15 December 1891, Volume 11, Number 24.
A Saint and Sinner Count Two.
The saint and sinner on earth are two;
Of which to-day, dear render, are you,
Two make a pair and are counted as one,
But these count two when the counting is done.
The saint and sinner before us stand,
Each claiming to do his Maker’s command;
Then words are as one, out the Spirit counts two;
Of which class, to-day, dear reader, are you.
The saint and sinner together dwell;
One bound for heaven, and one for hell:
Under one roof, and yet dwelling apart,
All called by one name, when two in their heart.
The saint and sinner are counted one
By a class, that never knew God’s Son
Hear the Counter count, for He cuts off one,
And one remains when the counting is done.
Count one in three, and three in one,
In Jesus finished, and in Him begun;
Saints and prophets, when all is done,
Will make God’s church complete in one.
Emma I. Coston.
For thus saith the Lord, ye have sold yourselves for naught; and ye shall be redeemed without money. — Isa. 52:3. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he them: male and female created he them. — Gen. 1:27. For in the image of God made he man. — 9:6. One would ask what is the image of God? And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness(margin, holiness of truth) — Eph. 4:24. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him. — Col. 3:10. We can comprehend from these scriptures that the image of God is holiness and he made man in that image. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, winch God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. — Eph. 2:10. God ordained before man was created that he should he holy, and certainly he made him accordingly. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. — Eph. 1:4. Because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth. — 2 Thess. 2:13. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. — Rom. 8:28, 29. Who hath saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. — 2 Tim. 1:9. And the Lord God took the man, and put him in the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying. Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. — Gen. 2:15-17. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat. — Gen. 3:6. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. — Rom. 5:12. Hence, as God said, they died the day they, transgressed God’s command. What is denib. Death is a separation. Literally, death is a separation of the life from the body. When they transgressed, the Holy Spirit of God was separated from them; which was death to the soul. When they grieved the Spirit of God away, the devil planted his spirit and nature in the stead of it. And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness that iniquity was there. — Eccl. 3:16. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. — Eph. 2:2.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this, etc. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed is the children of the kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil, etc. — Matt. 13:27, 28, 37-39. Though this alludes to the corruption of the church, it was also so when our first parents disobeyed: the devil planted his spirit or nature in man’s heart, and the purity was gone, or the image of God was gone – lost.
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach. The restorer of paths to dwell in. — Isa. 58:12. What was the breach? Robbing man of his purity, leaving man in a lost, separated condition from God his maker. Doomed to eternal death, which is eternal separation from God. Now Jesus [Saviour] the Christ [sent] of the Father came to repair that breach. How can he repair the breach? By redeeming and restoring man back again to the state and condition in which he was created. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. — Matt. 18:11. What was lost? Purity, the image of God which also involved the loss of the soul.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil. — 1 Jno. 3:9. What is the works of the devil? Sin; the iniquity of the heart. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh condemned sin in the flesh. — Rom. 8:3. What was it the law could not do? Purify the heart. God could forgive their sins before, as in the case of Israel when they sinned. Moses plead with God, and he forgave them, but there was no manifest provision whereby, the heart could be purified only by the offering of the body of Christ once for all. That he might sanctify the people with his own blood suffered without the gate. — Heb. 13:12. The flesh was sanctified in obedience of the law, that is, the outward works or holy life by obedience to the law of God, but it could not purify the heart. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a hiefer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh — purifies the flesh — how much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. — Heb. 9:13, 14. Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. — Titus 2:14. He came to redeem us from iniquity; to purge us by his blood from dead works which the law could not do; to cleanse us from all sin by his blood — 1 Jno. 1:7. To save that which was lost, and to repair the breach that was made; and Paul says, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. — Tit. 3:5.
Regeneration in the Greek is the new birth. When are we born or when do we receive the new birth? But as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born * * * of God. — Jno. 1:12, 13. So we are saved by being born of God, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.
What is meant by the renewing of the Holy Ghost? It signifies, that man has been in possession of Him once, but has lost the possession. If I want to subscribe for a paper, I do not say I want to renew, but if I have been a subscriber and my subscription has expired, I would say I want to renew my subscription. So the work of repairing the breach, or redeeming man is to, first, regenerate or justify, and second, to receive the Holy Ghost, which places us back into the primitive state, or image in which God created man. Paul says the renewing of the Holy Ghost does that, which does not admit of a third work of grace as is claimed by many of the anti-ordinance people here in the west.
What does it mean to be saved? To be rescued, delivered, and protected from any evil calamity or danger that might be impending; when that is done the work is complete, “perfect, entire, wanting nothing.” — Jas. 1:4. To redeem, is to purchase back, and we are not purchased back as long as the devil has an interest in us. Jesus says, Hereafter I will not talk much with you, for the prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in me. — Jno. 14:30. The prince of the power of the air [is] the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. — Eph. 2:2. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he [Christ] is so me we in this world. — 1 Jno. 4:17. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. — 1 Jno. 3:3.
Yours, abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. Amen.
G. R. Achor.
THERE are many doctrines of men in the religious world to-day, and most of them claim to be the doctrine of God. Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Universalist, etc., and all others of man’s organisms, claim the Bible for their foundation, and yet differ in many essential points, and are as much at opposites as two political parties. Among the many doctrines, each of these is by itself a doctrine, and is specified by its name of human origin, and is strictly human, differing from all the rest because of its tenets peculiar to itself. Each one of these human inventions is claimed to be the doctrine, when in fact it is but a doctrine among doctrines. The doctrine is divine and is given by God himself. It needs no human legislation, but is perfect and complete, and is always mentioned in the word of God in the singular number and is, in itself, a unit. By dividing this doctrine into parts, accepting some and rejecting the others of these parts, calling this essential and that non-essential, man sets up his opinions for doctrine, and by so doing has filled the world with factions and sects, which to-day are the devil’s strongholds instead of soul-saving institutions. The doctrine is that what Jesus and the apostles taught, uniting into a unit all those who accept it, and follow its precepts. A doctrine is that which some man or men teach of their own opinions and interpretations, accepting only a part of the doctrine of God, and separating those who accept its dogmas, from all others, who otherwise would be, and remain united in the doctrine. It is the pernicious teachings of men and their plurality of doctrines, that have divided the religious world. The doctrine of God is divine and consists of the whole word of God; while doctrines of men are human, and consist only of parts of the word of God, each one selecting that which is most agreeable to their carnal minds and hearts, and rejecting all else, calling it non-essential. If every professor were willing to accept the doctrine, or the whole word (for the two are identical), then would be a melting into a unit of all the professing world. If every preacher were to “preach the word,” all the word and nothing but the word, there would not be a sect on earth, and every infidel would be compelled to acknowledge the truth of the Bible. It is division that is disgusting the intelligent minds of to-day. Nothing will ever unite the professing world but the doctrine. A full acceptance of the doctrine, the whole word, is the only true basis of union. Many see the necessity of union, but are not willing to make the sacrifice in order to obtain it. It is a real death to the old man to give up “my doctrine.” A Baptist preacher once said to a company of saints, “I believe you people have the right idea of unity. I always did think God’s people ought to be all one, but I think they ought to all be Baptists.” This would be very easy for the Baptist preacher, but would be sure death to the Methodist and every other “ist” and human doctrine. If Methodism were the doctrine then in order to obtain a true union in Christ, all other sects would have to be abandoned. God’s way is not the Baptist, Methodist, “my doctrine,” your doctrine, nor any other human doctrine, but an entire abandonment of all the doctrines of men, and a full acceptance of the doctrine of God. No other union can be of God. So long as a Baptist remains a Baptist, and a Methodist a Methodist, the two can never be one. They might sit together in the same pew, and possibly in the same pulpit as long as each keeps still about his doctrine, but let one of them begin to preach his doctrine, and there would be war between them. Or let some one begin to preach the doctrine, and the two would join in war against him. If each of these two referred to, were willing to abandon his doctrine and accept the doctrine, they would be one. “Of one heart and one soul.” — Acts 4:32. And could “with one mind and one mouth glorify God.” — Rom. 15:6. They would speak the same thing with the same mind, and the same judgment, — 1 Cor. 1:10, “being knit together in love.” — Col. 2:2. “Not purloining but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” — Tit. 2:10.
No two human doctrines or creeds can ever be practically united: one or the other must be wholly abandoned or else each must give up its points of difference, and lose its individuality. This is true from a human standpoint, and from the divine standpoint all human doctrines must be wholly abandoned, and perfect obedience rendered to the doctrine of God, in order that a perfect union may be obtained. There is a popular union of the devil, called non-sectarian, when in fact it is only an abominable counterfeit, deceiving the hearts of the simple, and is all-sectarian. In a large convention a popular evangelist was asked a number of questions, and was requested to answer them to the congregation as was his usual custom. But he said, “The questions this morning are about all doctrinal and upon doctrinal subjects, and I do not propose to answer any such.” The reason why no doctrinal questions could be answered was that the convention was as is called non-sectarian (truthfully all-sectarian), and any thing of the nature of the doctrine would have exploded the union; because it would have offended the votaries of the doctrines of men, which were so largely represented. Had all been willing to accept the doctrine of God, no one would have been offended. “If any man will do His will he shall know of the doctrine.” — Jno. 7:17. No one can please God and be unwilling to obey the doctrine of God. A fractional part of God’s word is not the doctrine, but it requires “all scripture,” and this completes the unit. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” — 2 Tim. 3:16, 17. “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine whereunto thou hast attained.” — 1 Tim. 4:6. “Till I come give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” — Ver. 13. “Preach the word, be instant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” — 2 Tim. 4:2. “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and convince the gainsayers.” — Tit. 1:9. “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.” — Tit. 2:1. “In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works, in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity.” — Ver. 7. Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God, He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. “If there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.” — 2 Jno. 9, 10.
In every instance in the scripture where the doctrine of God, Christ, or the apostles is mentioned it is used in the singular number, denoting clearly that there is but the one doctrine. The following will point out the meaning of the term where it is used in the plural; in no case has it reference to God’s truth, but to teachings of men and devils: “But in vain do they worship me teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” — Matt. 15:9. “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (touch not; taste not; handle not; which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?” — Col. 2:20-22. Notice the parenthesis. “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.” — 1 Tim. 4:1. There are also certain specified doctrines of men mentioned, such as the doctrine of the pharisees. Matt. 16:12. The doctrine of Balaam, and the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes. Rev. 2:14, 15. Thank God for His doctrine, which delivers us from all doctrines of men and devils, and unites the faithful into one. To all who are thus delivered there is but one object and that is obedience to the doctrine. Not to man, nor to men, but to God. “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” — 1 Tim. 4:16.
J. W. Byers.
South Bend, Ind., 610, E. Priscilla St.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led of God to write my testimony. I am saved, sanctified and kept by the mighty power of God. O how glorious to walk in the blessed evening light, and do the whole will of God! Praise his holy name forever! We have such blessed little meetings here. There are only four saints here, but glory to God! I know he has been in the midst of us and given what we asked for. I lived in the Evangelical sect for eight years., and lived up to all the light I had, until a year ago last Aug., when the Lord sent Bro. J. Willis to Kenesaw, Neb., where we lived, to preach holiness. It was the first time I ever heard it. I was very much opposed to go to hear him, but the Lord opened my eyes and led me out to see where I was, and I came out for God. But last June a great trouble came upon me which caused me to fall back into the world. The Lord was so good to me in sparing my life until the Beaver Dam camp-meeting. He opened the way and I went with my two babies, and when the invitation was given to come to the mercy seat, oh, how I wished I was out of the meeting! as it seemed more than I could bear, my burden was so great. But I was so hedged in that I was not able to get out, and was compelled to fall on my knees. After half an hour the Lord justified me, and the next day I was sanctified. Praise his holy name! Oh what a glorious meeting that was! It is blessed to do the whole will of God and keep all his commandments. And how blessed to have that sweet fellowship with one another! I can say I am free from all sects, and all carnality, and I am free from everything of the world. My husband and one brother are saved; two brothers and a sister are yet in the world, and my aged father is living a justified life in the Dunkard sect. I ask all the dear saints to pray much for them that they may get saved in this evening light, and ask all of God’s children to pray for me that I may be kept humble, low down at the feet of Jesus. Amen.
Your sister washed in the blood,
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REQUESTS FOR PRAYER.
Dear Saints: I feel that there is a deeper work of grace for me, and desire your prayers that I may be healed soul and body. The people here would like to have a holiness preacher come and hold a series of meetings. Pray for my unsaved family. Your sister,
McDonald, Mich., Dec. 5, 1891.
Dear Saints: I am still saved, but am suffering very much. Please pray earnestly for the healing of my body.
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Pray that Lenora Pope may be healed of Paralysis and, other afflictions.
Emma Williamson, Harlan, Ind., desires the saints to pray that she may get clear in her soul; also that her little daughter may be healed of her afflictions.
Pray earnestly for the healing of a sister in Frederick, S. D., who is afflicted with symptoms of Apoplexy, and has put away medicine and placed her case in the hands of the Lord.
Dear Saints: I have been afflicted with chronic Rheumatism for fifteen years, and suffered very much until my joints are drawn out of shape. Have tried many physicians and medicines, and now I have given my case into the hands of the Lord, and ask you all to pray Dec. 20th for my healing.
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CALLS FOR MEETINGS.
Bro. John Pruim of Zeeland, Mich., earnestly desires some one to come to that place and hold a meeting.
A holiness meeting is desired at Rover, Tenn. Address Lenora Pope.
Any of God’s ministers are cordially invited to stop at Deacon, Cass Co., Ind. Write to T. Tolen or Perry Benn. Our railroad station is Logansport or Walton.
The people are hungering for the pure gospel at Frederick, S. D.
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A call for the gospel at Harford, Susquehanna Co., Pa. Address
W. L. Savige.
We wish some of God’s holy workers to come here and hold meetings. Brother Warner was here and sowed the seed, and we would like if he and company could come, or any other brother and sister the Lord will send. Come if possible. Write me and I will meet you at Greentown, on the Clover Leaf R. R. Address me at Greentown, Howard Co., Ind.
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Union Grove, Ill., Dec. 9, 1891.
There will be an assembly meeting at Cottonwood, Ill., two miles west of Union Grove, on the C. & N. W. R. R., and five miles east of Fulton on the C. B. & Q. R. R. Any coming via. the above, notify Bro. W. M. Daniels, Union Grove, Ill. Meeting commences evening of January 1st, 1892, lasting over two Sundays.
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Bro. Wooden begins a series of meetings at Blendon, Mich., Dec. 19, 1891.
Bro. and Sister Woodruff are having a prosperous meeting near Muskegon, Mich.
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Sister Fisher has recently returned after a year’s absence. Reports some good work wrought among the churches she has visited.
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Bro. H. C. Wickersham, of New Pittsburgh, Ind.. feels somewhat directed to take a tour to Oregon, and other western states to preach the gospel to perishing souls.
Bro. A. B. Palmer is just recovering from an accident, having out his foot. He has finally got his affairs all arranged for the work of the Lord, and will begin work soon in Allegan Co.
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Bro. E. J. Hill writes us from Deshler, O., Nov. 30: “Had a glorious meeting over Lord’s day, with complete victory. Sister Heg has moved from Bellefontaine, O. to this place. The saints are all in the holy order of King Emanuel. Preached from ‘Is Christ divided?’ An old father in the Dunkard sect was greatly wrought on by the Holy Spirits. His props were all knocked out. The saints were all filled with the Spirit.”
Bro. and Sister Welsh write from Jumbo, O., “Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory. O glory to his name, for salvation full and free! He keeps us from all the power of the tempter. He is so good; his mercy endureth forever. There is no God like our God.
The Lord is opening up the way here for gospel work. We were out in the hedges and highways to seek out the lost. The people gave us good order, and showed us no little kindness. Some see the light and want to walk in it. Expect to return again soon.”
In several localities the kind children of God have very promptly and freely remembered the needs of our family, in sending bed clothes and other precious offerings to the Lord. The Lord bless you all, dearly beloved, and reward you abundantly for this sacrifice of a sweet smelling savor, and occasion of much thanksgiving from all our hearts. It is probable that nothing more will be needed to make us comfortable in the line of bedding for this winter, but butter and all articles of food are always needed, and save so much of the Lord’s means to be applied on paper and other bills. O God! bless all the dear saints for their labor of love. Amen.
MOVING OUT BY FAITH.
Before our last issue reached you, our order for new type, etc., to begin the weekly was sent to Chicago. The bill will only be some over $200.00 instead of $400.00 as we had estimated; however other material will have to be added. After praying much to God we felt encouraged to move out by faith, adding $200.00 more to bills of $600.00, about all of which wilt have to be met in a couple months. We shall continue day and night in prayer to God, and we know our God hears us, and will supply all our needs. Therefore, dear ones who have the Lord’s means in your trust, may expect Father to make demands for the use of some of his own. Oh! for the love of Jesus, and the welfare of your souls, beloved, obey the voice of the Lord, that it may be well with you, and the cause of the Lord may prosper in the earth.
Bro. Chas. Mendenhall writes from Bellefontaine, O., Nov. 28, “I was glad to get your letter. I burned up that diploma a year ago. My certificate from a Cincinnati medical school expires in a few months. I am not going to return to the school, but glory be to God! by His help I will finish my course with joy in the gospel field. I have given up all to follow the Lamb. I know God does not want me to practice medicine; he wants me to give up all and preach his word. I must obey the call or go into darkness. I have a few contracts here; when they are filled, I will give my whole time to the ministry. I find we must leave all to be a soldier, for Christ. I have counted the cost and will leave all in his hands. I have better health than I have had for three years. O what wonders God can do for his saints! I never can thank God enough for this glorious evening light. O, if I had ten thousand tongues I would give them all to the praise of God!”
O FOR THE MELTING UNCTION!
A brother rites. “Through the abounding grace of our Lord Jesus Christ I have enabled t..g..t a better hold on God. O praise our God forever and ever! He has so wonderfully let me down and perfectly flattened me out. I had not lost victory in my soul, but all the work I had been doing for God seemed to have a harshness and repulsiveness in it, and a tendency to drive away more than to win souls for God. O my soul is exceedingly full of glory to-day!”
Thank God for the good news. O that all the messengers and witnesses of God may get the glorious melting unction of the Holy Spirit, and the perfect love of God in their hearts! See to it, all ye dearly beloved ones, who are God’s witnesses on the earth. There is a power in God and his mighty Spirit that no man can resist, which, if it does not bring all upon their knees will, nevertheless, compel the respect and confidence of all men, and which is the great secret of success. Do not preach with a driving, hitting, taunting spirit. But get so filled with the love of God and pure concern for immortal souls that you can weep for their desolation, feel their woes, reach their hearts, and compel them to know you are their friend, and a true friend to all the souls of men. O brother and sister, pray much for the all-subduing unction of God! Do not forget this. Spend more time in prayer before God. Remember his power is only limited by out humility and faithfulness in his sight. Dear ones, let your lives be so linked with God that for you to five will be Christ. Amen.
NOT A CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
We have just read a tract written by J. S. Lemar, entitled “What is the Christian Church, or Who are the diciples of Christ,” which sets forth a theory very wet and thin. In stating the plan of salvation* a reader would not learn that he had any need to call on God to save his soul from sin, or that God must do any work in him. In fact, says the writer, “We teach, for example, that regeneration is not a miraculous work, wrought directly in the heart.” This is in direct opposition to the word which affirms that we are “born of the Spirit.” — John 3:8. “Born of God;” — John 1:13. 1 John 3:9; 5:4, 18. The work of God by his Spirit, who is God the third person, is supernatural, hence to be born of God is a divine operation, a supernatural work, a stupendous miracle, whereby a soul is resurrected from death unto life, and the affections and whole vent of life are reversed, an effect more miraculous than the turning of the Mississippi river up stream. Hence the converted or born again is declared a “new creature,” i. e. a “new creation.” The fact that God operates through his word and Spirit in producing regeneration does not strip it of the supernatural, no more than the fact that Christ used clay and spittle to open the eves of the blind strips that work of it’s supernatural character. In regeneration the word only enlightens the mind, and lays the foundation for faith, the condition upon which God the Holy Spirit directly and miraculously brings forth the new creation, a soul born of God.
The process of becoming a Christian is thus described in the tract: “Christ being really recognized and accepted as Head and King and Lord, as Prophet, Priest and Redeemer, the man is a Christian.” This might do if that class of teachers would give the real acceptance of Christ as Redeemer, etc. The Bible qualifications are, the “believing with the heart unto righteousness,” instead of believing with the head unto a form, a theory, and empty profession. Unto a supernatural change of heart instead of a baptized sinner. There is a parallel between the above theory and the faith confessed in John 8:31. Certain Jews believed on Christ. Doubtless “received him as their head, king, Lord, prophet and priest,” and nominally as their Redeemer. They believed in their heads. But Christ then proceeded to teach them saving faith: “If ye continue in my word ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” But they were offended at this and began to clamor they were free. They too did not want a supernatural change that would really make them free from sin. “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” — Verse 34. But like our so-called Christian, and many other real antichristian sects, they were offended at such supernatural salvation that frees from sin, and they sought to kill Christ, — verse 37, 40, and Jesus told them they were of their father the devil. And yet they “believed on him.” — 31. Therefore we solemnly warn all men to take heed to what kind of a faith you have in Christ; for here were certain that “believed on him” and were yet the “children of the devil.” Any faith that is not with the heart unto righteousness, and that does not make you a child of God leaves you a child of the devil.
But let us hear of the origin of this so- called Christian Church. The writer says, “In the beginning of the movement which resulted in the formation of this church, the leading aim and object was the attainment of Christian union. At that time the necessity for this was chiefly apparent in the spiritual condition of the churches themselves. They were rent and torn by partisan strife. Rivalry, jealousy and bitterness seemed in many cases to have banished the spirit of love and fraternity.”
This shows that the organization under consideration rose in the time of sect confusion, and is but one of the many daughters of the great Mother of harlots. This we say with no reflection upon the honesty and sincerity of its founder, nor those of many of its sister sects. Their motives were doubtless good. But they never “discerned the body of Christ.” Neither indeed does the writer of this tract, and his whole formal sect. He says, “The most prominent figure in this reformatory movement, to whom it is most indebted for clear statement, and skillful and learned advocacy is Alexander Campbell.” So it originated in his day, and is too young to claim ident-
ity with the church that Christ built on the Rock. Had Christ been the most prominent figure in its formation, the party writing its description would have had recourse to the scriptures. But as it is he has not quoted one verse from the Bible, not one whole sentence does he use in the whole tract of twelve pages, and but a very few words. Not writing of a Bible institution, he had no use for Bible references.
“Respecting the principle of organization it may be proper to state,” says the writer, “that there is a growing conviction among us that the apostolic churches were not designed as models of organization for all time.”
Our readers will see the fallacy of this statement. We regard it as growing out of the fact that no human sect can adopt the divine polity. The organization found in the New Testament, is only suited to the body of Christ which is the church, the only Church of God, whose divine organization is perfect in all ages and conditons of the holy people for whom it was given, to the end of time.
We will close by citing the writers alledged cause of the prosperity of his sect. He says, “In view of its material resources, the number of its adherents, their social influence, their intellectual culture, their educational, and philanthropic enterprises, their consecration to their work, etc., it now comes before the public with the freshness and vigor of an ardent life, * * * and conscious power.” Nothing is said of holiness unto God, or the power of his Spirit, or the divine presence as the source of its prestige. But God is left out. And we respect the consistency of the writer for making no assumption of His Almighty hand in their spread and upbuilding; for a religion that denies a supernatural salvation has only natural and earthly means of propagation.
BEWAILING HER DESOLATION.
The following is found on the back of the title page of a little song book published and used by a U. B. evangelist and wife, by the name of Baldwin:
“Woe to them that are at ease in Zion.” Thousands of lukewarm souls, worldly, proud, selfwilled, “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God” are deceiving themselves while they feed upon hollow forms (2 Tim. 3:5), and polished deception of corrupt pulpits (Jer. 8:11) and content themselves with the fawning flatteries of others who are also deceived in their vain dreams. What may be done to awaken them?
The wide spread mischief wrought by the popular, speculative, gambling, revelling, church machinery, as church fairs, bazaars, socials and other unchristlike and dishonest methods is appalling. These methods culture a love for trifling. They deceive our young people, often introducing them to gaudier paths of revelry, veiling the true light, leading them step by step farther and farther down into deeper darkness, farther and farther from God. What are the sad results? — Lifeless prayer- meetings, empty pews, corrupt pulpits, worship degenerated into solemn mockery and souls lost eternally. May God deliver us speedily.
Many, passing lightly by the command, “Ye must be born again,” are persuaded to give their names to a church record and under the guise of respectability and religious form, led by blind guides, they dream of safety. (Job. 8:13, 14; Matt. 5:20.) May a cyclone of divine hail sweep away the refuge of lies, and may a flood of mercy deluge all hearts! A testing day is coming; be ready! “Awake to righteousness and sin not.”
“Curse ye Meroz; * * curse bitterly, * * because they came not to the help of the Lord, the help of the Lord against the mighty.”
The utter fall and desolation of Babylon is so generally known that we seldom feel it necessary to give evidences of the fact. But we will here enable dwellers in Babylon to send out their lamentations, so that our readers who never go into her — for so the Lord keeps his children unspotted from her sins and plagues — may hear how she does.
We will only add the following, from the pen of G. D. Watson, D. D. a very prominent professed holiness preacher of Methodism. The article was published a few years ago in the Advocate of Christian Holiness, and was reprinted in connection with Bishop Foster’s article on the fall of great Methodism, by A. Sims, in a faith Mission tract, Saratoga Springs, N. Y.
Church Machinery and Ritualism have in all ages, been the substitute for holiness, when the power of God has been lost.
Some are taking the initial steps to introduce ritualism into the Methodist Church. Churches that never have any thorough revivals, and that want nothing to do with holiness, must resort to hired psalm chanting, and alternate verse reading, and to printed prayers and lighted candles, in due time. As some proud, fashionable women take up filthy lap-dogs as substitutes for the raising of children, so in all ages the church has taken up the vile lap- dog of ritualism when she has not had vital holiness enough to give birth to true converts. When a church loses heart holiness, it must try ritualism, or machinery, or lyceums, or concerts, or festivals, or “sacred dramas,” or oyster suppers, or something as a miserable substitute for primitive power. It has ever been that when the visible church does not raise healthy children, she raises lap-dogs for the devil. This may sound harsh to some, but eternity will prove it true. Hundreds of churches in Methodism have not enough holiness to produce revivals and clear, happy conversions; and as a substitute for revivals and the Holy Ghost, they feel compelled to go at something; they must raise dainty pets and spend all their strength on a trained choir, or nursing a dainty manuscript minister, or working up little giggling, dissipating church socials, or little Sunday- school dramas, or a soul-starving literary lyceum, or a star lecturing course, or an old folks concert, or some wax doll arrangement to atone for the church’s lack of purity and power.
God never will accept these little church poodles as substitutes for holiness and heaven-born children. The little petty idols being stuck up in Methodism are just as abominable to God as the big idols stuck up in Romanism.
Bro. Warner, can we that are saved from all earthly aid or physicians stand approved of God in giving medicine to our unsaved children or others either? The same with tea and coffee, and are we justified in the word to use the flesh of swine or to keep it about, and hand it out to others.
N. L. Shroyer.
There is no command or principle that we know of in the Bible, that would make it a sin to administer a remedy that we suppose to be good to an unsaved grown up child, or sinner neighbor, provided they are not where they can believe in Christ for healing, and do not seem to have at that time the necessary convictions to seek God and be saved. In all such cases however such should be admonished, and if possible persuaded to seek the Lord.
We do not believe it consistent to buy tea and coffee for our children old or young, much less tobacco. For some persons, aged and afflicted, it might be our duty to endulge them in their accustomed drinks, — tea and coffee, — until they can be taught the evil, end have a faith developed to enable them to quit it, and be healed the of appetite and effects of the poison.
As to pork, and its side to others, we say again, as we have always taught, and not us in fact, but the word of God itself, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, of the Sabbath days.” — Col. 2:16. The whole Mosaic law is abolished and the law of Christ does not lay down any laws discriminating between meats. Therefore the word of God tells us to let no man judge us in such things religiously, no man having any law laid down by Christ to base judgment upon. But while the word of God takes the whole question of meats out of the realm of direct religous duty, it is still a matter of much importance for the maintainance of good health. And it is a fact therefore that all men should inform themselves and apply Nature’s laws for the promotion of health and vigor in themselves and their children. There is perhaps no article of food, if we except bread, that is more generally used in this country than swine flesh, and there is at the same time no, food on earth, that there is such a universal testimony against by all scholars who have properly informed themselves of its disease-breeding tendencies. We would here and forever discountenance that spirt it of legality that questions a man’s good conscience and salvation by what happens to be found served up on his table, unless it should display vanity and style, and superfluity for show. But leaving the whole question of meats out of our religion as no matter of direct legislation from the Lord we would yet insist that you procure the necessary means of instruction, and carefully note the effect of various articles of food, and then, for your bodies’ sake, “eat ye that which is good,” and be strong in body as well as in soul. And let your children grow up vigorous and healthy, that they may be a blessing to society, and to themselves, instead of useless burdens to themselves and others. And, of course, indirectly our dietetic habits effect our religious life; for health is one important condition of usefulness, while sickness, and even a degree of physical weakness or mental stupidity, closes the doors of our usefulness; while sickness, the effect of violated natural laws, entirely disqualifies for life’s duties, and imposes a burden on others, and does not glorify God.
The word convert signifies, to turn. It is used in the New Testament to represent the turning from sin to holiness; from darkness to light; from the power of Satan to God; a child of the devil to a child of God, and which constitutes a man, a new creature in Christ Jesus.
Most errors respecting the way of salvation arise from defective experiences, in which persons interpret the word of God according to their condition, instead of having their condition brought into harmony with the word. This accounts for a brother now advocating the doctrine that conversion only brings “reconciliation between a sinner and God,” “brings us to the threshold of God’s house,” etc., but does not bring us into the house of God, is not coincident with regeneration and adoption, and does not constitute us sons of God. The writer of the new theory confesses the two works of grace, but lowers the first down beneath regeneration and sonship, and makes entire sanctification and the new birth the same work of grace. The cause of such a conception is very easily seen by all who have been truly born of God, and subsequently wholly sanctified. It is nothing but the outcome of an effect to seek perfected holiness when not clearly justified, or in a born again state.
The brother’s chief text is John 1:12, which he quotes with a parenthesis as follows: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become [future tense] the sons of God.” The argument based upon this verse is this: Those who believed in Christ did not become the sons of God at once, but had power to be come such some time in the future. But there is no proof in toe above verse that sonship had to be deferred. “Power to become the sons of God,” it is true would be correct language to represent a future privilege, hut it does not necessarily make it future. There is nothing in it that positively defers the privilege. The language is consistent with the idea, that as many as received him gave he power to become the sous of God immediately. “Power to became the sons of God” might take effect in the present instant as well as in the future. But when this text was used to sever conversion and sonship, in point of time, it was not good for that theory to quote the next verse, which informs us precisely at what point they did become the sons of God. So we will here give both verses together.
But as many as received him, to them gave be power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. — Jno. 1:12, 13.
What can be more plain and explicit? To whom did Christ give power to become the sons of God? The answer is compound; namely, to “as many as received him,” “even to them that believed on his name.” The receiving him and believing on his name both imply the same thing. And now we ask what took place in the act of believing? John answers thus: “which were born,” etc., “of God.” This proves positively that receiving power to become the sons of God was used as equivalent to actually becoming such. There is no possible dodging the force of these inspired words. They absolutely deny any period of time between the act of believing — scripturally believing; namely, with the heart unto righteousness — and being born of God. This is John’s explanation of receiving power to become the son’s of God. i. e., it is indeed becoming such. The same idea is still more clearly brought out in other versions.
“As many, however, as did receive him, he gave to them authority to become children of God, to them that were putting faith in his name; who, not of blood nor of will of flesh, nor of will of man, but of God were born.” — Rotherham. This locates giving authority to become children of God and being born of God all in the same instant; namely, that of putting faith in his name.
“As many as received him, believing in his name, he granted the privilege of being children of God.” — George Campbell.
Actually being children of God was the result of receiving and believing.
“As ninny as received him, to them he gave authority to be the children of God, even to them that believed in his name.” — Wakefield.
Here are two versions that render it actual “being children of God,” from the instant of believing in his name. The German rendering is the same. This is further corroborated by the same witness in 1 John 5:1.
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.”
There is no possible change to put an imaginary period of conversion here, between the first act of faith in Christ, and regeneration. Whosoever that believeth, etc., is born of God. Therefore to say that a man can believe in Christ, and receive reconciliation, and not be born of God at the same time is to directly contradict the inspired word of God.
The new doctrine affirms that the apostles were not horn of God before the Pentecost experience. But Christ said they had “followed him in the regeneration.” — Matt. 10:28. Christ said that God was their father. Matt. 10:20.
The teacher of this low standard of conversion confesses that all converted persons commit. sin, and quotes from the Old Testament, Eccl. 7:20, to prove it. But that is not New Testament justification The word of the Lord tells us that “he that sinneth is of the devil.” — 1 Jno. 3:8. And, “Whosoever [that is, any person] sinneth hath not seen him [Christ], neither known him.” — 1 Jno. 3:6. Now it positively follows that men are converted, and yet do not know Christ, and are yet of the devil, or else, when converted they are also born of God and do not commit sin. In 1 Jno. 3:8, 9, 10, the apostle draws the line between two classes of men, and sums all upas either “children of God,” or “children of the devil.” Now, in which class will our brother, A. M. Brown, locate his converts? He says they are not yet born of God, and not children of God until they receive the Holy Spirit, the sanctifier. And according to his doctrine the apostles were yet children of the devil, and Christ sent the devil’s children out to preach His gospel. These two circumstances locate men having only the kind of conversion our brother teaches. He says they sin. So do the devil’s children; and they are not the children of God. Then they are the children of the devil, unless he can prove by the Bible that such converts are neither fit for God’s family, nor yet for the devil’s family; and are neither children of the one nor of the other. But this no man can do. Everybody either sins or does not sin, and therefore comes under the one pedigree or the other. And as our brother has confessed that his plain of conversion does not make men the children of God, nor raise them above sinning, we have but to read the word to prove that such are children of the devil. Now we do not hesitate to say that a doctrine of conversion that leaves a person a child of the devil, is a doctrine of the devil. We do not wish to use strong terms, but cannot avoid the application of Bible words. And yet we speak in love and wish our brother sound in the faith. The Bible nowhere teaches the perfection or entire sanctification of sinning converts. But it teaches the “perfecting of the saints.” Eph. 4:12. Where the apostles urge believers on to the second grace, they address them as “brethren for instance, 1 Thess. 1:4. They were therefore all of one family, of the household of God. These brethren were urged on to entire sanctification. 1 Thess. 3:7-13; 5:23, 24. But no where in the New Testament are. converted persons taught to seek the new birth.
John, in writing to young converts, (see 1 John 2:12), says, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when he shall appear we shall be like him: for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” — 1 Jno. 3:2, 3. Hero is the divine order; first a Son of God, and then purification. The two works are clearly defined in Titus 3:5. “He saved us by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Here we see the first work includes regeneration, being born of God, and the second is still beyond, even the renewal of the soul in the image of God. See Col. 3:10.
Therefore we earnestly admonish men and women to know that they are born of God, before they attempt to seek the second grace, or entire sanctification. And we admonish the brother who has published to the world his low grade of conversion, to take his standard of sanctification and the new birth conbined, for Bible conversion and then go on to perfection. Amen.
Scranton. Pa., Dec. 8, 1891.
Dear Saints and All who love to read the Trumpet: Our Heavenly Father has given us a great plenty of fruit and every thing we need for our comfort. He sends his ministers all over this land of plenty to tell of his love and mercy to sinners lost in sin. Now as the year is drawing to a close and Christmas will soon bring its merry-making, we love to think of the many happy hearts and homes made bright by loving hands. He gave us our Christmas and all we have that is good and pure in this life; he paid it all and never murmured. Now, dear saints, every one can give a little and make a Christmas present to the Trumpet family: they give their work free, and give up all worldly pleasure and follow Jesus, not laying up treasures here on earth. Some have widowed mothers at home; some have left all to follow the Master, and they have forsaken the world with all its pride and all sinful pleasure. They work hard late in the night when you are asleep, then up early long before day. A few dear souls have given all they earn to help spread the evening light in this sin-blighted world of sorrow. All should see them, how kind they are to each other; and strangers that go to meeting find a home among them like children of one family. Oh, it is wonderful! the love that binds God’s little ones together. By their fruits ye shall know them. How many will send the Trumpet what you would willingly give to have it a weekly paper, commencing with the new year? If some dear friend has one, two, or five dollars to give, you cannot give it to a better use than to help make the paper a weekly. If you have three meals a day you must have the means to get it. Our dear brethren at the office cannot give us a feast once a week without a little money. We sing, “Take my silver and my gold.” Some of you say, “We will not go in debt for our groceries and fine clothes; we will go without if we cannot pay very well.” Suppose Bro. Byrum was to sit down in his office and say, “We will not print this paper until we have all the money we need; we will take what we have and buy Christmas presents, have a Christmas tree, bring oysters, turkey, chicken, candies, nuts, dolls, etc., and have a good time and let the Trumpet go now, the saints can do without it.” No; he will go in debt for paper, ink, and trust that God will in time give him the money to pay the debt in full. Dear saints, make this a new year long to be remembered by the dear ones at the office. Every little assembly, put your mile in one check or draft and send it in love for Jesus. This is written by one who has visited the office and paid her penny. A sister saved by Jesus’ blood,
Mary E. Allaway.
Mahaska, Kan., Dec. 2, 1891.
Little Callie Landis departed this life Nov. 27, aged 4 years and 1 month. God bless the bereaved parents.
Wm. N. Smith.
Archie Leroy, infant son of John and Sister Mary Slaughter died, being about 3 years old. His death was the means of opening for us to preach the everlasting gospel, where his mother accepted salvation and is now rejoicing in Jesus’ Love. “God works in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform.”
G. R. Achor.
Lee, Allegan Co., Mich.
Died, — Oct. the 14th, infant son of Bro. and Sister James Griffin. God bless the bereaved parents, and enable them to meet their little one in glory.
TRY THE SPIRITS.
BELOVED, try the spirits whether they be of God or not. As John is addressing his little flock, he says in warning tones to them, as we find recorded in. 1 Jno. 4:1—10, — he says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” He tells them how to try the spirits. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus is come in the flesh is of God. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now it is in the world.” This goes to show that even at that early day there were antichrists in the world. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” So you see John was giving them a rule to test the spirits by in that early day, and the same has been handed down from generation to generation, and is good for us yet.
O how many there are that have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof! From such we are commanded to turn away.
“And I have declared unto them thy name and will declare it, that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them and I in them.”
Some will say and teach that we cannot live in this present evil world without sin. I will admit that we cannot ourselves, but Christ being in us can live this life for us. As Bro. Paul says. “I am crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” — Gal. 2:20. Here you can see that we must have Christ in us at all times, to keep us from sinning. As it is recorded. “He that hath not the Spirit of Christ is none of his.” — Rom. 8:9. Hence, it would be just as easy for us to compel Christ to commit sin in heaven as it would to compel him to do so whilst sitting on the throne of our hearts. But, dear reader, be sure you keep Christ reigning in those mortal bodies of yours.
Jesus taught his disciples whilst yet with them to pray, “Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done” in these earthen vessels as it is done in heaven. And also he says in Rev. 8:20, “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
I met a man the other day that said he did not believe a person could get so far along that he would not commit sin any more. O may those sin-blinded eyes be opened! that they might come to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. Oh, what a hindrance to the cause of Christ such persons are! They make a profession, but have never had Christ to come into their hearts, therefore they try to live this holy life without Christ, and they failing, say it is impossible for a man to live in this present evil world without committing sin. But when they come up to be judged, God will say to them, “Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity, for I never knew you.” “Then will they begin to say, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in thy name, and in thy name cast out devils?” etc.
Know ye not, that ye are the temple of the God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” — 1 Cor. 8:16.
I remain your saved and sanctified brother in the body of Christ,
David J. Lytle.
ARE YOU WORKING?
“WHATSOEYER thy Land findeth to do, do it with thy might.” — Eccl. 9:10. “And that ye study to be quiet and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands as we commanded you.” — 1 Thess. 4:11, 12.
Now these are commands. Yet we see some who say they are sanctified, but are not keeping this command. Such are making themselves burdensome to those whom they visit, especially the sisters. Some do do not wipe a dish or make up their beds. Now, those who are able ought to help lighten the burdens of those whom they visit. “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” “We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” — Rom. 15:1. I do not believe the Lord uses a lazy person in his vineyard. “Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” — Rom. 12:11. “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” In some I see this scripture fulfilled: “For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy-bodies.” “Now them that are such, we command and exhort, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.” Read 2 Thess. 3:4— 15. Bro. Paul said he worked with his hands. Take your Testament and read 1 Cor. 4:10—14. Oh, let us “walk honestly toward them that are without!” I am saved by grace through faith; not of myself, it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. I am walking in all the light God gives me in his word. Praise his holy name forevermore.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” — Psa. 119:129.
To The Gospel Trumpet, and all the Dear Saints of God, Greeting: May the richest of Heaven’s blessings rest upon you all for Jesus’ sake. Amen. It is with a heart full of gratitude, and praise to God, that I am once move permitted to write my testimony, to the glory of God. The word of God says. “Ye are my witnesses.” So I want to witness to the salvation of my soul. I can testify that Jesus is the Christ by the Holy Ghost, which he has given unto me. He just keeps me saved and wholly sanctified day by day. And it is not by our works, lest we should boast, but through his mercy, he has saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Praise God for the blessed renewing! Behold all things have become new. Praise God! Dear saints, let us keep dead indeed unto sin, and alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. He can lead us into all truth.
The saints at Walkerton feel that it would be to the glory of God tor us to have a meeting-house. We will do what we can this winter, in getting material, and then if the Lord wills, build in the spring. Bro. H. Barden says he will give the ground, but there are not many saints here, and most of us quite poor, in this world’s goods. So it will be pretty hard for us to build without some help. Now if the saints feel led of God to help us, send it to Bro. Ely Rensberger at Walkerton, Ind. It will be thankfully received, and will be used to the glory of God. There are many souls here that we believe would be saved, if we had a public house of worship.
From your brother under the blood, free from all sin. Hallelujah!
S. P. Strang.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I praise the Lord this morning for salvation that keeps me free from sin and with no other desires in my heart but to do the Lord’s will. I have many trials and temptations, and find many opposers of the truth, and I know that we are often scorned and scoffed at because of the truth; but praise the Lord we love the truth so well that none of these things move us. Oh, how our souls did feast on the deep truths of God as Brother Bolds unfolded them to us. We realize that the little church was greatly strengthened by his coming. Oh, the power and glory that filled the house when we partook of the ordinances on the last eve of his stay here! The GOSPEL TRUMPET has been a great help to us at this place. We love to read the deep truths and testimonies of the dear saints that come to us through its columns. Pray for me.
Mrs. E. Reed.
Dear Saints: I am praising God for such a wonderful salvation that keeps me every day I live. Praise the Lord! I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. Glory to Jesus! I am saved and sanctified just now. Praise God for salvation! I was sanctified on the 20th day of Oct., 1891. I lived in Babylon about eighteen years, in the Baptist sect, and was a tobacco slave for twenty years. But glory to God for victory over sin, tobacco, and sect babylon! I feel that I am living above sin, and on that high and holy way that leads from earth to glory. I have enjoyed more of the love of God in my soul in the last few weeks of my sanctified life, than I did in all my life before. Glory to God! I feel the love of God in my soul every day. Pray for me that I may be used in the service of my Lord and that he may keep me humble at his feet, walking in the light of his holy word, as it shines on my path.
Your humble brother,
J. R. Jackson.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my testimony that I am saved and trusting in Jesus. It will soon be three years since I was saved, and sanctified by a second work of grace. I give God all the glory for what I do enjoy in my soul; for it is much happier to serve God than to live in sin. Oh! I can praise God for salvation full and free. When we look and think how our blessed Jesus suffered for us and did so much for us, we ought to praise him more than we do. Well I can say by the grace of God that I am dead to this world and its pleasures, and I am dead to sectism and isms of all kinds; for I want to do nothing but the will of God. I have taken God at his word and have taken God for my physician. He has healed my body and I can trust him for everything. There is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not alter the flesh but after the Spirit. Praise God! We hate every false way. God bless all his dear children. Your sister, saved and sanctified forevermore,
Dear Saints: I feel led of the Lord to testify of his goodness. He is keeping me by his mighty power. He heals me of all my diseases, — Ps. 103:3, and saves me from the curse of tobacco, tea, and coffee. Paul says. “Touch not the unclean thing.” And I have neither touched, tasted, nor handled for nine years, and the desire is entirely destroyed, for which I give God all the glory. I realize I have been benefited, not only in my physical body which was greatly impaired by its use, but also spiritually; and all people, acknowledge tobacco to be unclean. I know with me it was an idol, and we know that no unclean person, no idolater hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. I used tobacco for thirty-three years during which time I was very sickly. Eight years ago when I was born of the Spirit, God took the last of tobacco from me. I have no desire for it at all. He says, “Ye are my witnesses,” and a witness is of no use unless he testifies, and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. — Rev. 19:10. Prophesying, preaching, teaching, and exhorting, — 1 Cor. 13:3, and Paul said, “Ye may all prophesy.” I am so happy to know God has given me the spirit of prophecy, and he says he will take the weak things of this world to confound the mighty.
Yours in Christ,
M. A. Marcee.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I have just been reading the Trumpet and it seems like reading letters from some dear friend. I am always glad to got the paper, for it is always full of good news from all; but when I read of so many good meetings at other places. I feel sad when I think that we can not enjoy any of them. We are far away from any gospel meeting. We have been here in Arizona two years and a half, and have not heard a straight gospel sermon. There are six sect meeting-houses in this town, but there is very little salvation. I never hear of any one getting saved. This is a very wicked town; plenty of saloons and numerous sect orders. But there are very many kind hearted people here from every state in the union I suppose. We have good climate. It is quite warm in mid-summer, but all the rest of the year it is very pleasant. I have often thought what a delightful place for a holiness meeting! Now dear brethren, could not some of you that are called of God to the work, come out to Phoenix, Arizona? We would welcome you here and do the best we could to help you along. We are the only ones in this place that are in the evening light that I know of. Pray for us, dear ones, that we may be able to stand in this darkened place, where we are opposed by every one. Oh! may God stir some Holy Ghost baptised souls to come cut and labor in this country. And may he bless the work every where, and send more laborers into the field, is the prayer of your sister in Christ,
M. E. Smith.
Gig Harbor, Washington.
Dear Brethren: Praise our God! I am living with my blessed Jesus. I have been getting the Gospel Trumpet several months, it is excellent. It is the only paper I have seen that teaches Bible holiness, and all the ordinances of Jesus. O praise the Lord! I also believe in following Christ in all his precious footsteps. Halluajah! Yet I never have had the opportunity to observe the ordinance of washing the saints’ feet as the dear Master commanded. O how glad I would be if some of our dear saints, who perform all our Lord’s ordinances, would come here. I am justified and wholly sanctified, praise our God forever! He is also our physician for the body, as well as complete Saviour of the soul. The good Lord has often healed me. O my dear brethren, the Lord has done so much for me, I am full of his praises. Glory be to our God.
Dear Saints: We have lately moved to this place where we expect to make our future home, and all mail to us should be sent here. We desire to express our gratitude to the dear ones at Prism for their kindness in the past.
Your sister saved now, and sanctified through the truth,
N. J. Bradley.
Dear Saints: We find the church strong in the Lord here. Bro. Barnett and myself preached last night and twice to-day and night. The Spirit of the Lord is working in the hearts of the people in the South. God has raised up some Holy Ghost, fire- baptised ministers here, that have sacrificed their homes and all for the cause of Christ. We are praising God that he ever sent Bro’s Warner and Warren and the sisters to the South. Much and lasting good was done here in the name of Jesus. We ask the saints every where to pray that God may raise up more holy men of God, in these ends of the earth, to preach the word. May the Lord bless and help. What few preachers are here cannot fill half of the calls. We have calls from all parts of the South, many that we cannot fill. Sectism is being broken down in the South, to a wonderful extent. Covenants that sects have made with themselves are being broken. The dear Lord saves and sanctifies me wholly just now.
Your brother in the work of the ministry until death,
C. C. Stewart.
Dear Trumpet Family: I have felt my call to the ministry for years, and have been trying to fill the demand. But little by little the true light of the gospel, and the corruption of the present so called churches have been made plain to my mind; and I am determined to get loose from every thing in the shape of sectism, and stand out on the pure word of God. In reading the Trumpet I have been greatly benefited.
I remain your brother in Christ,
W. A. Davidson.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am still saved and kept by the mighty power of God, and still rejoicing in a Saviour’s love. Praise his holy name! I do love to do Father’s precious will. What great inheritance, what possessions of glory, just to know that I am a child of a king! It has made me rich to be born into the heavenly family. When I look on my past life when I was in sin and rebellion against God, it is then that I realize the great blessing wrought by the power of God. The Lord did do a great work for me in saving me from my sins and cleansing me from all unrighteousness. This is a wicked place where we live. I never saw so much sin, confusion and formality in all my life. The most strict professors of Christianity entertain sociable plays and dances in their houses. Oh dear brethren and sisters! although my heart rejoices in the hope of heaven and immortal glory, yet it almost breaks with grief to see so many in darkness. They love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. Notwithstanding, there are a few honest souls here, but as they do not know of the true way, they think strange of the doctrine, and think it a new thing. Yet they confess that the Bible teaches what we tell them. I do pray God to send laborers into this place. Do pray with me that this people may be saved. Fray also for us that we may prove true to the end.
Your sister in Christ, justified freely and sanctified wholly,
Julia A. Marcee.
To all the Dear Saints: We praise the dear Lord for full and free salvation that is able to save to the uttermost. It has been over a year since we heard a sermon or met with any of the saints, but praise the Lord, he is able to keep us saved even when we are alone. We are getting gospel hungry. We do love the Bible line, which is the narrow way. We ask the prayers of all the dear saints that we may be kept low at the feet of our blessed Saviour. Amen.
Your sister and brother, sweetly saved,
O. A. & S. F. Marquiss.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Wilcox, Neb., Nov. 26, 1891.
Dear Beloved Saints: God bless ye out of his abundant riches. We he meeting about two weeks at Hastings, Ne.. God helped us preach the wonderful word very plain, and the people acknowledged it, and many manifested great conviction; but on the account of the spirit of opposition manifested by the anti-ordinance element and the ungodly living of professors, souls could not decide to move, except one that saw her condition and got a grand victory. Several confessed they were not where they ought to be, but would not move. Of all the ungodly confusion, I find the worst among that element. Scarcely two believe alike. Some three works of grace some, two; some, one; some the resurrection is past, they are already resurrected to never die; some, Christ has made hi.. second advent to them, some, the wicked will be burned up and that is the last o.. hem; some, all men will eventually be saved in heaven. Only on one thing are they united, and that is to reject the ordinances of Christ. May God open their eyes and save them. None there manifested the joys of salvation.
We were here at Wilexo, Neb. to preach the funeral of a little boy. Met Bro. and Sister Wm. Reed, formerly of Onarga, Ill. They have lived here about two year without meeting any saints. He was o.. the background because he had not lived unto his consecration, for, he confessed he … called to preach the gospel. He consecrated himself anew to God, with the determination of going through for Him. May God help him! Two were conv.. The mother of the child obtained a ..ous victory. A deep solemn conviction … on the people for the truth. We were he.. five days and leave a blessed little compan.. of saints. The last night was a wonderful meeting. If we could have remained there a week longer, many, no doubt, would have accepted the truth; but previous appointment compelled us to close, expecting to return as soon as the Lord wills. It pains my heart to leave. Fray for the work in the West.
G. R. Achor.
Mt. Grove, Mo., Dec. 8, 1891.
Dear Trumpet Readers: We are praising the God of our salvation for his wonderful dealings with our souls. We left on home in Carthage, Mo. the 21st day of Oct. enroute for Norwood, Wright Co., Mo.; arrived at Bro. Wilson’s the same day. We commenced meeting at the Broad is school house Oct. 24. Meeting continued over two sabbaths with victory on the Lord’s side. There Were five saved and followed Christ in baptism, administered by Bro. Wilson, Nov. 8. We then held a three days’ meeting a.. the Cornelius school-house, two miles south of Norwood. Two at the altar the last night. From there we went to the Calhoun school house three miles north of Norwood. The meeting lasted one week, with small congregations and seemingly little interest. One soul saved. We then came to this place, three miles west of Mt. Grove, Mo. When we first came here, it being a new field, the people seemed to be almost afraid to come to meeting, and when they came they would come in at the door and si.. down on the first seat farthest from the stand, and as soon as meeting was over they were out and gone as if escaping from danger. Now they come in and occupy the front of the house, and the professors can come forward and shake hands with us, and some of them invite us home with them. Some have said they believe there is a higher Christian life to live than justification brings, and are seeking for their inheritance. Also some sinners manifested a desire to escape God’s wrath through his love and mercy. We pray God’s blessing on the work here. May the seed sown in good and honest hearts be as bread cast upon the waters to be gathered in the future. Meeting will close to-night the Lord permitting Bro. Ostis, Sister Bonnie Wilson, my sister and myself go in company from here three miles north of Mt. Grove, Dec. 5, 1891. Pray for us and the cause of Christ in Southern Mo.
Yours in Him,