11 February 1892, Volume 12, Number 7.
THE JOURNEY OF MANKIND.
Life is a journey to the tomb,
It at the cradle does begin,
In tender youth when roses bloom,
Ere the heart has learned of sin.
Onward, onward move the feet,
Hastening their journey to complete.
In manhood’s years when more mature,
They ever hasten on the same.
The good, the bad, the base, the pure
Of every tribe, of every name.
Forward, onward move their feet,
Rushing their journey to complete.
In ages totter and decay,
We find them plodding on,
No halt, no check by night or day,
But on they go as they have gone.
Ever onward move their feet,
Hastening their journey to complete.
Down this road the masses go,
They move with solemn tread,
The great, the small, the high, the low,
All are marching straight ahead.
Ever forward move their feet,
Hastening their journey to complete.
But when in death this race does end,
This busy marching cease,
Then with mother earth they blend,
Their spirits find release.
Quiet now their busy feet,
At last their journey is complete.
Their spirits to their Maker go.
And at his judgement stand,
Either to sink in hell below,
Or dwell at his right hand.
Still and quiet is their feet,
Now their mission is complete.
“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 fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there: but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy arid gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” — Isa. 35:8-10.
It is evident that the Bible teaches two distinct works of grace, both by types, and plain instruction. The delivery of Israel from Egyptian slavery into the land of Canaan typifies the ROAD FROM SIN TO SANCTIFICATION.” Dear reader, are you under sin and the law, or are you under grace? Are you a slave in Egypt, under the law in the wilderness, or are you free, having possessions in the land of Canaan? The poof slaves in Egypt, when they began to feel their burdens unbearable, began to cry unto God for help, but Pharaoh who typifies the devil, thought to intimidate them by increasing their labor, but God heard their cries. Exodus 3:7. — “And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters.” The sinner, when he begins to feel and see his miserable condition, cries unto God, but Satan endeavors to discourage the poor sinner by multiplying his burdens.
When Pharaoh found he could not prevall by cruelty, he called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land,” that is, in the land of Egypt. Satan would have the sinner, if he cannot burden him down, and keep him crushed under sin, to make a profession, but sin a little every day. Sacrifice to your God but remain in your sins. Moses said, “It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abominations of the Egyptians to the Lord our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abominations of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?” Many are trying to worship God in the devil’s kingdom; which is an impossibility. You are offering God the abominations of the devil’s kingdom. Moses says, “We will go three days journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the Lord out God, as he shall command us.” That is, get out of the devil’s kingdom and your sacrifice will be holy, and acceptable in the sight of God. Pharaoh consented to let the children of Israel go into the wilderness, but requested that they go not very far away. — Exod. 8:25-28. The devil would have the sinner believe, though he will not stay in his kingdom, that he can live in God’s kingdom, and still be near neighbor to him and his old friends in Egypt. Israel did not leave Egypt for the wilderness, but for Canaan. So the sinner must not leave his sins to stop in the borders, nor in the wilderness of justification but press forward to the Canaan of sanctification, which is flowing with milk and honey. As Israel covenanted with God to go directly and possess the land, even so, the sinner when he gives up all his sins and enters into the grace of justification, his covenant with the Lord is, “I will go on to perfection.” If every one that starts for heaven would go right on and get away from the devil’s kingdom as quick as possible there would not be so many inducements to draw him back. When the children of Israel came out of Egypt the law was given at Sinai. While they went straight for Canaan they had no trouble with the law. “The law was our school-master to lead us to Christ.” — Gal. 3:24. God created man holy, and gave him of his own mind. Satan destroyed the divine mind in man, and man became carnal. This carnal mind is the “old man.” For this old man of sin the law was given at Sinai. The old man reigns in sin, is made subject in justification and is crucified in sanctification. When we are in Christ we are not under the law. The new man created in the heart in regeneration does not need the law, for he “was not made after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.” — Heb. 7:16. But if the justified person faints when he comes to the Kadesh or the place of crossing over Jordan into the holy land, he will be again under the judgment of the law. The children of Israel were all right until they reached Kadesh, which is a Hebrew word for holiness. This Kadesh was on the border of Canaan. They suffered themselves to be intimidated by the ten cowardly spies which misrepresented the land by saying its inhabitants were all giants and its cities walled up to heaven. In spite of all that Joshua and Caleb could do, an awful howl everywhere goes up, “BACK INTO EGYPT, BACK INTO EGYPT.” Here they become miserable backsliders, forsaken of God, defeated in battle, visited by destroying angels, pestilence and death. Wandering around for thirty-eight years, God only knows where, for their history was not written; only this we know, that all the adults fell in the wilderness except Joshua and Caleb. All because they failed to cross over Jordan at Kadesh. So it will be with every one that fails at holiness to pass over and possess the holy land. After a long time of many years of untold sorrow we find them the second time at Kadesh. This time they profited by the sad experience of their fathers. And so they propose to cross over without delay, and possess the land. As they marched forward, the waters of Jordan separate and they pass over dry shod. How easy it was to pass over when they had faith! O praise God! Now they are in Canaan, they actually shout down the the walls of Jericho, the great metropolis of the giant kings. So they go right forward conquering the whole land, dethroning thirty-one giant kings, losing but one battle, and that was caused by having a man among them that was covetous. As soon as they burnt him up, victory was theirs again. O praise God for the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! They made but little progress in the wilderness, but after they came into the land of Canaan they progressed very rapidly. Israel subdued all her enemies and conquered all nations. So we see the time to grow in grace is after sanctification. O praise the Lord for the glorious type of the two-fold work of grace!
We also have a type in the Jewish Tabernacle of the true church of God. It was divided into two apartments; the first one was called the holy place; the second was called the most holy place. The most holy place was divided from the holy place by a curtain or vail of very rich cloth. The two-fold service of the tabernacle is a type of Christ’s salvation. Hence we give what may serve as an outline of the tabernacle, that you may see the divine way of salvation. It presents the two successive doors, formed by words of the apostle Paul, which describe the anti-type. Rom. 5:1, 2. 1st, “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2d, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Here we have the spiritual or true church of God. It has a beauty far above that which is visible. “The kingdom of God is within you.” There flows the true river of life; there the tabernacle of God is erected. It hath need neither of the sun nor of the moon, for the “Lamb is the light thereof.” “And in it there shall in no wise enter anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie.”
Let us now consider the condition of the sinner.
1st. He is guilty before God. Rom. 3:19. — “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them that are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 23, — For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
2d. He is of the devil’s family. 1 John 3:18. — “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was made manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” We see by this scripture that no sinner is of the family of God, and as there are but two families, the family of God and the family of Satan, he is therefore of the wicked family.
3d. He has an evil heart. The tree of sin is growing in his heart, bringing forth the fruits of unrighteousness. God says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” “Yea, in heart ye work wickedness.” The Psalmist says of the wicked, “The inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.” “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go estray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” — Ps. 58:3, And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his HEART was only evil continually. — Gen. 6:5. Oh awful condition into which man has fallen! What can be done? Who can reach him? The arm of man is too short. He cannot save himself from the fall. He has forever plunged into eternal night, except God himself interferes. And the Lord shall send them a Savior, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. — Isa. 19:20. That great one is Jesus. He is the fountain that was opened up in the house of king David for sin and uncleanness. When the angel proclaimed his birth, he said that he should be called Jesus, that is, a Savior, for he shall save his people from their sins. — Matt. 1:21. And in John 4:42 he is call the Savior of the world. Now in order for this salvation of Jesus to reach the sinner he must comply with the word of God. Jesus says, Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. — Matt.11:28, 20, 30. And he says again, “No man can come to me, except the Father draw him.” The Father draws us by his word and spirit; he stands at the door and knocks and if we will hear his word he will draw us unto Jesus. “If any man thirst let him come to me and drink.” The sinner comes to God by repentance and faith.
1st. Repentance consists first in self- denial. If any man will come after me let him deny himself. — Matt. 16:24.
2d. Forsaking sins. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him: and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isa. 55:7. Let him that stole, steal no more. — Eph. 4:2.
3d. Confessing sins. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. — Prov. 28:13. Also, If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:9.
4th. Forgiving those that trespass against us. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. — Matt. 6:14, 15. “Forgive and ye shall be forgiven.”
5th. The sinner in his repentance is required as far as he is able to make restitution wherein he has wronged others, if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity, he shall surely live, he shall not die. — Ezek. 33:15. Oh praise the Lord! the penitent sinner shall live. Faith takes hold of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the name of Christ “whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Christ is the end of the law to them that believe. Now the poor sinner is just ready to cross over the Red Sea; he is just on the brink; Jesus has smitten the waters. Egypt is all behind; Jesus is before. Believe with the heart and confess with the mouth 3d. He has complied. He is now over. His enemies assailing to cross are drowned in the Red sea. He is now justified by faith and has peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 5:1.
The tree of sin is now cut down. His actual sins have all been taken away. He presses forward to the holy and. O praise the Lord! By Jesus Christ all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. — Acts 13:39. It is through his favor. Rom. 3:24. — “Being justified freely by his grace.” He is the justifier of them that believe. He that believeth in me, though he were dead yet shall he live. He now begins to bear some fruit; though he be young yet he does all he is able. He grows in experience, and to his surprise he finds that there are two natures in his heart; the one against the other, causing great difficulty in bringing forth fruit unto the Lord. Paul says, But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil winch I would not, that I do. Now, if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. — Rom. 7. He has now discovered the cause of sin in his heart. The root of bitterness, the carnal nature, the old man. The tree has been destroyed, but the stump with all the roots remain in the heart. Sprouts are continually inclined to spring up and trouble the poor pilgrim. Sprouts of impatience, of pride, of envyings, of strife, of malice and of division. These, of course must be kept down and not come forth in fruits, but the tendency is there. For ye are yet carnal; for whereas there is among you envying, and strife and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? — 1 Cor. 3:3. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? The time has now come when he must take posession of the land or retreat. To retreat is to apostatize and fall into the wilderness; to go forward is to cross over Jordan and possess holiness. Which will he do? The devil, and the carnal nature in the man tries to intimidate him, and make him believe he is not able to take the land, and if he does take it, he cannot hold it. But God is able to make him stand. He must be sanctified by faith. He concludes to go over at all hazards. He now presents his body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God confesses his depravity, his inbred sin. John says, If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. That is, if we say we are sanctified in or at the same time we are justified, we deceive ourselves. If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. — 1 Jno. 1:8, 9. Mortification has now taken place. The old man must now die. By faith he steps into the Jordan; Jesus leads him through; the old man is left behind with all his deeds. He is now delivered from this body of sin.
4th. He can now say with Paul, I
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Dear saints of the most high God with all in every place, who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ: I have felt led for sometime to write upon the following important subject. Christ says, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. – Mark 16:15. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. — Matt. 28:19, 20. This great command, commission and promise was to continue unto the end of the world. The command to go preach was unto the end of the world. The command to baptize was unto the end of the world. The promised am with you always, is unto the end of the world. Praise God for all! The command to teach all things whatsoever I have, commanded you continues till time shall cease unto the end of the world. How then say baptism is done away? What has he commanded? We cannot notice all the commands in this, but desire to notice briefly one command: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. — Matt. 6:19. How many saints are obeying that great command but negligent, careless and unheeding to the divine Master’s command in covetousness are laying up treasures for themselves and children after them, and the cause of God hindered to some extent for lack of means to push the great gospel the utmost ends of the world while we admit the time of the end is drawing so near that we can see the signs of his coming in the heaven. Why should we labor then? But rather let him labor, working with his hands the things which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. — Eph. 4:28. How many have left home with the dear ones and gone into the field and deprived of necessaries of life to preach the everlasting gospel laboring alone for lost souls, and God blessing their labors to that end, but they are compelled to return home to labor to support their dear family; when if every one who claims to be sanctified were all consecrated to God with all their property, money and self, the means to support the minister would have been supplied: the work of saving souls would have continued. God help each one to search and see if every thing is indeed consecrated, then there will be no lack. I know of some who profess to be sanctified wholly and are able to support two or three laborers in the field and scarcely miss it, and they will let the workers go away almost crushed with needs, and the cause of Christ always in a poor condition in such places. “He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none: and he that hath meat let him do likewise.” — Luke 3. 11. This brings us to Paul’s declaration of the church, But that the members should have the came care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it. etc. 1 Cor. 12:25, 26. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world, if any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him. — 1 Jno. 2:15. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. — 1 Jno. 3:16-18. O beloved it is a serious point and affirmed by Paul that covetousness is idolatry. — Eph. 5:5. For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience. Oh I believe preachers ought to first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all of these things shall be added unto you. — Matt. 6:33. But our God shall supply all your needs according to his riches and glory in Christ Jesus. — Phil. 4:19. Some like to hide behind those scriptures, that the preacher must trust God and ..e will miraculously send a raven and support them. But how does he propose to supply? Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live by the gospel. — 1 Cor. 9:13, 14. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. — Gal. 6:6. What good things? It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. — Rom. 15:27. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? — 1 Cor. 9:11. Freely ye have received, freely give; provide neither gold nor silver, nor brass in your purses; nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves, for the workman is worthy of his meat. — Matt. 10:8-10. And if the minister labor among you and you fail to supply the things needed for his support you are disobeying the word of God. The laborer does not only need support but his family is included in his support. For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And the laborer is worthy of his reward. — 1 Tim. 5:18. How muzzle the ox? The ox that was used for such was worthy of all he got to support himself. To withhold the means of support from the laborer in the field is muzzling the laborer that God has sent out for the purpose of separating the grain from the chaff, etc. If we are all consecrated to God with all our property and means, it is not our own. It belongs to God, and if he wants to use some of it to publish salvation by his messengers, or to send it forth as a flying roll, who can say I don’t feel led to give, and be justifiable in the sight of God in withholding God’s own from spreading his great cause over the world for the salvation of souls out of all darkness and confusion? What would God think of me if I say I feel my soul aching to go out after the salvation of souls, and sit down at home and take my ease. If I pray God to save souls I can help to answer it by going to work in every way I can, or send others with my means to rescue the perishing. God help every saint of God to double their zeal and diligence for this great work of God. Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. — Gal. 6:2. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there may be no gathering when I come. — 1 Cor. 16:2. But this I say, he that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver, etc. — 2 Cor. 9:6, 7. Read the whole chapter. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, etc. And the King shall answer and say unto them, verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me. — Matt. 25:34-46. Whosoever shall give you a cup of cold water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you He shall not lose his reward. — Mark 9:41. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. — Heb. 6:10- 12. There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. — Prov. 11:24, 25. What wonderful words! Ho, every one that readeth, hear ye the word of the Lord. If any man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him and we will come unto him. — Jno. 14:23. Let each show his love by obedience to his words. In the morning light they were careful about those things and the prophet says the glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former. — Hag. 2:9. Honor the Lord with thy substances; and with the first- fruits of all thine increase. So shall thy barn be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. — Prov. 3:9, 10. My consecration was to leave all and follow Jesus. I left one of the best professions the world could afford me. It was as good as the best farm, but I gave it to follow my Lord. How about your farm, etc.? Is it the Lords? I have written briefly but in much love and earnestness. Amen.
G. R. Achor.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Doniphan, Mo., Feb. 1, 1892.
Dear Trumpet Readers: We are glad to report victory in the name of Jesus. Meeting closed to-day with thirteen confessions: some justified and some sanctified. May God keep the lambs of his fold and help them to go on to perfection. The ordinance of baptism will be administered to morrow in the sacred memory of Christ’s example to his followers. The sword of the Spirit was thrust into some of the confusion of professed Christians, and as the word began to expose the corruption, some began to seek the cleansing fire and found the deep sweet experience of the life that is hid away with Christ in God. But others began to try to cover up what had been exposed to public view, by saying hard things about the weak agents God was using to wield the sword. We pray God to forgive them and help them to begin to enquire the way to Zion with their faces thitherward. We will commence meeting at Bellview school-house next. Let all the dear saints of the Most High God pray, for us and the blessed Master’s cause in this part. We remain yours in the bonds of holy love, sanctified and kept by the power of Cod.
A. B. & Nola Stanberry, & O. Wilson.
Kendall, Mich., Feb. 2, 1892.
Dear Brethren: We are glad to report that we are still saved and trusting God for all things. Since our last report the Lord has wonderfully blessed our labors. We have just closed a series of meetings here, which resulted in a number of consecrations. We found God had a holy remnant here who are standing firm for Him. Bro. Wooden came to our assistance whom God used to His glory in laying judgment to the line. Among the above consecrations were some who were lost sinners, but God has truly wrought a wonderful work in their hearts; while others only formally consecrated, and consequently received nothing, yet go on with a dead profession. The meeting closed Sunday evening with an ordinance meeting in which twenty-one participated. O how our hearts were made to leap for joy to see young converts humble themselves and become obedient to the solemn commands of the Lord! God ever keep them from the pitfalls and the snares of the enemy is our prayer. May the Lord reward those who so kindly administered to our necessities for his name’s sake. Bro. Wm. Warren was called home for a few days because of sickness in the family. After his return we will resume the battle again for the Lord. Pray much, dear saints, that God may use us to his glory.
Wm. E. Warren & A. M. Bixler.
Hayden, Ind., Feb. 2, 1892.
Dearly Beloved Brethren: We are truly thankful to God this morning for the privilege of greeting you in the name of our Master. We are well and saved for which we do praise the dear Lord. We began a series of meetings Dec. 20, 1891 in a hired hall in the village of Hayden, Ind, and were much strengthened and comforted by the coming of our dear brother A. J. Kilpatrick, Dec. 22d. The meeting at the above place was greatly hindered on the account of much rain, high waters and bad roads. From here we went, to Tampico, Jackson Co., Ind., Dec. 29, 1891, and remained preaching the everlasting gospel there and in neighboring vicinities up to Jan. 18, during which period Bro. A. J. K. held a four nights’ meeting in Little York, Ind. in a Campbellite house of worship, where he poured forth the word of God, which of course was “like a fire and as a hammer that breaketh the rocks” upon the ites. On the above date Bro. A. J. K. accompanied us to our home, where he tarried a few days, as usual, busy with his pen, and then we began meeting Jan. 23d in a school-house within about four miles of our home, and continued until Friday night the 29th. Bro. K. left us the 28th for Greentown, Howard Co., Ind., which place we hope he was able to reach without having to walk. How can we prosper in our souls, or the cause of God prosper in our midst, if we “muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn?” — See 1 Cor. 9:9, 15; 1 Tim. 5:17, 22. Now read Prov. 11:24, 25. Instead of heeding the above scripture some are guilty of doing what God has forbidden in Isa. 29:20, 21. Bro. K. was wonderfully used in all the above meetings. No one was saved, although some were deeply convicted in every meeting. What hindered the fruitfulness of the meetings is known to God. And I pray God to give the people, and especially his children, a more synoptical view of his holiness and their duties. Amen! Having food and raiment we are therewith content. Praise the Lord! To our correspondents we desire to say through the Trumpet that for lack of postage we have been compelled to remain silent with our pen the greater part of the last three months; our income in that time being less than five dollars: but God has had the free use of us. Hallelujah! Pray much for us, beloved saints. Our consecration reaches death and everything this side or beyond. Glory to God! We are rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God. Amen. Amen.
We remain your humble brother and sister, saved in Jesus,
J. N & M. J. Howard.
Robinson, Kan., Jan. 27, 1892.
Dearly Beloved Saints, Greeting: Our testimony is that we are saved by two distinct works of grace, which keeps us triumphant over all the powers of hell. Praise his holy name! Prom Meriden we came to Huron, Kan. On arriving at Huron, we learned that Bro. George and Sister Mary Cole and Co. were within twenty-two miles of there, near Robinson, holding meeting. Being very desirous to meet them, and have a rejoicing time together, dear Bro. Haynes took us over. Had a precious meeting together; found a blessed little church; tarried a few days, then returned to Huron, where we commenced the battle in the name of Jesus. The Lord was with us in great power. Had good attendance, and attentive listeners to the truth, but no one could be induced to seek the Lord. The meeting lasted a little over two weeks. It was a grand settling time for the church. Hallelujah to Jesus! Dear Bro. Geo. Cole wrote me that he felt it would be in God’s order for us go to Robinson. We felt also impressed in that direction. The saints of Robinson also came for us and brought us across the country to their place. On Friday before leaving Huron I was taken very sick with LaGrippe; but the Lord is very good: we called the elders, was anointed in the name of Jesus, and the Lord gloriously healed me. Praise his holy name! We are now here in the name of Jesus, expecting to commence meeting. Pray much for us and the work of God.
Yours in Jesus,
Wm. N. Smith & Co.
Greentown, Ind., Jan. 30, 1892.
To the Readers of the Gospel Trumpet, Greeting: We are praising the Lord this morning for salvation from all sin. Praise his holy name! We left home on the 25th of Dec., in company with Brother Leininger; met with the saints at Brother Samuel Smith’s. The Lord gave us a very precious meeting. Took train at Silver Lake on the 26th for Summit- ville, Madison Co. Brother Hull met us and conveyed us to his place. We commenced meeting in Smith’s Chapel on the evening of the 26th, and closed on Jan. 6. We found much prejudice at first on account of fanaticism which bad been taught in that country. The Lord helped us to preach his word in such a way as to sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters overflowed the hiding places. We left the place in good condition for the gospel in the future. The Lord willing, there will be a grove meeting at that place next summer. We left that place on the 7th, and came to Sweetser, Grant Co., to assist Brother Wickersham and the saints in a meeting. Brother Wickersham was called home on the 9th; we remained until the 18th. Bro. Wickersham returned on the day we left and continued the meeting. May the Lord bless the dear ones at Sweetser. We came to Brother Burns’ neighborhood. The saints were much encouraged. The Lord has a church at this place. Sister Burns had been sick for two weeks and the Lord raised her up. Praise His name! There were eight consecrations. Brother Leininger was called home on the 23d. We went to Greentown to assist Sister Belle Stetler in a meeting. That place is full of professors, quite a number of whom claimed to be out of Babylon and to be sanctified, but when the truth was preached on oneness and fellowship they confessed they had no fellowship with us. The Lord helped us show the difference between Bible holiness and a mere profession. There are a few that we believe will accept the truth and be saved. Meeting closed on the 27th and we returned to Brother Burns’ neighborhood. Brother A. J. Kilpatrick and Sister Stetler are with us at present. We will stay in these parts as long as the Lord wills and then go elsewhere. Pray for us that the Lord may use us to his glory and to the salvation of souls.
From your brother and sister in the Lord,
R. N. & M. L. Gast.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” —
La Paz, Ind.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I wish to write a few words of testimony. When I was a vile sinner the Lord had mercy on my soul and saved me from my sins. Praise the name of Jesus! It has been almost three years since I started in this glorious cause and it is still my determination to work for God while I live. I am all on the altar for God.
Your sister under the blood,
Mary B. Moore.
Dear Saints of God: I wish to write my testimony for the Lord. He saves me from all sin. Praise his holy name! I praise him for his wonderful works to the children of men. I hope the way will soon be open for the light of God to shine in this dark place. Pray for me.
Your sister, saved and cleansed,
New Pittsburg, Ind.
Dear Saints of the Living God: I feel led of the Lord this morning to testify for the Lord through the Trumpet. I can say that I am fully saved in Jesus, sanctified wholly, out in the field of the Lord battling for him, the report of which I will give in the future. He wonderfully keeps me from all sin, and is increasing me in his love, giving me wisdom from above and making me able to stand. O praise the Lord forever and ever! Amen.
Your brother saved in Jesus,
H. C. Wickersham.
Walnut Grove, Mo.
Dear Saints: I feel led of the Lord this evening to write my testimony. I am sweetly saved in Jesus and out on the promise. I am praising God for a full and a free salvation which I know I now enjoy. I lived in the Campbellite denomination for fourteen years, but I never had any light or liberty in my soul till about two years ago, when two of the holiness brethren came here, and began to preach the true gospel in its purity. I then began to get my eyes opened and I stepped out on the promise and took Jesus for my Savior. Glory to God! Pray that I may always be strong in the faith of God.
I remain a free sister in the Lord,
S. A. Whipple.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led of God to write my testimony. I know this evening that I am saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God each day, and walking in all the light that he lets shine in my pathway. I am thankful that when I was going on in sin he ever called after me and saved me from this wicked world. It has been three years since I first gave my heart to the Lord. Though I have strayed from him three times, I did not stay away but two or three days and I was glad to get back. How good it is to trust in the Lord and do his will in all things!
I remain your humble sister in Christ,
Dear Saints and Readers of the Trumpet: I have felt for some time a desire to write a few lines of my testimony. I was healed of lung ailments of nine years and half, and have been healed a number of times since. Last September I was healed of La Grippe which had affected my lungs and head for three months. I had become almost paralyzed. I pray that others may be helped to trust God for healing for both soul and body.
Your sister, saved in Jesus,
Mary J. Sweeney.
Vichy Springs, Mo.
Dear Saints: I can praise the Lord to-night that he has saved and sanctified me through the blood of Jesus. I am so thankful that he has brought me out of darkness into light. O praise his name! I just praise God for a full and free salvation that saves me from all sin and keeps me. Glory be to Jesus! It is glorious to drink at the fountain that never runs dry; this river of peace is flowing deep in my soul. Praise the Lord for this evening light! Pray for me that I may stand firm to the end.
Your sister, washed in the blood of the Lamb,
M. C. Curtis.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I know this evening that the Lord saves me from all sin. I am praising God for salvation that frees me from all prejudice and makes me love and pray for my enemies, those that persecute me for Christ’s sake. I am so thankful that the Lord has saved me and my wife. Salvation makes us better to each other. Oh praise the Lord! Last August I was in an awful condition. When I saw that I was wrong I was willing to get right with God. When the Lord saved me he made me willing to do all he said I should do.
Your brother, saved and under the blood.
H. G. Oxner.
Dear Saints: It has been some time since I have written my testimony through the Trumpet. I am glad that I can say that the Lord is still keeping me saved through all the trials of life. I can trust him for all things.
Your sister in Christ,
Beaver Dam, Ind.
To all the Dear Saints: I feel led to testify to what the Lord has been doing for me. I do praise him for salvation that saves and keeps me every day. Praise his holy name! I have given my life into the Lord’s hands. He is my great physician for both soul and body. I praise God for the blessed hope I have within that when this house of clay is dissolved I have a home in heaven.
I remain your sister, saved and sanctified,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I want to say to the glory of God that I am still saved from all sin, sanctified wholly as a second work of grace. I give God all the glory. His grace is able to keep me all the time. I lived an up and down life in Babylon, in the Methodist sect for eighteen years, but when I heard this evening light I let God save me out of the sect. Glory to Jesus for deliverance! I desire the saints to pray for me that I may live humble and submissive to all God’s holy will.
Your saved brother in the Lord,
Tiff City, Mo.
Dear Saints of the Most High: My experience is that I am saved with a lively hope that reaches to that within the vale. Glory to God for his mercy that endureth forever! We all had the LaGrippe, wife and I and six children; but the great Physician has rebuked the devil and the disease; he is being cast out in our cases. We believe in taking the whole word of God, or in other words eating the little book. The LaGrippe left us all weak and with a very bad cough, and we are much in need. God has been calling me out into his vineyard, but I am tied up. Will all pray that the Lord may open up some way of escape?
Your brother, saved and sanctified,
East Jordan, Mich.
Dear Saints of the Living God: I feel led to write my testimony this morning to the honor and glory of God. Well, praise God! this morning finds me saved and trusting in the Rock of my salvation. I do praise God for complete victory I have in my soul over all the powers of the enemy. To-day I am free from every thing but Christ. Oh, how I do rejoice in full and free salvation that keeps us right, in the midst of fiery trials and temptations! Well, I will glorify God by telling how wonderfully he healed this body of mine. I was taken sick on Thursday morning and suffered such terrible pain it seemed almost impossible to endure it. But I did not feel led to ask God anything about it, until Saturday morning at family prayer. I said to my daughter, “Enquire of God his will concerning me.” And he gave me a witness that he would heal me by fulfilling the command in James, so I called the elders of the church. Bro. Sheldon and Bro. Healey laid on hands in the name of the Lord, and it was not a minute until I felt the mighty healing power of God through my entire being. O praise God for such a physician! And I was made to shout his praises wonderfully; and I got up and made my bed, and helped get supper and walked a mile and a half to meeting. O how I do praise God for what he has done for me, both in saving my soul and healing my body; and my consecration is to ever trust my blessed Jesus for all things instead of trusting earthly physicians.
Your humble sister, saved and sanctified by the precious blood of Jesus,
Maria E. Moore.
Dear Saints: I do know of a truth that God gives me a salvation full and free. I trust him for all things and he brings it to pass. Glory to God! he saves me now. I do realize I am kept by the power of God through faith, saved from all sin.
Dear Saints of the Most High: I praise God for his burning love as I write this testimony, knowing that it is a witness to my salvation. I will tell how I received this glorious experience. The dear Lord took away two of my children, and deeply convicted me of my sins, and while on my bed the Lord gloriously pardoned me. That was about four years ago. I cannot tell the holy rapture I had for about three weeks. I commenced attending a place of worship called The Tent, when some saints of God assembled who had the true experience, and I felt the need of sanctification. I had belonged to what members and so-called preachers call the church, but there is no food for me there, especially because of the example that most of them set before the world. After some struggles with the enemy I covenanted with my blessed Jesus to serve him the rest of my days, and the Lord filled me with the Holy Spirit. Glory to his name! And now I have sweet peace in my soul.
Table Rock, Neb.
Dear Saints of God: May God bless and prosper you in your work. For several days I have felt led to write you of what the Lord is doing for us. Praise his name! We have meeting four times a week, God being in the midst to own and bless. Oh! it is glorious to see old and young rejoicing in this great salvation. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. O how I do praise God for saving my soul! And as I read the earnest calls for help, how I long to lend a hand in some way! The enemy often tells me it is foolishness to think that the Lord could use me in any way, but my consecration covers the whole ground, and I know God is calling me to work for him in some way. Pray for me that my faith fail not, and that I may walk out on the promises of God.
Your sanctified sister,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am so glad I can stand a living witness for Christ. I praise God for a perfected salvation that keeps us from all sin. I also praise God for his healing power which has healed me. He keeps me every day and I trust him in every thing. I am so glad that I accepted this evening light. I do praise God for the real victory and the sweet peace I have in my soul. When I came to God I gave everything to him, and I know he sanctified my nature.
Your humble brother,
Dear Brethren: We are so glad this morning that we are spared to add our testimonies to the many comforting ones we read in the Trumpet. Glory to God and the Lamb forever! for permitting us to live to this old age, and enjoy the beautiful light of the last times, which has guided our roving feet into the way of all truth. Pray for us that our kind heavenly Father may keep us on the beautiful highway that leads to everlasting life. There is no one here that will talk or listen to the words of holiness.
Your brother and sister, walking in the beautiful light of God,
W. A. & M. A. Newman.
SOME months in the past we promised our readers articles on health laws, and the general prevalence of sickness reminds us of that obligation. We laid down the facts in an article that natural and established laws of cause and effect govern these bodies and all organic matter. That God is the author of these laws, and that in respecting them we honor him, and that he can only set aside these laws, and avert the effects that naturally follow certain physical causes. And though the humble soul, by trusting God, may be, and doubtless often is, shielded from many afflictions which his violation of natural laws through ignorance would otherwise entail upon him, it is nevertheless our duty to God and to ourselves, and those dependent upon our labors, to inform ourselves of these natural laws of health, and so far as is in our power conform to the same.
In this issue, therefore, we will begin the discharge of our duty by the presentation of a few thoughts on the importance of bathing, as one of God’s greatest safegaurds against the encroachment of diseases.
We introduce the subject by the following extract from George Combe’s “Moral Philosophy, or The Duties of Man,” page 70: “The skin has innumerable pores, and serves as an outlet for the waste particles of the body. The quantity of noxious matter excreted through these pores in twenty-four hours is, on the very lowest estimate, about twenty-four ounces. If the passage of this matter be obstructed so that it is retained in the body, the quality of the blood is deteriorated by its presence, and the general health, which greatly depends upon the state of the blood, suffers. The nature of perspired matter is such, that it is apt, in consequence of the evaporation of its watery portion, to be condensed and clog the pores of the skin; and hence the necessity for washing the surface frequently, so as to keep the pores open, and allow perspiration freely to proceed. The clothing, moreover must be so porous and clean as readily to absorb and allow a passage to the matter perspired, otherwise the same result ensues as from the impurity of the skin; namely, the arrest, or diminution, of the process of perspiration. Nor is this all. The skin is an absorbing as well as an excreting organ, and foreign substances in contact with it are sucked into the pores and introduced into the blood. When cleanliness is neglected, therefore, the evil consequences are twofold: first, the pores we have mentioned, are clogged, and perspiration obstructed; and, secondly, part of the noxious matter left on the skin or clothing is absorbed into the system, where it produces hurtful effects. From such an exposition of the structures and functions of the skin, the necessity for cleanliness of person and clothing becomes abundantly evident; and the corresponding duty is more likely to be performed by those who know these details, and are convinced of their importance, than by persons impelled by injunctions alone. In some parts of the East, ablution of the body is justly regarded as a duty of religion; but you need not be told how extensively this duty is neglected in our own country. When men become enlightened, attention to cleanliness will be regarded as an important duty, akin to temperance, honesty, or piety.”
Dr. R. T. Trail has cured, we may doubtless say, thousands of people in his hydropathic institutions, or water and diet cure, chiefly by the use of water. Many of them had drugged themselves nearly to the grave. Speaking of the people of the United States, he says, “Some persons content themselves with washing the whole body once a week; others, once a year; and a few are satisfied without washing at all. But attention to the general subject of bathing is fast awakening among us, and there is every reason to believe the great masses will ere long become sufficiently intelligent to adopt daily bathing as a physiological, hygienic, moral, social and eminently Christian duty and privilege.” Again he says, “The towel is preferable to the sponge, be cause its friction is more perfect and uniform. I should be unwilling to dress on rising from bed in the morning, without first rubbing the whole surface with a wet towel. Five minutes can never be employed in any more profitable way.”
Says Dr. E. B. Foote, “There are over twenty miles of perspiratory tubes (the pores of the skin) engaged in disposing of effete matter unless obstructed by neglect; and uncleanly accumulations on the skin are injurious to the health.”
This list of extracts might be extended. Many of our best and most thoroughly informed physicians speak in terms more radical than the above; but in the facts they all agree. Dr. Galen “regards the bath, followed by friction and exercise, as one of the chief parts of a system of perfect cure.”
Dr. Hoffman pronounces water a universal remedy. His language is, “We assert that water is a remedy suited to all persons, at all times: that there is no better preservation from distempers. Its use answers to all indications, both of preservation and cure.”
We have the testimony of an old man, who, in twenty years’ practice, never failed to break any kind of a fever by plunging the fevered body into cold water. If persons, who do not bathe, except at long intervals, would view their body with a microscope they would see a little plug of matter filling every pore. Need such people wonder why the colds, LaGrippe and fevers do not pass them by? When the pores are not permitted to cast out of the system this wasted and dead tissue and poisonous matter, nature endeavors to expel the same by pimples and boils; and if this fails ulcers form in the lungs, and death ensues by Consumption. Of course, much depends upon the strength of the constitution and upon the nature of our diet, as to whether this neglect of bathing can be long endured or not. As Dr Foote says, “If men and women were careful in eating and drinking, it would be necessary that all the outlets of waste matter should be kept free from obstruction; but when excess in eating and drinking is the rule, rather than the exception, when the mouth and stomach are made the receptacle of everything that tickles the palate, whether the system requires it or not, it becomes still more necessary that the various sewers which nature has provided for the emptying out of useless matter, should be kept active and free from every thing that obstructs the performance of their functions.”
Unless in quite weak condition moderately cold baths are more useful than tepid or warm water. A daily cold water bath is a most perfect safeguard against colds. But in all cases rub the flesh with the turkish bath towel until thoroughly dry, and still continue the friction vigorously. Next, if you have one, apply the flesh brush thoroughly: and lastly rub your body with all your might with your hands. The whole operation need not cover more than five or ten minutes. And the more it is practiced the more it becomes a luxury. A warm room, of course, is preferable, but persons with a good degree of vitality will soon care but little for warmed rooms. The fresh temperature will even quicken the body into more rapid exercise, and thus increase the glow of heat resulting from the reaction of the blood to the surface.
If a cold has been contracted, a daily bath before going into a warm bed will soon break it. If a violent attack of cold or LaGrippe, put a few inches of warm water into a tub, place a board across it, sit upon this with your feet in the water, and a blanket or quilt fastened about your neck and closing down around the tub; then have two or three bricks hot, which put into the water, and thus raise a powerful steam about the body. When one ceases to raise the steam put in another. Then thoroughly dry and rub the body in a warm room, and take a warm bed. Avoid taking cold and you are cured. But if you have faith to lay hold of God he can best heal all your diseases.
am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. — Gal. 2:20. He is now able to say the great word, I am SANCTIFIED.
The stump with all its roots has been extracted; he now enters the fields of heavenly bliss. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. — Eph 2:6. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulation also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. — Rom. 5:2-5.
And God, which knoweth the hearts, bear them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. — Acts 15:8, 9. Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God. — Matt. 5:8.
Let us notice the fruits of a pure heart. A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth good things. — Matt. 12:35. We are able to bear much fruit now. The comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, has come in the name of Jesus Christ; he is teaching all things, and leading into all truth. “The fruit of the Spirit is all goodness.” The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long- suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. — Gal. 5:22. Herein is our love made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. O praise the Lord for the great plan of salvation! He first JUSTIFIES, then he SANCTIFIES. Amen.
H. C. Wickersham.
“FOR the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” — Titus 2:11-12.
Sobriety is one of the results of salvation, and a beautiful fruit of holiness. And though with all other fruits of the Spirit, it is planted in the heart by the grace of God, it needs cultivation. All the precious fruits of holiness are susceptible of being developed by proper attention to the word of God. And if neglected their opposites will obtain root in the heart and holiness will fail to properly bear witness in the life, and ere long leak out of the soul. The word of God is very particular to enjoin sobriety upon all classes of his children. The aged must be sober minded. But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: that the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children. — Titus 2:1-4.
How utterly unbecoming for persons in ripe years, and in old age to indulge in light and trifling talk and deportment! What horrid mockery to try to make up for the joys of the Lord with foolish and vain actions! The joy of the Lord is our strength but the mirth of insobriety is death to the soul. Therefore both aged men and aged women are exhorted to be sober, and by that pure example they can teach the younger men and women to be sober also.
YOUNG MEN ARE COMMANDED TO BE SOBER.
Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works, in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that can not be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. — Titus 2:6-8.
Many get the idea that because the grace of God does not make young men old, nor in every respect act like old men, therefore they need not be sober minded. But God commands them thus to be, and Bible holiness will take all foolishness, silliness, lightness, nonsense, jesting, and joking out of the young as well as the old. Many people of the world fall into the notion that they are not bright and courteous unless every time they speak to any person they must have something funny mixed in, and if they say nothing funny they must laugh a little any way, as if they had said something that excited laughter. And we have known some who have carried this foolish notion into a profession of Christ. And so every time they speak they must try to add a little laugh or at least a smile. Dear reader, if you will watch yourself you will find that there are more under this straining habit than you were aware of. In the name of Jesus quit it; do not try to say things funny, nor try to put a little fun in what is not funny, by adding a hypocritical habit — created laugh. You are not commanded to speak things that are designed to make fun, but, following the example of Paul, “speak forth the words of truth and sobriety.” — Acts 26:25.
ELDERS AND DEACONS ARE COMMANDED TO BE SOBER-MINDED.
“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach. — 1 Tim. 3:2.
“For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitably, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate.” — Titus 1:7, 8.
“For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.” — 2 Cor. 5:13.
Above all things, let not God’s preachers, and elders, indulge in any thing that is not grave, sober, sound, and holy. O dearly beloved who are called to work for God, old and young, and male female, study to show yourselves patterns of piety and purity in these things. Give yourselves much to prayer, lest you enter into temptation to foolish talking. When Christ commanded, “Let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay,” one thing doubtless he meant, was to keep silent when not moved by the Spirit to talk, for the actual benefit of some one. Let your words be few, and spoken in thoughtfulness before God. For “in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin; but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” – Prov. 10:19.
SO MUST THEIR WOMEN BE SOBER.
“Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.” — 1 Tim. 3:11.
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.” — 1 Tim. 2:9.
God help all the professed holy women to be sober, chaste and godly and especially the elders’ wives, and workers in the field. How empty and worthless that testimony to entire sanctification in the house of God, when it strikes the ears of men who heard you jesting and giggling where you stopped before meeting, or perhaps, on the way to the place of divine worship. O for Jesus’ sake keep your heart and mind in holy communion with God, and your tongue well bridled with righteousness. When men meet for the first time people professing holiness, and they see that you are constantly thoughtful of God, and in communion with him, “praying always,” and then hear you tell how the blood of Christ has cleansed you, and the love of God fills your heart, it will have some weight. The best way to avoid unfruitful talk is much prayer, constant prayer and meditation.
GENERAL ADMONITION TO SOBRIETY.
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” — Rom. 12:3.
Here the want of sobriety is associated with self-exultation. This is often the case: people think to show their smartness by some witicism, whereas if they did not think too highly of their smartness they would bridle their tongue.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith.” — 1 Pet. 5:8, 9.
Here is a very solemn inducement to sobriety. People who think it smart, and desirable to indulge in lightness, may as well expect to fall into the hands of the devil, for there is where they will find themselves sooner or later.
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 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. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.” — 1 Pet. 1:13-17.
“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breast-plate of faith and love, an d for a helmet, the hope of salvation.” — 1 Thess. 5:6—8.
“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” — 1 Pet. 4:7.
O what precious words, what solemn and plain warnings! Will we all be wise and heed the voice of God in these scriptures?
We would not be understood as teaching that it is wrong to be cheerful, joyful, buoyant in Spirit, and happy in demeanor. Nay, God’s people are the only truly happy people on earth. But the word does not say, “Is any merry, let him tell something smart and witty, and raise a laugh.” Nay, “Is any merry let let him sing psalms.” Neither does the requirements of sobriety preclude the duty of courtesy and agreeableness. The same book that demands sobriety, enjoins upon us to “be courteous to all,” and these are perfectly consistent with each other. Neither is it wrong for God’s children to smile or laugh at any thing that is pure, and actually of an amusing character. But the law of sobriety and holiness is badly violated, when professors join with the world in laughing or even smiling at that which is silly, foolish, coarse, rude, sensual, impure and vulgar. A man professing holiness that will stand and laugh when a foul-mouthed sale cryer, or any one else, gets off some abominable vulgarity, gives pretty conclusive evidence that he has some of the same unclean elements in his own heart. Again we would observe that men and women lack Bible sobriety when they are always ready to go off in a fit of laughter at every little incident, accident, error, etc. in which there is really nothing laughable. And you are far from being sober minded when you are ever looking for something and trying to work up, or tell something, which yourself and others may use as an occasion to giggle over. Such conduct betrays a dearth in spiritual joy, and want of satisfaction and pleasure evermore in God. When holy, heavenly joy fills the breast, there is no hankering after these rude “ha, ha’s,” in which graceless hearts join so lustily. O that God may give all such “natural care for dying souls” that you will cease to be a giggling stock for the world! Shall we who have the light of eternity in our hears go through this world with an itching ear, a lusting eye, and a grinning mouth, seeking something to laugh at? God forbid. Therefore be ye holy in all manner of conversation.