15 September 1890, Volume 10, Number 18.
Abiding In The Vine.
I have decided to honor the vine;
Purge me, dear Father, the power is thine.
Nothing am I. Everything He.
hrist is the all and all in me.
I am determined henceforth to bear.
The unmixed fruit of the Spirit so fair.
A branch am I; the life is He.
Christ is the all and all in me.
SPIRITUAL BREAD, OR THE DOCTRINE OF RECIEVING BY FAITH.
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It is well understood that we must pray in faith. No petition to God, which is not attended with confidence in His character and word can be acceptable unto him. But is not so generally understood and recognized, that, in most cases, we must receive by faith, as well as pray by faith, that faith is as necessary in the reception of the thing petitioned for, as in the petition itself. In order the better to understand this subject, we would remark, in the first place, that every christian, who humbly and sincerely addresses his Maker may reasonably expect an answer. It does, not well appear how a perfectly just and holy Being could impose on his creatures the duty of prayer, without recognizing the obligation of returning an answer of some kind. In making this remark, we imply, of course, that the prayer is a sincere one. An insincere prayer, just so far as insincerity exists, is not entitled to be regarded as prayer, in any proper sense of the term. Our first position, therefore, is, that every person who utters a sincere prayer may reasonably expect an answer, and that, in fact, an answer always is given, although it is not always understood and received. And this appears to be entirely in accordance with the Scriptures — “Ask, and it SHALL be given unto you; seek and ye SHALL find; knock and it SHALL be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh FINDETH; and to him that knocketh it shall be OPENED.” Bat it now becomes an important inquiry, What is the true and just answer of God to the petitions of his people? It seems to us that it is, and it cannot be any thing else than, the decision of his own infinitely just and omniscient mind, that he will give to the supplicant, or withhold, just as he sees best. In other words, the true answer to prayer is God’s deliberate purpose or will, existing in connection with the petition and all the circumstances of the petition. But some will say, perhaps, that on this system we sometimes get our answer, without getting what we ask for: and that God’s decision may not correspond to our own desire.
But this objection is met by a moments consideration of the nature of prayer. There never was true prayer, there never can be true prayer, which does not recognize, either expressly or by implication, an entire submission to the divine will. The very idea of prayer implies a right on the part of the person to whom the prayer is addressed, either to give or to withhold the petition; and the existence of such a right on the part of God implies a correlative obligation on the other party to submit cheerfully to his decisions. To ask absolutely, without submission to God’s will, is not to pray ,but to demand. A demand is as different from true prayer, as an humble request is from an imperative order.
A request God always regards; he always treats it with kindness and justice; but a demand cannot be properly addressed to him, nor can it be properly be received by him. The true model of the spirit of supplicaton, even in one greatest necessities, is to be found in the Savior’s prayer at the time of his agony in the garden. “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will but, as Thou wilt?” True prayer, therefore, — that prayer which can be suitably addressed to the Supreme Being, and that which it is suitable for an imperfect and limited mind to offer, — always involves the condition, whether it be expressed or not, that the petition is agreeable to the divine will. This condition is absolutely essential to the nature of the prayer. There is no acceptable prayer, there is no true prayer, without it. Such being the nature of the prayer, the answer to the prayer will correspond to it, viz., it will always be the decision of the divine mind, whatever that decision may be, made up in view of the petition, and all of the attendant circumstances. The next inquiry is, How are we to receive the answer? By sight or by FAITH? It seems to us that it must be by faith. The life of the just is represented as a life of faith; and we should naturally conclude the life of faith would include the answer to prayer, as well as prayer itself. It is very evident that the just live, as subjects of the divine Sovreign, not only by praying but by being answered. And in either case, according to the Scripture representation, the principal or inspiring element of the inward life, whether a person prays or is answered in prayer, is faith. Any other view will probably be found, on close examination, to be inconsistent with the doctrine of living by faith. Accordingly, on the true doctrine of holy living, viz., by faith, we go to God in the exercise of faith, believing that he will hear, and we return from him in the exercise of the same faith, believing that he has heard, and that the answer exists and is registered in the divine mind, although we do not know what it is, and perhaps shall never be permitted to know. And in accordance with these views, if, in a a given case, we know from the Word of God that the petition is agreeable to the divine will, and that it is also agreeable to the divine will that it should be granted now, then the doctrine of faith will require us to believe, that the divine decision is made up and is given, and that we do now have the things which we sought for, although they may come in a different way and with a different appearance, from who two anticipated. And, on the other hand, if the Word of God has not revealed to us the divine will, the doctrine of faith still requires us to believe that the true answer exists in the will of God; and that the decision of God is made up as in the other case, whatever that decision may be, and whenever and wherever it may be visibly accomplished. In both cases, we have need of faith, we believe that God is either now doing, or that he will do. So that the true answer to prayer, as it seems to us, is an answer resting upon the revealed declaration or Word of God for its basis, and made available to us in any given case by an act of faith. God promises he will answer. Faith, accepting the declaration, recognizes the answer, whether it be known or unknown, as actually given in every case, where it can be justly expected or given. We proceed now to give some illustrations. We will suppose, for instance, that, in a particular emergency, we need and are sincerely desirous of wisdom to guide us, and that we truly and humbly ask for it. While we thus pray, it is of course implied that we, at the same time, employ all those rational powers which God has given us, and which are appropriate to the subject under consideration. To do otherwise would be like the husband man’s asking the rains and the blessing of Heaven upon lands which he had neglected to cultivate. While we thus pray and thus act, it becomes our privilege and our duty, in accordance of the life of faith, to believe fully and firmly that God does in fact answer, and that, in the sanctified exercise of the powers which are given us, we truly have that degree of wisdom which is the best for us in the present case.
Whether we are conscious of any new light on the subject or not, it is our privilege, and — what is very important — it is our duty, as those who would be wholly the Lord’s, to believe we have just that degree of knowledge which is best for us. Even if we are left in almost entire ignorance on the topic of our inquiry, and are obliged to grope our way onward in the best manner we can, we still have the high satisfaction of knowing, that we are placed in this position because God sees that a less degree of light is better in our case than a greater, and it is certain that his perception of it involves the fact that it is so. And accordingly, if it be true that God does not give to us that precise form and degree of wisdom, which in our ignorance, we sought for we nevertheless have received all that wisdom which in the view of faith, is necessary or desirable. Such is God’s answer. And such also is the true answer, viz., the answer which precisely corresponds to the spirit of the, petition, if the petition has been offered up in the true spirit. But it is obvious it is answer which could never be realized as the true answer, and as God’s answer, except in the exercise of faith. It is, therefore, an answer resting upon the revealed declaration or word of God, viz., that he will give wisdom to those that sincerely ask it, and made available to us in being received by faith. It answers our purpose just as much and as well, and in some important points of view far better, than if it were an answer addressed directly to our sight. We will suppose as another ilustration of the subject, that we have a sincere and earnest desire for the salvation of one of our friends. Under the pressure of this desire we lay the case before our Heavenly Father in supplication. What is the nature of the answer which we can reasonably expect, and which we ought to expect, under such circumstances? Is it a specific answer, of such a nature as to make known to us, by a direct communication, whether the thing shall be done or not, and whether it shall be done at a particular time or not? Or is it an answer resting upon the revealed declaration of the Word of God, as that answer is recieved and made available to us by faith? In the former case we shall pray till we know, or rather till we think we know; not merely know that God answers us, and answers us in the best manner; but, what is a very different thing, shall pray till we know, or think we know what the answer is. Under the influence of a very subtle and secret distrust of God, we shall not be disposed to desist until we obtain some sign, some voice, some specific manifestation, some feeling which shall make us certain; and certain, not merely that God hears us, and will do all he consistently can for us, but shall insist on a certain knowledge, by means of such signs and manifestations, of the precise thing which he will do. In other words, we cannot trust the answer in God’s keeping, but must gratify our inordinate and sinful curiosity by having a revelation of it. In the latter case, viz., where we expect an answer resting upon God’s Word and recieved by faith, it is very different. While we earnestly, humbly, and perseveringly lay our request before God, we shall leave the result in his hands with entire resignation; believing, in accordance with the declarations of his holy Word, that he does truly hear us; entirely confident that he will do what is right; and recognizing his blessed will, although that will may as yet be unknown to us, as the true and only desirable fulfillment of our supplication. We shall feel, although salvation is desirable both for ourselves and others, that the fulfilment of the holy will of God is still more, yea, infinitely more desirable. “THY WILL NE DONE.” And here is a real answer, such an answer as would completely satisfy an angel’s mind; and yet it is an answer received by simple faith. “The just shall live by faith.” The whole doctrine is beautifully summed up in a short passage in the first Epistle of John. And this is the confidence [or strong faith] that we have in him, that if we ask any tiring according to his will, he heareth us. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, “me know that we have the petitions that we desire of him.” In connection with the doctrine which has been laid down, viz., that answers to prayers are to be received by faith, we proceed to make a few remarks which are naturally related to it. And one is, that this doctrine is favorable to self renunciation. The desire of definite and specific answers naturally reacts upon the inward nature, and tends to keep alive the selfish or egotistical principle. On the contrary, the disposition to know only what God would have us know, and to leave the dearest object of our hearts in the sublime keeping of the general and unspecific belief that God is now answering our prayers in his own time and way, and in the best manner, involves a present process of inward crucifiction, which is obviously unfavorable to the growth and even the existence of the life itself. We remark, again, that a disposition to seek a specific, or rather a visible answer to our prayers, in distinction from an answer addressed to our faith, tends to weaken the principle of faith. The visible system, if we may be permitted so to call it, implies that we will trust God only so far as we can see him. It requires, as one may say, ready payment, cash in hand, a mortgage of real estate, something seen or tangible. It cannot live upon what it calls mere air: it is not disposed to trust anything to a mere word, a mere promise, though it be the word or promise of the Almighty. Such, on a close examination, will be found to be the spirit of the specific or visible system — a system which will answer, to some extent, in our intercourse with men, but not in our intercourse with God. It is easy to see, in addition to other evils resulting from it, that it is adverse to the growth of faith; which, in accordance with a well known law of our mental and religous nature, flourishes by exorcise, and withers by repression. If the system, which is not satisfied without seeing or knowing, should prevail generally, faith would necessarily be banished from the world, and God would be banished with it. The system which requires a present and visible or ascertained answer, in distinction from the system of faith, which believes that it has an answer, but does not require God to make it known till he sees best to make it known, is full of danger. It tends to self- confidence, because it implies that we can command God, and make him unlock the secrets of his hidden councils whenever we please. It tends to self-delusion, because we are always liable to mistake the workings of our own imaginations or our own feelings, or the imitations of Satan, for the true voice of God. It tends to cause jealousies and divisions in the church of Christ, because be who supposes that he has a specific or known answer — winch is the same, so far as it goes, as a specific revelation — is naturally bound and led by such supposition, and thus is oftentimes led to strike out a course for himself which is at variance with the feelings and judgments of his brethren. Incalculable are the evils, which, in every age of the christian history, have resulted from this source.
We have but a single remark more, viz.: It is a great and blessed privilege to leave everything in the hands of God; to go forth, like the patriarch Abraham, not knowing whither we go, but only knowing that God leads us. “BE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING; but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thank giving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philip. iv. 6. This is what is sometimes denominated walking in a “general and indistinct faith,” or walking in the ‘obscurity of faith,” or the “night of faith.” Faith, in its relation to the subject of it, is truly a light in the soul; but it is a light which shines only upon duties, and not upon results or events. It tells us what is now to be done, but it does not tell us what is to follow. And accordingly, it guides us by a single step at a time. And when we take that step under the guidance of faith, we advance directly into a land of surruonding shadows and darkness. Like the patriarch Abraham, we go, not knowing whither we go, but only that God is with us. Blessed and glorious way of living! Indeed, it is the only life worth possessing; the only true life. “Let the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing;” let nations rise and fall; let the disturbed and tottering earth stand or perish; let God reveal to us the secret designs of his providence or not, — it is all well. “Cast all your cares upon God, for he careth for you.” “BELIEVE in one Lord your God, so shall you be established. BELIEVE his prophets, so shall ye prosper.”
BE YE WORKERS IN HIS VINEYARD.
Work with thy might, whatsoever thy hands find to do. Whether thy talents be one or many, lay them well out. Hide none in a napkin; stand not idle. Now Jesus has washed you by His Word. All holy things are sanctified and set aside for God’s own purposes. He says; “Go work in my vineyard.” He will have no idlers. Then do not sit down to take your ease, for in this hive every bee is expected to be a working bee, and there are no drones.
Faith that does not work soon languishes and dies. Even love itself grows cold, and hope and joy languish. Be not slothful. Say not within yourself that you are feeble and can do but little, for you know not how much you can do except you work with your might. It you cannot tower as a cedar of Lebanon, you can be a tree of the Lord planted by the river, whose leaf never withereth and whose fruit never faileth. If you cannot be a corner stone you can be a living stone, bearing up your proportion of weighty duty. If you cannot be the head, you can be a member and secure the health and activity of the body by rendering that service which every limb and joint supplieth. If you cannot give gold and silver, you can give time, prayer and effort. If you cannot be a large and fruitful tree, you can be a shrub, a flower, a stalk of corn or wheat. You can plant the seed which shall become the largest of trees, and open up that spring whose flowing waters increasing to a rill, a stream, a river, shall make fruitful the whole vineyard of the Lord. Even when you can no longer work with your hands you can work with your lips; you can still talk and write and give for Christ; you can bless and magnify His name and tell others what a Savior you have found, and what He has done for your soul, and how precious He may become to them.
If we do not work we give fearful evidence of not being a Christian at all. Faith works. Work is the evidence of life. Whatever lives works; on the earth, in the air, in the sea, whatever has life has motion and activity adapted to its nature, capacity, and habit. As sure as you find a bird that does not fly nor sing a fish that does not swim, an insect that does not creep or prepare by rest for more perfect motion or activity, there you find, death. Life has become extinct. And thus does faith work. God works in the soul of the sinner who is dead in trespass and sin and quickens it according to His will and order that it may do the will of God. No sooner is he made alive than God sends the Christian into His vineyard to work. Whenever therefore a Christian is found taking his ease in Zion, there is fearful hazard of his sleeping, like the Alpine traveler, the sleep of death.
Faith works; it works by love, and not from constraint, but willingly, eagerly, delightfully. Nothing but death can paralyze the energy and activity of love. Nay love is ever stronger than death, for even in death it will burn and brighten and blaze into tenfold ardor and ecstacy of devotion. Throughout all creation, love is the spring and source of great efforts and superhuman heroism. And as a workless christian must be a loveless christian, he is by both charasteristics declared to be dead, for faith without love and works is dead.
I feel that my pilgrimage is about ended on this earth unless my heavenly Father should lengthen my days. Although I can say as Paul said, I had rather depart and be with Christ, but I can say, God’s will be done; let me go or stay. Let me live for Jesus, for we ought to do all we can to glorify Him who has done all and in all for us.
“There is work to be done in this world of ours,
This world of sorrow and sin;
There is work for the hands with their wonderful
A work for the Spirit within. [power,
There is work for the beggar and work for the prince,
There is work for the old and the young,
The merchant with millions, the cripple with pence,
The learned with pen and with tongue.
The statesman, the newsboy, the preacher, the nurse,
May work with their head, or their hand, or their purse,
Physicans and printers and all,
In kitchen or workshop or hall.
There is work in the by-ways and alleys at home,
Where suffering and want hold their throne;
There is work far away mid the thousands who roam,
Where the blest lamp of life never shone.
There are tears to be dried, there are wounds to be
Earth’s wrongs and oppressions redressed, [healed,
Faint hearts to be Cheered, and proud brows made to
And a sin stricken world to be blessed. [yield.
There are fatherless babes to be nurtured and fed.
And the brow of old ago to be soothed;
The wayward and erring to Christ to be led,
And the pillow of pain to be smoothed.
Then rouse thee, my soul, to thy labor away,
Since life for this mission is given;
Like Jesus, thy Master, while yet it is day,
Work the will of thy Father in Heaven.
Go forth in the morning, at noon, or at night,
Seek the dwelling of age and of youth;
Errors weeds to uproot, with the plowshare of light,
And scatter the bright seeds of truth.
Bring hope to the fainting and joy to the sad,
And Christ to the penitent soul;
Fill earth with rejoicing, bid deserts be glad,
And streams through the wilderness roll.”
V. H. Bozeman.
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Marine city, Mich. Aug. 31, 1890.
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A HOLY LIFE
A holy life and conversation are the natural outflow of a pure heart. “A HEART FROM SIN SET FREE.” Sweet water cannot flow from a hitter or salty fountain; an impure heart cannot give a holy life, such as is characteristic of those who have their lives ‘Hid away with Christ in God.” When God saves a soul and makes it holy He expects and demands it to show forth holiness in every day life and conversation. Instructions are given for holy living in Rom. 12:9-21. Get your Bible and read it carefully. You will find that it gives a high slate of holy living. Do you five up to it? In 1 Pet. 1:15 we find the command for a holy conversation. “But as He which hath called you is holy so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.” Dear soul are you making a profession of holiness and yet living in utter disregard to this command? When God says to be holy in all manner of conversation He means just what He says. It does not leave any room for idle and unchaste conversation, that is for the world to engage in. No chance for funny tales to get some one to laugh, or ghost stories, that should not pass from the lips of an unsaved person to say nothing of a sanctified one. Beloved, the gate is straight and the way is narrow. Amen.
G. W. Carey.
THE SOURCE OF ERROR.
A brother writes: “I have noticed that when a brother or sister is lacking in their experience, not clear in holiness, they are inclined to run into some false doctrine; they refuse to hear admonitions and be corrected; they go into darkness and lose all the grace or God out of their hearts. Yes, that is just the reason men fall in error, and imbibe false and fanatical notions and whims; just as sure as a person is not perfectly killed out of the old evil nature, the prince of this world cometh and hath something in him which he can use to inject some heretical doctrine. This satan does in order to create disturbance of the peace and unity of the body of Christ, and grieve away the Spirit. A sure preventative of, “One work’’, “Anti-ordinance”, and every other doctrine of devils, is a clean heart, and the real possession of the Spirit of God. The devil does not care what it is that he can spring a schism about, just so he can get up some question of strife. And the issue that has the least profit seems to suit him the best. Great councils were assembled, and much debating, contention, acrid strife and anathamatizing of each other as heretics, we are told in history, took place, between the Greeks and Latins, during the dark ages, which finally resulted in a schism; and the chief bone of contention was on the processions of the Spirit. That is whether the Spirit proceeded from the Father or the Son; This was amusement for devils. How much more important it is to seek and possess the Holy Spirit, than to quarrel and strive about Him. We have received a letter from a certain place where some have been publishing their inward crookedness and works of the devil, by raising questions of strife about the resurrection; stating that these identical bodies will never be raised again from the dust, and that to teach so were folly and etc. This can be nothing but an itch contracted from the devil, which seeks the frictions of contention. The Word says our body is sown in corruption. —, i. e., subject to decomposition —, it is raised in incoruption,” i. e — with an undecaying and immortal nature. “It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.” It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” These and many other scriptures clearly teach that these identical bodies, that go into the ground, will be raised, but in an immortalized state. It is also written, “But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him, and to every seed His own body.” This expression will furnish an apparent ground for an opposite opinion from obvious meaning of the other scriptures, if there be any carnal or contentious spirits about who are looking about for some questions of strife. But men of pure hearts just leave all such scriptures for God to explain in their fulfillment in the last day, and they give all heed that are the blessed and holy, “who have part in the first resurrection.” To contend about questions of the Resurrection, as to how God will raise the dead etc., will not modify His manner of procedure, and hence can be of no profit at all, unless it simply be this, to show all men that the vain janglers are yet carnal. And it will surely do that, even if the party themselves, remain blind in reference to their condition. Accordingly Paul said to the carnal Corinthians: “There must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made mansfes .. among you.” 1 Cor. 11:19. So all these contentions about words to no profit, but rather to the subverting of the bearers positively show that the parties are carnal and disapproved of God. Whereas all that take no part in the works of the devil, except as God rebukes the same through them, show themselves approved of God. The resurrection, necessarily implies the raising up again of that which has gone down into the grave, or if a new body is made without any use of that which was sown in weakness, then the Bible should have creation wherever it has resurrection. Thou sowest not that body that shall be and “God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him.” etc. simply signify that God will transform this corruptable into just such a state and condition, in the resurrection, as His wisdom shall dictate; but they do not overthrow the resurrection nor substitute creation for resurrection.
Dearly beloved avoid all foolish and unlearned questions, and follow after Godliness, meekness and true holiness. Amen!
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Merrill, Mich. Sept. 4.
From the Beaver Dam camp meeting we came in all haste to Tekonsha Calhoun Co. Mich. where we found the tabernacle already reared and meeting begun. On the same spot we had a very precious meeting last summer which, in the great press of our camp meeting work, we forgot to report. We were happy to meet the dear saints again in the name of Jesus. We found some who neglecting to go on to perfection when justified, had adopted the soothing falsehood that there is no second work of grace; and then having been deceived into a spirit of opposition to Bible holiness, they had lost justification. This was helped on by certain teachers in that country, who are ignorant of and opposed to the “also grace” of Rom 5:2. But those brethren with others who had been switched off the Bible track were convicted by the Word and Spirit of God, confessed their condition, and humbled themselves under the mighty hand of God and were restored to sonship, after which they presented their bodies a living sacrifice to God and were sanctified wholly by the precious blood of Christ. Others were both converted and sanctified, and there was great joy in Heaven and on earth. The meeting was a glorious triumph in the Lord. Though we left some who were not clear before God, and some of the converts did not attain unto perfection through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, we hope and pray God that they will never look back, and thereby render themselves unfit for the kingdom, nor draw back “lest God should have no pleasure in them,” but press on to perfection, and believe to the complete salvation and everlasting preservation of the soul. Several were buried with Christ in baptism and the last evening we had a holy heavenly communion service, with Jesus in the midst. Truly our hearts were made to burn with love to Him and to one another as we followed the lovely example of the meek and lowly Son of God. All glory to Him forever who hath redeemed us from all sin and error to follow His pure steps. God bless the dear saints in that country who so kindly gave us their means, and labored with their hands night and day to supply the wants of all who came up to the precious feast. Truly God will reward them. Children’s meeting were also held and some of the little ones gave their hearts to the Lord. Bro. and sister Wm N. Smith and Bro. Randolph from Adrian Mich. who expect to labor together were present laboring faithfully in the meetings. Bro. J. Storrer from Owosso, Bro. and sister Boliinger from Kalamazoo, Bro. and sister Wright from Battle Creek. Bro. and sister Frank Smith from Covert, and others from Battle Creek, Bedford, Johnstown and other places, came to enjoy and help on the glorious battle. God bless them all. Amen! From that place we came on without delay over at hundred miles north to the GRATIOT CAMP MEETING where we landed the morning of Aug. 27. The meeting having commenced the day before. O how our hearts were made to leap for joy n this meeting so many dear saints we had met in former years, and so many we had never seen before in the flesh, who have come into the heavenly light since our last visit to this country two years ago. But now and then came one and gave us the hand, whose fare we recognized, but whose lips responded with ..o praises to the Lord ..uch we had no need to ask if saved. Their sad face te.. plainly told the story. Thank God! about all that class came back to their father’s house and partook of the joyful feast. We found the work far in advance of what we ever found it in the past, and closed the meeting with a mighty harvest of souls, and a great advancement of all the ransomed. O praise the living God! It was truly a feast of very fat things to our souls. An altar about thirty six feet long was filled every day and scores of souls were set free by the power of God and filled with great joy; and about every meeting was filled with the shouts of men and women escaping out of the prison of sin, and with the glad hallelujahs of those that rejoiced with them. Sinners who had never tasted the love of God before were filled with the new wine, and hurried out in much praise to God, Next to the last day the altar was cleared and still they kept coming and yeilding to God. The awful power of God rested on the camp. Some sinner thought to escape but were arrested in the woods, by the Spirit of the Lord, and brought back by the hand of God, to fall down at the altar. The mighty Spirit of God was upon the saints to work, and souls were hunted about in the tents, and there constrained to fall down and call for mercy until the Ancient of days appeared to them and filled their hearts with the inexpressable joy of salvation. Glory! Glory! to the Lamb of God. Thus the forenoon meeting continued until two o’clock in the afternoon. Probably the hardest sinners on the ground, were made to weep with a sense of their sins. Quite a number of happy saints were over from Isabella Co. and scattering ones from various Co’s. A few canvas and several good sized lumber tents were well crow led, besides many of us stayed in the houses of brethren near by. O what a kind big hearted people God has in this new country! O how dear they are to our heart! Bro. and sister W. N. Smith and Bro. Randolph drove overland and also joined with us in this glorous battle. Sister Stowell from Pottersville, Sister Walter Bro. and sister Drowley, Bros. Reeves, Cox. Shelly, and others of this community worked faithfully; also our beloved young Bro. Barney Warren and sister Kigar whom the Lord has recently joined in holy marriage and also sister Frankie Miller continued with us in the good work, all laboring night and day for the salvation of souls, and are truly winning many stars to their crown. Bros. Shelly and Cox had been somewhat crippled by the adversary, on account of which the cause of Christ had suffered. But they both received an honest heart, in humble confession of their their faults, and asking pardon of all saints. Bro. S. came to the conlusion that he had never been wholly sanctified, and both went to the bottom and sought pardon, and then entire sanctification. We trust that God will make them more useful than ever. Dear Bro. Cox is blessed with a precious company of helpers in the persons of his family, who are saved and good workers. May the Lord send them forth to turn hundreds of souls to righteousness, that they may all shine above the brightness of the imminent and the stars forever. We and Bro. Smith and Co. expect to hold meeting in the saint’s meeting house, not far from Merrill, make a short visit to Wheeler, and hold a meeting perhaps one week at St. Louis. Mich, then return to Lagrange Co., Ind., leaving Bro. Smith and Co. to labor here some time. If possible we desire to stop at Owosso a few days on our way. We desire to hold an assembly meeting this fall at Geneva meeting house, a few miles from Grand Junction, and also one in the saint’s house not far from Rising Son, O. We will arrange the time as soon as possible, perhaps announce the same in our next paper. Brethren please write us from Ohio, and would October do there? Do not forget to pray for us dear saints that God may mightily use us to His glory. Amen.
Ridgeville Corners, O. Aug. 4, 1890.
Dear Saints: — We are praising God just now for complete victory in our souls over all the powers of darkness. A few souls have been saved in this meeting. There were several saints from different communities in attendance over sabbath. Bros.
Miller & Spacky from Jerry City, Bros. Guiss & Rosenbery and his daughter from New Washington, the latter was glorious- saved during the meeting. Bro. and sister Worden of Payne, O. were here and helped in the battle and were used of the Lord in testifying and exhorting the people. This was formerly their home. Some of their relatives, beholding what God had done for them, were compelled to fall down and lay aside several years profession and call on God for pardon and praise the Lord they obtained it and went on to perfection. One was buried with Christ by immersion Bro. and sister Jacobson are in company with us at present. From here we will go to Florida, Ohio and hold a few days meeting and then to Weston O. and begin a meeting Sept. 22nd, in the neighborhood of Bro. Wm. Long two and one half miles west of Weston and will continue six or seven days and then to Jerry City, Wood Co. O. begin Sept. 19 and continue as the Lord wills. Pray for us.
Your Bro. and sister sanctified, made white and tried hallelujah, and in for the war.
J. B. and M. J. Howard.
Kalamazoo, Mich, Sept. 8 1890.
Dear Saints: — This morning finds me well and saved with victory in my soul. Since my last report in the Trumpet from the Cheshire meeting a company of us started to the Beaver Dam camp meeting. We stopped for a few meetings at La Paz Ind. which resulted in the salvation of a few souls. Four or five consecrated for pardon and most all got a real experience From there we went on our way to Beaver Dam where we met many of Gods fire baptized ministers and many dear saints with whom our hearts were knit together. From there we returned to Dice school H. near LaPaz where we held another three days meeting which resulted in the sanctification of one soul. Praise God. A general good feeling in the country and a good work could be done there. The company that went with us out to Beaver Dam from there dear brother June and Stover went west, sister Fisher returned to the office, wife and I returned home and dear Bro. Dougherty who has been laboring with Bro. Wm. Smith in the Gospel has joined us for the winter campaign. We are new at this place and have pitched our tent in the name of Jesus. Expect to see the salvation of precious souls. When we came here we found dear Bro. F. Smith and wife waiting for us. Dear Bro. and sister Merril from Cloverdale Mich. are here. Dear saints pray for us that we may be used of God.
S. Michels and Co.
Hedrick, Ia. Sept. 3, 1890.
Dear Saints of God: — we are rejoicing in a complete salvation. From Beaver Dam C. M. we went about forty miles to Deer Creek Ind. and held a grove meeting in company with Bro. Ed Houghton and sister. The meeting was a successful one. The attendance was good and souls were saved. A large crowd of attentive listeners were present on Sabbath, and the Lord wonderfully anointed us to preach His awful Truth; two consecrated for pardon and one for sanctification. The meeting closed Sunday night, but Bro. and sister Houghton continued the meeting in a school house near by. From there we came to the camp meeting at Hedrick. We expect to remain near here and hold a few meetings and then go on to Table Rock Neb.
Yours in the perfect fellowship of the Spirit, saved and kept.
Mary Cole and Lodema Kaser.
Burbank, O. Aug. 21.
Dear Saints: — Praise the Lord. He is keeping me fully saved and walking in the light. It seems to me that the way is opening here for a glorious gathering of souls into the one body of Christ. The light is spreading very fast and the people are getting their eyes open to see the truth God is calling them cut of sect confusion and they are coming to Zion. The time is short, and all that will come must come soon or perish in her burning. God is moving and the people are quaking for fear, of that which is coming upon the earth. The little church, which God planted here a good many years ago, yet stands, and in spite of all the gates of Hell, is on the increase. God is adding to His Church such as are being saved. We have good meetings at every time of assembling, and souls are being saved in our pray or meetings. It is glorious to see souls come to Jesus and get salvation. O praise so the Lord forever! It seems to me that the set time to favor Zion has come. The people are getting anxious for a revival.
Your Bro. saved and kept.
St. James, Mo. Sept. 4, 1890.
Thursday Aug. 21, we left Akron Ind. for the west; we arrived at Albany the same evening, commenced meeting in father Byer’s beautiful grove Friday and closed Monday evening by observing the ordinances of God’s house; (feet washing and the Lord’s supper) the Lord gained a wonderful victory at that place in salvation work and encouraging and settling the church which at that place is surely a glorious church. Tuesday the 23th. Bro. Andrew Byers conveyed us to Clinton across the river to Bro. Daniels. Wednesday morning 27th we took train for Hedrick Iowa, (mother Daniels and sister Jessie Daniels accompanying us to assist in the work). We found matters at Hedrick in a very loose condition but the Lord sent the fire and consumed much dross. Many consecrations were made during the meeting. The meeting closed Tuesday the 2nd of Sept. with good success, the last meeting, Tuesday morning, being best of all. O what a melting time; the church seemed to melt together wonderfully. Bro. June was with us until the close of the meeting. Bro. Stover and sisters Cole and Kaser came to the rescue and wore used of God in pushing the work. Bro. June left us at Hedrick to go to the Manchester meeting. Bro. Stover went to Table Rock, Neb. Sister Cede and Kaser remained at Hedrick for a while; may God use them in establishing the work already done is our prayer. Amen! Camp meeting begins here this evening!
S L.Speck, A. B. and A. C. Palmer.
Carthage. Mo. Sep. 10 1890.
The St. James C. M. commenced on the day appointed. The Lord wonderfully blessed our souls and helped us to preach the Word to the people with effect and with power, and we praise the Lord that it took hold of the hearts of the people to the extent that a number were converted, others sanctified; also a number of cases of healing by the power of, and faith in God, through the anointing of oil, the laying on of hands and prayer to God were accomplished, Amen! Glory to God for the saving and healing power that is in Him! Saturday evening Satan’s ranks began to give way, the professers began to melt and come to the altar, a glorious shout went up from Israel’s camp because of victory. Sunday was was a high day in Israel; victory was perched on every banner and God’s little one marched onward to do battle and the prospect for a grand sweep in the ..a..nd.. ranks was glorious. There was a heavy ra..afall the Lord’s day and all night and all day monday.
Everything was deluged so much that we had to close the meeting on Monday afternoon: had the weather been favorable so that the meeting could have continued until that 11th the appointed time me doing there would have been a glorious work done for the Lord; but we do praise God for the good already done.
Dear Bro. Bolds and sister Matttie Bolds were with its and did efficent work; may God be with them in their work is our prayer. Tuesday morning dear Bro Speck took she train for home, and wife and I for the west, we expect to commence demonstrations on the enemy this evening the Saint’s tabernacle in Carthage, Mo. Praise the Lord we have the armor on and ready for the holy war wherever the Commander leads. We expect to go from here to the Cedarvale Kan. C. M., from thence to Galesburg, then to Atlanta, Kan. Then if the Lord leads we would go to Meriden, Jefferson Co. Kan.
May the richest blessings rest upon the Israel of God everywhere is our prayer Amen.
A. D & A. C Palmer.
Florida, Henry Co., O. Sept. 9, 1890.
Dear Saints —: God richly bless you all. After our report from Huntington wife and I went to Portland Ind. where we met with the church. The Lord blessed us much in preaching the word. One backslider was reclaimed and another person gave her heart to Jesus. We hope to return there in the near future and held a meeting in the name of Jesus. From there we went to the Deerfield and Beaverdam camp meetings. We were made joyful by meeting so many of the beloved saints and were much advanced, built up and strengthened in the experiences of grace and truth. Hallelujah! It was deemed prudent that the Huntington meeting held in the skating rink which seated a large congregation. Instead of being held at the be grove. It began Aug the 21. and continued till the evening of the 27. Several came to the altar and were saved. They were principally backsliders. Several saints from other parts were at the meeting which was to continue over Sabbath the 31. Bro. Williams from Lagrange remained preaching the Word assisted by a few, other workers. The Lord bless them all. The 28th we took train for the Ridgeville grove meeting in Henry Co. O., where we met our dear Bro. Howard and family who wrought effectually in she gospel There were several consecrations for pardon and sanctification; among the number was dear Bro. C. H. Tubbs a promising young man and a student of the Oberlin institute, who was fitting himself for the Congregational ministry, of which sect he was a member. He came to the meeting, was convinced of his condition and of the truth, consecrated his all to God was sanctified and baptized. We believe that the Lord will use him in the future, if he will only keep humble at Jesus’ feet and in the order of God. On Sabbath we met and had a precious ordinance meeting. It was a precious time to our souls. Bless the Lord! From here we go to Weston, thence to Jerry City, Rising Sun and else where. D. V. Pray for us.
Your humble Bro. and sister.
F. N. and S. A. Jacobson.
To all the dear Saints greeting: — May grace and mercy be multiplied unto you all for Jesus’ sake Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them. (Psa. 119:166) I do praise God for this great peace. He Is my peace and my strength, the rock of my salvation. Well we are here in the name of Jesus, for the salvation of perishing souls, and the sanctifying of believers, and the work is being done. Praise God there are good congregations the most of the time, and we have three meetings a day. All glory be to God, for He is worthy. There are calls being made in all, directions for some one to come and preach the everlasting Gospel. Truly there is a famine in the land, behold the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land. Not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. (Amos 8:11.) In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst, (Amos 8:13.). See the different sects wil hold a revival meeting in the winter and some will get converted to God, but for the want of proper instructions, and a proper amount of the Word of God, they soon lose their enjoyment of conversion, and give up and backslide. Would to God that they might remain steadfast to the Lord. I pray God that the people may get their eyes open to as to discern the the blind guides that are in the world; so that they may not fall into the snare of the devil. 0 that men would praise the Lord for His goodnes, and for his wonderful works to the children of men. (Psa. 107:8.
Your saved brother under the blood.
J, L. June.
West Mecca, O.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — I am 74 years old, was converted in my 16th year. I joined the Presbyterian church and had a wonderful stammering tongue. The fear of man got into the choir, and I sang the best I could. I had a natural taste for tobacco and liquors I had a praying mother whose prayers kept me from a drunkard’s grave. I sat in one of the highest seats in the synagogues for more than 40 years and heard the old, dry, sleepy sermons read. I could not remember so much as where the text was. The devil kept me very still while I was measuring myself by my brethren. I knew nothing about salvation and thought my chances for Heaven weae quite good at times. When our church was raised I was 12 years old; They had a big jug of whisky and a merry crew. I supposed I was worshiping in the Church of God, until a few years ago I learned He had no Presbyterian churches, I learned He had no branch church, I learned He had a full salvation. I learned I had accumulated filthy habits. I learned I could not be a christian and indulge in the use of tobacco and conform to the world and do as they did. Pro. and sister Strong from Lorain Co. were at Mecca holding a protracted meeting some 10 years since, and I got under conviction for a clean heart and lips. I arose in the congregation and said: “Brothers and sisters I want you to pray that God will take away the desire for all these things: tea, coffee, tobacco, whisky, cider, beer, ate, gin, rum, fairs, shows, festivals donations, fish ponds, grab games, &c. to support a priest-craft that know nothing about salvation, the devil’s best friends in the secret chambers, I slid out I got into the Church of the first born, Sanctified, cleansed, washed, and saved by the blood of Jesus, by faith I stand on the Rock, and am a temple for Jesus to live in. Glory! Glory!!
J. L. Webb.
Dear Saints: — I do thank God that He ever saved a poor sinner as I once was. I do feel and realize of a truth that I am a humble and obedient child of His, ready to do His blessed will at all times. And I do praise His dear name that He has brought me out of darkness into this marvelous light. For 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. I have been walking in this light now for a little over a year, and I am not tired yet. I ask the prayers of all the dear saints that I may be kept low and humble at the foot of the cross.
Your sister in Christ.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I write my testimony for the glory of God. I believe God has forgiven my sins. To-day I am consecrated to the will of God, sanctified and standing firm. Ready to go home just now should the Lord call me.
Your sister redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus.
Ridgeville Corners, O.
Dear Saints: — I am well and saved by the pow- of God this morning. Praise the Lord! I got saved at the BeaverDam C. M. in the children’s meeting. I wanted to be saved before then but the devil would not let me do it, because I would not resist him. I am staying with my mamma and papa and working for the Lord. Pray for me.
Your saved Bro. in Christ. Amen.
I will be 9 years old the 13th. or October.
New Washington, O
Dear Saints and all the readers of the Gospel Trumpet: — God bless you all abundantly for Jesus’ sake. Amen. I feel led by the spirit of God to give in my testimony. The blessed Lord has wonderfully saved and sanctified me. I give God all the glory for what He has done for me and for the sweet peace in my soul. O glory to His holy name forever and ever. I do praise God that He has taken my feet out of the mire and clay and placed them on the Rock, Christ Jesus, established my goings and put a new song in my mouth, even praises unto the Lord for His great salvation that has readied me, whereof I am glad and exhort all the dear saints to be faithful unto death, and a crown of never fading glory you shall wear.
Pray for me.
Your sister in the true Church.
Jennie M. Rosenbery.
New Washington, O.
Dear Saints: — I feel at liberty to give in my testimony for the glory of God. I am saved and sanctified and kept by the mighty power of God. Oh I do praise God I was at the Beaver Dam C. M.. It was a feast to my soul. Glory to God and the Lamb forever and ever! Praise God for the perfect freedom I have in Jesus and the sweet peace I have in my soul.
Pray for me dear saints that I may endure faithful unto the end.
Your sister in the body of Christ.
Dear saints: — I praise God to day for what He has done for me. I realize that I am saved to the uttermost by the precious blood of Christ. I feel so glad that I have such a friend as Jesus. Although the winds of adversity may howl around us, Jesus is ever near He will never leave nor forsake us. Praise God for this promise. While writing this testimony, I feel the love of God pouring front the throne of grace into my soul Glory to His name! O the confidence we can have in God when we are sanctified, to do His will. He is my physician for both soul and body. He has healed me of catarrh and rheumatism and other things, and has also healed my little girl, for which I give Him all the glory.
Bay. View, Mih. Aug. 15
Dear Saints: — I have just been feasting my soul from the columns of the Gospel Trumpet I do praise God for the increase of knowledge and encouragement it gives to all who are following on to know and obey the will of the Lord. Truly He shall not come unto such as a thief in the night, but they shall gladly see “The son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory”, and understand the “Gathering to gather of His elect from the four winds, from the utmost parts of the earth.” He leads me out now and then, and sends hungry souls to my dwelling, where I can teach them the order of His word and will, in these latter days of time. Through His kind providence I was permitted to attend two meetings with the saints at East Jordan, the last one in company with sitter. Emma Miller who was visiting me, and sister Martin of Pelston. Our souls were all made joyful in glory, from time to time, as we assembled with the dear ones at that place. We drank freely from the fountain of living water, and realized much or the presence and blessing of our risen Lord. He is leading me in a plain path, and keeping me separate unto Himself, sweetly resting in the green pastures of His providence, and by the river of life. My soul is exultant in His promises to the faithful, and I can sing with the poet;
“When I shall see these pearly gates
And streets of shining gold,
And Christ, my Lord, welcomes me home
His glory to unfold,
I’ll let my hallelujahs raise
And make all heaven ring,
With shouts of everlasting praise
And glory to the King.”
Your sister in Him.
J. E. Courtney.
Chanute, Neosho Co., Kan
Dear Saints: — I feel led of God this evening to write my testimony for His glory. I can praise God for a full stlvation. “When I heard the word of God preached in its purity I accepted the light. The Lord healed me when I was a sinner, through the prayers of the saints; and since I was saved He has heated myself and family. Glory to God forever. Amen! I am so glad there is a way we can live without sin and by the grace of God I intend to stand firm for God. I want your prayers, that I may be faithful to the end.
Your sister saved sanctified and kept by the power of God.
Dear Brethren: — This morning finds mo trusting the Lord and praying for Him to send some fire baptized minister here to preach the Gospel of liberty.
Your Bro for the truth.
W. S. Page.
Portland, Ind. July 14, 1890
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I feel it would be to the glory of God to write a word of testimony. I can say with love in my heart for my blessed Redeemer, that He keeps me sweetly saved and reigning in one Christ Jesus, trusting one that is mighty to save from all sin and all deceptions of the devil. The more I read the blessed Word of God the more evil I can see in sectarianism. Oh how I do pity poor blind sectarian souls that are led astray. I do praie the blessed Lord for deliverance from all straps and bands and a pure heart to worship God aright. I bless God for His promises, “He that over cometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God.” To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcome and am sit down with my Father in His Throne.” DEAR saints seeing we have such blessed promises let each one hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering or doubling for the Lord comes as a thief in the night. We know not when we shall have to stand before that great Judge to give an account of the deeds done in the body. Dear ones let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together as some do but let us come together often that we may be strengthened and built up in the most holy faith. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith let us show to the world that we have been to Jesus and learned of Him. “Blessed in the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinners, but his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law doth he meditate day and night.” Let us watch and pray without ceasing keeping our minds continually centered on Heaven and heavenly things for the devil is ever on the alert to draw us away from the path of duty. Let us be more earnest as we see the day approaching. “As He who hath called us is holy be ye holy also in all manner of conversation. Dear Saints I beg an interest in your prayers that I may continue firm to the end, that I may have a right to the Tree of Life.
Your humble Bro. sitting at the feet of Jesus.
T. W. Cassel.
Dear Saints: — This morning finds me sweetly saved in Jesus. I do thank God for what He has clone and is still doing for me. He has cleansed me from all unrighteousness and gives me grace to stand true to Jesus and His Word. I am determined to stand true to my blessed Savior who has done so much for my poor soul. He has taken all pride and love for worldly pleasure out of my heart and taught the will of the Father to me. I love to do His commandments and live up to His precious word. I find it is sweet to follow Jesus. I am willing to bear the persecutions of the unrighteous for His sake. There are a few here who are out on the straight Bible line for God. We meet every Sabbath and once through the week for prayer meeting. God does fully bless and claim His children. If any of the saints come through here we would be pleased to have them stop, especially God’s ministers. Pray for me that I may ever stand firm for God and be a faithful child.
Your sister in the love of Jesus.
Dear Sants: — The Lord is very precious to my soul and keeps me every day by His mighty power. He is my all and in all; and when I am sick He is my physician. When I had the La Grippe I sent for the Elders, they laid hands on me, and the Lord healed me. Praise His name, He keeps me both soul and body.
Your sister in Christ.
A. E. Brown.
Dear Saints: — We are well, saved and walking up to all the light we have, and ready to do the will of the Lord in all things
Yours in Jesus.
A. B. Brown.
Died July 29 1890 at the home of his grand parents, near Lenox, Ashtabula Co , O., Wm. J. Snyder, aged 11 years 3 months and 21 days With His parents He left Gosford, Armstrong Co., Pa., July the 10th to visit friends, and while there, met with a fatal accident, by falling from a hay mow and alighting on a horse raket The accident took place in the morning about 10:30 and resulted in his death at 8 o’clock in the evening. Friday evening previous be earnestly repented of his sins and through the prayers and instruction of a christian another accepted Christ as his personal Savior. Although his suffering was intense, he bore it with much meekness. On being asked if he was saved, replied he was and said he was not afraid to die and sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. May God bless the bereaved parents and friends, the dear mother with much grave and comfort, and the unsaved friends with salvation. Funeral services from the home of the grand parents by the friends.
Now he sweetly sleeps in Jesus,
Safe o’er life’s tempestuous sea;
By thy hand so kind and loving,
Taken Lord, to be with Thee.
“Ma, don’t worry.” In much meekness
These the words he kindly spake;
But for God’s own grace to cheer thee,
Fain thy heart with grief would break.
Death had lost its gloomy terror,
And the Lord seemed very nigh,
O dear mother trust in Jesus,
For on Him your care rely,
May this thought so pure and precious,
Fill thy soul with constant joy;
If you wait in faith’s patience,
Soon you’ll meet your darling boy.
Jennie I. Stow.
Ridgeville Corners. O.
DIED Aug. 4, 1890, Irvin, son of Samuel and Eliza Campbell, aged, 1 year 1 month and 19 days. May God bless the bereaved family.
The angels bore, our Irvin home,
In garments pure and white;
His form on earth we see no more,
He dwells in realms of light.
Funeral services by the writer.
J. N. Howard.
Dear Saints: — Today finds me still saved and trusting in Jesus. I am walking in the light as He lets it shine on my pathway. I do not get to go to meeting very often as there are no saints living near here.
Fray for me that I may keep low down at the cross.
Yours in Christ
Dear Saints: — This evening I will testify to the glory of God for what He has done for me. He has sweetly saved my soul. O I cannot praise His holy name enough for His gracious love that He has bestowed upon my poor soul. When He called after me he found me wrapped up in sectism until I had neither peace nor salvation. But I do praise His holy name that He has put that sweet peace in my soul that the world cannot give nor take away.
Your sister sanctified and kept by the power of God.
Dear Brethren: — I came to Jesus over eight years ago a self righteous, secret society, life insurance, sectish, Lutheran, infidel, yet would not think that I was a lost sinner, and so I made no progress in finding mercy at the hands of Christ. But after some time of feeling after God, He did in mercy give me to understand that if I would forsake my evil ways, that is, give up the secret lodges and trusting in the arm of the flesh, etc.. He would forgive me and set me free. So I promisee Him, and as good as His word, He truly gave me to realize my true conditon before Him. I saw myself as never before, a lost sinner. And then I prayed as never before and the Lord heard me and took away my sins and removed my guilty conscience and set my soul free from the bands of satan. I praise His Holy name for salvation from all sin; and for abundance of grace to serve Him.
Yours in Jesus.
Dear Ones in Jesus: — God bless you all. I feel the Lord is leading me to write my testimony. I praise God for His goodness to me and realize that I have the witness in my soul because my spirit and the Word agree. I praise God for saving my soul from all sin and darkness. Hallelujah! I am standing in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made me free.
Your saved sister.
Louie M. Bolds.
Dear Saints: — I feel led to give in my testimony and tell of the goodness of God that He has kept me through all the trials and temptations of this life. I am fully determined to live for God and do His will in all things, let what will or may come. Jesus is mine and I am His. Some folks do not like to hear us tell all the time that we are saved. They say if we are sanctified every one will know it, and let some body else tell it. But the Word says we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Rev. 12:11. We must keep telling it or we lose ground. I do not care whether they want to hear it or not, I shall keep telling it as long as I live that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sin. Praise His holy name forever! Many people seem to think that Heaven is like the large cities of this world. having many roads leading to it from every direction, and broad enough to take in everything and every body. But we learn in the blessed Word that there is but one road and it is a very narrow way; so narrow that we must be very plain to walk and be stripped from all superfluities of dress and every thing of the kind, and walk very straight, and it is so very narrow that there can but one walk in it. Therefore we must all be one in Christ Jesus to walk in the narrow way.
“Jesus my all to Heaven is gone,
He whom my hopes are fixed upon;
His track I see and I’ll pursue,
The narrow way with Him I’ll go.”
May God bless all the workers in the vineyard and keep them united in the bonds of peace, and may they put on charity which is the bond of perfectness, is the prayer of your humble sister.
Pray for me that I may be kept humble, low down at the feet of Jesus. I need your prayers for I feel that I am less than the least of all saints.
Your sister in Christ, free from all sin.
Dear Saints: — I feel led to write my testimony. I am saved and sanctified wholly. The blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin. It is all through the blood of Jesus that I am saved. It has been 9 months since I was saved, and I can truly say that the time I have spent in the service of the Lord has been the happiest part of my life. I was baptized when an infant, and when I was saved I was impressed to be immersed, but kept putting it off, thinking that the baptism I had been baptized with would suffice, but all the time I felt I was leaving something undone. Finally I consented to follow the Savior in the water, and on the 2nd. of August I was buried with Christ in baptism, and I have a peace in my soul since, I never had before. It is so blessed to follow Jesus. I ask an interest in the saint’s prayers for my mother; she has not walked in 7 months, but is fully trusting in the Lord. Pray for me.
Your sister saved and ready for the Master’s use.
Dear Saints of God: — I am praising the Lord this morning for salvation in Jesus that saves from all sin. I do praise the Lord for saving and sanctifying me wholly, and that I ever did get out of babylon into the true Church of God. I thank God that I ever did hear S. H, Bozeman preach, for he showed me the way to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. May God help each one to be true to the Lord. Please remember me in your prayers.
Your sister in Christ.
Little Osage, Mo.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — Glory and honor to our God and His Christ. This morning, I know it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony. As this is the first one, I will tell about my convertion. 13 years ago I had a good christian mother and we lived 3 or 4 miles from the church. There was a protracted meeting held there, and the dear Lord showed me that I was a sinner, and I was very much troubled on account of my sins, and I prayed long and earnestly for forgiveness. O I was so wretched knowing my condition, I went forward for prayers night after night, and at last I found pardon and was wonderfully converted. I felt that Christ was the fairest of ten thousand to my soul, and the one altogether lovely. Now I was a very weakly girl, and the doctor said I had the consumption. The weather was cold, and mother and some others said I had better wait awhile for baptism, but I had no other desire than to do the whole will of my Father; so I was buried with Christ in baptism. O what tongue can express the sweet joy and peace I had in my soul? But oh, alas the time soon came when I had to look back to my convertion which was of great comfort and some days I was enjoying religion and again I doubted. And so I lived for eleven years in the Baptist sect. But 2 years ago I heard the Word preached in its purity. And God convicted me for a holy heart. And when I realized what the dear Lord wanted me to do I was willing to forsake all and follow Him So right there I was sanctified by a second definite work of grace. O how I praise God for all his goodness, and for the enlightening sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost So to-day I am saved with an everlasting salvation, and walking by faith in the steps of my blessed Redeemer. I am persecuted and tempted, but God has promised that we should not be tempted above that we are able to bear. He will make a way for our escape. I love to work for my Master, for our labors in the Lord are not in vain. The Word says: “great peace have they that love thy law and nothing shall offend them. I feel that all my afflictions are workinig out for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
Your sister saved from all sin.
Dear Saints: — I praise God that I am standing on the Rock, kept by the mighty power of God, free from all sin and oat of babel confusion, trusting God at all times.
Big Bend, Pa.
Bear Brethren: — May God bless you all is my prayer, He is with me every day, and keeps me from all sin, and I give Him all the glory and praise. He sets me free and gives me the victory over all the works of the devil. Glory to God and the Lamb forever! He pardons all my sins and I was born into His family. I joined a sect for I did not have the light on the Church. And I thought I was saved, as far as I could be in this world. But I made crooked paths, and was up and down, sometimes would act mad and have malice in my heart. This is the life I lived in babylon. But the Lord sent His holy people here, I went to hear them, I saw I had to rerent and present my body a living sacrifise which I did and received the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. The Lord took all sin out of my heart and took me out of babylon, and praise God I do not want to go back for her foundation is not 6olid and she cannot stand. I have no more ups and downs, but have entered this grace wherein we stand. I love them that hate me and pray for them that despitefully use me. We have been having meeting here, some of the brethren from Red Lyon and Red Valley, were here and had a good meeting. O praise God for the pure love that God gives to them that will walk upright.
Your Bro. saved and sanctified wholly.
Dear Saints: — I feel it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony to the Trumpet. I feel and realize this very moment that I am saved and sanctified by a second work of grace. I do praise God for a pure river of peace flowing deep in my soul. I am so glad to know that I have been redeemed and made white in the blood of the Lamb, and standing upon the sea of glass that is mingled with fire and blood, ready to be revealed in the last time.
Your sister in Christ.
Clara B. McFarland.
Pittsburg, Pa., Aug., 3 1890.
Dear Saints: — I thank God for the precious Truth the Trumpet is keeping before the people all over the land. For the last six years I have taught the precious Bible truths all over the southern part of western Pa., and through Maryland to Baltimore and back into Canada some two hundred miles north of Toronto.
The interior of Canada is good soil for the seed. They are more anxious for the Truth, than Americans. New York, east Pa., and Maryland are so joined to their idols. I do not find enough faith in any of the sects to receive the scriptures in their fulness. They cannot get the idea that our God is alive and that His Word is true. That it means what it says; and it has happened unto them according to their faith. The Spirit has left them and the spirit of the world prevails. “If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him.” It is true, and they pretend to believe the Word, but they pretend to justify themselves in their worldliness. Blind leaders of the blind. Can God’s enlightened people stay with them and live! Oh no, such atmosphere is full of destruction. The very doctrine that we cannot live without sin, would upset the the whole teaching of the scriptures and the plan of salvation, because it is contrary to the entire scripture teaching. It is also a lack of faith without which we cannot please God. Can we be in the light and dark at the same time? Can a fountain send forth both bitter and sweet water? Can a soul be under condemnation and justification both at the same time? No. “There is no condemnation to them that are in Christ who walk not after the flesh (the world) but after the spirit.
A. B. Gildersleeve.
Oak Wood, O.
Dear Saints: — I feel led of God to write my testimony this morning and say I am saved and sanctified and kept from all sin by my trusting in God. Praise God for a complete salvation. I do praise God for the blessings which He is daily bestowing upon me, and my family. Dear Saints of the living God, Bro. Miller and family are staying at our place, their house having burned with all its contents. They only saved what clothes they had on. They are destitute of clothes but God says His children shall not go begging bread. He will take care, of His own and make us more than conqueror. Praise His holy name! Praise God, I am Raved from following the fashions of the world. How many of to day say they are saved from pride and then how soon we see it manifested in their dress or outward appearance. Pray for me.
Your sister saved, sanctified and living for God.
R. H. Spillman.
Otsego, Mich., Aug, 17, 1890
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord I do praise the Lord this afternoon for salvation full and free; that saves to the uttermost all that will crucify themselves and die out to this world. Praise the Lord I am dead to the world and its pleasures, and ready to do whatever the Lord leads me to do. Since Bro. Michels left here, we are having prayer meetings once a week and the Lord is with us in power. The Lord seems to put His hand on me to lead, and He is with me. Praise God, I have the victory through our Lord Jesus. Three more have been added and are workers in the vineyard of the Lord. The Lord seems to lead me to write my experience. A friend gave me a Gospel Trumpet a year and a half ago, and I read it and saw by the testimonies given there, that it was the kind of religion I wanted, so I started out to serve God. Straight is the gate and narrow is the way and few there be that find it. And how I realized it after Bro. Michels came here. I presented my body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is my reasonable service. And I wanted God to let me feel that He accepted it so that I might believe, but the Lord showed me that I must believe first. Then I bowed in humility at the feet of Jesus, consecrated my all to the Lord. He then sent the Holy Ghost fire and consumed the offering. Praise God for ever! and now I am making straight paths for my feet so that the lame may not fall by the way. O how I long to see others come out on the straight Bible line and take God for their Father, Jesus for their Saviour, and the Holy Ghost for their comforter. Praise God! I am walking on God’s promises and as His spirit leads me, and taking Him at His word. Praise God for a religion that saves now. I am fully sanctified, ready to be revealed at the last day.
F. J. Sanford
Dear Trumpet Readers: — Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, who saves me from all sin and sanctifies me to the will of God just now. “For Zions sake will I not hold my peace and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest until the righteous therefore go forth as brightness and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.” Dear saints let us have on the whole armour ..o God that we may diligently teach the things of God with all boldness, for we know the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty, through God, to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” Cor. 10:4, 5. While we know God, our Father, has called us unto a good work let us not shrink from performing our every known duty. Too often do those professing to love God with their whole heart, shrink from walking in every ray of light because some friend would oppose them. Know ye not that if ye have respect of persons ye are an enemy to God. I know it is a cross to Lave those, whom we believe to be our friends, oppose us in doing that which we know to be God’s will concerning us. But must Jesus bear the cross alone? “Then said Jesus unto his disciples if any man will come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”. Matt. 16:24. We must deny ourselves of many things, of the love of the world, the things of the world, the pride of life and if needs be so to please God we must deny ourselves of pleasing our supposed to be friends. I always had a great desire to please every one, to have the love of all around me. But I find that we cannot be a child of God and agree with the world at the same time. May God help us to ever be free from the compromising spirit, that his Holy Spirit may have free access and He be glorified in in.
JESUS SAVES ME.
“Come and hear all ye that fear God and I will declare what He hath done for my soul.” Psa. 66:16. Oh, my dear brothers and sisters, I can not help shouting, glory to God! Hallelujah!, for what He has done for my soul. He has saved and sanctified me! I know that Jesus saves me and that is enough for me. I am so glad that we do not have to have the, “Prone to wander” experience any more. I remember one night at the prayer meeting, after I had given my testimony on Holiness, a sister said: “well I do not want this experience that some of you talk about having.” Oh then I thought what a fearful struggle, I had before I was willing to give up all to Jesus. But at last the blessed Lord showed me, that I must make that full consecration, that I must lay all on the altar or I must lose my soul. I knew my duty and must do it. I went to the Holiness meeting for the first time in my life and went with a full determination, to not leave the house until the Lord had sanctified me. Glory to God! Halleluah! While our pastor was praying earnestly for me the Lord sanctified me. I thank God that we have a sanctified pastor, for it was through the faithful testimonies of him and his wife, that I was first led to seek the blessing of sanctification. I know there is much opposition to holiness, but we must be holy if we ever expect to enter Heaven. The Bible says “Be ye holy for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16. Holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” Heb. 12:14. “For this is the will of God even your sanctification.” 1 Thes. 4:3 Oh, my dear brothers and sisters, let us all give a straight testimony on Holiness.
Your sister in Christ.
Angie A. H. Kelley.
Worthing, South Dakota.
Dear Saints: — I feel it my duty to testify to the salvation of my soul. I have been happily converted to Jesus Christ. I was a member of the Baptist sect for fifteen years, but glory to God I am out of Babylon and am joined to the Church of the living God. Pray for me that I may I hold out faithful to the end.
Yours in Christ.
Dear saints: — I feel like testifying to the goodness of God to my soul, hoping it will be to the weak ones encouragement when I tell how the Lord saved me. He first gave me eyes to see my sinful self; without we first have sight of ourselves and see our sinfulness as God sees us, we cannot with determination seek deliverance from it and will not have the grace and firmness to stand when trials come and for this cause many turn back. I tried so often to reform and as often failed and grew worse all the time, till at last I saw my helpless condition and cried unto the Lord. He heard my cry and delivered me out of all my distresses and saved me from my sins; and made me hate my past life and I have no desire to turn back to it again. It has been most ten years since the Lord saved me from my sins and six since I was sanctified. I do praise God for His keeping power. I am consecrated up to all I know and all I do not know and have His blessed promise that His grace is sufficient. Praise His holy Name! May the Lord help souls to see where they stand.
P. M. Price.
Anthony, Harpfr Co., Kan.
Dear Saints: — I feel impressed to write my testimony to the glory of God. I know this morning that the blood of Jesus cleanses me from all unrighteousness, and that I have arisen to walk in newness of life.
My soul does exalt God above everything else in Heaven or on earth. I praise Him for Bro, Warner’s article in the last Trumpet, entitled “Holiness an experience”, it was such light and food to my soul, for I have been enduring some severe trials, The devil had been feeding me on his opiates and I seemed to be in a semi-stupid state, I believed I bad given up all for God but did not feel right or satisfied I lacked faith, and the saints would say to me you must walk by faith. But I did not know how. I was looking too much at feeling as I had had an experience before, the devil gave me a great deal of troule telling me I ought to feel as I did then; and again he would tell me that I never was saved. But praise the Lord I see plainly I have come to that point where I am willing to trust the Lord and stand on His Word and know He saves me through His preciocs blood and have fellowship with all the saints.
Yours in Jesus.