15 March 1891, Volume 11, Number 6.
Flee From Babel’s Fall.
O how sweet to follow Jesus
In the path of liberty.
Free from babel’s yoke and burden,
Free in Christ eternally.
It is blest when all the children
Of the Heav’nly Kingdom meet,
Purified as gold and silver,
And this union all complete.
No confusion, no division,
All is harmony and peace,
And with heavenly commission
All can preach redeeming grace.
There’s no licence to be given
Through a human priestly round,
But the “go” comes down from heaven,
Gives the trump a certain sound.
Hear God’s mighty trumpet calling,
Warning all to flee the doom,
Babylon’s falling, falling,
And her plagues are coming soon.
Can you linger when the message
Is so clear and loudly giv’n?
Take the helmet of salvation,
And obey the God of Heaven.
Explain Rev. 13:13, 14. How can we have the murk of the beast?
Explain Luke 21:25-34. How long is a generation? Has the Son of man already come in the clouds, or is this to be yet fulfilled?
It is one year since I first heard of the evening light, and I thank God I can say I am saved from all sin, out of sectism and into the true light and liberty of God.
Your sister saved by grace.
Lucinda A. Rogers.
Ans. to first. The words are as follows: “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire comedown 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.’’ This second beast is Protestantism. There has been real fire, spiritual power, manifest in the lives of good honest men in some of the sects. And this is taken by the devil as a means to deceive many souls to remain in fellowship with these organizations since they have fallen and the Lord has utterly abandoned them. The work of the beast is anything in men’s habits, doctrine, rites, and education that savors of any sect organization on earth. The Dunkers long hair and peculiar garb are marks of his branch of babylon. So the Salvation Army sect, and all others by either garb, badges, or peculiar sect phraseology indicate their peculiar creed. The mark of the beast in the forehead is sectish education. The mark of the beast in the right hand is the fellowship of sect religion.
The image of the beast is associations, which have been the general resort in every moral and religious cause since sects have fallen into disrepute.
Every religious association that we know of requires its members to be in good standing in some sect, i.e, “to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their forehead,” or else they cannot participate with them, cannot “buy or shall” in their association craft.
Ans. to second. The words in Luke are part of the Savior’s answer, as to when these things shall come to pass — the destruction of Jerusalem — and what shall he the signs of thy coming, and of the end of the world.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves raring.” — Luke 21:25.
History shows us that when there has been great revolutions, and convulsions in the civil and religious elements of this world, that there have usually appeared strange phenomena in elements of earth and sky, these sometimes preceding the moral and civil agitations, apparently as precursors of the same. So Christ groups together a general disturbance and agitation of the spiritual and physical heavens and earth in the last days. The great battle of God Almighty is set in motion already against Gog and Magog, and it will wax hotter and hotter; while at the same time Satan has come down to the earth having great wrath, knowing that he has but a short time. So likewise there has been droughts, and in some places famines, and frequent strange signs have been witnessed by land and sea. The only reason they have not attracted more lasting attention is because strange phenomena are so frequent that nothing is thought marvelous. In March 1886 in the afternoon of a clear day, perfect darkness instantly came down on the city of Oshkosh, Wis. The inhabitants were horror stricken, all business stopped and many went into their cellars. After an hour or two the thick darkness arose and disappeared. It was generally reported in the papers.
“The devil child, born in Cleveland, O. in 1888, large as a three year old child, lived five months and four days, had small horns and tushes, and a tail about one foot long, and parted hoofs. It raved and clawed like an animal, and said it was the devil. Moreover its mother said she would give birth to such a satanic prodigy. The papers stated that nothing had ever thrown the city of Cleveland into such a high state of excitement since its beginning. We also conversed with a brother that saw it. Its mother was partially deranged with baby on religion; and we have been impressed that the devil child is a sign to us that babylon is indeed a habitation of devils, and that her religion in the main, has reached the uttermost depths of satanic character. Surely awful signs are witnessed in our days.
Verse 26 is sufficiently included in the above remarks. Verse 27 refers to the second advent of Christ yet to come.
The redemption drawing nigh in verse 28, has reference to the redemption, to wit, the resurrection of the bodies of all at the coming of Christ, and the deliverance of the godly out of this wicked world.
The parable of the fig tree is too plain to need comment. See Mat. 24:31-33. The fact of God’s true saints being gathered out of every sect under heaven, by the flying ministry of the last days is the special sign by which we are to know that Christ is at the door.
Verily I pay unto you, this generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” — Luke 21:32.
The events prophesied of as in Mat. 24, mingle together some to transpire at the close of the Jewish, and others at the close of the Gentile day. For these two events stand analogous to each other. Therefore we can give to verse 32 this double application. A generation is the ordinary lifetime of man. Men alive when Christ uttered these predictions, would live to see them fulfilled, and so they did, in the destruction of Jerusalem in A. D. 70. And the generation that see the signs now transpiring on earth shall not pass away until all eyes shall see the Son of God coming with power and great glory. Amen.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.” — Luke 21:33, 34.
This solemn warning and exhortation needs no explanation. Only let it be heeded in the fear of God. Amen.
BIBLE AND FACTS.
Bro. A. M. Brows of Fairplay, Mo. fraternally writes us that he thinks our position taken in answer to a question in Dec. 1 number that sanctification is begun in regeneration, is not Scriptural, but an error. We ascribe all candor and good motives to our Bro‘s criticism, but let us appeal to the plain Word of God to weigh our position, and to facts in the experience of salvation. First we observe that the words sanctification and holiness are both translated from the same word in the Greek, and the translators exercised their own fancy in the use of holiness in one place, and sanctification in another. The identical word hagiasmos is translated sanctification in the following passages. 1 Cor. 1:30 1 Thess. 4:3. 1 Thes. 4:4. 2 Thes. 2:13 1 Pet. 1:2. And is rendered holiness in the following texts. Rom. 6:19. 6:22. 1 Thess. 4:7. 1 Tim 2:15. Heb. 12:14. In the German Bible the one word hilichung takes he place of our above two words. Of the instances above translated holiness in the Common version, three are rendered sanctification in the Emphatic Diaglott, and all five of them are translated sanctification in the Revised and Dean Alford translations. So it is seen that there is no difierence in the meaning of holiness and sanctification, both being derived from the same word in the Greek.
Next, we will appeal to the New Testament as to the meaning of those terms, when applied to our experience in grace. A few texts are sufficient to show that they chiefly represent an experience and state of moral purity.
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” — 2 Cor. 7:1.
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. — 1 Thes. 4:7.
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” — Heb. 9:13, 14.
“Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate.’’ — Heb 13:12.
In these texts, holiness, or sanctification is seen to be the result of a cleansing and purging — purifying — it is the opposite to uncleanness. and is effected by the sanctifying blood of Christ, all of which positively show it to be a state of moral purity, or cleanness. Therefore to say that no sanctifying change has been wrought, and no degree of holiness attained in regeneration, is to say that a born again child of God is no purer than a sinner. This is contrary to facts, and a great detraction from the glory of regenerating grace. As sanctification is moral cleanness, and as it is a fact that a soul that is born of God is elevated to a much higher plane of moral purity than unregenerated sinners, it necessarily follows that regeneration imparts a degree of holiness, or sanctification. That it is not only a transition from a state of spiritual death to spiritual life, but is an elevation to a higher plane of moral purity or holiness. These facts in experience are clearly taught in the Word. First, by such texts as show us that regeneration is actually a a cleansing, second, by such as teach that the second work perfects a moral condition already imparted, and third by such Scriptures as actually represent the regenerate as possessing holiness or sanctification in a degree.
Under the first head we offer the following;
“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” — John 15:3
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” — Tit. 3:5.
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” — 1 Jno. 3:9.
The Savior pronounces the disciples already clean through the word He had spoken unto them. Which evidently refered to the purging of their conscience from all their sins and guilt, in regeneration in which state they had followed Him. The language in Titus shows positively that regeneration involves a washing, a purification, and as sanctification is purity, this first grace is sanctification begun. The quotation in John shows that such as are born of God do not commit sin, which proves a purer inward state than a sinner possesses, or else the outward life would be that of a sinner.
Second, that entire sanctification perfects a moral state already begotten the following texts clearly indicate.
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” — 2 Cor. 7:1.
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 Thess. 5:23.
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” — 1 Jno. 4:17.
The Corinthians having been truly converted — 1 Cor. 1:3-7, and having thoroughly repented of all their inconsistencies, see 2 Cor. 7:8-11, were now ready to enter the second grace, which is described as the perfecting of holiness, which requires that the thing to be perfected already existed in the regenerated state. But with it also existed the inbred evil nature, the removal of which both perfected holiness, and perfected love, by the destruction of the opposite of love.
The following texts are sufficient to show that the apostles did call people in a general sense holy, and sanctified while only in the first grace. In Rom. 1:7, Paul addresses the Roman brethren as “called to be saints.” But you observe that the “to be” is in italic, and they are not in the Greek text. So the Emphatic renders as follows: “To all who are in Rome, the beloved of God constituted holy ones.” The word saint is the same word, hagiois, from which holy and sanctified are derived. The apostle then addresses these Roman brethren as holy ones, or sanctified, and yet his whole epistle is chiefly directed to lead them into the second grace of entire sanctification.
The Corinthians were addressed as the Church of God, which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus,” 1 Cor. 1:2, and yet the epistle shows that they were not wholly sanctified, and even after they had repented of their wrongdoings, he wished their perfection. 2 Cor. 13:9, 21.
The epistle to Ephesus was addressed to “the saints (holy ones) which are at Ephesus,” etc., and yet these are counseled to “put off the old man,” etc. See Eph. 1:1 and 4:22, 23.
Paul writes “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse,” and yet prays that they might receive the perfecting grace. See Col. 1:2, 9, 10.
The following is very clear: “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus. — Heb. 3:1.
The Apostle calls those Hebrew brethren holy, which we have seen is the same as sanctified, and yet he commands them to “go on to perfection,” which is entire sanctification, Heb. 6:1; 10:14; and also commands them to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset.” — 12:1.
The only reconciliation of all these Scriptures with each other, and with the fact of “the washing of regeneration,” is in sanctification began in the first work and consumated in the second. This harmonizes all the Scriptures on the subject, and is according to our own experience.
1. HOLINESS IS GOD’S WILL
“Then said He, lo I am come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that He may establish the second by the which will we are sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. — Heb. 10:9, 10.”
“Wherefore be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess but be filled with the Spirit.” — Eph. 5:17, 18.
“Epaphras, who was one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” — Col. 4:12.
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.” — 1 Thes. 4:3.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” — Phil. 2:13.
2. IT IS GOD’S COMMAND TO BE HOLY.
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” — Gen. 17:1.
“And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. — Ex. 19:6.
“Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am the Lord your God. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you.” — Lev. 20:7, 8.
“But I have said unto you, ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey. And ye shall be holy unto me.’, — Lev. 20:24, 26.
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God and serve Him, and thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord; that it maybe well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers.” — Deut. 6:5, 13, 18.
Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments.,’ — 1 Kings 8:61.
“And Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; this is the first and great commandment.” — Mat 22:37, 38.
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. — 2 Cor. 7:1.
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. — 2 Cor. 13:11.
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance, from dead works and of faith toward God. — Heb. 6:1.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing — iam. 1:4.
But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. Because it is written, be ye holy, for I am holy. — 1 Pet. 4:15, 16.
3. HOLINESS IS A PROMISE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN.
But, the Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I have driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land. — Jer. 23:8.
For such a high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. Heb. 7:26.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. — Heb. 10:22.
But 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 cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. — 1 Jno. 1:7, 9.
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication. — 1 Thess. 4:3.
4. HOLINESS MUST BE SOUGHT BY PRAYER.
Wash me thourghly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean: wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. — Psa. 51:2, 7, 10.
Take with you words, and turn to the Lord, say unto Him, take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously, so will we render the calves of our lips. — Hosea 14:2.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. — Mat 6:10.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. — Jno 17:17.
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Dear Saints: — This morning finds me saved in Jesus, with sweet peace in believing. I am much afflicted in body. Have been since my 14th year. Have female disease and general debility, and several months each year I am down with Nervous prostration. I have doctored with different physcians for the past fifteen years, but received no permanent benefit; and the last physcian told me that I never could be cured. But I know there is one who is both able and willing to heal me of all diseases. And I ask the prayers of all God’s holy children that I may be healed of all my diseases, and get strong in body, and God shall have all the glory. Three years ago this month I was instantaneously and most wonderfully healed of Lung disease, and my faith is strong. I know God will answer our prayers for He has a work for me to do. Pray especially that I may be filled with the Holy Ghost.
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“Ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
“We that live are always delivered over to death, for Christ’s sake, that the life also of Christ might be manifest in our mortal flesh.”
There is a beautiful thought in the combination of the above texts. We are in Christ, and He is in us. But we are hid out of sight in Him, and He is revealed in us. So let all that is seen of ns be only Christ. We are epistles of Christ, known and read of all men.” Our life is written all over with Jesus. We are dead and His character shines out of our life. Amen!
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Hartsells, Morgan Co. Ala. March 4.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — O praise the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together for His great love wherewith He hath loved us, and His almighty power whereby He hath kept us from ail sin, and from the violence of wicked men and devils. In the press of our labors the time passed until it was too late to report for the last Trumpet. But now we are happy and thankful to God that we can report all well and kept by the power of God.
From Spring Hill meeting-house where we last wrote, wo went about seven miles to the southeast through a wild and almost mountainous woods, to the house of Bro. and sister Irby, in whose dwelling we remained and held meeting about one week. As has been the case for about two months, there was a great deal of rain. But a goodly number of hearers came out through the wet weather, and the dear Lord was pleased to pour His Spirit upon us gloriously. It seemed that God had taken us up upon the delectable mountains. The leaps in our soul were too high for the story of the room, as that house had a celling, whereas, nearly all the country houses here have nothing overhead but the roof, and never has a white wash brash touched the walls. Scarcely one out of ten of the houses in the country has a pane of glass in it. The sisters talked with some women who did not know what a carpet meant. We have seen no such a thing here. The people in the South seem contented with fewer domestic comforts than any people that we ever met. As one sister remarked the other day, “They take it all out in tobacco.” There is much truth in this statement. That weed deprives them of nearly all comforts, and many actual necessities of life. Of course there is not the same need of carpeted floors here as in the North, but how people can live for years in a house without a window is a mystery.
Well our stay at Bro. and sister Irby’s seemed to my soul like old brother Elijah’s hiding place in the wilderness, where he dined on food brought by angels. Glory to Jesus! We also feasted on heavenly manna, and shall never forget it. O how sweet it was to preach the glorious Gospel of Christ! The people loved and admired the Truth, some promised to walk in the same. Some came to the altar, and a few cast away their filthy idol; but we hope the day of judgment will reveal much more good done than was manifest. Many admire the truth, but few become doers of the Word: many are called, but few chosen, while all will appear without excuse in the day of judgment.
Some of God’s little ones came over from Spring Hill, who informed us that some were anxious for our return to that place. Now at that place is where Satan’s seat is. Moreover, he hath great wrath because he knoweth that he hath a short time. Before we left there we were much impressed that the mob spirit was at work, and one night when the rain prevented us from going to the place, a disguised crowd was seen going there. But now hearing that some souls there were hungry for salvation, we ventured back in the name of Jesus.
When reaching the neighborhood we were joyfully surprised by the coming of our dear young brother Andrew L. Byers from Ill., who has come to join our little company. Having had a great deal of trouble, and several days ramble before he found us, he was reminded of Stanley in search of Livingston. Truly our hearts were mutually refreshed by his arrival.
The first night of meeting three souls cause to the altar, two consecrated for entire sanctification, and one was gloriously pardoned. The next night the fierce powers of hell fully awakened from their brief slumber occasioned by our absence a couple lead balls, called buckshot were thrown through the open window, by means of a rubber concern that we are told is even dangerous to life. These wicked wretches also threw stones with slings at some of God’s saints that night on their way home, even regardless of women and children in the crowd. One woman was also hit. That was a little the lowest and most cowardly work we have ever yet met with. The next day four of satan’s chief servants rode out in four directions, five and seven miles to enlist by his lies and slanders such as were base enough in a great mob to assault us that night. During the day we learned all about the movement, and at a meeting at a brother’s house we recalled the meeting for night, seeing no possible chance of doing good. Hear, O Heaven’s, and be ashamed, O babylon, when we tell you that one of the four unclean spirits of devils that went forth to the four quarters of the earth to gather together Gog and Magog, was of the Ft. Scott creed, or the Good Way sect, and the father of the only family of that sect in the neighborhood. And at his cotton gin was the appointed place for the mob to meet. Some five miles away be called on some young men, who are reputed pretty wicked, and invited them to join the mob, telling them base lies. But they, having mere principle than he, said they would have nothing to do with it. They also came and informed some friends of the Lord all about the plot. These told the Ft. Scott man to his face what he was guilty of, and he said he did not deny it. So we have it direct from two or three witnesses who heard him confess the matter. So we are done with Good Way sectism. We expected to meet that creed with the Word of God, and had hopes of seeing some saved. But they shun Scripture investigation as a wolf shuns day light. Bro. Bradley invited the Editor and two of the leading preachers to meet him in discussion, but they have all failed to do so; and now we have discovered their tactics. They seem to regard slandering and mobbing as better calculated to subserve their cause than honest discussion. While we are happy to think that most of them in person would not condescend to the latter, it is only too true that many of them have given their tongues to the former whereby the latter measures have been infused in the baser sort. May God forgive them for Christ’s sake. There being no meeting at which the mob could assault us, they beset the house where we staid until about 12 o’clock at night. They reported their number between, seventy five and one hundred. They were armed with guns and revolvers. There were in the crowd a Methodist preacher, a class leader with his ax, many old gray haired sectarians, men recently out of jail, the basest men in the country mixed up with a majority of sectites; so we were informed by brethren that knew most that came up to the house. For a part kept in reserve with most of the guns. They stated that their object was only to give us orders to leave the country the next day. A brave army gathered for several miles around, about a hundred strong just to tell a few little children of God to leave the next day, after we had announced in the meeeting that we were going at that time. There were a few fearless souls present who told them to their lace that they were actuated to their dark work by the lies of Satan and the wickedness of their hearts, and shamed the babylon professors there mixed up in common cause with base outlaws. The mob hung about until about midnight clamoring for us to come out, stating they would not hurt us, etc. But when men are low down enough to fling buck shot into a congregation, and rocks into a promiscuous crowd, you might as well tell us that wolves and hyenas do not care for fresh meat, as to say that such did not want to hurt us. Doubtless some in the crowd did not, and for what we know such as said so did not; but judging the mob by what we had seen in the past, we had good sense enough to avoid such beasts. But when Bro. Smith informed us the next day that there were some respectable citizens in the crowd, who doubtless had come along through satan’s lies, or through curiosity to see what that great babylon would do, we wished indeed that we had gone out and preached to them. But all was doubtless for the best as it was; because there were a few indignant souls present that would not have taken anything from any of the mob. And when men showed such malicious hearts at the Lord’s meetings, what but deviltry could we expect of them at their father the devil’s meeting. Hence our absence was doubtless the best thing to avoid trouble. O may God show mercy to all of that crowd who are in the reach of mercy, that we may meet them at last among the redeemed!
After all left the house, not a great way off, they fired off their pieces, which, for a few seconds, mimicked the din of war.
May God ever bless and keep the few pure children of God in that wicked region; and may He reward their kindness to us. and also that of a few unprofessors whom we will not soon forget, and for whom we shall pray that God may bless and reward them with His great salvation. The next day, Friday, according to an appointment made on Teusday before, we came to Meridian, expecting to begin a meeting in the court-house. We found some hungry souls and many wishing meeting; but the court house being under repairs, no place seemed available. So having an urgent call to this place, we at once wrote friends to meet us at the station here on Teusday. In the mean time, we held a few meetings in private houses which were much blessed of God. The melting presence of the Spirit was upon the few that convened, and some were restored to the joys of salvation, and others cleared up and blessed in their souls. The manifestation of God’s Spirit was so precious that we regretted that our stay was so short. But in this little visit the cause of holiness, which had been much scattered by the strife against some of Christ’s commandments, revived and started afresh on the clean basis of God’s whole truth. Three, weekly meetings were appointed, and they hope to have a camp meeting next October. The Lord bless and add to His church in that city. Amen!
We have struck a good civil community here a few miles from Hartsells, Ala. The Lord is at work, and several have already been saved. When permitted of the Lord to close here, we expect, the Lord willing, to make one more stop in Ala. and then start North. At present indications, we think of going as far as Louisville, Ky. together, where we shall have to part from our company, and go via. of Indinapolis to Tipton Co. Ind., and after holding a meeting there perhaps call with the saints in Cass Co. Ind., and at Beaver Dam, and thence try to get home in Apr. Sister Warren’s mother having recently departed from earth, it is desired that they come back as soon as practical. Hence they will go via. Cincinnatti and visit some of the churches in Ohio. This also gives us two lines of churches to visit who can help us on our way, as means seem very scarce. Pray for us, dear brethren. God bless you all. Amen!
New Pittsburgh, Ind. March 6, 1891.
Dear Brethren: — I am still saved and praising God for this perfect salvation that saves me from all sin, and gives me victory over the all powers of the enemy. At the time of my last report Fob. 7, meeting was in progress at Odon, Daviess Co. Ind. There were four more consecrations. In all them were seven received the sanctifier, and three confessed Christ in the pardon of their sins. This meeting was a glorious feast to my soul. The little church at this place was much strengthened and edified. Three were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. We held one meeting at the house of Wm. Montgomery. This Bro. was very kind and good to us while we were at his house, but we fear he is on very dangerous ground at the prerent, being tainted by false doctrines: such as Low teaches in reference to sanctification, also fault fin..ing, and contending for secret societies. I speak of there things because Bro. Montgomery has been faithfully admonished, and being a minister of the Gospel we give it ns a warning. We pray that God may deliver him out of the hand of the enemy. The last day of the meeting which was on the Sabbath of the 15th was held in the house of Bro. Cloe, which was a glorious one. We honored the Lord by following His example in washing the saints feet, and commemorated His death and suffering by the breaking and eating of bread and drinking of the cup. His real death and suffering were brought by faith to our view, and His body actually discerned. Two of Bro. Cloe’s children fell down at the feet of Jesus and received the pardon of their sins. From here we went to Tampico, Jackson Co. where Bro. Wm. Moore went with us to aid in singing. May God bless him and make him useful in the work of the Lord. When we arrived at Tampico we found Bro. and sister Orr praising and glorifying God in the blessed experience of justification. And at the first meeting they presented their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. God accepted the offering, sanctifying them wholly. During the meeting five others consecrated, one receiving the sanctifier, three confessed Christ in justification, and one received nothing because he was not willing to give up all for the sake of Christ. This is a new place. The Gospel never before was preached hereby the power of the Holy Ghost in the evening light. Many were in attendance and were very attentive to the truth, and appeared in the beginning of the meeting to drink it all down, until the Spirit of the Lord put it upon us to speak of the tobacco and sect god. Then some that had been drinking down the truth began to spew it up and lo contend for their idols, choosing these rather than to be free. Oh, it is awful how satan has the people in bondage; chewing and smoking and sinning more or less every day, and at the same time professing to be saved. Oh what blindness! One Methodist local preacher professed to be sanctified, and testified to it as a second work of grace; claimed that he had been healed and cleansed of the use of tobacco, and yet he contended for his sect, and sold and dealt out the poison tobacco for others to moke a.. chew. I think he is badly mistaken about his sanctification. We saw in the last night of the meeting the Scripture fulfilled in him and others that opposed the truth, which says, “And the faces of them all gather blackness.” — Joel 2:6; Nah. 2:10. There are about sixty Campbelites and between two and three hundred Methodists in this place. The latter named sect held a protracted meeting before we got there, and had taken in on the porch of their sect about thirty persons, intending to leave them there for six months. Poor things I feel sorry for them. I hope they will get their eyes open before the time expires and flee to Christ who is able to save then just now from all their sins.
Bro. and sister Orr were buried with Christ by baptism into death, and arose with Him to walk in newness of life. May
God bless them for their liberalities and kindness to us. May God make brother Orr a flame of fire. — Heb. 1:7. From Tampico we wont to visit Bro. B. George and family at Hayden, Ind, which visit we enjoyed very much. We held a few meetings in the name of the Lord. Sister George’s daughter received the abiding Comforter. There is an old chronic prejudice against the saints at this place which can only be removed by the power of God. May God bless Bro. and sister George for their kindness. Bro. Moore started for his home in Daviess Co. March 2nd. Bro. Roe concluded to stay with Bro. George for awhile and hold singing and help in the meetings, and in the near future go and visit the saints again in Daviess Co. May God bless and prosper him ..s our prayer. I started for home the 3rd and arrived the 4th inst, meeting my beloved family with great joy.
Your Bro. saved in Jesus.
H. C. Wickersham.
Carthage, Mo. Feb. 6, 1891.
Dear Saints Greeting: — We just come home from the field last eve, after being out six weeks with glorious victory in every meeting. Praise the Lord. Since we wrote the last time we held a meeting at Norwood which was wonderful in power. The saints became settled down in the will of God in a very blessed way. They drank in the Word with such spiritual relish. Oh it was blessed! There is quite a number of the body of Christ at that place who are settled on the true foundation. In Isa. 28:16 we read; “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” And in Psa. 18:31 He says: “For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?” Here we find the only sure foundation to build upon. Three of the members of the Coumberland sect at that place, who had been very much opposed to holiness, came to the altar to be sanctified, two of which were clearly sanctified, the other seemed very decided but did not get quite satisfied. A few were saved during the meeting. But the meeting was more wonderful for the saints and even for our own souls. Oh praise the Lord! God bless the chruch at that place and keep them forever true. We made our home with Bro. Wilson’s family, who with all the saints were very kind to us. God bless the dear ones. We are fully saved and have glorious victory in our souls Praise the Lord. We find the dear ones at home enjoying health and salvation.
Geo. E. & Mattie Bolds.
Antwerp, O. Mar. 2, 1891.
Dear Saints: — We are happy to testify that we are still saved to the uttermost. Of late we have been proving the text of Dan. 12th. — “Many shall be purified made white and tried.” As the powers of hell at times have risen up against us like black thick dense clouds; but thank God we can rejoice through it all, and shout perfect victory over the accuser, the dragon. Rev. 12:11. My companion has been very poorly for some time, at times very low indeed that it seemed a matter between life and death. Though our faith has been well tested, yet we firmly trusted in Him who is able even to raise the dead. The Lord in His mercy stretched forth His hand and marvelously healed her. After praising God a while, she arose and dressed herself, since then she has been gaining in strength. About four weeks ago we were called upon at midnight to go about two miles to pray for the healing of dear Bro. Samuel Miller’s little daughter, who was very sick indeed with a raging fever. We accordingly proceeded according to James 5:23-16. The little girl was healed; when the wonderful melting power came upon us, and all present were wonderfully melted into tears. Another miracle of Divine healing and power was that of father Wm. McClellan, whose jaw was badly dislocated, and was perfectly healed and witnessed to by a display of Divine glory. To God only be all the glory for these and other cases of Divine healing wrought here lately by the Spirit of God. The days of Divine healing and displays of the great power of God are not passed, nor over with. Read and believe Mark 16th, 15—20, and you shall see His glory.
We left the saints at Auburn Ind. in quite good condition. I left Auburn, Feb. 28th, and we are holding meetings near Antwerp, O.. The Lord is with us in power. We expect to be here about ten or twelve days D. V., then return to Auburn where we expect Bro. and sister Speck to hold a meeting to be continued about ten days or two weeks, the Lord willing, after which we expect to go to Angola, thence to Brushy Prarie, Ind. and else where.
F. N. Jacobson.
Kenesaw, Neb. Feb, 19 1891.
Dear Saints: — God bless and keep you all in His great love. I left Denver about three weeks ago, held some meetings in McCook, Neb. sowed some good seed, found several hungry souls. Some anti’s, but no real saints of God. The weather set in very stormy, so I closed and came on to this place, two weeks ago, since which the Lord has done wonders. He helped me to deliver the Word in such away that some of the bitterest enemies of the cause, accepted the light. One old anti-ordinance friend confessed his faults and was converted, and afterwards wholly sanctified. It was a melting time. There have been some wonderful cases of healing. Because the law compels people to employ a physician when sick, some holiness families had done so, and lost their children. We taught them the way of faith in God. One sister having stepped on a nail, suffered greatly for a few days. Her husband came after us, and through prayer to God she was immediately healed. All glory we give to God. Another woman who had been bitter against the work here, was afflicted and sent for us: we went, and during prayer she gave her heart to God, and was wonderfully blessed, and shouted the praises of God. Then we obeyed the Word of God, and anointed her, and she was immediately healed, and gave glory to God. Hallelujah! The next day she consecrated all to God and was wholly sanctified. She is a shining light, having much influence for God. Several have been saved, and others are under conviction.
I remain your brother and humble servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, sanctified through His precious blood. Pray for me that I may beep low at His feet, and in His order.
G. R. Achor.
New Washington, Ohio, Feb. 2, 1891.
Dear Saints: — We are praising God for complete salvation which we enjoy at this present moment. Our last report was from Attica, Ohio. We arrived at New Washington, Ohio on Feb. 19th and commenced meeting which lasted until the following Tuesday evening. We had a glorious ordinance meeting in which wonderful waves of the Holy Spirit flooded many hearts to overflowing, and caused them to shout praises to our God. Oh praise our God! Well the Lord gave us perfect victory in reading His Word to the people. One dear. Bro. did not understand God’s will concerning him, but he settled down into God, where he could talk with God, then he understood where his place was in the body of Christ, and he became willing to obey God. There was much prejudice removed and we had both good attendance and attention during the meetings, and it closed with a quiet and good feeling among the people toward God’s little ones. From here we start for Saginaw Co. Mich. We expect to meet with God’s little ones at many places on the way, as we are traveling with our own conveyance. May God continue to use us on our way north. We have seen quite a goodly number saved, and some sanctified this winter, besides several healed of bodily afflictions.
Pray for us that we may continue to hold up the Gospel of our Lord and Master.
Yours in the love of Jesus.
M. H. & C. Basore.
Clam Lake, Mich., Mar. 6, 1891.
Dear Saints: — To-day finds us saved, praise God, and we have victory in our souls. We left Hope Centre Jan. 20th, and went to Geneva Centre where we commenced meeting Jan. 24th, in the name of the Lord. We held meetings a little over three weeks. Part of the time the weather was very unfavorable, but we had good congregations most of the time. The dear Lord helped us in preaching His Word to the people, and gave us victory in our souls over all the opposing elements. Dear Bro. Michels was there to help us two or three times, and Bro. J. Cole was there during most of the meetings. There were six consecrations and three were for pardon. Praise God forever! It does my soul good to see people willing to walk according to the Word of God. During the meetings there were four presented their bodies for healing, and the dear Lord answered prayer in their behalf. Praise God for such a Saviour that can heal both soul and body. He says in His Word, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” — John 15:7. 14:13. Bless the Lord, I am grafted in the vine, and made a partaker of the divine nature. I have left all the corruptible things of this world and am out in the war for Jesus. We left southern Mich. for Clam Lake, Feb. 26th. Your saved brother,
Woodburn, Ore., March 3, 1891.
To all the Dear Readers: — May grace and peace be multiplied abundantly. We are still holding forth the faithful Word in Oregon, and God is with us in power, and the Word is spreading fast. The people are confounded at the preaching of the pure Word of God; and especially the preachers that have fought against us. I met one Methodist preacher who acknowledged the truth. Some souls have turned to God. We find the people in this country very kind, but I have not met a man that is filled with the fulness of the love of God. I have visited but one family yet where they held family worship, and that was the Methodist preacher’s home. I have held meeting at two points, and began meeting last night in the city of Woodburn which has about 700 population. We expect to return home, the Lord willing, about April 1st. We have passed through some severe trials since we came here, and find the devil is here as well as in other states, but God’s grace is sufficient, I have proved it so From your Bro. saved and sanctified wholly.
Dear Saints: — I am now justified and in the way, tut not in the high way which I am striving for day after day. There is one thing that I have no light on yet, and that is, Why should I leave my sect? I consecrated while Mr. Wickersham was here, and was converted. Pray for me, dear saints, that I may see the light and receive the sanctifier.
Yours in Jesus.
BABYLON, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
MANY people are greatly bothered in finding out and applying the meaning of the word Babylon. It is the Greek form of the word babel, and means confusion. Wherever we read about it in the Bible, it is in someway connected with professors of religion. But when the children of God went to Babylon they were taken captive and remained in captivity until the Lord delivered them; and as long as they were in Babylon they were not free, so it is even to this day to those who are bound down by her rules and disciplines. The ancient or literal Babylon is a type of the modern or mystic Babylon. When the tower of Babel was being built the people wanted to reach heaven by some other way than the one which God had pointed out for them, and after they had worked on it and made quite a tower, the Lord confounded their speech and they became so confused that they could not finish it. Professors of religion of today are trying to contrive a way to get to heaven, different from the way the Lord has directed. This way has been devised so as to deceive many souls. The Word of God was given us as a discipline, and God’s people are to be of one mind, and were such in the morning of the Christian era; but as time rolled on, some who wished to get a name unto themselves were not satisfied to be governed by the Word of God, and began to cause divisions and being cut off by the Word, having no fellowship with God’s true children, they began to gather together as many of such spirit like unto themselves, as possible, and organised what they called a church: soon division after division ensued among those renegades, each having their own laws or rules, and differing in belief, and thus increasing until to-day there are hundreds of these sects or denominations, and this modern sectism is the mystic babylon spoken of in Revelation. God’s people have been taken captive, and been wondering on the barren plains of sectism until they are about starved for want of spiritual food. Yea, many who once knew the love of God, have long since become dead in their sins, through the cold formal teaching of sectism. But why call these denominations Babylon? We would ask you to tell us of any thing more confusing, if you can. They each one call themselves a church; each one claim to be better than the other, Yet they will each oppose some portion of the Bible, or fail to live up to its teaching. One will oppose conversion, another sanctification another baptism, feet washing; someone thing some another, and you cannot find two of these sects that will exactly agree on the Word of God. Yet the Lord says His watchman (ministers) shall see “eye to eye,” and His children be of the same mind and meet together of one accord. If some reckless sinner was to make up his mind to serve the Lord and would take his Bible and start out to see which denomination the Word of God said for him to join, where do you suppose he would stop if he were to measure each one by the Word? We think he would not go very far until he would become so confused that he would come to the conclusion either that the Bible is not true, or that God has a church outside of all sectism. There is not a sect that lives up to the teachings of the Word of God. One says, “We come the nearest of any.” Well your sect, then, is the one that is deceiving the most souls, for it is not the genuine, and it has been truthfully said, that the counterfeit nearest like the genuine deceives the most people, but when brought under the eye of an expert it is cast aside as worthless. So God with His allseeing eye, detects and utterly ignores all those creeds and so-called churches, and when weighed in the balance of His Word they are found wanting. Every sect has more or less sinners as members, and all who belong are bound under the same rules or discipline, but God says, 2 Cor. 6:14-17, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? * * * Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” Is that not reason enough, why you should withdraw from such institutions. because God says so? We have shown you that they are a regular mass of confusion of beliefs, and many honest souls have been taken captive by these babylon institutions, but the time has now come when the Lord is delivering His people out of all the confusion, and He says: “Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” — Rev. 18:4. If you are not called out, it is because you are not one of His children. If you are one of His children and refuse to come out from among them, you remain with them at the peril of your soul, because God speaks and you must obey, and He also says, “Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.” Many have light on these things but are unwilling to walk in it, yet they want the blessing of sanctification. Walk in all the light you have and then you will be able to grasp the promise. Because some good people in the past who lived up to all the light they had and were in a sect, died and went to heaven, is no reason that you can do the same, because God has give you light on these thimgs, and you must walk in it or go in darkness. God has a glorious Church which is without spot, — Eph. 5:27.; it is the body of Christ. — Eph. 1:22, 23. Col. 1:18, 24. And as no sect is the body of Christ you can plainly see that no sect is the Church. The sects take their members in by the right hand of fellowship and by answering certain questions asked by the preacher, and their names are then written in the class book. In God’s Church the only door is Jesus Christ, and no sinner can get in, but the moment they are converted they are in the Church — born into it, and their names written in heaven. Why should you then need to join any thing else? The Word says, “Ye are complete in Him.”
E. E. Byrum.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — As it has been some time since I have written to the Trumpet, I feel it would be to the glory of God for me to add my testimony to the list or cloud of witnesses for Jesus. Oh glory to God that giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, victory over all sect confusion as well as all sin, and all idols. I thank God that He has written His law in my mind and put it in my heart; thank God for a love of the truth, and a heart full of amens for the whole truth. Oh praise the Lord for it all. For I am sure nothing but the grace of God could have changed my rebelious heart from a love of sin to a love of God and His holy Word; for it is written the carnal mind is enmity against God for it is not subject to the law of God neither indeed can be. — Rom. 8:7. This is why so many carnal professors of holiness cannot endure the whole truth, and they become our enmies, when we tell the truth. — Gal. 14:16. I once heard a teacher of the Ft. Scott sect say, while opposing the truth, that Jesus was naked while washing the disciples feet. I heard one affirm that he was happy while opposing feet washing we not withstanding, the Lord has taught us that we would be happy it would do them. This man said publicly, with his face the picture of confusion, that God made him happy while opposing it. Now the idea that a man would profess to his congregation, that the God who gave us this example and commanded us to do it and promised that we should be happy if we would do it, and has so often fulfilled this promise to His saints while washing each others feet, that the Lord would make him, happy while opposing that very example or command. My soul was made to cry out: Oh shame, where is thy blush? Oh dear saints, let us obey God’s holy words, for they are life. John 6-63. And they will never pass away, Mat. 24:3 5, but will judge those who reject them, in the last day. John 12:48. For His words are the commandment of God the Father, John 12:4, 9, which command is life everlasting. John 12:50. And knowing that He is coming in the last day to take vengeance on those who obey not His Gospel, God help us to be true and teach the people to observe all things whatsoever He has commanded us. As He said, He will be with us always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Well I wish to return my thanks to the dear saints for their kindness to me during my long illness. God bless and reward them, for the aid they gave me. For the Lord moved upon the dear souls to do all they could for me. Oh glory t0 God! Our prayers have been answered, and I am again able to commence work for the Master. I preached my first sermon last Sunday at Evergreen Bethel. Since last Nov, or Dec. I have not been able t0 be with dear Bro. Warner and Co. but very little since he has been in our Southern land, but from what I can learn he is doing good that I trust will be as lasting as eternity. O how anxious I am to meet them again. I feel that the Lord has rebuked the disease that so long has hindered me in the Master’s work. Oh glory to His name. Keep praying for me that I may gain strength again, and do much good in His name.
Your Bro. in Christ saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified through the truth.
W. W. Bradley
Dear Saints: — I feel it would be to the glory of God for me to write my testimony to the Trumpet. I am so glad that the Lord sent Bro. Warner to the south to teach the ways of righteousness and holiness. Praise His name forever! This finds me washed in the blood of Jesus, and I realize that there is not a spot on my garments. I, with others, have taken the Lord for my strength, and my all and in all. I know the Lord has healed my body. I have witnessed the healing power of God in this neighborhood, where the the most eminent medical doctor in this country pronounced the patient beyond all medical aid. There were a few saints strong in the Lord, went there and complied with God’s Word, anointed with oil and laid on hands in the name of the Lord, and the Lord raised up the patient, who is now blessedly saved. I want all the dear saints to pray for me that I may grow stronger and stronger in the work of the ministry.
C. C. Stewart.
Dear Saints: — We have a Sunday school here now and ask your prayers for the same, that it may be the means of winning souls to the truth. I am sure that it is a good thins and something that ought to be looked after more than it is. It gives the small children a good chance to learn the true and only way of life and salvation. God bless the children and incline their hearts to serve Him while young. I believe it would be a great help to the little ones if we had some lesson leaves, something that they could study and understand during the week while at home. If any one led of God will compose and furnish us with lessons and instructions for the children we will praise God for it, and pay you for the same. Let us hear from some one on this subject as soon as the Lord may lead. Amen.
Your Bro. free in Christ, all consecrated to the will of God.
4. HOLINESS IS TO BE ENJOYED IN THIS LIFE.
That He would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. — Luke 1:74, 75.
Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world. — Tit. 2:12.
Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God: and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. — 1 Jno. 4:7, 12.
6. THE DOCTRINE OF HOLINESS IMPLIED.
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. — Gen. 5:24.
Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell forever more. Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land. — Psa. 37:27, 34.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. — Isa. 55:13.
That He would grant you according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. — Eph. 3:16-19.
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind: and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. — Eph. 4:22-24.
Husbands, love your wives, even as 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. 5:25-28.
Who gave himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He has saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost. — Tit. 2:14; 3:5.
And make straight paths for your feet lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” — Heb. 12:13, 14.
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. — 1 Pet. 1:22.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lusts. — 2 Pet. 1:4.
Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe. 1 Thes. 2:10.
Let us therefore as many as be perfect be thus minded. — Phil. 3:15.
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as He is pure He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. — 1 Jno. 3:3, 8.
Herein is our love made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment; he that feareth is not made perfect in love — 1 Jno. 4:17, 18.
7. HOLINESS OBTAINABLE, AND HOW TO OBTAIN IT.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service; and be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. — Rom. 12:1, 2.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body that ye should obey it the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. — 6:11, 12, 13.
And put no difference between us and hem, purifying their hearts by faith. — Acts 15:9.
To open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance among them which are sanctified. — Acts 26:18.
8. PROMISES GIVEN FOR THE KEEPING OF THOSE THAT OBTAIN HOLINESS.
Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. — 1 Cor. 1:8.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love. — Jno. 15:10.
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God, we have waited for Him, and He will save us; this is the Lord, we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. — Isa. 25:9.
For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. — 2 Tim. 1:12.
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. — 2 Chron. 13:9.
Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and forever. Amen. Jude 24, 25.
Yours in love.
G. W. Cary.
Dear Saints of the Most High: — To you who are sanctified by God, the Father Lord of heaven and earth, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called according to His purpose to be saints. Mercy, peace and love be multplied unto you. Amen! My testimony is that my whole trust is fixed in God, and my soul is abundantly satisfied with His mecries, His loving kindness, and the atoning blood of Jesus Christ does cleanse me from all sin Glory to God in the highest. For several reasons I feel led especially to write on the word satisfied. First that unsatisfied, is unregenerated and unstable souls take exception to them who take the bolt! stand, with a zeal that is according to knowledge, upon the Word of God to defend its mighty truths; And testify to an experimental knowledge of God wrought in their hearts by His mighty power through the Holy Spirit which leads holy men into all truth in the simplicity of the Gospel. Those who take exception to them who testify that they are satisfied, take exception to the Word of God, and our Saviour who came to save their souls. Certainly they are they who are “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” So many poor blind souls think, that His grace that gives unto the soul the satisfying portion, is attainable through the wisdom and philosophy of man, like the Jews and Greeks over 1800 years ago. I say poor with sorrow because they will not take God entirely at His Word as the man of their counsel, but listen to shepherds who are looking after their quarterage; and blind because they having blind leaders, have eyes see not. Some are more than that. “Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than the lovers of God.” — 2 Tim. 3:4. If any man teach otherwise and consent not to wholesome words, even 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 surmising, perverse disputings of men of corupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such turn away. But now comes that which is satisfying to the soul: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Tim. 6:3-6.
Second, because it is the will of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have justification and sanctification. “For this is the will of God even your sanctification.” Is it possible for poor miserable fallen man with the adamic sin or carnal nature born in him, after God sending His Son into this world in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh, has laid down a plan of salvation that is perfect and complete, and which best of all “taketh away the sin of the world,” meaning the adamic sin, to stand no before God and man and express himself in words that man cannot be satisfied? It is possible for that which we have heard with our own ears, that we declare unto you. Truly we are in perilous times, and must exclaim with the Psalmist: “What is man that Thou art mindful of him? My experience is that when I was only justified I had peace with God, and no condemnation rested upon me, for God pardoned me of all my actual transgressions. But like all in a justified state, I had a real hungering and thirsting for something more, that satisfying portion; and by reading the Word of God honestly, carefully and earnestly, I there found that even my sancification was the will of God. Hear our Saviour’s words: “and for their sake I sanctify myself that they also might be sanctified through thy truth. “Neither pray I for these a one, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. John 17:19, 20. And I believed our Christ through their word with all my heart. This then, as I said before I was justified, made me a fit candidate for sanctification, after which I presented my body a living sacrifice, holy and accptable by which I realize the mighty power of God, and the satisfying of my soul. Glory be to God forever and ever through the Lamb which taketh away the sin of the world. I find too that my experience is no more nor less than the experience of many others who are fully established in the faith and doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ. So many seem to think, I mean those who have not gone on to perfection, or even not justified, that when one is filled with the fulness of God, he can just fold up his arms and have nothing to do; But this is not true, for my experience teaches me something different. As soon as one is filled with the fullness of God, and this earthen temple flooded with His glory; he then just reaches the point where God can best use him, for he has come into compliance with God’s entire will, and God and man is truly united; and where the unseen powers of the devil are brought to bear upon him from all sides, and his name is put out as evil by those who profess to know God. But only by a continual uplifted heart to God in prayer, he keeps his soul delivered from the devices of the devil. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Then again some say that this grace cannot be attained until just at the point of death. But here are the words of David: “O satisfy us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” — Ps. 90:14. This certainly does not mean at the point of death as some false teachers now teach it. Yes, it is pleasing to the real powers of darkness, and him that the beasts worship: these that have opposed God, the truth and His sain is since the creation of man, for men who are hirelings to put off the poor hungering, thirsting souls, until death seals them in their graves unsatisfied, and a real heaven in their souls unobtained. May God have mercy on such blind teachers. Here is the promise: “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul. — Ps. 107:9. How true this is and how plain; and yet some one may ask, how? We shall let our Saviour answer it: “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” — John 4:14. In this the word “water” does not mean literal water, but figuratively means the word. “And Jesus said unto them; I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. — Jno. 6:35. Some one may ask t.. what extent must we come unto Christ: “Til we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” — Fph. 4:13. And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose water faileth not. — Is. 58:11. I could sti..l add more proofs, but think these sufficient even for way faring men, though fools cannot err therein, or fail to understand. Pray for me that I ever remain satisfied with the goodness of God.
Your Bro. fully saved and satisfied.
H. W Hechler.
AN OPEN DOOR.
Sister Frances Gregory writes from Leroy Osceola Co. Mich: “I can say that the Lord saves me and keeps me by His almighty power. I have been trying to hold up the light here the best I know how. There two living near to God, and the.. are willing to come out of the wilderness, and take the way of truth. When I hold prayer meetings, the free Methodists try to oppose me, but I am on the solid Rock Christ Jesus. I ask all the saints to pray for me. I feel that God has heard my former request for prayers for my family. My husband is turned in much favor of the evening light, and he prays that God may send some one here to preach the pure Gospel. Last Sabbath I went to hear a brother preach, who has let the Free Methodists, because of ill treatment. He talks good, so far as he has the light. He has a mild and teachable spirit. So I believe it will be to the glory of God for some one to come to preach the word We are trying to have Bro. Randolph ant Co, who is willing as soon as means are provided. Souls are at slake.”
Dear Breathren: — The blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son, cleanses me from all sin and sanctifies me wholly just now. Bless His holy name forever and ever. I want you, all to pray for me. From your Bro. in Christ.
Dear Saints: — I praise the Lord today for a complete salvation that saves me from all sin, and fills my soul with His love just now.
Yours in Jesus.
A. A. Kinzie.
Dear Christian Friends: — I love to read the Gospel Trumpet. I do love to read the Word of God. I was lost in sin, but God has called on me to do His will, and His love is in my heart all the time. Pray for me.
Yours trusting in Jesus.
G. W. Ham.
Cauke City, Kan.
East Jordan, Mich
Dear Saints: — This morning finds me still praising God lor the salvation of my soul. Oh the peace and joy and glory that I feel from day to day, cannot be expressed or told. It is a well of living water spinging up unto everlasting life. I am free from all sin.
Your sister in Jesus.
Sophronia E Sweet.
Dear Saints: — I feel to tell what the Lord has done for me. He has taken me out of darkness and placed me on the solid Rock Christ Jesus. Praise the Lord for his glorious evening light that lights up the whole world. I praise the Lord for sending the dear saints to Wymore, and showing in the true light of God’s Word, so we could see Him through faith. I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ, and He cleanseth me from all sin. Pray that I may ever be found at the feet of Jesus learning of Him. I am your sister saved and sanctified wholly to do my Master’s will.
Susan C. Fries.
Dear Saints: – I do rejoice to know that we have a great High Priest that can be touched by our infirmities. Praise His name forevermore. Christ is all and in all to me; bless His name, and all who come to him in faith will remove of Him. The truth has set me free, and I enjoy this freedom from inbred sin. “As He is, so are we in this world,” and let us realize the truth, that if we are not like ..im in this world, we will never be in the world to come. I believe that the Lord has heard prayer in me behalf in the past, and I ask all the dear ones to still pray for my healing.
Your Bro. washed in the blood.
Ulysses D. Todd.
Dear Brethren: May God bless you all. I have a confession to make. Last Spring I made a profession of sanctification. Oh what peace and joy filled my heart. I then thought that nothing could move me. But I soon had a trial, and in my weakness yielded and fell. I have repented, but it seemed there was something else for me to do. John says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I would ask the prayers of all the saints that I may be led in the right way, and that God will sanctify my soul and help me to overcome by His blood, and the word of my testimony. I love the Trumpet and would like to have it weekly, will send for the children’s paper as soon as I can.
Yours in Love.
Mrs. R. S. Wallace
Dear Saints of God: — I believe that it will be to the glory of God for me to write my testimony. His Word says, “ye are my witnesses,” and I am praising God for His wonderful love to me. I am saved by the precious blood of Jesus and sanctified by the power of the Holy Ghost, and resting on Christ Jesus my sure foundation. Though waves of tribulation are cast against us and tempest and storms appear, I am not overthrown, for my feet are founded upon the Rock which will never give way. My husband and I are all the saints there are in Burden, but we praise the dear Lord for a full salvation. O we hope some one will come to help.
HEALED BY POWER DIVINE.
Dear Saints: — This is the first time I ever felt led lo write my testimony to tell what wonderful things the Lord has done for me. He saved my soul and sanctified me wholly, and also healed my body when I was not expected to live. I was sick one week, and still grew worse till the day the Lord healed me. During the day the people said I could not live much longer; but that night about 1 o’clock I said to my husband, “I believe I can say I am healed yes, I said, I know I am healed,” and still felt the witness in the morning, and got up and dressed myself, and come walking out into the room where my children were. They were much surprised and were moved to tears when I told them what the Lord had done. I felt well and went to the table and ate my breakfast. Now I give God all the praise and glory for what He has done for me, and for what He has done for my family; He has saved them all. Praise His holy name. Pray for me that I may ever be kept low and humble down at the feet of Jesus, and be willing to do His will at all times, that I may understand the leadings of the Spirit for I feel I am one of the weakest of God’s children. Your sister in Christ Jesus,
Nancy M. Rice.
Dear Saints: — I am led by the Spirit of God to write my testimony. The Lord keeps me sweetly saved from all sin. I have been living in the evening light for six years. I had been a member of the M. E. sect for four years. In 1884, while at work in the field, the dear Lord appeared unto me and melted me to weeping. He then led me to read my Bible very much every day. I thought I had been a Christian, but the Lord made me condemn myself as a sinner before God. I also soon found by reading the Bible that the sect I had be longed to had become a den of thieves and a cage of unclean and hateful birds. I then sought the Lord with my whole soul, mind and strength. After pardon I never stopped until I was sanctified wholly. Since then I have been fighting against all sin I never grew in grace until I renounc.. the devil and all his works. About t.. weeks after I was sanctified wholly, the Spirit of God came upon me in mighty power, crying, Holy! holy!! holy!!! is the Lord of Sabaoth. Ever since, I know I am saved and sanctified by the Spirit’s voice continually crying holy! holy!! holy!!! published it in the class meeting, and they all became offended at me. The old members said that when a person got sanctified God would take him to heaven to live. And when I refused to pay any carnal preacher any more, they cast me out, the old Jews did Bartimas. I am happy to any that I am out of babylon; saved sanctified, and kept from all sin.
Your saved colored Bro.