15 December 1883, Volume 6, Number 6.
“The Bride, The Lamb’s Wife.”
“And there came unto me one of the seven angels, which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God; and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride for her husband.” — Rev. 21:1, 9—11. “For thy maker is thy husband; the Lord, of hosts is his name; and thy redeemer the holy one or Israel; the God of the whole earth shall He be called. For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youths, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee. * * * with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee saith the Lord thy Redeemer.” — Isaiah 54:5-8. “For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy; for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
These and many other scriptures, present the redeemed of the earth, in the relation of a bride, espoused to Christ: a chaste bride adorned in the while robes of purity and holiness, “without spot, or wrinkle or any such thing.” All who shall be found with spots of sin, spots of the world, spots of the flesh, spots of pride, spots of sect, or any other form of idolatry, spots of lusts of the flesh, shall be rejected when “thy Maker and husband,” “shall gather thee,” for the bridd Company will be without spot or wrinkle. New what saith the scriptures? who can receive the word? for thus saith the Lord, concerning the pure church that shall receive the Lord at His coming. “These are they that were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto God, and to the Lamb.” —Rev. 14:4. “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him.” “Many shall be purified and made white and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” — Daniel 12:10. They shall understand the times in which they live. As a snare shall the coming of Christ be to all them that dwell upon earth, we are told; but it must mean those who are of the earth, earthly; for the Apostle says, “but ye brethren are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief.” — Thee. 5:4. They shall understand the signs Christ has given us by which we know that His coming is near, even at the door, and they will be purified even as a chaste virgin to receive the Lord. They will have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”
Have you not observed my brethren that there is a commingling together of the Scriptures that portray the destruction of Jerusalem, and those that relate to the end of the world. Now the reason of this is, there is a parallel between those two events, There are many points of analogy between them, and God has so coupled them together, that many verses have a double reference to both events. There is a solemn “woe,” in Matthew 24:19. which though it may have had some allusion to the church in the time of their flight from the ancient city, doubtless has a more special application to these last days of the Lord. The condition described in that verse, indicates unbelief in His speedy coming, and though it were in God‘s order at the beginning of creation and “undefiled,” in the apostles time, now when the spiritual understand that the end of all things is at hand, it either indicates that persons are not spiritual, not the children of light, or that knowing the times they are still given up to “vile affections.” For of the wicked, godless, sensual, world, it is said that when the Lord shall be revealed from Leaven, they will still be “marrying and giving in marriage.” While God’s church will be as five wise virgins gone out to meet Him, with their lamps trimmed and burning, and oil in their vessels. Do not be alarmed beloved if we tell you that God has begun to take His children through a death of the body, into this pure celestial state. Not of the body of sin, the old man; for that is crucified and destroyed in entire sanctification, but a death of the flesh, of all that is animal, in the affections and desires. This experience brings in a more perfect manifestation of the presence and power of God, than can otherwise be wrought in us. Let all the saints be wise and walk in the light of God. For all that are near enough to God will be lead into this holy state.
War in Heaven.
Dear Brother Warner — I want you to publish this statement to show every honest soul that is for God what it is going to cost to speak the truth. Two weeks ago the first day of the week, at night, Brother Pago and myself were led by the Spirit of God to the Free Methodist meeting. We were led by the Lord to speak the truth as the Holy Ghost gave utterance. It was the first appearance of their new preacher that night. After he had done ticking their ears with a trashy sermon, he called for the expierences to see what the Lord was doing for them.
Well, after they had spoken, Brother Page was moved to speak, which took effect. Then after a few more spoke I was led to speak, which made them lose all their holy sweetness. They tried to sing me down, but the Lord would not permit them to do so. After they were done singing I commenced again, with a mighty power from God, which left them in a bad humor, and some one cried put him out. When we were done speaking we left them in a very sour state.
So last Lord’s night I was led there again by myself, and, while the hireling preacher was preaching, I noticed he threw out slurs at me; but I kept very still, and when he got done he called for their testimonies. Near the close of the meeting I was led to speak, which started the spiritual battle. The Lord gave me such power and boldness that it had the effect of breaking up the meeting, and they threatened to put me out the next time I came there and attempted to speak. So brother the fight is going on. Jesus says, “They will put you out of the synagogues, and hate you for my name’s sake.” So you see, brother, this little sect of such high pretentions is but a cage of unclean birds. They will cry down every other sect and judge from outward appearance; but you let one of God’s saints fire a shell into their camp and see how quick their love turns to haired. Well might Jesus say, “Ye serpents, ye vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell. God’s saints see a mighty struggle and spiritual fight before them, but we can say, with Paul, “None of these things move us.” It is a terrible thing to see the self-righteous praise in this fallen sect.
Your brother fully prepared for the fight, and all the Lord’s.
G. W. Donaldsoh.
Washington, D. C.
Turning to Tables.
Brother, and Sister F B. Williams of Edina Mo., by the Spirit of the Lord, send to their pastor a request to have their names canceled from the sect book, to which prercher makes a long and wily reply; for the purpose of encoiling them in the sect folds. He makes no appeal to the word of God, to settle the question, as to whether sects, and adhereing to sects, were in God’s order or not, but ho makes an extract from ..sop’s fables to sustain his position against coming out of babylon. Thus he precisely fulfills the prophesy of these times. After describing the deception and wicked, worldly, pleasure seeking, and forms of Godliness, without the power, of these last days, in 2nd Timothy 3rd chapter, Paul proceeds in the next to charge Timothy to “preach the word,’ “for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.” “And they shall turn away their ears, from the truth and shall be turned unto fables.” The preacher also calls the M. E. sect “the church,” in which he surely know that he was acting deception. He knows that abominable “house of idols,” and “habitation of devils,” is not the church, which is the body of Christ. And so does every other man of intelligence know that practice that deception. The preachy closes by saying, “I will not erase your name until I see you or hear from you again,” this is in fulfillment of another passage of present truth, “the children of Israel, and the children of Judah were oppressed together, and all that took them captive held them fast; they refused to let them go.” But praise the Lord for the next verse, “their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is His name: He shall thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, (the sanctified in Canaan) and disquiet the inhabitants of babylon.” — Jer. 50:23, 24.
The Word of the Lord Endureth Forever.
A brother, whom we believe to be honest, but much in error, writes us concerning the commandments of Jesus Christ as follows:
“I see that you need to be purged from dead words.
“Why did the Savior say to Peter when He was about to wash his feet, “What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shall know hereafter.” Also after He had washed their feet and had taken His garments, and was set down again, He said, “Know ye what I have done unto you.” Why should He ask them this question if He meant literal feet washing? They could have told Him that He washed their feet, but He wanted to teach them Spiritual things.” “For by grace are ye saved through faith, not of works lest any man should boast.” So “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” We do set aside all forms, ceremonies and ordinances which are of the law, we are not under the law but under grace. These literal ordinances were customary and were made use of but were not and are not, necessary at all. By making use of them we rob God and give part of the glory to feet washing and water baptism.” Shame on all such teaching — it is a hurt to the cause of Christ. Surely Jesus will lead you into the clear light of all truth. “The Lord bless and keep you pure,”
This is about the confusion that all get into that undertake to modify the words of Jesus Christ and the Apostles by human wisdom. After setting aside the words of Jesus Christ, who is Himself the truth, the brother prays that we may be led into the truth.
It is difficult to conceive of any teaching that could be more directly contradictory of the pure word of the Lord than that the ordinances of baptism feet washing and the Lord’s Supper were institutions of the Law and not of the New Testament. “The Law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by the Lord Jesus Christ.” Now which was it, Christ or Moses, that said, “If I your Lord and Master have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet, for I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done to you?” Look at John 13 and see. Was it not Christ, in whose steps we should walk? Now let any man show us if he can where Moses ever commanded that. It cannot be done. But even if Moses had enjoined something of the kind in the Law, that would not ignore Christ’s command in the last Will and Testament.
Was it Moses or Christ that was baptized of John in Jordan, and came up straight way out of the water, and who gave the final commission to his disciples to teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost?” to which is annexed the promise; “And lo, I am with you always oven unto the end of the world.” Do you read about the baptism of Moses, or the baptism of John? Now “all the Law and the prophets were until John, since then the kingdom of heaven is preached.” And “from the days of John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven is preached and all men press into it.” These and other Scriptures show conclusively that John did not officiate in the law, but in tie Gospel, of the kingdom of heaven; and to him the word of God traces the New Testament institution of baptism, and not to Moses of the Law. It is, therefore, not of the law but of the Gospel. Though introduced by John, the Savior’s question implies clearly that it is of God. “The baptism of John, was it from God, or of men? and they could not answer Him.” May God stop the mouths of all at our day who either ignorantly or willfull call the commands of the kingdom of heaven the traditions of men. Christ, who came to do the will of the Father, gave us an example of obedience to this command, and commanded His disciples to administer the same, which they did, to the close of their lives, not one of them ever intimated that it should cease.
Again, was it Moses or Christ that instituted the Lord’s Supper, the communion of the bread and wine? After tolling the disciples that He would not again cat of the passover until it was fulfilled in the kingdom of heaven, that is, as a type it was the next day to meet its anti-type, in His death upon the cross, and pass away, He now comes to an institution of the “New Testament.” “And He took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, this is my body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” — Luke 22:19, 20. Can language be more explicit. After assuring them that the Mosaic passover was soon to be fulfilled and pass away, He gives them another command which they were still to “do in remembrance of Him.” “Thit do” is the command of the Head and founder of the Church, the night before He was crucified. Now we earnestly invite any man to show us the chapter and verse where Christ ever said we should cease to do it. It cannot be found. “The faith that was once delivered to the saints,” was never afterward changed. Hence we hear Jude, over thirty years later still urging the disciples of Christ to “earnestly contend” for the same faith. “This cup is the New Testament, in my blood,” i. e., this cup is a New Testament, institution, commemorating my shed blood. It were a no more reckless disregard for the word of God to say that Moses died for our sins and rose agin for our justification, than to say that these three institutions were of the law. O my brethren, lie not against the truth.
The brother says, “these literal ordinances were customary and were made use of, but were not, and are not necessary at all.” The first clause is clearly shown by Scripture, but how can I take your word for the latter assertion? Suppose some one would tell my brother that it was, in the beginning of the Gospel, necessary to be born again, but that it is not the case at present. One would have just as good grounds as the other; and by the same tinkering the whole New Testament might be dispensed with. Be careful my brethren, how you “take away from the words off the book.”
The brother states that these institutions are of the Law, yet he notes the fact that the disciples did not understand why Christ washed their feet. How could this be? Were they not originally jews, and therefore familiar with the law? It is evident from Christ’s words that the washing of their feet was not understood by the disciples, but He said they should know hereafter. And what was the lesson He gave them in reference to it? Did He say He had given them an expression of His love and humility, but that they should not practice the literal thing He had done? And should He not have said so if He meant so? Would He tell us that He had given us an example, that we should do the very same thing that He did, and yet not intend that we should at all? To say this were to “join with the Jews, in the false charge, that he deceived the people.”
The brother says, “we set aside all ceremonies and ordinances of the law.” So does the Apostles and so do we, but who has the power to set aside ordinances of the Gospel? The same God that spake by Moses, also, when the fullness of time bad come, spake by His son, the end of the Mosaic covenant. But the last will and testament of the Father has been sealed and established by the death of His Son, our Savior, and who but God Himself can repeal or modify it. You set aside the ordinances of Christ, but remember you can only do this as the devils and infidels set aside the whole word of God, to their own destruction. You can set yourself aside from the way of truth, but you cannot set the truth of Christ aside by your objections. “What though some did not believe, does their unbelief make the work of God of non effect.” No, “the word of God endureth forever.” Do you imagine that God is pleased with you for turning aside from the ordinances of Christ? Hear the voice of New Testament inspiration. “Be ye followers of me, oven as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances as I delivered them to you.” But why does not Paul set aside these ordinances? Hear his reason in the same chapter: “For I have received of the Lord that which I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night which he was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks He broke it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body that is broken for you. This do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood this do ye as oft as ye drink it in remembrance of me.“ For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.” — 1 Cor. 11. 1, 2, 23-26.
Behold how perfectly the Apostle Paul followed Christ. Are you wiser than he was by inspiration of the Holy Ghost? Do you not know that when you cry out in your ignorance, “shame on such teaching,” that you are spurning Christ and His inspired Apostles. Well if there is any shame connected with the teaching of these postive commands, of the New Testament, we are perfectly willing to go forth without the camp, with Christ bearing His reproach. L. H. Johnson, and the writer of the above letter, says the Lord’s supper is of the law, which came by Moses. But the Apostle Paul postively says he received it from the Lord. Which will you believe? These teachers say we must not do them, and especially we must not teach others to do them. But the inspired Apostle says “keep the ordinances as I delivered them unto you.” Which will you obey, God or man?
In a discourse at the Ohio Assembly Meeting, L. H. J, said that the Apostles did not find out that they should not practice these commands until eight years after pentecost. But here the Apostle Paul is still urging the disciples of Christ to “keep the ordinances,” twenty-six years after pentecost, and after he had met with the apostles and whole Church at Jerusalem in the council. — Acts 15 — as well as of conferring with them on other occasions, and yet he know nothing about any one having received orders of Christ to discontinue these things. If the rest of the apostles had made the discovery above alleged, why did they not communicate it to Him? And why did not the Lord Jesus Himself tell Paul to no longer teach these commands? Aye why did Christ ever give him the Lord’s supper at all if it were only of the law, and not to be prolonged in the kingdom of God? It was two years after Pentecost that Paul was converted. Now it must have been after his conversion that Christ gave him the “ordinance” of the Lord’s Supper,” which
He commands the Church at Corrinth to keep. For he would not have received it from the Lord while yet a persecutor.
Jesus Christ Himself, the Head and tonnder of the Church, and “One Lawgiver,” continued to communicate to His chosen teachers, by the Holy Spirit, the ordinances He instituted while in the world. And if Christ Himself, the King Eternal, had not found out two years after pentecost that His own ordinances were not to be kept, how could His subjects arrive at such a conclusion. This quaker wisdom cometh not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
Let us follow the apostle’s words farther: “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” — 1 Cor. 11:27-30.
Behold the sacredness with which the inspired word invests this ordinance. Only pure, sincere children of God can with safety participate. Only the spiritual minded can embrace its deep and sublime spiritual import. And in the year of our Lord 59 “many were weak and sickly,” because they had presumptuously partaken of this communion bread and wine without the requisite holy qualification. Does this comport with the idea that the apostles had found out twenty years before that time, that these things were not to be observed at all, and accordingly discontinued their use? Quaker sectized people say “we set aside the ordinances.” But sixty years after the birth of Christ, the apostolic Church of the First Born, said, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread and one body,” for we are all partakers of that one bread.” — 1 Cor. 10:16, 17.
This is a clear and decisive declaration that the community of God’s saints at that time uniformly observed this solemn institution; and it also points out a very precious and important fact in the body of Christ of which the communion loaf is a striking figure, namely the unity of all the members of the one body. As the kernels of wheat, after ground, are mingled together, never to be separated. So all the members of Christ’s body are indissolveably blended, and interunited together. This perpetual fact in the divine body is to be set forth, and strengthened by the perpetual ordinance of the Lord’s Supper, “Till He come.” Amem! “He that loveth me keepeth my commandments.” “And I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.”
Now Is Come Salvation.
During the meetings at Brother Enfield’s, Sister E. M. Kilpatrick received a promise of the Lord that her children should be converted. This was a renewal a similar promise years ago, which she was holding on to with all confidence. Now, praise the Lord, she writes as follows:
Payne, Ohio, Dec. 17, 1883.
Dear Brother and Sitter Warner:
I have blessed news to tell you all. The Lord has been doing wonderful things for us. O praise God for His goodness to me. The Lord has saved my son and daughter. They are converted and sanctified and our other son was reclaimed last night. Aunt Hannah’s boys have also come to the Lord and obtained salvation, and a good many others. O glory, glory be to God! I can never praise Him enough. I am going day and night to work for the Lord, and my faith is increasing all the time. I see plainly that we are in the last days. The great marriage supper of the Lamb is about ready and Jesus is getting His bride ready for His coming. The inviting time is already past, and we are now in the compelling time. With two exceptions all the sinners that have been saved here have been compelled, as it were, to come to Christ. O praise God that He is still willing to ..luck brands out of the fire. If the ..urch did not have more faith than it had three months age, sinners would not be converted. I thank God for a …
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May the Lord bless you all. Amen!
E. M. Kilpatrick.
We greatly rejoice in this glorious work of God. A year ago the second of Last June we first visited the congregation of the Lord there. The sanctified were about all out of sects. They walked in the light of God’s own community, and the Lord greatly blessed them. The Lord added to the Church every week such as were being saved. On our next visit we found the flock rapidly increasing, with the increase of God. But at our grove meeting last summer the little ones were deploring the fact that for a few months there had been no one saved. They could not understand it then, but doubtless they do now. How clearly the word of God is fulfilled. “Now is came salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and nigh. – Rev. 12:10.
One self-seeking, deceitful worker of satan is enough to turn salvation from a whole community. And God holds His children responsible in every community to have that degree of Spiritual penetration, to see such “empty cloudy” and rebuke them until they must go out from among us, because they are not of us.
Glory to God for the casting out of that abominable Whitcraft beast and his angels. We pray that the Lord may rescue his wife from cleaving to him, for Christ’s sake.
A Vision of the Assembly Meeting.
About a week before this convocation, Brother Jacob Enfield was visited with a very impressive vision from the Lord. He thought that he awoke and behold the last day had come; he heard the roaring of the mighty fire; he quickly arose and went out; the whole world seemed on fire, and the lofty sweeping flames came rushing from the west toward the east. He looked up and the whole heavens were filled with blackbirds, as far as the eye could see the sky was fluttering full of them; they seemed to move in the direction the fire went, and seemed to be agitated and driven by the flames. He was filled with great tranquility, and expected to see the Lord appear in His coming to earth again. He thought of going back to call the family; but then came the words, “let him that is in the field not return unto his house.” So he thought the Lord would take care of them, and he would go up to meet Him from where he was. He then awoke. The vision clearly related to the remarkable meeting of the First Ohio Assembly. The fire represented the holy Spirit baptized saints, who about all came to the place by way of Bucyrus, thus going cast. They came in the name of Christ, with one heart, one faith, and one mind. With their souls burning with the love of God and the pure testamony of Jesus. The blackbirds were the evil, deceived and infernal spirits that also gathered together by the “three unclean spirits like frogs” to the great battle. These literally infested the community. After they were cast out of one poor soul, whom we rejoice to learn has got salvation, the very house seemed to be full of them.
One morning we were early awakened by the satanic presence. Instantly on awaking a shudder ran over our frame; tears shot through our mind as if we were in the very presence of the old serpent, the devil, who was threatening to devour our soul. His presence would not have been more vivid and real had he appeared visibly in all his hellish mien. An instant look to Christ and the precious blood and satan was gone. Praise the Lord! O how our heart was then filled with a sense of God’s infinite goodness, love and power, as our Savior and Keeper. How we imagined the hellish malice and rage of the destroyer, who would gladly have wreaked his vengeance upon God’s slumbering child. But it is written, “Behold He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper. * * * The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil. He shall preserve thy soul.” — Psalm 121.
Satan similarly woke Brother Fisher, and one night Sister Fisher saw and felt his presence in various forms. He came in visible form of a dog and barked a another sister, while upon her bed at night. One ni.. these po..rs of darkness ..n filled the roo.. where Brother Stockwell slept that a great part of the time he had to just constantly repeat the name of Christ, and “the blood, the blood, the blood.” Some any they cannot understand these things. So it is; “but the wise shall understand.” The pure in heart, who abide in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, know or readily receive the fact; that we are now living in a time when Satan is loosed for a little season, from the partial restraint in which he had been “bound for a thousand years,” and is now going forth to deceive the nations, “having great wrath because he knows that he has but a little time.” Some who are tainted with devils themselves went away from the meeting caying “awful,” “awful,” and with their Satanic deception endeavor to hurt the cause of God and His true saints. But the pure in heart will praise God to all eternity for what they learned, both of the power and truth of God, and of the power, deception and wrath of satan. We heard brethren say that no earthly treasure was to be compared with the benefits derived from the meeting. “I would not have missed it for all I am worth, said one.” We were awfully impressed with the important character of the meeting from the time that we, by the lending of the Spirit of God called it. But did not know that God was going to give us a practical comment on the great battle of Gog and Magog, and the fire from heaven. But while some anticipated benefits, were prevented by the rush of unclean black spirits, other lessons of greater importance were received. As we returned to the office on Monday our thoughts were much upon those poor unfortunate brethren that had fallen victims to the seducing spirits. The Spirit of the Lord directed our mind to this Scriptures, “and some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and make them white, even to the time of the end.” — Daniel 11:35. O how my heart was drawn out in sympathy for their poor souls, and in gratitude to God, because we were by this Scripture, assured that some of them at least would be restored, and purged for the time of the end. O we ask the prayers of all the saints of God, in behalf of poor brother Simon Craul, who has been a zealous and faithful soul, anb a warm open heart to the truth. A brother indeed to us, always willing to help, and often calling upon us, but now he is a distressed looking object of pity. After those black birds of prey were driven away from the meeting by the fire of God, they gathered together in Simon Crauls house and held meetings. And on the next day after they had taken their departure, Brother and Sister Smith from Medina, Ohio, went to his house quite early in the morning to get some things that had been left there. When they drove up to the gate they heard a fearful noise in the house, as a loud confusion, of praying, weeping, mourning, and groaning. They at once concluded that an early meeting was going on. They walked through the yard, the noise becoming louder, and louder as they approached the house, and continued until the instant they took hold of the door knob, and opening they found the family all seated around the breakfast table, and no one else in the house. To our mind this is an indication of the spiritual death that had smitten the head of the family. It was the lamentations of a funeral.
Poor John Ridley, we also hope God will deliver him out of the snare of the devil. After Satan entered him he looked like a dismal corpse. O what a forlorn object of pity. He and others went to D. D. Johnstons and tried to hold a meeting, but like every undertaking, of these possessed men, it was an entire failure. Mrs, Johnston told her dear saved sister, Emma, that they came there and acted like wild men, she never saw the like. Also that one of them left, when he went home, about crazy. There are good reasons to believe that it was poor Brother Ridley, for since his return home, his wife wrote to D. D. Jhonston requesting him to come to their help, for Ridley was in a distressful condition. A similar call was sent to Simon Craul, but neither responded.
Brother, G. W. Cup of the Jerry City Church, started from the hall on Sabbath evening of the assembly, at the close of the services to go to H. Conlays, in company with others, he stopped a few moments to talk with two men on the sidewalk, about the … salvation. Frank Wincraft and L. Hice wi.. others … up and the former at ..ch intrudest his tongue, when Brorher Cup felt … ..ib.. dragon spirit in him. He soon on, those two men following not far in the rear. All the way he felt a terrible dragon power pressing him. It seemed just as though some infernal power was pulling him back, making it hard work to walk. When he reached Conlayn and shut the door behind him, the satanic grasp was at once severed, and he had peace. But just as soon as they opened the door and stepped in the hellish power again beset his soul. He took his bible and tried to read, but the powers of darkness seemed to eclipse the light of God’s word. The sacred book seemed like a stone, there was no bread in it. They were all asked out to supper, Brother Cup did not feel like he could eat, but finally went out and ate a little. After all returned to the room Whitcraft said, let us pray. All kneeled; Whitcraft attempted to pray, but after uttering a few words, he jumped up; slamed his chair back of him not looking where it went. It struck a childrens crib, and made a terrible racket, afterwards Brother C, noticed that there was a leg broken off the crib, and he thinks it was done by the chair. Whitcraft next sprang at Rice, jerked him from the chair where he was kneeling, and down on the floor. Then still yelling like a wild man, he jumped over two or three of the sisters that were still kneeling, next took hold of brother Cup, tried to throw him about, but could not do it, he then hollowed, “where’s my hat, where’s my hat,” and after picking up different hats in a terrible splatter, he seized his own, rushed out with a wild scream, slamed the door back of him, and ran on to Anopolis. There he made inquiry for his brother and David Dill. Having been told that they had gone out to Brother Buchers, where the saints had assembled. He came out there and called them out, then with a wild yell he ran out, the other two followed, and they went back to the town, proposed to work a miracle upon a lame child, but the mother not being favorably impressed with the wild clan would not let them in. Thun the “wandering stars,” ran around in wild confusion, being defeated in every thing they undertook. Shortly after the meeting began that night, a brothel came in, took off his over coat laid it on a seat that was crowded full. He got a seat near us, our heart was filled with pity for the poor distressed looking man. He was very restless, and seamed to be smothered. Presently he had the parties arise that sat upon the coat, he put it on and went out. and did not get back to the meeting that night. Possibly he found his way to the company of kindred spirits. This is the man that consented to have the devils cast out of him in the meeting at Brother Enfields. And we magnify God in his salvation.
This providental bringing together of the children of light and the powers of darkness, has proved a great blessing to the saints, in that it has clearly brought to light which side men occupy.
And now it becomes our unpleasant duty to single out to the world, and all saints, certain who have showed themselves on the anti-Christ side. As we expect to answer in the day of judgment, and now speak in the fear and very presence of God, yea and in love to all concerned, we must announce, that the most perfectly concealed serpent of latter day deception that we know is A. M. Raper. Though like many of satans “angels of light,” he can teach on some things like an angel, and we doubt not but what souls have been benefited by his teaching, for all that is necessary to give “evil workers” an influence. The safety of God’s saints, and the glory of God hold me duty bound thus to renounce him. At the assembly, he fluttered about with the black-birds, and since then he has fully developed the character that God showed me two years ago that he would. While staying with us and working in the TRUMPET office, he asked us for a small press and some type I said yes. (“give to every one that asketh of thee,”] Not long after, the Lord showed me that he would prove a serpent, and would turn that material against the truth, and against us. Nevertheless having promised, the Spirit bade me give it him, saying, “I will take care of my own cause.” In his last paper the hidden coils of hypocrisy, and hatred to the cause of holiness, are dearly brought to light. He had no fellowship with the holy saints at the assembly, and after the ..hree unclean spirits like fr.. … driven on.. of the assembly by the fire or the Holy Spirit, to the house …, than felims he went with …d ..tte.. the.. meetings. Showing than he was more in fellowship with devils than with saints. He now publishes in his paper, and has written private letters, starting that those men that were possessed with devils were good men, only ignorant. Yet one of them since confessed that he was under the power of satan, repented, confessed, and got salvation. And now having fellowship with us whom Raper hates, and falsifies, of course the latter would have no more fellowship with him. We said that he has falsified God’s children. He does it in these words. “The most terrible part of the combat was with those who entirely agree on the second experience, and were for the outward rites.” Now every honest man and woman present knows this is false. All that have the “second grace” of a pure heart, and that “follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth,” were in perfect unity and sweet harmony. Even on the Lord’s day, when the enemies of the commands of Christ, brought in all the confusion that was there, turned the meeting from its object, namely that of salvation and the quickening of the apostolic faith in all its gifts, all the sanctified who are made free by the truth, quietly and patiently endured the imposition, and with one heart praised God in it sll. Though they had paid their money to bring to the assemdly such as God had used in the salvation of hundreds of souls, without a muriser they suffered them crowded out all day What can be more unkind and unchristly than for these “empty clouds” of “blackbirds,” to rally to their God; make numerous speeches, preach the only regular sermon that was permitted, a long dead effort of error, and then go away and evil report the holiness cause for the confusion they produced. Well in all this we still praise God, for it is a good thing to learn who are the enemies of our Lord and Savior.
A. M. Raper has clearly committed himself on the devils side. He says. “O glory to God for the deliverance of His “little ones” some of whom were forcibly put out of the meeting.” Here he cans men who were raging with devils, and on the verge of lunancy, God’s little ones. What perfect blindness, what, eagerness to find occasion against the cause of holiness. Who that had the love of God in his heart, and knew the worth of an immortal soul, would not rush to the rescue of a redeemed soul in that awful moment, upon which seemed to hang cither eternal glory, or endless misery. It was with tears of burning love, for an immortal soul, when in the most desperate struggle between the grace of God, and the powers of darkness, that brethren rushed to his rescue, and put out the two men who were endeavoring to pull away the hands that were laid upon him in scriptural order, to cast out the devil Through kind and loving entreaties, the men had yielded to be saved, and with tears of penitence desired the devils cast out, and had not the other two possessed men attempted to interrupt the work of God, they would not have been molested, but thus doing, they were civilly requested by the proprietor of the house to go out, and refusing, they were put out by the highest law of love for a soul in peril. We might expect nothing better than this from one whose business seems to be largely to hunt up occasions to cast reflections upon the precious grace, of entire sanctification, as a definite bible experience. Always making out that persons that have not sought and professed this “second grace,” are some better than those that have. The long piece he publishes in Dec. Proclamation, against sanctification shows his deep seated hatred to holiness. That article came up from the bottomless pit, and was devised by the devil, and carnal hatred to the doctrine of entire sanctification. It gives a picture of two brothers; Jacob was very humble, self sacrificing and faithful to God; a pattern of holiness, but did not profess that grace. He once went into the woods to pray for it, but God told him there that he was all right without the second grace. But his brother had received it and, as the story ran, “Theodore after being sanctified, was more forward, more confident, but no more disinterested. He was greedy of gain, shrewd in speculation, taking advantage of his keen perception to amass wealth, having his constitutional selfishness still strong, still blinding his judgment, and causing him to think that he ought to be favored with all good fortune.” What is this but disgusting blas-
..cicy! It is ..uk anti-christ. Any ..ns against. Well Christ teaches that sanctification is the most effectual means of ..eping His disciples “from the evil of the ..t.” John 17 that this for alter des..don of still dress did worldlyness, but ..is anti–against Christ pictures, ..kes a sanctified man “greedly of gain,” extrencely ..fish and worldly. Again; Christ and ..is inspired Apostols ..ur.. al.. ..c..vers ..no are “in the regeneration,” to speedily ..ss into the perfecting grace of entire sanctification, but the squeal of this fable is … warn men against seeking such all experience, lest they become rogues. Hence it … anti-christ, both in reference to the duty … seeking the experience of entire sanctification, and also as to what its character is. ..ow in the pure love of Jesus, and christian ..icitude, for the safety of blood bought ..uls, we must advise all God’s children to sect that anti-christ sheet, and receive not … editor into your house, neither bid him ..od speed, unless he comes in penitence confessing his sin. We deliver this admon..on in the fear of God, having the evidence … His Spirit that we please Him, that we ..nr brethren dearer than our own life, … neighbor as our self, and our enemies ..n a love that would make no reserve whatever for the good of their soul. And ..h an humble and fervent prayer to God it He would recover out of the snare of … devil all the victims of his subtle delus-…
BY H. H. MILLS.
This subject, around which tradition has ..g woven its most elaborate meshes to ..nare thought, can be understood only … those who are indeed and truly willing abide the test given in Isaiah 8:20. … the law and to the testimony: it they ..nk not according to this word, it is ..ause there is no light in them.” … died in a spirit of humility, the 12th ..pter of 1st Cor. presents very clearly … “one body.” into which the Holy Ghost ..tizes. This oneness is mantained in ..y allusion and reference which Paul ..kes. Not so much does he speak here ..e harmony of the members, as he does ..he fact that all the members are in body, and constitute one body only.
… has been attempted by some to make … phrase “members in particular,” in ..e 27 refer to denominations. The ad..s of the epistle, given as upon an ..lope, in verse 2 of the 1st chapter, is ..ficient reply. And again in Ephes. .., the apostle says, “we are members ..s body,” and this letter is directed “to … saints which are at Ephesus, and to … faithful in Christ Jesus.” i. e. persons … sects or bands. Ephes, 5th, presents ..r the comparison of marriage the fact … Christ has one wife, Rev. 19:7, also ..s the same. In Christs prayer, John ..1. He asks that believers may be one; … this unity may be parallel to the one- .. between Father and Son, which as ..e in John 14:9, is such that “he that … seen Christ hath seen the Father.” ..t no such unity exists, or can ever … between sects is self-evident.) ..t prays further, that this oneness may ..ch as to be visible to the world, as a ..ntial of His divine authority etc. ..e the wording of the petition: “that … which believe” “may all be one.”
… Spirit, through Paul, in 1 Cor. 1; 10, ..ches us that we “all speak the same …, and that there be no division among ..t that we be perfectly joined to- ..r in the same mind, and in the same ..nent.” The words same mind will … us by what means this oneness can .. ought about, or rather how it exists. … this mind be in you, which was also … Christ Jesus.” Philipp. 2; 5. “Now if ..an have not the Spirit of Christ, he ..e of His. And if Christ be in you”” … Rom. 8; 9, 10. “Christ is in you ex- ..en be reprobates. 2 Cor. 13:5. “I in …” John 17. 23. Christ dwelling in ..ers is the fact represented by these ..any other passages, He is, as it were, ..u, believers, all believers, are the
One army of the living God, at His … command we bow,”
Part of the host have crossed the flood, and part are crossing now.
..hom the whole family in heaven and … is named.” Ephes. 3:15.
… have then, as the divine thought ..eal, a harmonious body, fitly joined ..er, its members placed to the best ..ge, with-out chism, actuated, ..ed, inhabited and vivified by one divine Christ, – “the head over all things to the Church.”
With this accepted as our idea of the church, as it is certainly God idea we cauichdly see how there will be one spirit e..l our judgment. Certainly the same indwelling Teacher and presiding Head ..ll not inspire contradictions. And so it was that Christ could affirm of His church that what it bound or remitted on earth was bound or remitted in heaven.
This view of the church does away with priest-craft, and would revoke many licenses to preach. It would dissolve many so- called “churches” and “classes” and “associations,” but it would also annihilate the false notion that we must go to a “meeting-house” or any particular house to find opportunity to meet with the church. “Two or three” in His name alone, being the members, and He, according to His promise, no less sure because so often misapplied. He in their midst, would be the Head, they the members; so certainly “the body which is the chnrch,” would be there. — Col. 1:24.
The Lord grant that His people may so know themselves to be complete in Him; and the cloud so clear away that they shall see “no man save Jesus only,” so will they be united to Him as the body to the soul. Then shall there be indefinite multiplication of the salutions of scripture “to the church in their house.” — Rom. 16:5. 1 Cor. 6:19. Col. 4:15.
Definite faith, For the abiding Comforter.
When seeking entire sanctification, all are brought to a consecration that requires implicit trust in the sure promises of God, without any reliance upon feelings, emotions, or anything else. To us the Spirit gave an illuminated conception of the high-way of holiness, as the way of faith. Pure faith, which rests upon God’s word, and consequently has no ups and downs in it, because the word never changes. This gracious light came to our mind in contradistinction to the way of emotional feelings, which are always changing. We then covenanted with God, that by His grace we would ever remain all on the altar, and constantly believe that the blood cleanseth us from all sin, and testify the same. Believe it regardless of feelings, emotions, and even in conscious emptiness. Stay on the altar and believe that the blood cleanseth from all sin, and leave all the rest with God. Now this last sentence in one respect is all right, but in another it is not, it is good advice to give to a seeker of holiness, but not to one who has entered the land. It will do to enter by but not to live by. It is the truth but not the whole truth. It is always sound in simple application to the fact of our purity, but does not property grasp the provided supplies in this grace. It is a blessed stand point to reach, the perfect establishing of our faith in Christ and His blood, for our purification. Here the soul will develop the “joy of faith,” and acquire the mighty “shield of faith,” that is able to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy. On this glorious rock the soul will have much of the presence of the Holy Spirit and realize much power to endure, and work for the Lord. And it is true that we dare never go out of this mighty stronghold of the soul. Like the foundation of a house, when applied to the fact of our purity, it must be at the base of all our attainments in the second grace; but should not detract our attention from those necessary attainments, which build up the complete superstructure of a holy character. Some time ago, writing upon the idea of “a third work,” we mode a distinction between the nature of faith for purification and faith in appropriating the Holy Spirit. We observed that the act of faith, in applying the cleansing blood, resulted in instant purity, but that faith for the Comfortor was a resting, constantly expecting faith, but often delayed in the object of its grasp for some days, or hours, this is well sustained by experience, and the word of the Lord. But we wish to correct a wrong impression that this may have conveyed to some minds. Namely, that faith for the gift of the Holy Spirit, need not be a definite act of trust. It is just as definite as that for pardon, and that for purification. There are three things prominent in a definite act of faith, first, the discovery of a certain want in the soul. Second, the apprehension of a clear promsse, or class of promises in the word, that meets that want, and, third, that act of confidence in “Him that has promised,” which grasps and appropriates that which He holds out to meet that felt want. Now the convicted sinner feels the awful need of paid on, and believeing the professer of divine mercy lie receive the same, in justification, lie will soon realize the need of deliverings … the … … that wars against this new-horn spirit in his heart; and the true gospel light will soon enable him to obtain this desire of his heart. But to this grace there is a negative, and a positive part, the cleansing out, and the filling in. There are sometimes coincident, and sometimes they are not. When the latter is the case there must be a definite faith to obtain the positive fullness, and in either case there must be a definite faith to retain the Holy Spirit, just as we mantain perfect heart purity. The defect in the faith of many, respecting the gift of the Holy Spirit, will appear from the use they make of this text, — “that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.” Those who suppose that a perfect consecration, and an abiding faith for purity, meets all the conditions to the reception of the infilling that God sees proper to give, use this text as a consoler in their emptiness, instead of something to take hold of and be filled. They reason thus “I am all the Lords, by faith I am washed in the blood, hence I must be “filled with the Spirit” True I do not realize His presence, I am empty, weak, and fruitless: but this must be all rsght, we are to pay no attention to feeling; for “Christ is to dwell in our hearts by faith.” Thus the very promise that God has given us by which we are to believe for, and receive the living Christ into our hearts, is distorted into an apology for being without His indwelling. Instead of using it as the basis of an act of faith, receiveing and a constant exercise of faith, retaining Christ in the heart, through the Holy Spirit, they simply draw from it a blind and general conclusion that Christ is a welling in their hearts, though consciously empty, lean, and powerless. Having the prerequisite condition of a pure heart, and a mere general faith in the Spirit, they rest there. Theirs is a lazy passive, but not active faith, Suppose a sinner were to believe that because God promises to regenerate his soul, and he is passively willing, that therefore he is born of God: would he not believe a lie? Suppose a believer were to take it for granted that because God promises sanctification to believers, and he having entered the prerequisite grace, and is passively willing to be sanctified, therefore he is sanctified, would it be the case? Not at all. Likewise to form a general conclusion that the Holy Spirit dwells, in His personal fullness in our heart, because we have received a pure heart, and are passively willing, or even anxious He should, is confiding in the possession, instead of confiding in God for the possession. It is taking it for granted that we have the ever abiding Comforter, because we are where we may receive Him, instead of receiveing Him by faith. As it were, it is Christ dwelling in your heart by guess, and not by faith.
O beloved children of the holy land, we graciously realize, and most sincerely wish to impress your mind with the fact, that it is our duty, and most gratious privilege to grasp and constantly hold by faith, the Holy Spirit, just as we believe for perfect and constant cleansing.
He that truly believes for the constant indwelling of the Father, and the Son, through their representative, the Holy Spirit will not always have the same feelings and emotions, nor will the Spirit always manifest Himself in the same degree of power, but with all these variations there will certainly always be a realization of His abiding presence in the heart, and a manifestation of His power on the life. This fact is clearly sustained by scripture. Christ did not only promise to come into the disciples, bring the Father with Him, and make His abode with them, but He also said, “I will manifest my self unto you.” The Comforter, it is said was to “abide with us forever,” — John 14:16. And Paul speaks of this holy life as having “Christ revealed in him.” Therefore be assured that as it were disgusting, and self contradictory for a man to profess being healed, when still continuing helpless and suffering on his bed; and as it is proof of either hypocrisy, or deception, for a man to profess entire sanctification when yet feeling and manifesting unholy tempers; even so it is inconsistent for a man to claim to be “filled with the Spirit,” when self conscious of emptiness before
God. We do not say that men, must wait until they are made consciously well, before believing in Christ for healing, nor that they should defer faith in Christ, for justification, or sanctification, nor yet for the Spirit baptism, until they realise it No, for faith in every form must go before its effect. But just as sure as a true faith for the cleansing, will result in a pure heart, and a genuine trust in Christ for healing, will take a man out of his bed, put strength in his body, and set him going, and praising God. So a scriptural faith for the Holy Spirit of God brings the melting fire, and mighty power of the Comforter into your soul, and His fruits in your life. Therefore you have no more right to claim that you have the Holy Spirit, when yet empty and barren, than a man has to profess perfect holiness, when in the filthiness of the flesh, and spirit. O my brother do not live short of the real melting holy fire of God in your soul. If you do not realize Him, rest not until you find out the defect in your faith. Remember that there is a consecration, and self sacrifice to God, from which faith will naturally, and easily grasp every thing in the realm of your true needs, for both soul and body. Yea every thing in all the thirty three thousand exceedingly great and precious promises of the Bible. Remember also that every thing pertaining to our salvation, and spiritual equipment, must be received by the exercise of definite, appropriating faith, and retained by the exercise of definite holding faith. O I do praise God that we need not go about with our soul crying out, “my leanness, my leanness,” and yet conclude that it must be all right, since Christ and the Holy Spirit dwell in our hearts by faith. Yes it is by faith, but do not be deceived my brethren, for faith that does not bring realization is a dead faith, — no faith. O let all the pure in heart press to God for His precious fulness. Sink into all the depth of the Divine will, definitely believe for the Holy Spirit, the baptism of fire, and the precious anointing that abideth forever. And according to your faith, so be it unto you. Amen!
I Ought to love my Savior.
D. S. W.
I ought to love my Savior,
He loved me long ago.
Looked on my soul with favor,
When deep in guilt and woe.
And though my sin had grieved Him,
His Fathers law had crossed,
Love drew him down from heaven
To seek and save the lost.
I ought to love my Savior.
He bore my sin and shame.
From glory to the manger,
On wings of love He came.
He trod this earth in sorrow,
Acquainted with much grief.
In Him “the way,” so narrow,
My soul has found relief.
I ought to love my Savior,
Behold the Lamb of God!
Low kneeling in the garden
His sweat great drops of blood.
For me He bore this anguish,
Endured the pains of hell.
That I should not be banished,
But in His glory dwell.
I ought to love my Savior.
Upon the cross He died.
Behold the world’s creator,
“My God, my God,” He cried.
O listen to those accents,
Of love divine, so free.
“Tis finished,” my salvation,
Thine shall the glory be.
I ought to love my Savior,
He pardoned all my sin.
Then sanctified my nature,
And keeps me pure within.
He fills me with His glory,
And bears my soul above
This world. O wondrous story,
Tis love, redeeming love.
O Christ I can but love thee.
What heart could e’er withhold,
A love that cost so dearly
The off ring of thy soul.
O King of love immortal,
Reign in my heart alone,
And flood this earthen temple
With glory from thy throne.
Cold weather, a cold office, and the departure of our main printer have caused the long delay of this issue. Having finally purchased and improved the office we hope to go forward again. Pray on.
Increased Inllow of the Holy Spirit.
BY P. B. MORLEY.
Let as … … … ..me of the … … effect of … … … in … infl.. of the Holy Spirit a.. … … in s.. … Ho… It imparts a clear knowledged
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” Job 19:25.
OF OUR SA..
“Behold God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” — Isaiah 12:2 3.
This precious fullness of the Spirit brings in the
INALIENABLE LOVE OF GOD.
“The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.” — Sam. 3:24 “It is good that a man should both hope and quickly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” — verse 26.
“For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor light, nor depth can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” — Rom. 8:88, 89.
UNION WITH GOD AND CHRIST.
Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them the members of a harlot? God forbid. — 1 Cor. 8:15.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Cor. xiii:5.
For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. Eph. 5:30.
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected; hereby know we that we are in Him — 1 Fo. ii:v.
Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given of His Spirit. — 1 John 4:xiii.
And whatsoever we ask we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. — 1 Fo. iii:xxii.
And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us. — 1 ..o. v.:xiv, xv.
And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. — verse xv.
CONTINUANCE IN GRACE.
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ — Phil. 1:6.
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. — verse 10.
COMFORT IN AFFLICTION.
My flesh and my heart faileth; but God it the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. — Psalm 73:26.
A SUPPORT IN DEATH.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. — Psalm xxiii 4.
A GLORIOUS RESURRECTION.
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. — Job 19, xxvl.
As for me I will behold thy face in righteousness
I be satisfied when I awoke, with thy likeness. — Psalms xvii, verse xv.
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, accounting to the working whereby be is able even to subdue all things unto himself. — Phill. iii, verse xxi.
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverance and godly fear. — Heb. xii:18.
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth. — Rev. v; 10.
STRIVE TO MAINTAIN.
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we bold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end Heb. iii; 14.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. Heb. 10; xxxv.
CONFIDENT HOPE IN GOD RESTORED.
Why art thou call down. O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 48:11.
EXAMPLIFIED BY DAVID.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm xxiii; 4.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Psalm 73:24.
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. Verse xxv.
My flesh and my heart falleth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. Verse 16.
ALSO IN PAUL.
For the which cause I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committeth unto him against that day. 1 Tim. 1;12.
And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen! ii Tim. iv. 18.
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Now he which establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God. 2 Cor. 1:21.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 1 John ii:xx.
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 of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. Verse 27.
Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth into everlasting life, which the son of man shall give unto you; for him hath God the Father sealed. John 6:27.
Who hath who sealed us, and given the ea.. of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Cor. ii; xxii..
In whom ye also trusted, after … … word of truth, the gospel of … … … whom also. after that ye … … … with that Holy Spirit … … ….
And grieve not the … … … … ye are sealed unto the … … … … iv; xxx.
Nevertheless the fo.. … … … sure, having this seal, Th.. … … … are his. 2 Tim ii; xix.
To him that overcometh … … … hidden manna, and will gl.. … … and is the stone a new na.. … … … man knoweth saving he that … … … ….
In Interesting Letter and Answer.
Thomas Hille, Mo., Nov. 27th, 1883.
Brother Warner — Dear Sir. — You will oblige me very much if you will tell us just what you mean by “Come-outism.” Some claim you mean one thing and some another. There is a wonderful stir here on this subject, and among the leading teachers. The subject came up in the S. W. Holiness Association at Woodville, and was discussed somewhat by the come-outers. No one offered any objection at the time, and it was agreed upon to drop the subject and pray over the matter until the holidays, them meet to compare notes and discuss the subject.
The holiness people in Missouri are after the right, and mean to be true to God. God is doing wonders in Missouri. I believe God will send workers to Illinois from Missouri to free the holiness people from their sect pens. Amen.
My testimony, I want to say for the glory of God, is: I know that God sanctifies me wholly just now, and that the God of all grace keeps me. I was once a terrible Methodist, but, Glory God, I am free from all sect pens.
Your brother in Christ,
H. C. Rick.
Answer. — Dear Brother Rice — We praise God for your interesting letter. God bless and lead His holy ones in Missouri. First, I want to say that I have nothing to do with “Come-outism,” I am sick and disgusted with all “isms.” I abhor and loathe it call. Christ is all and in all to me, and Christ is not divided. “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office; so we being many are one body in Christ Jesus.” — Rom. 12:4, 5. You see there is but “one body in Christ Jesus.” In other words, all that are in Christ Jesus constitute one body, and blessed be the God of all grace, He has set me into this one body. And as there is but one body in Jesus Christ, all this wrangle about many bodies, organizations and associations is outside of Christ Jesus; and we do not like to have anything to do with it. But as you have asked us what we mean by come-outism, we will try and tell you, though it is a word that very seldom finds its way into the TRUMPET. Come-outism is that morbid state of the soul which, lives upon the one idea of coming out of sects — a party zeal to rally all men in an apposition to every other party, or sect. Come-outism makes separation from sects the paramount virtue and the chief centre of attraction. In short, it is carnality undertaking to vindicate an important truth to the great detriment of the same. The purest doctrine that ever came from heaven becomes a sect sheboleth when espoused and advocated by unsanctified men. Satan very well knows that pure hearts “discern all things,” and hear the carnal grate, and with an instinctive shudder shrink from it; hence be tries to turn them from the truth they should walk in by sending it to them by carnal agents. Come-outism is the isolation of truth from Christ, its author, and the prostitution of that truth to a sectarian rallying point; just as the sacred command of Christ to really baptize believers in water is made the basis of the Baptist sect. It is done by giving more stress to some part of truth, in letter, than to Christ the whole truth, the life and the way. Hence we denounce come- outism as of the devil; while coming out of babylon is something altogether different, and is God’s order for all his true saints, and includes coming out of come- outism as well as all other isms. The former is like pounding away at some old crooked, rusty pieces of metal because they do not stick together, while the latter is putting them into the furnace, where all rust and dross is consumed and each piece yields up its hard, crooked individuality, and all melting down become lost in the body, flesh and bones of Christ. “And the first angel sounded, and there followed hail, and fire mingled with blood.” — Rev. 8:7. This is the holiness whirlwind and storm of the Lord, that sweeps away all the defiling disintegrating elements with which His little ones have been troubled. Observe there is not only hail, which destroys the evil, but blood and fire to purify and refine the hearts and souls. That anti-sect Gospel, which is also anti-holines, is nothing but a cold, chilly howling hail storm, without blood or fire. It is “another Gospel,” only used of satan to hinder God’s work.
It is an attempt to pour out the vials of God’s wrath without standing on the sea of glass mingled with fire.” — See Rev 15 and 16:2, 3. Without a pure heart, a clean Gospel basis, filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit. It is a spurious Gospel that does not proceed from the “temple of tabernacle of the testimony in heaven.” — Rev. 15:5. Its end and chief object is to call men out of the sects, whereas the Gospel of God demands separation, not as an end, but as a means to the grand end of purification unto God. The sin of pride, use of tobacco and evil of sects should be condemned as right eyes that roust bo plucked out as a condition to the grace of entire sanctification. — 2 Cor. 6: 14-18; 7:1.
In reference to heresies — sects, two facts are prominent in the Scriptures. First, they are caused by carnality; second, they are only cured by the destruction of carnality, by perfecting holiness. Proofs — “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal and walk as men.” — 1 Cor. 3:3. “Now the works of the flesh (carnal mind, or inbred depravity) are, (with a long catalogue of other things,) “heresies.” — Gal. 5:19, 20. Now for the remedy: “And the glory which thou gayest me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one; I in them and thou in me, that they may be made perfect, in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” — John 17:22, 23. In Christ’s order, you are that unity can only be secured among His disciples by them receiving the glory the Father had given Christ himself, which is the glory of perfect holiness. “For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one.” — Heb. 2:11. They have “purified themselves even as He is pure.” — 1 John 3:3. Are “righteous even as He is righteous.” “For herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, for as He is so are we in this world.” — 1 John 4:17. “Be ye holy for I am holy,” “Perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Thus it is clearly seen that holiness, perfection, or entire sanctification is the glory which both Christ and His disciples should have in this world. Hence it is said that that glory makes them one, and that sanctification makes them one — John 17:22; Heb. 2:11. These are the same, and consist in — “I in them and thou in me that they may be made perfect in one.” Now this is just what Christ promised to those disciples that “had followed him in the regeneration,” namely, to come unto them in a little while, “and bring the Father with Him,” and make their abode in them, “as God has said I will live in you and walk in you,” and to obtain this blessed relation it is demanded that we “come out from among them, and be separate” — come out of babylon — 2 Cor. 6. The Emphatic Diaglott, renders, “that they may be perfected into one.” Thus it is seen that the grace of perfection produces oneness. This is true because we are made perfect by the blood of the everlasting covenant — (Heb. 13:19, 20.) — which “cleanseth us from all sin,” and “all unrighteousness,” thus removing the root or cause of schisms. Is not this wisdom? Is it not true that the only effectual and permanent cure of a disease is the removal of the cause? “Behold thou desirest truth in the inward parts.” Therefore all men that make war upon sects without teaching definite Scriptural holiness, by faith, and through the blood of Christ, as an experience for such as “have followed Christ in the regeneration,” are anti-sectarian quacks, only trying to heal the outward evil without removing the inward disease. Sectism, pride, anger, etc. are but sprouts that spring from the old bitter root of inbred depravity, and you cannot kill this root by removing the sprouts; but by extracting the root all its shoots perish.
But enough about comeout-ism. I presume the brother meant by the question just what wo teach. Well we believe in, and know positively that it is the order of God that His people should, through the blood of Christ, cleanse themselves from all sin and sects; that they should ignore every bond of union but the love of God in Christ Jesus. This bond unites all into one body, because Christ is one, and love is indivisible. This divine bond of perfectness leaves out all who are not in Christ Jesus. Whereas all sect bands bind the children of God apart into schismatic bundles and at the same time bind saints and sinners together, both of which are forbidden in the word of the Lord.
We teach that the body of Christ, yea Christ Himself, is the Church; proof — 1 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 1:22, 23, and 5:30; Acts 5: 14.
That no one can take a person into the Church but God. — Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 12: 18, 28.
That the Church is an organic body, organized by God Himself through the Spirit. — 1 Cor. 12:18, 24. The reason that God has reserved to Himself the prerogative of organizing the Congregation is thus stated, — “that there should bo no schisms in the body.” Every time that men organize, a schism, or sect is the result, but God baptizes us all by one spirit into one body.” We teach that “we are complete in Christ,” because when in Him we are in the Church, or the Congregation, “for we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.”
When in Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit, we are organized, for in this body God, by the Spirit, sets the members every one of them, in the body as it has pleased Him. Yea, He “tempers the body together,” or sets all the members in order.
When we are in Christ we are in the local congregation as well as in the general assembly; because the local body of Christ is simply those members of the general body that sojourn in the same geographical locality. Being in Christ we are in the body of Christ, and living at a certain place, we are in the body of Christ at that place; and as we sojourn from one place to another we always carry our membership with us. Always in Christ, the vine, the body, wherever we are. Praise the Lord!
The Congregation, as organized by God is visible; because its members are visible men and women, “A city set upon a hill that cannot be hid.” “Out of Zion the perfection of beauty, God has shined.” Instead of being invisible, as some have maintained, this hill of the Lord is the lighthouse of the world, out of which God Himself shines the perfection of beauty. Though the Spirit who organizes is invisible like the wind, his effects, like those of the wind, are visible.
We teach that the class book of God’s Congregation is kept in heaven, is kept by God Himself. — Luke 10:20; Phil. 4: 3; Heb. 12:23; Rev. 13:8. And they that forsake God, the fountain of living waters, are written in earth. — Jer. 17:13.
As to the management and control of God’s Congregation, behold, “It is the same God which worketh all in all.” — 1 Cor. 12:6. God works all things, in and through all the members. So the divine Church — or Congregation — is simply such men and woman in every locality that are controlled and operated by God Himself.
The only coming out that we teach and that God wants, is simply a return from all human works, and unscriptural governments, and authorities, and standards, and rules, and managements to the “Mighty God;” to His likeness, His holiness, His cementing love, and to his allwise control. Not setting aside any of the gifts and offices He has set in the body, but recognizing them all, but not acknowledging any lords over God’s heritage.” All willing to be taught and lead by every brother and sister, as they, by their greater knowledge of the word, and their senior life in God, may be “apt to teach,” and have become “ensamples to the flock.”
We acknowledge deacons as those whom God has made most efficient and active in attending to the temperal concerns of the body. We recognize elders — also called bishops — as those members that are most advanced in the wisdom and grace of God, and therefore most able to help the less experienced. These have their authority because of their enlarged light and godliness, and they have their office because of their authority, and all are of God. They have no authority differing from every other child of God, except in degree. For the same word that enjoins subjection to the elders, further directs, “Yea all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility.” — 1 Peter 5:5.
By coming out of babylon we mean such a return to purity to God, and into such a life of union with God that every soul will be governed by the pure love of God; producing sweet harmony between Christ, the head of the body, and all the members. A return to such a fullness of the love and fire of God that the carnal discord will be swept away; and such a power of discerning that every evil spirit will be seen, and, like Judas will go immediately out of the company. In short, we mean a return to the Apostolic unity, simplicity, purity, organization, gifts and fruits. We are not laboring for an ideal “Church of the future,” but recognize the one only church of the past, present, and eternal future. For thus saith the Lord, “It shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written, among the living in Jerusalen; when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof, by the Spirit of judgment and by the Spirit of burning.” — Isaiah 4:3, 4. “For henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.” — Isaiah 52:1. And when sin is all purged away schism and sect will all be gone, “For the watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.” — Isaiah 52:8.
Walworth, N. Y., Nov. 18th, 1883.
Dear Brother Warner — After closely examining the “Gospel Trumpet,” I am glad to say that I am well pleased with it, and intend to be a subscriber is long as it continues to please God. I believe Is the gift of healing through faith.
Yours in the love of our Savior,
Gibsonburg, Ohio., Nov. 22d, 1883.
Dear Brother and. Sitter Warner — We would like to have come to the assembly meeting, but could not. Our prayers are with you. Though you do not hear much from us, we are working all our might. The sect devil is wonderfully stirred here, but the ark of the Lord is moving on, and men and women are getting waked up.
A. C. Long.
Syracuse, Ind., Nov. 8th, 1883.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner — May God greatly bless you and give you strong faith to do his will. O how glad I am to see the “Trumpet.” O often read it twice and three times over. Wife is greatly afflicted, yet in all pur afflictions we are enabled to praise God. O blessed salvation that enables us to pray without ceasing, and in every thing give thanks. We hid the “Trumpet” God speed in the great work. Pray for us.
Your brother in the Lord,
E. B. Bell.
Dear Brother Warner — Enclosed find 43 for “Trumpet.” You receive our thanks for its glorious sound. To-night we do praise God for victory over all sin, the flesh and the devil, and for abiding peace. We do glory in the crow of Christ. Your paper is a welcome visitor to our house. Its strong meat is not too strong for us. Our prayer is that you may still sound it louder.
Yours in Christ,
Will the above please write us and give their address. — Ed.
Vichy Springs, Mo., Nov. 30.
Dear Brother Warner — I would just say there is a felt need all over this country that no ism nor sect supplies. We are on the search of light and truth, and are ready to investigate any thing that may under God lead us into a more excellent way. I praise the Lord for a free and full salvation, and the blood that cleanseth me just now from all sin. Hallelujah! and the anointing that abides and teacheth of all things. Glory! Have seen one number of your. “Trumpet, and we hope it will prove what we need to teach us the way of the Lord more perfectly.
Yours saved by the blood,
Findlay, Ohio, Nov. 12th, 1883.
Dear Brother Warner, and all the dear pilgrims in Jesus. Greeting: I am well, soul and body. I am preaching the faith once delivered to the saints — twice on Lord’s day, and on Wednesday nights. There is about the same number in the little company here that were in the ark — eight tools. In the last, six weeks there has been two sanctified wholly and three converted. I am sanctified wholly now.
Your brother in Christ,
E. J. Hill.
May the Lord settle, and forever save Brother Hill.
Genova Centre, Mich., Dec. 8th, 1883.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner — Though strangers in the flesh, we are brought nigh, to Christ in the Spirit I do else the name of the Anointed Jesus that He ever called me out of babylon. I never felt so free in my life. I belonged to the U. B. sect, for three years, but when Sister Blackwood came here and preached full salvation, I soon felt that I was not free, like the sanctified saints who were all out of sects, and I could see that they had something that I did not have, though I know I was bom of God. I praise God now that I have this wonderful salvation, full and complete. O I am so happy in the Lord, and I give God all the glory, for He sanctified my soul wholly to Him.
I praise God, too, that He sent Brother end Sister Fisher here. The Lord has done wonders here and I think there is much more to be done. I received the “Trumpet”: it does my soul good to read it. May the Lord give you and Sister Warner health and strength to sound the true Gospel all through the land. Glory be to God! The peace of God that passeth all understanding keep your minds and hearts through Christ Jesus: is my prayer.
Your sister in Christ,
Geneva., Mich., Dec. 8th, 1883.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner – Grace, peace and mercy be multiplied unto you through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am all the Lord’s this morning; and am praising Him for full salvation. The fire of the Holy Ghost as burning in my heart. I praise the Lord for perfect victory in my soul just now. Hallelujah! Souls are still coming to God here. The Lord adds to the Church dally such as are being saved. Praise God, the work is going on in spite of men and devils Satan is sending his ministers, clothes in fine lamb’s fleeces, to deceive God’s little ones. But I thank God for the gift of discerning all seek spirits. Praise God for a holiness that sees through all the devil’s false glitter and galvanized rottenness. Not all that say Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of God, but he that doeth the will d.. God. The great commission of Christ is, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and I am with you always even unto the end of the world.” Unless we do all the commandments of Christ, an I teach others to oh serve them, we have no promise that He will be with us. And we need not be in doubt as to what we shall do if we are willing to know the truth, because His commands are plain, and He has even given us examples that we should do as He does and walk in His steps. Praise God! It is a delightful way.
Your brother and saved follower of Christ Jesus,
Wortsville, Ohio, Nov. 15th, 1883.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner — Praise God! I am on the only foundation the morning, on the Rock Christ Jesus. Hallelujah to God that giveth us the victory always through Christ Jesus. We want the prayers of every reace of the “Trumpet,” that God may enable us to soul His word boldly as we ought to speak. That we may make known the mystery of the Gospel, and the riches of the glory of His grace in the Anointed One, and that God may be wonderfully glorified n.. stretching forth His hands to heal, and that alon.. and wonders may be done by the name of the Holy Child Jesus. Amen! I am all sold out for Jesus and am no longer my own I am bought with a great price, and must glorify God in my spirit ..d my body, which are His till the Lord shall call … home.
“He that hath this world’s goods, and seeth in brother have need, and shutteth up his boss of compaassion, how dwelleth the love of God in Him.” May God, the Holy Spirit, thunder these words of awful truth in the cars of every child of God in the land. Glory be to God forever and ever.
Your brother saved through the blood,
Jasper H. Howard.
Strong City, Kan., Nov. 21st, 1888.
Dear Brother Warner — I enclose this card from Brother King, with the request that … answer it as the Lord gives the word. If the leaders are thus blind, in what darkness must the … lowers be?
With Brothers Isaac Bliss and M. B. Gilbert, up wife and I have been preaching the everlasting Gospel for the Church three miles from here, where the number or names is about seven. The Spirit of God was with his servants, and a very good desire to hear the truth was manifest during the eight days the meetings lasted. We believe that several have passed from death unto life. By lavitation, wife and I came here to preach, and the harvest is truly ripe. At the close of one of my wife’s testimonies, a lady, who has long been in bondage to sects and uncancelled siv., said: “If that woman is right, we are all wrong, and I know she has what I must have, or die in my sins.” Another lady is under conviction, and several are inquiring for Jesus. Bless God. “The ward is nigh thee, even in thy mouth.” “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Here, as elsewhere, the so-called pastors have been diligent in shearing the fleck, but hare not done much feeding. We find it all important to keep humble and close to the Great Shepherd, to lead others only as He leads us. In fact, we don’t with to lead, but simply to point to Christ. Brethren prey for us.
May the Lord bless you and the saints that am with you.
H. H. Mills.
Shawtown, Ohio, November, 1888.
Dear Brother Warner — I rejoice that the little Church at Shawtown, His cook Co. Ohio, is still encouraged by the Holy Spirit to march on. Glory to God. We have service every. Thursday night and Sabbath evening. O how much we enjoy the presence of God in them meetings. We are surrounded by babylon hypocrits who hate, and despise a holiness promise. They will no: allow us to preach in their ought house, even on a funeral occasion. Bless God, I am willing to advocate the cause of God any once. and without money and without price. O the am filled with His fullness and glory. O how thangful I am to God for Bible light sect the glorious experience sanctification Au..
It has pleased God to call one of the de.. saints home – Rho..n Jane Hiner. A loving slates, that was full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and of good works. She died happy, and said that the was saved, and that Jesus was with her to the … Sister Hiner was a deconess when the Lord called her home, and a very faithful sister. She desired me to preach her funeral, which sacred scribes we were led of the Lord to fulfill, in the Spirit. We all rejoice in the assutance that Sister Hiner but gote home to rest with Jesus, aged 41 years 9 months and 13 days. May the Lord bless her husband and three children, and save them of … with the dear one whose departure they moure. O may we all live in such a state bofore God that we will be ready for the Master’s call at say ..nest Bless God, I am saved by the blood of Christ, and ready for the Bridegroom’s coming. Amen.