15 December 1892, Volume 12, Number 50.
The Clefted Rock.
In the Clefted Rock I hide,
Savior, let me here abide;
Sheltered from each stormy gale,
All secure within the vale.
Tempest to ..sed I come to Thee,
Previous shelter made for me;
Cleansed and purified from sin,
Thou didst freely take me in.
When the surging billows toll,
There’s a calm within my soul;
While my trust is in Thee stayed,
I shall never be afraid.
Rock of Safety — West abode.
Hid away with Christ in God;
Nothing can I want beside,
For my soul is satisfied.
Rock of Ages ever Thou,
Light and love and grace bestow;
While this mortal life shall last,
Be my strength and soul’s repast.
Blessed Rock, on Thee I build,
Ever be my son and shield,
Help me labor, watch and pray,
Ready for the coming day.
When this earthly house shall fall,
And my days are numbered all,
Then my house not made with hands,
Eternally in glory stands.
Till then, dear Jesus keep me hid,
That I be ever found amid
The choicest jewels of thy care;
With Thee in glory to appear.
TWO GREAT SIGNS OF THE END.
“AS in the days of Noah so shall the end be.” They were warned many years before the flood but men believed not and later they only mocked God. Now for many centuries men have been warned of the coming end of all things. Like the ten virgins all were fallen asleep, so to day professors say, “Where tare the signs of his coming?” To day God sends the cry throughout the land, Behold (the signs) the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him (come out of their sleeping, slumbering rooms). God’s children are now going into the ark of safety, namely. Christ. “For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God; and when Christ who is our life, shall appear, then we shall also appear with him in glory.”— Col. 3:3, 4.
All the inventions of the last half century help to rock the worldling asleep; every thing goes so much faster and easier that they think they are just beginning to live in this world. They even make rain fall with their inventions. “Behold, I come as a thief.” Wed., Nov. 23d. 1892, from seven to twelve o’clock P. M. some of us beheld showers of stars falling and shooting in every direction constantly. “The stars shall fall from heaven.” God gives natural and spiritual signs. One great sign is the railroads and cars all over the land, built in the last fifty years. Just as prophesied by Nahum 713 years before Christ to be in the day of the Lord’s preparation; see Chap. 2. “He [God] that dashes in pieces is come up before thy face, keep the munition, [oil, grace] watch the way.” Ver. 1. And says he has emptied out Israel. — Ver. 2. Truly they are now found most every, where on the globe. So God certainly don’t mean what he now wants to say was to be before the dispersion of the Jews. In ver. 3. he says, “The chariots shall be with flaming torches, [not horses, camels, etc.] in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken;” not only the timbers of track, but every thing shakes when they pass. These chariots “rage” on the run and where the way is broad with side tracks they clatter and bump against one another when coupling and uncoupling. — Ver. 4.
The passenger trains appear like a procession of torches at night and have run to as high a rate as ninety miles per hour. “They shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.” — Ver. 4. In these fast trains the conductor recounts or looks over the passengers between every station as he totters through the aisle, and how often do the people grab the seat or wall. “He shall recount his worthies, [gallants, riders, margin]. They shall stumble in their walk, they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence, [or covering, margin] shall be prepared.” — Yes, a roof on these chariots, as defence against bad weather, cinders, smoke, etc. In ver. 3, of German translation it says, “The wagons shine like fire,” making it seem as though it meant heavenly chariots, this is made clear in ver. 13. “I will burn her chariots in the smoke;” now God will not burn heavenly chariots.
Canals with their water locks or flood gates and turning bridges, expositions, fairs and palaces to be “dissolved.” Ver. 6. “Gates of rivers shall be opened and the palace dissolved,” these palaces are dissolved (torn down as quickly as built). They are a thing of the last twenty years.
The other sign is spiritual experience. Micah 4. For an introduction we set two things side by side which nevertheless are as crosswise as the timbers on which our Savior died. Text Eze. 43:7-12. Truly man has set a wall between. Ver. 8.
GOD’S CHURCH AND MAN’S COUNTERFEIT.
|Mother Jerusalem. Gal. 4:26.||Mother Babylon, first beast, i. e., Catholic church. Rev. 13:7-10.|
|From above. Rev. 3:12; 21:2-3.||From below, arose, 325 A. D. Rev. 13:1; 17:5.|
|Daughter of Zion Isa 62:11, 12.||Daughters of Babylon, second beast, Protestant sects. Rev. 13:11-13.|
|The pure Bride. Eph. 5:26, 30 32; Rev. 19:7-9.||Harlot daughters. Rev. 17:5, 3, names of blasphemy.|
|Church of God. Jno. 17:11; Acts 20:28; 1 Tim. 3:15.||666 names mene. Dan. 5:26; Rev. 13:18; Mic. 4:5 — their gods.|
|Mt. Zion. Heb. 12:12-23.||Mts. and hills of destruction. Jer. 3:23; Eze. 34:6, 12, 13.|
|One body. Rom. 12:4-6; 1 Cor. 6:15- 18; 12:20.||Many secti0ns (sects) Rom. 16:17.|
|God’s house. 1 Pet. 2:5, is sure. Matt 16:18.||Babel towers. Jer. 51:25, 26.|
|Knit together in love. Col. 2:2, 19.||Untempered mortar. Eze. 13:10-14.|
|Christ the door and keeper. Jno. 10:7, 9; Rev. 3:7.||Man’s Threshold. Eze. 43:8, 9.|
|Born into. Added by God. 1 Pet. 2:2-5; Acts 2:47.||Man’s joining, un- scriptural. Acts 5:13, 14.|
|Set in position by God. 1 Cor. 12:18.||Position by vote, i. e. n0t of God. Worldly, root of division and party strife.|
|Names in heaven. Luke 10:20; Phil. 4:3.||Names written in the earth. Jer. 17:13.|
|Christ ruler, counsellor, all in all. Isa. 9:6.||Ruled by man of sin. 2 Thess. 2:2-8 or by the majority like the world. Matt. 20:25-27.|
|Watchmen. Isa.62:6-9.||Hirelings. Jno. 10:12-13.|
|Shepherds. Jer. 23:3-4. Eph. 4:11, 12.||Pastors Jer. 23:1, 2.|
|Fountains of living water. Jno. 4:14; 7:38.||Broken cisterns, two evils. Jer.2:13.|
|Do the commandments. Jno. 14:15, 21; 1 Jno. 2:4-6, 11.||Reject some commands; 1 Jno. 2:5; Luke 6:46.|
|Keep Christ’s ordinances. Matt. 28:20.||Have many entertainments and festivals. Jer. 51:39; 2 Tim. 3:4.|
|Unity, Jno. 17:11, 21-23.||In union shaky. 1 Cor. 3:3.|
|In oneness stand. Eph. 1:10.||Fall in division. Luke 11:17. Peres, Dan. 5:28.|
|All saved, no sinners. Acts 5:13. 1 Cor. 6:17, 18.||Some saved, many sinners. 2 Thess. 3:6; 2 Cor. 6:14-18.|
|Omnipotence by faith. 2 Cor. 6:16: Jno. 14:12, 13.||Deny the power of God. 2 Tim. 3:5.|
|Foundation by Christ. Eph. 2:20.||Many foundations. Ps. 82:5-8.|
|Everlasting. 1 Pet. 2:6. Rock. Matt.24:35.||Dicipline-s and – changeable. Matt. 7:26, 27.|
|Preach complete salvation. Matt. 1:21; 1 Jno. 1:7: 2 Jno. 7:9-11.||Doctrines of men. Matt. 15:8—9; Eph. 4:14, 15.|
|Peace on earth. 1 Cor. 14:33; Jno. 14:27.||Religious commotion. 2 Tim. 3:1-9.|
|Balanced, willing to be judged by the word.||Tekel, found wanting. Dan. 5:27.|
Creeds and sect building has made a great confusion in Christendom, “Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.” Ps. 106:39. The Bable tower was an idol by the children of Noah. They said “Let us make us a name,” and the devil added the excuse — “lest we be scattered,” while God testified “They are one and of one language, and this they begin to do.” — Gen. 11:4-6. God sent confusion (Babylon) of tongues, so to-day sectism is the spiritual Babylon (confusion of tongues). The Jews were captive in literal Babylon where Jewish sectism arose in the different synagogues there. Since the church of God in the time of the apostles a spiritual Babylon arose, i. e. the Nicene council, 325 A. D. which formed the Catholic church, also called “Mystery Babylon, mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth.” Rev. 17:5.
Well if she is “the mother of harlots” who cannot tell her impure daughters? They are sects of her form, having men to rule, to authorize and station, some teach the purgatory wind of doctrine, but in another form saying, “A man cannot be purified in this world till at the grave, and believe in sprinkling, and that even of babes, and do not believe in being buried with Christ into death in the water. — Rom. 6:4. Some believe to change by growth the old Adam nature that is from the devil, daily and slowly into the Holy Ghost. Such and various other winds, from their old mother, the Catholic church. It is written, “One . Lord,” man made many lords; “One faith,” here are many faiths; “One baptism,” some sprinkle or pour three times and even babes. We must first believe then be baptized.
Philip said to the eunuch “If thou believest with all thine heart.” — Acts 8:37. Jesus said “Believe and be baptized.” Some have three burials in the water on the face. They are drunken. — Rev. 18:3, 6. And many of God’s children are held captive by them. Many say, I believe our church is the nearest right, and we ought to stand by it, even if it is divided and void. How true, “The nearer like the true a counterfeit is made the greater the deception. “Come out of her my people.”
Second sign of our text, Micah 4. “But in the last days it shall come to pass that the mount of the house of the Lord [pure church] shall be established in the top of the mountains [German “Hoher den alle berge — higher than all mountains] arid it shall be exalted above the hills [better than all sects] and people shall flow unto it, [cannot join it] ver. 2, and many nations shall come, and say, come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” They see that Mystic Babylon is rotten in the core, divided, and of no Bible promise to stand, for the law shall go forth of Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Zion was a separate part of Jerusalem as also the holiest of all was a separate part of the temple: figurative of the two works of grace in the church, i. e. justification and sanctification. Verse 3. And he will judge among many people and rebuke strong nations afar off [from God]. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. These sect nations, not churches, as there was too much bossing and rule machinery, had continual hatred, selfishness and wars, till 1820. FOX’S BOOK OF MARTYRS. So God called them nations, afar off. Jesus said, But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified; for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not yet by and by (not yet immediately). Diaglott.
But before these wars, etc. the apostles shall first be persecuted. Luke 21:9, 12. Now they are rebuked in these “last days.” Not one soul was ever saved by any of these unclean daughters, as none but Christ can save, and to get into a sect they have to join, therefore all are saved outside of the sect. God could see his new-born babes always taken captive by these Babylon daughters. According to government accounts, already more than six hundred and sixty-six sects are in the world; and these as interwoven throughout, as the railroads. A sect is not limited to a certain district, even in small towns several different sects are found; and, every man shall call his neighbor under the vine and fig tree. Zec. 3:10. As in the days of Noah [one family] and of Lot, [one family] so shall the end be. We have only a promise for one (God’s) family. And that under his own vine and fig tree, Mic. 4:4. As his own is represented in nearly all towns that he may wish to move to. Neighbors, not brothers, because they don’t belong to the same family and will not live in the same house nor love each other, as they are not members one of another. “And none shall make them afraid.” They are rebuked, so wars ceased.
God says in Eze. 34:11, 12: “I will search out my sheep where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” He is now breaking down the pens and his sheep hear his voice and come out, and he will bring them to their own land. And why are these sect divisions? The prophet says, Mic. 4:5, “For all people will walk every one in the name of his God.” Who cannot see the idolatry of sectism? They love every other-name but the one whom they claim to be their God. “But WE will walk in the name of our God, even forever.” — V. 5. Let all the saints say so; hallelujah! His watchmen shall see eye to eye when he brings again Zion. — Isa. 52:8. When the Holy Ghost comes into men’s hearts they see alike and are one and have no need of creeds and doctrines, for there is but ONE doctrine in Christ. Same chapter, Micah — V. 6:7 — The driven away, the halt [limpers] and afflicted shall walk straight and return, and God will reign over them in Mt. Zion [His church] even forever. V. 8 says that in these last days the first dominion [church] shall come to Christ “and the kingdom [Holy Ghost] to the daughter of Jerusalem” [the church]. V. 10 says, Zion [God’s church] would go out of the city and dwell in the field [cast away] and dwell with the daughters of Babylon, [scattered with sectism] and there be delivered of her children. Most of God’s children of to day were born of God there, but had to join to belong to those daughters.
There the Lord will redeem Zion from the hand of her enemies. V. 11 — “Now also many nations [sects] are gathered against thee that say, let her be defiled” [find fault, call her only another sect]. “Let our eye look upon Zion.”
V. 12 — But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel, for he shall gather them, [nations] as the sheaves into the floor.” V. 13 — Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make thine horn [power] iron; and I will make thy hoofs brass; and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I [God] will consecrate their gain unto the Lord of the whole earth. Now is the fulfillment of Ps. 149:5-9.
God commanded Israel to keep three feasts every year which are true symbols of God’s plan of salvation and his church. The first feast was the passover, a symbol of the crucifixion of Christ our passover. Second feast was the bringing of the first- fruits of the year also called Pentecost, fifty days after the passover. It was at Pentecost the firstfruits, (i. e., God’s fire-baptized church) was fully established in the world. See also Rev. 14:3, 4. The third feast was held when the grain was all gathered on the threshing floor, the wine in the press, etc. Called the Feast of Tabernacles or Harvest Home. Ex. 23:14-17, and Deut. 16. The peculiarity of this feast of the Jews is that it was neglected after the days of Joshua (Israel fully settled in the holy land) till the return from Babylonian captivity under Nehemiah, then they kept it again with great gladness, Neh. 8:17; but only one out of six of the captive Jews returned. Well, hallelujah to God, the harvest home has come. His children are now returning from the spiritual Babylonian captivity. God’s church is set up. His Zion even as the firstfruits about Pentecost. Oh thresh out the wheat, brethren! Glory to our God forever!
Jas. S. Kriebel.
East Jordan, Mich.
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J. C. Pendergrass.
FREED FROM SECTISM.
Dear Saints: May the dear Lord bless and keep you all evermore. Amen. I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony; can testify that I am saved from sectism, and I do praise the Lord that it never did get a very deep root in my heart. I was a member of the M. E. sect for nearly three years; having been saved while there, naturally I joined that sect. I was taken in as a full member and sprinkled with water instead of being buried in water, as an acknowledgement of my faith in the burial and resurrection of my blessed Redeemer. At the beginning of my Christian experience I at once began to study the word of God, and to go to God in secret prayer; which all must do if we expect to hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end. Well as I studied the word, my spiritual eyes were opened wider, and of course in class meetings I talked Bible salvation and some, not having this kind were quite stirred up over my testimony. I received many persecutions from my professed brothers and sisters. But thank God, he sent Bro’s Henry and Rupert and Sister Rupert here, and under the preaching of the pure unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ I was saved from sectism. and on Nov. 6th was buried with Christ in baptism. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Rom. 6:5. Praise God forever! And I will say right here that when God saved me from sipping wine. I had no more the desire to visit the place where they dealt out the accursed stuff; so it is in my present experience with sectism; I am saved from it and I have no desire to go where they deal out sect wine, for there are some in this place who are so intoxicated with sect wine that I fear they will never get sobered up. We are now holding meetings at different homes of the saints. It seems that the Lon has called me to preach his gospel here, as there does not seem to be anyone else to step out on the broad promises in this direction. Brethren, pray for me that God may use me and that he may bestow his grace ant Holy Spirit upon me in mighty power. I feel that He is equipping me for the battle, knowing that with the whole armor of God to protect me, I shall withstand all the fiery darts of the adversary and be brought off more than conqueror. I thank God who giveth me the victory through Jesus Christ. The people in this place are in gross darkness, even professing to be holy and then go to class meeting, with old cigar stumps in their mouths and wait at the door to take a few more puffs before going into meeting, and what makes the matter worse, some are class leaders. It is easy to perceive what the Lord Jesus meant when he said, “If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” Well as for myself, I will be guided by Him that knoweth all things. Dear saints, let us take the word of God and live up to it and then we will be in just such a condition that we can be used to the glory of God. Oh how I love the word! I love to read it to others. Now I would ask all those that read this, that are sanctified, to pray for us here, as there is a prejudice against us which is shaking the faith of some of our number. I thank God I have his word that the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal. The Lord knoweth them that are his. 2 Tim. 2:19. If the Son therefore shall make you free ye shall be free indeed. Jno. 8:36. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Gal. 5:1. Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life. Rev. 2:10. May we ever be kept by the mighty power of God, and may Gods peace which passeth all understanding, ever abide in your souls. Amen.
From your brother, saved and sanctified.
E. H. Yunker.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. 6, 1892.
Dearly Beloved Saints of the Most High God: Grace be unto you, and peace from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ be multiplied. Yesterday Bro. Winters and myself left dear Bro. Byers and family, with the happy children of God in San Diego and returned to this city. Met the church of the firstborn last night in their place of worship, found them in the Spirit, and in untiring labors for the Lord.
We are happy to report the work of the Lord prospering in San Diego. It is true the number, saved was far less than we have been in the habit of seeing in that length of time But when viewing the fruits of the gospel in all respects truly a great and good work has been wrought. Bro. Byers labors there in the past had been directed in wisdom, but were under circumstances that prevented the complete unification and separation of the church of the living God. So the mission of the gospel during our stay was to clear up the experience, and establish in the faith once delivered to the saints, the many who were already gathered unto the Lord. Many reached a clearer experince in the grace of God, and their hearts were more fully established unblamable in holiness. And where views had been held differing from the faith once delivered to the saints, in nearly all cases the Spirit of the living God brought all to see eye to eye. One anti-ordinance brother was baptized last Lord’s day. and also followed the Savior in the other two ordinances of his new covenant. The millenium tradition was dropped by others. The Holy Spirit wonderfully melted all hearts together in pure love and glorious felowship. The communion service on last Lord’s day evening was very precious and glorious; indeed to our soul there were wonderful showers of blessings. Not less than sixty saints took part and we think all could say that Jesus full filled his promise, “Happy are ye if ye know these things, provided ye do them.” Some indeed were very happy in the Lord. A large policeman who had been converted a few months ago, recently consecrated all to God while on the streets, and after promising God to do any thing he willed he received the glorious witness to his entire sanctification. He was present at the communion meeting, when the lowly ordinance of washing the saints’ feet became a very severe test of his consecration. There God reminded him of his promise to do whatever He commanded, and by the grace of God, he came forward and followed the example of the meet and lowly Lamb of God. Next morning he told us that God blessed his soul the instant he arose to obey his precious word.
There were a few sinners saved during our may there. After the solemn and impressive ordinance service an invitation was given, and one poor sinner came immediately forward, fell upon his knees, sought and found the Prince of peace to his soul. A few came out of sectism, and some who stood out joyfully received the whole truth.
On last Saturday Bro. Byers and myself were called by telegram about twenty-five miles into the country to pray with a poor consumptive both the man and his wife received entire sanctification, and we trusts the Lord healed the brother.
The congregations are quite good and the work is growing in interest
The Lord has a precious church in that place, from whom we were loth to part. Also at San Diego bay is one of the most delightful and propitious climates on the face of the whole earth. Probably no place in the world is nearer uniformity in temperature, and that temperature nearer the most desirable. The summer and fall is dry, but now is beginning a springing forth in living green and floral beauty that far outblooms our eastern springtime. The rain had only made its appearance a few days before we left San Diego, and all the mountains and valleys were springing suddenly forth in green. Peach and apple trees, and about all trees are yet clothed in green, both here and at San Diego, and flowers bloom the year round, but now is beginning the spring time of California’s beauty. This place (Los Angeles) being some ten miles from the sea, is not so much blessed with its temporizing breath: hence the nights are cooler, and the daytime warmer. It would seem a great blessing to our body, could we have, remained at San Diego throughout the winter. The climate and fruit are so healthful. I have gained ten pounds in weight since coming to the state. O bless the Lord for his great goodness to the children of men! We expect to remain here a week or more and then go to Visalia, about two hundred miles north, and do not now whether we will get farther north or not, on this tour. The will of God be done.
We are glad to report that Bro’s Elliot and Schaw met with a kind reception by the people of Mexico, and they have been blessed in laboring from house to house. The laws are in the way of services on the streets, and no house was available, but as they preach from house to house but they find the common people more open-hearted than they had expected. They went by faith with no acquaintances there and but little means beyond their fare, but God has fed them. O that many more would carry their labors beyond their sight into the rich fields of faith.
Pray for us. Your humble servant and saved brother. Amen.
Big Bend, Pa.
Dear Saints: I am still saved in Jesus, redeemed from all sin. I give him all the glory. I have been out working for the Lord, and I will follow on where he leads. Glory to our God for the way he does lead his true saints! Glory to God for the freedom!
There will a meeting begin at Clintonville, Dec. 15. if the Lord wills, and last one week or longer, just as the Lord leads, then we go to Mechanicsville if the Lord leads, and then to Hendersonville assembly meeting. Every one that can. come and help in these meetings.
Springfield, O., Pec. 9, 1892.
Dear Trumpet Readers: We are glad to say that by the power and grace of God we are saved and kept in fraternal union with the body of Christ, constantly having victory. We were called to visit the sick recently in Champaign Co., O., and remained there over Sabbath. Had glorious meetings. Four precious souls were saved, two of whom for the first time consecrated to God in this evening light. One of them, Sister King, came out of the Omish sect of popery. This is the result of the camp meeting. Pray for her. The whole country is shaken. Thank God for the liberation of these souls! The brethren from various quarters are constantly writing us, calling for the gospel.
Your obedient brother in Christ, devoted to the cause of God,
B. E. Warren.
Amberson Valley, Pa. Dec. 2, 1892.
Dear Saints of God: God bless you all abundantly for Jesus’ sake. Amen. In our last report we made mention of coming to this valley. Perfect and complete salvation has been preached to this people. We had good congregations and very good attention. The people are principally Presbyterians; and they never heard the word in this way. The meeting will very likely close this evening. During this meeting ten dear souls have consecrated for pardon, and received the desire of their hearts. We find the people are greatly stirred. It seems a new doctrine, that the Bible teaches a salvation that does save men and women from their sins in this life. The people are very kind and have used us very kindly. May the dear Lord reward them. And we pray God that they may receive this Bible salvation. We are still sweetly saved in Jesus. Pray for us.
Yours, all on the gospel altar,
F. Rosenberry & Co.
Galesburg, Kan., Dec. 6, 1892.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: We are praising God from the very depths of our hearts for all the blessings and benefits of God’s salvation bestowed upon us. Surely the presence of his love and power of his grace has been with us. Praise his name!
Since the Pittsburg meeting we were permitted to return home (Ward, Kan.), and were made to rejoice to find the way open once more for meeting, where the gospel of holiness had been shut out for over six years by wicked hands. It pleased the Lord to send Bro. and Sister Smith to this point to hold up the banner of holiness. The work of holiness at this place started up seven years ago under the influence of the “Good Way” preaching, and was terribly abused by them and a Ft. Scott Creed man, and others who were not out clear for God; who have since drifted away into delusions and dark jungles of sin, from which their recovery is very doubtful. On account of crooked preaching the sects united with the world and great persecution was raised against God’s people and the erring ones. All the school houses and meeting houses were locked against holiness. They also burnt the tabernacle in which the last meetings were held. But God’s displeasure has been upon that community ever since. Previous to the time when holiness was first preached it was a place of great prosperity, peace and happiness. But since showing such intense hatred to holiness, they have not been prospered in life. But disgrace, immorality, family quarrels, neighberhood fusses, sect wrangling, secret society deception, and in fact, all manner of sin of deepest dye has been their torment ever since. Oh, that people would learn to fear and reverence God’s name, respect his word, and thus escape the awful blighting effects of sin in this world! Truly, “He turneth rivers into wilderness, and water springs into dry grounds; and fruitful lands into barrenness for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.”
The meeting held two weeks by Bro. and Sister Smith, closed with victory, although no one was saved; yet the meeting was a great victory achieved for the cause of holiness in that community, as the people of “sin and Sodom” thought the holy cause defeated and the truth crushed down. The precious words of light were brought forth and the true standard of full salvation raised and sounded to many listeners with quite good respect. May the blessings of Heaven rest upon them again is my prayer, and may many find their way to the fountain of cleansing. After close of meeting we came in company with Bro. and Sister Smith to Galesburg; stopped on our way at Bro. Newburn’s and had a very precious prayer meeting with them, which resulted in their fully renouncing the delusions which had brought so much trouble to their home and lives. They consecrated for full salvation, and we hope the have finally reached the summit of God’s holiness. We esteem them worthy of the prayers and reception of all God’s people. O may they reject every evil one Satan may send to allure them away from the Lord!
We commenced meeting in Galesburg last night with good attendance. Pray for the work here.
Your brethren in the gospel work.
E. F. Houghton, Wm. N. Smith & Co.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Dear Saints: The dear Lord has directed me again to testify to his glory that I still remain one of his little ones. I know my trust is in the Lord. I have peace with God in spite of all that men or devils might say. I know I have the victory in my soul. Glory to God! I know God’s grace is sufficient to keep me as long as I trust him. I have been enduring severe trials for the past few weeks, but God has led me off more than conqueror, and still speaks to me, “My grace is sufficient.” I intend to fight the fight of faith. Ever pray for me, all ye dear saints, that I continue faithful to the end.
From your sanctified sister,
Rising Sun, O.
Dear Trumpet Readers: God bless you all. To day finds me sweetly saved in Jesus and kept by the power of God from all sin. The Lord Jesus is my satisfying portion. O praise God! I am so glad I ever found the true way and that I know that I am wholly consecrated to God to suffer and to do his will. I am so glad I know that the blood of Jesus sanctifies me wholly just now, and keeps me clean or God. I am settled on the rock Christ, and by his grace I ever shall stand. Dear saints, pray for me that may ever be kept humble at the feet of Jesus.
From your saved brother,
Rising Sun, O.
Dear Brethren: I feel led this morning to write my testimony to the Trumpet readers. I am saved and sanctified wholly by a second definite work of grace, and I rejoice in hope of the glory of God. His grace is sufficient for me under all trials and troubles even in old age. I find it so grand and glorious to be kept and hid away with Christ in God. The Lord saw fit to take away my companion; thus I must spend many lonesome hours, but this only draws me near to Jesus. O I find him a satisfying portion; I can truly say, Jesus is more than life to me. I would say to the aged pilgrim, Trust in Jesus; he will carry you through. O it is so sweet to know that I am one of God’s little ones. He keeps in perfect peace.
Daniel Roush, Sen.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feed led to write my testimony, as this is the first. Well I have salvation full and free. I do feel the good Lord is leading me day by day. I know he is with me; he has blessed me so much since the assembly meeting at Grand Junction. Though I am far away from the saints of God, I do praise God for the salvation that I feel down deep in my soul. And I know the Lord is leading me to give the people the word of God. He is helping me wonderfully and I do thank God for that. Well this evening finds me saved and satisfied to do whatsoever God has for me to do. I ask an interest in the prayers of all of God’s children.
Your sister in Christ,
Dear Saints of God: I am still drinking at the fountain that never runs dry, and praising God for cisterns that hold water. No one knows the joy and peace that salvation gives, only those that get the experience right from the throne. I bless the dear name of Jesus this afternoon for a complete victory over the world, flesh and the devil. I know that this world has no charms for me. I only want to do the will of the Father in all things. Jesus says that not every one that saith, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom, but they that DO the will of the Father. Shame on every one who will fight against the teachings of Christ and the holy apostles, and at the same time claim to be a Christian. I am on the straight blood and fire line to glory; and by the grace of God I expect to stay there though our number is few. I have no desire to go back into Egypt. Dear saints, let us keep our eyes on Jesus.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led to write you the good news that I am still in the ark of safety, and after our thousands for Jesus. Have not been home since the 9th of Aug., but have been out in meetings ever since. At times we hear a frightful howl from the devil and in haste we take a fresh plunge in the cleansing stream, down out in mid-ocean, out of sight, and one look at the pale, blood-stained face, all the weights are put aside and away we go for souls and heaven. He does keep me. We only have to tell him our wants, and we are supplied, soul and body. Ever since I followed the pillar of fire out of sectism with the saints, we feel we cannot back down, for once light is always light; and by the help of God we never expect to be a deserter; it won’t pay. But we do not understand why so many workers feel the call and go out in the field seeking the lost, when all at once they have another call and that is to settle down at home. We hope and pray they do not settle down in the spiritual mud, but on the rock. Workers and preachers need to get the burden of souls on them so that they won’t feel led in two ways at once.
Do not know how long we will be here. The dear saints are all very kind to us. We have more homes than we can attend to. Pray for us, also for this place.
Mary F. McCormick
Dear Saints: I feel it my duty to write my testimony in the Trumpet. O I praise God for sweet peace. I am so thankful that I did get my eyes open at last. I was an Evangelical for four or five years and never had the change of heart. I told the preacher I had no change of heart and he insisted on my joining, and I told him I would be what the Bible called a stumbling block. But he said, No. I told him if I died I would be lost, and he said, No, I was a moral person, and was a seeker, and would be saved as quick as he would. Well I do not doubt his word now, for we would have both been lost according to God’s word. But I do thank my God that he saved my life. I had not seen a well day for seventeen years until I was saved and sanctified and had hands laid on me to be healed. I do thank God that he heard his little ones and healed my body, and I am perfectly well. I believe I would have either been in the hospital again or dead before this time, had not the Lord healed me, for before I was healed I would faint away three times as fast as they would bring me to. I had another abcess forming in the abdomen, for which I had been to the hospital. Oh! I do wish every poor suffering soul could just believe on Jesus and what he is ready and waiting to do for us. Oh! I do praise my God for health and I want to ever live low and humble at his feet and to serve him in the beauty of holiness. I am still saved and sanctified through the blood of Jesus.
Dear Saints of God: May love, peace and everlasting joy be with you all. My soul is filled with God’s love to day and I feel led to write a few lines telling of his wonderful goodness to me. I have been down in Babylon for years, starving upon the husks of error and falsehood, grooping my way along in the mist and darkness with which I was surrounded, longing for truth and light. I was converted at seventeen years of age, lived, (and almost died) in various sects until I became so utterly disgusted with the whole sect machinery that I scarcely knew what to do. I will mention a very few things which frequently caused me to wonder how it was that they should exist in what I supposed was God’s church: pride, jealousy, hypocrisy, cold formality, so-called sermons read from manuscript, fairs, socials, suppers, etc., held in the house dedicated to the worship of God. Also the dishonesty and corruption, the scheming and “wire pulling” practiced by the ministerial brethren and their associates at annual conferences and other places in the M. E. sect. How the poor were laden with burdens grievous to be borne! I have looked upon these things and heard and seen their false teaching by precept and example until I almost gave up in despair. Oh what darkness! And yet I was not alone, for God was with me. Yet the devil tried to make me believe the whole thing. Bible and all was false; so near did I walk on the borders of infidelity. After fighting the powers of darkness for many long, dark years, God saw fit to give me light. While traveling a few months ago. I stopped over Sunday at me hotel in Grand Junction and was led into the little meeting at the Trumpet home, and here for the first time in my life I heard the pure gospel, and thank God I understood it. Oh how my poor heart melted as the precious truth poured into my soul! I wept like a little child. I saw that the dear old book was true and the teaching of Babylon false. Praise the Lord forever ana ever! What a grand victory, and how wonderful beautiful is the evening light to me, shining brighter and brighter! Bless the Lord, O my soul! The Lord keeps me day by day, and I am fully saved soul, and body. Pray for me.
Orchard Grove, Ind.
Dear Saints: May the richest of God’s blessings rest upon you all. Amen. I feel led of the Lord this beautiful Sabbath morning to write my testimony and glorify him by telling of his wondrous love and goodness to me in saving my soul from all sin, and of his mighty power in keeping me saved. For oh, he does keep me sweetly saved and reigning in this life by one Christ Jesus over all the powers of sin and darkness. Praise his dear name foreverl Oh! he does fill my soul with righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Much of my life since I have been saved has been spent in waiting upon the Lord in hope for some object for which my soul has been burdened. But I do thank and praise my dear Redeemer, for it has called forth much earnest prayer, and taught me patience as nothing else could do. The word says, “Trust thou in the Lord and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land and verily, thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desire of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” — Psat 37:3-7. I do thank God that he has given us such faithful teachers, who do not shun nor fear to declare unto us all things that are for our learning and edification. May we all give heed to the earnest exhortations against worldly conformity of all kinds, and also the strong appeals that have been sent forth to God’s children concerning their stewardship over the earthly store which God has placed in their charge. May we each one one look to God and our own hearts and see if it means us, and not cast it lightly by. If we have but little of this world’s goods, so that we cannot give even a little without making a sacrifice, let us be willing to make it, remembering what our blessed Master has sacrificed for us, that we might be made rich. And if those who have an abundance would make the sacrifice in proportion, God’s house would be supplied. Mal. 3:10. Surely it is more blessed to give than to receive. May God help us all to, live so humble that we may not only talk to him, but that he may also talk to us, and we hear and obey.
Your sister washed in Jesus’ blood, and kept by power divine,
Most women need to learn how to breathe properly. One would suppose the lungs only reached to the top of the chest if they judged by the common method of breathing. To breathe deep is of the greatest importance.
RAPID EATING produces many evil results. 1. There is not enough saliva mixed with the food; 2. The coarse pieces resist the action of the digestive fluids; 3. The food is washed down with drinks which dilute the gastric juice, and hinder its work: 4. We do not appreciate the quantity we eat until the stomach is overloaded; 5. Failing to get the taste of our food, we think it insipid, and hence use condiments which over-stimulate the digestive organs. In these various ways the appetite is depraved, the stomach vexed, the system overworked, and the foundations of dyspepsia laid.
People often take cold through over-protection or neglect to make their outer wraps correspond with the variations in temperature. The very fact of protection involves danger. A person puts on an overcoat, and exercises in the open air till he perspires profusely. When he comes into the house, he throws off his overcoat, and perhaps sits down in a light draught from a window or from a door opening into an adjoining apartment of lower temperature, and the moisture in which he was enveloped is thus evaporated rapidly. The next day he finds he has contracted a cold, and thinks, “I took cold yesterday when out-of-doors,” while the truth is, he took cold after he came in.
Another good way to contract a cold is through the wearing of impervious clothing, — rubber coat, waterproof, etc. Such garments prevent the passing off of the insensible perspiration, which, if not allowed to evaporate, would, in a few hours amount to half a pint, and put the body in precisely the same condition as it would be were half a pint of water distributed over the body. Then when these outer wraps are removed, evaporation goes on too rapidly, and a cold is the result.
“But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Pet. 3:18.
TAKING a retrospect of life from the date of our being “born again,” have we, beloved, a consciousness of a continued growth in grace, or hath something hindered us? My testimony, at this hour is that I am advancing with freedom and lightness in my soul, with my life so completly “hid with Christ in God,” that the devil is kept in such total ignorance of my business with God that he has not a chance to squeeze or hamper my spiritual life. Praise God for the high tower where we can rest in heavenly glory and freedom, where growth can go on uninterrupted by the oppressor’s power. “Consider the lilies of the field how they grow.” Consider the soul of the perfect man how it grows. The former “toil not neither do they spin,” and the latter is not care-worn and anxious, but is settled down into a calm sweet trust in God.
There are people in this world who are doing deeds of kindness with the sole object of spiritual growth, and complain at God for a stunted life. Love, mere love, pure love is the actuating principle in this reformation of God’s. Who can by taking thought add one cubit to his stature? The boy cannot grow by trying. He may pull at himself and worry and try a day through and be smaller at night than in the morning. A man may pull at his soul, fret and try, give to the poor, visit the sick, go out and preach, do all that he can, with a selfish aim of his own spiritual advancement and not a real zeal for God and lost souls prompted by love, and grow weaker instead of stronger.
The boy obeys natural laws and naturally grows without his attention. Obey the laws of God naturally in love, get them written in your heart and the soul naturally grows and is free. The lily naturally drinks in the sunshine, the dew and the air, and rises, forming stem, leaf and flower, in opposition to gravitation. Oh how wonderful the unseen power! The soul I naturally, trustingly, dependency, drinks in the sunshine, dew and air from God’s store house of love and rises, producing fruit in opposition to sin. The excellency of this power is of God and not of man. It is an irksome, burdensome thing trying to serve God without the love of God being shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit. Let Jesus Christ take up his abode in you, reaching even to the feet, the fingers, eyes, ears and tongue. That every member be yielded and used as instruments of righteousness unto God. Let him into the mind also that every thought may be in obedience to him. Man cannot manufacture anything, he need be anxious for nothing, he cannot earn anything, he need not with a noise and a bluster go in search of the conditions. The conditions already are, get in them and abide in the vine, and the grace of God will play over the soul, expanding this part and that, “working in you to will and to do of his own good pleasure.” And the glory is not withheld. “He withholds no good thing.”
God says he will dwell in us and walk in us. How glorious! how grand to continually dwell in the awful solemn presence of God! Let God rule and reign. Cease your idle, chaffy, listless, aimless life. Live to God’s glory. Get in perfect correspondance with God and heaven. Cut loose from all correspondnace of the pleasures of this world of sin and the devil; and the soul will grow and be ready for the glory world and feel perfectly at home when it gets there. Some people if they should get to heaven, would be as much out of correspondance with the surroundings as a fish would be out of correspondance with the surroundings if it were out on dry land.
Get God in you, and you get in God, trust him, cast your care on him, be dependent on him and your advancement is sure. Are you living a hampered, stand-still sort of life, can’t tell whether the answers you receive to your petitions be from God or the devil, oppressed on every hand, no victory, the mists and fogs so thick you can’t tell which way you are going? Growth is not here. Get so deeply hid in God that the devil can scarcely ever find you. If you are God’s be still and let him work in you; obey him, trust him. “Consider the lilies of the field; they toil not neither do they spin.” Take no thought for the morrow, but rest in Jesus. Amen.
Your humble brother,
C. E. Orr.
THEY WILL HOT ENDURE STRONG DOCTRINE.
AN awful deception has settled on the Gentile world. The time has come when they will not endure sound doctrine. 2 Tim. 4:3. Last winter an M. E. preacher was holding a meeting, and a sister asked him if he believed in holiness. “O yes, I do, and I preach it; but I dare not call it sanctification, for some of my members don’t believe in it, and they would be offended.” Shame on such preachers! They fear man, and not God. Such preachers are traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than of God. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough. — Isa. 56:10, 11. They are second-work-of-grace fighters. Let us go with Christ to the garden. See him in agony. He prayed most earnestly, until his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. He offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears. He suffered all this because the sin of the whole world was laid upon him. And this was definitely for my justification, and also for you, holiness fighter. His suffering was so great under the terrible load of sins, he would have perished in the garden had not an angel appeared unto him to strengthen him: and right there the devil would have rejoiced if the plan of salvation would have stopped, for the chief of devils knew that it would take a second work of grace to destroy what he had planted in the hearts of our foreparents. Now let us follow Christ to Mount Calvary, and see him wear a crown of thorns, and see him drink vinegar mingled with gall, see him crucified. The sun refused to shine, and, behold, the vail of the temple was rent, and his blood was shed for our sanctification as a second work.
How is it, holiness fighters? If you had the first work you would not fight the second. If you ever had the first work of grace you have lost it by conforming to this world. You say the apostles were not converted until the day of pentecost. Now let us see where Paul was justified. When he was on his way to Damascus he saw a great light, and heard a voice from heaven saying, Saul, why per secutest thou me? He trembling and astonished said. Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Paul had not received the sanctifier, which is the Holy Ghost. Now Ananias was commanded of God in a vision to go to the house where Paul was praying; and when he entered the house he called him brother. Now Ananias would not call him brother before he was born into the kingdom of God. He was a child of God. All his sins were forgiven, he was bom of God. He had become a brother to Ananias by being justified. Ananias went his way and entered into the house, and putting his hands on him, said, “Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou comest, hath sent me that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.” Now if Saul had received the Holy Ghost, which is the Sanctifier, why did God send Ananias to the house where he was praying, if he was sanctified when he was converted by the way? He had to have a second touch as well as the blind man when he saw men as trees walking.
Now after Paul had received the Holy Ghost as a second work, he commanded his brethren in Rom. 12:1 to present their bodies a living sacrifice, which no man can do before he is bora of God and made alive in Christ Jesus, for then they are all dead in sins. “Therefore being justified by faith; we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.” — Rom. 5:1. 2. Read these scriptures I and as many more as we shall show to prove to you that God does sanctify only as a second work. Now let us read the 10th chapter of Luke. “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And Jesus said, Rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Now we all know that no sinner’s name is written in heaven; so the apostles must have been converted before the day of pentecost. Shame on you, second- work fighters! Where are you with all this scripture standing against you? For you will have to face them in the day of judgment.
Christ has promised another comforter in Jno. 17. “If ye love me keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive.” Praise God! We must first have the first work of grace before we can receive the second. Now it is not a sinner that is hungering and thirsting after righteousness. Matt. 5:6. Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. Praise God for the blessed fullness there is in Christ Jesus! I was there for seventeen years. There was a vacancy in my heart that was not satisfied until the Lord sanctified my soul as a second work. I never for a moment doubted my justification, but oh, when I received the blessed fullness I was filled; and I am living in the twenty- third Psalm. I shall not want; he maketh me to lie down in green pastures, and beside the still waters. O hallelujah! I eat and drink, and am satisfied; for the Lord has prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies, which no doubt has reference to all holiness and second-work fighters. Well, I should think you would be ashamed and quit fighting and go to praying. When the old man is crucified and the body of sin is destroyed, then we are established and saved from a double mind. Sanctification will leave us with but one mind, which is the mind of Christ. When we were sinners we had one mind to sin. James says a double- minded man is unstable in all his ways. See what a time Peter had with his double mind when Christ was betrayed. He thought he would die before he would deny his Master. Hear him in Matt. 36:33. He says, “Though all men should be offended, yet will I never be offended. When a damsel accused him of being one of them, then began he to curse and to swear, saying. “I know not the man,” and immediately the cock crew; and Peter remembered the words of Jesus, Before the cock crow thou shalt deny me thrice; and he went out and wept bitterly. Now, Peter had not received the second work of grace, neither could he receive him which is the Sanctifier, the Holy Ghost, until Christ was crucified, and his blood was shed; for nothing could destroy the works of the devil, only the shedding of his blood. Now follow Peter over in the 2d chapter of Acts. We see him standing up with the eleven. He lifted up his voice and said, “Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words.” He had received the second work, the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues. Praise! God! In sanctification we receive another comforter, and another tongue to tell it.
The Gentiles to day are in a worse condition than the Jews when they crucified Christ. The Gentiles have crucified and denied the power of the Holy Ghost to sanctify, and to heal. The Gentile salvation is closing up. The multitudes are gone in utter darkness. Some had a good experience in justification and in sanctification. God is flashing forth this glorious evening light and calling his people out from among them. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” — 2 Cor. 5:14 All so-called churches which the Bible calls sects have become filled with all manner of sinners. An M. E. woman said they had whoremongers and drunkards in their choir to do their singing. “Thou shalt see greater abominations than these.” — Ezek. 8:15. All these scriptures are being fulfilled today. There is a class in this country that call themselves the disciples of Christ, that do not believe that our sins can be forgiven until in death. O the awful deception there is in the world to deceive the poor blind souls! “Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.” The sect members can drink, swear and dance, and their preacher tells them they cannot be saved from their sins in this life. One M. E. preacher said we could not expect our young people to have the same kind of religion that our grandfathers and grandmothers had forty and fifty years ago. He said they say they must have their fun. What will such preachers have to meet in the day of judgment! They will doubtless cry for rocks and mountains to hide them from a just God. Such preachers and hundreds like them are denying the power of God to save us from our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It is no
wonder that Bishop Foster says in his article: “Is it not appalling? the spiritual death it carries in its train will only be known when the millions of souls it has swept into hell stand before the judgment.” Is it not fearful when the Methodists confess that they are sending millions of souls to hell? O how many will stand in that awful day accusing their preachers for deceiving them just to get their money! O what will the end of holiness fighters be in the day of judgment!
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I wish so tell you all that the dear Lord saves my soul. Bless God, that he keeps me consecrated to his will in all things. The Lord saved my soul Oct. 28, 1891, and praise his name, he has kept me ever since. And he makes me to grow in grace everyday of my life. The way grows brighter all the time.
Yours saved by faith,
J. F. Howell.
Etna Green, Ind. Dear Readers of the Trumpet: To day finds me saved and sanctified by a second work of grace, and trusting in the Lord continually for grace to do his will day by day. In the name of Jesus I am standing out from Babylon, which is great in this place, and am trusting the Lord to send some of his true servants to preach his everlasting gospel to waken the dead professors from sleep. Pray for me that I may stand firm in this blessed evening light.
Dear Brethren: I never have given my testimony in the Trumpet, although I have been a reader of it for a good while. Praise the Lord! I am so glad I ever obeyed God’s word. I was sanctified about ten days after I was saved. My wife preaches salvation, and I sing it. So we are in the work of the Lord nearly all the time. Glory be to Jesus forever and forever!
S. S. Sunderland.
Dear Brethren in Christ: I am still saved to the uttermost, walking in his holy light. I do love to praise his holy name. I was badly hurt, so bad I could not raise myself up in bed without my wife to help me. I asked the prayers of the saints, and I do thank the Lord that he heard their prayers, for the Lord did heal my body on the 15th of Oct. in the morning. Praise his holy name! His healing power is wonderful. I do feel like praising my blessed Jesus all the time. I do want some of God’s holy ministers to come this way, for I am hungering and thirsting for the pure truth to be preached here once more. There are but few of us in number.
From your faithful brother in Christ Jesus,
Thos. T. Tolen.
Pilot Point, Tex.
Dear Saints: This morning finds me working for my blessed Master. I praise the Lord I have not bowed to Baal, but have consecrated all to God, and am now walking in the light as he gives it. I once was a member of the Baptist sect, but I was called by the Lord to come out of her. I had quite a hard struggle, for I had been so carried away with the blind guides that I could hardly give it up. But I took it to the Lord, and praise his holy name, he brought me out of darkness into light. I feel that I am called to the ministry to preach the gospel. Pray for me that I may do the will of God with willingness of heart and mind.
Your saved brother in Christ,
W. G. Pierce.