15 August 1890, Volume 10, Number 16.
THE REWARD OF FAITH.
Over the valley and hill they speed, —
The father and his boy — and the long hours
Merged into days ere far Moriah’s height
Loomed up before their vision,
Now they pause,
And with a trembling voice the weary sire
Bids those whose love had guarded well the child
To leave him. Hither had their footsteps come
To offer sacrifice unto their God —
A holy incense to His glorious name;
And he would be alone save with his boy.
“My father,” spake the child, “I see the wood
And fire, but yet I do not see the lamb
For the burnt offering.”
’Round the father’s heart
Cold icy fingers seemed to cluster fast,
As he repiied in tones all tremulous:
“My son, our God Himself provides a lamb.”
Childlike and trustful, farther spake he not,
But with blithe footsteps, wandering round,
His little bands were busy as they moved
In mimic toil to rear an altar shrine
How should his father tell him God’s command;
How tell him that his unsullied life
Must be the sacrifice?
At last he spake,
And all his life-long agony was naught
Compared to that which crushed his spirit now.
“My son — my darling one — THOU art the lamb
God doth prepare a sacrifice to be;
And could my life save thine, this very hour
With joy and gladness I would die for thee.
My days are many; thy rosy hours
Have been but few; and I had fondly hoped
That thou wouldst bless my life and close my eyes
When earth had faded from my mortal sight.
Thy God and mine hath chosen thee: He calls
His precious gift I hailed so gladly, back.
Come, my own boy; the altar waits for thee.
Think thou how God doth love thee, thus to call
Thy youth-time with its radiant beauty, home.”
The boy looked on his sire with fear and awe,
His childish soul shrank from the gleaming knife
And the rough cords that bound unto the wood;
Yet with a gentle trust and yielding love,
He gave himself unto his fathers arms.
How weak had grown that cold and trembling hand,
As now he binds his boy’s young feet with cords —
Those pattering feet! whose every step and sound
Had been such blessed music to his ear;
Following where’er he went, from early morn
Till homeward at the evening-time he came.
And those dear bands! that oft unto his home
Had brought their loving gifts of bud and flowers,
Clinging to his in many a pleasant walk!
And now a purple hue steals o’er them —
The tightening pressure checks the current’s flow,
And all is really.
The sad Patriarch’s heart
Grows strangely strong, and with uplifted eye,
Asked for strength to do his Father’s will,
The fatal knife is quickly raised on high.
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“Abraham! Abraham!” The gleaming blade
Hath fallen from out that father’s hand like light.
“Touch not the lad, for now I surely know
Thou lovest me, and hast not e’en withheld
Thy son, the idol of thy loving heart.
Release thy child, another offering waits.”
Was it a dream — a bright, delusive dream —
That waited but to mock his hoping heart?
Oh, no! oh, no! and as he quickly gave
Each tender limb to its free life again,
He felt now REAL GOD’S GREAT GOODNESS WAS.
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Homeward, with quickened step they took their way,
Father and son — faithful had given back —
Until Beersheba met their longing gaze,
Where well they knew a loving mother kept
Her faithful vigil for the absent twain;
Where they did toll in joy, with tearful eyes,
Of the rich mercy from Jehovah’s hand.
A FEW WORDS ON FAITH.
HAVE Faith in God; oh how wonderful it is. Paul describes it as a shield and says; above all taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. — Eph. 6:16. A shield to defend and protect us from the power of satan. Praise God! it means something to believe God through trials, sufferings, and severe temptations. So many when they are tried, let doubts bother them. What would you think of a soldier, who when he came in contact with the enemy right in the heat of the battle would throw down his armor, do you not think he would be sure to get whipped?
Faith is our shield. It is belter for our shield to be tried than for us to be tried. Peter says, “the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire.
FAITH IS PRECIOUS. 2 Pet. 1:1. Why? became it is God-given, and for the purpose of conquering the enemy. It is precious because it stands the fire, and comes out of the furnace like pure gold that has no alloy; but only shines the brighter by being in the furnace. Faith is a mighty lever which enables us to uproot the works of the devil, and also by it we become settled down in God. “If ye will not believe surely ye shall not be established.” Isa. — 7:9. And again: ‘believe in the Lord your God so shall ye be established.” “Believe her prophets so shall ye prosper.” — 2 Chron. 20:20. You see it is faith in God: that enables us to become established. And how many dear ones become ensnared by the enemy, and lose their soul because they fail to become established. We are sanctified by faith. — Acts. 26:18. Also we are justified by faith — Rom. 3:28. 5:1. We walk by faith not by sight. — 2 Cor. 5:7.
Notice some of the precious examples given in the Word, Abraham was strong in faith, giving glory to God, “and Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Joseph had faith in God; that he would bring the children of Israel into the promised land. Therefore he gave commandment concerning his bones, four hundred years before the time. “Steven was a man full of faith and the Holy Ghost. Paul says: but “without faith if is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” And not only are we saved by faith; but we are healed by faith, and devils are cast out by faith. — Mark 16:17. 18. And Paul perceiving the lame man had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice stand upright on thy feet; and he leaned and walked. — Acts. 11:10.
Faith believes God; takes God at His word, honors God and relies on Him, and knows He will do what He has promised. Faith is not a mere vague imagination, supposing or guessing at things. Now “faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. — Heb. 11:1. A real substance. Praise God, also an evidence. How about those then who say they have all on the altar, and say they believe the word, and are waiting for the witness to the cleansing? “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself. — 1 Jno. 5:10. Dear ones doubt no longer; but take God at His word and if your consecration is complete, and you believe God according to God’s own word you have the witness in yourself. And are “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation; ready to be revealed in the last time. — 1 Pet. 1:5. I do praise God that we can have that faith that takes God at His word, and that our faith can grow exceedingly. — 2 Thess. 1:3; and that Jesus Himself is both the Author, and finisher of our faith, — Heb. 12:2.
Paul thanked God he had kept the faith. And God is no respecter of persons; if Paul did, so can we. Dear ones if you are called on to fight the good fight of faith, do not be discouraged, God has confidence in you or He would not trust you in that way. Then “be of good courage, and the Lord shall strengthen thine heart.” Then persevere until faith is lost in sight, and you receive a crown of never fading glory. Your sister under the blood, and in the unity of the faith:
IT PAYS TO TRUST THE LORD.
Dear Saints: — I praise God for His grace. He has redeemed, and keeps me by His power. I once knew nothing of the power of God to save from sin, and the living fire of God’s love in the soul. I praise His name that the spirit of God searched me out, and led unerring to the glorious victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. When I reflect on my past life, and see how satan has deceived me, my soul weeps over the past. When I reflect upon what I have seen and heard I wonder at the love of God. Praise the Lord! Three years ago Jesus stooped so low as to save one of the worst of sinners, the most ignorant hungriest soul that ever entered His spiritual kingdom. I am ever drinking at the living fountain that never runs dry. O what a joy and privilege to meditate on. Glory to God’s holy name, my meat and drink is to know and do His blessed will. I want all your prayers that God will give my husband and myself grace to raise all our children firm soldiers for Jesus. I have joined in this holy war never to be a deserter. I want every thing around me to come and join King Emmanuel’s army. Living without a heavenly Father’s protecting hand over us, is worse than losing earthly parents. I know the loss of both, but praise the Lord, in 1887 the good Lord had pity on me, forgave my many sins, adopted me into His holy family. I became His spiritual child, God my father, and Jesus my elder brother. In 1888 God sanctified me and gave me His Spirit to speak His praises. What happiness it was, to know God was my Father, Jesus my Saviour, the Holy Ghost my comforter, and the Church my mother. It is to me a duty and a labor of love to speak the truth concerning my venerable mother. The longer I know her, the more I admire and venerate her. All! my dear friends, if you saw her as her children see her, you would not stay away from her any longer; but she would be revealed to you, bright as the sun, fair as the moon, with the beauty of heaven stamped upon her brow. Glorious as an army in battle array, you would love her, you would cling to her and embrace her, and call her blessed. Consider what you lose, and what you gain in embracing her religion; Your loss is nothing in comparison with your gain. You gain everything that is worth having; you acquire a full connected knowledge of God’s revelation, you get possession of the whole truth as it is in Jesus. You no longer see it in fragments, but reflected before you in its beauty, as in a polished mirror. Your knowledge is not only complete and harmonious, but it becomes fixed steady, you exchange your opinions for certainty. You are no longer tossed by every wind of doctrine, but you are firmly grounded on the Rock of Truth. Then you enjoy that profound peace which springs from the conscious possession of the truth. You come back like the prodigal son to the home of your father and mother, and the garment of joy is put upon you, and the banquet is set before you. May God give you light to see the truth, and having seen it, may He give you courage and strength to follow it. Remember there is nothing so essential as the salvation of your immortal soul. For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Let not the fear of offending friends, nor persecutions of men, nor the Joss of earthly possessions deter you from investigating and embracing the true religion. For our present tribulation, which is but momentary and light, worketh for us a far more exceedingly and eternal weight of glory.
I promised my heavenly Father more than a month ago when any of my little children got sick, I would take the case to Him. Right recently some of them have been sick. I read the fifth chapter of James and knelt by the bed and prayed. I got up and said: son rise and walk, Jesus will cure you. He got up and went to play, after being sick all day and giving him medical aid, but kept getting worse till I obeyed God. He showed me by faith He would give me my desire in this case, and I promised the Lord I would take everything to Him. This same child only eight years old, God has healed twice before this, through my weak prayers, when medical aid had failed to reach the disease. He was healed as he walked in the name of the great physician. Praise His holy name! I take everything to the Lord, and according to my faith He answers me. The nearer I get to Him, the harder satan fights me. Sometimes my trials are so great, satan tells me to give up; you have too hard a time, you are no Christian any way, just quit. When I come down in the dust of humility, in tears and suplication to my Father, a voice seems to speak: never be discouraged, I am with you always. Then I get victory. Spiritual enemies have always worked on my mind worse than visible enemies. Many thanks to Bro. Byrum for answering my letter. It gave me a great deal of strength. If I was to tell you all the good Lord has done for me and mine, it would fill an immense volume. Jesus is ever blessing us. Oh! that I had power and words to praise Him for His blessings, but praise His holy name, I have His Word. If I trust Him to the end, I will have all eternity to praise Him. Ever be so kind as to remember me and mine at the throne of grace.
Your sister washed in the blood of the Lamb.
V. H Bozeman.
HEALED BY THE LORD.
Mud Bay, Wis.
Dear Saints of God: — This evening I am saved and in this lonely place with a cargo of stone waiting fair wind. My mind is taken up in thoughts of the dear saints, as well as the Savior who has redeemed me by His blood and made me what I am. Praise His dear name for the promises He has left in His blessed Word, that if we love Him we shall have right to the tree of life and enter through the pearly gates into the city. I thank God for not only the prospects of the future, but for the pleasure and joy we have in this life, even when all around looks dark, and the sky is dark and dreary; when friends forsake and foes oppress, and when the tides of success are against us, a little talk with Jesus makes it all right. It is then that one can enjoy a season in secret with our blessed Lord and Master. His sweet smiles are so precious to our hungry souls. He will always meet us under such circumstances if we are His saints; and one of His precious promises drives all clouds away, and how bright the sky will look. O praise the Lord for! His presence, who has said, “My grace is sufficent.” O I have proved this and found it true. What a dreary sky constantly overhangs babylon, where men are bound up under priest-craft and dark age creeds. I know this by experience. The Word of the Lord is sufficient for me now. Praise the Lord for freedom in Christ. I have been reading the Gospel Trumpet for some time. I love its testimonies, they are food to my soul. I feel led to write what know about the healing power. I will state a case that came under my own observation. As I feel it is to the glory of God for it to be published. I have long looked for it to appear in the columns of the paper, but have not read it. I feel at liberty to report the same.
Sister Henry of South Haven, last fall, was taken with an attack of the then prevalent disease called LaGrippe, after two at tacks, she began sinking slowly, but surely into the grave with the dreaded disease, Quick Consumption. The attending physican, one of our most competent men said her time was short, inviting them to send for friends if they had any at a distance. This was the latter part of Feb. On the last day Bro. Warner called to see her and pointed her to Christ, stating if she had faith she could be healed. She was a saint but doubted there was healing for her. The next morning at family worship the Lord told her he would heal her, that she should send for Bro. Warner. They sent immediately for him and a Bro. also came after me, telling me that sister Henry was going to be healed. O what a feeling came over me when entering the sickroom, not having seen her for some days, I was shocked at her condition. It seemed to me I could already see death working, and I really thought her time would soon be over. Her eyes had assumed that glossy appearance; her lips and gums were like death; her right arm was helpless. It looked evident that death would soon set the soul at liberty. I shall never forget the faith Bro. Warner had, he said that “the Lord is going to heal sister Henry, let us pray.” We knelt down by the bedside. I got the victory, the power of the Lord was there. After the anointing with oil and laying on of hands, I never shall forget with what assurance Bro. W. took her by the hand and said: “In the name of the Lord I rebuke the disease; in the name of Jesus arise.” O what authority, but based on God’s Word. She arose. We left the room and in less than 5 minutes she was out in the room where we were praising God: We sang that beatiful Hymn, “Songs of Victory.” I felt the power of God filling the room, and asked God to heal me, and the Lord healed my body as well. She has been healed ever since, and hard at work at whatever she found do. Praise the name of the Lord for such power and victory.
Your Bro. saved and kept by the power of God.
W. B. Crall.
South Haven, Mich.
A COMPLETE DELIVERANCE.
Dear Saints: — God bless you all for Jesus sake. I praise God that I can rejoice that I have escaped out of the wilderness of sectism, which is the wilderness of sin. And have entered holiness by the blood of Jesus my Savior, who saves me from all sin, with a complete salvation and gives me a perfect peace in my soul. So that my meditations of Him are sweet and my soul is glad in the Lord. In reality I do sing: “Let worldly minds the world persue it has no charms for me.” Once I admired it’s trifles too, (this was when I was a sectarian) But grace, — praise God, — divine grace has set me free. While I belonged to the M. E. sect I claimed I was taking the word of God as the man of my counsel. Would do as many others do, reject the commands of God; sit in the seat of the scornful, go to festivals, attend 4th of July sprees, chew tobacco, drink beer smoke the pipe, pray some and if anything would go wrong while at work I would swear at it and go on professing and sinning, and call this living a justified life. Oh what blindness! God does not justify any one in sin. There are thousands lo day that are living just that way. I know what I am talking about. O may God have mercy upon the poor blinded people. If we are not saved from sin, what are we saved from?
Some of you may wonder how I got my eyes open. When I came to this place one of those troublers of Israel came to visit me; it was Bro. C. Guiss, he asked me the question: are you free? I did not know what he meant, and said I was. I was free sure enough to make a profession, and live as I was for the devil; but my freedom always caused me more or less condemnation and no peace. Well my Bro. was faithful; he would visit me and talk to me and finally gave me a Gospel Trumpet to read. I would read it but oh how blind I was. I did not like Bro. Guiss very well nor the Trumpet, but a continual drop will wear a stone. It seemed to me the meat the Gospel Trumpet gave was too strong for my poor weak sectarian stomache; it would cause me to spue out some of the M. E. food (doctrine) that I had imbibed while in that sect. Glory to God! I am glad that the Trumpet gave me the pure Bible food and that did sicken me. Well I praise God that the Trumpet in the hand of God showed me my condition; the inconsistent life that I was living. I was led to die out to the world, and present my body a living sacrifice; placed all on the altar (Christ) believed the altar sanctified the gift. And now Christ in me the hope of glory, is it any wonder that I love Bro. Guiss? is it any wonder that I praise God for the dear Gospel Trumpet? is it any wonder that I praise God for the grand glorious privilege of reading all the dear saint’s, testimonies in the Trumpet? And that I am asking God’s choicest blessings to rest on dear Bro. Warner, and the Trumpet family, and all God’s saints every where. No! no! it is no wonder, praise the Lord I am free! free!! a clear conscience, out of Babylon, and Babylon out of me. I often think when I read those testimonies of dear saints scattered throughout the land, I cannot see them all in this life; but can hear them tell their experience through the Gospel Trumpet. I will say to all be faithful till death, and we shall greet each other in the far away home of the soul As I do love the Trumpet so much I often wonder, and say: well now if all the dear saints and myself would double our subscription we could have the Trumpet to visit us every week. I will be willing to pay three times as much in order to have the visit oftener. Think of it dear saints and see what could be done in this case. God bless you is my prayer and earnest desire. If any of the dear saints come this way stop at my house, and you will find a heavenly welcome. Yours in the body.
New Washington, Ohio.
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Camp and Grove Meeting
A GROVE MEETING.
The Lord willing, will be held at Huntington, Ind. August 21—26. A pleasant grove has been procured at that place by Bro. Gardner, near his place, and close to the town of Huntington.
They contemplate having a glorious meeting in the name of the Lord, and are very anxious to have as many attend as possible. All will be well cared for. Address,
M. C. Gardner.
GRATIOT CO. MICH CAMP MEETING
The time of this meeting will be August 26—Sept 3. One half mile west of the residence of Bro. Jacob Cross, 4 miles south of the Saginaw & St. Louis R. R. Those coming from the east will stop at Merrill, and from the west at Wheeler. All desiring to be met at the train write to Wallace Gould, stating the name of the station where they desire to be met.
A Grove Meeting.
At Deer Creek, Carroll Co. Ind. The Lord willing, August, 22—24. Bro’s Palmer, & Speck.
At Hedrick, Iowa the Lord willing, August 27—September 2. Bro’s Palmer and Speck.
Hedrick is located on the Central Iowa, Burlington and Western, and the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul railroads. Address,
Bro. C. Z. Lindley.
Red Lyon, Pa. Camp Meeting.
Will “be held on the old camp ground, near Rockland Station, which is on the Pittsburgh & Allegheny Valley, R. R Aug. 27—Sep. 4. Bro’s Kilpatrick & Schell, are expected to-be there, and we trust others. Address Bro. Samuel Martz, Pittsville, Venango Co., Pa.
Grove meeting at Ridgeville Corners, Henry Co., Ohio, Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. All invited. Those coming east or west over the Wabash R. R, stop off at Okolona. Notify Bro. Wm. Spray Ridgeville, Henry Co., Ohio. We hope the Lord will send Bro. J. N. Howard and as many others as feel led to come. Amen.
F. N. Jacobson.
A Grove Meeting.
Near Tekonsha Calhoun Co. Mich. Will be held, the Lord willing, August 20—25. In Bro. Cook’s grove, five miles southwest of Tekonsha Calhoun Co. Tekonsha is on the Michigan Air line. Parties can also be brought from Ceresco, on the Michigan Central line. Coming to either place, please notify Bro. C. H. Eldridge, at Tekonsha, Mich. We expect to be there and whom the Lord sends.
A Grove Meeting.
Will probably be held at Columbia City Ind. August 22—24. Bro’s Kilpatrick & Schell.
CAMP MEETING. ST JAMES MO.
This meeting will be held Sep. 4—11th on the fair ground near St James, where it was held last year. St James is on the St Louis and SanFrancisco R. R one hundred miles south west of St Louis. There will be a pavillion on the ground that will seat and shelter several hundred people The brethren write that they “will do all they can to accommodate those that come from a distance, but would advise all that can to bring tents and bedding. It is expected that there will be a boarding tent os the ground. Bro’s A. B. Palmer, and S. L. Speck are expected. And we invite all to come that can.” Amen!
A grove meeting will be held Aug. 28 to July 1 the Lord willing in Ganges, Allegan Co., Mich, in Bro. George Fry’s grove, 1 1/2 miles north and 2 1/2 miles east of Glenn. We earnestly request some of the dear brethren in the ministry to come over and help us in this meeting as this is a new place and much need of the Gospel. Anyone writing to me, address Ganges P. O., Allegan Co. Mich. We expect Bro Michels there. Come whosoever the Lord sends. Amen.
Henry C. Sharpnack.
Bro. Cole has his instructions printed, for his new system of teaching penmanship, and is giving lessons by mail. His pupils have sent in very favorable reports, and we wish him success. As every one should be a good penman, especially if they do much writing for the press. We have examined his exercises and method of teaching and found it very easy and simple so any one who will follow the instructions can, with a little perseverence, become a good rapid writer.
Address, J. Cole.
Grand Junction, Mich.
A MIRACULOUS HEALING.
Jerome, Iowa. Aug. 3 1860.
Dear Trumpet: — May the dear Lord wonderfully bless your dear souls and keep you constantly filled with His peace. Three days ago I telegraphed you to pray for the healing of our child. And I want to say to the glory of His blessed name that that prayer was heard and answered, and the healing power bestowed. She is a little bud of 2 1/2 years. She was taken with what appeared to be bold Hives which broke out slightly then went back. She was taken with a hard spasm, becoming black in the face and stiff as one dead, her eyes turning backward and frothing at the mouth. She appeared lifeless for some minutes. She had three of these during the night accompanied with a terrible burning fever, and had disorder of the bowels. Neigbors insisted on having a physican but I told them the lord heals all our infirmities. I would not even give teas which they brought, determined to give God all the Glory. Soon after sending the dispatch she began to get better, and soon her body was almost covered with Hives. Before night she was running about at play. Praise the Lord for His merciful kindness. Oh how blessed to trust in Him in every circumstance in life. Amen.
Your Bro. washed in the blood, staid on our God.
R. M. Haynes.
Upon receipt of the telegam sent by Bro. Haynes, we went in earnest prayer to God, imploring him to spare the life of the child and remove the disease at once and restore its health, and we received a positive evidence by the Holy spirit that the work was done by the power of of God. To Him be all the honor and glory. [Ed.]
A PHYSICIAN FOR SOUL AND BODY.
Dear Saints: — I do praise God that I am one of His witnesses, for He says “ye are my witnesses.” I do praise God for keeping me and that I can trust in Him. For He says they that trust in Him shall be as Mount Zion, that shall not be moved but abideth for ever. I have trusted Him for the healing of my body for three years and I find Him a physician for soul and body I expect to live so when God sees fit to take this spirit home that I can say: “Thy will be done”; and if He lets it remain it may be for His glory. O, I do see the need of more faith in God’s little ones; let us earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. I praise God for the evening light that He let shine upon me. I praise God that when He showed me that my house was built on the sand, that I was willing to move it on the Rock, there to abide forever by God’s grace assisting me.
O the precious blood that bought me!
O the grace that keeps and saves.
O the tender love that sought me,
God’s great ocean lose its waves.
My prayer is that I may be kept worthy of God’s blessing each day. Your sister in Christ.
Julia E. Austin.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Deerfield Camp Ground. Aug 1 1890.
While we sit in our tent writing this fore-noon, there is a glorious sound in the camp. The fire is burning and the saints are Joyful in glory, leaping, shouting and praising God in the highest. Hallelujah!
July 25th we came to the Grove meeting announced in Lagrange Co., Ind. Our souls were grieved to find that satan had been at work destroying the unity of the spirit, by different means, and there were but a few souls that were really clear in God. As we love God and hate evil, love the truth and abhor false doctrines, we began at once to set the Word of God on every false way, just as fast as we learned of them. While the cause had been much harmed in the post by shameful backsliding on the ..a..t of some, and to yielding to sin on the part of some, the only false doctrines that was disturbing the work at this time was falsehood, that regeneration makes us pure and holy in our nature. Some who had testified that they knew God had sanctified and made them perfectly pure by a second work of grace, which is according to the scriptures, of late had turned about and taught the contrary. This is confusion and abomination in the sight of God. Who can take the testimony of men and women after confessing that they had as good as lied respecting a sacred experience. It is no reflection upon a christians character if he discovers he has been in error in any thing, to renounce that error. But this was not only a doctrine but an experience. They testified that they knew by experience in their hearts and by the witness of the Spirit of God that He had sanctified them through and through. Now if they did not know such a work had been wrought in them, they were acting the hypocrite when they professed it. But if they did know of such an experience they are telling a falsehood now, when they deny there is such a thing, either horn of the dilemma is very bad. But the matter must be accounted for by one of two things, either they never had the experience of heart purity, or if they did they have fallen from grace, and “forgotten that they were purged from their old sins. Unfortunately that place is not very many miles from that dreaful, snarling, apostate Low, who is indeed the worst hydrophobia that has ever been cast upon earth. This man also came to the meeting on sabbath, and three times in succession he arose and began to squall out to interrupt the work of salvation just as we were giving an invitation for perishing souls to come to the altar. Though the brethren in error referred to disclaims having received their doctrine from Low, he never-the-less holds to the same belief. Not withstanding, 8 or 10 years ago he testified to two works of grace in his soul. These parties have also put themselves on the devil’s territory by going to hear him, and some having backslid are now fellowshipping him, while others who yet hold his heresy confess that he has an evil contentious spirit. This grumbler teaches that “there is unity among God’s people whether on earth or in Heaven.” That being true, it follows that he is not a child of God himself, or else he is the only one on earth or in Heaven. For he “pleases not God and is contrary to all men.” For over seven years the poor unhappy man has been deluded of the devil, and has been yelling and straining himself to condemn everybody else and in that time has gained several followers. Last fall, he with his diciples and L. H. Johnson, who also is limiting men contentious enough to join him met in a convention at Elkhart, Ind. Both Johnson and Low are anti holiness and anti ordinance, but it appears that these fell out by the way and had a very breezy contention. Low claimed one half of the time in the discussion, — so I was informed by one who was somewhat intimate with him, — but was only allowed equal time with the other speakers. From which we suppose it is that he charges upon that convention that they gave him no privilege of self defence, and of defending his doctrine. The two rampant holiness fighters each had a different way to get around the scriptures which teach two works of grace in the disciples of Christ. Johnson contended that they were not converted until the day of pentecost, which Low called infidelity, and declares that they were both converted and sanctified before that time. Low also holds that when persons become converted who were previously married, that they should ignore their marriage contracted while aliens. This Johnson withstood. The result of the jangle was, all Low’s adherents detached themselves from him, and joined themselves to Johnson, whereupon the former in his anti-gospel fomentation of July, publishes an open “letter” to them, calling them “the Johnson sect”, and calling all who had been his own followers, “Infidels”, “practicing hypocrisy”, “liars”, “a sect of the devils invention”, etc. All of which reflects badly on Low who really invented it. O may God pity the poor empty restless ANTI’S who are devouring each other for a living.
Praise God! The Monday following the beastly uproar, we met in the name of the Lord in a clear sky, and God was present and wrought powerfully. There were 6 or, 8 consecrations in the day and evening meetings, and the Lord most glorious- delivered their souls, and there was great joy among the angels in Heaven while we praised God with souls who had passed from death unto life, and prodigals who had come back to Father’s house. Among the number who were saved were dear Bro. and sister Gigax who made their escape out of the Omish sect, in which he had preached the Gospel as well as he knew how, and though without a Bible experience himself, he held the standard higher than they could well endure. The Bro. is a German and we doubt not he will be very useful. Also a young Bro. who had been preaching some among the Disciples came out for God. These received both regeneration and entire sanctification. The meeting continued with the blessing of God and the work of salvation until Wednesday, when we went to the beautiful Pigeon river, where 5 dear ones were sacredly buried with Christ in baptism and came forth with the glory of Heaven upon their souls. Four of the five were preachers and the fifth was one of their wives. The work done at this meeting seemed very deep and clear, and we hope the dear ones will stand firm forever. And we humbly pray that he may restore others who are out of the way. O how exceedingly God blessed us during this meeting. Even on the sabbath, while the evil spirits were raging and foaming at us, the waves of glory rolled over our souls. O bless the Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
Watkinsville, Miss. July 22, 1890.
Dear Saints: — With honor, praise and glory to God, I send a report of the meeting held here. On Sunday after administering the ordinance of baptism by which eleven were buried with Christ we preached to a large Audience. Also held service in the evening and at night, at which time we also observed the ordinance of communion and feet washing in which 26 persons particpated. The Lord was present; and we had a blessed meeting and many shining testimonies for the master. I am still praising the Lord for full and free salvation. Praise the Lord forever! Your saved Bro.
A. L. Creal.
Cedar Vale Kans. July 21st. 1890.
Dear Saints: — May the God of all peace bless you abundantly for Jesus sake amen. We are sweetly saved to day from all sin and confusion, and from all the mists and fogs of babylon. Praise the Lord! We came to this place and pitched our tabernacle in the name of the Lord. The meeting had been announced in the Trumpet for July 10th. and afterwards changed to Sept. 18th. and also in the County paper. This confused the people so that many persons only a few miles away did not know that the meeting would be held until Sept. No meetings had been held in this Valley by the saints for two years or over. And all hough the Lord had planted a noble vine Jer. — 2:21; yet it dried up. Job — 1:12. The little ones became a prey to the devouring wolves. Yet the Lord was not willing that the people should perish but rather that all should come to repentance. — 2 Pet 3:9. So the Lord sent us over to urge the people to prepare at once to meet God. We realized that whatever was done must be done quickly. Life hangs upon a thread, death is at our door and the awful Judgment is sure to follow. The Holy Ghost wrought wonderfully upon the hearts of the people, carrying home truth. Many were deeply concerned about their souls; yet but few were quite ready to pay the full price. Truly “strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there he that find it.” There are many precious souls in this place, and we believe an ingathering to the Church of the first born awaits some of God’s anointed ones who can keep in perfect humility, and know nothing but Christ and Him crucified. Nothing but the truth sent by the Holy Ghost through men and women who are perfectly pliable in the hands of God, men and women filled with the HOLY GHOST AND FIRE can avail much toward rescuing perilling souls. “The harvest is great and the laborers are few.” O, that God would speedily send forth fire baptized laborers into the harvest. The Lord gave Babylon a wound which is incurable, and many are wailing her downfall but her doom is sealed, by the handwriing upon the wall. Some are stepping out but almost afraid they will sink beneath the waves. O, that the Lord may help them to launch out into the deep things of God, and be filled with the denial fire and victory and glory, and a faith in the word that all hell cannot overthrow or shake. We never saw better order or better attention in our lives, and never were treated more kindly and our hearts flow out in gatitude to them; but this is short of salvation. Our earnest desire and prayer to God is that the people may meet the concisions of salvation and be saved. “What shall it profit a man if he he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul.” “God will bring into to Judgment every work with every secret thing.” — Ecc. 12:14. From here we go to Web City Mo. We are the Lord’s, all on this altar Christ divine ready to go anywhere and suffer anything that will glorify God. Let all the saints pray for us, that we may be kept always in the sweet will and order of the Lord. Yours in Jesus.
G. E. & Mattie Bolds & J. F. Lundy.
Dear Saints: — May the Lord bless you Feeling in our souls that the saints at Bently Sedgwick Co. needed help we went to the rescue of their souls in the name of Jesus. The Lord enabled us to preach the truth in love and power of the Holy Ghost. Two consecrated for sanctification. We laid hands on Bro. Howe to receive the Holy Ghost, as he needed help. Read — Acts 19:6. There is much work to be done for the Lord, and any of God’s fire baptized servants will be welcomed here by the saints. We also stopped at Rose Hill where we met Bro. and Sister Smith. These dear saints are standing alone surrounded by quacker darkneess. They need help, pray for them. Yours saved to the uttermost.
Carey & Defore.
Bellefontaine, O. July. 24, 1890.
Dearly Beloved saiints: — In company with Bro’s. Kilpatrick and Speck we held a meeting at Sixmile Ind. from June 25th. to July 6th. in which we were much blessed of the Lord. Although no souls were saved, yet we feel that much good was done. The attendance was very good, not-withstanding it being in the midst of wheat harvest, and it will doubtless result in a harvest of souls. God bless Bro and sister George who so kindly administered to our wants. We next held a sucessful meeting near West Liberty, O in which a number of souls were saved. Quite a number of saints from a distance were present and we had a glorious time. The Church here is well established, and we expect a Camp-meeting here next summer. Why not Brethren? We next held a sucsessful meeting at new Hampshire O. some were reclaimed, others added to the church; 4 baptized. Bro. Arnold Focht was ordained Deacon. Bro’s. Schell and Geo. Howard was with us in the last two meetings. Yours in Christ.
J. N. & M. J. Howard.
Welland, Ont. July 28th. 1890.
Dear Brethren: — I praise the Lord this afternoon for perfect conformity to the will of God. And I am rejoicing for the privilige of sitting at the feet of Jesus, and learning of Him the precious burning truth; that stings and burns and bites, that gainsayers cannot resist. We are humbly trusting in the living God who always makes us to triumph. We are still moving in the Lord’s order souls are being saved; I the work is spreading and the little ones are being established. I have just returned from Buffalo N. Y. The Lord is doing a glorious work there we found Bro. and sister Shively greatly rejoicing in the truth. We were only permitted to attend one meeting at Canal St. mission 6 or 8 came to the altar, some found the Lord. This part of the City is composed of brothels of the lowest character, and most of these people have tried to reform through the sects and have failed, as they were repulsed and spurned by ungodly professors, feeling that no one cared for their souls, yet in their hearts is a cry for deliverance. Oh who will carry the precious Gospel that saves from all sin to these precious souls? Bro. and sister Shively expects to go to Red Lyon C. m. We have secured rates over the N. Y. P. W. R. R. round trip from Buffalo to Oil City $5.50 and if the rates are secured over the A. V. R R. will make the full round trip about $6.75 let there be a general turn out the saints from all parts this year, and let the saints look to the Lord for even greater things than were done last year. We want to continue several months in Pa. if the Lord wills. We are well and saved. Praise the beauty of holiness.
G. T. & Lizzie Clayton.
Cora, Kan. July 31st. 1890.
Dear Brethren: — God bless you one and all, May you all be filled with all the blessed fullness of God. We are happy to report victory all the way along the line. Hallelujah! Our last report was from Haddam (6 miles N. W.) We had a glorious good meeting in the name of Jesus: much good was done, 2 or 3 consecrations for entire sanctification 2 were wonderfully filled with the Holy Ghost, and shouted the high praises of God. Others were convicted and convinced of the truth. The good seed has been sown and a good harvest cun be gathered in the near future. The House of God was clearly set before the people. Division were plainly shown up by the word of God; to be of the devil. The great majority of the people endorsed the whole truth. They were sorry to have us leave so soon. We felt led of the Lord to come on our way west 90 miles to Jacksonville Smith Co. Kan., and feel the Lord will be greatly glorified in our return to that place, Or in sending some one else there filled With the Holy Ghost. O, how great the harvest, and how few the true laborers O, that God will send more servants out in the west to break the word unto the people. The work is opening up in this country, many more calls than we can possibly fill. After we closed the meeting we returned to the house of dear Bro. J. C. Green near Mahaska. Met with the Church and had a glorious good time. Then came on west to Jacksonburg, where we met a most disgusting, anti Christ element, ungodly sinners professing to be the children of God. When they heard we were coming, they sent for preachers who were on hands ready to fight every thing good. The first night three of them were there, and as soon as they got a chance they began publicly disputing with the servants of God, and against His word. We gave them to understand we would not have their confusion, and that they must keep their place with the rest of the sinners. So they kept quiet in the meetings. They were faithfully rebuked and exposed by the word of God, and were completely exposed to the people. They had perfectly disgusted the honest people, with their ungodly lives. We preached the word of God with the power of the Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven. And it went home to the hearts of the people, convicting them of the need of Bible holiness. Two dear souls made the consecration for entire sanctification, one other dear soul was delivered from the influence of the Johnsonites, and came out on the straight Bible line for God. We had large congregations from the first night. God with us in mighty power. Hallelujah! We hope to return there again soon to reap the harvest, or let the Lord send some one else filled with the Holy Ghost. Dear Bro. and sister Gregory, came to the meeting from Beloit a distance of 75 miles and was wonderfully blest of the Lord in the meeting. Dear Bro. Caldwell a Free Methodist minister hearing of the meeting came 13 miles to hear the truth, and was well pleased and wanted us to come to his place, and hold a meeting on the straight Bible line. Well we are here now at his house, and find him and his dear family anxious for the truth. We commence meeting here to night in the name of Jesus. Pray mightily for us in this western country; that God will wonderfully use us. We expect to go from here to Kenesaw Neb. and then come back the Lord willing to Almena, and thence to Woodston, Rooks Co. Kan. Well dear brethren we are out here in western Kan. where every thing is dried up by the hot winds. Oats most of them never got high enough to mow with a mowing machine. Wheat the same, potatoes none, no gardens, corn is dry too, a great deal of it is laying on the ground. Thousands and thousands of acres of corn will not yield a bushel. This country is in an awful condition; no hay, no corn, no oats, awful! awful!! awful!!! is the sad condition of this country, God pity the people. And the people are in a worse condition; there is a great famine in the land for the hearing of the word of God. Yet there are a great many honest souls out here, who will receive the pure word of God. We are 2 1/2 miles S. W. of Cora, Smith Co. Kan. Pray for us dear brethren. We remain your saved Bro’s. filled with the mighty power of God. Sanctified wholly, ready for the Master’s use. Hallelujah. We rush to the battle; where ever He leads, with Jesus as the captain. Glory to His name.
Haner & Willis.
Dear Saints: — We are glad to report to all who read the Gospel Trumpet that we are still saved and kept by the power of God unto Salvation. Rejoining evermore in all things, giving thanks, and living in the will of God to the best of our ability.
We arrived here on the last day of July and commenced meeting at the time appointed. The dear Lord was in our midst. There were many in attendance, especially in the evening meetings, and great conviction rested upon all the people, and many mere convinced of the truth and confessed the same. But many went away without a knowledge of salvation. Yet a few consecrated their all to Jesus and were made to rejoice in a Savior’s love. There were 10 in all that found their way to the altar. The meeting was a grand one. The power of God reigned triumphant from the beginning to the end. Praise our God? A number were healed by the power of God of whatsoever disease they had. 7 followed the footsteps of Jesus in the ordinance of baptism, and were buried in the watery grave show- forth their death to the world, and the resurrection on whom the second death hath no power. Our dear Bro. Henry Ramsey was ordained by the Lord, and acknowledged by the Church by the laying on of hands of the elders, as deacon in the Church of God at Melrose, Ohio. May the dear Lord wonderfully bless and qualify him for his office for Jesus’ sake. Amen. Quite a number of the saints came in from Payne and other places. Our dear Bro. John Kilpatrick and companion and others whom we love in the Lord were present. While in Wayne Co., O., since our last report, we preached at Cherry Corners on Lord’s day, and in the evening at Cedar valley where we had quite a large congregation of attentive listeners. The U. B. gave us their meeting house to preach in and invited us back again. Next Lord’s day we preached at Bro. Miller’s. Baptized 3, washed the saints’ feet, commemorated the death and suffering of the Lord Jesus. And the Lord witnessed and there was great praising and rejoicing. It was a precious time to our souls. The dear Lord bless them for Jesus’ sake.
Yours in the faith once delivered to the Saints.
Wm. N. & S. J. Smith.
Dear Brethren: — Five years ago I was converted and about 2 months ago I was sanctified. I never heard a sermon preached on sanctification until I heard Bro. Haner preach it at Kenesaw, Neb. I do thank and praise God for what He has done for me. Pray for me that I may live for the Lord and be a faithful child. I do pray the Lord to send some workers to this place.
A. M. Eberline.
Dear Brethren: — This morning finds me blessedly saved of God: out on His promises and ready to do the will of God concerning me. Praise God for the blessed evening light. And my prayer is that God may bless the laborers in His vineyard who are laboring for the salvation of the lost. God has blessed our labors in this place. A few dear souls have been blessedly saved from sin; others feel their need of salvation. Pray that God may give us souls for our hire. Your saved Bro. in Christ
C. W. Mc Daniels
Sandy Lake, Pa.
Dear Saints: — I feel like writing my testimony for the Lord. I was once saved but I gave way to the evil one, and therefore lost my salvation, and enjoyment but the Lord gave me no rest until I returned to Him, and found Him just as willing to save me as ever. He convicted me so one Sunday at church that it seemed as if I could not sit on my seat, till I rose up and asked the prayers of God’s people. Oh how relieved I felt. Then they gave an opportunity for those that wanted to be saved, to come forward. I went and the Lord pardoned my sins. Dear ones pray for me that I may go on to know the deeper things of God, and that I may be sanctified wholly unto the Lord. Also pray earnestly for the healing of my body. The Lord says He will heal us if we have faith to believe that He can do what we ask. I believe if it is His will He can heal me But the Lord’s will be done, not mine. Pray that I may ever stand firm for God. Your sister in the Lord.
L. C. Owen.
West Liberty, Ohio.
Dear Ones in Jesus: — Taking great pleasure in reading testimonies, and experiences we were led to write a few lines. We belonged to a ..ect that does not believe in holiness in this life. We knew we were not living to the word of God. We had the word and read it, but were like the Eunuch said to Philip, “How can we understand except some man guide us.” Praise God the word says He added daily such as were being saved. After getting the light, we invited Bros. Schell and Bolds in our neighborhood, and after hearing a few sermons we were saved by the Lord Jesus, and He keeps us saved. The Lord has called a few of His little ones out of darkness into light here which by the help of God will stand for Him alone If any of the saints of God come through here we would be pleased to have them stop; especially God’s ministers. The saints here meet every Sabbath, and twice through the week for prayer meeting. We praise God for His plan of salvation, for freedom in Christ, for health, and in fact for every good gift.
L. C. & S. Mast.
Green Valley, Ill.
Dear Saints: — We are saved and sanctified in Jesus’ blood, and desire the prayers of all God’s children for the healing our little infant son. It has the whooping cough. We have prayed earnestly for God to heal him. We trust fully in the Lord and believe He will do it if it is His will. The Lord’s will be done not ours. We praise the Lord for what He has done for us. Pray for us that we may be kept low at the feet of Jesus. Glory to God!
Your Bro. & sister in Christ
Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Brown.
Maple Rapids, Mich.
Dear Saints: — God bless you and fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in the hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. Well beloved God is wonderfully working in this place. Praise His name! souls are being saved. There were 9 baptized a short time ago. Then we observed the ordinances of God’s house in the evening, and had a blessed time. 12 took part.
Your sister saved and sanctified.
Emma A. Lyon.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — Thanks be to God who has so abundantly pardoned and redeemed me from iniquity and washed my garment white in the blood of Jesus I do thank God for this wonderful experience of salvation that has created in me righteousness and true holiness. O I do thank God for faith that does not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Hallelujah! I find it so good trust the Lord. I find Him a present help in time of need. I do not have the opportunity of meeting with the saints often, as the most of the people in this place are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. The Campbellites rally together sometimes, but I cannot enjoy myself at sect meeting any more since the Word says, babylon is fallen, and to come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and, that ye receive not of her plagues for her sins have reached unto heaven; and whenever God says, these words which is forever settled in heaven, why will man try to build up what God says has fallen. It is a fearful thing to be found fighting against God. I cannot give them God speed any more, but I have the blessed Jesus with me, and His Word, and that is good enough for me. Praise His name!
Pray for me, that I may be delivered from all wicked and unreasonable men for all men have not faith, and that I may live humble and do the will of God in all things.
Yours sanctified holy.
Julia A. Marcee.
Constant Evaline infant dangler of Bro. and sister Longerbone; departed this life July 3rd. 1890 Aged six months. May God bless Bro. and sister Longerbone, and keep them from the powers of darkness. May they live faithful to God in this life, and meet the dear one in the better land. Oh praise the Lord for the blessed hope we have of the resurrection. Funeral services by the writer. Your Bro. saved and sanctified.
H. C. Wickersham.
Lydia Ann, infant daughter of Bro. Levi and sister Rebecca Yoder; was born May 3rd. 1889. Died July 2nd 1890. Aged 1 year 1 month and 29 days, God bless the bereaved parents, and comfort them with thy salvation. Funeral services by the writer.
Wm. G. Schell.
REQUEST FOR PRAYERS.
Do not forget to pray for the healing of sister E. E. Wood Minneapolis, Kan, Aug. 20th, Also for ——
Sister M. J. Douglas, East Unior, O. Aug. 18th. She has been afflicted for over 3 years, and also desires a deeper experience of salvation.
A REQUEST FOR PRAYERS. Aug. 20.
Minneapolis. Kan. July 28 1890.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I am now visiting my old home in Kan., preaching the straight Word and scattering tracts wherever I go; and through the blessing of God I have been able to convince one, since coming here, of the truth as it is in Jesus; a dear old Presbyterian sister. She is now all given up to the will of God, wholly consecrated to walk in all the light of the Gospel. Now this sister, Mrs. E. E. Wood, wishes me to send a request for the prayers of all God’s true saints for the healing of her Doily. She has been sadly afflicted with rheumatism for 20 years or more. Now I desire that all the saints cry mightily to God in her behalf on Aug. 20th at 8 o’clock A. M., and I will be there and anoint her with oil in the name of the Lord, the Spirit witnesses to me that He will do the work. Praise the name of the Lord forever who “forgiveth all our iniquities and healeth all our diseases.” O It is glorious to trust God for all things.
A. M. Brown.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS.
WILL you, please tell in the Trumpet what is meant by 1 Cor. 15:29. Also what is the “first resurrection Rev. — 20:5.
The first text reads as follows. “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?”
This is a very difficult Scripture to understand. The most obvious interpretation would be, that certain living were baptized for the benifit of the dead. But all authorities, admit that no such custom is recorded of the Apostle’s day.
James Macknight supposes the necessity of supplying a word in the text, and translates it as follows.
“Otherwise what shall they do who an baptized for the resurrection of the dead, if the dead rise not at all? And why are they baptized for the resurrection of the dead?” It is true that words are often thus implied in the greek text that are not expressed. And should the above version be the real sense of the Apostle’s words, the meaning is doubtless this. In — Malt. 20:22. 23. — Mark 10:38. 30: — Luke 12:50; the Savior used baptism figuratively to denote the suffering and death that both He and His disciples should undergo. The belief and confession of the doctrine of the resurrection was one of the “offences of the cross,” and occasion of persecution. So the Apostle’s idea may have been, why are men baptized with suffering for their belief and testimony of the resurrection of the dead, if the dead do not rise at all?
Even without adopting Macknight’s translation, the Apostle’s words might without any violence to the text, admit of the above idea.
Since baptism is emblematic of burial and resurrection, the Apostle may have had reference to the literal baptism. In the language of Dr. Clark. “As they — the Apostolic Church — received baptism as an emblem of death, involuntarily going under water, so they received it as an emblem of the resurrection unto eternal life in coming up out of the water; thus they are baptized for the dead in perfect faith of the resurrection. The following verses seem to confirm this sense.”
It is not essential to our salvation, nor yet to the duties of the Christian to understand this mysterious text, so we make no claim of having been specially taught of God in reference to it. It was simply used as an argument in favor of the resurrection which we believe, from other reasons. But one thing is certain, what ever interpretation we give the text, it connects baptism with death, and proves it a burial, as also Clark admitted and Rom. and Col. clearly assent.
2. What is the “first resurrection:” — Rev. 20:5.
The first resurrection, is that from sin and spiritual death, to spiritual life Jno. 5:24, 25; Rom. 6:13; Eph. 2:1-6. Col. 3:1.
3rd. Bro. W. I wish to ask you, whether God is converting souls in the sects of today or not. He says,” he that is not for me is against me, and he that gathered not with me scattereth aboad. He calls it a habitation of devils, and will He use such to save souls?”
R. P. G.
Ans. It is a fact that the mass of sects constitute the babylon of the Bible, and that it is now fallen and become a habita- of devils, etc. It is also a fact that God cannot use such corrupt instrumentalities.
It is also true that God has never used sect institutions, as such, to save souls. For He cannot consistently endorse by using what His Word condemns and forbids. But it is nevertheless true, that God has used good meaning men, in sectism, not because of, but in spite of their sect encumbrance. By reference to Jer. 51:24-26. and Rev. 8:8, we see that the great destroying mountain of babylon, falls when burned over. That fire is the Holy Spirit, and everywhere that holiness has come in its clear light and divine power, and the sects have fought it, they are utterly fallen, and abandoned of God. And since fallen. “is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” — see Rev. 18:2. Thus she is filled with evil where light has come, and she has rejected it, and Christ has indeed gone out of her, and calls to all His real disciples ‘come out of her.” In her the light of a candle is not seen, truly justified souls are not found, neither does she bring forth real sons of God. They have some revivals. But she travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.” — Psa. 7:14. “Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble, your breath as ire shall devour you. And the people shall be as the burnings of time. As thorns cut. up shall they be burned in the are.” — Isa. 33:11, 12.
Here we see after the fire of holiness comes which, as Doty, a Methodist preacher and Editor said, “destroy sects and denominations,” and their converts are but chaff and stubble.
Yea “They conceive mischief, and bring iniquity. They hatch cockatrice eggs, and weave the spiders web: he that eatelh of their eggs dieth, and that which crusheth breaketh out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works.” — Isa. 59:4-6.
This is solemn awful truth. They are naked and blind, and the sect web, cannot cover the “shame of their nakedness.” Intead of setting men free, they wrap them up in cob-webs of falsehood and error. And “he that eateth their eggs dies.” A real child of God will lose spiritual life if he follows fallen selfish sectism. So if you go to babylon, where the true light shines and has been rejected by her, you go at the peril of your soul, unless God sends you especially to deliver His reproof, just as He sometimes sends holy men into saloons to reprove sin.
And yet over much of this vast world the evening light has not yet shone, and in all such places there are many good and sincere souls in the cages of deception, who are entitled to our sympathies, and our patient humble efforts to do them good. In fact the whole membership of the sects are largely entitled to our respect, love, and efforts to lead them to Bible holiness, until they turn away from the truth, and show … willful blindness, and opposition to the truth, and then we are justified in turning away from them as the apostles did from the Jews, who judged themselves unworthy if eternal life. These just principles of action will prevent, us from going into a new place and begin at once to rebuke and thresh the poor starved souls that are penned up there. But we should go with our hearts full of pity and love, and tell them in all kindness and gentleness, and with joy of the Holy Spirit, the good things that Christ has done for them, and never rebuke them for their poor empty religion, until you first show them something better. Amen.
Bro. Warner: — I wish to ask you a question. What do you think of people that call themselves saints, and have testified against babylon, and yet go to a babylon protracted meeting, sing, pray, and testify with them, but do not testify against her. And when they come to prayer-meeting with the saints they neither pray nor testify. They also fellowshipped those that joined babylon. Can they be saved and do so?
J. W. B.
What do I think? Why I think, and am very certain of if, that they are badly intoxicated, and opiated on babylon wine. We frequently hear of, and sometimes meet with such. The spider-web of babylon is thickly woven about souls. They have more of the name or sect fellowship, than of the Spirit of God, hence they are more free in a sect meeting than with the saint? of God Often it occurs, that after poor deceived souls have gone to babylon, and taken a few draughts of the wine of her fornication, they conclude that the saints are not right, because they enjoy themselves better at sect meetings. Satan weaves his delusive spell about their souls more and more, so that they pronounce the real Spirit of God which “ablioss evil,” a terrible bad spirit’ while that of babylon which calls darkness light, and light drhness, and which fellowship everthing that has a name to live, even every foul religion cloaked spirit that thrones the habitation of devils. All such “abhor judgment,” and cannot endure Christ when He takes His scourge of thorns, and goes to cleaning out the temple, and upsetting the Baal traffic tables. O dear, they pronounce that an awful spirit. Nevertheless these are sure to pick, judge, and condemn a man for a thing of naught. They cry peace, and yet ..ile with their teeth. They think it a bad spirit that will measure a man with the Word of God, and yet they will judge and condemn God’s children, by their own unscriptural whims. Such are perverted, and in a pitiable condition. O how important that we live in the Spirit and the Word of God!
LOOK OUT FOR DECEPTION.
Dear Saints: — God bless and keep you one and all, filled with all the fullness of God. For if there ever was a time that we stood in need of God, to show us who is of God and who is not, it is now. First. we must have a Bible experience, and five according to the teachings of the Bible and we will then have the mind of Christ of guide us into all truth. And if we live according to the Bible, and walk in the light, as God is in the light, we will not fellowship anything which is not of God: but there will be fellowship between all who possess the Spirit of God. Now then it is for me to know that I have the mind of Christ, and the Holy Ghost. — St. Jno. 14:20. “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and He in me, and I in you.” In another place in the same Chap. He says: “If ye love me keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another comforter, (which is the sanctifier wherein we receive the Holy Ghost) that He may abide with you forever.” Not just for a week, or a year or two. No, He will stay with us forever, He says: if we love Him and keep His commandments. Then there is something for us to do, that we may be kept by His power, free from all spirits of deceived men and women, He has promised us who keep His commands, and do them. We will not be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. Now here is a promise for none but the true children of God: “Even the Spirit of truth which the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him: for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” Now this ought to teach us that we can have a positive knowledge that God knows His Spirit, and those who possess it have fellowship with Him. Just let two of God’s children meet together, and they will have perfect fellowship. Praise God, we do not have to be together a week or a month, before we know whether we are of the same spirit or not. No praise God forever and ever!
Now I want to say, that I have forever quit trying to fellowship a man or a woman that the Spirit of God in my soul has no fellowship with, neither will I let the devil accuse me. Neither will I acknowledge them as being of God, for God’s children all see eye to eye;” they all speak the same thing, and are all of one heart and of one mind. Some ask the question: “How can you tell the spiritual condition of a man or woman?” By the spirit ye shall know them, and also by their fruit ye shall know them. Fellowship is one thing by which we can tell. God’s Spirit will fellowship none other but His own.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” — 1 Tim. 4:1, 2. This scripture is fulfilled by hundreds of people that are living in the world now. They have rejected the truth, and resisted the Spirit of God when it wits knocking at the door of their hearts, and denied the power of God to save and sanctify them, and make them perfect, even as their Father which is in heaven is perfect. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears, and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. — 2 Tim. 4:3-4. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned, who believed not the truth. — Thess. 2:11-12.
It is an awful thing to reject the Spirit of God, and deny His power and refuse to walk in the light s it shines in your pathway. Now there is a class of people in the world to-day, that say they are the children of God, and say they sin every day. The world to-day is cursed with such blind preachers, that say they cannot be free from sin. Well according to 1 Jno. 3:8, they are of the devil. For He says: he that sinneth is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was made manifest, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Then he says: s.. whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin. Now then we can very easily distinguish them, for they that are sinning, are of the world, and they love the world. John 3 says “beloved now are we the sons of God, and when He shall appear, we shall be like Him. It does not teach that you can live in sin all your life, and then in the hour of death become like Him, but every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself even as He is pure
Your sister in Christ.
AN INSTANTANEOUS HEALING.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I feel like praising God by testifying to the great love that he has bestowed upon me. Two years ago I was a miserable man; ..y..e wretched soul and body. Praise God He had brought me to see what I was, … repented of my past life, left my sins, gave myself into the hands of God and He freely forgave the past. And I bless the Lord to-night that I am wholly sanctified and kept by the power of God Two years ago I was able two accept Him as the healer of my body and was healed instantly of consumption of the bowels. This wonderful manifestation of God’s love took place in an open meeting. I want to spread the glad tidings to the needy every where that our Jesus is with us to day to save, heal, perfect and keep us by His power. Praise His name! There is nothing that we need that He does not supply. I am living in His presence and trying to declare the Gospel by my life as well as by the word. My only desire is to sow the seed that my God may reap the glory.
Yours living for God and souls.
915 Potter St. Chester, Pa.
Dear Readers: — My heart has been drawn out to the readers of the same Christ the messenger of peace to our hearts. The secret of rest is to receive the risen Christ and except His two-fold peace. First, peace with God on the ground of His complete atonement; second, the peace of God that passeth all understanding through His indwelling as the rest of our troubled hearts. Then do we have trouble? Yes. Christ said, in the world ye shall have trouble, but in me (that is in Christ) ye shall have peace. This peace cometh from the consciousness of the divine presence in our hearts. Love is the ruling passion of our soul. We love God because He first loved us and gave His Son to die for us, who pardoned all our sins and took all our guilt away, and we are sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Christ said that if He went not away the comforter would not come. But if He went away He would send the comforter that would lead us into all truth. I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest.” God is every where. Our Savior pronounced a blessing on the pure in heart: “They shall see God.” When we are cleansed from all the filthiness of the flesh and spirit, our communion is deep and glorious. In the nightwatches when every other object is shut out, the soul turns to God. The Father is present with all the compassion of a God. The Holy Ghost showing to us the deep things of God, wooing us by His love and soothing us gently to sleep in His arms. But you ask, is this the state of that love Christ? Yes. If we have not the spirit of Christ, we are none of His. If we love Him we will keep His commandments. Then we me to love one-another. We are to good to all, especially to the household of faith. Now we must not pull down, we must not bite nor devour, but by our loving spirit that we have learned of Him who was meek and lowly. When reviled He reviled not again. O that I could impress upon the minds of the the people the importance of this fellowship with Christ.
There is much said about creeds, sects or denominations, etc. Did Christ tell anyone to join any denomination or creed? No. He preached repentance to Nicodemus; the new birth. To the pharisees a child like spirit. “Except ye become as a little child, ye cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven,” O what meekness and simplicity. ‘I love the Lord because He hath heard my voice and my supplications.” Psa. 116:1, But I am asked the question. Why are the so called churches in the present Loadicean state? They are willing to be religious on their own terms, therefore desire no stricter-conformity to Christ than what comforts with the full enjoyment of all pleasures an frivolities of life they have cultivated on empty system of morals having nothing in them of the doctrines of christianity and of the gospel method of salvation, but substituting for them a vain reliance on their own performances, and in a great degree rejecting Christ as their Savior. No reliance can be placed on so fallacious a scheme. There must be heart felt repentance and a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, without which none can be saved, and that without these rexquisites all our works are unproductive and useles, if not sinful in the sight of God. We are not justified until its power is felt a the heart, and whatever rank or influence, honors or wealth, we come as supplicants to the foot of the cross, saying, Lord ..ve or perish, and there through free and sovereign grace receive remission of of our sins. God grant that many may come and be saved.
Mrs. A. M. H..r..n.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — May the very God of peace keep you saved and sanctified. Also, all the brethren in the field straight for God, that this may be a year that we may all bear much fruit, is the prayer of your humble saved and sanctified sister.
Dear Saints: — I feel like praising God for keeping me so sweetly saved, and to know He does lead me by His spirit. I know He is so willing to pick us up and save us from sin. O I just feel like telling how He cares for us. The more trials I ..ave the closer it drives me to the Lord, and the more I love to do for Him. Pray for me.
You, sister kept by the mighty power of God
Luella A. Hunter.
West Liberty, Ohio. Dear Brethren: — I feel it would be to the glory of God for me to write my testimony. I cannot praise God enough for what He has done for me. He has saved me from all sin and keeps me saved by his mighty power. I give God all the glory for what He has done. I praise Him for full and free salvation. I am dead to the world. Thank God for victory over the devil! I know I love the Lord more every day, although for the past two or three weeks I have been going through fiery trials, but Gods grace is sufficent, and my trust is in the Lord. Pray for me.
Yours in Christ.
Barbra A. Kenagy.
Dear Brethren: — In the name of Jesus I now write my testimony. Through the grace of God I am now saved and sanctified. He is the giver of all things. I have not the privilege of meeting with God’s little ones and hearing the Gospel preached, but bless God He has given me His blessed Word to read, and He gives me light as I read. I am glad that I am free from the bands of satan, and my desire is to see many other poor souls set free that are bound down.
Your sister in Christ
Maple Rapids, Mich.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I am saved and sanctified and given up to God completely. His will alone be done in me. The Lord has been so kind and merciful to us, how can we ever praise Him enough.
On the 10th day of June my little boy was playing out of doors and fell into the spring: when we took him out, he was dead. What a sccne for a mother to see. But we called on God Almighty to to raise the child to life, and done what we could for the child but nothing but God ever gave me back my child, and to day he is well. Praise God! Have I not a great right to praise my God for His wonderful goodness to me? God says: “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord.” It has been for my good, for I did not please the Lord in all things. But praise God, I am all given, up to Jesus forever, and it has been the means of bringing the child’s Father to the Lord. Pray for us that we may from this time on serve God and be acceptable in His sight. We expect but few to believe this, but God and what few saw the child know this to be so and we will give God all the praise for raising him up, and saving our souls.
From your sister in christ.