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20 August 1896, Volume 16, Number 33.

ORDINANCES OF GOD’S HOUSE.

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Repent, believe, and be baptized. (Acts 2:38.)
For so the word of Jesus cries;
And then unto perfection go, (Heb. 6:1.)
In holiness walk here below.

He blessed the bread, the cup, gave thanks;
He gave to them and they all drank; {Mark 14: 22, 23.)
This is the blood which was shed for thee,
Oft as ye drink, do in remembrance of me. (1 Cor. 11:25.)

Lift holy hands and bless the Lord
In the sanctuary of our God. (Psa. 134:2.)
Be of one mind and live in peace,
Greet one another with an holy kiss. (2 Cor 13:11, 12.)

The example of Jesus is so sweet
When told to wash each other’s feet; (John 13:14.)
In sweet, sweet humility and love
We bow to all commands of God.

When Jesus went to dwell on high
To fairer worlds beyond the sky,
He said tarry in Jerusalem
Until the Holy Ghost should come. (Luke 24:49.)

A humble lesson now we learn,
With Christian love our hearts doth burn,
Happy, says Jesus, shall ye be,
If knowing, ye these things obey. (John 13:17.)

 — J. Irland.

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What Shall I Do to Be Saved?

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(Continued from last issue.)

RECONCILIATION.

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” — Matt. 5:23, 24. Let not any soul think to bring himself to God to be accepted of him, at the same time knowing that there is a hardness or ill feeling or a spirit that thinks it has been wronged by the one who seeks pardon, unless an effort is put forth to produce a reconciliation. The penitent sinner cries, “Lord, this will I do;” and having done so, asks,” What lack I yet.” Another ray from the Star of truth brings before his mind,

RESTITUTION.

“If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.” — Ezek. 33:15. Any person receiving a pledge (contract or note) from any one for value received, or by any means, who when paid all that the face of said pledge calls for, fails to return the pledge; or one who delivers said pledge unto others when it is known that the giver of the note is poor and that he who receives the pledge will oppress said giver, and wrongfully cause him trouble and sorrow, while at the same time the oppressor is in possession of means of sustenance, will never find favor from God until such pledge is restored and the poor and oppressed set free. Ezek. 18:7. Many there are in this world who profess the name of Christ, that have oppressed the poor, robbed the orphan, and crushed the heart of the widow, even to taking of the last cow, while the little ones cry with hunger. The blood of thousands cries from the ground against such murderers and will witness against them in the great day of the wrath of Almighty God, when he treads the winepress of eternal judgment. But when the fires of eternal damnation roll before the soul of such characters, and they see their everlasting doom, and begin to seek heavenly favor, all those wrongs must be righted to the utmost extent of ability, or the souls of all such will writhe in the regions of outer darkness, to pay the penalty of such evil work by an endless destruction from the presence of all that is lovely and pure. But the lost soul awakened to its destiny, detesting its very existence, would rather meet the frowns of a sinful world than eternal contempt, and says, “All this will I do. What more? ’ Another arrow of light from the quiver of truth strikes the soul — “Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.” — 2 Cor. 7:10. This includes a

FORGIVING SPIRIT.

“If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” — Matt. 6:15. Many who profess to be going to heaven, have a spirit of hatred against some fellow being. Fallen Protestantism is to-day filled with such characters. But be it remembered all such must comply with the infallible judgment of divine justice, if they would enter the world of rest. All who through repentance meet these conditions and any other that God requires, are brought face to face with the Sun of Righteousness, who by his blazing fire consumes the mountain of sin. By one sweep of his omnipotent will, he consumes the great burden and sets the captive free. The long sought rest is found in Jesus Christ, the soul, life, and center of all spiritual vitality, in whom is centered the highest inducements that heaven has been able to devise for the salvation of fallen man.

In this busy restless throng of humanity, it seems that time cannot be had for deliberate consideration or careful examination of one’s self, and the destiny of the soul. Dear reader, do you ever ponder over the condescension of infinite grace that grants unto all the weary, an everlasting rest, by simply entering the covenant transaction of divine mercy? That vacuum in your soul that should be filled with purest virtues, must not be unnoticed. You should fill your sphere as heaven has devised, by permitting the transforming process of divine power to sweep through your nature, magnifying the laws of truth which you should honor by immediate execution. Lovingly the Lamb of God stands to receive into his everlasting arms that languishing, trembling soul. Will you not break loose from the subtlety of Satan? And in confidence peacefully inherit the blessedness. to be given at the accomplishment of the great promises of God. A glorious resurrection will crown your eternal existence; then in the realms of ceaseless joys you will fully realize what you were created for. You are sailing between two great eternities; all heaven is interceding in your behalf. Hell is moved to cast you down; you must sail high enough above the gravitation of sinful elements, that when the brittle thread of life is severed you will be drawn into the presence of endless peace. If not, your spirit will be drawn toward the environments of sin, and finally drop into the chasm of bitter remorse. Where will you go?

W. A. HAYNES.

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Poor Yet Rich.

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Some perhaps that do not understand the heavenly way, may not comprehend the meaning of this subject, but God’s children understand what it is to be poor yet rich — feeding from Father’s table; eating of the heavenly manna, drinking at that fountain that is continually sending forth a stream of living water.

The poor may say unto those that have been blessed with the riches of this life, Thou art rich, increased with goods, and have need of nothing: knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

We may be increased with goods in this life, and still be a poor wretched being without Jesus within our soul, our eyes having been blinded. We are naked without the robe of righteousness; but Jesus says, “Buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” — Rev. 3:18.

One may be very poor in this world’s goods, without the comforts and luxuries of life to enjoy, and still with Jesus within our souls we are enjoying the greatest of riches, which far exceeds the wealth of this life. Therefore we can truthfully say we are poor yet rich — poor in this world’s goods but rich in faith.

I would to God that many more would enjoy the richest of heaven’s blessings, instead of grappling after this world’s goods, which profit us nothing but will soon vanish away. We brought nothing into this world and certainly we can carry nothing out. Praise God, when we have Jesus reigning within our soul it lifts us far above the desire of gaining great possessions in this world.

Riches signify wealth or great possessions. Marк 10:23. Jesus said unto his disciples, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God.” It is very seldom that we ever hear of a man that has great wealth being saved by the atoning blood of Jesus. Men love their wealth, love prosperity better than they do their God. They are apt to worship their wealth as their God. How true it is that the love of money is the root of all evil.

Scarcely will we find one that is willing to do as Christ required of the rich man that came to him, to whom it was said: “If thou wilt be perfect, go and ’sell that thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven: and come follow me. But when the young man heard this saying, he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.” — Matt. 19:21, 22.

How many times do we hear people, and even sometimes those that claim to be saints of God, murmuring and complaining because they are poor financially and do not have the necessities of life which they need; and if they see those around them enjoying more of the luxuries and comforts of , life, thinking their more comfortably, situated friends do not realize what it is to be deprived of the necessaries of life. We are apt to get discouraged, discontented, and feel like complaining because the blessed Lord has not bestowed plentifully upon us, not thinking that he gives unto us all that he thinks best, and even more than we are deserving; instead of thanking him for what he has given unto us, not stopping to realize that it is through God that we are situated as comfortably as we are.

The precious word of God teaches us that contentment with godliness is great gain. Truly, if we have the peace of God within our soul we have contentment.

May God help his children ever to look unto Jesus amidst adversity as in prosperity and not complain at Heaven’s will, but praise the dear Lord under all circumstances of life. Having food and raiment and the spirit of Christ within our soul, let us therewith be content.

“The love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, О man of God, flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” — 1 Tim. 6:10,11.

One that is rich in Christ is enjoying the greatest of riches. The richest of heaven’s blessings are be-stowed upon those that are walking in the heavenly way. Therefore we can praise the Lord; though we may be poor, yet are we rich.

CORA PIERCE.

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Errors of Dunkardism.

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CHAPTER VIII.

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WATER BAPTISM. SHOWING THAT IT IS A BURIAL, NOT SPRINKLING NOR POURING; THAT IT IS ONE BURIAL, NOT THREE; ALSO, THE OBJECT OF BAPTISM.

“Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, l0, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” — Mat. 28:19,20.

In the above, Jesus gave a direct command to the disciples to baptize, and to teach others to do likewise. Therefore, since there are but few that are so blind – as not to acknowledge water baptism to be commanded by Jesus, for the sake of ■ brevity, I shall riot take space to argue that point.

The trouble is mostly about the mode of baptism. This ought not so to be. Hence, in this chapter, I shall give my attention mostly to the mode. First, I will answer two very important questions; namely, How baptize? and, How often baptize?

1. Answer to first question.

“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” — Col. 2:12.

In the above, baptism is called a burial. To bury anything is to inter in a grave, and to conceal from sight. Therefore, any mode that comes short of this, is not the Bible mode and is not baptism. Hence I shall utterly ignore both sprinkling and pouring, as being too far from a burial to demand any comment. Since neither sprinkling a few drops of water on the head or the feathers of the hat, nor pouring a half pint on the head, conceals or buries out of sight, neither of them can be accepted as a rational interpretation of baptism. In fact nothing but a burial fulfills the scripture.

2. Answer to second question.

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism” — Eph. 4:5. Since baptize means to bury (Rom. 6:4), therefore we are to be buried but once.

But our trine-Baptists ask, Does not the text say, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost?” Certainly it says so. Then they ask, “How then can you baptize in the name of three persons, by only one act?” I will let the word of God answer. Hence; “To the law and to the testimony.” John says, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, (Son) and the Holy Ghost: AND THESE THREE ARE ONE.” — 1 Jno. 5:7. The “Word” in this text does not mean the written word of God. See Jno. 1:1. — “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Word was with God in the beginning, before we had the written word, and 4004 years before the Christian era; yea, the Word was God; namely, God the Son. See Heb. 1:8. In ver. 11 John says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his (the Word’s) glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Thus we see, the “Word” in the text is clearly proved to be the Son of God. Hence the apostle says, that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are ONE — not three, but emphatically ONE.

Therefore, it is impossible to bury or baptize in the name of the Son, without baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Holy Ghost also. In fact, it is impossible to act in the name of any one of the Godhead separately, “for these are one.”

The fact that the apostles understood if thus is undeniable. See Acts 2:38 — “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Here Peter when filled with the Holy Ghost, commanded the people to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. He understood that to include the Godhead, since these three are one. Again, we read: “For as yet he had fallen upon none of them: only they were BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.” — Acts 8:16. “When they heard this, THEY WERE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.” — Acts 19:5. “And he commanded them to be BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.” — Acts 10:48.

We see that the apostles did not use the formula, “of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,” when they baptized. Neither is it necessary for us to do so. But to baptize in the name of the Lord Jesus includes the three persons of the trinity; for they are one, and inseparable. While to baptize once in the name of each person of the trinity, is to separate the Father from the Son, and the Son from the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost from the Father; which destroys the unity of the trinity, and baptizes three times, when the Scripture teaches but one baptism.

Come now, friend Dunkard, let us reason together. Suppose we had a firm in your city, that consisted of three stockholders by the names of Price, Davis, and Miller. If you were doing business for the firm as their agent, and would make a purchase for them to the amount of $100, would you give $100 for Price, and another for Davis, and another for Miller? Or if you were to give a note on the firm for $100, would you draw one note for $100 and sign Mr. Price’s name to it, and another for $100 and sign Mr. Davis’s name to it, and another for $100 and sign Mr. Miller’s name to it? Certainly you would not be so ignorant as all that, for you know that a note drawn on that firm, with one of the stockholders’ names signed to it, holds the other two just the same as if their names were on the note; for they are one firm, and all of them are involved in the $100 note. They are not doing business separately.

Just so it is with heaven’s firm. The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are the stockholders, and constitute one firm. Yea, these three are indeed ONE. Hence, to transact any business, or to baptize in the name of one includes all three, or the whole firm. To baptize in the name of each one separately would be to pay three times the scriptural price. Just the same as to draw three notes of $100, each on the firm, to pay for $100 worth of goods, would be to pay three times the price of the same, and cheat the firm. I assure you that that firm would discharge all such agents at once.

Well, I am quite sure God has discharged all such fraudulent agents as above described, long ago. In fact the record shows that God never employed the three-dippers at all, they were frauds from the very outset of that unscriptural doctrine. I will quote Tertulian upon this point. In “The Crown,” Book 5, Chap. 3, he says: “In fact, to begin with baptism, when we are about to come to the water, in the same place, but at a somewhat earlier time, we do in the church testify, under the hand of a chief minister, that we renounce the devil and his pomp and his angels; then are we thrice dipped, pledging ourselves to something more than the Lord hath prescribed in the Gospel.”

Here the early historian often quoted by trine-immersionists acknowledges that as early as the latter part of the second century, they practiced three dips; but says, “pledging ourselves to something more than the Lord hath prescribed directed, laid down as a rule, commanded

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THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 1896.

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The school at the camp ground and children’s home will begin about the first of September.

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The assembly meeting at Grand Junction will begin this year about Oct. 15 and last eight or ten days.

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We are now in need of three good strong young men to come at once to get out some wood to run the engine. Also could make use of one or two other workers.

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Requests For Prayer.

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Pray for the healing of Willie J. Jordan, Wrightsville.

Pray Aug, 23, that I may be healed of rheumatism. I have suffered for years. Sarah A. Carpenter, Hutchinson.

Pray for Rovena Uphoff, of Manning, that she may be healed. Pray also for Augusta Klemme, who has sore eyes.

I earnestly desire your prayers for the healing of my body, as I have been afflicted with chills and fever for some time. Your saved sister, Jessie Huckstead, North Yakima.

Pray that my eyes may be healed and strengthened; and for my husband and children that they may be saved. Lizzie – McCoy, Tiller’s Ferry.

Pray for Martha Miles of Belgique, who has chills and fever.

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Calls For Meeting.

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Some one’ should’ visit Annie King, of Perry, Okla, who is upon a bed of sickness and earnestly desires to be saved. Pray for her.

Some of God’s messengers are wanted to preach the Word at Flint, Mich. Address B. J. Ball.

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MEETINGS.

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PREPARING FOR CAMP MEETINGS.

There are a few things might be mentioned that will apply to camp and grove meetings in general. Those attending such meetings should go for the purpose of glorifying God, by doing good, getting good, and becoming better qualified to help others. If convenient, take a tent along, and bedding, etc., enough to make you comfortable. Some blankets and a straw tick will be sufficient to enable you to care for yourself should the place be crowded. If possible, go prepared to provide for yourself and help others. Do not impose upon the liberality of the brethren, but if you are too poor to provide for yourself do not stay away on that account as they will gladly care for you. Go in faith, and help to bear one another’s burdens, and aid in rescuing perishing souls.

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Gaston, Ind. tabernacle meeting. Aug. 26 to Sept. 6.

Tremont, O. Tabernacle meeting. Aug. 26-Sept. 6. Address Peter Hartman, Lawrenceville, O.

Ash Grove, Mo. camp meeting will be held four miles southwest of Ash Grove, Green Co., Mo , Aug. 27 to Sept. 7. Bros. W. G. Schell and Geo. E. Bolds are expected to attend this meeting, and all whom the Lord may send. Those coming from the east by R. R. write R. H. Marton, Ash. Grove, Mo., Box 87. Those coming from the west write Bro. Geo. A. Compton, Emmett, Dade Co., Mo. Pasture furnished for all teams. We are praying the Lord to send many of his saints to this meeting, and may the real searching power and presence of God come with them. A. T. Martin.

There will be a general assembly meeting at Davisville, Covington Co., Miss. beginning Aug. 28. Davisville is seven miles southeast of Williamsburg. Bro. S. H. Bozeman is expected. All are invited to come and be benefited. A. A. Ainsworth.

There will be a camp meeting held at the Shepherd schoolhouse, near Prince, Kemper Co., Miss. commencing Aug. 28, lasting as long as the Lord wills. A band of good singers is desired to be there We trust that God will send some of his true ministers from the North, whomsoever he wills. Let sinners come and be saved, and the sick and the lame come and be healed. Let every one in reach of this place put forth hands and help prepare the ground and make ready for this meeting; and God will bless your labor.

F. M. Williamson.

Oklahoma City, Okla. Tabernacle meeting. Aug. 28-Sept. 14.

Tuscola, Leake Co., Miss. Meeting. Beginning Aug. 29. R. H. Owens, Freeney, Miss.

There will be one week of tabernacle meeting beginning Sept. 1, near the Five Mounds meeting-house, in Chetopa Tp., Wilson Co., Kan. Eight miles southwest of Thayer and eight miles northeast of Neodasha. For information address Aaron F. Kessel, Neodasha, Kan.

South Boston, Ind. Camp meeting. Sept. 1-13.

Izard Co., Ark. Camp meeting. Sept. 1-15. Address Ben Seaton, Violet Hill, Ark.

The general western С. M. to be held at Milton, Mo. Sept. 1-12 is changed to Fairfax, Sept. 2-14: four and one-half miles north of Milton, at the celebration ground; one-half mile northwest of town. Good shade and water on the grounds. Fairfax is on the T. V. R. R. fifty-five miles north of St Joseph, Mo. in Atchison Co. Those coming from the north and south on the К. C. R. R. change cars at Corning. Those coming from the north on the С. B. & Q. R. R change at Valiska. Let every child of God in reach of this meeting and all that are in erested in the salvation of their souls, come. Come prepared to care for yourselves as far as possible. The workers will be cared for. The ministers expected to be present are Bros. W. A. Haynes. Kinzie, Backus, Willis, and whomsoever the Lord may send. Tents can be had at reasonable rates. All desiring tents send in your orders by Aug. 25. Address W. W. Scarlett, Milton, Mo.

Cheshire, Mich. Grove meeting. Beginning Sept 3. Will be held in Bro. S. W. Tripp’s grove, one-half mile north of the Lindsley schoolhouse. Bro. A. B. Palmer is expected to be there and whomsoever else the Lord may send. Address Albert Pulsipher, Allegan, Mich.

There will be a camp meeting at Yowell, Winston Co., Miss. Sept. 4-13. Let all tome who can. Come prepared to stay all through the meeting, as we are expecting great things from the Lord. Sept. 6 is set apart as a day of fasting and prayer for the sick and needy ones, and a real advancement in the church. R. H. Owens.

A general camp meeting will be held at Kenesaw. Neb Sept. 4-15. All seekers and lovers of the truth are earnestly invited to come and attend this meeting All the sick and afflicted in body are invited to come and hear the Lord’s promises unto them and be healed. All that possibly can, come prepared to stay during the entire meeting. There will be four services each day, during the entire camp meeting. Straw furnished on the grounds for horses. Let as many of God’s ministers as possible, make special efforts to get to this meeting. Bros. Vielguth, Roberts, and others are expected. For further information address W. F. Eberline.

Bern, Ind. Tabernacle meeting. Six miles east in Bro. Young’s neighborhood. Begins Sept. 5.

Rowan Co., Ky. Assembly meeting. Sept. 5-13. On Slab camp, in the saints’ meeting-house, eight miles southwest of Morehead Station on the C. & O. road. Address W. T. Hall, or F. Porter, More-head, Ky.

A grove meeting will be held in the southeast part of Salem township, Allegan Co., Mich. Sept. 8-18. Address H. E. Hyde, Burnips Corners, Mich.

Clifton, Mo. Camp meeting. Beginning Sept. 9. Address B. F. Chase, Box 116, Thayer, Mo.

Reddick, Ill. Tabernacle meeting, Sept. 9 and as long as the Lord wills.

Friend, Mo. Assembly meeting. Begins Sept. 15.

Anthony, Kan. Camp meeting. Be-ginning Sept. 15. Let some of God’s workers be here to help in this meeting. Address S. P. Fulton.

Rising Sun, O. Tabernacle meeting. Sept 15-25. Address Jacob Roush.

Arapahoe, Okla. Camp meeting. Sept. 18-28.

A general assembly meeting will be held by the saints of Kentucky, near Jeffersonville, Montgomery’ Co.; beginning Sept. 18, to continue over two Sundays, the Lord willing. A general invitation is given to all lovers of the truth. Bro. Keeling is expected. Thos. Carter.

Carthage, Mo. Assembly meeting. Beginning Sept. 20. Let every minister in Mo., Kan., Ind. Ter., and Ark. arrange to attend. Address R. L. Berry.

North Enid, Okla. Camp meeting. Beginning Oct. 6. Address W. G. Rippey.

New Pittsburg, Ind. Assembly meeting. Beginning Oct. 15. Address H. C. Wickersham.

Camp meeting in Louisiana, thirteen miles east of Hammond, near Morris Re-treat. Beginning Oct. 10.

Clayton, Okla. Camp meeting. Oct. 23 -Nov, 2. on the home and school ground. M. A. Fly, Clayton, Okla.

Anyone between St. Louis, Mo. and Ft. Wayne, Ind. desiring meeting, please address T. E. Ellis at St. James, Mo. at once.

Any who wish me to hold meetings in southeastern Dakota and eastern Nebraska will please address me at Parker, S. Dak. and I will fill as many calls as possible.

E. F. Houghton.

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Who Will Help to Spread the Gospel?

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Some time ago we made mention through the Trumpet of the need of more machinery — a boiler, press, and book-binding machinery’, all of which will cost about $6000.00 The time mentioned to send it in was by September the first. Since that time about $145.00 have been sent in for that purpose, and as the time I drawing near, no doubt many are anxious to know what is being done on that line. Some are doubtless waiting to see if somebody else pays the needed amount, or to see if the Trumpet family have enough faith to move the Lord for the needed machinery. Now dear ones, this is the time in which souls are at stake and each one should feel the responsibility, as the Lord does not put all the responsibility’ on the workers at the office, but about fifty of us are doing all we can here to push the work and send the truth to all parts of the world. Hundreds of thousands of tracts have been going out from this office, and yet we cannot supply the demand.

We have received urgent letters from different parts of the world calling for an abundance of tracts, and you can well imagine how our hearts are burdened when we are unable to fill the orders, because of the lack of means to send them forth; because of lack of machinery to print them and do the work. We often wonder to whom the charge will be I aid, of the many precious souls who could have the truth as well as not if there was apostolic liberty in giving for the spread of the gospel.

We have recently had letters calling for books, tracts, etc., to scatter throughout Africa, China, Honolulu, and the islands of the sea. We have also received orders from the West Indies, Calcutta and Bombay, India, and various parts of Europe and other parts of the world, and, dear brethren, think of it, only one press to send it forth and $145.00 towards buying another one and much other needed machinery. Truly, we are thankful for this much and do magnify the name of the Lord that he enables us to send out literature in abundance.

The workers here are giving their lives unto the service of the Lord free of charge, and it is so arranged that no member of the firm nor anyone can make use of any money sent in, for personal benefit. Dear brethren, the increase of the work here by the way of machinery etc. is as much yours as ours. We are only stewards over the same. We do not intend to beg money from you, but we only lay this before you that you may realize the responsibility and take the matter to the Lord in prayer. The prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

In the last few Weeks we have had to hire nearly $800.00 worth of printing and binding done at another place for lack of machinery in our office, and will, no doubt, have to hire much more done soon. We are glad to say that God is wonderfully prospering us in the work here in sending forth the truth and we feel his blessings and approval upon the same. Each Monday night the Trumpet family have met during the past year to pray for the needs of the office, and we desire the saints everywhere to remember the same on that evening.

Brethren who live near enough can also aid in the work by helping to provide for the family by shipping vegetables, fruit (either canned or dried), wheat, flower, butter, eggs, or anything to be used upon the table, or for clothing. May God bless his children everywhere.

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OWE NO MAN ANYTHING.

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Some one recently asked us to explain Rom. 13:8, which says, “Owe no man anything, but to love one another,” asking, What does the “owe” cover? Well, it covers more than most people have any idea it does, yet the first part of it is some-thing over which many dear ones are greatly tried. Here and there we find one who is in debt, and is doing all he can to make the payments and meet the demands, and they read in the Word which says, “Owe no man anything;” or some one will te11 them that they are not obeying the word of God, and by offending in one point are guilty of all, and because they do not fully understand this scripture they are needlessly worried and bothered.

Now this has a great deal more meaning to it than dollars and cents, and so many make the wrong application as far as debts on such lines are concerned. It is true, a person must pay his debts and it is well to keep out of debt if possible, at least, not to go into debt farther than the way out can plainly be seen, and if you are in debt, do all within your power to get out.

But now let us take the principal meaning of this. Just read on a little and it will explain the whole thing. Owe no man anything, but to get out of debt? Is that the way it reads No: let us read what it does say: ”but to love one another.” That is, do not owe him a grudge, nor be spiteful towards him, nor hold enmity against him; but love him. “Fur he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Now the following verses tell the commands that are given. We are not under the Old Testament law, but the law of Jesus Christ covers that ground and more too. And here in the following verses are the commandments that are in force now; namely, “For this thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment it is briefly comprehended in this saying; namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” You see it is love toward one another that we owe people, and nothing else.

Now if this means debts, then we could not owe a man a day’s work without violating the scripture, and would soon have ourselves in bondage, because business cannot well be carried on without one or the other of the parties owing for a short time; but we believe all persons should keep out of debt as much as possible,

In Matt. 5:42 we read, “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” What does this mean? That to every one who comes asking money we are to give money? Not by any means. We can fulfill this scripture, and not always give them money either. Oftentimes we are under obligations to give people money who ask, but we would get out of God’s order if we would give money to every one who comes along asking. Now how can we fulfill this scripture? For instance a man comes along who is tramping his way through the country, who is able to work, and will not work, would it be right to give that man money? No. How can you fulfill the scripture then? By giving him a little advice. Sometimes they need a job of work offered them to have them earn their dinner or lodging. But if a man is not in circumstances so as to pay for a meal or lodging, and is not a loafer, he may be given what is needed, without his work. The Word says, “He that will not work shall not eat.” We need to use wisdom concerning these things. As to those who would borrow, we are to use our God-given wisdom; also, we need not turn from any one disdainfully, but if we can help our fellow men along it is our duty to do so, and God will give us the needed wisdom, if we follow the instructions of his Word.

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QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Please explain Eph. 4:5, which says, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Does the one baptism spoken of there include both spiritual and literal? If not, which one is meant? If the Lord baptized the people with the Holy Ghost by pouring out his Spirit upon them, can a man be blamed for being baptized by pouring water?

In the scripture just quoted, “One Lord,” meaning Jesus Christ; “one faith,” the faith of Jesus; “one baptism,” the baptism of Jesus: does not mean John’s baptism, nor Paul’s baptism, but the baptism of Jesus Christ including both spiritual and literal. As to the spiritual part, he taught the baptism of the Holy Ghost. As to the literal part he set the example and also commanded his ministers to go forth and fulfil the same, which they did. In Acts 10:47, 48 we find where they received both the spiritual and the literal, and yet it was the baptism of Jesus Christ, for Peter said, “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.” Here we see both the spiritual and the literal baptism, as these parties had already been baptized by the Holy Ghost. In Rom. 6:4 you find that baptism is a burial. It means to be immersed, put under. A baptism of the Holy Spirit by pouring is quite different from pouring water, as the Spirit is something that is not received by a number of drops; but when it is poured out upon a person, they become immersed in the same. Jesus Christ, or his apostles, never taught that a person should be sprinkled, or have water poured on them in order to be baptized; but they did teach that they should be buried in baptism, and that is the baptism spoken of in Rom. 6:4 and Acts 10:47, 48.

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News from the Field.

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GRAND JUNCTION, MICH., Aug.14.

DEAR BRETHREN: Truly we can thank God for the privilege of attending the camp meeting at Beaver Dam, Ind., Aug. 4-12. Of the many camp meetings we have attended, this was the most glorious on account of the outpouring of the Spirit of God and the manifestation of his power.

The meeting was fairly attended, and on Sunday the place was crowded with people. The presence of God was felt from beginning to end and a sweet spirit prevailed throughout the meeting. Several of God’s ministers were there to present the word of God in its purity. On Saturday a lesson was given on divine healing and many presented themselves for the healing of their bodies, and as they obeyed the Word in James 5: 14,15, God fulfilled his word, and all who came for healing arose praising God for his mighty healing power. One lady who had been a helpless consumptive for six months, given up by doctors, was brought. A few days before the meeting she was called on by some of the brethren, who pointed out the true way of salvation through Jesus Christ, and after prayer was much helped, insomuch that she was able to be brought about thirty-five miles, and during the healing services she requested anointing and prayer for healing. Immediately she arose and walked out of the tabernacle praising God for her healing. She said she had not eaten six breakfasts in six months, but after her healing she could eat heartily three times a

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and was rapidly gaining her natural strength.

On Monday evening the ordinances of God’s house were observed by a large number of happy saints, and at seven o’clock in the evening the ordinance of baptism was observed. This was one of the most precious baptismal services we have witnessed for a long time. As the dear ones arose out of the watery grave they came forth leaping and shouting and praising God. One woman eighty-four years of age had given her heart to God and came leaping and shouting out of the. water. Truly it was a glorious sight to behold. Even sinners could not doubt but that salvation was a reality.

There were quite a number of consecrations for salvation and many received light on the word of God and were much advanced and strengthened and could go away from the meeting publishing the blessed tidings of full salvation.

On the morning of Aug. 12 we arrived home and found the Trumpet family praising God for salvation and busily engaged in sending forth the truth. We expect to start soon for the Emlenton, Pa. camp meeting.

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A LETTER FROM INDIA.

CALCUTTA, July 7.

E. E. BYRUM, EDITOR GOSPEL TRUMPET; MY DEAR BROTHER IN CHRIST: I thank you very much for kindly sending the books asked for, which came all right. I have been reading them and many doubts have already cleared away concerning “sectism” which I do believe with you to be quite unscriptural and am determined not to call myself a Baptist any more. I have written to some of my friends that the Lord has shown me from his word that it is not his will that his people should be thus divided. Pray for me that I may boldly “come out” and stand firm and true on the foundation of God which standeth sure. The Lord bless you in all your efforts and crown you with success. Pray for me, dear brethren, that I may be filled and kept filled with the Holy Spirit and be a mighty power through him to break down the strongholds of the devil. I am exceedingly delighted with your accounts.

The few copies of your Gospel Trumpet that you used to wrap up the parcel came, having been torn, but they were so nice and interesting that I cannot throw them away, but read them to my greatest delight. Now as I see that you offer it “free” to the poor, I would be right glad if I am allowed to avail myself of this privilege, and I believe I have a right to offer myself as one of the poor. I am so much enchanted with the beauty and the sweetness of the paper that I would really be sorry if I am refused the favor of having them regularly, and besides they would confirm my faith and help me onward in the higher Christian experience. I liked so much to read the testimonies of healing, and other articles.

Now a few words to introduce myself. I have been brought to the feet of Jesus our Lord last December. I was born and brought up as a Mohammedan. Nearly a year ago I have been seeking the higher Christian life and am much satisfied. Christ is all to me. He has been every-thing to me. Ever since I came to him he has shown himself to be powerful and lovely in all his goodness to me. I have cast all my cares upon him and I am delighted to testify that he careth for me. He has taught me not to depend upon anybody else but him, and to live on a self-supporting plan, in which he has been helping me. He has supplied all of my needs. He giveth me joy and my cup runneth over. I am a student now and am preparing for the work of the Lord. I have given up all worldly ambition. What things soever was gain to me I counted loss for my dear Master and King. I hope to get some of the books from you, but not at present. When the Lord will send me money for them I will buy. I could not have subscribed for the Trumpet had it not been free to the poor, and this I take as of the Lord as if the Lord would have me to have it, for he has made arrangements already with you for the poor like me.

I have many things to ask, but I hope they will be cleared by reading the rest of the books and the paper when it will come regular. I would like to keep the papers after reading them for they would be a valuable treasure if kept together. I shall be right glad to have them from the beginning of volume sixteen, so kindly send the back numbers if possible. I am yours in the one body of the Lord, all “for him.”

A. D. KHAN.

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396 DEARBORN ST., CHICAGO, ILL.

DEAR SAINTS: Greeting to you in Jesus’ name. I am praising God for salvation; saved and kept, though surrounded on every side by sin in this wicked city. Jesus is precious to my soul and I am living in his presence moment by moment. Hallelujah! I realize as I have never before that we are living in the last time and that the devil is going about seeking whom he may devour. — 1 Pet. 5: 8. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. — 1 Pet. 4:7. We shall be tried as with fire, but we should not think it strange (1 Pet. 4 12), because the church of God, the bride of Christ, is to be pure gold, pure and spotless and without blemish. ‘‘When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” — Job. 23:10. Zech. 13: 9.1 Pet. 1:7. I have been going through the fire as never before, but praise the Lord, it has only drawn me nearer to Christ and I have found that it has only proved a blessing in disguise. To-day I can praise God for all things, bless the Lord, knowing that we have the promise of Rom. 8: 28. It has been some time since we have written to you through the Trumpet but we feel now that the Lord will have us write to you often about the work in Chicago. The workers were never in such a good spiritual condition as they are now and we praise God for it all. We thank God for the many prayers that are sent to the throne in our behalf by those who are true to God. Continue to do so, dear ones, and Israel shall prevail in this awful Sodom. I have just returned from Beaver Dam camp meeting where truly we had a real good taste of Pentecost. Hallelujah! We were gathered together in one and with one accord, and as a natural result the real power of the Holy Ghost was felt in saving, sanctifying, and healing power. Praise the Lord! Yours in the one body,

GORHAM TUFTS.

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CLAYTON, OLKA., Aug. 8.

DEAR SAINTS: May the blessings of the Lord rest upon you richly. We just returned from the McKinley С. M. It was a grand meeting for God. We expect to attend the Marshall С. M., the Lord willing, and the С. M. at Kenesaw, Neb. The work on the home is still moving on in the name of the Lord. Yours in the love and fellowship of the gospel,

M. A. FLY.

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ST. JAMES, MO., Aug. 10.

DEAR BRETHREN: There was a grove meeting held at Leasburg, Mo. July 31 to Aug. 9. It was well attended by attentive listeners; much interest was manifested by the people, and we think much prejudice removed. Sectism is very dead there, and we trust many souls will turn to the Lord in the future. We think the saints at Leasburg were very much strengthened during the meeting. Bro. and Sister Leonard and Co. stopped with us Aug. 2 on their way to the Vichy С. M. Your brethren in Christ,

T. E. ELLIS AND DEWITT CHASE.

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ELEANOR, PA.

DEAR HOLY ONES IN THE CHURCH OF GOD: We greet you again in the name of Jesus. We are all saved and well and rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory. We are here with the Lord’s tabernacle doing what we can for the deliverance of precious souls, and the good Lord is giving the increase. A goodly number have been added to the church and more to follow. Praise God! From here we expect to go to Emlenton С. M. Pray for us and our usefulness in this glorious work.

I. S. MCCOY AND WIFE, AND WM. GALLAGHER.

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CHICAGO HEIGHTS, ILL., Aug. 12.

DEAR BRETHREN IN CHRIST: The dear Lord is blessing his little ones here and keeps us growing in grace daily and in a further knowledge of the truth. Father has called Bro. Smith and me into the work and we believe the Lord wants us to go to Iowa, we expect about next spring. We believe the Lord is going to provide us with a tent and wagon, so we can drive through. We have made arrangements to have a wagon built for that purpose and we believe Father is going to provide the means. Brethren, pray for us. Anyone wishing to contribute means for the tabernacle, send it to either Bro. Smith or me. I am your brother, consecrated to do the perfect will of God.

С. M. NOXON.

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CENTRALIA, MISS, Aug. 11.

EEAR SAINTS AND TRUMPET READERS: We have just closed meeting in Jasper Co. with victory in Jesus’ name. The Lord was with us in mighty power, in casting out devils and healing the sick and in the saving of souls. There were nine that followed the Savior in baptism.

We request that some of God’s true ministers come to assist in the camp meeting at Prince, Miss. We also wish to buy a tabernacle for the benefit of the South, as there is much objection to the saints preaching in the sectarian houses. If there is any one that desires to assist with his means, it will be gladly received Would like to have it ready for the camp meeting commencing Aug. 28. Any one that wishes to contribute will address J. J. Jones or L. V. Strickland, Ellisville, Miss. Yours saved in Jesus,

F. M. WILLIAMSON.

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PAYNE O., Aug. 11.

DEAR BRETHREN: Grace and peace to you and all of the saints be multiplied. Amen. Since the Grand Junction С. M. I have labored in two tabernacle meetings and the Brushy Prairie, Ind. С. M. which closed last Sunday evening, with victory on the Lord’s side. The meeting was not very largely attended but the work of salvation went forward deep and thorough and we thank God for the goodly number of precious souls that were saved. One good feature of the meeting was the good work among the children in the children’s meetings, in which several children were sweetly saved. Sister Viola Cox was used of the Lord in teaching the children. Lord’s day afternoon six happy saints were immersed and came from the watery grave to walk in newness of life, giving God the praise. In the tabernacle meeting near Melrose, Ohio there was a good interest and four professed pardon and one consecrated for sanctification. The much rain that Father was pleased to send kept many away, and the wet locality and low ground on which the tent was pitched was against the success of the meeting. Let all who are making arrangements for tent meeting in your locality be careful to select an elevated place on which to pitch the tent. Pray for us, all ye redeem-ed ones. I am as ever yours and Christ’s, humbly trusting in Him and fully saved,

J. N. HOWARD.

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WEST WHEELING, O., Aug. 13.

DEAR BRETHREN IN CHRIST, GREETING: It has been some time since we have reported, but thank God we have been well, saved, and sanctified, able all the time for field duty. Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow! The Moundsville, W. Va. camp meeting was a success. It was well attended. Good attention and good order. There was a good work done in removing much prejudice and exposing of sectism, or Babylon, as well as in salvation work. Some were saved, others were sanctified and a few had faith to be healed of bodily diseases, and to God be all the glory through Jesus Christ our Lord. The weather had been very rainy and wet, so much so that it looked very unfavorable and we believe the good Lord answered the prayer of the saints and gave us beautiful weather through all the meeting. The providence of God was noticeable both to saints and sinners, for the rain stopped falling the day before the meeting was to commence and began to fall again the day after it closed. Near the close of the meeting there was an ordinance service in which twenty-five or thirty participated. The workers that labored in the meeting were Bro. G. T. Clayton, Bro. W. J. Henry and Co. God bless the dear ones who have learned to deny themselves and follow Jesus. On the last day of the meeting Bro’s. A. J. Ellison and H. E. Rogers and Sister Nora Siens, were ordained by the laying on of hands. Yours and Christ’s in the one body,

A. J. KILPATRICK.

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HUNTER, ILL.

DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: To the glory of God I wish to acknowledge his love and goodness to me; for the light he has given me and for saving and sanctifying and keeping me day by day. Praise his precious name! He wonderfully blessed me in answer to prayer at the С. M. and showed me so plain how lovingly and tenderly he leads me. He also showed me things in regard to my duty. He is also my physician and helper in every trial. Bless his name! When you read this, pray the Lord to fulfill his will in me. Amen. Your sister in Jesus.

MARTHA AMUNDSON.

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POYNOR, Mo.

DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I will give my testimony for the first time to the glory of God. I am saved and kept by power divine. I have been out in the evening light a little over three years. I first joined the Campbellite church and then the Freewill Baptists. So you see I wandered from hill to hill, but could not discern the true church of God until the evening light came. Then God showed me that this was that for which I had so long been hunting. Praise the Lord forever and ever! He delivered me from tobacco and coffee. I had been a tobacco-user for thirty-five years. Pray for me, brethren and sisters, that I may ever be kept humble and true.

S. P. MIZELL.

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ROGERS — Mother Marena L. Rogers was born in Alabama, Oct. 19, 1810; died July 25, 1896; aged eighty-five years, nine months, and six days. Mother Rogers was a child of God for many years. She came to the Pacific coast with her children some years ago. About five years ago she heard of the fullness of the gospel and sought earnestly for the experience. At our meetings at National City, she found the long desired blessing of heart purity. Many times in the meetings afterward, she expressed her gratitude to God that he had given this blessed salvation to “poor unworthy me, in my old days,” and many a “Praise the Lord” rang out in the meetings from her overflowing heart. Her last days were indeed her best. Less than a week before her death she was taken with pain and some fever. The prayer of faith was offered for her and the sickness was speedily and completely removed. She slept most of the time after that until her spirit passed from earth to Him who gave it. Truly she filled her mission on earth. God gave her a comfortable home in her old age, with her children, who feel the sad loss of one so greatly loved. May the blessings of God rest upon all who miss her. and may we each be able by his grace to glorify him in life and a triumphant death, as she has done. Funeral services by Bro. Alex. Chisholm.

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Divine Healing

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Asking the Lord.

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If you desire favors of the Lord, do not be afraid to ask him. There are so many sick and afflicted who are beyond earthly help, many of whom never have learned that the Lord is ready and anxious to heal them; while others have been asking him to remove their afflictions, but have not been believing that he would do it. People have generally been taught that the day of healing is past never more to return until Christ comes again. But the teaching of such unbelievers does not make it so. The word of God is true and he has lost none of his power, but can heal the body as well as save the soul. Jesus once said “Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy. Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed and walk?” It was upon this occasion that he manifested his power to save and heal, because he ‘‘saw their faith.”

Now in order to exercise the needed faith it is not necessary to strain the mind nor go through some great physical demonstrations but it is in a simple way laying the matter before the Lord after having fully complied with his Word as near as possible; then believe that he does do just what he has promised in his Word. Get a promise from his Word and count it yours. He will never refuse to fulfill his promises if all the hindrances are removed on your part. If you are sick and able to exercise your mind so as to grasp the promises, see to it that you are in proper spiritual condition, by searching your consecration, and do not stop until you know that your sins are all forgiven and you are fully consecrated to God’ ready for him to have his own way in all things with you. It will then be no hard matter to put your case in his hands and ask for the healing of your body and believe for it.

But some one says, I have asked time and again and do not get healed, and do not know why the Lord does not hear and answer. There is a reason for the work not being done, either your consecration is not what God would have it, or you have not properly inquired of the Lord in faith. He will either do the work or show why it is not done, if the matter is properly brought before him with a determination to have his Word fulfilled. Must we believe against all pain? Yes, but we do not like Christian Scientists, have to deny the existence of pain. We can believe against pain, as we did against sin when coming to the Lord for salvation. We had to believe the word of God true wherein he promised to forgive, before we received pardon; and just as soon as that was done and all conditions met, the pardoning power was manifest. So it is with healing of the body. He is ready and willing to heal you.

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commanded in the Gospel.” Why do not three-dip Dunkards quote all of what Tertulian said upon this point, and acknowledge as he did, that three dips are not commanded by the Lord in the gospel?

OBJECT OF BAPTISM.

It is claimed by some trine-immersionists that baptism is a saving ordinance. This I shall prove to be false, save that every child of God is commanded to be baptized, and if they refuse to do so, they will lose salvation just the same as to disregard any other command.

I now quote from their own literature. “The House We Live In,” by Daniel Vaniman, says on the subject, “Design of Baptism:” “The candidate who has believed, repented, and been thus baptized [three dips], has complied with the Lord’s requirements for pardon. The Lord placed Naaman’s cure on the other side of seven dips in Jordan, and the blind man’s ability to see, on the other side of his washing in the Siloam. As they were obliged to come where the Lord placed the blessing, or do without it; just so he placed salvation or pardon on the other side of faith, repentance, and baptism; and the sinner must come to where it is, or do without it.”

It is all true that the sinner must come to where salvation or pardon is, or do without it. But, that salvation or pardon is on the other side of water baptism to the sinner, is absolutely false. For repentance, faith, and remission of sins, or pardon, all precede baptism. And to the sinner, water baptism is on the other side of repentance, faith, and remission or pardon of sins.

 1st. Repentance precedes baptism.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” — Acts 2:38. It is evident that Peter puts repentance before baptism. And were it not for the explanatory word “for,” which means because of, he would have baptism before remission of sins. But he says for the remission of sins. “For,” because your sins have been remitted, be baptized, every one of you.

2d. Faith precedes baptism.

“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water: what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.” — Acts 8:36-38.

From the above we learn the following facts:

1. The eunuch desired Philip to baptize him.

2. Philip demanded him to believe with all his heart, before he would baptize him.

3. The eunuch confessed faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. or that he was born of God, as Philip demanded. See 1 Jno. 5:1. — “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.’’ In ver. 10 he says, “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself.” From these scriptures it is evident that whoso-ever believes in Jesus as the Christ is born of God, and has the witness of the same in his own heart. Hence Philip required the eunuch to be born of God, and have a clear evidence of the same in his heart, before he would baptize him. The eunuch confessed that he did believe, was born of God and a child of the heavenly family, and had the evidence of the same, before he was baptized.

4. After he professed salvation or par-don, Philip then went down into the water with him. and baptized him.

3d. Remission of sins precedes baptism.

“To him gave all the prophets witness that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” — Acts 10:43. Here it is evident that faith in Christ produces the remission of sins, or conversion, regeneration, spiritual birth, pardon, salvation, etc. (which all relates to the same experience), and is received before the individual is a Bible candidate for water baptism.

But you ask, Are we not baptized into the church, or body of Christ? I answer, Yes: but not by water baptism. Paul says, “FOR BY ONE SPIRIT ARE WE ALL BAPTIZED INTO ONE BODY [the church. Col. I:24.], whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” — 1 Cor. 12:13.

In the above, it is evident that the Spirit is the agent that administers the baptism that puts us into the church. But in water baptism the preacher is the agent that puts us into the water. Thus we see that the preacher cannot baptize us into the church, for the Spirit does that. This baptism washes us from our sins, and makes us children of God (See Rev. 1:5.); while water baptism is a testimony to the same.

From 1 Pet. 3:21 it is evident that water baptism does not put away the filth of the flesh or sins, but answers or testifies that the conscience is good or clear, that the Spirit, with the blood, has washed away our sins and condemnation. This no sinner can testify to, without telling a lie. For to be baptized before regeneration, pardon, or salvation from past sins, is to testify to a falsehood.

Paul spoke of the two baptisms as follows: “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.’” — Rom. 6:3, 4.

This shows us two things. First, in ver. 3 Paul spoke of a baptism that put the Romans into Christ, by which they entered into his death, as being in the past. Secondly, in ver. 4 he spoke of a baptism by a burial, as being in the present. Thus we see they are not the same, but the one that puts into Christ, precedes the one that buries with him. The baptism that puts them into Christ is the work of the Spirit. See 1 Cor. 12:13. “Therefore” or for that reason, that the Spirit had baptized them into Christ, they were buried with him by baptism, or baptized in water. Thus is it positively proved that water baptism does not put us into Christ, but the baptism of the Spirit does.

It is also claimed by trine-immersionists that the Word teaches that baptism is to be administered with the face downward. For Christ bowed his head when he died. But we must not forget that Paul says it is the work of the Spirit that baptizes us into Christ’s death. Rom. 6:3. Read it.

Here is the only text they quote upon this point. Paul continues, saying: “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” — Rom. 6:5.

Now, in this Paul was commenting upon verses 3 and 4. The first clause of ver. 5 is a comment upon ver. 3, and the last clause is a comment upon ver. 4. In scripture, “plant,” as here used, means, “to unite to Christ, and fix in a state of fellowship with him.” In ver. 3 Paul says that the Spirit’s baptism unites us to, or inducts us into, Christ and his death. Hence, “planted * in the likeness of his death,” in the text, has no reference to water baptism, in the least. It is a figurative term, used by Paul to represent the spiritual birth. See Jer. 11:17.

It is evidently true that when Paul says, “we shall be also in the likeness of his re-surrection,” he comments upon ver. 4, where he says, “we also should walk in newness of life.” After Christ’s resurrection he was immortal; his body, the human part, was now changed: and as we are raised from the watery grave, we publicly testify that we believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ: that we also will be resurrected immortal bodies at the last day; that we are dead to sin and the world forever; that we have the first resurrection through Christ, from a dead state in sms (See Jno. 5:25.) and that we shall thenceforward live only to the glory of God. It is none the less true that all who baptize in order that their sins may be forgiven, are over 1800 years behind, not having learned the doctrine of Jesus Christ.

In A. D. 26 John preached, and baptized for the remission of sins. Mark 1:4. Here “for” means unto, while farther on it is defined because of. Yet when speaking of John’s baptism the Greek means unto. In A. D. 30 Jesus came preaching the gospel; John having been put in prison, from which he never escaped. Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” — Mark 1:15. Jesus did not say, Be baptized unto the remission of sins. But, that the time is fulfilled, or at an end, and shall proceed no farther.

The people under Paul’s preaching understood that since Christ had come, John’s time was fulfilled, and his baptism revoked. See Acts 19:3-5 — “And he said unto them, Unto what then were you baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him; that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

From the above we observe:

1. Paul asked the Ephesians unto what they had been baptized, and they answered, Unto John’s baptism.

2. He explains John’s baptism as only a baptism of repentance — a testimony or pledge that they would believe on him which would come after him, which was Christ. John’s baptism did not of itself take away sins, but was unto the remission of sins, when they would repent and believe in Christ. See Jno. 5:1.

3. When they heard and accepted Paul’s preaching, they ignored John’s baptism and were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Thus ‘baptism unto the remission of sins’ stopped with John; And Christ’s baptism, because our sins have already been remitted, commenced with Christ, A. D. 30.

Thus it is clearly proved to the unbiased mind that water baptism does not wash away sins. It takes a more powerful element than water to reach the heart of mankind. Water will do for the outside, but sin is in the heart. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for giving so much attention to the outside, while inwardly they were full of sin. Luke 11:39.Let all who are born in cold water take warning. Nothing but the blood will reach the sin in the heart of man. See Rev. 1:5. Thank God; the blood will erase the sin from the heart and give all who have tried water for the same, a blessed experience which they never before enjoyed; namely, forgiveness of sins.

I once knew a sinner to go down into the water with a preacher, and the preacher baptized him into the church (?) as they called it; and the result of that act was this; that man went into the water a dry sinner and came out a wet sinner. I also knew that man about three years afterward to hear Jesus and his baptism ‘preached, and he did like the Ephesians: renounced his first baptism, repented of his sins, and was baptized (converted ) by the Spirit, which washed him from all his sins, in the blood of Jesus. Then he was baptized in water as a testimony of the same, and is now rejoicing in the Lord his strength. Dear reader, do likewise. Seek the blood, the blood, the blood.

G. W. H.

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Born of the Spirit.

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To be born of God is to be born of the Spirit; for “God is a spirit.” The natural man is born of the will of the flesh, and the will of man, and inherits the nature of man and has inbred sin. The new man created after Christ Jesus is born of the Spirit, inherits the nature and attributes of God the Father.

Such are the sons of God; free born. They have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; nor fearing the opinions of the world, nor in bondage to sects, denominations, and creeds of man. But are free, serving God in spirit and in truth, no more in bondage to the works of the flesh, but are living in the power of the Spirit. “For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

They also have fellowship with the Father and the Son, and other members of the family of God. Born in love, the love of God. “Every one that loveth is born of God. and knoweth God,” for they have the imparted nature of Christ within, which is the seed, which is sinless and cannot sin for this Christ continueth in them. This is the mystery now made known, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Being born of the Spirit is not imitating God, but is a life, living out the attributes of God.

J. D. STONE.

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DEAR SAINTS OF THE LIVING GOD; I cannot refrain from telling you this beautiful morning what the Lord is still graciously doing for me My joys are daily increasing, and my hopes are brightening. I am having victory over the enemy of my soul every day. Praise God for an everlasting salvation that we cannot possess long without knowing and feeling for ourselves that we have passed from death unto life. How often I have wished that I could tell one half that I feel within my soul, but no tongue can tell it. I have a rich Father, who supplieth all our needs, and healeth all our diseases; I have passed through fiery trials, Jesus has been with me. He has said in his Word that he would never leave nor forsake us, and again he says, “Lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” I feel that I am all given up to the will of my Lord; that I can say when the Master calls, “I am ready.” While I live I shall be devoted to his cause, but if my death would glorify God to the good of souls, I can say, “Thy will, not mine, be done.” I ask all the saints to pray for me. Your sister, saved and sanctified and under the blood,

SARAH WELLS.

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Advancement.

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Matters of Conscience.

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(Continued from last issue.)

“Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” — Rom. 14:22.

The word faith in the above is applied to conscience scruples, such as the apostle is treating upon throughout the chapter from which it is quoted. Such faith he tells us we are to have to ourselves before God.

But Paul did not mean to say that we should keep any doctrine of the Bible to ourselves, because inspiration elsewhere teaches us that “no prophesy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” — 2 Pet. 1:20.

Jesus himself taught that no Christian doctrine is to be withheld from the masses, when he said, “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” — Matt. 10:27. So there is nothing to be withheld from others but conscience scruples, which we arc clearly commanded to have to ourselves before God.

But let us see to it that we keep all these conscience scruples to ourselves. If we do not they will breed discord amongst the brethren. We may believe as we will concerning any point that does not pertain to Bible doctrine, if we will only “have it to ourselves before God,” and not attempt to make it obligatory upon others.

In the past we have not entirely refrained from attempting to enjoin matters of conscience upon the brethren, and discords and contentions have been the outgrowth in many local churches. I feel safe in saying that under our observation, a vast majority of the troubles that have arisen, have been brought about by the teaching of fanatic notions, concerning points that do not pertain to the doctrine of the Bible.

God help his ministers to get wisdom enough to distinguish between Bible doctrine and matters of conscience, that they may preach the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible. And except we gain this point we never can expect an established tranquillity in the church universal.

But why is it that the teaching of mere matters of conscience will cause division amongst the brethren? Because the Spirit of God will not witness to the teaching of such things, in the hearts of the hearers. God’s Holy Spirit will rivet the truth of every part of his Word upon the hearts of the hearers, hence every true child of God can easily be made to see every Bible truth when it is declared with “the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven.” But the reception of any point upon which God has not treated in his Word, depends wholly upon the confidence of the hearer in the speaker, and his own peculiar conscience scruples.

If I were to teach any matter of conscience, in any church of the saints, there would doubtless be some in that church, who, out of confidence in me, would receive my teaching. Others perhaps would fail to see it in the light I did. And because I had set it forth as a Bible doctrine, as might be expected, those receiving my teaching would think those who had not received it, were not straight before God or they would have received what I had taught. And perhaps those who had not accepted my teaching, would think those who had accepted it, were not straight. Thus the seed of discord would be sown, and devastation would follow. And it would not have been caused by a deficiency in any one’s spirituality, but by my lack of wisdom, in carrying such fanaticisms into the pulpit. Oh! beloved brethren, let us preach the word of God and forever cease to judge others by our conscience.

WM. G. SCHELL.

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