13 February 1896, Volume 16, Number 7.
SONGS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT.
As we gaze back o’er our past lives,
On the scenes our memories bring,
We remember well the accents
Of the songs we used to sing.
“When I can read my title clear.
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To mansions in the skies.”
But since Jesus bore the burden.
Since by faith to him we cling.
All our hearts are filled with music;
This the song we now can sing: —
“My name is in the book of life,
Oh bless the name of Jesus!
I rise above all doubts and strife
And read my title clear.”
As we wandered in the valley,
E’er our souls had found this rest.
Thus we sang of holy Canaan,
Heavenly state of love so blest: —
“On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand.
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie.”
Now we’ve reached this happy Canaan.
Blessed land of rest below;
Thus we sing, as on our journey
To our Heavenly home we go: —
‘I’ve reached the land of corn and wine.
And all its riches fully mine,
Hell shines undimmed one blissful day,
For all my night has passed away.”
Oft we sang of holy Zion.
Thinking it were Heaven above,
E’er the Evening Light was shining
On the city that we love: —
“We’re marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion,
We’re marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.”
But we’re dwelling now in Zion.
In the city of our God:
As we sing, what waves of glory
O’er our raptured spirits flood!
“Wonderful, happy Zion!
We stand on thy summit so free.
Willie joyfully singing upward.
The ransomed are coming to thee.”
— C. W. Naylor.
Was the Spirit of the Lord ever in the different sect Denominations?
THIS appears to be a question that is troubling some. A sect signifies, “A part cut off; a body of persons who have separated it from others in virtue of some special doctrine, or set of doctrines, which hold in common; a school or denomination; especially, a religious denomination.” Hence, a sect is a denomination which dissents from the church. A sect is not the church, but is a separated part from it. The church is not a sect, but is the body of Christ. Also the term “church” may be applied to the different congregations of the body. Please read the article in GOSPEL TRUMPET, Dec. 26, 1895, “Is there a Visible, and an Invisible Church?” which is also in tract, and you will find this point pretty thoroughly explained.
But the question we wish to investigate now is, “Was the Spirit of the Lord ever in the different sect denominations? We will take the stand that it was, and will by the help of God prove to you in what way his Spirit existed in the sects. We will make the assertion, that God had a people in the sects; And if God had a people there, his Spirit must have been there. We could not say unto the people in the sect, “COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE,” if we did not believe that God’s people were in there. Rev. 18:4. If God’s people had not gone into confusion or Babylon there would have been no apostasy, and if there had been no apostasy, prophecy would not have been fulfilled. Paul saw by an eye of faith the coming apostasy when he wrote to the Thessalonians (2 Thes. 2).
The apostasy began about the year a. d. 270. About that time Nepos a bishop in Egypt brought in his schism and taught the church that there would be a certain millennium sensual luxury on the earth. He caused a division, and was the propagator of a heresy that is extant this day. Another heretic of that date was Paul of Samosata. This heresy continued to increase and develop, and it ripened into Papal supremacy about the year 606, or in other words, into absolute apostasy. The state of the church was truly deplorable. The sun had gone down at noon. Amos 8:9, 10. Mark 13:24. Dan. 8:10-12. Rev. 13:1-10. Dan 7:25. The saints of God continued under this power until the year 1530, making 1260 days (years). This was a period of darkness. The Word and Spirit prophesied clothed in darkness during this time. Rev. 11:3. God’s children had his Spirit during this time, and his word. But the Spirit was not permitted to manifest itself only under the cloke of Papacy. Neither was the Word permitted to be taught only by the Pope and priests. And thus the power and light of the Spirit and gospel were kept obscure by the sack-cloth or dark covering of Papal supremacy.
The close of this period brings us to the year 1530, when the voice of the messenger of God was heard to cry, “Come out of Babylon.” A mighty stroke of the Sword (the word of God) gave a deadly wound to this power that caused it to loosen its grip. God’s children were liberated; kings and governments threw off the yoke. The saints “overcame him, [the devil, the seat of this beast] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” — Rev. 12:11. Great tumult and persecution prevailed on the account of the voice of God’s messengers (Martin Luther being the principle one) against Papal authority.
But alas! The church did not retain its separation from Babylon. It was given as it were two great wings that she might fly into the wilderness into the place where she is nourished for another period of time. Rev. 12:14. The deadly wound is healed: and all the world is wondering after the beast. Rev 13:3. But instead of the beast being Papacy alone, there has come forth another beast with a lamb-like appearance, but had the voice of the dragon, (devil) and the power of the first beast (Papacy). The beast had a number of his name. Rev. 13:18. This number represents the manyfamily names under his head and power; which are represented in the different denominations or sects of Protestantism. Now we have God’s children in sectism. The darkness is not so great; there is some light; it is neither day nor night. Zech. 14:6, 7.
Let us see what has become of the Word and Spirit. After the time was up that they should testify in sackcloth, the beast made war with them and overcame them, and killed them. Rev. 11:7.
“And their dead bodies shall he in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” — Ver. 8.
We see by the above revelation that the Word and Spirit came forth at the time of Martin Luther. But when sect making began and the sect spirit arose, it was against the Word and Spirit, and it overcame and killed them. Is it possible that the Word and Spirit were killed? Yes; in one sense they were killed, and lay in open view and were not permitted to be covered up. There is no one of the sects that has accepted the whole word of God. Some reject one part and some and so on until the whole word of God is rejected. Yet they claim it and will not permit it takenaway. And so it is with the Spirit, some claim to have it, but refuse to be led by it. Others, that the Word is the Spirit; and others, that the Spirit was for the apostles and not for us. And in reality they all as sect bodies deny the working power and manifestations of the Spirit in conversion, in sanctification, in healing, in miracles and in all the gifts of the Spirit, some denying one part, some another, yet they claim the Spirit, that such things have been done and that God is able to do such things now.
The day of miracles is past, say they. This is the sect spirit. But of course there are a few honest souls in the sects that have been converted, but have not the sect spirit, and a very few profess to be sanctified; and we feel conscientious in saying that a very small portion of this number have the real possession or experience. They are such as have not yet fully discerned between the body of Christ the true church, and sectism. Oh, it is true that the Word and Spirit are dead in Babylon. And instead of salvation work and good spiritual meetings, they have a popular, speculative, gambling, and revelling sect mechinery, such as church fairs, socials and other un- Christ-like and dishonest methods, deceiving the young and leading them into paths of revelry, veiling the true light.
We will now notice the eleventh verse. “And after three days and an half, the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet: and great fear fell upon them which saw them.”
We are now at the close of this period. The three days and an half embrace three and a half centuries. That brings the time from the reformation 1530 up to 1880, the time of the ushering in of the evening light. The Word and the Spirit have been made alive and have come out of Babylon. God’s children are coming together in one body. The power and glory of God is being felt and manifest among his saints. And we believe that in whatsoever community the gospel is being preached by the Spirit and power of God, all of God’s children hear and accept, and come out of all sect confusion; and that from that time on there will be no more souls converted through the preaching of the sect, in that community. We will say in conclusion that the Spirit of God is only in the sects where God’s children are ignorantly there. Yours in Jesus,
H. C. Wickersham.
[Sectism itself does not have the Spirit of God, but only the children of God who are in there. And as God is calling, “Come out of her, my people,” Rev. 18:4, the time is near at hand when all who are yet in sectism and have the Spirit of God will receive the light by hearing his voice through the Word, and will either obey the voice from heaven and come out, or go into darkness. And all sectism which the Word calls Babylon will be left desolate; that is, the Spirit of the Lord will no longer be found in her midst, although they may go on with their profession and revelry. — Ed.]
It is just as important and necessary for the children of God to have food for their souls as it is far their bodies. The body without its daily nourishment would soon become weak, thin, and finally life would be extinct; and just so the soul must be fed or die. For this reason our heavenly Father hath prepared meat which endureth unto everlasting life. He is not pleased to have his children feeling bad, sickly, and of a discouraging countenance, not by any means. Therefore we should not live beneath our privileges for he fully intended that the joy of his children might be full, and the bread which he gives makes a merry heart and a cheerful countenance.
He also promises, “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna.” — Rev. 2:17. And if you have faith in his promises then put in for all you need. If you need more power, faith, humility, or Christ’s likeness, put in for it at once. “This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof and not die.” Jno. 6:50. “If a man eat this bread he shall live forever.” — Ver. 51.
Certainly this is desirable since it promises such good results. The Jews desired it and said, “Lord, evermore give us this bread.” — Jno. 6:34. But like many professors of to day, their understanding was too much darkened to behold it. They did not know that if they received Christ’s words they would receive this bread. For Christ says, I am that bread. — 6:48. My flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed. — Ver. 55. Not literal flesh and blood. “The flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” Ver. 63. Blessed is he that heareth my words and keepeth them. Luke 11:28. “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature [Christ].” 1 Ret 1:4.
How then shall we be made partakers of Christ? By eating the literal bread, believing that Christ is in it, as the Catholics do? No; but by receiving the Word of his promises into our hearts, mixed with faith (unless it is mixed with faith it will profit nothing. Heb, 4:2,) and importune with God, yea, even wrestle with him as Jacob did with the angel, until he confirms it in us. “For we are made partakers with Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.” — Heb. 3:14. The result is, we receive all things which pertain unto life and godliness by the like precious faith obtained through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. 1:1-3.
Oh I do praise God for a taste of the powers of the world to come, of the hidden manna, of the divine nature, of Christ and his attributes. Let every one who is lean in his soul for want of spiritual food, take an everlasting stand on the word of God and put in for just what you want for the glory of God; and if faith and obedience prevails you are sure to get the desire of your heart; for God is faithful and able also to perform that which he has promised. Hence there is no necessity for the children of God to lack any good thing, either spiritually or temporally.
H. E. Rogers.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” – Psa. 119:12
Wamio, Oregon, Jan. 9.
Dear Saints of God: I want to add my testimony. I am saved, sanctified and kept by power divine, and my soul is full of glory. I am cut loose from everything of the world and I have glory in my soul. Let us be in earnest for God, knowing he has done so much for us. I ask an interest in the prayers of God’s people. Your brother,
J. A. Pratt.
Dear Saints: I praise God this morning for Bible salvation. It is now over a year since I have been in this experience. I have had more peace and happiness in that year than all my life before; but my soul is hungering for more of God’s great love. We have prayer meeting at our house two and three times a week. We are praying God to lead and open the way for one of his true servants to hold a meeting here. This is my first letter. I praise God for his goodness to me. Pray for us. Your sister in the one faith,
Dear Saints of God: The Lord saves and keeps me by his mighty power from all sectism, and delusions of the devil which are hurled around us thick and fast. Oh how I thank God for ever bringing me out of Babylon confusion! He is our all in all. Last fall the dear Lord healed daughter and I of a very bad fever, for which we give him all the glory, and now we are well and saved, and fully trusting in Jesus for all things. What a blessed friend we have in Jesus, a friend that will never leave nor forsake us! The dear saints here are all trying to get down more on the line of humility. Pray for us all. We would like to hear, from Bro. Daugherty. He is desired and needed very much at this place. From your sister saved in Jesus,
Eliza J. Hoffer.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led to write my testimony for the first time. God has saved my soul and keeps me by his mighty power. Praise his name forever! It is now about two years since Bro. and Sister Rupert came to our house. Up to that time I thought I was saved, but would often fly in a temper and do many things which I now know was contrary to the word of God. And glory to God, I have found a new and living highway, where no ravenous beast can go up thereon; it shall not be found; but the redeemed shall walk there. And although the pruning has had to take place to remove things that were hindering my progress, yet I thank God for enabling me to measure up to the Word, and take my stand upon it. I desire your prayers that I may be kept humble. Your sister saved and sanctified,
Dear Brother’s and Sisters in Christ: I am praising God for free salvation that keeps me from all sin. I am but young in the cause of Christ, but praise his holy name, he has been so sweet to my soul, I feel that I never could do any more for Satan. I am but sixteen years of age. I find that His grace is sufficient for me. I am learning his precious lessons and walking in the light as I receive it. I am praying the Lord to keep me humble and more earnest in his sight. I have found the Lord so precious to my soul, that by his help I intend to stand on the rock Christ Jesus. I find that the more obedient we live to the Lord the brighter the light shines on our path. I am justified, sanctified and satisfied and trusting in Jesus. I ask your prayers. Your saved sister in the one body,
Hally S. Hooper.
LIST OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
Henry Thornton, H. M. Riggle. G. T. Clayton. Bell Hibbard, Jno. J. Rinch, Austin D Hicks. C. J. Light, Chas. Oglesby. Lena Cooper. B. G. Houghton. J. A. Webb, Florence Dayton. Geo. A. Wolfe, F. Curtis, David Apple, J. Larson.
Jesus came to save his people from their sins. Matt, 1:21.
He came that the world through him might be saved. Jno. 3:17.
He said: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matt. 5:48.
Some people believe that we cannot be pure and holy in this life, but the Word says, “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” Heb. 12:14. And “a he is so are we in this world.” 1 Jno. 4:17. “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” 1 Jno. 2:6.
A good way to grow fat and flourishing in your souls is to study the life of Jesus and strive to walk in his footsteps by obeying his word. And in this way you will each day find some new beauties in his word, clearer light shining upon your pathway, more joy in your soul, and new avenues of usefulness will open up before you and all around you which before were unseen.
If you want to backslide after having obtained an experience of salvation, about as easy a way as you can find to do is just to sit down and do nothing, and you will soon have the full experience of a backslider. People sometimes find themselves in a backslidden condition and wonder why such is the case, and say they have done nothing. That is the very reason, because they have done nothing. God does not save people for them to sit down upon the stool of do-nothing. Another way to backslide is to quit going to the Lord in secret prayer, quit having family worship; quit meeting with the children of God for worship; quit trying to help others along, or speak words of encouragement; become a talebearer; talk about your neighbors, your friends, your enemies; keep your tongue going too much about anything; quarrel with some one; grumble and complain and find fault because things do not suit you; keep watching others to see if you can not find something wrong with them, when you should be looking after your own case; go where you are sure to meet with temptations when you aught to stay away; refuse to receive admonitions from the brethren when given in the spirit of meekness. Do not resist the devil when he comes, if you desire to get in his clutches. There are hundreds of ways in which you can backslide, any of them will lead to success on that line. But the grace of God is a sure cure for all backsliding, and will always prevent it if a good supply is kept by obeying the word of God.
Requests For Prayer.
Alvin, Melton — Healing of rheumatism. Feb. 20.
Mrs. E. B. Place. — Lung and throat trouble. — Also for children.
Susan Favor, Indian Springs. — Healing of rheumatism and catarrh.
Caroline F. Lanterman, Chatham. — For real experience of salvation.
C. C. and M. Scates, Pitman — Five- year old daughter sick with fever.
Geo. and Lizzie Lincoln Elyria — Healing of our little son, who has been sick.
G. W. Wellinger, Ontario, Ore. — Daughter has had epileptic fits twenty-seven years.
Mary E. Robison. — Complicated diseases. — Also for healing of husband and daughter.
Sister Amanda Davison, Colfax. — For perfect restoration from the effects of paralysis.
Mary Young, Walnut Ridge. — For salvation of soul; also healing of two youngest children of chills and fever.
Pray for my unsaved husband, and for the healing of his body.
Mrs. Mary A. Goble,
Pray for my father’s healing of rupture and piles; and for my husband, that he may be saved.
Mrs. Cynthia Arnold,
Mrs. Rachel Raetz, Evergreen Park. — Pray for my salvation; and healing of my eleven-year-old boy who has epilepsy and cramps.
Pray for my daughter, Mrs. Belle Hoffler, who has been crippled ever since she was seven months old. Also pray for Mrs. Pugh, who has kept her bed for four months, and is not able to be out without help.
Mrs. P. Griswold.
Calls For Meeting.
Mary F. Wheeler, Salida, Chaffee Co.. Colo.
Mattie Minkler, or Laura Whitney, Melborne, Wash.
Meetings are wanted at Davis City, Iowa. Address John A McCartney.
Meetings are wanted at Fabius, Mich. Address Leroy Burden, Three Rivers Mich.
J. C. Hosier, box 51. Edgewood, Clayton, Co., Iowa. Wants the saints to come and preach.
Several workers are needed at once; several meetings are ready to be held.
G. T. Clayton, Martins Ferry, Ohio
R. J. Brown, Cambridge, Neb — We want some one sent of God to come at once to help hold meetings here. — Write at once.
Mrs. Jane Brown, Pawnee city, Neb. — Some sister, or sister and husband desired to come and help open the work of the Lord here.
Can a person be a child of God, and never be baptized?
S. E. S.
The word of God commands us to be baptized. Mat. 28:19. Acts 2:38. “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 Jno. 2:4. If some one should die immediately after conversion, before they should have an opportunity to be baptized, God would take them as he did the dying thief. Luke 23:39-43. But he who wilfully refuses to be baptized has nowhere in the word of God any promise of admission into heaven.
Please explain in the Trumpet Bev. 6:17.
The text reads as follows: “For the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?” The reader will observe that this text comes under the sixth seal which reaches from Rev. 6:12 to Rev. 7:17. As the sixth seal refers to the evening light age this text must meet its fulfillment in the evening light. The pouring out of God’s wrath upon all the works of men and devils, in this last great reformation, is the day of wrath predicted in the text under consideration. And the hiding from God’s wrath, Rev. 6:15, 16, is fulfilled in the attempts men are now making to hide from God’s burning truth under the deceptive lies of Babylon.
1st. What is the mark of the beast? Rev. 13:16, 17.
2nd. “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,” etc. Is this not literally fulfilled in the sects today?
1st. The mark of the beast in the right hand and forehead, like the sealing of the servants of God in their foreheads, is not to be taken in a literal sense. It is a metaphoric expression, signifying all the customs and education of protestants contrary to the word of God. The Dunkard, Amish, Mennonite, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist and all other ites and ists are discerned upon an exhibition of their dress, education and peculiar customs.
2d. Yes; this prophecy is literally fulfilled in modern sectism. Many of the more legalistic sects, have for years cut off all business communications with a person whom they expelled from their sects. They will not buy of him, sell to him, work for him, hire him, or even eat with him. Under such vigorous fanaticism the husband is often cut off from association with his wife, and VICE VERSA. All classes of sectarians act on a similar principle nowadays towards those who escape from their sects.
1st. In the parable of the wheat and tares. Mat. 13:24-30, are the tares inside of the sects, or outside of them?
2d. Can any of God’s children remain in these “bundles” and be saved?
W. B. T.
1st. The tares are in the sects. It is of tares that the sects are largely made up. God’s children in them, are by far in the minority.
2d. Not after they receive the light on sectism.
Wm. G. Shell.
1st. What is meant by Isa. 65:20, 21. 66:20?
2nd. To observe all the commands in God’s word how should the church do in order to keep the commands in regard to singing the Psalms? See Psa. 95:2. Eph. 5:19 Col. 3:16 1 Cor. 14:26 37.
1st. The last two chapters of Isaiah predict the calling of the Gentiles and the rejecting of the Jews on account of their incredulity, idolatry and hypocrisy. Also the coming in of the gospel dispensation and the glorious light of holiness and also the blessed state of the new Jerusalem or church of God. The expressions, “Infant of days,” “Nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old,” etc., are prophetic, signifying the perfection that would be attained to under the gospel. See Matt. 5:48. Eph. 4:13. Col. 1:28. The child of God shall prosper, he shall grow and increase, he shall not continue in his infant state but he will go on unto perfection; “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” “The ungodly are not so.” “But the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.” The Psalmist says, “I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.” Though the sinner may flourish and seem to become a perfect man, yet he shall be accursed. Now the 20th verse of the last chapter undoubtedly has reference to the gathering into one body of God’s children out of all nations. “And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations upon horses, etc., to my holy mountain Jerusalem,” (church). “And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the Lord.” The judges are restored as at the first. The gates of praise are open. The daily sacrifice is again instituted, (the daily praises of God).
2nd. How to observe the command in reference to singing psalms. Webster defines a psalm as being a sacred song; a poetical composition for praise or worship to God. Especially applied to the hymns by David. But to sing psalms we would not necessarily have to sing the hymns of David or those contained in the book of Psalms. Though the Psalms may be versified and sung. An ode or song of praise; a hymn; a sacred lyric; a song of praise to God; a psalm; are synonymous. Now if we understand the brother’s question we would just say, the way to observe the command to sing psalms would be for the church to select any sacred song or hymn that they understand and sing it in the Spirit.
H. C. W.
“IS any among you afflicted? LET him pray. Is any merry. LET him sing psalms. — James 5:13.
“Let” is a term frequently used in the Bible, and one that is as little considered by the mass of Bible readers as any other word used. Behind this little term we will let God’s word bring to light, what is meant when God says, let a man do this or that.
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.
Again, Christ says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt. 5:16.
“But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” — Ver. 37. Again, in Eph. 5:6, God uses the little word. “Let no man deceive you with vain words.” Notice the last clause of this verse and you will see what the apostle means when he made use of the word. “Because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” The point is, if you fail to obey (let no man deceive you) and are deceived by vain words and become partakers of the ungodliness spoken of in the chapter by being deceived, you violate God’s word and become a child of disobedience. Just so with the rest of the texts; if we fail to do what God says let us do, we fail to get any benefit that God has promised to the one that does what he says let him do.
“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.” Now, in obedience to this command, “let him,” we have the promise, “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he have commited sins, they shall be forgiven him.” — James 5:14, 15.
In this may be included whosoever will; and those who fail to obey can no more expect in this scripture to receive the recompence than in the many others. We will notice a few more. Col. 3:15 — “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” Verse 16 — “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.” 4:6 — “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt.” 1 Thes. 5:6 — “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others: but let us watch and be sober.” Verse 8 — “But let us who are of the day be sober.” Rev. 22:17 — “And let him that heareth say, Come.” Verse 11 — He that is unjust let him be unjust still; he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
Now dear readers, we have no more right to dodge James 5:14, 15 than any of the rest mentioned. And if we comply with it and are in God’s order the result will be as the Word says. We must say that not all are elders who profess to be, because none of the signs follow; but contrariwise a shame and disgrace on God’s holy church, and a stumbling block to sinners. May God hasten the day when those who claim to be elders will be elders in deed and truth, and then calling be confirmed by signs and wonders that follow them. God has something for all of his children to do, and he wants them to know what it is (if some one must tell them). He wants good saved farmers, gardeners, woodchoppers hostlers, carpenters, firemen, dish-washers, cooks, etc. God bless you we must condescend to low things in order to be promoted, and then God will move us at a greater speed and every thing will move in harmony with his word, and the world will not stumble over the vanity of professed followers of God.
BE NOT DECEIVED.
WE have from the pen of one of the apostles of modern confusion, an article with extracts from the TRUMPET, taken from an article written by Bro. R. M. Haynes, in the which the former tries to make it appear that Bro. H. confessed that the church of the living God was as corrupt as sectism. This is a false assumption, and could only originate from a heart corrupted by self conceit, and the desire to appear before the world as “Somebody.” This person is known as C. Z. Lindley, of Hedrick, Iowa; and as many of the saints know, has been defeated in his schemes to foil the truth of God. And as Ingersoll was defeated in his political effort, by the better class of citizens, he to alleviate his pain began to curse the precious truth. Just so has Lindley been sending anathemas upon the people who are saved because he could not rule them by his supercilious spirits.
Now to the investigation of truth. My brother (R. M. H.) in his article was exposing crooked and fanatical spirits that are continually trying to creep in among the true children of God, and are never able to come to a perfect knowledge of the truth, He mentions a certain individual who though claiming to be called to preach the gospel, said we would run into fanaticism by adhering only to the Word. This person he rebukes and proves him to be wrong, admonishing people to beware of such. And yet Lindley tries to leave the impression on the minds of honest people that my brother and we who are saved, fellowship such spirits, and recognize them as being true “watchmen who shall see eye to eye.”
If to rebuke a man is fellowship, I cannot comprehend it. If to say that a man is fanatical and does not preach the pure Word, is to acknowledge him as a true minister of Christ, I fail to understand. And such is the tenor of the whole article written by one who says he sees everything right. No; R. M. Haynes’ language did not imply that we recognize such persons as abiding in the truth, anymore than my language implies that we recognize Lindley as a true watchman when I told him “I had no more fellowship with him than with Satan himself.” When Paul rebuked that fellow at Corinth for fornication (1 Cor. 5:1), did he acknowledge himself a sectarian and member of a sect, and one who fellowshiped crooked spirits, by simply commanding such characters to get right? When he said to the same brethren, “There be division among you” (11:18), did he intend for us to understand that the “church of God” to which he belonged had fallen to the level of the ungodly sect from which he had just escaped? And thus “the editor” would have us think. Did Paul mean that by reproving those Galatians for being I seduced by those law teachers, he fellowshiped the law wranglers? I think not. Did God Almighty say his church had degenerated into sectism when he rebuked those professors at Pergamos for adhering to the Nicolaitan doctrine, which he hated? Or did he condemn all true ministers for being sectarians, in his rebuke to Jezebel, “which calleth herself a prophetess” or preacher, and was not? In these cases divisions was caused by professors who were deluded by the devil, and were warned to forsake such a course by God himself, and the same plan was followed in the TRUMPET. And may God have mercy on those who willfully misrepresent any thing, as has been done in the above named case.
I am personally acquainted with this man; and four years ago there could not be found any man who could decry sectism in stronger terms than he did. But becoming deluded, was admonished by those who were free: rejecting all admonition he became very hostile toward the people who stand free in Jesus, and fail to exalt him. He longed to
be an “editor,” and gaining that position on a small scale he seeks for aid from any source it may be obtained. He told me that some months ago he attended a holiness association where several sects were represented and that they all seemed free, members of different sects all testifying to “holiness”; it was such a lesson to him that he resolved then and there never to preach again as he had in the past. He attended our meeting last summer, when we were preaching on prophecy and exposing sectism. Shortly afterward a sinner was speaking to him in reference to the meeting; he replied (so the man told me) that there was no sense in preaching against sectism as I did. So as the true saints have no fellowship with him he has struck upon a compromise with the devil not to expose his works if in return he may receive the approval of others who are drawn away by the confusion of sectish night. He says he is “forever done pi..ing up board fences between God’s people.” That implies, that he has done the like since professing to be called to teach, the which no man of God ever did. A sinner alone could do such work. And nowhere have I seen any signs of repentance or confession to the effect that he was a sinner at the time.
I write this not because I have aught against the person named, nor do I know that he has aught against me. As men, neighbors and citizens we meet without discord But as he sends his sheet to the readers of the TRUMPET, I take this opportunity of advising them as to the standing of the man, from personal knowledge. Not many believe the slanderous reports sent out by him; but one soul is worth more to me than all evil statements and false accusations. God bless all the redeemed; live pure before all men; Christ will soon come. Amen
Your brother in truth,
W. A. Haynes.
News from the Field
Norton, Kan., Feb. 1.
Dear Saints: The meeting at this place closed last night. One delivered from Babylon and sanctified wholly. Another one sanctified; two others reclaimed. The Wesleyan Methodist closed their hall against us after three nights, and the Lord opened a large hall for us and the people filled it and listened attentively. Many are searching their Bibles now, and many favor this way. We visited every house in Norton and left tracts with them, and became acquainted with them, also held street meetings in the daytime. We go to Slate to morrow.
John F. Roberts and Co.
Chauncey, Ohio, Jan. 30.
Dear Trumpet Readers: We can again report victory on the Lord’s side. Meeting closed at Chauncey Jan. 28, after a five weeks siege, in which Babylon was thoroughly exposed and Zion was held up to the people. God helped us here to deliver his word as never before. The meeting resulted in about twenty-one consecrations, most of whom received a good experience. Eleven were baptized. On last Sabbath twenty-three of God’s little ones observed the ordinances. We expect to hold meeting at Glouster. Requesting the prayers of all the deal saints, I remain your humble brother in the one body,
E. G. Masters.
Titusville, Pa., Feb. 7.
Dear Saints: May God bless all the dear saints, and keep them to the end. I am in the city of Titusville scattering tracts and papers, and preaching the gospel from house to house, waiting for God in his way to open some door where his pure gospel can be preached. This city is all in an uproar because of our being here. The false shepherds are terribly uneasy, and are telling their flocks that I am of the devil. I expect to stay here until God says go. If I had some means I could very soon get a house, but at present I am very short of means. Some of the saints from different parts have written to me, but I have not answered because of being short of means. Yours in the love of Jesus,
Emma J. Billig.
Beloved Saints: We have just closed a very precious series of meetings at Holiness Chapel, four miles west of Springfield, Ohio. Bro. B. E. Warren, Sister Lena Shoffner and others were with us and assisted us in the meeting.
The work was very thorough and the church seemed to make real spiritual advancement. A few sinners repented and were made happy in a Savior’s pardoning grace. Six dear ones were burned with Christ by baptism.
The ordinances of feet washing and the Lords supper were observed the last night of the meeting. More than fifty saints participated. Yours and Christ’s,
Wm G. Schell.
Bannister, Mich., Jan. 31.
Dear Brethren: I wish to testify once more through the Trumpet, my soul is on the forward move for God. I have held some few meetings this winter. God has wonderfully helped us in dealing out his precious truth to the people. The meeting near Grand Ledge was truly blest of God. Amidst the storm and cold weather the people would come together to hear God out of his word. Our much beloved Bro. Bixler and wife were with us in this meeting. It was here he finished his work on earth and went home to reign in glory. This truly brought sadness to our hearts. But thank God, we do not sorrow as those who have no hope. May God bless our sister in this sad bereavement. Surely our loss is his eternal gain. We next held a few meetings in Ashley. Then met with the saints of God near Alma, Mich. where Bro’s. C. E. Reeves and Whitcraft were engaged in a meeting. In the above meetings I believe much good was done. To God be all the glory. I next go to Summerton, Mich. to hold a meeting; also Bro. Reeves expects to help in this place. Yours in defense of the truth,
Wm. E. Warren.
Charleston, S. C., Feb-5.
To all the Saints, Greeting: We have been silent for quite a while so far as reporting the work and our whereabouts is concerned, but we have not been idle. We spent our time after the Anderson meeting in the upper part of South Carolina, until the assembly meeting at Augusta, Ga. This commenced Jan. 10. The attendance was very good. Many of the professors had become more or less mixed up with selfishness. Some were still professing who were under delusions of the devil. A general cleaning up took place. Between forty and fifty were at the altar during the meeting either for pardon or purity. Most of them seemed to get out clear. A few were not willing to pay the price. Several claimed bodily healing. The church now stands in good condition. The work in Augusta is among the colored people. Bro. Pike and I met at this meeting and labored together. Seven were baptized. The meeting closed Jan. 31.
From Augusta we came to this place and commenced meetings for the colored people. The work was commenced here last spring under the labors of Sister Jane Williams of Augusta; but the work is only in its infancy. We ask all the saints to pray for us and the work in the South. Yours in the love of Jesus,
Lundy, Pike and Co.
Cheshire, Mich., Jan. 31.
Dear Saints of God: I can testify of God’s saving and keeping power. We held a three weeks meeting at the Marble school house, then we went to the Clifford school house and held ten days. There were a few consecrations at each place. For the last two weeks we have held meeting in private houses for the benefit of the church, and I feel to give God praise for the work he has been doing and is still doing. This place has been cursed with crooked spirits, and the work of God has been greatly hindered on account of those things. But dearly beloved, “God is sweeping through the nations with an awful searching eye,” and those who will take the stand for God against all the works of the devil, God is leading on to victory; while those who are not willing to give up all the works of the devil have to go with him.
We can see the hand of God in preparing his church for his coming. And I know that God wants his ministers to draw the lines still closer by the word of truth. I must confess in time past I have seen division between brethren, or the enemy getting the advantage of some one, or some one with a bigoted spirit, and I would fail to do my duty. The devil would tell me they would not receive the admonition, and I thereby would do more harm than good. Now I have learned the lesson of doing my duty and leaving the result with the Lord.
In many places there are people who never have had the experience God has for them. While every thing goes to suit them they are well pleased, but if the Word be given so as to expose them, then they begin to find fault, and are continually causing strife and division. But God will have a pure church at all cost, and when people will not measure up to the whole Word, God has no use for them, and they are not in his church. Dear laborers in the field, let us take a forward step, and rebuke sin wherever we find it, though at may appear ever so small. Let us live humble before God, keep the whole Word, take a vehement stand against all the works of the devil. Your brother and sister in Christ,
T. A. and Ella Phillips.
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dear Brothers and Sisters: I am praising God for full salvation, realizing that I was first justified and afterwards sanctified, and am now kept by the power of God. Praise the Lord! The way grows brighter and brighter, and I am sure it is better on before. Oh that I were only able to persuade men everywhere to repent! Dear ones, pray for me.
M. E. Steele.
Rush Run, O.
Dear Brethren: When the Floating Bethel landed here I was a sinner steeped in tobacco, and my body almost a wreck, one arm paralyzed by rheumatism so I had to carry it in a sling for six years. Also had another chronic disease, all out of the reach of human help. I committed my case into the Lord’s hands and he saved my soul and healed my arm and the other diseases; and sanctified my soul. To God be all the praise. Your brother,
J. W. Enis.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to give our testimony for the glory of God and the good of others. Five years ago we were led of the Holy Spirit to come out of sectism from the U. B. sect. Praise God for the true light! And one year later we heard the true gospel preached. We are praising God for a salvation that can save soul and body. The Lord has healed us of catarrh and paralysis, for which we give God the glory. Pray for us. Your brother and sister washed in the blood,
David and Eva Spencer.
Dear Saints of God: I want to say I am trusting God for all things. We are very poor in this world’s goods but rich in Christ Jesus; his grace is sufficient. I have been trusting him wholly for eight years, standing alone with Christ, praying for my husband and children. Thanks be to his holy name, he has saved them all. Pray for us, for our children especially. I commend them to God who is able to keep them. I do bless the Lord for full and free salvation, that keeps me saved day by day. I pray God may send some holiness preacher.
Dearly Beloved Saints: This writing leaves me sweetly saved, and kept each day and hour of my life from actual sins. I realize God sinking me down deeper and deeper in the meekness of Christ. I want to reach the fulness of Christ as in Eph. 5:17-20. I want all that are saints indeed to be agreed with me in the prayer of faith that I may reach that standard; and you can all count me agreed that the whole church of God reaches the standard. I am your brother in Christ,
Harry H. Garrison.
6405 Carpenter St.
Dear Saints of God: Last year I heard the evening light preached. Have been living as near the cross ever since as I could, praying God to give me more light. Dear saints, I know we must forsake father, mother, brother and sister for Christ’s sake. I have one brother that is a Baptist preacher. I believe him to to be honest, but he has not the light, and says he can’t live without sin. Pray for him. We are living in a country where the true gospel has never been preached. Pray for us that we may be able to overcome the evil one. My husband is a believer in the evening light, but says he is not sanctified. Pray that he may be. Pray the Lord to send one or more of his called ministers here to preach to these poor benighted souls, and to heal their sick. I do thank and praise the Lord that he has led me to see the true light. We believe that Jesus is able and will heal the sick as he did when here on earth, through prayer and faith of his saints. We love the precious testimonies in the Trumpet. Your sister saved and kept by the power of God through faith,
Mrs. W. W. Lemacks.
Dearly Beloved: Truly we have reached the place and time that we must move out and forward for God. If we stop and look around we will soon be sunk and lost in the quagmires of deception and confusion. I must acknowledge that I was made to feel the great need of this advance movement while attending the June camp meeting. I came to a place in my experience where I was on a standstill. When I saw this I immediately made great effort to get out of this stupor; and I praise God for deliverance. I now realize as many others do and will that I was praying for the wrong thing. In place of praying for humility and getting it, was praying for power. Truly the power of God belongeth to the humble, and the self-exalted must go empty handed and without effect. Then it is clear and evident that the power of God comes exclusively through humility, and humility comes through prayer. But let it be the prayer of faith, such as the beloved James recommends. Jas. 1:6. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed.” Oh bethren! there are heights and depths yet to fathom; and let us increase with the increase of God. Your brother in the service for God,
H. W. Hechler.
Hindrances to Healing.
There cannot be too much said on divine healing. Some of us are not living up to our privilege. We all believe God can and does save the soul. But how about the body? Well, some will say I believe in divine healing, yet they are afraid to trust their case in God’s hands. So many say, “I am fully trusting God for every thing,” yet as soon as they get sick they send for a doctor and have more faith in him and medicine than they do in God. When Asa was sick, he trusted not in the Lord, but trusted physicians and died. 2 Chron. 16:12. “And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceedingly great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to physicians.” Hezekiah trusted God and was healed. 2 Kings 20:5, 6. “Turnagain, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years.”
I believe much sickness is caused from violating some law of nature. Remove the cause and nature will take care of itself. Some request prayers to be healed of heart trouble, headache, and indigestion. Perhaps that one is drinking strong tea or coffee three times a day, and coffee is very thickening to the blood, causes heart trouble, dull headache and indigestion But some one says: “I cannot get along without my coffee. I’ll never give it up.” So they keep on drinking it, when they know it is injuring them, and then ask God’s people to pray for their healing, and then if they are not healed say they do not believe in it.
Some sister writes: Pray for me, that I may be healed of female weakness, and falling of womb. Perhaps you are wearing a tight corset, (to which most of our women and girls of to day are a slave, and ruining their health entirely by it.) Take off your corset, heavy skirts, and high-heeled shoes, and take care of your body, remove the cause and God will do the rest. Bless his holy name!
There are others who have neuralgia of the head and face. Again I say, remove the cause. Perhaps you have decayed teeth in your head and you have been washing and running out in the cold with nothing around you, and your feet become damp, and when anyone speaks to you about it you say: “O, I have not time to take care of myself.” But you have time to be sick, and then expect God’s people have time to pray for your healing, when you are violating the laws of nature. It is a sin to abuse these bodies God has given.
There are others who are afflicted with dispepsia want to be healed: who, no doubt, are eating very rich food and not willing to deny yourself of these things in order to be healed. But some will say: The Bible says, “Let no man judge you in meat or drink.” So they persist in doing such things as are hurtful to the body. If we violate the laws of nature, we have to suffer for it, so do not let us complain and blame God for being sick, but let us take the blame all on ourselves and remove all the hindrances out of the way so God can work.
There is another hindrance to divine healing, and that is an anti-christ sect spirit which is full of pride and unbelief, doing away with the healing power and saying it was only for the apostles, but thank God for the gift of healing as well as other gifts, and that the evening breaks forth as the morning and that the time has come that the saints have possessed the kingdom with all the wonderful gifts that God has given to his believing children.
The folloing is a clip from a newspaper of Phillipsburg, Kan.
Cured By Faith. — Our people all remember the Saints’ camp meeting that was held in this city last summer, and they also remember the incident of the bringing of the lady here from Smith Centre who had lost her mind, to be healed at said meeting. The demented lady was Mrs. Nettie Lanman, the wife of a shoemaker of Smith Centre.
On last Saturday we received a letter from Mrs J. C, Goodale, of that city, who was a regular attendant upon the said camp meeting, asking us to announce that Mrs. Lanman began improving immediately after her return from this place, and that she has continued to improve until now her mind is fully restored, and she is well again. Mrs. Goodale says there was no medicines used whatever, and that this remarkable cure was the result of faith in God. She closes her letter as follows, which we give without further comment:
“To all the dear ones I would say, Let this strengthen our faith and sink us deeper in God’s love. He is the same God in time past, now and through all time to come. He promises to heal all our diseases and bear our sickness.
To all unbelievers let me say, Get salvation. Let the Lord heal thy soul, and then you can trust him with the body. Live by God’s word, and then you will not be compelled to run after the devil to be healed by Schlatter.”
For the glory of God we wish to state the case more fully. Sister Lanman had been a strong healthy person with a bright intellect, was a school teacher, by profession, taught school last winter, was well as usual until about the first of June ’95 when she became afflicted. Prayer was offered and her faith claimed healing. This was her first experience in healing and her relatives and friends, knowing nothing of God’s power to heal, insisted on sending for a doctor until she submitted. Treatment was given but to no avail. Insanity set in and the doctor’s skill was a failure. She grew worse and was reduced in flesh from 195 lbs. to 110, when she was brought to the saints’ camp meeting at Phillipsburg, Kan. Sept. 21, ’95. All the saints were interested in her case and began prayer for her. The meeting closed on the night of the 22nd. After taking down the tent the following day she was brought to the house of Sister Handy. Her symptoms were as follows: had no appetite, and sleepless, seldom got more than an hour or two of rest in twenty-four, was singing or talking day and night, was feverish and had to be watched all the time. She could not have lasted much longer unless relieved. Her actions and looks were silly and strange, though harmless.
Our company assembled alone in an upper room and prayed for God to unify and strengthen our faith, also read the scriptures on the subject of insane and lunatics being healed, etc which also strengthened our faith. Our attention was specially called to 2 Tim. 1:7. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Faith in God through his word gave us the assurance he wanted to be glorified in her recovery. She was brought into the room, was anointed and prayed for according to the Word. Her actions during prayer were rather worse, but the devil was specially rebuked, and victory was claimed by faith.
She was taken home that night to Smith Centre, Kan. and we went next day to Harper, Kan. But prayer was offered for her recovery every day and different times her case was mentioned in camp meetings. Also we sent a request for her to be remembered at the assembly meeting at Grand Junction, Mich.
In about a week we received word she was no worse and in many respects was better. About a month later we got word again that she rested well, had a good appetite, could talk intelligently most of the time and was getting fleshy and strong, was praising God for healing her, would read the Bible and said it was the book for her. About two weeks later word came that she was sound and well. We give God the glory. We wish to confess our weakness even in this case. We have been praying all summer for advancement specially on the line of miracles and healing, but seemed to progress so slowly and having had no experience in such cases it seemed beyond our gifts, but knowing that God was leading in this case we had no doubts whatever, but was fully persuaded that God was able to perform what he had promised. Therefore by continuing in prayer and watching thereunto with all perseverance and stirring others up to prayer, victory is on the Lord’s side and the once hopeless insane is now sane, well and happy in the Lord. To God be all the glory. Your saved brother and company of co-laborers in the faith,
Geo. L. Cole.
Healed by the Power of God.
Dear Readers and Saints of the Most High: A lady of this city by the name of Mrs. John Brockelbank has been miraculously healed of cancers by the wonderful power of God. For which she much desires to give God all the glory for his miraculous healing power. She has been a great sufferer for a long time; and a little over one year ago she went to Rome, New York, to have the cancer drawn out by two physicians there, after which she suffered intensely most of the time, as the work done for her was not a success. The cruel sight would cause one to be moved with much sympathy and prayer to God for her; when I first saw the cancers I was almost baffled. But praises be unto our God, there is nothing too hard for him to do.
A short time ago another cancer made its appearance; her right hand and arm up to the elbow had become paralyzed and hung perfectly helpless at her side, all on account of the cancers. Her blood was thoroughly poisoned long ago. She became alarmed about her condition, the Lord showed her that her time was short in this life unless she received help soon. She heard of a place in Chicago called Divine Healing Mission, and the place is conducted by a Mr. John Alex Dowie; and so she went there expecting to get help there which was also a failure. But while there the Lord impressed her to return home, that she would receive the much needed help here. Shortly after her return to Battle Creek she sent for us to call on her. We had not talked with her but a few moments before she was willing to forsake her sins and received the clear witness that she was converted to God through the cleansing blood of Jesus. Praise God! Her faith mounted up at a marvelous rate for healing of the cancers; and the Lord God of Israel set his own time for the work, and word was sent to Grand Junction to the GOSPEL TRUMPET Office to Bro. E. E. Byrum for prayers at the hour of two o’clock on 12 th day of Jan., 1896. Sister Rrockelbank felt led to fast with some of us, and at the appointed time one of the brethren here was led of the Lord to anoint her with oil according to James 5:14. As we laid on hands the mighty power of God rested upon us in a wonderful manner; the Lord gave her the witness for her healing, although her faith wavered some with regard to the healing of the paralyzed hand and arm. Our faith mounted up as never before and the Lord sent his miraculous healing power, as we moved forward at his command, “doubting nothing.” And the work was done for which God has all the glory. Sister Brockelbank testified to the perfect circulation of blood in her hand and arm, and much desires to have God greatly glorified for his wonderful works. The next day she cut out a pair of mittens with the hand which was before paralyzed. All honor and glory is clue to the great King of Israel. A few days ago she was sanctified wholly to God. Pray for her that her’ faith fail not. Amen.
Bible Instruction, and How to Get it.
“BUT this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. — Jer. 31:33, 34. Heb. 8:11.
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” — Isa. 45:13.
“And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” — Micah 4:2.
“It is written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God.” Jno. 6:45.
“But ye have an unction from the Holy One; and ye know all things. 1 Jno. 2:20.
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you all things and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, ye shall abide in him. — Ver. 27.
“But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” — Jno. 14:26.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and preceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.’ — Acts 4:13.
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.” Jno. 15:7.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.” — James 1:5.
“If any man will do his will he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” — Jno. 7:17.
“Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me.” Ezek. 3:17.
“Behold I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbor.” Jer, 23:30.
Let us preach the Word, 2 Tim. 4:2, teach the people to get fully saved, and keep saved. Peter says, “If these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the know ledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus said, “Tarry at Jerusalem until ye endued with power from on high.” This power is power over all the power of the enemy, also to preach the Word and confirm it with signs following.
W. B. Schreiber.
Dear Saints of God: I can say the Lord saves and heals me both soul arid body, just now. Praise the Lord forever! I was a sufferer of heart trouble. My friends all thought I must die. About a year and a half ago I took my case to the Lord and he healed me, and I give God all the glory. Your sister in Christ,
Mrs. Alice Lucas.
Dear Saints of God: I am saved and sanctified by the blood of Jesus. Praise his holy name! My two sisters, one brother and myself had a severe attack of typhoid fever. While our sister had it with less severeness, we were quite delerious at times. But God in his merciful kindness raised us up. Glory to Jesus! While God saw fit to heal the rest of us he took dear mother home to glory. But soon we will be with her where parting is no more. Pray for me that I may prove faithful. Yours in Christ,
GOD is calling his children to an onward move. He has sent forth his messengers with the message of full salvation, and warning the people to flee the wrath to come. And to his people who have become ensnared in the divisions of sectism, Babylon confusion, he says, “Come out of her, my people.” Rev. 18:4. When this message from the Lord is sent to his children, witnessed by his Spirit, every one who will not obey and separate themselves from sectism will go in darkness. And thousands are rejecting this message of present truth to the destruction of their souls because they are not willing to forsake error and walk in the light of truth.
Sectism itself never was right and never will be, but people have lived there, remained saved, died and gone home to glow, because they lived up to all the light they had. But now the time of prophecy is being fulfilled when God is calling together his elect from the various parts of the earth, where they were scattered during the “dark and cloudy day,” into the one body, Christ, which is the church.
This great reformation in the evening of time is of God, and he is flashing the light upon his word in such brightness that deep truths are being revealed and unfolded which have not been fully understood for centuries. The light as it shines forth from the Word by the Holy Spirit, is not to be cast aside as a light matter, but the message from the Lord is. “Walk in the light while ye have the light, lest ye go into darkness.” — John 12:35, 36. Because you received fight on sectism and sanctification ten or fifteen years ago does you no good now, even if you did walk in the light then, unless you have been walking in the light ever since, and will continue doing so.
The cleansing of the sanctuary is at hand, the sifting time is upon us. The Lord is preparing his bride, and he will make a “great sacrifice” in order that his bride, the church may be spotless and pure. What will be sacrificed? Many “mighty ones,” ministers and others who have strong instruments in his hands will be sacrificed by him. How will this take place? They will fall, lose the grace of God out of their souls, and go into darkness, because they refuse to walk in the light. May God send this truth home to every child of God. Dear saints of God, see to it that you walk in the light of the Word. The church must come up to a Bible standard in purity of doctrine, power and authority. The children of God have been looking forward for a time to come when God would suddenly shower down upon the church as a body, such power and authority. But some time ago the Lord revealed this matter very clearly that it was more of an individual matter, as is the acceptance of salvation. And only those who meet the conditions of the Word and push the battle for themselves by the help of the Lord will be able to have this power.
There must be a deeper settling upon the word of God, by his saints, or there will be a great falling away. It means more now, to those who have had the light of his truth, to have and keep salvation than it did a few years ago. You cannot walk in the light your grandmother had, as many desire to do; you must walk in the light of the Word as the Holy Spirit reveals at the present time.
God has ordered an onward move among his children, among those who have discerned his body — the church. There are ministers as well as others, who have been preaching a full gospel up to all the light received, are now fighting, rejecting an onward move; rejecting truth, and God is going to sacrifice them, let them become apostates because they will not walk in the light. Some want to hold to and teach some of their old Babylonish, or preconceived ideas, hold on to false doctrines, as such doctrines are exposed as error; will sympathize with false spirits, have their own way regardless of light and truth, and God will make the sacrifice. Will you be one whom he will be obliged to sacrifice, or will you walk in the fight and be true to his word? The setting forth of judgment in the church, to a Bible standard, and the sifting and sacrifice among those who have accepted the light and truth and salvation, will be among the prominent features of this prophetical year in this great reformation of the Lord.