1 November 1887, Volume 9, Number 16.
TODAY the elements of religionism are seething and foaming at a terrible rate, and almost every wild, new novel, and anti-christ doctrines of devils are rising up like foam from the pit of hell; and the devil finds some one ready to rush into the newspaper business, whose organ becomes a seething pot to catch the new, or newly scented slime, and bear it forth to the blinded, babylonized world.
A poor blind backslider over in Pa. who became tired of going through the forms of Divine truth with his backslidden sect, and of course deriving no benefit therefrom, because destitute of the “Spirit of truth,” has, as might naturally be expected, fallen a victim to the Quaker heresy. And being exceedingly puffed up with the imaginations of his foolish heart, he seems to have been in distress to relieve himself; which he does by starting a paper. Satan turns the wheel for him to spin a yard-line, which he falsely calls a “Plumb-line.” Numbers I, and 2 have come to to our hand. The first issue indicates that it might have been disastrous to the Editor, had he not found some means of giving vent to the great force of Quaker froth that had fermented in the regions of his trains. The first issue emitted an enormous quantity of Quakerized puss, insomuch that there was scarcely room for any thing else. And when the supply of yarn on hand was exhausted, the Editor’s anti-christ enthusiast not yet being abated, he ..runs through his spinning wheel a long, badly twisted, and knotted yarn, that was upon in the brain of Lie-man, H. Johnson, and connects the two tangled skeins together.
Near the beginning is this plea for babylon confusion, a lowering of the standard of the New Testament, “No man, or set of ..en have all the truth and light.” There a sense in which the assertion is true, ..d when applied to the class of truth under consideration, it is a blinding falsehood. All Holy Spirit-anointed advocates … Divine truth, stand upon the New Covenant foundation of positive knowledge of the truth, through the Holy Spirit. For He “guides us into all truth,” as the Savior promised. But all wranglers for false doctrine, virtually deny the office of the Spirit God, and try to resolve all men unto mists and fogs as they are themselves. Before they dare advance their lies, they ..y to make God’s true saints think we cannot “know the truth.” While we admit that the Bible is an infinite mine of truth, from which we shall be able to learn before and more all our days. It is also a ..act that the New Testament, as a perfect ..de of life, is a practical, discipline, and government, in which all fully redeemed ..ed sanctified saints of God see eye to eye. This fact is affirmed of all God’s true ministers who have returned from babylon captivity — Isa. 52:7, 8. And when the preachers are perfectly one, those whom ..hey teach will also see eye to eye. Here … the standard of God’s Word, “That ye ..ll speak the same thing, and that there ..e no division among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same ..ind, and in the same judgment.” — 1 Cor. ..:10. This is no more than Christ prayed ..r, “That they all be one, even as we are ..ce.” The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, ..ave all the truth and light, and are a perfect unit in the same, and their oneness is the standard of our oneness. Why cannot ..e “have all the truth, and light?” The Holy Spirit “guides us into all truth.” Therefore “said Christ to those Jews which believed on Him, if ye continue in my Word then ye shall be my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth, shall make you free.” “Shall know the truth.” How much of it? “All truth.” Again, why not have all the light? He shined into our hearts to give as the light, of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.” “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.” Glory to Jesus for this experience! Now whatever may be said about the deep things of God’s Word, being a well from which we may ever draw fresh draughts, it is a fact that the practical elements of Christian life are in the reach of all true children of God, and are fully received, and uniformly practiced by all who are sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and have the perfect “victory over the beast, the image of the beast, and the number of his name,” and who “stand upon the sea of glass mingled with fire, having the harps of God.”
And to this class of practical truth belongs the sacred ordinances of the Church of God. These are institutions which may be positively known. Thus says the Lord, “If any man will do His will he shall know of the doctrine.” With a pure and honest heart we do the things which Christ has commanded, and we therefore know of the doctrine. In connection with the instituting of the washing of the saint’s feet, Christ said, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” “These things,” embrace the law just given by example and precept, and others of the same nature, especially the Lord’s Supper, instituted the same night. Now we feel very grateful to God that we do “now these things,” and are blest of God in doing the same. Here upon the Bible fact, we plant our feet, and hurl the truth of God info your faces, ye gainsayers of the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ. We say unto you in the love of God and your souls, that we do “know these things” to be the real commands of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we do know that you are deceived of the devil in breaking these commandments, and teaching others to do so. Glory be to God! we will stand on the eternal Word of God, and face you in the day of judgment. How my soul doth magnify God that we live in the realm of fixed, positive, absolute knowledge of the truth as it is in Christ Jesus; while every tongue that moves against it God will confound. Such are but tongues of confusion, roaming in the mists and fogs of uncertainty, and imagination. “We know that we are of the truth, and that no lie is of the truth.” So talk men and women in the light of God. But let us hear some testimonies from the new sin-line. One says, “Its words seem to me sound and timely.” Another, “It is precisely what I believe,” others, “It fills my views.” “There is about a half dozen or more in this city that believe as you do.” “I indorse it because I believe it teaches the truth, “It expresses my views much better than I can do it myself.” “It is what we had thought to be true.” “The paper confirms my belief.” “I am very much of your opinion in regard to external obedience; only one obedience is required.” Only one obedience, and that is internal, not external. That is a very palatable doctrine for all hypocrites who profess to obey God in their hearts, while their whole outward life is in obedience to the devil.
Now listen to the jargon of the above tongues. It is all “seems” so, “my views” “believe it teaches the truth,” “my belief” my opinion, and “your opinion.” O ye blind Editor and all your blinded class, not one of you stand oh Bible ground, not one of you “know the truth,” ye are all a miserable set of conjecturers, and speak evil of things ye know not. Not one has a positive testimony that you are wholly saved.
This first sin-twisted and ignorance wrapped line, asserts more falsehood than many papers could answer, and compile the Scriptures that are abundant in overthrowing them. Lies spin out fast, but truth goes forth in the abundance of Scripture. We can only give place to a few extracts.
“The term “the Lord’s Supper,” is only once mentioned between the lids of the Bible. It is in 1 Cor. 11:20. Let us read it: — “When ye come together therefore unto one place, this is NOT to eat the Lord’s Supper.” Strange that so much ado is made about something thus spoken of only once — and then not favorably.”
Now, the writer very well knows that what is here, called “the Lord’s supper,” and described in the same chapter, verses 23-26, was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ, the night before His crucifixion, 26 years before, and described in about the same words, in Matt. Mark, and Luke. Again, the writer surely knows that he was handling the Word of God deceitfully when he said Paul spake of the Lord’s supper “not favorably.” He knows very well, as any person capable of reading plain English, knows that what the Apostle disapproved of, was “not the Lord’s supper,” but a perversion, or rather substitution of it. But after disapproving of their practice, he proceeds to tell them just what he had received of the Lord, which of course is properly the Lord’s supper, and consisted in the use of the bread and the wine only. In verses 1, 2. The inspired Apostle commands them to be “followers of me as I am of Christ,” “and keep the ordinances as I delivered them to you.” And in verse 23 he has occasion to speak of one of these ordinances, and says, “for I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you,” – namely the observance of the bread and wine, as described in the verses following. Now dear reader what course of butchering the Word of God do you think this, your spinner resorts to, to overthrow the positive voice of inspiration? He sets two positive lies against the truth of God.
Lie No. 1. The ordinances “known as the Lord’s supper, water baptism, and feet washing,” were institutions of the Law of Moses.
Lie No. 2. — “Paul delivered no command to the Church [to keep the ordinances of Christ] in the new dispensation, but until Christ comes to the Jews Spiritually — until the kingdom of God shall come — the time of reformation (for the Jews), when the whole typical system was forever abolished, and the Spiritual dispensation was ushered in, until that time comes for the Jews, Paul said, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.”
Again, he tells us that, the date of the above change was 31 years after the crucifixion, and cites as proof Heb. 9:10. Where the rites and ceremonies of the Mosaic covenant were said to have been “imposed on them until the time of reformation.” Here is a jungle of false assertions, that out does all Bible wresting we ever saw.
O ye hypocrites, who kick against the goads, and fight against the Word of God, I pray God to give you repentance, that you go not down to hell striving against the truth. You tell us that the “kingdom of God” did not come until 31 years after the crucifixion. But John, the fore-runner of Christ declared it already “at hand.” “And from the days of John the Baptist, the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” You tell us that 31 years after the crucifixion, Christ came to the Jews Spiritually.”
What shadow of truth have your assertions? Your words assert that 31 years after the crucifixion there was “a time of of reformation (for the Jews).” What reformation was it? You know there was no Jewish reformation then took place. At that time you tell us the Jewish law was abolished. That is another falsehood, for it was “taken away” at the crucifixion of Christ. What must intelligent Christians think of your ridiculous exposition of the “time of reformation.” Are you so blind as not to see that the time of reformation was begun in the ministry of John, and the Lord Jesus Himself, and was fully ushered in on the day of Pentecost? Are you so destitute of the Spirit of God, that you have forgotten the time when the great reformation that had been foretold by Joel came Lo pass, when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon all flesh? Ah, but that time of reformation does not suit your carnal hatred of the holy ordinances of Christ, which you so love to berate as “carnal ordinances,” “commandments of men,” “relics of popery,” etc, Hence in your desperation you ignore the ministry of Christ, His crucifixion, resurrection, and the out-pouring of the Spirit of God as the real time of reformation, and you locate the reformation 31 years later, when you have utterly nothing to point to as its fulfillment, all to teach your falsehood, your sect hobby.
Falsehood number one, has been proved such in these columns more than once. Both the Yarn-line Editor, and the Lie-man Editor asserts that baptism, the Lord’s supper, and the washing of the saint’s feet, were instituted in the law of Moses. Now to settle this matter, we will offer a present of ten dollars to those men, or any one else who will give us the chapter and verse, in the Levitical law, where any person is commanded to immerse another in water, as a distinct ordinance by itself. Or the chapter and verse where as a religious rite in the ceremonial law a loaf was to be broken, and each person to eat a portion of it, to be followed by a sip of the fruit of the vine by each person. Or the chapter and verse in the Levitical law, where one person was commanded to lay aside his garment, gird himself with a towel, pour water into a basin, wash one-another’s feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Now if these things were instituted by Moses, give us the place, or hereafter stop your false assertions.
One of your many lies against the truth is this repeated identification of the bread and wine enjoined by the Lord Jesus, with the Jewish passover. You know very well that they bear no resemblance. Even the Dunkres, who eat a meal, do not call it the passover, nor do they practice what the passover enjoined. How can you expect us to credit you with sincerity, when you continually utter such flagrant false hoods? That the Lord’s supper was instituted during the night of Christ’s last pass-over feast, is all true. But it is also true that the bread and wine ordinances there instituted was no part of the passover, as any man who can read his Bible can see for himself. Here is the original passover as instituted in Egypt.
“Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with hitter herbs they shall eat it.” — Exodus 12:3-8.
Hers is the passover as afterward enjoined m the Levitical code.
“In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein” — Leviticus 23:5-8.
No wine, nor “fruit of the vine,” is mentioned in the whole passover feast. No breaking of a loaf, and distributing to each a part, as in the Lord’s supper. Of course the Jews were to eat their daily bread for food, during the week of the feast, and the law required that during that time they should eat unleavened bread. The bread eaten there was necessary food. The bread of the Lord’s supper is not as a meal to satisfy hunger. For in correcting the Corinthian abuses of that institution, the Apostle said, “And if any man hunger let him eat at home” – 1 Cor. 11:34.
The passover feast pointed forward to the sacrifice of Christ, and ended at the cross, where the shadow met the substance.
But the Lord’s supper was imperatively enjoined of the Lord to be observed “till He come.” — This cup is the New Testament in My blood.” — Luke 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25. Lying teachers say this was an Old Testament ceremony; but Christ identifies it with the New Testament.” “This cup is the New Testament,” but ye deceived heretics, by inspiration of the devil, dispute the Son of God, and say it is a part of the Old Testament. Now I charge you before God the judge of all men, answer me these questions. Do you confess that Christ Jesus, and the inspired Apostle fold the truth, when they said that “this cup is the New Testament?” What do you say? Ho you dispute their words or not? We rein you right up face to face with the words of Jesus: If you dispute the Son of God, and make Him a liar, you are a vile infidel and blasphemer, unfit for human society. But if you admit that Christ and Paul fold the truth, then you confess that “this cup is the Now Testament,” and that in doing as Christ commanded we should do, namely, eat this bread, and drink this cup, we are obeyind the New Testament. There is no escape from these conclusions. Either you must take the position that Christ and His inspired Apostle spake a falsehood, or else see yourselves in anti christ war against the New Testament. Either of these positions prove that ye are of your father the devil. Ye abominable scoffers, ridiculing and sneering at the idea of “eating a bit of bread, and drinking a sup of wine.” This you call all nonsense, absurd, and of no use. Are you then wiser than the Son of God? Had you not better summon Jesus Christ to appear before you for better instruction? You say it is very “sickening” to you, to think of people eating a a bit of bread, and taking a sup of wine, and also making themselves such fools as to get down and wash one-another’s feet. So then you had better instruct. Christ to revise the New Testament, and leave out those things that are so offensive to your more perfect judgment (?), and so foolish in the sublime light of your wisdom(?). Before you open your mouth again to berate these institutions remember that all you say against them are but impious taunts, and flippant contempt flung at Christ Himself. Look at the following, as a sample of your wresting of the Word of God.
“This supper [The bread and wine] was nothing more or less than THE OLD JEWISH PASSOVER. Jesus was a Jew, consequently He was under the law of types and shadows. Jesus came to fulfill the law as well as to abolish it. To prove that wine was a past of the Jewish feast, consult Exo. 29:40. Num. 15:5-10. Lev. 23:13. Jesus now addressing His JEWISH DISCIPLES, says UNTO THEM: “For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: for I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me: Likewise also the cup after supper, saying: This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Now mark you, this was done STILL UNDER THE LAW, for Christ had not yet abolished the system of types by His death on the cross, and used these emblems to typify a spiritual eating and drinking. If we say the ceremonial law was abolished, how absurd to keep this part of it.”
Can anyone be so blind as to swallow such wreckless assertions? Ho not people have Bibles? and cannot they see that there is no resemblance between the bread and wine that Christ commanded, and the Paschal lamb, burnt offerings, and eight days feast that Moses commanded. You assert that the Lord’s supper was the old Jewish passover, and then cite three instances where wine was used in certain sacrifices. The first was that of the daily sacrifice, the second, a sacrifice prescribed for a man who takes a vow upon him, and the third was at the feast of harvest, but neither at the passover. In each instance the law prescribed that the drink offering should be just the “fourth part of an him.” Did Christ say anything about such a law? You say that the Lord’s supper was the old Jewish passover, and then add, “To prove that wine was a part of the Jewish leasts consult,” etc. Why did you not say, “to prove that wine was a part of the passover?” etc. That would have been lying a little too boldly. And yet by a cunning description you tried to fix that very falsehood on the minds of your readers. After asserting that Christ’s institution of bread and wine was the passover, you assert that wine was used in Jewish feasts, leaving the careless readers to jump at the false conclusion that it was in the law of the passover, and Christ gave it as a part of that feast; thus you covered your lie of satan with dead disguise, and many unwary souls will ignorantly swallow it down. Such ungodly deception of the devil is what Martin Luther calls “treating the Word of God as a pack of hogs do a shock of corn.” Namely, hog it, over, and rudely tread it under foot.
You say “how absurd to keep this feast, of the ceremonial law.” I charge you again to give us the chapter and verse of this institution in the ceremonial law, or stop uttering the base falsehood. If it be absurd, then Paul enjoined an absurdity upon the Corinthian Church, and asserts that he received the same absurdity from the Lord Jesus Christ. Have ye no respect for Jesus Christ nor His Word?
The passover pointed forward to the crucifixion, and ended there. But all the
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GOD bless all the TRUMPET readers with an abundance of grace, and much love, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, and complete victory in Jesus over all hellish spirits and deceived men, is my prayer. Amen, and amen!
I want to give my testimony to all the TRUMPET readers. I want to say, praise God! I am sweetly saved, and my soul is preserved in the grace and love of God: and I am kept by the power of God, free from all sin. Praise God! I have a perfect salvation, one that knows no shrink. Glory be to God! It is just as complete as the Savior of the world, and O the wonderful love and mercy that God does show forth in blessing me with good health. I have become a wonder unto many. O! praise God! I have complete victory in my soul through the precious blood of Jesus. Glory be to God for-ever and ever!
Well I am in the far West, and have seen more of this world, and of the beautiful prairies than I ever expected to see. It is wonderful, how God has made all things so beautiful: all for the benefit and good of mankind. But O! how little people appreciate the great blessings that are all from God. They do not stop and think for a moment that they, and all they have and are, comes from God. Most of these western people are wretched and miserable on account of their craving riches: they have forgotten that there is a God. All they are looking after is lands and money, they do not even enjoy this life on account of their covetousness. Some have hundreds and hundreds of acres, and no neighbors for miles. They are covetous, sensual and devilish. The rich are crushing the poor. Many families are moving out of Kansas to keep from starving. O what an awful day is coming, when every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that He, the giver and Creator of all things is God — when all sinners, with all the nations that forget God, shall cry for rocks and mountains to hide them from the presence of God.
God has sent a curse on this beautiful prairie, and it is all because of the wickedness, and the forgetfulness that there is a God.
And now about the pleasant boat ride we had on the Mississippi river. As we were floating along between the water and the Heavens, looking and beholding the beautiful rocks along the banks of the river, and how beautifully the Lord had carved them, and made them to look like old ruined castles, and some like monuments: which made a beautiful sight. As we were watching the beautiful banks of the river and looking down in the water and then remembered the great river of life that we have flowing in our souls, O how our hearts did leap for joy. Praise God forever and ever!
This morning, September 3rd, I am sitting on the bank of the Walnut River, on a beautiful rock, in the State of Kansas. We are having a meeting in the tabernacle in the name of the Lord. Glory be to God! He gives us victory over all devils, and all deceived men; for we meet all manner of deceived men, even preachers professing holiness. Several of these deceived preachers came to this meeting, one of them brought his dog to the meeting. He would take his dog and hold him up before the people in place of Christ, to draw the people to him on the streets, and when he has acted the fool in performing with his dog, then he tells the people that he is called of God to preach the Gospel, and presumes to preach to them. We are often made to cry out, O my God, what will the devil try next to to deceive the people? The Salvation Army is the greatest fraud the devil has outside of hell, to deceive the people. This dog preacher is one of their converts, they go on the streets with tambourines, and hold them up to attract the people, instead of holding up Christ. O the crookedness that we find among the professed holiness people! Some are so drunk on the sect wine, and are so blind that they cannot tell who is of God, or who is of the devil. They fellowship every body that can say holiness. O the awful deception we find among the professed holiness people in the West. Since the devil has changed into an angel of light, he is deceiving the people in many ways. Is it a wonder that the Apostle says “If it were possible, the very elect should be deceived?” O how I thank God that it is not possible. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb, for ever and ever! for keeping my soul in perfect peace, and my body in perfect health. 0 praise God! My soul is kept in perfect sweetness! I ant reigning with Christ, sitting with Jesus in heavenly places. Glory to Jesus!
It Is alarming, and fearful indeed, how sinners are stupefied on the opiates of hell — Rev. 18:3. For all nations have drank of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and they are going down the steeps of hell with all the nations that forget God. O how the Scripture recorded in 2 Tim. is being fulfilled. — “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come; For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they all might believe a lie, that they might be damned who believe not the truth,” — 2 Thess. 11:12.
O how few are receiving the truth, and are willing to walk in the light as God is in the light. O may all take warning and stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. For as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the coming of Christ. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away till all be fulfilled.” O how I do praise God that I am in this generation which has seen all this chapter fulfilled, all but the coming of
Christ. Praise God! I am looking, watching and waiting, and keeping in readiness for Christ to come any time; for this chapter is fulfilled, — when ye see all this come to pass, know ye that Christ is near, even at the door.
O praise God! I am consecrated down to the chopping-block, or burning stake. O hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever and ever! Amen, and amen!
TO THE RESCUE OF LOST SOULS.
O my beloved brother, and sister, we have but one life to live, but one chance in the great harvest field to gather imperishable sheaves for the Lord, but one probation in which to lay up a rich reward in Heaven. Eternal bliss hangs upon the improvements of brief time. We pass but once through this desert world, and if we do not make it blossom as the rose now, as we pass along, we shall have to look back from the world to come and see a barren waste along the course of our pilgrimage. And may we not suffer from the word of God, that if our life does not convert the desert to a fruitful garden, our hearts will also be a parched ground “For there is a giving that enricheth, and there is a withholding that tendeth to poverty.” And “He that watereth, shall also be watered.” Selfishness militates against real self interest. Sacrifice and labor, for the welfare of others, is the pathway to our own highest good. Happiness is always kindled in our own breast, when laboring to promote in others.
Compared with efforts to rescue perishing souls from sin and hell, every other work is higher than vanity. Christ says “As the Father sent me into the world, even so have I sent you.” The christian’s life is thus a foreign mission. His home is in Heaven, but he is needed here at present, to carry forward the great work of salvation, for which Christ came into the world and died. It is true we are physical beings, and need food, clothing and shelter, but after having sought the “Kingdom of God, and His righteousness,” the promises are “all these things shall be added unto us.” Of course not without our part, for we must be faithful in all our temporal responsibilities. But to make the temporal affairs of this world the chief absorbing concern is idolatry.
The Bible Christian lives wholly for the promotion of righteousness and salvation on earth. If he plows and reaps he does it that he may have wherewith to support these bodies in the service of God, and to “give to him that needeth.” And just so with every other line of work the providence of God may have assigned to us. What the real Christian has to do in business, and special labor, is to acquire means not as an end, but as means to a higher and nobler end. Whenever the inspiring point of men’s ambition enters in the accumulation of wealth, that heart loves the world, and the love of the Father is not in him. That heart is covetous, and “covetousness is idolatry.” That man’s religion is vain. Not only so but when men labor to gain property, not as an end but as a means to an end, they are still idolaters if that ultimate end is any thing but to the glory of God. For instance, both he that toils and drives his business for the end of increasing riches, and he that seeks wealth to obtain earthly honor, office, or the praise of men, are equally robbing God, and are burning the incense of their life to the good of self.
Here is the manner of a true life toward God, and whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. — Col. 3:17.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye shall serve the Lord Jesus Christ. — verses 23, 24.
Can such scriptures be set at naught, and men bo all things for the glory of self and still be children of God? And if men are to do all things to the glory of God, is it not evident that their lives should be so directed, and their time, and means so employed as to most glorify God? But what object is there on earth that does not fall infinitely short of the great work of soul saving? Therefore from every solemn honest view of life, we arrive at the conclusion that, whatever may be our avocation in life, the salvation of lost souls, created to bear the image of Cod, and exemplify His rigteousness, necessarily is the life object of all who are led by the Spirit of Christ.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many that they may be saved. Cor. 10:31-33.
This is plain teaching. Paul being put into the ministry, was expected of course, to be wholly devoted to the work of saving souls. But he lifts up the same standard to all Christians, “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” Even as I preached, not seeking my own profit, “that they may be saved.” God’s word is an evener, it puts all men, preachers, and men of every other occupation, down under the single object of living, and working for the salvation of souls. We are only to please men when that pleasing is in the direction of their salvation. When men are pleased with that which tends to their damnation we must displease rather than please them.
The Scriptures make it men’s “reasonable service” to render their bodies an entire sacrifice to God. This absolute consecration is assential to entire sanctification, and this consecration has never been reached where a soul retains one partical of self desire, self pleasing, self enriching or self glory. Hearts that will admit the throne of self within, are ready to find fault with us for lifting this standard.
They blindly imagine that we go to an extreme, and interfere with their business, and their enjoyment. But we have nothing to do with the matter. No man is accountable to us. Neither are we accountable to him. But we are accountable to God, to deliver His message faithfully to all men. And having the New Testament ministry committed to us, we must teach all men what their duty is toward God. The duty of the minister of Christ is to make known the whole duty of all men, and admonish them to fulfill the same.
But there is another, and more bright picture to this life of single devotedness to God. It is not only a duty toward God, but also a duty toward ourselves. And since it comes under the head of our own best interest, it really changes from a duty to an exalted privilege. Considering the present and future rewards of service and sacrifice to God, that service is the highest privilege of men on earth.
O when will men cease to begrudge the Almighty that which is His own? When will they cease to suspect that God would rob them of their happiness, if they were to render themselves and substance all to God, who is the real owner of the same? Stop this chafing about the duty of giving time and means to the work of salvation, and consider the happy privilege of doing so. “He that soweth abundantly shall also reap abundantly, and he that soweth sparingly shall reap sparingly.”
If every person on earth, that is blessed with means, were as wise now as they will be in the next world respecting its use, he would first devote a competent- portion to the necessaries and comfort of his household, for Christ’s sake, to whom they belong, and then apply every cent of the balance to the work of helping souls out of the pit of sin and wretchedness, in whatever manner the Spirit of God would dictate. Some would doubtless be led to sell the balance over and above sufficient to mai_tain their families, with the blessing of God and their labors, and put it at once to work for God. Others, God would bless with the exalted privilege of occupying the whole, and carefully carrying on the business for His glory, using such part as is necessary to meet the wants of those of His household, and the balance to relive the sufferings of the poor, that their hearts might be won to Christ, and giving to the Gospel of Christ, that the hungry may have the bread of life. O that the rich might know the blessedness of such a life! What a Heaven would fill their bosom. And some, because we would urge them up to this Heavenly summit, are ready to complain of us, and think we are trying to spoil their happiness. Putting light for darkness, and darkness for light.
But we shall preach the New Testament standard of human happiness, whether men wish to come up to it, or whether they prefer to wrong themselves by robbing God. “They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” — Dan. 12:3
But they that center their affections on self, “lay up treasures on earth,” in direct disobedience to the command of God, will but “pierce their hearts through with many sorrows,” and the rust of their money will eat as a canker in their soul.
God is calling “many to run to and fro,” and He will use some one to support them in the field. And they that respond to the will of God will be blessed with Spiritual fatness in their souls, while they that keep tightly drawn the strings of their heart will cheat themselves, and die with that fatal disease, the contraction, and withering up of the heart. The service of God brings its own sure reward, and withholding from Him is inevitable starvation and death.
But we started out to write a call to the field, to the actual rescue of the perishing souls at stake to-day. The winter is now before us. Many that do not think the way open for continual labor in the field, can nevertheless give the winter to the work of pulling souls out of the fire of hell.
O how this dark world needs the testimony and exhortations of every soul that has found complete salvation. In most every place God permits us to stop, a few hungry souls are found, who could be helped to God by almost any one who has the Spirit of God, in a pure heart. Most any Spiritual child of God will be listened to with interest — have fruits of salvation, if he gees from home, with an humble heart, and a “single eye,” to toll the wondrous story of the cross. O how we feel the fact that the time is short, and what is done to induce the escape of immortal souls from this earthly mass of sin, that is ready for the judgment flame of God’s wrath, must be done soon. There are many calls for help. “Hell is moved from beneath,” “hell hath enlarged herself.” The musses are already on the awful slope of the pit, but some may be pulled out of the fire.
Perishing souls at stake we know,
O do pity the sinner’s state;
Brother and sister, will you go?
Give them warning before too late.
Perishing souls at stake to-day.
Can you tarry for earthly dross?
Fly to the rescue, don’t delay.
Bring the needy to Jesus’ cross.
Let there be a great running to and fro, this winter. Go forth O ye holy brethren and sisters. Enter every door. Wait not for some preacher to lead the van. Christ will be your leader and commander. You may hold up the light in one dark corner, while they are turning men to righteousness in another. Who will put in the winter for Jesus? You shall not lose your reward. O beloved, for Jesus’ sake do make haste and get ready to go out. You that feel no cull, but duly would hold at home, help others to get ready. God will bless you in giving them some labor, as well as means. A sensible young man gave Bro. Palmer a couple, weeks work last fall, and enabled him to get into the field that many days sooner. In that time a goodly number of souls were saved. Do you not think God will give that young brother a rich reward? Go and do likewise brethren, and “serve the Lord with one shoulder.” A few families at home can easily join to keep a poor brother s family while the Lord uses him to labor for lost souls; “but if you shut up the bowels of your compassion against him, how dwelleth the love of God in you.”
Two years ago last May, we held about 10 days meeting in the vicinity of Odon, Daviess Co. Ind. God saved a few souls there, but they have not had a visitation of any veal saint or minister of Christ since. For about one year they prospered, and others were added, but being weak, and not knowing the wiles of the adversary, they have suffered much tor the want of help. Last fall wo made an earnest call, and had prospects of help for them, but an unsound man having gone to them, whom they thought at first all right, others gave up going. The man proved a detriment, instead of a blessing. Now we have another letter from there stating that a few are yet clinging to God, while some are spiritual cripples, and all are in great need of some faithful, fire-baptized messengers of Christ visiting the place. It made my heart burn with a longing desire to go as soon as possible, or see some one else go. In the name of the Lord, someone must go to their aid. A good work could doubtless be done there. Let about two brethren volunteer, and say, we will go and put in a couple months if the Lord wills, in Southern Ind. Address Bro. O. P. Allen, Odon, Daviess Co. Ind. Bro. R. Cloe, has moved from there to another town where there would probably be another door open. Bro. Cloe is a well gifted preacher of the Word, when fully in the Spirit, and a little help from abroad to start up the work there we hope would result in his continual labors in the field, and thereby great good can be done. From that County it would not be so very far to visit Bro. Benjamin George at Six Mile, Ind., who we were happy to learn in the TRUMPET, was at the Beaver Dam Camp-meeting, and is now calling for Gospel workers. In years past we have been to a camp-meeting on his place, and feel that a good work could be done there. As for us, we will, no doubt, not be through with this Western campaign for some months, and possibly not until Spring. So who is ready for an expedition to Southern Ind? Some one God will surely move to respond to this call. Who will go? And in every direction a thousand fields are open. Do not promise yourselves long comfortable winter nights at home with your families while souls are sliding into endless hell; but go out and brave the storm. Necessity demands it. The cause is very urgent. O who will help to save the lost?
Unheeding winter’s cruel blast,
We venture Heaven’s seed to cast:
Both late and early plant the truth,
In aged hearts and tender youth.
Shall we be found with only leaves,
When Jesus comes to gather sheaves?
Nay, sowing daily o’er the land,
We’ll joyful come with sheaves in hand.
Nor is the precious labor hard,
Its glory is its own reward;
We plant in hearts of grim despair,
A life that blooms as Eden fair.
O were this life the utmost span,
The closing destiny of man;
No toil could half so blessed prove,
As sowing seed of peace and love.
But Heaven’s bright eternal years,
Have bottled up our sowing tears;
There we shall greet in holy bliss,
The souls we turn to righteousness.
Then sow the seed in every field,
And grace will bring the golden yield.
We soon shall sing the joyful song.
And shout the blessed harvest home.
D. S. Warner.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
To the dear saints scattered abroad, grace, mercy, peace, and truth be with you for ever more. Amen. We are saved to the uttermost, filled with the glory and power of the Lord. O hallelujah to God, how my soul doth magnify the Lord. We are kept by the mighty power of God, preserved blameless in His sight, triumphing over all the things of this world, and have satan bruised under our feet. Glory to God, I am reigning in life by one Jesus Christ, yes hallelujah reigning even now for He has made us kings and priests unto our God and Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. O this sea of glass on which we stand, bless God nothing can disturb our soul. Though all hell may rage, glory be to Heaven’s King, yet all is calm and placid on this sea; for hell cannot send forth a breeze so strong as to make a riffle upon its surface. O bless the Lord, his sacred pavilion in which we rest is out of the reach of hell and sin. Glory! Glory! Glory to our God for ever and ever. We are with the dear saints of God at Kendall holding meetings at present. There was much rubbish in the way when we came, and the saints somewhat discouraged, but glory to God the mighty power of God has made a clean sweep, and all perverseness and crookedness has been destroyed by the blood of Jesus; those who were not willing to plunge in the crimson flood, were severed from Zion. Now every thing is in subjection to Jesus, backsliders are reclaimed, sinners converted, believers sanctified, and God is shining out of Zion the City of perfection. On Sabbath, after a glorious refreshing in the Spirit from the presence of the Lord — nine children of God went down into the water and were baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and came forth out of the water with the glory of God shining out of their faces. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb! Dear Bro. Michels leaves to-day but we remain a short time as we feel it is not the Lord’s will that the meeting should close yet. We have kept no record of the number of consecrations but many backsliders have been reclaimed, sinners converted, believers sanctified, and still they come. Pray for the saints of the living God, that we may keep in the order of the Lord and under the blood. Your saved Bro., tried and made white.
Wm. B. Grover.
Dearly beloved Saints of the most high God: grace, mercy, and peace be abundantly shed upon you. God is still with us, and is still filling us with the Holy fire. Hallelujah to His name!
My testimony is I am saved by the nower of God, washed in the blood, sanctified Wholly, and preserved blameless, delivered from wicked men, and devils. Glory to His name! In the name of Jesus we held a few meetings in the Marple school- house in Cheshire Township, Allegan Co. Mich., which resulted in the unity and settling of the Church into the deep things of God. A number consecrated their all to God, and were blessed. We expect in the name of Jesus soon to go north, and open new fields of labor for the Master. As we look around we see the whited fields already waiting for workers; O that God may send more laborers into His vineyard. The harvest is past, and the summer is ended, but yet comes the gleaning of I he vintage; a few berries here, and there in the topmost and most fruitful branches, that must be gathered. Pray for us, that God may help us to work diligently in the Holy Ghost. Tour Bro. and sister.
Wm.N. & S. J. Smith.
Mc Allaster, Kan.
This morning I am praising God for the well of living water springing up unto everlasting life. I have taken Jesus for my everlasting portion, and I am satisfied. I give Him all the glory for what He has done for me. He healeth all of my diseases, I am every whit made whole, both soul and body, by the blood of the Everlasting Covenant, and realize that I am redeemed. I belong to the Church of God, whose door is open, and no man can open it, and no man can shut it. 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 info one Spirit.” “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the Body as it hath pleased Him. That there should be no schism in the Body, but that the members should have the same care one for another.” “Now ye are the Body of Christ, and members in particular.” “And God hath set some in the Church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers: after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing, do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts, and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.” O fear the Lord, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him. I am praising Him that He hath anointed me with the oil of gladness, and the echo of my soul is, Hallelujah to my King for the way no fowl knoweth, and the vulture’s eye hath not seen. I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him, who hath said, Look unto me and be ye saved, all ye ends of the earth: I am God, and there is none else. He will bring you forth in a large place and deliver you because He delighteth in you. Isa. 62:9.
But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord, and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.”
Yours, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
Mrs. L. L. Shudy.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony is, that I am saved in Jesus, both justified and sanctified, mete for the Master’s use. It would do my soul good if some of God’s ministers would come to our place and hold a meeting, for it is much needed here. The people of this place need God’s Word preached to them in its purity. There are a few standing straight for God here, who have not defiled their garments. God bless and keep all His dear saints.
Z. N. Munger.
Dear Saints: — I praise the Lord for salvation and for this great freedom in Christ, who delivers me from all the snares of the devil and fills me with His glory. I am saved, sanctified, and kept by His power ready to be revealed in the last time. Your saved sister in Christ.
Martha E. Morse.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: — My testimony is I am still walking in the highway that was cast up. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though tools, shall not err therein. — Isa. 35:8. Well I do praise my dear Savior, that in this glorious way there is peace which passeth all understanding; for the Lord keeps me walking in the light as He is in the light. And I have fellowship with all the saints of the most high God. I am in the battle line, and fighting for king Jesus with all of my might. O may God help us all to fight this glorious fight of faith, and at last wear a crown in heaven. Your saved Bro.
George W. Morse.
Clares Mills, Pa.
Dear Gospel Trumpet family, and all the TRUMPET readers: — I feel led to write my testimony for Jesus this evening.
Blessed be the name of the Lord! O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. He has been so good to me, and has done for me far more than I was able to ask or think. Glory be to Jesus for this wonderful salvation which I have in my soul just now. I do so enjoy it. Such sweetness, and completeness in Christ I do praise God for the blessed assurance that Jesus is mine, and that the Holy Ghost, the abiding Comforter dwells in me. Blessed be Jesus! And He guides me into all truth constantly, and cheers and comforts me as I journey through the world of sin and sorrow to my eternal home. I am a positive witness for Jesus. I know that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, and the life of Christ is manifest in my mortal flesh. Christ dwells in me, the hope of glory. And he that hath this hope in him purifies himself even as he is pure. I can say of a truth, I am as pure as he is pure. I have had professors of holiness tell me they would be afraid to say this, for fear they might do some sin. But they did not have genuine Bible holiness, or they could have given in this same testimony. Bless God! Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for His seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin: because he is horn of God. — 1 John 3:9.
I praise God for a pure testimony — for a pure heart, and a pure life. I can say that I live every day of my life without committing sin. But –
This is ray story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
There was a time in my experience, when the waves and billows of the storms of life would so dash me against the rocks, till life was almost extinct; and then I would again take new courage, and press on. But bless God, I am now out where rocks I fear no more. “Drop the anchor, furl the sail, I am safe within the vale.”
I want to say just here, that God has graciously, and in His own time, delivered me from all unreasonable and wicked men, and from all bondage. I am perfectly free in Christ, willing and ready to do any thing that the Lord has for me to do.
Pray for me, that I may prove faithful till the end, and that God may be glorified in me continually.
Your sister, saved to the uttermost just now.
Dearly beloved brethren: — Praise God, from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below. O how good the Lord is, to shower down such rich blessings upon us, and surely my soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit doth rejoice in God my Savior. Who can help praising the Lord for His goodness, and His wonderful mercy to the children of men? When I look at our fruit trees so plentifully ladened with sweet blossoms, it sets my heart all aglow with fresh love to God; and I cannot keep from exclaiming, Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord! Jesus is my strength, and my soul shall still repeat, “We are sounding forth the Trumpet that shall never call retreat.” Amen!
My Father is a God, my heritage a throne;
And shall I here with passions brood,
Or put her sandals on?
No, by the grace of God, I will stand for Him though I stand alone. Jesus shed His precious blood to redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. And it is only them that have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, that will be able to enter in through the pearly gates of Paradise, to go out no more forever. Amen!
Glory be to God! I praise God for the privilege of reading Bro. Warner’s article in TRUMPET of June 1st, on the “Cleansing of the Sanctuary.” O how I love the truth, and the truth makes me free. Bless God! My heart runs out in love to all that proclaim the whole truth as it is in Jesus.
I love so much to read Bro. Warner’s pieces, because I feel that God is in thim, and I am greatly strengthened thereby. I praise God for true shepherds that feed the little flocks that are almost famished with hunger and thirst, for the sacred truth; and who find nothing around them but sectarian chaff to feed upon. Which fails to satisfy our souls. O may God hasten the day when all of His dear children will be brought into the clear light, and see eye to eye. O the blessedness of being of one mind and heart in serving the Lord. For Heaven comes down our souls to greet while glory crowns the mercy seat. Amen! Praise the Lord! And if our fellowship here below in Jesus be so sweet, what height of rapture shall we know, when around His throne we meet. Glory to Jesus forever and ever! O how I love my Jesus; He is my wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption; what more can I want. Your sister saved through the blood.
Clara A. Barham
Dear Brethren: – My testimony this morning is that the Lord wonderfully and gloriously keeps me. Glory to His holy name! My prayer is that the Lord will keep all the dear children of God faithful to Him. O dear brethren let us stand firm for Jesus. Keep our lamps trimmed and burning, and filled with oil. For the bridegroom will come in the hour when we least expect Him; in an hour when we think not, as a thief in the night. And unless we are prepared to meet Him in peace, we will be cast off at the left hand where there shall be weeping, and gnashing of teeth. Let us draw with a true heart, and full assurance of faith; having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed in pure water.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised. For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth; there remains no more sacrifice for sins. But a certain fearful looking for a judgment, and fiery indignation which shall devour the adversaries. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:22,—27, 31. Pray for me that I may stand firm for the Lord. Your Bro. saved, and kept by the power of God.
Dear Brethren: — May God bless, and keep us all united in the one faith. I pray God to open the way for some of His minister? to come to this place and teach the pure Gospel truth. May God bless all the dear saints, and keep them saved, is my prayer. Your sister, saved in Christ.
The little daughter of Bro. and sister Orange Martin died Oct. 2-87, aged 17 mo. and 8 da. Bro. M. lives in Heath, Allegan Co., Mich. The little daughter has gone home to dwell with her Father in Heaven. And O dear parents may you meet her there is my prayer. The funeral services were conducted by the writer. Text – And Jesus said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. — Mark 10:9.
W. J. Devries.
Bro. J. T. Smith, died at his home, three miles north-east of Atlanta, of dropsy, Oct. 7th 1887. Bro. John was a native of Kentucky; lived eleven years in Kansas; was at the time of his death aged 60 years 3 months, and 13 days. He died triumphant in the faith of the Redeemer. His companion is blessedly saved of God; He leaves a large family of unsaved children; we pray of God the affliction may be sanctified to their good. O that they may all prepare to meet their God. Funeral services conducted by the undersigned.
symbolic truth associated with the observance of the Lord’s supper pertains to the present dispensation. “This do in remembrance of me.”
At our obedience to these words of Christ, puffed up ignorance rant and fume, and think it very silly that we need such a simple rite to remember Christ by. The Lord forgive them. O that their hearts were circumcised that they might know the holy sacredness, and fruitfulness of this New Testament monument. The way the opposers of these things trample on the words of Jesus, it is very evident that they need something to remind them of Christ, that they may respect His Word.
Take notice that this did not point to a future sacrifice, as did the passover, but was a monument, or reminder of Him who has suffered and died.
“For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.” — 1 Cor. 11:26. The great mission of the Gospel, the ministry, and the entire Church, is to hold up the crucified Redeemer to a lost world. For the same purpose this blessed communion of the Body of Christ was instituted. So long therefore, as there are poor, lost, sin sick souls that need to “behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world;” and so long as there are saints on earth who need to have their souls melted, and imbued with love to God, by surveying the wondrous passion of the Son of God, so long is this precious observance needed. And so long Jesus Christ said it should be observed, even until He came.
“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the Body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one Body. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” — 1 Cor. 10:16, 17, 21.
Why did not Paul say the “cup of Moses,” and Moses’ table?” That would have pleased Quaker heretics very much. But he was not teaching Mosaic rites, but the commandments of the Lord. He had been a Jew, but never learned these things in the law. “For – says he – I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you. That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread,” etc. 1 Cor. 11:23.
Lie-man and Yarn-line say he got it from the ceremonial law. So they may settle when they meet in the day of judgment.
What says the Apostle? “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread [loaf] which we break, is it not the communion of the Body of Christ?” Then this observance is to be kept up so long as the Body of Christ, His Church, is on earth, and so long as the blood of Christ is to be preached, to both ear and eye, as the only remedy for sin.
But what more does this Divine ordinance set forth? “For we being many are one bread [loaf] and one body: for we are partakers of that one bread,” [loaf]. The glorious fact of the unity of God’s people is set forth in this holy communion. And as that fact is a perpetual characteristic of God’s holy Church, the ordinance ordained of Christ to set it forth to the world, and impress it upon the minds, and deepen it in the hearts of the redeemed, is necessarily also a perpetual institution. Had the truth symbolized by this institution been of a temporary character, and passed away 31 years after the crucifixion, then there would be some chance for these Bible tinkers to say that the ordinances also passed away, the ideas associated with it having ceased. But every Spiritual lesson the Word of God connects with this Divine observance is a permanent element of truth in the Church of God; therefore the ordinance itself is a permanent part of the order of God. These are facts that no living man can dispute. And they are equally true of all three of the New Testament monumental rites.
There is not one shadow of truth in the assertion that these three ordinances were of the Levitical ceremonies. Heb. 9:10, is cited as proof that New Testament literal baptism was of the law. — “Which stood only in meats and drinks, and diverse washings, (Greek baptism) and carnal ordinances, imposed upon them until the time of reformation.” It is true the word “washings” above is from baptismos in the Greek. In English that means immersions, or dippings. That there were dippings, and ablutions in water, enjoined in the ceremonial law is all true. But does that prove that the ordinance of baptism, as recorded in the New Testament, was there enjoined? Why so ready to guess a conclusion? If you wish men to believe you are honest, why not stop and investigate before you assert your lies. Because there were certain washings and dippings in the law, therefore you at once assume and teach that the ordinance of baptism was one of them. This is a careless, unscrupulous, and ungodly treatment of the holy Bible. If baptism, as practiced by Christ and His Apostles, was a ceremony of the law, why do you not give us the chapter and verse where it was enjoined. Though that code was abolished at the crucifixion of Christ, it is all yet preserved, and can be read by all men.
One would judge from the way these quakerized priests of baal talk, that the Old Testament has perished and ceased to exist long ago, therefore we can only guess at its contents. How we do thank God for a whole Bible! O ye rebels against the scepter of Emanuel, you know very well that every old covenant rite is definitely, and minutely described in the books of the law of Moses, and imperatively commanded. You know that those ceremonies are not vague, mixed up, and left for men to guess at. So if New Testament baptism was in the law, you know very well it would be so clearly described that you could point right to the place in the book where it could be found. Yea, you would print it out in full in your antichrist sheet, in the largest and most conspicuous type you could use. But you know very well that you have never found such records in the law: you know in your darkened subverted souls that you are dishonest before God, and are false witnesses.
In Lie-man’s tangled skein of yarns, in connection with Heb. 9:10, he also cites Mark 7:4, 8. Which reads as follows. — “And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brazen vessels, and tables.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.” — Mark 7:4, 8.
Here the word wash, is from the Greek baptismos. These texts explain the diverse baptisms of Heb. 9:10. Were they the baptism of men and women? No, they were the immersion of cups and pots, brazen vessels, and tables, and “many other such like things ye do.” Are the immersions of men and women such like things? Because certain household articles were said to have been baptized, washed, or dipped, you assume the liberty to say that men and women were baptized under the law as in the New Testament. This is a crafty deception of the devil, and shows that you are very hard put to for some new shadow of ground to base your lies upon.
But did not the ceremonial law require that men’s bodies were to be bathed in water? Yes, but nothing like New Testament baptism. By a thorough examination of the ceremonial code, we have found these instances.
1st. Whosoever touches the bed, seat, or flesh of a person that hath a running sore, or is spit on by one having the sore. — Leviticus 15:1-11.
2nd. When the person is healed of the issue, or running sore. — Vr. 13.
3rd. Another case of defilement. — Lev. 15:18.
4th. Another defilement. — Leviticus 15:19-27.
5th. He that let go the scape-goat. – Lev. 16:27. 6th. He that burned the sin offering. — Lev. 16:28.
7th. He that eateth that which died of itself. — Lev. 17:15.
8th. The Priest, after burning the heifer — Numbers 19:7, 8.
9th. He that toucheth a dead person. — Numbers 16:19.
10th. He that was healed of the leprosy. — Lev. 14:8, 9.
11th. Aaron, the high priest. — Leviticus 16:4.
In the first 9 instances the law required that they “wash their clothes, and bathe their flesh in water.” The last two were “wash his clothes, and wash his flesh in water.” There is not a single instance in all the law where one person dipped, baptized, immersed, washed, or bathed another in water. The washings of the flesh, or body, enjoined in the law, was for the person to perform upon himself. And they were a real washing, or cleansing of the flesh, whereas ‘‘baptism is the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answering of a good conscience toward God.” It is not a washing of the body, but a simple dip of the body, or burial with Christ Jesus. There is no resemblance between New Testament baptism and anything in the law.
The Jews could boldly say, “We know that God spake to Moses,” but they could not tell when baptism came.
In Mark 11:27-33, we are told the chief priests, scribes, and elders, asked Christ “by what authority doest thou these things, and who gave thee this authority to do these things?” Jesus said to them, I will ask you one question, and answer me, and I will toll you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, was it from Heaven, or of men? answer me. And they reasoned with themselves saying, “If we shall say from Heaven; He will say, Why then did ye not believe him? But if we shall say, of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed. And they answered, We cannot tell.”
This circumstance and the whole record of John’s administration, shows that it and the baptism he enjoined, was a new order of things — out of the course of the law.
Had this been a ceremony of the law, every man of common sense knows very well, there could have been no questions among Jews, as to whence it came.
All the Jews held that the law was from God, and yet they could not tell whence baptism was. Though these chief priests, scribes, and elders, surely believed the law of Moses, yet they confess that they had not believed in the baptism taught by John. And they dared not say it was not from Heaven, for fear of the people. These facts positively prove the separateness of the law and baptism, and that it was a new institution. The very fact that Christ put the questions to them, as to whether it was from Heaven, or of men, coupled with it the fact that He received the ordinance Himself by the hands of John, proves that it is from heaven. And all that oppose it set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue runneth by inspiration of the devil. “But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. — Luke 7:30.
Of course these Pharisees believed the ceremonies their own law, but they did not believe the baptism of John — which shows positively that the latter is no part of the former. Therefore in fact not a simple sentence in the Bible that associates any one of the three New Testament ordinances with the Levitical law. In all the controversies respecting the law, in the Acts and Epistles, there is not the slightest allusion to one of the three ordinances of Christ, they were never brought forward when the law was under consideration. And every assertion to the contrary is either stupid ignorance, or willful, pernicious lying against the truth. These railers at the practice of Christ and Apostles, continually call baptism, “The baptism of John — John’s water baptism.” Why do they not say the baptism of Moses, if given in the law? That would make your lie stand out to prominent. Men utter falsehoods in a round about way that they dare not tell straight out.
But why does the word of God designate this rite as the baptism of John? Had it previously existed in the law, its origin could not have been associated with John’s ministry. It is an indisputable fact that the first record of men and women being baptized in water, by the hands of any messenger of God — is that of John’s ministry. Now is John’s preaching of the law or the Gospel? The record is, “The law and the prophets were until John, since then the kingdom of heaven is preached.” “From the days of John the baptist the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.” John preached the kingdom of God, but baptism was a part of his preaching, therefore it is one of the elements of the kingdom of God. And because first introduced through him, Scriptures designate it as the baptism of John. Christ ratified this ordinance by receiving it Himself; when arising from the water the Holy Ghost descended upon. Him in the form of a dove, and the Father spake from Heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Here then we have the endorsement of the whole Trinity upon this holy ordinance, against which foolish men rant, chafe, kick, and fume. And at last appears one so annoyed by these lovely commandments of the King Eternal, that he devises a chance to wipe them all out. He supposes himself better informed than the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Apostles, who practiced these things, but thinks it would not look well to say so. Therefore he seeks to reconcile their practice by his opposition to the same, by telling us, the ordinances were in vogue until 31 years after the crucifixion. If this were true, surely Christ and the inspired waiters of the New Testament, should have told us. Then the Lord should have said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them until after 31 years,” etc. But as it now is, we only have the words of the YARN-LINE Editor to depend upon. And as there are still more haters of salvation in babylon than haters of the ordinances of Christ, should we allow this man to sandwich his 31 years clause into our Bible? Some one would soon be encouraged to publish a new version of the Scriptures, with a similar parenthesis in all the texts that teach salvation. For instance, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord, for the next thirty one years, shall be saved.” And so behold, salvation would be no more for us. So we politely excuse ourselves for not accepting the new-spun yarn-line’s theory, and prefer to confide in the same old Bible, without his amendment.
D. S. Warner.
DISCERNING THE LORD’S BODY.
WE are told in 1 Cor. 11:29, that he who eats and drinks the communion bread and wine, and does not discern the Lord’s body, does so unworthily, “eating and drinking damnation to himself.” What is the Lord’s body? The following scriptures answer this question. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is the body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Eph. 1:22, 23.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence. Col. 1:18 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church. — verse 24.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps governments, diversities of tongues. — 1 Cor. 12:27, 28.
“The Lord’s body” is the church of the living God. One of the precious spiritual doctrines contained in the Lord’s supper, is the fact that all the children of God are one body one “new lump” “one loaf” as we see in 1 Cor. 10:16, 17. The sectarian sacrament, is observed with a plate of bread cut into small bits. That is all proper, because they are divided into schisms, and believe in sects. But the New Testament forbids sects, and teaches that all who are in Christ Jesus, are in “one body”. — Rom. 12:4, 5. And therefore the holy communions, which represents the body of Christ, is to be observed by a participation of one loaf, which represents the one body of Christ. Now it is a fact abundantly demonstrated, that the whole sectarian world have had their eyes so blinded by the adversary, that they have not been able to discern the body of Christ, ever since satan founded the first sect organisation. And therefore the sect masses have been unworthy a participation in the Lord’s supper.
Even to this very day the mass of the sect membership call the sect the church, and seem to know of no Church in existence except the organisms of man. Therefore they do not discern the body of Christ, which alone is the Church. When we preached that holy men should come out of the sect of “mingled people”, with one accord they raised the cry that we were calling men out of the church, showing that they did not discern the Lord’s body, the real Church. When we ignored sect divisions, they called us, and yet do, “no church ites”, showing that they knew of no church but the sects; they do not discern the body of Christ. As we teach that the body of Christ, “as organized, or “tempered together”, by the spirit of God is the Church, they completely affirm that we are “opposed to all church organizations”. Proving that they discern no church organization in the body of Christ at all, therefore in presuming to eat the bread and wine, they have eaten “damnation to themselves”. But having done it ignorantly, through blinding sect education, God will forgive all who see and embrace the truth, and forsake the sectarian confusion.
The word babylon means confusion, Every sentence that men utter that is in discord with the word of God, is confusion babel. Go to a meeting of even good meaning sectarians, and testify that God has saved you out of all sects and denominations, and your words will call out a new line of talk from that people. One quite sectarian will jump up and thank God that he was cradled in the Methodist church, and that he does not believe in leaving the church. Another not so drunk on his wine, will say I belong to the church but if I can not live a christian in the church, I will come out of the church. “Another says”, I think a person can live a Christian out of the church just as well as in the church. Another speaks of so many sinners, and so much corruption in the church. All such expressions are babel confusion, and the fruits of false education. No man that properly discerns the body of Christ, can utter such words. Such expressions are dishonoring to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The first identifies the Church of God with a human organization a hundred years old, or makes John Wesley equal with Christ Jesus, in that both Christ and he were founders of churches. Christ is the Author and builder of the Church. Now if Wesley, or any other man were the author and founder of a church, that man would be equal with Christ. That were ascribing the prerogative of the Creator to the creature, and that was blasphemy. Number two and three make the church a very indifferent thing. Their language implies that it is not necessary to be in the church in order to he Saved that in some cases to remain saved in the church is doubtful, but outside men can live it. What horrid confusion; the fact is there are no unsaved persons in the church and no man on earth that has salvation outside the Church. Such utter absurd talk arises from confounding human sects with the Divine Church. The last sample of sectarian ignorance, is also wretched blasphemy. The Church is a Divine institution a “holy nation”. Christ says “I am the door, by me if any man enter he shall be saved”. There is no access to God’s Church but by Jesus Christ the door, and through the experience of salvation. But by calling corrupt institutions the Church un- holiness is ascribed to God’s works, which is blasphemy again, in another form. For to ascribe a divine institution — the Church — to man, is attributing to man the prerogative of God, and that is blasphemy. And so is it blasphemy to associate sin, and sinners with the holy temple of God.
Therefore the mother of harlots is “full of names of blasphemy”, — Rev. 17. Every sect organization, being called, “Baptist church” “Presbyterian church”, with all the other 666 names, are names of blasphemy, from both the above reasons.
All this babel talk that in any way confounds the Church of God with humanly founded sects, proceeds from the want of a proper discernment of the Divine Church, the body of Christ. All such expressions as “your Church”, “our church”, independent holiness churchs” proceed from minds that are blinded to the “Lord’s body”. Every person that can call any sect the Church, does not discern the body of Christ. Thank God! We know what the body of Christ is, and therefore can not call any thing the Church but the body of Christ, and for us to do so were sin.
It is blessed to stand on the sea of glass that is mingled with fire, having the harps of God. Having gotten the victory over the beast — false religion — and the mark of the beast in the forehead — sect eduction — and the mark of the beast in the right hand,—the fellowship of sectarian.
Praise the Lord, the scriptural discerning of the body of Christ, settles the soul down on God, the rock of our salvation, in many things, in which all sectarians are floundering, and groping in darkness, and tossed about by the waves of babylon ignorance. Glory to Jesus, for perfect freedom in Christ Jesus. Amen!
D. S. Warner.
Dear Brethren: – I am saved and kept by the power of God. Praise the Lord for His goodness! I have been in the true Church about 7 months. Praise the Lord for the true Church against which the gates of hell shall not prevail I was in the M. E. sect about two years. Praise the Lord I am delivered from all sectarian. There are not many members in this place, but we can serve God where there are only a few. God has promised to be in our midst. We are praying God to save more of the people in this vicinity. We had a good meeting Sept. 18, held by J. P. Baily and E. Lewis. I am your Bro. saved.