15 November 1891, Volume 11, Number 22.
By D. S. Warner.
A mournful sermon greets my ear!
The pensive season of the year
Now preaches in a muffled tone.
From nature’s fast decaying throne.
Come in the woodland’s cool retreat;
The leaves that rustle at thy feet,
With all that linger o’er thy head —
Commingled, yellow, green and red —
And all that, trembling, leave their place.
And softly greet their mother’s face,
As sailing from their lofty top.
And in your presence mournful drop.
Remind the thoughtful passer by,
Your fading Autumn, too, is nigh.
Life has its gay and happy spring.
When birds of every feather sing.
Its warm and verdant summer, brief,
Which hastens to the yellow leaf.
Soon winter’s icy hand will lay
Upon our cold and lifeless clay.
But, Oh! our soul, where will it be
Throughout the long eternity?
How can this question pass your mind
As falling leaves drift in the wind?
And more than man’s mortality
The falling leaves would preach to the..
As one by one they take the gale,
And spread their carpet in the vale.
They’ d..on thy heart much wisdom seal;
They make to man this strong appeal:
‘ Do ye, O highest earthly kind,
‘ Fill your creation’s lofty end?
‘ Do ye all obligations meet,
‘ As we our mission here complete?
‘ Why blush ye so, ye favored race?
‘ Why that confusion on your fare?
‘ Can ye like us and truthful, tell,
‘ We’ve filled our lot, and done it well?
We’ve helped to clothe the forest green,
And bless the woodland’s happy scene:
And so inspire the minstrelsy
Of birds that sing to God and thee.
Have ye done more to dignify
Thyself, O man! and glorify
Thy Maker’s name?
We spread our leaflet parasol,
High arching many a given arcade,
Where you could walk in blissful shade.
And on us leaves is written down
Another debt you owe the Crown.
The carbon acids you exhale,
For your own sake we do inhale;
And thus relieve the atmosphere
Of poisons that are deletere.
Instead of these we freely give
The oxygen on which you live,
The vital force ordained of God,
To turn your food to living blood.
And ’neath our gothic canopy,
Reared up by God, so cool and free,
Oft met the sons of heav’nly birth —
Beloved on high, out-cast on earth —
To worship Him, the fountain pure,
Of life and peace forevermore.
Their songs ascending through the trees,
We echoed out upon the breeze.
And when the Spirit’s awful flame
Came rushing down in Jesus’ name,
We felt a shaking in the trees,
And trembled in the holy breeze.
And oft the lonely heart of grief
Came seeking God for soul relief
Deep in the forest, where we spread
An awning o’er his bowing head;
The while our sisters ’neath the trees,
Laid down a mattress for his knees.
And here, in nature’s temple bowed,
His plaints, not formed for list’ning crowd,
But for the ear of God alone,
Went up as incense to the throne.
The Heavens bowed to hear his prayer,
And glory filled his bosom there;
Until the leaves upon the trees,
Seemed angels hov’ring in the breeze.
Ah! there’s a sweet and sacred spell,
That draws me in the shady dell.
Here could my soul with God remain,
In meditation’s holy frame.
Ho! all ye men that know not God,
Come seek him in the shady wood;
And all ye saints of feeble love,
When will ye come and wisely prove
The blessedness that crowns the hour
That’s spent with God in leafy bower?
If only heard, your prayers, ye say,
Then unto God ye never pray;
For did ye truly seek his face,
And pray to win his saving grace,
You’d pray when mortals are not near,
Right in your heav’nly Father’s ear.
In public too; yea, everywhere,
But most of all with secret prayer;
Where only silent leaves applaud,
There would you bow and worship God.
The man that sits in silent pout
Toward his wife, when friends are out,
But talks polite in company,
His love is vile hypocrisy.
So hearts that seek not God alone,
Deny the one they public own;
For sure as love is Heaven’s throne,
Love is most free with loved alone.
Then in the hush of solitude
Come listen to the voice of God.
Come oft, and he shall teach thy ear
His gentle words of love to hear.
There is no place on earth so sweet,
As forest shades, where streamlets meet,
And sing along their rocky ways,
With birds, and universal praise.
Does not the lover and his maid,
Delighted, walk the balmy shade,
And there unlock with words so blest,
The pent up love within their breast?
The crazy-quilt spread on the ground.
Of beauty-tinted leaves around,
Each bright sunbeam and fragrant flower.
And nature’s music in the bower —
But most of all the cooing dove —
Lend inspiration to their love.
And does not nature’s solitude
Inspire a soul to worship God?
Behold, he framed her majesty.
Cast up her hills, and carved the way
For babbling brooks that flow between,
And thread the winding valley’s green.
The many lovely trees that spread
Their shelt’ring wings above our head.
Rose up by his supreme behest,
With all their nuts and fruitage blest.
He taught the vine their trunks to climb,
Like chords of love their boughs entwine.
Thus love has reared his tow’ring throne,
With cedars of sweet Lebanon;
And built a temple for his bride,
With many mansions, cool and wide,
Whose walls are hung with tapestry
Of vines that spin from tree to tree.
And through the windows of his bowers
The sunbeams come to paint the flowers
That beautify the lovely scene,
The bridal chamber of the queen.
And in these halls of living green
The King of glory may be seen.
He “feeds among the lilies” there,
Himself “the rose” and lily fair.
The voice of my Beloved hear,
While Autumn tints proclaim so near
The spoiling of his summer home.
“Rise up, my love, my fair one come,”
And gather lilies — graces meet —
In prayer low at thy Saviour’s feet.
Come ere the touch of frost shall rob
The forest of its gorgeous robe,
And leave the boughs all naked weep;
Their glory cast beneath thy feet.
Hear then, O man, our Autumn chant,
While sunbeams coldly o’er us slant,
And mournfully we fall so low,
To don our winding sheet of snow,
There doomed in silence to decay.
So man, thou, too, must pass away;
Thy springs of life shall lower run.
Until thy life’s last setting sun.
Then in thy grave-suit, coldly wound,
Like us return to mother ground.
But we are not without a seed,
From which anew there may proceed,
Our kind to grow and multiply,
As round and round the seasons fly.
So, man, within thy mortal breast,
There is a soul, immortal quest,
That shall reanimate thy clay,
And both, immortal, live for aye.
Thou shalt from winter’s sleep arise,
And meet thy Saviour in the skies.
With this bless’d hope so sure and bright,
All seasons beam with golden light;
In winter’s storm and summer’s heat,
The pure in heart have joys complete;
And when the close of life appears,
His pleasures ripen with his years.
Unlike the sinner, dark and cold,
Who, graceless, godless, hopeless, old,
Sits lonely down in autumn’s vale,
His life all fruitless to bewail.
Each falling leaf his conscience stings,
And thoughts of future judgment brings;
Yea, warns him that the time is nigh,
When he in black despair must die.
Unlike the life in folly spent,
And now with sinful years is bent
Low at the grave, with dismal moan;
Nay, “For the righteous light is sown.”
Yea, light that brightens in the vale
Of falling leaves, where he can hail
The glories of another world,
Where mortal shafts are never hurled,
Nor cruel frosts can ever sting.
There, life begins another spring
To flourish in eternal green,
In Heaven’s high celestial scene.
Text — “Grace be to you, and peace, from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ. Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. — Gal. 1:3, 4.
Beloved, let us draw from the word of God a sermon respecting the evil of this world, and our deliverance from the same.
1st. Where is this world?
Ans. In wickedness. “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness” — 1 Jno. 5:19. In deception. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. — Rev. 12:9. The whole world drifts along toward perdition upon the tide of wickedness. The whole world is deceived of the devil. What an awful picture! All who are under the power of sin and Satan are deceived by the great adversary of their souls, both professors of religion who practice sin, and non-professors. Every man on earth who is not free from sin is either deceived. into the falsehood that he cannot be free, or else is deceived of Satan into the lie that some earthly consideration or pursuit justifies the neglect of the great salvation of the Lord.
2nd. What are the moral elements of this world?
Ans. They are not of God. For all that is in the world, the lust, of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. — 1 Jno. 2:16. They are evil, as seen in our text. Hence all saved men and women are delivered out of this world and all its evil elements. Thus saith the Lord:
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. — Jno. 15:19.
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. — Jno. 17:14, 15, 16, 17.
In these scriptures we see that we are chosen out of the world, are not of the world even as Christ himself is not of the world, and we are kept from the evil thereof. We are saved out of the elements of the world, wherein we were in bondage. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. Gal. 4:3.
Out of all the false philosophy, and traditions of men, and out of the rudiments of the world. Therefore, Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ — Col. 2:8.
The terms “rudiments” and “elements” mean about the same thing. These texts imply that we are delivered out of, and stand free from all the lusts, fashions, maxims, traditions, creeds, crafts, sects, parties, clans, secret and open orders, compacts, doctrines, faiths, principles, and sentiments, that have taken their rise on earth, that were conceived, formulated, or organized of men. It, in short, cuts off everything but God’s own church which came down from God out of heaven. Her divine code alone is the perfect law of liberty, whereas all crafts, creeds and systems devised by men or devils, on earth or in hell impose bondage.
What are some of the elements of the world out of which the grace of God has delivered us?
1st. We observe that we are delivered out of the spirit of this world, for “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, hut the spirit which is of God.” — 1 Cor. 2:12. “As the body (of man) is dead without the spirit,” so this whole world would become stagnant and inactive without a spirit to animate it. Stand on the crossing of the streets in some large city and see if this world does not have a quickening spirit. Behold the restless, driving, rushing throngs impelled along by the craving, greedy spirit of the world.
2nd. We are saved out of the course of this world. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. – Eph. 2:2. The mighty power and miracle of divine grace has turned the whole course and bent of our life and affections from the vain, selfish and corrupt, to the life that is sensible, benevolent, and pure. A miracle more stupendous and wonderful than the reversing of the course of the Mississippi river.
3rd. We are saved out of the ignorance of the world.
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. — Jno. 17:25.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. — Jno. 17:3.
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. — 2 Pet. 1:3.
4th. We are also saved from the wisdom of this world, as well as from its blindness and ignorance.
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.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God: for it is written. He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. — I Cor. 3:18, 19.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? — 1 Cor. 1:20.
5th. We are saved from the friendship of this world. — Jas. 4:4.
6th. From its companionship.
I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto yon not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one, no not to eat. — 1 Cor. 5:9-11.
We will quote the same from the Emphatic Diaglott:
In that letter I wrote to you not to be associated with fornicators. In no wise with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, and extortioners, or idolaters, since indeed you are bound to come out from the world. But now I write to you not to be associated with any one, named a brother, it he be a fornicator, or a covetous person, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a person not even to eat. — 1 Cor. 5:9-11.
7th. From its life. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. — Jno. 12:25.
8th. We are saved from cares of this world. “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, * * * choke the word and it be cometh unfruitful.” — Mark 4:19.
9th. From the sorrows of this world.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death — 2 Cor. 7:10.
Some think themselves saved from, and dead to this world because they are not attracted to its vanities, but yet are often bowed down with the cares and sorrows of this world. We should live triumphant above all the elements of this present evil world; and though our souls may pass through “heaviness through manifold temptations,” and be sober for the sake of lost men on the way to ruin, yet we can and should be “exceeding joyful in all our tribulations,” and always rise above the billows of earth and have perfect sunshine within, in the darkest days.
10th. We are saved from all the gods of this world. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. – 2 Cor. 4:3, 4.
All the gods of this world blind the eyes of their devotees, while our God opens men’s blinded eyes.
11th. We are saved from the guilt of this world through justification. That every month may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. — Rom. 3:19.
12th. From the lust and filth of the world through entire sanctification. 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 Pet. 1:4.
This second grace destroys the inbred evil nature, which is conquered in regeneration; and restores the perfect moral image or nature of God to the soul, which was lost in Adam’s fall.
Notice the attitude of the world toward the church; namely, we are hated by the world. Jno. 15:18, 19; 1 Jno. 3:13.
The attitude of the church toward the world. We are a spectacle unto them. — 1 Cor. 4:9. Regarded by the world as the filth and offscouring of all things. — 1 Cor. 4:13. We are unspotted from the world. — Jas. 1:27. Have overcome the world. — 1 Jno. 5, 4, 5. Are a light unto the world. — Matt. 5:14, 16; 6:18. And we are the salt of the earth. — Matt. 5:13. We are crucified to the world, and the world unto us. — Gal. 6:14. An unjust; man is an abomination to the just, and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked. — Prov. 29:27.
Upon all these scriptures we cannot comment particularly, but they show the wide and deep gulf that separates the church from this world, while yet in the world. Both are dead and oblivious to each other. Neither class is adapted to the society of the other. That which affords pleasure to the world is repulsive to the church. And the holy joys of the church have no attraction to the sensual world. All show the most perfect separation, insomuch that each to the other is an abomination; hence unfitted for each other’s society in this world and in the world to come. We conclude, therefore, that when men who do not profess the grace of God, yet take pleasure in the society of holy people, it is because they are somewhat under the controlling influence of God’s Spirit. And it is equally true that when men who profess godliness, take pleasure in the society of sinners, in the festivities and worldly doings that are congenial to worldly minds, or seem to be greedy for the mammon of this world, they are earned along by the god and spirit of this world, notwithstanding their professed love to the God of heaven.
Christ’s kingdom is not of this world. — John 18:36. Hence the imperative commands: Be not conformed to this world. — Rom. 12:2. Love not the world. — 1 John 2:15-17. Love of, and conformity to the world takes on many forms. One of which is nude. Thus saith the Lord:
Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. — Psa. 73:6.
Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. — Psa. 138:6.
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. — Prov. 16:17—19.
The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. — Prov. 35:25.
The pride of thy heart hath deceived thee. — Obed. 3.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of these that are good. — 2 Tim. 3:1-3.
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility; for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. — 1 Pet. 5:5, 6.
Pride is most commonly manifest in vanity and superfluity in dress. Thus saith the word of the Lord:
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shame-
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O how thankful we were to see all the beloved Trumpet family looking so well, and feeling blessed of God, and all so zealously at their work. God bless them. Besides Bro. and Sister Byrum and ourself, the family consists of Bro. Oliver Arms from Mich., Bro’s Noah Byruin, John White, Sisters Jennie McNichelson and Della Wickersham from Ind., Sisters Mary Lambert and Victorine Wolfe from Kan., Bro. Lewis Noble from Conn., Bro. Gideon Detweiler from O., Bro. A. L. Byers from Ill., and one of the Lord’s little boys, besides our own boy who came home with us from Ind. So you see our family is quite large, and yet none too large for the work that is being done. The little ones have all informed themselves in their several branches of work, and fill their place with skill, and all is working grandly and smoothly.
We are happy to acknowledge much kindness and thoughtfulness on the part of the saints in sending an abundance of fruit, vegetables, etc., especially the dear ones in Mich. God bless and reward them all. As we grind our own flour, good, clean wheat donated or sent on subscription would be very thankfully received. The enlarged family will also require much additional bedding for the winter. If dear sisters any where have time and means, and willing hands to make and send us some comforts, eye., it would be an offering well pleasing to God, and move much thanksgiving from all our hearts.
A very thorough work on this subject has been recently published, written by Bro. W. W. Bradley of Prism, Miss. It was written in reply to a tract opposing this ordinance, and shows the teachings of the word of God on the subject. Persons who are skeptical regarding the observing of this ordinance should not fail to read this book. Any one desiring light on the subject will do well to read it. Paper cover, single copy, 25 cents. $2.40 per dozen. For sale at this office.
A CALL FOR THE GOSPEL.
Peone, Spokane Co., Wash., Oct. 9, 1891.
Editor Gospel Trumpet: Dear Bro., I have been hoping and praying for a long time that the Lord would open the way for some one who is baptized with fire and who has much power to come to Eastern Washington and Oregon and preach the true gospel and get us well established. There are but a few of God’s weak ones here, and we are scattered over a vast country and cannot meet together without much travel. Enclosed please find P. O. order for ten dollars which I would have used to help defray the expenses of some dear brother coming west; Gospel Trumpet to have full use and benefit of same until used for purpose named. If you think best to bring this matter before the people I feel certain some will respond from this state and Oregon.
I remain your brother fully saved just now,
C. W. Forker.
Dear Gospel Trumpet: It is my duty to warn all saints that may read this against one Kanoutsen, a false teacher who claims to be sent of God to preach on the streets mainly. He hails from California; is a Scandinavian, short stature and bow legged; borrowing money of, find imposing upon the unwary, and using the borrowed money for purposes unlawful for a Christian. He is gone from here.
Jno. E. Roberts.
Kings Mills, Augusta, Ga.
There will be a grove meeting in Hicksville, Augusta, Ga., commencing December 25, and lasting as long as the Lord wills. Everybody is invited to attend. Let there be a general coming together of all the saints.
W. H. Morris.
The Lord willing there will be an assembly meeting near Antwerp, O., commencing Nov. 18 to continue over the coming Sabbath, or as long as the Lord wills. All are invited to attend. Let there be a general convocation of saints. Unite in faith and prayers to capture precious souls for Jesus. All coming on train, come via. the Wabash R. R. to Antwerp, and notify Brother B. J. Fleck, Antwerp, O.
Yours in Christ,
Barney E. Warren.
Dear Brethren: I do wish that some real fire-baptized preacher would come into this place and preach the gospel in its purity. There is a class of people here, claiming to be holiness people who do away with the ordidances and say that the resurrection is past. Now if any one can come, please let me know. I am poor, with a large family, but I know that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, and I know that I am all on the altar. Pray for me.
John T. Watson.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Burbank, O., Nov. 2, 1891.
We perceive from our last report that we forgot to speak of our visit to Wallaceville and Titusville, Pa. Bro. Martz and ourself stopped about one week and held a few meetings at each of the above places on our return from Canada. We found a few saints of God in those parts. A few souls came to the altar, and we hope received benefit from the Lord. Titusville is one of the nicest, if not indeed the most pleasant town we have seen in Pennsylvania, quite a large place. Bro. Martz and ourself were both very favorably impressed with regard to prospects of doing good there. We only had meeting there Saturday night and Sabbath, but the word of God took a powerful hold on many hearts. We would love to see some holy firebrands go into that place and hold a regular siege. I know of no place m Pa, more promising.
On our way from Pa. to Wooster, O. we stopped a few hours in New Castle, Pa. and found the Lord has a few precious saints there standing clear. They would much appreciate a visit from any of God’s gospel messengers. We trust Bro. Gibson and Co. will not fail to stop there, which they expect to do.
Sister Ryland was “one of a city,” in Wooster, Ohio, and she has showed much zeal to get the truth of God into other hearts there. She procured a large hall pleasantly seated, and some rooms for the saints to quarter in, all taking meals at her table. Some saints in the country assisted by bringing in offerings to God of the fruits of the land.
When we landed there we found Bro. and Sister Gibson, Bro. and Sister Lytle, and Bro. Ezra Smith there. Also Bro. and Sister Welk from Ashland, Ohio. Other saints attended the meeting. We were happy to meet, and there form the acquaintance of Bro. and Sister Stouffer of Massillon, Ohio.
There were a good many worldly doings in the city, and our congregations were rather small, but there was a steady increase, so that on the last few nights there was a fair hearing. Had we been there with a full Co. and all prepared to remain a month or two, no doubt the place would have been much stirred. We delivered one discourse on Saturday, P. M., on the public square, to a large crowd of hearers, most all of whom gave good attention, and many seemed deeply affected; some even stood and listened to the word in the Spirit, with tears. And many hearts seemed to love the pure gospel of Christ and carried what they heard to their homes for miles in the country. O may God bring forth salvation in many souls who drank in the truth that day. A brother-in-law of Bro. Gast’s, at Akron, Ind. was present from Shreve, who very cordially invited us to visit him at his place; but the evening train not returning in time for meeting we could not do so. God bless him and family. Bro. Douglas, who lives a few miles from Wooster, got sanctified wholly. Sister D. also sought God, was justified, attended the meeting near Burbank, and we trust finally reached the establishing grace. A few others sought God at Wooster, but the work was rather of an introductive character. A few committed themselves to the truth and promised to leave all and get fully saved. Some subscribed for the Trumpet and we believe will walk in the light of God. The Lord will surely reward Sister Ryland for her free-hearted sacrifice and labor of love, both toward our wants and in the expenses of the meeting, and we trust much good will follow.
From here Bro. and Sister Howard returned to their home in Clark Co., O., in the vicinity of which he expects to labor this winter. Bro. George and Sister Anna seem to be pressing along the line of the holy race with much desire to live humble and faithful. O may God bless them and all the young workers! To all, our constant cry is, Keep very low and humble, little in your own eyes, but with an eye of faith that sees an Almighty God.
Bro. Ezra Smith brought Bro’s Gibson and Welk, and their companions and ourself to his place near Burbank, O., where we held meeting in the U. B. house eight days. We were rejoiced to meet the dear saints of God from New Washington, Bro’s Guiss, Rosenberger, and Nigh, and some of their households, and Sister Smith.
By the help of God we delivered the strong meat of the word, and even sectarians confessed it the truth. One day we had meeting at Bro. Moore’s, after which Bro. Gibson baptized six dear saints, part of them from New Washington. It was a glorious time. All came up out of the water shouting praises to God, who witnessed the approval of the sacred act
On Lord’s day, Nov. 1., we had meeting all day at Bro. Frank Smith’s. It was a day of great power, and the glory of God manifest in our midst. Just after the meeting began. Sister Arnold from Sharon, O., having taken violently sick, was delivered and raised up from her great suffering by the power of God. During preaching, Sister Douglas was similarly attacked; and pausing a few moments, she was also instantaneously raised out of violent suffering by the Lord, through the laying on of hands.
The afternoon meeting began about 8 P. M. and continued until 9 P. M. The time was devoted to testimony, altar service, and observing the holy ordinances of God’s house. It was all glorious. Two of Bro. Welk’s children were saved, and several consecrated for entire sanctification. Over thirty saints took part in the ordinance service. It was a sacred and heavenly scene. O what love, what love melted all hearts! After many greeting and holy embraces, and tears of love, the holy ones bid each other farewell. Bro. Lytle goes to aid Bro. Mendenhall in a meeting now in progress at Bro. Matthew Kerr’s, near Larue, O. Bro’s Gibson and Welk. and Sisters Welk and Lorena Hoard go to Massillon the last of this week, and after a week or more of labor in that place, go to near Uhrichsville, O., in response to the call of Sister Hurless in last Trumpet. Bro. Rosenbery of New Washington, O., and his daughter are called to the work of God, and have left all to obey the Master. They will probably work in connection with Bro. Wm. H. Miller. Bro. John Moore feels called to work for God, and may be able to help in some meetings during the winter. Bro. Gibson and company are at work learning to sing by note, so as to better glorify God in singing the gospel. All who possibly can should ask God to help them, and apply themselves diligently to learn to sing correctly in the Spirit, and with the understanding also. Those who have tried to do so the Lord has greatly blessed in this direction. Bro. G. W. and Sister Anna Howard have become quite efficient, and both are able, by divine inspiration, to write precious music. “Study to show thyself a workman that needeth not be ashamed.” Study the word constantly, and study music and everything useful. We go now to Beaver Dam, and in a few days home. Please, all the saints pray that God may unfold his deep present truth unto us, and help us to write it for his glory. Amen.
Rosby’s Rock, W. Va.
Dearly Beloved: It is with much thanksgiving and joy that I write this. The living God is with me and in me. The meeting in the log school-house at Brink, W. Va. was a victory for the truth, and the sect rubbish was cleared out of the way. They are very anxious for some company to come into those back woods. There are scarcely any meeting-houses in this country, but the school-houses are about all open for meetings, and the people turn out well. The wolf (poverty) keeps the D. D’s out of that section. The means of transportation is mostly on horseback. After six days I came to Mount Carmel in Pa., where I met dear Bro. Henry Earnest, whom I found still in the faith. I had not seen him for about seventeen years. There the truth sank very deep, as there seemed to be no
prejudice. O how I longed to have some help, and to be unlimited in my time! So many open doors; and honest hearts with streaming eyes, pleading to stay. After nine days of services we left Mount Carmel and came to Cameron, W. Va. Here we preached to a very honest people who received the word gladly, and I think there was more good done than at any place I have been since I left home. To-day, I am at my father’s, whom I have not seen for ten years. Commenced meeting last night.
Your humble saved brother,
G. T. Clayton.
Utica, Neb., Nov. 2, 1891.
Dearly Beloved Saints: Great peace from God the Father rest upon you all and keep you in perfect peace, glorifying God in both soul and body. We are glad to report that God’s power is still mighty to save, and keeps us saved under every circumstance. Praise his holy name! Our last report was written from Wymore, Neb. While at Wymore two precious souls were brought back to God again. From there we came on to Kenesaw to the appointed C. M. But the weather being most to cool for camp-meeting, there were no tents on the ground. After the first week of meetings on account of the weather it was deemed best to take down the tabernacle, and we occupied a store building where we had a very good meeting. We were very much rejoiced to meet Bro. Achor and family at their home. Also Bro. Willis was with us a short time in the meeting. We are now here at Utica, five miles east of Waco, Neb. Last night three humbled themselves before God and were saved. Good attendance and much conviction on the people. Pray for us, dear saints and the work of God.
Yours saved in Jesus,
Wm. A. Randolph, Wm. N. & S. J. Smith.
Carthage, Mo., Oct. 28, 1891.
Dear Brethren : May the love and grace of God be with you and keep you. Amen. We began meeting in company with Sister Lena Shoffner and Brother Caudel, near Sarcoxie, Mo., about Oct. 6. The meeting went on one week, much hindered by the fair, but the word of the Lord was getting a stronghold in a few hearts all the time. Some of us had to leave the meeting on Thursday, and the rest of the company thought best to close the meeting, and did so on the following Sabbath night. The people had a prayer meeting and found themselves so much interested that they made an earnest call for some one to come back and continue the meeting. Sister Shoffner was at liberty to go on with the meeting, and soon the Lord opened the way for us to be with her. The meeting resulted gloriously. Previous to that time there were only two or three that would testify to the saving power of God; but the last night we were with them nine or ten testified to the experience of real salvation. This was a place where the wall of oppositon to holiness seemed to be high and strong and is yet, but nearly all admitted we could not enter heaven without holiness. Pray for the church at that place. We left them clear and happy in the Lord.
Yours free in the Lord,
Mattie Bolds & Lena Shoffner.
Dear Readers: The Lord bless you all. Amen. We are at this place in the name and in the order of the Lord. We are trusting that the Lord will reveal his arm in the salvation of some precious souls. Pray for us. The meeting at Spring Hill closed with glorious results. Quite a number were led to Jesus. The saints at that place are living witnesses for Jesus, and are lovers of the whole truth of God. May the Lord ever bless and keep them. We will begin a tabernacle meeting in the vicinity of Oak Grove, 12 miles southeast of Meridian on the Enterprise and Meridian road, Friday night before the 3rd Sunday in Nov. We hope that all the saints who can, will attend.
Carthage, Miss., Nov. 5, 1891.
We are having quite an interesting meeting. Carthago is an old town, and is the county seat of Leak Co., Miss. Perhaps there is not another town in the South that we have ever visited, so noted for its piety. It is situated near the Pearl river, one of the most beautiful little streams of the sunny South. Small steamboats run as far up as Edinburg in the winter season, some 15 miles above Carthage. We are holding meeting in the court house. The sheriff, Mr. Wm. Warrick, seems to be a real generous and obliging gentleman who has opened his kind heart and doors and made us welcome to food and provender. The saints have found in him a real friend. Oh! may the Lord bless him and his good kind family. We have been blest with good order in the meeting. The people of the town are favorably impressed with the truth, so far as I can learn. The Lord has given his word with power, and we trust that much good is being done in the name of Jesus. A good many are, we believe, anxiously seeking the blessing of sanctification. Oh! may the Lord bless them. We have spent some time at the home of dear old Father Weatherly. He and his devoted daughter, Sister Bettie Weatherly have been with us in the meeting as faithful servants of the Master. We have met with dear Bro’s Creel, Barnett, Stewart and Owens, who were passing through Carthage to and from meeting at other places. We spent a night with Bro. Creel at the residence of Mr. Richard Warrick.
He had just closed a meeting in Madison Co. where twenty were saved. We by request visited Sister Millsaps who is an invalid and a great sufferer. She desires the prayers of the saints that she may be healed. Will all the saints who read this pray for her that she may be healed, for the glory of God. Oh! may the Lord bless the good kind people of Carthage and lead them in the fullness of his love. Pray for us that we may have victory.
Your brother in Christ saved now,
W. W. Bradley.
Dear Saints of God: We are praising God for victory over all the powers of the enemy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. We have just returned from Mooresville, a little town some forty miles from here, where we held a few meetings in the name of Jesus. The meeting began on Thursday night in the Campbellite meeting house. Babylon raged furiously, but their organization being incomplete, it appeared there were none with authority to close the doors. On Saturday, however, their objections to the brethren were so great, we deemed it prudent to close the meeting at this house that night. Last spring God sent us down to this place to hold two meetings. Several at that time expressed themselves as believing. One man on bidding us good-bye said with much warmth, “If you ever come to Mooresville again, yon have a welcome to my home.” But alas! “He that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it, yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.” And now he has not so much as an invitation to his home. God help them to see that they are proving the scriptures, and that they are opposing the way of truth. On Sunday, two meetings were held at the home of Bro. Will Schreiber. He and his wife are the only saints at that place. Praise God! Some seed occasionally falls into good ground. These were glorious meetings. God warming each heart by his love and each heart responding with shouts of praises and by testimony in the Spirit. Glory to God forever! Sister Schreiber received the “grace wherein we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” We do praise God that he has put it in the hearts of his children to treat their fellow creatures with such kindness as wo received at the home of Bro. Schreiber. We believe and pray that there is other good ground at that place that will bring forth fruit a hundred fold for Jesus. Some asked us to pray for them and their families. We do praise the Lord for the glory found among the redeemed. Pray for us, all ye saints, and for the church at this place. God bless you all.
Yours, submissive to his will,
C. E. Orr.
Grand Junction, Mich., Nov. 6, 1891.
To all the Saints, Greeting: We are glad to report that Father is still with us in power. Amen. After our short rest al the Trumpet office we took the field again at Pine Plains. Preached to them three evenings. Then took up our baggage, and went up to Plainwell, where we opened up fire in an old bar-room. Hell was below, above, and on both sides, but God sent the the down from heaven and made a road through, and one dear soul got dear for God, out of the Adventist sect, and others testified that God showed them they would have to come out of the M. E. sect. Oh! may God send some holy man or company there soon. Cannot Bro. A. B. Palmer, or Bro. Michels go to Plainwell some time this winter? If the Lord wills, we expect to start for Ill. the 11th, inst, to remain there till the 24th, and then leave for Kingston, Mo. where we expect to open up battle on the evening of the 26th. Dear ones, pray for us.
Your humble brother and sisters,
Jno. A. Dillon & Co.
Mystic, Ia., Nov. 6, 1891.
To all the Trumpet Readers, Greeting: May Heaven’s richest blessings be upon you all. Amen. After the meeting at the Carter school-house, Bro. Lindley took us with his team to his place, where we put up the tabernacle and commenced meeting in the name of Jesus, who giveth us the victory. But on the account of much prejudice the work was hindered at first, but the prejudice gave way after a few meetings, and there were three saved. After a day or two of rain, we went north of Hedrick to Hayesville and commenced meeting. On the following Monday dear Bro. H. W. Heckler left us for his home in Ill. So we continued the meeting the following week. We never before saw such conviction settle on a people; but when we gave them a chance to get saved they would not move, for Satan had so chained them down that they could not move. The place is made up of infidels, skeptics and spiritualists; so it is no wonder that they are bound. But God enabled us to give them some of his word, and in the future there may be a chance to gather wheat from the seed sown there. We then went back to the Carter school-house and commenced meeting on Thursday evening, and held over Lord’s day. There were two souls saved, and the next day a man that had been sick was gloriously saved and healed. His wife also was saved. We took the train for Mystic, a mining town about forty-five miles southwest of Hedrick. The Methodists gave us the use of their house; so we gave them a little lesson last evening, and we expect to hold meeting as long as the Lord wills. Now we ask the prayers of all the dear saints that the Lord will help us to use much wisdom in presenting the truth, and that God will hold all the powers of darkness in perfect subjection. When we are done here we expect to go to Davis City, Ia., to hold a meeting. Praise God for salvation that saves to the uttermost!
I am your saved brother,
J. L. June.
Three Rivers, Mich., Nov. 6, 1891.
Dear Saints of the Most High God: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you. Amen. I want to testify through the Trumpet that I am still saved and sanctified, and kept by the mighty power of God, and am in the work for God against the powers of darkness with Jesus our captain, who gives us the victory in every battle. Bro. Daugherty, Bro. W. J. Henry and myself left my home two weeks ago and came to Decatur, Mich., where we met with the dear saints. The Lord met with us and enabled us to preach the word, which had good effect. A few were saved from their sins and one sanctified. God bless the dear ones for their kindness to us.
On the 28th of Oct. we came to this place where Bro. Leroy Burden has been struggling against the powers of darkness, having often written for help. The Lord finally moved on our heart to come to help in rescuing perishing souls. Several have been saved and others are under conviction. We are in the hands of the Lord to be used of him. We expect to go to Batavia, Mich, and assist Bro. Solomon Keagle, if the Lord wills, and hold a few meetings; and from there make our way into Ohio where the brethren have long desired us to come. Let all saints pray for us that we may be used of God in the salvation of precious souls.
Your brethren under the blood,
S. Michels & Co.
New Pittsburg, Ind., Nov. 10, 1891.
Dearly Beloved Saints: It is with great pleasure and a heart filled with the love of God that I write a few lines in honor of our blessed Master. Since the assembly meeting in Mich., I have been in Ind., near this place, where I have been working for the Lord by spending most of my time preparing the book on, “Divine Healing,” which was spoken of some time ago, and which we expect to publish in a few mouths, the Lord willing. The preparing of this work has truly proved a blessing to my soul, and strengthened my faith in the Lord.
Although not entirely free from office work while here, yet the change has been very beneficial to me, and expect soon to return and resume the labors at the office.
It has also been my privilege to visit some of the saints in this community, and am glad to report that the church near this place is beginning to prosper. We feel that Zion is putting on her strength again in the midst of the people here. Although they have passed through a severe ordeal, we trust that all will come forth as gold tried in fire, and that all dross will be removed. We feel that God is moving here, and will continue to move in mighty power. Pray for us all.
Yours in Him,
E. E. Byrum.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” — Psa. 119:129.
Six Points, Ohio.
Dear Trumpet Readers: It is to the glory of God that I write my testimony. I am saved and sanctified and kept from all sin. The grove meeting was a success from beginning to end. A few were saved and there was real victory for God. The meeting will not soon be erased from our memory. I desire an interest in the prayers of God’s little ones. Amen.
Your brother in Christ,
G. W. Cupp.
Dear Saints: I fed led of the Holy Spirit to write a few words to the glory of God as I have not written for some time. I am saved by the mighty power of God from all sin. The Beaver Dam camp-meeting was a soul-feasting time for me. Glory to Jesus! I ask all the dear saints to pray for me that I may ever live faithful and true to God. My prayer to God is that the Lord may open up the way for a meeting for some of the saints to preach the everlasting gospel here. Babylon is in a wonderful confused state. I believe some want the truth preached here, and I know I do. The Lord saves me from the use of tea, coffee, and tobacco. Praise the Lord for ever! May God bless all the saints. The Lord saves me just now and sanctifies me by a second work of grace.
James H. Hunter.
Dear Saints: I wish to give my testimony on the Lord’s side. We are praising God for a complete salvation. Last spring God healed me of a lame back, and praise his name! I am kept healed, for which I give him all the glory. We have begun holding meetings for the winter and we would like for some of God’s ministers to come and help us. True saints of God are few at this place. But “if God be for us, who can be against us?” Praise the Lord! he is a present help in every time of need.
Your saved brother and sister,
J. C. & Phebe A. Green.
Dear Saints: I am led to write my testimony, that the precious name of Jesus may be glorified, and that those who are looking to Jesus for healing may be strengthened in faith. O praise the Lord forever! None but God knows how thankful I am that Jesus so willingly heals all our diseases. I was bitten by a dog, and at the time I was bitten, I said. O that my faith were like Paul’s, when the viper fastened on his hand! But alas! I kept growing worse, and when I would try to sleep, O the horrors that would come into my mind!
I earnestly took my case to the Lord, and I was led to write to the Trumpet office requesting the dear ones to pray for me. Glory be to Jesus! Thursday, October the 1st, I was wonderfully healed in answer to their prayers. To God be all the glory forever. All at once I felt the healing power, and claimed it by faith that the work was done. Glory be to Jesus! I have slept sweetly every night since. May all the dear ones praise the Lord for what he has done for me. O salvation sweet and complete! “Who is a rock save our God?”
Who is our physician,save Jesus? Amen! Thou, O Lord, knoweth me; thou hast tried my heart. Thou hast suffered this that my faith might be perfected in thee. May God bless and keep the dear ones meet for his use, who so kindly remembered me to Father in my great distress. Amen.
My testimony is that I am saved, trusting Jesus every moment, continually praying for the advancement of Israel. Pray that I may keep humble, ever working for Jesus.
Your sister saved and sanctified,
Clara A. Kinney.
Dear Saints: I believe that it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony. I am saved and sanctified, and have that peace which the world cannot give, neither can it take away. Glory to God! I praise God for an experience of full salvation that saves from all sin. I am so glad that I ever learned the true way of holiness and accepted it by faith. I intend by the grace and help of God to serve him all the days of my life, and I ask an interest in the prayers of all the saints of God that I may continue faithful.
Your sister, saved and kept by the power of God,
Gedidah A. Hood.
To all the Saints of God, Greeting: I am praising God for salvation full and free. I have built my house on the solid rock. Dear saints, I want you all to pray for me and the neighborhood in which I live. I tremble for some of them here. May the grace of God be with you all.
Your brother in Christ,
F. D. Carlton.
Dear Saints: I know that the Lord saves me from sin, and I am free in Christ. Bro. A. L. Creel and Bro. Bradley will begin a meeting at Bro. McCarys the 15th of November, if the Lord wills. Dear saints, pray for them, and that the Lord will send them here to preach the truth.
Your brother, saved and under the blood,
H. G. Oxner.
Died — at her home in Burlington, Mich. Oct. 18, 1891, Sister Betsy Barrington. She was born in York state, in the town of Conquest, in 1818. She was saved at her home at a meeting held by the writer some four years ago. Was also wonderfully healed of fits two years ago. Although she died suddenly, we are convinced that her consecration was complete, and that she was ready to go. She leaves three daughters and will be much missed by her family, to whom she was a good wife and mother.
Funeral services by the writer,
C. H. Eldridge.
Died — Sept, 30, 1891, Margaret Ballenger. She was bom March 2, 1807, united in marrige to Edward Ballenger, Oct. 20 1825, and aged 84 yrs., 6 mos. and 28 days “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.” Mother Ballenger leaves four children, thirteen grand-children, and ten great grand-children, and a very large circle of friends to mourn her departure. But all have this consolation — that all is wel with her. She prayed the dear Lord to take her home to himself, and she passed away without a groan or straggle.
The funeral was conducted by Brother S. L Speck in the Nichles Chapel, in Kosciusko Co., Ind.
Our mother has gone to the land of rest,
That beautiful home where the angels dwell;
Now safe in the bosom of Jesus blest,
Though lonely, dear Lord, we bow to thy will.
Our hearts are clinging, dear Mother to thee
Thou livest here yet in each bosom of love;
Our memory shall cherish thy gentle form
Till we meet thee, dear Mother, homed above.
Verses selected from Poems of Grace and Truth.
Elton Warren departed this life Sept. 18, 1891. Aged 22 years and 23 days. He leaves a wife and child to mourn his departure; also, a father, mother, brothers and three sisters, some of whom are saved, and others not. May this call of providence awaken the unsaved part of the family to seek God is our prayer. May it also strengthen the saved ones, and cause them with increased vigor and vigilance to press on in the good hope, and gain, with all the faithful, a shining mansion in glory. With the sad news of his death, we also received the glad intelligence that the departed one got saved ere he left the world, for which we thank God. He asked forgiveness of all whom be had wronged. The last words he was heard to say were, “Mother, Millie, meet me, meet me,” cts. He kissed them good bye and fell asleep.
This life is speeding fast away
To darkest night, or blissful day;
Its short and pensive volume is among to …
Then all our labors here shall end,
And … our pin.. well a..nd
To that briht ho.. of all is ..ll..nd rest in ..eet ..opose
Funeral services by Bro. A. B. Palmer.
B. E. W.
facedness and sobriety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. — 1 Tim. 2:9, 10.
Whose adorning, let it not be that out ward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel. But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands. — 1 Pet. 3:3—5.
Here are plain, positive commands. How can any one stand in the day of judgment if he or she disregards and disobeys these injunctions? “Adorn themselves with modest apparel.” Modest or plain clothing is the only outward adorning the Bible allows. Gold, pearls and costly array are all forbidden. Any thing that is an addition to actual clothing, for show and the pride of the eye, is cut off by the word of God that shall judge us in that last day. Even superfluous apparel should not be put on for adornment, as seen in 1 Pet. 3:3. And yet the necessary apparel should be well fitted, clean, neat and tidy, so as to be an actual adornment itself (see 1 Tim. 2:9), without the foolish trimmings and trappings of this perverted world. “After this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves.” And, we are told, it thus becometh women professing godliness, with good works. Now we humbly beseech every sister in in the Lord to conform entirely to the holy instructions here laid down. Let your apparel be neat and plain with no superfluities. Do not stick a bunch of ribbon or lace on your hats and think yourselves plain because the same pile is not rag flowers or feathers. The restriction is not against feather and flower adornments, but against adornments, all adornments. “Whose adorning let it not be that outward, * * * but let it be the hidden man of the heart” O for the sake of Jesus, dear sisters, obey these words and take away the stumbling block from before perishing souls. Conform fully to the word of God, and God will bless you.
But another fruit of pride is strife. “Only by pride cometh contention.” — Prow 13:10.
He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. — Prov. 28:25.
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 surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. — 1 Tim. 6:3—5.
An other form of the love of the world is covetousness, one of the most extensive, deceitful and soul-damning forms of idolatry on earth.
And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into a temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: winch while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness. — 1 Tim. 6:8—11.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rick in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. — 1 Tim. 6:17—19.
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for the miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasures together for the last days. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. — James 5:1—3, 5. These awful warnings ought to burst like claps of thunder in the ears that are dull with the subtile deceitfulness of riches. To covet after money, riches, for the mere love of money, riches, is itself erring from the truth; and unless the soul is wakened up by the mercy of God, it will be drowned in perdition. And they who are blessed with this world’s abundance can only lay a good foundation against the awful time to come, by doing good with their means, being “ready to distribute, willing to communicate.” But, oh! how few we have met on earth of that class who fill these conditions! O beware! riches are deceitful, and the love of money blinding and hardening. “O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
How must we live in this world?
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men, teachus that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. — Tit. 2:11—13.
The result of judging and disciplining ourselves, and the sacrifice of all earthly objects. “But when we are judged we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” — 1 Cor. 11:32.
But how will it end with such as love this present evil world? “He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.” — Job 18:18.
The doom of this world. “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. — 1 Jno. 2:17.
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. — 2 Pet. 3:7.
A solemn question: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? — Matt. 16:26.
For some time this question has been discussed in some of the so-called holiness papers: namely, Messenger of Love, Glad Tidings, etc. And as we have traced them for some time, we are in a position to know what their teaching leads to, and we feel like warning every soul that has been interested in these Christ less anti-ordinance writings to renounce them as the works and snares of Satan, and inspired from the pit. They, leaving the word of God, have drifted into other lies, such as the idea that when a soul is born again he can never fall into sin again, as they assert. This is simply ridiculous; especially so since it would be unnecessary for that soul to watch and pray which we are exhorted to do in the word of God time and again. This assertion alone should be evidence enough that any one advocating such a doctrine was never enlightened or born of God; for no one ever got into the experience of salvation without resisting the devil; neither will they retain it except by a continuance of the same. See Eph. 6:11-16; Rev. 3:21.
Truly these are perilous times. Satan has appeared under the disguise of a holiness garb, behind which he has his snares concealed. Apparently many good things have been said in the above sheets. But no marvel; for Satan, too, knows something about what “is written,” and can appear as an angel of light. To sum it up, the whole amounts to this: the soul that accepts and believes such teaching as the above sheets advocate, will find on self examination that he is destitute of any hope in Christ and eternal life whatever. May God help us to be faithful to him; walk in the light as he is in the light, so when that great day overtakes us it will find us as overcomers through the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony. Amen.
C. L. Kaumeyer.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” — Psa. 119:129.
Dear Saints of the Most High: I feel it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony to the Trumpet. I am sweetly saved in Jesus’ blood. He has cleansed me from all sin and has given me sweet peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. It has been about four months and a half since I first accepted Christ as my sanctifier. One day at noon my husband was taken sick with a fever. We trusted God for the healing; but he grew worse and that night he could not sleep at all. The next day he was not able to sit up but a few minutes at a time. But the Lord healed him, and the next day he went out and worked all day and has been well ever since. Praise the Lord! I do find great joy in studying the word of God; for God through his Spirit reveals to me many things which used to be mysterious. It seems sometimes that I must go and teach his blessed evening light to those who are in darkness. If God calls me I am willing to go. Dear saints, pray for my companion and me, that we may do God’s will in all things.
Your sister in Christ,
Mrs. Emma Dansberger.
Dear Saints: I praise the Lord this morning that amid all the cares, and all the sin and iniquity of this cursed world, I am still within the walls of full salvation. All glory to God who gives me victory through Jesus! I know without a doubt that I am fully saved in Jesus, sanctified by a second work of grace, and I enjoy a peace in my soul that I never had before, and this world cannot give nor take away. O dear saints, how awful it is to see those we have loved as brethren be led away, and to see that their light has become darkness! May the dear Lord protect his loved ones from Satan’s awful grasp. I do praise the Lord that God still has a few that have not bowed the knee to Baal and that are still earnestly contending for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.
Mrs. Ada Hewitt.
Dear Saints: I feel the glory of God in my soul. Oh praise the Lord forever! How I rejoice to hear salvation currents flow from state to state through the Gospel Trumpet! May the mighty work go on until God’s kingdom shall break in pieces and consume all kingdoms, and the enemies of Jesus be made as ashes under our feet. Glory be to his name for what I feel in my soul! Hallelujah and honor to the Lamb forever! Amen.
Your sister, saved and sanctified by a second work of grace,
Union Home, Mich.
Dear Brethren in Christ: Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Oh praise the Lord forever and ever! For his merciful kindness is great toward us and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Our lips shall ever sound his praises on the mountain tops of his holiness. “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord.” Christ says, “I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Praise our God! When we are born of God by spiritual birth then we begin to shine brighter and brighter until the perfect day. Oh what a glorious church is the church of God which is built up of lively stones clear as crystal! It is as a city set on a high hill and gives light to this sin darkened world. I am so glad that the dear Lord did give me a willing heart to receive the ingrafted word which did save my soul; not by works of righteousness which I had done, but by his mercy he saved me by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost which he shed on me abundantly. I was a sinner, lost and undone in the world and condemned to die, and hell was my doom. I had to repent, for without repentance there is no remission of sins; but when I humbled myself under the mighty power of God he did lift me up. O the joy and peace! It was there the guilt and condemnation all rolled away, and I realized that I was a child of God born into his family. I began to search the scriptures and to follow Christ closely, and I soon passed through the wilderness into the promised land, the laud of Canaan which is given to his, children for an everlasting possession. O praise our dear Father! It was there I found the hidden manna and feasted on the bread of heaven which makes us fat and flourishing. This cost me all that I had, friends and self, and my life also; for it had to be a complete consecration. This was a second application of the blood of Christ to my heart. O praise our God for his plan of redemption!
Well, I want to tell you of some of the wonderful dealings of the dear Lord with us. We love to give God all the glory for it all belongs to him. Last Sabbath was a glorious feast to our souls. As we all met in the name of Jesus the mighty power of God came down on us and made us all rejoice with great joy. Sister Silvers came in at a late hour and said that her daughter Nettie Griswold was very sick and desired the elders to come and lay hands on her and she should be healed. Praise God! we went, nothing doubting, believing God was able to do all things. We found her in great agony; she had lost her mind and by spells would be cramped up. Her jaws were set and her limbs were cold and stiff. When she was not in these spasms she was in pain and misery. The dear blessed Lord relieved her by our faith in God, and the laying on of hands. O how blessed it is to obey God in all things that he has commanded. He says, “These signs shall follow them that believe: * * * They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” We do love to do his blessed commandments, and they are not grievous. O praise our God! for he has given us his great salvation, and our names are written in heaven, in the Lamb’s book of life. In this we will rejoice and give Him all the praise.
Your sister, saved eternally,
Lodema A. Lyon.
To the Trumpet Readers: I am glad to have the privilege of thus praising my dear Redeemer. I do thank God for such great salvation and the joy that I feel in my soul. He has saved me from tobacco and coffee. I am an orphan girl, just living around from place to place for a home; but thanks be to God. I have a home in heaven. Now I am so happy in Jesus. Dear ones, pray for me that I may hold out faithful.
Your saved sister,
Dear Saints: 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 Holy Ghost. I had been a member of the U. B. sect for some time and a great sufferer from lung trouble; had been doctoring for about two years; but did not get any better. When I heard the blessed word of God in its purity, I accepted it and then the Lord saved my soul, and healed my body. First of all we must be saved and given up to God’s whole will before we can take him at his promise, and then he says, “Whatsoever we ask we receive of him because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.” Seek the kingdom of heaven first and then other things will be added.
Your saved brother all on the altar,
Dear Saints: May God’s love rest on you all for Jesus’ sake. Amen. I am saved and kept by the mighty power of God How I do praise God for what he has done for me! One of our brothers was sick and he was healed by the power of God. for which we give Him all the glory.
Your saved sister,
Dear Saints: This morning finds me saved in Jesus. Oh how my soul doth magnify the Lord! What joy and peace there is in living for Jesus! About three years ago, I made a start to serve the Lord, but soon made shipwreck by distrust and allowing the devil to use me in ways contrary to God’s word. I lived an up and down life until one year ago when I saw by reading the Bible that if the eye be single the whole body shall be full of light. Then I started anew for the Lord with a determination to serve him. But soon a persecution caused me to distrust again and to fall away into sin. I become exceedingly sinful, labored in the fields day by day working in a remorse of concience. I had no peace and even could not go to meeting, for the presence of God was so strong there that it made me ashamed of myself. I was ashamed to visit my friends and neighbors for fear of them asking me to pray at the table. So great was my conviction that I did not want any one to talk to me on the subject of salvation. In this state I remained until the grove meeting, and even the brethren could see shame stamped in my face. There I began to cry, Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed: save me and I shall be saved! I flow cad say with a clear concience that Jesus saves me. My determination is to live a life of righteousness, by trust and watchful praying. I now can say, Thy will, not mine be done.
Dearly Beloved Saints: I have been impressed from time to time to write my testimony to the dear Trumpet readers. God bless you all. When I read so many bright and glorious testimonies for Jesus, it seems like if I have been with them in a meeting. My spirit responds, praise the Lord! for this blessed light that shines in our hearts. I have been in this blessed way for five years and have never grown tired or weary in well doing. I desire the prayers of the dear saints that I may ever do the Master’s will.
Your sister, saved and sanctified,
H. M. Megginson.
To all the Dear Saints of God: I do praise God for complete cleansing in the precious blood of Jesus. Knowing by faith in the Son of God, that I have passed from death unto life; and I now have the witness of the Spirit of Christ deep down in my soul, — saved to the uttermost. Praise the Lord! Wife and I have allowed ourselves to attend Methodist meetings, finding some good honest ones therein who are beguiled by the devil. We have even gone into the jaws of hell to hunt them out, and to persuade them to come out from among them, but alas! they are joined to their idols; and now God says, “Let them alone, they are joined to their dols.” It is too true they are, and O, how it makes my heart ache to see how souls are being deceived! I do bless God for the true light that now shineth deep down it my soul. Yes, praise our God! it is the true light, the light of God, and Jesus Christ opens wide the door and invites all to come. He is the shepherd of the fold.
Yours, free in Jesus,
John G. Bentley.
Dear Saints: I am glad that I can say I know that my Redeemer liveth. I praise the dear Lord that I also know that I am justified freely and sanctified wholly as a second experience. I do praise the Lord this morning for full salvation. He is keeping me sweetly all the time. The Lord has directed me to come out of Babylon. I have been living in the M. E. sect for about thirty years. I do praise his holy name for this heavenly light. I am very much persecuted, Some say some very hard things about me, but this is all right; I feel sorry for them. They are sitting in darkness while we triumph over them. We do praise the Lord for sending Bro. Howard & Co. here, and we are praying that the Lord will send them back. May God bless and keep his people one in Christ. Dear saints, pray for me and my family.
Your sister, saved by the power of
Dear Saints: I feel impressed to write my testimony to the dear readers of the Gospel Trumpet. I know that I am a true child of God, and that I love him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I love all his true children wherever they are. Bless God! I know that my consecration is complete. I was brought down to the test when the Lord saw fit in his wise providence to take from me my dear companion. I said, Father, thy will be done, not mine. O how the peace of God poured into my soul! It seemed only a step between me and heaven; and if the dear Lord had called me too, I was ready to go. I live every day ready to meet my God in peace. Death has no sting for me. I do thank God that I ever was permitted to enjoy the blessing of entire sanctification — a sinless life, a holy life, the life of Christ. The thought comes to me, what have I done that I should obtain such a priceless blessing? All I had to give was my sins, and Jesus pardoned them and wrote my name in heaven; then I gave myself a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which was my reasonable service, and he took that; so now I am all sold out to Jesus to do his will in everything for time and eternity. Pray for me that I may be low at the Master’s meet.
Your humble saved brother,