15 March 1885, Volume 7, Number 1.
The Crimson Tide.
BY NANNIE M. DONNELL.
A long time I wandered in darkness and sin,
And I heeded not the Crucified,
Till Jesus so kindly invited me in,
For to wash me in the crimson tide.
Chorus. — In the crystal fountain flowing,
I stand by my Savior’s side;
And forever I’ll shout His solemn praise,
Who has wash’d me in the crimson tide.
Though freely forgiven by the Son of God,
Yet I needed to be sanctified
So came to the fountain and plunged neath the blood,
And I washed me in the crimson tide.
Now the pure light of heav’n I sweetly enjoy,
For Christ my Sun has come to abide.
Forever His praises my lips shall enjoy,
For His cleansing in the crimson tide.
To know my Redeemer I often aspired,
For His peace I so eagerly sighed:
But to me He became all my soul desired,
When He washed me in the crimson tide.
Come sinner to Jesus, O hasten to day
He can save you and there’s none beside.
Just now He invites you O do not delay,
Quickly plunge beneath the crimson tide.
O Brother Sister no living in unrest,
You know not the fullness of His love,
Even this Beulah and be forever blessed,
Here and through eternity above.
A GOOD MAN.
THERE is as much difference between what the world calls a good man, and God’s interpretation of such, as light and darkness. And as light hath no communion with darkness, so the GOOD MAN of the world, has no fellowship, and is separate and distinct from the GOOD MAN of the kingdom of God. To be good in a worldly sense, is not to be good in a godly sense. The world will justify and applaud worldliness, and ungodliness. The world loves he person who make themselves attractive, and pleasant, and genial in worldly society, ..ct. But, “that which is highly esteemed among men, is an abomination in the sight of God.” The world praises those who do well to themselves; they all seek honor one of another. But the honor of this world, is not the honor that cometh from above. The good man of the world seeketh the honor of this world. But the good man of God, the honor which cometh from above. The world loves its own, but it hates those who are not of the world. The world loves the man who will preach smooth things, and never tell them of their sins, but will pate the man who dares to tell them the truth. The first is full of the love of the world, and an enemy of God, a GOOD MAN of the world. The second is full of the love of God, and hates evil, a GOOD MAN of God, hated by the world. What then the world call a good man, is what God’s Word calles an evil man, hence are not good men. “For if any man love the world the love of God is not in him.” And all world loving preachers, are not of God, but of the world, and the world calleth them good men. “They are of the world therefore they speak of the world, and the world heareth them. Yea and receiveth them.” To such the Savior said, “O generation of vipers! how can ye being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” An evil man, out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil.” What are the treasures hid in the evil heart? The Saviour says they are these, “Evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, laciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness, all these evil things come from within, out of the heart of men.” But what constitutes a good man, in the sight of God, and according to His Word. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth good things.” In Christ, “is hid all the treasures of wisdom, and knowledge.” The good man has this treasure in his earthen vessel, his heart is the treasure house of all the treasures, of the blessed kingdom of God. But some say there are none good in this world. “How readest thou?” Luke tells us, Acts 11:24, that Barnabas, “was a GOOD MAN, full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith”, and much people was added unto the Lord.”
Hence we find there are good men in this world. But good men have something in them, they are full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith. And something must come out of them. They are not barren nor unfruitful, not clouds carried about with a tempest, or wells without water. And such as preach the Word, speak with boldness, in the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost. They, “speak as the oracles of God.” And God saith, “My Word shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that I choose.” “The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth.” Therefore if the Gospel is preached by GOOD MEN, full of the Holy Ghost, and faith; the salvation of souls must, and will be the immediate result. Therefore, “much people will be added unto the Lord.” The husbandman, “being first partaker of the fruits,” “he will be fruitful unto every good work.” According to our text Acts 11:24. A GOOD MAN will be known by the fruits of his labors. Namely, “MUCH PEOPLE ADDED UNTO THE LORD.” They will be His epistle, “known and read of all men.” as the corinthians were; the Apostle Paul’s epistles, and the seal of his apostleship. 2 Cor. 3:2. 1 Cor. 9:2. The Apostle appeals to the cloud of witnesses, which he says were the fruits of his labors, to test, and confirm his Divine call to the Apostleship. The word SEAL means to ratify, or confirm. Thus he says they are his seal. How many there are in these latter days that claim to be sent of God, that have not this seal, “MUCH PEOPLE ADDED UNTO THE LORD.” This is the seal, and evidence of a good man. Hallelujah! the promise to such is, they “shall shine as the stars forever, and ever.” The good man has the “well of water in him springing up into everlasting life.” He refreshes and giveth the thirsty soul to drink. If we find a well by the way, and seek water, but find none, though the pump may be there, and me … pump …ly and the pump squeak, and make a great noise, and rattle, all our labor in vain, the well is dry, and we go away fully resolved never to repeat our efforts again. Such are those false teachers, they are “wells without water, and clouds without rain,” spiritual death surrounds them, every thing withers and dies for the want of the water of life. The old pump stands in them, like ghostly monuments, whitened and bleached by the scorching sun. They are all squeak, and rattle, and the most vigorous pumping, fails to produce water; it sucks nothing but wind, for the well is dry. They are also clouds containing nothing but WIND, they change with the wind, carried about with every tempest, and every wind of doctrine. But the GOOD MAN is a “pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night.” He is a cloud that brings the sweet shade that hides us from the heat of affliction. Like Christ, “the shadow of the great rock in a weary land.” He is a cloud filled with water which goeth forth, and bursts in the time of drought. Bringing refreshing showers of God’s grace, which mingled with the sunshine, “makes the wilderness rejoice, and the desert to blossom as the rose, and the hearts of many like a watered garden.” Thus, “much people are added unto the Lord.” The good man, is “full of the Holy Ghost, and faith.” A man full of the Holy Ghost is a pillar of fire, full of light and heat. For there are two elements in fire, which cannot be separated therefrom, without destroying it. He is full of heat then, and heat is life, and He giveth life to such as partake of the fire, because they are set on fire. Many are willing to warm by the fire, but not set on fire. Such are none other but spiritual robbers; they feel good while they are near the fire, because of the heat, but they go away, and are soon congealed to death. The good man, is like the stove made of iron, which denotes strength, and filled with fire its strength is not destroyed. But if thoroughly healed, its temperature is changed from cold to hot, and colour from dark to light. He gives heat and comfort to all that are in the house. But the man destitute of the Holy Ghost is like a painted stove, though it looks red, all who approach it will find it as cold as death, and will send a chill through all who touch it. Their light is also false light a phosphoric light which is produced only by rotten or decaying matter, which are cold, and lifeless.
Here is a striking figure of the present day false teachers, “which appear beautiful without, but within full of dead men’s bones and uncleanness,” a corrupt mass, which is soon to perish. Their light is like the fire fly which only gives a little light, to itself, for an instant, as it moves about in the dark, and no one knows where to find the little creature.” So these false teachers are selfish creatures walking in their own spark of light, which is as meager as the fire flies, and we never know where to find them. The light that is in them, is naught but darkness, and darkness produces gloom, sorrow, and weeping. The good man has the true light, “which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” He is “like a city set on a hill which cannot be hid.” Light produces joy and gladness, “sorrow and sighing fleeth away.” “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” The good man, being filled with the Spirit, bears and contains all the fruits, and graces of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit, Paul says, are these. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, GOODNESS, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law. Gal. 5:22, 23. Finally he says. The fruit of the Spirit is in all GOODNESS, and righteousness, and truth. Eph. 5:9. The good man then is full of love, hence is a lovely man, and a lovable man, he loves God with all his heart, he is a friend of sinners, but not of the world. He is rooted and grounded in love, perfect love that casteth out fear; he will have boldness in the day of judgement. He is filled with joy, unspeakable, and is full of glory. He possesses the peace of God, which passeth all understanding. He is longsuffering, because he has the love that suffers long. He is gentle, because he has passed through the refining fire, is refined, and purified. He is full of goodness because he is full of God.
He is meek because he is full of humility .. He is full of faith hei.. … … … the Holy Ghost.
He is temperate in all things, for the blood of Christ cleanses him from all lust of the flesh.
He is filled with all the fullness of God, so when the prince of this world cometh he hath nothing in him.
He is “filled with all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
He is strong being strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, and can do all things through Christ that strengtheneth him.
He speaks as one having authority, and is abundant in labors, and much people added unto the Lord. He is full of good fruits, without partiality, or hypocrisy. “He is kept by the power of God ready to be revealed in the last time. Amen!
Testimony of an Overcome.
Roann Ind. Dec. 25, 1885.
DEAR BRETHREN: — I am impressed by the Lord to write my experience: Hallelujah! Jesus saves and sanctifies me just now. I praise God for a full and free salvation. Glory to God forever! O I do feel so free in Christ Jesus, who has done so much for me, since He has sanctified me wholly, and led me out of babylon. Glory to Jesus for the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, who leads us in all truth. I send alone on the solid Rock. Nearly every body about here has been “made drunk with the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Rev. 14:8. “But him that over cometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God; and he shall go no more out. I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of God, and I will write on him my new name.” I do praise God that through Christ Jesus we overcome all sin, the world, the lusts of the flesh, and the pride of life. 1 John 16. And we can have the name of Christ written in our forehead. Rev. 7:3. “Bei.. made perfect in love we shall have boldness in the day of judgement, for as He Christ — is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17. This is food to my soul. O law God fills this Holy temple with His p..er and love. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things.” “I will be your God and you
shall be my people.” Thank God for the promise. Let us rejoice and be glad, and give honor to Him, for the “marriage of the Lamb is come and His wife (the Church) hath made herself ready.” Rev. 19:7. Those that are washed and cleansed in the blood of Christ, and have their names written in heaven, and who “walk in the light as He is in the light, having fellowship one with another; these are the bride of the Lord, the Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven. Glory to God! I do praise the Lord with all my heart that we can know that we do belong to this Holy Church, without belonging to any sect, or cage of unclean birds. Praise God, He has called me out of them all, to abide in him alone. Whom the Son maketh free, is free indeed, and bold as a lion. The world, and worldly sectarians call me crazy, foolish and fanatic. But they know not what they say, being blind in sin. Well “he that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” But as the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions round about here. God fills my soul with His Spirit and power, and I will shout praises to God and the Lamb forever. The day has come that men will not endure sound doctrine, but are turned to fables, and false prophets. In the strength of God I will stand up for Jesus, though all friends forsake me. Faithful is He that calleth us to holiness, who also does make us holy in the blood of His Son. To Him be glory now and forever. Amen!
Your Bro. saved, sanctified, and meat for the Master’s use.
IT is time to begin to make arrangements for Camp Meetings for the coming season. The brethren in the vicinity or Bangor Van Buren Co. Mich. are some of them expressing their desires for a camp meeting, on the old camp ground near Bangor again this year. Now the only question, relative to holding a camp meeting, is whether the brethren will provide themselves tents, and tent on the ground, and each bear their own burdens, and not compel others to toil and bear unnecessary burdens, so they can’t enjoy the benefit of the meeting. Neither do we wish to publish a camp meeting, and then find no tents on the ground, which brings reproach on the cause of Christ. And this we are resolved not to do’ knowingly. Now if the Dear Brethren wish to secure our attendance, and wish us to publish a camp meeting, for to commence on the 19th of june, 1885, to continue as the Lord wills.
Let those who will provide themselves with tents, the Lord permiting, and tent on the grounds. Write us at the TRUMPET OFFICE at Williamston Mich, as soon as they can, practically. I am in receipt of a letter from Bro. L. Michels, suggesting that a camp meeting be held about that time, saying, “he expects to see many tents on the grounds. Parties coming from a distance would do well to bring tents also, but if they can not do so, there will be places provided for them.
We are in receipt of a letter from Sister Farrah, of Sandy Lake Pa. requesting us to announce a camp meeting at that place to begin August 21st, 1885. The Brethren also requests, those that can possibly to bring cloth tents, or send means to Bro. Edwin Farrah, Sandy Lake Pa. And they will build them board tents on the grounds.
Let us hear from the brethren from different parts, whether you wish meetings, and when. We desire to make our arrangements, so as to hold as many meetings as possible, and reach them in the many different localities.
The Colony of Refugee Jews in Palestine is prospering. It had already a considerable settlement at Artuf, near Jerusalem.
A property of 2500 acre has been bought, and nearly 200 Jews have been maintaine thereon under Christian teaching and supervision, and are really showing som aptitude for agricultural work. The first crops went mainly to the fellahin who had planted them, and a good deal of labor and expense will be necessary before the work will be thoroughly remunerative. The Jews, however, are hopeful and persevering, and it is believed that in time the colony will be self-supporting.
Two More of the Escaped.
Risin Sun O., Jan. 4
DEAR BRETHREN: — Praise God we are all well at present in soul and body. I would like to see you and have a talk with you, face to face. We have built us a house, and have plenty of room to hold meetings. It is dedicated to the Lord. We have come out from the tyrannical sect, mis-named the “Church of God,” to which we belonged for 24 years. We could not stand it any longer, on account of their cannal opposition to the work of perfection, or entire sanctification, holiness and purity of heart, which the Bible so clearly teaches, as the great duty of the children of God. Our parents, and brothers and sisters belong to this society. But it is not fit to be called the Chureh of God, because it is filthy. The Eldership are about the filthest set of men I ever saw, and yet claim that holy name. The Church of God, according to the Bible, is “holy and without spot, or wrinkle or any such thing.”
Glory to God we are free. We can now claim every true child of God in the world, yea also in heaven, as a member with us in the true Church of the Firstborn. Therefore we acknowledge all christians as our brothers and sisters in the great family of God. “We are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” All one in Christ Jesus our living Head. Sanctified wholly through His blood. How I have not one cent to give, only for the truth, the pure Gospel of Christ. Men need not tell me they are sent of God, when we can smell them across the house, by their filthy use of tobacco. The Word says, “If any man defile the temple of God, him will God destroy.” Our leader should be “ensamples to the flock,” in purity and practice.
Last winter the preacher built a logcabbin in the meeting house, right on the staind; theh brought in the lodge fellows in uniform, with drum and music, preacher at the head. Then prayer was offered, and a mock dedication of the new house performance. What shocking abomination. This winter they had a social in the meetihg house. Bread and pie, candy and nuts, and a ery for money. Preachers scold the members for being so backward, no life, no power, no salvation, nothing but fun, fun, fun. And yet the preachers do not teach them how to get salvation and power. When we testify that we can, and must be holy and pure, without sin, then the cry comes from both pulpit and pew, “No man can live without sin; we cannot be perfect in this life.” But the Bible says, “Be perfect,” “sin no more,” “Be ye holy for I am holy.” Again they say, we cannot live a christian without belonging to some church, meaning some sect. But I read that, “we are complete in Him,” that is, in Christ Jesus And being in Him, we are in the Church, which is His body, the only Church which is of God. Enclosed find $1.00 for the TRUMPET. May God sustain you in publishing the truth, and nothing but the truth; for we are sanctified through the truth. The Lord bless you in your labor of love in Christ Jesus. Our motto is “HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD.” We renounce all sects, all secret societies, with all other works of the devil. Come and see us when you can.
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And now Abideth Faith, Hope, Charity, These Three. But the Greatest of These is Charity. 1 Cor. 13:13.
IN the preceeding chapter, the apostle sets forth the diversity and unity of the gifts, all by the same Spirit, and for the edification of the Church, the body of Christ. “Yet show I unto you a more excellent way,” that more excellent way is charity. He says, “though I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” (empty and worthless.) How what is charity? all agree that it means love, but we find no place in the Bible in speaking of God’s love, where it is called charity, the meaning is love candor, and candor means fairness, and fairness means honesty, purity or perfection; Paul says, we know in part and prophesy in part, but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall he done away. For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known, verses 9 and 12. Follow after charity. 14:1. Again, let all things he done with charity. 16:14. Why is charity the greatest? because it is the bond of perfectness, and never faileth, but faith and hope may fail; we may also have faith and hope without charity, but we can never have that fervent charity, that covers the multitude of sins without faith; and charity is the foundation of all the christian graces. The apostle Peter in his second epistle says, “to them that have obtained like precious faith with us, through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, according as His Divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and vertue.” Glory to God in the highest!
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises.” Glory to God! “that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine nature.” Yes for “ye are the temple of the living God and partakers of His Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” And besides this “giving all dilligence. Add to your faith vertue, and to vertue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity.” It would seem that brotherly kindness would include charity, but charity is still greater, hence the apostle says above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Col. 3:14. Charity then, binds all the other christian graces into one whole, making the Christian character complete. “Now the end of the commandment is charity, out of a pine heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.” How dearly beloved in Christ, can we say with the apostle that we are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; so that we ourselves glory in you in the Churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure? 2 Thes. 1:3 4. “And this I pray that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge, and in all judgement that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” “God is love and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as He is, so are we in this present world.” “And this commandmeut have we from Him that he who loveth God love- eth his brother also.”
And now may God bless all the TRUMPET workers at the office, and all contributers. So that nothing but Holy Ghost teaching may sound out through its columns. We had expected to meet the dear ones at Williamston during our stay in Mich., but on account of deep snow and extreme cold weather, and sickness in the family of our friends we were hindered. We have put ourselves into God’s hands to proclaim … to the captive and salvation from all sin through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. And will go wherever the way is provided, and a door opened. Glory! Glory!! to God!!! He keeps us so sweetly now. Your Bro. and sister in Christ.
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Silver Lake Ind. Feb. 27, 1885.
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Onarga Ill., Feb. 23d ’85.
DEAR BRETHREN: — The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. I have just asked the Lord to guide my pen while I write to you, that it may all be to the glory of God. I want the GOSPEL TRUMPET continued. I love its plain teachings. It does me so much good to read of the dear saints being healed. It is wonderful what the Lord can do for us, if we will only let Him have His way with us. May God help you that have been saved and healed, not to let your faith grow weak. But stand firm and strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
I know something about the power of God. I was healed four years ago the 25th of last September, and I have been well ever since. Glory to God! my faith is still strong. I feel that He is my all, and that His blood makes me whiter than snow. Oh glory to God for His wonderful care over me. Praise His holy name forever and ever! I have had some very hard trials to pass through, in the last two months. The devil was working hard to get hold of me. It seemed that the devil, through men, was trying all he could to overthrow me. But the blessed Lord stood by me through it all, and brought me out all right. While being tried so fiercely by satan, through his instruments, I opened the Bible to these words: “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.” — Prov. 7:1—3. See what wonderful words they are. O may God keep us all safely by His side. I feel that I have learned a great lesson, through my trial. Glory to God that He gave me grace to stand. May God bless you all forever and ever.
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LIGHT AND DARKNESS.
Maple Rapids Feb. 21, 1885.
DEAR BRETHREN: — This morning I praise God for the Holy Ghost fire in my soul. And I am filled with the glory of God. Praise His Holy name! we are the children of light, and walk not in darkness. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; ye are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others. 1 Thes. 5:5. For He said, unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. But unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables. Mark 4:11. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank Thee, oh Father Lord of heaven and earth, Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Matt. 11:25. And Jesus answered and said unto him, blessed art thou Simon Barjonah, for flesh and blood, hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matt. 16:17. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things. Yea, the deep things of God. 1 Cor. 2:10. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man should teach you. 1 John 2:27. Also ye have an unction from the Holy one and ye know all things. 1 John 2:20. For Jesus says the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name. He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your rememberance, whatsoever I have, said unto you. John 14:26. And he also tells us, by His Spirit, and Word, that all sects and divisions are contrary to His will and He says have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph. 5:11. And in verse 13, whatsoever is made manifest is light. Now there is a great cry of the salvation army work, in St. John’s. They claim between two and three hundred convertions, and it is said they have power, and talk just the same as the real children of … … … … … … transformed unto an angel of light, and if it were possible would deceive the very elect. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. Rev. 13:13, 14.
God says in the first commandment, thou shalt have no other god before me, thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or likeness of any thing, etc. But they have made an image, a likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ. They have made a human organization which is a fraud. Jesus says He is the head of the body, the Church. And He 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 it should be Holy and without blemish. Now about the fire spoken of in Rev. 13:13. God shows me it is like fox fire; it appears to those that are in the darko be fire. But when the day dawns it is nothing but rotten wood. Genuine fire who consume it. Just so with the real fire of God; it reveals all hypocrasy and burns up a the combustible matter. I praise God that His children are the children of the any. And if we walk in the light as He is i.. the light we have fellow- ship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. I am saves and wholly sanctified to God, and rede..ed from off the earth. And God reign in this temple supreme. Bless His name Your sister born of the Spirit, and washed in the blood.
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A Terrible Punishment.
The Fate of An Habitual Blasphemer.
Stricken With Paralysis While in the Midst of His Profanity.
A man whose age might be fifty five or sixty years slowly and painfully dragged his body through the main corridor of the city hall one day last week with the aid of a crutch. People turned to gaze at him, for his appearance was absolutely miserable. His features were drawn, his eyes glared as though the man were haunted by some awful fear, his right arm hung limp and apparently useless at his side, while his left hand held the crutch by which he was supported. Both of his legs seemed almost wholly devoid of power. It was with great difficulty that their owner could move them, and even then the poor fellow’s steps were only an inch apart. His clothes were in rags. A peice had been torn from his pantaloons, leaving one of his emaciated legs exposed from the knee to a point a little above the ankle.
It took this specimen of impotent humanity fully five minutes to walk — if his painfully laborious crawling may he called walking — from the Michigan avenue entrance to the elevator. When he had accomplished this much he slowly leaned against the wall for support and gazed steadily at a man standing near by. The latter thought the cripple wished to speak to him, and asked:
“Is there anything I can do for you?”
The cripple’s month opened but no sound escaped from it. His interrogator repeated the question. This time there came an aspirated grunt from the cripple, who turned his gaze from the man by whom he had been addressed. His looks seemed to indicate that he did not wish to be spoken to.
He remained leaning against the wall for some time and then, after experiencing much difficulty in getting his cruch into position, dragged his body from the building.
The cripple was Patrick Gallagher. Eight years ago he lived in Windsor. He was a stout, strong man, quick in his movements. He had been a soldier in the British army, and was distinguished by an cre.. … … … ga…
While in Windsor Gallagher earned a living for himself and family by doing odd jobs about town. A handier man with a pick or shovel would have been hard to find. He had one habit, however, which made him obnoxious to all with whom he came in contact. He never opened his mouth without uttering an oath, and whenever he spoke his remarks were so thickly interlarded with curses and blasphemies as to be almost unintelligible. The same thing occurred whether Gallagher was excited or cool. His very simplest remarks were emphasized with volleys of profanity. Many a time did a fellow workman remonstrate with him and beg of him to desist from cursing and swearing to such a disgusting extent. Gallagher’s reply would then be more than usually horrible. His habit formed the topic of many a conversation, and there were frequent headshakings and muttered prophecies that Gallagher would come to a bad end if he did not soon reform.
One day, nearly eight years ago, Gallagher and some others were digging a drain. The former straightened his form and leaned on his pick for a moment to rest his muscles. He began his usual swearing performance, when one of his companions grew so angry that he raised a shovel above his head and cried out:
“Stop that, or I’ll smash your month!” “Hold on,” exclaimed another, “don’t touch the beast. He’ll be punished for this some day; just let him go on.”
Gallagher’s ire was aroused and his blasphemous language, instead of ceasing, became, if possible, more terrible than ever. Suddenly he stopped speaking. The other men looked at him in surprise. They saw his lips moving in a vain attempt to articulate. As they gazed at him he tottered and fell to the ground perfectly powerless.
Gallagher was carried to his home. For a long time he was unable to move any member of his body, for he was paralyzed. He is now able to drag himself about, but with so much effort that the very sight of him on the streets makes passers – by shudder. He is at present existing in the eastern part of the city. Not once since that fatal day on which he was stricken down has he cursed or blasphemed. His tongue refuses to perform any office what ever.
— Detroit Journal.
Suppose ye, that this man was wicked above all sinner? I tell you, nay; but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
God is visiting the wicked, in judgements. It is reported, that a few miles north of this place an old man and his wife were living; having a grand-child, living with them. The child was quite sick, which seemed to tender the old mans heart, on geting down the bible to read, on which they could not agree, the old man left the room in frenzy, and was paralized, and so was the old lady; we are told both repented. Another instance, a short distance from here a young man on his way to a ball, was found paralized, within a short distance of the ball-room. “God is not mocked, whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” May these examples be a warning to all.
The wicked, shall fall by his own wickedness, Prov. 11:5.
Though hand, join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished, verse 21 God is angry with the wicked, every day, Ps. 7 11.
God overthroweth the wicked, for their wickedness. Prov. 21 12. “The wicked shall not live out half their days.”
God brings men to judgement for their wickedness, whatever that may be, “for He looketh not on sin, with any degree of allowance.” For the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations, that forget God, Ps. 9 17. Repent therefore, that your sins, may he bloted out.” If the righteous are scarcely saved, where shall the sinner, and the ungodly, appear.”
“Seek Him while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near,” for ’’who can stand, in the day of His coming;” “or what will you say when He punishes you.”
And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation, which shall come from afar? to whom will you flee for help? and where will you leave your glory? Isaiah 10; 3.
WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR ME.
Williamston Mich. March 7, 1885.
Dear Brethren: — I believe it will be for the glory of God to tell some of my experience. O how I praise God for His love to me! It will be a year the 1st of April since I left my home in Goshen Ind.. and started for Battle Creek. O how sad my heart was when I left my dear brothers and sisters, never expecting to see them again on earth. My father went with me. We reached B. C. safe, and he stayed a few days with us and then returned to his home. As he was about to get on the train, he hid us good by, and he said to me, “keep on praying.” And I said, “yes father I will.” Ever since that time, for about two or three months it was impressed upon my heart to be a christian. It was not long till I was converted and joined the baptist sect. I was trying to follow Jesus the best I knew how; but I could not enjoy myself in the fullness of the Lord. One day as I was thinking of my life, I realized before me a road, it was quite broad where I was standing, but as far as I could see, it was narrow; and between the place where I was standing, and the narrow road, there was large, and then small hills, and it seemed as though I could not get over them. That shows me how I was living in the Christian life. On the 26 of Sept, my aunt, Anna K. Thomas, and a blind sister, (Josephine Webster) went to Williamston to attend the assembly of the saints there; and learned and received of the wonderful miraculous power of God. On the 4th of Oct. my aunt returned home healed and filled with the glory of God, and told us about the wonderful things she saw of God. Then, my prayer was that God would sanctify me. On Sunday the 6th we had a little prayer meeting at our house, and I was sanctified. Glory to Jesus! His Spirit fell on me and I praised Him for about an hour. Glory! Glory!! Shortly after the assembly, Bro. Warner came to Battle Creek and held meetings. One day there was several being healed by faith and the laying on of hands, and I believed that I could be healed also, of the catarrh in the head. So sister Courtney and Bro. W. layed hands on me in the name of Jesus, and I was healed. Glory to Jesus forever! A few hours after I was healed, it seemed as though I could almost see the disease pass away from my head. O glory to Jesus! I will praise Him forever and ever! Then my prayer was Lord teach me thy will. Then He showed me plainly that I should leave school, and then He showed me that He wanted me to work for Him in the TRUMPET OFFICE at Williamston. I was willing, and obeyed the Lord, and I am now here, saved and sanctified, and free from babylon. Glory to Jesus!
THE PURE TESTIMONY.
“The pure testimony, put forth in the Spirit,
Cuts like a sharp two edged sword,
And hypocrites now, are most sorely tormented,
Because they’re condemned by the Word.
The pure testimony, discovers the dross,
While wicked professors, make light of the cross,
And babylon trembles, for fear of her loss.
Is not the time come, for the Church to be gathered,
Into the one Spirit, of God.
Baptised by one Siprit, into The one Body,
Partaking Christ’s flesh, and His blood.
They drink in one Spirit, which makes them, all see.
They’re one in Christ Jesus, Wherever they be,
The jew, and the gentile, the bond and the free.
Then blow ye the Trumpet, in pure testimony,
And let the world hear it again.
O come from babylon, Egypt and Sodom,
And make your way over the plain,
Come wash all your robes in the blood of the Lamb,
And walk in the Spirit, through Jesus’ name,
Through the pure testimony you will overcome.
The world will not persecute those who are like them.
But hold them the same as their own,
The pure testimony cries out separation,
Which causes false teachers to frown,
Come out from foul spirits, and practices too.
The track of your Savior, keep still in your view,
The pure testimony will cut its way through.
A battle is coming between the two kingdoms
The armies are gathering around,
The pure testimony, and vile persecution,
Will come to close contest, ere long,
Then gird on your armour, ye saints of the Lord,
And He will direct you by His loving word,
The pure testimony will cut like a sword.
The great prince of darkness is mustering his forces,
To make you his prisoners again.
By slanders, reproaches, and vile persecutions,
That you in his cause may remain,
Then shun his temptations, wherever they lie,
And fear not his servants, whatever they say,
The pure testimony will give you the day.”
ECHOES FROM THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET.
GRACE and peace be multiplied unto you, and all the dear saints. Praise the Lord! My soul is full of glory, and of God. Praise His name forever.
For some days I felt led of the Lord to inform the readers of the TRUMPET, Something about the entering in of that blessed paper into our house, and its fruits. O how wonderfully God has saved and led me, ever since. Glory to His name!
Five years ago this month, the Lord by His Spirit, called me out of sect babylon. He did not lead me to take a letter; we did not want one. Three years ago last November the GOSPEL TRUMPET was sent to the family of Bro. Wm. Frost. In the same house we had prayer meetings twice a week. So when we came together, at the dose of the meeting that paper was handed to us. They said they liked the paper and would loan it to us. I brought it home and read it. O how it cheered our souls. I said, “this is right on the line that God has been leading us.” It was then published in Indianapolis, Ind. Husband was also much pleased with the paper. How much I wished for the money to send right off for the paper, also for “Bible proofs,” Bro. Warners book, that was spoken of in the paper. In a very short time the Lord answered our prayer and gave us the means to send for both the paper and book. Praise His name forever! O I felt so anxious, for every body should have the same precious light. So I carried the book and the paper from house to house, for some miles around, and tried to get signers. Thank God I sold finite a good many books, and got some subscribers. O how I wish I could scatter many hundred. O what a great help the paper and boot have been to us Yes praise His holy name! my soul is cheered and encouraged, when I read the different letters from all parts, in each paper. O I do praise God for what He is doing in, and through His little ones all over the land. Hallelujah! this night my soul is full of glory and of God. O glory! My soul doth magnify God and the holy one of Israel.
After reading the first TRUMPET, my husband said Bro. Warner is the very man we need at our camp meeting next time. We agreed to write for him to come, and did so, notwithstanding I was warned by a W. M. preacher by the name of Spear. In the providence of God, Bro. W. did not get here to the next camp meeting. But it was all right, for God wanted His little ones tried a little longer. There were a number of preachers here, but not one of them straight. One W. M. preacher, undertook to preach us into a sect organization. But praise the Lord he failed. The Lord was testing His little ones, to see if they would stay in Him and trust Him, independent of all preachers. Praise the Lord! we were kept by His mighty power, firm for the truth.
We wrote Bro. Warner the next summer to come to our meeting if it were God’s will. Praise the Lord! it was His good pleasure to send him this time. The enemy kept tempting me that he would not come. But I kept praying more and more earnestly to God to send him, if he is indeed a true man of God. O glory to God! how He blesses my soul while I write. I had written for him to come, much against the will of some others, being, assured that he was a man of God, and would strengthen the little ones. I was sure if he did not come, the power of the adversary would wax more and more bold, and might overthrow the faith of some. Praise the Lord, He knows how to care for His own. I felt that God surely had some true embassadors some where, and surely He knew we needed some one to feed us the true bread. The day the Bro. was to come, I was in an agony of prayer before God, and asked Him if Bro. W. was coming. Bless God, I got this answer: “There is a mighty host coming.” I told my daughter what the answer of the Lord was. She expressed a fear that there would be more than could be taken care of, but the Spirit bid me to say to her “One man of God can be a mighty host.” When husband returned he brought Bro. Warner alone. Praise God for His kind dealling toward the little flock. One day during the meeting, the Lord led me to say, that God had showed me that a mighty host was coming, and that He had fulfilled His promise. Also that He had showed me that Bro. W. was a true man of God, and that we must stand by him as long as he continued to walk with God. O how our souls were fed, and strengthened by the sacred truth, that Bro Warner preached to us at that meeting. Also for the Gospel and mighty power, and light through both him, and Bro. Fisher last August. I praise God that I ever was permitted to meet dear Bro. Warner, and Bro. and sister Fisher. My prayer to God is that He will keep them faithful in serving Him, and valiant for the truth at all times, and at all places. I praise the Lord that I know He will keep them. And I pray that they may be permitted to return to us many times in the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ. Praise God! I am standing with the resolute few, who dare go through. Praise the Lord! I am saved and redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb.
Glory to God! My soul is full of glory and of God. Since writing the above, a number of God’s little ones here, were up to Fairfield, Crawford Co. Pa. over Sabbath. O glory to God for the precious meeting we had with the saints of that place. May the Lord keep them all by His power. Amen!
Mary E. Farrah.
Sandy Lake Pa., Feb. 2d.
Different Forms of Intemperance.
THERE is much agitation to-day on the great evil of intemperance.
Men and women are devoting their time, talents, and means to put it down.
This is a good work, and all good people wish to see it succeed. But they stop far short of a real temperance reform, which is complete only in salvation. It is a sad sight indeed to see a man reeling drunk with intoxicating liquor. The awful poison not only, destroys the body, but the soul also. Both soul and body imbibe the very elements of hell. Woman with her finer nature; scarcely ever indulges in this form of intemperance.
Except it be some who are so degraded, as to have lost all their womanhood.
But the whole world is also intoxicated with pride, fashion, and love of display.
O what a soul damning thing is pride in the heart! People become so ensnared by it, that you can hardly awaken them to con cider whither they are going.
I have seen (and how my heart has been pained at the sight,) people that profess to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, all decked in the foolish vanities of this world; flowers, feathers, ribbons and bracelets, rings and ear-rings. And I have actually seen old gray haired women, wearing bangs. With their white hairs cut off and combed down over their foreheads, covering up the intellectual part of their face.
As though they were ashamed of what little intellect they had left. Doubtless the devil laughs to see women such silly fools for him as to wear these rediculous bangs, and deck and deform themselves, with what, they call style, until it would seem they were enough to scare a heathen, or a wild savage of the forest.
I have also seen persons professing sanctification, who indulge their children in pride; and excuse them by saying, they are not yet saved, and cannot bear the reproach of the world, and their schoolmates.
By allowing them to Lake the way of pride and sin, they give them over to the devil. O how much better chance there would be to get them saved, if they were kept from these things. Some even dress up their little ones in this way, that are not old enough to have a choice in the matter, and so cultivate pride in their little hearts for the first thing. What else could be expected, but sin and vanity, as such grow up. O parents do not thus sow the seed of sin and pride, in your children’s hearts, or you will have to reap it in bitter tears of sorrow, as you see your children grow up slaves to the fashions of this wicked world. I have seen young men and women so entrapped by this monster, pride, that they could not break loose from it to come to God, even when so convicted that they trembled, and wept. The poor souls could not understand that the salvation in Jesus would more than satisfy them for all the sacrifice they had to make, and so they are drowned in sin, and lost on account of pride.
Pride is not only soul destroying, in its self, but it is a root from which grow many other destroying evils. Young girls decorate themselves that they may appear attractive, especially to the opposite sex, thus inculcate in them laciviousness, and every evil work. By this means many poor souls have been dragged down to degradation and shame. O may God have mercy on the parents that foster such things in their children!
Pride is not only manifest in dress, but in many other ways. In setting tables, and decorating houses. &c.
People have not only got the sin of pride to answer for, but the unnecessary expenditure of money, which always accompanies this vice. God has placed this in your hands, to be used for His glory. If people would wear plain, neat, comfortable, and substantial, clothing; and eat good, plain, substantial food, with no superfluities, they would have something to give to the worthy poor; and the little half starved, half clad, children. Besides have something left to help spread the Gospel O I pray that God will send this to your hearts.
We are well acquainted with a pious family of six childen. The parents rule their house, having their children in subjection; instead of the children ruling the parents, as is too often the case.
Neither do they feel concerned as to what their neighbors say, or think about them. But they only care to know what God flunks of them, and what is pleasing in His sight, and act accordingly.
O ye cowards that dare not do your duty in your family, lest your neighbors think you penurious, ye should die to this world and live unto God. Well the result of the above family government, has been this.
As fast as the children become old enough, they have given their hearts to God.
These children are all girls but one, I mention this because some say it is so much harder to keep girls from the fashions of this world, than boys. But look to God for grace and firmness, and especially a baptism of divine love, and wisdom to do your duty, toward the dear offspring that God has given you. For you will be held accountable in the day of judgement for the way you train them.
The Scripture says, “train up a child in the way it should go, and when it is old it will not depart from it.” This Scripture is true. But remember that only holy men and women, who are filled with “all patience” and love, with faith and the Holy Spirit, are qualified to thus tram up a child.
Allie R. Fisher.
KEEP IN GOD’S ORDER.
Dimondale Mich. Mar. 21st ’85.
What glorious meetings we do have, when Gods children all keep their proper place, before the Lord. We should never talk, just to fill up the time, no never.
Let us talk when we feel that the Spirit of God moves upon our hearts to talk, then let us say just what we are impressed to say, when we open our mouths, to talk and the Spirit is upon us, we will have that to say, that will be to the glory of God, and for good of the hearers, be they saved or unsaved. And the word thus spoken, will not return void, but will accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereunto I sent it, Isa. 55:11.
The Spirit will not prompt two or three at once, to speak or lead in prayer, for this would make confusion, for we see in Cor. 14:33, that God is not the author of confusion but of peace.
And the spirits of the prophets, are subject to the prophets. The sons and daughters shall prophesy, but one by one. For in the 40th verse it says let every thing be done decently, and in order. When this done, according to the Word, there will be no confusion, for noise is not power, but by my Spirt, saith the Lard.
O for the gift of faith, that when we ask God once, in faith believing it shall be done. Then there will be no need of repetition of words, if we have faith, let us believe that God will do what we ask Him in the name of Jesus, and if the Spirit of Christ is upon us we will not ask amiss.
O I praise God for a full and free salvation, that saves me now, and keeps me pure. O let us all live so that the Lord can use us to His glory.
Jesus satisfies any longing, through His blood I now am saved.
Malinda A. White.
THE WORK IN KANSAS.
Desmoines Iowa. Feb. 25th “85.
DEAR BRETHREN: — I have been in Kansas all winter, preaching holiness, in Donophin Co. At first there was terrible prejudice; but through the help of Daniels God, it gave way, and 20 arose for that work of grace. They are going to buy a tabernacle, and have it in use all summer, and in the fall, hold a holiness camp meeting, in that county.
O how much it is needed. Rev. Byers will take the Trumpet; his two sons and daughters-inlaw, were sanctified in that meeting. His wife is gloriously sanctified, and was working with me. They have left the Methodist sect. I expect to work for Jesus all summer. Do pray for me, and my boy, that he may be brought back to the fold. Yours, in the love of Jesus. All on the altar, and saved.
H. A. Lewis.
YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD.
By J. A. Faulk.
YE are not your own, your bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost.” When the Holy Spirit enters the heart, heaven enters with Him. The heart is compared as a temple. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy.”
“For the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1st Cor. 16, 17. “If so be that God, dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His”. “But if Christ, as a son over His own house, which house are we, if we hold last the confidence of the hope, firm unto the end.” 2nd Cor. 5 17, 18.
God never enters the heart without His attendants. Repentance and faith secures the house for God. Through the blood of Christ, the house is cleansed, by faith.
By the influence of the Holy Spirit, the purchased temple, is, taken possession of.
Faith is the medium, through which the house is supplied. The temple is furnished with all the gifts of the Spirit. Christ is the watchful Porter, that keeps the house. Prayer is the messenger that carries messages lo and from the house.
The Word is a director, that tells the messenger, where to go for just what is wanted, and he never goes in vain.
Joy is the musician, of the temple, commanding His praises. This temple shall be removed to the Celestial world, when the Trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall he raised. Amen!
THE WORK AT HOME.
THE work is going on here, with good success, souls being saved. On the 28th of Feb. a sleigh load of the saints from Dimondale, visited us. Came 22 miles; stayed over Sabbath. They met us at the Trumpet Office, filled with shouts and praises to God. O how our hearts rebounded with joy, as we greeted those dear ones; our hearts ran together like drops of water.
The Lord was with us on Saturday night and Sabbath, and Sabbath night, the Lord blessed the saints, and the testimonies, began at an early, hour and continued to the close. We were much strengthened, by their testimonies. They left here, for home, on Monday morning, singing and shouting, the praises of God.
Bros. Jacobson and Cole, returned from Dimondale and Lansing, where they have been to work for God. The former place having been reported. At the latter places some were brought to the clear light of God. They are now doing good work for the Lord here, there has been meeting nearly every night since, at private houses.
The saints are going in for all God has for them; and sinners are being convicted, of their sins. The Lord reigns in the hearts of the dear ones, in the Trumpet Office.
The dear Lord, sent us Sister Celia Kilpatrick from Payne, Paulding Co. Ohio; to help in the Office. A dear blessed saved girl, and well adapted to the work.
Geneva Center Feb. 29th ’85.
Dear Brethren: — I praise the Lord for His wonderful, works, here. He saves me from all sin just now. Glory to God! The devil is hard after me but can’t get me, for Jesus keeps me, “in Him I abide, and Jesus says I’m sanctified.”
Praise God for salvation! I am as the clay in the hands of the potter, saying Lord do with me as seemeth thee good. Your Brother saved and sanctified
Pittsburgh Pa., Mar. 2nd ’85.
Dear Brethren: — May the greeting of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.
Amen! I am led by the Spirit to write and tell you what the Lord is doing for me.
O glory to God! He saves and sanctifies me just now, through the washing of His Word. Christ has set in the body, the Church of the Living God, which is burgler proof, against hypocrites. And praise God He gives us grace to confound the babylon priests, and infidels with which I have to contend, the former being worst of the two, as there are so many more of them.
But God is using me to stir them up, and make them step forward or back, either accept the truth or deny it. Praise God! He gives me such a clear testimony, that they cannot stand it. God has convicted several so that they do not talk to me any more. This is one of the hardest places in the world’ as all the sect members are drunk, on the wine of babylon.
But praise God, He is raising up a people to serve Him. Dear brethren in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I feel that God has called me to go forth, and declare the whole, counsel, of God, in fear and trembling. I can scarcely rest day nor night, from the thought of so many souls going to hell, for want of knowledge of of the truth. God is giving me wisdom, and power. I feel that I am nothing, but He is all and in all. My sufficiency is of God. O praise the name of Jesus for ever and ever! All the saints are prospering in the faith, here. May God bless you all, is my prayer. I send my love to all the saints. Your brother saved.
Wm. E. Clayton.
Payne O. March 3, 1885.
Dear Brethren: – Find enclosed fifty cents for the GOSPEL TRUMPET, for six months. Your sister saved and sanctified through the mercy of God, and the precious blood of Jesus.
Geneva Center Feb. 26, 1885.
Dear Brethren: — I am praising God for salvation full, and free, saves me from all sin just now. I am walking with Jesus each moment and hour.
The devil trys to tempt me much but I have overcome him through the blood, and the word of my testimony. Glory to Jesus! I am trusting in him and it is all glory in my souk.
The devil has to get out, when the saints are filled with shouts. Praise the Lord!
Your Bro. saved and sanctified.
Pittsburg Pa. Feb. 13, 1885.
The Lord will reward them that help His cause. I humbly acknowledge that since sending you the $5.00 about New Year, I have made more money than I had in six months before that. Give God the glory. O I praise God for His condiscending love and mercy. How He does keep, and help, and lead unworthy me. God bless you Dear Brethren. Pray for me I want now faith and power. The more we can comprehend God, the more we can believe; and the more we believe the more we can comprehend God. Hallelujah! Amen! All praise and glory to God and the Lamb forever and ever.
A. B. Gildersleeve.
Moberly Ala. Jan. 7th 1885.
Dear Brethren: — I thank my God and Brethren, that I have ever received the GOSPEL TRUMPET. I know that it teaches the Church of the Living God, and His Christ, the Savior of the world. And I know by the Spirt of God in my heart that you teach the true word of God, that He requires in our hearts. I praise God that He has spared nay life, and enables me to write a few lines to the people of the living God.
I was 19 years old when Christ forgave my sins, but I still felt something in me that drew me toward the world.
When I was 52 years old the Lord brought me nearer to Him. As near as I can recollect in 1872. My Lord and Redeemer gave me a part in the first resurrection. He walked and talked with me. The people said I was ’crazy, for I could not hold my peace, from praising Him. The Lord Jesus, lived in my old clay body, and He was my life! He showed me, the true and living Church, was in the heart, He had redeemed from all sin,
I am an old soldier; I have had a hard fight, but I have not laid down my weopen, and I never will; but I expect to fail with my weopen in my hand, fighting the fight of faith to the end. I have no one but Jesus to stand with me in the battle, because I cling to Jesus alone, and all the professors here hold to some sect.
O how I cry unto them to come out of her, for the Lord spoke to me and told me that He did not builb them, but would tear them down, and I heard them fall.
He told me that the gentiles time was almost out. The Lord also spoke to me and told me that there was a great judgement coming on the earth, and that I should warn the people to prepare for it.
And that it would fall upon the heads of all that have pleasure in the proud sects, which they call christians; for they have led the people astray, into great darkness and blindness. They are blind leaders of the blind, and they will all fall into the ditch together. My own blood relation forsake me, because I do God’s commandments I am forsaken of all this world; and though I suffer afflictions and poverty, I will trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is good to me, a stronghold in the day of trouble.
I am trying to get subscribers for the TRUMPET, and have got a number promised, I wish I were able to give a thousand dollars a year. God bless you in the great work. I hope and pray that I will get out of prison ere long. The Lord will send His angels to let me out, and bear me home. Your Sister saved in Jesus.
Mary C. Dunn.
Covert. Feb. 23 d 1885.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God this morning, for a full and free Salvation! that saves me from all sin. I praise God; that I can say to the glory of God, the blood of Jesus Christ, cleanseth me from all sin.
I am dead to sin and alive unto God.
I feel that nothing can separate me from the love of God.” Eight years ago this winter, I was induced to embrace the ADVENT SABBATH, and from that time I was a strict observer of the seventh day.
But when Bro. Michaels came and preached free salvation. God gave me a willing heart to accept it; and I praise Him for it. I am free from all sects. Of all that God has done for me, there is nothing for which I am more thankful than that, He has belivered me from the adventist sect, and made me free in Christ.
We have had glorious meetings here this winter; about one hundred have been converted, and many more are almost persuaded to become christians. I praise God for His holy Spirit that leads us in the way of righteousness and true holiness.
Now dear saints, pray for me that I may continue faithful. Your sister, saved and sanctified.
Gillman Ill. Feb. 19th 1885.
Dear Brethren: — I have been a reader of the Banner of Holiness, for some time; but have finally felt that I could not consistently endorse, the spirit of its leaders; as they seem to be laboring under a delusion. While they claim to be un- sectarian, they are not, nevertheless.
I have read, quite a number of the Trumpets; and like the position this paper holds; it seems to harmonize with the word of God. I am not very well to do; I wish I was able to step in and square up the
Trumpet debt. I believe it would be a God-send, to the soul of that individual who could and would do it.
You will please send me the Trumpet.
I wish you brethren could come out this way. This is a great sectarian place, but there are a few standing alone in the Church not made with hands. I believe if there was some one to give us the real light of God’s word and expose the spirit of sectarian darkness, there would be a few more that might come out of her.”
With much Jove to you dear brethren in Christ, I ask your prayers in my behalf.
I have been afflicted nearly four years. How I love the true saints of God.
Your Brother in Christ.
F. A. Johnson.
Mt. Zion Ill. Feb 15 85.
Dear Brethren: — I want to ask for the prayers of the saints, through the TRUMPET, for the healing of my body. I have been afflicted for some years, with the Neuralgia of the heart. I have suffered so much this winter that I have not been able to do any work, or preaching since the 26th of Dec.. Had to have my teeth extracted on that account. By reading the Bible I saw, that Jesus Christ, and His apostles taught and had the healing power; and the people were healed, by laying on hands and, prayer. But it seems to me that I am lacking in faith. I have not had the opportunity to be with any of God’s Saints, who I knew had the gift of healing.
The sect elders (the most of them) say the day of healing is past; I never felt led to call any of them to pray for me. But as soon as I got the TRUMPET, and read it, I saw it taught, just what I believed to ba the teaching of God’s word.
If the Lord is willing and I have the means I would like to be with the saints in one of their meetings. Pray that God may open the way. I love the teaching of the TRUMPET, and testimony of the Dear saints of God. I would do more for the cause if I had the means. May God bless you in publishing the truth. Pray for me and the healing of my body.
From your Brother in Christ.
Inland Benzie Co. Mich. Jan. 15 1885.
Dear Brethren: — We received your notice of our account with the TRUMPET, and we thank God we have the money to send you. We cannot well do without the paper, as it is food and drink to our souls; and a strong link between us and the saints now while we are here in the woods.
We are tired laboring so much, for the meat that perisheth. We hear God’s voice calling us into the vineyard, and we are willing to go. O pray for us, that God may show us His will concerning us.
Your Bro. and Sister.
W. H. H. Davis.
Go through! Go through!! dear Bro. and Sister, lift up the standard for the people, cry aloud and spare not. The time is short, “Go work in my vineyard”, Pull souls out of the fire: your labor will not be in vain in the Lord. God bless you, Amen.
Buterfield Mo. Feb. 8th 1885.
Dear Brethren: — Once more we are led of the Spirit of God, to write you that God is still with us; and we, having our house nearly completed, have every reason to believe that God will prosper us.
We praise God for the coming assembly meeting of the Saints of the Firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. We desire that you, as many as are impressed by the Spirit of God, will meet with ns, for the honor and glory of God, and the advancement of His true Saints: that they may enjoy the blessing of God’s rich grace in their souls, and be prepared for every good word and work. I pray God that the Word may be so preached that it will arouse these slumbering sectarians, that are blindly led about by their so called pastors; who are ever ready to fight the doctrine of holiness unto the Lord. The sectarians around here all seem ready to join together, to oppose the true light of God. They seem not to have any care to study the Word of God to know the truth; but they seem to be eager to search it to find something that they can misconstrue into an appology for their sins They try to think that God will not condemn them for their sinning. So they drift along in their carnal and lost condition, vainly dreaming that they will get to Heaven.
May the Lord send yon here in the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel.
Your Sister in Christian fellowship,
Eunice J. Brown.
Covert Mich. Feb. 23d, 85.
Dear Brethren: — in Christ I can praise God this morning for what he has done for me. Praise His holy name! I know that I am saved; sanctified, and that by a second work of grace.
I praise God that He ever sent Brother Michels here to preach the straight word of God. I Praise Him that He ever gave me a willing heart to accept it.
I had a very proud heart, and it took me two long weeks to die out, to the pride of life.
Last night 13 of the saints from Covert started for Coloma; a small place 10 miles south of here, where Bro. Michels has been holding meetings. But on the way there, we were told that the meetings were closed for a short time, on account of the inclemency of the weather, so we went to a protracted meeting of the Advents. We arrived there in time to show our colors; and while we were passing into the house I heard some of the sinners say, there comes some of the sanctifiers. But when there was an opportunity to testify we told them that we were sanctified, not sanctifiers; and we gave God all the glory.
There were a number of little children came forward, and the minister gave them the right hand of fellowship.
We are having good meetings here in Covert this winter.
I ask all the saints to pray for me, that I stand firm. Your Sister,
Butler Pa. Feb 23d, 1885.
Dear Brethren: — I will make you a present of $5.00 to help pay the debt of the TRUMPET Office. My daughter Minnie takes the TRUMPET and we all like to read it very much.
Bro. Clayton was here last fall and held a meeting for us.
I ask an interest in your prayers.
Your Sister trusting in the Lord,
Emily J. Shrader.
Palmyra Mo. Feb. 10th, 1885.
The Lord bless you all dearly beloved Brethren: — In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I want to make a few remarks to you; as your blessed paper the GOSPEL TRUMPET, the expositor of the divine Church of God has been coming to our home, a long time, — and I can testify, it did me more good, and gave us more light, in this glorious Doctrine; and brought us nearer to Christ, the only Shepherd, of the sheep, — than all the other papers. It is built on the solid rock Christ Jesus. Dear beloved Brethren, — we are surrounded only by the children of darkness who walk not in the pure light. ’’And gross darkness covers the minds of the people.” May the Lord help us to watch and pray so that we keep walking in the light.
Enclosed find $3.00 which we send you for the Lords cause. Send ns a few tracts of Christ is the Body the Church, and one or two those hymn books such as you use in the as semblys.
Please keep sending us the GOSPEL TRUMPET.
Pray for us, that we stand in these perilous times.
We would like to meet Bro’s. Warner and Fisher if the Lord direct. May the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, Amen. Your Brother in Christ Jesus.
Charles C. Myers.
Vichey Springs Mo. Feb. 29th 1885.
Dear brethren: — I am praising God for full salvation just now. I am doing all I can for the Trumpet. The work is moving on, here in a more permanent way. Praise the Lord! We have 4 prayer meetings, a weak, at night, 2 in our neighborhood, and 2 in adjoining neighborhood; also at our school house at ten o‘clock on Sunday, of which God has made me over-seear. Opposition is great in one of the neighborhoods; by the Cambellites; for whitch I desire your Prayers. Sister Cole preaches hear evrey 2 weeks. Pray for her, she is becoming more decided all the time on the Bible line. I believe it would be for the glory of god to let you know how the Lord is blesing my family; we take Him for our all sufficiency The Lord healed our child, 5 month old, last week, (which we thought was very near death), by the laying on of hands and prayer. Pray for us that we may contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. May the Lord bless you all. Amen!
Your Brother in the faith.
John P. Baily.
Another Glorious Victory.
DEAR BRETHREN: — I feel led to tell the readers of the TRUMPET, what the Lord has done here. Bro’s Speck and Palmer met with us, Jan, 28d. Add Bro. J L Meade, opened his house for meetings, which would seat about 175 people. And we commenced to speak the words of our blessed Lord and Savior. O glory to His name! What wonderful power, was manifested among God’s little ones.
God baptized many with the Holy Ghost, which had claimed sactification, but had not known the power. O praise His name for the wonderful experience of the Holy Ghost baptism, He gave to us. Our souls will magnify the Lord, henceforth and for ever more. Amen! The Lord made a wonderful display of His healing power, and got to Himself much honor and glory.
Sister Abbott was healed, both soul and body. When Bro. Fisher was here she consecrated and claimed the witness to entire sanctification; but she had the terrible habit of taking opium, she went without it about 14 hours, when she was in so much misery, it seemed that she would have died had she not taken it again.
The doctor said she could not live 48 hours, without it. But the devil made her believe there was no sin in it, so she kept on taking it, and loosing spiritual lift until this meeting, when God put it in her soul to lay it on the altar as sin, and entered into the contract with God, that life or death she would never touch it again, and then God, look it away. She presented her body for healing, and with the laying on of hands, God healed her. O what floods of light, what unspekable joy, God put in her soul, and by this miracle many has been heared to say truly God is with His people. God is using her wonderfully, in testimony. O hallelujah to the God of Israel, for the fire in my soul; it burns brighter, and brighter; O how it does thrill my soul, just now. Hallelujah to the God of heaven! God bless Bro Speck, and fill him continually, is our prayer; for we believe him chosen of God for the ministry. God used Him wonderfully while here; also Bro. Palmer.
The meetings continued two weeks, during which time 31 sought and claimed the witness to entire sanctification. And 19 found the pardon of their sins. Praise the Lord for the power He gives to His children. The Lords day, we assembled for the worship of the Lord. God gave us a short message, of the second shaking, after which we had a testimony meeting. O glory, how He shook the place, with a pentecost, till tearfulness seized the hypocrites. Praise God forever and ever amen!
Your brother in the kingdom, washed in the blood of Christ, our Savior.
W. B. Grover.
Testimony For Jesus.
St. James Mo. Feb. 22, 1885.
DEAR BRETHREN: — I feel led to write for the TRUMPET some of my experience, hoping it may strengthen some one of a similar experience. I was converted 14 years ago, I lived a wilderness life untill 2 years ago, but never felt satisfied in half way living. But I do praise and thank God that He, in His infinite mercy has revealed to me a second work of grace, which our sect preachers have never taught us. Half asleep, thinking I was all right; because I had once been converted to Christ, baptised, and belonged to the baptist sect. Two years ago God sent two of His little ones, to hold forth, the true light, to us, exhorting us to flee from the wrath to come. All praise and honor to the Lamb forever! It was then the love of God was shed abroad in my heart. Praise His Holy name! I have enjoyed more real satisfaction in the hope of glory, in these two years, than I did the 12 years in the baptist sect. I can but praise the Lord for His wonderful goodness to the children of men. It was through God’s Herald that the true light was brought to me. As it is written, how shall they hear, without a preacher, and how shall they preach except they he sent How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things. Rom. 10:14 16. It was by them, that I understood the precious promises, of our blessed Saviour; and how to make a full, and final, consecration to God both soul and body. And since that time, (about 3 months ago) God for Christ sake placed me in the true light, as He is in the light, and the blood
of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth me from all sin. “Praise the Lord, for His righteous judgement enduereth for ever.”
Circumstances has prevented us geting out to meetings and telling the wonderful things the Lord has done for me. I feel led by the Holy Spirit to testify to the world through the GOSPEL TRUMPET. And I mean to tell it when ever opportunity affords, by God’s help. I feel that I am in the light free from all sects. I have some severe trials, temptations and persecution, but “they that live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.” “We are persecuted, but not forsaken, cast down but not destroyed.” It strengthens me when I think how our blessed Saviour did bear great persecutions for us. I find that God will have a tried people, pure and Holy Oh how I praise God for what He has done for me, for His salvation full and free. I am saved, sanctified, washed, and made white in the precious blood of Jesus, Pray for me; may God bless you, is my prayer.
I Love Jesus.
Oh how I love my Saviour,
Because He first loved me.
And in His precious Bible,
His promises I see.
He called me out of darkness,
And bid my heart rejoice
I know it was my Saviour,
I heard His gentle voice.
His precious blood has cleansed me,
And made me free from sin.
The love of Jesus on me,
A peaceful heart within.
I know my Saviour loves me,
And all in Him I trust,
That I might in His kingdom
Be numbered with the just.
Julia A. Mircee.
The Faith once Delivered to the Saints.
Dimondale Mice., Feb. 18.
DEAR BRETHREN: — Grace, mercy, and peace from the Lord, be multiplied unto you, through our Father. Amen! I praise God for what I feel in my soul, from day to day; yes, He satisfies all my longings. Oh glory to His holy name! ’tis a
“Well of water, ever springing,
Bread of life so rich and free;
Untold wealth that never faileth,
My Redeemer is to me.
Cho. — Hallelujah I have found it,
What my soul so long has craved,
Jesus satisfies my longings,
Through His blood I now am saved:
and wholly sanctified. O glory to the Lamb! on the 8th, I felt the need of going down deeper into heart humility; I asked the Lord to measure me out a thousand cubits. I had no real idea what that meant, untill, I experienced it for my self. Before I went half way down, I was scared, a little not having realized any thing like it before. I reached the point where I had to swim; yes it became as rivers to swim, in O Halleujah to His name! on the 11th, I received such an infusion, of the Holy Ghost, and of healing faith, as I never realized before. Glory! Glory! to the lamb! Since Friday evening there has been one sister Gloriously sanctified, 2 converted, and 7 cases of healing, praise the Lord oh my soul! thus far there have been 15 converted 11 Gloriously sanctfied, the Lord is with us in convicting, saving, sanctifing, and healing, power. O Glory! Glory! to his name! others are under conviction. I truly feel to say, Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is with in me bless his Holy name,” “Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget, not all his benefits.”
“Who forgiveth all their iniquities who healeth all thy diseases.” “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness, and tender mercies.” can not thank, nor praise my blessed Redeemer enough, for what he has done for me, fatly; I therefore, call upon all the dear saint’s to rejoice, and thank, God, with me, for the same. My daily prayer is, that God may let me deeper into His Glory and power; to increase the work of faith with power, and to make me Eternally true, and loyal to him. Amen! Dear Brethren I feel a great big stretch in soul, for the apstolic, faith, and power. O if all the saints were united in heart, and faith, to reach, this point, the Church, of the living God would speedily receiv the early rain. Dear Saints, of the most high God, I exhort you by our Lord Jesus Christ, dialy, to “contend earnestly, for the faith once deliverd to saints;” with tears, prayers, and fastings. The exortation I speak not of myself, but I feel strongly impressed, by the Spirit of the living God, that it is my duty to deliver unto you, in the fear of God. Amen! I feel ready and willng to go and work for the Lord whenever and wherever He may send me, in his strength. Continue to pray for us, that the work may still go on, and for greater out-pourings of the Holy Spirit. My love to all the dear saints; pray for me. From your humble brother, saved, and wholly sanctified, with complete victory in my soul. Halleuljah!