15 December 1889, Volume 9, Number 24.
Weighed and Wanting.
Sinful, hardened, vile professor
Far backslidden from your God.
Oh! your heart is full of darkness
And you bear the sinner’s rod;
In the final day of judgment
When you hear the awful word,
In the balance weighed and wanting
Hell will be your sure reward.
Oh to think how you are bringing
On the Saviour’s name disgrace,
And while thus you have an entrance
Into heaven’s resting place,
Pause in silence, think one moment,
When you come to heaven’s gate
In the balance weighed and wanting
Can’t repent t’will be too late.
There’s one way to get the victory
Over satan’s awful power,
That’s repent and stop your sinning
Flee to Christ this very hour:
Get where Jesus’ blood can reach you,
Sink beneath the cleansing tide
In the balance weighed and wanting
You cannot in heaven hide.
Jennie I. Stow.
A RAMBLE IN THE WILDERNESS.
Whenever we take a half hours time reading babylon papers, when we lay the last down, we feel as though we had just returned from a ramble in a doleful wilderness.
Talmage’s great tabernacle in’ Brooklyn, N. Y. burned down a short time ago. In the next Sabbath’s discourse the big worldly preacher says: ‘“It has been charged upon the lightnings. Well the Lord controls the lightnings.” This is equivolent to confessing that God burned it down. His subject on that occasion, alluding to their burned house, was “the baptism of fire.” So, for the first time. Talmage’s “church” has received a baptism of fire, and the destructive result, well illustrates what would, follow a baptism of Holy Spirit fire upon the worldly wood, hay, and stubble lie has gathered, by a fashionable Gospel, into a sect heap. Spiritual fire would burn it all up, just as the recent “baptism of fire,” left the literal building in ashes.
But the D. D. reports at least one soul gone to heaven from his church. He says: “I am sure that majestic organ had a soul; for we have often heard it speak and sing and shout and wail, and when the soul of that organ entered heaven I think Handel, and Haydn, and Mozart, and Mendelson, and Beethoven, were at the gates to welcome it.” Well if the big organ had a soul, and it were fit for Heaven, it would perhaps be the only soul ready for heaven in the whole outfit. For the Dr. himself will have to get the pardon of his sins, as we learn from his own lips. When preaching a farewell sermon to his congregation, before starting on an eastern tour, he said, — we quote from memory — in substance these words: “If any thing should happen me before returning, I think I have a hope of Heaven. For I think if God will pardon some of my sins, He will pardon them all.” And this is the great mass of worldly wisdom, and spiritual ignorance, that blinded formalists worship as a god. What can a poor sinner like Talmage know of the things of God, who with all other sinners has yet to find pardon, or be lost in hell. No wonder this great sinner in the earth, makes a mere play thing of the Bible,and knows but little more of its sacred meaning than a child comprehends the value of the richest diamond. Some months ago, in a discourse he ventured his skill in the interpretation of some things in Rev. The “Seven angels,” were seven of the most popular priests of sectism, himself filling up the number. The “Seven golden lamps,” were the fine chandeliers in their great sect house.
And now the man in his utter drunkenness on the wine of babylon, and in the exhilerating prospects of a still larger tabernacle, and reveling in his pompous empty fame, and many thousand dollars salary, he cries out in his blind and drunken soul: “The millennium has come. People keep wondering when it is coming. It has come.”
There is truly a reign of pride, deception, and false religion, but this is no millennium, it shall not last a thousand years. The destruction from the Almighty is near. While .they are crying peace and safety sudden destruction shall come upon them as a snare; yea upon the whole earth.
Talmage now proposes to erect a great babylon synagogue which he wants to be a welcome name for Romanism, drunk on wine, beer, and the blood of martyred saints, and every other abominable schism on earth, and thus blasphemously calls this conglomerated mass of pride, bigotry, filth, and devilism, which he proposes to harmonize all together in his preaching, “A religion as wide as heaven and as good as God.” So this blind priest of Baal, thinks heaven is wide enough to take in all this spewed out mass of confusion, and the whole sickening pile of corruption is as good as God. O the shocking blasphemy! No wonder that God laid that house of idolatry, and that pulpit of blasphemies, in ruin early on Sabbath morning, that His name should no more be blasphemed in it.
From the miss-named “Christian Advocate” of New York, we pick up a few babel scraps, “Ecclesiastical laziness. This is a peculiar form of indolence. Some who would consider it dishonorable not to be active workers in the lodge to which they belong old their hands, and do nothing in the church of v/hich they are members.
“Church members may be found in our day whose doubts are more conspicious than their faith. They are agnostics in spiritual things. They do not consider spiritual things knowable.”
Dr. J. B. Wentworth, Presiding Elder of the Buffalo District, Genesee Conference, writes: “I can employ a preacher, a single man, at a church recently organized in this city, located in a pleasant growing .part of the city. He must be a speaker of good address, a well educated man, with some experience in the pastor all work. If he shall afford satisfaction to the congregation, the salary will be about $600.’
Observe that not one word is said about piety and salvation. It seems to have been utterly forgotten in babylon that preachers should be pure, temperate, and holy, or at least have some experience in Divine grace.
From the Telescope.
“Does the church (the U. B. sect) feel the need of a revival? Do our preachers in our pulpits feel that we must have a revival? Are we sensible of our worldliness, pleasure-loving, God-forgetting, selfishness, bitterness of feeling toward each other, formality, and spiritual death which stalk about in the church? (the sect) These are momentous questions.”
“I feel that as individuals and as a great church, many of us, if not all, have endeavored to leave all our past sins and faults with the past year.” “This is good and noble so far as it goes; but it seems to me we should add to that moral cleansing, that other great requisite that of freeing ourselves in the eyes 6f God, from the financial yoke and grip of the mission debt. The report shows that we are yet a long way from the desired goal.” “I will venture to say that, although our church as a whole is rather (in this day of formality) to be commended for its plainness, it is to-day loaded down with pride’s ornaments, in number so great, as that their price alone would equal the mission debt.”
So runs the record of babylon. Her priests set the example and lead the people into Baal secrecy and then growl at them for being more zealous in that worship than in their sect cause. Undertaking to serve two masters, they think they do not divide the service just right.
Amid the carnival of sin, and romp of festivity, once in a great while some one in babylon seems to pause, and think a little, and then he sends up a wail, for a revival, which is soon forgotten, and sin death and hell stalk on in the midst of her undisturbed. Alas! for babylon, she is fallen, fallen, and never again, shall see a genuine revival of Divine grace. “We would have healed her, but she is not healed, forsake her.” She is drunk and “shameful spewing is on her glory.” — Heb. 2:16. Let all stand afar off from the smoke and stench of her burping. Amen!
TO THE WORKERS IN THE FIELD.
DEARLY beloved in the Lord. We have a few words more to say unto you all, as ye are very dear to our heart, and the great cause of God, and of truth and salvation yon represent even still more dear. The Lord give you much wisdom in all things for His name’s sake. To the Corinthians Paul says: “Being crafty, I caught you with guile.” — 2 Cor. 12:19. He used real stratagem in the Word, even the wisdom of the Spirit of God was wise to win souls. This is a holy craftiness, a soul-saving guile. It is also recorded of Paul and Barnabas that, “in Iconium they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Gentiles believed.” — Acts 14:1. Here was a great harvest of souls, as the result of wisely handling the Word, of life. Observe, it is said they “so spake.” They suited the messages to the congregations. The wisdom that Cometh from above, complete with good common sense, enabled them to see just what portion of Divine truth would have the best effect, and capture the most souls for God. And truly much wisdom was needed to so set the Gospel net as to enclose, at the same time, parties of such widely different conditions and views. They “so spake” that a multitude believed. This implies that had they not spoken just as they did, such happy results would not have followed. O let us learn a fruitful lesson here. Who will consider this matter, and pray much for the special wisdom that takes the best advantage ground before every congregation? That selects from all the armory of Heaven just such weapons as will do the best execution in each particular engagement.
How unbecoming, and fruitless a discourse that takes on a tone of fault finding with the low and weak faith of the people addressed, when they should have warm, melting, quickening Gospel to elevate and strengthen, their faith. A lazy self-called empty-hearted churl can easily cuff and castigate the people for their poor languishing religion; but it takes a man of God, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith, and anointed of God to “so speak”, as to raise them from the dead, by the power of God, and set their hearts aglow with joy and holy praise. A scolding tone is abominable in any preacher, but most disgusting in a ministerial novice. In preaching the Word we should always have a cheerful, yea joyful mood, except when delivering blasts of warning, which should be in a solemn tone; or reproving which should take on the earnest and feeling, but never the scolding voice. But all we have to do to give the proper expression of the Holy Spirit under all circumstances, is to keep filled with the Spirit, and speak as He gives utterance, out of a pure heart, governed, by pure motives, real love for immortal souls. Such will be kept out of the various unprofitable ruts.
Brethren Ave must guard against the use of Scripture lessons prepared by others. Let all arrange the Word of God for your own preselling. Of course if you take a Bible reading that another has collected, and study it, and comprehend just what each text was designed to prove and the connection it forms with others, leave out such as you do not see the force of in the connection used, or such as you do not get an inspiration on yourself, and add others the Spirit may bring to your mind, as bearing on the subject: then it will be all the same as your own preparations. But for young preachers, who may neglect to study the Word as they should, then take a reading prepared by some one else, and undertake to preach it, perhaps not understanding the proper applications of half the texts to the subject; but make some irrevelant remarks after reading each text, is all inconsistent in the sight of men; and dis pleasing to God, for, “Behold, I am a gainst the prophets, saith the Lord, that, steal my words every one from his neighbor,” — Jer. 23:30. Mimicry shows weakness. The Holy Spirit will never preach other men’s sermons through you. All the true ministers of Christ, see eye to eye, and preach the same truths with the same Spirit sent down from heaven; and yet there is an originality of thought and manner of presentation in each messenger of God.
Affectation is an abomination. For a young or old preacher to raise up and take the pulpit, saying to the people: “I did not expect to preach, and have nothing particularly prepared;” thereby endeavoring to create the impression that the speaker has a wonderful ready knowledge of the Bible, and is a remarkable extemporaneous sermonizer. And then read a Bible reading not Only previously prepared, but that even by some body else; this, we say, is nothing short of hypocrisy, and by the grace of God should be reproved, and if repeated, openly rebuked.
Again, it is disgusting weakness for a speaker to arise and say: “The Lord has given me something which I will try and give you;” and at the same time the train of thought, or peculiar arrange meat of ideas, or scriptures was really given to some one else by the Spirit of God, and copied of him. All this kind of trickery is like taking a five dollar bill, printing a cipher to the right of the $5, and then pass it for $50. You make yourself a raised bill, a fraud in the sight of God. O my dear brothers and sisters let not satan tempt any of you to do such a sinful thing in the sight of God. O let us keep very humble, natural, non-assuming. “Think not more highly of yourselves than ye ought to think,” nor yet try to have others do so. O in the name, and love of Jesus, if you never wish to fall a prey to the birds and beasts — evil spirits — keep very humble. We have known some who have been troubled with temptations of the devil, to appear educated, when really illiterate. Such strain themselves to produce lofty expressions in preaching, and oven in praying, and sometimes nearly swamp in their attempted flights. O may God forever deliver all His witnesses from such silly aping. Let each one minister with the ability that God gives you, and not try to use another’s gifts, and thereby stretch yourself beyond your measure. When a good thought has been aptly presented by some Bro., and you wish to use it afterward, it shows proper humility to confess it as from the lips of another.
Now dearly beloved, one thing more we feel deeply impressed to speak of. And that is: some of the dear ones, are too stereotyped in their preaching. Too much given to the regular groove of previously prepared Bible readings, arid do not depend sufficiently upon the Holy Spirit to direct the mind to just what is needed for the present occasion. To collect scriptures on any subject, and arrange them so as to present the proofs in the clearest and strongest light, is all right, and any person that will find fault with the use of such preparations has a pernicious picking spirit of the devil. But what we wish to guard against: is the habit of confining yourselves too much to the use of those readings. This tends to formality in your preaching, and prevents the Spirit of God from giving you a red hot message, based on one or two scriptures, backed up by such other truth as the Spirit will bring to your mind while preaching just the blast of the trump of God that is needed. So instead of looking among your sermon cards to make a selection, you look to God to make choice of a message for you. And if He should give you a text upon which you know hut little to say, take your text in the name of Jesus, “open your mouth and He will fill it.” Depend more on the Holy Spirit to preach through you. Often our ignorance upon a theme the Holy Spirit gives us to preach, furnishes the Spirit an opportunity to show His wisdom through us, and His power is manifest in our weakness. The most mighty and telling truth that God has ever uttered through our lips, was given us in that very instant. We should however be very diligent in the study of the Great Rook of truth. Store your mind with the Word, like an armory filled full of choice weapons, and let the Spirit of God select from them and use as He will, and add others as you soar along on the joyful wings of Holy Spirit eloquence. O it is blessed and sweet to realize that we arc carried up in the glorious inspiration of God as we speak to the people. There is and all sweeping power in free extemporaneous thunders of truth that flow direct from the throne of God, through a pure heart and open mouth, into the ears and hearts of bearers, that far surpass any metaphysical and expository teaching. But both kinds of preaching are necessary. One brother’s gift is principally that of a Bible teacher, he appeals to the judgment, and enlightens the intellect; another is more naturally gifted as an off-hand son of thunder, and his business is to wake the conscience, smite the heart with conviction, and carry the will for God as by a storm. The first will capture thinkers, the second appeals more to the conscience and effections, and move men and women of feeling. Let one of those natural “boanerges,” adopt the style of another whose cooler gift is that of a Bible expositor, and he will lose power, and become less useful. In this age of deep slumber there is great need of mighty sons of thunder to wake the dead.
We have seen a large concourse of Sinners assembled at a camp-meeting, in the night service, when some mighty awakening appeal was needed, but instead the preacher, and he specially gifted for stirring work, selected a Bible reading on the unity of God’s Church, which was not needed, nor could God especially bless the speaker, nor the message: it being uncalled for. Perhaps not a sinner was present who was in reach of the Gospel but what already relieved the present truth of unity. The result was the service was little more than a formal recitation; whereas we felt in our soul that an awful blast of warning, and solemn appeal to the unsaved souls present was needed. If we want the blessing of God on our souls and on our preaching, we must preach the preaching that God will give us that which is really needed for the congregation before us. If sectism is received, and contended for by a large portion of the congregation, then will God back up with the Holy Spirit’s power and liberty, a discourse on the true Church, unity etc. But if babylon has been utterly exposed, and about all, the sinners are even turned against her, us is the case where the evening light has been preached for some time, it will be but a dry formality to lash the dead carcass. “Let her alone,” and preach living, stirring appeals to poor lost sinners. There is great, need of real exhorters.
We have but a small number of scriptural cards, and in our revival work we do not use them one half of our time. God help us to not tie up to paper, and ink. Take two or three scriptures which the Spirit will give you just before preaching. Or just lake text, a weighty message of itself, and by the help of God throw it into the face of the people. Look the congregation right in the eyes, and by the power of the Spirit lay their sinful hearts open to view, lifting up the cross, the blood of the everlasting covenant, as an all sufficient remedy for sin. O cry aloud and spare not; lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions, and the house of Jacob their sins.” “Thus saith the Lord, smile with thy hands, and stamp with thy feet;” and shout aloud the warnings of the Almighty, and thus some save through fear. Pulling them out oft the fire. Amen!
Big Prairie, Mich.
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REQUEST FOR PRATER.
Dear Saints: — I have been afflicted for the last 14 years, and have been a professor for a number of years. I do not feel satisfied; I believe there is a greater enjoyment for me, and I believe He is able cure this afflicted body. I want the prayers of God’s children that I may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and be healed of my afflictions.
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Dear Gospel Trumpet: — I desire the prayers of the saints everywhere to pray earnestly for my husband who is terribly afflicted with Epilepsy. I have been reading in the TRUMPET about others who have been healed by the power of God, through the faith and prayers of the dear saints. Please do this for one who feels her need and realizes her unworthiness.
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SISTER Annie Jolly of Almena, Kan., desires the prayers of the saints for the healing of her body.
Dear Saints: — I ask an interest in all your prayers that I may be saved and made complete in Jesus. I am not certain that I have ever been converted. I have often went to the altar for the forgiveness of my sins, but I am not saved. O I do want be a child of God and have my name written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Nancy A. Kent.
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NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Windsor, Mo., Nov. 18, ’89.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — We are happy once more to report success from the glorious field of battle. We have held meeting here for about three weeks, interrupted some by rain, and the people are also very busy in corn harvest. While this harvest is large all over the west, thank God we have also been able to harvest a few souls for Christ, by His grace. We have had good meetings here. A few souls have been won over to Christ, and the little Church built up in the Holy faith. Several have been wholly sanctified, and the cause advanced a good deal, in the hearts of all. This is the home of Bro. J. and sister Mary Cole, who, with sister Lodema Caser, are here helping in the good work. The meeting was held in a good little bethel in the town of Windsor. We closed with a sacred ordinance service last evening. About 30 saints present to take part, and the precious and loving author of these holy institutions was also in the midst to bless our souls with His love, and His approving smile upon us, so that we could truly say He was manifest unto us, in breaking bread and washing one anothers feet as He has commanded us.
Just at this time, the people are very busy husking corn, and we are taking a little rest, having had scarcely any lay off since July 25. With this meeting we close our western tour, and expect to return to Ind. soon, and perhaps ere long go home. But the will of the Lord be done. We had several calls in south west Mo. and had expected to return there, but the Lord now leads otherwise. Amen!
Urbana, Kan., Dec. 2, 1889.
Dear Saints, Greeting: — May the dear Lord wonderfully bless you all. We are now at home once more; just returned Friday night, the 29th; found all well and some still saved and happy in the Lord. We have been gone a little over fifteen months, and have traveled over a large scope of country, in Mo., Ill., Ind., Ohio., Mich., and Neb. We have traveled about 3000 miles since we left home, and have been in, and held about forty meetings in the name of the Lord. God has been with us, saved and kept us from all evil. Oh, glory to His dear name! The Lord has wonderfully used us in preaching His blessed Word with the power of the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. O, Hallelujah! Many dear souls have been saved and made happy in Jesus, for which we give God all the glory. O praise the Lord! it makes me feel good to think of the past 15 months which we have spent in the service of the Master. And, Oh, how good I feel, when I feel and know that I have a better experience than when I left home. O glory to God! my soul is full of His glory. I feel the glowing fire. Hallelujah! My heart pours forth many thanks to God for His goodness to me. Bless His name for saying my soul from all sin. I am sailing out farther and farther in the ocean of His perfect, pure love. I praise the Lord for the privilege we have enjoyed in meeting so many of the dear saints of God in the east. O may God ever keep them humble, at the feet of Jesus, hid away with Christ in God. O glory to our God forever and ever! We shall always praise the Lord for this missionary tour we have taken through the east and north.
Our last meeting was held at the Huron School-house, three miles south of Huron. The Lord was with us in mighty convicting and saving power. Quite a number of dear souls were made happy in Jesus. We had good order, (except 2 or 3 nights,) and good congregations. The people in this community are wonderfully interested in the truth. A great many dear old men and women who were living in sin, outside of sects, were warm friends of the truth. God bless them; we hope to hear of them yielding to God soon. Many in the county who are disgusted with sectism, are warm friends of holiness. God bless and save them soon. The seed has been sown there, which we hope will result in the salvation of many souls. We expect Bro. Wm N. Smith to go there from Meriden. God bless and give them many souls. During our stay there, we had glorious meetings. There were 5 professed pardon, and 12 claimed sanctification. Six were buried with Christ in baptism. We had a glorious ordinance the last night of the meeting. On Saturday night one poor soul who had tried to come in and be one of us, proved himself a poor miserable hypocrite. Poor deluded soul! He and his mother, — a sinner in the M. E. sect. — let the devil take complete possession of them, and they made a complete show of themselves. God pity them, and the young man’s father, a local preacher in babylon made quite a disturbance. God pity the poor deluded souls. God gave us wonderful victory over it all, and we made the house ring with the praises of the Lord. We were at Galesburg yesterday, and had a glorious meeting. God was with us in mighty saving power. There were 4 consecrations. The saints there are in a good condition. God bless and keep them.
Let all the saints pray for us. We all send much love to all the saints.
J. P. Haner.
Akron, Kan., Dec. 3, 1889.
Dear Brethren: — I am at this place in the name of the blessed Lord, with the fire of the Holy Ghost in my soul, saved from all sin and have eternal victory on my banners. The shore lines are all cut, and I am sailing on the ocean of God’s redeeming love. I have unsheathed the old Sword, and have planted the battery in front of the enemy, and am throwing the red hot shell into Satan’s camp. Sect preachers are claiming holiness and are teaching the people that they cannot live without sin. But they are being weighed in the balance and see that they are wanting, but I fear that a great many of them are even now too late in the evening to enter in. The harvest is past, and (with many) the summer is ended, and their soul is not saved. Too late! Too late! will be the cry, Jesus of Nazareth hath passed by. Bro. Lock and wife were here and helped us Saturday and Sunday. We expect to go from here to Mo., the Lord willing. Pray for us. I am saved and healed, and am Strong in God, spiritually and physically. Praise the dear Lord!
J. W. Sickles.
Dear Brethren: — May God bless you all. To-day finds me saved and kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. My heart rejoices with joy unspeakable and full of glory, and I am satisfied in the body of Christ. I find it is a good place to abide. Paul says: “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the Church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that, miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments diversities of tongues.” — 1 Cor. 12:27-29; Some over three years ago, God set me in the body to preach His Gospel; since that time I have had many happy moments with my Jesus. O how sweet! and to-day I have victory in my soul over the powers of darkness. We have just returned from Dushville Isabella, Co. Mich., where we held a meeting. Bro. Cox and family were with us about one week, and God gave us victory in preaching the Word. Sinners wept, but none took a stand for the Lord. The Church was settled deeper into God than ever before. Three dear ones were buried with Christ in baptism, and came forth with a shout. One dear soul was healed while in the water. At the close of the meeting in Dushville here were 19 partook of the the ordinances of God’s house. It pleased the
Lord to have dear sist.. … … main and help in the work. … Lord has called her to work in His vineyard. To-day my soul says: praise the Lord! The Word says: “let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.”
Your Bro. in Christ
Decatur, Mich., Dec. 3, 1889.
Dearly beloved: — We begun meeting in the East Decatur School-house in the name of Jesus. There were 8 consecrations in all; some for justification, and some for sanctification, and all were blessed of God. We rejoiced over the escape of dear Father and Mother Powers, from the M. E. sect. They are sanctified, and rejoicing in the evening light. Also dear Bro. Dudgeon. May God richly bless, and ever keep him and his family fully saved. Four were buried with Christ in baptism by Bro. Morril, and they came up with shining countenances because of the glory of God in their souls. Nov. 24, we met at the house of Father Powers, and observed the ordinances of God’s house, in which 19 saints participated. It was a glorious time to our souls in obeying the command. Dec. 1, we met and had the most solemn ordination service I ever witnessed. Bro. S. A. Harris was ordained Elder, and Bro. Frank Simon was ordained Deacon, and Sister Lusk was ordained Deaconess of the Church of the Living God at Decatur Mich. This meet- Meeting reminded us of Acts. 13:1-3. The Church is in good condition; in peace, love and unity. Sister Lusk who was very sick, was healed of the Lord. May the dear Lord richly bless and reward the dear ones for ther kindness to us. Two or three are yet to be baptized, and we hope they will attend to it soon. We praise the Lord for our visit here; it was a feast to all our souls. Hallelujah! From here, myself and company go to Adrian, Mich., commencing in Bro. Randolph’s vicinity. From there to Roanoke, Ind., and elsewhere as the Lord may direct.
F. N. Jacobson, Grand Junction, Mich.
Cochrans Mill, Pa. Nov. 21, ’89.
Dear Brethren: — Grace, mercy, truth, and peace, be multiplied unto you all. After the close of the St. Petersburg meetind, we took train at Foxburg, for Neal, a small station along the A. V. R. R which is about two miles from Kittanning, the seat of Armstrong Co. Pa. Dear Bro. Stow met us and conveyed ns to his home where we opened up fire the same evening to a house full of sinners, and God wonderfully blessed our souls in sending forth the truth and judgment upon the people; and no doubt many hearts did quake and tremble: and some took a very decided stand for the Lord. On Sabbath we had the pleasure of preaching three discourses in the court house to the people of Kittanning. They would only give the court house for the one day; for they look upon the saints of God as if they were some wild beast let out of a cage. But praise God, to their astonishment they found us civilized, and our feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. The Word of God had a good effect as it was preached in its purity. Praise God! It broke down much prejudice, and there will be a good opening in Kittanning; there can be a hall procured at any time, and also the janitor said he would get the court house at any time for the saints of God to preach in. I Pray God to send some Holy Ghost minister into that place. We would love to have stopped longer.
We next held a meeting near Blanco. Bro. Dunmire conveyed ns by wagon to sister Sowers, where they had quite a large Baptist meeting-house for us to preach the everlasting Gospel to the people. It appeared the devil and all his hosts were arrayed against us; but God over ruled and saved a few souls. There were three presented for pardon, two for sanctification, and one near soul followed the Lord Jesus down into the watery grave, and came forth shouting to the world that she was dead to it. We then returned to sister Sowers in company with other saints, and washed feet and partook of the Lord’s supper in breaking bread. There were 16 participated in this glorious feast. May God abundantly bless his little church at that place and keep them faithful unto the end. The second morning after the close of the meeting Bro. Dunmire brought us a distance of 14 miles to the neighborhood of Bro. Shellhammers. God is wonderfully blessing our souls. Pray for us.
Jno. A. & A. J. Dillon.
Dear Saints: — May the Lord bless and keep you all, in the love and power of His might. This place 6urely is a desolate one; the power of the devil has full sway. The tide of sectism runs high, and I wish that some one of God’s blood washed fire brands, filled with love and power of the Holy Ghost; led of God, would come to this place and preach the truth in the power of God. They will find a hearty welcome at my home. I am very poor in this world’s goods, but if any one comes I will find a house to hold meeting in, and a home while they stay. Any one that feels led of the Lord to come, please write to me and let me know when you come.
G. W. Stover.
Dear Readers: — I praise the Lord for salvation full and free just now. I am praising Jesus for His keeping power in my soul this morning; He keeps me each day from any known sin, and I am walking in all the light the dear Lord lets shine on my pathway. Praise His name! and I will walk in all that comes, by the grace of God helping me. Jesus is such a comfort in time of trouble. He is all and in all to me. O how I thank God for sending Bro. Colby and wife and sister Todd to our place to cheer up our souls; how it does help us along to have the children of God come to see us. Now I want to say to the glory of God that I was badly afflicted, and the saints laid bands on me, and I was wonderfully restored so I have been able to walk to our little prayer meeting. Praise God! and I am holding on to God by faith for a complete healing of all my bodily diseases; for Jesus said in His Word: ask and ye shall receive; and I am praying God to increase my faith. I have been impressed for a long time to write these few lines; I know it is the Holy Spirit that leads me to write. I praise His dear name for ever showing me the oneness in Christ Jesus. I am so glad that I belong to the Church of the Firstborn. Praise His name, that He ever permitted this evening light to shine in this poor heart of mine, and I am so glad that I ever opened my heart to receive this light; my way is onward and upward. God bless all those who are standing on the walls of Zion, and keep them from the evil of this wicked world. Pray for me dear saints that the Lord will heal this temple to His glory.
From your sister in Christ.
Dear Brethren — I thank God for saving me from sin. When I was 13 years old the Lord troubled me greatly about my soul, and I thought I would be a better girl; and I would try in my own strength, but would fail every time; and then I would be discouraged and give it up; but God did not give up calling me. One night Bro. Wm. Smith preached in a school-house near where I stayed, and I went to hear this strange doctrine which had heard so much about. He preached: “ye must be born again,” and I saw myself as I was and came to God and He saved me; in a few days He sanctified my soul, and I went on rejoicing in a new hope in Christ. The Lord filled me with His love and taught me many things by His Spirit; but satan was about seeking for something to destroy, and led me away. I soon found I could not live without the love of Jesus in my soul, so I came back to Him. To-day I am rejoicing in His love; He sweetly keeps me from sin; although I have sin on all sides of me; am working among ungodly people most of my time, still I can keep my eyes on Jesus and He keeps me in the holy way.
Pray for me. I am your sister in Christ, sanctified and made whole.
Six Mile, Ind.
Dear Saints: — I am saved by the precious blood of Jesus. Praise the Lord! I had an afflicted limb, and asked the Lord to heal it, and believed it could be done; He healed it. Praise His holy name! Pray for me that I may keep saved low down at the feet of Jesus.
Six Mile, Ind.
Dear Saints: — This morning finds me saved and trusting God for all things. I have been praying God to lead some of His ministers in this direction to preach the Word to the people. I know it would be to the glory of God and I believe some souls would be saved. I ask you all to pray for my family, five of which are unsaved. I do earnestly pray that they may yet be saved. I do praise God for a salvation that will keep us from the snares of the devil. The devil tried to make me believe my children would never be saved, and that I had not ought to pray for them, but give up and say God could not save them; but the devil is a liar. I do praise the Lord for a safe place of refuge in all trouble. The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into it and are safe. Praise God for deliverance! I praise the Lord for salvation that saves to the uttermost.
Your sister sanctified,
Dear Brethren: — Praise the Lord, I am saved just now by a second work of grace and am kept by the power of God unto salvation, free from sin. I know by His Spirit, I have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ and am walking in the light as He is in the light. Glory to His name forever! I bless God that I was led by His Spirit to follow my Savior in keeping His commandments. Jesus is mine and I am His. Praise God! I am dead to the world and sin; I am free from all sects, and today finds me praising God. It was through the labor of Bro. G. R. Achor and some of God’s little ones, that I was led to lay all on the altar and get saved. Oh it is glorious to be sweetly resting in Jesus.
Your sister bid away with Christ.
Mary E. Hodgden.
Columbia City, Ind.
Dear Brethren: — I am led by the Spirit this morning to say that I am justified and sanctified by a second work of grace. Praise the Lord forever! for the pure love of God that I have in my heart. I am also out of babylon, and babylon out of me. Praise the Lord for salvation full and free! I am praying that God will send a Holy Ghost minister to our place to hold a meeting this winter.
Your Bro. in Christ.
J. F. Pence.
Dear Brethren: — This leaves me still saved and trusting in Jesus. O how I do wish I could attend the saints meetings regular. I hope the Lord will open the way for meetings in this place before long. I praise God for salvation from all sin. O for more workers in the vineyard of the Lord. The people in this place are anxious to hear the Word of God as it is taught by the holiness evangelists. May God bless all His dear saints is my prayer.
M. E. Hurd.
Dear Saints: — This morning I praise the Lord for salvation that saves me just now from all sin. Praise the Lord for victory in my soul. I am alone here with God, but He is able to Keep His children from all harm. My soul is so filled with His love that I cannot express it, and can only shout praises to His name for His wonderful keeping power, while in such a wicked place. I have been tried as gold in the fire, and made whiter than snow. Glory to God! My soul rejoices to read the testimonies of the dear saints.
Your Sister, saved with an everlasting salvation through the precious blood of Jesus.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — I feel led of the Lord to give my testimony to the Trumpet Readers. Glory be to His name! I am free from sects, and saved by the glorious victory of Jesus Christ I praise Him also for the light in His Word which I receive of Him in prayer and in reading the TRUMPET. We send an invitation to all the saints to come and visit our place if the Lord is willing. Pray for me, that I may be kept low down at the feet of Jesus.
Your humble Sister in Christ.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — The Lord bless you all very much in Christ Jesus. O praise the Lord! I am saved and so happy in Jesus, and the Lord has healed my body wonderfully. I was very sick about a month ago. I was partly paralized, and suffering greatly with heart disease. I thought I would soon be free from this suffering body, and the people thought that I would surely die soon. O I was so happy, I felt ready to go home and be with my Jesus. But the Lord showed me that my sickness was the works of the devil, and that He was not ready to take me home yet. So when I knew it was the devil, I rebuked him in the name of Jesus, and called upon the Lord to heal me, and it is wonderful how He raised me up, and I have been, quite well ever since. O praise the Lord! I am a wonder unto myself. The Lord is my all and in all. He leads me by His good Spirit, and teaches me His precious Word O if I can but do a little for Jesus. I am willing to suffer anything for His name’s sake. I live alone with Jesus, and we Have a happy time together. O praise the Lord forever for His great goodness to me.
Pray for me that I he always ready when the Lord shall call for me.
Ridgeville Corners, O.
Dear Brethren: — My experience this morning is that I am saved in Christ, and washed in His blood, and free from all sin, walking in the light, and praising God. Your Bro. in Christ.
Diamond Springs, Mich.
Dear Saints: — I do rejoice in God that I have the victory in my soul. I lost my salvation by turning away from Jesus, and not doing my duty. The Lord is ever ready to save all who will come unto Him, and he convicted me of my sins and brought me low at His feet, and delivered me from sin, and filled me with His glory. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever and ever! Then I presented my body a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, and He sanctified my soul. He says: “this is the will of God, even your sactification.” He has redeemed my soul, and I am on the sea of glass. His grace is sufficient in every trial, and He says: “come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” “My peace I give unto you.”
Pray for me.
M. A. Luplow.
Dear Saints: — I was saved and sanctified about 6 months ago. I belonged to the U. B. sect six years, but failed to obey God by going on unto perfection. But when the blessed evening light came to my soul, I obtained full salvation, but was I not satisfied with the sect baptism; so when Bro. Hall came, I was baptized in the order of the Lord, and am praising God for wonderful salvation. I know that I am a new born soul in Christ. There are but few saints here and at Vandalia. We meet together as often as possible, but we need some one stronger in the work to instruct us in the Word and power of God. We hope the Lord will send some one this winter. Your Sister in the Lord.
Table Rock, Neb.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — God has been very good and merciful to me, and saved me from all sin and set me free and keeps me by His mighty power. He found me a poor lost sinner, careless and unconcerned about salvation. He convicted me of my sins and caused me to see myself just as I was, and I became alarmed and cried out to God for mercy, and He heard me and forgave and pardoned all my sins. I knew the moment the change was wrought in my heart and raised from my knees leaping and shouting and praising the Lord. I had never been so happy before in all my life and had never witnessed such a change of heart. I afterward presented my body a living sacrifice unto the Lord and He sanctified me and keeps me every moment. I have the witness within me that I am a child of God. Glory to Jesus! I have the victory in my soul continually. Praise God for the victory He gives us. I had hands laid on me in the name of Jesus for healing; God healed my body entirely. I never knew what it was to be stout and healthy before. I have perfect health. I can do a hard day’s work and seldom get tired; it is not my own strength, but through God. I feel that I am growing in grace and learning more of God and receiving more light each day. The Lord answers my prayer and supplies all my wants and needs. I feel that God is calling me out into the field to labor for Him; when He opens the way I will go. I am all consecrated to do His will whatsoever it may be. Praise God forever! it is my whole desire to see perishing souls saved. I have learned to go to the Lord with all my troubles, and leave them with Him; and I find Him a very present help in every time of need, my soul is filled with the glory of God. I praise God for all things and give Him all the glory. I have a great many things to be thankful for. I have a great many trials and temptations. Pray for me that I may ever be found faithful, doing my duty in all things, that I may have more faith and be instrumental in God’s hands of showing many souls the way to God.
Your sister in Christ.
Dear Saints: — Myself and husband have been hungering and thirsting after the blessing of holiness for two or three years, hut did not get the light until of late. The Lord sent Bro. Jacobson here to hold a series of meetings and through his instrumentality we have been led into the light. O praise the Lord for full and free salvation. We do praise God that He saves us from sects and all the allurements of the world, flesh and the devil. Yes praise His Holy name for the sanctifying power of Christ, that we have in our souls just now. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever and ever. Your Bro. and sister saved to the uttermost.
Wm. & H. A. Powers.
Dear Brethren: — I am still saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God ready to be revealed in the last day, when He cometh with all His saints to make up His jewels. I do praise the Lord for healing my body which, was afflicted for nearly 8 years, for the Word of God says: they that are whole have no need of a physician, but they which are sick. The Lord is a glorious helper in every time of trouble, and He has promised to be with us even unto the end. For He says: “He will never leave us nor forsake us: and sticketh closer than a Bro. I have perfect and complete victory in my soul over hell and the grave, and am walking in the light as He is in the light. If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Your Bro. in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — Praise God, I feel led to write my testimony through the Trumpet once more. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! I am fully saved through the blood. About 4 years ago God first convicted me of sin, and the true light had not been set forth here, so I joined the Lutheran sect, and went along for a while (without salvation) and gave up professing. But the Lord still convicted me of sin, and 1 year later I joined the Campbellites and went to professing again, but to my disappointment without a possession, without God, and without salvation. I found not what I sought for, I wandered from mountain to hill. O had I been taught the ways of truth, how useful I might have been. But truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills and from the multitudes of mountains. — Jer. 3:23. “The false prophets came around saying: ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.” — Jer. 14:13. (in this sect) so they come and draw poor souls into their abominable sect pens saying peace, peace, when there is no peace. But glory be to God the light came at last; God showed me through the preaching of His Word that it took real repentance from the heart to get peace. I am glad that I accepted the light and my experience is that I am kept in perfect peace. Hallelujah! Bless the Lord I am redeemed through the blood. The Lord has kept me almost 3 years, free from sin. Hallelujah! Your Bro. in Christ.
H. F. Berrie.
Beloved Saints Greeting: — It gives me much pleasure to write my testimony Praise God! I am saved and still remain a child of the kingdom with God’s eternal glory in, my soul. Praise the Lord for salvation, and a saviour that has power to keep us from all sin. I praise God for the promise of eternal life and the victory I have over the world, the flesh, and the devil. By trusting the promise I know I am free. I thank the dear Lord for freedom that giveth us victory through Jesus Christ. The Word says: “whomsoever the Son maketh free is free indeed. Therefore we can claim our freedom by faith and obedience to the holy commandments of God. We have our fruits unto holiness and the end everlasting life. I praise the Lord that He ever saved my soul and gave me the knowledge of His eternal truth. Wherein I was once blind now I see, and God has given me an understanding heart that I may know His will concerning me, how to keep myself humble before Him and walk in love and Godly fear before Him all the days of my life; for the Word says: gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and hope to the end. For the grace that is to be brought unto you, at the revelation of Jesus Christ as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance, but as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation: because it is written: be ye holy for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father who without respect of person judgeth according to every man’s work; pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. — 1 Peter, 1:13-17 Praise the dear Lord! there are a few of us in this community that still claim our freedom and willing to suffer the persecutions of this world in order to win Christ for in first Peter, 4:1, the Word says; for as much then as Christ hath suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind; for he that hath ceased from sin, that ye no longer should live the rest of your time in the flesh, to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. I give God all the glory for the salvation of my soul. I am out for the whole warfare, willing to take God at His word, and trusting my life in His hand, for He says He is able to keep all I commit unto Him. I still remain saved, and walking in the light as He is in the light, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth me from all sin. Your sister saved and sanctified and willing to live humble before God,
Peace Valley, Mo,
Dear Brethren:: — One year ago last August I was converted in a meeting held by Sister Johnson, and four days later, was sanctified wholly. I do praise God for ever sending me this evening light. Sect preachers tell us we ought to join a church, and not stay out in the world and light the devil alone. Glory to God! He does not want us to join any thing but Christ, and if we are in Him, He will fight our battles for us, and He never lost a battle. There are none of the saints nearer than twelve miles, but when Jesus is with us, we are not alone, though all the world be against us. Who shall separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. I am praying the Lord to send His holy ministers to this place to preach the Word to the people. Pray for me that I keep low at the foot of the cross and ever ready to do His will in all things.
Your Sister in Christ, sanctified and under the blood.
6342 Huron St., Englewood, Ill.
Dear Readers: — I thank God for a present salvation that saves me from my sins. I thank Him for the determination I have in my soul to stand steadfast in the Lord. I have not the privilege of attending meetings as I wish, but the Lord is with me. He will never leave nor forsake us if we put our full trust in Him. If our hearts condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God, and whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous. Thank God! My only desire is to live for Jesus and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. Pray for me that I may keep victory over sin and the many temptations that surround me continually.
Your Sister under the blood, saved.
TOO LATE FOE ADDITIONAL SECT DAUGHTERS.
For now I will break his yoke from oft thee, and burst thy bonds in sunder. And the Lord hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile. Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off. — Nahum, 1:4. 13-1
Nineveh was a large idolatrous city, and like “Sodom and Egypt.” Rev. 11:8, is used by the prophet Nahum to represent apostate religion, the same as Babylon is most commonly used. In the above scripture, we see four coincident events. 1st, A special ministry of the last days, “that publish peace,” or as the same are described in Isa. 52:7, “publish salvation.” 2nd, The wicked are cut off and separated from the restored Church, see also Isa. 52:1. That produces a pure Church, or the sanctuary cleansed.
3rd The bands and yokes and burdens of man organizations, of sects, and sect lords, are burst asunder and taken off the neck and shoulder of all the true saints of God. This is done by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and during the consumption decree, as we see in Isa. 10:22, 23, 27.
4th, When this consuming tire sweeps over the earth, God forever spoils the sect making business. He has indeed given commandment concerning mystic baby]on, Sodom, Egypt, and Nineveh, that no more of thy name be sown. The holiness revolution, which has cast such multitudes out of the corrupt sects in the last 20 years would have been a prolific source of new sects, bad not God given commandment that no more of her names of blasphemy should be sown. We have known of several attempts all of which have speedily come to naught. Some of which we have reported in the TRUMPET. And now we add another one to the list of the daughters of babylon that was either dead-born, or “was not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.” — Eze. 16:4; but were soon laid away in the grave of oblivion.
T. D. Becom of Kan., imagined himself called to found a new sect about three years ago. He christened it, “Salvation Church of Christ;” got a charter for it from the state of Kan. Well if there had been no Salvation Church before it was born, surely we had all believed in vain, and our hope been in vain. This new sect bead renounced the ordinances of Christ, said the TRUMPET was of the devil. But certain conduct of his soon throwed a shade over his character, and his sect daughter died as a result. And last Sept, while preaching in a camp-meeting in Allen Co., Kan. the poor man took suddenly ill, was taken to a tent, and died in 15 minutes. Though his works perished, we hope his soul is saved.
“THOU shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart; thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him.” — Lev. 19:17. Take heed to yourselves: if thy Bro. trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” — Luke, 17:3-4. Dearly beloved brethren; do we fulfill these words of Jesus? how much easier it is to tell a person he is of the devil; or call him a hypocrite, after a few offences. “And Peter said unto him how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? until seven times? Jesus saith unto him: I say not unto thee, until seven times, but until seventy times seven. — Matt. 18:21, 22. Here is the faith and patience or the saints; he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.” Can we forgive our brother four hundred and ninty times? certainly we can. And must do it. “Moreover if thy brother trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone; if he shall hear thee thou hast gained thy Bro. But if he will not hear thee, then take one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the Church: But if he neglect to hear the Church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.’ — Matt. 18:15-17. This text teaches us many things. First, that telling a brother his faults is sufficient rebuke, second, the necessity of witnesses to bring tire matter before the church. And last but not least, that when a brother is so stubborn as not to hear the church, we should cease to recognize him as a brother. One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.” — Deut. 19:15. These scriptures show the manner of proceedure between brother and brother. Now we will turn to the subject as a Church matter. Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” — 1 Tim. 5:1, 19-20. Here now we have a commandment to rebuke elders that sin. Whose duty is it to rebuke them? To whom was the commandment given? you may say to Timothy. What was Timothy? He was bishop or elder of the Church at Ephesus; so an elder has the right to rebuke an elder that sins under two or three witnesses. How? Before all. Before all the whole world? No, before all the Church. Why? “Because ye are not of the world. I have chosen you out of the world.” therefore all means the thing understood, which is the Church. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply; that they may be sound in the faith.” — Titus, 1:13. Why should they be rebuked sharply? They were unruly, vain talkers, deceivers and liars, verse 10-12. This instruction was also given to the elder of the Church at Crete. “Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, when I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he see the sword come upon the land, he blow the Trumpet and warn the people; then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning: if the sword come and take him away; his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning, his blood shall be upon him; but he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned: if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood shall be required at the watchman’s hand.” — Eze. 33:2-6. So God hath made the elders watchman with eyes (discernment) and trumpets (voices of warning) to blow. Who is commanded to blow? the watchman. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed; neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.” — Jer. 23:4. The shepherds watch for their flocks, even so elders watch for the Church and to them belongs reproof, and rebukes, for proof we refer you to Titus, 2:15; and 2 Tim. 4:2; which was instruction to elders. Now we as well as other brethren, have heard boys and young men stand up and say God had put it on them to rebuke such ones. Some would say, even their father; others would say they had the gift of rebuking. Now dear brethren is this consistent with the Word? search the scriptures and see. Especially when we see such things cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned.
Reproving should as a rule be done by the elder, or an older person than the person reproved. But in the absence or the neglect on the part of Elder. God the can, and does use others; and all God’s children should be so in God as not to judge and condemn from appearance, in such case.
Reproving on the authority of 2 or 3 witnesses, should only refer to instances of evil deeds. When men possess, and exhibit an evil spirit of the devil, holy men of God can rebuke them in the Spirit of God, without any witnesses of evil action. Rebuke the evil spirit for what it is, and not necessarily for what it has done. No witnesses should be brought, or proceedings resorted to, that savor of sect trials.
Orchard Grove, Ind.
Dear Brethren: — MY testimony to-day is that I am fully saved and sanctified by the precious blood of Jesus. Bless His name forever. He is keeping, guiding and leading me, and teaching me how to follow Him day by day.
Dear Saints: — Praise God for His love to me. Blessed Jesus! He is our all in all He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the hope of glory fully formed within. He is the way, the truth and the life. He is the bread of life to my soul. He is our Master, our passover, our mediator and the propitiation for our sins. His name was called Jesus, because He does save His people from their sins. Praise the name of the Lord forever and forever! God has become my salvation. Praise the Lord for full salvation. Pray for me.
O blessed be our Jesus,
Who saves us from all sin.
And keeps His love within us.
For God dear souls to win.
O how we love each other,
Who live for God alone;
And kindly help each other,
As we are trav’ling home.
How joyful are our greetings,
When at the house of God,
We meet to worship Jesus,
With hearts so full of love.
Not only when at meeting
Do we enjoy this peace;
But when at home at labor
We have a constant feast.
O lost and guilty sinner
Will you not have this joy?
Or will you live in darkness,
And satans hard employ.
You’d better serve our Jesus
And have the hope of bliss,
In words of endless glory
When we are through with this.
Then when this life is over
We’ll gain a home above.
And dwell with Christ forever,
To sing His wondrous love.
O blessed, blessed Jesus,
Our Saviour and our King,
We’ll praise Thee for Thy goodness
Till Heaven’s arches ring.
Your brother in Christ.
Henry C. Key.
Big Bend, Penn.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — May God bless you all with abundance of grace. The Lord is still with me, and is my leader and keeper. He keeps me from all sin. I do praise God for a salvation that keeps me all the time. He has taken me out of babylon and given me the true light of His Church, that has no spot or wrinkle. God has taken me out of all their dead forms of following men. Praise His name forever! It is a Church altogether different from the sects, for we can take all His holy Word, while they only take part of it. We see some too proud to pray in public, or ashamed to let anyone know that they claim Jesus as their Saviour, and too disobedient to wash one- anothers feet. Oh may God bring them out of darknes into the true light of holiness. I praise God that He does make His children wise to follow Him, not in self but in true holiness and love. The world is wise to get gain or wealth here in this life, but they cannot take it with them. They must leave it all behind. O may God save His people unto the end.
Your Bro. in Chist.
Dear Brethren: — I have found my soul’s delight and satisfaction by believing, trusting, and obeying the commands of our Lord. I have been called to pass through some very trying scenes since my last writing; but unlike the trials of years ago when I was in bondage to sin, perplexed and full of despair. But thanks be unto Jesus who giveth us the victory and causeth our souls to triumph when we follow where He leads. Through Him I have surmounted the hill of difficulty, passed through the valley of decision, and new ranging on the mount of holiness, and enjoying the bliss of heaven. And I have an inheritance among the saints in light and my soul is in the attitude of wonder and praise, as it beholds, feels, and realizes the majestic river of peace flowing, through the avenues of my soul.
Your Bro. in Christ.
Dear Saints: — My hope to-day is as an anchor to the soul, that reaches within the vale. It is true that if it was not for the hope that I have within. I would be of all men most miserable, for there is not a worldly pleasure that has any charms for me. “And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another comforter that He may be with you, even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot redeye, for it beholdeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; ye know Him for He abideth with you and shall be in you.” — Jno. 14:16-18 Praise God for such an abiding comforter. As long as we are living for God, He will abide in us and be our daily counselor, and lead us in all truth. Glory to God and the Lamb forever! Myself and family left Michigan on the 22 of Oct. for the eastern part of Wash. arriving at Spokane on the 26: was there over Sabbath, which, from the way the people carried on their daily pursuits could not have been told from any other day in the week. I do not think there was a meeting in town that day, and it has over 15.000 inhabitants. Well we left on the following Tuesday, and went to Bro. Forker’s 14 miles north east. We found him with the Spirit of Christ in his soul, praying for some Holy Ghost preacher to be sent by the Spirit into these parts. After staying with Bro Forker for a few days, he brought us on our way to our present stopping place. Now here seems to be one of greatest fields to labor in for the advancement of God’s cause that I ever saw. There are no sect meetings here for many miles around, and there has been some that I have talked with that have a real desire for the truth of God to come to this place, and say they would help to pay expenses. Now if there are any of God’s fire baptized ministers feel led to come this way let them write to us, and I will see if I can raise the means. The people here seem to be very kind, but are destitute of salvation. Yours in the love of God. Amen!
Dear Saints: — Oh praise the Lord for His goodness unto the children of men. I have been suffering greatly from an afflicted limb. The doctor told me he could not cure me; but what is impossible with man is possible with God. Praise the Lord forever and ever! I am able to do most all my house work, for which I give God all the glory. We had a glorious camp- meeting at St. James, which was a grand success in the salvation of precious souls, in healing afflicted bodies, and removing prejudice from the minds of the people. Some of the worst opposers of holiness, are getting their eyes open to the truth. I praise the Lord for the wonderful salvation I have in my soul just now. Praise the Lord forever and ever! Your sister in Christ, saved and sanctified.
Viney A. Light.
Dear Saints: — May grace and mercy be richly multiplied unto you all is my prayer. I bless God shall I am still saved from all sin. … ..se God that I am out on the … … or Heaven, perfectly free in G.. … ..e..us, f.. the Word says whom … … son.. o.. free is free indeed. I am so glad that lam able to grasp the whole Word of God, and walk blameless before H.. in all His commandments and ordinances, and take Him for my physician for both soul and body. When He is so able lo cleanse the soul, He is also able to heal the body. He says in Matt. 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it will be done unto you.” Let us do the praying and God will do the healing. God showed me after I was baptized in His order, that if I would lay all medicine aside He would heal me. Praise His name, He has done it. It has been nearly 3 years since and I have not used any medicine, but have been purified soul and body, and been healed several times, and Me has also healed my children. When anything gets the matter with them they want me to ask God to heal them. Oh it is glorious to trust God in all things. I bless God for the narrow way. The yoke is so easy and the burden so light. May this accomplish that whereunto it is sent is my prayer for Jesus sake. Pray for me that God may keep my feet on the corner-stone. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever! Your sister in the body of Christ. Amen!
Mrs. John Grimes,
Dear Bro. Warner: — I have read with interest your answers to inquiries in last issue of Gospel Trunmpet, and feel it a duty to ask that these two letters in full, with answers be put into tracts and sent broadcast as far as they can be sent, for they certainly cannot fail of accomplishlishing a wonderful amount of good. I would be glad to have a thousand of them to distribute, and it I could spare the means, I would pay the expense of printing a million copies, for the answers seem so satisfactory and complete. I am trying to get loose from the things of time and sense in order to have more time to spend in trying to get people saved to God. and His Christ, and to show the terrible delusion the sects are using (ignorantly, perhaps) to destroy the people. I feel to tremble for them when I read God’s Word and make comparison between it and the teaching of the sects. I am forced to the conclusion that denominations are a fraud, a deception, and a cheat: for they do not teach the essentials of salvation. Without holiness no man shall see the Lord. I am praying the good Lord to send the Light on to this Pacific coast. Can’t you come over and help us, Bro. Warner? We need your help very badly, for there is a very large field here. Do come, or send some one that is able to do the work of an Evangelist. May the dear Lord bless you more and more, and give you power and wisdom from on high to overthrow this terrible babylon confusion. Amen!
Yours in the war against sin and confusion.
God bless Bro. Myers. Who will go and help him contend for the faith once delivered to the saints? Bro. A. B. Palmer of Bangor. Mich., writes that he is ready to go north or south, east or west, as God may open the way. Bro. J. W. Byers, of Albany Ill. has for a good while been much drawn to the Pacific coast, and we hope he will be able to start soon, and spend some time with the little ones at Denver, on his way.
Concerning the tract, we wish to say that others have written the same desires, and several have in person so expressed their desires. Though no thoughts were entertained by us of having those answers put in tract, when we consider that the questions asked and answered involve difficulties which the common sectarian education has begotten in about all minds who have not yet been set free by the pure evening light, ye see a great blessing to be derived by a more extensive circulation of the same. O, will the dear saints of God “serve the Lord with one shoulder?” — a mutual participation of all the burdens and duties that devolve upon us who enjoy this great evening light. If God can find willing and obedient hearts to help with their means, the matter will be put in tract. One hundred dollars will print twenty thousand of them. Who will put the Lord’s means in your hand, to preaching His precious truth?
Dear Trumpet Readers: — One year ago God saved my soul from everlasting punishment. Oh I cannot praise Him enough for saving me, and keeping me in that straight and narrow path that leads to eternal joy. I have heard so many say: “Oh, I am all right,” when they have never given their heart to God, but dear reader, let me tell you such ones are not all right. I know by my own experience and by the Word of God, that we have to repent of our evil deeds, and give our hearts to God. Just before my conversion I was taken very sick, and God strove with me wonderfully. Had I died then, I know I should have been cast into outer darkness, but God in His ever loving mercy spared my life that I might live to praise His holy name. My prayer is that more perishing souls may be saved. Pray for me that I may ever be a faithful follower of Christ.
Your saved sister.
Raleigh, N. C.
Dear Brethren: — I am happy to say that I am saved to the uttermost. Yes the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth me from all sin. Praise the Lord! He is everything to me. He is the fairest of ten thousand to my soul. He is my physician for both soul and body, and He is all the one I want. Now may Lord be with all the dear saints of God.
Your Brother in Jesus,