, and they did so. But after that, the Lord lead us to preach against some of the pet sins of those sympathizers with the adulterer, and the sins of some of their near friends, so they drew away in spirit from the meeting, and, without letting us or any of the true saints know, sent for Haner. He came so filled with the Fisher spirit that a person hearing him without seeing would think it F. He tried to prejudice the people against the Trumpet and every body that did not endorse Fisher. This he did in private, but we discerned his spirit, and could not fellowship nor work with him. And as those who endorsed him had possession of the hall, we obeyed the Word of God and withdrew ourselves, and hired another hall; and renounced all spirits of devils and took our stand before God and the people on the pure Word, of God, and for a pure Church. I am glad to be able to state that God has a true people in that place that stand for God. There were about twenty in and about Williamstown who withdrew themselves from the eight or nine who are in fellowship with darkness. They are not all in the full experience of salvation, but know and love the truth.
We charged Haner with being in fellowship with Fisher and he publicly denied it. But before he left he gave out their papers, which revealed the fact that he was fully yoked up with the corrupt man he denied fellowship with in order to deceive souls. So he revealed his diabodical spirit. Well, I do praise God He has saved my soul, and I am not in fellowship with any of the works of darkness, but rather reprove them. I am dead to the world and to all the elements of sin, and alive unto God, who has redeemed my soul by the blood of the Lamb. Praise God! O how I do love to do His holy will! How sweet every cup of suffering for Jesus’ sake. If the Lord will, I will move to Williamston soon.
Your brother in Christ.
T. J. Cox.
Huron, Kan. Apr 16, 1891.
Dear Saints. — We are sweetly saved in Jesus, filled with the fire and glory of God. Just closed a meeting after two weeks labor and battling for Jesus. Our work was rewarded by seeing several souls saved and made complete. O glory to God for the wisdom that cometh from above that enables even a boy to preach the Gospel, and when backed up by the Holy Ghost it shakes the nations. We left a great many friends of the truth, others, as we always find, fight against God. But praise God, their puny arms are too short to stop the Almighty in His plan of salvation. The testimonies of some were that this is the way, the only way although they had not received the sanctifier they were going on unto perfection and obtain the promise. One Bro. said he had climbed down out of the tree where he had been perched on a Baptist limb, and now he was going to take Jesus home with him. The Lord has established His Church in that place near Robinson, Kan., and the powers of hell shall not prevail against it. Hallelujah! Dear brethren, we praise God that we can say to-day that we will defend the truth under all circumstances.
When J. P. Haner was herein June 1890 and held meeting in Huron, because there were no souls saved he abused the saints, and told the people it was because those who professed to be saved were not right But bless God, even the sinners could see the trouble was because the preacher was not right, and they said so. I had only been saved a short time then, and had not learned enough of Satan’s devices to understand these things. And through his preaching and the cunning craftiness of Satan I was thrown into a great agony of soul, and tempted to think that I had no salvation. I went into the woods and wrestled in prayer until about day-break. O the agony my soul was in! all because of the devil’s accusations. The Lord bless all the dear saints in light, and keep you from being deceived by these false teachers. The richest of Heaven’s blessings rest upon you all.
Your free brother saved and sanctified in Christ Jesus.
W. A. Haynes
Payne, O. Apr. 25, 1891.
Dear Brethren: — We are glad to report that Jesus Christ is still our salvation, and preservation from all sin. Amen! We are still at Payne, Ohio. Will go out into the country about 3 1/2 miles and commence meeting at Bro. Oliver Kilpatrick’s Wednesday night the 29th, the Lord willing. After we get through there we will be ready to join the rest of our Co., Bro. A. L. Byers and sister Frankie Miller. If any of the brethren desire a meeting at your place, be free to notify us, as we expect to remain in this state for some time. We have been having some good meetings at and near Payne. Five little girls followed the Lord in baptism Sunday the 19th. God bless and give them grace to live according to their testimony in baptism. One Bro. came to the Lord and was sanctified.
We remain yours in Christ.
B. E. Warren & Co.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: — I feel it would be to the glory of God forme to write a few lines concerning the work of the Lord here. I have held meetings at several places since dear Bro. Warner and Co. left us, where they labored while in the South, and I find that much and lasting good has been accomplished through their labors in this country. Many precious souls received the whole truth, and are walking in the light, and are living in the order of the Lord. Oh, we are so sorry it was not in divine counsel that they could have stayed longer with us, and we are praying God to send them back again to us at an early day. Oh, we need more such men and more such preaching. We meet with a great deal of opposition here against the truth. A great many professors of religion, who are strangers to grace and to God, are more opposed to the doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ than common sinners. Then we have another man-made sect in the country, under the false title of straight holiness. This little sect was started, or set up in this country a little over a year ago, and its creed was endorsed by several professors of holiness, and I have no doubt that some of God’s little ones have been led away by it It indeed appears to be a true offspring of the Mystery Babylon, and seems to manifest her spirit; having a form of godliness, but seems to be false accusers, and fierce, despisers of those that are good, and as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these resist the truth. It seems that this is another pernicious way marked out by men, by reason of whom the way of truth is evil spoken of. They not only speak evil of the things that they know not, but publicly cast reflections upon the early saints of God and the blessed Master by speaking evil of the things commanded, taught, and practiced by them. They have taught while resisting the truth, concerning feet cashing that Jesus Christ was naked while washing the disciples feet and instilled this false idea into the minds of their followers that so great is their hatred for feet washing, that they resort to false statements concerning its origin not only speaking evil of feet washing, one of the things of Jesus, that they know not, but will even condescend to speak evil of the Master, by saying He was naked while washing the disciples feet, and they attempt to prove it by reference to John 13:4, which reads as follows, He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments and took a towel and girded himself. Now I will refer you to other Scriptures that will convince you that this Scripture is no proof that our Lord was naked. It is written, and they crucified Him, and parted His garments. Casting lots, that it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophet. “They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.” — Matt. 27:35. “Then the soldiers when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts to every soldier apart, and also His coat. Now this coat was without seam woven from top throughout.” — John 19:23, 24. “Now we see next day after He had washed the disciples feet the soldiers that crucified Him, parted or divided His garments among themselves but His coat or vesture they did not divide or rend, but cast lots for it, whose it should be.” “Now this coat was woven without a seam from the top throughout.” And the truth is, Jesus could have, and no doubt, did lay aside the same garment when He went to wash the disciples feet. — Jno. 13:4. That the soldiers divided among themselves the next day and have kept on the same vesture or coat while washing their feet, that the soldiers cast lots for the next day. I have anxiously and clearly watched this little sect every since it has been in this country, and I have suffered a great deal, from evil and false reports circulated by it. For no good man who loves and obeys the whole truth will hardly escape its vengeance. Yet I have silently watched it hoping for the best, but I am now fully convinced from its hatred of those things taught by the Lord and the apostles, and by its fierce hatred of God’s true saints, and by its crooked teachings as well as the false accusations it has brought against many of God’s true children, even in this country, that we have more to fear from this sect than from every thing else combined, for they circulate all maner of evil reports against us, and thereby stir up the other people against us. It was through the influence of this sect, and because of false reports that it bore to the world that the people were stired up against Bro. Warner at Spring Hill. They had it reported that he was a Mormon, and that he taught freeloveism, and forbid marrying, and one of them went so far as to say Bro. W.’s book taught polygamy. And after their preacher in that country, had done all he could in circulating these, and other vile and false reports, two of their number rode over the country with others of different names whom they had stired up to try and mislead the people and get them to turn out against the brethren. I learn since that they fooled and misled some, who as soon as they found their mistake, was sorry that they had anything to do with it. No doubt, every precious soul that was lead into it, will find out their mistake, and be sorry some day. I am now convinced, and it is no hasty conclusion that, it ss our duty as God’s watchmen to meet and expose the crooked teachings of this sect. And while I love each precious soul in it, and would do any thing could to lead them aright, I am fully convinced that the invention of this sect and its truth contradicting creed is one of Satan’s last tricks to oppose the truth and finder the work of the Lord in these days of preparation. This is no hasty conclusion, but an honest decision forced upon my heart and mind by closely watching its every movement, and trying its every teaching by God’s Word, and impartially viewing it all from the best of motives in the fear of God. But the people are fast finding out its nature, and I pray God the day is not far distant, when many precious souls that have been caught in its snares, will be free in Jesus again. Well in spite of this opposition the Lord is ording the battle, and many dear souls have real victory, and are pushing the battle for the Lord. Glory to Jesus! I am praisng the Lord for victory, and am still in the field doing all I can for the Master. Pray for me that I may gain more strength and be better able to work, for the harvest is great and the laborers are few. May God bless all the dear saints every where.
W. W. Bradley.
Dear Saints: — We came to this place April 8th, with victory in our souls, and commenced meeting in the name of the Lord, which lasted until the 15th, and closed with victory on the Lord’s side. There were several consecrations, and a few cases of divine healing. O how the streams of glory filled our souls; to God be all the praise and glory.
Yours in Christ.
D. J. Cross & Marion welch.
Bushy Prairie, Ind. April 9th, 1891.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — We are happy to report that we are still saved and sanctified wholly by a second work of grace through the gift of the Holy Ghost with the blood of the everlasting covenant, and on the sea of glass with perfect victory in out souls. The Lord is also our family physician, He has healed us often. We began meeting in the name of the Lord in the Loon Lake school house three miles north west of Angola, Steuben Co. Ind. March 27th, which lasted till April 7th, closing with a glorious and complete victory for King Jesus and His truth. The glorious Gospel of Christ, and the evening light had never been preached there. Several consecrated all to Jesus, and received the desire of their hearts. They will be baptized in the near future. The Lord has established His Church, and they will hold their meetings twice a week. A grove meeting is wanted there this spring or summer, Bro. A. J. Kilpatrick is desired to come and preach to the people there. Bro’s. Cross and Welch were with us in one meeting. We were also glad to meet with dear Bro. and sister Yoder from Brushy Prairie, who came over twice filled with the holy fire and love of God. The meeting closed with a precious ordinance meeting, and consecration service. We indeed felt that Jesus was in our midst, and made happy in the act of obedience. Hallelujah! Dear Bro. Yoder conveyed ns to his neighborhood near Bushy Prairie, where we are laving blessed meetings. We expect to labor at several points in this county this month.
Your saved Bro. and sister.
F. N. & Susie A. Jacobson.
Cenderville, Ont. Apr. 21st 1891.
Dear Brethren: — The meeting commenced at this place the next week after the Welland meeting. There was but little prejudice, and there was good interest from the beginning. We have not witnessed such a shaking for years as there has been in this community. We have put in about 16 hours a day visiting and meetings, and our labor has not been in vain in the Lord. Souls have been saved almost daily. There has been about tweenty converted, and about six or eight sanctified, and several healed. Bro. and sister Patchen of Welland, was with us one week, and was much blessed of the Lord in the work, they have moved to Buffalo, N. Y. where we believe they will be much used of the Lord. Bro. John Smith and Bro. Thomas helped us in the work.
Yours with the victory in our souls.
G. T. & Lizzie Clayton.
SAVED IN JESUS.
Dear Saints: — I feel led to write this to the Trumpet, for the glory of God. I am saved, and Christ is all that has saved me. Glory be to God! The Lord took the appetite for coffee and tea from me two years ago. I chewed gam three years ago, but I praise God for deliverance from it all. The Word says: “lay apart all filthiness and superfluity.” This means lay a side all things that are not needed. “Wherewithal shall a young man, (or woman,) cleanse their way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” — Psa. 119:9. In the summer of 1889, I had not worn corsets for two weeks, and I felt so much better without them. Just then the dear Lord sent a message to me from the Trumpet office, entitled “Evil of Corsets” written by Bro. Wickersham. Oh, how that message filled my heart with praise to God. It pleased me so that I threw away the fashionable thing. “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.” Do we not disfigure the beautiful form that God had made, by wearing corsets? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus? I know that I suffered pains in my body. Oh praise God for deliverance. I have not worn them for two years, and my body is so much healthier. I do not feel those pains in my body now. I find they are fashionable. Read 1 Jno. 2:15-17. I will serve the Lord. — Rom. 6:16. He says: “this is the way walk ye in it.” And not be tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the slight of men. Pray for me.
Your saved sister.
Dear Saints: — I feel led of God to-day to write my testimony. I know the blood of Christ cleanses me from all sin, and the very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. Pray for me.
Your brother in Christ.
F. M. Williams.
Big Bend, Pa.
Dear Readers: — God bless you all and keep you in perfect love one with another. I am standing straight for God and it does not trouble me when people talk about me, for I have the love of God in my soul to obey and follow His commandments. I give God all the glory. I have decided to do all the good the Lord wants me to do.
I do praise His holy name that He sanctified me and cleansed me from all sin.
Your brother in the Lord.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — May God’s richest blessings rest upon you. I feel it would be to the glory of God to tell what the good Lord has done for us. He is blessing us from day to day. Praise His holy name! My family are all living in the fear of God It is two years since we were saved. Praise the Lord our names were never on a class- book on earth, but are in the Lamb’s book of life. I have been healed by the Lord a number of times; He is our physician for both soul anybody. Amen! Dear saints pray for me and my family.
Your sister in Christ.
Asinda E. Hammond.
Swanders Crossing, O.
Dear Saints: — I feel it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony this evening to inform you of my past experience. The first year that I was professing I lived an up and down life, but I found that was no way to live for God, and that God wanted His people to get fixed, settled and established in His grace, to stand against the wiles of the wicked, and ready to be revealed in the last time. I truly thank God to-night that I have victory in my soul over the devil and his works. Praise God! I know of a truth that the Lord justified my soul, and afterwards sanctified my nature to do His will. Praise the Lord! Dear saints, pray for me that I may be a faithful child of God.
Your saved sister in Jesus.
Mt. Vernon, O.
May the blessings of God rest upon you all. I feel led of the good Lord to write my testimony to the Trumpet. Glory to His name! I was 58 years old last October, and never knew what salvation was until two months ago, when the straight Word was preached in our neighborhood. Bless God! I know what it is now, for I am saved through and through. I have been a user of tobacco for 48 years. But glory to God I am saved from it, and the appetite also. I have been a very bad man, but bless our God, old things have passed away and every thing has become new. I am free from all the works of the devil, and free from sectism. Pray for me.
Your brother in Christ.
Joseph J. Taylor.
THE HOME FOR THE POOR.
Hamilton, Mich, April 18th, ’91.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — The Lord Hess you all with all spiritual blessings. I am still saved, all on the altar sanctified ready for the revelation of Jesus Christ, praising God for the wonderful deliverance from the fear of death. As Paul says, in Heb. 2:14, 15: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that bad the power of death, that is the devil.” And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. So you see when we are made free from sin, we are free indeed, not subject to bondage of any kind. Well I praise God for a complete deliverance from bondage praise the Lord. I wrote an article for the Trumpet concerning a home for the children and poor saints. I told what I could do. Well I have had number of letters from the saints about this matter but all from the poor that want homes: not one from those that have means to give to help in the matter. Many poor dependent ones are pleading for help. Oh! how I would like to give them a home; would if I was able. Well I am going to make another offer. If any one else is impressed to move in this matter, I will do my share, or all I am able to do; just think if only a little mite was sent in by each one it would do a grand work, and relieve many a poor soul that is in want, and make them comfortable in their old age.
Yours in Him.
C. B. Butler.
SATAN ENTERED IN.
The following extracts of letters will sufficiently introduce our painful duty.
Galesburg, Kan. Mar. 22.
“Dear Bro. Byrum and Family: — May the Lord bless each of you. Dear Bro., by this time, I trust you are aware of the action of J. P. Haner in renouncing the Trumpet and Bro. Warner. As this is only ten miles from Haner’s home, and he frequently comes down here, I write to ask advice as to our most proper way to meet him. I wish to treat every one fair, just, and right, but do not feel that it would be to the glory of God to recognize him any way. I trust you will advise us through the Trumpet. I do not feel that we could please God to allow him to preach or teach in any of our meetings.
Your Bro. in Christ.
S. G. Bryant.
Clinton, Ia. April 3rd, ’91.
Dear Bro. Byrum: — I have an important matter to bring before you and Bro. Warner. Bro. Haner has been out of the way for a long time, for about six months, and I have said nothing about it, thinking he would get right. But he is getting worse, instead of better. He is taking up with Fisher, and is sending his paper to the brethren in the West, but they do not receive them. When a man gets that far gone, I feel it my duty to let it be known. He fell under the influence of a young woman, and it has hurt the work of God in the West. I told him the facts in the case privately while we were riding together in his buggy. There are hard things said of him at Wymore. He sent his wife home, and came to Wymore with this girl alone, and it let the devil loose in that place. He is in a fearful condition now and is to be pitied. I have suffered a great deal over this matter. O, let us pray for him. I love his soul, and I want you and Bro. Warner to write to him as soon as you can. I wrote him a good letter to-day. I would love to have a letter from you and brother Warner as soon as you get this, concerning the matter. I would say to you both that Bro. Haner has in the last six months done more harm than good. He was so abusive in his talk. I could not worship with him, and he drove away the people.
Your Bro. saved and sanctified.
The above letter was written to us as a private letter, bearing every mark of true love for the person’s soul, to solicit our prayers for him, and move us to write to him to help recover him out of the snare of the devil, and of course with no thoughts of it ever being published. But since Satan has fully entered into the man of whom it spate, we feel free to so use it, to wain all God’s children to have no fellowship with devils, nor the works of darkness. The above letters only reached us lately. The first intimation we had of Haner’s departure from the truth, was a letter written by him March the 3rd to a Bro. and sister in Wymore, Neb., which was forwarded to us without comments. It teaches a false theory respecting entire sanctification, denies the purification of the heart by the second grace. As we loved the man’s soul, we immediately wrote him a kind brotherly letter correcting his error. But have received no reply. A few days later a brother brought us the heretic paper showing that satan had fully entered the poor man. And while love never faileth, and pity weeps a lost soul, duty requires us to warn all men to avoid satan’s agents. What is the trouble with Haner? Two things have evidently directed his course. First, he knew from past experience the Saints in light would discern his backslidden condition, and that he had either to get right with God, or he would be labored with, and if necessary finally exposed. So he prefers to flee from Jerusalem to Samaria. Second, in his extreme conceited ignorance the man itched to be an editor. So he sells himself to satan for the honor of becoming joint editor with one of his chief agents. The brethren remember that Bro. Willis has been in the past year laboring in Co. with Haner, hence since he knows more about him than others, we have quoted from his letter. From a recent letter from him we quote the following:
“You can now see where Haner has gone to. I somewhat expected it. He has always had hard feelings against the brethren since they tried to get him right at the Bangor, and Beaver Dam camp meetings. He is trying to draw away disciples after himself.”
As a sample of his doctrines of falsehood, we quote from Haner’s letter March the 24th, written to Bro. Willis.
“Since I have taken a stand for God, and declared my freedom, God has shown me by His Word that I was being led astray and was teaching false doctrine. Warner’s second work heresy. I declare on the authority of God’s holy Word, there is not a speck of sin in a man’s heart after regeneration, there is no old carnal mind in a child of God.”
To all saved men this needs no refutation. The statement could only be made as the opinion of a never converted sinner, or by a befogged and deluded apostate.
For a sample of his father’s, the devil’s spirit, take the following: “I have learned a great deal about Warner. Williamston is where the G. T. used to be, and the people here are terribly prejudiced by the ungodly work that was carried on here under the cloak of holinesss. My God, it is awful, yes, awful! I am so glad God has delived me from such an ungodly, rotten corrupt thing.” — i. e. the Gospel Trumpet. This shows the cloven hoof. It is the dark vague manner of satan’s accusations when he has no evil thing to say of God’s children. He associates our name with awful, awful, bad works, so as to insinuate sin, but should he be required to state what evil he hath done, he can dodge by saying, I did not say who it was. Such aspersions are a great deal too low down to disturb our soul on the glorious high way. O, may God give repentance to that poor soul. We have ever treated him with kindness and love, and humbly and patiently labored time and again with him, for his salvation, and now, without ever giving us one word of exhortation or admonition concerning the many grievous things he pretends to see in us, he “whets his tongue,” and begins to shoot volleys of columns behind our back. The Bible says. “If thy brother be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such all one.” “Tell him his fault between thee and him alone.” Why does the man write all manner of aspersions against us, and never write us a word? Were we even a heretic as he alleges, he would be a transgressor of God’s Word by rejecting us without the first and second admonition.” And now he having been admonished in person, and by letter from Bro. Willis, and also by letter by us we feel it our duty to rebuke the man publicly. As Fisher said some time ago, “every one of the saints that say they are free, lie,” so Haner says, they are all in bondage to “Some Man.” And now he is very free. Yes, it is always so, when men “go out from among us because they are not of us, and that it might he manifest that they are not of us.” There is no small relief occasioned by freely spewing out the vile stuff they tried to conceal while feigning to be our brother, and yet enemies at heart. This is what makes Mr. Haner claim to feel so good and free. He is now free to let out the bad stuff that was fomenting in his heart, and which it was bondage to conceal. Poor man, you will know in the day of judgment that you hate us without a cause. When many of the dear brethren labored with you at Bangor and again at Beaver Dam, you rashly rejected our kind admonitions, and satan entered more into you each time that you foamed out at us and called us the worst sect, etc., just as you do now, but each time when you repented and God forgave you, you loved and embraced us, but now having allowed satan to enter your heart, he has brought back his venom. You say some man is ruling all the saints, and that you are not controled by man, and yet you set yourself up as a boss of others. Thus, writing Bro. Willis: “Now I do not want you to go to Bushong’s preaching any of —— heresies.”
To all who ask our advice as to how to deport yourselves toward Haner, we would advise, pray for the delivery of his soul from the hands of satan. Treat him just as the Bible tells you to treat a heretic. While such are able by satanic inspiration to leap and shout, as we have witnessed God says, they serve not our Lord Jesus Christ,” “are subverted and sinneth,” “and he that sinneth is of the devil.” “Receive him not in your house, nor bid him Godspeed.” Suffer not satan’s sheet to enter your house, lest ye offend the Almighty God who abhors evil.
After sending the above to the office, we have received the following letters written to Bro Wm. N. Smith, and we feel it our duty to give them in confirmation of Bro Willis’ letter.
Woodston, Kan. Nov. 14th 1890.
Dear Bro. and Sister Smith: — We are glad to report victory over all sin this evening, sanctified and kept free. I will tell you something about how our meetings resulted. In the first place I would say, we had good meetings all summer. The Lord was with us, and we were all settling down into the will of God more and more, as we learned to know His will. Three weeks ago last Wednesday evening Bro. Haner, wife, three children, and a young sister by the name of Caldwell came here, began meeting next night, and continued until last Monday eve. I cannot find words to express what we have gone through here in these last weeks. But, dear Bro. Smith, I am sorry to say there is something wrong with Bro. Haner. He is surely puffed up. Also we fear that his affections are too much drawn toward the young sister that is with them. They stayed with us all the time, but one night, and I saw things that were not in older at all. And this was the feelings of all the rest of the saints, that have stood free in God here. Nothing was said to each other until they left, and when we expressed our feelings, we found that all were the same. We feel that the quicker something is done in his case the less the cause of Christ will suffer. What we have written is with a heart of love for the cause. Through the goodness of God we have all made our escape. I know I was saved up to the beginning of Haner’s meeting. But he tried hard to overthrow us in order that he could better hide his own evil. I will close with much love to all. Pray much for us.
Your saved Bro.
Woodston, Kan. Nov. 14th 1890.
Dearly Beloved Bro. and Sister Smith: — I feel impressed to answer your kind letter which found us all well, and sweetly saved in Jesus, rejoicing evermore. But words cannot express the wonderful trial the Church has lately gone through. It came very near making a complete wreck of us all. I am sorry to say that Haner is a doomed man if he does not get straightened up. May God send some one speedily to him to show him where he is. As Bro. Coy wrote some in regard to him will not write more. But it is awful, awful. I will write more the next time.
You perceive that these letters were written last November. Their testimony is in perfect corroboration with that of Bro. Willis’, that the man has been wholly backslidden for over six months, and his heart lusting after evil. Bro. Coy is the Elder of the church of God at Woodston, and having had some personal acquaintance with him before going West, and further correspondence with him, we are well assurer that his testimony is true. The same mail that brought the above letters brought me two more letters from Haner to brother Smith. The largest one contains twenty pages. And after a long introduction, with heaps of “glory,” “Hallelujah,” “My whole being is lit up with light and glory from heaven,” etc., etc., the rest of the pages are devoted to growling, raging, and foaming out his shame. Mixed with several positive falsehoods, he accuses us of having assumed fatherhood over the body of Christ. When under the Anti-Christ spirit he did the same thing before coming to the Beaver Dam camp meeting; but after he repented and got down at the altar and found mercy, he confessed to us that he had been lead of the devil in doing so, and that the remark of ours upon which he had based his charge was all right. Now he would have us think that he is wonderfully filled with God, and yet pursues exactly the coarse he did before repenting of his sins on two former occasions. In this long letter he uses our name thirty three times, ornamented as follows: “Warner’s ungodly rotten doctrine,” “Nasty dirty tricks Warner is guilty of.” These will be sufficient samples of the wonderful love he boasts. Pretty way to write up a man behind his back, without ever telling him of the faults alleged against him. For such letters Fisher used to keep a file in the office, which he named the beast hook. Glory be to the dear Redeemer! Such extremely bad tongues are among the “all things that work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.” Thus saith the Lord, “I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.” We might truthfully say that if that poor sinner has the Spirit of Christ, then all who rail and foam at God’s people are Christians, and when some of that number have repented, called on God for mercy, found peace, and showed a gentle disposition, love instead of bitter hatred, as Mr. Haner twice did, he would now have us think such are fallen from grace. “Woe unto them that put light, or darkness, and darkness for light.”
The following is a specimen of the man’s aspersions on the saints who stand complete in God, and in fellowship with us and the teaching of the Trumpet. “God bless Bro. Smith and deliver him from such an ungodly mess of stuff called holiness.”
The drift of his affections, as seen in the letters, by Bro’s. Willis, and Coy, may well account for his hatred of our tract on Marriage and Divorce, which he pronounces, “as rotton as the devil.”
We have a thousand times been thankful to God in the last eleven or twelve years, that we have no cause at stake. And as to God’s Church, in which we live and glorify Him, He is able to take care of it Himself. So all is peace within, and we know He will even “make the wrath of man to praise Him,” and let all her enemies take warning, speaking of the time when the Lord is gathering His servants, He says: “At that time I will undo all that afflict thee.” — Zeph. 3:10. This has been frequently fulfilled in these last days. “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy because thou defendest them.” Amen!
SINCE Jesus left the shining courts of glory His cause has been under protest. He has appealed to the two great means of conviction, which is law and testimony, to prove that Jesus is the Christ to condemn the world. O may the Lord help each one of us to feel the great importance of testimony. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” — 1 Pet. 3:15. Though Paul was a great reasoner, yet, he preferred relating his own experience to any argument. — Acts 26:13-28. John and Peter seemed to realize the importance of testimony: “And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the Gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.” — Acts 8:25. A witness should have a good character. “The husbandman that laboreth must be first partaker of the fruits.” — 2 Tim. 2:6. See Acts 1:8; Acts 5:32; Heb. 10:14-16. A witness should know something of the case. “For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” Also read Eph. 1:7. Heb. 1:5. The witnesses should all agree. 1 Cor. 1:10. — “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” See 1 Cor. 14:24, 25. Rev. 19:10. A true witness will always be persecuted by the enemies of the true cause. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” — Rev. 20:4. Also 6:9. Luke 21:12-15. Rev. 12:11, 17. We should testify in a way that gain- sayers cannot resist. “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” — Col.4:6. Read Col. 2:7, 8, 15. Neh. 5:9. The Lord honors those that testify for Him. “He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth Him that sent me.” — Luke 10:16. The enemies of the cause say that we testify too often, but Paul says, Tit. 3:8. “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly.” The Devil has false witnesses: “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abomniable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” — Tit. 1:16 Read Rom. 1:18. Brethren, shall we let these false witnesses take our place? Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” — Jude 3.
G. T. Clayton.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they be of God. Because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. And this is that spirit of Anti-Christ whereof ye have heard that it sould come; and even now already it is in the world.” Here we infer from what the apostle says, that the Anti-Christ spirit, though being in the world in those days, had not reached the summit of his power as he would afterward. But as the mystery of iniquity was already working the apostle warned the Church of his subtile deceptions in drawing souls away from the truth of the Gospel. And although God had from the beginning, and also now has a people who have the victory over the beast and his image, neither have received his mark. — Rev. 20:4, yet, with a garb of religion thrown over him, this soul fiend has accomplished in a great degree his proposed object. And in these last days his power is wonderfully manifested, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusions that they should believe a lie that they all might be damned; who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” — 2 Thes. 2:9-12. Oh, the awful condition of those who suffer themselves to be thus deceived, and even branded for eternal perdition! Oh! may God put more of His Spirit upon His saints, that they may not spare, but cry aloud and show the people their transgressions; for the Spirit of the Lord’s mouth is a consuming fire to all the works of Anti-Christ in those who will accept the truth, hallelujah! I do praise God for a timely deliverance from satan’s domain. While reading Bro. Schroder’s article, “What Shall I Do?” in Jan. 18 No. I was reminded of something that I shall here mention. It is an event of perhaps twelve years ago, and it may give light on what we incur by heeding the first subtile scheme of the Anti-Christ spirit, after we are converted and born of the Spirit of God into the true Church. When I was as yet in babylon in the River Brethren sect, I became intimately acquainted with a lady who then belonged to the Methodist South. But being persuaded that there was too much pride and worldly conformity among them, she concluded to change her church relationship and join the River Brethren, thinking that she would better herself. About this time I had a dream. I thought this lady and myself were walking in a beautiful straight road, which partly lay through a woods, and when we came to the woods there was a large flock of sheep, the most beautiful I ever saw, resting undisturbed although they saw us as we wandered among them; they did not arouse from their repose, neither were they alarmed. But we passed on, and at the end of the woods along side of the way there was an enclosure into which we went and found our R. B. bishop, with a number of members of the sect. And to our surprise there were only a few sheep, but many horned cattle, all tied up and feeding on dry food. Now, this means something, although I understood it not at that time. I see now that the sheep in the woods along the highway represent God’s Church. — Eze. 34:12-16, 25. And the enclosures, the sects, in which Anti-Christ has the supremacy. He is continually enticing, by the aid of his subjects and so-called ministers of the Gospel, those who have by repentance and forgivness of sins been adopted into the family and body of Christ, if possible to persuade them that they must identify themselves-somewhere in his dominion. And if he succeeds in deluding them, they pass right on through the true Church into the enclosure, where they will perhaps find a a few born of God, as they are, and have likewise been deceived by the cunning craftiness of the devil, and are now yoked up with a flock of creatures who “thrust with side and shoulder, and push with their horns” until they tire and sicken the few that would be hones“; who, if they would save themselves from the awful Anti-Christ bigotry and delusions of the devil, must heed God’s call to them; “Come out from among them and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
My testimony is that I am saved and sanctified, ready to be revealed in the last day. Amen. Love to all the saints.
Yours in Christ.