15 November 1887, Volume 9, Number 17.
The Happy Christian.
I am a happy Christian,
One of the noisy crew,
I shout when I am happy
And that I mean to do;
Some say I am too noisy,
I know the reason why,
And if they felt the glory,
They’d shout as well as I.
Cho: — Then palms of victory, crowns of glory,
Palms of victory I shall wear,
Then palms of victory, crowns of glory,
Palms of victory I shall wear.
They sing and shout in Heaven,
It is their heart’s delight;
I’ll shout when I am hapy,
And that with all my might.
I’ve Jesus Christ within me,
He’s turned the devil out;
And when I feel the glory
It makes me sing and shout.
My sins are all forgiven
Which did as mountains rise,
My title’s clear for Heaven,
Beyond the starry sky:
God’s saints are my companions.
I’m bound for endless day,
And though the storm is raging,
I’ll shout along the way.
I’ll sail o’er life’s rough ocean,
With glory just in view;
King Jesus is our pilot,
He’ll steer the vessel through.
I’ll shout o’er death’s dark river,
But when I join the throng,
For ever and for ever
We’ll roll the cause along.
THE RISE OF SECTARIANISM.
IN order to make plain to the reader the rise of sectarianism, it will be necessary to commence back in the prophecies, which may seem to some as not bearing upon the point; but wait and see. Sectarianism is a power. How it is well known that many powers have arisen since the creation of the world; Yes, —
Arisen and had their sway,
And again have passed away.
Therefore it will be necessary to notice some of them. Of course, but one universal power could exist at the same time. Universal power is one that has full sway over the whole inhabited globe, and there never have been but four of them yet from the beginning until the present time: the first of which was the Babylonian kingdom under king Nebuchadnezzar. The second was the Mede and Persian kingdom under king Darius; the third, the Grecian under Alexander, and the fourth and last, the Roman power under the Caesars, which power, or kingdom was divided into ten minor kingdoms, or as some have it, ten minor kingdoms arose out of the Roman universal power.
Now let us see how beautifully this harmonizes with the Scriptures. Turn to the second chapter of Daniel. Here we find that king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of an image whose head was of fine gold, which represented the first Universal power; this we know, for Daniel says in the 28th verse, “thou art this head of gold.” and we know that Nebuchadnezzar was I king of the Babylonian government at that time. “His breast and his arms of silver,” which represented the Medo-Persia government, and as silver is inferior to gold, so were the Medes and Persians inferior in wealth, luxury and magnificence, to the Babylonians. “His belly and his thighs of brass,” which represented the Grecian government under Alexander; “His legs of iron” Which represented the fourth, or Roman power; as iron represents the strongest of metals, so the power which it represented was the strongest; “His feet, part of iron and part of clay, the toes of which (being ten,) represent the ten minor kingdoms which should spring into existence after the full of the fourth universal power.
“Thou art this head of gold.” And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule overall the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron; forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things, and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter’s clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with misery clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with misery clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” — Daniel 2:38-44.
In the 43rd verse we see present truth exemplified in the fact that the different powers do mingle together by visiting each-other, and exchanging commodities; but the different governments do not cleave one to another.
We see another wonderful feature in that dream as set forth in the 34th and 35th verses. After beholding in his dream, the great image divided into its parts, representing, as we have before stated, the four universal powers, and the ten minor powers, “he saw a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet, that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.” “Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver and the gold broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the Summer threshing-floors, and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image, became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” This represents Christ Jesus the Son of the living God, and His kingdom. Verse 44 reads, — “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”
Mark another remarkable feature in the 28th verse. “But there is a God in Heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king, Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.” The latter days spoken of here are the days in which the God of Heaven did set up His kingdom, or built His Church, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail; the beginning of which days was when Christ made His advent into the world in the form of humanity. — Heb. 1:1, 2. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son.”
“But now once in the end of the world hath He (Christ) appeared to put away sin, by the sacrifice of Himself.” Heb. 9:26.
Read also 1 Tim. 4:1-3; also 2 Tim. 3:1-5. In the 7th chapter of Daniel, we have an account of another dream, which runs parallel with the one in the second chapter, and repeats, not only the exact powers, but a little more. Let us look at it. Fortyeight years after Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel saw in his night vision “the four winds (which means in symbolic language; strife, war, and political commotion) of the Heaven strove upon the great sea. The word sea, when used as a symbol in the scripture, means people, nations, tongues. — Rev. 17:15. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from the other: The first was like a lion and had eagle’s wings. I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given unto it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it, between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo! another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads, and dominion was given unto it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and break in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it; and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots, and, behold in the horn were eyes, like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Now these four beasts represent the same powers that the first four parts of the image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream did, and the ten horns, the same ten kingdoms that the ten toes did; but in addition, we see another curious fact, — another little horn. Now we know that in the days of these kings that the papal church of Rome sprang info existence; and we shall see further along that the little horn spoken of is no more nor less than papal Rome. The interpreter declares that, “these great beasts which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.”
King here means kingdom, as explained in verse 23, which says, “The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth.”
Daniel would know still further the truth of the ten horns that were in the head of the head of the fourth beast; and of the other little horn, even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose looks were more stout than his fellows; he says, “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.”
“Made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.” This part was fulfilled during the papal reign: under which upwards of fifty million of martyrs were slain. Look at the cruel persecution of the Albigenses, the Waldenses, and the Protestants generally by the papal power, how they were thrown to wild beasts, pulled apart by windlasses, thrown upon sharpened spikes, roasted on gridirons, burned at the stake, and various other ways of torture too cruel to name. Does not all this prove that the little horn was the papal power?
Again, the angel says; verse 24, “And the ten horns out of this kingdom (fourth beast) are ten kings that shall arise; and another shall rise after them: and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. Vr. 25. And he shall speak great words against the Most High and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and law’s: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. This papal king did think to change times and laws in various ways, among which, are making for himself, or rather taking upon himself the title, “Vicegerent of the Son of God,” assuming to be infallible, having the power of granting indulgences, assuming the power to forgive sins, praying to the virgin Mary, creed making, and many other things, all of which are a departure from essential doctrines taught by Christ and the Apostles.
In Rev. 13: we read of a beast “which came up out, of the sea, (which means a power arising from the peoples and nations and tongue,) having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the names of blasphemy.” Here we see another individual whose name was John, over 600 years after the two dreams spoken of in Daniel 2nd and 7th, who saw a beast that corresponded with the legs of iron in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, and with the fourth beast in Daniel’s dream. At the time John saw this beast, there had been a change in the religious character of the Roman Empire, arid this beast symbolizes Rome in its professedly Christian form. He also saw ten horns, which represented the same ten kingdoms that were represented in the other two dreams.
Now these ten kings did arise between the years 356 and 483, and the divisions that arose out of the fourth Universal kingdom, were established as follows, viz. by the Huns A. D. 356, by the Ostrogoths 377, Visigoths, 378; Franks 407; Vandals 407; Suevi, 407; Burgundians, 407; Heruli, 470; Anglo-Saxons, 476; and the Lombards, 483. During these ten horns — kingdoms — the little horn, papacy arose.
We will now show a parallel between this power (papal power) and the little horn of the 7th chapter of Daniel. “And he shall speak great things against the Most High.” — Daniel 7:25.
The leopard beast of Rev. 13:6. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God. The little horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.” — Dan. 7:21. This beast also, Rev. 13:7, makes war with the saints, and overcomes them. The little horn had a mouth speaking great things. — Dan. 7:8, 20. And of the leopard beast we read, Rev. 13:5. “And there was given unto him a month speaking great things and blasphemies.”
These points prove identity; then who can say they do not set forth papal Rome? Here then was the rise of sectism. Romanism being the first sect.
In Rev. 13:11, John saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb. Another beast signifies another power, which we affirm to be Protestantism, or all the Protestant sects. For we read in Rev. 13:18, “Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred three score and six. (666), which number corresponds with about the number of the different sects at the present time. We read in Rev. 17:5, “Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.” It is generally admitted that the mother, spoken of here means the Roman Catholic denomination; if this be true, who are the daughters?
Well, we will introduce some of them to the reader, giving the date of their births, and also who some of their fathers are.
In the year 1054, was born the Greek sect. In the year 1530 another sect sprang into existance, having Martin Luther for its father. In the sixteenth century the Church of England was organized. In the year 1585 the Independents, or Presbyterians was organized by Robert Brown. In 1602 the Congregationalists, by Jno. Robinson. In the year 1536 the Mennonites, under Menno Srinon. In 1780 the Free Will Baptists, by Benjamin Randall. In 1766 the Method Episcopal sect, by Philip Embury. In 1775 the United Brethren, by William Otterbein. In 1843 the Wesleyan Methodist, by Scott, Horton, Sunderland, Lee, and Matlac. In about 1800 the Christsan order, organized by dissenters from the Methodists, Pres., and Bap. In 1800 the Evangelicals, Jacob Albright. In 1830 the Protestant Methodists, seceders from the M. E. sect. In 1830 the Winebrennarians, John Winebrenner. In about 1827, Campbellites, Alexander Campbell. In 1860, Free Methodists, B. T. Roberts.
These are only a few of the 666, “the number of the beast.” “For it is the number of a man,” which some interpret as referring to the title which the Pope applies to himself, and has it inscribed on his pontificial crown. The title is Vicarius filii Dei: — “Vicegerent of the Son of God.” Giving these letters their numerical value, we have 666. V — 5, I — 1, C – 100, A – 0, R — 0, I – 1, U – same as V – 5, S – 0, F – 0, I — 1, L – 50, I – 1, I — 1; D – 500, E – 0, I – 1 — 666.
These different organizations are sects, or heresies, which are synonimous terms, Paul, in Gal. 5, places heresies among the works of the flesh, and says, “that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Heresy means 1st, an opinion taken upon opposition to the established, or usually received doctrine, tending to promote a division, or party; the belief of a sect or party.
Second, an offence against Christianity, consisting in a denial of some essential doctrine, publicly avowed, and obstinately maintained. Who will arise and tell us of a single sect or religious denomination on the earth, that does not either deny, or refuse to practice some essential doctrine found in the Bible. For instance, 1st, — Many deny the doctrine of perfected holiness in this life. 2, Another healing by laying oil of hands. 3, Others, the new birth, others the demonstrations of the Spirit, others the baptism of the Holy Ghost, others the ordinances; others a part of the ordinances; others, that we can live without sin in this life; another, the separation of body and spirit at death; another, the resurrection of the dead, others declare immersion not baptism; another, no baptism at all, others hold immersion, sprinkling and pouring all to be valid baptism: some say Jesus Christ is the Son of God, others that He is only a man, some say one thing, others another, while all unite in denying the one Body, the Church, consenting to the dividing of the body of Christ into 666 different pieces; while Paul says in the 4th chapter and 4th verse of Eph. — There is one body.
Are not all these points essential doctrine? “If ye love me keep my commandments.” — John 14:15. “He that says I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” — 1 John 2:4.
We will give texts bearing on these denials mentioned above, because, “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.
Second, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they east out devils; and they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents, and it they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall by hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – Mark 16:17, 18.
Third, “A new heart also will I give into you, and a right spirit will I put, within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you heart of flesh.” — Eze. 36:26. Again except a man be born again, he cannot see he kingdom of God. — John 3:3. “Whenever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.”
Fourth, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” — 1 Cor. 12:7. “And my speech, and my preaching, was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power.” — 1 Cor. 2:4.
Fifth, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; for the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. — Acts 2:38, 39.
6th, and 7th, “Keep the ordinances as I delivered them to you.” — 1 Cor. 11:2. 8th “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” — 1 Jno. 3:9. 9th, Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. — Ec. 12:7. 10th, The dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. — 1 Cor. 15:52.
11, 12, 13, 14, One Lord, one faith, one baptism. The word baptize, stands as in the Greek, which means dip, plunge, immerse; therefore if the word had been translated into English it would read, one Lord, one faith, one dip, plunge, or immersion.
16th, But when the fullness of time was come, God rent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law. — Gal. 4:4.
Time and space will not permit us to enumerate all the essentials denied, or not practiced, but we will venture the assertion, that if we could have all the creeds and beliefs of all the denominations on the globe before us, and should adopt them, that there would be nothing left, for us, or required of us, in the Word of God.
A. B. Palmer.
Dear Brethren: — This morning finds me well and saved. I am so glad that God gave me an honest heart to accept Him, and He opened my eyes to the awful sin of sectism. I would not give my interest in the blood of Jesus, for all the fine dresses and gold chains, old black pipes and beer bottles that sectarians can make use of: back-biting and slanderous talk included. They say they don’t want to get so good that they could not go to church, (sect meeting).
I would love to meet with the people of God if I could. The Bible says, “By their fruit ye shall know them.” I am praying God to open the way for some of His ministers to come to this place and hold a meeting. I think some good might be done even in this place; for there are good honest souls here, as well as elsewhere.
Your sister saved and wholly sanctified.
M. E. Hurd.
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NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Mc PHERSON Kan., Oct. 20.
We had a joyful meeting with dear sister Leah Miller, Hannah Fishbaugh, and Mary Prouse, at Anthony Kan. Also Bro. and sister Markwell. We would not refrain from shouting the praises of God, although the passers by stopped to listen with amazement, and the town boys gathered in swarms on the prairie lawn.
We had bean acquainted with these two dear sisters in Ohio, and rejoiced to find them praising God for full salvation. Arrangements had been made to begin work in a school-house several miles out in the country. There was a good interest, several soon asked the prayers of the saints. A few consecrated, and seemed to be blest. Sister Cora Miller, sister Leah’s daughter, was gloriously converted and sanctified. O it is blessed and glorious to see young ladies and young men renounce this vain and foolish world, and give themselves up to the sweet and heavenly service of our Lord Jesus Christ, and enjoy the pure peace and love of God in their souls; and thus live for an object worthy of an immortal soul. May the Lord bless sister Cora, and make her a useful, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord. Dear Bro. John Miller was working about a hundred miles from home. (He had been saved in our first meeting in Tiffin Ohio, about ten years ago; but had lost his hope.) The Lord wonderfully melted his heart in answer to prayer, and sent him home, and he was ready to fall at the feet of Jesus, and give himself all to the Lord. The Lord accepted and saved his soul, and there was joy in Heaven, as well as great joy in that family. May God also bring home to himself the remaining members of the family.
We were expected to labor in Anthony, but after closing in the country, we felt led of the Lord to go on to Wichita, Kan. So on Oct. 12, we went to a little stream near Anthony, where we buried with Christ in baptism, sister Prouse, and sister Cora Miller. The wonderful presence and blessing of God made the scene sacred and glorious. That same after-noon we took train, and after sixty miles ride to the North-east, over a beautiful prairie, enjoying nature as only children of God can, we landed in the young, over-grown city of Wichita. The place claims nearly 30,000 inhabitants. Its age is about seventeen years.
Bro. and sister Rock, in whose happy little home we were happy to lodge, tell us that more than half the business blocks have been built in the last three years. So you see cities spring up in the West like mushrooms after Spring showers. We visited one very hungry family, that would have been glad, we think, to come to Christ; But having received a call to come forthwith to Bro. J. S. Howe’s, 20 miles North-west, — the Bro. having been hurt, was laying very sick — we responded in the name of the Lord. Prayer was offered to God for his healing, with the anointing of oil. For some reason the Bro. did not realize an immediate healing, but we held on by faith to the promise of the Lord, and he was rapidly recovering, and able to be up some before we left. We held a few meetings in the School-house, and the Lord, both converted and sanctified three souls, and also sanctified, and anointed dear Bro Daniel Howe, who having been called for years to work for the Lord, was ordained by the laying on of hands, as an Elder in the Church of the living God. I pray God that the dear brother may go to work faithfully for the Master. There is a good opening there for the salvation of souls. Some were much wrought on by the Spirit of God, and we hope, will soon seek the Lord. The dear brethren here wish some one to come as soon as practical, and hold a thorough protracted meeting. I hope the Lord will send dear Bro. and sister Cole, Bro. Haner, or some one else there who is able to give the people the glorious Gospel.
Dear saints being eager for our arrival at Table Rock, Neb. in time to hold outdoor service, it is necessary we must urge our journey on Northward. We would love to stop longer at all these points, but thank God for the privilege of stopping and greeting the dear saints, and above all we do praise God that in our short calls we do enjoy the privilege of seeing a few souls saved. Yesterday dear brother and sister Howe’s son brought us about forty miles North to this place, where we are enjoying a very pleasant visit with the family of sister Amy Findley, who was sanctified at a grove meeting at Payne O., two years ago, and who also visited the TRUMPET family at Williamston, she being a sister of sister Celia Kilpatrick of the Trumpet family. She is also a cousin of sister Nannie Kigar of our working band. Sister Findley is very hungry for the communion of saints, being without scarcely a person in the place that respects Bible salvation. O the darkness of this babylonized world! It is awful! The great masses who make any profession of Christ are going to hell with a vain, worldly, social religion, and think a person lacking good sense who believes the Bible. We are very courteously entertained by her good, cleaver hearted husband, while dear sister Findley would esteem it a great privilege to keep us all a month. But having stopped over to-day, we shall have to urge our march onward to-morrow, to Mary’s-ville, Marshall Co. where we will stop to visit our only sister and borther-in-law, L. W. Guiss, and soon go on to Table Rock, Nebraska.
A GLORIOUS VICTORY AT COVERT, MICH.
Grand Junction Mich.
Dear brother A. J. Kilpatrick and myself took train at Grand Junction Mich.
Oct. 15th, for Covert, to hold a meeting in the name of the Lord with the saints of God at that place. We began meeting the next night (Oct. 16) in a Hall the saints have rented in which to worship God. We were not through with our first discourse, until the Spirit of God showed us our duty in that place as men of God. We found some that had the life of Christ in them, but had their spiritual joy somewhat curtailed by the evil influence of a few that were possessed with that mean spirit of their father, the devil; continually picking, finding fault, and gnashing upon the saints of God with their teeth, and “making a man an offender for a word of naught.” The spirit of Christ is not the spirit of rage, nor is it that spirit that loves to see the children of God divided, and subdivided into different clans, and not at all at peace with each-other. But it is that spirit that we read of in 1 John 2:18; 4:3-6, that loves to have things so. We held meeting both day and night in the Hall except the last night. We never had the burden of souls upon us since we have been out in the field, as we had while at that place. It seemed that the devil had brought all his forces to that place to prevent the work of the Lord, and keep poor souls in the dark; but God, who is rich in mercy gave the dear ones who were tangled, i. c., the most of them, honest hearts to receive the Word, and get down and let God cleanse them from all sin, and fill them with His fullness. The meeting lasted 11 days, during which time many of the dear saints were built up in the Lord, and settled in the truth to live for God with more zeal in their souls than ever before. The last night we went to dear brother Nelson’s, and commemorated the death of our dear Lord Jesus Christ, in washing the saint’s feet, and in breaking bread and drinking wine Forty-two participated in the ordinances of God’s house, and were blessed in the deed. O the holy joy filled all our hearts as we listened to the many voices that were raised in thanks to God for all His love to them. In the past the saints of God at Covert were somewhat detained in their worship, by those who have a form of godliness, but not the power, who were in the channel of theory, and not in the body of Christ. I pray God that they will therefore keep full of the Word and fire of God, so much so that hypocrites will not be able to take part with them in the worship of God; but will have to either get under the blood and get saved, or else get out.
I have learned this one thing in my Christian experience, that a narrow contracted hypocrite will no sooner light upon a Church full of the Holy Spirit, than a fly will light upon a red hot stove. But when a Church loses the fire, then the anti-christ spirit can get, and will get food; for contention is easily aroused where the spirit of God does not exist. There is no food for the anti-christ spirit, where there is no contention “about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.”
Dear saints of God, let us obey the Lord and “not give that which is holy unto dogs, nor cast our pear’s before swine.” I fear that the judgments of God are not kept, executed by the saints in general as they should be. Let us hear the Lord a little about judgment, and who is to execute it.
“And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have cashed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and the spirit of burning.” – – Isa. 4:3, 4. “And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shall be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousuess.” — Isa. 1:26, 27.
Any people who have more or less dead (so called) children of God hanging on to them with a dry form of godliness, without the Spirit; it a is positive proof for one and all, that they have not the judgments of God in their hearts. For with the spirit of burning, and of judgment the Church of God is kept free from all that are not saved.
Through whom does the Lord send forth judgment? “It is joy to the just to do judgment, but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.” — Prov. 21:15. “And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them.” But truly I full of power by the Spirit of
the Lord, and of judgment, and of might to declare unto Jacob his transgression, find to Israel his sin.” — Eze. 36:27. — Micah 3:8.
All wholly sanctified saints who are fill ed with the Holy Spirit, have a right to send forth judgment on the workers of iniquity, for they have both mote and beam out of their eyes.
“Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishment upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute the judgments written: this honor have all His saints. Praise ye the Lord.” — Psa. 149:5-9. “But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” — Amos 5:24. Hallelujah to God for His judgments; for without judgment there is no righteousness.
Your brother in the Body of Christ, free from all sin and babylon, sanctified wholly, Amen!
S. L. Speck.
After the Hamilton meeting I went home and stayed three days; then went to the log house in Lee; met dear Bro. Kilpatrick and Speck at the TRUMPET OFFICE. Bro. Speck went to Bro. Smith’s Friday night 14th. Bro. Kilpataick accompanied us to the log house, and preached the same evening. O how it filled our hearts with joy to meet with the dear ones with whom we had not met for some time; we found them all filled with the spirit and power of God. One came to the altar for pardon, and one for sanctification, both got the victory; glory be to God for victory among the Saints at that place.
Saturday the 15th. Bro Speck, and Kilpatrick went to Covert, and we went Tekonsha Calhoun Co. Mich., and returned to the Geneva two days meeting, Saturday and Sunday thd 22 23.
At Tekonsha we labored among the little ones a week, God wonderfully blessed us, and saved a number of souls, and sanctified two believers.
One lady 64 years old (sister Morrill) who was once a Baptist, but found no sanctification in that, afterward studied phrenology physiology, and other sciences, and drifted into modern spiritualism, but finding no satisfaction in any of them, and gave herself up to the Lord, and found Him precious to her soul; may God use her to His glory in the salvation of precious souls is our prayer. Amen!
We found some others there that wills be very efficient workers for God when they get more light, and a deeper experience; may the Lord lead them out into entire sanctification. May the Lord bless Bro. Eldridge, whom He has chosen to preach the gospel, and keep him ever humble and out of sight of self Amen! and Amen!!
The Geneva two days meeting was one of much power, many consecrations, and complete victory in our souls, the meeting was one of continual prayer, praise, and testimony, and consecration; not a sermon preached during the meeting. Bro’s Grover, Win. N. Smith were present. Bro. Michels being called away to attend a funeral. Sunday eveing I he meeting closed, with an ordinance meeting 37 partaking. O praise God for the victory.
The work of the Lord is going on wonderfully throughout this part of the country. Praise the Lord forever and ever, Amen! I am all the Lords.
A. B. Palmer.
Jerry City, O.
Dear Brethren — May the grace of God keep you all. Amen! I was called home from Ind. on account of the work of the devil in the sects. For I preached against all sin and secrecy, and it stirred the devil in my landlord, he being a Sabbath school teacher and a granger. He thought he would show his authority, and sent my wife a notice for us to leave his house, within ten days. I came home the 1st of October and the Lord gave me a house near Jerry City Ohio, where we have moved. Our address is Jerry City instead of Weston O.
But if the devil knew what he has done for me in this he would feel ashamed of himself, for all things work together for good to them that love the Lord. This move has thrown dear brother Wm. Miller and I together to work for the Master. We will start out for the winters campaign about the first of Nov. If the Lord wills, we will
go to Waterloo Ind. Pray for us, we need your prayers. My soul is full of glory us I write. The saints at Jerry City will hold a two clays meeting Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22, 23., and observe the ordinances in the evening. The Churches at Weston and Rising Sun are expected there. Your Bro. saved and sanctified.
A. H. Lea.
Table Rock, Neb.
Beloved Brethren at the GOSPEL TRUMPET Office, and all the true saints of God every where, greeting. May the Lord bless you all and strengthen you soul and body. The meeting at Kansas City closed the 16th. We sent the tabernacle to Table Rock, and brother Haner went to Leavenworth, Kan. There was not as much good done as we expected, partly on account of cold, rainy weather. Wise and I came over to Table Rock yesterday, met Bro. Warner and his little company for the first time, and O what greeting by the true Spirit of God.
Pray for us dear ones, that we all may abound yet more and more in the love of God. I am wonderfully saved from sin. All the Lord s, and He blessing and leading us in His ways, Hallelujah! We found Bro. Warner and company full of love us I expected. “God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” — John 3:16. Bless God to the love of God in us that brings us together as one body in Christ. Amen! Yours in Christ, saved now and forever from all compromise of the devil.
R. J. Brown.
Dear Brethren: — God bless you all with power, wisdom and purity, and perfect liberty in the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Grace, love and peace be multiplied unto you all according in the truth of the Gospel.
My testimony is, I am wholly given up to do the will of God; justified, sanctified, nied and made white in the blood of the lamb. Hallelujah! O praise the Lord, for making a way for me to go and preach among the people the unsearchable riches of Christ: for satan had many obstacles cast in my way, but, Cod has taken them all out of the way, thanks be unto His holy name for the victory. I took a trip to Minn, to sow the golden seed of the blessed evening light. Some seed fell in good ground, and some fell by the wayside, and satan devoured it. I did not get any one to go with me; but the Lord was with me in mighty power to preach His awful Word to man. About 15 were convicted, and saw the light, but satan sent out runners from the wholesale house on babylon St., and made their minds evil effected against us, and gathered certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and raised quite an uproar. They egged my brother’s house, and threatened to thrash me before I went home. They cast about a dozen stones at brother Enos, but the Lord protected us through if all. Praise God! One Baptist preacher got so confounded while we were teaching the Word of the Lord that he went away I flaming out his own shame, by saying that he was on the high road to hell, He tried to prove in Rev. that the Baptist sect was night, but failed, and went off in a rage.
One was saved and baptized, one declared his freedom from babylon, and many others seeking, and declared they would never join another sect. Some, when I first began meeting were leaping and shouting in babylon, but were dead when I left, because they rejected the light. Three rejected sect baptism, and were baptized in this evening light, and went on their way rejoicing. Hallelujah! But the greatest sight was this, my brother’s wife took very sick, insomuch that the neighbors came in to see her die. So when she came in she asked us to pray for her, and anoint her with oil in the name of the Lord, which we did. She then arose and stood upon her feet, saying, “The Lord has given use the witness that the change will he when I am baptized; for I was a sinner when I was baptized in babylon. So she passed away again, and we arranged to baptize the next day. Well we preached that day on Gospel baptism. Many came to see her die in the water. Some would try to get her to take medicine when she was conscious, but she said no, the Lord is any physician. So after three were baptized in the clear river near the house, they brought sister Mary to the water, while the people were gazing, and expecting to see her brought out of the water dead. She came to, saying “I am ready to obey my Lord, and I can walk with your help.” So she walked into the water, and was baptized, shouting as she came up out of the water. And in three days she was well and doing her work, praising God for complete deliverance from babylon, and for the glorious healing power. Well the sects and many other sinners were confounded and put to silence.
I then came back to Sweetser Ind., where we held three powerful meetings. The Lord went before, leading His army along, and made known to us some of the devices of satan; and after the unclean spirit was cast out, I never saw such leaping and shouting in all my life. Three healed the last night by the Lord Jesus. Praise God for the faith once delivered to the saints! Hallelujah! I then came home and found the saints strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. But some had fallen. We began the mighty work of God. Some were brought back to the fold of God, and others were strengthened and built up in the most holy faith.
Then Bro’s. Wm. Schell and Henry Key, sister Anna Key, and myself came to Payne Ohio. While there, there were three justified, one sanctified, three baptized, one healed, and the saints wonderfully strengthened. Praise the Lord forever! Amen!
Then a brother came from this place to Payne for help. I came home with him, and the other brethren went ten miles another way. We held two meetings here, good interest, one healed last night, and some desire salvation. They want us to continue the meeting two weeks. The other brethren expect to be with us next week. We have many calls to work for the salvation of souls. Pray for us, that God may use us to His glory always.
Your brother, redeemed by the blood, with the whole armor of God on, and the shield of faith. Amen!
May God wonderfully bless you, and all the dear saints. May you all be filled with all the fullness of God. Meeting here closed last, night with glorious victory on the Lord’s side. Glory to God! Several souls were saved from sin. Thank God for souls for our hire. God bless them, and keep them in the Father’s name, may they not. be enticed and drawn away; for I realize many false teachers (sectarians) are in the world, teaching things they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. Speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them. — Titus 1:10, 11; Acts 30:28-30; 1 John 2:18-20. O praise God for a salvation that makes us one. Thank God, we are raised up together to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah! All raised up to our point, all see eye to eye. No schisms or divisions in the body. — Col. 1:18, 24; Eph. 1:10, 22; 4:11-15; 1 Cor. 1:10-13; 3:15. Carnality is the cause of divisions: when we are fully saved it takes all love of sectism out of us, and puts in the one Body, the Church. 1 Cor. 12:12, 13, 18 20. Thank God, we are all one. — Eph. 5; 1-8; 11:25-27. O what a beautiful picture of the Church in verse 27. No sect measures to the standard.
The meeting lasted two weeks, 11 converted, 15 sanctified, the Church was not fully set in order. — Titus 1:5. Several to be baptized. Any one of the Elders of the Church will find a welcome at brother A. S. Warren’s, Cor. 5th Ave. & Fanny St. God bless them. Two or three wonderful cases of healing while here at Leavenworth. Thank God for His healing power. I am so glad He bears our sicknesses as well as our sins. Hallelujah! We had wonderful liberty in preaching the awful Word of God. Thank God! we know in what age we are living. Last night we preached from Romans 11:26, fullness of the Gentiles, showing the Gentile harvest is past, and we are now in the time of gleaning, and soon the world is to be destroyed by the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, in flaming fire, and all the holy angels with Him. Had wonderful liberty in dealing out this message in the name of Jesus Christ by the Holy Ghost. O my fellow- laborers in the vineyard, let us be faithful, soon our mission will close, soon the work will be done. Blindness, and stupidity, and hardness is settling down upon the Gentiles as formerly upon the Jews, showing the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. My dear brother, only a few grains to be gleaned, and then comes the end. Blow ye the TRUMPET’S blast louder and louder. O may the people take warning, and make their escape from the burning lake.
The saints have a nice little brick house to worship the Lord in, have prayer meeting every Thursday evening, meeting every Sabbath for teaching the children, called Sabbath-school. God bless them, and may they be separate from all unholy people, may their eyes be opened to those who help them in their Sabbath-school. Unholy teachers cannot teach the Word. – Psalm 91:10-13.
Yours, saved and sanctified wholly.
J. P. Haner.
To God’s little ones greeting. From the Hamilton Assembly we came to South Monterey, in the Spirit, to assist our dear brother Sharpnack who had labored here a week previous to the assembly, and intended to resume his labor for this people.
We had all confidence in our God to use us, and we prayed Him to stir and trouble the people, which He did. Deep conviction prevailed, as many hearts testified thus far, but would not yield to the Spirit’s pleading. Our dear Bro. Smith came and assisted for a day or two. A few presented themselves at the altar, and those who sought heartily found the Savior. O how sad our hearts feel when all things have been done, and yet the people are not saved. They that go forth weeping, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again bringing their sheaves with them. But the Prophet’s testimony (Isa. 49) fits into my soul. — And He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand hath he hid me, and said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have spent my strengthen vain; I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain; yet early my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now says the Lord — Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength.
Our ordination at the assembly, on Saturday, Oct. 8th, recalls the time when two years ago we went in demonstration of the Spirit, an entire stranger, to the assembly at Williamston, when our dear brother Warner discerned our place in the Body, and desired to ratify our divine commission at that time, but J. C. F. refused. How many tests the Lord put us through in those two years, while making proof of our ministry. Well there are many experiences which we have that are never known, it is now one year since we labored in Mich. Last winter we labored in Pa., after which, in the Spring the Lord opened the way for us to visit our sister in our native State of Connecticut. But we found that a man’s foes are they of his own household.
From thence the way opened to go to Providence, Rhode Island, where we found an assembly of people into an holiness association, who had been driven out of the M. E. sect by persecution, the sect priest having threatened at Conference that if he went up to that appointment he would drive their holiness out. O Methodism, where is thy consistency? Well he accomplished his purpose. But those driven out being still in the mists and fogs of the cloudy day of apostasy, had taken enough of a stone for a corner from babylon, that “It would make us inconsistent, they said, to let you preach on the Church,” although some of the women greatly desired it. They had a holiness convention some time after, but no Methodists were there, having been previously warned not to go from there to Boston. Attended a holiness convention held there by the Methodist. Our testimony was a noisome grievous sore. We found them trembling on account of the rumors about this way; the movement out of babylon. One post shall run to meet another. O how dead compared to the assemblies of God’s free saints.
After preaching and testifying in different places in New England, we returnee, to Pa. where there was a little company of God’s children ready for the field. After laboring with them some time we saw that certain ones were not complete in all the will of God, and pointed it out.
Our dear Bro. Clayton not seeing eye to eye pointed out in me elements of unrest. So I made up my mind there would at least be one man straight. So I prayed, search my heart 0 God! Oh how gloriously the Lord delivered me; I have never been so settled in God in all my life as now. The deep holy stillness and rest, so rich, so wonderful. How holy, how calm, and how still is my heart in the depth of His will.
While it is true, we can not fall from a sanctified, to a justified state; yet it is also the experience of hundreds of saints, that they may become greatly limited, and a lack come in their souls. Being weighed are found wanting. For a righteous man falleth seven times but he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord holds Him up. If he hold to his reputation and profession, gloom and condmnation follows; but if he makes himself of no reputation and consecrates by one stroke of omnipotence He sinks us into a deeper experience than ever. Oh that Gods little ones would be as little children, take sides against themselves, and say search my heart O God. Have I got the completeness and power I once had? pure as He is pure, righteous as He is righteous. Or am I weighed in the balance, and found wanting.
Your humble saved Bro. complete in Jesus’ love. Amen!
W. J. Evans.
Grand Junction, Mich.
To the Saints scattered abroad: — God bless you, and may love and peace be multiplied unto you through Jesus Christ our Lord. We are saved to the uttermost by the blood of Jesus. Well it seems to be pleasing to the Lord that we remain for a short season in Michigan, to labor for the salvation of souls. We closed a meeting last night, which lasted ten days, at the Scott School-house. The saints at this place have had no protracted meeting for about two years and a half before we came there, and we found them in an unfavorable condition. Some were backslidden; others were sorely tempted and much discouraged with what they had to undergo recently, but when they heard the joyful sound of the Gospel, the backslidden returned, the crooked submitted to be straightened by the Word of God, and the discouraged took fresh courage, and there was great joy at that place. O praise God! to Him be all the glory.
During the meeting there were twelve consecrated for a pure heart, and five for pardon. The meeting closed with communion services in brother Travis’s house, at which twelve communicants were present. Yours and Christs.
A. J. Kilpatrick.
S. L. Speck.
Dear Brethren: — I bless God the Father of us all, for this glorious privilege of writing to you and tell you that I am saved and sanctified wholly. Glory to God, I am filled with all the fullness of God. Oh it is glory in my soul. Well praise God, we were at the Jerry City C. M. and Oh what glory and victory filled our souls, to meet with God’s little ones; and especially to hear the word of God preached by Bro’s Speck, Palmer, Kilpatrick, and some others. God was with us in mighty power, who gives us victory every time.
Praise God O my soul! O my soul is so full of God that it makes me say like father Roush. “I don’t know what to do hut praise God.” Well our little charge is all straight for God, and I dare say that the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. Well I am out of the devil’s hold and free indeed. May God bless and keep you all filled with power is my prayer. Your Bro. saved and sanctified.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God this morning that I can say I am still trusting in my Savior, and that I am still saved of God, sanctified, and just mean to do His holy will in all things. I can give God the glory and praise for what He does for me each moment of my life. I do praise God for the healing power, that I can take Him for my Savior at all times. I want all the Saints to pray for me, that I may stand firm.
To all the Saints of God scattered abroad greeting. I feel led by the Spirit to write my testimony for the Trumpet, I can say this evening that I am saved to the uttermost. I feel to praise God for a salvation that keeps me every day of my life. I thank God for this glorious evening light. I can say I am free from babylon, and all delusions and doctrine of the devil. Praise
God! I belong to the Church of the Firstborn, and my name is written in Heaven. Pray for me. Your sister under the blood of Christ, sanctified to do the Lord’s will. Amen!
To the dear Gospel Trumpet readers and all the dear Saints scattered abroad. I feel led by the Spirit of God to write my testimony. I am saved by the precious blood of Jesus. Praise the Lord! God has been so wonderfully kind to us, He sent dear Bro. Warner and precious little band out here, and during their slay here God so sweetly saved my soul. Glory to Jesus for the true Saints of God. May the Lord reward them abundantly for the persecutions and trials they are enduring in holding up the true light. We are just a small company here in this place, but our trust is in Jesus. Amen! Your sister saved and redeemed by Jesus.
To all the Saints greeting. I want to send my testimony to the Trumpet once more. I want to say to the glory of God that I am still moving out for God, with the fire and glory in my soul. Glory be to Jesus! I am out of babylon, and babylon out of me. Praise the Lord forever! The Lord has gloriously healed my body of a case of fever, and while doing that He wonderfully settled me on His word. I am saved sanctified, and kept by the mighty power of God, doing His will as far as I know how, and He gives me His spirit to lead me to His glory.
W. H. Defore.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony is that the Lord restoreth my soul; praise the Lord! I have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.
About five years ago God in His infinite goodness and mercy, convicted me of my sins, and I heartily repented; and God for Jesus’ sake forgave all, and spoke peace I my soul. I was happy in Jesus for a while; but I found that the old root of bitterness was still in my heart, which caused me much trouble; but I learned that Christ came to destroy the works of the devil; and I complied with the requirements of God’s word, and He gloriously sanctified my soul, and filled me with His fullness; and glory to His holy name! He sweetly keeps me preserved by His grace. Pray for me; Your brother saved just now.
Dear Brethren: — I want to say to the glory of God, that the blessed Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep is now my Savior, the promised Comforter has come into my heart, and just now bears witness with my spirit that I am His. Glory to His name! The prayer of Jesus for the sanctification and oneness of His Church is answered in my soul, and He healeth all my diseases. We were blessedly strengthened and edified by the Camp-meeting at this place. There were not many conversions, owing to the terrible prejudice existing in the minds of the people, caused by some inconsistencies of the brethren, and false reports spread abroad by evil disposed people. But wisdom is justified of all her children. O that the people of God would keep humble, and full of faith and the Holy Ghost.
Your brother, saved to all the will of God. Praise ye the Lord!
Died at Kendall Mich., Oct. 29th 1887. The infant daughter of Bro. and sister A. J. Snyder. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord. May the rich blessings of God rest upon Bro. and sister Snyder, and keep them forever by His love. Amen!
W. B. Grover.
St. Johns Mich.
Sister Clara A Lyon wife of Henry M. Lyon, departed this life in the triumph of a living faith, Oct. 20 1887. Aged 27 years 1 month, and 27 days. The Lord bless dear Bro. Lyon and Ins little ones.
THE GLORY OF GOD, AND ITS EFFECTS.
“ARISE, shine; for thy light, is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” — Isa. 60:1-3.
It is first necessary to see who is our light, and what is our glory.
“The Sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the Moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.’’ — Isa. 60:19.
So the Lord is our everlasting light, and light, in the Bible, is used to represent righteousness; and darkness denotes sin. Hence there is no sin in, or about us, because the Lord is eternally our light. And “If we walk in the light as He, (namely God,) is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
This Divine glory originated from God, and it is what the primitive Christians enjoyed. It is substantial, and in the possession of this Divine glory, the result is everlasting consolation. Also, it is the continual promotion of God’s glorious care, and the salvation of perishing souls.
Many are starving for the light of God’s precious Word; but they do not know where to look for it. Why? because very few have the light, and very few are willing to accept it. The Savior says, “Many are called, but few are chosen,” I am safe to say, there is scarcely one out of one thousand that profess the light of God, who actually possess it.
The children of God are so few, the prophet says, that “even a child may write, (or number) them.” Why is this? Because so few are walking to comply with the conditions of salvation, and obtain this glory, the only durable article, and which will stand in the day of judgment. But those who are in the light, truly the light is in them, and they will shine out over this dark world, as a blazing light-house gives light to the sailor while on the angry deep, he joyfully breaks for the light.
So we, God’s people, are but light-houses in this dark world of sin. O thank the Lord! many poor sin-darkened hearts see Heaven’s light glowing in the Christian, and they are ready to make their escape from this present evil world. Had they not seen God reflecting His light through His children, they would, no doubt, have continued in sin, and at last ingulfed their poor souls in hell.
May God pity the poor blind leaders of the blind, that profess to be lights for God, while their hearts are contaminated with sin, and are perfectly blind concerning salvation. Blessed be the Lord for the light, and obedient hearts to walk in it.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” — 2 Cor. 4:6.
It is said in the word that. “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” — John 1:5. “And if we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” — Jno. 1:6. Hence every one with a sinful heart, is out of God, and is of the devil; because the Word says, “he that committeth sin is of the devil,” and “he that is born of God doth not commit sin.”
So you see a line of demarkation is distinctly drawn, in those two quotations, between the children of God, and the children of the devil, namely, the children of God do not commit sin, and the children of the devil do. If all people would accept this pear! of great price, viz. the glory and love of God, they would be saved; and compacted into one lump, and baked by the fire of the Holy Spirit, into one loaf, and filled with the glory, power, and joy of the 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 unto glory and virtue: 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 lust.” — 2 Peter. 1:3, 4. Being obedient to the truth. We are commanded to “walk in all His statutes blameless,” and be filled with the Spirit.
“As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might, he sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou. Father, art in me, and I in in Thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may know that, Thou hast sent me; And the glory which Thou hast given me I have given them; that they may be one; even as we are one: I in them, and Thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one: and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” — Jno, 17:18-23.
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto ill’s eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” — 1 Peter 5:10.
In obeying the call of God, “we obtain the salvation which is in Jesus Christ with eternal glory.” This glory will endure suffering, also settle you, and establish you in the present truth. Christ’s mission into this world, and His death on the cross, was to procure our salvation, and glory.
“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 virtue: 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 lust,” — 2 Deter 1:3, 4. And this is not all, there is advancement for the soul after escaping this world, or being made pure. A glorious plain to reach yet.
“And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience, godliness; And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren, nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But lie that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these these things, ye shall never fall.” – 2 Peter 1:5-10.
Because God Almighty will re-create your soul, and qualify you for Heaven, and preserve you in the glorious realms oft eternal bliss.
“And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.” — Heb. 5:9.
Do not be afraid of falling if you are on Christ the Rock. Our salvation hinges on the triune God. “But the Lord is faith- fir], who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” — 2 Thess. 3:3-5.
“Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us: If we believe not, yet He abides faithful: He cannot deny Himself. Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” — 2 Tim. 2:10-15.
“If any man defile the temple of God. him shall God destroy: for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.” 1 Cor. 3:17, 18.
But we have heard blind, babylonized priests get up in the congregation of the free saints, and pervert that text of Scripture; presume to claim liberty to talk, because the Spirit of God was in the meeting, and not in their own hearts. But that is a sad mistake; it means this, Where the Spirit of God has liberated, and set a heart free, in that heart is perfect liberty.
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when if testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.” — 1 Peter 1:8-11.
“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy Word; For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” corruption that is in the world through — Luke 2:29-32.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trials which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.” — 1 Peter 4:12-14.
“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you unto salvation through sanctification of the spirit, and belief of the truth; Wherefore He called you by our Gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” — 2 Thess. 2:13-17.
Be valiant soldiers for Jesus, and the more souls you constrain to come to Jesus by the grace of God, the more stars in your crown of rejoicing.
O Sinner Come.
Come quick, ere lost thy soul shall die.
O Sinner, I beseech;
How can you Heaven’s wrath deny?
The Son of God impeach.
Though you are lost and in the dark,
The light of God doth shine;
O let it break into thy heart,
In streams of love Divine.
Exposed, O soul, to judgment’s wrath,
Reform — the Lord obey:
Be saved, and walk the shining path,
Kneel down at once, and pray.
But oh! if you the Lord reject,
With open eyes you will select,
And make your bed in hell.
“But you that be wise, shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and you that turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever.”
B. E. Warren.
A LETTER FROM COLORADO.
Dear Brethren: — When I bade some of you good-bye at the Bangor Camp-meeting, I did not think it would be so long before you would hear from me through the GOSPEL TRUMPET. My testimony tonight is, that I am saved and sanctified, and sweetly kept by the mighty power of God. I do praise God for the privilege of meeting the dear saints in Michigan this Summer. I made a short stay with the TRUMPET family, at Grand Junction. It proved to be a very pleasant, and I believe, a profitable visit, for which I praise God. I made some inquiries about their expenses, and whether there were ever any donations made to them. I was surprised to learn that there had been scarcely anything donated, and that there are a very large number of those who have subscribed for the GOSPEL TRUMPET, that have not paid their subscription, and some are behind three years. Now this should not be so; for the little ones at the office have considerable expense, as well as a great deal of labor to keep the paper going. I am sure that if King Jesus were living at Grand Junction, and needed anything that you brethren have, you would send Him the very best you have. Do you know that Jesus says, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Now I am sure there is not a brother living within fifty miles of the TRUMPET OFFICE, but what could send or bring them a pound or more of butter, or a sack of potatoes, or a barrel of apples, or a sack of flour, or beans, or some such thing, and thereby help to send the Gospel all over the land, and you would also receive a great blessing in your own souls. Now if any of you should send anything by the rail road, don’t forget to pay the expense of shipping. Read Matt. 25:40. Also Mal. 3:7-12.
God bless all the dear saints everywhere. I was made to rejoice when I read Bro. Wm. N. Smith’s article. I am so glad he was made to see his error, and confess it, and has come out victorious. Glory be to our God! And I do rejoice that there are others who have been getting the victory over the enemy with him.
My testimony is, I have complete victory, and am saved and sanctified now, and kept by the mighty power of God.
ORDINANCES OF CHRIST.
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them,” said Jesus, in St John 13:17. The Emphatic rendering reads, “If these things ye know, blessed are ye if ye should do them.” Jesus Christ meant just what He said, and every saint of God knows these things are true; for they do them. Hallelujah!
We hear many false teachers saying this was an old Jewish custom, to wash feet; yet we find that Jesus and the disciples had never practiced it before. If they had, Jesus would not have said “what I d thou knowest not now, but thou shall know hereafter.” Now any one can see this was something new unto them. Jesus declared it was. Can it be possible that any one can be sanctified, and then say we need not to wash one another’s feet, and say these things belong to the law?
They talk about the ordinances being abolished, not knowing what they say. They are so blind they do not see the difference between the Jewish ordinances, and the ordinances of Jesus Christ. Well did Jesus say, “Ye do reject the commandments of God, that ye may keep your own traditions.” (teachings) Mark 7:7-9.
This is just what babylon holiness teachers are doing to-day, they reject the plain commands of Jesus Christ, that they may keep their own notions and ideas. Jesus plainly commands us, in John 13; to wash one another’s feet: but they tell us we do not need to do any such thing, for Jesus never meant what He said. Then they proceed at once to explain what He meant. One babylonian teacher explained it this way, saying feet washing conies under the head of good works, namely, that if your brother comes along with horse and buggy, and you take the horse and feed it, and take care of the brother, that, says he, would be washing your brother’s feet. O shame on such blindness! Then another says, I believe in washing feet, but it is when one gets sick and is not able to wash them themselves. Now if Jesus Christ meant this, why did He not say so? If He meant what babylon says, then why did He not so explain? I read a piece in the “Good Way” some time ago, from the pen of one with whom I am personally acquainted, from Carthage, Mo. She said, “Bro. Sumpter showed, and proved by the Bible that feet washing was not to be obrerved as an ordinance.” I have heard Sumpter try to explain away the Word of God, but Sumpter, nor any other man is able to gainsay the Word of God. Now we would like for them to give us some Scripture which teaches that these things were abolished. Jesus said, “I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done unto you.” What did He do unto them? “He washed their feet,” and said, this is for “an example.” What is an example? For it is to be followed. May God help us to take His Word just as it is, and not try to explain it away, and contradict it.
Jesus did not say. “If I, your Lord and Master have washed your feet, ye ought also to feed your brother’s horse and care for him through the night,” or “I have given you an example that ye should wash your brother’s feet when they are dirty, and when they are not able to wash them themselves. Glory to God! My heart is enlarged so I can take it just as it reads, Hallelujah! It just exactly suits me in every respect, and I don’t have to explain it to suit me, or any one else.
Now Jesus says we should wash one another’s feet, and feet, does not spell horse and buggy, neither does feet, spell foot. A little sect called the “Christian Union,” says that it was plain in God’s Word to wash feet, and they must have the form they being so opposed to the second work of grace, they would not wash feet, for that would represent two works; so they wash one foot. Bo they have foot-washing. O hallelujah! I have it just as it is.
“The servant is not greater than his Lord. Glory to Jesus! He washed the disciple’s feet, and commanded me to do the same, and I am just simple enough to do what He says. I am a fool for Christ’s sake: but I will not be a fool for the devil, and the world. Now which one will we obey, man or Jesus? Men tell us we must not do these things, and Jesus says we must.
Well if you want to please man, then obey man; but if you want to please God, and make Heaven your home, obey God.
Does Jesus Christ mean what He says? If He does, we must wash each-other’s feet, if He does not, then He leaves it for us all to guess at, and we all have a guess, and then we can guess our way through, and guess we are all right. No, Jesus says, “If we do His will, we shall KNOW of the doctrine,” then we heed not guess at it. Hallelujah! How are we to know it? By doing it. How can we do it if we know not what it is? Well we have it plainly written in the Word, as plain as letters can be. All guessers are out of the Word; for all who are settled on the Word are where they know the will of God.
Jesus Christ has given us the chart and compass to go by, and if we obey it not, we will have no excuse to make when we come to meet Him in judgment. Jesus said, “what I say unto one, I say unto all.” Yes He means for us to do His commands, not simply believe them, but do the very act itself; for He says so. May God have mercy on those who reject the plain Word of God. They fell us these things were of the law, i. c., Baptism, the communion and feet washing, but they know they lie when they say it; for they never found either one of these commanded in the law, or commanded by Moses. Do they think we are so blind as not to know the difference be tween the name Moses, and Jesus Christ. These things are not mentioned in the law and they know it.
The reason why these people cannot take the whole Bible, is because their heart are too small. If they will let God come into their hearts. He will enlarge it so the they can run in all of His ways. Hallelujah! If they would got the experience taught in these things, they would find … blessed to do them. For Jesus says, … ye have done if unto one of the least … these my brethren, ye have dime it unto me.” So when we wash our brother feet me have the privilege of washing Jesus Christ’s feet. The same also with the holy kiss, when we kiss our brother then we kiss, Jesus. They tell us we are to do these things in our heart. Jesus never said so. Glory to God! He meant what He said. The holy kiss is a plain command found i.. the Word of God. — Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20: 2 Cor. 13:12; 1 Thess. 5:26; 1 Pet. 5:14.
Many read over these commands, and go right on in disobedience. My brother, how do you expect to get to Heaven if you o.. not keep the commandments of Jesus. But to greet with the holy kiss you must first be holy. Then there is lifting up of holy hands, — 1 Tim. 2:8; Psalm 134:2. Now if you will get where you ought to be, you will be blest in doing these things. When you sing you will feel like lifting up your hands in the sanctuary and blessing the Lord.
O glory to God! I am growing rapidly in the love of God. I love His ways more and more, they are ways of pleasantness. Glory to God forever and ever! O I feel like writing for Jesus, He has done so much for me. Bless His name!
O blessed Bible! Book of books,
The pilgrim’s only guide;
The chart and compass through this life,
I now in it confide.
You’ll find it now as Jesus said.
I verses seventeen.
In Gospel written by St. John.
And chapter, three and ten.
Be careful brother, what you say,
If at God’s Word you’ve budged,
Know out of all that’s written there,
You surely will be judged.
In heart you cannot holy be
Unless you do obey,
And settle on God’s holy Word,
Where you can never stray.
In “what I say, I say to all,”
Said Jesus Christ, our Lord:
In Heaven you can never dwell,
Unless you keep His Word.
We take the narrow way with Christ.
In everything we do;
In washing one another’s feet,
The love we have, to show.
You brother, take the plant old way
That’s written in the Book,
Go just as far as Jesus goes,
And further, do not look.