21 March 1895, Volume 15, Number 12.
IN MEMORY OF LITTLE RAYMOND ORR.
Written far. and read upon his funeral occasion, in the children’s Home, Grand Junction. Mich., March 17. 1895.)
Dear little Ray has passed away.
O can it be? each heart, replies,
That he, with us hut yesterday,
Has gone away beyond the skies?
His little body, strong and well.
So like a precious opening flower,
Blooming ’mid the ripening grain,
In one short unsuspected hour.
Is clasped within the reaper’s band.
And by the sickle dropped so low;
The rosy bloom has sadden turned
White as the lily, and the snow.
Those active feet no more will march
With you upon this school room floor;
His place is vacant in his class,
His cheerful song you’ll hear no more.
His hands are folded on his breast,
His little chores are finished here;
His beating heart has gone to rest,
Sweet rest from all this world of care.
There stands one lonely monument,
Just over on that sacred hill;
But now, alas I another mound
Must be cast up near Emma Belle.
With weeping heart and eyes to day —
But not with melancholy gloom —
We soon must hear dear Brother Ray
And lay him in his little tomb.
What! must that dark and silent bed
Enclose the one we dearly love?
Is man but dust? and have the dead
Together perished in the grave?
Nay: as we tread that hallowed ground,
The precious voice of God we hear:
“Think not the living here to find,
The pure have gone to nobler sphere.”
That little man that briskly moved
Awhile within this tenement,
Has gone to dwell with Him he loved,
A home of bliss pre-eminent.
O how we’ll miss dear little Ray,
His testimony and his song!
Miss him at home, at school, at play.
But, oh! bless God, it won’t be long.
If we are faithful, firm and true,
And keep right in the narrow way,
Our happy souls will go and view
What he beholds this Sabbath day.
Then, O dear parents, while you weep
One precious gem that’s passed away.
Ten thousand rays your spirits greet,
As you ascend the shining way.
The Ray of light that shone so clear,
But brief, in your terrestrial home,
Is shining brighter over there,
To light your journey to the throne.
Kind Heaven, bless dear sister, too.
O comfort, Lord, her weeping heart;
Though great your loss, you shall yet know
“Twas needful that awhile you part.
And, O dear comrades, one and all,
The virtues of this little bud,
Yea, and his sudden death, do call
On you to live more true to God.
Were you this day in death’s embrace,
Dear friends, how would it be with you?
Can you appeal, in Jesus’ face.
“Thou knowest, Lord, my love is true.”
To all assembled here this day.
O wash you in the Savior’s blood;
The warning voice of love obey,
And now prepare to meet your God.
D. S. W.
MEN OUGHT ALWAYS TO PRAY AND NOT TO FAINT.
“AND he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not to faint.” Luke 18:1. Truly, this is very encouraging. Why then should God’s dear children be cast down or feel forsaken, just as though the dear Lord did not mean what he said. And his promises are as firm as his throne; and one promise with conditions complied with is strong enough to save a world, and one command disobeyed is enough to sink our souls in hell. James 2:10. Then what should we do in time of trouble? Obey the voice of God which tells us to pray; yes, pray without ceasing. 1 Thess. 5:17.
Why does God command us to pray? That he might have 3. chance to answer our prayer, and bring our souls out of trouble. Listen to the precious promises: “And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Psa. 50:15. “And it shall come to pass, before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Isa. 65:24. Just notice, will you? Even before we call he has promised to answer; before our thought are framed into words, God often grants our desires. Is that not glorious? Oh praise his dear name! The Lord is so good and kind to those that trust in him, and he loves for his children to come to him for help, that he might bring them out of all their distresses.” Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Psa. 103:13. If you are tried and tempted sore, what is the remedy? Look unto Jesus who has said you should cast all your cares on him, for he careth for you; and cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain thee. Go to God in earnest prayer. Pray and not faint. “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you; draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you.” Some will say, “I have resisted the devil, but he doesn’t go. What shall I do?” Keep on resisting him. Resist him steadfastly in the faith. Ask God to help you; ask, and ye shall receive. God cannot lie; his Word is as firm as his throne. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Luke 21:33. Oh weary and tempest-tossed child, lay all your burdens at Jesus’ feet, and he will bear them for you, casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. Just surrender and let Jesus fight your battles for you, You have no need to fight in this battle; stand ye still and see the salvation of the Lord. 2 Chron. 20:17. Come boldly to a throne of grace and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:16.
I am persuaded that numbers of God’s dear children lack on this line. And why? Just because they do net come to God for it. Oh, dear ones, why do you prefer starving right in the sight of plenty? Just come and help yourself; yes, come boldly, plead with God like Jacob of old until you get your request granted. Be persistent. “I will not let thee go till thou bless me.” Gen. 32:26. “He giveth mere grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.” James 4:6 If God’s children desire to make spiritual progress, what must they do? Go to God in earnest prayer, with fasting. Rend your hearts, not your garments; ask God to help you to search your heart as with a lighted candle. Some will say, “I have been praying as earnestly as I could, and I don’t make any advancement. What must I do?” Keep on praying. Listen to the cheering words of our Savior, “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Some will pray a little while and faint, get discouraged and then listen to Satan, and he is sure not to tell them anything good. Now, if dear souls would stop listening to him and go to believing God, they would advance much faster in the divine life. “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.” 2 Chron. 20:20. Also, a good way, when we are not making the progress we would like, is to examine the sacrifice and see if it is perfect. Be sure your consecration covers the whole ground. Remember, your faith can only keep pace with your consecration. Some say they desire to make advancement, but they are not willing to do the little things. He that is faithful in that which is least, is also faithful in much; and he that is unjust in the least, is unjust also in much. Luke 10:10. Some are anxious to do some great thing; go out as an evangelist, or cross the ocean and be a missionary, or do something else of notoriety that will spread their name abroad; at the same time they are not willing to do their duty at home. Some mothers are not willing as they should be to sew and mend, and wash for their little ones, and be chaste keepers at home. And some fathers are not as willing to provide and care for their families as they should; do not even have the love for them that they are to have. “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the same grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.” 1 Pet. 3:7. The Lord shows here there is danger of your prayers being hindered just by not showing the respect and kindness to your companion that you should. A very little thing will hinder our communion with God. A very small duty undone will prevent our prayers from being answered. It is the little foxes that spoil the vines. “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in honor preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” Rom. 12:10, 11. I have seen children professing holiness, and not as kind and obedient to their parents as they should be. Brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Now, dear ones, I have not written this to condemn or discourage anyone that has a call from God to do any duty, but by way of warning and admonition, for I truly believe the devil does rush some out that God has not called, and some that are called want to go before they are sent, and those that God desires to send forth, hide themselves like Saul, or at least some of them do. Oh that all these things were adjusted in God’s order! It would be the means of sending forth a glorious flame of gospel truth across the continent that would kindle many hearts with the fire of God’s love. One reason why our prayers are not answered many times, we are not anxious enough for them to be answered. We feel the need of an increase of faith and we go to praying earnestly for it, but for God to answer our prayers he has to let a trial of faith come on us, and then we get scared and conclude God has forgotten us, and do not wait for him to bring out his bright design, but listen to the enemy and lose ground instead of gaining it. We should keep on praying and not faint, and God will answer. But are you willing to stand the test? You need not expect to make advancement if you are not willing to be proved and tried. “Whatsoever ye desire when ye pray, believe ye receive it, and ye shall have it.” But every point we want to develop or advance in, we may expect to be tried on that point. “Knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience; but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3, 4. “That the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Pet. 1:7. If we get desperately in earnest about the matter one thing certain, we will advance. “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matt. 11:12. “Strive to enter in at the strait gate, for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in and shall not be able.” Luke 13:24. God is strength to him that turns the battle to the gate. Those that press forward have all the promises, while those that look back are not fit for the kingdom of heaven, and they do not have one promise.
Now, dear saints, we do know God is moving on in this glorious reformation, and if we as his dear children do not take the advanced ground that he demands at our hands, it is certain the pillar of fire will move on and leave us. If there ever was a time that much prayer was needed, it is now; yes, the prayer of faith that unlocks heaven’s door. Now is no time to retreat. “And that knowing the time, that mow it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when webelieved.” Rom. 13:11. And while God demands a forward move of his children which will take much earnest prayer, Satan is also on the advance with his deceptions, and would deceive if it were possible, the very elect; and nothing but the prayer of faith will fortify us against his attacks. Watch and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. Listen to the apostle’s injunction: “I will, therefore, that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without wrath or doubting.” “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36. Look at the ancient worthies; they conquered by prayer. Queen Esther and all her people were delivered in answer to prayers; so they were not destroyed. God kept Daniel from all harm right in the lion’s den, in answer to prayer. He did not wait until he was thrown into the den of lions before he began to pray. He had been praying for some time three times a day with his window open, and his face towards Jerusalem. So he was ready when the trial came. So many neglect secret prayer, and many other duties, and when trouble comes they are not ready, and do not have the armor on; cannot face the foe, cannot exercise faith.
Dear souls, keep all your duties done; keep prayed up to the present all the time. Then when the testing comes, you will find the form of the fourth with you, and you will come out of the furnace-flame as burnished gold. Look at good old Anna, serving God with fastings and prayers night and day. Luke 2:37. So she was ready to meet the Lord and rejoiced to see him, for she had been living in a heavenly atmosphere. Peter was delivered from prison in answer to the prayers of God’s children. So you see you have the privilege of praying for others as well as yourself, and you will be rewarded in so doing. You that want to do something for Jesus and cannot be out in the gospel field, can lift up the prophets’ hands by the prayer of faith, like Aaron and Hur, holding up the hands of Moses, which caused the battle to be won for God. Dear saints, you that are kept at home can go to God in earnest prayer and plead the promises in behalf of those that God has sent out in his work, and God will hear and answer your prayers and souls will be saved, and believers sanctified, and the sick healed in answer to your prayer. Oh if you just knew how we that are out in God’s work surrounded with evil spirits, appreciate the earnest prayer of faith sent up from hearts that think they are too weak to do anything for Jesus, you would certainly take courage and pray more fervently. It is not flesh and blood we have to contend with, but it is principalities and powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places.
Then, dear souls, keep on praying. Pray much. Pray in faith, and do not cast away your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. God will hear and answer. Will not God avenge his own elect, who cry unto him day and night? I tell you he will avenge them speedily. Men ought always to pray and not to faint, under all circumstances, at all times. No matter how discouraging, still pray. The Lord will answer. “Wait on the Lord, and he will give thee the desire of thy heart.” The desire of the righteous shall be granted. “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thy heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.”
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” Psa. 119:129.
Dearly Beloved Brothers and Sisters: May the peace of God rest and abide with you all. I praise the Lord that I am saved. I feel peace in my soul which I never felt before, and I praise God for it. I want the world to know I am not ashamed of our Lord Jesus Christ. I praise God this afternoon for Bible salvation, full and free. I am standing on his promises. Pray for me. Your sister, through the blood of Jesus Christ,
Lillie V. Funk.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I enjoy this opportunity to write my testimony that I am praising God for full salvation, which I enjoy in my soul. The Lord will lead us into all truth, if we give ourselves over to his will. I praise God for a real sinking down into his will. Blessed be the name of the Lord forever! The Lord saved my soul in Nov. 1893, and he has been keeping me sweetly saved ever since, and I give God all the glory. Your humble brother,
S. L. Yoder.
Los Angeles, Cal.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: About two years ago I was led to attend a cottage meeting held on the straight line. I was convicted of sin, although a church member at the time; and the Lord showed me my condition and I repented, and he pardoned my sins. Bless his holy name! Then I learned I could be cleansed from all sin. I consecrated my all to Jesus and he sanctified me. Praise his holy name! I was sick and I went to him for healing, and he healed my body; I was led of the Lord to come out of sectism and worship with the saints. Glory to Jesus, who saves me just now and keeps me well!
Mrs. A. Cords.
216 Elmira St.
Sugar Ridge, O.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I can feel the power of God resting upon me every day, and my heart is made to rejoice in Jesus Christ. Yet while my heart is so rejoicing, there is still a burden for souls to be saved. I can truly say this morning, I am dead to the world but alive to Christ. I am one that has gone through much tribulations and sorrow, but I praise God for the comforting Spirit he gives us, even the Spirit that guides us unto all truth. I praise God for the true light that shines in my soul. I once belonged to the Methodist sect, and had no salvation. I praise Jesus this morning he is my only salvation, and the rock on which I stand. Please pray for my husband, that he may be saved. He is now sixty-four and not saved. From a sister justified, sanctified and satisfied,
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“GOSPEL TRUMPET: Enclosed find a letter from a person desiring aid, who claims to be a Christian. Please tell us through the Trumpet what you think about it. Your brother and sister, H. T. and Nancy Jones.”
Ans. After reading the letter, we conclude from the contents of it that it is from a professional beggar, and we would advise brethren to get an answer from God before sending money to such ones. While there are many who are worthy, and in need of our help, yet, we must beware of impostors. God will reward those who help those who are in need. Beware of deceivers!
What witnesses did Paul have reference to in Heb. 12:1? Your brother in the one body,
There is an error in the common version, which hides the meaning of the apostle’s language. The word, “AKA” is wrongly placed. Instead of “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,” etc., we read in Wakefield as follows: “Wherefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin which easily entangles us.” It is rendered to the same effect in the German, and in all our other translations, except the last clause is usually translated “the close girding sin,” or “sin that girds so close about us.”
By these correct renderings it is easily seen that the witnesses by which we are compassed about, are the long list of faithful overcomers, just spoken of in the preceding chapter, whose holy and triumphant lives and deaths bear glorious witness to us that it is safe to trust God, and venture forth on every line of obedience to his will. Therefore, like all those noble examples, let us also lay aside every weight, and the inbred sin to which they adhere.
Can a sinner have faith to be healed, and lay his hands on others to be healed?
Ans. The usual requirement of God is that the unsaved give their hearts to him before asking to be healed However, we doubt not there are some exceptional cases, where the Lord hears and heals sinners; perhaps where he sees good, holy desires, and where such a manifestation of his love is needed to encourage their faith to ask for salvation.
But for sinners to lay on hands for the healing of others, would be altogether out of harmony with the Word and with the character of God. If he is to do the healing, he, being holy, must have a holy instrument through which to show his power. If healing is performed by the laying on of a sinner’s hands, we should rather judge the work was wrought by some power in fellowship with sin.
Must we lay hands on people when request is made, because the Word says, “They shall lay hands on the sick,” etc. or, must we be led by the Spirit in the matter? If the Lord does not lead, how do we know it is God’s will to heal? Your brother,
S. E. H.
Ans. Those having the gift of healing, are not under obligations by the word of God to lay hands upon all who demand it. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth them out of them all.” No such promise is made to the wicked. “If thou canst believe,” the Savior said, “All things are possible to him that believeth.” If men have no faith, there is no use laying on hands.
As to God’s real saints, it is their privilege, as a rule, to be healed by faith. We need not, on all occasions wait for the Spirit to move us. But it is well that we have our hearts and spiritual ears open toward God for special teachings. But in the absence of any impressions that restrain us, faith should move out freely on the word of God.
WOMAN’S FAITH SOME.
Danville, Ill., Mar. 18, 1895.
Dear Saints of God: I have never written my testimony for the Trumpet, but will say that the Lord is precious to my soul, and that he saves and keeps me by his power and sanctifies my nature. I am just given up for the Lord to make use of me as he will. Praise his name! He will not leave me nor forsake me, nor give me anything to do that he will not give health and strength to accomplish.
I was led by the Spirit of God last August to come to Danville to take charge of the Woman’s Faith Home as matron. Sisters Metter and Stratton were here before me, but they have gone out into other fields of labor, and this work is left without any missionaries, and we are back one month’s rent, which is ten dollars.
Now, this work was opened by Sister Houskeeper, a young woman that was directed by the Lord to open up such a home for the homeless and friendless fallen girls who want to leave their life of sin, and want a home in which to be sheltered and protected. And it is for to instruct any in the way of salvation. Truly, it is a very hard field of labor, but the grace of God is sufficient.
We have been living by faith, and trusting in the Lord for all that we need and we have been supplied until now; we have come into a trying place. There is some one needed that is fully consecrated to go and follow Jesus wherever he leads, and is adapted to this work to go out among the fallen and into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my Father’s house may be filled. We do not believe that the Lord wants this work to fail now since it was begun in his name. And the world is looking on to see what will become of it. “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” The work has been hindered very’ much here because of vain imaginations about our faith living. The sects and societies do not understand it, and they speak against it. But there are a few here that do help to support it with food and clothing. May God bless them.
We have prayer meeting at the Home every Friday afternoon, and meeting Sunday night. There are at present eight inmates in all; three babies, one little girl four years old, and four grown persons. One girl was taken sick and became insane; we had her taken to the hospital, but she is getting well and her mind is being restored again; she will come back to the home. I am keeping her babe for her. The girls greatly love and respect the Home after they have been here a few days, and get accustomed to our ways.
Now, dear saints of God, pray mightily to God for this class of people, that they may be awakened from their sins, and that missionaries and money may be provided. Consider how much the Lord values one soul. Who will give their life for the lost that they may be saved? Oh may we all be workers together with the Lord in carrying on this great work, is my prayer.
News from the Field.
Bro. R. H. Owens writes that any one wishing meetings in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, or Texas, can write to him at Freeny, Miss.
East Liverpool, O.
Dear Ones in Christ: We have just closed a successful meeting near the above place. Sixteen sought pardon, but not quite all obtained the experience. This was the first time they ever heard the true light preached. One man said he had been a church member in good standing for seven years, but was never converted till this meeting. There was quite a shaking among the “dry bones.” Crooked sectarians in this place are greatly stirred up with their sectarian wine. The people of this community were very kind to us. May the Lord reward them. Your sanctified brethern, separated for the gospel,
B. F. Roe and W. H. Cheatham.
East Liverpool, O., Mar. 19, 1895.
Dear Saints: We are still rejoicing in the God and rock of our salvation. We have been pressing the battle all whiter in these parts; the work is being established, A good harvest is being gathered over the river. We had a very precious ordinance meeting on the 17th. Twenty- three took part; also five were buried with Christ by baptism. The Lord brought us through this severe winter. The ice was about twelve inches thick. The last break-up several boats were sunk near us, yet the Lord wonderfully cared for the Bethel. We are still looking to the Lord for a married brother and sister on the boat; we can get plenty of young brothers and sisters. The Lord willing, we will move to Congo, W. Va. next week, which will be our address.
The Bethel Family.
Hammond, La., Mar, 20, 1895.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: The Lord bless you all. After an absence of over four months from our home in the Master’s service among the saints in east Mississippi, we have returned to loved ones in Louisiana. The harvest is indeed great and the laborers are few every where we have been, and the calls for help are coming from many places. Is there not some one led of the Master to come and help our brother ministers in Mississippi? Lord, send some one there, as the field of labor is great. I have several calls from Texas, where the work is greatly needed, and will start to the West in a short time. If any one else desires us to visit them at any other place, please write at once; direct letters to Hammond. La. I would like to hear from the saints at Forney. Tex., and Frisco, Ark., and other places at once. The Lord is still blessing the work in this country. Pray much for us. Your brother in Christ,
W. W. Bradley.
Gresham, Neb., Mar. 14, 1895. Dear Saints of the Living God: The Lord supply you with grace in time of need. We are rejoicing this day in the fullness of the blessing of the Lord, although in a land of famine and trouble on the right and on the left. In these awful trials he has never left us. We have been reduced financially, but God has wrought wonderful deliverance for us, for which we give him all the glory. There are more openings now within twenty-five miles of home than we can possibly fill. This famine is bringing the people down in Nebraska so they will hear the truth gladly. Some here sought the Lord. Since our return from the West the work at Utica is spreading fast. The Lord is throwing down the manmade religion all over the land, and the devil has agents who try their best to imitate the holy way. Let me warn every true saint, follow Jesus and the Word and not man, or you will lose the joy out of your soul. A word now to all the dear saints all over the West in the famine district. Do not fail to trust God, he can open the way for us. His promise will not fail. Every one shall be delivered that is written in the Book. God knows best, and the end of time is near. Do not murmur against the Lord, but pray much. Please turn to the 12th chapter of Hebrews and read carefully the entire chapter, and take it home to thy heart; it means you. And remember that is a Bible experience. Read also James 1 to 3. Your brother,
Fairbury, Neb., Mar, 19, 1895. Dear Saints Scattered Abroad: It has been some time since I have
Written to the TRUMPET, to report our work, for the Lord, but we know that a daily record is kept in heaven, of which we are not ashamed. For we do know that we have been making continual advance for God. When we ask God for a better experience, we virtually ask him to give us more and greater trials. So I praise God that I have learned to not “think it” strange when they come, but to “rejoice,” knowing that they are the answers to my prayers. Since I last reported the Lord sent me to Smith Center, Kan., and after continuing there a week the Lord sent Brother Phillips to help us. We had meetings in the hall at night and at Bro. Brunner’s in the afternoon. The Kensington saints came over and helped us, and victory was on the Lord’s side from the beginning. Good audiences and good interest were granted throughout the meeting. About fifteen souls were down for, God; some for pardon, and some for the perfect cleansing. The saints were wonderfully settled down, and the devil was defeated on every side. After continuing two weeks I returned to Fairbury and left Brother Phillips to continue the work for a few days, and then he went to Kensington. When I returned, I found wife still very low; and I went to Hollenberg and fixed up a house intending to move there and settle down until wife should get in condition to go out in the work. But she has been getting worse continually; and has not been able to get to Hollenberg. We are now here at his place, where all is opposition to the truth, and wife is unsaved. And now, dear saints, you know about what the trials are that I have to go through, but far from complaining, I praise God for them. I know that his grace is sufficient. But I do earnestly ask your prayers in our behalf, and especially for wife, that she may be saved. She realizes that the hand of God is resting upon her, and that without his immediate help she can not live but a few days longer. Now, again, let me ask the immediate and earnest prayers of all the dear saints. Your brother, consecrated to all the will of God,
E. G. Masters.
Crescent City, Okla., Mar. 13,1895.
To all God’s Children, Greeting: We are truly glad to report victory in Jesus’ name. We have been laboring in Oklahoma. After the camp meeting at Marshall we went three miles north and held a two week’s meeting, and from there in company with Bro. and Sister Dansberger, we went three miles north and six miles east, and commenced meeting in the name of the Lord Jesus, and continued nine days. The Lord sent us six miles south-west, and we commenced meeting the 4th of Dec. and continued till the 26th of Jan., and God blessed our efforts there with the salvation of many souls. The work went on over the head of all opposition, and there was a real ingathering of souls, and we do know God has brought the truth there, and now they are having their prayer meetings and God is blessings their souk. Some of the young people started, but as there are many things to draw them away from God, we pray they may get established on the rock Christ Jesus, where they will not be moved or shaken by every wind of doctrine.
We feel like lifting a warning voice to the young. Their excuse generally is, “Oh, well, we have to treat our associates good and kind,” and so they have the same conversation as when sinners. Now, this is a mistake, for when we put on Christ our conversation will be changed. The things we once loved, we now hate. We can read in God’s word, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” So if their conversation does not bear holy fruit, we know they have not the experience in their hearts. I know their is no respect of persons with God, and sometimes when you will talk to them of these things they will promise to lay them aside, but still cling to them; such as wearing of gold. And when we even show them God’s word they will say, “Just as soon as God shows me,” but when they continue to wear them we know it is not given up. And in keeping worldly company they will say, “I don’t see anything wrong in this.” But God’s word is very plain. He says, “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers;” and many times the cause suffers on account of these things. But by the grace of we will cry aloud and spare not. We feel more every day like exposing these things, as we can see in Heb. 2:1, “Therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.” And “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?” And now we are not to pass these things by carelessly, and think it is not for us, but that it is just for old people and those that are out in the work. God’s word is for God’s children, no difference what your occupation may be; it means God’s children. Some will say it is such a hard saying; but we can read, “his yoke is easy, and his burden is light.” So if it is hard, they are under the wrong yoke. Some will say they do not want to dress so plain, and some will say this is a new doctrine. But let us go to Jer. 6:16: “Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways, and see; and ask for the old paths; where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” Oh, how many see this is the way, but they say it is too straight. Well, we thank the Lord for the strait gate, and all those that pay the price can enter in. Some will say, “You have no name.” We will notice in Isa. 62:12, “And they shall call them the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord.” Oh praise God! So we must be unspotted from the world.
The Lord is with us and giving us victory. Next we commenced meeting three miles north on Feb. 17, and it continued till March 8. Some were pardoned, and some were cleansed. On Sunday had baptizing, where there were eighteen buried by baptism, and came up out of the water praising God. And in the evening we commemorated the death and suffering of the Lord Jesus. There were forty-four took part. Oh this blessed privilege we have of following our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Last evening we commenced three miles east and one north of Crescent City, and we ask an interest in the prayers of God’s children, that we may have much heavenly wisdom to know how to deal with souls. This also is a new place and there are no saints here. Your sister in the one body, saved through the blood of Jesus,
Lodema Kaser, in company with Bro. and Sister Dansberger.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” Psa. 119:129.
HEALED IN ANSWER TO PRAYER.
Dear Saints of God: I feel it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony, and that it might be a benefit to some poor suffering soul. Praise the Lord! I was saved and healed of ten years of affliction. My afflictions were rheumatism, neuralgia, conjestion of the stomach, and female weakness. I doctored with fourteen different doctors, only to patch me up for a little while and say my disease was incurable. I was like the woman that had doctored with many physicians and spent all she had. Mark 5:26. Praise the Lord! When I turned to the Lord, gave up all doctors, medicine, and obeyed the command in James 5:14, 15, I was healed soul and body. Praise the Lord! If we will only take God at his word and step out on his promises and do our part, God will do his. I am saved from all the sinful pleasures of life. He has brought me out of sectism and I am standing on the solid rock Christ Jesus. I am living for him who died for me. God being my helper, I am not afraid to trust him for both soul and body. Your sister sanctified and kept by power divine.
Sarah A. Allen.
Cedarville, Kan. Dear Saints: Glory to God for salvation full and free that does keep from all the evils of this world! I am saved and sanctified to do the whole will of God, just now. I have been serving him for nearly two years now, and the way grows brighter day by day. Pray for me. Also pray for my parent and unsaved brothers and sisters. Your sister in the one body,
Eva M. Haskins.
Dear Saints of God: I praise God that he has raised up a people in this place. This place has been terribly shaken on account of the word of God, and the devil gets stirred up sometimes. But praise God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I am saved to the uttermost, sanctified by a second work of grace. I can praise him day by day for a more thorough understanding of his perfect will. Your brother under the blood,
J. A. Wilber.
Nowata, I. T.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I will try to write a little letter to tell how wonderfully the blessed Savior healed me. About a week ago I had a very bad gathering in my head, such intense pain that I did not sleep for two nights. So prayed most all night and got no relief, but the next evening when we went to kneel down to have family worship, I said, Now when I am done praying I want you all to continue in prayer for me; and praise the blessed Lord, the pain left me immediately and the swelling left my face, and I give God all the glory. Though all the world may be against me I will live for God. Your sister in the one body,
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: I am happy to report through the TRUMPET that I am saved. The Lord has not only saved my soul, but has also healed my frail body. I was afflicted for nearly three years. I could find no earthly help. My trust was completely in the Lord, that his will alone should be done. The Lord permitted me to get almost to death’s door before he saw fit to raise me up. I was in one room six months. What great nervous affliction the Lord permitted me to suffer! Still I would not murmur at the trials, and the allwise God saw that I patiently endured great and heavy afflictions, and sent his wonderful healing power and healed me. To him be all the praise. I can now do the most of my housework. I am saved by power divine.
St. Clair, Tenn.
I thought I would write my testimony for the first time. This blessed morning finds me saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and his precious Word. Praise his dear name! I first heard the gospel preached in its purity in the fall of 1893 by Bro’s. A. J. Kilpatrick and Thomas Carter. I was a Baptist until I heard the true gospel preached. I joined the Baptist sect when I was about eleven years old. I am forty-six now. My dear father was a Baptist preacher, and lived up to all the light he had. I want to say to all the dear readers, that the true gospel being preached to me after the death of my dear friends, and relatives, does not make any change in my mind, for I know if they were regenerated by the blood of Christ, and all given up to the Lord, they are with Jesus to day, they having walked in all the light they knew. I praise the dear Lord for sending Holy Ghost preachers to this part of the country, to give the word of God to the people in its purity.
Emily L. Kirkpatrick.
Dear Ones in Christ: I am glad and thankful for the privilege of saying I am saved. I know that the dear Lord is ever near me and helps me. I am tempted by Satan a good deal, but I do not heed his temptations. I have not been in this blessed light a great while, but praise God I have never felt like turning back to the world. I find too much peace and comfort that cannot be found any where but in Jesus. I have an unbelieving husband, but I do pray God so much to show him his condition. He seems to be so hard. I talk to him and have family prayer every night. Sometimes he will kneel down when it is very convenient. I take the GOSPEL TRUMPET. It seems like I could not do without it. I can hardly wait for it to come every week. I love to read the testimonies of God’s children. Pray for me, that I may be one of those that will be found ready on the great day. Your sister humble at Jesus’ feet,
Mrs. Lizzie Frindenthal.
North Platte, Neb.
Dear Saints of God: I feel that God wants me to come out from among the sects. I have been a member of the Baptist sect three years this April, and it seems like I am going down instead of getting better, and I have such a hungering and thirsting after righteousness. I would go to church, but could not find what I wanted and would come home dissatisfied and sad hearted, and would cry for hours. Some one sent me a GOSPEL TRUMPET, and I saw a testimony that just suited my case, and I have been praying to the Lord to open the eyes of my understanding and to give me more light, and he has, and I believe that Jesus is my church, and that I should have no other. I have always believed that the Lord has the power to make me well, if I had some good Christian to pray for me, but I have not found that person yet. Now, if the Lord has given any of you the power of healing sickness, or will answer your prayers, I want you to pray for me. I have consumption and female and other troubles. Pray for my family, and that we may be sanctified and be led, taught, and kept by the Lord. Pray for us as soon as you can. Your sister in Christ,
Mrs. Laura F. Minshall.
Neosha Falls, Kan.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my testimony in connection with my wife’s, for the first time. A year ago last fall we heard the evening light preached, but did not accept it at that time. Last September Geo. Cole and Co. held a tabernacle meeting here. I did not attend very much myself on account of being sick. My wife attended most all the time, and was led out to a free and full salvation. She had been a great sufferer of the ulcerated catarrh of the head which caused her to be very hard of hearing, and was so very nervous at times, that we were afraid she would lose the use of her mind. She had doctored with the best of doctors and spent great sums of money to no benefit. The most experienced doctors said that her case was incurable because it had went to her lungs. So we had given up all hopes of her ever being cured or even getting any relief. But praise the Lord, after she was saved she had the blessed privilege of reading the “Divine Healing of Soul and Body,” which strengthened her faith, and caused her to believe that the great Physician could heal her as well as others, and in accordance with the Word, hands were laid on and she was healed. Praise the Lord! One of the doctors that treated her said that she might be holiness for twenty years and not be cured. Praise God it is not true; for she is to day as well as she ever was, and has never taken a dose of medicine of any kind since she was healed, for which she gives God all the glory.
Sol was convinced that there is a reality in divine healing and the many other things that God can do for those who suffer in soul and body. I was soon after warned in a dream what I ought to do. I was troubled several days about this dream, and supposed that something dreadful was to happen. I told this dream to my companion and she thought it a warning to my soul and desired that I should go to the Winfield camp meeting and get saved before it should be everlastingly too late. The way was open for me to go and I went and was brought from darkness into light. Praise his holy name! My wife and I have been members of the Presbyterian sect for over twenty-two years. My prayer is that God may bring others out of the sect as he did us. Oh what a blessed experience we realize since we were brought out of the sect into the new light. And thank the Lord, we are still growing in grace. We would be glad to have some of God’s true ministers come here and preach for us. We have prayer meeting at our dwelling every Sunday. There are but a few saints here, but praise the Lord one dear soul has been saved in our prayer meeting who was also from the Presbyterian sect. Your brother and sister in Christ saved and sanctified,
Jas. F. and Mary A. Reynolds.
ORR. — In the home and school of the saints near Grand Junction Mich., March 15, 1895, dear little Raymond, son of Brother and Sister Charles Orr, took his sudden departure from this world to be with Jesus. He was born in Floyd’s Knobs, Floyds Co., Ind., Aug. 13, 1888; aged six years, seven months and two days. This dear little boy was one of the happy children here who loved to sing the praises of God. As we occupied a part of the same house with Bro. and Sister Orr last fall our hearts were often thrilled by hearing little Ray and his sister singing joyfully in the real Spirit of God.
The dear child was a real Christian. Though naturally of quick temper, the grace of God had renewed his spirit in the likeness of the Redeemer. He enjoyed a part in the family worship, and thanked God for the blessing of daily food, and always had a testimony in the little meetings.
He was a strong and healthful little boy. But there seems to have been an angel dispatched in haste, to carry him home to Jesus. After doing all his little chores with a relish on the evening of the 14th, he retired as well as usual. During the night, he called his papa to, pray with him, saying his head ached. Prayer was offered, and no further complaint was heard during the night. But the next morning he was taken very sick. We were called, and found him in deep stupor and deadly pale. After prayer and anointing he revived, sat up, called for water, ate some bread and milk, and tried to help us sing “I am healed.” At noon we were sent for again and found him still more low. We were then impressed the Lord was calling for him to come up higher. Prayer was offered, leaving him in Father’s hands, and about the time of setting sun, his gentle spirit departed to be at home with Christ.
The cause of his sudden death is only known to the great Physician, who doeth all things well. And it is therefore “well with the child.”
The funeral services on Lord’s day, March 17, were attended by a large congregation. Many hearts were touched; and especially his school mates were bathed in tears over the sudden and so unexpected removal of our blessed little brother.
Followed by the school, and long procession of saints and neighbors his little body was carried and laid to rest in the cemetery of the home.
God bless and comfort dear Bro. and Sister Orr, and their three remaining children. The grace of God sweetly sustains them, and the Holy Spirit comforts their hearts.
Dear Brother Orr first began the school on this ground. And at present he is again filling the sacred trust.
Oh, may God bless every dear soul in this home and school, with a heart to walk close with God, and be also ready; always ready, watching, and waiting for the Master’s call.
Train your Children for Heaven.
WHAT IS MEANT BY “TRAIN UP A CHILD
in the way it should go?” Young’s Concordance defines the Hebrew word, chanak — train — by “To train, to dedicate, to give instructions to.” It enjoins the duty of dedicating a child to God, and thus so training and instructing him in his ways that he will not depart therefrom.
According to our standard dictionary, the word “train” is from the French term, trainer, or the Latin traho, both of which are defined, “to draw along, to draw, to entice. To exercise, to discipline, to teach and form by practice, as to train the militia to the manual exercise. To train soldiers to the use of arms, and to tactics. Abraham armed his trained servants.” Gen. 14:14.
“To break, tame and accustom to draw, as oxen.”
“In gardening, to lead or direct and form to a wall or espalier; to form to a proper shape. To train young trees.”
By the root idea, and definitions given it will be seen that it is properly used in the sense of persuasion, and enticing, and developing by education. But its full force is much stronger than mere persuasive influence.
Three applications are given of the use of the word; all of which show the exertion of imperative authority. First, it is used in the sense of drilling soldiers. Second, breaking and training oxen. Third, to train a twig or tree in the form it is desired to grow. All these uses are in harmony with the illustrations by which Christ represents his disciples. They are soldiers in a holy war. They are compared to oxen where he said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me.” And we are compared to trees, vine branches and grafts. To train up a child in the way it should go, is, therefore, to drill, and exercise him in righteousness, as a soldier is trained in military tactics. In the army every order is imperative. Moral suasion is not used in drilling soldiers. And some are even enlisted — drafted — without consulting their wish in the matter. While, it is true, others volunteer of their own free will.
When the great recruiting officer of the Lord Jesus enlisted the jailer at Philippi, he at once also counted his household on the sacred list. Acts 16:31. And when “Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord,” “all his house” were also mustered in by faith. Acts 18:8.
And when the eye of prophecy looked forward to these last days, and beheld the seed of the blessed of the Lord, coming into the evening light, he saw also “ their offspring with them.” Isa. 65:23.
Therefore, see that they come with you. Induce them to volunteer if they will: if not, while they are yet under your control, draft them into the divine service. Like Abraham, command them after you. to keep the way of the Lord. Place them under that godly restraint, and holy discipline that will train them up for God. As soldiers must obey their officers in all things, so enjoin Upon your children the imperative order from heaven, to repent, and believe the gospel. Command them in the name of Jesus to get upon their knees and pray God for mercy. Hold them to obey God, and by faith, hold God to his word, to give them repentance, and thus save your children from sin and destruction, and they will honor and thank you for it.
TRAIN THEM AS OXEN ARE BROKE AND TRAINED.
In breaking and training oxen and horses, kind and gentle treatment is the chief means of success, and in nearly all cases no severe measures need be added. But every good horse trainer begins the work with a fixed intention never to stop until the animal is really broken, rendered gentle, obedient and serviceable, ready to do what is required of it. Failure is altogether out of the question. One animal may take different handling from that of another, and may require a longer effort. But the ox or horse will be of no service unless trained to obey and work. Therefore it must be done. Just so, God commands you to actually train up your child in the way it should go. It is well to study the peculiar make-up of the child, and ask God for wisdom to adopt the best means in each peculiar case. But train the child for Cod; you can and must, or expose your soul to the rebuke that fell upon Eli, and your children to the flames of hell, where his sons are doomed.
Kindness, we say, is the most important means in conquering animals; likewise, children and men. But should stubbornness in an animal hold out against all kind means, a thorough tamer will resort to coercive measures. Bad habits that cannot be coaxed out, must be whipped out. And whom the Lord loveth, he also chastcneth. Just so, to train up a child in the way he should go, is not simply to administer an occasional soft, “Why do ye so and let him still go on in the devil’s ways. It means that yon must make a real success in changing him over to be a good and pious child. It means that he leave off sin, and walk in the law and service of the Lord. And when God’s word says, Thus it shall be, that settles the matter. The Lord will see that it will be fulfilled if you firmly believe him, and do your part. O dear parents, in the name of Jesus, we are constrained to cry aloud unto you, Save your children from an awful hell! Now is your time while they are yet in youth, and God has placed them under your control and authority. For Jesus’ sake, use that power for their deliverance. Lay hold upon the promise of God, their offspring with them,” and never slack your prayer, faith and training until you have the joy of sweet, God-fearing and saved children about your table as plants of righteousness. Do not allow Satan to suggest this false proverb: “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.”
YOU CAN MAKE THEM DRINK.
The old saying is a falsehood. Let it not be named among you as becometh Christians. It is not true when applied to dumb animals, and less true when applied to the salvation of your children. What sensible farmer, or good horse- tender will let a horse go without needed medicine to put him in good condition, simply because he cannot coax the animal to drink it? You are well aware of the fact there is a way to make him swallow even a very bitter dose. But in making boys and girls swallow the medicine from the tree of life, remember, the Almighty has a hand in that work. “You are workers together with God,” and there is nothing too hard for him. You lead the wild colts to the water of salvation, and hold them right there, and God will make them drink. Some may think it a hard saying, but in the name of Jesus, we protest unto you, if your children are growing up wicked, and on the way to destruction, it is the result of your shortcomings in duty, your slackness of effort, if, indeed, it be not the bitter fruits of your own crooked life. It is true, that the lost condition of your children may have been chiefly the result of your life before converted to God. But had you known and done your duty since then, that influence might have been counteracted by the power of God long ago, and your offspring now be with you on the way to glory. Not one of you, whose children are unsaved, we dare say, have devoted as much attention to train them up in the way they should go, or been as thorough and persevering in efforts to save their souls from hell, as a horse trainer devotes himself to his task. What man, who, if he has a valuable horse taken sick, will not employ the best help in his reach, and if need be, labor all night to relieve the animal? And if there is a bare probability that a certain remedy will save the animal’s life, will you let him die for the want of it, simply because the dose does, not suit the horse’s taste, and the dumb brute refuses to drink it? Nay, you do not even sweeten It, lest the sugar might neutralize the power of the remedy, but you draw his head up, and pour the medicine down his throat, whether he likes it or not. And if he refuses to swallow, you keep his head up until he does, and if necessary, even close his nostrils, keep him from breathing through them, until he has taken down the medicine. True, it looks like harsh means. But it is to save his life; hence, no one makes any fuss about it, or threatens to prosecute you for cruelty to the dumb brute. And is not sin working death in your own dear children? Can you lie down and sleep with ease while their steps are directed to the flames of hell? Do you really love your boy more than your horse? and value his soul more than the price of the animal? Then you should labor more intently and perseveringly to save his soul than the life of the animal. In the name of Jesus Christ, and by the help of God, take their case in hands, and thoroughly treat them for the awful disease of sin. If they will not take the water of life freely, rein them up with a a good strong chord of love and discipline. If they still refuse to swallow, shut off the breath of self-life and self-indulgence. Stop letting sin and the devil have their way with them. As long as young people have free license to revel in sin, they will be satisfied in its deceptive charms. But absolutely cut off the indulgence of sin, and they will begin to deplore the malignant disease within. We have known parents, even during a protracted meeting, and while daily praying God to save their children, give them horses and conveyance, and let them all go off to town to attend some worldly entertainment, Babylon abominations, or holiday works of the devil. We have seen others bow in family worship while their sons and daughters were irreverently sitting up, or amusing themselves outside, or in an adjoining room. Thus showing utter contempt for the God their parents worshiped. Others keep praying for their wayward children, and at the same time continue to feed sin and the works of the devil in them by gratifying their pride and vanity, and many other lusts that must be mortified and crucified. Stop, if need be, even with a wise and loving use of the rod, the outworking of sin, and pray mightily to God to make them sick of the inbeing of sin. Love them tenderly, and do all in the way of righteousness to make them happy, but yield not one inch to the will of the flesh and the devil in them. If they, on that account forsake the parental hearth, they cannot escape the hand of God. They will return and bless you for the bitter cup you made them swallow. If you want your children to reverence God, see that they reverence you. If you want them to obey God, train them to obey you. If you want them saved from sin, as far as possible restrain them from outwardly committing sin. Irreverence and disobedience to parents, develops the same unholy carriage toward God, and the practice of sin feeds the desire to sin.
D. S. W.
(To be continued.)
Arr. by J. W. B.
1 Sanctification is the act of God’s grace by which the affections of men are purified, or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love of God: also the state of being thus purified, or sanctified. 2. The act of consecrating or setting apart for a Sacred purpose.
SUBTRACTION OF SANCTIFICATION.
Crucifixion. Gal. 5:24 — And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
6:14 — But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
2:20 — I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Rom. 6:6 — Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
MORTIFICATION. Rom. 8:13 — For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Col. 3:5 — Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
DESTRUCTION. Rom. 6:6 — Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Isa. 26:12-14 — Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. O Lord our God, other lords besides thee have had dominion over us; but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
ROOTED UP. Mat. 15:13 — But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
PUT OFF. Col. 2:1o, 11 — And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.
3:8, 9 — But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing ye have put off the old man with his deeds.
Eph. 4:22 — That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.
PUT AWAY. Heb. 9:26 — For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
FREE FROM SIN. Jno. 8:34-36 — Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto
you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Rom. 6:18 — Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 22 — But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
8:2 — For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
THIS IMPLIES CLEANSING AND PURITY. Isa. 52:11 — Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord.
Psa. 73:1 — Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
DAVID’S PRAYER. Psa. 51:7-13 — Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
19:12 — Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults.
How OBTAINED. Psa. 119:9 — 11 — Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Ezek. 36,25 — Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Eph. 5:26 — That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.
2 Cor. 7:1 — Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Mat. 23:25, 26 — Woe unto you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
1 Jno. 1:7-9 — But 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. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
RESULT OF THIS SUBTRACTION.
PURITY, 1 Jno. 3:3 — And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Mat. 5:8 — Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
1 Tim. 1:5 — Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.
5:22 — Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.
3:9 — Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
2 Tim. 2:22 — Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Tit. 1:15 — Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
1 Pet. 1:22 — Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.
Mal. 3:3 — And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Acts 15:9 — And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
1 Tim. 4:12 — Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Psa. 24:4 — He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
ADDITION OR FILLING. Acts 2:4 — And they were all filled with the Holy
Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
4:8 — Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them. Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel. 31 — And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
9:17 — And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him, said. Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou earnest, hath sent me, that thou ullness receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
13:9 — Then Saul, (who is also called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.
Eph. 5:18 — And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.
Rom. 15:13 — Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Jno. 16:24 — Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Col. 1:9 — For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
2 Cor. 7:4 — Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
Acts 6:8 — And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
11:24 — For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
Eph. 1:23 — Which is his body, the ullness of him that filleth all in all.
3:19 — And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the ullness of God.
THIS IMPLIES THE ANOINTING.
1 Jno. 2:20 — But ye have an unction, from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 27 — But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
2 Cor. 1:21 — Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God.
RESULT OF THE ANOINTING.
Isa. 10:27 — And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful,” Psa. 119:129.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: I am still saved and sanctified wholly. Praise the dear Lord forever! I am determined by the grace of God to ever live true to him who has done so much for my poor soul. I am happy to know that Jesus saves me in his precious blood. Your sister,
Dear Saints of God: I want to testify through the TRUMPET of the saving power of God. I know the Lord saves me each day I live, from all sin. Praise the Lord! I can safely say the Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. The Lord is my physician in all my afflictions. I am glad I ever learned to trust him in all things. I humbly ask all the dear saints of God to pray for me. Your sister in Christ,
St. Clair, Tenn.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I for the first time will write my testimony, trusting it will be to the honor and glory of God. I have been living in the Baptist sect for a number of years, but have come out of sectism. Became disgusted at pride and big salaries. Oh, I praise God for such a rich grace that keeps me saved each day. I was instantly healed of a bad cough which had continued twelve months. Praise God forever! We are sure it is safe to trust God in every thing. I thank you so much for the GOSPEL TRUMPET, for it is like a true preacher in my house. Pray that my son will be saved. Your sister, saved and kept,