15 January 1891, Volume 11, Number 2.
Who Will Suffer With Jesus?
Who will suffer with the Saviour?
Take the little that remains
Of the cup of tribulations
Jesus drank in dying pain.
Cho: — Lord, we fellowship thy passion.
Gladly suffer shame and loss.
In thy favor pain is pleasure
We will glory in the cross.
Who will offer soul and body?
On the Altar of our God;
Leaving self and worldly mam..n,
Take the path that Jesus trod?
Who will suffer for the Gospel?
Follow Christ without “the gate”
Take the martyrs for example,
With them glory at the stake?
Oh for consecrated service.
‘Mid the din of babel strife.
Who will dare the truth to Herald,
At the peril of his life?
Soon the conflict will be ever,
Crowns await the firm and pure.
Forward! brethren, work and suffer,
Faithful to the end endure.
D. S. Warner.
A FALSE CLAIM.
Here in the south where the standard of holiness is so shamefully lowered into we hear men say that Masonry is founded upon the Bible. The remark insist either proceed from ignorance of the Bible, or from a reckless disregard of the truth. The claim is chiefly based upon some of their symbols and mummeries which they claim to have borrowed from the erections of Solomon’s temple. But that does not prove the institution founded on the Bible. For the most wicked and abominable clan on earth could perform some ceremonies in imitation of the erection of Solomon’s temple, and yet the whole thing be of the devil. But let us see whether Masonary is in harmony with, or antagonistic to the law of the Lord.
- Jesus says, “Swear not at all.”
In entering Masonary the victim of the secret fraud is compelled to kneel nearly naked, blind folded, and with hands upon the compass square and Bible, and swear a horrid string of extra judici..d oaths, with penalties too shocking and murderous for half savage ears to hear.
- Jesus teaches that we shall not hill, and that “no murderer hath eternal life.” But Masonary requires her intated to take upon them the oath and obligation to have their “throat cut from ear to ear,” etc, and their bodies buried by the ebb of the sea-side.
- Jesus and His Apostles teach us to abhor that which is “evil,” and “obey the magistrates,” and that “the law was made for the lawless.” But Masonary binds men to abet, protect, and defend a brother Mason under all circumstances, murder and treason excepted, and after the third degree even those crimes are not excepted. So that Masons are sworn to subvert justice, defeat the ends of civii iaw, and protect men in rascality, which is nothing more nor less than upholding sin, and trampling under foot the laws of the land.
Jesus says, “In secret have I said nothing,” and “That which ye have spoken in the ear, in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops,” “And what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” But Masonary enjoins upon you under oath, “ever to conceal, and never to reveal” the things you hear and learn in the secret chambers of their craft.
- Jesus requires His disciples to confess His name before men. But Masonary by its regular laws, excludes the name of Jesus from their lodge, and from their ritual of ancient sun worship, which was Baal worship, and idolatry. This is done in order to conform the lodge to all religions. And that which patronizes with anti-Christ religions is itself anti-Christ.
- Jesus says, “No man can serve two masters.” “One is your master.” But Masonary presumes to tell christians that you can bow to the “worshipful Master,” or the “Past Grand Master” that stands in the east end of the lodge room, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ also. Believe it not. An old brother who had been in the lodge, and who was actually somewhat inclined to speak well of that secret fraternity, after all, admitted to us a few days ago that no man could keep his oath in masonary, and also fill the obligations of an entire consecration to God. This is a fact from various considerations.
- Again the Word of God says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” — 3 Cor. 6:14, 17. But Masonary ..inds saints and sinners together in one sworn faternity, indirect opposition to the Bible. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate.” This plain command, if obeyed, must take every child of God out of every sect and secret order on earth; for there are plenty of sinners in them all. It is an enormous misrepresentation of the Truth, to say that Masonary is based on the Bible, when it is directly opposite to the Bible. Other points might be cited, but enough.
“BRETHREN, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such and one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” — Gal. 6:1—3. In chapter 5:26. he says: “Let us not be desirous of vain glory; provoking one another envying one another” Also, Phil. 2:3. — “Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in humbleness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” We will refer also to Rom. 15:1. — We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” I do not take this subject to find fault: but to teach and edify. We know that there are many who are zealous in the cause, and if they will receive teaching they can be wonderfully benefitted, and the Church saved from many a chill caused by unscriptural teaching and judging. “Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in rememberance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Paul said, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts t0 the Lord.” When we are able to admonish one another, all admonition will be to edifying; which is to build up, not to pull down. I pray God to lead me in this subject, that all I say may be to the glory of God. Amen! Now we wish to notice a few things in reference to brethren seeking the faults of others, picking and judging one another. Paul says to the Roman brethren in reference to eating meats: “But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at naught thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Let us not therefore judge one another any more; but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock, or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.” — Rom. 14:10, 13. He says in the 19 ver. “Let us therefore, follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” We may not only do wrong by judging our brother in eating, but in dressing also. It is all right to preach against pride, and the putting on of apparel contrary to the Word of God. But a great many get fanatic on this subject, and are led by a picking spirit, which is detrimental to the cause of Christ. The Word of God is plain enough on this. 1 Tim. 2:8-10. — “I will therefore, that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shame-facedness; and sobriety; not with broidered hair or gold, or pearl, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Also Peter says to the wives in reference to their manner of living before their husbands. “Whose adorning, let not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on apparel.” These scriptures are addressed t0 women, but that does not give the men license to be proud, and to dress as would not become men professing holiness. Paul says also: “Be not conformed to this world;” which implies not to shape in accordance with; not to make like; not to reduce to a likeness or correspondence in character, form, manner, etc.; not to bring into harmony or agreement with; not to be a conformist. But with all this we are not forbidden to wear clothing, which are good, neat and clean. The world puts on clothing and so must we. It is God’s will that His children dress respectable, neat and clean: not following my particular fashion of the world. Because we cannot buy ready made clothing that are not made after some style of fashion, is no reason we should not wear a coat. We should exercise good judgment, and dress as men and women professing holiness. To be haughty and proud is one extreme: “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” — Prov. 16:18. Slovenliness is the other extreme; which is negligence of dress; habitual want of cleanliness; neglect of order and neatness. “Let all things be done decently, and in order ” — 1 Cor. 14:26. “Cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them maybe clean also.” There is nothing in the Word of God to prohibit tidiness of dress. Ah, well says one, the Word says: “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provisions for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.” I would just say here that good clothing properly fitted to the body, is just as proper as good food properly served Christ says, “Take no thought saying, what shall we eat? or what shall we drink? or, wherewithal shall we be clothed? — Matt. 6:31. New Version, “Be not anxious.” Now this signifies; not to complain or fret about these things; knowing that God careth for us. Paul says, “If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” — 1 Tim. 5:8. The husband cannot provide for his house, nor can the wife prepare the dinner without taking thought upon these things. Let us pray God for a gift of wisdom and understanding of His Word. We ignore all fanaticism on this subject; such as teaching that saints should not clean and blacken their boots or shoes; should not wear collars; should not wear white shirts; that Christ wore an old knit womise; that the apostles wore shoes and sandals and we ought to wear them too, etc, etc. May God help these things to come to a perpetual end, and the saints teach to edifying, and avoid wrangling about things of no profit. The wisdom that is from above is without wrangling. James 3:17. There is such a thing as turning aside unto vain jangling. “Desiring to be teachers, and not understanding what they say, nor whereof they affirm.” — 1 Tim. 1:6. Also in 6:3-5. “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, oven the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. Eph. 4:1—3, — “I therefore (the prisoner of the Lord,) beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love: endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace.” Endeavoring, signifies, to exert physical strength or intellectual power for the purpose of keeping the unity of the Spirit We must try with all our powers to keep the unity of the Spirit; but it will not be accomplished in finding FAULT one of another. If there is a real fault in a brother the Word gives us a rule by which to proceed. “Ye which are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Now the restoration is to be accomplished through the spirit of meekness, which is a spirit of gentleness, mildness, softness and humbleness. Do not come to thy erring brother with a sword to restore him, as sword is a weapon of destruction; it is for this enemy. Well says one, does not Paul say, “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” Rebuke is a direct and pointed reproof. Signifies to check, silence, or put down with reproof, Paul teaches Timothy in chapter 4:2, that it is to be done “With all long-suffering and doctrine.” He says also, “The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging 0f the truth; and that they may recover them selves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” — 2 Tim. 2:24-26. We believe rebuking is all right as Paul has directed; but it is too often done by persons void of wisdom to know how, where and when it ought to be done and thereby weakening and destroying their brethren. I have been made to feel with sympathy in hearing persons from another congregration going to a neighboring congregration, and by what they have heard, or by their own supposed gift of discerning, begin to reprimand and to accuse them of not having any salvation, “thrusting with side and shoulder, and pushing all the diseased with their horns:” when they should have strengthen the diseased, healed the sick, bound up that which was broken, brought back that which was driven away, and sought that which was lost. — Eze. 34: Brethren, this is one reason why souls are not being saved in all the congregations of the saints at present. I take for example the Church at this place. When we recived the light of sanctification five years ago we were all one, and for about two years we scarcely ever met but what there were souls saved We all loved each other out of a pure heart; never looked to see if any one was wrong, but were all with one accord. I am sorry to say that in the last two years the work has not thus prospered. Now there is a FAULT some where. The first thing I noticed was, we began judging each other, finding fault, picking at this and at that. We became “many teachers,” got into the snares of the devil, and the world saw there was division, and for that reason lost much confidence in the saints. “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation For in many things we offend all.” — Jas. 3:1, 2, Also 1 Cor. 14:26. — How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done to edifying.” We may doctor all we please, hunt for wolves or hypocrites, pick at every thing we can imagine; but all t0 no avail, except we get in the order of the Lord and come together with the mind of Christ which is one. May God help us is my prayer. Amen!
Written to all the saints scattered abroad greeting.
H. C. Wickersham.
The above admonition is only too true. Not only that place, but many others have been hurt by the rash rebuking of ignorant brethren. May God bless the above to the good of all such. “For meats destroy not the souls of men,” nor for petty whims about dress, and other things. The real Spirit of God in the soul always seeks to help men nearer to God, and looks to men’s inward condition. If a Spirit leads you to drive at men publicly because of some vague rumor, or of some trifling appearance, set it down you are led by a wrong spirit. Resist it, and sink deeper into God.
SOME man explains as follows: “Our creed is the same as Scripture. We took it all from the Bible.” Then the way is clear for you to unite on the Bible, for if you took all your creed out of the Bible, you will find it all in the Bible, and you will lose nothing of truth or conscience.
Another man says: “Our creed was not, word for word, taken from the Bible, but it is like the Bible — the same in substance.” If that is so, your way is clear to unite on the Bible; for if your ‘creed is like the Bible — the same in substance, the Bible will answer the purpose as well is your creed. The Bible will certainly do as well as a creed like the Bible.
If a creed contains more than the Bible it contains too much, and whatever it contains more than the Bible is objectionable, and it is to be rejected because it contains too much. If it contains less than the Bible it contains too little, and wherein it contains less than the Bible it is wrong, of a creed differs from the Bible, it is wrong where it differs from the Bible, and is to be rejected because it differs from the Bible. If a creed is like the Bible it is useless, for, in that case, the Bible will certainly do as well as a creed like the Bible. So if any man has a creed besides the Bible, it must be because it contains more than the Bible, because it contains less than tin Bible, or because it differs from the Bible. If it contains more than the Bible, whatever more, is an addition t0 the Bible, and we must not add to the Word of God. If it contains less than the Bible, it takes from the Bible, and. “If my man shall take away from the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of life.” If it differs from the Bible, all know it is wrong, for the Bible is right. If it is like the Bible it is useless, for we have the Bible.
Dear Saints: — I praise God for full and free salvation, which Jesus gives to all who will hear Him. I am saved and sanctified by His power. Oh praise His holy name! Nearly 8 years ago I found Jesus precious to my soul, and have lived in that light ever since. I am sorry to say I never heard a sermon preached on holiness until last winter. But I only went one night as satan told me I was good enough, and so I stayed at home; as when I did go I had my feelings hurt. And I praise God that professors will have their feelings hurt if they are not fully in the light of God. And so it went till the first of Aug., the Bro. came back its the name of Jesus, and held a most glorious meeting, and God gave them the victory. I could not stay away, as I felt something that was lacking, I could not tell or understand what was wrong. So on the evening of Aug. 31st, while Bro. Willis was preaching the Lord made known to me there was sin reigning in my heart. Oh, how earnestly I prayed to become holy in the right of God. And praise God and the Lamb forever! I could not stay away from the altar, so I humbled myself at the feet of Jesus, and after a struggle of about 15 minutes, satan had to give me up. Oh praise the Lord forever! Jesus saved me from all my sins. Oh what joy and gladness filled my soul Glory to Jesus, I can sing those glorious Anthems with praises. How glad I am the Lord sent those dear brethren here to preach holiness. I see in God’s Word where He says that we must be separated from those that sin, which we find in 2 Cor. 6:17, and Rev. 18:3, 4. Praise the dear Lord I have come out from among them that obey not God’s Word. I am living up to all the commandments, which God has given. For the Lord says, happy are ye if ye know these thing, and do them. Oh praise God! I am happy in doing them. I feel the need of your prayers, that I may keep low at the feet of Jesus and be humble, and keep myself entirely in the hands of the Lord. For He will never leave His children nor forsake them. I must further say, that our baby 6 months old had been very poorly all summer, and we prayed God to heal her, and He did heal her. Glory to God forever!
Your sister saved from all sin.
Mrs. C. Jochl.e..f.
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN MISS. FEB. 12, 1891.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the body, and Head of the general assembly and Church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven. We are led to announce a general convocation of the saints of the most High God in the South, with the church at Spring Hill, nine miles south east, of Meridian, Miss. Beginning Feb. 12, 1891, and continuing a week or more.
The special object of this meeting is the elevation of the holiness people in the South to the real Bible standard of holiness, power, faith, and the gifts of the Spirit. The glorious gift of healing, and the very essential gift of discerning are scarcely known here. Our soul has been grieved; at seeing even the dear ministers of Christ, when afflicted resort to earthly physcians and blindly drug their system with nostrums that undermine the constitution, while they practically say to the world, our “Great Physician” we cannot depend upon, and the Bible promises to heal are not safe to trust, while they lay suffering for weeks unable to work for God, burdening friends with care, and contracting enormous doctor bills, thus squandering the Lord’s money. while He is able and willing to heal them in a moment, without money, and without price, and set them to work in His vinyard. This is an awful reproach on the cause of Christ. In several other respects the standard of Divine power is far too low. Lot all come together for a general sinking down into God’s will, and a wonderful advancement m the graces and gifts of holiness. Above all things all the dear ministers and workers in the field come up to this feast, and receive wherever needed, the perfect equipment of power and authority, and great will be the fruits of salvation. The saints at this place have a comfortable house of worship, and we are informed have good big hearts. Nevertheless, let as many as possible come prepared to take can of yourselves. Bring provisions and bedding, especially the latter. Those coming on train, notify Bro. J. L. Whitlock, or Bro. Joseph Dearman, in due time by mail to Meridian, Miss., and they will meet you at that place. Come every body that knows God, or wish to acquaint yourselves with Him. Every body that is filled with the power of God, and every body who is hungry for His mighty fulness. Come and learn some of the now and heavenly songs that come down in the evening light, and come expecting to learn a new story of divine grace in your souls. This meeting is the result of consultation with. Bro’s. Bozeman, Bradly, and others, the Lord leading. Amen!
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NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Collinsville. Miss. Jan. 3. 1891.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — We are happy to report all well and filled with body joy and victory. O praise God in the highest! He has kept us saved throughout the past year, and we enter upon the new with the comforts of God’s Holy Spirit, and the blessedness of an everlasting assurance and good hope. The weather has been very pleasant, usually bright days, and frosty nights. On New Years day it was warm, and we had a heavy shower of rain. We find thus far but few people who are willing to take full salvation at an honest price, on Bible terms. But we think this country the best we have met with to promote shoddy revivals, and get great numbers to kneel a few minutes at the front bench, and imagine themselves christians. The people of the south, as a general thing, are far more disposed to be carried by an emotional or sensational tide, than to thoroughly “count the cost,” and take up the cross. This was more strikingly manifest at High Hill and Beech Springs schoolhouses. We only held meetings a few days at each of those places which are about four miles apart. There are a few good saints in that vicinity, and others who are slow to pay out the utmost farthing it takes to get perfect freedom in the soul; being slow of heart to believe Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Thank God, a few souls were set free, and many others were much benefit led. The brethren are of one mind in the truth.
At the last mentioned place there are a few babylon hearts of the most pernicious hue. Men steeped and dyed in tobacco, and drunk on babylon’s worst wine; the wrath of which they infuse into the baser sort. Bro’s. Bradley and Bozeman have both been threatened in that place with violence, and we believe even with murder, and we could expect the same animus toward us. Hence the second night several pieces of brick and clubs came crashing through the window, all doubtless hurled in wrath at us. Nearly half of the sash was broken in, and the glass flew over the house. The unsaved were much frightened, and the whole house was thrown into confusion. The glory of God was greatly upon us through all the evening, and with the cowardly onslaught, the heavenly tides so wondrously swelled in our soul that we had to leap for joy in the midst of the uproar. O the mighty river of peace and joy! The excellent tide of glory only subsided into sleep at a late hour, and arose again with our waking in the morning, when the verses attached to our New Years greeting were given us.
We stood only about seven feet from the window and nearly opposite. But the hand of God protected us from serious harm. However the Lord saw He could overrule a slight glancing wound on the side of our face and n..se for His glory, and so permitted the same. It was made very evident in the meeting the next day that Satan had either made a great mistake, or else his children were more wicked than he wanted them to be, so that he could not restrain them from their wicked deed, which proved a great blessing to the cause of Christ. All the saints were able to see the track that Christ and His primitive saints bad trod, more clearly than ever before. And about all testified that they had reached a clearer experience, stronger faith, and more joy in the Lord through the last nights meeting than ever before. The meeting that day was indeed very glorious. In this neighborhood lives Bro. Williamson, a true heart, called into the ministry, also Bro. Strickland who likewise labors in word and doctrine, God bless these brethren for Christ’s sake. One, John McDonnal, in that place has been a hanger-on among the saints; a preacher who is crooked and disorderly in life and doctrine. We admonished him privately, but find in him no disposition to get right with God, therefore our duty is to thus announce him as unworthy the confidence and fellowship of the saints. “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others may fear.” Amen.
From Beech Springs we were taken about twenty five miles north east to a church of God’s little ones, hitherto called Big Oak, in Kemper Co. They have built a house of worship, not yet finished, in a beautiful pine woods, and the day we left the Lord gave the elder this name for the place, i. e., Ever Green Bethel. by which beautiful title it will hereafter be known. Dear brother Creal of Watkinsville, who is a beloved and faithful brother in the Lord, had held some days meeting just before oar arrival, which had been blessed to the good of many. There are some very dear saints in the Church of the living God at this place, whose hearts are truly ever green like the trees that adorn their place of worship. We only remained here a few days and had a very precious time. Several souls were made perfectly free and a few backsliders returned to the Lord. On our way to that place we had the pleasure of meeting brother W. H. Lovett of House Miss., who is a lover of the whole truth, but has rather too many entanglements to prosper well; being a farmer, doctor, and preacher. The brother came over to the meeting and enjoyed the word. We pray that he may be able to east off all cares, and fully heed the high calling of God to the ministry.
From Ever Green we were brought several miles southeast to Zion, where we spoke one night to a small congregation gathered on short notice. There are but a few saints here. The Lord bless their kind hearts, and increase His Church with the increase of God. From there we came to this place and began a meeting a week ago. Some good has been accomplished, and the Lord is working. At this place the saints also have quite a good little house of worship. When through here we expect to labor at a couple places eight or ten miles south of Meridian. Let all the saints pray for us, and for our dear Bro. Bradley’s complete restoration to health. Amen!
Dear Saints: — We are still in the blessed work. The meeting at Fulton, Out. was a glorious victory, although it rained a good part of the time. One soul was sanctified and the awful prejudice was broken down. Sister White was greatly blessed and abundandtly administered to our necessities. Truly this place is a burnt over mountain; sect holiness has disgusted the people. Meeting commenced here Nov. 15, and there was a good attendance of the saints. Sister Peck of Buffalo, N. Y. is with us, and we are expecting Bro. and sister Shively soon, as they intend to go into the work; and as the Lord is sending in the workers He is also opening the way for more.
I love the work here in Canada, but I feel impressed to go into places where the work has not yet been opened up. Bro. Smith expects to sell out and go forth soon. Praise the Lord! Brethren, let us not spare effort in this great work; if we cannot go forth let us hold up the hands of the prophets.
Your saved brother down at the foot of the cross.
G. T. Clayton.
Kalamazoo, Mich. Jan. 8, 1891.
Dear Readers: — I am praising God for the salvation of my soul through the blood of the everlasting covenant. Amen. Bro Frank Smith and wife, Bro. Dougherty and I came to this place in the name of Jesus about two weeks ago. The Lord began the work in establishing believers. Conviction rested on the unsaved. After continuing about a week sinners began to melt under the convicting power of God, and now in every meeting some are being delivered from the bondage of sin. Praise God. We will continue here as long as the Lord wills, and then go in the township of Texas in Mich. We hear there is a door opened for us where the Evening Light has never been presented. Pray for us that we may so speak that many precious souls may be won to God.
From your brother under the blood.
Hope Center, Mich. Jan. 6. 1890.
Dear Brethren: — God and abide with you all forevermore. We are saved and free. Halelujah! The very God of peace doth sanctify us wholly, and we are kept in the secret place of His tabernacle. Praise His name! O the wonders of salvation. It is being revealed and unfe..ied to us more and more each day, and we see and feel more of the love and power of God each day of our existence. Blessed be the name of our God forever and ever! Amen.
We have lust closed a meeting which we held in this town in the Hind-school- house, where we had a glorious victory in Jesus’ name. The Gospel swept everything before it i… The dragon power was completely silenced, and King Jesus had the entire sway. Hallelujah! A goodly number was converted, and believers were strengthened in the Lord. We are now holding a few meetings of this place, but the powers of the dragon are greatly displayed, and the sect and is doing all in his power to overthrow and ..at..r the Kingdom of Christ; but we triumph in Jesus over all of his powers. Bless God! I wish to say for the glory of God, and for the benefit of God’s elect through the north where we have labored as it has been reported by some, that we were in prison for some misdemeanor. We wish to say that such is a false report, never were in prison in our lives. O bless Jesus! We have been taken captive by King Jesus, and always expect to remain in His con..d. O ye dearly beloved in the northern parts, prove faithful to Jesus, do not let any of these things, remove or trouble you; know that the devil was a liar from the beginning and when he speaks a lie he speaks of himself for he is a liar and the father of it.” O ye chosen of the Lord, stand last in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free, and be not entangled again with their sect yoke. God bless you all and keep you all in His love until our change hall come. Amen.
W. B. Grover.
Sherman City, Mich Dec 26, 1890.
Dear Brethren: — God is with us and blesses us in doing His will. A few souls have you saved al this place, and others made to weep on account of their sins. Two have been baptized; one of them, Bro. Eben McDowell, had been yoked up with the Five Masons, and other yokes of Satan, and is now set five in Christ. We also had a very precious ordinance meeting while the house was crowded with people who were very attentive.
Your Bro. and sister in Christ.
Jessie & Hannah Drowley.
Dear Brethren: — Wife and I are at home at present. We closed the meeting at Windfall with the little ones strengthened and more established in the truth. There were about fifteen conversions, and four baptized. We also had an ordinance service last Sabbath with glorious victory; three souls were saved. Praise the Lord.
J. W. & E a High.
Sidney, Ohio. Dec. 25, 1890.
To all the Saints Greeting: — We are praising God for a complete salvation through the blood of Jesus. We held a meeting eight or ten days at New Hampshire, O. where a few souls were saved. From there we held a meeting near Lewistown where there were a number of honest souls, and the Lord helped us to preach, the word in its purity and quite a number were convinced of the abominations of the U. B. sect, and eight or nine souls were saved and made to praise God for the evening light. We hope that Bro. Speck will not fail to stop and visit them when he goes to New Hampshire, and preach the word to them for there are many honest souls in that vicinity. Baptismal services were held Dec. 22. and four persons were baptized; meeting closed with ordinance services at night.
We remain your humble brethren.
Geo. W. Howard & Wm. G. Schell.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — The meeting closed at Clinton Jan. 4, much good seed having been sown, and one soul delivered from sin. We expect to start soon for the Pacific coast in Oregon. Pray for us.
Your brother saved and sanctified.
1142 State St. San Diego, Cal. Jan. 1 ’91.
To all the Saints Greeting: — May you all abide in the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ. We rejoice in the pleasure to address you, even though severed bodily by a vast expanse of the earth’s surface. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude to our God who giveth us the continual victory. Hallelujah! Since our last report there has been some precious souls saved and made free. On Christmas day there were three or four sanctified, one converted, and four baptized. There are a number of others who have applied for baptism who will soon follow Jesus in the blessed ordinance. Many are being awakened to the fact that there is a higher experience for them and almost daily there are some being raised up to it. We are just beginning to realize the stupendous work there is to be clone here, and why God saw fit to separate us from our dear ones for the work on the coast. Oh how we appreciate the prayers of the dear saints. Praise God! We can often feel the very instant that some dear one is holding us up to the throne. The devil has multiplied inventions to deceive the people and oppose the progress of the cause here, but the grand work is steadily advancing. There are great opportunities to minister to the sick and dying. This being a great health resort many come, only to die. Any one who is called of God to labor in this direction of caring for the sick, will find many precious opportunities in this place. We are happy to report that our heavy expenses which we incarred in the rent of the hall, etc., have been all abundantly paid without even mentioning a word to the congregations on the subject. Oh we are so gloriously rewarded by the Father for trusting Him for all things. He says, “No good thing will I withhold from them that walk uprightly.” The fire is spreading. We have a regular appointment at. Lake side about twenty miles in the interior. Will soon open at El Cajon also at National City if the Lord wills. We are happy in the service, saved and on the Gospel Altar.
Your brother and sister.
J. W. & J. Byers.
Dear Saints: — I have been taking the “lone way” for eight years, and am not tired of the way.
Your Bro. saved and sanctified,
Dear Trumpet Readers: The Lord has saved and sanctified me wholly and keeps me by His power. I have been in this blessed wav for about two years, and am not tired of the way yet. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. Pray for me.
Your sister in Christ.
Dear Saints: — This morning finds me saved in Jesus, with sweet peace in believing. I praise God for this evening light, and for what He has done for me. A few weeks ago He healed me of Rheumatism, and I praise Him for the healing power in these last days.
Your sister in Christ.
Elizabeth A. Stevenson.
Tulsa. I. T.
Dear Saints: — Pray for me that I may be filled with the Holy Ghost and with fire from on high I love to read the testimonies of the saints. I am only justified, but the world has no pleasures for me. May the Lord send some one here to preach the Gospel.
Sherman City, Mich.
Dear Saints: — We are saved with an everlasting salvation, and have been having some good meetings in this vicinity. Praise the Lord! We are grafted into the true Vine, the body of Christ.
Geo. & A. Whipple.
Dear Saints: — The blessed Lord leads me to write my testimony for the first time. This morning finds me s..ectly saved in Jesus. I was sick last spring and summer, part of the time I was not able to do my work. I trusted the Lord to heal me if it. was His will, and the work was done. O glory to His named! Pray for me.
Your sister in the Lord.
Martin J. Deater.
Dear Brethren: — On this first day of the New Year I want to add my testimony with the dear Trumpet readers. I was converted nine years ago, and lived as near the Lord as I could under the circumstances that surrounded me. Two years ago, just before I united with the church that call themselves the Church of God, I met Bro. Warner and Lindley in Hedrick, Ia. and they advised me not to join the above named church, but wanted me to be sure that I was a child of God; and they talked so plain to me that the old adamic nature rebelled and I said things I have regretted many times since, and hope the good brother will forgive me, But Bro. Warner went home and sent the dear old Trumpet to my address, and I have been reading it ever since, and praise the Lord it has led me out into the true Gospel light. On the 5th of last July I put all on the Altar and my dear Savior washed me clean of all sin in His own blood and I know my name is written on the page white and fair. Praise the Lord forever. My husband is preaching for the United Brethren. I can not please my Lord with my name on that church took, neither can I be bound by church creeds. “Whomsoever the Son maketh free is free indeed.” Dear saints. I am your sister in Christ saved and sanctified.
Mrs. F. A. Newville.
To All the Dear Saints of God: — The Lord has wonderfully saved my soul and brought me out into such glorious light, yet I feel that there is a deeper experience for me to which I have not yet attained unto. I have not heard a sermon since last winter and hope some of the ministers will come this way soon. I am trusting the Lord that He may open the way more clearly.
Your sitter in Christ.
Dear Saints: — We thank the Lord that He sent His ministers to Mahaska, Kan., while we were there, and if He wills it so we expect, to have them here in the near future.
Jno. A. Green.
Sandy Lake, Pa.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God this day for redemption through the blood of Christ. I am trusting in Him at all times and under all circumstances, and I know that He will keep me as long as I trust Him.
Mary E. Farrah.
Dear Saints: — I am glad to testify that I am kept holy through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord! Lot us all pray earnestly for poor souls who are yet in sin.
We remain your Bro. and sister.
Berrien Springs, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God for salvation that keeps us from the snares of the devil. It brings joy and comfort to our souls to know that we are saved and kept by the mighty power of God from day to day, and He gives us grace to live without sin. I praise God for His wonderful plan of salvation, and for giving me a willing heart to accept Him when He came and knocked at the door of my heart. I am not tired of this plain way. I want to so live that when I part with this world I can go to Heaven.
Your brother in Christ saved, sanctified and kept by the mighty power of God each day.
G. A. Robinson.
Orchard Grove, Ind.
Dear Saints: — It is with gratitude and praise to God, that I can tell you through the Trumpet of all His goodness to me, how He is keeping me day by day from sin by His own mighty power. Surely the Lord is my strength and power, and He maketh my way perfect,” Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a a clean heart. I have not seen one wholly sanctified person since the Beaver Dam C. M. I have made some mistakes since then through not knowing just which way to do. But praise our God He has kept me submissive to His will under the chastening until He could make me to understand His way. I am watching and waiting hoping and praying that the Lord will send some of His ministers here to preach the pure word to the people. I would gladly send the money to come with if I had it, but as I have not, will trust the Lord to send some one. Oh, I do hope He will send some one soon if it be His will, and they will find a welcome home. Pray for me that the Lord will ever keep me in the straight and narrow way. God bless you all.
Your sister redeemed by the blood of Jesus.
Dear Saints: — I love you, and rejoice in the thought that Jesus loves us all. I do thank Him for the strong chords of divine love that unites us to each other, and to Him. Hew precious the prayer, “Father that they all may be one as we are.” One of the sweetest thoughts to the christian is the willingness of Christ to make His children one with Him here, and exalt us to His own right hand in glory. O, the wonderful love of God, it passeth knowledge. How much greater the love, than all the other graces combined. I praise God that love found out me; and today I am standing on the Solid Rock saved and healed by the power of God resting in His precious promises. How sweet the rest in Jesus. Satan is on every hand to assail us, but blessed be God, “Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.” And again the Word says: “Be of good cheer I have overcome the world.” The Lord’s children need not have any fear, if they keep their eyes on the spotless Lamb. I do thank the dear Lord, that He has been enabling me to comprehend more fully than ever before the great provisions He has made for His children. I love to meditate upon it. I ask you all to think deep on these things, and may the Holy Spirit give you a clearer conception of the boundless store. Richer by far than all the gold of Ophir, is the least of God’s mercies to His little ones. O, the wealth we possess when we become an heir of salvation. To Him be all the glory! Blessed be God for the sunlight of righteousness. May every true believer be found basking in that light. Pray for me that I may ever stand firm for God, and always at the post of duty.
Your humble sister in the body of Christ.
Mary R. Malcomson.
Dear Brethren: — I am praising the Lord for His goodness to me and for a salvation that saves from all sin. Glory to His name! He is a wall of fire about me. I also praise Him for healing my body and keeping me well.
Bunker Hill, Ill.
Dear Brethren: — I am always thankful and contented with what the Lord sees fit to give me, and I look to Him for all things.
I started to go through on this line, and wherever Jesus leads I will try to follow. Satan is very busy but whoever lives in Christ Jesus must suffer persecutions. Glory be to God who giveth ns the victory.
Dover Hill, Ind.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — For some time I have been passing through a trial but now have sweeping victory in my soul, and I know that I am a child of God and led by His Spirit.
Your sister sitting at the feet of Jesus.
Nancy A. Sharum.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — While talking to the dear Lord, believing that I shall have what I asked for, that sweet river of peace that makes glad the city of God just now flows deep in my soul and sanctities me wholly. I am held by that anchor that reaches from heaven to earth. For twenty five years I tried to live a christian and was often under deep conviction, then would get ease for a time, but when I heard of this great salvation that measured to the Word of God I felt that nothing less would do me. I soon found out that I was a lost sinner, but the devil would whisper, “You are a church member, and what will people think?” But my condition so alarmed me that I bad to go to the Lord for pardon and He took away my load of sin and gave me His sweet peace instead; then I felt such a desire to be all the Lords so that I would never want to sin any more, so I got down in the presence of His dear saints and gave myself to Him believing according to His Word perfectly satisfied that He accepted me, but not so much as knowing that I would be illuminated with His glory. Praise His dear name, it was the next evening after I had testified that I was fully saved according to His Word that the Lord sent the Holy Ghost fire which burnt up all the dross and made me pure and holy. Now I love to shout the glorious news. I have tasted His salvation and it is sweet to my soul. Blessed be His holy name! I have given up all sects, secret societies, snuff, tea, coffee, etc., to which I was a perfect slave and now expect to serve the Lord, and follow wherever He leads me.
Your sister in the love of Jesus.
Deer Greek, Ind.
Dear Saints: — I feel led this morning to write a few lines to God’s dear children concerning the home and office of the dear Trumpet family. Seeing in the last Trumpet, January 1, of their recent loss, I think it would be the duty of every one of God’s little ones to send $1.00 to make up the loss and help the work along. O glory to Jesus for an everlasting salvation that keeping continually. I received the Trumpet last evening when my soul was made to rejoice with the food that was printed in its columns, especially the Children’s Column, where I read such sweet little testimonies God bless the dear little ones is my prayer. Amen.
Your Bro. saved and kept.
Robert J. Monteith.
Dear Saints: — About two years age the Lord let His precious evening light before me, and I can say this morning that I and standing on the sea of glass that is mingled with fire. Oh praise the Lord for such sweet peace in our souls that makes us free from all the world and its pleasure. Two years ago it was the Lord’s will to call one of our darlings unto himself. And oh such a painful call it was for me; but I think it was for my spiritual benefit. I think the Lord has taken her away to bring us near to Him. I became so tired of this world, and so burdened on account of my sins that I promised the Lord that nothing would separate me from His love if He would cleanse and wash away my sins. I can scarcely tell the burden of my soul, as I took my Bible and read day and night and prayed earnestly for deliverance. My feet would scarcely bear me to my chamber to pray in secret. I would fall upon my knees to pray, “O Lord, have mercy upon me, Thou seest my trouble and trials.” And as I was praying I felt the presence of the Lord, and O how near He was unto me, and seemed to say unto me: “Cast all your care upon me and I will help you bear it.” I consecrated all to Him, and felt as if Heaven was opened and the Spirit of love descending upon me like a fountain. Praise His name!
Your sister in Christ.
Dear Saints: — The Lord saves me from all sin and enables me to walk in the light of the Gospel. Praise His name for full and free salvation.
Your saved brother.
B. F. Chirk.
Dear Saints: — My testimony is, I am saved to the uttermost. I am seventy four years old this month. I experienced religion when a mere child and lived up to all the light I had then. Praise God! He has given me new light and I am on the highway of holiness, Praise His name forever! The Lord has healed me so that I can walk over to Bro. Cooks on Sabbath to meet with the saints. I am saved and sanctified, ready to go home when the Master calls for me.
Your sister in Christ. Amen.
A REQUEST FOR PRAYER.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — With the help of the Lord I will once more give in my testimony on the Lord’s side. I am still saved and sanctified by a second work 0f grace, and kept by the mighty power of God free from every, thing that is against the Word of God. Praise His name for ever and ever. The dear Lord has done and is still doing wonderful works for me, for which I give Him all the praise. Two years ago last fall when Bro. Warner’s company were at Blanco, the dear Lord healed me of the Asthma which I have not been troubled with since. The seventh day of last October I was taken with Pneumonia of the lungs, and also an abcess on my left lung which caused such pain it almost took my senses. When my husband asked me if we should not send for the doctor, I told him no, but to send for some of God’s little ones, which was done at once and prayer was offered with the laying on of hands and anointing in the name of the Lord and the pain stopped. Praise the dear Lord! And the next day at 10 o’clock the abcess broke and I have been getting better ever since; but my lungs are not fully healed yet and I know it is God’s will for me to ask through the Trumpet for all of God’s little ones who have taken God as their physcian for both soul and body, to pray for me that I may be perfectly healed in my lungs and strong in my body. I do love my blessed Jesus who has done so much for me. “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Your humble saved sister at the foot of the cross.
REQUEST FOR PRAYER.
Dear Saints: — My daughter, Elizabeth Hattis is very sick with Lung trouble, and coughs nearly all the time. Will you make her a subject of prayer that she may be healed?
Pray for Marion Morgan, Western Park, Kan., that he may be fully saved, and healed if severe bodily afflictions. He requests your earnest prayers that the Lord may thus restore him.
Let all the saints unite in prayer in behalf of Bro. W. W. Bradley of Lockhart, Miss, who has been lying almost at the point of death, but at last report from him was getting better. Pray the Lord to fully restore him to perfect health.
Sister Helen Myers of Hunnewell, Mo. who is very feeble with Consumption, requests all the saints to pray for her, and ask the Lord for her recovery.
Shipshewana, Ind. Jan. 7, 1890.
Dear Brethren: — I feel it my duty to write through the Trumpet and ask your prayers for the healing of my body. I have been much afflicted for some time and want all who read this to pray earnestly for the Lord to heal me. I am saved from all sin and trusting the Lord for all things.
Your sister in the love of Jesus.
To the Trumpet Family: — Dear saints, I am deeply afflicted with heart and lung disease also one of my eyes is badly afflicted which I suffered nearly all my life more or less, and especially the latter part of my life. It is just as easy for God to heal the whole body as any part of it. I know of none of God’s holy ones in this wicked city of 35000 inhabitants. If there are any we have not been able to find them. There are a few in the sects who profess holiness, but I should not know whom to call on for the healing of my body, for I know of none that have the gifts of healing. I take this method of calling on the Elders of the Church of the first-born to take my case to the Lord immediately, according to His blessed Word, that He will give me a sound body, so that I shall be more able to glorify God in my soul and body which are His. I have had hands laid on me by the elders and anointed according to St. James, and each time instructed to hold on by faith and the work would be done. Yet it was not done, and the only reason I can see why it was not done, was because the said elders in my case showed they did not have the faith themselves and threw me back on my own faith. While I have great faith in the promises of God for healing, and white I have frequently been called on by others to pray for their healing and have witnessed the answers of my prayers, I have not had the same gift of healing for myself. When any person calls on us to ask God to heal them, it certainly is evidence enough that they believe God uses His children as means, or as an agent of healing, although the work is of God.
I can truly say I am saved, made white and tried in the blood of the Lamb.
Mrs. Lavina Markwell.
No. 508 South Main St. Wichita, Kan.
WHAT SHALL I DO?
“FOR to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enemity against God, for it is not subject the to law of God neither indeed can be.”
“What shall I do?” is the cry of many an earnest soul, who have been caught by some sect shark, and been brought into bondage. “I would rather see all God’s children work together and have fellowship with each other as one. I am not partial at all, but I must belong somewhere. “What shall I do?”
Dear readers, may God richly bless you, and may your hearts always be able to respond a willing, “Yes Lord,” to His calling. Well, dear soul, it is good that you to not indulge in the sin of sectism, for it is a sin, and Paul calls it carnality; “For ye are yet carnal; for whereas there is among you envying and strife and divisions, are ye not carnal and walk as men. For while one saith I am of Paul, and another I am of Apollas, are ye not carnal?” — 1 Cor 3:3, 4. In the morning of Christianity the Church come together for worship in one place. 1 Cor. 11:20. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. — 1 Cor. 12:13. Where then divisions? In the 18th. ver. we see that God is the one to take the members into the Church, not man. “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him.” God has tempered the body together that there should be no schisms in the body, but that the members should have the same care one for another. — 4 Cor. 12:24, 25. Schism means, according to the English dictionary, division or reparation in a church. (The German Scriptures render it “split” and the Swedish “disunion“.) Now you may say: “Where is God’s Church then?” Well God’s sheep have been scattered on every mountain and high hill, big and small sects.) Eze. 34:6. But glory be to God! He going to seek out His sheep from all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. — Eze. 34:12-14. And now is the time come when God is sending forth His angels (ministers) to gather the sheep into one fold, yea, He is now gathering the wheat into His garner, and consuming the chaff with the Spirit of His month. The Word of God draws the line between saint and sinner, and the prophecy is being fulfilled: “There shall be one fold and one Shepherd.” Again the prophet says. “At evening time there shall be light, and living waters shall go out front Jerusalem.” So you see the cloudy and dark day shall be followed by light. The cloudy and dark day is the time, when the earth has been ruled and governed spiritually by the creeds and divisions; commencing with the Roman Catholic sect as the mother of them all. Rev. 17:5, But we will not dwell on these particulars, but let us see what the promise is when God’s children come together as one. We find in 1 Cor. 14:23-25 a blessed promise: That “if therefore the whole Church be come together into one place, and all prophesy (exhort or teach) and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned he is convinced of all, he is judged of all. And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest, and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” Now some may say, “Well, but the Lord permits all these divisions to take, place.” Yes, but we read again, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the Churches of the saints.” — 1 Cor. 14:33. Glory be to God! in the Church of His holy ones there is no confusion, only peace. Saints means “holy ones.” For “Christ is the head of the body, the Church who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence.” — Col. 1:18. To explain the reference given about the mother of creeds and divisions, the Roman Catholic sect, Rev. 17:5, we just take the name “Babylon,” which means confusion. Now this “Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth,” is the Roman Catholic sect, and the question presenting itself is: “If the Roman sect is the mother?” “Who are the daughters?” The answer will be: “The daughters are all the rest of sects and confusion that carnality has gotten up. And now as God is not the author of confusion, the words of Jesus must come true. “Every plant that my Father hath not planted shall be rooted out.” How is it then? Shall we try to purify and cleanse our sect or even waste time on it, when we know carnality is at the bottom of it? “What shall I do?” God’s Word gives us a definite answer for it. “And I heard another voice from heaven saying: Come out other my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and receive not 0r her plagues. For her sins have reached unto Heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” — Rev. 18:4, 5. Now dearly beloved, is your question answered? “What shall I do, I am not partial but I must belong somewhere? Just listen to the Word of God. You know all about the variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, and such like in the falsely so called Church of Christ today. (I mean the sects) of which Paul says that “they are the works of the flesh,” and continues by saying: “Of the which I tell you before as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.” — Gal. 5:19-21. So you see, dear reader, it is a fearful thing to stand in judgment before the Almighty. “For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. — Heb. 4:12. Now bearing all these things in mind, let us look at some other Scriptures. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness, or what communion hath light with darkness, and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God, as God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them and I will be their God and they shall be my people. “Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you, and will be a father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters saith the Lord Almighty.” — 2 Cor. 6:14- 18. Oh the Word of God is so clear. Can we refuse the voice of God and remain justified? How can we expect to be a part in that holy body of saints if we touch the unclean thing, if we have fellowship with carnality?
The Church of Christ is pure as a virgin waiting for her Bridegroom. Why was it that Jesus gave His life for us, if not to destroy the works of the devil? Yes, He came to destroy the works of the devil, and that includes carnality and all the works of carnality too. Glory be to God! “Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. — Eph. 5:25-27. Glory be to God for the fulness. He is the head of the Church and we are members in particular. Amen! Oh dear souls obey the voice of the Lord, and you will be able to find good pasture. The Lord is true. Surely I realize that having left all human organizations, the Lord is feeding me on the high mountains of Israel. Eze. 24:13, 14. And the same time I realize I am eating what the sects of today are tramping under their feet. Eze. 34:19. The glorious doctrine of entire sanctification, and the Lord’s power to heal the body has been tramped under the feet of the sheperds. Eze. 34:4. But glory be to God who filleth all in all. With His flock it is dfferent, they know only one doctor of Divinity, only one Shepherd even our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and He will strengthen that which was sick. Eze. 34:16. Blessed be His name forever!
And now, dear reader, remember that obedience is better than sacrifice.
Your hunmble servant to do the will of God in all things.
Dear Saints: — My testimony is, I am saved from all sin and unrighteousness; God has seperated me from the spirit of this world, and given me the Spirit of adoption. Praise His holy name forever Oh how often my heart is made to rejoice when I think of this wonderful reformation that is going over the whole earth and there is no power that can hinder it Oh I do bless God Hint I have lived to be one that has been gathered out of babylon bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me; God delivered me from the sects, W. M. Methodist 20 years ago last September, and the Lord did wonderfully bless and sanctify my soul; for the lack of right teaching. I was switched off on the Anti-ordinance track, and opposed the second work of grace; yet I believed in being saved, and then baptized with the Holy Ghost. Often I would find I could not; take the whole scripture, and it would clash when Jesus says He is our example and we should do as He had done; I believed that we ought to do it, but knew of no one that lived that way. Praise our God forever and ever who is delivering His people out of all crookedness and misty confusion. I did not get out straight for God until Bros. Kilpatrick and Speck went on their western trip. Now I am consecrated to God to do all I can to help others to get into the light. We came to Clinton last spring and did not find one soul here that is out on the Bible line; but praise God, some are getting their eyes open.
Your sister in Christ.
Mary E. Daniels.
Dear Saints:: — The Lord has saved me from all sin, and as I write I feel His love in my soul, as a burning joy. I praise Him for all this and for the fellowship of His people. He has sanctified my nature and keeps me pure within.
Your sister saved and ready for the Masters use.
M. J. Mosher.
Oakland Mills, Iowa.
Dear Saints: — My testimony is, that I am saved from all sin and kept by the mighty power of God. Hallelujah to His name forever and ever.
Dear Saints: — We take this opportunity to confess our past errors, while in a state of deception of the devil. Namely, that married women had no right to preach. We ask the saints to forgive us, and pray that we may be kept in the future. As we have heartily repented, and the good Lord has forgiven us; since which time we have presented our self on God’s Altar, and the Holy Ghost with the blood of Jesus, and faith in God’s Word sanctified us wholly, and now we enjoy the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel.
W. H. Whitcraft.
Dear Saints: — The Lord has saved my soul. When I first heard holiness preached I did not believe a person could live without sin but by leading the Word of God I found that we must do so. My wife and I belonged to the Farmers Alliance, but when we found it wrong to belong to such things, we left it, for God says in His Word, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousnes?” — 2 Cor 6:14. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.”
Pray for us. Your Bro. and sister in Christ.
H. T. Landis.
I feel led to write my testimony to the glory of God. I am sanctified wholly by the grace of God. My Saviour. I am praising God continually for a present experience of full salvation, I do enjoy in my soul. He has taken me out of my sinful state, and placed me upon the Rock Christ Jesus, and has established my goings. He truly enables children to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, He has taken me into His Church. Not on six months probation, but has made me a standing member in the body of Christ. Fray for us. Your Bro. in Chaist.
New Pittsburg, Ind.
Dear Saints of God: — I feel led to write my testimony and tell you that I am saved. Last Saturday I went to Willow Chapel, where the true saints of God were holding meeting and the Lord sent conviction to my heart, and on Sunday He saved my soul. I was a backslider, but the Lord received me again, and saved me from my sins for which I give Him all the praise and glory. I am 16 years old. My father died when I was two years of age. I have one brother and four sisters dead who are now in heaven. I want all the saints to pray for me that I may meet them in heaven.
Your saved brother.
Norman. E. Byrum.
God is knocking at your heart
And will never go away,
Unless you tell Him to depart,
Just by saying, “not to-day.”
We all have something to do now, as quite a number of the little ones say in their letters that they want us all to prey for them that they may be saved. We get a great many letters from the children, and find that some of them quarrel and say naughty words. We are very sorry to know that any of our little readers would do such things. It is not right to do so, and there is no room in heaven for I bad children, tor they would want to quarrel and fight so the Lord will not let them in; but if you have been bad and want to get to heaven you must commence to day to be good; ask the Lord to forgive you and He will do it. Let us pray each lay for the Lord to keep us from all sin so we can do His will in all things.
Dear Little Soldiers for Jesus: — Our souls are made to rejoice in the love of God, is we write to you now to tell you what the Lord is doing for the children. Some time ago we fell the Lord wanted us to print one or two columns of the Trumpet for the children, and as soon as the way opened to print a paper for them. And seen the little letters began to come in from every direction, and we do not have room for them all this time. And the Lord is moving us by His Spirit to publish a paper for you at once. But when that impression came, the question arose what will we do? We have paid out our last dollar, and there are several hundred more dollars that must be paid within the next 30 days for “Trumpet” expenses, and to get ready to publish another paper will cost more than another hundred, which must be paid by about the same time. But all these things do not change the ways of the Lord. We read in His Word that He will supply all our needs, and we have faith in Him to believe that He will do just what He says. So we have ordered a part of the things, and if possible we will have the first issue of the paper publish by the last of this month. The Lord has given us a name for it, which is: “THE SHINING LIGHT.” The price of it will be only 25 cts a year, about half as large as the Trumpet, and printed twice a month, the Lord willing. Now you see we have to move out by faith, and we are willing to sacrifice much for you all. Let each of you pray each day for us, that the Lord may help us to have a good paper for you. And another way to help us along is for all of you subscribe for it, and get as many of your little schoolmates and friends as you can to subscribe for it. Start out in the name of the Lord, and see how many subscribers you can get, to help along the work of the Lord. We ought to have one thousand subscribers by the time we get the first one printed. Address all your letters to THE SHINING LIGHT. Grand Junction Mich. Write the name and post office very plain.
God bless you all.
TO THE CHILDREN.
Dear Children: — Oh how I praise the Lord that you are getting a column in the Trumpet. Now send in your testimonies and requests; and I pray that God will bless you and keep you saved, all who are saved, and save all the little children that are not saved. Now if you want to keep saved, you must keep out of all bad company, and keep watching and praying; and it you feel like doing anything that your parents do not want, you to do, which is wrong, then ask the Lord to help you to do what the Bible says. In the 6th chapter of Ephesians it says: “Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Read Exodus 20:12—16. “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal; thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Now children always speak the truth, and never take anything that does not belong to you, until you have a right to it.
I will say good bye for a little while, and ask you all to pray for me, and I shall surely pray for that the Lord may keep you from falling.
Much love to all the children.
From Mother Smith.
Letter From The Little Ones.
Dear Litte Sisters in the Truth: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. I am 1 girl 11 years of age. My sister and I had been talking about writing for some time and at once made up our mind to write. Mamma reads the Bible and prays for us, as there are four of us children, we some times have some disputes among us, so I do not live as I would like, but I love the Lord and know He has power to heal. Last winter when we all had the sore throat we sent for no doctor, but trusted in the Lord to beal us. We wish some of the dear ones would come here and preach. We take the Gospel Trumpet, and love to read it. And I want be saved, so we can meet around our Father’s throne in Heaven.
I am yours in love.
Anna M. Youngs.
I fed led of God to write my testimony. I am sweetly saved and sanctified. I was twelve years old last Lord’s day. Four of our family are saved and there are two that are not old enough to get saved. What a good Savior He is. He can heal the sick. Now I want the saints of God to pray for me that I may keep saved.
Your sister in Christ.
Matilda A. Dilgard.
Dear Little Sisters in the Lord: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. I am a little girl to years of age. I have been thinking for a long time about writing to the dear ones. I am glad that we can praise the Lord with all our hearts. He has healed us from all sickness. Praise His holy name! I want to meet you around our Father’s throne in Heaven.
To my little sisters in Christ, good by,
Dear Saints. — I am a little girl ten years old. I am not saved, but know I must be saved from all sin and live a pure and holy life, or I cannot go where Jesus is. Pray for me that the Lord may save me and make me His child. I am so glad that the Editor has given the children a place in the Trumpet. I always love to read the testimonies of the Saints.
Dear Friends: — I would like to say that I know that the Lord is good and true. My Mamma amd Papa are saved, and I must be saved in the name of the Lord.
222 N. 4th St. Terre Haute, Ind.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I am a little girl eleven years of age. I am not saved but would like to be. My Fapa is saved, and I would like for you to pray for me. I have a bad cough and would like to get well.
Bristol, Lake Co, Mich.
Dear Saints of God: — I thought while Mamma was writing her testimony, that I would write a few lines. I think it is a good thing to love Jesus, and I want to be saved, and hope the Lord will send some of His preachers here so we can get saved Mamma says they can stay at our house. We want some one to come that is a child of God, and they can stay a year with us if they want to. I am 10 years old, and my brother is 14 years of age. I hope you will all pray for me that I may be saved in Jesus.
I have a little testimony for the Lord.
I will be seven years old in February. The Lord has saved me. I am both justified and sanctified. I want all the saints to pray for me.
I want to testify to what the Lord has done for me. I confessed my sins to Him and He saved me. Fray for me.
I am a little boy ten years and two months old. I know that I am saved, for the night of the 26th Jesus came to me and my sins were all blotted out. He said, Rise, go sin no more. I want to be kept by the power of God.
Your little brother saved by grace.