24 November 1892, Volume 12, Number 47.
Come to Jesus.
Come, poor sinner, come to Jesus,
Bring him all thy sin and care;
Though thy soul be bowed with anguish,
He will all thy trouble share.
Cho. — He is wailing; . . . . . . . . . .
Bass . . . . . . . . . . . Ewer waiting.
Jesus waiting . . . . . . . . . .
Bass . . . . . He is waiting.
Freely he will all forgive;
Hasty lo him, receive thy pardon,
Look to Jesus, look and live.
Though thy sins arise like mountains,
Though like crimson they appear,
Through the precious blond of Jesus
They shall be like crystal clear.
Oh, the precious blood that bought you!
Oh, the suff’rings on the tree!
Can you slight his offered mercy,
And his love so pure and free?
Jesus pleading calls the wand’rer,
Stands with outstrecthed arms to save;
See the wounds received on Calvary,
Freely there his life ho gave.
Come then, precious soul, to Jesus,
Hasten now, thy sins forsake;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Come, oh, come before too late.
Words and music by
W. J. Henry.
1. Regeneration plants in us a new and divine nature, and puts us into Christ.
2. Entire sanctification destroys and removes the old nature, and perfects us in Christ.
These two facts state two works of grace, one subsequent to the other, and that in regeneration man is a subject of two opposite moral elements. He has in him both the carnal and the Christ nature. The carnal nature is under subjection in regeneration; but is destroyed in sanctification. Proof that sanctification, is subsequent to regeneration, we will take the disciples before the day of pentecost. They were born of God, regenerated. Matt. 19:28 — And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. That they were born of God there is no doubt.
Let us read what the word says in reference to a person that is born of God. 1 John 5:1 — Whosoeverbelieveth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God. John 2:11 — This beginning of miracles Hid Jesus in Cana of Gallilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. 6:69 — And we believe, and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 1:11-13 — came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believed on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Also Gal. 3:26 — For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Now by the reading of the above texts we learn that the disciples were born of God, were the children of God by faith in the Son of God.
That Jesus had power to justify in his personal ministry we will see by the following texts: Matt. 9:2 — And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on abed, and Jesus, seeing their faith, said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee. These words spake Jesus, that they might know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.
Let us notice also Luke 7:39-50, in the the case of the woman that was a great sinner. No physical infirmity is ascribed to this woman, but she was a sinner; when she came behind him weeping, he did not turn her away, nor rebuke her, but he said unto her, “Thy sins are forgiven.” And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves: Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace.
If Christ forgave this poor sinner that came unto him, why not all that come unto him? If the disciples were not converted before the day of pentecost, then Christ sent sinners out to preach, but has commanded other sinners to repent. This would be inconsistent with the plan of salvation. They were undoubtedly born of God, and therefore were the children of God and had their names written in heaven. Luke 10:20 — Rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you: but rather rejoice that your names are written in heaven. To attempt to prove by the scriptures that the disciples were not converted before pentecost would be to wrest the word of God. They were in Christ. John 15:3, 4 — Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me and I in you As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abide in the vine; no more can ye except ye abide in me.
They were babes in the family of God.
We will now notice their condition while babes. They were new creatures. 2 Cor. 5:7 — Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature. Which frees him from condemnation. Rom. 8:1 — There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. He is not a sinner. “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” Christ’s remark to Peter, “When thou art con vetted,” has been very often used as proof that the conversion of the disciples was yet in the future. But the desire of Satan to have Peter that he might sift him as wheat, proves that Peter was already translated from the kingdom of this world. If Peter had been of this world, Satan would already have had him under his control. Peter had faith, [and was in the faith of Jesus] and Jesus prayed that his faith fail not. Jesus knew of the trial which Peter would soon pass through. But Peter’s courage was so great that he felt as though he could pass through any thing for his Master’s sake; and so he says, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and death. Jesus said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day before that thou shalt deny that thou knowest me! Peter’s courage did fail him, when the great trial came upon him. He denied his Lord as predicted. But we believe the Savior’s prayer was answered when he prayed that his faith fail not. And as soon as he saw what he had done he went out and wept bitterly. And he no doubt, there found pardon of the Lord. The word “convert” in this case does not have reference to Peter’s regeneration. But as Jesus knew all things, he knew that Peter would deny him, so he said unto him, When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. “The word “convert” means to turn; and, though it is used to represent the sinner’s turn from nature to grace, it is properly applied to Peter’s turn of mind, when he had passed through the overwhelming temptation, and began to repent and seek pardon.” The New Testament record plainly teaches us without a doubt that the disciples of Christ were born of God, before the day of pentecost, and even possessed a high degree of spiritual life and faith. “Ah well,” says the anti-second-work theorist, “this is all true, they were regenerated and cleansed from all sin.” Then he proceeds to quote several passages to prove that they were clean, wresting the same to make it appear that they were cleansed from inbred sin in regeneration, which proves to our mind his ignorance of the word of God, and that he never was sanctified.
The scripture teaches us that they were yet carnal, which we will see by manifestations in different ways.
1. By ambition. Mark 9:33, 34. And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house, he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace; for by the way they had disputed among themselves who should be the greatest. They not only manifested an ambitious and contentious spirit, but also an envious spirit, as we will see in 10:35, 41. They were yet carnal: for whereas there was among them anvying and strife, were they not yet carnal? Carnality was also manifest in them by resentment. Luke 9:51-56. When the village of the Samaritans would not receive them, James and John felt a feeling of resentment arise in them and said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elias did, but Jesus immediately told them that this would be wrong, and that he did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them. Fear is another manifestation of carnality which we see was manifest in the apostles by the reading of the following texts: Matt. 14:24-27 — And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit: and they cried out for fear. When Jesus was betrayed and the soldiers took him, his disciples forsook him and fled. Matt. 26:56. Also we see after his resurrection the disciples easily terrified and affrighted. Luke 24:37. They were not yet perfected or sanctified. Their love had not been perfected. 1 John 4:18 — There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Jesus certainly knew that they were not yet sanctified, or he would not have prayed for them to beaanctified some time in the future.
Sanctification destroys the carnal nature. Carnal signifies fleshly, but in a biblical sense it signifies our fallen nature: the nature we received through the transgression in Adam. That which inclines us to evil. Some of the fruits of the flesh or carnal nature are “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
The above are the fruits of the carnal nature. When these are brought forth they are actual sins, and any person bearing this kind of fruit is a sinner in the sight of God. He is no longer justified.
In justification the carnal nature is kept under subjection. In sanctification it is destroyed. In justification there is a proneness, or an inclination, and it requires a considerable battle sometimes to keep victory over the inclinations of the old man. But God gives grace sufficient until we know he really exists in us, and have knowledge of the fact, that provision has been made in the plan of salvation for his destruction and eradication. The manifestations of this nature were in the lives of the apostles before the day of pentecost. It was carried out and accomplished in Judas. They were chosen and ordained to preach. Jesus says, John 15:16 — Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit. Mark 3:14 — And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sickness, and to cast out devils. Read also Mark 6:12, 13 — And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. Jesus chose, ordained, and sent them out to preach, and they did preach; neither were they sinners. Jesus would not have sent sinners out to preach and open up the way for him. Sinners know not Jesus. Sinners are of the devil’s family. God does not hear sinners, but he promised to hear them. John 15:16.
They were not sanctified until the day of pentecost. Jesus prayed for them that they might be sanctified. John 17:r6, 17 — They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.
Some think the Savior’s prayer has reference to works of righteousness, or obedience, where he says, Sanctify them through thy truth. “Through thy truth” simply means through the exceeding great and precious promises by which we partake of the divine nature, and perfect holiness. 2 Cor. 7:1, and 1 Pet. 1:4. This is the part the word performs in our sanctification. It points to the cleansing blood and its sure promises are the stepping stones of our faith. Sanctification is the work of God. The Holy Ghost is the sanctifier. — Rom. 15:16 The apostles received him on the day of pentecost. Acts 2:1-4 — And when the day of pentecost was fully come they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. They are now sanctified. They now speak with boldness. We don’t hear of Peter any more getting scared at a little girl and denying his Lord, but now with boldness he declares his resurrection; throws in the very face of those Jews who condemned Jesus, his death and resurrection. Acts 3:14, 15 — But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; and killed the Prince of Life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
This wonderful experience came not to the apostles alone; but all the disciples that were present on this occasion were filled with the Spirit.
The apostles having now passed through the refinet’s fire into this second work of grace; we see no more manifestations of carnality; such as vain ambitions, strife and self-confident boasting; no more carnal weapons nor spirit of resentment. The love of the world was entirely destroyed out of their hearts: and their love to God and each other was so perfected and intensified that all they possessed was joyfully placed upon the altar of a common cause. They now have power; before they were weak. Inbred sin is an element of weakness, and keeps a person in a weak, timid and discouraged condition; which condition was manifest among the apostles before pentecost. But mark the wonderful change. They are now raised above circumstances, and are qualified to fulfill any duty before them. Behold the wonderful result of their labors: thousands were converted in one day.
We conclude this chapter with the following quotations from another writer:
“If these disciples needed this great work of sanctification and enduement of power from on high after their regeneration, then others do, unless it can be shown that God’s plan of salvation is not uniform.”
“If the Lord bestowed it upon them, he will upon all others, for God is no respecter of parsons.”
“If they could not obtain it by growth or works, then no one else can: and the whole Christian world does not furnish an instance.”
“If, in them, it was wrought by the Holy Spirit, through prayer and faith, then it is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all that believe, for there is no difference.” Rom. 3:22.
If, with them it was a second definite and instantaneous work of grace, such it must be to all: for our heavenly Father put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Acts 15:9 and Rom. 10:12.
H. C. Wickersham.
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West Point, Pa.. Nov. 18, 1892.
Dear Brethren: May God keep us all. Amen. I feel like writing some of my past experience to the glory of God. While looking over my past Christian experience and recalling some of what I once termed almost unsurmountable mountains, I see by a more clear light that it was the hand of God trying to lead me up and on to a more peaceful and happy life; and instead of God causing the many dark trials I had to go through, they were brought on by my disobedience and distrust in the power of Him that I had promised to follow wheresoever he might lead. No wonder I had many trials. He tells us in Psa. 37:3-7. “Trust in the Lord and do good: so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desire of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him. Fret nor thyself because of him who prospereth in his way. because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. “Seven commands are set forth in the above scriptures, and how beautifully that harmonizes with what Christ said, — Matt. 6:31- 33, — Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat or what shall we drink; or wherewithal shall we be clothed?” Oh, says one, we must look out and plan for the future. Well if you are not where you can take God at his promise and trust him, you must worry and plan. Christ said, For after those things do the Gentiles seek. What things? Why the things that pertain to this life; what shall we eat, what shall we wear, etc., and we all know at that time the Gentiles were living without a hope; they had nothing to trust but their own speculation; therefore Christ said to the Jews in verse 33. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Brethren, my experience was that the more I planned and worked for things pertaining to this life, the less I got and I found I was beginning to be lean in my soul. I could not understand the circumstances, why the bright hopes and plans should all be blasted, and instead of gain I would have losses. Now I said l could not understand; in other words I was questioning why the Lord let things come to pass in the way he did. I find that any one questioning the works of God manifests a doubt and speaks against God. Psa. 78:19-24, “Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” What was the result of their doubting God’s power to provide that which he promised? “Therefore the Lord heard this and was wroth: so a fire was against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation.” I see in my past life where God tried and would have taken me out of many dark trials, but I would not because of former teaching which I had received, a thing that is damning and choking more children of God than any wind of doctrine in the world.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal,” — Matt. 6:19. “For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” — Ver. 21. This moth and rust spoken of in ver. 19 causes us to become unfruitful. Matt. 13:22. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world and the deceitfulnessof riches choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Now one need not be rich before he becomes unfruitful. Take notice what makes one so is the cure of the world and deceitfulnesss of riches. Some are laying up treasures for their children, putting money in the bank and billing farms. The object is to have plenty while they live, then leave something for their children, teaching them to be covetous, or in other words, to worship idols: for where your treasure is there your heart is also. In Col. 5:5 covetousness is termed idolatry. Now I am forced to believe no one can lay up treasures for the future for themselves or children, or even teach their children so, without having a selfish motive, and a selfish man is a covetous man. Reason to ..ches us that if self were not at stake we would be just as apt to lay up for our neighbor or our neighbor’s children; and would that not come nearer fullfilling the word, where he says, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” Gal. 6:10. “Look not every man on his own things but every man also on the things of others.” Phil. 2:4. Charity or love seeketh not her own. 1. Cor. 13:5.
Well I bless my God to day for the light; and I intend walking in it. I have a little of this worlds goods yet and I have some debts. By disgrace of God I intend to sell what I have, pay my debts, and the balance shall go to feed the poor or preach the word. Oh it seems to me if God’s professed people knew the awful famine for the word, also the thousands of poor little children in this land that are destitute of clothing and food to keep them warm, and that thousands of them never heard of Christ as a Savior, (in the city of N. Y. it is said there are five-thousand such), — it seems to me some would have to soon suffer or begin to act as they preach and pray. I just sit and think how sad the picture; and some one is responsible. God help me to do my duty to God and my fellow men, and practice what I preach.
J. H. Rupert.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
616 Branner St., Topeka, Kan., Nov. 7.
Dear Saints of the Most High God: May you be kept harmless and blameless the sons of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. We are praising God for full and free salvation that keeps us from all evil, and enables us to teach the words of life. We commenced meeting Wednesday evening. Have had small attendance. I believe the Lord is going to do a work here. The Advents are very thick in this part of town, also Free Methodists. Pray that God may keep us filled with the Spirit and right when he can use us.
Your brother, separated unto the gospel of God,
T. A. Philips.
Stenger, Pa., Nov. 15, 1892.
Dear Brethren: May God’s choicest blessings rest upon you all. Since our last report we are rejoiced to say that there were five dear souls consecrated for sanctification, and three for pardon. All received the desire their hearts. We would have attended to the ordinance of baptism to day but the rain prevented. Praise the Lord! His will be done. The day and night meetings have been grand and glorious; good attendance and very good attention. The word preached was accompanied by the power and unction of the Holy Ghost. There are still some that are under conviction, but are not willing to yield and pay the price. The meeting will close at this place on to morrow evening. On Thursday evening, the 17th. will commence a meeting about ten miles from here, if Father wills. There is quite a prejudice against the saints in this country. We do praise God
that it is reported in this valley that the saints do preach the truth, and that they have the word on their side. O pray that God may show the people their true condition. We need your prayers.
Yours in the holy war,
F. Rosenberry & Co.
Brownstown, Ill., Nov. 11, 1892.
Dear Saints: God bless you all for Jesus’ sake. Amen. Since we last wrote to you we have been in the work for God at several different places. Quite a number have been saved, for which we do praise God. for these are perilous times, We rejoice to see souls of to day emerge from the great darkness of the world. We just closed a nine days’ meeting last night where holiness had never been preached. The people were very much interested; great crowds of people flocked to the place of worship before six o’clock in the evening. A few gave God their hearts and were saved. We left some full of prejudice, but many friends to the truth. God bless the dear ones. Many new places have never heard the real gospel preached. Truly the harvest is great and the laborers are few. We all have victory in our souls and the peace of God. Praise the Lord!
New Pittsburg, Ind., Nov. 18, 1892.
Dear Saints of God, Greeting: I report victory on the Lord’s side. I arrived at Rising Sun Nov. 5, was conveyed five miles east to the Roush neighborhood, where we commenced meeting Sabbath morning, Nov. 6, in the name of the Lord Jesus. Was happy to meet the dear saints of God at that place, also dear Mother Smith who came over to attend the meeting. May God bless and keep her unto the end. The meeting was a glorious feast to our souls, although we did not see as many souls saved as we would like to have seen. Seven fell at the mercy seat and consecrated their all to God. Six confessed the Lord in sanctification, and one in justification. We closed the meeting Monday evening, the 14th, by following the example of our dear Lord and Savior in the ordinances of the Lord’s supper and feet washing. May God ever bless the little church there for their kindness and liberality toward the Lord’s servant, and if he should return in six months or a year, may they all be found standing for God. Amen.
Yours saved in Jesus,
H. C. Wickersham.
Meridian, Miss., Nov. 17, 1892.
The meeting that was to be a camp meeting in Perry Co., Miss, was held in a school house. Attendance small. Interest good. Dear brother Bradley and a few brethren from other parts were there. The meeting was still in progress when I left for the assembly meeting at Bluff Springs.
I found the house full and quite a number outside. Some had come for miles to hear a number of questions settled; such as, “Usury,” “Healing,” “Worshiping with sects,” etc., etc. The real saints will know the better how to sympathize and pray for us, when I tell you that the “Tobacco” question ran the highest and hottest of any. I told them Bible salvation settles all these questions with us, and God had settled them in his word over 1800 years ago. If the word of God requires us to use tobacco, then we ought to all use it; and if it forbids its use as it is now used, then none of the saints should so use it. If it is an article of food for man, then it should be served up in grand style, and eaten at meals like other food — a costly dish. Tobacco users would object to the costly and unhealthy diet as unfit food for human beings. After the questions were disposed of, the meeting was protracted with good results, and closed Nov. 13. I expect to meet with the saints at Spring Hill on my way to Ellisville, which will be my address at present.
Yours in the perfect love of God,
St James, Mo., Nov. 16, 1892.
Dear Brethren: We are praising our God this morning for the victory that causes us always to triumph. Praise his precious name! We had good meetings in Dent Co., one at Hawkins Bank and one at White Oak. Some souls were freed from sin and sectism in each place. We had a pleasant stay and found a good home with Bro. Watson, who is indeed a consecrated servant of God; and his godly life has done effectual preaching in the Campbellite neighborhood where he lives. O dear saints, live a Bible salvation, and thus manifest the saving grace and extol the power of Christ that does rest upon all his anointed.
We staid three days with the saints in Sister Eliza Bell’s neighborhood. Some souls were set free from sin, some from the delusive spirits that live in modern Samaria; one man was delivered from the use of tobacco, and three dear ones followed the dear Savior’s example in baptism. Truly it was a blessing to our souls to see how the little ones enjoyed their escape from all false doctrine, and feast their souls in the pastures of obedience to God’s whole truth.
Yesterday evening we returned to Bro. Pinson’s after about a month’s work where the anti-ordinance third- experience delusion has had its deepest hold. Their leader, F. A. Oustott, could not satisfy himself in reasoning away the word, the resurrection and the final judgment, but began to reason in law, and finally to make political speeches; which was the means of opening the eyes of those once deceived by him. Oustott is a man of great natural ability, and would be of great benefit to the work if he had salvation; but God can make the “wrath of man to praise him,” and those that are found by the gleaners in the evening of time must be pure wheat. We will continue the meeting here till over the third Sabbath, the Lord willing. Sister Julia Myers has been with us since we came to this part, but expects to be at home awhile now to prepare for winter. O brethren, be true to God, that you may be sent far and near to fill the many gospel calls that are reigning from sea to sea.
In the vineyard of the Master
Loyal workers find a place;
And the wheat is ripening faster
In the evening of God’s grace.
Your brother and sisters in the one body,
A. B. Stanberry & Co.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Dear Saints: I rejoice to tell you I am saved and sanctified, sitting at Jesus’ feet.
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dear Saints of the Most High, Greeting: I believe it is God’s will for me to write my testimony for the dear Trumpet. I am so glad that we can live without grieving the Holy Spirit by deed or in thought. I am sitting at His feet learning of his sweet will daily. I am truly reigning in this life by one Christ Jesus. O praise his name!
Your brother saved and sanctified and in the one body,
Mountain Grove, Mo.
Dear Saints: I feel led to write my testimony. The Lord pardoned all my sins and then sanctified my nature. I am so glad the Lord ever brought me out in this evening light. Oh, praise his holy name for full and free salvation! Oh, how sweet it is to trust him for salvation all the time! Though we have trials and temptations, he is ready and willing to bear them. May the Lord bless and keep his dear ones.
Your brother under the blood,
Columbia City, Ind.
Dear Saints: I feel led of the blessed Lord to write my testimony to the glory of God this afternoon. I do praise God for salvation that saves from all sin and justifies my heart. O bless God! I feel so humble and little in God’s sight. I was sick two weeks ago and the dear Jesus healed me. I do give God all the glory. He is my physician. I am all given up to the will of God, and the Holy Ghost reigns in my soul. Praise God!
From your humble sister, saved and sanctified,
F. J. Rothermel.
Drum’s Valley, Cal.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led of the Spirit to write my testimony. I am praising God for a salvation that saves from all sin, and keeps all the time, humble at the feet of Jesus, with an amen in our heart to all the will of God. I was brought up a Methodist and lived in the Methodist sect for over thirty years, or until about four months ago when at a meeting held by Bro. Hudson, I was led to see that there was a deeper work of grace for us. Praise God, my all is given up to the will of God. How I do praise his holy name now that he has made me free from all sects and organizations of man, free to worship God aright. And he sanctifies my soul by the power of the Holy. Ghost. How sweet to live for Jesus, and to be blessed with the glory of his presence all the time! I ask the prayers of all the saints of God, that he will send laborers into the harvest, for truly the harvest is great in our midst, but the laborers are few. Pray for your humble servant.
Your brother, saved and sanctified,
B. F. Arnett.
Dear Saints of God: I do praise the dear Lord for this wonderful salvation that saves from all sin. Oh, I do praise God for what he has brought me through. I was converted in a Free Methodist meeting, but did not join that sect. I did not know anything about the saints at that time. I wanted to find a church or class of people that would practice the whole Bible, but I failed to find one. Some told me that I would have to join some church in order to have a home. I joined the Christian sect, but when I heard of the saints, how they taught and lived up to the Bible, I knew it was the right way, but it was quite awhile before I could get out clear. But praise the Lord! I am out, and free from all sects. I can now see what they are. Oh, it does me so much good to read the Trumpet. May the Lord bless all the children of God. Pray for wife and I that we may always be found walking in the light of God.
Your brother under the blood,
W. H. Clingenpeel.
West Liberty, Ohio.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel like writing my testimony to the Trumpet. I can praise the Lord this morning for salvation. I am filled with the love of God, doing my Master’s will as far as I know. The Lord is wonderfully working in this community, delivering souls out of sectism. The Lord does wonderfully bless us and all honest people are compelled to acknowledge that the Lord is with us of a truth. But wicked men and seducers wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived, telling falsehoods, trying to get those that are honest to deny the truth. But thanks be to God that the truth sticks to an honest heart. Jesus says, Blessed are you when men hate you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy. Dear brethren, do you suffer persecutions for the sake of Christ? Woe unto you when all men speak well of you. He that liveth godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Your humble brother, sanctified by a second work of grace,
S. A. Yoder.
Dear Beloved Saints: It is with unspeakable joy and love I write this, all to the glory of God. I am still saved, sanctified, and satisfied with God’s leadings, for he will never lead astray nor forsake us if we stay where he places us in the body or church of the firstborn.
When a child is born into God’s family, He expects that child to honor him in all things; for, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God; for ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirits, which are God’s.” — 1 Cor. 6:20. “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.” — 1 Cor. 7:23. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without spot.” — 1 Pet. 1:18, 19. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you; and I will be a father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” — 2 Cor. 6:17, 18.
Yours in Christ,
L. B. Hammond.
Dear Saints: The Lord bless you all. I feel like writing my testimony for the glory of God. I am so thankful that I am saved, and that I have found such a precious Savior, who has saved even me and keeps me saved. I give him all the glory and praise. Bless the name of Jesus! Oh, it is so blessed to know that when trials and cares like a storm come upon us, we have such a precious hiding place. When we have no strength of our own he has promised to be our strength and present help in every time of need. O praise the Lord forever! It seems it is so little I can do for the Lord. O brothers and sisters, you that have this world’s goods, do not spend your money for unnecessary things, when there are so many souls starving for the bread of life, while if the Trumpet was sent to them, and some tracts, or some one filled with the Holy Ghost sent to preach the truth, many more might be saved. Oh, it means so much to be all the Lord’s and dead to all but him. I am all given up to God. His will is all I care to know. Dear saints, I ask you all to pray for my unsaved husband. He is so taken up with the things of this world. Pray God to convict him. And pray for me that I may ever be true to my blessed Master, who has done so much for me.
Your saved and sanctified sister,
Grand Junction, Mich. Dear Saints: I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony, and tell what the Lord is doing for me. I praise God for salvation full and complete. Three years ago the 16th of this month the Lord called after me and saved my soul, blessed be the name of the Lord! I can never praise God enough for what he has done and is still doing. He is leading me every day, and teaching me many precious lessons each day. “If we walk in the. light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Shortly after I was saved the Lord called me to work in the GOSPEL TRUMPET office, where I am still working at present, and expect to till the Lord calls me to some other work for him. I cannot find words to tell what the Lord has done for my soul. Hallelujah to Jesus! I praise God for victory over all the works of the devil. “For this is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith.” I praise God for trials, temptations, and all things. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” — 1 Cor. 10:14. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. — Psa. 34:19. The Lord saves me just now and sanctifies me wholly.
Your brother in Jesus,
John W. White.
Dear Beloved Saints: My wife has just been reading the testimonies in the Trumpet, and we are moved to write our testimony to the glory of God. The Trumpet is a welcome visitor at our house. It makes its calls each week regularly. I like it for the testimonies, and its stand against secrecy and sectism. I thank the dear Lord for a people who are not afraid to stand out boldly for the truth, and are willing to sacrifice time and money, that the Lord’s poor may have holiness literature sent to them free. We are saved by grace, sanctified by the Holy Ghost, and kept by the power of God. Hallelujah! May the God of all grace bless you and keep you. To live in a justified state before God is very good but to get wholly sanctified is grand and glorious. beyond the power of tongue to tell. Praise be unto our dear Redeemer forever and forever! We have taken Jesus for our physician. His power is not limited; glory to his name! I am glad in God, that there is no power or theory of the devil that can make us doubt a thing that we have experienced.
On the carnal fields of mammon,
Where Appollyan’s army lay,
And the servile hosts of Agar,
Are in battle full array;
We a little band of Christians,
All their faces dare to meet:
For we’er sounding forth the trumpet
That shall never call retreat.
Hallelujah to Jesus our King!
Yours under the blood,
F. & Lizzie Weaver.
Dear Saints: May the good Lord bless you all. I think the Lord wants me to write my testimony again. I am saved and sanctified, and the God of all peace does sweetly keep me saved. Oh that I could praise his great and holy name enough for what he has done for me, and what he is still doing for me and others. He has wonderfully healed me and is keeping me well. If we abide in him and he in us, whatsoever we ask we receive. I was a member of the sect for a good many years, but never got any further than conversion, the people were deceived, and deceived me. When I was converted I wanted to be baptized, but the sect preacher said it was not customary in that church, and then it was against their creed. Well, dear reader, you don’t know how I felt when I went to them the second time about it and they would not baptize me. I then went out from them and joined the Baptist sect and they baptized me. Well I felt some better or awhile but began to grow cold because I had no spiritual teaching, and got further away from God than ever, for when I did realize where I was standing it was harder for me to get right than at first. When I heard this blessed holiness preached I came out of sectism and do now realize that the good Lord doesn’t want me to praise anything but the body of Christ. I know that I am saved from all sin.
Your sister, saved and sanctified, and kept down under the blood,
Columbia City, Ind.
Sister Clara Beaver, daughter of Isaac and Sarah Beaver, died Nov. 13, 1892; aged 24 years, 5 months, 21 days. She leaves a father, mother, four sisters and one brother to mourn her loss. But her death was gain. She trusted in Jesus to the last. She said that she would trust Jesus, whatever might come on her frail body, and if the Lord could be glorified by taking her home she was willing to go. Funeral services by
C. E. Rothermel.
Man’s original food was fruit; of every tree in the garden he was permitted to eat freely. This food when ripened, was ready for his use without dressing or cooking; and it is probable that nothing else was needed to sustain life; and if we could now enjoy the fruits of Paradise they would doubtless be ample for every need. When sin entered the world, and the very ground was cursed, man was then compelled to toil for his bread and cook and prepare food for himself. The herbs and grains, it is probable, were originally designed for the cattle, for whose ready use they are conveniently prepared. Roots and vegetables were well adapted to the use of certain animals which are fitted to dig them and eat them. When the deluge came and blighted and blasted all things, man was permitted to enlarge his diet and eat not only vegetables, but the flesh of certain animals. The Mosaic Law gave the same permission, but carefully defined the kinds of animal food which were to be eaten.
Doubtless there are growing on the earth to-day fruits and vegetables which would supply all the ordinary needs of man, if he could select what he needs from the whole; but man is limited by location and climate, and most men never see but a small proportion of the kinds of food which the good God causes to spring forth from the earth for benefit. In some regions few fruits or vegetables grow, and in many cases people do not cultivate many articles of food, and fail to avail themselves of the variety which they might enjoy.
With too many the regular bill of fare is almost confined to two or three articles; and when these are not relished, then all sorts of spices, pickles, and condiments are resorted to, to stimulate the appetite. There are people who have bushels of apples who never think to place one upon the table, but gorge their stomachs and vitiate their blood by salted meat and fish, swine’s flesh, and other unhealthful articles. The following extract will give some idea of various articles one may use with the hope of improving health, while they gratify appetite.
“Spinach is said to have a direct and healing effect on the kidneys and bowels. The common dandelion, used as greens, is excellent for the same trouble. Asparagus purges the blood. Celery acts admirably upon the nervous system, and is a cure for neuralgia and rheumatism. Tomatoes and sour apples act upon the liver. Beets and turnips are excellent appetizers. Lettuce and cucucumbers are cooling in their effects upon the system. Onions, garlic, leeks, olives, and shallots, all are said to possess medicinal virtues of a marked character, stimulating the circulatory system and promoting digestion. Red onions are an excellent diuretic, and are believed to be useful in killing disease germs and warding off contagion; and the white ones are recommended to be eaten raw as a remedy for sleeplessness. A soup made from onions is regarded by the French as an excellent restorative in debility of the digestive organs. Other vegetables and numerous ripe fruits, eaten in moderation, cheat the doctor out of many a patient.”
Many preparations of wheat, rye, oats, barley, rice, maize, and other grains are accessible and very useful. Unleavened bread if properly made is also exceedingly palatable, and so healthful that the Lord took care, by positive law, that every Israelite should know how to make it, and should be required to use it one week in every year. Doubtless they did use it many other times, as many people do at the present time; finding it more healthful, more palatable, and more economical than the fermented and soured article which is so frequently seen upon the table.
The Effect of Prayer.
I will therefore that men pray every where. ..ting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. — 1 Tim. 2:8.
WE live in days of abounding religious professions: there are more places of public worship now than there ever were before; there are more people attending worship than ever before; and yet in spite of all this public demonstration of worship, I believe there is a vast neglect of private and secret prayer which is a business transaction between God and the soul, which no eye sees, and therefore a transaction which many professors are even tempted to pass over and leave undone. I believe that thousands never utter a word of prayer at all; they eat, drink, sleep, arise and go forth to their labor, they return into their homes, they breathe God’s air, see and enjoy God’s sun, walk on God’s earth, and enjoy the many blessings and mercies of God. They have dying bodies; judgment and eternity is before them, but they never commune with God; seemingly in that regard they live like the beasts that perish. They behave like creatures that have no souls. How dreadful this seems, but if the secrets of man were only known, how common. Further I believe there are tens of thousands whose prayers are nothing but a mere form, a set of words, repeated without a thought of meaning in them. Some people will content themselves with repeating a form in their creed, forgetting that there is not a request in it. Some say the Lord’s prayer without the slightest desire that its solemn petition may be granted. Men may think what they please but they may depend upon it that in the sight of God this is not praying. Words said without the heart are as utterly useless to our souls as the drum beating of the poor heathen before their idols. Where there is no heart there is no acceptable prayer in the light of God’s truth.
Saul, I have no doubt, uttered many long prayers before the Lord met him on the way to Damascus, but it was not till his heart was broken and he was willing to embrace Christ and become an obedient servant that the Lord said, “He prayeth.” Can we really believe that men and women are praying against sin night and day when we see them plunging into the same? Can we entertain an idea for a moment that they ask God for grace to serve him and at the same time do not manifest the slightest desire to serve him at all? Praying and sinning will not live in the same heart; prayer will consume and drive out sin, or sin will choke prayer.
I cannot see your heart; I do not know your private history in spiritual things, but from what I see in the Bible, and in the world, I am certain I cannot ask you a more necessary question than that before you: Do you pray? Jesus Christ has made the way easy. If we confess our sins he is faithful to confess our sins and to cleanse from all unrighteousness; then all may come to Christ by prayer and he can forgive our actual sins. Then offer our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God (Rom. 12:1), and he will sanctify us wholly. Then we must continue talking and praying to God who has promised to hear us.
Prayer is the key to heaven’s door, and by prayer the door to heaven is opened and many showers of blessings are poured out on our souls.
There are exceedingly great and precious promises to those who pray continually. What did the Savior mean when he spoke such words as these? — “Ask and ye shall receive.” “Knock and it shall be opened unto you.” “Seek and ye shall find.”
If we ask we shall receive, if we knock it shall be opened; Matt. 7:7, 8.
Also, if ye ask believing ye shall receive. Matt. 21:22; Jno. 14:8-14.
There are wonderful examples taught in the Bible concerning the power of prayer, nothing seems to be too great, hard, or difficult but what prayer can accomplish. Through prayer we have obtained things that seemed impossible and out of the reach of man. Through prayer we have won victories over fire, air, earth, and water. Prayer opened the Red sea, brought water from the rock, bread from heaven, caused the sun to stand still, brought fire on Elijah’s sacrifice. Queen Mary feared the prayers of John Knox. Prayer has healed the sick, raised the dead, procured the conversion of many souls. Brethren, pray more earnestly.
I am sorry to say that there are some of God’s people who seem never to get on from the time of their conversion. You hear from them only the same old experience; you can behold in them the lack of spiritual appetite; they are pilgrims, but are like the Gideonites of old, their bread is always dry, and mouldy, their shoes are old and garments torn. I write this with grief and sorrow, but appeal to all Christians if it is not true.
They need to go and consecrate and get sanctified, then they will grow like grass after a refreshing rain, increase like Israel in Egypt; they will press on like Gideon, and add grace to grace, faith to faith, and strength to strengh. Grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth They can see more, know more, believe more, and feel more in their religion, and not only have good works to prove the reality, of their faith, but are zealous of works and by putting the same into practice, then they will not become weary in well doing, and accomplish great things, and if we meet with what seems to be a failure, we must try again. There are those who are subject to the will of God, and when you are in their presence you feel the effects of their spirituality and become warm by being in their company and there are certain other brethren, that by being in their presence and company it would almost make you feel chilly Why is this? I answer that the latter neglect the duty of prayer and hence they are cold.
The other class pray as they are commanded, hence are alive to every good work and deed and are spiritually warm and are eminently holy, and those who are not eminently holy do not pray very much. I am satisfied that many look on sanctification and holiness as a kind of a special gift which none but a few can obtain; they think it grand and beautiful when they see an example, but seem to doubt that all may obtain it. Now this is a very dangerous mistake. True spiritual greatness depends in a high degree upon the faithful use of the means which God has placed in the reach of every one and we must take hold and use the means God has so graciously given unto the human family; preach the word, be instant in season, and out of season. The means are prayer, repentance, confession and obedience, for with the heart man believeth, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. “If you confess me before men, I will confess you before my father and his holy angels.”
If we fail to use these means, we will fail to please God and he will not hear us, and thereby lose our experience and have no promise of the hope found in Christ Jesus made only to the faithful.
Men may run well for a season, like the Galatians, and then turn aside after false teachers, and go off into heresies. Men may lose their first love, as the Ephesians did. Men may follow an apostle for a season and, like Demas, go back to the world. But of all the people which are hated, I believe that the hypocrite is hated the worst, and the neglect of private prayer is the cause of men and women backsliding.
We live in a world where sorrow abounds, and this has been the case ever since sin came into the world, — for where sin is sorrow will be and will continue to exist until sin is driven out of the world. No one can escape his share and many of us have large cups of sorrow to drink. Pains, sickness, the responsibilities of families, separation by death, the parting of friends and relations, the losses and crosses and disappointments of this life are awful to bear, and we are compelled to bear them, and my experience is to go to God with everything in prayer.
He has promised to help in time of need. Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver thee. — Psa. 50:15.
The church prayed when Peter was put in prison. Paul prayed while in the dungeon at Phillippi. The only way to be really happy in this world is to ever cast our cares upon God. He will hear us and can give peace, even in prison, give content- in poverty, comfort in the midst of bereavements, joy on the brink of the grave.
O, that men would learn that happiness does not depend on outward circumstances (I mean true happiness), but on the state or condition of the heart. Amen.
F. E. P. Britton.
MORE ABOUT VOTING.
Granby, Mo., Nov. 7. 1892.
Dear Brother Byrum: Your proof sheet letter in answer to my query as to how could consistently vote, is before me. In one respect, that of passion spiritual Christianity, it is unanswerable, but God has placed us in his vineyard (which to us is the U. S. of A.) to work, and he excepts and accepts no idlers. This American government is, or ought to be, a government of the people, for the people and by the people; and we while in the flesh are a part of said people, and if we do not do our duty in helping to make good, wholesome Christian laws, we simply allow the vile and vicious to make laws by which we are bound to be governed. It is a part of our present law that every individual shall have perfect freedom to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of his or her conscience. But the liquor traffic is fast abridging any such freedom. And under the rule of the old whiskey parties, this law is a dead letter upon our statute books. God’s holy Sabbath day is desecrated with perfect impunity, and we are powerless to prevent it. We cannot expect to eradicate these pestilent disturbances except by legal enactment. And we also must have sober, vigilant officers to enforce the law. I vote the prohibition ticket from president to coroner, and find no condemnation in God’s written word, and have the same freedom in the Spirit l had before. I want to do all I can to make good the 25th chapter of St. Matt., and especially from 35th to 41st verses. By putting down the drink traffic, we inadvertently furnish the drunkard’s family with meat and drink, with clothes, medicine and care, by removing the temptation out of his sight. When again the tippler, the dram drinker, the drunkard and their families have fallen “among thieves, who have stripped them of their raiment, and have wounded them, and are leaving them half dead.” And I desire to be “a certain Samaritan,” that I may have compassion on them, and bind up their wounds, and put them upon their feet again.
Now, my dear brother in Christ Jesus, will you please inform us in the Trumpet on this point in your letter: “If all who profess to know God would do what God commands, there would be a reformation brought about in a very short time.” How can we bring about a reformation to American people without reforming the law? How can we reform the law unless we vote and act in the capacity by which our laws are made ?God has pronounca woe upon him who shall put the bottle to his neighbor’s lips to make him drunken also. Will not the same curse adhere to us if we do not use all the power we have to keep the bottle away from our neighbor’s lips?
Yours, for Christ’s sake,
John F. Starcher.
ANSWER. The article mentioned regarding voting was in Trumpet Nov. 3, which we thought was set forth in plain, words and showed that Christ’s kingdom is not of this world, Luke 18:36. His children are “in the world but not of the world.” The man who votes a party ticket unnecessarily yokes himself tip with worldly affairs, and does not keep himself “unspotted from the world,” as the word requires, and generally votes for persons he knows little or nothing about.
We will not here undertake to reviewt he article in question, but make a quotation.
“But how about voting the prohibition ticket? In comparison it would be like leaving one sect and joining another. If you could vote prohibition and nothing else it would be different, but to vote that ticket you vote for men of whom you know nothing about. Some are wicked sinners, others professing godliness but denying the power thereof. And you know not what kind of laws they will make.
But says one. “What will you do about it, will you just stay at home and let wicked men do all the voting, and the whole nation go to the devil?
That sounds a little like what the old Pharisees said about Christ. “If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. -Jno. 11:48.”
Before I received the light on the true church, I would read about what God’s children should do, and their privilege’s, etc., and would argue that God would raise up holy men to renovate the different denominations. But I soon found by reading the word that the only way he would do it would be by calling his children out of them; and not only that, but would set them to crying out against the abominations of sectism; and found there was not one that could be substituted for the real church of God.
So it is with Bro. S —. If he will search the word and ask the direction of God, and follow it, he will find that the whole political party business is a worldly affair; and while one party may be a trifle better than another, there is not one of them fit for a child of God to be clamoring for, and contending for, together with those ”bet” or wager for the man for whom they vote. You note the man who has such a zeal for politics — though it may be the prohibition party and you will find him to be quite a different man spiritually, from the one who does not meddle with such things; but on the other hand has a zeal to save souls, and uses his time and talent in that direction.
The reformation spoken of would be just such a one as Christ and his apostles brought about: viz,, a great harvest of souls, or true followers of Christ. They did not try to change the laws by meddling with the politics of the day, but kept themselves aloof from such things. And many more people were reformed by hearing the gospel preached in its purity, than would have been had they left all and spent their time in politics.
Mark my words, this government will never be renovated of its evils by the votes of the people. If people would work as earnestly and with as great zeal for the salvation of the lost as they do for political men, the change in the people would soon be almost astonishing. The places of drunkenness and immorality would soon be greatly diminished. Leave your political party voting for worldly people to do, and let us be about our Master’s business, and abide in our calling, keeping ourselves “unspotted from the world.”
E. E. Byrum.
Dear Brethren: I wish to say I am enjoying light and seeking more. I rejoice that I am permitted to live on the earth just now, to see the glorious light of full salvation flashing all around and Babylon trembling for fear of her loss, and party “ism” receiving a shock from center to circumference. O the happy thought that the Judge of all the earth will do right. Amen. Praise His his holy name!