16 January 1896, Volume 16, Number 3.
There is an eye that never sleeps
Beneath the wing of night:
There is an ear that never shuts,
When sink the beams of light.
There is an arm that never tires.
When human strength gives way;
There is a love that never fails,
When earthly loves decay.
That eye is fixed on seraph throngs;
That arm upholds the sky:
That ear is filled with angel songs;
That love is throned on high.
But there’s a power which man can wield,
When mortal aid is vain;
That eye, that arm, that love to reach,
That listening ear to gain.
That power is prayer, which soars on high,
Through Jesus to the throne,
And moves the hand which moves the world.
So brings salvation down.
— Selected by J. E. Courtney.
Sinfulness of Sin.
“WAS then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might apear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.” — Rom. 7:13.
Light rates the sinfulness of a crime. According to the light an individual has, sin will become sinful to them. The heathen who murder their children in sacrifice to their gods, would not have as great a sin to answer for in the day of judgment as you or I, if we would commit the same sin, simply because we have more light. The more light you have, the greater your sin will be, and the greater also will be your damnation throughout all eternity. You may have done things a year ago that were not accounted against you. But if you would do the same things now, they would be very sinful to you. You ask. Why? Because you have more light. There was a time when, no doubt, some who used tobacco were saved. But you can’t use it and be saved, because you have light on it. There was a time when people remained in sectism and were saved. But you can’t remain in it and be saved, because you have the light. The times of that ignorance God winked at [overlooked. American Bible Union Trans.], but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent. Acts. 17:30. Light is rapidly increasing, and as a result sin is becoming “exceeding sinful” to the people. May God help everyone to realize this fact.
And Jesus said, “For judgment I am come into the world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, we see: therefore your sin remaineth.” — Jno. 9:39-41.
“If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke [excuse] for their sin.” — Jno. 15:22, 24.
From the above we learn that men may do certain things in ignorance and be excused; but after light comes they have no “excuse” for their sin. “It remains.” Years ago people lived an “up and down”, “sinning and repenting” life, and many of them were finally saved. You can’t do it after the light has come. We have known people who lived that kind of a life and professed to be out in the clear light. About every meeting they would be down to the altar; and finally got into such condition that they could not find God. I would warn all such in the name of Jesus to s.. ..rifling with God, or you will get into a fearful condition. Get a real experience and then live it.
Sinners are more sinful under the gospel dispensation than under the legal, because they have more light “Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, nad been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, in the day of Judgment, than for you. — Mat. 11:20-24.
“The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” Mat. 12:41.
Sodom and others of those ancient cities were destroyed because of their great wickedness. But the above teaches that they will fare better in the day of judgment than those who live in sin under the blazing light of the gospel in this dispensation. Fifty years ago if people would have had this glorious truth preached, thousands would have accepted it and been saved, while but “few” now will accept it. Those people who died in their sins will condemn in the day of judgment the people who now reject the truth.
Truly wickedness is great in the earth. The devil to day is trying to get every body to make a profession; but God help men to realize the fact that sinners that profess are worse than non professors. Jesus says they shall receive the greater damnation. Mat. 23:14.
Another truth taught in the Word is that backsliders are worse than those who were never saved. Please take your Bible and read Mat. 12:43- 45. “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the latter end is worse than the first. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandments delivered unto them.” — 2 Pet. 2:20, 21
As light makes sin greater, Jno. 19:10, 11, so will light rate the degree of punishment meted out to the lost through all eternity. While all the wicked will be turned into one hell, yet the Word clearly teaches that some will have “greater damnation” than others, just according to the light they have received here. Mat. 23:13. Heb. 2:1-3.
“The Lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lords will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not; and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” Luke — 12:46-48.
The above scriptures teach that a man who has once been saved and goes back in sin will have a greater condemnation than those who were never saved; and a man who has been sanctified wholly through the precious blood of Christ, and then goes back in sin, and dies in that condition will have a still “sorer punishment.” Read Heb. 10:26-29.
May God help each one who has ever had an experience in this “marvelous light,” and in some way lost it, to get to God hastily, or you may get beyond the reach of mercy; and to you it will be “a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Heb. 10:31. Yours “striving against sin,’
H. M. Riggle.
“He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” — 1 John 4:16.
LOVE is a term in general use, throughout the whole of the civilized world. From the snowy white heads of those who have borne the troubles of many years, down to the little tottering one by Mother’s knee, who has just begun to lisp, we hear that word “love,” so often used, and so seldom understood. Books almost without number, bymultitudes of authors, have been given to the public, the which if piled up, would make a pyramid of surprising height. They all try to define love; but nowhere can we find one who has been able to fathom the great deep, yea, mysterious depths of this great sea, surrounded by shores of infinite peace. It is a world of its own. No connection with any element, that lies outside its bosom of rapturous delight. No communication exists between this plane of purest thought, and any other state, except that great source of infinite wisdom, the fountain head of all that aspires to eternal enjoyment, sweeps away every emotion of unholy display that the archfiend would dare to force upon that immortal element received from God, and instead, brings with it that all inspiring influence of heavenly grace, which places an eternal quietus upon all effects of infernal origin, and produces the sweet calm of conscious greatness in all who are overwhelmed in its flood of glory.
Love is a feeling, a sentiment, a concentrated force of all the attributes of good, working upon the God-given functions of humanity; and is that by which two kindred beings are united and made inseparable. There are many phazes to this great word.
The omnipotent God created man, from his own being transmitted to him a part of his own eternal essence, called soul. And when condemnation came, by the deceitfulness of sin, man in a fallen state, was no longer pure, ’tis true, yet he was possessed of something eternal, called spirit. And the Great Spirit, called God, was filled with a glorious sentiment toward the spirit called man, being two kindred spirits, one God, and one from God. The Spirit of God loved the spirit of man, uniting with it in all the power of feeling, entreating and beseeching through all time. And if the lesser spirit yields to the embrace of the greater, sweet harmony is sure, and they become inseparable.
Never before the present time, did I ever comprehend the need of love as taught in the precious Word, to be of such importance as I do now, under the all seeing and searching influence of Him, whom we shall meet, in a few more fleeting days. May this heavenly dove seal our hearts to all but purest sentiments. May our whole being be dedicated without reserve to the on who alone can sustain, while tossed on angry billows of this dark world, or passing through the valley of death. When all else has failed, hark! over the roughest of rugged and trying scenes, a voice is borne from a distance, “I am a present help.” When through waters of affliction we pass, streams of heavenly music greet our trusting souls, “I am with thee.” And when the messenger of death appears, and we take our final departure into the great beyond, no fear need cause a riffle to pass over the calm of Heaven’s bliss; for listen! angels’ wings are heard in the distance, but sweeter yet Jesus speaks, “I have called.” In an attitude of prayer we must stand, fearless press the battle against the tidal -wave of the great devastating influence of everlasting night. Trusting all with God, all is well; even so, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.
W. A. Haynes.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” – Psa. 119:129.
Bay View, Mich.
Dear Saints: The past year has been the best of my life. Truly, the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. My soul exults with holy delight as I meditate upon the faithfulness and goodness of God.
I am comprehending more largely our privilege in the gospel and am receiving its promised benefits from day by bay with joy and victory in my soul. Your Sister.
J. E. Courtney.
Dear Saints of God: I feel that the Spirit leads me to give my testimony to the readers of the Trumpet. Praise the Lord for salvation that keeps us free from the influence of this sinful world! I can truly say that he keeps me by his power. And I praise and adore his holy name for his power to heal both soul and body. We are having glorious meetings twice a week, and all seem to be growing in grace. Bless his holy name! Your brother in Christ,
C. E Webber.
Dear Saints: It is to the glory of God that I write my testimony. I am praising God for the light that does shine in my soul; it leads and guides me in the right way. It led me out of bondage and made me to see that in Christ was freedom. I have come unto mount Sion and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven. Heb. 12:22, 23. Yours in one body,
Jesse and Henrietta Branson.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am rejoicing in a perfect salvation free from all sin Praise his holy name! He has saved me through and through. I do feel his blood applied just now. My soul is exceeding joyful to night; for my two dear brothers have taken a stand for the Lord. My earnest prayer is that God will send some one filled with holy fire to this place where the evening light has never been preached. Pray for me that I may let my light shine at all times. I am all alone here, but praise
the Lord, he is a present help at all times. I am dead to all the world and its pleasures, but alive to Christ. I can take him for my physician both soul and body. Each day the way grows brighter. What a blessed trust when we are trusting in Jesus! Yours all for Christ,
To all of God’s Little Ones, Greeting: God is blessing us and souls are being saved. Praise his holy name! I have made a deeper covenant with God to leave nothing undone that is in my power to do for the rescueing of perishing souls. The past sufficeth me. I do not reach that depth of humility that I desire. I feel I am on the advance. Will you pray earnestly that God will grant me a deeper, fuller, and wider experience of his love? I have more calls than I can possibly fill. Pray the Lord to send more laborers into his vineyard. Yours in one body,
Wm. N. Smith.
Dear Saints of God: I am away out here in Nebraska and I stand all alone for God. A dear sister of Pawnee City sent me a few copies of the GOSPEL TRUMPET. How glad I was to get them! I will finish reading them and give them to others, for I am anxious to do something for the Lord. My heart aches when I think of the many around me groping in darkness and refuse to walk in the light. Oh how I long for the fellowship of God’s little ones! I am praying that God will send some one here to preach the pure word of God to poor lost souls for whom Christ died. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Praise his name! He is a present help in time of trouble. He is my physician since the fourth of July. He has healed and raised me up from a bed of sickness twice. About two weeks ago I was thrown from a horse and badly hurt, and the dear Lord healed me of that. Dear ones, please pray for my family, one son sixteen and daughter thirteen who are unsaved, and that my husband may quit the use of tobacco, he wants to quit it; and also for me. Yours in one body,
Sarah E. Clark.
Dear Saints of cod: We feel led of the Lord to write our testimony. This morning finds us sweetly saved and trusting in Jesus. We were saved one year ago last July, at the Washington C. M., for which we give God the glory. Since that time we have had many severe trials and tests of faith; and the Lord has been with us through them all.
It may benefit some one for us to mention some of our trials. Last winter our little girl had the scarletina, and she laid in spasms over an hour. We united our faith in her behalf, and she came out of the spasms, but laid in a kind of stupor. We the obeyed James 5:14, 15, and she was healed; for which we give God the praise.
A short time after she was raised up, wife was taken with inflammatory rheumatism, in such a form that she could not move hand or foot without help; in answer to prayer the Lord did instantly heal. She got out of bed, dressed herself and gave God the glory.
Our little boy is nearly four years old and when he is sick, or gets hurt in any way, he calls for us to pray for him, and the Lord does the work. We take the Lord for our all and in all. Yours in the one body, saved, sanctified and satisfied,
F. M. and Georgia Sever.
LIST OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
E. Busch, R. W. Stuart, A. A. Hart, S. M. Clark, G. M. Campbell, Hattie Maxson, H. F. Dunagan, Elisha Reynolds, D. L Hauser, Winnie Cope, Ella Keck, James Willis, A. Palmater.
If ye love me keep my commandments. John 14:15.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation. James 1:2, 12.
We have just received word that Brother A. M. Bixler died of diphtheria at Grand Ledge, Mich., Sunday, Jan. 12.
We can use a first class carpenter to good advantage for a couple months to work on the Trumpet building.
Do you want a more transparent experience with more power over the works of the enemy? Do you want a real forward move in your soul? Then seek it in a closer walk with God. Be often in secret prayer and fasting as the Lord deads.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many. Matt. 24:4, 11. Remember, dear ones, these are perilous times in which we live; thousands are being deceived, and nothing but an eternal decision for God and strict obedience to his commandments will enable us to keep out of the clutches of the enemy.
There is wonderful power in being agreed with God and with each other when engaged in prayer for everything needed. See to it that you are agreed for the whole will of God in your case. Be sure and always have a decided “yes” to everything he may require of you; keep your consecration complete, then you can be agreed with, every other child of God who knows how to be agreed, “that they all may be one as thou Father art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us. I in them and thou in me, that they may be perfect in one. John 17:21-23. When the church of God moves up to this point there will be no trouble about the signs following.
Requests For Prayer.
W. E. Williams, Glascow. — Healing of soul and body, — Ulceration of the bowels.
Sister G. B. Thomas, Love’s Lake. — Healing of body.
Mary Mayer, Three States. — Healing of eyes. — Pray Jan. 19.
Anna Kershaw, Marianna. — Salvation of her husband.
Sister L. J. Pope, Roland. — Salvation of her husband and son.
Mollie L. Robinson, Chillicothe. — Heart trouble.
Mrs. Almeda Funk. — Stomach trouble – a serious case, – needs help. – Pray Wednesday, Jan. 22.
C. M. Buggett. — Healing – Feb. 9,
M. and D. Pepley. — Sanctified and healed.
Mrs. P. B. Ridley, Grant’s Pass. — Stomach trouble.
Mrs. Horace Tracy, New York. — Healing. — Pray for her husband, soul and body.
A Shipley. — Soul and body. — A woman in Arkansas.
Frank Miller, Creston, O. — Spiritual help.
Calls For Meeting.
W. E. Williams, Glascow, Rhea Co, Tenn. — In need of the gospel.
A. Kirkley, Harviell, Butler Co., Mo.
W. G. Sumner, Holly Hill, Ky. — Some minister with gift of healing.
Robert Newton, Canaan, Russell Co., Ont. — There is no one here to preach the Word in its purity. Some one is wanted.
Ellen Ashenfelter, Elbing, Kan. — Some want to be baptized. Minister wanted to come and hold meetings.
Mary L. Coleman, Goldonna, La. — Meeting wanted.
C. T. Langeran, Hutchinson, Minn.
Lord willing, there will be an assembly meeting held at Tidioute, Warren Co., Pa., commencing Saturday, Feb. 1, 1896, to continue as long as the Lord wills. Let this be a general turnout of all saints, and all those who would hear the gospel preached in all its purity. Evangelists J. A. and A. J. Dillon are expected to be present.
L. A. Wallace.
Grand Junction, Mich., Jan. 12.
Dear Saints of God: It has been a long time since I have testified through the Trumpet, but I am glad that I can testify to full salvation this morning. Bless His dear name forever! I realize that the dear Lord is sinking me into his will, and is preparing me for his work in the future. Truly, he is my “all and in all;” his promises are precious to my soul. “He is a sun and shield,” and although his providences are sometimes for a time difficult to understand, yet we know that he doeth all things well. And I thank the dear Lord, that through his grace we have been enabled not to weep as those that have no hope, for we feel that our great loss is his gain. Since dear husband’s death, it has been reported through so-called holiness papers, that husband (D. S. Warner) and myself were not in harmony with each other regarding the word of God. That is a false statement. I endorsed the Word as he taught it. We saw eye to eye, and were of one heart and one mind. Thanks be unto our God! Dear saints, remember me at the throne of grace. Your sister in Christ,
Frankie Miller Warner.
OLD GRUDGE GRUMBLERS.
Sectarian so-called holiness journals will growl and grumble because the two-edged sword of truth disturbs their peace, and will try to work up something to growl over, even if they have to go back ten or fifteen years to find an old grudge, which the adversary of souls hatched up, and had them in use awhile to try to hinder the going forth of the truth; but failing in their efforts it was laid on the shelf a few years ready for another trial.
In a recent issue of the “PENTECOST HERALD,” a sectarian holiness paper, published in Indianapolis, Ind., appeared an article against holiness, or anything of the kind outside of sectism, renouncing the TRUMPET, and its former editor — D. S. Warner. The article was written ten or fifteen years ago, by his former wife — Mrs. S. A. Warner, who poured out her venom against the truth, through such papers as the “CHRISTIAN HARVESTER,” published by a man by the name of Doty.
About three years ago Mrs. S. A. Warner died, having married another man sometime before her death. D. S. Warner lived single until after her death; and sometime after she died he was married to Frankie Miller, with whom he lived happily until his death last December. These papers are now publishing the article spoken of, stating that it was written some time ago, aiming to leave the impression that she is still living and writing such reports, and they advise other papers to copy the same. God will deal with such deceptive editors; however we pray that they may repent and be spared the awful penalty and judgments of God, because of their deceptions and opposing the truth. We have no one to defend but Jesus Christ and his cause, and would not notice such scurrilous reports, except by way of explanation by request of some brethren who have read the same.
C. Z. Lindley is sending his spurious sheet, the “GOLDEN REED,” to as many addresses of the TRUMPET readers as possible. He tries in a very smooth way to deceive the unwary by mixing considerable truth with his erroneous doctrines and cunning devices of deception. If you want to keep from being tainted with such spirits, keep yourselves free from such literature.
Some dear saints wonder if it is right for us to send our children to the public schools. This is a question worthy of much consideration. There are conditions and circumstances so varied that it were impossible to decide upon a practical plan for all. It would seem wrong where a school has been raised up and opened for the saints’ children, and within convenient distance, for any of the saints to ignore such a school and send our children to the public schools. But where there is no school for the children as above described, we shall feel under obligations to our children to do what we can to secure a good common school education at the public schools. Oh how much rather we would not send them there to be exposed to the vices and vanities of the present public schools; but brethren, we must be permitted to make the best of our situation until God raises up opportunities everywhere, as he has done in certain localities. As for myself I ask this liberty, that I may send my children to the best schools that opportunity affords, and when we get near enough to a saints’ school that we shall feel justifiable in separating from our loved ones and sending them there, I believe ours will be among the first to go. We need the prayers of those dear parents and children whose lot has fallen in better lines than ours. May God raise up more consecrated schools.
J. W. Byers.
HEALED BY THE POWER OF GOD.
“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” — Psa. 9:9, 10. And in the 11th verse he says, “Declare among the people his doings.” For this cause I write, to praise his name.
Some two weeks ago I became so sorely afflicted. The dear Lord knows what I suffered. I called earnestly upon God to heal me, and thought if he would heal me instantly I would write of his wonderful healing. But he had something else in store for me, permitted me to suffer, growing worse for most one week, till I was pressed out of measure, and beyond strength, so much that I despaired even of life. All I could do was to fall on my knees and ask Jesus to help me bear the pain. He did comfort and sustain me. I used a simple home remedy for one day, with great suffering and not one bit of benefit from it, fully satisfied then that God did not want me to use anything at all. And after searching and finding nothing taken from my consecration, I rebuked the devil with all his accusations, claimed the promise of God, “Who forgiveth all thy iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases.” Psa. 103:3. Then he touched me with divine healing, so I was not half so bad. Oh, praise his name! But grew some worse the next week, by allowing symtoms and looks to overcome my faith. Then I began praying, that I might receive the benefit and God the glory, for I did believe he had a purpose in it all.
It was this: Before the day of fasting and prayer I was so convicted for the gift of faith, that it seemed I must receive it or perish. On that day I did earnestly covet and seek for it; received it by faith, also asking Jesus to help me be meek an lowly in heart. I also learned to believe the words that God gives to us, to stand firm and not look to symptoms and feelings to assure us that we are healed. “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Hebrews 8:35, 36.
The Lord has kept me from receiving harm from a severe attack of cold since, by the prayer of faith. When we are sorely afflicted and tried, we must not drop our hands in despair, but pray our way through, whether we can see through or not; believe God, in asking him to bring us off more than conquerors through Jesus, who hath loved us. I know to night I have come through more than conqueror, that I have received of his precious gift, by the grace of God, to be used in prayer for others, as well as for myself. I could not write all of what God has done for me. I am well and saved. Satan tried to hinder me from writing of my afflictions, but I would not disobey God lest a worse thing come upon me. He makes it his business to try to cheat the children of God out of their privilege and benefit of divine healing. May the Lord help us cry aloud against all his deceptions.
News from the Field
Lucknow, S. C., Jan. 7.
Dear Saints: Praise the Lord for victory in my soul! I am just home from Darlington and Lamar, where in the name of the Lord we held about two weeks series of meetings The saints were more thoroughly established in the faith. Two souls made their eacape out of Babylon, and others are asking for more light. Yours in the one body,
E. B. Haynes
Grant’s Pass, Ore., Jan. 1.
Dear Saints of God: I left Roseburg, Dec. 18; commenced meeting on Jones Creek, Dec. 20, in the name of the Lord. We were assisted in song and prayer by Brother Adams, whose labors added greatly to the Lord’s work. Bro. Stover has been here and sown the precious seed of God which is the Word of truth. The signs followed in saving, sanctifying and healing. Eight consecrated for sanctification. By the request of the body we deemed it to the glory of God, that we recognize God’s ordination with Brother D. D. Adams, by the laying on of hands, who bears a good report without and within, and is apt in teaching arid exhortation. We have just closed the meeting here, and are now using the S. M. E. house on the Applegate River. Pray for us that the power of God may be with us. Your brother,
Fillmore, Mo., Jan. 4
The work in this place is moving well. We closed meeting near Nodaway, Mo., had a good meeting Eight or ten got saved, for which we give God all the praise. We came to Nishnabotna two weeks ago and held meeting. A number got reclaimed, and the old division that has been there for some time is just about gone, and I do thank God for it. There is a current of the powers of hell that meets the saints there, and nothing but a close walk with the Lord and faith in God will make them move. Oh it means much to keep in the order of God and preach with love, and live ourselves to what we preach! We see some claiming to be called of God to preach, and will lie around and say they have no where to preach. If we do his will he will open up places. Thank God for his mighty truth that is going forth. Your brother in Jesus,
John M. Harrington.
Lime City, Iowa.
Dear Brethren in Christ: My testimony to day is that I am saved sanctified and kept by the power of God. Praise God! I do praise God for upholding me by his mighty hand while I was in Denmark; for surely Denmark is a wilderness of sin and confusion. Oh brethren, let us pray the Lord to let the light shine in that dark place, and to keep the few who now are standing on his word, saved to the end.
I expect to go out and preach the gospel to the Danish people in America, as soon as the Lord opens the way. I would love to hear from the Danish readers of the GOSPEL TRUMPET.
I have some books printed in Danish language, a singing book with ninty-eight songs, and a book with Bible subjects, one hundred and fifty pages. I believe it would be to the glory of God for the brethren in different localities, where there are Danes and Norwegians, to send for some of these books, and have them for sale. I sell singing books at ten cents each, and per dozen one dollar. The other book at twenty cents each, per dozen two dollars. Any one sending for books can address Bro. Wm. Straub, Lime City, Iowa. Your saved brother,
Spokane, Wash., Jan, 1.
Dear Brethren: From the assembly we went to Palouse; stopped with the church in a prayer meeting held in the house of Bro. Benwood. Had a blessed time; four were healed through faith in Jesus. Two consecrated themselves to the Lord, one of whom was sweetly saved from the U. B. ism. Held nearly a weeks meeting in the vicinity of Pennawawa Wash., with good effects for the cause of Christ. Conviction rested upon the people. Two who had lost victory came back to God, and one healed in the name of Jesus. The blessed gospel seed was sown, which I believe will yield fruit to the glory of Got. The Lord bless the friends there who treated us so kindly. From the Saint’s Home were kindly conveyed to Colfax, where we took train for Fairfield. Met at station and conveyed to the kind home of Father Lee. Began meeting in the Diamond Grove school house about four and one half-miles from Fairfield, Dec. 13, and closed the 29th with a precious victory and good results. This was a new and good field for the gospel. Found many hungry and interested souls for the gospel. At the second meeting seven raised hands for prayers; the next day five or six came to the altar. Several were saved out of the Camphellite and Evangelical sects, and some came with shouting unto Zion. They will hold their weekly prayer meetings. We were much desired to hold other protracted meetings; will do so in the near future. God has a precious little church there, and many more yet to be gathered out into this glorious light. God richly bless and prosper them all and reward the friends who so kindly cared for us and our needs.
By an urgent letter and positive leading of the Spirit of God we were called to go to Elmira, Mash. at once to open a meeting. On our way stopped in the Gospel Mission in Spokane. Love to all. Yours in the humility of Jesus, and on the advance for God,
F. N. Jacobson and Co.
Grand Forks, N. Dakota Jan. 10.
Dear Brethren: I am happy this beautiful morning to report victory in Jesus’ name. We felt led of the Spirit to go out to Oakville school house where we held our first meeting in the state. We commenced meeting Sunday before Christmas. God gave us a precious time and the following Saturday had a precious ordinance meeting. Eighteen happy saints humbled themselves to obey St. John 13. Truly God fulfilled his were and in saints were all happy. The glory of the Lord filled the
whole camp. The day before Christmas our little Mabel who was ten months old took very sick vomiting with a high fever, and the very look of death was on her face. The people began to say, “Yes he is out preaching divine healing, and now his own child is going to die.” There was quite a stir about the matter. The devil had gotten in and given some of the dear ones a dream that little Mabel was to die that night, and of course could not unite faith with us. Wife and I put in the night in praying and resisting the devil. In the morning we rebuked the devil and implored God’s healing power. While on our knees God sent the witness that it was done. In a few minutes little Mabel was sitting up in sister’s lap, playing with some Christmas blocks that had been gotten for her. That night little Mabel was well and four souls at the altar as the result of her suffering and being healed. Much prejudice was swept away, and the people said, seeing is believing with them. Oh dear readers, if God chooses you to suffer that precious souls may be saved, will you say, Amen? Let it be sickness or in any way that God chooses, will you say, Here am I, Lord, use me to thy glory?
Well, instead of staying one week, we stayed two. Twelve precious souls were saved, and several other o..s of healing. There are now twenty saints at Oakville and prospects for more. God has saved some young workers which are going right into the work. Bro’s Peterman and Wm. Baldwin, Lord willing, will go to Arthur next Monday to preach the Word there, while wife and I remain in Grand Forks assisted by Sister Ada J. Mills and Sister Nellie Haverland. The truth is winning its way. Let all the saints pray for the work in Dakota, and that God will use us all to his glory. God is already sending in the afflicted ones to be healed. Yours, sanctified and all on the altar to spread the precious gospel in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Geo. W. Bailey and Co.,
508 North 8th St.
Dear Brethren: We greet you again with news from the gospel field, in the name of Jesus. Also, some thoughts of advancement. The meeting at West Liberty, Ohio, which continued about twelve days, resulted in great glory to the Lord and much good to our souls, also, to the church. Many factious spirits of various kinds possessed several who were deceived by them, and for some time in the past great havoc has been in the professed church at that place. However all seemed anxious for deliverance.
Meetings had been previously held for the purpose of restoring fallen souls, but to little or no avail. The Lord began his good work by showing us our lack and needs. He commenced with our own case, and thus the Lord moved in all hearts, advancing us in the graces of salvation. We freely and frankly confessed our faults and humbly asked the spiritual ones to be agreed in our case for more humility and spiritual advancement, also for grace to do our duty to all. We feel that prayer in our behalf was answered, but still more lack and needs come to us daily, under the Spirit’s examination. And we want all to be agreed that I advance by getting rid of all foreign elements, through the blood, and get a new supply from glory.
“Confess YOUR faults one to another,” was a very prominent feature of the meeting. Not confess each other’s faults, but each one confess his own. Hence all faults were confessed, forsaken and forgiven, and the vision of blinded ones was made clear, and their hearts transparent. To God be all the glory. All seemed to obtain a real experience from the Lord. Two were baptized, and more may be after a while. This meeting seemed the richest to me of any ever held in Logan Co. A large number of backsliders came to the Lord, and some who were never in the truth before.
Brethren, I have only a faint idea of now to advance, but I still see so much more room for it, so I request the united prayers of the church. I have in the past had a mistaken idea about advancing. I have been commencing at the wrong place for advancement; viz., confessing my brethren’s faults, when God says confess your own faults. This has been painful in the past, but it is now sweet to me. Pray that I may not in form and theory, but in heart and soul advance for God.
I know the time is here when we all must move forward, or get left far in the rear, for God is moving on. He demands an advance in this reformation, and I am glad that he has opened my eyes and is teaching me more and more. I have had it in my head to advance, and have been thus praying for some time, but God has settled it in reality in my heart. My Lord, stir every soul!
I have seen my faults and confessed them as God showed them to me. He has helped me, but I am not satisfied with a degree of humility. Do not forget me in your prayers. I must sink into Christ to be hid, and have only him in me to be seen.
Bro. Wm. Schell was with us part of the time, also Bro. A. J. Byers, Sister Adena Warwick, and Bro. Yoder and Sister King wrought in the meetings. Your co-workers in the gospel,
B. E. and N. M. Warren.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” – Psa. 119:129.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my first testimony for the glory of God. I am thirteen years old and the blessed Lord has saved and sanctified my soul. Praise the Lord for salvation! Pray for me,
Your humble brother in Christ,
Frank H. Compton.
Anderson, S. C.
Dear Saints of God: We are happy to testify for the first time through the Trumpet, that Jesus saves us from all sin, and keeps us day by day with perfect peace in our souls. Our consecration is to follow Jesus all the days of our life, and by the grace of God we will be true to him. Our time and means, soul and body are the Lord’s. Pray for us. May God send more workers into the field to gather souls for him. Your brother and sister in the Lord,
Frank and Nancy Chester.
Dear Saints: I am praising the Lord for a present salvation, that keeps from all sin each day. I know this morning that I am saved and sanctified and love to do the will of my Father at all times. I rejoice to know that the life I now live in the flesh is by faith in the Son of God, who loves me and gave himself for me. While I once loved the vain proud world. I can say now that I am dead to such, and my affections are placed on things above. My Lord is my all in all. I do praise him for delivering me from sectism, and many other things that were not of God; also praise him for healing my body. He wonderfully blesses me by his mighty power. Your humble sister in Christ,
Mrs. John Harrington.
New Albany, Ind.
Dear Brethren and Sisters. I feel led to testify that God has saved my soul and healed my body. He has also healed my little baby of chills and fever; and praise his dear name he has answered my prayer name, he has answered my prayer time and again, and I know I can trust him for all things. I will tell to the glory of God of my healing.
I was taken very sick with fever, and my bones ached so that I though and my bones ached so that I thought I was going to die. After the first day I had a hard shaking chill every other day, and had them that way for a week. The Lord showed me that it was not his will for me to be sick, and that he would heal me if I would comply with his word. And I sent for the elders and was anointed and had hands laid on, and was healed. For three days afterwards the devil tried his best to make me think I was not healed. I did not have any more chills, but he tried to burn me up with fever. But praise God, I held to the promise and the work was done. And I do praise the dear Lord for victory.
Dear Saints of God: I believe it to be to the glory of God to testify through the Trumpet what the dear Lord has done for us. It was in October our fourteen-year-old daughter had a very severe attack of typhoid fever. Desiring to obey God in all things as far as we understood the Word, we felt impressed to obey the command in James 5:14, 15. As we could not obtain an elder, the dear Lord knowing our condition and weakness sent one of his dear saints, a good sister who stayed with us three weeks, and from whom we learned many precious lessons during her stay. She annointed with oil in the name of the Lord, then we laid on hands and prayed, and praise the dear Lord, the fever was instantly healed. There was not even the smell of fever left in the room. The days of miracles is not past; God’s healing power is no longer a doubt in our minds. Pray for us that we may ever put our whole trust in the blessed Savior. Your brother and sister saved and kept by the power of God,
A. B. and Eliza Wright.
Dear Trumpet Readers: My testimony is I am saved by two works of grace, standing upon the sea of glass with the harp of God in my hand, praising God for saving my poor soul and giving me the victory over the devil and all his works. Ten years ago I found Jesus, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, to save and to heal all manner of diseases. He took my infirmities arid bore my sickness. He set me in the body, the church, as it pleased him, and among the many gifts so precious he gave me one, the gift of healing. I pray God will stretch forth his hand to heal and to work miracles until people may be brought to the knowledge of the mighty power of God. Dear saints of God, get hid away with Christ in God, and you will not be grabbing for some other remedy when sickness comes on. Remember our Father is able to do for us whatsoever we ask in Jesus’ name, in faith believing, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Your sister saved, and kept by the power of God,
Z. J. Ellis.
Wilton Junction, Iowa.
Dear Saints of God: I want to tell what the dear Lord has done for me. One year ago last August I come out wholly for God. Praise his name! I was instantly healed at different times, and took the Lord as my physician and poured out my medicine. But being tempted by the evil one I began to suffer so and took medicine again, and I doctored with three different doctors, and two of them called my disease cancer of the liver, and I firmly think it was. But the dear Lord is able to deliver us from all iniquities and afflictions if we will only put our case in his hands. I doctored for quite a while and I kept getting worse all the time. I suffered so intensely I did not se.. how I could suffer any worse whether I took medicine or not. So I just quit taking medicine and put my whole trust in the Lord, and if was not more than a day until I began to feel better and have been getting better right along, and I haven’t taken a drop of medicine since. I give the dear Lord all the praise. I ask the prayers of all the dear saints that I may have faith that will never falter. I just praise God for the blessed light and faith that he has given me, and I only ask in the name of Jesus that he will sink me deeper down into his whole will. Oh I cannot praise my blessed Savior enough for what he has done for me! Your sister in Christ,
Dear Saints of God: This leaves me saved, sanctified and in the one body. Praise the dear Lord! I had never heard any thing about the evening light till nine months ago. But as soon as I heard it I knew that was what my poor hungry soul wanted. Soon after dear Sisters Sain and Spink visited me and gave me some precious instructions which were greatly appreciated and treasured up, although the dear Lord and I had not been strangers. I had been on praying terms with him for twenty years and he had been very precious to my soul, and has carried me through many a heavy trial in the loss of dear ones of my family. But I did not understand the second work of grace, therefore failed to get the benefit of God’s keeping power. Oh praise his dear name! This wicked world can not give it, nor can they take it away. I feel that the Lord has wonderfully instructed and blessed me in the last two months. I can truly say I am dead to the world and sectism. The dear Lord knows I want to be a faithful servant the rest of my life, having on the whole armor. Your sister all on the altar,
Dear Brethren: I feel led of the Lord to say that some two years ago he was showing me some advanced truths in his word, and not meeting with those who could see the same things, I had for a time to walk alone though believing that the Lord had a people somewhere with whom I could fellowship. I was providentially led to a meeting held in a house in Jolliffe St., Liverpool, conducted by a number of American brethren. I immediately saw that they not only saw all the Lord had shown me, but they were used by him to open up the scriptures in a most wonderful way, and shewing therefrom that God was sending the last reformation by calling and gathering his people out of Babylon confusion, and thus forming a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, ready to meet him when he comes. God’s Holy Spirit showed me how I fell short of the Word, and also gave me the willingness to measure up. Though having the advantage of religious training and having pious inclinations even to preaching and living for God, I could not give a clear witness of justification. Having been lovingly dealt with by some of God’s dear children I went down before him as a sinner and got the experience of justification, subsequently going on to sanctification; and praise the name of Jesus, through his precious blood am walking in the light of my Father’s love. I am happy to say that we have had blessed meetings both here and at Rock Ferry, and the Lord has given us much witness of his presence and power. We were sorry to part with our brethren from America, but feel it was in the order of the Lord, and so we yield cheerfully to his will in the matter, though we are hoping that he will send Bro. and Sister Rupert and perhaps a number of God’s dear children across here to spread the everlasting gospel. There is a great field for laborers in this country, and now that the seed has been sown we believe that a great harvest would follow, as there are many of God’s people in sectism looking for food, and would gladly embrace toe light of God’s precious word and salvation. This country seems from its position, and the number of strangers passing through it, to be favorably situated for sending the gospel to many parts of the world. Your saved and sanctified brother.
Is Healing in the Atonement?
By J. W. Byers.
THIS question is frequently asked, where this blessed gospel of healing is preached. If Jesus broke the bands of sickness and diseases through his death and resurrection, then healing must be in the atonement. The word of God will answer. All who have read the life and ministry of Jesus are at once impress- ed with this fact: He healed the people. This is one of the most prominent characteristics of the records of our Savior. He went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him. Both in the prophecies and their fulfillment we see this is true.
“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped; then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing.” — Isa. 35: 5, 6.
This is fulfilled in the following: “The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear.” — Matt 11:5. “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” — Matt. 9:35.
Another prophecy — “Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” — Isa. 53:4.
The word “grief” is translated from the Hebrew, CHOLI, and properly signifies sickness, pain. This is fulfilled in the following. — “And he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, (Isa. 53:4) saying, himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.” — Matt. 8: 16, 17.
Another prophecy. “He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.” — Isa. 53:5.
The fulfillment and testimony of this is given in the following: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Pet. 2:24.
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law.” Gal. 3:13. What is the curse of the law? Ans. Read Deut. 28:15-27. This includes sickness. The entire chap., Isa. 35, is a beautiful picture of the gospel blessings. Verses 3 and 4 show the blessing of pardon. Verses 5 and 6, healing; 8-10, sanctification The promise for salvation and healing are coincident. Neither can be taken from the plane of redemption without destroying its completeness. Sickness and disease are the effects of sins directly or indirectly. The individual may not always be responsible for his sickness, yet if there had been no sin in the beginning there would have been no sickness. This was also true under the law of Moses. While sickness was in the world and Israel was subject to it, yet God made a covenant(Ex. 15:26.) that if they obeyed his voice they should be exempted from sickness. This proves clearly that sin is the cause of sickness, and both are of the devil. Obedience was the only security from sickness under the law; and it was just the same in Eden; sin therefore is the cause. Jesus came to put away the CAUSE by the sacrifice of himself. Heb. 9:26. Did he not also in that sacrifice take away the EFFECT? He had the power over the cause and its effect before his death, but death was necessary to complete the atonement. He was delivered (he died) for our offenses and was raised again for dur justification. Rom. 4:25. He came to destroy the works of the devil, 1 Jno. 3:8, and therefore offers us deliverance from sin and sickness. True, we may have accepted salvation from sin and not yet applied for out deliverance from disease. We also may fall a victim to sickness without it affecting our deliverance from sin; but just as certain as the cause (sin) can be removed through faith in the atonement, so can the effect (sickness).
No one can receive the removal of the effect by divine power without the removal of the cause. It is but vain to make such an effort. The same faith for salvation will secure healing, though but few receive both at once. This is shown in the healing of the paralytic. Matt. 9:1-8. “Whether is easier to say,” Jesus asks. The blessed provision is made for all who come, and all within reach of simple faith. No saved one need feel that they cannot be healed. The precious atonement covers all. This helps settle the question of God’s will to heal, which will be considered later.
Is there a Visible, and an Invisible Church?
Continued from 7an 2d.
DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THE UNITY OF ALL BELIEVERS?
It does, and that most emphatically; for no sin is more condemned than that of division and the train of evils for which it is responsible. Let us examine the Word briefly and see how it teaches. In Rom. 16:17 we read, “Mark them that cause division,” and “avoid them,” and in the next verse we see how God regards such. “For such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” If God looks so on those who cause divisions, he certainly condemns their works the same. “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, that there be no divisions among you.” — 1 Cor. 1:10. The spirit of division is shown in verses 12 and 13, and it well illustrates the present state of things. Read also 11:17, 18.
Carnality in the heart is the cause of divisions. “For ye are yet carnal; for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?” — 1 Cor. 3:3, 4. The spirit condemned here is exactly the same as that which makes men at the present day say, “I am a Methodist,” “I am a Baptist,” etc. And as carnality is the cause, the removal of carnality is the cure; and since carnality is removed by the second work of grace, sanctification is the cure of division. “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one.” — Heb. 2:11.
Let us turn to the Lord’s prayer in the seventeenth chapter of John. This prayer was prayed by our Lord on the eve of his apprehension, and was for his apostles and “all those who should believe on him through their words;” which, of course, includes us who are saved today. “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” — Ver. 11. “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us.” — Ver. 21. “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one as we are one.” — Ver. 22. “That they may be perfect in one.” — Ver. 23.
These scriptures and many others of like tenor plainly show that God is not pleased in having his people divided up as at present, but desires them all to be one.
Is this a visible unity? It is. For the object of the unity for which Christ prayed is stated in verse 21. “That the world may believe that thou hast sent me,” and “That the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” — Ver. 23. Since the unity of Christians was to be a proof to the world that Christ was sent from God and loved them, it must of necessity be a visible unity; for how could sinners know Christians were in unity if they did not see it? An invisible unity would not go far towards convincing the world. An invisible unity and a visible disunion, as is taught to day, is an utter impossibility, for where there is a unity of hearts among Christians there is also a visible unity.
IS THIS A UNION OF SECTS?
The Word teaches unity, not union, and there never can be unity among the various sects. A union of all sects is looked upon by many as a thing greatly to be desired; but to unite all sects would be but to form one great conglomeration of confusion, and would be as far from what Jesus taught as at present, as he taught that his people were to be separate and distinct from the world, and all sorts of worldlings are joined to sectism. The way to make Bible unity is to get purged from the spirit of division and stand complete in Christ alone, and then, having no division in the heart, every Christian will be recognized as a true brother and sister in Christ, and all so purged will be in perfect, visible unity.
ARE SECTS NECESSARY?
We have seen that the so-called “visible church” is not of God, neither are the sectarian organizations, falsely called churches. Not being of God, they are not neceasary. Their presence in the world is the greatest barrier to Christian effort that Satan ever erected. While we do not condemn any honest child of God tn these organizations, we do unhesitatingly condemn the organizations themselves, and the divisions they cause among God’s people. The spectacle is presented to the world to day of God’s church scattered in hundreds of different sects and arrayed one against another instead of being united and turning their weapons against the common foe. But God has arisen, to put down, by his mighty power, all divisions among his people, and his heralds are flying all over the world, calling his elect from all the sects home to Zion, the church of the living God, which is not, never was, and never will be a sect.
Now dear reader, if you are a member of some sect, stop and think seriously over what you have read. Does God witness by his Spirit that you are right in belonging to a sect? Do not pass this by carelessly, for God will hold you responsible if you do not walk in all the light you receive.
But why were so many sects allowed to spring forth if God is not pleased with them? It is simply the fulfillment of prophecy; but now, thank God, the time has come that was foretold by the prophets when his people should be again gathered into one. This is not the work of man, but of God searching out his sheep from all the places where they have been scattered. Gathering back into apostolic oneness, giving apostolic faith and power. All over the land, yea, all over the world is heard the cry, “Babylon the great is fallen.” “Come out of her, my people. “Come out from among them, and be ye separate.”
This work is not to be gradual, but “thy light shall break forth as the morning.” Isa. 58:8. “Shall break forth;” this represents a speedy work, and already mulitudes are returning to Zion, shouting victory over the beast, his mark, and the number of his name. Amen. Your brother in the one body of Christ,
C. W. Naylor.
Dear Saints of God: I wish to add my testimony to those in the Trumpet. The Lord healed me in a wonderful manner; having received a severe injury to my left knee, by falling on a plank walk. The Lord heard my prayer and healed me instantly, and the cure is perfect. Praise his name forever! My wife and I have been saved, and kept by his mighty power during the last year; and we truly rejoice in this salvation. Pray for us that we may continue faithful.
B. F. and Lue A. Gay.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I will write my testimony, and try to tell the goodness of God. He has been so good to me that I cannot tell half. He so wonderfully pardoned all my sins, and heals all my afflictions, and fills my soul with his love. Oh praise his name! May God bless the dear saints all over the land, that souls may be born into the kingdom of our dear Lord, is my prayer. Your sister in Christ,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I do praise the Lord for salvation that keeps me fully saved from sin each day. Surely this is the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage. I can say this morning I am saved by two definite works, both justified and sanctified, ready to go forth for the Master. I take God for my physician in all times of sickness and I know he does heal me. I am so glad he brought me out of darkness into light, and my name is on no sect book, but is written in the Lamb’s book of life. I love to read the testimonies of God’s dear children. It makes my heart rejoice. I can never praise God enough for what he has done for me. I ask an interest in all of your prayers. Your sister in Christ,
New Hampshire, Ohio.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led of the Lord to tell you what the Lord has done for me. He has saved me from all sin; sanctified and cleansed me through, the precious blood of Jesus. Oh how I do praise God for his goodness to me! He heals my body when I am afflicted. I had catarrh in my head for fifteen years, but the dear Lord healed me. Three years ago this winter I had La Grippe. My husband prayed and the Lord took away the pain. And when I got well of the La Grippe I was cured of the catarrh also. He did more than I thought of. He is abundantly able to do more than we can ask or think. When my husband or children get sick, we just tell the Lord about it, believing he will heal them, and he has always heard and answered prayer.
Some time ago I was thrown out of a buggy, and strained my neck very bad. It was very nearly broken. It hurt me for a couple of weeks. I at last began to ask the Lord about it, and he healed me again. Praise his dear name for his goodness to me! Oh it is so sweet to trust in Jesus! I do love to hear from the dear saints of God. How it fills my soul with joy when I read the dear old Trumpet that is sounding the joyful news all over this world. Dear ones, let us do all in our power to help the cause along. I feel that God has his hand on me to work for him in his vineyard, though the way seems hedged up, as I have a family to care for; but God has promised to supply all our wants. My children are not saved. Dear saints, pray earnestly that they may be saved, and that we may do more for our heavenly Father and be used to his glory. From your saved sister,
R. G. Moon.
Dear Saints of God: It has been some time since I wrote my first testimony. Thank God I can say to day he has kept me ever since from sin and the world, and to day my soul is joyful in the Lord. I do thank the dear Lord for his flying messengers that they ever came to this part of the country. It makes my heart rejoice when I read the Trumpet, and I hear how this blessed light is spreading around. We are a little church here just established in the faith. This is the church that the gates of hell cannot prevail against. Glory to God! I do thank God that I ever returned to Zion. I have no desire to go back to Babylon, for I had eaten husks long enough. I had got quite lean, but to day I am far and flourishing to show that my God is upright. Surely the willing and obedient do eat the good of the land. I have passed through deep waters since I wrote last. I have lost my dear husband, and I have an ungodly son. I would ask God’s children to pray for him. We read in God’s word that he will try us as gold is tried. So to day I thank God for the trials of my faith. I know it is more precious than gold. I do thank God he heals all my diseases. I have two little girls and God has healed them many times in answer to prayer. It will be twelve years soon since God saved my soul; and two years since I gave my body a living sacrifice; then God cleansed me from all unrighteousness. I want my life to be a witness to the people. The country is stirred all around. We are like speckled birds. Thank God for it. We read that the time should come when we should discern between the righteous and the wicked, between Him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. Thank God, there is a fire n Zion and it burns up all the dross. May God ever keep us with our lamps burning, and plenty of oil in our vessels, ready to meet the Bridegroom when he cometh. Truly I do feast on the good things of God. From your saved and sanctified sister, kept by the power of God,
How to Keep Saved.
“KEEP yourselves in the love of God.” Jude 21. One thing is certain: no soul need hope for a real spiritual advancement, until he is firmly established in the real experience of full salvation; and has thoroughly learned how to keep himself in the love of God. As long as a soul is floundering around, getting captivated by the devil, and needs to get saved over every little while, they are making no advancement.
Many dear souls who give their hearts unto the Lord, grow careless and do not attend to little duties as they should, and at some careless moment, are overpowered by the devil, and drag ed into wilful sin. Beloved, such need not be. God is able to keep us saved; but there is a constant meeting of conditions required on our part, for his promises to keep are as truly conditional, as are his promises to save.
One of these conditions is awe. David says, “Stand in awe and sin not.” Psa. 4:4. Awe means REVERENTIAL FEAR; hence to stand in awe, means to stand in the most sacred reverential fear of God. “Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.” Psa. 33:8. It we intend to live free from sin we must stand in awe before the great God of the universe. The affections of the Holy Spirit are very sensitive, and the slightest move out of the order of God causes a slight departure of the sweet sacred presence of God from the heart. Constant repetitions of such missteps will soon grieve the Spirit entirely away, and leave the soul in a graceless state. God help us to comprehend the meaning of the commandment, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.” Eph. 4:30.
The Bible also commands us to “quench not the Spirit.” 1 Thess. 5:19. To quench the Spirit, is simply to draw back from any duty the Spirit lays upon us. Many souls by repeated negligence of little duties lose the sweet nearness of God’s presence, and drift farther and farther from the Lord, until they are finally awakened to see that their salvation has departed, when they at no time had a real willful bent on backsliding. Such need not be, if we sink so low in the humility of Christ, that we can get near enough to God to ever know his will and to receive enough of God‘s grave to give us perfect victory over the spirit of neglectfulness. We cannot do contrary to, or leave undone the smallest portion of God’s will concerning us, without bringing the displeasure of heaven upon us, and starting our souls upon somewhat of a slide.
For this reason the scriptures enjoin watchfulness upon us. Jesus tells us to “watch and pray.”. Mark 13:33. The apostles tell us to “watch and be sober.” 1 Thes. 5:6. 1 Pet. 4:7. We must watch false teachers. Acts 20:29-31. We must watch the peril of the times, Luke 21:36. We must watch ourselves, that we enter not into temptation, Matt. 26:41; and lest we should be found doing the works of men, 1 Cor. 16 13; and lest we should become unclothed of the power and glory of the Spirit of God. Evangelists are to watch lest their evangelistic labors should not be well done. 2 Tim. 4:5. We are to examine ourselves. 1 Cor. 11:28. 2 Cor. 13:5. This should be done daily. In the morning we should place our hearts under the examinations of the word and Spirit of God, and thus prove ourselves, whether we have the necessary qualifications to serve the Lord in the beauty of holiness during the day. In the evening before we retire, we should again throw our hearts open before the scrutinizing eye of the Lord, to see whether any evil thing has stolen a march upon us during the day. And after we retire we should for a little time “commune with our heart upon our bed, and be still.” Psa. 4:4.
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” Mark 13:33. “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth com * * * Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” Matt. 24:42, 46. “Watch ye therefore: * * * lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you. I say unto all, Watch.” Mark 13:35-3.