25 June 1896, Volume 16, Number 25.
Fret not thyself nor envious be
Of those who do iniquity;
For they shall be like grass, cut down,
While thou shalt wear a robe and crown.
Cast all thy cares upon the Lord,
And learn to take him at his word;
For every trial we may face,
He always gives abundant grace.
Unto the Lord commit thy way;
Trust, in Him and wait patiently;
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath,
For the wicked shall be cut off.
But those who wait upon the Lord,
Shall learn to wield the mighty sword,
And clad in armor of the free,
They march right on to victory.
The just enjoy their humble life,
While sinners live in doubt and strife;
With health and wealth and boundless store,
The heart still craves for more and more.
Preserved in mansions in the skies,
The treasures of the righteous lie,
And all secure around the throne.
Where thieves and robbers cannot come.
They only “work, and watch, and pray,”
For God provides them every day
With food and raiment, strength and grace,
To look the whole world in the face.
And to defy the enemy
To take away such liberty:
For persecutions always bring
Them closer to their God and King.
They know when time on earth is past,
That they shall reign with Christ at last:
Fire will the wicked all consume,
And hell will be their awful doom.
— Maggie Woody.
In some quarters holiness is being reduced to a flowery sentiment and means nothing. People who despise God and are living in worldliness are told to consecrate themselves and all they have to God, and believe for holiness; then God will give it all back to them. This would be truly a marvelous transaction, and playing at consecration. Just get willing to give up all for God, and he takes the will, and you keep the possessions. This is sanctification made easy and ridiculous. It is a make-believe transaction, and tickles the devil. The divine order is that “if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.” This shows that God really requires a mind, willing that he shall have all, and that he does not place any distinction between those having little and those having much.
Again, when the young ruler came to Jesus seeking to know the way of salvation, we are glad that Jesus did not tell him to first get willing to sell all he had, and then keep it himself just the same; but to sell all he had and give to the poor. There are many persons now professing holiness who are as wealthy as was the young ruler, and who hold to what they have as tenaciously as did he. But we are glad to believe there are a few who really seem to be following the command of Jesus.
Another thing let us consider. All through the New Testament where giving is enjoined it is without exception, we believe, in connection with the poor or with God’s ministers, and we trow they were also poor.
Another common error in holiness crops out in advocating the generally accepted idea that consecration of our possessions to God, and faith bring holiness, which is a mistake. Any child of God is wholly consecrated so far as material things are concerned. God requires no less in the way of liberality and giving from a saint not wholly sanctified than he requires from one wholly sanctified, and this premise being true, how could he make a material consecration any requirement or any part of a condition for obtaining holiness? He could not and the sciptures do not so teach.
Entire sanctification has to do with the pollution of our nature, or inborn sin, inherited depravity, and we cannot hire God to cleanse this away and to sanctify us wholly, by giving him our possessions, neither does such a consecration bring us any nearer him, or place us on better believing ground where we can then believe.
To be sanctified we must feel our own uncleanness or the pollution of our natures, deplore it with all our hearts, and call upon God to remove it and make us pure. We must see the plague of our heart as Wesley called it, and seek God for perfect cleansing, and believe for the work to be done now. We get wholly sanctified, because he eradicates from our hearts and natures everything not in harmony with his will. He destroys all that had the nature or essence of sin, and makes us fully whole.
In order that we be God’s children he requires both ourselves and all we have to be wholly his, and in order that we yield to his inexorable demand he does not promise us a second blessing or perfected holiness. Let any man beware if he preach to rebellious, world-loving, ungodly professors of religion that they consecrate for sanctification. Thunder the law to such and bring them to repentance.
Whosoever is not using all he has to the glory of God and to the good of God’s needy children, has not the love of God in him, and is no suitable subject for holiness. The only difference between a wholly sanctified Christian, and one not wholly sanctified, is the one is pure, without alloy, the other is not wholly so. They both alike, with all they have, are wholly given up to God, and seeking to glorify him with their bodies and spirits and possessions, all of which are his. Amen.
— Holiness Herald.
THE COMMUNION OR WHAT TO REMEMBER IN EATING IT.
THE CHURCH OF GOD AND THE DUNKARD SO-CALLED CHURCH CONTRASTED.
The important question now is, What then is the so called Dunkard church? I answer, in all candor, and with a heart full of love for all souls, and that loyalty which saving grace has put into my heart toward God and all men, despite the tenderest human spmpathies: It is a SECT, a faction, a split off party, a human creed, a schismatic body.
For the benefit of the reader, and to show that my answer, is not only Bible, but also philosophical, humanly speaking, I will here insert Webster’s definition of the term sect. “Sect, — A body or number of persons united in tenets, chiefly in philosophy or religion, but constituting a distinct party by holding sentiments different from those of other men. A denomination which dissents from an established church.”
It is evident that every body of men, banded together by any bands, save those of the established church, which is that of the Spirit, (Eph. 4:3-6, etc.), constitutes a sect. And since I have clearly proved by the Bible that the Dunkards have done this very thing, they do not hold the doctrine of the established church, but have dissented from the same, and are a separate denomination, hence a sect, as before stated, and not the church of God. Christ and the apostles foresaw that there would be an awful departing from the word of God in these last days. Paul spoke of it as follows: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” — 1 Tim. 4:1.
Again he says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” — 2 Tim. 4:3, 4.
This time foretold by the holy apostle is evidently upon us. History records the fact that the apostles’ prediction of the declension of Christianity has come to nass and is fulfilled. Facts, as they now present themselves before, us, furnish us with an abundance of proof of the same. In or about the year A. D. 270, the Romanists split off from the established church of God, formed a denomination, and made a creed, legislated laws of their own to hold them together and distinguish them from all other people. Thus forming a sect, which is denominated in the word of God, the mother of harlots. See Rev. 17:5. “And upon her forehead was written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS, AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
This harlot was to continue her whoredom for the space of “a thousand two hundred and three score days.” See Rev. 12:6. This being prophecy, the time here must be prophetic. The prophet says, “And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again oh thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah FORTY DAYS: I have appointed thee each DAY FOR A YEAR.” Eze. 4:6. Hence the thousand two hundred and three score days of Revelation are equal to as many years. One score being twenty, three score would be sixty, thus making the alotted time of the Roman harlot to be, one thousand two hundred and sixty years, during which period she (Romanism) became so impregnated with the abominations of the earth that she must be delivered. The time of her delivery being now at hand, she brought forth her firstborn daughter; namely, Lutheranism, and her twin sister, Zwingleism, both of which were born A. D. 1530. In fact, in less than four hundred years she gave birth to over six hundred harlot daughters, of which the Dunkard sect is one, that was born A. D. 1708, which makes it now, one hundred and eighty-eight years old.
To those wishing a more explicit explanation on this woman and her daughters, I recommend Wm. G. Schell’s book entitled, Biblical Trace of the Church. Since we have such an abundance of proof that the Dunkard so-called church is a sect, and not the church of God, we are next interested in finding out who invented these sects, and who upholds them.
Again, I quote Webster. “The Scriptures being the standard of faith, any opinion that is repugnant to its doctrines is heresy; * * * in scripture and primitive usage, heresy meant merely SECT, party, or the doctrine of a sect.”
Seeing I have proved the Dunkards to be a sect, which holds opinions and doctrines that are repugnant to the scriptures, I am hereupon forced to denounce it as the Dunkard heresy. And farther, “A person under any religion, but particularly the Christian, who holds and teaches opinions repugnant to the established faith, or that which is made the standard of orthodoxy; in strictness, among Christians, a person who holds and avows religious opinions contrary to the doctrines of Scripture, the only rule of faith and practice; any one who mantains erroneous opinions, is A HERETIC.”
Hence it remains that those who hold and teach the Dunkard heresy, which doctrine is contrary to the Scriptures, and repugnant to the established faith, are heretics. And to all who have been, and now are deceived by the Dunkard, Methodist, United or rather dis-united Brethren, or any other heresy (for these truths are applicable to all sectdom), be admonished to flee for your life, and renounce your heresies, and be saved in Jesus’ blood; yea repent of the same, ere it sinks your souls. Why will you set up your opinions and peculiar customs and sinful sects, in open hostility or defiance of the word of God? Just as if Jesus had made a failure, or was too ignorant to see just how the church of God should be arranged and operated, and you and your fellow craftsmen have become so wise as to fill up what Jesus lacked! Oh, Shame! Shame!! Shame on such bigotry, that men in these last days have become so bigoted and top-heavy that they act as if they were wiser than the Son of God! But they just prove to be as big fools as their ancient brethren, the Scribes and Pharisees. See Mat. 22:23-46. Jno. 8:1-11.
It is declared that in Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col. 2:2, 3. Yet men are so deceived of the devil, and by their sect gods, that they set up their ungodly heresies, which they and their fellow craftsmen have made by the help of the devil, as a substitute for the church of God, as being better than the one Jesus founded. It is evidently true, as before quoted, they have departed from the faith, and will not endure sound doctrine, and have after their own lusts (carnal desires) heaped to themselves teachers, by grinding them out through their seminaries and by voting them into office; and these preachers have turned away the eyes of the people from the truth unto fables, or fictions, idle stories, plots, falsehoods, feignings, or inventions, SECTS, HERESIES, which they falsely call churches. These are solemn facts, that cannot be successfully contradicted. And now I earnestly ask the reader, As you read your Bible, can you fail to see the awful departure from the same, in all the regions of sectism? While I pen these awful present truths, it makes me shudder at the awful Sodomite features that sectism presents to this sin-benighted world. Why is it so? Ah! how forcible the scripture.
Truly they have departed from the faith, yea, they have left the old landmarks. See Jer. 18:11-15. “Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Behold I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way [sect religion], and make your ways and your doings good. And they said, There is no hope; but we will walk after our own devices, and will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ask ye among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing. Will a man leave the snow [holiness] of Lebanon which cometh from the rock in the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken? [cold formal teaching of Christless sectarians.] Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways [human organizations] from the ancient paths, in a way not cast up.” [Go into different sects, and walk on the plane of the world, sinning more or less every day.]
What a striking description of sectism is given in the above prophecy! Who can help seeing in the denominations the awful effects of their departing from holiness and the word of God as above described? But hark! we now hear a loving voice, (oh glory! I must give praises, for this is the voice of heaven’s King, so inviting, encouraging, and sweetly commanding us), “Stand ye in the ways [sects], and see, and ask for the OLD PATHS [holiness, oneness, healing, etc.] where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” — Jer. 6:16.
No doubt, many when they read this tract, will do just as the prophet says. After the writer has taken great care to point out to them the “good way,” they will not accept it, but will still continue in their sinful ways or sects. While this is true, others may be persuaded to obey the word of God, as many honest souls are now doing. See Isa. 2:3. “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
Hallelujah! It sends a thrill of joy through my soul, to see the dear people returning to the mountain of the house (church) of the Lord, and learning the law or word of the Lord, and again walking in his ways. Oh glory! How the streams of praise to our God now burst forth as the poor captives return!
For ages these false teachers have duped and blinded us, leading us into their sects or heresies, which they falsely called churches. But thank God, dear reader, you can be free from these Christless institutions which have turned you away from the true faith, and the word of God. And again, we hear a sweet, loving, gentle voice from heaven, which comes to you in such gentle, sweet tones through the blessed Bible, saying, “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” — Rev. 18:4. And again Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” — Jno. 10:27.
The above texts contain the following facts:
1st. That God commands all his people to come out of sectism.
2d. That if they do not obey, they are partakers of the sins of the same.
3d. That all who are sheep, or saved, hear the voice telling them to come out.
4th. That all who are real sheep or saved from sin, obey his voice, and follow him out of all sectism; yea, out of the Dunkard, as well as all other sects.
And now, thank the Lord, we all stand free from all such God-dishonoring organisms. Yea, we are returning to the old paths, to Zion, the church of God. See Isa. 35:10. “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
Thank God; the galling yokes of sectism are being destroyed from off the necks of all those who will return to Zion, the church of God. Hence, the streams of joy, which are inexpressible and full of glory, break forth as in days of yore.
To all who, by your conspiracy against the word of God, have become so attached to your sect that you are bound by it, I admonish you to repent of your conspiracy, and be born into the one body, the church of God.
Dear reader, did you know that God denounces sects as being damning to the souls of men? Let us examine 2 Pet. 2:1. “But there were FALSE PROPHETS also among the people, even as there shall be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who privily shall bring in DAMNABLE HERESIES [destroying sects], even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
In the above we have the following:
1st. That just as true as there were false prophets among the people under the law, just so, there would be false teachers or preachers among the people of the gospel age, or Christian era.
2d. That those false teachers or heretics would bring in, teach, and organize damnable heresies or sects, that would bring upon themselves destruction.
Paul says, “A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition reject.” — Tit. 3:10.
Having so clearly ascertained just what a heresy is; namely, any doctrine contrary to the New Testament, we readily and biblically conclude that the heresy that Paul spoke of to the Corinthians was the full meal they had eaten, which I have positively proved in a previous chapter, not to be of the New Testament. He says, “For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.” — 1 Cor. 11:19, 20.
It is evident that in the above scripture the Corinthians are charged with heresy, for the full meal which they had eaten in connection with the bread and wine, or the Lord’s supper. Thus they were heretics; and if those who taught a full meal at Corinth, became heretics by so doing, are we not safe in saying the Dunkard soup supper, which is a continuation of the same, is a heresy, and is sustained by a continued line or heretics? It is evident that the Dunkard heresy is as great a heresy as was ever infused into the brain of mankind since the Roman Catholic heresy, which is its mother.
In Jesus’ name, I admonish all who have been deceived by this sinful sect, to flee to Jesus for your souls’ sake and forsake it utterly, ere it sink your souls to hell. For in these last days, God is sending forth his judgments, which are written in the Word of God, against all creedism, and the Dunkard creed, is seen floating down the steeps into the awful whirlpool of destruction, which awaits all those who have departed from the true faith, with all other sects which are dishonoring to the kingdom of heaven, which all are.
Oh, dear ones, build on the sure foundation, which is Christ Jesus. See 1 Cor. 3:11. Then let the floods come, and you are safe. Jesus says; “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock [Jesus]: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock [Jesus].
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand [human theories, or sects]: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” — Mat. 7:24-27.
Oh! flee the sandy foundation of sectism, ere the wrath of God as a mighty tempest overtakes you, and the waves dash upon your weather-beaten bark, and the awful flames of God’s judgment consume your little sect canoe, and your poor soul sinks into eternal despair, and destruction!
G. W. H.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 1896.
LIST OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
Geo. L. Cole, Wm. Parker, Jas. S. Clark, H. E. Rogers J. L. Green, B. E. Warren, J. F. Lundy, Mrs. J. B. Bordens, Anna Shepard. Wm. E. Warren, I. S. McCoy.
Requests For Prayer.
Dear saints: Pray for me. I am a lost sinner. R. E. Evers, Sumner.
Pray on Sunday evening July 5, at 7 o’clock, that my health may be restored. E. Gould, Winslow Mills, Me.
Jno. A. Kite, Peru. — Healing of eyes, and that his wife be delivered from the tobacco appetite.
I want you all to continue prayer for me until my soul is saved. Pray for the healing of my family. My little girl has been healed of chills; pray for my oldest daughter that she may be healed of chills. Mary Young, Manson.
Pray for me that I may be healed; and for Mrs. Mary Webb, that she be healed of rheumatism. G. A. Freese, Jemison.
Sister Church, Vineland. — Healing of paralysis and other bodily afflictions.
M. L. Humphreys, Alto. — Healing of piles and rheumatism.
Calls For Meeting.
Address Irila Jones, Sardis, Okla.
A tabernacle meeting is desired at Palo, Linn Co., Iowa, about the last of August. Address David M. Baker.
Address Mrs. Mary Young, Manson, Randolph Co., Ark.
There is an earnest call for meetings at Millville, Ray Co., Mo. Workers should go with tabernacle if possible. Address Jacob and Ida Kretzer.
Address John A Kite, Peru, Randolph Co., Ark.
We desire our meeting here about the 22 or 26 of July. Frank E. Isaac, Canby, Emmet Co., Mich.
We are earnestly praying for a preacher to come here to preach the pure gospel. Martha E. Parsons, Oven Fork, Ky.
Weston, O. Some workers are wanted to hold a meeting in a schoolhouse, Address John Guirie.
Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co., Pa. Tabernacle desired. Address D. D. Miller
Butter Cup, Butler Co., Pa. Address H. A. Hoffman.
Ashland, Ohio. Dear gospel workers: If the Lord sends any of you through this part of the country from the camp meeting, you are requested to stop at this place and come to the residence of Mrs. Mary Lockhart, No 14 corner High and Chestnut Sts. This is in the south side of town, nearly one mile from the R. R. depot. There is a room in the center of town that I believe will be open for you to hold meetings in if the Lord sends some of you here. If any one is coming, please write to me and tell us when you expect to be here. Yours in Christ,
There is an earnest call for the gospel at Orchard Prairie, Spokane Co., Wash. Meeting to commence 10th to 20th of July. We trust the Lord will send workers. C. W. Forker, Peone, Wash.
Arthur, N. Dak. Camp meeting. June 25 — July 5. Geo. W. Bailey and Co.
Chesaning, Mich. Grove meeting. June 26, and continuing over Lord’s day. Address P. F. Mitte.
Hopkins and Dorr, Mich. July 1-18. G. B. Collins and J. L. Pike.
Milton, Mo. Assembly meeting. July 3, and lasting as long as the Lord wills. A A. Kinzie.
Wheeler, Mich. Grove meeting. Five miles north in Father White’s neighborhood. July 3, to continue over Sabbath or longer if the Lord wills. Let all the ministers and gospel workers attend this meeting that can. D. Mitchell and L. Basore.
Three Rivers, Mich. Grove meeting. Beginning July 4, and lasting two days. Baptizing afternoon of Lord’s day, and ordinances in the evening. Leroy Burden.
Venango, Pa. Grove meeting. July 3-13. Address J. A. Moltz.
Chicago Heights, Ill. Tabernacle meeting. July – 5-12. Address C. M. Noxon. A B. Palmer.
Ridgeville Corners, O. Tabernacle meeting. July 8-18. Address Wm Harmon. J. N. Howard.
Lapaz, Ind. Grove meeting. July 10-15. S. P. Strang and Co.
Anderson, Ind. Tabernacle meeting. July 15-25. Address Jno. O. Palmer, 33 Nell St.
Littleton, Wetzel Co., W. Va. Tabernacle meeting. July 15; will probably last over two Sundays. G. T, Clayton. Benwood, W. Va.
Bliss, Mich. Camp meeting. July 15-25 Address Jerome Kieser.
Granby, Mo. Camp meeting. Beginning July 16. C. A, Sunderland.
Hamlet, Ind. Grove meeting. Commencing July 17. S. P. Strang and Co.
Clifton, Mo. Camp meeting. July 17- 26. Address B. F. Chase, Thayer, Mo.
Melrose, O. Tabernacle meeting. July 20-29. Address David Smith. J. N. Howard.
Benton Harbor, Sodus, Mich. July 20-30. G. B. Collins and J. L. Pike.
New Zion, Leake Co., Miss. Camp meeting. July 24-Aug 2. R. H. Owens.
Bremen, Ind. Grove meeting. July 25- 31.
There will be a tabernacle meeting at Independence, Kan., the Lord willing, commencing July 25, and lasting as long as the Lord wills. Charles Bright and Co.
Charlevoix, Mich. Tabernacle meeting. July 27-Aug. 3.
Moundsville, W. Va. Camp meeting July 31 to Aug. 9. Address Bro. Alfred Tomleson, Moundsville, W. Va. A. J. Kilpatrick and others.
Brushy Prairie, Ind. Camp meeting. Aug. 1-12. Address Edward Ellis.
Teegarden, Ind. Commencing Aug. 1. G. B. Collins and S. P. Strang.
Tekonsha, Mich. Aug. 3-11. Address B. F. Heath. G. B. Collins and J. L. Pike.
Apollo, Pa. Camp meeting. Aug. 4, continuing about ten days. Address J. I. Shelhamer. J. A. Dillion and Co.
The camp meeting in Alabama will begin Aug. 6. to be held five miles east of Hartsells, Morgan Co. Noah Duncan, Huntsville, Ala.
Dwight, Mich. Camp meeting. Aug. 7-17. Address Vern. Tillittson.
Kelat, Ky. Tabernacle meeting. Aug. 8-23. Address J. P. Lemons.
Shultz, Mich. Grove meeting. Aug. 11-18. Address W. H. Merritt, Cloverdale, Mich.
Beaver Dam, Ind. Camp meeting. Aug. 12-19.
Vichey, Mo. Camp meeting. Aug. 12- 24. Address Jas. Thornton.
Geo E. Bolds, Wm. G. Schell and Co.
Fenwick, Ont. Camp meeting. Aug. 13-23. Address Jno E. Smith.
Stanley, W. Va. Camp meeting. Aug. 14-25. G. T. Clayton.
Peoria, Ill. About Aug 15. G. B. Collins and J. L. Pike.
St. Louis, Mich. Camp meeting. Aug. 19-29. Address Jno. Harn.
Emlenton, Pa. Camp meeting. Aug. 20-31. Address Samuel Martz, Pittsville, Pa.
Payne. O. Camp meeting. Aug. 20-31. Address J. N. Howard.
Tremont, O. Tabernacle meeting. Aug. 26-Sept. 6. Address Peter Hartman, Lawrenceville, O.
Ash Grove, Mo. Camp meeting. Aug. 27-Sept. 7.
Cheshire, Mich. Grove meeting. Beginning Sept 3. Address Albert Pulsipher, Allegan, Mich.
A grove meeting will be held in the southeast part of Salem township, Allegan Co., Mich. Sept. 8-18. Address H. E. Hyde, Burnaps Corners, Mich.
Bro. Lammers and others.
Rising Sun, O. Tabernacle meeting. Sept 15-25. Andress Jacob Roush.
J. N. Howard.
New Pittsburg, Ind. Assembly meeting. Beginning Oct. 15. Address H. C. Wickersham. S. L. Speck and Co.
There will be a camp meeting on Bro. Jno. Zysett’s farm, two and one-half miles southwest of Scio, Ore., beginning July 1, and continuing ten days or two weeks. Those coming by train either from north or south come over the Southern Pacific R. R. and stop off at West Scio; drop a card to Bro. Jno. Zysett, Scio. Ore., arid state the time you will be at West Scio, Some of the brethren will meet you there. Tents will be built on the ground and all that are able, come prepared to take care of yourselves, Bring bedding and supplies. Those that are not able will be provided for. We ask all the dear saints to pray for the success of this meeting. Yours in Jesus, Wm. A. Randolph.
There will be an assembly meeting at Rabun’s grove, near Bastonville, Ga., commencing July 10, and lasting as long as the dear Lord wills. Let all come as well prepared to take care of themselves as possible. Though don’t stay away because you cannot provide for yourselves, for you shall be taken care of. We expect Bros. Lundy, Kilpatrick, and D. R. Brown, and any whom the dear Lord may send. Address me at Bastonville, Ga. R. B. Wren.
The Lord willing, we will hold the following tabernacle meetings:
Marion, Ind. June 34 to July 12.
Brock, Ohio. July 29 to Aug 9.
Gaston, Ind. Aug. 19 to 31.
Reddick, Ill. Sept. 9 and as the Lord wills.
Let all who have called for the above meetings be prepared when the time comes for a real profitable time and also to see the salvation of souls. Also let all who feel led of God to attend the above meetings come prepared to take care of yourself if possible and also help to bear the burdens of the meetings with your means, especially in Marion. S. L. Speck and Co.
Bro. Ostis B. Wilson and Co. are traveling by private conveyance to Mo. Anyone wishing meetings along the line, address him at Grand Junction, Mich.
Any one desiring meeting in New York address us at 621 Otisco St., Syracuse, N. Y. B. F. Weikel.
THE PUBLISHING WORK
The brethren at the camp meeting who visited the Trumpet Office here were pleased to know that the Lord is prospering the work which has been rapidly increasing; and where, a few years ago, only a few pounds of printed matter were sent out, now it has begun to reach the tons. One service at the camp meeting was devoted to the publishing work at this place, making known the way in which it is carried on, its extent and capacity, and the great need of being equipped for more rapidly spreading the gospel. We now have only one large press, but have been enabled during the last year to print and send out over a million tracts and papers and many books. The papers published are the Gospel Trumpet, Shining Light, and Evangeliums Posaune. The Trumpet is now sent to over twenty foreign countries and to every state in the Union.
After making known to the saints at the camp meeting how the work was carried on by workers who freely give their service, receiving for their pay their board and clothes together with the blessings of God, and that no member of the firm nor any one else can use any part of the donations or money sent in, for personal gain, but all is consecrated to the Lord for sending out more literature, some of the brethren at once began to take steps to have the business enlarged and the office equipped with the needed machinery. Some of the ministers proposed that the saints in general join in this work of supplying the office with machinery, and that the ministers and elders in the various localities gather together by subscription or otherwise and send in all they possibly can at once, or before September the first. A large press is needed immediately. We will probably go to Chicago in a few days to learn at what price a suitable press can be purchased. For book work the press we have now will only print sixteen pages at a time of our largest sized books, and by getting a larger press with a double cylinder we can print a thirty-two page sheet on both sides at the same time. This will enable us to print four times as fast as we can on the press we have now. Such a press will probably cost between two and three thousand dollars. Also, it appears very much like we are almost forced to enlarge the Trumpet in order to have space for the testimonies, news, and articles that are coming in from every direction. But that cannot be done on the press we have now, and to do so will call for about three hundred dollars extra besides a new press to start with. We are also compelled to purchase a twenty horse power boiler in addition to the one we already have.
A book binding outfit suitable to begin binding books will cost about two thousand dollars. A brick engine room will also have to be erected in a very short time. There will be many other expenses which at present we are unable to give. The brethren have suggested that this matter be pushed forward at once, with all haste, and truly we believe God is in the move. It will take between four and five thousand dollars to put the necessary machinery in. Twice that amount could be readily used, but we are willing for God to have his way. One man has written to know at what price we can furnish Trumpets by the ton to supply all the post-offices in Ontario, Canada. We shall be glad to furnish such at cost of publication as soon as the press is received and put to work. We also have on hands manuscripts of a number of valuable books to be published, written by different brethren. Among them is one written by Brother D. S. Warner, deceased, entitled “The Cleansing of the Sanctuary.” This work consists of nearly 400 pages of manuscript. Although it is not yet completed, yet as soon as the way opens for publication we will by the help of the Lord complete the same and publish it. Much could be saved on binding books had we the necessary outfit for binding. The last book published cost us about $500.00 for binding the first edition. Now as many ministers are taking hold of this work with great interest, for the benefit of perishing souls, that light and truth may more speedily reach them, we feel like urging the children of God everywhere to take this matter to the Lord in earnest prayer. After finding out more definitely what the machinery will cost we will make note of it later.
Bangor, Mich., June 20, 1896.
To the Dear Saints, who constitute the Church of the Living God, Greeting: The condition of the Children’s Home, for some time in the past, has been anything but flattering. It has been an experiment; the experiment has been, largely, a failure; and now it has been decided to settle down to practical business principles. We would not wholly ignore the experiment, for it has been, dear as it was, a grand and instructive teacher; and we expect, by God’s grace and the assistance of the Holy Spirit, that the Home will, hereafter, be kept upon a solid basis, controlled by the Spirit of God in connection with business principles. Therefore we appeal to you to lend a helping hand to perpetuate this (God-ordained) institution.
Now, dear ones, we must have help. This Home is supported by freewill offerings. It is intended for children of ministers who are actively engaged in field ministerial work; and, when any who have children in the Home cease to be so engaged, because of backsliding or engaging in other business, the obligation of the Home to longer care for their children is canceled. The Home is controlled by the nine trustees of the camp-ground. Do not get the idea that this is a human church organization. It is nothing of the kind. The trustees are for a camp-ground and children’s home, in order to hold the title to the property purchased for the same, and, to transact the business connected therewith.
The property is composed of about 83 acres, about 16 of which are under water, leaving sixty-seven acres of land, a frame tabernacle 40 x 70 ft. floored and seated, a large boarding house, a schoolhouse and a few other buildings. Other buildings put up by individuals are private property under the exclusive control of the owners but not to be used as dwellings, only at time of gospel meetings being held on the grounds. No families are to live on the grounds who are not directly connected with the Home, as helpers of the Home or farm.
The labor for the Home is volunteer labor, no wages are paid to anyone. It is expected that those who are connected with the Home, as laborers, all be CHRISTIANS. The proceeds of the farm are used in the support of the Home as far as they go. The farm at present does not remunerate largely, but it is expected that, as fast as time and means will permit, it will pay quite largely. Bro. Sebastian Michels is general superintendent, but does not live there, and Bro. Merica and wife are, at present, assistants (residents at the home). The teacher is not yet decided upon. There is now due on the land $633.00. I forgot to state above that there is a steam heating apparatus belonging to the Home, which cost over $800.00. The boarding house and schoolhouse are heated by steam. A portion of the cooking is also done by steam. The whole property, in my judgment, is at the present time worth at least from three to four thousand dollars. There is no indebtedness on the improvements, only $633, as stated above, for the land itself. There is a mortgage of $450 at 7 per cent interest, also a note of $183, due, making the amount as stated above, $633. A promise was made to pay the $183 this fall, and surely this much must be raised without delay.
The man who holds the $450. mortgage, which is due the 1st of March, 1897; does not care for the principal, but will let it run at 7 per cent, but in order to raise the $183, we propose to ask some brother or sister, or any one else to loan the trustees $633 for a term of five years, (payable on or before) at the legal rate of interest, 6 per cent, and take a mortgage on all the property of the Home, which will enable us to cancel the mortgage and the note standing against the Home. Or, if no one will respond to this, who will loan us $183 and take a note given by the trustees in behalf of the Home which is equally as good as a mortgage, and let the $450 mortgage stand as it does? Surely, some one ought to respond to this. It is a safe investment, and it will be doing good work for God. We also ask who will donate to this enterprise.
Now, in conclusion, we would say to the dear brethren in the ministry, you need have no fears, notwithstanding the failures of the past, to send your children to the Grand Junction Home, and also that you lend a helping hand towards its support by setting forth to the people the New Testament standard of supporting the gospel. Who will help to spread the gospel?
A. B. Palmer.
In behalf of the trustees of the home.
HOLINESS HERALD SUBSCRIBERS.
I have suspended publication of the Holiness Herald. But in order that my subscribers may lose nothing, and continue to receive wholesome literature, I have arranged with the GOSPEL TRUMPET to supply all unexpired subscriptions. Also, I will hereafter throw my time and influence to the Trumpet and will act as agent for it. My permanent address will be Louisville, Ky., and I earnestly request every Herald subscriber receiving the Trumpet to send me $1.00 for a year’s renewal, as I will continue to work up the Herald list to secure renewals. Also I shall contribute to the Trumpet, and it will visit you regularly every week. In July I expect to be ready for active work in the field, preaching, and distributing pure gospel literature. Let my friends please write me at once, and those who would have renewed for the Herald send me $1.00 for the Trumpet. Also, persons wanting meetings will please communicate with me. I am out in the clear light of God’s truth with every sectarian yoke severed, ready to go at my Master’s bidding. Let all my friends and agents for the Herald who desire to work for the Trumpet write me for terms and copies. I am now, yours in Jesus,
Austin D. Hicks.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
GRAND JUNCTION CAMP MEETING.
Another annual camp meeting has come and gone, but its influence will be felt throughout the world as the messengers of the Gospel go forth to herald the blessed truths of the Word, with better qualifications than ever before. There were people in attendance from about twenty-five states in the Union, and some from Canada and Europe. Several days before time for the meeting to begin, earnest inquirers after truth and light began to come in from every direction, and meetings began, and by the time camp meeting was appointed several hundred saints of God had arrived. Meetings began at five o’clock in the morning and various services were held each day, continuing until about ten o’clock at night.
The word of God was preached in the power and demonstration of the spirit of God, imparting truth and light to the hearers. Many who attended said this was the best camp meeting they ever attended, and truly we believe it was the most profitable one yet held in this great reformation in this evening of time. We have been at meetings where greater outward manifestations were to be seen in some ways, but here the work was deep and thorough, and the Lord sent his searching Spirit throughout the camp. The Word was preached in its purity, and judgment was laid to the line, exposing the works of darkness and every false way, and letting the light of truth shine more clearly upon the true way, “Contending earnestly for the faith once delivered unto the saints.” There were a number of prominent features about the camp meeting. One was the lifting up of the standard of truth to the Bible line, wherein the ministry had been slack during the past Judgment was sent forth by the spirit of the Lord through his servants. The enemy of souls had for a long time been making preparations for this meeting by trying to counterfeit every advance move and precede the genuine with something that would disgust the people or keep them from accepting the true advancement and judgments of God, when presented; but the truth uncovered the hiding places of the enemy and swept away the refuge of lies, as the prophet of old said it would do.
There were over eighty of God’s ministers present, nearly all of whom were traveling evangelists, also many other field workers and helpers in the Gospel. A large number of these met together in the early morning meetings and spent two hours before breakfast, in making known their personal needs of spiritual advancement for the Gospel work, and uniting their faith and prayers for each other. This proved a source of great benefit to those who sought help in this way. Some who did not feel disposed to take part in these early meetings and that means of receiving spiritual help, did not obtain the benefits needed. No doubt some went away from the grounds feeling that the meeting was almost a failure because it was a failure in their own case. But it was a grand victory and success to all who joined heart and hand in the battle against the powers of the enemy. The church as a body has undoubtedly reached a new epoch in its history, and the Word will be preached with more power, authority, and boldness, and precious lessons have been learned in sending forth judgment in the fear of the Lord and by his Spirit; and insisting upon a Bible standard of holy living, by having an experience of Bible salvation; also by having only a holy ministry to deal out the words of eternal life to the people.
Among the questions brought forth in the meetings to have settled by the word of God was that of women having equal rights with men in the church of God. As there were a few who held that women were not eligible to the office of an elder as overseers in the church, the Word went forth making plain to all who had a teachable Spirit that God made no difference in regard to power and authority concerning male and female in His church.
Sunday was a time of special prayer for the sick, and many can testify to the healing of their bodies on that day. In the morning over two hundred requests were presented that had been sent in by mail by persons from a distance, who desired prayer for healing, also many who were present had special requests and the saints joined in fervent prayer and faith in behalf of the suffering, while God witnessed to their faith. Other healing services were held during the series of meetings. On Wednesday afternoon about one hundred presented themselves for healing. Between eighty and ninety were baptized in the lake near the camp. Bro. F. W. Simmons, T. E. Ellis, and Rissa Leonard, were ordained to the ministry, by the laying on of hands. On Tuesday evening a precious ordinance meeting was held, in which over five hundred saints partook, in following the commands of the Lord. Bro. and Sister Michels and other dear ones of the Home gave their time and service faithfully in caring for and feeding the people, and we should not forget our duty towards them. May God abundantly reward them for their faithful labors. The ministers and workers have now gone forth to various parts of the United States to hold camp and grove meetings, or wherever there is an opening. Anyone desiring to write to any of them and not knowing their address can address them at Grand Junction and the letters will be forwarded. Bro. and Sister Rupert, and probably Bro. J. W. Daugherty will accompany Sister Croasdell to Liverpool, to engage in Gospel work in England. May the rich blessings of God rest upon his believing children everywhere.
Hartsells, Ala., June 4.
Dear Saints of God: I am now in the service for the glory of God and good of souls, in Morgan Co., Ala. I arrived at Hartsells May. 22. If the Lord wills I will remain here in the work till after the camp meeting of Aug 6. I meet some true saints here, but there is much to be done for the Master in this part of his vineyard. Pray for me and mine. Your sister,
G. A. Thomas.
We are glad to report victory for the dear Lord in these parts. Since our last report the Lord has given us some glorious meetings for which we give God all the praise. Truly, the redeemed are returning and coming to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their head. On May 3, three dear souls followed the Lord in the ordinance of baptism; and on the seventeenth four others followed the Lord in this ordinance also, at Calmuch, Ind. More are to be baptised soon. We were with the church at Rogers, near Petersburg, Ind. Five dear souls were buried with the Lord in baptism. Pray for us that God may have his way with us. Your brother and sister in Christ,
J. A. and S. D. Cannon.
We wish to say to all our correspondents that our present address is Grand Junction, Mich., at which place we are at present. We expect, Lord willing to be at the C. M. near Hartsells, Ala., begining Aug. 6 and as it is a few weeks yet until that time, if there is any one on the line between here and that place who desires a meeting and the way is open, we can stop and hold one or two before the C. M. in Ala., provided we hear from you at once. So if any meeting is wanted please write at once. Your saved brother,
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dear Brethren: We expect to leave Peoria, Ill., on or about Sept. 1, for Tennessee and Mississippi, to remain in the South as long as the Lord wills. Any desiring meeting on the route between Peoria and the southern states; may address us at Grand Junction, Mich., and your letters will be forwarded. The South, as well as elsewhere, needs a large amount of literature. Those having the Lord’s means in thir possession, would do well to take the matter to God in prayer. Send the money to the Trumpet Office, stating what it is for, and tracts and books will be sent to us for distribution.
G. B. Collins and Co.
Petersburg, Ind., June 18.
Dear Brethren in Christ: The work is slowly moving along here at present, on account of so much opposition from false professors, as Babylon is just beginning to die here. There will be an opening here for meeting in the near future. Some one who feels led to come here can write to Bro. Frank Cochran of this place, who will make arrangements for meeting. There are about twenty-five happy saints here and Babylon is spewing out her false doctrine in the form of Methodism, trying to imitate God’s way by fashioning themselves after God’s people. The Methodists have a class here but don’t believe in holiness, yet they have commenced practicing liftingup holy (?) hands in their meetings. Pray for us that the Lord may have his way in everything. Your brother in Christ,
Poplar Bluff, Mo., June 8.
Dear Brethren: We are yet enjoying our place in this glorious campaign of fire that is sweeping on to certain victory. The Lord wonderfully supplies and qualifies us for every good word and work. The fourth Sunday in last month we had a glorious ordinance meeting with the church in Ripley Co. We just closed a profitable ten days meeting two miles south of this place yesterday. To-day we go to Hillard. The Lord willing, we will be at the following meetings during this summer: Butler Co., assembly meeting; Ripley Co., C. M. (Poynor); Oregon Co., C. M., (Cliston); Howell Co., assembly meeting; Texas Co., (Houston); Randolph Co., Ark; and Ixard Co., Ark. The dates of these meeting will de arranged as soon as possible. Yours for the work,
A. B. Stranberry and Co.
Atlanta, Ga., June 10.
Dear Saints of God: This evening finds me saved and on the advance for God in meekness and humility and faith. Truly, God is moving in these last days, and the devil is raging, but God is on the throne. The work is going on here with some interest among the colored people. I am here for a few days, and then return to Carrollton, Ga., if the Lord wills. They would be glad if some company of God’s true workers would come here with a tabernacle Please pray for the poor misled people. I believe that many will accept the truth and God will get great glory. My heart often pains me when I see so many souls starving for the bread of life and going down the road to ruin, and yet some are willing to come and be saved if they only could hear the true gospel preached, Oh, dear ones, who is willing to go into the byways and hedges and bring them in? I feel the real burning love of God in my soul for the rescue of dying souls. Your sister all for Jesus, saved, sanctified, and kept,
Grand Junction, Mich., June 8.
Dear Saints: Since we last reported through the Trumpet, we have had perfect victory over all the works of the devil. Praise God! We left the North May 8, and came to Howard City for a few days. The brethren wanted a meeting, and we inquired of the Lord and felt it was His will, so we sent for a tent, and held eighteen days with good results. God manifested his power in delivering some from sectism, and healing the sick and afflicted, unstopping deaf ears, and healing the lame. One dear soul had been sadly afflicted for three years and had doctored till there was no hope of being any better unless God healed her. Stepping out on the promises and obeying the Word (Jas. 5:14-15.), she was made to shout the praises of God and was healed. The Lord wonderfully manifested his power in several cases, as soon as the conditions were met and the Word obeyed. To God be all the praise. Amen. After camp meeting we are ready to go wherever the Lord may lead. And earnestly ask all the dear household of faith to pray for us that God’s perfect will may be done in our hearts continually, as it is done in heaven. Your humble brother in defense of the gospel,
Dear Saints: This is the third place we have landed since our last report. The work in Wheeling was somewhat scattered throughout the city, but it is God that giveth the increase. The Lord wonderfully provided for all our wants; and not only so but for all strangers. Most of them got saved before they left. The bethel was nearly three weeks at West Wheeling where the Lord was pleased to raise up a little church. They have meeting once a week. One has been saved since we left. Also the saints commence a weekly meeting in North Wheeling this week. We have had meetings a few days in this place, the interest is much better than we expected. Several held up their hands for prayers last night. We had intended passing by this place but the wind blew us in, so hundreds of people have heard the Word here that otherwise would not have heard it. Bro. Harry Rogers of Industry, Pa., has joined us in the work.
We expect the bethel to be at Moundsville in time for the camp meeting. It will be used as a wharf boat and sleeping tent. The outlook is very encouraging for this camp meeting. Please address us, Benwood, W. Va.,
G. T. Clayton and Co.
Dear Brethren and Trumpet Readers: We are glad to say God has given us another glorious victory in a series of meetings recently held near LaFayette, Ind. I suppose there were twenty or more consecrations for pardon and the “second grace”. All seemed to be preciously benefited and the seekers received the desired experience. Some were saved from various branches of Babylon, others from sin, who made no profession. Many confessed the superior light and truth they saw in the meeting. We trust they will be not only hearers of the Word, but doers also. Sixteen were immersed and others desire to be. The Lord sent frequent showers to hinder the people from work in this busy time, so they came to meeting. We thank God for his blessings on our souls and bodies; and for the kind hospitable hearts we found at Monitor. We found many warm hearts for the Truth and we found many frozen hearts against it. God bless all who bore the burden of the meeting and lovingly cared for us. Bros. Speck and Morton, Sister Adena Warwick, wife, and myself labored in the meeting. Pray for us. Your co-workers in the Gospel,
B. E Warren and Wife, Springfield, Ohio.
A GOOD BOOK.
Story of the Bible Animals.
It gives a description of the habits of every living creature mentioned in the Scriptures, and the purposes for which they were used.
ANIMALS, BIRDS, FISHES, and REPTILES
are described, showing how they are used as types and figures to illustrate and bring clearly to the mind many grand and important points of Scripture.
IT CONTAINS 704 PAGES,
WITH 300 BEAUTIFUL PICTURES,
many of them covering an entire page, which represent the various animals described.
IT IS VERY ATTRACTIVE,
entertaining, and instructive for both old and young. Bound in cloth and gilt, $1.50.
Why it has not been taught.
It is a question in the minds of many people, If divine healing is for the people of to-day, and has never been withdrawn from the church, why has it not been taught through past ages? This is very easily answered. When people departed from the faith once delivered to the saints they went into error and confusion, they lost power with God, and had not the faith to ask him to fulfill his word. And then those who undertook to preach the Word left that part of it out of their preaching, or taught that the time for such things was in the past. And, because it was not taught, it was not believed, and was not received as present truth by the people. The people departed from the faith, and the signs promised in the Word did not follow. The reason they did not have the faith was because they did not hear the Word preached, nor receive a Bible experience. The Word tells us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, and when the Word is not preached, to be sure the faith will not reach the point wherein the Word can be fulfilled.
All down through the dark ages since the time of the apostles the people have had the same God, and God has had the same power, because we read that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever; yet the Word was not fulfilled. It was not because there was a different kind of people, because since the days of Adam the people have been of similar dispositions. We read in the last chapter of James, of Elias, or Elijah, who prayed such a wonderful prayer of faith, and it says he was a man of like passions as we are. Peter and John, after the day of Pentecost, gave the people to understand that they were only men as those who were listening to them. Likewise, at Lystra when the lame man was healed and the people desired to worship Paul and Barnabas as gods, Paul told them that he and Barnabas were men like they were. And so it is with God’s people of to-day. He can take the wicked creatures and make them bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, and fill them with his power and glory, and full of faith, and use them to go forth against the giant minds of worldly people and glorify his name. But what is required is for his children to be so humble and submissive to his will as to be as clay in the hands of the potter to be molded vessels for the Master’s use, to be mouth-pieces for God to declare the whole truth of his word at his bidding. Because the truth of the gospel in all its purity has not been taught in past ages is not because God has lost his power, nor withdrawn the same from his believing children, but because the people had departed from the faith, and it will and is now being manifested to just as many as will accept the whole truth and believe and act upon it. It is a privilege of each child of God to get where he can pray the real prayer of faith, whether it be in few words or many, and thereby prevail with God, whether it be for the salvation of souls, or for healing of the body.
The minister who goes forth now and rejects divine healing and will not preach it is not a minister sent forth by the Lord Jesus Christ. The one who goes forth and will not practice divine healing by fulfilling the Word in James 5:14, is not fit to go forth until he tarries for the anointing and qualifications which the Lord has in store for his servants. May God help those who are going forth trying to preach the Word to stop their preaching until they can preach the whole Word and practice it, and live to what they preach. When this is done there will be such a turning to the Lord as has not been witnessed for centuries past.
Healed in Answer to Prayer.
Dear Saints of God: I believe it is to the glory of God that I testify to my healing which I have received of the Lord, and now while I write these lines the blessed Holy Spirit is filling my entire being.
I had borne in my body since a child a dreadful disease which baffled the skill of some of the best physicians and at times so preyed on my body that many times I despaired of life, and after the Lord in his infinite goodness and mercy saved my soul I would often wish he would take me home to himself. But after awhile it became very clear to me that the Lord wanted me to work for him in spreading the gospel of salvation to others, and since feeling my calling on this line it became very plain that by this ailment I was at times unable to do what I knew God had called me to do. But now after a long time I am healed. When the dear brethren anointed me and laid on their consecrated hands, at the Grand Junction camp-meeting, the mighty power of God filled my whole body. Oh glory to our God! And now I do thank the Lord for it all, and I write this all to the glory of God and for the encourgement of other dear afflicted ones. And now, dear ones, I ask you to pray that the Lord will keep me very humble and use me in his own good way. Your saved brother,
I. S. Mc Coy.
Questions and Answers.
Please give the word of God on, “Who is my neighbor?”
Ans. Read carefully Luke 10:25-37. The lawyer asked his first question to tempt Jesus, but he was compelled to answer it himself. Jesus aporoved the answer, and the lawyer stood disappointed in his purpose. He now, willing to justify himself, asked (V. 29), And who is my neighbor? Jesus spoke the parable and with a simple question compells the lawyer again to answer his own question, in a manner which certainly condemns his justification. But, Who is my neighbor? The wounded man was neighbor to the Priest and the Levite but they were not neighbors to him. These men professed to love their neighbor as themselves, but here they proved to have but an empty profession. Their neighbor whom they professed to love, was passed by and left dying. Here was an excellent opportunity to manifest their love had they possessed any, but, like many thousands to-day who claim to love God with all their heart, they were filled with selfishness and could not even speak a word of encouragement to the poor suffering one. This lesson shows us plainly that there is a two-fold meaning to the term, neighbor. 1st, Any one is my neighbor, who is within my reach and influence, whom I can have power to assist in time of need, and do unto him as I would in like circumstances wish to have some one do unto me. 2d,. Any one is my neighbor who, like the Samaritan, thus renders me the needed assistance.
Can a Sinner love his neighbor as himself?
Ans. No. A sinner may do good to his neighbor and in many respects be an example of kindness and selfdenial. His neighbor may receive much benefit, and all needed temporal assistance from such apparent benevolence, and yet all this sacrifice on the part of the sinner is not prompted by the love of God. To-day there are thousands of dollars bequeathed to various charitable purposes which doubtless prove to be a benefit to many suffering ones, but many of these bequests are actuated by selfishness instead of the pure love of God. “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” — 1 Cor. 13:3. Evidently much may be done in this manner. Many are trying to have their own way and base their hopes on eternal life upon their imaginations that they love their neighbor as themselves, when in their hearts they ignore the first and great commandment “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind, and strength.” Like depraved and sinful man has always done, they seek out their own way, thinking they are justified before God in keeping the second commandment and refusing to keep the first. This is impossible. The second can only be kept by keeping the first. The heart must be filled with God before pure love can flow out to our neighbor.
Was the baptism of John a Christian baptism?
Ans. John’s baptism was unto repentance. It was the outward act of obedience to his preaching. Those who believed in the coming of Christ willingly were baptized. This was a preparation for the mightier one that John testified would come. It was not strictly what one might term Christian baptism, neither was it a legal ordinance. Anti-ordinance teachers claim that it was a legal ordinance, but it was not. There was nothing in the washing of the legal ceremonies that resembles the baptism of John. We have nothing to prove that John was ever recognized as a priest. Neither have we any record even of any priests under the law who were ever washed by some one else, except in the case of the sons of Aaron, when God instituted the priesthood, but this was vastly different from the baptism of John. This washing was not baptism. John’s mission was not the work of a priest under the law, but he was the forerunner of Christ. His work was to baptize the people, every one who came to him. In Matt. 3:5, 6, we read that the people went out and were baptized of John. This was never done by a priest. It was the beginning of a wholly different economy. “The law and the prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom of God is preached and every man presseth into it.” — Luke 16:16. John’s mission was but the dawn of the gospel dispensation and might be termed the transition period between law and grace. In this respect his baptism was not strictly Christian Baptism, and yet all who obeyed the preaching of John were justified, for the time being. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light, and all who received his testimony were prepared to walk in the light when it came. Jesus, the light, came but did not begin his ministry until he honored the baptism of John and thus fulfilled the righteousness of the same. Then began the shining of the clear light, and after choosing disciples he went with them into the land of Judea, and there he tarried with them and baptized. From this time the baptism of John began to decrease (Jno. 3:22-30.) and the Christian baptism (or baptism in the name of Christ.) became established.
Was Christ initiated into the priestly office by baptism?
Ans. Not by the baptism of John. As before stated, he received this baptism, as a divine recognition of the same. The initiation into his ministry was the anointing of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 10:38.) His priestly office was not Mosaic. According to the law he had no right to the priesthood. He was not of Levitical descent. (Heb. 7:11-14.) But thank God he is of a much higher order, and a perfect law. The priesthood is changed from the law to grace. By the sacrifice of himself he has become our great high priest, and is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him. — Heb. 7:25.
Do you allow sectarians and those who belong to secret organizations etc., to come to the Lord’s supper; and if not, how do you prevent them if you have no organization; and how often do you observe that ordinance?
Ans. The ordinance of the Lord’s supper is observed whenever the saints are impressed by the Spirit to do so. The word of God does not say how often we should do this. “This do in remembrance of me.”
Luke 22:19. “For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.” 1 Cor. 11:26. There is no difficulty in preventing any one from partaking of the Lord’s supper, whose life is inconsistent with salvation, when the word is plainly given as to who are fit subjects. All such persons are personally dealt with, if known, and admonished to get saved. If they should persist in taking their place among the children of God without showing the fruits of repentance, they would be personally pointed out and rejected. When the Holy Spirit is honored and has his way in the congregation, there is no trouble about being imposed upon by hypocrites. The holy fire burns out every objectionable element. It is the duty of every child of God never to knowingly permit any one to go to the Lord’s table who does not live consistent with the word of God. Every objectionable person should be brought to see his error, by private exhortation and as the case may demand, it should be dealt with according to Matt. 18:15-18. With reference to having “no organization”, the church of God is organized. It is not OUR organization nor that of any man, but it is God’s. We have no church but God has one, and only one. The church has us, and every other saved person on earth. No one can be saved outside of this church. This is the DIVINE organization. In it are all laws necessary for government and all practical operation. Matt. 18:15-18 is a rule for offending brethren which covers the need of every case, whether it be a personal offense or otherwise.
How can you obey the command in 1 Cor. 5:9-13. unless you have an organization?
In the Church of God every offending person is dealt with according to the word of God. It is just as practical to-day as it was at Corinth in the days of Paul. “Put away from among you that wicked person” is equal to the words of Jesus in Matt. 18:17. “Let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” Such a person should be publicly renounced after having rejected the treatment given in the above texts. This will never fail to make the separation.
Explain 1 Cor. 16:1, 2. J. L. B.
“Now concerning the collection of the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store as God hath prospered him. That there be no gatherings when I come.”
The above scripture needs but little explantion. It is very evident that the apostle Paul was no heir- ling preacher, and, like all true men of God, was much opposed to taking up collections and soliciting means to carry on the work of God. Therefore he ordered that the saints should meet the needs of the church by each one laying aside a certain amount, for this purpose as the Lord prospered them. On the first day of the week as they would come together to worship was the time appointed for this money to be laid in store.
It would be well for us to follow their example. Let each congregation have a small box placed at the house of worship; then let each one of the saints give as God prospers. Also, if any of the unsaved feel like giving, they should have the privilege of doing so. Let the deacon or elder or some other responsible person take charge of the money and let it be used as the Lord shall direct.
W. J. Henry.
Please explain 1 Tim. 5:1. A certain elder has departed from the right path, and has been dealt with by the brethren, and says they have no right to rebuke him, quoting the above as his authority.
C. B. M.
The apostle has no reference to the ruling officers of the church in the above, but speaks of an aged man, as will be seen in the fact that he uses the term elder in contradistinction to “younger men.” Concerning the ruling elders in the church, the same chapter (verse 20) says, Them that sin rebuke before all.
W. G. S.
How to Avoid Deceptions.
“LITTLE children, let no man deceive you.” — 1 Jno. 3:7.
“Let no man deceive you with vain words.” — Eph. 5:6.
“Let no man deceive you by any means.” — 2 Thess. 2:3.
Did you ever, dear brethren, notice the import of the above texts? They are positive commandments against suffering ourselves to be deceived? The deceived must therefore be responsible. to some extent, for the deceptions they are under, for it cannot be that God would command us to not suffer ourselves to be deceived if it were not possible for us to avoid deceptions. A deception truly comes unawares upon its victims, hence it would appear that it is unavoidable. But when we observe that the Bible offers to all an experience that admits no deceptions, we must conclude that the deceived is to be blamed for not having sought such an experience.
What classes of professors are drawn away by seducing spirits? “Now I beseech you. brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” — Rom. 10:17, 18. This text teaches us that it is the simple who are drawn away under deceptions. We are not to understand the apostle to say that it is the hearts of the physically weak-minded that should be seduced by the false prophets, but by the word simple he meant the unsuspecting, and it is so rendered by some translators. God’s word commands us to be watchful, careful, prayerful, and suspicious of every spirit with which we have made no acquaintance, and if we do not measure to this standard we are sure to get under deceptions, and who may be blamed but ourselves?
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies. * * * Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they least with you; having eves full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices: cursed children. 2 Pet. 2:1-14. In this text we are told that the false teachers that should come, were to beguile unstable souls; that is, those who are not established, and are unsettled in their experience. God in his Word commands us to be established, and promises to make us perfect, strengthen and settle us so deep into the grace of God that deceptions will not reach us. If therefore we do not seek a settled experience, and deceptions overtake us in an unsettled state, we are to be blamed. But does the Bible teach that we may get an experience that will shield us from deceptions? Yes, Jesus speaking of false Christs and false teachers, in Mat. 24:24. said, “if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Hallelujah! He did not admit that the very elect could be deceived. The elect are the sanctified. — 1 Pet. 1:2. By the expression “very elect” Jesus must have meant those who are fully established in the grace of entire sanctification.
Paul also, in the fourth chapter of Ephesians, teaches that we may become so settled in the grace of God, that deceptions cannot affect us. The following are his words, “That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”