1 November 1883, Volume 6, Number 3.
THE ALL CLEANSING FOUNTAIN.
WORDS AND MUSIC BY J. C. FISHER.
There’s a fountain opened in the house of God,
Where the vilest of sinners may go,
And all test the power of the crimson flood,
Of the blood that makes whiter than snow,
Cho — Praise the I.. I am washed,
In the all cleansing blood of the Lamb,
And my robes are whiter than the driven snow,
I am washed in the blood of the Lamb.
When that found was opened in the Savior’s side,
How the thief did rejoice in that day,
And when dying Lord remember me he cried,
Oh the blood washed his sins all away.
Will you come and reason, saith the Lord with me,
Though your sins like crimson do glow,
And if dyed with scarlet stains your heart may be,
I will make it as while as the snow.
Yes, a broken spirit and a contrite heart,
Thou wilt never despise oh my God,
But will fully cleanse it now in every part,
Till, I’m whiter than snow by the blood.
I have overcome now by the blood of the Lamb,
And I’m clothed in my raiment to white,
And I’m on my journey to that glorious land,
Where forever I’ll dwell in the light.
What are these in spotless robes and whence came they
As they’re singing with palms in their hands,
Three through tribulation gained the victory
Having wished is the blood of the Lamb.
BY J. R. RICHARDSON.
On the very important duty of giving the scriptures are very explicit. In them we learn not only to whom to give, but when, how much, and in what manner we should give. Yet, but few of those called christians seem to understand what God’s will in this matter is. The bible teaches, 1st, To whom it is our duty to give. Jesus says plainly, Matt V. 42, “Give to him that asketh of thee,” and in Luke VI. 30, He says, “Give to every man that asketh of thee.” Paul says, “Let him that stole, steal no more, but rather let him labor for the thing which is good that he may have to give to him that needeth.” Eph. IV. 28. In another place he says: “Distributing to the necessity of saints.” — Rom. XII. 13. The commands contained in these passages is as certainly binding on all men as are the command not to lie, or swear, or steal, or commit adultery, and persons can be christians as truly while living in the violation of the one commandment as the others. Many there are who for all the world would not lie or swear or steal or commit adultery, yet they are as covetous and stingy as satan desires them to be. They “fare sumptuously every day,” and have all that their carnal hearts can wish, and plenty of money laid up, while all around them are needy ones that have not even the necessaries of life. Many such persons are profesedly connected with the holiness movement of this time. They can unmoved see even their poor brethren suffer the want of necessary food and clothing, and behold the cause of God hindred for the lack of means, without feeling any compunction of conscience. Ah! Lord God. Hell will be filled with such holiness professors. Such persons are a curse to any christian community. Like Achan, of old, they cause the defeat of the whole army. God cannot, He will not give His blessing to that preacher or body of people that will countenance the sin of these vile hypocrites and give encouragement to them.
Covetousness is as the sin of idolitary in the eyes of the infinitely pure and holy God. “Covetousness which is idolatry,” the people of God are commanded to put away, “and any covetous man who is an idolater,” The Lord says, “hath no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”
Second, The bible teaches us when and how to give. Paul says, 1 Cor, XVI. 20. “Lay up in store as the Lord hath prospered you.” This direction was given the Corrinthians concerning their “collection for the saints.” In Gal. VI. 7, the same apostle also says, “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially be those who are of the household of faith.”
From these passages we learn that we are not by the gospel required to give any certain specified a mount at a certain specified time; but “as the Lord has prospered us.” “As we have opportunity do good to all men,” especially to them who are “the children of God.” Oh! that these rules were observed by the people called christians in these days! Then some would not be rich and increased with goods, having need of nothing, while others were poor and in want of the necessaries of life, but he that is favored of God would not see his brother have need and “shut up his bowels of compassion from him,” but his sympathy would be moved at seeing his brother’s need and he would give him “those things that are needful.”
God says, 1 John III. 17. “He that hath this world’s goods and seeth his brother have need and shutteth his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” This is the strongest manner of saying, that the love of God cannot be in such a man. Multitudes of the holiness professors of this time will wail and gnash their tongues for pain in hell because of their disobedience to God in this matter of giving.
The Lord Himself gives us authority to say that no one is a christain in the lowest sense of the word, that has the things of this world and shuts up his bowels of compassion from his poor brethren, and brethren in this connection means every child of Adam’s race. May the rich ones awaken to see the awful responsibility that rests upon them as stewards of the Lord’s substance. The rich do generally forget that they have nothing that they can call their own, that they are only stewards of the Lord, and that it is their duty to use the Lord’s as He in His word directs. They “turn aside the stranger from his right,” “grind the face of the poor,” “shut up their bowels of compassion from their poor brethren,” “oppress the hireling in his wages,” defraud their neighbor, and extort from him, apparently without thinking that God sees all their ungodly acts, and will bring them into judgment for the same.
But hear the voice of God, O, ye rich men, especially you rich “sinners in Zion.” “Woe unto you that are rich, for ye have received your consolation.” — Luke 6-24. Go to now ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and your silver is cankered, and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.” — James 5:1, 3. Oh, awake out of your sleep, “the night is far spent, the day is at hand.” In a little while you must leave all your posessions, all your gold and silver, all your houses and lands, all must be left behind. “We brought nothing into the world and it is certain that we can carry nothing out.” — 1 Tim. 6 7. Oh! why will you steel your hearts, and refuse the counsel of the Most High, and go on to death and hell?
Hell with all its torment and woe and wretchedness and wailing and gnashing of teeth, will soon be yours, unless you do repent of your great wickedness, and get saved by God’s grace from every covetous desire and thought.
Third. The bible teaches how to give. Jesus says, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them. “Therefore when thou doest thine alms do not sound a trumpet before thee as hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what thy right had doeth, that thine alms may be in secret.” — Math. 6:1-1. These directions fully carried out will do away with all needless display and show in our alms-giving. Let us all follow them that we may all be rewarded by our Father, which seeth in secret.”
There are two opposite errors in reference to the baptism and infilling of the Holy Spirit, after consecration and believing for entire purification. The first is that, once entirely sanctified there can be no further influx of the Holy Spirit. That as soon as the heart is pure it is wholly filled by the Spirit and can never receive additional baptisms. No one but a deceived soul, in real ignorance of the Christ life can maintain such views. It is a sure indication that the soul is in the frozen up rest of death; and yet blindly imagines that it has the rest of the perfect Christ life. If we mistake not this is the very doctrine taught by S. Rice. When we entered the camp at Lodi, O., last year, we overheard a conversation between Rice and Munsinger on this subject. The latter had preached a discourse in which he said the important thing needed in the meeting, was for all to go to God for a fresh baptism of the Spirit, and R. was finding fault, with the position and maintaining that, if we were wholly sanctified we had all the Spirit we could possibly obtain.
This is contrary to all scripture and holy experience. Not only did some of the pentecost saints receive a mighty filling of the Holy Spirit shortly after pentecost. — Acts 4:31. But Paul intimates that ordinarily men need to await with patience the reception of the Holy Spirit of promise after that they had done the will of God, in consecration and faith. — Heb. 10:36-37.
This corresponds with the experience of the greater part who now believe into the inheritance among them that are sanctified. Quite usually the heart is purified by faith some hours, or days before the baptism and infilling of the Holy Spirit is received. Indeed this is so frequently the case that some have conceived the idea that the latter experience is a third work of grace. But an observation of the facts as seen in Scripture and experience, will soon reveal the error of that position. Last winter a brother visited us, who taught that way, and being anxious to know all the truth as it is in Christ Jesus, we eagerly put ourself under his instruction, bowed down in humble consecration to God, or solemnly, and thoroughly reviewed our consecration, with a desire if in God’s order, to a deeper death, and the third work of grace. We had the evidence of perfect consecration, and unfalteringly believed for every thing that God has put into the promises, the brother cited as teaching the third work. We kept right on believing for the same, and expecting the Lord would demonstrate those promises in a plain of experience distinct from the second grace. But entire sanctification, with its concomitants and results remained our highest ideal of distinctive salvation. As we kept on looking to the Lord to clear up this whole matter, so that we might know just how to teach it to others, the dear Lord granted our request. Almost before we were aware of it, it was all plain in our mind. Praise His name! Though the conscious infilling and baptis..ism of the Spirit, is frequently subsequent to purifying faith, it is not a third work of grace; for the following reasons:
- Because it is some times coincident with purification. This fact is sufficient to show that it is not another work in the process of salvation, or else, like pardon and entire sanctification; it were inveriably distinct from the latter, in the order of time. God never departs from the order of His own plan.
- It is not a distinct third work of grace, because not received by a definite grasp of faith. The very instant a penitent believes for pardon, he receives it, and the very instant a believer, by a second act of faith, takes Christ as his sanctification, he is made perfect in purity, but the mighty tidal wave of the Holy Spirit often strikes the purified soul when not particularly expecting it. In the former two instances there is a present, concentrated act of faith, but in the third instance there is only a standing faith, a continued attitude of expectancy. Bro. Wm. N. Smith in relating his experience at Lodi, said that after taking, and holding entire sanctification some days, suddenly the Holy Spirit overwhelmed him, when least expecting it. Such instances are common. Therefore the conscious infilling of the Comforter, when subsequent to purification, is not a third work of grace, because not generally received by a definite act of appropriating faith.
- It is not a third work, because no further consecration, or no other conditions are necessary to its attainment than those which induct into perfect holiness. It is a fruition vouchsafed to us in the sanctifying faith and grace, and not something approached by another consecration, and internal struggle, like regeneration and purification. Neither is it an experience that sets the soul on a different and higher plain of moral purity. It does not produce a new moral state, or condition, but reveals more fully to the consciousness, the glorious of entire santification, that was before hold by the “evidence” of faith. It is not a third state, but with the fiifts imparted by Him the fullness of the Spirit is the complete equipment of the soul to live the second grace. “Purifying their hearts by faith.” “He that hath this hope in him purifieth himself evening as He is pure.” “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanseth us from all sin.” These scriptures, with many others show that the act of purifying faith, sweeps away “all sin,” and makes the soul pure even as God, is pure. But the incoming of the Holy Spirit, greatly intensifies, the conscious experience of this fact, and corroborates the evidence of our faith. It is a fact that justification, regeneration and adoption, express different phases of the same work of grace, and yet it is also true that pardon, is often revealed to the soul, before the joyous Spirit of adoption is felt welling up in “abba Father.” We have known many to obtain perfect deliverance from guilt, and some time subsequently the Spirit of God more specially revealed to them the bliss of sonship. Just so, the baptism and the infilling of the Comforter, being withheld from our consciousness, some time after faith has claimed perfect heart purity is no more a distinct work from entire sanctification, than adoption is from p…
- The run reception and baptism o.. the Holy Spirit after the “heart is purified by faith,” is not a third work of grace, for it may be renewed and repeated, from time to time. Here is a marked difference between it and a distinct work of grace. Both justification and entire sanctification are once for all, unless lost. But without loosing one particle of grace, already given the soul may, and if faithful in holiness will receive baptisms of fire and power, occasionally as marked as His first coming into His temple. Without a relapse in faith, each work of grace, is eternal, but Spirit baptisms are frequent, hence the latter is not a work of grace, but something that belongs to us in the second grace.
- There is no third work of grace, because the scriptures speak of entire sanctification, as the final and eternal consumation of the distinctive works of salvation in the soul. “For by one offering He hath perfected forever, them that are sanctified, whereof the Holy Ghost is also a witness to us.” — Heb. 10:14, 15.
If there were a third work sanctification, the second grace, would not perfect us forever. This text settles this question forever. All the baptisms, infillings, sealings and anointings, and gifts of the Spirit, are blessings and privileges in the grace, or state, of entire santification, and not another distinct and still higher moral state. Here it is positively declared that in the grace of entire sanctification we are morally perfect forever, hence that state must include, all manifestations, and increased induements of the Spirit, that may follow. “And the very God of peace santify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless, unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 Thes. 5:23. This is also clear. The wholly or entirely sanctified state, perfects the entire man, and includes every provision of God for our preservation in a blameless state before God, ready to be revealed in the last time.
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, though the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect.” — Heb. 13:20, 21.
Here again the perfection of our moral being is attributed to the cleansing blood, which could not be the case if a third work, subsequent to the application of the blood, perfected us. The above language proves positively, that every operation and reception of the Holy Spirit, after purification, is but a concomitant, of that grace, and not a third distinct work of grace.
But as many have been justified — regenerated, and have not only stopped short of the second grace, but have not even come up to their privileges in their first love; so also many have consecrated, and truly believed for entire sanctification … have scarcely … out of sight of the wilderness, have never received a hundred part of the riches of glory, and fullness of God that is vouchsafed to them in the land they have entered. O let every child of God in the profession of holiness be sure to “be filled with the Spirit,” as God commands us. “Be filled with all the fullness of God.” Sin is an element of weakness, hence purity imparts power, but more especially “ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.”
It takes the real fresh, gushing prefence of the Holy Spirit in the soul to make us effectual witnesses for God, so filled with the mighty Spirit of the living God that the glory shall be seen on us. This is the privilege of all the sanctified, it is the normal state of the second grace in the soul. If you do not so realize it you do not live as devout before God, do not live in that holy sacrifice, to the Lord and humanity, that you must, in order to have the real power and beauty of holiness rest upon you. Do not atop short of it. It is worth more than all this world. But do not set your mind upon any one form of the Spirit’s operation, for there are diversity of operations but the same Spirit.” To the consciousness of one He is a glorious … … … all … … ..ing, to another an all resolvent dew, to another simply a glorious fullness, and to another a salting, or baptism of fire. Let God work all things in all, but may God help us to possess all the eternal riches of glory there is in the grace of perfect holiness. Amen!
If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. The spirit which a man possesses, determines his characters and gives complexion to his whole life. Religion has its seat in the mind and heart, and manifests itself in outward acts. If a man possesses the meek and gentle, and loving Spirit of Christ, it will permeate his whole being, remove every vestige of pride, and envy, and hatred from his heart, and make him active in every good word and work, and imitator of Him whose Spirit he possesses. How important the exhortation of the apostle, let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
Let a person strive to rise above the condition of his fellow-being in ever so modest a way, and how quickly the finger of envy and scorn is pointed at him. He is putting himself forward, is out of his place, and all join to put him down, if possible. But who, that ever attained a position of usefulness and honor, has not been helped forward by these seeming hinderances, when he quietly kept on his way, not condescending to notice any act so small.
Who can go in faith and lay hands upon Sister Sarah E. Shafer in Warsaw, Ind., and ask the Lord to heal her from paralysis. She has faith that God would heal her. We can only pray for her here, and believe she shall be made whole. Please let all pray for her restoration
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The man who is convinced that it is his privilege to be wholly sanctified to God, sad yet does not make the required offering of His body, a living sacrifice to God with all he has, in order to obtain this marvelous redemption, is not a justified child of God.
A person who has lost the grace of entire sanctification, innocently, that is, not by a known act of disobedience, or removal from the altar, also looses justification, the very hour he discovers that he comes short of God’s standard of holiness it he does not set right about seeking out, and removing the cause of his fall, and become reinstated, in the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ.
Any person who has lost the grace of holiness, by known disobedince. And who is living in the consciousness of not being wholly abandoned to God, is living in condemnation, before God, is not justified, and should death overtake him, in that condition, is just as certain of hell, as any sinner on earth. “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” — 2 Peter 2:20, 21.
teaching that no person can be a child of God without walking in obedience to all the light he has, and the more light the greater the condemnation, and the wrath of God upon that soul if unfaithful to the light.
A Wonderful Deliverance.
Brother Henry Koutz, one of God’s free and redeemed prilgrims, three miles from this place, was hauling a load of gravel that weighed not less than 2800 pounds, he stopped a moment near his house to speak to Sister Koutz and when starting his little grandson, 5 years old, attempted to get on the wagon, and fell down between the wheels, the hind wheel ran over one shoulder and chest. When Sister K. saw what had happened she screamed out and Brother K. stopped the team Just as the wheel got over the body. Instantly the prayer of faith was offered. “God save the boy.” And the Lord did save him. He was picked up as dead, the blood gushed from his mouth. Yet not a bone of his slender little body was broken. He soon rallied to consciousness, recovered rapidly and in five days he was out, quite well again.
Surely the Lord is nigh unto them that fear and obey Him, and a very present help in time of need, to all that put their trust in Him.
Holiness Triumph Over Dragon Zeal.
Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 12.
Brother Warner: — I received your address at the W. Pa. Eldership. At said Eldership my license was withheld for insubordination to W. R Covert. The same man said he had spent twelve hundred dollars in opposing the work here in the line of holiness. Notwithstanding there have been about one hundred and fifty converted or sanctified in Pittsburgh and Allegheny City, and the work still goes on, averaging three meetings per day, interest good. One hundred and twenty days since our meeting commenced. Praise the Lord forever, for His great grace. Notwithstanding my fiery trials, my life is s constant joy. Yours in holiness,
G. T. Clayton.
Well, we say “Glory to God in the highest, and praise the Great Captain of our Salvation, that this money and dragon zeal of babylon, and the gates of hell cannot star the power of God, nor stop the onward sweeping flames of the holiness fire. Hallelujah! “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven. Now is come salvation and strength, and the Kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ, for the accuser of our brethren is cast down.”
Again we protest against the right of any corporations wearing the name of “Church of God,” that will fellowship, sustain and license a man that will oppose the work of God with the hellish zeal above described, even making a sacrifice to the devil to the amount of $1.00 in his mad and bigoted rage against the God of holiness. And yet that same sect will excommunicate a man because he would rather be subject to God than to such a carnal, blind priest. We have until quite recently kept still with regard to the abominations that are in that sect, as well as in all others. For we did not wish to give any one any occasion to think that we had any personal feelings toward it. But we must spare, not lift up our voice as a trumpet, and warn them of their tins, as well as everybody else that walks not according to godliness. We feel solemn and sad to have to call that sect Winebrenarians or such name; for we well know that it is a dagger to the heart of ail that worship that title, apart from God. We also doubt not that some may honestly think that we do it out of ill will; because they “separated us from their company,” but this is a great mistake, for though we have reason to remember, with a grateful heart, many kindnesses from many members of that sect, yet above all things I am most grateful to God that that standing committee at Findlay, Ohio, placed me under that, “blessed are ye” — in Luke 6:1.. Hallelujah! Indeed we do feel solemn every time we have occasion to refer to that sect. We well know that Winnebrenner was a good humble man, who never sought to found a sect for his glory, nor to perpetuate his name, and we have such respect for him that we are lothe to call that degenerated plant that originated from his labors after him, for we know it would pain his heart were he alive to hear it. But while we would respect him as a good sincere minister, in his day, we necessarily feel a still greater reverance for God, and cannot associate with His name that which we know to be repugnant to Him. Neither Winnebrenner nor yet God is willing to own and father the sect. Therefore we are in a straight in this matter. How shall we designate them? If we say Winebrennarians, we disturb the ashes of the dead, and if we say Church of God we insult the majesty of heaven. We dare not do the latter, and we have good reason to believe that when that good humble man who used to ..d me pulpit on his knees, awakes from the dead and sees how much human machinery has been set up in that denomination before and since his departure, and when he considers the pride and secret abominations and holiness haired that exists in it to-day, we say we have good reason to believe he will freely forgive us for calling it the Winnebrenarian sect. We think that the honest old pilgrim will say, “sure enough it looks like some of my work, for if it had been indeed God’s church the uncircumcised and the unclean would not have been able to enter it.” There is not a thinking, honest, intelligent man in that body but what knows that their corporation is not the identical body of Christ, hence is not the Community of God, but a mere sect. Some time ago we clipped from the Church Advocate, in which some one asked the editor this question — (we quote from memory, having lost the article): “When was the Church of God founded?” The editor proceeded to answer in about these words: “It is evident that the party asking this question had allusion to the Church of God that was founded and built by Christ and His apostles, and not to the society by that name that has been organized in the United States.” Here he clearly distinguishes between the Church, which is indeed of God, and which alone has a right to bear His name, and that organism in the United States at the head of which he stands as editor-in-chief of its official organ. Father Weisample recently published, under the head of “our position,” an article in which he frankly admitted that the young so-called church of God, is simply a sect, or denomination like other organized divisions. R. H. Bolton, a very proud, high headed, godless priest of that sect of whom a man wrote me stating that several years ago that he was convicted for holiness of heart, and made a consecration in his house for that … but wh.. … to the hat god to Masonry he was not willing to part with that cursed idol, hence never got saved, and in his blind real he has written a pamphlet against entire santification as a “second grace.” This man Bolton, a few months ago nearly filled a page of the Advocate in an effort to prove that the organisation to which he belongs is not a sect, in which article he admits that there were christians outside of it, which overthrows his entire claim and proves it a sect, a cut off party. Well, since that party license men who have wicked real enough to spend $1,200 in opposing holiness, and since they are about is much ruled up with pride and sin as any other sect, and since some of its representatives acknowledge the want of identity with the body of Christ, the only unsectarian organisation, and since it is a fact that it arose chiefly under the labors of John Winebrenner, we know of no fairer way to designate it than by the name of Winebrenarian sect. If they will help us to some other name that will please them better, we should be glad of it. But whether they do or not we beg to be excused from calling it the Church of God.
The Highway on Sideissuism.
In that paper of September 8, appears an article by the editor denouncing as side issues in the holiness camp, and other meetings, “come-outism, healing, dress anti-secrecy, and tobacco.” Is it possible that editor would have men promote holiness without lifting up the sword of the Lord upon the sins of using tobacco of sectism secrecy and pride? Does he want to muzzle the mouths of Gods true ministers that they cannot “cry aloud, spare not, lift up their voices like a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions, and the house of Isreal their sins?” He says, “we do have deep convictions on the subject of holiness people, following the fashions of the world, we are persuaded that all professors of holiness should be neatly and plainly dressed, but we had better get people sanctified first.”
The editor talks as though some professors of holiness are conformed to the world. Does he not know that just such advice as he gives, is the cause of that curse upon the cause of God. If all professed holiness teachers were true to God, and would plainlff tell the people, that the least inclination to pride, in the heart, was evidence of an unsanctified nature; and that all who give way to that inward bent have ceased to be justified, and have become children of the flesh, of the world and of the devil. Yea, if all professed ministers of Christ would apply the straight edge of the Word to the people, men and, women would not presume to claim God as their Father, while conformed to the God of this world. O that abominable, expediency of damnation that cries out “side issue,” and “side track,” at the thunders of God’s wrath against the pride of life, and spots of the flesh, which opens up the broad guage switch to perdition by offering holiness without cutting off all these wicked abominations, with the sword of the Spirit. “But we had better get them sanctified first.” O what blindness.
What devil objects to the holiness that does not pour out the wrath of God, upon the secrecy devil, tobacco devil, sect devil. “Get the people sanctified first, and afterward take away their idols. Can a man be so blind as not to know that even to be a disciple of Christ at all, men must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Christ. And can any one obtain sanctification without giving up all for God: even plucking out right eyes, and cutting off right hands and feet?
The above advice proceeds from utter ignorance of two fundamental facts in the plan of salvation. First, that consecration will be according to the standard of light that is lifted up to the people, and that where the bible standard of entire separation from everything that is unholy, and abandonment of all that God can cleanse and use to Him, is not preached to the people before they consecrate for holiness, the consecration must be imperfect and consequently the holiness professed shallow and spurious. Just such as Bro. Reed “has deep convictions on, i. e., “following the fashions of the world.” May God deepen his convictions, until he will “cry aloud and spare not,” and charge everybody else to do so.
The higher state of grace that you can induce men to assume, and still live in the practice of some lust of the flesh, or pride of the eye, the better you serve the devil. For by so doing you only sanction sin and make it honorable with the cloak of holiness. And this is just the shallow, abominable holiness we find generally promoted by sectarians. These in popish authority excommunicate all who refuse to be unequally yoked together with worldly sectarian unbelievers but commend the wisdom or ..n as … men into profession or holiness without mentioning their idols of secrecy, sect, tobacco or pride.
The other principle, is this, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” and just to the extent that the word of God is held up to convict of the sin of pride, sectism, lodge idolatry, and tobacco, and every other work of the devil, will men be convicted of the sins of these things, and of the power of Christ to deliver them. “The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation,” but Isaiah Reed would have you keep back the Gospel, untill men get salvation. “Get people sanctified first.” That is, do not point out the disease, nor apply the remedy, until after men get healed.
To do otherwise is springing a side-issue or “switching off on a side track.” How if Christ had acted on that wisdom, He might have had the privilege of reporting the convertion of that rich young man. But because he did not “get him sanctified first,” but sprung the side-issue of his finances, the young man went away sorrowful, and perhaps is in hell today. The Apostle Paul also lacked this prudence. In the same epistles in which he urged the Corinthians, to perfect holiness in the fear of God,” and “wishes even their perfection,” he spoils the matter by springing this terrible “side track” of “come-out,” (leaving the isms off, which has been added by modern teachers to hurt the doctrine of Christ and His apostles.) He lays down as a condition of being received of God and made pefect in holiness, that they “COMEOUT from among them, and be ye separate saith the Lord.” “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness, and what communion hath light with darkness.” Obedience to these commands would require every child of God that wished to be a temple of the Holy Spirit, to withdraw “fellowship,” from every sect in the world in which are any “unbelievers,” which takes in the whole 666.
Here is the word of God, and he that departs from it lakes the “side track” that turns off into perdition. The Apostle did not try to “get the Corinthians sanctified first,” then tell them to put away their sectism, but he strikes directly at their “envying, and strife and divisions,” as an evidence that they “are yet carnal” but “babes in Christ,” in the same state that converts are when first brought in to “the kingdom of God,” not having yet sought “His righteousness.” Here see the apostolic way of “getting people sanctified” was to rebuke them for their outward shortcomings, if inbred sin had been allowed to crop out in their lives, and by holding up the blood of Christ to save them from the inward foe, their outward lives revealed. What the Highway calls “side issues,” and “side-tracks,” that should not be preached, until men “get sanctified first,” the Apostle presents as the very conditional of getting sanctified; as “cleansing from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,” which “apples to the modern habit of tobacco using. “Coming out from among” “unbelievers,” and ceasing to be for Paul, Apollas, or Cephas, which necessarily requires us now to throw of the sect yoke which ties saints and unbelievers together, and cease to be for Luther, Wesley, Calvin Roberts or any other head of a sect. Satan cares not how much holiness a man preaches, just so he does not preach the bible conditions of bible holiness.
It has been a mystery to our mind how men can write articles on scriptural subjects, and give their own notions without giving a particle of scripture from beginning to end.
The Highway editor shuts up his bible picks up his pen, and says, “you may change a holiness camp meeting into a healing meeting, and get some’ persons healed of physical malady, but the greater work of soul saving will drag.”
He includes healing among the “side issues.” Now let us look into the word and see whether healing of bodies by Christ and the apostles, militated against the work of saving souls. You are familiar with the record of Christ’s” ministry. You all know that about every miracle He wrought, produced faith in Him on the part of the people. And in fact we read of scarcely any who did profess, faith ip Him except they were lead to do so by “hearing and seeing the miracles which He … Then … of the J.. ..h came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him. “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the passover in the feast-day, many believed in His name, when they saw the miracles which He did.”
These passages point to the efficient source of faith in all who were saved in Christ’s personal miracles. Therefore it is not true that the great work of saving souls draged, under the ministry of Christ. How Was it with the Apostles. The won- wonderful outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost produced a glorious result but was it not chiefly the miraculous tongues of fire, and gift of tongues, that struck conviction to the three thousand that were converted on that memorable occasion? Now let us review that grand and interesting narrative in Acts, 3d and 4th chapter. “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer.” Doubtless their chief object was to preach Christ, and get some souls saved, and of course they must be careful to avoid “all” side issues “lest this great work of soul-saving should drag.” Suppose they enter into that concourse of Jews, and when an opportunity presents itself, they arise and begin to present the hated Nazarine, who had recently been executed with malfactors on the disgraceful cross, and whose body, it was commonly believed among the Jews,” had been stolen out of the tomb by His disciples, and entoomed somewhere else. Suppose they attempt to preach, in the name of this reputed deceiver who was believed to be a dead corpse, how much attention would they have received there? Would they not have been only scoffed and laughed at? would they not have been spurned and hissed out of the temple But the providence of God had provided, an excellent opportunity for one of Brother Reed’s “side issues.” All that worshipped there were familiar with the face of the poor, lame man that had daily laid at the gate of the temple to ask alms. And now they behold him coming in leaping and praising God. What in the world has happened? He seems to have been made suddenly well. How the poor fellow does praise God. See how he holds on to those two men. They must have been the means of his restoration. Now Peter takes the “main track” again. “Ye men of Israel,” “why marvel ye at this,” “the God of our fathers hath glorified, His Son Jesus.” “And His name, through faith in His name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know. Yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” Now, note the result of this “side switch.” See the boldness of the apostles in preaching Christ, and affirming His resurrection, and charging home the murder of the Prince of Life upon those wicked Jews. Again notice the effect of the Gospel when backed by the “signs that shall follow them that believe;” why, “as they spake unto the people, the priests, and caption of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being grieved that they taught the people,” etc. “And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day.” Ah, yes, the devil is not afraid of regiments of preachers who have no wonder-working God with them. He is perfectly willing such should run at large; in fact, he sends them out, and gets good positions for them in all the proud steeple houses of Babylon. Well, how about the “great work of soul-saving.” Did it drag?
“Howbeit, many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of men was about five thousand.” Whether this included women or not we cannot tell; if not, the number was probably twice five thousand. But now-a-days, when people are so very prudent as to avoid all “side issues,” such as preaching against “pride, tobacco, secret societies,” and that of preaching the power of Christ to heal the boy, it usually takes about five thousand sermons to convert one soul, and then nine cases out of ten they are just daubed over with untempered mortar.
Well, for not acting in accordance with such advice as Brother Reed gives, the devil got angry at these two apostles, and put them in jail. Hut we doubt not they had a glorious night with the Lord. Possibly the healed man had the privilege of praising God with them. If he was not permitted to enter the jail, he must have kept close about, for the next morning, when they were brought out and tried, he was on hand. “And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.” This trial furnished Peter and John another good opportunity to preach Christ.
“So when they had further threatened them they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.” A very salutary side issue, that leads all men to glorify God.
“And being let go they went to their own company and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them, and when they heard they lifted up their voices to God in one accord.” After the praises of God they bowed down in prayer, concluding with these words: “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings; and grant unto thy servants that with all boldness they may speak thy word, by stretching forth, thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thine holy child Jesus.” Who cannot say amen? to an apostolic prayer? God accepted it, and poured out His Spirit upon them so that the place was shaken where they were assembled. You see beloved, that that which modern wisdom calls a “side switch,” the wisdom of God and the apostles used as the main track for the car of salvation. And these first few chapters of the Acts of the Apostles show just the order that ran all through their ministrations; healing miracles and salvation go hand in hand, as cause and effect. “And it came to pass, as Peter passed through all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwell at Lydda. And there he found a certain man named Eneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy, and Peter said unto him: Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole; arise and make thy bed. And he arose immediately, and all that dwelt in Lydda and Saron saw him and turned to the Lord.” Just think of it. Two towns converted to God by Peter’s switching off a few moments on Brother Reed’s “side-issueism.” Then at the end of the same, 9th chapter of Acts, we read of the restoration to life of a very good, benevolent sister; “and it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.” Here again salvation did not drag “Paul, with the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel,” could be shipwrecked on a heathen island, “switch off on a side track” and lay his hands on some poor.
hopeless sufferer and “the Lord would raise him up” and have a whole island converted to God in a short time, and a self-sustaining mission from the hour he landed penniless on their shores. But ever since the unbelief of Babylon, and doctrine of devils, have limited the Holy one of Israel,” and held back the mighty wonder-working God, good, sincere, but sect dwarfed missionaries have labored and died by the scores, and money by the thousands have been expended in every new missionary field before there was scarcely a foothold gained. Thus the reputed “side track” of God’s power, accomplished more in one day, through one man, than the regular line of present day collegiate infidelity and sophistry has been able to do through fifty men in twenty years of time. No wonder it has been so difficult to induce the henthen to believe, when their teachers laked the bible tests of believers themselves. For “these signs shall follow them that believe in my name they shall, (with other things) lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” “Verily, verily, I say unto you. He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do.” Mark 16, John 14:12, 13.
He that does not prove by the bible rule that be believes in Christ, himself ought to be ashamed to ask others to believe. Hear how Paul “fully preached the Gospel of Christ.” “For, I will not dare to speak of any of those things, which Christ hath not wrought by, us to make the Gentiles obedient by word and deed, through mighty signs and wonders by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricom, I have preached the Gospel of Christ. Rom. 15; 18, 19. From these words we may infer that the manifestation of miracle power is an essential condition to the claim of fully preaching the Gospel of Christ.
This language also refutes the error that miracles were only designed to attest the will of Christ, and to establish the divinity of Christianity. Paul declares they were to make the Gentiles obedient, hence they are needed as long as there are disobedient sinners on earth. If they had no other object but that of establishing the divinity of Christ, why were they so numerously performed? A few clear, striking miracles would have answered that purpose just as well as many. But since it is a fact that His healing power was exerted to the full extent of the sufferers that besought him, we are constrained to believe that, in His infinite compassion, the Divine Jesus, “took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” That he actually “healed all manner of diseases,” because His tender sympathies were “touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” And if His healing beneficence flowed from the compassion of His heart, any argument that would do away with them now would prove that his love bad grown less, and that He is not “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day and forever.” Or should it be said that His love and sympathy are still the name, but that His absence in person prevents Him from doing the same things now, then it were not expedient that he departed to the Father. But He declared that it would be to our advantage. He gave us many strong promises that, through the Comforter, He would do much more for them that believe into Him after His ascension than He had in His personal presence.
Finally, just contrast the teaching of the Apostle Paul with that of the modern prophet Isaiah; the former made men obedient to the faith that saved their souls, by both “word and deed,” through “mighty signs and wonders,” healing miracles, etc. The latter thinks healing a “side issue,” which makes the “great work of soul saving drag.” We can do no better than appeal to the fruits of the labors of each to determine which is right.
Honesty Before Benevolence.
A sister writes to know if it is right for a brother to give donations, even fifty cents to an editor, when he owes parties that he neglects to pay.
Answer: — Men should be just and honest before charitable. The general rule in God’s order is, pay your honest debts the very first thing you do. An honest man will do that with the very first money he has over and above the absolute necessities of hisself and family.
Sometimes, however men through covetousness make purchases of land, etc., that they do not need and then justify their withholding from the cause of God because they are in debt. When the purchase that involved them was an act of robbing God, having been actuated by selfishness and covetousness, which is idolatry, and unless they repent, sell that which they have and give to the poor, it will damn their souls.
A person may however be in debt, and give some to the poor, etc., when the need is very pressing, and party owed, is not in need, and especially if it is known that it is all satisfactory with him. But to contribute to beneficient purposes, and withhold from a creditor who has already waited long, and is for instance a poor widow, or any one that is in equal or still greater need than the party to whom the donation is made, is an offering God cannot accept an abomination in His sight.
Truth and Holiness Victorious in These Parts.
Since our return from camp, and other meeting abroad, we have enjoyed some very glorious and fruitful meetings with the dear saints about here. As might be expected, satan has been trying his very best to break the unity, and hinder the prosperity of God’s dear children. Glory to God for the victory over the old dragon.
We have been more definitely presenting the gifts of the Spirit, especially that of healing and has blessed the word to the stirring up of some of the saints to “earnestly covet the best gifts.” Some of them have been able to know the gifts the Lord would have them exercise and have believed for, and confessed the same. And in one of their recent meetings a brother was healed of catarrh. This quickening of the soul in the persuit of the gifts that Christ has set in His body, has been a cause of more perfect infilling of the power of holiness. Glory to God! The better the fire of the Holy Spirit the more His little ones are melted down, and just so far as they melt, they flow into one mass. Praise God for the wonderful increase of love and unity. 0 for the whole gospel of Christ; when will we learn to appropriate all its benign powers.
Though scarcely anything has been said to enforce the positive institutions of the New Testament, by those who know the truth respecting them, yet the devil has been at work to create a faction on the Quaker heresy.
On Sabbath, October 7, after a wonderful melting service under the fire of God’s Spirit at the house of Bro. H. Jenner, the Spirit of God imprested my mind that we should have a communion service the next Sabbath at the meeting which had already been announced at Father Koutz’s the next Sabbath. As the Lord blessed us with the privilege of seeing Brother K. early in the week, and he being much in favor arrangements were made, and the meeting was a glorious success.
During the interval between the forenoon and afternoon services, one brother was litterally buried with Christ in baptism in the Sandusky river near by. Glory to God the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the obedient soul and all the true saints present. At the close of the afternoon meeting we done just what Christ our Master and Leader give us an “example that we should do as He had done,” and told His disciples that they “aught’’ to do the very same thing which He had done; yes we washed one another’s feet, in the name of Him who had set us the pattern, and realized too that “happy are ye who knowing these things and do them.” With much solemnity the bread and wine was also taken in remembrance of Him who commanded the same to be observed in His remembrance until He come. O blessed, blessed, appearing of the Lord Jesus, to the faithful believing souls on that occasion. But the pure and sensitive Spirit of God was perceptibly grieved and His sacred unity slightly broken by the presence of a few who refused to submit to the command of Christ our “one Lawgiver.” The Lord forgive them for Christ’s sake. Though not as powerfully submerged in the Spirit as such meetings have been where all were of “one mind in the Lord,” the meeting was however a a great blessing. And all the dear little ones seem to be brought much nearer to the Lord and to each other. O Lord fully unity the saints and help all to accept and “live by every word that proceedeth cut of the month of God.”
Over Sabbath; October 21, we had a prophesy interpretation, and testimony meeting nearly all day, at the house of Brother Craul. One sister was sanctified by faith and testified to the cleansing blood. In the evening six of us drove eight miles west and met with the dear saints at Broke6nsword. Hallelujah! the power of God filled the house. Three consecrated to God for perfect heart purity, two of them claimed “inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith that is in Christ.” May the Lord stablish them and also appear in the fullness of His salvation to the heart of Sister Krep, who went away determined to not stop until she enters the
“Land of rest from inbred sin,
Where Jesus dwells and reigns within.”
We spent a Sabbath in that community last spring, when several consecrated to God for the grace of entire sanctification. Brothers Krep and Kanable had enjoyed this experience but had left then faith slip. Then they took up the testimony a fresh, declared their fredom from babylon, and since then there has been “no small sti.. about this way” in that place. Several have saught the fullness of God in their weekly meetings. Praise the Lord!
Over Sabbath, November 4th, there will be a general gathering of the saints in these parts at the house of Sister Craul, four miles northeast of here.
BY MRS. J. L. KIPLINGER.
“I beseech Euodias, and beseeech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I entreat thee also, true yoke-fellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel. — Phil. 4:2, 3.
We understand by the reading of the New Testament, when God “poured out His spirit upon all flesh,” that the daughers and handmaidens did prophesy. For a number of years, I believed God had a place in the vineyard for me, that I was not filling; but being taught by those who did not believe in the promise being unto us, in these last days, of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and of women prophesying; I felt the lack of that holy anointing which teacheth us all things, wherein we need not that any man leach us. But when I received that wonderful baptism, my duty was made very plain. And now for the encouragement of such as feel it their duty to stand before a public assembly, and labor in the gospel, I would say, be sure that you have the holy anointing. — 1 John 2:27.
“For we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.” And let us work according to the rule which Cod hath distributed to us. Remember the field is the world in which we are to labor, and not an ecclesiastical field hedged about with carnal ordinances, and principalities and powers opposed to our liberty and peace which we may have in Christ Jesus; if we do not receive the help which the Apostle entreated of the brethren in our behalf; and if the Church do not receive us in the Lord, as becometh saints, and do not assist us in whatsoever business we have need of their help; let us not confer with flesh and blood, but let us learn in all subjection not to teach nor to usurp authority over the man.
I think I know some of the trials and temptations which we have to endure for the gospel’s sake, which came to us through undue prejudice. Yea what carefulness it wrought in me, yea what fear, yea what zeal. May we have the charity toward all that aboundeth in all good works.
Jesus said, “without me you can do nothing.” Now dearly beloved sisters, we each have our place in the field, and if it is to glean after the reapers, let us do it with our might cheerfully, and a full reward will be given us, of the Lord God of Israel. For our trust is in Him; oh how my soul doeth praise the Lord what he has done for me and in that he has given me a place to work in his vineyard; although sometimes it seems, I am surrounded with difficulties and cannot work as faithfully as I would like, and I have no rest; but they are difficulties over which I have no control. Then I hide away in the cleft which was made to take me in. Let us bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ, and hear that well done good and faithful servant enter thou into the joy’s of thy Lord.
Love to all the saints in Christ Jesus. The communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Pray for us. Your sister.
Again we say come to the first Ohio assembly beginning November 9.
The Northern Michigan Assembly.
BY J. C. FISHER.
O the wonderful, wonderful out pouring of God’s Eternal Spirit at the Assembly of the Saints at Lafayette, Mich. Oh glory! glory!! Hallelujah to His name for the wonderful manifestation of His power to save and heal both soul and body!
We met with the brethren at the time appointed. Notwithstanding the weather was very unfavorable in the beginning there was a large company of the saints at the meeting, from different part of the State. Some of them came with their teams 150 miles; others 70 and 50 miles, and others by rail. No sooner had the saints gathered together before the melting fire of the Holy Ghost began to burn in the camp, and consume all wood, hay and stubble, and all other ellements that were fuel for the flames. I have often witnessed God’s wonderful power to heal and to save, and felt the seething soul searching fire of the Holy Spirit, and behold, with my eyes; the mighty flames that licked up everything in its track, but more mighty and powerful and wonderful were His manifestations at this meeting than anything I ever saw. The first service began Friday evening in solemn prayer. We consecrated ourselves to God for the work before us. Saturday morning the work began and seven souls were sanctified. On Sunday there was no room to work except to preach the word because of the multitude of the people; but on Monday the fire burned intensely hot and nine souls were converted and five sanctified at the altar services in the forenoon. And on Tuesday six more were converted and sonctified; making in all thirty three souls converted, and sanctified during the four days meeting; We closed Tuesday evening, after observing the ordinances of the house of the Lord, in a very solemn and impressive manner, which made deep impression on the unsaved portion of the congregation. About eighty saints took part in the ordinance. In both assemblies which covered a period of thirteen days sixty souls were saved. All glory be to Him who doeth all things according to His own will. Oh glory hallelujah to the Lamb for ever! There were many also delivered from babylon, others about to be ensnared saw the light and walked therein.
We were happy to become acquainted with Brother and Sister Shelly, of Gratiot county, whom the Lord has chosen to labor in His vineyard, and so graciously delivered from the sect yoke. We expect to hear from them in the holy war. Amen! We also met dear Brother Richardson and Brother Chambarlain from Webberville, Ingham county. The Lord healed Brother Richardson, making him every whit whole also Sister Rachel Maine, of Battle Creek. Brother A. A. Parmer, of Bangor, Mich., and Brother Charles Coggon, of Charlotte, Mich., and Sister Merrill, of Lafayette, Mich. Those were all healed in the presence of the whole congregation. To God, the Father and Jesus Christ the Son, be all the glory, who maketh His ministers a flame of fire, by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which enables them to speak the word with boldness, and gives to each their proper gifts, giving them power to heal all manner of diseases in the name of the Holy Child Jesus. Hallelujah! To His cross we humbly bow, crying holly, holy, holly, is the Lamb forevermore. Amen! Yours rooted and grounded in love, washed and redeemed in the blood of the Anointed Jesus whose true servant I am forever more. Amen!
Salvation From Tobacco.
BY BENJAMINE BELL.
Dear Brother Warner: — I have felt for some time that I ought to write some of my experience to tell the readers of the TRUMPET what the Lord has done for me. I had used tobacco a good many years. Had a strong desire to stop using it, and had often tried. Would hold out a week or so; but the appetite would rage so terribly that I would yield, and use it again stronger than ever. But thank the Lord! in hearing others tell what the Lord had done for them in delivering them from this strong foe, I began to have faith that He would also save me. On Sabbath, October 20, 1878, wife and I went to the afternoon holiness prayer meeting in Mansfield, Ohio, where we then resided. Several there testified to their deliverance from tobacco. So at the close of the meeting I inyited all to come and hold a prayer meeting at my house on the following Wednesday night. Several came and they prayed mightily to God to show me by His Spirit that it was wrong to use tobacco, and that God was able and ready to save me from it. But while they prayed for me the devil stirred me up. I thought they made use of my name too much. And I thought I could not give op my idol. On the following morning, October 25, on my way to my work I stopped at the store and got some tobacco, on reaching the place I took a large chew of the nasty weed and went to work. After about three minutes I seemed to hear a small but distinct voice, saying to me, “throw that away.” I looked around to see if any one had spoken to me. But no one being near, I was sure that the Lord had spoken to me by His Spirit. So I said, “by the grace of God I will,” and from that moment the appetite has been all gone. Glory to God for free and full salvation! At the camp meeting at Bangor, Mich., last June, the God of Peace sanctified me wholly. By faith in Christ and His atoning blood I am cleansed from all sin, and by His might power He ..ps me pure and holy in His sight. And He has also healed my body as well as my soul. Praise His holy name forever. To Him be all the glory! Amen!
BY H. H. HINNMAN.
Dear Bro. Dolan: — In the Free Methodist of Sept. 5th is an article on Church Organization, which, for sophistry and arrogance, exceeds all that had preceded it. It charges that all who do not believe in sects are “presumptuous” and “self- willed;” that they despise governments, and are “not afraid to speak evil of dignities;” and that such are “deserving of the anathemas of the Church.”
The article contains at least four false assumptions: 1. That those who repudiate sects discard church organization and government; 2, That sects (among Christians) are Divinely appointed; 3. That they have legislative authority; and 4. The right to pronounce those who love our Lord Jesus Christ, accursed. Surely, the Pope of Rome never claimed more than this.
The Bible doctrine is that there is “one Body and one Spirit.” This constitutes the one Church, in which all “schism” is expressly forbidden. (See 1 Cor. 12:25.) All the members of this Body of Christ who live in a given place constitute the Church in that place. They are Divinely authorized to meet together for Chistian worship, and, if need be, they may have deacons to care for the poor, and elders to watch over the flock. They may labor with erring or false brethren according to Matt, 18:15-17, 1 Thess. 3:6; and they may solemnly set apart to the missionary work those who, like Paul and Barnabas, are manifestly called of God. What was done in the primitive Church under similar circumstances they might do to day. But such Church can confer no right to preach the gospel. They can only recognize the right as already existing. They cannot make any person a member of the Church. No one but Christ, the Head can do that. They cart only recognize the fact that, in the mercy and providence of God, saved souls are already members. They have no right to take a sect name, for this is expressly forbidden. (1 Cor. 1:10-12; also 4:1-4. ) Nor have they any right to make one condition of Christian fellowship and another of church fellowship, for whoever belongs to Christ belongs to all of His people. Especially has no so called church any right to legislate, for all law is revealed in the sacred Scriptures, which have been “given by inspiration of God, and are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. 3:15 17.) Now if we are thoroughly furnished unto all good works, there is surely no occasion for legislation, and it is arrogance to claim such, authority.
But our brothar thinks that all who do not bow the knee to sect authority should have hurled upon them “the anathemas of the church.” This word occurs but once in the Bible, (1 Cor. 16:22,) where Paul, speaking by inspiration, says: “If any man love not our Lord Jesus Christ let him be Anathema Maranatha” — accursed at the Lords’s coming. Does our Brother Hunter suppose that the Free Methodists, or anybody else, has a right to call their fellowmen accursed? Has he never read that “vengeance is mine, and I will repay, saith the Lord?”
Purity and Unity.
WASHINGTON. D C., Sept. 8, 1883 — Dear Brother C: — I hire received the Good Way for September 1, and desire to make some brief suggestions. The two great obstacles to the conversion of the world to Christ are the sinfulness and divisions of God’s professed people. The two things for which we ought most earnestly to pray ana labor, are their purity and unity. In shis we shall follow the Master. He prayed “Sanctify then through thy truth” and then fire times over. He repeats the prayer, “That they may all be saved.”
In almost every instance, every exhortation to holiness is coupled with an exhortation to unity. This is true, not only of the New Testament Scriptures, but also of the Old. The promise made to Israel by Ezek. (37 25) was that of cleansing. “Then will I sprinkle water upon you and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you.” But in the 88th chapter he tells of the resulting unity “I will make them one nation in the land — and there shall be no more two nations:” “Morearer, I will make a covenant of ..e with them, my tabernacle also shall be with … yea, I will be their God and they shall be ..people,” see Ezek. 38th, 20th-21st. So also … writes to the Ephesians, exhorting them “to … worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are call, ..e be holy) endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, for there is one body and … Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling, one Lord one ..h and one baptism, one God and Father above all and in you all.” Eph. 14, 16.
St. John also tells us that if we say we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, “we lie and tell not the truth,” but if we walk in the light as he is in the light, “we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1, 6 7.
The fellowship here promised is fellowship with Christ, but includes fellowship with all who are in Him. The condition of this fellowship is that we shall walk in the light and be cleansed from sin. Divisions on the contrary are always associated with and are evidence of carnality.
Paul says, “I brethren, could not speak with you as spiritual but as carnal, for whereas there is among you envying strife and division. Are ye not carnal and walk as men?” See 1 Cor. 3, 1-4. “Divisions are also classed with heresies and other gross sins.” Gal. v:20. The baptism of the Holy Spirit through which we are sanctified is baptism and unity. “For by the Spirit are we all baptised into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free.” 1 Cor. —
It follows then that as Christian reforormers we ought, 1st, to preach faithfully the Gospel of parity rebuking every form of evil and holding up the example of the Lord Jesus as the only rule and that heart conformity to him is essential to Salvation. Second, We ought to preach and insist upon the unity of all who are in Christ as constitutig the one holy Catholic Church, and that Christ belongs to us and we to Him. We ought to do this as an essential element in the Gospel of holiness. To this end we ought to discard sect names, recognising Christ only as the Bridegroom who gives his name to the bride, and by which name she ought only to be known. By recognizing His supreme headship, that we only secure members to His church, and that to Him only is paramount responsibility. By coming together in every place in the name of Jesus only, not as a sect, but for work and workship, and as constituting a nucleus around which may be gathered in one, all the scattered fragments of the blessed body of Christ To this end your Independent Holiness churches is a movement is the right direction, but perhaps does not include all the truth. Yours in Christ,
H. W. HINMAN.
Chicago, Ill., October 8, ’83.
Dear Brother Warner: — Enclosed find — for M. Davidson, she gets the paper and appreciates it. God is speaking through it Hallelujah! I am on the “only foundation” this morning. I am in God’s hands, and He is using me in speaking from four to seven times every week in meetings. We have had two meetings in our house. One man, Brother Risser, was wonderfully healed. We anointed one in the name of the Lord. We will have other meetings this week. Wife is coming to Christ. Praise the Lord! Your Brother.
John M. Stiles.
Frankfort, Pa., October 2, ’83.
Dear Brother Warner: — I have received your paper, the GOSPEL TRUMPET and like it very much. I am distributing anti-Masonic tracts. I am passing firery trials with Masons. Glory to God! I give quite a good many to bishops, popes, and priests of the sect cages. The devil gets mightily stirred; but I dare to be a Daniel. Masons sent me word they had a pistol ready for me, if I left any more tracts, but I still keep on. The devil rages, but God reigns. Glory to His name.
“Let sects and names and parties fall
And Jesus Christ be all in all.”
Franklin, Pa., Sept. 17.
Dear Bro. Warner: — Praise the Lord We are all well soul and body, except our little girl; she is very sick. We had a wonderful glorious meeting at our house one week ago yesterday, and day before; some of the saints were over from Sandy Lake. There were a few of the Salvation army brethren in, and they were wonderfully pleased with the meeting. They are about leaving the army. The light is beginning to shine here in Franklin. Our love and prayers you have always. Amen!
P. R. Griggs.
Paris, Ill, October 4, ’83.
Bro. Warner: — Please send me the GOSPEL TRUMPET for it is the joy of my heart to read it. To follow the Lord, I had to come out of her. I am standing on the solid rock Christ Jesus; and am washed in the blood of the Lamb. Glory to God for the truth there is in your paper. Your sister in Christ, and under the blood.
Warsaw, and., Sept 4, ’83.
Brother Warner: — Words cannot express the thanks I feel towards God and you for the GOSPEL TRUMPET. O let the TRUMPET blasts proclaim the glorious salvation and freedom, in Christ for the saints. So far as I know, I am alone in this liberty here. A Methodist sister said to me she wished that God would send a faithful minister or evangelist here. O Brother Warner, in the name of Jesus cannot you come over to Mecedonia and help us in the true Gospel, as it is in Christ Jesus. But we will abide the Lord’s time. Your Sister saved by grace.
S. E. SHAFER.
Stuart Draft, Va., Sept. 25, ’83.
Dear Brother: — I have been the recipient of the GOSPEL TRUMPET for some little time and admire its spirit, and love its truth. “Blow the trumpet in Zion!” Sound the alarm!! For oh! what need of faithful outspoken wathmen at this present day. It I could write well enough for the press. I could tell you a long list of battles with the enemy of all truth — sectarianism. I praise the Lord for grace to walk in the light and by the word. And by this grace I am determined to go straight for Lord. Praise His name! We have a little flock here of four, who are one with the Lord; and who know what the unity of the spirit means. Glory to Jesus! Pray for us. Yours washed in the blood.
Beardstown, Ill., Sept 9. ’83.
Dead Brother Warner: — I am glad to get the TRUMPET. Glory to God! I hope it will continue to sound clearer and louder; that the truth, as it is in Christ Jesus, may sound out everywhere through its columns. I rejoice in the cross of Christ, by which I am crucified to the world, and the world to me. I am free from the sect yoke. I realize that there is liberty only in Christ.
The editor of the Vanguard was here and held a meeting. There were some souls that had a good experience, and gave clear testimony, and a good deal of truth was preached, yet there was some prejudice against God’s plan of calling His children out from among sinners. There seemed to be a willingness to obey God in some things, but not in all things. But “he that is guilty in one thing is guilty of the whole. I am glad God has a people that are entirely free, and who love to do His will in all things, and to glorify His name above every other name. Yours in the Love of Christ our perfect Savior.
R. D. Whitaker.
Wyandotte, Kansas, Aug. ’83.
Bro. Warner: — I have providentially read the GOSPEL TRUMPET and enjoy it. The devil tempts me greatly when I read it. But God blesses me more when I read and endorse it. So since I find that it makes the devil mad, and brings the blessing of God to my soul, I must have it sent to me. I took my letter from the M. E. church in San Francisco, Cal., thinking I never would enter sect again; but I belong to the Friends. I thought probably they were apostolic. Are they a sect? Please answer in the TRUMPET. A Friend here wants your views on organization. Please keep this before the people.
J. G. Scheck.
Answer: — The Quakers are as much a sect as any other because:
- They have their creed, system, or government, aside from the bible.
- As an organism, or body, they were not founded by the Lord Jesus Christ, but many years after Christ had purchased and founded His living congregation.
- The Lord only adds members to His Community but the Quakers take men into their sect.
- All Christians in heaven and earth are members of the Lord’s fold, or the body of Christ, but the largest portion of lively stones that are built into God’s temple, are not builded into die Friends corporation. Hence it is a sect, a cut off part, an organized division.
- Not only are many of God’s children outside of the Friends sect, but many sinners are within its pale. While the uncircumcised and unclean cannot enter into the Church of the first born at all.
- The Friends sect are “written in earth, because they have forsaken the fountains of living water.” — Jer. 17:13. While God’s Church are all “written in heaven,” because they all abide in the living God.
- The Friends corporation is a sect, and not the Body of Christ, because, it is not, identical with it, in the date of its origine, nor in its founder, nor in its creed, nor in its name, nor in its door, nor in its membership, nor in the manner of its induction. Christ takes in by salvation, the Friends by vote.
Truth Prevailing at Lodi.
Lodi, Ohio, 4, ’83.
Bro. Warner: — I thought I mast write you and say that the Lord blessed His own word that you read to us in the hall last Sabbath, and some who have been loud in opposing us, their mouths are closed by the precious word. The son of an opposer asked his father what he thought of what bad been preached in the hall, when he had to admit that it was all bible. The same young man came and asked me the same question. I told him it was the pure word of God, the sure word of prophesy. He was troubled, and I had a good opportunity to talk to him about the salvation of Christ. O that we could have the word continually spoken to us in the mighty power that kills and makes alive. Christians are starving in the denominations for the word of life. And sinners are dying in their sins, because the real word of God, that saves to the uttermost, is not given to them. I had been reading the prophecies and signs of the times, and was therefore better able to take in the awful present truth as it was given us; and my heart burned, and I felt a precious nearness of the Master. The town is terribly moved, and some said the devil was let loose in the town hall They have put in the county paper, to please our pastor, that some were trying to pick a fuss with him; because I reproved their sins in the church, and said to the pastor. “When our ministers and all the people come out from the world, and be set apart for God, they might expect to see souls saved.” Now you can see how crooked they are. “When I speak they are for war.” The dear Lord has led me to say in the sect, what you are saying out of it: by God’s help I have reproved them for all their evil ways and doings, and they are very cold toward me; never come near in the time of afflictions in our family. They said all manner of ill of us. But right in the midst of their false accusations, came my dear Savior to my soul, as never before, and made it to me the sweetest experience of my life. Hallelujah! He saves me to-day, and fills me with His love. I know not what is awaiting for me to do and suffer for Christ. Although satan is raging all the while, I am filled with triumph, and know that I am sanctified with Christ.
“He is the spring of all my jois,
The life of my delights:
In darkness shades if He appears
My dawning is begun.
He is my soul’s bright morning star,
And He my rising sun.”
I am burdened for souls all the time, and I have to talk to all as I have opportunity. O that the arms that encircle me, might all mankind embrace. While our leaders gnash upon me with their teeth, this is my sweet experience. Pray for me that I may never be overcome with evil, and that all timidity may be taken from me, that I never fear man whose breath is in his nostrils. But that I may ever be led by the Spirit to face men or devils for the word of truth. I know I am sinking out of self into Christ, and He is becoming the all, and in all to me. Yours in a holy war.
Mrs. E. O. Marsh.
A Free Indeed Saint.
Hillsboro, Iowa, October 13, 1883.
Dear Brother Warner: — Ever since I parted with the dear saints at the Henry county camp meeting, I have felt it my duty to write a few lines for the GOSPEL TRUMPET. I bless God that He heard prayer and permitted me to assemble with His little ones, to unite with them in pure worship. The Lord bless every one of them. How my heart goes out towards them while I write. O bless God for the baptism of love in my soul. Glory to His name. I praise God for the healing of my nerves on the camp ground and I am looking to Him for entire healing. The Lord made it plain to me the evening before you came, that I would there hear “The everlasting gospel” spoken of in Rev. 14:9, and bless His holy name He verified the promise. Well Brother, it is not too late yet for some of us to testify against the “old city of oppression.” The Lord made her a stench of me long before I knew that it was my privilige to come out of her, O how sad my heart has been made to feel while viewing the evils practiced under a cloak of righteousness, when tied in with it, yet powerless to prevent. It was in this way that God opened my eyes to the truth preparatory to leading me out. The Psalmist says: “Put thou my tears into thy bottle; are they not in thy book.” If all the tears shed by the saints, on account of the oppression of Babylon, are bottled up in God’s book of remembrance, (and I believe they are,) the measure thereof must be great and what a fearful record is against her. No wonder God says, “come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” O what awful perversions of God’s holy word are heard from the pulpits of Babylon all over our land. Wresting the scriptures to there own destruction — handling the word of God deceitfully — changing the truth of God into a lie — what will be the end of such but “everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.” Sometimes those emmissaries of satan get so bold as to overreach themselves, and show the cloven-foot when they are not aware of it, as was the case with one of the Hiders of the M. E. sect, at a quarterly meeting held in this place. After preaching what he called a holiness sermon, in which he said the holiness of these days was all muddy, he closed by telling them he generally got thirty dollars for his sermons, but he guessed he would take twenty-five dollars for that one, to get out their dollars etc., and wound up by quoting this scripture: “Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store as God has prospered him, that there be no gatering when I come.” the last clause of which he quoted thus: “And gather it when I come.” The sermon and the perversion together, so shocked a dear sister, who was present, and in the light of holiness that God made it the very means of liberating her from sect bondage. May the Lord open blind eyes to the truth, that may make them free, if my prayer. Yours sanctified and free from babylon.
M. J. Johnson.
Fulton, Ont., Sept., 25, ’83.
Brother Warner: — After closely examing the TRUMPET am glad I am well pleased and intend to be one of you subscribers as long as it shall please God to allow me the privilege. I am a believer in the gift of healing in answer to prayer; because I have been a witness to some cases that have been raised to health who were in the jaws of death. I have not yet been led to pour on oil. I do not exactly understand this part and for this would like you to write and let me know what you do and the kind of oil used. Tell me every particular. I would like to know how the services are conducted in which you and those that are with you worship?
Do you form into bands and take names? Do you write out rules and regulations for each other to go by? Or do you simply trust in God’s word alone. Do you ap point officers in the Church, such as teachers, preachers, deacons, stewards, &c. Who among your number administer the Lord’s supper and baptism? These questions ore asked for information
A little over two years ago God called me to leave; or turned me out of denominations; since then have gone to work in the name of God myself to save souls and lead the poor backslider to God; a few have been saved. Praise God! But opposition, persecution and tribulation await me on every hand; truly it is nothing less than the great power of Almight God that keeps me in these perilous times. The Lord has fixed a great gulf between me and all babylon worshipers. I have only a few with me in the way but our fellowship is sweet; and since we are alone and young in the way would like to know how you do in every particular.
God called me to preach his precious word in all its purity, not to daub the truth over with untempered mortar, or cry peace, peace where there is no peace. Yes, praise God I do by the power of the Holy Ghost give the trumpet a sure and certain sound which make men and devils rage. Truly there is no time to trifle for I verily believe the day is near at hand when Christ will come to visit the earth again.
Would you be willing to send a few sample copies of TRUMPET as I want to get as many names possible for the paper believing with the blessing of God it will be a great help to those who are desirous of getting on the right foundation.
Mrs. E. I. White.
Answer: — We use Olive oil in healing. Christ sometimes healed by His word, sometimes by the touch of His hand, at other times He used clay made with spittle, and commanded the patient to wash in some prescribed water. And He says; “Verily verily, he that believeth on me; the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works shall he do.” So we need not be confined to a single manner of healing in His name.
In the great Commission it is written, “these signs shall follow them that believe — they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” But James, says, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the Church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.”
Some times, the mind of the sick has been specially exercised on this text. If so the oil is a great help to the faith. But if his faith has been chiefly created by contemplation of other scriptures where the oil is not mentioned, its absence will not materially weaken faith. As a rule, we love to both anoint with oil and lay on hands, whereby our faith is streghened by the conbined force of both scriptures. Besides the combination of “oil” and “the name of our Lord,” seems to impress our mind with all the mighty power that is in that name
In His name the deaf, blind, and sick of every kind … healed do … … out, and even the dead ..e must have name has all power in heaven and earth. However in the absence of oil, we do not hesitate to lay on hands, ask and believe for healing without it. We usually anoint the head, forhead and temples. If the affliction is local, and convenient of access, we anoint the affected parts, if otherwise we do not.
“How are your services conducted?”
Ans. We recognize Christ Jesus, and His representative — the Holy Spirit, as the only leader of the worship of God. Everybody is free to sing in the Spirit, to pray in the Spirit, to prophesy in the Spirit one by one, as the Spirit gives them utterance. And any one the Lord chooses to read the scriptures, and teach the word is at liberty to do so.
“Do you form into bands, and take name?” No. We make no attempt to form into bands; for the saved are bound together in “one body in Christ Jesus,” and with the love of God, which is the “bond of perfectness.” And all who have not salvation and the love of God, are not to be bound up with God’s children at all. We let God do all the binding, and He leaves no child of God out, and binds no sinner in. We also ..e no names on any class book. For we believe in but one Church, and that is written in heaven. — Heb. 12:23. Whereas “they that depart from God shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of being waters. — Jer. 17:13.
“Do you writs out rules and regulations for each other to go by, or do you simply trust in God’s word alone.”
We have nothing to do with the former business. We believe our Heavenly Father is able to govern His own family, and that there is “one law-giver,” even Christ, who has already “given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” We take the word of God, the “perfect law of liberty,” as our only rule, and the Holy Spirit to “guide us into all truth.” “Do you appoint officers? etc. We believe and teach that God’s Church has Elders, who are also called Bishops, who are Spiritual overseers, teachers and examples to the flock. Also there are deacons — servants, attending to the temporal concerns of the congregation. Also ministers, preachers of the Gospel, “but all these worketh the self same Spirit, dividing to-every man severally as He will,” “for it is God that worketh all things in all.” And we acknoweledge His gifts and callings in all the members. Amen!