17 November 1892, Volume 12, Number 46.
Farting to Meet at the Judgment.
Tune. “Fu..less as the ..ands of the ..e…”
We have gath..st to … .. of … Savior.
Of his inti..le mercy and ..r;
But this meeting will s.. so.. …,
Shall we meet that near Savior above?
Partins b.. meet … sin at the ..ment.
Parting to must ..m.. i.. re…
Oh, him sad the … … … … … ..nity.
Parting to meet again at for … …
Oh, law swiftly the m..n.. are …
Oh, d..eide look to Jesus and f..;
If you go to the judgment’s si..,
What exe.. to the Lord … y.. …
Pause … moment … … …,
Look about on their … to at, …;
You will me … them again … ..me..,
Are you ready to ..ac.. p..g.. …
Once again th..’ll … … … …
When we staud at the gr.. ju..m.. throu..;
Will you pen in the … eternal,
Or will Jesus forever d..
Oh, you saints of the Lord shout for ..iness,
For your fear and your sorrows are ….
You are ready to meet at the judgment,
Or to meet here below nevermore.
CHORUS TO LAST VERSE.
Ready to meet again at the judgment,
Ready to meet no more here below;
Oh, how glad the thought to thee, traveler to eternity,
Ready to meet again at the judgment.
A GREAT THEOLOGICAL BLUNDER.
CHRIST founded a Spiritual Kingdom. Built a “Spiritual house,” His Church. Its object was the promotion of salvation to Adam’s fallen race, the restoration of man to holiness in heart and life, and to a peaceful and harmonious walk with God and with each other, under the reign and government of love. The great polity of this heavenly community is simply God working all things in all the members. Hence the religion of God is simply a divine spiritual life, a moral heaven on earth.
But men being used to earthy governments and associations, which are bound up and geared up with interminable rounds of forms and red tape authority, and having their legislative, judicial and executive departments of governments, all run by earthly and sensual wisdom, in their foolish hearts have imagined that God’s church must be invested with these governmental wheels and straps. And not finding them in the faith once delivered to the saints, they have committed the egregious blunder that Christ did not give any particular form of government to his church, but left that for the wisdom of man to supply, and change to suit the varied condition of countries and ages. Says the historian, Mosheim, First Century, chapter 2: “Neither Christ himself, nor his holy Apostles, have commanded any thing clearly or expressly concerning the external form of the church, or the precise method according to which it should be governed. Hence we may infer that the regulation of it was, in some measure, to be accomodated to the time, and left to the wisdom and prudence of the chief rulers of the state and of the church.”
“What a ridiculous idea that Jesus Christ the Allwise from Heaven would found a kingdom and then leave its form of government and manner of regulation to be supplied by the ignorance and caprice of this world. And yet about the same abominable blunder has been made by all the great heads and foolish hearts of Babylon down through the centuries of Papal night and Protestant fogs. The fact is, the forms and regulations that Christ did not supply does not pertain to his glorious theocrisy. They may be necessary to earth-born institutions, but the great Founder of the empire of love said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Instead of the running gears of an earthly compact, it is “the power of an endless life.” Instead of a formal legal system, it is a divine influence. To those who do not see God his church is without order. But all that know and see Him, quickening, inspiring, harmonizing, governing and utilizing the elements of the Heavenly Jerusalem, see in it the most perfect system, order, harmony and economy. Beholding God “over all, through all, and in you all,” and beautifully “working all things in all,” the members, according to his own infinite mercy, power and wisdom, the most heavenly order, and propitious results are seen. All diets, conferences, synods and ecclesiastical councils, whether quarterly, annual, or general are an titter superfluity, and an abominable waste of means, time and talents. They are only necessary to run earthly associations and compacts, and these are the false ideal of God’s church. Were all the time in such assemblies devoted to, first, the killing out and salvation of all the preachers, and delegates, and then the employment of the time to the conversion and entire sanctification of all the professors in attendance, and the salvation of poor lost sinners who are going down to hell, while the abominable wrangling and debating are going on. this were in keeping with the object and order of God’s church. And when all the conference members, and congregations became cleansed in the blood of Christ, or exposed as of the devil, and not in the church, if the Head of the church were allowed to speak he would inform them that the business of the meeting is now all transacted. Go your way, live holy, and glean souls whithersoever I shall lead, and “speak my words to all whom I shall send you.” And behold, it would be discovered that the object of God’s church is salvation, instead of the construction of ecclesiastical gang mills to saw God’s people into slabs and sleepers. And furthermore Babylon would wake up to the realization that the government of God’s church is on the shoulders of Christ and not upon a counsel of great plug-hat preachers.
DISCERNING THE BODY.
TO discern a thing is to understand and see it separate and distinctly among other things. What we wish to speak of here is discerning the body of Christ, which is the true church. Eph. 1:22, 23. He is the head of the church. Col. 1:18. Every saved person is a member of this church, and their names are written in heaven. Heb. 11:23.
Jesus says, “I am the door.” There is no other way to get into the church; no other way into heaven. “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body (church) as it hath pleased him. — 1 Cor. 12:18. “And ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
This is a glorious church to belong to, and the only way people can join it is to get salvation, and the very moment they do so they are in the church, a full member, and they do not have to ask the preacher anything about it, nor have their names recorded in a class book; for the Lord takes charge of the whole business, and their names are “written in heaven.” There is no studying of creed disciplines, answering conference questions, being taken in by the right hand of fellowship; but they are born into the church by a spiritual birth. “They are “made complete in him,” and the Bible is their only discipline.
When persons get full salvation it is an easy thing for them to discern the true church, — the body of Christ — and to know that it is a separate body from sectism.
“But,” says one, “God has a visible church here on earth, and it is necessary to organize in order that the church be a visible one.” Shame on your blindness! If you and I are born of God, and he has made us members of his body, are we not visible? Can you not see us as well as if we were to join one of the harlot daughters of Babylon?
Christ says he is the vine, and “ye are the branches;” but he never said that the different religious denominations are branches of his body. No; they are all on the outside, and belong to a different body altogether, and the name of that body is Mystic Babylon, or spiritual confusion.
A great many people are not slow to declare the Roman Catholic church to be the mother of harlots spoken of in Revelations, while at the same time they are blind to the fact that they themselves are joined to one of the harlot daughters. If the Catholic sect is the mother of harlots, surely her daughters are to be found some where. That sect is not a split-off from the church which Christ established, but is a separate thing altogether. Christ’s church is of heavenly origin; and Christ is the head and founder. The Romish church originated from the other place, man is the founder, and the pope is the head.
A few centuries after the foundation of this corrupt sect, a daughter was born unto her. The birth of other daughters followed in rapid succession, among which are the popular churches of to day, such as the Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, with hundreds of other little and big sects which belong to the great family of Babylon, or spiritual confusion. Each of them claiming to be the church, or a branch of the true church of which Jesus was the founder. Shame on any one who has the audacity to assert that Christ would have such a mass of corruption for a member of his body, which is his church. One who passes through the courts of Romanism is struck with astonishment and horror, and made to shudder as the vail is lifted which shows the awful darkness and corruption carried on within her portals. No wonder the prophet of old as he foresaw the coming of beastly religion, spoke of a time when the sun would go down at noon, as it were, and the spiritual clouds would gather into the darkness of night. The common people were not allowed to read the word of God, and are not even to this day in that sect.
There came a time when a gleam of light was sent forth, people began to hear the word of God and accept the truth, and a great reformation followed, and soon one sect after another was formed, and through their seductive arts, many dear honest souls were induced to enter the courts of sectism and sign the pledge to be loyal to their creed, and thus yoke themselves with unbelievers, hypocrites, etc., not discerning the body of Christ. This was a time the prophet foretold which would be as a dark and cloudy day. Those of God’s children who were taken into captivity by the sects of Babylon, and lived up to all the light they had until death, to be sure are now reaping the reward of the righteous in glory.
At the present time another great reformation is going on throughout the land. God has pronounced his judgments upon the whole sectish movement, and all Babylon confusion and declares that “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils,” etc. Rev. 18:2. And he says “Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” He is sending his messengers to proclaim the everlasting gospel in its purity, and to “separate the precious from the vile;” who dare to preach the whole gospel without compromise; who urge souls to join nothing but Jesus. Where any one or any number of persons are saved, in a community they are added unto the church by the Lord, by believing on him. And there is no sect machinery about it. God places the members in the body and they know their place and work together in sweet harmony, being knit together in love, and bound by chords of love, making a union of sweet fellowship of spirit, and a holy communion with the Lord. How different the case with the conference- sent preachers who go forth to build walls of division, bind souls together with sect rules and disciplines; who “have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof;” who feed the people upon college bread, the smooth words of rhetoric and stale essays, instead of the bread of life.
The people of one religious denomination deny holiness, when the Bible is full of holiness from beginning to end; another denies the healing power; another baptism; another, the other ordinances, another the new birth, and so on until all of them are tested, and take out what each did not believe there would not be anything left of the Bible. Most of them have their church socials, parties, picnics, Christmas trees, and other worldly doings, and surely any sinner can discern that such do not belong to the body of Christ, but each one helps to form the great body of Babylon confusion.
Because in times past God has used some of his children to preach the gospel while they were in sectism, and many souls were saved, is no reason at all that sectism is, or ever was right, notwithstanding God has had many of his children in there who lived up to all the light they had. But now the time has come when the prophecy of Zech. 14:7, is being fulfilled, “that at evening time it shall be light.” And His word sounds in thundering tones to his children, “Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, SAITH THE LORD.” But some one will say, “God never called me out.” That may be all true. God has many children in the different denominations, and he says, “Come out of her my people. It is only His PEOPLE that he is calling out, and if you are not his child, then rest assured that he does not mean you. As the truth is being preached in its purity the people are enabled to see the evils of sectism, and discern the body of Christ. And as they receive light on the word of God regarding these things, all who have the Spirit of God will flee out of sectism, or lose all the grace of God out of their souls, no difference how loud a profession they may make thereafter.
In speaking of Free Methodism, B. T. Roberts, the founder of that sect said, “The Free Methodist church grew out of a contention, and will end in a contention. “This is very true, not only of this sect, but of all other sects. May God help such men to discern the true church, and flee out of such contentions.
But there are some who come out, and stay lean in their souls because they compromise with the devil, and in order to keep the good will of those who have not yet escaped, they will not cry out against the confusion from which they have themselves made their escape, and persons can in this way soon lose their souls. Some think that if they can only stay in awhile after they receive the light, or keep going to the meetings that they can give the light to their friends and get them to come out too. There is where so many go into darkness, or become deceived of the devil, and when awakened to their real condition find themselves destitute of the Spirit of God because they failed to obey him and walk in the light which he had given them. God says, Flee out of the midst of Babylon and deliver every man his soul. Cry out against her, and spare not the arrows. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works; but it must all be done in the Spirit of the Lord. Railing out upon Babylon when not prompted by the Spirit of God to do so, will drive souls away from God. instead of winning them to Him. A good way to heap coals of fire upon her is to set forth the true church in all its purity, clothed in the beautiful garment of holiness, and it will lift the vail and expose the darkness of everything outside of Christ.
Again, there are persons who see the awful abominations of sectism and cry out in strong terms against it, but being devoid the Spirit of God do not discern the Body of Christ, and are looking for something which every Christian can join and thereby — “be of the same mind,” as the Bible teaches. People have been for years trying to get up some plan to unite all the sects into one. But they will never be united any more than they are now, unless they unite a little more firmly on some points in order to fight the truth.
One among the number who is trying to get all Christians united is a man in, Mo. by the name of W. H. Adams, who has written up a string of stuff which he calls the “Christians’ Union Covenant,” and makes a wonderful plea for every Christian to become a member by signing their names to that covenant, he being blind to the fact that all God’s children are joined together into one body, the church of the living God, and need no signing of covenants in order to bind them together, or hold them to the contract which they have made with God. If people would only get Bible salvation they would not be slow to discern the true church, and be satisfied to remain in it, and keep out of all the schisms and creeds of men.
E. E. Byrum.
El Dorado, Kan.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: Our testimony is, we are saved and sanctified wholly. Praise the Lord, who gives us the victory over all the powers of darkness. Although the trials of the righteous are many, the Lord delivers us out of them all. Cannot some of God’s firebrands come here into this wicked city and preach the everlasting gospel? I would just say that unless some one comes that has the discerning of spirits, and is ready to lay down his life for Jesus, he has no business here. Shoddy holiness and anti-ordinance holiness has been preached here till the people get mad at the word holiness. Yet God is raising up a few that are willing to stand up for the truth. They will get a place to hold meeting in. If any one feels led to come here please let me know. There is a good opening in the country for meetings.
From your brother and sister,
R. & S. Kochel.
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On Sunday, Nov. 20 at 10 o’clock A. M. pray for the healing of Mrs. Isaac Billings, Eau Gallie, Florida, who is very much afflicted in body.
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A brother writes us that he and companion have undertaken to learn to read music by means of a good printed instructor, and that they are succeeding remarkably. Hundreds more ought to go right at the same thing. Undertake it in the name of Jesus, and you will be astonished how soon you will be able to sing by note. You young and middle aged, why not take these long evenings and other spare time to this good work? And, dear ones in the field, do not remain ignorant of the note system. We urge this in the name of Jesus, knowing that God has chosen the power of song as a mighty factor in this last reformation. See Isa. 52:8, 9 and Isa. 35:8-10. And second, because at no great distance in the future, the Lord willing, a new song book will be published with many new songs, glorious hymns of praise, singing the present truth, and about all themes and doctrines of the gospel of God. And in every community the Lord wants at least a few who can read the music and put the sweet hymns to praising God. Amen.
THE PREACHERS’ CHILDREN’S HOME.
Dearly Beloved in the Lord: Have you asked God to let you know what you should do toward this good work? Please lay it to heart. What on earth is to be compared with the precious privilege of giving to the cause of Christ, and homing the Lord’s little ones. If a cup of cold water given one of these little ones in the name of Jesus will not lose its reward, can you not trust the Lord for a reward for your means given him with pure motives that will yield a thousand fold more happiness in your bosom than any earthly investment. O what a lesson the majority of God’s dear children have yet to learn: that it is more blessed indeed to give than receive. That to give to the cause of salvation and to the comfort of the Lord’s poor is a precious and joyful privilege instead of a mere Christian duty. By helping to a home for the families of poor ministers, you will not only do an act of charity for the poor, but at the same time help to spread the gospel by ministering to the hands, and holding up the arms of those called to the great gospel field. Hence you will have a double reward.
But ministers should not be wholly relieved from the duty of supporting their children. Most of them could doubtless clothe their children if they only had a suitable place to leave them, where they could be educated and thoroughly schooled in righteousness. Those who only have a few children, if they have faith enough in God to effectually preach the gospel, will also have faith to clothe their children; and they that have more, some of them will be able to help support by labor on the place. So the main thing is to get a building, and as soon as the land can be got in cultivation it will go far toward furnishing the living.
There are those who would love to help provide this home if they could sell some of the Lord’s property. One brother in Ohio has forty acres of good land, with improvements for sale, very cheap, a part of which is dedicated to this use. The land is only a few miles from railroad station and would be a good investment for any one wishing to purchase land. Address this office for particulars. O my brethren, take this home to the Lord, and do as he leads. Amen.
“Moreover thou shall provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God men of ttruth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of hundreds, and rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” – Ex. 18:21.
GOD is calling the true and faithful for the blessed work, and the manner or system in which he intends it to be supported is such as cannot be counterfeited.
THE DUTY OF MINISTERS.
To be like Paul. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
1 Cor. 2:2, and is the Lord has exalted us to such an high position. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. – 1 Cor 3:0, we should therefore be true to the trust committed unto us. “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” “For a bishop elder must be blameless, as the steward of God * * * not given to filthy lucre.” “He that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.” – Prov. 28:16. The Lord will stand by those that trust him. See 1 Sam. 2:30. But money grabbers will be a stench both to God and man. I have seen this fulfilled where the Lord gave them success; they used it to get money from the people and now they cannot go back to that place any more.
Now we know that the Lord is able to take care of his own cause, for he says, Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. When we know that this is true, shall we take God’s business out of his own hands by hinting for means or by telling some pitiful circumstance about our family and thus work on the sympathies of some good disposed persons to give more than they are able to give, and lay a snare for the devil to trap their souls? Brethren, if you cannot trust the Lord enough to let him manage your finances, you had better tarry at Jerusalm until you are endued with power from on high, then you will have power both with God and man, so you will not need to both beg and preach. It is true that spiritual prosperity does not always govern the means. See Acts 3:6. Though three thousand souls had been saved, Peter and John had not received silver and gold out of their labors; yet they had something more than gold.
Covetousness is idolatry, Col. 3:5, and no soul can prosper under its influence. The Israelites tried it. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. — Psa. 106:15. God’s ministers must come up to the standard. Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness; nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but, by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. — 2 Cor. 4:1, 2. Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses. — 2 Cor. 6:3, 4. And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. — 2 Cor. 11:9. But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile. Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? — 2 Cor. 12:16, 17. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. — 2 Cor. 7: 2. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe. — 1 Thess. 2:10. Oh brethren, take warning before it is too late, or you will fall into the snare of the devil. Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, but was rebuked for his iniquity; the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbade the madness of the prophet. — 1 Pet. 2:15,16.
G. T. Clayton.
DOES GOD RECEIVE HIS PORTH..?
B..e..don, Mich., Oct. 13, 1892.
Dear Saints of God, with all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ: May much grace and wisdom be multiplied to you. Paul says, “We are laborers together with God.” 1 Cor. 3:9. That is, God it laboring to spread this great salvation over the earth and saving precious souls, and we are co-laborers with him in the great work, and ought to have as much interest in the work as he has. If we were laboring with other men at some temporal work and we did not do our part of it, they would say we were shirking and lazy and probably would be dismissed, or shamed out of company. Again, he says, “We then as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” 2 Cor. 6:1. We are partners then in this great work of salvation and should have equal interest with God. Paul says, “Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.” Eph. 5:2. Now are you walking in the same love that he first loved? who made a sacrifice of all he had in heaven and then at the last made a sacrifice of himself, for you? Now he says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 2:5. Have you the same mind that he manifested, that you can sacrifice all your own interest as a partner and co-laborer with him, for saving of perishing souls? Are you selfish and shirking from your duty? What mind did he have? While “he thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and because obedient unto death even the death of the cross.” 6-8. What was the result of his humbling himself? Wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every other name. 9th ver. Dear beloved, if you want God to exalt you and give you an exalted position in his glorious kingdom, do your duty. Humble yourselves, sacrifice everything like he did and die the death to self, to all selfish interests, withhold nothing, and he will bestow bountifully of the unsearchable riches of his glorious kingdom.
“Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increases; so shall thy bans be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” Prov. 3:9, 10.
It is common if the people have more than they need themselves they will give some to the Lord, and some want to keep part of that back lest they might get sick or need some for some unexpected occasion. But the word of God says, “Give the first fruits of thine increase.” Some are afraid they will not have enough to spare, but we will wait and see if we have any to spare and then we will give some to the Lord. Brethren, begin and give the firstfruits and test the promises of God. So many say they are living by faith and have one or two years’ provision stored, money in the bank, etc. I am afraid many will be “weighed in the balances and found wanting,” by withholding their means while perishing souls are going to hell and the work of God being hindered for want of them. Dear ones, if we are laborers together with God, let us do our part of the work. If you are not called to leave home and friends, hold up the those who go. “Bring all your tithes into the store-house, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” Mal 3:10. Prove his promise. Who is it that
believes them? Prove it by obeying.
The work, of the gospel must and will go forth to the ends of the earth. Who will have a share in the spoils or the reward? For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. 1 Sam. 30:24. It any one has to stay with thy stuff and hide it away like Achan did or Annanias and Sapphira, they may expect death.
Who will have a part of the spoil? Who? Like Joseph’s instruction to his brethren, also regard not your stuff: for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours, – Gen. 45:20. Regard not your stuff, neither give to the Lord in order to obtain a share of the spoil, but to glorify God.
There are some dear co-laborers who are going forth to spread this gospel giving their whole time and means to push it forward and save souls. Have you a part in it as they have? Are you a worker together with them? If so, lift your part of the burden, and your reward is waiting. In Babylon we used to say if some one lost a calf, hog, horse, etc., that was the preacher’s; that they intended to give it to the preacher. Then the preacher had to go without. Now it belongs to God, and he holds for the firstfruits.”
Before I left home I was in the Trumpet office, and they were posting the books, and Bro. Byruin told me their cash expense was $298.00 per month for office expenses and keeping the workers in food and clothing, besides what they paid on bills, which amounts to several hundred dollars a month. Also there was a bill for material that was to be paid of a few hundred. I would ask, Are you withholding that which is meet? God help. They are sending out so many free papers and tracts in the name of the Lord, and he wants His own to send it forth. Can we say we do all we do to the glory of God? or that we are doing all to glorify him that we can? Sometimes we see some who claim to be all sold out for God, who lavish upon themselves and children things unnecessary and have nothing to give to the cause of God. The man or woman who is sanctified wholly owns no more of his farm, etc. than I do my practice of medicine, which I consecrated to God, and gave my time, talent, means, increase and all to God; so the man’s farm belongs to God, and he has no right to spend the increase without first counseling with God, the owner. They say it is all the Lord’s. If so, why not let him have control of it and use the means to carry on his work. This is to stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance.
Yours for the pure gospel,
G. R. Achor.
NEWS FROM THE FIEID.
Grand Junction, Mich., Nov. 10, 1892.
I desire to express my thanks to the dear beloved saints, and much gratitude and praise to our dear Father in heaven for supplying our needs. I am spirit, soul, and body, all the Lord’s, and feel my obligation to give all honor and service to him. I am again ready for the harvest field. Leaving my family on the camp ground comfortably situated, I go where He leads. My permanent address will be Grand Junction, Mich.
Ever the Lord’s, I am your brother,
G. R. Achor.
Edgewood, Mich., Nov. 6, 1892
Dear Saints, Greeting: May the love of God abide in you all forevermore. Amen. This evening finds me sweetly saved, trusting Jesus for all things. I wish to say through the TRUMPET that wife and I are ready for the winter’s compaign. We should like to travel in company with some one older in the ministry, or some one that can assume part of the labor. Any one needing our help, or wishing to go in the rescue of the lost can correspond with us at Edgewood, Gratiot Co., Mich. I am ready to go anwyhere for Jesus, and the poor lost sinners.
Wm. E. Warren.
Albany, Ill., Nov. 7. 1892.
Dear Saints, Greeting: Dear ones, we are glad to report to the family of God that we are again active in the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, after our short rest, which we felt our weak bodies were much in need of. Mark 6:31. We are now holding the fort at Slocum St. school- house, in the neighborhood of Father Byers, and we desire the prayers of God’s people for the success of this meeting, and the rescuing of perishing souls from the power of sin and Satan. The Lord willing, on the 23d inst. we will move over to Rushville. Ill., and labor in those parts for sometime. Dear ones, pray for the meeting at that point. Our address after 23d inst., Rushville, Ill., in care of H. W. Cole.
Your humble brother and sisters,
J. A. & A. J. Dillon, Frankie E. Miller.
Stenger, Pa., Nov. 7, 1892.
Dear Saints of the Living God: Since our last report we are happy to say that three souls obeyed the Lord in baptism. They came out of the watery grave praising God. It was grand and glorious. We have every reason to believe that the occasion witnessed did leave an impression on the minds of the people that will not be forgotten soon. The battle is being pushed forward since the burial. Four dear ones have consecrated for pardon and received the desire of their hearts. Oh hallelujah to our God for such clear conversions! They came through shouting the high praises of our God! One dear brother was led of the Lord to have hands laid on for the healing of his body. We obeyed James 5; the dear Lord was present in healing power for which we give God all the glory. And these signs shall follow them that believe. Hallelujah! The Spirit is doing its office work on the hearts of the people. There are deep convictions on the people, some almost persuaded. Oh that they Would get their wills to consent to their convictions, they would get the desire of their hearts. We have good attendance, and very good attention to the word. The day meetings are grand for which we praise God: We will remain in this valley as long as we can be used to the glory of God. Pray for us.
Yours in the holy war,
T. Rosenberry & Co.
Getup, Ala., Nov. 10, 1892.
To all the Dear Saints: Our testimony to day is that we are saved by the precious blood of Jesus, with complete victory in our souls over the world, the flesh and the beast, for which we give God all the glory and praise. Amen.
Since our last report we have been busily engaged in the work of the Lord mostly in new fields, and although we have met much opposition yet the dear Lord has wonderfully overthrown the errors of the wicked, and confounded the wisdom of men. O! hallelujah to the Lamb! Many precious souls have been delivered from sect Babylon, and have accepted the pure word of God; the work is rapidly spreading in this part, many calls are coming from various quarters. Truly the harvest is great, though the laborers are few. Not only in Northern Ala., but from the central part of the State, as well as from Ga. and Miss. many are earnestly pleading, “Come over and help us.” God could use many consecrated willing workers, in the South. Who will say, Here am I, send me? Isa. 6:8.
Many people hearing of “the saints” suppose they are celestial beings, and come fifteen and twenty miles, only to be disappointed in finding that they are human beings. The thinking class are free to acknowledge that they never heard the gospel preached before, and no doubt this is true, for blind Babylon preachers spend most all their time earnestly pleading for sin. Though they see God’s word plainly declares, “Be ye holy for I am holy.” Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God,” and “Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure.” “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord,” and “Whosoever committeth sin is of the devil.” Yet they say the spirit is all right, but this old body never can be free from sin in this life, unless it is just two or three days before they die; and when we read 1 Cor. 3:16, 17; 6:19, 20; and Rom. 12:1, they go away and slander, saying, they have no use for those false teachers (Mormons, some say). Many people who talked nothing, scarcely, but politics, after hearing the gospel, say but little about politics; even on election day we were told that more was said about the gospel and the saints than the President’s officers. We are now on top of a large, mountain, holding forth the truth in the name of the Lord, who gives us victory complete and continues to keep us in perfect peace; glory to his name forever! Amen. All saints pray for us and the work here in the South.
Yours and Christ’s, wholly consecrated to God and his service,
Thos. Carter & J. F. Lundy.
San Diego, Cal., Nov. 10.
Dear Saints of the Most High God, Greeting: We are holding meeting in this city in the name of Jesus. While the place is all excited over election matters we are lifting up our voices as a trumpet, warning all men in the fear of God to make their own calling and election sure. Bro. and Sister Byers, Bro’s Elliot, Winters and Shaw are here with us. Meetings in the hall at 2:30 P. M., at 7 P. M. on the streets, and at eight in, the hall. The street meetings are very interesting; large crowds stand and listen attentively to the word of God, and many follow to the hall. We have occasionally held street services in our Eastern work, but we have learned the wisdom of holding the same every day or evening in all town and city work. Let all God’s ministers practice the same. Babylon has become so corrupt that thousands of the most accessible minds never go to any place of worship, but when the pure gospel of God is taken to them on the streets, their hearts are touched, and they are constrained to say that this is the truth, and they are won for Jesus. The songs attract the people, and the meetings are thus best advertised. Let us plan a more vigorous campaign for God. in the future. Let the cities be invaded, yea, let God’s hosts go therein and remain for months, and when the weather permits let “ wisdom cry, aloud on the streets, in the chief places of the concourse.” Amen. And there let the church of the living God be established, who shall hold their meetings every night, as they do in Los Angeles and in this place. And from the cities the word of the Lord can sound out to neighboring villages and country points. God is wonderfully blessing these vigorous labors here on the coast, and would doubtless do so everywhere. Babylon holiness missions, alliances, associations, and holiness sects are coming to naught before the the light of the present truth. Nearly a half dozen of these modern professed holiness crafts are about sinking in Los Angeles, and some in this place since the body of Christ is held up as the only thing that is of God and that is fit for God’s people to live in.
The Lord is at work here clearing up the church in experience and in the doctrine of God, and drawing the line between truth and error, and between the precious and vile. Quite a number have already been sanctified wholly, and the prospects are good for a good true host for God here. We expect to continue here yet some weeks, after which we purpose to call again with the church in Los Angeles, and then go on north to Visalia and vicinity. How long we may remain here in the far West we know not. The will of God be done. Pray much for us.
Your brother in the precious love of Jesus. Amen.
Lambertville, N. J., Nov. 7, 1892.
Dear Trumpet Readers: God bless you all for his dear name’s sake. We are glad to again report to you victory on the Lord’s side. Truly. God is wonderfully moving in these last days. Lambertville, N. J. is on the bank of the Delaware river thirty miles north of Philadelphia, and about sixty miles west of New York city. I think the light was never preached in this city before. A brother just across the river in New Hope, Pa. once heard some one preach in Kansas, became a subscriber for the Trumpet, and so heard of our coming east and wrote to us; and the Lord opening the way, we came to his place, and as we could not get a place to preach in New Hope, we came here. Have been here three weeks. The attendance was not as good as it would have been had it not been for the political campaign which kept many away by their speeches, rallies, club gatherings; but a few did come out and the best of attention was given. As the word of God was preached by the power of the Holy Ghost many said amen to the truth. There were some consecrations, some for pardon and some for sanctification. About twenty stepped out for God renouncing all sectism, secrecy and sin, and squared themselves up to the word of God, declaring their intention to stand together on the word. Several there are asking our prayers, and we believe much more will be done. Yesterday six were baptized by Bro. Rupert in the beautiful Delaware river, in the sight of over five- hundred people. May God keep them faithful. Last evening we had a very precious ordinance meeting, the Lord blessing the dear ones as they humbled themselves to wash one another’s feet. I must say I never was in a place where the people were so anxious for the truth, and where we had so little oppositon to the word. There is such a great famine in the land that the people are starving for the pure word. We were used very kindly by nearly all; many opened their doors, so we had many homes. The Lord has a church here which will stand. The meeting will close to night. The Lord willing, we then go to West Point, Pa. to commence there on the 9th of Nov. Any one desiring meetings here in the east, please let us know at once. Address us at West Point, Pa. Brethren, pray for us and the work here.
Yours in the work of the Lord,
W. J. Henry, J. H. Rupert & Co.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Dear Ones in Jesus: May heaven’s blessings rest upon you all. I am still standing in the liberty wherewith Christ has made me free. Praise the Lord! My heart is centered on Jesus, and I expect to make my eternal abode with Jesus; blessed be the name of Jesus! Hallelujah! Pray for me.
Your sister in Christ,
Dear Saints: Since the dear Lord has given to me his unspeakable gift once again, I have had a deep desire to give my testimony for the honor and glory of his dear name. We know we are saved because the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Oh praise our God for bringing me back into his fold once more, and giving me of his holy Spirit! He makes me a perfect Christian in spite of the devil. I am sanctified wholly to do the will of our heavenly Father. Pray for me that I may always overcome.
Your true sister in Christ,
To all the Saints: Our testimony is this afternoon: Jesus is our only refuge and strength, a present help in every time of need. Free from Babylon and all its allurements, built in the church of the firstborn, saved with an everlasting salvation through the blood of the Lamb.
Your brother and sister,
E. & C. A. Barkam.
Guernsey Co., O.
Dear Brethren: I wish to testify that I am saved just now from all sin. Praise our God for salvation that makes us free. “Now, if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.” How glad we should be. Being then made free from sin we became the servants of righteousness.
Your brother, saved and sanctified by a second work of grace,
B. G. Morse.
Boise City, Idaho.
This evening finds us well and we are praising God for a complete salvation. This is a good field for labor. If the Lord leads any of his people here to spread the gospel they can find a home with us. We have no bands or yokes on us; we are free in Christ Jesus. Praise his holy name! We would be very glad to have some one come and spread the evening light if it is the Lord’s will.
Dear Beloved Saints: May the Lord bless you and keep you saved. About two years ago I was wretched, undone, and little did I think of ever being one of the despised saints. I got into trouble and ran away from home, and staid away until the Lord convicted me. I went home, and when I got home they were having a good tabernacle meeting. I began to go to meeting, and kept on going till I got saved. I afterward got the fullness of God, and got that kingdom that could not be shaken. I was justified by faith, and sanctified by faith, and am healed by faith. I am glad that it is a faith route to glory. Glory to God for the victory that over-cometh the world! I am glad that I have a willingness in my heart to suffer for Christ’s sake. So many people would like to enjoy this great salvation if they could have their way about it; but the Lord’s way is not ours. May the Lord bless all of the saints and keep you faithful.
Your brother, saved and sanctified,
John M. Harrington.
Died, at Nessen City, Mich., a little daughter of Mr. and Mrs A. Fauble of that place. This little one departed this life Oct. 23, 1892; aged 3 months and one day. Funeral services held by the writer.
Sister Nora Henderson, a sister to the deceased Bro. J. B. Slagle, departed this life to be with Jesus, Nov. 5, 1892: aged 22 yrs., 9 mo., 5 days. She had been saved a few years ago, and lost her experience, but had been trying all summer to get back to God, but did not reach the point until Oct. 28. She gave herself fully into God’s hands and was gloriously saved. She leaves a husband, one child, father, mother, and four sisters to mourn her loss.
Jane Newcombe, of Ganges, died Nov. 2, 1892, was buried Nov. 4th. Two of her children are living, her husband is dead. During her sickness she was praising God for the blessings of God upon her.
Ida May Fuhrman, daughter of Wilson Fuhrman, died Nov. 11, was burial Nov. 13. Services were held at Barber school house at 11 A. M. The little one’s death was very sudden. It is supposed she choked to death. May God bless her parents and enable them to meet their little one in glory.
Birdie E. Fink.
Bro. Moses H. Thompson of East Jordan, Mich., writes us as follows.
“I bless God for your health article of Sept. 22, and I pray God to bless it to every candid thoughtful reader. I thank God he has given you courage and wisdom to handle this delicate subject. For some two years past the Lord has nearly removed my meat appetite, and I thank him for it. It was without my seeking. The Jews we are told, “lusted after evil things.” “He gave them their request but sent leanness into their souls.” Daniel and his friend chose pulse, — that is seeds, or cereal grains — and water, and they were fatter and fairer than all the king’s servants who ate of the king’s flesh and dainties, and drank wine.
Your brother in Christ, perfected forever.
In conversation with a lady recently on the train, she remarked that she had to work quite hard where she had been in Denver, and she found it necessary to take some stimulants to keep up. By which we understood that she had used some liquor, brandy or something of that kind. She also complained of being very nervous, and her appearance showed the effect of her manner of life. I told her that if she would have resorted to oatmeal, cracked wheat etc., instead of her stimulants it would have given her the necessary strength, without undermining her constitution, as her stimulants did. But she replied with a manifest repugnance, that she did not eat such things. That she did not even care about and seldom ate any bread, nor yet did she relish fruit, but that she always wanted her beef steak, and that she was fond of eggs, and potatoes. When we undertook to tell her that she should eat those nourishing cereals for the strength they gave, and control her appetite by enlightened reason, she replied with words that would clearly indicate that the human being had no reason, or if he had should not use it in matters of food, but follow his passions and appetites, however much they may be perverted and debased, and however profligate they may be in means and physical and mental vitality; or even destructive to the soul.
The above case illustrates the physical fact that persons who subsist largely on flesh diet, take much more naturally to coffee, tea and strong drink than to the less exciting, but more nourishing cereals. While, upon the other hand, it has been thoroughly tested, and proved a fact by different parties that a select vegetable diet will cure the appetite for all strong drinks, and reform even extremes cases of drunkenness. One scientist and physician made the test on twenty-seven cases, among which were old sea-faring drunkards, and a complete loss of all strong drink was removed in every case. One or two, after some time returned to flesh eating, and the old liquor lust returned, but was removed a second time by recourse to the proscribed diet. This testimony is found in Dr. Nichols’ book, “The Diet Cure.” Then let reason take the throne, analyze the human structure, and proscribe his food according to physiological needs, and health, and strength, and prosperity must ensue, as sure as the natural laws of God are inexorable. Wrong habits in our diet of long standing should however be changed in a gradual way, and improved as fast as existing circumstances will admit. In these things many of us are largely dependent upon a change in the habits of those at whose tables we take our meals. Hence it is not wise to make any rash vows, but do the best you can within your reach. While we bind no person’s conscience to an exclusive vegetable diet, we do not even bind our own. But seldom use it, or at least but very small quantities, when articles of food from the vegetable kingdom are before us which contain the requisite elements of nutrition. And this remaining use of flesh foods, we are persuaded would about entirely cease if we ate our meals the year round at a table for which we had the responsibility of providing. In some places where butter is bad, or very dear, a little use of beef, specially to furnish gravy, is doubtless a matter of economy. But usually it is a superfluous expense.
THE TRUE CHILD OF GOD.
IN this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: Whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. — 1 Jno. 3:10.
For some time I have been led by the Spirit to write on this subject. There are many who claim to be the children of God, but if we judge them by the fruit they bear, we find that they are not what they claim for themselves. Let us see what is necessary to constitute a real child of God: first, it is faith in Christ as our personal Savior. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name; which were born of God.” — Jno. 4:12. You will notice that to as many as received Christ in their hearts he gave this power. Then it is faith in the power of Christ which is the cause of our being born of God, regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, and so become the sons, the true children of God. Through faith we receive Christ as our teacher, intercessor, Savior, and king. The evidence of being a true child of God, is a full surrender to the will of God, believing his word. A true child has the witness of the Spirit; “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.” Also love is a fruit of the Spirit, for “we know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.” To be a true child of God is to rest the soul on Christ as the rock of our salvation; it is to be born of the Spirit; it is to follow Christ as my leader; to serve him as my Master; to learn of him as teacher, to witness for him as my Savior: to pattern after him as my example; to abide in loving, union, with him as the branch in the vine, and so become holy as he is holy, and perform every duty which I owe to God and my fellow servants.
F. D. Carlton.
THE FLOATING BETHEL.
Kittanning, Pa., Nov. 8.
Dear Trumpet Readers: To day we are still saved and in the blessed work, and the Lord’s hand is upon us for good, and he makes whatever we do to prosper. Precious souls have been saved nearly every place we have held meeting.
We have received $70.85 on the Foating Bethel. There has been enough pledged to pay for it. We have left our home for the trip, and will have to work in meetings about until the rest is sent in. I do not believe the Lord wants us to go in debt on it, and it does not make any difference how soon the money comes in. We can move on the boat and commence meetings, as the boat is landed near the center of the city of Wheeling, W. Va. Still our faith is unwavering.
Your humble, trusting, consecrated brother,
G. T. Clayton.
We feel that some one has felt moved by the Spirit of the Lord to furnish the means to purchase this vessel for the rescue of perishing souls. Now, God is going to hold some one responsible for the work which can be done among that class of people that cannot well be reached in any other way. Remember that God does not place all the responsibility upon the preachers; but he holds each one of his children to do something. Are you doing all God wants you to do?
The gospel must be more speedily spread. Oh, who will flee to the rescue of perishing souls? If you cannot preach, help to send some one who can.
God is sending his messengers forth to proclaim the everlasting gospel in its purity. Bro’s Warner, Byers and Co. are now on the Pacific coast. Another company of workers are pushing the work along the Atlantic coast. And between these great bodies of water in all parts of the U. S. God is sending forth his holy messengers, who have left all to do his bidding. Bro. Michels has been proclaiming the gospel truth in Chicago for several weeks.
From the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Northern peninsula to the “sunny south,” all along the line the blessed news of full salvation come streaming in from every direction. But, oh, could you only hear the earnest, pleading calls for the gospel. Why, right in the midst of a Christian people in what is called a gospel land, people are spiritually starving to death, surrounded by Babylon preachers who feed not the flock, but rather seek to fleece them and let them go. Oh, what spiritual darkness covers the land! Truly, it is the time of famine throughout the land: “Not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.” — Amos 8:11.
Dearly beloved messengers of God, you who have been entrusted with gospel messages to carry to the people, be true to God; be true to your calling, and present the truth in all its purity without compromise.
Sisters Fink and Shofifner expect soon to take a missionary tour through Canada. Bro. Achor is now about ready to start across the ocean as a missionary to foreign lands, and will go as soon as the way opens and God provides the means.
The Trumpet finds its way into India, Africa, China, the Holy Land, and other foreign fields, where we trust the seed will fall upon good ground and bear forth much fruit.
Dear brethren, let us be up and doing, and aid in every way possible to save souls from the eternal burning.
Healed Of Rheumatism.
Dear Saints of God: We believe it would be to the glory of God to write a few facts concerning the saints at Wichita, Kan. There are about two dozen sanctified ones at this place, and we do have complete victory over the enemy. Since the tabernacle meetings are all over the saints hold meeting in a hall three times a week, and also cottage meetings are held during the week. Oh, we do praise God for the glorious feast we had Sunday and Sunday night; the power of our Almighty God was wonderfully manifested. Our dear Sister Eva Thomas had been troubled with rheumatism for some four weeks or more, and suffered so intensely that she could hardly walk or kneel in prayer. Sunday afternoon while a brother and sister were at her home she was in such great agony that they laid on hands and called on our Great Physician for her relief. She received immediate relief in her limbs, but the pains in her head increased very much. By the help of God she attended our little night meeting, but was unable to stay until it was closed. After she had reached home her little girl returned to the hall and reported that her mother was very sick. We then dismissed the meeting in the name of the Lord and went to the sister’s house. In the meantime, a neighbor being alarmed at the condition of our dear one sent for an earthly physician: but the saints on hearing this prayed earnestly to God not to let him come. Truly, we found our dear sister in great distress and pain, and in an unconscious condition; her hands were closed so tight that it was impossible to have opened them without hurting her; the side of her face was all drawn up and become very hard. It seemed as if the devil was doing his work pretty fast and was going to destroy her if he possibly could.
We kindly asked all the unbelievers and those who had not faith for healing into another room. And through faith and prayer we rebuked the devil in the name of Jesus; and laid on hands for healing. She immediately got better and raised up in bed, but was still somewhat unconscious. We saw very plainly that we had not met all the conditions. We proceeded then according to James 5:14, and the healing was completed. She was made every whit whole and arose from her bed praising God. The high praises of God were continued for some time, and it truly was a glorious feast to our souls. Hallelujah to the Lamb! After the saints had nearly all adjourned the doctor came, and our dear sister had the privilege of telling him that the Lord had healed her and she was well. The jealous doctor went away having but little to say. The next day our dear sister did a big washing. She is giving God all the glory. Praise to Him for what he has done for her. Praise God forevermore! Amen.
Your brother saved in Christ,
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Dearly Beloved Brothers: I feel of the Lord to write to you and testify that Jesus saves me to the uttermost. The dear Lord has saved four or five others in this sin-cursed place, for which we give him all the glory. Pray for us all, that we may prove faithful and triumph in the name of Jesus.
Yours in Christ,
Dear Saints: For the glory of God I will write my testimony for the first time. I am saved and kept by power divine every day and every hour. The preious blood of Jesus is applied to my soul. Oh! ’tis sweet to follow Jesus. The way grows brighter and more beautiful all the time. I can now thank God for the little trials and crosses that beset my way. They only serve to make me trust my Savior more, and keep me low down at his blessed feet. Praise God for full salvation! The people in this place have never heard of the evening light only as I have tried to tell them. I pray God will lead some of his ministers this way before long. Pray for me that I may be willing always to be anything or nothing for the sake of Jesus.
Your sister, sanctified wholly,
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: May the choicest of heaven’s blessings rest and abide with you all. I feel that it is to the glory of God for me to send in my testimony. Oh the Lord so wonderfully keeps me by his mighty power and saves me to the uttermost! Hallelujah! My soul is filled with praises to my dear Master. He has been leading me by his gentle hand, so that I feel to laud and magnify his holy name. He so wonderfully healed my body, for which I give him all the glory. I am standing on that solid rock, which is Christ. I am out on the promises by faith. I do realize it is so sweet to put all our trust in Jesus. He is our helper in time of need. Praise his name for ever! Oh dear ones, let us all prove faithful unto the end, for we shall receive that crown which is laid up in heaven for us. I beg an interest in all your prayers.
Your sister in the true church,
1427 Lorain St., Cleveland, O.
Dear Ones: As I cannot be in your midst to testify for what our blessed Savior is doing for me, I can tell you he is keeping me day by day. This is my first testimony through the Trumpet. As I had been journeying up and down the broad way that leads to a dismal and bottomless pit of fire and torment, I had a dream or vision two years ago on Easter morn, which I never will forget. I am praising the Lord to night that I stopped and read that wonderful sign and studied it with a willing heart, and that I am off of that broad road to ruin and am in that straight and narrow way that leads to life everlasting. I am not ashamed, afraid, tired, or sick of it either. I only wish I could be to more of the precious meetings and meet with the dear ones once more. But by reading the Trumpet I feel quite at home to hear from so goodly a number as I do. This night finds me saved, ready and willing to do the Lord’s will.
Your brother in Christ,
S. D. Fuller.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I believe it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony and a little of my experience. When I was about ten years old at a camp meeting, near Rockport, Mo., my father and mother (they being Methodists) insisted that I should seek salvation (religion as they termed it then). Being very young I could not understand, but wishing to do right I went forward and no doubt was in earnest. From that time on for a number of years I did the best I knew, but as I grew older, working and associating with worldings, I became very wicked, living in this state till I was twenty-one years old. My father talked to me many times and no doubt prayed for me many times also. So while at church one Sabbath morning and while bowed upon my knees the power of God took hold of me and I was so wonderfully blessed that I got up on my feet and shouted praises to God. But being alone, so far as my associates were concerned, I drifted away into the world, living cold and indifferent. One evening while my father was reading a portion of God’s word I was struck blind. They led me to the bed and laid me down, thinking I was going to die. I promised God I would live for him if he would but spare me. So I did change my ways a good deal but still did not know that I had to be born again. I lived in this state until about ten months ago when God spoke peace to my soul; and in about four months I was sanctified. Praise his name! Now I am living for him and him alone. Pray for me that I may keep steadfast.
Your brother saved and sanctified to do his will,
Wm. Van Gundy.
Fair Haven, Ill.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my testimony. I am rejoicing in what the dear Lord has done for me. He found me in sect confusion with nothing but a profession, and when I went among the true saints of God it seemed-as though there was a great gulf between me and them, and they were drinking at a fountain, and oh so happy. And as they sang
“See the reeking cross of Jesus,
Crimson with his own life’s blood;
Thus he died, lest we should perish,
Wondrous love, thou Son of God.”
I can never forget the scenes that were brought before me. I could see Jesus on the cross and it seemed that 1 was crucifying him afresh, for I could see the blood flow. Oh the anguish of that moment, no tongue can tell. But God did show me then and there that I must drop all and start anew, and I am so glad that he gave me a willing heart to accept the truth. Oh praise his name! It is wonderlul that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life. I am so glad that that “whosoever” reaches me and that I am saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God. And my prayer is daily that I may be kept very humble, low down at the feet of Jesus, that I may know his will at all times. I do feel the great need of watching and praying continually, for there are so many ways in which the enemy of our soul will attempt to overthrow us and thus rob us of heaven; but dear ones, our God is able to keep us if we but trust him every moment; and they that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion which cannot be removed, but abideth forever. Praise the Lord! I find him a very present help in every time of need. My determination is to be true to God. Pray for me.
Your saved sister,