22 December 1892, Volume 12, Number 51.
How Teachest Thou?
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my Ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa 55:9.
The sinner sins with every breath,
His life is swallowed up in death;
And as he sins, he onward goes
To reap the fruit of what he sows.
His sinful nature reasons thus:
“I claim no power, I make no fuss.
If I’m a sinner he’e below,
Why did the Maker make me so:
He made me nothing but a man;
I mean to do the best I can:
As I your faith do not possess,
I’ll take my chance, and not profess.”
Now see if what you say is true;
How much did Adam look like you:
God made the first a perfect man:
Square up in measure if you can.
Then hear that just and awful cry,
“The soul that sinneth it shall die!”
It was because of Adam’s fall
That Jesus gave his life for all.
Another step, and find
A sinner of another kind,
Who holds the Bible, but his words
Are all tied up with sectish cords.
This Pharisee, of great repute,
Has found for faith a substitute;
Theology he claims is better;
Because he only sees the letter.
He preaches smooth and sings quite sweet,
Then sinks into a cushioned seat
To oversee the social spree, –
This great and modern Pharisee.
And still we meet another kind,
With truth and error both combined,
In the little letters of A B C,
Without the remaining twenty-three;
He teaches what he knows quite well.
But of the best he fails to tell,
Because his eyes can only see
His A B. ab’s, and A B C.
A lesson I might here conceal,
Unless my secret I reveal:
Repentance teachers would do right
If they would teach the second light;
Alas! too many fail to see
The light that sets the captive free.
Praise God! the truth the world must know,
Which now is living to and fro;
The truth, thy world must understand,
Is spreading fast, o’er sea and land.
God sends a tried and chosen few
Who gladly will his bidding do;
No cushioned pew is their retreat,
No velvet carpet for their feet:
But thorns and briers fell instead,
Like those which t rewind the Savior’s head.
In this God’s little ones rejoice,
Because it was their Masters choice.
I feel inclined to close this rhyme,
And take it up another time;
But not before I praise the Lord
For the plain teaching of his word,
And for the light and liberty
Which he this moment gives to me;
All praise belongs to Christ his Son,
Who in my heart a work hath done.
Emma I. Coston.
A State and a Place.
A brother having discovered that all the elements of heaven are found in the possession of holiness, has arrived at the conclusion that heaven is a state, and not a place, at all. But, a more careful study reveals the fact that holiness is the heaven state, but heaven itself the heaven location. Hence, we read;
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. — Acts 20:32.
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. — Acts 26:18.
Here is an inheritance entered in this life by faith, and it is found in the grace of entire sanctification. It is the “inheritance of the saints in light.” — Col. 1:12.
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. — Eph. 1:9-11.
There was a great mystery, sacred truth, that was hidden in the past ages, which God has now made known to us “in the dispensation of the fullness of the times,” i. e., the finishing dispensation of time. And the great and marvellous fact that God would gather all things into one, both things in heaven and on earth; and this oneness is in Christ, and of course only extends to the things in heaven and earth that are in him. “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance.” That is plain; we have already obtained this inheritance.
We find in a covenant that God made with Abraham, he promised him a numerous seed, even exceeding the stars of heaven and the sands of the sea-shore. Again he promised to give to him and to his seed all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession. Now, who are the seed, the heirs of that promise, and what is contained in the promise? dear the Word:
That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of the promise are counted or the seed. — Rom. 9:8.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham. who is the father of us all. — Rom. 4:16.
Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. — Gal. 3:7.
And if ye be Christ’s then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. — Gal. 3:29.
The literal seed of Abraham, “the children of the flesh,” as such, are not the seed to whom this promise extends, but the children of the promise. A seed who like Isaac their type, were born by a supernatural power. When Abraham and his wife were both beyond natural ability to bring forth offspring, God promised them a son. Abraham believed God and that faith was counted unto him for righteousness, and as the result of his faith Isaac was born. So, according to this striking figure, we also believed God, and a spiritual birth, resulting in righteousness, followed. So, in this covenanted seed “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male or female: for we are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” — Gal. 3:28, 29. Now, the only promise made to Abraham’s seed in that covenant, was, that to Abraham and his seed should be given all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession. Now, the seed being spiritual, the promised land is also spiritual, and Abraham seemed to so understand it. In fact, the promise was never fulfilled to him in a literal manner. Hence we read:
And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child. — Act. 7:5.
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. — Heb. 11:9, 10.
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. — Heb. 11:39, 40.
Though God had promised Abraham an inheritance in Canaan, it is recorded that “He gave them none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on.” Both he and Isaac and Jacob who were heirs with him to the same promise, all sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles, etc. “These all received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us.’’ All this shows that the promise made to the seed of Abraham, is the peculiar heritage of this dispensation. We say Abraham so understood it, hence never accused God of failing to makegood his promise, but he “looked for a city that hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” He seemed to know that the promise related to the then coming city of God, and the apostle says in the next chapter of Hebrews, “But ye — in the new covenant — are come unto mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, * * * to the general assembly and church of the firstborn which are written in heaven.” Thus it is they believed the promise, but “received not the promise,” God having provided something better for us. So the city that Abraham looked for, as the place where the promised inheritance should be realized, is the church of the firstborn, the New Jerusalem, which is the “Bride, the Lamb’s wife.” Rev. 21:9, 10.
We have seen, in Acts, that the inheritance is found among them who are sanctified by faith. But entire sanctification is wrought by the Holy Spirit, Rom. 15:16, 1 Thess. 2:13, and is identified with the full possession of the Spirit. Hence we read that “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us:
* * * that the blessing of Abraham — promised to Abraham and his seed — might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Here the promise of Canaan is defined as the “promise of the Spirit.”
Now, this inheritance, we have seen, we enter now and here, and it is nothing but holiness of heart and life in Christ Jesus, the beautiful “inheritance of the saints in light.”
But again we read in 1 Pet. 1:3-5 that we who are “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time,” have a lively hope, of “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for us. How is this? An inheritance here and now, and yet an inheritance awaiting us in heaven? Are there, then, two inheritances? No. The inheritance here, is holiness, the heaven state; that reserved in heaven for us is the heaven location, or heaven itself. The heaven of heavens which is the final reward, and everlasting abode of the saints, maybe summed up in two things. First, the heavenly nature, which is perfect holiness, second, the heaven place, the abode of the angels. It is clear that without the first, the second never could be enjoyed. And, it is thus, that “Heaven comes down to the sanctified wholly.” Holiness is really the very element and atmosphere of heaven, and therefore heaven’s life and nature comes down to men on earth, as a qualification to enter heaven.
Parallel with the inheritance here and the inheritance hereafter, we have a new heaven here in God’s church and yet a new heaven and a new earth after the present earth is burned up. In Rev. 21:1-5, 9, 10, the new heaven and the new earth are indentified with the “New Jerusalem,” the “holy Jerusalem” which came down from God out of heaven, and which is the “Bride, the Lamb’s wife,” which, of course, is the church.
In Isa. 65:12-18, the new heavens and the new earth appears when the Jewish nation was “numbered to the sword” and “bowed down to the slaughter” and “left their name for a curse” and a new church was created. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create, for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing and her people a joy.” This is plain. The new heavens and the now earth are a new Jerusalem, and a new people in it. This is nothing more nor less than an entirely new dispensation, new church, new covenant, and a new people. Jerusalem was once the place of God’s dwelling. His church is now his dwelling place on earth, hence, it is a new Jerusalem. The literal and the spiritual cities sustaining the relation of-type and anti-type. After bringing to view the new heavens and new earth and associating it with the new Jerusalem, God’s church, in Rev. 21: “He that sat upon a throne said, Behold, I make all things new.” Verse 5. Where is this fulfilled? Find the answer in 2 Cor. 5:17, 18. “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” “And all things are of God.” This is a God-created city, for, “behold, I create new heavens and a new earth.” “Be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing and her people a joy.” It is a fact that salvation makes us a new people and its glory makes the very heavens over our head, and the earth around us new; invests the entire creation of God with a new beauty. Everything is so changed in us that everything seems changed about us. So, it is all in Christ Jesus that old things have passed away and all things have become new. The New Jerusalem, new heaven, is the new church that Jesus founded on the rock. So, “Mount Sion” “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, the general assembly and church of the firstborn” all mean the same thing, the divine church under the “new covenant.” Read Heb. 12:22- 24. And in Isa. 65 and Rev. 21, the new Jerusalem is identified with the new heavens and new earth. So we are already in the new heavens and new earth, since in Christ, all things have become new. But, in 1 Pet. 3, we read, “The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens — the atmosphere — shall pass away with great noise and the elements — the material of this earth — shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also and the works that are therein, shall be burned up.” Even “the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.” Take notice, it does not say this earth will only be burned over and purified by fire and then become a new earth with new heavens for the saints’ final abode. But “all these things shall be dissolved,” “melted” and “burned up,” and elsewhere we are told they shall “pass away.” The language is too plain to be misunderstood. The entire elements of this earth shall be burned. And astronomy reveals the fact that occasionally just such things have occurred. Planets have been seen to take fire, burn out, disappear and leave their former space a vacuum. That is exactly the doom announced for this our sin-cursed world. But, after the above announcement respecting the elements melting and burning up, Peter says, Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
What, ye ask again, does this mean? A new heaven and new earth here and now in Christ Jesus and one to be looked for after the present heavens — atmosphere — and earth are burned up? This is the same lesson over again that we had on an inheritance now, and one to be entered hereafter. The new heaven and the new earth now enjoyed are God’s New Testament church wherein we are “renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created us.” That is the heaven state. And that which the faithful shall enter after judgment is the actual located heaven. Its representation by the terms “new heaven and new earth” simply means a new mode of existence. Our past life on earth was a sinful and unholy one, but the wonderful grace of God put us into an entirely new state, morally a new mode of existence. Our present place of literal dwelling is this earth and heaven — atmosphere — but when time shall have ended, we will rise to a new and heavenly location, a new plane and mode of existence, called new heaven and new earth, because those contain our present idea of a sphere of habitation.
Yes, there is a heaven, and the whole scriptures point us upward to that celestial place as our final and eternal abode. So, while holiness represents the moral nature of heaven, there is an actual place where holiness reigns without an opposite eleement, and where all the redeemed shall enjoy the presence and glory of God forever. Heaven is a place as well as a state. Elijah and Enoch ascended into heaven; Christ also ascended into heaven. Now, these did not all ascend into a state, but into a place. Stephen “saw heaven opened.” Not a state, but a place. The saints are made kings and priests unto God, now, and they “reign in life.” Rom. 5:17. But when Christ comes, they shall be caught up to meet him, so shall they ever be with him. Nothing is said about their return to earth after that, but they shall ever be with Christ above.
Pierce City, Mo.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: I feel led of the Lord to write a few lines to you all, telling you I am praising God with full assurance of faith, knowing that I am now enjoying the blessing of holiness, and have been for three years or upwards. And it is nothing within myself only a willing mind to obey God and step out on the promises. I offered my body a living sacrifice to God upon the altar, and the altar sanctified the gift. I was then made a new creature in Christ Jesus. Praise God for ever and ever! I am now on my way rejoicing. having victory over the flesh and the devil, and all that is not like God. I can now glorify God in this body and spirit which are his, for I am not my own; I am bought with a price, which is the precious blood of Jesus. Oh how I do love the truth, the truth as it is in Jesus!
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The brethren here have been faithfully working on the camp ground, preparing a home for the children and getting the house ready so as to begin the school shortly after the beginning of the year. A few children can be cared for in the name of the Lord. As the means given for that purpose have all been used in getting things ready, they are not able to provide for all who have already applied. There are many of the brethren who doubtless have been waiting for a chance to help provide and educate homeless children, and those whose parents are called to go forth into the vineyard of the Lord. For this reason we feel led to speak of the progress of this work, as some have money for that purpose; others can send provisions, such as the Lord may lead them to give. A couple heating stoves will be needed, bedsteads, whole outfit of bedding, chairs, and household furniture, clothing, provisions for the table will be needed every day in the year; also feed for milk cows and team kept on the ground. These things can be shipped by freight at a small expense.
Just as soon as the way opens a larger building will be erected so that many can be cared for. In answer to prayer for the Lord to provide a suitable teacher, we received a letter from Bro. Chas. Orr of Tampico, Ind., who has had a few years experience in teaching, and is also one of God’s ministers. He writes that the Lord has impressed him to come and give his time freely to this work, and will be ready by the time they are ready for him. Surely the hand of the Lord is in the work.
“Christ says, “This Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” — Matt. 24:14.
Now Paul says it has been preached to all. Col. 1:23. Please explain these scriptures.”
Ans. “Every creature which is under heaven,” in the last text, is very accurately translated in the direct from the Greek in the Emphatic Diaglott, as follows: “Having been published in all the creation that under the heaven.” It simply means that the Gospel had then spread abroad into every principal nation of the then known world.
The words in Matthew are designed to serve as one of the signs by which the church is to know when we are approaching the end. But no very definite calculation can be based upon it under the existing circumstances. First, we know not whether our Savior intended to convey the idea that the Gospel of the kingdom shall simply be carried within the bounds of every nation, or whether it must first extend unto all portions of every nation. If the latter is intended it might be said, from one standpoint, that the time of the end is already come.
But another matter must be taken into consideration. Will the Lord receive that gospel which reaches the heathen nations through sectarians channels, and which is therefore mixed with, and tainted by those defiling channels? It is evident that much of it the scrutiny of heaven will pronounce “another gospel,” which is no true gospel of God. But it is also reasonable to believe that some of the teachings which come from sincere and honest hearts and lips, and which lifts up a good standard of Bible holiness, is accepted in God’s sight. I think it probable that the missionaries in foreign fields are the most humble, and God-fearing workers in the sects; and some of them leave their sect so far in the back ground, and so lift up Christ, that God accepts them, notwithstanding their loosely worn sect relation, which they do not have sufficient light to cast utterly away. So we can only use the Savior’s sign to know the end approaches.
The following was sent in with request for explanation, from Geneva, Ind.
Please explain how a man can know he is a child of God, and does not “deceive his own heart.” — Jas. 1:26.
IF any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his own tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. “The question is, how a man can know he is a child of God and not be deceived.” This is a very important question from the. fact we see so many who are professing to be, and by works deny it. Some professing and engaging in things contrary to God’s word; i. e., he is holding grudge against some one who has injured him, and not willing to forgive. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. — Matt. 6:14, 15. Now to hold anything of the kind in the heart against any one is a violation of God’s Word and certainly that person could not be a child of God in that condition, for Jesus says: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your father which is in heaven: for he maketh the sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. — Matt. 5:44, 45. Jesus teaches us here plainly that to be the children of God we must do this. The parity of language is then if we do not those things we are not the children of the Father in heaven. We plainly see then if we hate some one or hold hatred in our hearts against him, we are not His children. As the wise man saith. He that despiseth his neighbor smooth. — Prov. 14:21. And Job says: Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul. — Job 31:30. A child of God does not wish a curse on his enemies, nor any one else; because John says: Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not. — 1 Jno. 3:6. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin. Ver. 9.
Now to become a child of God, is as real and definite as the God who wrote the Bible. First. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord and he will have mercy on him, and to our God for he will abundantly pardon. — Isa. 55:7, 8. God says first to forsake wickedness and return to him and he will abundantly pardon. Is his word true? Forever. O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. — Psa. 110:89.
But the first thing is for the sinner I to forsake his ways. He may pretend to. and go to the altar ever so much, and he that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall find mercy. — Prow 28:13. So any one that does not confess and forsake his sins shall not find mercy. Or he may confess and not forsake: there is no promise for mercy; and forsake and not confess, and no promise. But “He that confesseth and forsaketh shall find mercy.”
As long as there is something covered there is a conscious sense within that there is a lack and something wrong; yet he professes he is right. It does not make it so if he has not confessed and forsaken all his sins. But if he has, the word says. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” — 1 Jno. 1:9. John says He is faithful, that is, he cannot fail, because he has declared it in his immutable word. So then the fact is, when the sinner confesses and forsakes his sins. God according to his word justifies him from all his sins, and God’s Spirit witnesses to the fact that he is at peace with God the justifier, at which time he receives the Spirit of adoption, which bears witness with his spirit that he is a child of God by accepting Christ by faith in his word. Henceforth he lives according as I have already shown what it is to live and be a child of God.
Hence, as James says, Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. — Jas. 1:27. To keep himself unspotted from the world is to be freed from all sin. and at peace with God (Rom. 5:1), and without condemnation (Rom. 8:1). One reason some do not know they are changed creatures is because they are not; but a great load of awful guilt as black as Egypt is pressing them down. But let some one remove the burden of guilt, and what a change! And could he not say the load is gone, and not deceive his own heart in it?
G. R. Achor.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Tampico, Ind., Dec. 5, 1892.
Beloved Ones of the Family of God: May God bless you all and keep you in the victory. We began meeting in the Pleasant View school house near Freetown, Nov. 19, which continued for seven nights. The people treated us with great kindness. and regularly attended the meeting, acknowledging the truth, confessing their “short comings,” but in such bondage to the tobacco appetite as we had never seen before. There were four consecrations, three for pardon, one for sanctification. One sister was delivered from tobacco, having used it since the age of 8 years. May God bless the peeple and deliver them from sin and Satan. Your saved brother and sister,
Charlie & Minnie Orr.
Stenger, Pa., Dec. 14, 1892.
Dear Saints of God: Since our last report we have been visiting some; find the people generally in a deluded condition. On the 9th we met with the little ones again at this place; held meetings up to this date. The Lord did powerfully anoint Bro. Miller in preaching the word. Had a very precious ordinance meeting on Lord’s day evening. On the account of calls in the West. Bro. Miller concluded we had better separate. He goes to Harrison Co., O. Daughter and I will go to Chambersburg, and from there to Virginia if Father wills it. Pray for us, as we have had but little experience in the held work.
Yours, all on the altar,
F. Rosenherry & daughter.
West Point, Pa. Dec. 6, 1892.
Dear Brethren: I am happy to report victory on God’s side here in West Point. Truly this is a dark place. Thank God, six dear souls have got out of the confusion, and many more are under conviction, and the old man of sin is stirred up. He did not begin to stir in the saloon and grog shops, but we opened fire on the wickedness in high places, and of course he began to show himself. Thank God, we hold the fort and are going to hold it by the help of him that never lost a battle. Glory to his name for ever! Oh! I pray that God may send some of his preachers out here in the East and show them the work that must be done. Brethren, pray for us in the work. The outlook for the tabernacle is good. We expect to hold meeting two weeks longer in this place, the Lord willing.
Your brother in Christ.
J. H. Rupert.
Dear Saints: Peace and joy be unto you all. Amen. I do praise God for all his wonderful works and his goodness toward me. Meeting closed here last night with real victory on the Lord’s side. There were several consecrations. God has raised up a good little church at this place. On Saturday evening we had a precious ordinance meeting. On Lord’s day afternoon, three were buried with Christ in baptism. May the dear Lord keep them ever true to him. I will go about thirteen miles south and hold a few meetings, Lord willing, and from there to El Dorado, to help Bro. Stover in a meeting.
I remain your saved brother. The very God of peace sanctifies me wholly.
Wm. A. Randolph.
After the close of the meeting at Blanco. Pa. I went to Pittsburg. In the different parts of the city found the way opened for meetings, and in nearly every service souls were saved. But oh how my soul was pained to see the awful darkness of the professed holiness! One night after I had preached on Bible salvation some confessed their lack, but some of the teachers were ready to daub them over with sect theology and cause them to be contented with their sinnership religion. It is very discouraging in city work; yet I found some in East End quite clear in the evening light. We made arrangements to stop and hold some meetings there as we go to the Floating Bethel. Those who desire meetings in our reach, address us at Kittanning, Pa.
Yours in him,
G. T. Clayton.
Clam Lake, Mich., Dec. 14, 1892.
Dear Ones in Christ: May the dear Lord bless you all for his name’s sake. I do praise the Lord for his wonderful goodness to me and the salvation of my soul through the precious blood of Jesus. Dear Sister Martin and myself came to East Jordan on the 25th of Nov. to attend the assembly which began thanksgiving day. Our hearts were made to rejoice for the privilege of once again meeting with the children of God in an assembly, although there
were but few faces I had ever seen before. But thank the Lord, if we were strangers in the flesh we were not in the Spirit. And we had a glorious time of rejoicing in the presence of the Lord; for the Lord indeed was present in the salvation of previous souls. Some dear ones that had once known the way of the Lord but had turned therefrom, came back with rejoicing. The meeting was a glorious success and time of refreshing. God has some precious consecrated souls at Last Jordan. There were present at the meeting from abroad Bro. and Sister Sheldon from Clam Lake. Sister Courtney and Sister Smith and family from Petoskey. Bro. Pearl from Norwood. Sister Marten from Pellston. Sister Smith’s husband is unsaved and had not been to meeting before for twelve years, but he was quite favorably impressed with the meeting. Let us pray God to save his soul.
We left Hast Jordan in company with Bro. and Sister Sheldon and came to Clam Lake, commenced meeting on the 10th of Dec. We find things at this place in a bad shape spiritually. There were but very few that were holding on to God. But salvation commenced with the first meeting, and there have been some at the altar nearly every service, and I pray God they may get into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. The cause of the trouble here in the different doctrines that have been taught by different teachers. I pray God to hasten the day when all teachers shall see eye to eye, and all teach the same thing and be of the same mind and the same judgment. I do not know how long we shall remain here; there are many places where they are railing for us, where there is better prospect of doing good than here; so when the Lord says go we will go. We ask the prayers of all of God’s children that we may be an instrument in the hands of God to the salvation of previous souls.
Your sister under the blood.
Allie R. Fisher.
Danville, Ill. Dec. 6, 1892.
Dear Saints: This morning finds me saved in Jesus. Praise his holy name! Bro Samuel Buckley and myself just came in from an eight days meeting where the Lord wonderfully blessed us in preaching the truth. This is my first meeting since coming home from the Grand Junction meeting last June, a place long to be remembered by me on account of the wonderful awakening in my soul; the Lord showed me my true condition. I can now look back there and see what a bundle of haughty selfishness I was. Praise the Lord, there is no more “I” in it now, but Christ is all and in all. He has given me grace to throw away good opportunities for worldly honor and paying positions. They all sink in the background and the salvation of souls looms up and takes possession of my whole being. May the Lord bless the dear brethren and sisters that were so faithful and honest in pointing out to me my faults.
W. A. Davison.
Merrill, Mich., Dec. 12, 1892.
Dear Trumpet Readers: God bless you all. Amen. Companion and I started out on our winter campaign in the vineyard of our heavenly Father on the 3d of Dec. Came to Merrill; held two meetings, then were called home on the account of a death in the family of Bro. and Sister Strong. On the 8th we returned again to Merrill to continue the meeting. Here the saints had a meeting house, but a few months ago was consumed to ashes by some of the devil’s agents, thinking, no doubt, that then the work of the Lord would come to an end. But praise God, the work is still going on. God has a small remnant of his family here, who are standing for the truth. We hold the meeting in private houses through the week days, and on the Lord’s day in a school house. A few souls have made an effort to seek the Lord. Our prayer to God is that they will wrestle and seek on till they find him to the satisfaction of their souls. We are saved and sanctified to all the will of God. Pray for the success of this meeting.
Your saved brother and sister,
Joshua & Elizabeth Walter.
Otsego, Mich., Dec. 12, 1892.
Dear Saints, Greeting: This morning finds us sweetly saved in Jesus. Since our last report God has been keeping us by his power free from all sin, for which we give him all the glory.
From Edgewood we came to Allegan, where we met with our folks. We also had the privilege of attending a few meetings at the Lindsley school house. Our souls were wonderfully fed on the truth as it was poured out without mixture. From there we were conveyed to Watson to help in the work. God wonderfully helped his servants in presenting the truth to the people, but as of old. The light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not. Yet we feel that some were benefited by the meeting. From there we came to this place, where we found the saints joyful in glory. We had a very precious meeting last night; three souls at the altar. Meeting again to night. Brethren, pray for us. We would say to those wishing to correspond with us, that our address until further notice will be Grand Junction, Mich.
Yours in the gospel work,
Wm. & A. E. Warren.
Otsego. Mich., Dec. 5, 1892.
To the Children of God: I am still saved by grace through faith in God. The blood of his blessed Son cleanses me from all sin. Bless his name! And I find him a present help in every time of need. About five weeks ago we left our home at Thompsonville, Mich., to go to Ohio and work in the vineyard of our blessed Master where ever he would lead us. We came to Plainwell, Mich., and there we met some of God’s little ones, and on the following Wednesday evening went to the prayer meeting at Sister Smith’s; and it seemed so ordered by the dear Lord, for unexpectedly were gathered there some of the saints from Otsego, and the Lord did wonderfully fill our souls with his love. We then came Otsego and opened meetings.
Have been here two weeks to day, and had meetings every night. Bro. Michels happened this way, and he preached to the people a few times, and the dear Lord has wonderfully blessed the labor here. There have been about six to the altar, and still conviction is resting heavy upon some the unsaved. We expect to continue here this week and them move on southward if the Lord wills. We ask the prayers of all God’s little ones, that we may be strengthened in the labor for our blessed Master.
Your brother and sister all on the altar.
Oliver Dyer & wife.
Hartsells, Dec. 12, 1892.
Dear Saints, Greeting: Great grace and peace be yours from God the Father, and victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Our testimony to day is, The Lord is keeping us in perfect peace, saved from all sin with victory over all the works of the enemy. The meeting on the mountain, from where we last reported, was a success. Three souls were saved, and much prejudice removed; a good opening for the work in the future. From there we went to Woodland Mills; held meeting over Sabbath. Thence to Cedar Grove, where we held meeting nearly two weeks; one soul saved, and great conviction resting upon many more, whom we trust will yet yield to the Lord and be saved. We then visited the church at the Houston school house near Somerville, where four following the example of the Lord Jesus, were buried with him in baptism. After this we visited the church at Mt. Zion, four miles east of Hartselle. Remained with the saints there one week. Two were baptized and the church strengthened. May God bless the dear ones and keep them faithful to the end, is our prayer. We came from there to this place about four miles north of Hartselle, on Saturday, 10th, where we expect to remain a few days, the Lord willing. Let all the saints pray for us and the work here.
Yours in the faith of the gospel,
Thos. Carter & J. F. Lundy.
St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 13, 1892.
Dear Saints of God: We are well and blessedly saved in Jesus. The assembly meeting was truly owned and blessed of the Lord, and sealed by the confirming of many precious promises of his word. Bro. Bolds and family, who have spent the fall in Ill. in constant labor and battle, were sent west in time to enjoy the pentecost of the summer seed-sowing, with all the dear ones, who were much refreshed by his presence and preaching, which was very effectual in the power of the Holy Ghost. They expect to go on farther west after the Christmas meeting near the Vichy camp ground. Bro. Lewis, Bro. Westlake, and Sister Meyers are called of God to active labor in the field, and doubtless qualified of God for effectual work and we pray the dear Lord to give them grace and decision to improve their talent. The meeting was held in a private house, except on the Sabbath when we met in a hall at the Iron Works. After the forenoon meeting the ordinance of baptism was attended to in the beautiful Merrimac springs. This hallowed spot of God’s creation, of itself praising its Maker in wonder, beauty and location, was indeed rendered heavenly by the shouts of the redeemed, as they gathered by its crystal waters to give the world another testimony of the power in Jesus’ blood to save another soul. The Lord has blessed our labors in this part, for which we praise his dear name, and we also feel grateful to the dear ones who contributed to our temporal needs. We are now on our way to S. E. Mo. where we will soon pitch the battle. Pray for us and the cause here.
Yours for the whole war,
A. B. & Nola Stanberry & C. E. Hunter.
Kenesaw, Neb., Dec. 9, 1892.
Dear Saints of the Living God: We are glad to report victory. Hallelujah to our God! The dear Lord has so wonderfully led us and we can truly say, The Lord is my Shepherd, shall not want. We had been praying for a co-laborer to work with, in the gospel field; had gone to the camp meeting expecting there the Lord would provide some one, but none was there. But the Lord promises to provide in the time of need. The dear Lord gave us our dear Bro. J. Green and wife, who had been moving out as Abraham, knowing not whither he should go; but felt impressed to go to Smith Center, Kan. and there the dear Lord showed us he wanted us to work together. From there we went to Kirwin, Kan. and met our dear Bro. C. Bradley. Opened up for God at that place, but prejudice ran so high, they having heard and supposed we were Mormons. Also the sects started meeting about the same time. Bro. B. enjoyed the meeting of the saints. He has been standing alone in that place, clear for God, and had never heard a straight holiness sermon before. Has been a reader of the Trumpet for years; he was baptized in the beautiful Solomon river. We took our leave and went to Sister Booth’s neighborhood; there we found a home for the saints, also her husband, though not a professor, was very kind to us. Two dear souls was most blessedly saved at that place, one of them being of the age of sixty-eight years, but had never been saved. O how the shouts of glory went up from that dear soul when she realized she was of a truth a child of the King! Three were buried with Christ in baptism and arose to walk in newness of life, one being dear Sister Baker whom the Lord found at Reamsville, Kan. through the preaching of Bro. Achor. Many have been won to the truth. We are so glad the Lord has said, “It is not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.” From here we go to Hastings, Neb. after a few days at home. Pray much for us.
Yours all upon the altar, sanctified by a second work of grace,
Annie A. Kriebel, J. L. Green & Co.
Dear Saints: May the God of all grace keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We are praising God for salvation. God has been very good to us. Surely he is worthy of praise and adoration. He has provided us all we need, and we have no fault to find. Praise his holy name! My soul doth magnify the Lord for his goodness. Our last report was from Hiawatha, Kan. From there we went to Meriden and held a meeting. The church was much settled down and strengthened. May God keep them always abounding in love and unspotted from the world. But we found one dear soul in an awful condition and under control of an awful spirit. O may she see her condition and get free from it. The word teaches us that God is able to save to the uttermost all that will come unto him. There we left our dear Brother and Sister Haynes. May God wonderfully preserve them and use them in the field, for truly the harvest is great. From there we went to Topeka; held meeting in a storebuilding. We found prejudice running high; but God caused the truth to be spread in spite of their opposition. We went to their homes and distributed tracts and papers on the streets. The great majority of people have no time to think of the welfare of their souls. Our prayer is that the seed which has been sown may yet bring souls to the knowledge of the truth, and they may yet see their condition and get saved. Oh the precious souls that are being taken captive by the devil at his will, and are being made slaves by the traditions of men, and are made merchandise of men! Rev. 18:11-13. We tried to get a hall on the avenue to continue the meeting there longer, but could not get a place. We came to Gaskill the 2d; found things in pretty bad shape. May God give them a wonderful shaking up at that place. Found some standing firm, for which we praise God; but finding no open door for meeting we drove to Thompson Sunday morning, where we met with the saints. It did our souls good to see all the dear ones standing firm. They were very anxious for a meeting at Reynolds. So we made arrangements to begin last Wednesday evening. Dear Bro. Willis came the same evening. We are having a grand beginning; people listen very attentively; have good congregations.
Dear saints, as it has become too cold to travel with a team on account of the children, exposing them to all kinds of weather, I have been thinking of buying a house and lot in town for my family to winter in. If any of the saints know where one can be had at reasonable figures I would be glad and very thankful if they would let me know. I want to buy some place where there is a little church established. I have a good farm team I could use towards buying the property. Address us at Thompson, Neb.
Your saved brother and sister in the gospel work,
T. A. & Ella Philips.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Praise God! This leaves me still saved and trusting in God. O how I do praise God for saving me from all sin and sinners! I have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. I have made a clean sweep and obeyed the voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her my people.” To day I am free in Christ, standing alone with Jesus, O so sweet. I am saved and preserved, and the dear Lord is just keeping house in this temple to suit himself. I do not often get to the saints’ meetings. I do love to read the testimonies of the dear saints in the Trumpet. God bless all the workers in the field and the Trumpet family, and all the saints is my prayer. Amen.
Dear Saints and Readers of the Trumpet, Greeting: May the peace of God keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, unto the end. I feel that it is my duty to write my testimony that others may hear something of what the dear Lord has done and is still doing for me. And I pray that it will prove a blessing to some poor traveler to eternity. I was blessed with good parents, who taught me at a very early age to try to love and obey God, and here let me say for the encouragement of all fathers and mothers, that all through my youthful days, the large tears that I used to see roll down my dear old Father’s face, as we were bowed to pray around our family altar, ever served as an invitation from him to get saved; as he died when I was small. Yes, fathers and mothers, if you never have before, begin at once to gather your dear little ones around your fireside and pray with and for them; you do not know the good it may do them, perhaps after you have been dead many years. Yea, sow the seed of righteousness, by the side of all waters. In the morning sow thy seed and in the evening withhold not thine hand.
I was convicted when very young and resolved by the help of God, that I would make heaven my home, but as I was told by those who were older, while I was at the altar seeking pardon, that I had religion, and so to my shame I made a profession of the same; but did not really have Bible religion. Here I fell into great trouble and sought pardon with many tears, but found it not. So I lived for some years with but little hope of ever being permitted to enjoy salvation. Oh the awfulness of such a life! But I resolved at last to reveal my condition to a few very special friends, one of which was an old minister in the Methodist denomination who gave me great encouragement and instruction from the word of God. I again set out to seek pardon and sought it many years, when one evening as I was in the habit of doing, I took my Bible and went out in a grove near by, to read and pray; and there I wrestled in prayer until I found Jesus precious to my soul. Praise the dear Lord! It was then and there that I was made free from my own sins. Every thing seemed beautiful and light, and I loved Jesus and he loved me; and glory to his holy name for ever, from then until now I have never entirely lost sight of that love, notwithstanding I have fallen into spiritual trouble, mostly on the account of neglected duty, and all this while I realized that there was a disposition found in me that when I would do good, evil would often be present. But thanks be to God forever, when I heard the evening light preached by the dear saints, I was enabled to see what I needed — a full salvation, and I resolved by the grace of God to do my part to get all the benefit that Jesus provided for me. But it was not until Brother Howard and company were down here holding meeting that I gave my all to the Lord to do his will so long as I live. Glory to God! When I put all on the altar, it being God’s will even my sanctification, He accepted the offering and cleansed my heart, from inbred sin.
Brethren and sisters in Christ, I desire an interest in all your prayers, that I may ever live very low at Jesus’ feet. I hope that it may be Father’s will to send some of the brethren back to preach for us soon.
Your sister, saved and sanctified by a second definite work of grace,
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Gal 5:22, 23.
One of the grandest themes to claim our attention (outside of the spiritual) is man’s physical existence, and the law that governs it. Because a clear condition of the soul is largely consequent on the condition of the physical. When the body is burdened with disease, the moral propensities are stupified, in a measure, and incapacitated to enjoying perfect spiritual freedom. It was not the will of God that man should be so burdened; so the violation of the physical law of God, brings those great loads of suffering, impairing the moral capacity for enjoying the sweet blessed fullness of the fellowship of the divine Creator.
Well hath it been said, that man was the last crowning work of the Almighty, fashioning him after his own image, receiving the impress of the great Creator’s power, endowed with faculties of reason, intellect, and placed upon the earth to fulfill a high and holy mission. But man, from the beginning, has depended to a great extent upon a knowledge and observance of those divine physical laws. From the fall, man has been prone to disobey them. He will violate laws and disregard the wants of his physical as well as the moral being. It was made a part of the primitive and fundamental law that this could not occur with impunity. The penalty follows with unvarying certainty. Thus has the human family become fraught with varied forms of loathsome diseases, until I doubt whether there is a healthy body on earth unless it is one whom God in his mercy has healed. The standard of physical excellence has been steadily decreasing. Why is this alarming fact? Because they have been violating God’s physical law.
We now purpose to present those facts from the light of gospel temperance and the light of the true science of life; one or a part of the fruit of the Spirit is temperance. Paul says, the fruit (singular) is including temperance: without it the fruit of the Spirit is incomplete. Temperance then is a part of the fruit manifest, if we have the Spirit.
This brings us to a most important question. What is temperance? It was defined by an eminent scholar: Temperance; the moderate use of the necessaries of life and the abstinence of all things that are injurious. This includes, Eating, drinking, clothing, talking, sleeping, taking medicine, and habits, some of which we will consider as comprehended in the gospel taught by our Master and Paul the servant of Jesus Christ, and which is of as much importance to day as when Paul reasoned of righteousness, temperance and judgment to come, that caused Felix to tremble. I have no doubt Paul told him of his manner of living so extravagantly. We as God’s intelligent creation, are required to reject everything that is injurious, and moderately subsist upon such things that act in harmony with the laws of life and health with an eye single to the glory of God, whether we eat or whether we drink.
First, we consider the manner of eating and what we eat.
The bread usually eaten is unfit for man or beast. This refined, white flour is ground to death, till it is a disease-producing agent; producing constipation of the bowels; irritating them, resulting in liver disease, indigestion, dyspepsia, palpitation of the heart, cough, headache, nervousness, consumption, viceral ulceration and premature death after ekeing out a miserable existence for a few short years of untold suffering.
Graham bread, which is Nature’s kind provided staff of life, has the opposite effect. It loosens the bowels, producing a freer circulation of the blood, removing constipation, tapping the unnatural clogged liver, causing a better, normal secretion of bile; hence furnishing a greater supply of bile in the duodenum (second stomach) to complete the digestion of the food; without which they go undigested and produce disease. Cooked wheat is one of Nature’s best provenders; it produces normal condition of the physical economy, unless some other evil habit counteracts its effect; which we will notice farther on. Magendic, in search of facts relative to those things, tested the nutrient qualities of food by feeding a certain number of dogs white flour alone and in forty days they died, while a number of others he fed on whole wheat, which thrived and did well.
Again, some of the workers who travel in evangelistic work can testify also, while we are used to eating the much relished graham in its different ways of preparation, and we go among some of the dear people who have not got into the way of using this wholesome food, we have to eat white bread and in a few weeks become troubled with the old liver and bowel troubles, like troubled us when we used to eat them and when we had to take medicine to try to cure ourselves. When we get home and get our graham, etc., we soon return to our normal physical condition. Ido not say this to find fault, but to simply show the evil effects of those things. People will follow after those things and run to the M. D’s. and get a lot of ungodly poison, etc., and dope themselves, complaining, “I don’t see why I have to suffer this way,” when they bring it on themselves by their manner of living. Some try to get healed, but fail because they are continually violating God’s holy law.
G. R. Achor.
THE MASONIC TRINITY.
MASONRY like nearly all religions is based upon a symbolic foundation. The true religion, or salvation was designed, created and carried out by the triune God — God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, — three in one.
Masonry, a false religion, also has a trinity. Ancient idolatry had its trinities, and modern idolatry has its trinities. Satan, the arch-counterfeiter, is the father of all lies as well as false systems of worship. Now in order to deceive people, and especially an intelligent people, his device, or plan, or counterfeit must be built likewise, so as to appear genuine. A counterfeit dollar is the more dangerous the more nearly it resembles the real, because it is the more likely to deceive. Every one understands, or rather is aware that God is known as a triune being; recognizes himself as such. God the Father is represented as strength, as a rock. Isa. 17:10; Ps. 24:8; Job. 9:19. God the Son is represented as the Savior. Matt. 1:21. A mediator. 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 8:6. The true light. Jno. 1:4, 9, etc. God the Holy Ghost, represented as wisdom, or the source of wisdom. Jno. 14:26. As inspiring scripture. 2 Tim. 3:16. As directing the work or gospel of God, as to where it should be preached. Acts 16:6, 7, 10. How it should be preached. 1 Cor. 2:4. Reveals what the gospel is. 1 Cor. 2:12. These three are here set forth in their offices in the true system. References will be found to many of the above scriptures that will enable the reader to push investigation as much further as he likes. The above will give the offices of each in a general way sufficient to see the illustration to follow.
Masonry in a way acknowledges what it calls the Grand Architect of the Universe; but prefers to symbolize him by three persons, whom we now proceed to investigate.
First, the symbolic structure of Masonry is supported by three symbolic pillars; namely, wisdom, strength, and beauty. These three pillars are in Masonic terms, Solomon, representing in the Masonic trinity the pillar of wisdom. Hiram, king of Tyre, representing the pillar of strength, and Hiram Abiff, the widow’s son, representing the pillar of beauty. Here we have the Masonic foundation. Their trinity upon which Satan builds one of his most cunning, if not his most cunning and elaborate counterfeit of God’s divinity, and God’s plan of salvation.
The offices of Solomon as wisdom, and Hiram as strength, i. e., counterfeits of the Holy Ghost, and the second of the Father can be readily seen from the above. The Masonic lectures clear up that matter wonderfully. The question here arises: Who was Hiram Abiff? If he is a symbol of the Son, how does it appear that he is known as the pillar of beauty, or one of the trinity. Christ in the trinity is our example. 1 Jno. 1:26. Hiram Abiff is the standard of true Masonry, and all Masons are instructed to pattern after him. (See Masonic Lectures.) Being assured that if they do so they will gain an entrance into “The Grand Lodge” that Masons tell us is above, where the lecture tells us the Grand Architect presides, etc., etc. Hiram Abiff then is the Masonic mediator, even as Christ is the Christian’s mediator. Christ suffered for the sins of the world in order to complete the Father’s plan. Hiram Abiff, (see Legend of the Temple Builders) was put to death by fellow crafts because he would not comply with their demands, and break his word, and so violate his compact with Solomon and Hiram of Tyre in reference to the “Master’s Word,” which was the most important secret or tie of Masonry, and held by those three alone at that time. This word, had it been revealed, would have destroyed the foundation of Masonry and the plan of its “alleged” founders. Hence Massonry according to their Masonic fable was preserved by the faithfulness of Hiram Abiff, who prefered death to the giving up to the temptation to purchase life by the violating of his oath. This is simply a condensed account of Hiram Abiff to show his part or place in the Masonic trinity.
Turn now to the scripture and we find that when man sinned the trinity had a plan for man’s salvation. The Son was ordained as the sacrifice, who should put on the body of flesh, and come among men and suffered death as a man, in order that the plan of salvation might be carried out. He was tempted in all points as we are. and yet he maintained his integrity, and at the cost of his life carried out the work of God assigned him, so that salvation was realized.
In the Masonic plan we find two wonderful men, kings Solomon and Hiram; one strong and one wise. Solomon, to whom David gave the plan of the temple, being the author, gave the designing into the hands of Hiram Abiff, who drew the designs for the work on his trestle board for the workman to copy after and work by.
So Christ was among men, and by his life and work among men, gave them a design, or pattern by which to build a spiritual house.
We recognize readily by the Bible that the building of the temple was a type of the spiritual house, or temple of God, “which temple ye are.” And as there was no sound of hammer or tool of iron when it went up, so should the temple of God be built to day. The word and Spirit reveal that fact clearly. Solomon in building the temple represented wisdom, or the Holy Ghost himself acting as a type of the Holy Ghost workmen in the building to be built in the heavens. Hiram as furnishing workmen, timber, etc., and fetching them from different points represents the strength of the Father considered separate from the others for the sake of illustration.
Hiram, the workman and designer drew patterns as God showed him, and while there with them directed the work until his “alleged” death, which of course Masons have no Bible foundation for. The only places where Hiram, or Huram the Architect is mentioned being in 2 Chron. 4th chapter, and 1 Kings, 7th chapter, and those have reference only to his nativity, his work and its quality. So as nothing more was said of him. Satan filled the hearts of Masonic founders to take this man and make a savior out of him.
The Masonic story of Hiram Abiff then is a fable, continued by Satan to mock the work of God. “The Legend of the Temple Builders” is acted out in full while conferring the latter part of the third, or Master Mason’s degree. The candidate is assaulted and the “word” is demanded of him (which as yet he has not received); he is then at the third assault struck on the head by a stuffed club called a setting mane, and symbolically killed. Then after a number of maneuvers he is buried on Mt. Moriah. He is missed, and after a long search his grave is found. Then comes the most damnable piece of mockery that Satan and the councils of hell could invent. A mock resurrection follows, and by the aid of Solomon and Hiram of Tyre he is raised from the dead by a grip known as the “Strong grip of the Lion of the tribe of Judah.” And Satan’s counterfeit is complete, and the fiends of hell rejoice every time they see a poor blind candidate put through the mockery of coming from darkness to “Masonic” light. And yet men who profess to not only follow Christ, but preach his gospel also, support, countenance, attend, and recommend the institution to their sons and their friends.
The “Legend of Hiram Abiff the Temple Builder” is copied from the legend of Osiris the Egyptian deity, and so closely resembles it as to prove the one to be copied from the other. Mackey says a great deal about “ancient mysteries.” Egyptian rites, and also speaks of Osiris and others; and by following up his works, notes, etc.. “Pierson’s Traditions,” and “Morris Dictionary” we are able to trace Masonry to right where it originated, i. e., in ancient Baal or sun worship. See Ezek. 8th chapter and especially 16th verse. Ezekiel clearly saw ancient Masonry in that vision. Tammuz spoken of in verse 14 has reference to Adonis, another person whose history corresponds to that of Hiram and Osiris. Sun worship it clearly is, worked over to make what Dr. Oliver proudly calls “A universal religion.” Dr. Oliver is a noted English Masonic writer and historian. He says, “To Christianize Masonry by praying to or through Christ would sink it from its sublime position as a universal religion to the level of a sect.” There is a learned Masonic opinion of Christ. What do you think of it? No Christ there, is there? One Mason of my acquaintance, who at the time of which I speak had been a member of this order only a few months, said to me. “There is a god in Masonry, but no Christ.” He had learned that in a few months, and yet said he was a follower of Christ.
Beloved, how can these things be? All Masons know the truth of this matter. Can God look in mercy upon a man who professes his name, and yet touches these unclean, unholy, idolatrous works, or partakes with them?
Again before all of God’s people I praise him for delivering me from such works. “Whom Christ makes free is free indeed.” At a future date, and I trust a no very distant one, I hope to carry on this work. In my next, the Lord willing, I shall quote liberally from such works as “Mackey’s Lexicon,” also his “Ritual,” “Pierson’s Traditions,” “Morris’ dictionary,” and other works showing that those great Masons who are acknowledged authority, say of Masonary as a religion, as well as of other points.
Those men have by their works enabled me to see more of Masonry than the average Mason sees in a life time. The books referred to, as well as their authors, are all standard, and are not “exposes” in any sense of the word, yet they are keys by which he who has been in the secret chambers of the lodge can unlock the secrets of Masonry to the world, and prove every step he takes. Truly, truly, did Christ say, “Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant.” — Luke 19:22. “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. —Matt. 12:37.
O foolish Masons, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you! So Satan has overstepped himself, and while he thinks himself safely entrenched, God has found him out, and will pull him and his works down, even though they have climbed up another way. Pray God for us, that he may direct his work in truth.
Your saved brother,
NEITHER SANCTIFICATION NOR JUSTIFICATION PREACHED IN HER.
WE take the following two articles from the Christian Witness, a Methodist holiness paper.
THE PREACHING OF THE TIMES.
We inquired of an aged minister of our Church, who is always in his place in the house of God. “How often do you hear a sermon on the subject of holiness, clearly explaining the doctrine, and urging the people to seek the experience?” He replied. “I never hear it at all.”
We asked another aged minister, who is in the way of hearing different ministers in our church preach, when he heard a sermon, which, had he been an unconverted man, would have shown him how to he saved? His answer was. “I never hear such sermons.”
This may indicate, to some extent, the kind of preaching the churches are receiving in these times. And is it any wonder that holiness is regarded by many a new doctrine, and that sham conversions are every where multiplying?
AN EPISCOPAL PROPHECY.
The bishops of the Methodist Church once said: “It Methodists give up the doctrine of entire sanctification, or suffer it to become a dead letter, we are a fallen people.” “If the Methodists lose sight of this doctrine, they fall by their own weight. Their success in gaining members will be the cause of their dissolution. Holiness is the main cord that binds us together. Relax this and you will loosen the whole system.”
It we have not formally given up “the doctrine of entire sanctification,” are we not suffering it “to become a dead letter?” The prophecy of our godly bishops of other days, we fear is being fulfilled. Who is wise enough to take warning and hasten to the rescue of “entire sanctification?” We may gain numbers, and they may “be the cause of our dissolution.” If “entire sanctification becomes a dead letter,” there is no hope for us. “We fall by our own weight.” Never was a Church more infatuated with “gaining numbers,” and less concerned about “entire sanctification,” than is our church to day. Never were members added in greater numbers and less pietythan at present. Never was there greater worldliness coming into the Church, and never less efforts to urge people to the experience of entire sanctification. How long can this continue and we not “fall by our own weight”?
These articles declare the sad fact that Methodism is indeed a fallen sect. It was forseen and foretold that if that sect were to give up the doctrine of entire sanctification, or suffer it to become a dead letter, they are a fallen people. And now comes the testimony of one aged minister of that sect, that he “never hears it at all,” i. e. holiness preached. Yea, and another testifies that he never hears a sermon preached in his sect that would teach an unconverted sinner how to get saved. So if we take this testimony of that sect we should be led to the conclusion that the Methodist sect lias drifted so far from the definite doctrine of sanctification, that they have even left off to preach justification. “How has the faithful city fallen and become a harlot!” Paul says of the Gentile believers: “If ye continue not in the goodness of God, ye shall also be cut off.” Who can read the above statements and Bishop Foster’s “State of the Church;” yea, who can look upon the festive abominations carried on to day in Methodism and in all protestantisms, and not see that they have departed from the goodness of God, and are therefore fallen, according to the prediction of old M. E. bishops, and cut off according to New Testament warnings? God help the sincere to flee from the ruin!