1 November 1890, Volume 10, Number 21.
Walking With Jesus
I long to walk, the narrow path,
With the mind my Saviour hath;
Always know and do His will
And the place assigned me fill;
In His will, mine to be lost,
Regardless of all worldly cost.
As I read God’s sacred Word,
By deep truths, my mind is stirred;
Filled with earnest, anxious thought,
For the souls His Son hath bought.
Oh Lord! forbid, that I should be
A coward, when Thy Truth I see.
Dear Master, can thy’ grace still be
For such a stumbling one as me,
Often rushing far ahead,
When I might by Thee be led:
Tripping, too in Satan’s snare,
When forgetful of Thy care.
Oh! Lord may I, this day, begin
to live a life that’s free from sin;
Walk by faith and not by sight,
Cheered by Thy sacred Evening Light;
Striving to profit by the past,
And live each moment as the last,
The piercing arrows shot at me,
I, sometimes, think are meant for Thee;
If so, I glory in the same,
And magnify Thy Holy Name.
With all I suffer, for Thy sake,
A crown of thorns I could not make.
When at Thy cross I bend the knee,
By faith, Thy smiling face I see,
Thy presence more than fills my heart;
Oh, may we never, never part,
Until my longing soul shall see
Thy face, through all eternity!
God bless Thy children everywhere,
May each Thy Holy Spirit share;
Let each a special calling see,
Then all be lost with Christ, in Thee,
Waiting for the day to come,
When we shall all be gathered home.
Emma I. Coston.
THE MORNING WATCH.
About two years ago, I had the privilege of spending a few hours with my friend F. B. Meyer, now of London; and on leaving I received two articles from his pen, on the “Morning Watch.” The writer urged upon christians the desirability and duty of spending the first hour of the day alone with God in prayer and devout study of His Word. Cases were cited to show that some of the holiest and busiest of God’s children, had made this the settled habit of their lives. Sir Henry Havelock, even it lie had to march at four in the morning, would rise so as to have two hours fellowship with the King. The late lord Cairns made it a rule to have an hour and a half before meeting the family for prayers, and never deviated from this, even if his late duties in Parliament left him no more than two hours sleep.
An eminent business man testified to the value and strength of spending thus, the first waking hour, and said that his wife felt spiritually unequal to the duties of a large household, unless she spent the time from six to eight in her own room alone with God. All this was as enchanting and inviting to me, as the land of promise to the Israelites. And why should I not go in and possess the land? Why not? There was the inevitable river Jordan, in the form of the difficulty of getting up early; but just as the living God led His people through that, so, the writer assured us, God could and would awaken all who would trust Him to do it for them. So without debating or delaying, I committed, that very night, my soul and body to the Lord, praying Him to arouse me. And, to my joy, His invisible hand touched me punctually the next morning. How literally true became the ancient passage: “He awakeneth morning by morning, He awakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.’’ (Isa. 1:4.) How real the fellowship in prayer! How bright the sunrise in the soul! Shall I ever forget that day in my spiritual history? Alas! because of weariness through overwork, or because of unfaithfulness or unwatchfulness, there have been omissions, pages utterly blank, days without sunshine, missing links in the chain of gold; but on the whole I have kept, by God’s grace, to the new habit, and can humbly testify that these years have had a glory and a joy unknown before, and this I owe to the fact that I have heard the caution of the departing missionary, “Watch the Morning Watch!”
One eminent brother once said, “All great, saints have been early risers.” That is a bold, statement, but I am surprised to find how much it is being confirmed by my reading and observation. It was so with Wesley and Whitefield. And we must not forget the case of that seraphic soul, Joseph Allime, whose powerful preaching in the seventeenth century was blessed to thousands, and whose book, “An alarm to the unconverted,” became one of the, most noted books of the day. He made a practice of spending the hours between four and eight o’clock in the morning, praising God and listening to the oracles of His Word; and if he heard any smith at his work before he had got to his knees, he would exclaim, “How this noise shames me! Doth not my Master deserve more than theirs”?
Frances Ridley Havergal could not have filled earth with so much of the music of heaven, had she not enjoyed what she calls “The one hour with Jesus.” Hudson Laylos, whose China Inland Mission is such a startling work in this nineteenth century; George Miller, whose answered prayers have vindicated to the faithfullness of God in this unbelieving age; and others whom I know, find their secret of abiding strength by beginning every day with God, and by being filled afresh with the Holy Spirit “Rise early.” Can any of us dispense with this Morning Watch? Mistresses and maids, with the besetting cares of the household; toilers, having to listen to the blasphemies of fellow workmen; men of business, finding it hard to live out the pure life of Christ in the midst of worldly maxims, what time is there to hear God’s still small voice, unless in the hush of morn? “Early in the morning (Hebrew) will I seek Thee.” — Psa. — “Those that seek Me early in the morning (Hebrew) shall find Me.” Prov. 8:17. God’s voice is heard oftenest, amid the rush of the day, by those who have heard it first in the secret place. What time is there to gather manna for the soul, unless, like the Israelites, we do it before the sunrise? (Exod. 16:19-21. What time to steal a march upon the enemy, or to throw down the battlements of unbelief, except, like Joshua we awake right early? (Joshua 6:12.) Few have many opportunities during the day for communion with God; but those who have the most, say that, after all, there is no such time for looking into the face of the King as the morning hour, when the mind is fresh and disengaged from worldly cares. Thankfully do I here testify to the value of the Morning Watch, in giving me opportunity for studying the Scripture, whereby the Word of God has become such a delight, that my last and happiest thought at night has been, “How blessed it will be when God wakes me in the morning, and calls me to His holy Word.” This is the point on which all turns, God will do it, if you are really anxious to meet Him. I once resolved desperately to rise early in order to study theology, and failed, and when I did rise for years at college, it was generally by the help of an alarm; but now it is easy to follow “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” Let us be filled with the Holy Ghost, theft we shall not care to ask a servant to do what the Spirit of God has so graciously undertaken to do. Three young men home from India told me that a friend decided to follow their example of keeping the Morning Watch, and gave his servant orders to call him up. The servant failed once and again. “I will have no more of this,” said he, “I will turn now to God.” And the next morning he was awake between four and five. God never fails. Try Him and trust Him. But if you are to keep the Morning Watch you must keep the self watch. Do not burn the candle at both ends. I used to knock for a fellow student at five; but he seldom rose, because he would perist in sitting up late. We may have to be at late meetings, but when we get home let us sternly refuse to sit long by the fire, or linger over a book. God waits; keep your appointment with Him. Be punctual. It is the soul’s business; It is the King’s wish. “What! could ye not watch with me one hour?” Let your last resolve at night be; “My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up:” and the first word you shall hear will be, “Rise up, My love, and come away” into the garden of delights, up to the mountain of myrrh; Then you will be ready to go down to the desert, the valley, and the plain, carrying Christ’s pitying smile, healing touch, and heavenly calm. Try it, dear saints. Many have tried it and found it good. Do likewise; do it quickly. Begin this at once, and each day will be to you a heaven upon earth. Soon after the appearance of the foregoing article on the “Morning Watch,” a certain one wrote saying: — “I have read the “Morning Watch,” and have made my vow unto the Lord, who is my keeper, to wake early in the morning. Thank God for this answer to my prayer. The last three mornings His hand touched me early. Oh, how different life has been during the day! There has been so much brightness, and little things do not trouble me now.” Nor does this express an isolated experience. There are many who have recently found this treasure hid in a field, and their joy is unspeakable. Anxious that it may last and the fine gold never become dim. I desire to say to all these watchers, these sentinels along the line — “Watch the Morning Watch,” that is, guard the sacred habit as zealously as soldiers guard the tower where the crown jewels are preserved. “Watch unto prayer; for you will be tempted either to give it up through the sluggishness of the flesh and the sophistry of satan, or to keep it up merely as a formal routine, from which the very life and spirit have gone out. These dread evils can be prevented by cultivating two graces, which like two angels in the most holy place, look towards the mercy seat. The first is regularity, the sec- and is spiritually. Regularity will see that the fire never goes out, and spirituality will take care that it is fire from heaven, that burns on the altar. Be regular in your devotion. In a little book on “Secret Prayer,” which seems to have been written on the very mount of communion, one Bro. says: “Those who really make this (‘The Morning Watch’) their practice, find that they can never again forget it without sure and manifest spiritual loss. Under God, immensely much depends on that watch-time and its exercises of confession, faith, lore, prayer, and praise. Its tendency is to open, as it were, the soul’s window sky-ward for the day; to make the continuous acts of self surrender and and faith for that whole day quite different from what they would be otherwise, in their readiness and happiness.” Here are ample reasons why we should not give it up. To omit it would be positive plain and perceptible loss to the souls health and vigor. It is not that God demands it like an egyptian task master, who will have so much in so long a time; but our spirits require it for their love, joy, and peace, and for the coming hours of toil For the soul that sings:
Oh, the pure delight of a single hour (to pray,
That before Thy throne I spend!” has also learned
“Consecrate me now to Thy service Lord,
By the power of grace divine.”
The work of the day is better, holier, because of that hour of worship, when like early christians, we meet at sunrise to sing a hymn to Christ as God. A great change was noticed in the preaching of a German pastor, and soon a revival spread in the neighborhood. After his death the secret was revealed. His well worn Bible showed an entry in which he expressed his resolution to rise every morning at four o’clock to pray till eight for his people and the work of God in the city. I will also cite the case of a working man whom I overtook the other evening going to prayer meeting. He was telling me that he had to commence work at six o’clock and toil in a heated factory for thirteen hours. “Then, said I, this gives you little time for your Bible.” “Oh, he replied, I get up every morning at half past four to have half an hours read.” This was wise, because he gave his fresh powers to God; blessed, because to him who overcame the reluctance to rise, God gave “the hidden manna;” safe, because going down to the battle field, where the fiery darts of infidelity and blasphemy were sure to fly thick and fast, he had time to put on the whole armour of God. In such a case surely, some might have deemed it allowable to break so good a practice; but no, he assured me that he had kept it up with regularity. So might we keep up this habit, if we valued more highly the inestimable privilege of communion with God, and were always careful to keep the season of prayer sacred. “Tell his majesty that I will come and attend on him when I have finished my audience with the King of kings,” said a great minister of state, who was in secret prayer when the messenger from the palace knocked at his door. “Don’t disturb papa, because he is having his quiet time with God,” said a little girl to a lady, as they saw her father — a well known writer on the devout life — facing the garden early in the morning absorbed in fellowship with his invisible and adorable Lord. And if we are to experience the peace and power of this early communion, we must remember what this man of God insists upon, that the book or paper must be closed, the spell of even spiritual conversation broken; and refusing to burn the midnight oil, we must ask Him who giveth His beloved sleep to lay us to rest in the chamber called peace, whose windows open towards the sun-rise. There is a time where we are struggling and striving to rise early, and we cannot; but when we yield to the Holy Spirit, He quickens our mortal bodies to regain their former elasticity, and gives the energy to rise betimes. Therefore, “Be filled with the Spirit.” Be spiritual in your regularity. Let your waking be more than the result of a settled habit — let it be a fresh inspiration of the Spirit of God. “Be Thou their arm every morning and when you are at your watch, “Walk in the Spirit,” and “Be led of the Spirit.” I enter my room on a dark morning eager to commune with God through His written Word. The amp all trimmed-stands on the table; but I must light the wick before the page can be seen. Here is the “lamp to our feet” — the inspired Word of God, full of truths divine; but we wait for the Holy Ghost to illuminate both it and us before we can see the mysteries of redemption. Let your first act be that of silent awe in the presence of the King: bow down and wait only on God for His Spirit. let every emotion be enkindled, and every thought inspired by Him; and then you will be spiritually minded. Here He is, “in you, as well as “with you,” for that very purpose, as surely as the fire was on the altar before the priest put the wood and offering hereon. But mind you place the wood in order, and the parts of sacrifice in order, that is to say, place yourself in the attitude for fellowship. “Prepare to meet thy God.” You can open your Bible if He is to “open your understanding;” you can read through reverently; the 119 Psalm if He is to “quicken you according to His Word;” you can let your “voice be heard in the morning;” audibly if prayer is to be real communion, you can stand erect if you wish to realize, like Elijah, that “The Lord liveth before whom you stand.” — Or you may gently kneel before His throne, and thus have sweet communion with one “whom, not having seen, we love.” Watch the morning Watch! “And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch!”
The early morn with Jesus-His happy, welcome guest
The first glad thoughts for Jesus, the brightest and [the best!
Alone, alone with Jesus — no other may intrude;
The secret of Jehovah is told in solitude.
This is the time for worship; this is the time for prayer
The sweetest time for laying the heart’s petitions bare
The time for holy wrestling, the time to intercede,
The time to win from Jesus the help and strength [we need
This is the time to listen to what the Lord will say
This is the time to gather the manna for the day.
New enemies to conquer, new victories to win;
Come gain a march on satan — come gain a march on [sin
Oh ye who sigh and languish, and mourn your “lack of power;
Heed ye this gentle whisper, — “Could ye not watch with me one hour?”
For fruitfulness and blessing there is no “royal road,
The power for holy selvice is intercourse with God.
He will then be to meet thee, where’er thy trusting [place
He will be there to bless thee, — uplift to Him thy [face:
The sweetness of that blessing is more than words [can show;
But He Himself will teach thee, if thou wilt have it so
Say, is the spirit willing? the flesh, He knows, is weak;
A merciful Creator the word of power can speak,
Yea, His own hand would rouse thee to that divine repast,
And gild thy days with glory, a glory that shall last
1st Can any of God’s dear saved children go to a soldier’s reunion and please God? I have separated myself from every thing that is not of God, and by the grace of God, I shall not go where my Jesus would not go with me.
2nd. “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matt 5:3. What does poor in spirit mean?
Your sister wholly the Lords.
Answer to 1st. No, God’s saints are a peculiar people unto the Lord, and are not led to any reunion, save that of the holy reunions, or assemblies of the soldiers of the Heavenly King.
“And the Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, return unto Balak, and thus thou shall speak.” “From the top of the rocks I see him, (Israel — God’s church) and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.” — Num. 23:5 9.
Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of com and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places. — Deut 33:28, 29. Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and much not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. — 2 Cor. 6:17.
Answer to 2nd, “Poor in spirit,” is not a sense of sin, guilt and condemnation; it is not a false humility, in which the soul refuses to appropriate the rich grace of God, and the joys of the Lord. It is not a babish spirit in which men sit down passively, yielding to the powers of hell, and being crushed down, and driven back because some one is not right, or has done wrong, or you at least so imagine. To be poor in spirit, which is blessed of God, is to be humble, non assuming, not puffed up, not thinking of ones self more highly than be ought to think. Not to overestimate his worth, and to esteem others better than himself.
HEALED OF THE LORD.
Girard, Mich. Oct. 8th. 1890.
Dear Saints: — This evening finds me saved to the uttermost I do find sweet peace in believing, and joy in the Holy Ghost I do praise God for this evening light, and am walking in the light of God every moment of my life. O, the dear Lord has done much for me, He has healed me of the Asthma that I had from infancy. I never had a doctor tell me they could cure me, but the saints laid hands on me, and God did the work. Last winter I had the Lagrippe, it settled on my lungs and they were in a terrible condition. I called for the Elder of the Church to lay on hands, and I was healed immediately. Oh glory to Jesus for this uttermost salvation, that He has given to the children of men. God has planted a church here that is in good spiritual condition. Praise God, we understand that nothing but repentance and renouncing of former sins will take people into the Church of the firstborn. The people have turned us out of the school house where we had worshipp on the Lord’s day, but our souls doth rejoice exceedingly and He keeps us continually. Oh, dear saints pray for the church here, it seems the very powers of hell are against it, and pray for these poor sinners.
Your sister in Christ.
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Odon, Ind. Oct. 13, 1890.
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IN our dear Bro. Cary’s article in last issue on “the Holy Spirit as a guide,” occurs these words, “If dear saints that are in error were just as willing to be led by the Holy Spirit as they are by the devil, there would be less sorrow.” etc. Should have read: “dear souls that are in error.” etc. This was a typographical error, and not a fault in the brother’s writing. We have always admired the correctness of his productions. However we take occasion to caution all the dear ones when writing to be very guarded in their speech. The word saint means a holy one, and no real saint or holy one is willing to be led by the devil knowingly. All saints are only willingly led by the Spirit of truth. That a real saint may err is a fact, but to admit a spirit of error, that is prone to follow the devil, is to cease to be a saint at all. We have seen many such, after being trapped by the devil, and becoming subverted by a spirit of error, if they really became honest, and returned to God, they had to come down in repentance toward God as a sinner. We have heard similar imprudence used in preaching. Brethren describe certain parties, as idolatrous, covetous, or as possessing other traits of character equally as dark, and yet talk of them as saints, or as of us who represent only the body of Christ. This is a fault, my brethren, and it would if practiced generally, give people license to look upon us as a sect, and using the term saint, as a mere sect title, as descriptive of a class, or such as held with us when saved or unsaved. We have no right to use Bible words without we attach Bible ideas to them. Therefore we should only call such as are holy, and obey God, saints. All saints are led of the Spirit of God, as far as they know His voice, and they will not follow satan, and they who do are satan’s children, and not saints.
REQUEST FOR PRAYER.
Fontana, Kan. Oct. 10, 1890.
To all the Saints Greeting: — The Holy Spirit saith, in James, “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.”
I have thought several times since I have been sick, that I would call for the elders, but not knowing who they were, I called for our minister in the M. E. church, but for some reason he did not come. And since that time I have neglected to call upon any except the Lord. But now since you have been so kind as to send me the Gospel Trumpet, (which was the request of my dear old aunt, Mrs John Bruner) in which I have found several who have applied to you for prayers, and have received answers from the Lord. So I have concluded the elders were among you. And now I ask, please will all the dear elders and saints pray earnestly unto the Lord that I may be healed of heart and lung disease. Another request I would like to make: that is, will some of God’s true ministers come here to teach the Bible truths to the people at Fontana.
I sincerely thank you for sending me the Trumpet, and also thank the Lord that He guides me into all truth and holiness. And just so soon as I see and know through the blessed Word, that it is the Lord’s will for me to leave this organization, I will obey Him in doing so, for I am willing to obey the Lord in all things.
Yours in the love of God.
Mrs. Ella Brown.
God bless this dear sister and heal her of all her afflictions for Jesus sake. Dear saints take her case to the Lord, in much faith, that she may be made perfectly whole in both soul and body; and be enabled to discern the body of Christ, which is His Church. Eph. 1:22, 23. We are glad to hear that she has a willingness to walk in the light of the Gospel.
In regard to coming out of the M. E. organization, or, any other sect, is a matter very easily decided when you look at it from a Bible standpoint. Because the Bible teaches that there is but one true church of which Christ is the door of entrance, and no sinners can enter, neither can there be any sinners in His church.
It is “A glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.” Eph. 5:27. If you are in any so-called church that does not measure up to this, one that is not “without blemish,” one that does not practice and teach the same things that Jesus and His disciples did, then it is not the church of the Bible, but only one of the harlot daughters of Babylon. “Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord,” 2 Cor. 6:17. Also in Rev. 18:4, He says, “Come out of her my people.” So if you are one of His children, and have been ensnared into one of the creeds of Babylon, you must obey the voice of the Lord, and “come out,” or be “partakers of her sins.”
Some say they have never been called out of the sects, or denominations. Well that may be true, for God only calls His children out. And in Rev. 18:2, He tells us who is left to inhabit this place of babylon confusion. May the Lord help all His children to “Flee out of the midst” of the city of desolation and deliver their souls.
GOD HEARS AND ANSWERS PRAYER.
Dear Ones in Jesus: — Grace, mercy and peace be with you all. Amen! I feel like praising God tonight for His wonderful goodness to the children of men; for His long suffering and patience toward us all. Oh blessed be the name of God! My soul is overflowing with His praises, and doth magnify His holy name. He has done wonderful things for me; “He has taken my feet out of the mire and clay and placed them upon a Rock, and established my goings.” The Lord has also healed my body of various diseases. About two months ago I was attacked with inflammatory Rheumatism in a very severe form. I immediately took it to the Lord and trusted Him entirely for my healing. Sister Lizzie Miller prayed with me and laid on hands several times. Also sister Cassidy prayed and laid on hands once, every time God wonderfully witnessing to us by His Spirit, that we were in His precious order. But still the swelling and inflamation increased and I suffered intensely. Then God showed me that I must obey the command in James 5:14, call for the elders of the church and have them anoint me with oil in the name of the Lord. Then the question came, Lord, who are the elders of the church? Soon God showed me plainly and distinctly that Bro. Wm. Defore of Atlanta Kansas was an elder in the church of the living God. So accordingly, I called him and he anointed me with oil in the name of the Lord, after which I had complete and perfect victory and have had ever since. Praise the name of Jesus! I have taken the Lord for my complete healer of all diseases. He has also performed a miracle upon my body and given me a stronger constitution, so that by faith I am enabled to endure and perform the work which God has for me to do. My heart was truly made to rejoice while reading the article in the last Trumpet upon the subject of a home and school for the poor of God’s children. This subject has long burdened my heart, and of late sister Miller, sister Cassidy, and myself have been making it a special subject of prayer. We have felt the necessity of God’s people having a school or schools where their children can be educated and trained for God. This Evening Light must be carried to the missionaries in foreign fields, and the young need some preparation for such work. In these perilous times when the tide of worldliness is so great, and Babylon rages to much against the true church, it seems dangerous to send our children away from our care to the public schools and colleges of our land: even if the children get saved it is a very hard matter for them to keep saved surrounded with such worldly influences and persecutions as they have to endure. The idea of a home for the poor has also been a part of our burden in connection with the school, and I have promised the Lord, that I would do any thing He had for me to do in that direction. I trust that God’s people everywhere will make this matter a subject of prevailing prayer, that God will lead definitely by His Spirit and give us complete victory.
Your sister saved to the uttermost.
Mrs. Amy Cary.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — The Lord bless you all with all spiritual blessings is my prayer. While seeing so many of the brethren whom the Lord has called to preach His Gospel, who are burdened with the care of children while traveling in the work, I have, for more than two years, been deeply impressed that there should be a permanent home established for the children, and poor, worthy saints who are homeless.
I have thought much on this matter, and if I had the means would have such an institution here on my farm which is quite a large one, with a healthy location and plenty of fruit. We have 5000 trees of peaches, apples, pears, cherries, plums, and quinces, and some small fruit. We have quite a large house which would accommodate quite a number at present besides our family. And I believe there are plenty of consecrated young sisters that would volunteer to help take care of them.
When I saw the article in the last Trumpet, on that subject, it stirred my soul within me, and I thought that if thin was deemed a suitable location for such an institution, and if I had the means I would move in the matter at once. But I am poor, not able to do it alone. If we were out of debt it would be different. We are wholly consecrated to the Lord and are anxious to do what we can for Him and His cause.
Your saved brother.
C. B. Butler.
A SHORT TALK.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — For the honor and glory of God and His cause, and for the benefit of the dear saints who are willing to walk in all the light of God and let Jesus have the rightaway every day and every hour, and let the blood cleanse them from all sin, and as Paul says, stay where you are, with God, I shall now talk to you as my own dear brethren. When you were converted or born again, Jesus took you out of the kingdom of satan and planted you into His Kingdom of grace into the only true vine. He wrote your name in Heaven right there and added you to the church of God, but never gave you license to run after other gods. He took you out of bondage and made a free child of you, and as long as you stay with Him, He will feed you and nourish you just the same as a dear mother, so that you can feel that you are at home in your own dear Father’s house. You are His own dear child for life and for a long eternity. He does not want you to get into bad company, or into the devils playhouses and spend your money for his trash. No, He wants you to have a full salvation. You are now a branch in the vine, and the vine is holy, and He wants you to be holy. Now if you want to get out and get into a sect craft, you are bearing no fruit unto holiness; if you had rather conform to the world, you are in Satan’s kingdom, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” It is impossible for you to be in the church of God and in the fictitious church of man. Ye cannot serve two masters, both at one time. “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” 4th ver. “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye except ye abide in me.” It shocks me to hear the people in class say, they are all the Lords, and at the same time belong to sects. If it is not a sin; is it not a willful mistake? Every sane person knows it is impossible for one to be in New York and in Chicago both at the same time. But stop: all of these formalists will try very hard to make you believe that you are nothing but come-outers, and that you cannot live outside of the pales of some branch of the christian church. It is only a trick of the devil to encourage and support a craft that can be dispensed with. I think I would be safe to make a standing offer of $50 to any true saint of God to show me the chapter and the verse, where God is the author of more than the one church He founded upon the Rock. Acts 20:28. There is not one of you, dear saints, that dare tell me that Jesus shed His blood for 1800 sect churches. (At our campmeeting in Mecca the preacher told us there were 1800.) Now, dear saints, read the 17th. chapter of St. John. Now, dear reader, do you not see that if we ever get to Heaven we must positively do as Jesus tells us to do? O I am so glad I can see a bright light all along the celestial read, and it is so narrow only one can walk
in it, and each saint must fall in line, one after the other. O it makes me sick at heart to hear people say, “Come over to our church.” “Comes and join our church and we will make a good free methodist of you.” The Holy Ghost teaches me that is wicked. Now, dear saints, I am saved, washed and cleansed from every thing that is not found in the holy Bible. I do believe no christian can be justified in leaving Jesus to please a money corporation, and these sects mean nothing else. All the gold of India would not tempt me to leave the Vine and join the harlot. Now lastly, Jesus says: “I am the door, if any man climb up any other way, he is a thief and a robber.” And out of from one to five million of Israelites, only two went into the land of promise, because they would have their own way. O how I do love all those dear saints that cling to Jesus alone.
J. L. Webb.
West Mecca, O.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Geneva Center, Mich. Sept. 22, 1890.
Dear saints: — This evening finds us saved. Bless the Lord! We left home on the 11th. of Sept., and came to Clam Lake, and stopped with the church one Sunday. we had a glorious time in the name of the Lord. On Tuesday night we followed the ordinances of the Lord’s house, in washing the saints feet, On Thursday a dear Bro. took us over land 24 miles to the cars, where we took train to come South. 16 miles of the way to the cars, it rained so we got quite wet, but we praised the Lord through it all. Hallelujah! Then we came to Geneva Center, where we met wtth the church on Lord’s day, and had a glorious time. Praise the Lord. O, how sweet to know that Jesus reigns within. Praise the Lord! We have left home and friends, and are out for the whole war. Christ said: “So likewise, whosoever he be of you, that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” — Luke 14:38.
Yours in Christ.
A. L. & F. M. Sheldon.
Vandalia, Ill. Oct. 18. 1890.
Dear Brethren: — God bless you and fill you with all the fullness of grace. We left Marquand the 14th. having had real victory and freedom in presenting the truth to the people, who knew but very little about holiness, but we had not been there very long until quite a number of them believed in being made holy in this life, and we believe many would have been saved had the sect preachers let them alone. They told the people they would never be sanctified in this life. We had a house full of earnest listeners nearly every night. Several were converted to God, and had good experiences, but they are truly as lambs among wolves. The meeting was a complete victory for the Lord, and holiness has gone to Marquand to stay. A number of preachers were present the last night who oppose holiness, and the house was closed against us. We left the people determined to receive the truth, were going to have their meetings in their dwelling houses, and there are quite a number of them to take part in the prayer meetings. Bible truth has finally stirred that town. Holiness was the talk on every street corner and in every grocery store. And the preachers were afraid they would lose their craft, and could do nothing but close the house against us, and use all their influence against the preaching of the word. Many people were very earnest about their souls when the meeting closed. We pray God to keep the few that are saved. Most of the people there were professing salvation, but very few living justified. God bless the people at that place, and save those who are seeking. We are fully saved in Jesus. Praise the Lord! God is keeping us in perfect peace
Yours in Him sanctified wholly.
Geo. E. & Mattie Bolds.
Deshler, Henry Co. Ohio. Oct. 21, 1890.
Dear Saints: — May the richest of heaven’s blessings rest upon you all. We begun meeting here and opened Gospel fire on the works of the enemy in the name of the Lord, the 4th. inst. We found much opposition here against this glorious way of truth, but most of it has been dispersed through the agency of the blessed Spirit and truth of God. It seems as though this place has been neglected by the preachers in the past. Brethren, you will always find a home and welcome here. We hope the Lord will send Bro. S. L. Speck here in the near future, or whoever He may. There were about six consecrations for perfect holiness, one backslider reclaimed who also went on unto perfection. Others are desirous of getting more into the light of God. We had an ordinance meeting in which 12 participated, the Lord verifying His promise. “If ye know these things happy are ye if you do them.” Pray for us, that we may be kept very humble, ever in His order and be much used to His glory From here we go to the Rising Sun assembly meeting. Then perhaps to Custar. Thence to New Washington, Crawford Co. O., about Nov. 6 or sooner. D. V. Thence to Antwerp. We shall return here in the near future, D. V.
Your Bro. and sister.
F. N. &S. A. Jacobson.
Grand Junction, Mich.
Mahaska, Kan. Oct. 11, 1890.
Dear Saints: — God bless you one and all. May you be kept pure and free in your souls. We are happy to report victory in Jesus’ name. The meeting Continued at Blue Springs about one week, or ten days. The Lord was with us and good work was done. Several consecrations for pardon and purity. The meeting would have continued longer, but the devil was so stirred that the lumbermen and the man who owned the ground where the tent stood, demanded that we give possession. So we gladly obeyed and moved the meeting to Wymore, where we continued one week in a hall. The devil being stirred, the man who owned the hall refused to let us have it any longer, so we moved to Bro. Bently’s dwelling house. Bro. Willis drove over to Table Rock, after sister Cole and Co. They expected to continue the meeting in the name of the blessed Jesus. God bless them and the meeting. May many precious souls be saved. We came over to this place yesterday, the 10th., expect to have a few meetings, or stay as long as the Lord wills. Then go to Smith Co. Kan, thence to Brooks Co. Pray for us, that the Lord may keep us low at His feet. O glory to the Lamb! my soul is happy, trusting in Jesus. O my dear brethren, let us push the battle to the very gates, cry aloud and spare not.
I remain your free Bro. sanctified wholly.
J. P. Haner.
Grand Junction, Mich. Oct. 15, 1890.
We commenced meeting at Bro. Joseph Smith’s Oct. the 2nd near the Junction, expecting to continue only over Sabbath, but the dear Lord began at once to work marvelously in the hearts of the people, and it continued with success until the 12th of Oct. From three to ten were at the altar each night after the first Sabbath. Over 50 consecrations (both for pardon and sanctification) were made during the meeting. Over 30 of which were for the pardon of sins, including also the children that were saved who should be looked after as well as the older ones. God help the saints to care for them. We had some precious children’s meetings, the influence of which melted the hearts of the people, and a mighty victory followed to the close. “Many are called but few chosen. The Lord persuades many to come and only a few out the many will ever be permanently established in God. “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish strengthen, settle” you. — 1 Peter 5:10. Here we see God’s manner of stablishing His people. Oh, were half of those, who come to the Lord, willing to stand for God in spite of the devil, how the cause of Christ would prosper; but few, few will be chosen. Oh, may each one of these dear souls trust the mighty God for grace evermore is our prayer. One among the number (an old man) who came to the altar and pretended to ask God for pardon, went home and began smoking his pipe as usual. May such foolish souls stop trifling with God “denying Him, and winging on themselves swift destruction.” such ones will never enter the Kingdom unless they forsake the god of this world. Thirteen were baptized, and a number of others would like to have been but could not for hindering causes, but will (D. V.) in the near future. Bro. Harmey Smith and his father, also Bro. Nostrand were faithful with the horses and wagon to bring the Trumpet family to, and from the meeting (3 1/2 miles) about every night. They are rewarded. The Lord wonderfully blessed us with this consecrated force and used them to His glory. May they have many stars to gem their crown is our prayer. Amen! Bro. Wm. Smith and Co, also Bro. Warner were there at the begining of the meeting, he being very busy in the office could not come often. We went from Bro. Smith’s to the log meeting house, and held a few nights in company with Bro. Wm. Smith, good was done there also in the name of Jesus. May the Lord reward all the dear saints for their hospitality to the messengers of God. Amen! We start to day for Ind. expect to meet Bro. Warner there. Your saved Bro. and Co. Pray for us.
Hamilton, Mich. Oct. 24, 1890.
Dear Saints: — We are rejoicing in this wonderful salvation, saved and kept by the power of God. We went to Blendon as we expected, and returned the 18th., found the little ones standing firm and the work in progress. O praise the Lord for the wonderful way He will keep us if we but trust Him. We found, as we expected that the wolves did come and tried to scatter the flock, but what they did fell upon their own heads and made the little ones more firm than ever. The Scripture is fulfilled in that place where the Psalmist says, “Surely the wrath of men shall praise Thee.” Satan’s kingdom is wonderfully shaken. Well we went back there with the glory of God in our souls and preached the Word which took hold of the people more than ever, and there was a wonderful melting time. There were eleven more baptized and in all a bouttwenty five, and a very happy band. Thera were some wonderful cases of healing.
Your saved brothers.
B. Wooden & C. B. Butler.
Harper, Kan. Oct 25, 8190
Dear Brethren: — We are rejoiceing in a Saviour’s dying love. We realize that the very God of peace sanctifies us wholly just now. We are again in the west, ready to battle for king Jesus. The harvest is great, let all pray for us. Bro Lundy of Mo. will be with us soon. All wanting meetings near please let us know at Karp Kan.
Yours in Christ
E, F. Houghton.
Goodell, Iowa. Oct. 25, 1890.
Since our last news from the field, which ended with the meeting at Carthage, Mo., the Lord has wonderfully prospered us in our journeyings and working for Him. The meeting at Cedar Vale was not attended with much apparent success. It cost us $8.15 to get from Carthage there and of course it would have cost us the same to get back, which would be $16.30 in all. We received twenty cents from the church and $3.35 from outsiders. We left them some things to think about and left for Atlanta, where we held an eight days meeting with grand results. The Lord enabled the church at that place to arise and shine and the glory of the Lord did settle upon them. From Atlanta we went to Galesburg Kan. where we had very precious meeting eleven days with good success. May the Lord bless the dear saints at those places in their labors of love is my prayer. The brethren and sisters at Atlanta and Galesburg and many that came from a distance responded nobly to our wants in caring for us and giving of their means to help us on our way. While at Atlanta, Bro. Alex Ahlerich from Akron (21 miles from Atlanta) came after me to go home with him to visit his sister, Lena. We had a very pleasant visit with the dear family, also a powerful meeting in which three sisters of the family consecrated for pardon and and were made happy in the Lord. After dinner we returned to Atlanta, with good cheer and full of praises to the Lord for a very successful days work. While at Galesburg I received intelligence that dear sister Lena Ahlerich had gone home praising the Lord. May the Lord sustain the remaining ones by His grace which is all sufficient, and enable the father and mother to live godly in Christ Jesus, in order to help the rest of their children along in the narrow way.
There is a great need of teachers in the west, may the Lord of Heaven send some there. The Lord keeps me saved, and in good health and spirits.
Your Bro. in Christ.
A. B. Palmer.
San Diego, Cal. Oct. 22, 1890.
Dear Brethren: — May our God of glory richly bless you, and may you always be found willing and ready to walk out in all the light that His Holy Spirit gives you, for Jesus’ sake. Amen. After once having come out from the confusion of Babylon, it has been my greatest joy to tell others of the blessed rest and union there is in Christ; and so about two weeks ago the Lord led me to go out to a place, 15 miles east of San Diego, called El Cajon, to hold up Jesus. Could not get a hall to hold meeting in, so I had to hold an open- air meeting. The first meeting was well attended and I announced a meeting for the next night. And I realize it is not by might nor by power, but “By my Spirit saith the Lord.” For about one hundred and twenty five people were waiting for the meeting to commence axious to hear the words of life. The evening wind was cold so it was decided we could not have meetings any longer out doors. But our blessed Master provided me a tabernacle (30×16) that His blessed work may prosper. All glory to God, for He giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ, over the world, the flesh and the devil. Hallelujah! So the seed has been sown and some has carried fruit unto everlasting life. I feel like calling on all the saints to rejoice with the angels, for two sinners have been pardoned, one sister wholly saectified, and some others have come out from the confusion of Babylon. All glory to Jesus who paid the debt on Calvary. Pray for me all ye saints.
Your brother in Christ saved to the uttermost.
Died Oct the 10. 1890. at the home of his parents in Tipton, Tipton, Co. Ind. John Warner, son of Charles and Catharine Ogan. Aged 2 yrs. 1 mo. & 14 days.
“I shall soon be over there mamma,
Where nothing can destroy
The robe of white that Jesus gives
Your little seraph boy.
I shall soon be over there papa,
You know in God’s employ
Are many angels He can send
To bring your little boy.
I shall soon be over there mamma,
And to my happy home,
Dear mamma and dear papa, too,
I hope to see you come.
I shall soon be over there mamma,
But don’t forget to tell
My brother and my sisters, too,
With Warnie all is well.
Let me kiss you all good night papa,
Before the angels come
With songs so sweet and wings so bright
To take your Warnie home.”
Sel. by Charles Ogan.
Little Warner was a bright little boy, and dearly loved by all who knew him was the favorite in the family circle. But the Lord had to take him from us as it seemed to be the only means that would make us yield to the mighty power of God, after living in sin and wickedness for over a year. The Lord suffered affliction in our family, one of our children took the Diptheria, we promised God if He spared his life, we would serve Him, and He raised him up, and we put off our vow to God. Next our little daughter was taken down and the Lord spared her life and she was raised up. Alas! and we still would not give up and come to God’s terms, after which our youngest child was taken down it was but a short time until God saw fit to take him home. I have now yielded to the mighty power of God, and this morning at three o’clock God said to me. thy sins are all forgiven thee, and am now all given up to God, and determined to get the perfecting grace of God knowing without it we cannot stand. Since it being the will of God even our sanctification, we feel like asking the saints every where to make a special prayer in behalf of our souls, that wife and I be thoroughly established in the perfecting grace of God. My wife is stall out of the Kingdom. Oh, dear saints, pray earnestly for us. If any of the ministers would come this way they will find a home, and a place to hold meeting. Pray God to send some one.
Your Bro. in the Kingdom.
Died Sept, the 25 1890 at the resdence of her parents, little Annie Calvert aged one year 4 months and 21 days. Yes, little Annie is gone after seven days of great suffering with conjestion; but she is gone to that house not made with hands eternal in the Heavens. Where our Savior said “I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also.” He also says, suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. So little Annie is not dead she is sleeping in the arms of Jesus, who died for her and for the sins of the whole world. So you see dear parents and relatives we should live humble at the foot of the cross, so that when the blessed Lord shall call us from time to eternity we may be prepared for that crown of rigteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give us at that day, and not to us only but to all who love His appearing. Now may God bless her parents and three litle sisters who are mourning over the loss of their loved one, who is gone to Heaven above where all is joy and peace and love. Death had lost its gloomy terror, and the Lord seemed very nigh. O dear parents, trust in Jesus, and in your grief on Him rely.
May this thought so pure and precious
Fill thy soul with constant trust,
If you wait in faith and patience
Soon you’ll meet her with the blest.
Written by her uncle saved and sanctified wholly.
D. J. Calvert
Died near Rising Sun Wood Co. Ohio Sept. 11, 1890, Catharine Roush. Aged 62 years 8 months and 8 days. Mother Roush was born in Pa. Jan. the 3rd. 1828. She moved to Ohio with her parents Jno. and E. Heflebower in 1835, and was joined in Holy Matrimony to Daniel Roush Aug. 3rd. 1847. Mother Roush accepted this evening light a few years ago, and the last two years of her life was very firm and devoted to God, and well established in holiness and the present truth. For about the last six months of her life, though much afflicted, she was very happy, and constantly rejoicing in hope of the glory of God, and praising God in the beauty of holiness to the end. She calmly departed to be in the family of God in Heaven. She leaves a husband, ten children, and thirty one grand children to mourn their loss. Seven grand children having preceded her to the spirit world. May God bless the bereaved ones.
Funeral services by the writer.
Wm. H. Miller.
Mother has gone to yon bright shore,
To be with Jesus evermore;
She dwelt with you for many years,
But God’s released her from all cares.
Grandma is gone; you’ll see no more
Her lovely face, as days of yore;
Prepare to meet her in the sky,
And be with her and Christ on high.
Yes children and grand children all,
Get ready for the solemn call;
Do not neglect the great salvation,
That was your mother’s consolation.
Lines by J. N. Howard.
Kennard, Champaign Co., O.
Dennis D. Detwiler, infant son of Jacob and Fanny Detwiler, was born June 25, 1890. Died Oct. 3, 1890, aged 3 mo. 8 days. God bless the bereaved parents and may they meet him in heaven.
Funeral services were held at the house.
Little Dennis so pure and white,
He is so free from care.
O may we meet the little bud,
And dwell with Jesus there.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — I am still saved and trusting in God and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, trusting in Him for all things. Although my trials and troubles are great, I can claim the promise and get victory in my soul. Jesus is my best friend. The Word says, “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”. I praise God for salvation full and free. He says if we love Him we will keep His commandments, and His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Last May I had a nervousness of my eyes, and went to Melrose to the grove meeting, and while there the Lord healed me for which I give Him all the glory. We hope some holy minister will come to this place and preach the Gospel.
Yours in Christ.
Dear children of the Church of the First born whose names are written in Heaven: — I send greeting to all the saints whom Christ hath made free from the bond-woman — outside the camp bearing His repreach, who are free from all marks of the beast; hisworks, or his forms, or creeds. As I have been called to preach His pure and holy Word by the Holy Ghost, I am now at the home of my friend, John M. Coleman, about four miles from Waldron station on the Cin. Jackson and Mackinaw R. R., where I shall love to meet all who love the Truth, or hear from you. Blessed are the pure in heart.
Nelson C. Page.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I am trusting in Jesus this afternoon. I feel the Lord is precious to my soul. I know I am not yet what God wants me to be, but I expect to get down deep in the will of God.
I ask ail to pray for me that I may get fully saved.
Yours of Christ.
AN APPEAL TO THE UNSAVED
“Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.” “repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” — Acts 3:19.
Dear unsaved soul God is calling for you; His mercies, although unheeded are around about you, and many times you have been called to repent. That you have an immortal soul, which will live forever, you have more than once admitted to yourself, and that you ought to seek God’s salvation. That you have sinned and rebelled against God, can not be denied. And in the quiet moments of reflection, you have often wished that you were better than you are, and instead of the aching void in your breast there might be peace. Often you find yourself indulging in evil thoughts, harboring a feeling of hatred toward those you think have done you a wrong act and desiring to have revenge. Worldly pleasures are a delight to you and really the only comfort you have, for in God’s Word you have neither pleasure nor delight. All this tells in plain words that you are unsaved.
Jesus tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Here is a manifestation of God’s love for you. That while you fell info sin and became helpless not being able to extricate yourself from the pit of iniquity, not being able to redeem yourself from the thralldom of sin, He loved you so much as to give His only Son to redeem you, to save your soul. Can an earthly parent love His own child more than this? Can he do more or manifest his affections more than God has done? And still you depreciate this love by treating it so slightingly and turning a deaf ear to mercies call. Still you allow your impenitent heart to remain unmoved. Will a son grieve a parent by refusing to accept a gift, and especially one that is valuable? And yet how often have you grieved the heavenly Father by rejecting this precious gift, His dear Son in whom is life and salvation through His precious blood.
The above passage of Scripture implies affection for those who are lost, or guilty of disobedience in transgressing the law of God. And you have broken this law; you have wandered far from the path of truth; you have not given your heart to the Lord to love and serve Him and do His will, but have walked after your own carnal desires, after the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, the pride of life, which is not of the Father but of the world. This love of the Father, dear soul, is for you Although your sins by disobedience and transgression may be great, yet this love is for you. And this love for you caused the giving up of His only Son to come and save yon from perishing, to give you everlasting life. And for all this do you choose to perish? Consider of what great value your soul must be in the sight of God to move Him to this act of rescue. So precious is the immortal soul, that Jesus asked the question: “What will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Considerst thou not that thou wilt live forever, whether in Heaven or with the demons in hell? and yet remain unmoved in regard to your own salvation.
The value of the soul can not be estimated. A thousand worlds like this will not pay for a soul. And yet you seem to be more concerned about the affairs of this life, than those of eternal life. Will you be like the rich man who had his good things in this world? who had all pleasure and worldly happiness that wealth could afford, who lived to himself and not to God, and at last lifted up his eyes in hell. “God does not desire the death of any, but that all should turn and live.” You have no rest in your soul; in your breast there is trouble: at times great fears rise in regard to your final destiny. Then you succeed in banishing them from your mind, and again ease your conscience for a time. Thereby hardening it and setting a hedge about it, thus making it less accessible for the Holy Spirit. And this does not give you rest, nor will you find it outside of true repentance and coming to a once crucified Savior. The Word of God says, “The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” — Isa. 57:20, 21.
Suppose while in a state of impenitence, and hardness of heart, God should with, draw His Holy Spirit forever. As He says His Spirit will not always strive with man, then you should seek to enter into life and find it too late. Oh, that doleful word too late. It is best dear soul to heed the divine call, “Today if ye hear my voice harden not your hearts.” Again, suppose while in the midst of your earthly pleasure and gayety, yea in the very height of hilarity you should be called into eternity, how then would stand thine account? But suppose you should be permitted to live a number of years, what benefit do you derive from living in sin? The pleasure, if there be any, is fleeting and will in the end bring woe, while that of righteousness is peace. Hear the Word of God: “Seek ye the Lord while He may: be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord and he will have mercy up; on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” — Isa. 55:6, 7
As indicated in the above scripture, there is a time when God will not be found a time when He is not near. Suppose He would with-draw His Spirit from you now, and the offer of salvation be forever past, what then about your immortal soul? The doleful lamentation, that the harvest is past would be yours. It would be the unbelief of your heart, that would bring ruination of your soul and send you to an endless hell.
In these times of awful wickedness, dear soul, it behooves you to arouse yourself lest the chains of darkness be fastened upon you forever, and your soul be cast into hell-with the wicked and all nations that forget God. O that word forever, forever lost! On every chain is written forever. In every blaze of the fires of remorse is written forever. On the heads, the minds the hearts of those in despair, is written forever. Dear soul, while you may, arise from your sleep of sinful stupor, repent of your sins. May the Lord help you to feel what an awful thing it would be to sink into hell.
G. W. Carey.
LIVE FOR GOD.
“Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. 1 Jno. 4:2. Jesus Christ in order to come in the flesh, had to lake upon himself the flesh. He is our pattern, and if he kept that body from sin, how can we imitate Him and remain in sin? 1 Pet. 2:2, etc., leaves the true example for every honest soul, and we should follow in His steps. Christ, too, was spotless “Who gave himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14. And He gave Himself “That He might sanctify it (the Church) and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Eph. 5:26, 27, “We are members of His body of His flesh, and of His bones.” ver. 30. If His flesh was pure and we are members of it, we are pure, for Christ hath no concord with Belial; neither hath he that believeth any part with an infidel. “What agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God, etc. 2 Cor. 6:14-16. Oh, dear soul, are you slumbering in sin? If so, “Awake to righteousness and sin not, for some have not come to the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.” 1 Cor. 15:4. Do you not know that if you are joined to sin you are of sin? “What! know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith He, shall be one flesh.” 1 Cor. 6:16. “He that committeth sin is of the devil.” 1 Jno. 3:8. “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” — 1 Cor 6:17. “For ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in jour spirit, which are God’s.” ver. 20.
If you want to obey God do His will, “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication, (sin) that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor.” “For God hath not called us to uncleanness, but unto holiness.” 1 Thess. 4:3, 4, 6. “I beseech you, therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Rom. 12:12. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” — Matt. 5:48. “Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. — James 1:4. “Stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” — Col. 4:12. “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy.” — 1 Peter 1:15, 16. “Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” — 1 Cor. 7:17. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” — Heb. 12:14.
In these scriptures there is enough to convince the honest heart that every one contending for sin in a godly life, is putting Christ upon a level with sin. And they have not confessed Him as come in the flesh at all; and they have the spirit of anti-christ, “Whereof you have heard it should come; and even now already it is in the world.” “Ye are of God little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” — 1 John 4:34. They are not of God, or they would hear us. “Hereby know we the Spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” — ver. 6 So listen always to the unfailing Word of God, or it will prove His “Handwriting upon the wall.” Many unlearned and unstable wrest the 7th. chapter of Romans, as they also do the other scriptures to their own destruction.” — 2 Peter 3:16. They seem to think Paul was writing his christian experience; “But a double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” — James 1:8. “Cleanse your hands ye sinners, and purify your hearts ye double minded.” — chap. 4:8, is God’s command. Get out of confusion and flee the wrath to come. Take God’s own Word, and have nothing to do with men’s, opinions “There is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” — Prov. 14:12. Pray more earnestly for more of God’s holy work. Pray for more workers in the vineyard. And oh, brethren do pray for the deliverance of all that call upon the name of the Lord, out of babylon confusion; for Babylon has become the habitation of devils, and a hold of evey foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. She is filled with men and women who cry out “Peace and safety.” “But alas! sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
Brethren these are the “perilous times,, and many have departed from the faith they will no longer “endures sound doctrine. “They heap unto themselves teachers having itching ears.” Commit fornication with the world; and feed themselves on the lambs of God, until they have scattered them among all the leasts of the field (namely denominations). Let every prayerful heart read the 34th chapter of Ezek. Also John 10, and know how God is against these shepherds, and for His sheep. “The flock of His pasture are men.” — Ezek. 34:31.
Saved in and through One, Jesus Christ Amen!
Rufus I. Grant.
Bear Wallow, N. C.
WHO ARE THE WISE?
Daniel in his prophecies relating to what shall take place in the time of the end, says: “Many shall be made white, purified, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Dan. 12:10. From this the question, who are the wise? might arise as a query in the minds of some. To those who are saved it is all very plain, and to such it may seem unnecessary to give any explanation as to who are the wise. But the poor unsaved world, having their hearts blinded, and likewise, dead professors, are unable to comprehend the things of God. Many are self righteous and “measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” 2 Cor. 10:12.
How great the number of those who surely have a mistaken idea of the ways and plans of God! They will admit there is a God and yet continue in open rebellion against Him. Truly there is no wisdom in this. Is it not then foolishness? And if foolishness, then how great the foolishness of this world. For all that is implied in the Word of God ought to be sufficient to show them that they are not regarding Him as the superior. But praise the Lord! We know whom we hath believed, and He also “hath given us of His spirit.” Then who are the wise? The Word of God is very plain on this subject and we let it answer for itself. The language of the text implies that the wise are the righteous, since “none of the wicked shall understand;” and there are but the two classes, wicked and righteous, or sinners and saints. Now there are people who think because the saints are nothing but simple common people, they surely cannot be the ones whose teaching to consider. But what says the Word: — “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim. 1:7. “The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” Psa. 19:7. Such will also make remarks about the; many “smart men” there are in the world who have made the Bible a careful study, and in apposition to the present truth, will also exclaim, “Why were not these things known before?” etc. Well let us see who are the wise. We will first see what wisdom is. “And unto man He said, Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” — Job 28:28. The fear of the Lord is the begining of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Prov. — 9:10. Next we will see what persons possess wisdom. “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and nis tongue talketh of judgment” Psa. 37:30 “A good understanding have all they that do His commandments. Psa. 111:10. “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Cor. 1:30. In this last text we see it is those who possess Christ.
Next, we will show who is our teacher ‘Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.” John 16:13. “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth.” 1 Cor. 2:13. “But the anointing which you have recieved of Him, abideth in you; and you need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth and is no lie. and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27.
We sometimes hear the question, “Why do so many not understand the Bible alike? The answer is this: so many have not the Spirit. Besides being the teacher, the Spirit is also the sanctifier. See Rom. 15:16, Heb. 10:14, 15. Sanctification makes us one. See John 17:17-21, Heb. 2:11. Therefore, those who cause divisions are neither sanctified, nor taught by the Holy Spirit. They do not know the things of God. 1 Cor. 2:11. This is saying a great deal, but it is saying no more than the Word says.
Why do we not find among the saints, those who are considered by the world “smart men,” wise and popular? Take your Bible and find the answer in 1 Cor. 1:26, 27. Reader if you are one who has scoffed at the truth taught by God’s little ones, please take the Bible and read it for yourself and see what God says about it Read the first two chapters of 1st. Corinthians, as well as the other scriptures we have given.
Be careful you are not found fighting against God. Notice the condition of the proud professing world in these last days, in 1 Tim. 4:1, 2 Tim. 3:1-7. “Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Read also, 2 Tim. 4:3, 4.
Let God save you and make you “wise unto salvation.” Amen.
A. L. Byers.
To all the Dear Saints Greeting: — It is for the glory of God that I write my testimony through the Trumpet. The Lord keeps me saved and sanctified wholly. My prayer is that God may keep us low down at the foot of the cress and standing firm for Jesus. I have made my peace with God.
“O I am happy in Jesus,
Washed in His precious blood;
Singing in heavenly places,
Filed with the peace of God.
Come to the beautiful cleansing,
O it has made me free;
Heavenly fountains are sending,
Rivers of peace in me.”
Your sister saved and sanctified.
Smithville, M. D.
Dear Brethren: — It matters not what man may say: Christ says, “Ye are my witnesses,” and I want to give my testimony of what the Lord has done for me, that I may help some weak one on the way.
I am 59 years of age, and about 15 or 20 years ago was impressed to seek the Lord at the M. E. church, near where I was living. My wife was converted before this at another place. I went to the altar and at the close of the meeting the minister told me that I had religion, and they sang the doxology over me, and I felt a kind of calmness at the time, and continued to attend their meetings about two years, and seeing their works and spiritual excitements were not scriptural we left them. Some said that when a person is converted they will know when it is done, which is very true. This gave me much uneasiness. In their campmeetings around here they very frequently pull them up from the altar and tell them that they have religion when they have recieved no change of heart at all, showing that it was the numbers they were after instead of the salvation of their souls. Dear readers, if any of you have been deceived in this way, do not remain in this condition any longer “But awake thou that steepest, arise and Christ will give thee light.” Praise God! I was finally made to realize my lost condition, but not until two of my children were taken from me by Diptheria. The boy was 12, and the girl 5 years of age. I loved the boy so well because he was always with me wherever I went. After he was dead I commenced praying and promised my God, if He would pardon my sins I would serve Him. About 4 o’clock in the morning the Lord revealed to me my real condition, and I wept and prayed earnestly for deliverance, but soon the Lord came to my relief in mighty power, and pardoned my sins and I was made to shout, glory to the God of Israel! The blessed Holy Spirit seemed to penetrate my whole being and my soul was filled with His love, and the place was made light with His glory. The Lord has cleansed me from the filthy habit of using tobacco and taken the taste from my mouth. He has delivered me from Babylon, and it is by faith in God that He has taken the mist and scales from my eyes and made my spiritual vision so clear, that by faith I can stand upon the Rock and look over Jordans swelling flood.
Pray for me, dear saints.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: — I praise God today for deliverance from all the powers of the evil one, and for setting me in the Church of the First-born, whose names are written in Heaven. The saints at this place have passed through the fire and now meet in the unity of the Spirit, of the living God, and Jesus is with us to own and to bless. The Trumpet is a feast to me, would like to double my subscription and have it every week, as it fills, our home with praises, to hear from the dear saints.
Yours in Christ
A. M. B
Dear Saints of God: — My testimony to the saints of God is that I am kept by the power of God, rejoicing in the truth, having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but reproving them. God adds His Blessings, and I am happy in His love, and count all things dross that I may at last reach Heaven and eternal glory. Praise our God who always causeth us to triumph.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — I thank and praise the Lord for what He has done for me. I am so glad that I have such a friend as Jesus. Although the devil may howl around us, Jesus is ever near with His helping hand. He will never leave or forsake us in the time of trouble. The Lord is my physician, for I know He has healed me of my affliction, and I give God all the glory.
From your saved sister.
St. James Mo.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I am wholly cleansed; and have the river of peace flowing in my soul. I can praise God forever, for His salvation which He has given me. Glory to His holy name.
Your Bro. saved in Christ.
E. B. Randall.