15 October 1891, Volume 11, Number 20.
RULES FOR DAILY LIFE.
Begin the day with God,
Kneel down to him in prayer:
Lift up thy heart to his abode,
And seek his love to share.
Open the book of God,
And read a portion there,
That it may hallow all thy thoughts
And sweeten all thy care.
Go through the day with God
What e’er thy work may be;
Where’er thou art — at home, abroad,
He still is near to thee.
Converse in mind with God,
Thy spirit heavenward raise,
Acknowledge every good bestowed
And offer grateful praise.
Conclude the day with God,
And praise him for his love,
Trust in the Lord’s atoning blood
And every darkness he’ll remove.
Lie down at night with God,
Who gives his servants sleep;
And when thou dread’st the vale of death
He will thee guard and keep.
TRUTH CRUSHED IN THE DARK.
A man writes the editor of the little sheet called Truth Crushed, Sept. No., as follows: “In your paper you tell people of their wickedness, which is all true; but I never have seen where you have opened up the plan of salvation. Do you believe in sanctification at all, and that it is attainable in this life, and that it is a separate work from conversion?”
The first sentence above describes about all the preachers and editors who are destitute of real Bible holiness, and who nevertheless wish to make people believe they are full grown saints. They conceal their own emptiness by exposing the emptiness of others. They plaster over their own sores by pounding on the sores of their hearers. Any fool can aggravate the wounds that sin has made by throwing in the pepper of accusation; but it takes men, who are themselves wise unto salvation to administer the precious saving balm to others. We have only heard three sermons this year from sect preachers. One in Ala. and two recently in the Mennonite camp in Ont. They were all of the same tone. Chastising the people for their poor unstable religion, and ridiculing their Sunday sickness, with scarcely a ray of light as to how to get the heart established with grace, and how to have the soul made permanently and every whit whole from Sunday and every-day sickness. If we speak the honest conviction of our heart, we must say that most of the common members in the above mentioned camp were in a better condition before God than the common preachers and the highest seat preachers, who administered the rod and severe blisters upon their remaining sore places.
Since God is indeed sending forth his sanctified ones as the instruments of his anger, Isa. 13:3, not, however, to throw hail alone, but “hail and fire mingled with blood,” Rev. 8:7, many who are not conscious of the precious cleansing blood, and who are destitute of the heavenly fire, attempt to assume this awful ministry of judgment. But their defects cannot be covered. They may indeed throw the hail of condemnation, and they may draw a lively imitation of fire; but painted fire can give out no heat, and the poor souls who draw nigh remain still in the cold embrace of spiritual death.
But let us hear the truth-crushing answer to the questions on sanctification. He says, «In the first place then, strictly speaking, we are not prepared to say that there is a difference between conversion and sanctification, or that conversion saves from the act of sin, while sanctification saves from the principle of sin. We are unable to see how a person can be saved from the acts of sin, while the principle of sin remains and reigns within. We will admit however, that a person may be sanctified or converted to Christ, and yet not be wholly sanctified. There is such a thing as partial conversion. We read of people being babes in Christ, and we are to grow in grace, and press forward to perfection.
“We believe that no man can be truely converted without that sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost to purify and refine his conscience or mind, or inward dispositions, so that he is able to refuse to commit sin.” We believe in sanctification pure and simple. Let no one be deceived by a certain class of holiness boasters who are going about over the world saying they are so freed from the principle of sin that they have no disposition to sin remaining within. Every man has a disposition or principle left in him which at times inclines him toward deeds of wrong: but a true saint of God has forever enough abiding within him to subdue this principle and avoid committing sin.”
What a bundle of confusion, unbelief, and contradictions our poor Bro. Foggy has opened to view! A better description of his views on sanctification could not well be produced than his own words in the same article; namely, “confusion and misapplication of the scriptures, and false constructions on the meaning of words, and utter perversion of the way of life;”
In the first place he is not prepared to say there is a difference between conversion and entire sanctification. This is very true. The second grace can only be taught by men in the experience, which his random assertions plainly declare he never attained. He does injustice to truth by identifying the inbeing and the reign of the evil bent in the justified believer. No confessor of definite holiness teaches that it reigns in the justified; but that, until destroyed in the second grace, it exists in a conquered condition.
He is unable to see how a man can be saved from acts of sin while the principle of sin is yet within. And yet before closing admits this same principle in every man at his best estate, and adds, “but a true saint of God has power enough abiding within him to subdue this principle, and avoid committing sin.” This is a direct contradiction of his own words. When trying to gainsay the doctrine of entire sanctification, as a second work of grace, he avers that a person so far as he can see, cannot have an indwelling principle of evil, and yet abstain from sinful actions, and yet he can see that the true saint of God does have the same inward bent to evil and yet keeps it subdued and thereby abstains from sinning. He admits, “that a person may be sanctified or converted to Christ and yet not be wholly sanctified. There is such a thing as partial conversion.”
He makes conversion and sanctification identical, and knowing that salvation is not perfected in that experience, he is driven to the ridiculous position that God sometimes only partially converts. Thus in attempting to argue against the idea that God does not do his work by halves,” — which holiness people are falsely accused of teaching — he actually asserts that conversion, one work of grace, is sometimes wrought by halves. And he teaches the absurdity that growing in grace, and going on to perfection is the completion of conversion. How much more wise to just admit the plain teaching of the word that conversion, or regeneration, which are inclusive of each other, is a whole and perfect work, and that entire sanctification is a second whole work of divine grace. When God justifies does he not justify the soul entirely from all sins ever committed? When, at the same time he makes him a child of God, is he only partially, or is he wholly in the family of God? Surely God has no half or step sons in his family. Christ declared that the disciples had “followed him in the regeneration,” Matt. 19:28, i.e., in the regenerated state. And he never told them to grow to perfected conversion, but he prayed the Father to sanctify them, John 17:17. And the Acts and epistles all teach the same two works of grace. But the idea that conversion is sometimes only partially wrought is not sustained by a simple text in the New Testament.
Here is another contradiction: “We believe sanctification pure and simple.” “A man may be thoroughly sanctified.” How pure? How thorough? Hear him. “Yet there is left in every man, even the best, a disposition or principle of sin.” What utter confusion and contradiction! Thoroughly sanctified, pure, with a disposition, or principle of sin yet in us. No wonder Bro. Cooper does not feel himself prepared to teach a second work of grace.
No man can teach perfected holiness who knows nothing about it. He unqualifiedly asserts that a principle of sin remains in every man. How does he know? Is he acquainted with every man, and does he know the attainments of every human being? But suppose he appeals to the Bible to settle the matter. Amen! So let us do.
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. — Rom. 6:22.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. — Eph. 1:4.
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. — Col. 3:10.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is be that calleth you, who also will do it. — 1 Thess. 5:23, 24.
For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: or after that he had said before, etc. Heb. 10:14, 15.
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. — Heb. 13:12.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. — 2 Pet. 1:5.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. — 1 John 3:2, 3.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. — 1 John 4:17.
If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:7, 9.
Is a man “free from sin,” having “yet a principle of sin in him?” These two standards are quite at variance. Is a man “holy and without blame before God,” or complete in him, when yet indwelt with a principle of sin in his heart? Where is there a place left for that inclination to sin after the God of peace has sanctified a man wholly, soul, body and spirit; and this the God of peace is faithful to do for us in this life and then preserve ns in that holy state and life until the coming of the Lord. In Heb. 10:14, 15, and 13:12, we are taught that we are made perfect by entire sanctification, and that perfection is witnessed to by the Holy Spirit in the present life, and it is wrought by the Lord Jesus Christ through the virtues of his blood, hence it is a cleansing. Now it follows that Bro. Cook has taught in direct contradiction to the word of God when he denies perfect heart purity in this life; for no principle of sin remains in a person that is made perfect in purity. The passage from Peter asserts that we are partakers of the divine nature, and free from the elements of this corrupt world. In 1 John 3:4, we are declared like Christ in this world, yea, “pure even as he is pure.” Then it follows that the above teacher has denied the Bible standard or holiness, or else he must think there was and is a principle of sin in Jesus. “For as he is, so are we in this world.”
Again, if the apostle John tells the truth that the blood of Jesus Christ “cleanseth us from all sin,” and all unrighteousness,” then the writer we here review has badly missed the mark when he rashly asserts that there is left in every man, even the beet, a disposition, or principle of sin.” It were much better if men would all draw their ideas of the perfect salvation and unlimited power and grace of God from the Bible, and not set their unsanctified hearts up as the standard and then seek to pull the word of God down to their level.
Finally, Bro. Cook talks about keeping the inward principle of sin subdued, and this is as far as his mind seems to have attained in the plan of salvation. This of of course every justified person must do, as long as he sojourns in the wilderness of first principles of the doctrine of Christ. But what will Bro. Cook do with that principle of sin within? Will he take it along to heaven and still keep it repressed? Would it not endanger the peace of heaven to admit such explosive, and evil fermenting elements? If the Bible speaks the truth, that the blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin, and Bro. Cook has yet a principle of sin in him, as his words imply, then he needs an application of the blood of Christ to cleanse him from all sin. And if he is already in a converted or regenerated state, that cleansing would be a second work of grace. And that is what every Christian on his plain needs, and must have before he can enter heaven, for no principle of sin can enter there. Hence we would call our brother’s attention, and all others in his condition to another phase of Christian experience beyond mere subjugation of that inward foe, a Bible doctrine he seems not to have yet apprehended; namely, the death, crucifiction, and utter destruction, of all sin. Every principle of sin is the works of the devil, and Christ came not to merely subdue such, “but to destroy the works of the devil.” Therefore; Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Rom. 6:11.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. — Rom. 6:6. Our friend finds his experience in Gal. 5:17. But re should go on to Gal. 5:24. Then he could praise God with Paul in Gal. 2:20, and Rom 8:2, and with all those holiness teachers that he warns his readers of, who are able to make their boast in the Lord that his blood has made them free from all sin, every principle of sin. Amen! Come to the blood, brother. We add our testimony that the gospel is true and the flood does cleanse from all sin.
Please explain through the Trumpet what is meant by the “gates of hell,” in Matt. 18:18. Your brother,
D. B. Howe.
Ans. Anciently all cities were protected by walls. When hostile armies made war against those cities, embassies often met and held treaties with the rulers of the city in the gates. That being the place where councils were held between foes without and authorities within. The term gates became used to denote councils. Therefore the gates of hell signify the councils of hell. The councils of hell can never prevail against the church of the living God.
1st. Can a converted man exercise as strong faith as a wholly sanctified man?
2nd. Does a sanctified person have any disposition to fret or get angry?
3rd. Does a sanctified person have doubts and fears about his sanctification, and feel that there is something lacking in his soul?
4th. Is it possible for a man to be mistaken about sanctification and. not have it when he thinks he has? And if so can he yet seek and obtain it?
I ask the prayers of all the saints. Amen.
W. H. Kelley.
Answer to 1st. Not generally.
To 2nd. No; entire sanctification removes all the inward bent of impatience and anger, and to fret and worry about anything, and gives instead the full assurance of faith and perfect love which hopeth all things, endureth all things, gives thanks for all things and in all things, and believes that all things work together for good to us. Hence glories in tribulations.
To 3rd. The normal state of a sanctified soul is to be “perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” — Jas. 1:4. But there will be times, more frequently in the early experience of this second grace, when the pure heart is put in earnest quest of some new measure or degree of some of the graces or gifts of the spirit. And when the additional grace is reached the soul moves on again satisfied. So the normal state of a sanctified soul is to live perfectly free from doubts of that fact. But there are times, especially in the beginning; of this higher life, when Satan will strongly tempt the soul that you have not the experience. And sometimes these temptations may create momentary doubts and fears. But if the soul is earnest and faithful, resisting Satan he will flee, and the soul will soon reach the plain of being “established unblameable in holiness,” and all doubts and fears are forever gone.
To 4th. To both parts of this question we say, Yes. The actual possession of the sanctifier is coupled with positive knowledge, and no mistake can exist. But without the experience, many have honestly supposed they had the experience, when it had not been really grasped, and after sincerely claiming without possession, men have come to a proper discovery of their condition, and confessing the matter, have reached the glorious experience. Amen.
Dear Saints: I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony through the Trumpet. I belonged to the Baptist sect for six years but never was converted to God until the ninth day of last March, when the dear Lord sent Bro’s Lytle and Gibson here to preach the everlasting truth in this country. My daughter came from Michigan and talked to me about my soul and said I was not saved. It set me to thinking. I went to meeting and got under deep conviction. I went to my brother’s house, who are Baptists, to a birth-day dinner; but I got sick and could not enjoy myself there. I went home, and at night began to pray to God in deep earnest to save my soul, realizing that I was a sinner and lost without a Saviour. At eleven o’clock I found the Lord precious to my soul. I was so happy I could hardly keep from shouting out aloud the praises of God; but my husband being unsaved, the devil caused me to quench the Spirit. I went to meeting the next day, and the dear Lord filled me so full of his Spirit that I had to shout it out. Praise God forever! I never had prayed before my children in my life, nor in presence of my husband; but when I came to the table to eat dinner, I took up my cross and returned thanks. But in a day or two, my husband began to show signs of spite, but I talked to him in the Spirit of God and he dared not to resist it. I am now sixty-seven years old, and have had more enjoyment since I was saved than in all my life before. O the riches of his goodness! Truly the Lord is merciful. I am saved just now, soul and body. I have taken the dear Lord for my physician. I was afflicted with the La Grippe and was bedfast for about three weeks. I was not expected to live; but the dear Lord had something for me to do yet, so he sent a few of the dear saints in to pray for me on Friday night, and on Saturday morning I was made whole. Bless the Lord, O my soul! I am determined to live for God all the rest of my days by Ms help. Pray for me, dear ones, that I may be kept down at Jesus’ feet until his appearing.
Hannah H. Hoovler.
Dear Trumpet Readers : I believe it would be to God’s glory to write my testimony. I have been in the service of God a year. The Lord has filled my soul with his praises, and my lips with his songs. He has given me strength to overcome the temptations and persecutions.
Your sister, saved and sanctified wholly,
Sallie A. Barnes.
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Dearly Beloved Saints of God: sincerely request the prayers of all the holy saints for the healing of my companion who is afflicted with a cancer and also with the Asthma. She has been applying medicinal aid since last December, and it has been of very little avail. May the Lord send some of his saints with healing power to the eastern parts of Pennsylvania. There are a great many others who are afflicted.
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Titusville Pa., Sept. 24.
The camp meeting in Canada was scarcely entitled to the name. It came in the busy time of seeding; besides, most of the people knew nothing about camp meetings, hence scarcely any of the brethren provided ways to camp on the ground. But should the Lord permit another meeting, we think many will pitch their tents on the ground and take in the meeting properly. Part of the time the weather was also cold and wet, which preventd many from attending. On favorable nights, and on Sabbath there were large crowds of people present? There were but a few souls saved during the meeting. We were happy to meet nearly all we left clear in their souls three years ago yet saved and rejoicing in the Lord. O praise God for a salvation that is everlasting and full of glory! We also praised God for the privilege of meeting a number who have come into the light of God through the labors of dear Bro. Clayton, who, with his family, have labored hard for the cause of Christ in these parts, over two years. Between thirty and forty happy souls obeyed the Lord in the ordinances of his church. There were some healed during the meetings. The morning after camp meeting was over, a sister sent for Bro. Martz and ourself to pray for her healing in the little village of Candasville. We found her in great suffering and without voice to speak above a whisper. God instantly healed her, gave her a voice, and she arose and dressed well and free from pain. Her husband being under conviction, and seeing the power of God, was soon induced to give his heart to him. May God bless them both with grace to abide faithful in Jesus and do his will.
We announced meeting one day and night at Fenwick, but the Lord working on the hearts of the people, we remained two days and nights, during which about eleven souls were saved. Bro. Martz baptized eleven, and Bro. Clayton afterward baptized two more who were ready to follow Jesus into the symbolic grave. Dr. Birdsall’s wife and daughter were among the number. The Dr. loves this way, and has built a comfortable little hall, which is free for the pure gospel. While we were there the Dr. overheard a conversation between the M. E. preacher, and an old member of his class, as follows: “Preacher, I have been wondering what to do with these men who are preaching here. They are trying to tear up the churches. I sometimes think it would be wise to arrest them and try them, and see what could be done with them.”
This shows the dread and fear, the snare and the pit, that is upon the worshipers of the beast. Likewise the persecution that is in their hearts. If it were in their power they would arrest free speech, and silence all who would expose their corrupt deeds.
From Fenwick we went with several of the saints some 12 miles north to a Mennonite camp-meeting, where we only had time to remain one day. Some of the good people of that sect attended our meetings three years ago, and we praised God together, and most of them have never to this day rejected the truth, hence are yet saved and in fellowship with the Lord and us. But the man that, after hearing, spake against this way, we found dead in the shell of profession. We were very kindly entertained by those who knew us, and they wished us to remain longer and preach the word. We must speak in high commendation of the plainness of dress of these sisters. We thanked God for the good example, and shall profit by the same. No saint of God can bring to our mind any higher standard of practical or doctrinal truth and righteousness but what we will measure up to it by the grace of God. The true Christian is ever ready to advance in any point of divine truth that comes to his apprehension, even at the loss of all his former creed. We hold ourself ready to take any man of God by the hand and agree with him to accept and practice any and every thing taught and enjoined in the New Testament, and cast away anything in our practice not found there. But while this young Mennonite sect does nobly in the matter of plainness of dress, we could plainly perceive that about all the preachers are wrapped up in their little idol, and are afraid of a person who might show them the way of the Lord more perfectly, even the pure truth as it is in Christ Jesus, which forbids all schisms and sects, and holds up the “body of Christ” as the only church of the living God that all the redeemed are actually in, and which they should acknowledge to the exclusion of all other bodies and to the glory of Jesus Christ its divine founder and owner. There were but few of the preachers in whom we could not discern this prejudice, this “image Of jealousy in the entry.” — Eze. 8:3, 5. The people were however sincere and conscientious, having perhaps learned nothing better than the little sect. They give prominence to the doctrine of holiness, but while many have a good experience, insomuch that their camp presented an oasis in the deserts of Babylon, we could clearly perceive the dwarfing effect of their creed, and their want of perfect clearness. As is utterly impossible within the confines of sect fences, they lack the perfect “overcomer” element of holiness. Hence they talk about holiness subjecting them to more temptation than they had in a justified experience, and the preachers endorsed the saying. This is not true in the light of the New Testament. The prolific source of temptation to the justified is inward lust of the flesh. — Jas. 1:14. This is removed and destroyed in entire sanctification. — Gal. 5:24. The wholly sanctified and clear in the light of God have Satan “bruised under their feet.” — Rom. 16:20. We are not wrestling with him, but he is actually bruised under our feet of faith.
Bro. John E. Smith, who took us to the above camp, brought us back to his home and thence to Crowland, where we had a successful meeting three years ago. Bro. Clayton has also been the means in the hands of God, of others being added of the Lord, to his body. We had a few meetings there, and on Sabbath quite a number came to the altar to seek God, some of whom doubtless found him in the needed grace. The next day Bro. Martz and ourself took our leave of the dearly beloved saints in Canada, and came as far as Buffalo. Here we tarried with some saints and friends for the night. Bro. Clayton also came with us, expecting the Lord to send him along to Titusville and the Henderson Assembly. But finding a cheap ticket to Pittsburg he availed himself of the opportunity to visit that city, and intends soon to go to West Va., where he expects to open up the work, and in the joining borders of Pa. There seems to be a good field opened there and the brother would love to have a yokemate. Could not Bro. Heckler go back to Pa. and assist him? He will not be far from where Bro. H. was last Summer. Any one feeling led to join the brother, address G. T. Clayton, Waynesburg, Pa., care of R. N. Moffett. Let all the saints pray God to bless Bro. Clayton’s labors in that new field. Amen.
Reddick, Ill., Oct. 8, 1891.
May God bless all the dear workers in the field. Amen. Our souls are filled with Jesus’ mighty love. Hallelujah to his name! In our last report we had reached Pioneer, Sept. 2. Held meeting in Mr. Yocum’s barn, where he was gloriously converted to God. Sister Fisher was healed of a fever. The little ones were much encouraged and strengthened. Prejudice was removed from all honest hearts. Many acknowledged the truth. Meeting closed the night of the 20th. In the afternoon four dear ones were buried with Christ in baptism, and in the evening a melting time was enjoyed in the ordinance meeting. Meetings were desired at different points, but only one door was open, which was in Kunkle. Meeting began the 21st and continued one week. After four nights the hall was closed and meetings continued in private houses. Much good was done. Sister Barbara Kenagy joined us in company Sept. 25. On the 29th, we arrived at Auburn, Ind., and remained one week. Bro. Walters and wife came back to God. Had a precious ordinance meeting the last night. Have not decided where to hold meeting. The Lord willing we get a hall in Reddick. We expect to work westward.
Your brother and sister, saved by the blood,
Geo. L. & Mary Cole, and Co.
Dear Brethren and Trumpet Readers: We feel it our duty to acquaint you once more through the columns of the Trumpet of our whereabouts, our welfare and success in the work of the Master. At the close of the Red Lyon camp-meeting Bro. and Sister G. W. Howard, Sister Frankie Miller, myself and wife went to hold a meeting near Perryville, Pa., which commenced in the name of the Lord, Sept. 4, and continued about ten days. This was the first grove meeting held in those parts by the saints; hence, great numbers assembled to hear the word of the Lord. A few of the first meetings were interrupted by some misdemeanor, after which we prayed earnestly to God for victory and obtained it, after which the meetings were blessed with good order and strict attention to the preaching of the word. But two souls were at the altar for salvation during this meeting. Others raised their hands for prayers, and the good seed was sown in many hearts, which will some day bring forth fruit to the glory of God. From there we went to hold a grove meeting near Anandale, Pa., beginning Sept 14. The meeting continued over Lord’s day with victory on the Lord’s side. We found great prejudice against the true way in those parts, but praise God! the truth dispersed it, and left instead an almost universal respect for the saints and the truth. Two souls were added to the little church during the meeting, and others were deeply convicted of their sins, for whom we are earnestly praying that they may be saved in the near future. From there we came to Hendersonville, where we are now attending the assembly meeting. God is with us in saving power. Sister Frankie Miller and myself and wife will labor in this state, probably till the end of the year. Bro. and Sister Howard will return with Bro. Warner to Ohio at the close of this meeting. Pray for us, brethren, that God may give us many souls for our hire.
Your brother, sanctified wholly,
Wm. G. Schell.
Grand Junction, Mich., Oct. 12, 1891.
Dear Brethren in Christ: We greatly rejoice to give the glorious report of the general assembly of the saints held near this place, which began Oct. 1st, and continued eleven days. Truly it was a time of great rejoicing. Much prayer had been offered in behalf of the meeting, and the field was ripe unto harvest, and many souls were safely garnered into the kingdom of God. Salvation work commenced with the first meeting, and souls came flocking to the altar, and thus it continued throughout the entire meeting. Over fifty persons consecrated themselves to the Lord and found him precious to their souls. Blessed be his holy name ! It was indeed glorious to see hard-hearted sinkers and those who had strayed away from God yielding to the gentle call of Jesus, and falling at his feet pleading for mercy, and arising with the praises of God in their souls. There were a number of ministers and workers present, whom the Lord used in presenting the truth in its purity. Saints came from Ohio, Ind., Ill., Iowa and various parts of Michigan. The Lord favored us with beautiful weather, and the attendance was large. On each Sabbath the meeting-house was much too small to contain all the people. The last day of the meeting was a day of fasting and prayer. Services began at 9 o’clock in the morning, and ninety-three rapidly, testified to the saving power, which was followed by a two hours’ discourse, then an altar service in which a few souls were sanctified; after which a number of persons were healed by the power of God, according to James 5:14, 15. After these services were over, six persons were baptized in Lester lake; then followed a precious ordinance meeting and altar service. Truly it was a solid day given to the work of the Lord. The church was fully established by the ordination of a deacon. May God help the dear ones to walk in the light of the word, and go forth with everlasting joy in their souls.
E. E. Byrum.
Flagg Springs, Mo.
Dear Saints: May the richest of heaven’s blessings rest upon you all. We are happy to report that we are still saved and rejoicing in a Saviour’s love. After the Hedrick camp-meeting we went to Martinstown, Mo. Held meeting one week in a school-house near that place, where the devil had established his congregation, or what is known as the Good Way, more rightly interpreted the way to destruction. The Lord wonderfully showed up the devil and hunted out his lurking places, especially regarding the ordinances of our blessed Lord. Glory be to his name! Went from there to a place near Queen City, Mo., and held meeting in the Hartford school-house. We found a few professing holiness, but none of them were keeping the whole form of the house; some were using tobacco, and others were mixed up in the F. L. U. society, and in a bad shape. But hallelujah! we had a precious seed-sowing
time, and several accepted the true light. May God help them to walk in in it. My body was so afflicted with Asthma and heart trouble that some nights I could not rest, and at times could hardly preach. Praise God! he is my physician. I am trusting him. I ask all the dear saints to pray that God will heal my body and enable me to work and be useful in his vineyard. God bless all the household of faith and keep you walking in all the light of God. Amen.
Your brother and sister, saved and kept by the power of God through faith.
W. A. & M. L. Haynes.
Montgomery City, Mo. Sept. 30, 1891.
Dear Bro. Byrum: Please announce through the Trumpet that wife and I have consecrated ourselves to sing and work for the Lord. Any brother desiring help, or to help, please let us know. We are ready to go into the field for the blessed Master. Your brother and sister,
A. J. & Dannie Robinson.
New Pittsburg, Ind.
To all the Saints of God: I feel impressed to say through the Trumpet that I have perfect victory through Christ my Saviour. I am in the field battling for Jesus and the right, and have enlisted for life. I was made happy to meet so many of God’s children at the Beaver Dam camp-meeting. O praise the Lord! How our hearts were melted together! Thousands are dying every day without hope and without God. I have been laboring with Bro. Bell since the Deerfield camp-meeting. I need your prayers.
Your saved brother,
B. F. Roe.
Dear Saints: This morning finds me still saved. The camp-meeting at Milton, Mo., began Sept. 10, and lasted eighteen days. God did come in saving power, bless his dear name! Sinners were saved, backsliders reclaimed, and believers sanctified. The church also was wonderfully strengthened. We give God all the praise. Some were healed. On the 20th, seven followed Christ in the ordinance of baptism. On Monday, the 28th, eleven more were buried in baptism. We returned to the camp, where we had a precious ordinance service in which nearly fifty saints took part. During the meeting Bro’s J. G. Neff and W. B. Payne were ordained deacons to take care of the church of God. From here we go to Holt Co. where we have some work to do for the Master.
Your blood-washed brethren,
C. W. McDaniel & A. A. Kinzie.
St. James, Mo., Sept. 30, 1891.
Dear Brethren: God bless you all. Amen. From Carthage, Mo. we went to Vichy Springs, or near Vichy Springs, where Bro. Geo. Bolds had commenced a camp-meeting a few days before our arrival, on the camp-ground located on Brother J. Thornton’s farm. The work of salvation was already begun, and many poor backsliders were reclaimed, sinners converted, and believers sanctified. The power of God was in the meeting until the last hour in saving souls. There were twelve that were buried with Christ, by baptism into death by Bro. Geo. Bolds. The saints were much strengthened in the Lord. There were some professors that were very strong opposers of the truth who got won to Christ, and were converted to God. It was astonishing to see some of the dear brethren, for they least expected such things to take place. Paul says, “Now unto him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” — Eph. 3:20, 21.
May God bless the dear saints that attended this camp-meeting, and give them grace to “live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world.” — Tit. 2:12 We are now at Bro. J. Pinson’s, about eight miles south-east of St. James, ready to pitch battle with the enemy in the Ozark mountains. Pray for us and the meeting which will commence next Friday evening, the Lord willing.
Your saved brethren in Christ,
A. J. Kilpatrick & G. E. Bolds.
Kenesaw, Neb., Sept. 29, 1891.
Dear Saints of God: God bless you abundantly with the richness of his grace. I held meeting at Juniata, six miles west of Hastings, for one week. This is a new place where holiness had never been preached. We had large congregations and good order. One accepted the truth, yet could not get just as free as he should. We preached on Sunday night to a large and interested congregation on the Church of God. The saints from Kenesaw, came on Sundays and some during the week and helped in the work. We closed to go to the Hedrick camp-meeting, and arrived the first day of the meeting. After struggling against the powers of darkness they gave way, and the shout of victory was on the side of our great captain, Jesus. O praise God! It was a real good time for our souls. At the close of the meeting, Bro’s Randolph, Lindley and myself went to Manchester, Ia., where we found things in readiness for open attack on the enemy of all good; for we found him arrayed in great vehemence against the work, and the saints had been defeated by treachery. They were bound and had but little freedom, but by the swaying of the sword of eternal truth they beheld their freedom and rushed to victory at once, and were released. At first the devil tried to make them believe the trouble was in us, but glory to Jesus! they saw where the trouble was. The meeting continued to increase in interest to the last. The awful prejudice gave way, and several were saved. The last day, a dear soul 60 years old who had never been converted and never belonged to any sect, fell prostrate at Jesus’ feet confessing her Bins. Her anguish was so great she had not slept hardly any for three nights. Ten were baptized in the name of our Lord, closing with the ordinances of God’s house, where one who had been a Campbellite consecrated for the sanctifying of her soul. The ordinance meeting was one of the grandest I ever witnessed. It was a real melting and soul-blending time, that just melted souls together, and will not soon be erased from our memory. Bro. S. Turner was acknowledged the deacon by the imposition of hands. May God ever keep him true and make him a true example of the flock of God at that place. The influence of the meeting was felt for many miles. The last night three or four wagon-loads came about sixteen miles, anxious to hear of this wonderful way. But meeting closed in the evening; so they were disappointed. No doubt, there is a very extensive open field for some man of God to work around Manchester. We pray God to send some one full of the Holy Ghost in there soon. We had to lay over in Marion, Ia., and found two souls anxious for the truth. May God send some one to search out the flock scattered there. Surely the harvest is great but the laborers are few. God send more. Amen.
Yours for the truth, all consecrated for Jesus’ sake.
G. R. Achor.
Jerry City, O., Oct. 9, 1891.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I want to say to the glory of God that we are still saved and enjoying good health, having the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. On the 1st of this month, Bro. J. N. Howard received word that his wife was sick, and he started home that evening. Bro. Cole went to Miss, the 2nd. I went to Athens, Ala., and was met there by Bro. Long, who conveyed me to his home. We had meeting on Saturday night, Sunday and Sunday night. The congregations were small, but the few that came to to hear the truth, received it. On Sunday evening five held up their hands for prayer. The people of this place want a meeting this winter. Let all the saints pray for the dear people in the South.
Your saved brother,
Wm. H. Miller.
Wymore, Neb., Oct. 7, 1891.
Dearly Beloved Saints: May the dear Lord bless you with every good thing for his name’s sake. From Hedrick, Ia. we went to Morley, where the Lord helped us to sow the seed of the gospel, and much good was done. Some were very much prejudiced against the truth, while others were very ignorant of real gospel truth. From there we came to Table Rock; met dear Bro’s Achor and Randolph, and the dear saints. The meeting commenced on the day appointed. The Lord was with us. The work moved on gloriously, and the power of God accompanied every meeting. Souls were saved; much prejudice broken down, and the church strengthened and built up in the most holy faith. Seven followed the Lord in the ordinance of baptism. Oh, what a precious time it was to our souls! Some shouted and leaped for joy. We returned from the water, washed the saints’ feet, and partook of the Lord’s supper. It was a precious time to all of us. the Lord wonderfully witnessing to the ordinances of his house. It seems to us that the work grows deeper and better all the time. Hallelujah!
Bro’s Stover, Randolph and myself came here to hold a few meetings between the Table Rock and Kenesaw meetings. Bro. Achor returned home to Kenesaw to rest until the camp-meeting, not being very well, and much fatigued. Dear ones, pray much for us and the work of the Lord.
Your brethren and sister, saved to the uttermost. Amen.
Wm. N. & S. J. Smith, & Wm. A. Randolph.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” — Psa. 119:129.
Dear Brethren: I feel led to testify through the Trumpet that I am kept by the power of God free from all sin every day, and have complete victory in my soul. Praise the Lord! He is my physician. He has healed me many times. I give him all the glory. I earnestly desire the prayers of all the saints that I may ever stand firm.
Your sister, saved and sanctified,
Dear Fellow Servants of God: May his richest blessings rest upon each of you, and help each one to see their duty to perishing souls. I am saved and kept by Jesus’ mighty salvation, doing what my lands find to do, with all my might, desiring only that I may glorify him while in this present evil world. In Christian love,
Jennie C. Rutty.
Dear Children of God: I am praising God for a present experience of full salvation which I do enjoy in my soul. He has taken me out of the sinful world and placed me on the solid rock Christ Jesus, and has established my goings. I can see far down the mountain where I wandered weary years; but now I am drinking at the fountain where I will ever abide. I have tasted God’s salvation and my soul is satisfied. Dear sinners, how my heart longs to see you come to the fountain that saves from all sin. Come to God and try the life that Christians live. Remember me, dear saints, in your prayers.
I remain your brother, washed and cleansed in the blood.
Wm. J. Brinegar.
Hyde Park, Ala.
Dear Saints, Greeting: God bless you all. We are well and saved. We praise God for sending Bro. Warner and Co. to our home here in the south. We were hungry for the true gospel. Praise the name of Jesus! The people thought they would hear some old sect sermons, but were disappointed when they heard the straight word of God. It caused them to begin to read their Bibles. There are no saints here with us, but God is with us and he is more than all that can be against us. Though we are tried and tempted, his grace is sufficient to keep us. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” — James 1:12. Pray for us.
F. M. & S. Long.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: My testimony is that I find perfect salvation in doing the will of God. His will is that we serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. I first found pardon of my sins about seven years ago, but did not get into the fullness of his love. I afterwards fell from grace and became almost a moral wreck. I kept getting worse until last winter when I heard the true word taught by Bro. and Sister Cole and others. The God of all grace convicted me of all my sins in such a way that I could no longer resist the Spirit, but sought Christ with all my heart, and glory to God! he forgave all my sins; sanctified me wholly, and to-day I am rejoicing in a full salvation. He has saved me from sect Babylon and secret orders. I saw I must give up the secret orders, which God says by his prophets are an abomination in his sight, or else give up my salvation and hope of heaven. Of those who would not give up their lodge, there has not one stood, but there are a few here that gave up all for God. God keeps us through many dark and fiery trials, and the glory of God flashes upon us when we achieve the victory over the devil in the name of Christ. Although the children of God are persecuted all the day long and are counted as sheep for the slaughter, yet we do glory in tribulation. Dear saints, stand fast in the Lord. Pray without ceasing, looking unto the coming of the Lord. Remember us and especially my unsaved wife who also requests your prayers.
Your brother, saved through the blood,
J. L. Green.
Pleasant Bend, O.
Dear Saints: I want to tell you what God has done for me. I was sick with Typhoid Malaria for four weeks, but my faith enabled to keep up and not get down. My wife wrote the Trumpet family to pray for my healing, unknown to me. On Monday evening I was so sick I had to take my bed, but on Tuesday morning I arose in the name of Jesus, intending to go about twenty miles and have the elders pray for me. On my way the Lord healed me, and bless the Lord! I am well. I have been working since. Praise the Lord forever! Yours in Christ, fully saved,
R. C. Van Vlerah.
Dear Saints: I am led of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to write my testimony. I praise God for salvation full and free. Hallelujah! He has so wonderfully blessed me in my trials and temptations. He saves me from all sin and the snares of the wicked one. Jesus lives and reigns in my soul. I was saved at the Beaver Dam camp-meeting, Aug. 15, 1891. O dear saints! let us live close to the Lord through all trials, storms and troubles. I am sanctified wholly through the atoning blood of our Jesus. Glory to God! I have a request to make of all the dear saints: I have a companion unsaved, and I want you all to pray in faith that she may be saved. Pray for me, dear saints.
Your brother in Christ,
Dear Saints: I can say I am dead indeed unto sin, and have been made alive in Christ Jesus the Lord; also I am dead to sects as never in the past. I love my dear ones in Babylon, who for years have tried to dig me out of the pit of darkness and despair; but I love my Jesus better. I had to step out on the promise and get under the blood. When the Lord undertook my case he intended to do a complete work. I feel that he is having his own way with me. I left home for the Free Methodist camp-meeting at Benton Harbor, Mich. The Lord kept me all the time while there. They said they could see such a change in me for the better. To God be all the glory. Before that, they always had to pray me out of Grumbling Street at all their camp-meetings. But since God has undertaken my case, I am well preserved by power divine. From there I went to the Beaver Dam camp-meeting. I had plenty of light there. I never got such good treatment before. Somehow I feel at home with the saints and feel that this is the track for heaven. I had planned to go to conference from Beaver Dam; then home to Decatur, Mich; but the pillar of fire did not lead that way. The saints said the Lord wanted them to give me money to help me to the Deerfield camp-meeting. I was so unworthy of it. I have been attending other meetings in O. with a company of saints. I am learning the deep things of God. I have a ticket through to heaven, and if I keep in sight of the pillar of fire, I will finally walk the streets of that heavenly city. As the Lord shall lead me from place to place, I know not where, I will gladly follow. I am out after my thousands for Jesus. My experience has been like that of the spider and fly for the past few weeks. As the spider attracts the attention of the fly and gets it into the web, and as it winds its web more and more about the fly until it finally dies; so the spiritual web has been placed around me so successfully that I. am captured by the Holy Ghost, and the spiritual web has been wound so tightly about my stubborn will that at last mortification has set in, and death has taken place; and I am alive in Christ Jesus, out in mid ocean where there is good sailing. I feel that I would go down into darkness if I were to go back into the Pentecost work again. No; I will follow my Lord all the way. A warning to any that think of turning back: while at the Bangor C. M. in June, where I received this light, a sect lady came to me and tried to get me to leave the camp-ground and go home with her. She acted as though I would go to the flames if I did not go with her. After a few hours, I began to wonder whether I was mistaken. Soon, very soon, I felt the light of heaven fade away, and I did feel the flames of hell at my back. Oh such a time! I was afraid. And with a cry for help as the saints bowed around in prayer, I did not dare to doubt this way. As soon as I said, “Yes, Lord, this is the way,” the blessed light came again to my longing sight, the flame disappeared, and I went free. Do not turn from this light, or you lose your soul. I am looking up at the cross. Pray for me.
Mary F. McCormick.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I believe it would be to the glory of God to give my experience in this wonderful salvation that saves from the guilt and power of sin. The first I heard of the evening light was last May. When Sister Susie came home from Kenesaw, Neb., and when she spoke of the signs and wonders that follow them that believe, it brought me under great condemnation and I thought if only some of the brethren would come and hold meetings here, before the Lord would come with judgment, that I might get this perfect salvation, that casteth out all fear. I do praise the Lord that he did send Bro’s Palmer, Dillon and Co., accompanied by Bro’s Bolds and Daugherty about one month afterward. Well I do praise the Lord that in these meetings, he did sanctify my soul, and has kept me until now. He has also healed me from the effects of that terrible Nervous Debility with which I was troubled for several years past, seeking relief, and finding none. I do praise him that I now enjoy robust health in soul and body. And I desire an interest in the prayers of his little ones, that I may follow the light as it shines upon my pathway, and that I may be kept down at the foot of the cross where he can use me to his honor and glory.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Edwin S. Kriebel.
Dear Saints of God and the Trumpet Readers: May the dear Lord bless you and keep you continually praising his holy and righteous name, and may you ever keep your eyes on Jesus, and be kept low down at his feet ever abiding under the shadow of his wing. Put your whole trust in the Lord, for he is good and he is kind; for his mercy endureth forever. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord. I do praise God for salvation full and free, and I do magnify the name of the Lord. Bless his holy name!
Your saved brother, kept down under the blood,
Dear Saints: I wish to add my testimony to the cloud of witnesses. Glory to Jesus for saving me from all sin! I once was blind, but now I see. Oh! the way of holiness is such a blessed way. Glory to God for such salvation! May God bless all the dear saints.
Your brother, saved and sanctified wholly,
R. H. Owens.
I want to give glory to God by giving a little testimony to all the Trumpet readers. Now may God bless and keep all that are saved by his power free from all sin and deception; and to all that are not saved, get saved is my prayer. Praise God! I am sweetly saved just now. Now, I have nothing in view but the glory of God and salvation of souls. I went on a visit in the name of Jesus. And I held up Jesus as a complete Saviour, and found a few hungry souls wherever I went; and I trust seed has been sown in some honest hearts. The U. B. class leader in Hicksville, O. was so well pleased with the Bible doctrine that he wanted his class to hear it. So he gave out meeting on Sunday night in the U. B. house, and we gave them the word and experience on justification, and sanctification as a second work to a large congregation; and the Lord wonderfully blest and helped in talking. To God be all the glory.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Stringers, Ala., Oct. 1, 1891.
Dear Saints of the Living God: We began the meeting near Hartsells, Morgan Co., Ala., in the vicinity of Mt. Tabor, Sept. 18, as previously announced in the Trumpet, and continued until the 29 th. Notwithstanding its being a very busy time with the fanners in caring for their cotton crops, the attendance was large from the beginning, and increased at every coming together. It is wonderful to see how the dear people in the South are won to the truth, and using their own phrase, almost the entire community (sectarians excepted) was “carried away” with the preaching of the truth, and rose in defence of the same; and thanks be to God, a few received the truth in their hearts, and were saved from their sins. Others passed over into the Canaan rest of sanctification. About seven were sanctified, and others pardoned, and some were still seeking at the close of the meeting. I must confess that I was surprised to see with what eagerness and earnestness this dear people listened to and received the truth. The fruits of this meeting was largely the results of the seed sown in the meeting held by Bro. Warner and Co. last spring; and there is a good prospect for an ingathering of souls in the near future, and I pray God to send forth the reapers. We learned by the brethren that after it was generally known that they had sent for us and we were coming, sectarians said they would meet us at the train with clubs, and not let us get off; and one poor Methodist sinner said he would kill us if he had to hush-whack us to get the opportunity. But praise the dear Lord! He did preserve and keep us, and gave perfect liberty in speaking the truth to the people. The Mt. Tabor meeting-house was closed against us although the doors stood wide open almost every day of the meeting. The dear ones here had fitted up a beautiful and capacious pavilion a few hundred yards east of the meetinghouse, where we held the meeting. This place shall be known as Mt. Zion in the future, among the saints. Tabor means to “strike lightly,” etc., which, of course, is a fit term to represent the spirit of sectism. So Mt. Tabor will do for sectism, but Mt. Zion for the congregation of God. Zion is the theocracy or church of God. Amen! From this place (Mt. Zion) we were conveyed ten miles east, and several brothers and sisters accompanied us from Mt. Zion, the Cedar or Sand mountains, to this neighborhood known as Six Miles. We had the privilege of preaching the awful truth of God to a large congregation of people in a beautiful cedar arbor prepared for the occasion. Bro. J. Cole spoke the word to a large congregation this morning (both white and colored), and at the close of the meeting there were thirty or thirty-five raised their hands for prayer. Good feeling prevailed generally, and there certainly could be much good accomplished could we tarry longer, but we must return to Hartsells this afternoon. Bro. Miller and myself take train for Athens, Ala., and expect to remain there over Sabbath, and Bro. J. Cole will go to Meridian, Miss., and remain South all winter. From Athens we expect to come north to Lawrence Co., Tenn., and hold a few day meetings, the Lord willing, and then return home. Pray for us, all ye saints in the North. We so often feel your spiritual presence and are greatly helped and strengthened thereby. I would say to all the dear brethren that this is a good field to labor in, and the Lord will surely be pleased to have us or some one return in the near future.
I remain your humble saved brother,
J. N. Howard & Co.
Hayden. Ind., Oct. 3, 1891.
We were conveyed to Hartsells Oct. 1st, and expected to take train for Athens, Ala., but found it necessary to come home by the intelligence received by letter. So we took train that evening for home. Bro. Miller remained to go to Athens, Ala. and Ethridge, Tenn. We received calls for meetings at several different places in Tenn., Ala., and Miss. And if the dear Lord will be pleased to raise up a company of workers and helpers, we will be pleased to return as soon as possible.
Yours in him,
J. N. H.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” — Psa. 119:129.
Dear Saints of God: May heaven’s choicest blessing rest on each one of you. I hope every one of the saints that reads the piece that Brother E. E. Byrum wrote on “Little Things” will follow the advice. I for one accepted it all. The word says, “Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Rom. 12:2. I see many are still conforming themselves to the world. Some are wearing ornaments, such as beads, flowers, and plumes. Oh dear saints! this ought not to be. We should dress as women professing godliness. “Let the adorning be not the outward 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 the holy women also who trusted in God, adorned themselves.” 1 Pet. 3:3-5. Dear sisters, let me beg you to read your Bibles, and see for yourselves how you should dress.
I attended a grove meeting at Edinburg, commencing Friday before the third Sunday in August. Our beloved Bro’s Bradley and C. C. Stewart conducted the meeting. Five followed the Saviour in baptism. Four were sanctified, and two justified. The last night the meeting closed, the altar was full of penitents. We came on to Carthage, and Bro. Bradley held a four-days’ meeting. There was much interest manifested during the meeting. Pray much for us. I am still enjoying salvation full and free. I know of a truth that I am a child of God.
Your sister, redeemed and sanctified through the truth,
Dear Saints: I do praise the Lord for a salvation that is full and free. There are four of us here in this place. We have prayer meetings and Bible readings once a week, and the Lord meets with us and strengthens our souls, and by faith, we stand firm for Christ our Saviour.
Your brother saved in Jesus,
West Liberty, Ohio.
To all the Trumpet Readers: I feel led of the Lord to give my testimony. I am saved and sanctified wholly, for which I give the Lord all the praise. I have been in the Amish sect for about twenty years, and thought I was living up to the word of God, and trying to do my best to please the preacher; then I would be all right for the Master’s use. I was not taught holiness; I was spiritually blind; but glory to God, the Lord did call me out of the cage and set me free. Hallelujah to his holy name! After I came out of the sect, my Amish sect neighbors would not neighbor with me. My prayer is that their eyes may be opened and they may come out of Babylon before it is too late. Pray for me and my family that are saved, and also for them that are not saved, and that we may be found at the feet of Jesus learning of him. From your saved brother,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led of the Spirit to write my testimony. I realize the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all sin and the God of peace sanctifies me wholly. I am so glad that I ever got into this way of holiness. I can praise God through eternity for saving a poor sinner like me. The Lord has redeemed me and I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. I ask the prayers of all the dear saints for my little family and myself.
Your brother in Christ, saved and under the blood,
H. G. Oxner.
Dear Saints: I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. I am saved and redeemed by the blood of Christ, and satisfied. Praise the Lord! I am dead to all the things of this world, and to Babylon. O that all who would be children of God would come out of her and partake not of her sins, that they receive not of her plagues! I bless God for the evening light that now shines. Pray for me.
Your sister in the Lord,
N. A. Hunt.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel it would be to the glory of God for me to write my testimony to the Trumpet. I feel that I am a child of God. The dear Lord saves me just now and keeps me by his power each day I live. I will never be able to tell what he has done for me. Praise God! He saved me four months ago, and I am not yet tired of this way. My way grows brighter each day, and I feel more determined to live clear than ever. The Lord is with us in every meeting; it is just a feast to my soul. The Lord has saved many souls at this place. Dear saints, pray for me that I may be faithful to my Lord and Master.
Your brother, saved and sanctified through the truth,
C. M. Thaggard.
Dear Saints: We are still holding prayer meeting here every Sabbath. There are only a few of us to give in testimony for God. We would be glad for any of God’s holy ones passing this way to call and see us. We five near Bentley, a station 20 miles north west of Wichita, Kansas. Let all the saints pray that the means may be furnished to make the Trumpet a weekly. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all sin.
Your brother, free in Christ,
D. B. Howe.
Ft. Stephens, Miss.
Dear Saints: I am glad that I can come out and say I know that my Redeemer liveth. I praise the dear Lord that I also know that I am justified freely, and santified wholly as a second experience. Three years ago I was sanctified, and I am so glad that I have learned to trust the dear Lord every moment. Pray for me that may five true to God and hold out faithful to the end. I praise the dear Lord for salvation full, free and complete through the blood of Jesus.
Dear Brethren and Sisters: I am still laboring in the name of the Lord, and he still keeps me sweetly saved by his word; for the word says if we trust him, he is able to save us by his word. He is able to save us at all times. I wish some Holy Ghost minister would come here to preach the straight word of the Lord to the people. Your sister, living in the love of Jesus,
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: We are praising God for the blessed evening light that is shining on our pathway, illuminating our souls each day. Praise the Lord forever! for this great and wonderful salvation that saves from all sin. When I look around me and see so much sectish blindness, I am made to weep and cry aloud to our Father, that they may be saved. The Lord has done many wonderful things for me. He keeps me, soul and body. Pray that I may be just what he made me to be in every thing.
Your brother and sister,
James & S. A. Thornton.
Dearly Beloved Saints of God: May God abundantly bless and strengthen each of you for Jesus’ sake. Amen. I can testify that I have entered the home of my soul, where the rivers of life ever roll. O dear ones! do we appreciate this home in all its glorious fulness? Have we told what great things God hath done unto us? Have we gone to our friends and neighbors privately and told the glad tidings? Have we written to distant friends and relatives of the wondrous salvation we have in Jesus? The field is white to harvest, and God has something for each of us to do. No difference what we have been, old things have passed away and all things have become new. He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me. John 14:21. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 1 Jno. 3:18. .
Dear Saints: I am led by the Spirit of my blessed Jesus to write my testimony. I am saved and sanctified wholly. Praise the Lord! It has been three years last winter since the Lord sent Bro. Bolds here to preach the word of God. Praise the Lord that I accepted the light! I had the sore eyes, and the Lord healed them. I ask the prayers of all the saints.
From your sister in Jesus,
Louisa E. Dively.
Dear Saints: I praise God for a complete salvation that saves and sanctifies me wholly, and keeps me from all sin. We must cross the river of Jordan which is death to sin, and be risen with Christ, and then Jesus puts a river in us that gives us life and peace. My Jesus dwells within. Glory to God! I feel his love in my heart. How sad it makes me feel to see so many souls going down to ruin. I was saved once before, and joined the Wesleyan Methodist sect, and I starred to death. But I praise God that I have salvation now that I feast upon daily.
Your sister, saved and sanctified,
My Dearly Beloved Brethren in Christ: My soul is wrapped up in praise to God with you for his wonderful keeping power. It is impossible to express the gratitude I feel to God for being so kind to me, in leading me out of the pit of sectism into his glorious liberty. Praise God forever! I am saved and sanctified by his eternal truth day by day. O I do praise God for his keeping power! This is a salvation there is a reality in, and means all that the words used can express.
Your sister, saved and sanctified through and through by the precious blood of Jesus,
Ridgeville Corners, Ohio.
Dear Brethren and Trumpet Readers: I am led to write my testimony. I am fully saved from all sin and walking in the light as God is in the light. I rejoice in a free salvation which is free for all to enjoy that seek it in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am dead to this world and Christ is all in all to me. I have rejoiced in this complete salvation for three years. Amen.
Dear Saints: I am praising God for what he has done for me. He has saved me from all sin and sanctified my soul. Bless his holy name forever! O dear saints! I am so glad and thankful to God that he did ever take me out of darkness into the fight of his love and give me such peace in my soul. I am kept by the power of God every moment, and led by his Holy Spirit. I have been sanctified about three years, and am growing stronger in the faith every day. I live free from all sects and idols. Praise the Lord for his saving and keeping power! I was afflicted and he healed me. I want all the saints to pray that I may ever be humble before God where he can use me.
Your sister, saved and sanctified wholly by a second work of grace,
S. E. Hobbs.
Free Trade, Miss.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am led to write my testimony. I am walking in the light of God. Praise God! The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. Glory to God! I have been in this highway of holiness for about two years, and I still have perfect victory in my soul. Pray for me and my family.
Your brother in the body of Christ,
J. H. Watkins.
Dear Saints: My testimony is that the precious blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin and sanctifies me wholly. Praise the Lord! I have been saved three years, and it seems the way grows brighter every day. I do all I can for the cause of Christ. I want to please the Lord in all things. If I please this world it is impossible to please God. Pray earnestly that I may be firm unto the end. Pray also for my unsaved children. I have been taking the Trumpet about four months, and, oh, how it comforts me! It is manna to the hungry soul. I rejoice in this glorious freedom.
Your saved colored sister,
Dear Saints: I believe it would be to the glory of God to tell to the world what the dear Lord has done for me. He has saved me from sin and the confusion of Babylon; and to-day I feel the victory in my soul as I write these few lines. I have not been in the way very long, but, glory to God! my soul has been made to shout praises to God. I enjoy a free salvation.
Your sister in Jesus,
Linna J. Stroud.
Dear Brethren: My testimony is this morning that I am saved and kept by the mighty power of God unto salvation. Glory be to God for his love to me. Oh how I do enjoy the service of God! He’s so merciful to me. I have been out battling for the Lord. I am willing to work where the Lord calls, if in Germany or England. I will go in the name of the Lord. I am out on the true line for Jesus Christ.
Your brother in Christ,
Dear Saints: The spirit of the Lord wants me to write my testimony again to the Trumpet. I had a hard struggle with self and reputation, but glory to Jesus who giveth the victory! I have had sweet rest since I fully surrendered. I am now fully on the Lord’s side, saved from all known sin. Hallelujah! Pray for me that I may be a faithful servant of God.
W. H. Lovett.
Clarendon Hills, Ill.
Dear Saints of God: As I have been reading over the testimonies, I also feel led to write a testimony for God. I know that he is mighty to save to the uttermost than that will trust him. While we were in the wicked city of Chicago, the Lord kept us free from sin. We feel that everything worked for our good while living in the city. There is so much sin and confusion. I am determined to do God’s will in all things. Pray for us.
C. B. Tracy.
Tiff City, Mo.
Dear Trumpet Reapers: The Lord is keeping me sweetly saved every day, although in times past I have been very disobedient and have brought leanness to my soul. I want your prayers, that I may stand true to God.
M. T. Crusan.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led to write my testimony. I praise God for a full and free salvation. I know he saves me just now. I thank God he ever sent Bro. Warner and Co. to the South: they have been so much help to the saints hen. The Lord saved me out of the M. E. sect I praise his holy name I am free from all filthiness of the flesh, such as tobacco, snuff, etc. May God bless and keep his children from all these filthy idols. If we say we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth; but it we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:6, 7. Then if we chew tobacco or dip snuff, or smoke the nasty stuff, we are walking in darkness and have no fellowship with God, if we have had light on these things. May God bless and keep his people one in Christ. Pray for me that I may ever do the will of God.
Your brother, saved in Christ,
F. M. Williamson.
Dear Saints: I am led to write my testimony for the Lord. The blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin. Praise the dear Lord! for what he has done for me in my declining years. I am seventy-five years old, and I do praise God that I have lived to see this glorious evening light I stand alone here, but the dear Lord is with me all the time. I like to read the Trumpet and testimonies of the dear saints.
Dear Saints: We feel led by the blessed Spirit of God to write our testimony for our Saviour. We can testify to the power of God in saving us just now from all sin. Praise his holy name! We do thank God that he showed us the true way of holiness. We have moved where there are no saints, and we see the need of holiness more than ever before. We ask an interest in the prayers of all the saints that we may keep pure and holy, and that God will give us grace to stand firm. This is a very sinful place, and we pray God to send some one here to preach the word in its true light. As we do not have any meetings here, we take the privilege to testify through the blessed Trumpet for our Master. We cannot give him enough glory for what he has done for us. He keeps us by his power from all sin and sanctifies us just now.
Your brother and sister,