15 February 1891, Volume 11, Number 4.
REGARDING THE CHURCH.
God morning, sir. My Christian friend,
Of the many churches in the land
To which do you, united stand?
Joined to the Lord, in spirit one. 1 Cor. 6:17.
The living God, and the first born, Heb. 12:23
One with His body, His flesh, and His bone. Eph 5:30.
But you to something else must join;
Religious teaching you must learn,
Or from orthodoxy you will turn.
When christians all are taught of God, Isa. 54:13,
Then will end schismatic fraud, 1 Cor. 12:25,
And sinners then will reach the blood, 1 Jno. 1:7,
With the good Shepherd in one fold; Jno. 10:16,
Protected from sect icebergs cold, Col. 3:3.
They eat rich food both new and old Isa 25:5.
This glorious Church no wrinkle has Eph. 5:27:
No spo.. or blemish on the lives
Who the blood and Spirit sanctifies Heb. 9:14;
To the Church God does the adding, Act 2:47,
And all rivals are forbidden. Cor 1:10;
For Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Jno. 14:6
But you must organize to hold
Your member both the new and old
To pay the preacher we are told.
Now worldling you must understand,
We have neither church nor members in the land. Acts 4:2
To make o..e, God gives no command. 1 Cor. 12:25
Jesus said, “upon this Rock,” Matt. 26:16.
I build my Church, and feed my flock; Jno. 10:9,
Keys I give my Kingdom to unlock. Matt. 16:19,
In is Church God does each member place 1 Cor. 12:18,
According ..o Hi wisdom and grace, 1 Cor. 2:7,
Commpact and knit ..n on ‘e hbrace. Col. 2:2
God to He servants gave command, Matt 20:8,
Preach the Gospel by the Gospel stand,
This call the weak and foolish understand.
But how do you each other know
Except some record you can sho..,
Signed Reverend Doctor So and So?
By this shall all men surely know, Jno. 13:35,
If satan can no discord sow
In hearts so pure and white as snow. Rev. 19:8,
Fellowship is God united, 1 Jno. 3:24,
In souls who are anew created, 2 Cor. 5:17,
And ne’er by clannish spirit tainted. Rom. 16:17.
Te..l me how you enter now I pray,
Does once parson give his hand and say,
I receive you into fellowship today?
Jesus say.., I am the only door, Jno. 10:9.
To enter saves both rich and poor, Heb 7:25,
Rubbers failed, though tried it long before, Jno 10:10.
Tho’ pardon swing with pompous air. Hab 1:14.
The door that opens to despair, Rev. 17:3,
And thou and walk together there. Math. 7:13,
God never gave this popish right
Twas handed down from Roman night, (church history.)
And is abomination in His sight. Rev. 17:3.
G. T Clayton.
Clam Lake. Jan, 18, 1891.
Dear Brother Warner: – Will you please answer through the columns of the Trumped the following questions?
1st. Is it right for a child of God to sell tobacco and jewelry?
2nd. Can a person remain justified in the sight of God who once received light in regard to sects being wrong, and afterward mix with them, and worship with them, but not join them?
Your brother in Christ.
E. G. Averill.
1st. No: No person can handle the devil’s ware in the name of Christ, and what we cannot do in that name we must not do at all. See Col. 3:17.
2nd. Such are deceived and are not walking orderly. They must have the sectish spirit, and the sect wine in them, or they would have no adinity for babylon. Such actions bring in confusion and are in direct opposition to the Word of God. 2 Cor. 6:17. Such are not justified before God, and will have to repent before they get clear.
Mr. Editor: — I like to read your paper. I would like a little light on trine immersion. Did it commence with the Apostles?
2nd … what did th.. Lord’s Supper consist?
Aswer to first. There is not one particle of proof that trine immersion was practiced by Christ or His Apostles, or in the first century. The first record in history of such a practice was in the second or third century. If we were at home where we could have access to our library, we could give the correct date, and the writers name. But the language is about these words:
“We are immersed in the water three times, performing somewhat more than the Lord ordained in His Word.” Thus the first allusion to such a practice was after various superstitious additions had been made to the simple ordinances of Christ, and the writer admitted that the three dips were an addition to the Word of God. Baptism is frequently spoken of in the writings of the church fathers of the first and second centuries, prior to the above record, and but a single immersion is spoken of. The idea of three actions in baptism is wholly based on the words in the commission in Matt. 28:19. — “Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” It is true that this language would be agreeable to the idea of three dips. But it does not by any means positively assert the obligation. To baptize a person in the name of the three persons of the God-head no more requires three dips than to sell goods in the name of Kelley, Smith and Clark, would require the goods to be sold three times over. These three men constitute a firm, and as such are known as one party. And the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are yet more perfectly one than three men in a business firm. One immersion in the three names beautifully declares the unity of the God-head. “For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 1 Jno. 5:7. These three being one, one immersion is sufficient to include them all. Whereas three several dips would convey the impression that the Father, Word, and Spirit are not one. Again, had Christ intended trine immersion, He would have plainly told us so. But the Bible no where speaks of “trine immersion,” or of baptizing three times. Since the language in Matt. 28:19 is ambiguous, may and may not denote three actions, the Word else where must determine the matter. But every where else the Word simply gives but one action. Even the same last commission as worded by Mark 16:16 simply says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” This clearly translated into English would read. “He that believeth and is dipped,” etc. Now to be baptized simply means to be baptized, namely once, and not three times. And so the Word reads throughout. “Jesus made and baptized more disciples,” etc. “When they heard this they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” — Acts 19:5. Not three times, but simply baptized. The ordinance was here administered by Paul to parties who had previously been baptized under John’s ministry, and now he is so far from administering three baptisms, that he simply mentions the name of the Lord Jesus. As “all the fulness of the God-head” dwelt in Christ, as the Word affirms, — Col. 2:9, the Apostles regarded the commission fulfilled by simply baptizing in the name of the Lord Jesus, and it cannot be proved that they recited all three names in the rite of baptism, much less can it be proved that they repeated the action of baptism three times. “They that gladly received the word were baptized.” “Many of the Corinthians hearing, believed and were baptized.” — Acts 2:41; 18:8. So runs the record. To be baptized only means once, since no repetition is specified. The language is all the same whether the baptism is “into Christ,” “into one body,” “into death,” or a baptism of suffering, or into Jordan, and surely we are not inducted three times into Christ, “into one body,” “into death.” Therefore the primitive christians were not three times dipped into water, but once.
The symbolic object of baptism is to denote a burial, which is to serve as a striking figure and testimony of our death ..o sin a..d the world, and our spiritual resurrection with Christ. — Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; 3:1. But no people on earth ever practiced burying their dead three times over; neither do we bury them with their face down, as the trine immersionists do Hence their practice, both in the three actions and the are downward, destroys the symbolic and doctrinal import of the ordinance.
But Paul fully settles this whole matter in one very short sentence, or clause, i. e., “One baptism.” — Eph. 4:5 This, as all. Three Dippers are aware, if translated into, pure English would read, “One dip,” or “One immersion.” But one immersion is not three immersions, and no amount of twisting or sophistry can dodge the inspired verdict.
Answer to second. The Lord’s Supper is just what Christ and His inspired Apostle said it is. It was instituted at the last passover meal Christ observed with His disciples. See Matt. 28:18-29; Mark 16:14- 25; Luke 22:13–20. Of the passover meal, which was an annual least of the law Jesus said, “I will not any more eat thereof until be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” — Luke 22:18. That paschal lamb was a type of Christ, our sacrifice for sin, and the next day He was crucified, when the type was fulfilled and ended. “Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.” — 1 Cor. 5:7. So Christ the crucified takes the place of the passover, and He did not command us to eat any meal of any kind as a religions rite, but only gave the bread and wine, saying, “This do in remembrane of me.” Of the passover, He said it was soon to be “fulfilled.” But of the bread and wine He said, “I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” — Matt. 26:29; Mark 14:25. So the latter is to be continued, and i.. a new and heavenly manner He will drink if with un His Father’s kingdom. Bless His holy name!
The apostle Paul received the ordinances and the whole Gospel from Christ Himself. See first 1 Cor. 11:1, 2, 23; Gal. 1:11, 12, which he delivered faithfully to the churches. But the Corinthians had corrupted the Lord’s Supper, or, in fact, substituted a wholemeal for it 1 Cor. 11:21, 22, 34. “This, says the Apostle, is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.” “For I have received of the Lord that which also I have delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, in the same right in which He was betrayed, took bread: and when He had given thanks He brake it and said Take, eat, this is my body which is broker for you: “this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner the cup,” etc. “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.” — 1 Cor. 11:23-26.
- Here we see that Paul used the same language that Christ did in instituting this ordinance.
- Eating a meal of any kind, such as would satisfy hunger, is not the Lord’s supper.
- The partaking of the bread and the wine, and it only, is the Lord’s Supper.
- It was to “show the Lord’s death till He come,” . e, until His second advent.
- As the breaking of the loaf represents the crucifixion of Christ’s literal body, so the loaf in its entirety, as it should always be presented before the eyes of the church, shows the unity of all saints, or the oneness of the spiritual body of Christ. See 1 Cor. 10:16, 17.
“EXCEPT your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees ye can in no case enter the kingdom of heaven.” — Matt. 5:20. These words fell from the lips of the blessed Saviour of men, and were recorded by the Apostles for our instruction and warning. Mortal man is apt to set up in His mind a standard of what he judges to be the religion that will carry him to heaven, and from the teaching of God’s word, that “His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts, but that H.. ways and thoughts are far above our ways and thoughts,” we see that upon is apt to plan a way far lower than God’s way, and as heaven is only gained in God’s righteous, perfect, old and good way of salvation, many will be disappointed in their expectation. It would be far wiser therefore to seek to know from God’s eternal truth what is the will of God concerning us. What He would have us be, and how to attain to the standard set before us; knowing that He will teach us of His way, that we may not turn to the right or to the left, but may hear His voice through His truth saying, “this is the way walk ye in it.” Now in this text the Lord was warning the people not to receive the teaching of every religious class of people, because their standard was far too low. Yet there were learned men explainers of God’s law to the Jews, and very zealous in outward observances of rites and ceremonies. Thin the question comes to us, how righteous were these people? We find they made long prayers, or prayed much, were zealous for converts, compassing land and sea to gain an addition to their number, were very clean washing oft, fasting much, holding the traditions of their elders, loving to have people speak well of them, desiring to sit in the best places, trying to elevate their worship in the sight of men, which to the natural man are commendable objects which mad them appear beautiful outwardly, but within, that is in the heart, was uncleanness, hypocrisy, and iniquity. Why was this? Because they were working upon the outside and not the inside. Wherefore Jesus said, “Ye make clean the outside of the cup and platter, but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.” They were careful to tithe the smaller amount of gain, but passed over judgment and the love of God. They would not enter into the kingdom of God themselves, and those who were trying to enter they hindered by their false teaching. Wherefore they were “blind leaders of the blind. Matt. 15:14. “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” — Rom. 10:11. Which comes to us by faith in Jesus, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” For there must be a change wrought in our hearts by the Spirit of God, in fact, one must be born again. So right living comes from a right heart; for we see it is the seed of right or wrong doing, for a good tree will bring forth good fruit, and a corrupt tree evil fruit. Jesus told His disciples to beware of the leaven of the pharisees, and we wonder if that admonition comes to us? Yes, certainly: for people who partake of the pharisee nature doctrine are more numerous than 1860 years ago. “For deceivers shall wax worse and worse” No one is willing to think, or have others think he belongs to this class of people, because of the Lord’s strong condemnation of them. Yet it would be far better to examine our hearts, and see if any of this leaven has entered, than to find it out in the day of judgment. For we see there is danger even of the Lord’s disciples becoming affected, thereby losing the grace of God out of their hearts. There are numerous ways of partaking of this abomniable heresy, and only by constant watching and praying, and leaning wholly upon the Word of God made plain by the Spirit of God i.. us, and a whole hearted consecration to God’s service may we be sure of keeping ourselves clear of its infection; a little of this leaven leaveneth the whole lump, making it worthless in the sight of God. “Well I am not a hypocrite!” each one exclaims. Oh, dear soul, be careful. Are you sure our standard of purify measures to the Gospel? Are you claiming to be a christian, and yet do not follow the Savior’s teaching? therefore nor really a christian at heart. Then in one sense of the word you come under the condemnation of the text, for you are claiming to be what you are not; and if you are teaching your way, you are deceiving souls,
May the Lord help us all to examine our doctrine by the Bible, and if it is not the Lord’s doctrine forsake it at once, that we may not worship God with our lips and our hearts be far from Him. “Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy one of Israel: “I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. Oh, that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.” Isa. 48:17, 18.
Jennie C. Rutty.
HEALED BY THE POWER OF GOD.
San Diego, Cal.
Dear Saints: — I feel led of God today to write my testimony, that the precious name of Jesus may be glorified, and that those who are looking to Christ for healing may be strengthened in faith. May the blessed Spirit of Jesus guide me in holding Him up, so that all who look on Him may be healed. My lungs have been affected since 1875, but by going to the Rocky mountains the pure air greatly benefited me for a few years. While there I suffered much from Catarrh so that I was compelled to leave the high altitude and go to the coast, where I was relieved from Catarrh; here my lungs began to trouble me again, and have been growing worse until about the 12th of Dec. 1890. I have been in a mining camp since March 1890, where I was exposed to all kinds of weather. I began to grow worse gradually, having Hemorrhage of the Lungs. On the 8th of December I left the camp for San Diego to take a rest. But going from the camp I took more cold which settled on my lungs so that on arriving at home, I was almost compelled to go to bed. But I kept on my feet two days when I was brought down to death’s door. I was determined to take Jesus for my heater, but my faith was not strong enough to grasp the healing. But bless Jesus He brought me down at the foot of the cross where I was willing to be any thing, just willing to die if it was God’s will. But glory be to God! He was not willing for me to go then. There was one thing for me to do yet before I could claim the promise, and that, was calling for the elders of the church to lay hands on me. When I had done this I told the Lord that I had done all that He commanded in His word. I stood on the promises, but the devil was determined to kill me before the Lord would come to my rescue. Praise Mis holy name! God is always watching His little ones. On the 11th of December at 7 P. M. 1 was take … worse than at any time yet. My wife, son and I were the only ones in the house, our daughter having gout to meeting. My lungs began to ill up so that I began to gasp for breath. I was on my knees at an open window trying to get a breath of air, my wife stood at my back and struck me with her fists between my shoulders. This gave me some relief for a while, but only for a title while. My wife sent our little boy to the hall where Bro. Byers was holding meeting, to have him come and lay on hands as commanded in James 5:14. As soon as Claud ..66 Bro. Byers what was wanted, he told it to the audience and there went up a mighty prayer in my behalf, which was heard at the throne of mercy and answered. Glory be to God forever and ever! He does hear and answer the prayers of His chidren. O what a blessed thing to have a Father who hears us when we cry to Him. Bro. Byers came up and annointed me with oil and laid on han is in the name of the Lord. I ..a relieved so that I lay down and slept for more than an hour. But the devil does not give us u.. without a fight; he seemed to muster his forces together and renew the attack. It seemed to me the Lord had forsaken me. But praise the Lord! He has to put us through some severe trials to prepare us for His work. The last fight was about 2 P. M. My breath came short and short r..unt.. I was gasping and my eyes had the glassy appearance of death, and I began to lose consciousness. I just told the Lord I was perfectly willing to die if it was His will. Then He came to my rescue, and I claimed victory and stood firm out the promises. The healing did not come instantaneously and thought it would. But glory be God He has His own way of doing His work. He has made a new man of me. and I am willing to do anything the blessed Master wills. Amen.
I am your saved Bro. all for Jesus.
J. M. Albright.
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CONVICTION AND CONSECRATION.
WHO has considered the depth of the meaning of these words? So many people seem to know but little about them, or at least, come far short of measuring up to their dictations. Let us look at them from a Bible standpoint. Conviction is the act of finding or proving guilty; strong belief founded on evidence. In the ease of the sinner, it means being condemned of sin. We often hear people say, if they only felt convicted they would get salvation at once. At the same time, they will acknowledge that they are vile sinners in the sight of God, and yet they say they are not convicted enough. Such ones know that hell is their doom unless they repent, for the Word of God teaches that they can not enter heaven unless they become converted. Too many get the idea that unless their feelings are wrought up to a very high pitch, that they cannot realize their condition enough to make the consecration. But feeling is not the standard of convictions neither is it the standard of salvation. If a person is convicted of some crime and sentenced to prison, although he may know he is guilty, it makes no difference whether he feels like he is going to prison or not, that will not change the sentence in the least; he must go just the same. Every sinner is under condemnation, because they have not believed Jesus and His words. “He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” — Jno. 3:18. Many say: “Yes, I believe Jesus and His Word;” yet they are as big a sinner as ever. Such is only a head belief, and is not a belief unto salvation. The Word teaches that “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Then to believe as the Scriptures teach, brings about salvation at once. And when sinners say they believe in Jesus Christ, you may know the depth of their belief by their condition. In order to get salvation it takes a belief strong enough to love Jesus, and do His will. And He says: “If ye love me keep my commandments.” The Bible teaches us that “Now is the accepted time; Behold, now is the day of salvation.” — 2 Cor. 6:2. “Oh, but I don’t feel like it just now, I will wait until some other time,” Dear sinner, these words of yours may ring in your ears when you are hurled into eternal torment.
The Lord did not say, Behold now is the day when you will feel like paying the price of salvation by giving up your sins; but He says whosoever will, may come. So there is no excuse for you: there will be no excuse in the day of judgment.
But, now we will take it for granted, that you realize your condition if you are a sinner, and that is conviction enough, but this conviction will do but little good unless you act upon the strength of it, and move out by faith in God. Now comes the the great step of consecration. O what a meaning in that word. It means more than going through a mere form; more than white washing, smoothing over, or making a profession without a possession. It means a dedication; a submission; it means to be entirely given up to the will of your Master. The reason so many fail in getting, and keeping salvation, is right on this point. Yea, the secret lies in the consecration. So many are not willing to pay the price, which is to give up sin. and do the will of God. Some give up all but a few little things, and then wonder why God will not bless them; it may be some friend, some article of dress, reputation, property, or luxury of some kind that is keeping you back; or some very small thing that you are unwilling to sacrifice. But you must remember that all must be given up, for Jesus says, “Ye cannot serve two masters. “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” How true it is. And if you see a person who is not enjoying what they should, if the truth is known, there is a weak point in their consecration. To the sinner it takes a repenting of sin; a forsaking and confession of the same; yea, even covenanting to believe and obey God To the christian it means entire submission to His will in all things, whether in prosperity or adversity; health or afflictions; on the mountain top or passing through the deepest trials of life. It means a path of duty; a path of peace, joy and happiness, even though life should end at the stake. It means walking up to all the light of the Word, as the Lord reveals it unto us. A person may be enjoying the blessings of salvation, but unless they advance as the Lord gives them light, and reveals unto them through His Word what He would have them do, they will at once lose grace, the instant they refuse to walk in the light when they are convinced that He is directing them forward, whether it be some small or great thing. “Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.” — Jno. 12:35. It is a poor consecration, and one that will not stand the test of the Word, for a person who is convinced of the great evil of drinking whiskey, and upon quitting its use takes morphine, or beer as a substitute: ..or the tobacco chewer who substitutes the “dip slick,” cloves, or some thing of the kind; the profane man who quits swearing and uses by-words and slang in stead? the woman who sees the evil effects of corset wearing, and wears a staved waist instead; or who is condemned for wearing a feather, and replaces it with an equal amount of showy ribbon. A genuine consecration does not admit of any half way business, but makes a person willing and anxious to measure up to the Word of God in all things. At the time it is made, it is true we cannot think of all that will have to be given up so we make a dean sweep of it and lay all on the Altar, all we know and all we do not know, and consecrate to do the whole will of God; and if at and time in the future, the Lord reveals unto u.. according to His Word, that we should give up something more, or that we are doing something that is stumbling souls, we may say, Amen, Lord, that was in the consecration, we move up to the light with rejoicing. If all professing christians were to walk up to all the light they receive, what a change there would be among the people. There would not be so many heathen; there would not be so many professors of christianity without salvation; the strongholds of sin would be swept away by the power of God; and there would be a perfect union — not of creeds, but of — all christians. You may read all the books in christendom, in trying to find this pearl of great price, but unless you do what the “little Book” — the Bible — says, you can never find it. And when you read it remember that God is speaking to you, and it is your duty to obey. The sanctifying power of God will sweep away all dross from the soul, and cut you loose from all worldliness, and His salvation will be about you as a wall of fire. Oh, the sweetness of the love of God to the soul. If you would have it, and enjoy the rich blessings, you must do the will of God, and it shall be yours.
E. E. Byrum.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Spring Hill, Miss. Feb. 4.
Dearly Beloved Saints and Readers of the Trumpet: — We are very grateful to God that our lives are spared, to send one more report from this Southern field. Blessed be the name of the Lord, who keeps us well and fully saved in Jesus!
Our last report was from Oak grave neighborhood. When we entered there we found the powers of darkness and wickedness fierce and black. Threats were breathed about, and written notices deposited in the dark. After one nights meeting in the old meeting-house, which s a neighborhood building, it was locked up. We went into the small school house near by, and the Lord most wonderfully blessed our souls. Satan then had the school house locked; and though certain citizens had jerked the staples out of the old meeting- house, and the doors stood wide open, and the Methodist class leader, being in favor of the right and truth, invited us to enter, because others were raging, we prefered to hold a little service in the big road, in the bright moon-light God blessed the songs, prayer and a few words of exhortations, and all the people seemed touched. Nearly every person present, kneeled during prayer. All these circumstances God over ruled to the good of the people, and the cause of Christ. The school-house was again opened, and we went on a few nights longer with glorious victory. Only a few fought the Lord, but there was a general blessing effected on the community in the removal of prejudice and hatred out of many hearts, that had been infused through lies and slanders propagated chiefly by the little Ft. Scott creed sect. Such as promiscuous kissing, free loveism, etc. It is a bad and fallacious cause that depends upon defamation of others. The course these schismatics resort to, occasions some persecution and no little hatred, and even danger of violent treatment, which they will have to answer for in the day of judgment. But the cause thus bolstered up cannot stand, and truth crushed down by foul means is sure to rise again; and just in proportion as it has been evil spoken of, will it enlist the hearts of the honest, and at the same time forfeit all confidence in, and elicit contempt for such as have defamed it, and its lovers. In accordance with these principles truth rose triumphant at Oak Grove. The people saw we had been slandered, yea, and Jesus Christ also. For certain preachers of the Ft. Scott sect, in their endeavor to reproach the obedient saints of God, had actually scandalized the Lord Jesus by saying, He made Himself naked when giving the example to His Church to wash one another’s feet. Surely, ‘presumptous are they, self willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities,” — even of the Lord Himself the King of glory. We could hardly have believed in possible that men professing, the character of holiness preachers, would condescend to such reflections in the Son of God, had we not received it from men that heard them. May God forgive them, for surely, like the old Jews that crucified the Lord, these know not what they do. The Lord has raised up many friends for the whole truth in that ..ace, and could we have remained long though to make a thorough effort, doubtless, a number of souls would have been saved. But the way is open for the true work of God to prosper there. Some who were much prejudiced when we came there, seeing that the truth of God is in us, had their minds changed, and their countenances were divested of the sour and took on the pleasant. God bless the peopled that community. From that place we came to Spring Hill, several miles east. Here the saints jointly with the school district have a house of worship. Bro. Samuel Bozeman had been preaching here the last year, and while at His house we made the appointment for the assembly meeting here, as he thought it the most practical point. But having overlooked the matter of school, we found on coming here, it was necessary to recall the notice. Here a few pure children of God, whom we found yoked up with a majority who were professing salvation, and yet “walking after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness.” In lifting the standard of God’s Word against such inconsistencies, the wicked spirits were stirred in the baser sort; so that many threats of violence were blowed about in the neighborhood. But the hand of God being over us, we suffered no harm. We delivered our souls from the blood of the people, and thank God, one soul was converted. Some were convicted of the tobacco sin, confessed the same, and will, doubtless, get deliverance. While those that were the nearest to God confessed their lack of the real power of holiness, and some made much advancement. Though in all good fidelity to God, it were impossible that they could prosper in holiness while yoked up with so much unholiness, Thank God! some of the latter were driven out, and we hope the time is near when all who will follow Christ in true holiness of heart and life will be able to worship God without spots in their feasts of charity. The two last meetings were rather brief, and considerably interrupted by rainy nights, and the school preventing day meetings. O how our soul longs to be excused of this most unpleasant task of lifting the Gospel standard of holiness where profession has been countenanced in fives of tilth and idolatry, The preacher that simply tells the people that he could not use tobacco, and even earnestly admonishes men to quit, etc., and yet receives the testimonies of men who use it, sets at naught the Word of God, pam..ers men in their sins, and prepares a storm of persecution to fall on the head of the man who comes after him showing the real Bible line between the works of God, and the works of the devil; between real holiness of heart, soul, spirit and body, on the one side, and all filthiness of the flesh and spirit on the other. If holiness teachers on going into a new field where people know nothing about the doctrine and experience, would faithfully ted them at once that entire sanctification, the second work of grace, cleanses out of man all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, which includes all unholy tempers and appetites; that it can only be obtained by abandoning every sinful and unclean habit, and giving the whole man, soul, body, and spirit, up to God for perfect purity of life and being, no person is prepared to contradict him, and such as conclude to seek that grace will expect to pay the full price. And should any one make the profession without showing the fruits of the perfect consecration, he should beat once told that he does not possess it. Such a course is attended with but little difficulty in establishing the true standard. But when men are allowed to profess holiness without contradiction, and yet practice the sin of tobacco using, or anything else contrary to godliness, they in imagining themselves holy while living in unholiness, as well as sinners in general, learn to associate holiness and filth, and the difficulties in rooting out the abomination are many times increased. By men getting a degree of blessing of God upon their souls, in consequence of abandoning some evils, or at least imagine, themselves blessed, take the same as an endorsement from God upon the filth they yet continue in. And the longer they continue, in their delusion the more they are confirmed in the same; and the more they will fight for their idols. And their practice justifying the lusts of the wicked, these are ready to assault and abuse God’s ministers, who must declare the whole
counsel of God. And so a lax preacher gives place for the devil and wrath of men to assault the faithful herald of God that follows Him. So by the fruits of the devotees of rehashed Methodism, in the Ft. Scott creed, which has cursed the South, and filled hearts with bitter hatred toward all who follow Christ, and by their strife and contentious brought a general contempt upon the name of holiness; and also by a lack of radicalness against sin in every form, our work here is beset with dark mountains which God alone can remove; but which, thank His holy named have been much obliterated in all places that we have labored.
We expect to hold an assembly meeting, some time the last of this month, also make a visit to Ala. and hope to start to Ohio, by the first of March, the Lord willing. Let all the dear saints of God pray earnestly for us, that we may be delivered from all evil continually, and may declare God’s whole truth, fearlessly, and in the power of His mighty Spirit. Amen! Amen!!
D. S. Warner, B E. Warren, & Co.
Reeds, Mo. Feb. 6, 1891.
Dear Saints: — May the dear Lord wonderfully bless you all and keep you perfectly free in your souls, filled with the eternal fire and glory of God, and having on the whole armor that this year may be one of valiant service for King Jesus. Truly the end is drawing near. The devil comes in great wrath for he knows he has but a short time. We have just returned from a two mouths tour in central Kan. God wonderfully blessed our soul in preaching salvation to the people. Quite a number of dear precious souls were glad to hear the joyful tidings of salvation and turned to the Lord, and are now rejoicing in their freedom. The awful delusions of sect babylon in these parts are leading many souls to hell. Many of them are professing holiness and adorn themselves after the fashions of the world, with gold and pearls and ..tly array. Some are slaves to their god, ..acco, and priest and people bow at the ..tar of secret societies, while they profess to be free. Say they are sanctified, and sin every day. Of all the blind babylon teaching this takes the lead. But the most astonishing part of all is that they find people capable of believing it. And yet unto such awful darkness and confusion the preists of babylon are leading their people. So, as a matter of course, when the old Gospel Sword is unsheathed and begins to slay sin on every hand, the devil is stirred. No wonder, satan stands by mystic babylon … his kingdom is in her, and surely any king will fight ..or his subjects. Praise the name of our God! He says, “My kingdom is not of this world.” “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” Regeneration destroys the life of sin, they sell out and quit the buiness. John 3:9. Sanctifiication changes the nature and makes us perfect in Christ. — 2 H… 3:16, 17. And one in Him. — Jno. 17:16, 17, 20, 21. Paul told the Corinthians, 1 Cor. 12:13, that by one Spirit we are all baptized into one bode. And in verse 25, there should be n.. divisions — schisms — in the body. In Gal. 5:20, 21, Paul puts heresies among the works of the flesh, and says, “They that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” And in Cor. 11:19, he uses heresies in the text, and the margin reads sects, which Peter calls, in the 2nd epistle, 2nd chapter 1st verse, damnable. But all hell is arrayed against the kingdom of Christ and will never rest until the infernal regions are ..losed. How many dear souls allow seducers to deceive them, “Many will say in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophe..ed in thy name? and in thy name have ..t devils?” etc. But He will say, I ..ver knew you. — Matt. 17:21- 28. But praise our God, no one need be deceived .. the Word says, Jas. 1:5: — “If any of ..u lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that ..veth to all men liberally, and upbraideth ..ot; and it shall be given him.”
I returned home to find the legions of ..e pit in battle array to drive me from ..e field. Yet praise God, we have perfect victory in our soul, knowing well that then Christ wants us in the field again, He will open up the way by making some provision for our little ones. We are the Lord’s ready for any service, sacrifice or suffering that He may say. But whether ..ere or elsewhere, we shall not cease to cry ..oud, and spare not. We shall never hold … pe..ce until Jerusalem be made a praise … the earth. — Isa. 62:6, 7. We love this arrow way, and Jesus is most precious, ..rase his holy same! But oh, how our heart ..deeds when we hear so many cry, come ..ver and belo..us, when there is no one to go. Truly the harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Oh that God would stir up the gift that is in His people! That each saint upon his knees would ask, with streaming eyes upturned to heaven, Lord, not how little, but how much can I do this year for thee? No time to be lost. Satan loses not a single moment. Why then should we? The sighs and the groans of the perishing are ringing in our ears day and night. “Heaven wills to thee a crown, but all hell is moved to cast thee down.” Many dear souls have said to us recently; “We had become disgusted with babylon religion, but knew no better way.” When told of the land of the free, how glad they were to escape from bondage, and find a home in that land. Nothing but that which is real genuine, pure gold will stand the fire. A religion that will not measure up to the Bible will be useless in the day of judgment. It is necessary that a consecration cover the whole ground, then as fast as light comes we but need move up to it. We are taught in the Word to pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest; but also faith without works is dead. So then when we pray, let us put our shoulder to the wheel, and then cry mightily to God for strength and something will move. All are not called to go into the field, but if our time, talent, earthly store and will are all on the Altar laid, then those whom the Holy Ghost sends forth will have their hands held up till the battle is the Lord’s, till victory perch on Zions banners. There are precious souls all through the West who gladly hail the joyful news, and who are willing to pay the price, and are crying, help, help. Yet but few are running to their rescue. But few of the people in the West have means to send for workers. They have but little of this world’s store. Drouth has overtaken them, and every thing that they eat and wear, except flour and meat, must be shipped in. Fuel is very high, many burning corn stalks or hay. But their hearts are large and their latch strings hang out, and any whom God sends will find a hearty welcome. They are willing to make sacrifices, driving many miles through the cold and snow to reach the meetings. Oh, who will say, “Here am I, send me, send me! Or who will untie the hands of some whom God can send? We are all in the body where He places us. Then let us faithfully fill our place. “Thy will alone, dear Lord, is all I care to know.” Pray for me that, God’s will be done.
Your Bro. saved and sanctified wholly today.
J. F. Lundy.
Carthage, Mo. Feb. 9, 1891.
To all the Saints Greeting: — We are very happy to be able to testify to full salvation. Also to report a glorious victory at this place in Jesus’ name. We have just closed a three weeks meeting here, which was very fruitful. We feel that it would be to the glory of God to give an account of the dealings of God with His church at this place during the past year. When we came here, nearly one year ago, from the east we found the saints yet, as they had been doing for some years, assembling at private houses to hold their meetings, and were thus very much hindered in the work. If you remember, in Bro. Warner’s report from this place over a years ago, he said the work was greatly hindered by so much false doctrine being taught here. Also some persons had given heed to seducing spirits, and their hearts were thereby corrupted. No one seeming to exercise the office and authority of an elder in the church, these croaking spirits would still assemble themselves with the saints, and would talk and cause confusion and thus disgust the unsaved who would come to the meetings. Some one would often read the word that says God’s people are all one in Christ, and tell the peo- that all the contusion was outside the church. Yet, this did not suffice, for they all professed holiness, and many times all met together. The world was not able to judge fully between the good and evil spirits; neither is it according to the Word to leave it to them to judge. There must be one body and one Spirit, and unity and oneness manifested before them in order to convince them. When an effort began to be made to procure a house of worship satan began to send in all these evil spirits to help in the work, and contusion began about the work and we saw that something must be done. So by the direction of the Holy Spirit, we did publicly rebuke and renounce all the crooked stuff, and we named and pointed out the crooked ones. It had to be publicly done, because they had publicly spread their crooked works. Read Rom. 16:17. We, ourselves were almost surprised at how God blessed the work; even the weak ones who had been troubled with these things: acknowledged the work of God. The house was then procured in the name of the Lord, and dedicated to Him alone. Since then God has been blessing the work here. Although some who stood for the Truth did not have the real experience in their hearts. Bro. Palmer’s visit to this place a few months ago was very fruitful in showing those persons the condition of their hearts, and they humbled themselves before God and got straight; also the saints werevery much strengthened and settled. Since the saints have come to perfect unity, the Lord has been adding to the church in the three weeks meeting we spoke of, and which has just closed. There were a goodly number of souls saved, and most or them sanctified; twenty were baptized, some cases of healing, and some were delivered from the bondage of unclean spirits. Truly it was the best meeting we have ever known at Carthage. This is the result of unity and harmony in the church. God will not manifest His power over a lot of crookedness. Judgment must first begin at the house of God. The meeting closed with a precious ordinance meeting on Sunday evening. Thirty six were present to participate. It was a most glorious time. But we are expecting yet treater things in the near future when God shall send some one here to teach the deep things in His Word. Many who were unsettled can now testify that they know the truth. To God be all the glory. We expect to begin a meeting at Webb City, Mo. soon. Pray for us. We trust this history will be beneficial to some churches who need to take a bolder stand for the truth. We must stand with meekness and boldness for the truth. Amen.
Your saved Bro.
Odon, Ind. Feb. 7, 1891.
Dear Saints: — I am praising God this morning for complete salvation that saves me just now from all sin, and keeps me from every doubt. Oh praise His holy name forever and ever! I know that it pays to live for Jesus in this life. He is a present help in every time of need. He wonderfully blesses me in the preaching of His Word. Bro. Roe and myself came to Freedom, Owen Co. Ind. on the 20th of Jan. in the name of the Lord, and commenced a meeting in a vacated store house rented for the purpose of us holding meeting, but when one week was up the house was shut But the Lord moved upon the heart of Bro. Rednour to open his house for the meeting. So we continued a few days longer and the Lord blessed our labors. Three souls consecrated, and confessed the Lord in the forgiveness of their sins. And one Campbellite got up and testified this was the doctrine of the Bible. We hope that he will not stop at this, but leave the old raft behind and get fully saved in Jesus. There were others who confessed the doctrine. We hope they will be willing to forsake all for the sake of Jesus. The church at this place was strengthened and increased in faith by our coming. May God bless and keep the dear ones at Freedom. Especially for sister Myers let all the saints pray. She has great and very severe trials to endure. Freedom is a wicked and lawless place. Drunkards openly rage in her streets and homes. Scoffers are bold and daring, even assaulting the saints of God on the streets by calling them bad names. But we bear all those things for Jesus sake, having perfect love in our souls; praying for those who despitefully use us and cast our names out as evil. The first man that received us into his house was very kind to us until he became intoxicated with alcohol, and urged on by babylon he turned against us. Came to the house where I was preaching, opened the door and called for his wife, and cursed me, telling me never to come inside his house any more. Then he went back home and kicked my things out of doors. So I said to Bro. Roe, to go and get our things. But he met with the same fate, receiving two kicks from him as he fled from the yard. Jesus said to the seventy: “Behold I send you forth as lambs among wolves.” This is true yet in this day; and not only wolves, but lions. But notwithstanding all this none of these things can get oh the highway. — Isa. 35:8- 10. We next went three miles east of Freedom to a place called Pottersville, ..nd held a four days meeting in a school house The Lord gave us a real good meeting here. The truth was attentively listened to. Some said this was the true way, but none were willing to forsake all. Sister Kemmer is the only one that is out for God at this place. Oh may God bless her and family and keep her safe in His pavilion! From here we started to Odon, Daviess Co and arrived there Feb. 4th, where we are now holding meeting in the name of the Lord. Oh, with what joy and gladness the dear ones received us at this place. They said they had been earnestly praying for some of God’s Holy Ghost ministers to come; and now they knew God had answered their prayers. I never saw saints any more anxious for meeting than they are here. May God bless their dear souls and keep them in His love. Up to this date six have consecrated; four receiving the Sanctifier, and two the pardon of their sins. Also four consecrated for the healing of bodily afflictions, who, undoubtedly, received the desire of their hearts. From here, if the Lord wills, we expect to go to Jackson Co. and visit Bro. Orr at Tampico. And from thence to Bro. B. George’s. May God bless these dear brethren, and open the way before us. Pray for us, dear saints, that we may be faithful in the work of the Lord. Your Bro. in Jesus.
H. C. Wickersham.
Burket, Ind. Dec. 30, 1890.
Dear Brethren: — May the love of God be with you at all times. Amen. Since the St. James, Mo. camp meeting, we have been most of the time in these parts, holding up the truth to the people at every opportunity with complete victory in our souls. Oct. 2nd, we all met at Beaver Dam, Ind. in the saints new meeting house where we had a most precious meeting. Oh hallelujah! how the dear Lord did bless our souls in doing His will. The people hearing that the saints would dedicate their new house on that day, came out to see how they would proceed, thinking we would beg for their money as the sects do. But we arose in the name of the Lord, and announced that we would have an old fashioned meeting, also that the house was the Lord’s and all paid for before the first meeting held in it. The house cost $1100 about $100. of which were paid in by those who were kindly disposed to the truth. Dec. 6th wife and I met with the dear people of God at Columbia City, Ind., where we preached three times in might and power. The people of God at Columbia City are doing fine, and are real strong against the works of satan. From there we went to Cedar Creek, Ind. to visit my wife’s uncle and aunt, not thinking we could find a place to hold meeting; but they, being very anxious for meeting, procured the Dunkard meeting house for one week. The people did not receive the truth at first, but at the close of the meeting we found many warm friends, and were invited back again. We are now holding meeting at Beaver Dam. Bro. Rothermel of Columbia City is present in the work
We remain your sanctified Bro. and sister.
S. L.& A. I. Speck.
[The above news was delayed in reaching the press, Ed.]
Dushville, Mich. Feb. 5, 1891.
Dear Saints: — Today finds me saved and trusting in Jesus. It means so much to be saved of God and kept by His mighty power; as Peter says, “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” — 1 Pet. 3:5. We find a great many that claim to be saved, but when the little Book is preached in all its purity they do a great deal of kicking; it shows they are not dead, a man is not real dead when he finds fault with God’s Word. Talk to some professors of religion about feet washing and greeting brethren with a holy kiss, and almost all the rest of the Word of God and they will twist around a great deal. On New Year’s eve we talked to some Baptist people, and one of their number accepted the truth. I preached at that place about a week later, and there was another dear soul saved. The Lord willing, we expect to go back to that place in the spring, about two miles south of Sherman City. We are now with the church at Dushville and find them trusting in Jesus. We will stay as long as the Lord leads. Pray for us.
Your Bro. and sister.
Jessie & Hannah Drowley.
1143 State St. Sax Diego. Cal. Feb. 5, ’91.
Dear Saints: — May the grace of God abound toward all who love Him in sincerity. We are happy in Jesus and enjoying perfect health, both soul and body. The work of salvation is yet progressing for which we give all glory to God. The opposing forces are gathering to draw unto themselves the heart of those who have been set free. The war is waxing hotter and hotter between light and darkness. The ensign is set up for the nations, and the dispersed of Judah are gathering, whose hearts are melted together as one. The devil knows he has but a short time, and is using every possible agency to oppose the progress of the work, but we have the victory through Jesus. We truly realize what it means to be “purified made white and tried,” and rejoice that we are worthy to be included in this number. Received a letter from a brother at Lompoc, Cal. who calls for the Gospel at that place. Will Bro. and sister Clayton please write us? We have written to them, but have received no answer. We expect to begin tabernacle work as soon as the rainy season is over, and would greatly appreciate the cooperation of any of God’s sent ones along the coast. Would be pleased to hear from all who are interested in this coast campaign. Brethren pray for us.
Your sanctified Bro. and sister on the Gospel Altar.
J. W. & J. Byers.
Colombia City, Ind. Jan. 30, 1891.
Dear Brethren: — I am happy to report a glorious victory for Jesus. On Jan. 3rd Bro. Henry Smith and I commenced a meeting in a school house a short distance south west of Dunfee station, at which place we continued one week, and as we could get the use of the house no longer we continued in a log house a short distance away, and four souls were converted, and three were baptized. The people with whom we stopped were very kind to us. May God bless them with an everlasting salvation. We hope there will be a grove meeting held at this place next summer, and trust the brethren from Beaver Dam can visit this place. The people desire to learn those heavenly songs. I trust the Lord will move some good soprano singer to help me in the work.
From this place Bro. Durr and I went to Lake Center to hold a meeting.
Your saved brother.
J. F. Pence.
Black Ash, Jan. 24, 1891.
To all the Saints Greeting: — We are happy to report that we had a good meeting at Fauncetown, and the Lord was with us in mighty power. The meeting lasted four weeks Twenty two came to the alter. Some were saved in Jesus, others are yet seeking. Quite a number consecrated for sanctification. Glory be to Jesus! We believe that in the near future there will be a house built in that place for worship. The house in which the meeting was held had been a dwelling house at one time. From this place we intend going to Hydstown, to hold a meeting, the Lord willing., where there is a good house which was built a few years ago free to any one that wishes to go there and preach the Gospel. We earnestly desire your prayers in behalf of this meeting that God be with us to bless and save souls
Z. R. Powell, E. J. & W. G. Billig.
Muskegon, Feb. 10, 1891.
Dear Saints: — The Lord is doing a good work in this place. The powers of darkness are bring overthrown, and the blessed evening light is being accepted by anxious hearts Babylon howls but the work of the Lord moves onward. All opposing elements are being crushed by the mighty power of God. Souls are coming to Christ, believers are being sanctified, and sinners are caused to tremble under the mighty power of God. Last night two souls came to Christ for justification and were accepted of Him. Two more with tears in their eyes manifested a desire for the prayers of God’s people. Quite a number have given their hearts to the Lord. Praise His name.
Yours saved in Him.
W. B. Crall.
St. Petersburgh, Pa. Feb. 3, 1891.
Dear Brethren: — We commenced meeting Jan. 31. One soul came to the Lord on Sunday. We believe the Lord will do a great work here. And we are praying the Lord to send us help here in this state. In our other report, in speaking of the companion of Bro. Lee instead of reporting her as being saved, should have been a request for the saints to pray that she may be saved.
J. A. & A. J. Dillon.
BABYLON IS FALLEN.
18th chapter of Revelations.
Verse 1–3. “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightly with a strong voice, saving Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”
Babylon, in this chapter, signifies apostate religion, religious confusion, and division, sectism. The two beasts spoken of in the 13th chapter of Rev. make up Babylon the great, and her harlot daughters, which are Catholicism and Protestantism, or all sects, isms, schisms, and false religions of earth.
Rev. 17:5. — And upon her forehead was a name written. MASTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
A great many get confounded by not understanding the difference between spiritual babylon and the old Babylon spoken of by Jeremiah, which was a type of the spiritual, just the same as Canaan was a type of sanctification, or the real possession of joy and peace in the soul by the Holy Ghost Now the difference is very easily seen when we notice that the Spirit was revealing unto John things which must be here after. Rev. 4:1. Jerusalem was a type of the true Church. So was the city of Babylon a type of the apostasy, or sectism which is spiritual babylon.
1st THE TRUE. Zech. 8:3. — “Thus saith the Lord, I am returned unto Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mount in of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain. Heb. 12:22 — But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.” The Church is the bride of Christ. Rev. 21:2. — And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
2 THE APOSTASY. Rev. 18:10. — Alas alas, that great city babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. Also 17:3. — So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness.“ There is where you will find all sectarians today, in the wilderness of sin. “And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast full of names of blasphemy, (sect names) having seven heads and ten horns (great power.) Ver. 18. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Now we can see by reading that babylon spoken of in Rev. had reference to a future apostasy that should take place; and not to old ancient babylon which had lost, its power 500 years before Christ. It might be well enough here to notice the rise and fall of this spiritual babylon. John said he saw a beast vise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the names of blasphemy. Also in 17th chapter he says, “ And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” The first beast spoken of in 13th chapter of Rev., undoubtedly, has reference to Catholicism. 5th verse. “And there was given unto him a month speaking great things, and blasphemies.” It is blasphemy in the sight of God to assume any power or gifts of God that we do not possess, or to institute or organize a body of persons and call it the Church. God has organized His own Church. 1 Cor. 12:18 “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him.” If man undertakes to organize the body, or set the members in the body, he is guilty of blasphemy. Now this has been the great work of Catholicism and Protestantism to organize the body of Christ. Therefore it is well applied to Catholicism in verse 6. “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle. and them that dwelt in heaven.” It is said, “power was given unto him to continue forty and two months” which would be 1260 days. It is evident that the 1260 days are not literal days which would be only three years and a half, but we find this fact in prophecy and revelation, that God used a day for a year. Num. 14:33 34; Eze. 4:4-6. — “I have a pointed thee each day for a year.” This being true, we have 1260 years, which was the duration of the first beast from its rise to the second beast, the time that the Church was clothed in sackcloth. Rev. 11:3. Now we have the period of time in which she existed. Let us calculate when she first began to exist. We learn by history that she lost her power in A. D 1530, when Martin Luther triumphed over Catholicism ..y the reformation. Subtract 1260 from 1530 and we have 270 the place to begin, or the rise of the first beast. Now in reference to this period I think it best to make a statement, as we cannot produce any Scripture to prove that the morning light lasted until the year 270; neither can we produce history to prove that Catholicism was organized and really existed at that time, for it was no fully organized until A. D. 325; but in principle we can show that it existed at that time. About that time Nepose, a bishop in Egypt, brought in his schism and taught the church that there would be a certain millennium of sensual luxury on the earth. Endeavoring to establish his theory by the revelation of John, he caused a division in the church; and a great many that opposed his theory attempted to refute he whole book of Revelations, and to set it aside. Another great and awful heresy that existed at that time was brought about by one Paul of Samosata, who was then acting as bishop at Antioch. He prepared himself a tribunal and throne, not is a disciple of Christ; but having like the rulers of this world an exclusive seat, or place where he decided cases as a magistrate. According to Euzebius this man exalted himself, and magnified himself above every god, and spake against the God of gods. As Paul in 2 Thes. 2:4 declares him. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God, sitteth in the temple of God showing himself that he is God.” “He made merchandise of piety, affected lofty things, assumed with great naughtiness worldly dignities, wishing to be called a magistrate rather than a bishop He also brought envy and odium upon the faith by his pomp, and the haughtiness of his heart.” We have given this quotation from sacred history to show that the mystery of iniquity had fully commenced to work in the year A. D. 270. Although the church was compelled to excommunicate this man, his heresy or the influence of it did not cease. The glory and happiness of the church appeared to diminish from this time. The Scripture was fulfilled where it says, in Amos 8:9, “And it shall some to pass in that day, saith the Lord. God that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation: and I will bring up sackcloth upon all lions, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as a mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.” Shortly after this time an awful persecution arose against the Church, in which the congregations and church buildings were destroyed, and thousands suffered martyrdom and great cruelties. After this cruel persecution subsided the Church appeared again to assume her beauty and glory. But instead of coming forth as the morning, she ripened into papacy. Her sun went down at noon; the Word and the Spirit began to clothe themselves with sackcloth; and in the year 325 at the great conference of all the bishops they incorporated a new body of which the pope was appointed head. The Church remains in this wilderness state 1260 years. Rev. 12:1-6. — “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed he there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” This is utter darkness. Mic. 3:5, 7 “Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
Let us next notice the second beast, Protestantism. Rev. 13:11. And beheld an ther beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon, i. e.. with the tongues of devils. 12 He exerciseth all the power of the first beast (Catholocism) before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein, to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed.” Bows to his man and devil-made powers by incorporating into their discipline some of his rules and regulations. Although at the time of the preaching of Martin Luther they openly renounced the papal supremacy, and the happy morn of deliverance to those who had long sat in superstition’s darkness began to dawn. There was a flash of light at that time from the throne, although it was not distinctly perceived by Martin Luther what the body was. Notwithstanding all this, there was a great change in religions liberty. Lutheranism has undergone some alternations since the time of its founder. They of all Protestants are said to differ least from papacy.
I have shown to you these two beasts, which make up spiritual babylon which is fallen; because she has been revealed her corruptness is made manifest. God’s people begin to see that there is nothing there for them; and a voice is heard from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, ant God hath remembered her iniquities. — Rev. 18:4, 5.
We will state before we close, the duration of the second beast, which arose in 1530, the time the first beast lost its power. Now let us see Rev. 12:14. — “And to the woman (Church) were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time from the face of the serpent.” It appears that the wilderness or sectism was a protection against the devil, or that while the Church was in sectism the devil was chained. I believe this was the great chain spoken of in the 20th chapter; and the little season that Satan should be loosed, is the time of the Evening Light. Because we see at the present the Gog and Magog forces arrayed against the saints of God. Time and times and half time, signifies 350 years, which brings us up to 1880 making the full time of the reign of the second beast or Protestantism. This figuring corresponds with the signs of the time In 1860 was the time when the great movement of holiness ripened into the real light of sanctification that freed the children of God from all straps and bands of men. Then was when the voice was heard, come out of babylon. Praise God for deliverance! Zech. 14:7 — “But it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. 8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem. 9 And the Lord shall be King of all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord and His name one 20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD.” Dan. 12:3 — “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever. 9 And he said go thy way Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified and made while and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand: but the wise shall understand.”
H. C. Wickersham.
Dear Editor: — Some time ago I received some of your papers and books, and am very grateful for the light I received in reading them. I gave them to my Baptist brethren, and while some of them liked fl.. truth, there say it is impossible for a m.. to live without sinning, and say I had better not talk it around the preacher, or … will be turned out fora heretic. But I am going to tell the truth just the same. And God will help me; for He says, in 1 John. “Little children, let no man deceive you, he that doeth righteousness is righteous even as He is righteous; ..e that committeth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning: for this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil Whosoever ..s born of God doth not commit sin, for His seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he ..is born of God” Now Christ says, “Except a man be born “gain he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” A man that says the cannot live without sin has not the birth of righteousness in him, and is in a lost condition and cannot have any hope of heaven until he has been born of God. And I can say through experience, that if’a ..a.. heart is right before God, and he ..s will n.. to part with all for Christ’s sake h.. wi.. so..n f..el the holy influence of God’s Spirit leading him; and we know the clear Lord will not lead us into sin, so we cannot sin as long as the seed of righteousness remaineth in us. And as for being expelled from the Baptist sect, that is just what I want, and then I shall be free to work for Christ. It will be with me as it was with the man that Christ old to speak and … shall make good use of my time, God helping me. I would like to have some good able minister come here and ..tart us on t.. Bible line. I am sure there would b.. good church here.
Yours in Christ
South Chicago, Ill.
Dear Saints: — I do truly praise God for a complete salvation that saves from all sin, and enables me to live a sinless life in this wicked city. It really makes one understand the meaning of the Scripture where it says, “My grace is sufficient,” and the precious premise, “I will never leave nor forsake you.” Well praise His holy name! it is glorious to be enabled to claim the many promises God has left on record for us as our own, and to realize He establishes all our goings. I have seen a great deal of wickedness since I came to this place. Still there are some honest souls here, and I believe that if some of God’s true ministers could come here and preach the true Gospel, there would be some that would accept the truth. Bless God! I am here to be used to the glory of His name. And while He has not gifted me with speaking or singing I do praise His name for a strong body and willing hands to labor. And if any one feels led to come here and hold meeting they will find shelter, if they come in the name of Jesus and have the Spirit of Christ. If you feel led to come, write and let me know, and I will see about getting a house in which to hold meeting: and I know that if the Lord sends some one here to preach He will open up a place to congregate. There ar.. all kinds of isms and doctrine of devils taught here. But I feel that the hammer properly applied would break up their false religion and sweep away their refuge of lies.
Your sanctified brother.
F. E. Akin.
Dear Saints: — I feel led to write my testimony tonight, as I have never written before. Last March Bro. J W. Byers and wife came here with W. M Daniels and wife to preach the Word. Praise the Lord for sending them. For at that time I was a member of the sect, but after attending their meetings for a few nights the Lord showed me I was wrong, and showed me the true light. Praise His holy name! He gave me light on so many things. One o.. the first things He condemned me for was using tobacco. Oh, how I do praise Him for it. Then tea and coffee went. After I received the true light. Wife, myself and two other true ones with drew from the sect And then how they did foam. Praise the Lord I am saved from all the hand and straps of sectarianism, and am kept by the power of Jesus. I am dead to this world and its pleasures, and can say from a pure heart, I am crucified with Christ Jesus, and still I live. We have some glorious prayer meetings and the Lord is with us in mighty power. We meet twice a weak and there are about fifteen or sixteen of us standing firm on the Solid Rock. Oh, how my soul does rejoice in the Lord to think that there are so many that are willing to take God at His word. I do praise God for the sanctifying power that takes away all d..ire of sin and makes me free indeed.
Your brother saved and sanctified and kept by … is mighty power.
C. E. Hosier.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I am praising God this morning for Bible salvation. He has cleansed this temple and filled twit.. the Holy Spirit. I feel the cleansing fountain flooding my soul and body. God has placed me in the body (Church) as it has pleased Him, and given me the gift of healing. God’s power is being manifested her in the healing of diseases. Sinners have been very sick here in this country, who turned away their earthly physcians and sent or God’s anointed ones. And when they confessed their sins to God He was faithful to forgive them, and heal soul and body. I do praise God this morning for the gift of God’s only begotten Son, that through Him we might have life and that we might have it more abundantly. Dear reader, if you have not been converted from your sins, remember Jesus died on the cross for you, and His blood was shell to cleanse you from all sin. Turn before it is too late. God is coming in a flaming fire taking vengeance on those who know not God and who obey not the Gospel; and they shall be punished with an everlasting punishment from the presence of God and His glory.
Your humble sister saved and sanctified to do His wi…
Sarah J. Ellis.
Dear Saints: — May God continue to bless you. How we do love to hear from you through ..e Gospel Trumpet, and to know that God is saving you from all sin. Our numbers are few in Harper Co, Kan., but God is keeping us by His mighty power. Bro’s Lundy and Houghton have been laboring among us, and much good has been done. O praise the Lord for His goodness to the children of men.
Sectarian darkness and superstition is great here, but there are a few hungry souls. I do know this evening, that the blood of Christ sanctifies me through and through; and that the Lion of Judah has broken every chain, and gives me the victory again and again.
Your Bro. in Christ.
G H. Houghton.
Wood burn. Ore.
Dear Saints: — I feel led this morning to say that we are praising God, for full, ..ree, and complete salvation. Praise God! While it.. see as to be ours to stop where there are no saints, we believe it is God‘s will, and good will come of it. Praise God forever! And while I pen these few lines. I am happy. Praise God forever! We are saving meeting every Sunday. We have some opposition, but by the help of God, we will hold the fort, until Bro’s. willis and Haner comes.
Pray much for us.
J. C & Phoebe Green.
Dear Saints: — Praise the Lord! “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” — Matt 3:8. “There is now therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” Rom. 8:1. O glory to God! The … my testimony just now that I am sweetly hacking in be s.. light of God’s di.. grace, which so richly dwells in my out by ..ai..h is the Son of God. O hallelujah! I am now free from all sin and sanctified wholly.
John J. Bently.
Ease Jordan, Mich. Dec. 15, 1890.
Dear Saints: — The Lord saves me this morning and keeps me in sweet peace and joy in His se..ice. He has delivered me from all babylonian confusion of sectism and led me out into this glorious light of the Gospel. We have a Sunday school here, and the Lord wonderfully blesses use in the work.
Your sister saved and sanctified by a second work of grace.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I know beyond all doubt, th.. my feet does touch the precious Rock. My soul magnifies the Lord for redeeming me from sin. I praise Him for the continual cleansing, and abiding peace that keeps us from wandering away from His fold. Oh, I just bless God for and p.. in welling Christ. He sanctifies m.. just now.
Your sister saved in Jesus.
Mrs. Dora Houghton.
Dear Trumpet Readers: In last Trumpet I requeued I your prayers that my wife might he he.. led of fever, and I can say to the glory … God that she is healed … which we g..e Him all the praise. … ..e got up one day and was able to go to work the next day. Pray for us that we may be made pe.. in Jesus.
Yours in Christ.
W S. Beesley.
South Chicago, Ill.
Dear Saints: I am sweetly saved in Jesus and … trusting he Lord daily. I can praise him that He called me out of the sect and placed my feet upon that solid Rock Christ Jesus. I ..m sanctified by a second work of grace and He keeps me … His mighty power.
Yours in the love of Jesus.
Dear Saints: — The dear Lord has saved me from sin, and while I write I feel His blessed love glowing in my heart. I am saved and ..a h..d in the blood of ..e Lamb.
From your sister.