28 October 1882, Volume 5, Number 12.
The Gospel Trumpet.
A SEMI-MONTHLY HOLINESS JOURNAL.
Edited and Published at the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, by
D. S. WARNER.
J. C. Fisher. Corresponding editor.
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We have received several quite lengthy articles in opposition to holiness as a second grace, which, from the fact that “we can do nothing against the truth,” we cannot publish: both because of the responsibility upon us, and because the love of God “restrains us from giving publicity to what these brethren will wish, in the day of judgement, they never had written. For it matters not how high a standard of purity men teach, they virtually give license to impatience, pride, anger, and selfishness, in all it’s various forms, when they deny enti.. sanctification, as a distinct … ..tion: for thereby is the ro.. … these things destroyed. The.. smother the heart longings after perfect deliverance from these inward tendencies, and to give up seeking the destruction of the “old man,” is the first step toward his release, and restoration to controling power.
Says one of those, “I have been through all that experience that you call sanctification or second grace, and can speak from experience. I experienced that blessing and testified to it honestly, supposing it to be bible; for our church (the F. M.) taught it. When a young convert looses his first love through disobedience, reconsecrates himself and repents, God justifies him again. This is what you call the second blessing, sanctification.”
Now Bro. as a reader of the trumpet you know that your statement is directly contrary to the facts: you know that we do not call the restoration of backsliders sanctification.
You say you know all about the experience of sanctification, yet admit that the only sanctification you know any thing about is the restoration of a backslider. So you are entirely ignorant of entire sanctifications as an experience beyond justification, and as this is the experience we teach you should wait until you know something of it before you attempt to teach in reference to it. You know of sanctification of backsliders, but when the Lord Jesus prays the Father to sanctify those disciples already in the regeneration, thats beyond your knowledge. The sanctification or purging of tranches, that are dead in Christ, and already bearing fruit, is all beyond your experience. Through your unbelief you, and all with you, are shut up in utter ignorance of the sanctification of born again disciples who “are not of the world even as Christ is not of the world, who were not sinners repenting, nor backsliders mourning their lost hope, but christians, “rejoicing that their names were written in heaven,” and who “worshipped God” with “great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God.” – Luke 24 52, 53. You are all in the dark with regard to the prayer of the Apostle, that the God of peace should sanctify wholly, and preserve blameless in spirit, soul, and body, such christians who then “knew their election of God,” and whom Paul commended for their “work of faith and labor of love, and patience of hope in the sight of God and our Father,” and were already “ensamples to all that be1ieve in Macedonia and and Achaia.” – 1 Thes. 1: and 5:23, 24, and from whom the Apostle had just received “good tidings of their faith and love,” 3:6. Of this bible sanctification, your own words show that you are entirely ignorant, hence not qualified to bear testimony. If you only received your first love restored, you bore false testimony when you professed the second grace; but if you received the above bible sanctification, which is beyond justification, you now betray Christ when you call it a backsliders return: you contradict yourself, hence you are not qualified to testify on this question. To any one that is cleansed and illuminated by the … … God, you simply betray … … and infidelity
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..ed any thing … … of salvation, beyond justification, and what I do not know no one else does, therefore there is no such thing as entire sanctification after justification.”
This we say in kindness and love, with much respect for the brother, but in a true exposition of the foe that dwells within him Another writer says, “I like the trumpet very much, except your theory on sanctification; you think it is God’s theory, I think not, though when I was following men, I was taught to believe it, and did believe it and taught it.”
That Was all very well, but the thing needed in your case was to have experienced it. Had you done that you could never have turned and opposed it, without denying Christ, and “falling away” into the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. So to believe and teach an experience is one thing, and to have it is quite another; the first leaves the soul subject to be driven about by every wind of doctrine, in the foggy riegions of “think so,” and “not think so,” but in the latter the soul “proves what is the perfect and acceptible will of God:” proves by a real inward glorious, and vivid consciousness that this is the will of God even our sanctification.” For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified, whereof the Holy Spirit is also a witness unto us,” — Heb. 10:14, 15. Now if people only knew it, it is just as foolish for a blind man to contend with one blessed with good eyes, that there is no such thing as light in this world, as it is for one to deny the second grace of entire sanctification, or perfection, to one whose soul and body is illuminated by, and witnessed to by the Holy Spirit. Here the fully redeemed stand upon the sure foundation of certain knowledge, received by the direct and unmistakable voice of God, and confirmed in every trial of life: this is the rock of positive knowledge that our brother in Ill. needs to find; for he is still in the shadowy regious of mere supposition, hence his language — I think not,
True faith brings experience, and experience is knowledge, is an actual demonstration, a final solution of the proposition: where as unbelief bewilders the soul in the cloudy regions of “I don’t believe,” “I dont know,” “I think not,” “I can’t see it.” Salvation is by faith, and faith is that act of the soul by which things seen in the promise are grasped, tasted, known, diffused in the life and conscience, and become the constant feast and fruition of the soul; therefore the man that fails to appropriate by faith, the glorious gift of perfect holiness, offered in the bible to regenerated believers, he shuts himself up in ignorance of that gift, and rules himself off the witness stand in respect to it, just as the infidel and atheist do in respect to all religious experience. Therefore if you could summon the whole universe of intelligent creatures, you could not find one qualified witness against real regeneration, or entire sanctification: an attempt to deny either, only proves the person a stranger to it; hence no witness at all. “I think not,” is not taken as evidence any where. What do you know is the … … nothing, then hold … ..er friend writes us. “I know that the second blessing theory is a fraud, and was invented by a self-righteous people, and the father of it was a liar from the begining. Now brother I used to believe in a second blessing, and I thought it was right but I did not knew it. I went to an F. M. holiness meeting at Three Rivers, Mich., and they told of another blessing that they had received, that was still ahead of justification: and so I was in for all that God had for me, and I received a blessing just like I had received many times before; and it made me feel pretty good to hear them tell others that I was now sanctified: but I soon found that I could not go to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and the praises of men, for God brought me out of that delusion.”
It was well indeed that God brought him out of such a delusion of the devil. But all that has nothing to do with bible holiness, excepting, to show this man’s need of it; and his holding it up as an argument against true holiness also shows his inborn opposition to that great truth.
His counterfeit holiness, was some kind of a blessing he was accustomed to, it inflated him with pride, and it’s object was to carry him to heaven on flowery beds of ease and the praises of men. A “fraud” sure enough, and invented too by the father of lies. But it is directly opposite to that sanctification the bible teaches, and which we do experience and teach; which is not an ordinary blessing but a new moral revolution in the soul; not something that puffs up with pride and bigotry, but which kills and removes all tendencies to pride and every inborn lust. Instead of a holiness that promised flowery beds, and the praise of men, he should have sought that taught in the bible, which is to “know Christ, the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering being made conformable to His death, which is “crucifiction” of self, and death to the world, and to be “hated of all men,” and “killed all the day long.” Yes all this and a “hundred fold with persecution.” The brother having had experience in the devil’s kind of holiness, is holy qualified to speak of that kind. Now if he will come to the fountain open for sin and uncleanness,” and get true bible holiness he will be qualified to testify for Jesus.
To have no experience, is to have no certain knowledge, to have a false experience is to have I false and delusive knowledge that is worse than none; but to experience true bible holiness, the entire death of inborn sin and restoration of the soul in the image of God, is to be filled with the certain knowledge of entire purity, and the absolute and universal reign of God and peace in alt the domain of the soul “That ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”
Fellowship and Co-Operation.
BY S. S CONE.
In my former article I wrote upon fellowship, as embodying the greater part of Christian du.. and these as fuil.. … man organization.
Co-operation is co-action; joint action with a view to a given end. It expresses united action, organization having preceded as a condition of joint action.
Under the accepted meaning of this word, may christians united in effort meet every possible joint duty independent of human organization? If so, then cooperation and fellowship cover the field of Christian duties, and on the human side express all.
It must be admitted that there is a Divine organization, the real body of Christ. In this is found the spring or source of all Christian activities. “It is Christ that worketh in you both to will and to do of His own good pleasure.” From the same inner Christ life proceed all principles of action. “He that believeth in me out of bis belly shall flow rivers of living water” — living principles.
The foregoing being true, the whole thing of joint duties, church or otherwise, lay primarily back in the spiritual organization of which Christ is the head and sole permeating power.
The principles embodied in cooperation considered as exterior, are not a thing of human creation, but wholly divine. Cooperation is but coaction of the Christ life, and the Christ body — the church. Christ says, “One is your Master, even Christ: and all ye are brethren.” As much as to say your whole line of Christian duties are to be wholly upon the principle of one Master and one common brotherhood. This is applicable to the church under every possible relation and in all time to come.
I have gone back to the beginning of all things, the soul. To the soul when permeated with the Christ life, and placed in the body, the church, with all its principles of action springing from the same, is adequate to cooperation in full, gone down to the bed-rock of the question of human organization in the Church of Christ. In so doing I go back of, and away from, mountains of human sect rubbish, that are insufferable barriers to the acquisition of truth.
I have done so for the very simple fact, if the Divine organism of the church is complete as builded by Christ, then there is nothing to be built humanly; but if deficiencies do exist under Christ’s building, to their extent is it justifiable.
We have seen that every principle, that is rule of action, springs from Christ as the soul or life; thus Paul could say “Christ liveth in me.” To claim any lack, is to impeach the wisdom and power of Christ, as life and fullness to the soul; and the official work of the Spirit, which is to teach all things, even things to come.
The existence of Christ as head to the body, the church — the Holy Spirit that abideth with her forever, are Divine expressions of the complete organism of the church. No higher proof is possible to God, or could be more convincing to man.
Thus we have seen human organizations, in reference to the Church of Christ, to be void of truth, and without the sanction of God.
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… … a single org.. … that has maintained purity, … even its maiden purity. The question involves unbelief and this is sin. It is equivalent to faying, The Lord cannot keep His church pure. We will build a church, and by virtue of its superior organization we will keep it pure. What is this but an insult to God? an assumption of superiority over and above Christ? What is this but anti-Christ?
It has been said, we must have human organization in order to preserve the ordinances of the church. But this is a great mistake; by a general consent of the brotherhood these can be maintained. This is simply cooperation.
It is often said that human organization is indispensible to the existence of church officers, or their being officially set apart to their chosen work. Primarily this depends upon the Spirit calling to a specific work; having done this, the brotherhood can but by common consent approbate or endorse what the Spirit has done. This is cooperation with a view to a given end.
Human organization is urged as indispensible to the exercise of discipline. This depends upon what is made to constitute discipline. If it means church trials and the exercise of human authority under rules and regulations man made and executed by Popes, Bishops, or self-constituted bodies, without authority from God, then I have nothing to say. But if it does mean what Christ and the Apostles taught: that it consists in spiritual Christian effort to restore, and if unsuccessful to withdraw fellowship, then human organization is uncalled for and unsuited to the end. Human organization implies a constituted head with more or less of authority, whose tendency has ever been to assume the prerogatives of God; and dictatorship over truth, in short, lord it over God’s heritage. This is the legitimate fruit of attempts to build so called visible churches among men.
Some may say we must have organization in order to have fellowship, but this is at fault, for should not be based upon human conditions or religious dogmas, but upon Christ’s brotherhood.
If an individual or a body of sectists refuse fellowship on this, then they discount the Christ brotherhood, in favor of sect and sect dogmas, which would be setting them above Christ in His little ones. Their fellowship would not be a blessing, but rather a curse; yet such is the main feature of sect fellowship.
It is said we must have a home True, but Christ is the home of the soul; a perfect and abiding one. But what for a home is that, where Christ is discounted, and companionship does not rise higher than sect dogmas? A home that falls below Christ fellowship is in the enemy’s camp, and will prove a snare to any soul.
Some urge there must be sect organization in order to have successful missionary work, of Bible, and other societies; these, however, can exist winder the plan off cooperation.
Whenever God’s little ones … … together in the spirit … … of faith bone
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..very possible … … ..rcise of fellowship true christian cooperation. May the Lord hasten the day when all, from full choice of soul, shall come down to the symplicity of the truth as it is in Jesus.
A Walking Miracle.
Some months ago, father Thomas Nelson, who was a frequent caller at our place in Indianapolis, came to our office and requested prayers for his son, who is a minister in charge of a congregation in Brooklyn, N. Y., and from whom he had just received word that his health was very poorly, and that there was scarcely any hopes of his recovery. We went at once into the room and besought God in his behalf to restore him to health. The fire came, we claimed our petition in the name of the Lord. And now we receive the following from Father Nelson accompanied by a letter from his son, for which we give God glory through Christ Jesus.
“I received a letter from my son yesterday, part of which I enclose for your encouragement. The letter speaks for itself. I think if we were together we would sing the old doxology:
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below.”
Your brother, washed in the blood of the Lamb, and rejoicing evermore,
Here is an extract from the letter:
Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct. 3.
Dear Father: — You will be glad to know that I am enjoying better health at present than I have enjoyed in the last fifteen years. Indeed, I am a walking miracle.
Affectionately, your son,
T. A. Nelson.
Great Battle of Gog and Magog.
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ORDER of MEETINGS
UN THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD
IN GOSPEL HALL.
9:30 a. m. — Bible schooI.
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The above only gives the general order of the various Weekly meetings, all of which are wholly led by the HOLY SPIRIT as He will.
We send this pager, for a season, to many who have not subscribed for it. Fear not to take it out of the office, it shall not cost you any thing until you are led of the Lord and your own free will to support it. Please let us hear from you as soon as you th..ll have made up your mind for or against the paper.
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service over … … … at bro. Isaac Slag.. … miles from Bucyrus. … Lord go with them: the Lord Mighty to Save!
Bro. and Sister J. C. Fisher are engaged in a meeting at Bangor, Mich. He writes, Oct. 23rd. “I praise the Lord for salvation and victory this morning. We came here on Saturday. The prospects are good for a work of salvation.
The devil is no little stirred already.” AMEN!
Assembly of the Saints in Northern Indiana.
The Lord willing there will be an assembly of the Saints of God at the Beulah meeting house, in La Grange County. Ind., beginning Nov. 16, 1882.
Let all the lovers of God and truth every where in reach come to that meeting. God has a true Church there, and bro. Low says there will be abundance of room and entertainment for all that will come. We hope the kind providence of God will enable us to attend, and we rejoice in the prospect of meeting all the true saints of God in northern Indiana.
TRUMPET PRESS FUND.
AMOUNTS ALREADY PAID.
|H. Conlay,||$ 1.00|
|Clara M. Philips,||1.00|
|Bro. and Sister Wm. Reed,||10.00|
|Joseph W. Carry,||10.00|
|On subscription taken by Brother Kilpatrick,||13.00|
|Jane A. McChee,||10.00|
Some of those beloved said, “For press or whatever else it is needed.” So we felt at liberty, as necessity required to use some of the above to pay on moving and current expenses.
Knowing that Christ is interceding, and many dear saints are daily praying, and we are constantly looking to God for the necessary means to carry on this work, we are sure the Lord will provide. O, my beloved brothers and sisters, the Lord knows we are entirely dead to all self-desires in this matter; we seek only to glorify God in the way He points out and the work he assigns us. Only the sustaining grace of God, and the constant conviction that we dare not abandon this great work of liberating souls from babylon bondage, holds us to the self-denied and the fearful responsibilities of this great work. Though there is a deep undercurrent of glory in this advance work of God, if we were to consult the flesh or our ease, are should joyfully step out of this office and cease from those labors and this constant taxation of our faith and courage to meet this awful calling. Many write to us, praising God for the blessings received through the Trumpet, and assuring us that if they only had the means, in any shape whatever, they would as soon as possible convert it into money to buy presses and everything needed.
O, how can you, beloved, who have the means, and who profess to love the truth, to love Jesus and immortal souls, how can you leave this work so cramped for the money you could spare? O, that the love of God may constrain to help as you are able. We are very thankful indeed for the kind responses that have come to us. God bless you and reward you. We have not been able to make a purchase yet, hut hope in God to do so soon. If we once had a good paper and job press we could largely pay for them with job work. We have a number of calls to print tracts, etc., and we have in view certain matter that we could soon prepare for the press, that would do much good and bring us a good remuneration. A paper cuttar is a very indispensa.. ..tenance to a printing
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… … ..rt of a book … … Now in the name of the Lord! why not a few brethren, by a joint stock fund, invest some of the means that God has put into your hands, and requires you to use to His highest glory, in this great work? Why not? Please ask your own heart the question. Please listen now to what your heart says. Ah, do you not feel those stirrings within which say you love that money — that land — those houses, or those chattels too well to let Christ, who died for you, or the welfare of immortal souls have the benefit of the same? Or does not the thought arise in your heart that you can realize a more extensive income by investing in something else? O, my God! what a heart you have: you who would pit a few dollars against immortal souls. O, be not deceived. “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” If it be true, as the Scriptures imply, that the love of God cannot dwell in a heart that is closed to a brother in want, how sadly destitute of divine love must that heart be that is closed to Christ Himself, and perishing souls. “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed when the Lord cometh.” Awful truth. But if any man love Christ at all, he will “love in deed and in truth” will manifest the fruits of that love. Glory to God! We are abundantly contented to toil on in our present feeble facilities. But when we see how much more rich men could make themselves, by a godly use of their means, and when we feel the great burthen of God’s present purpose, and remember that God sees all that is in your hands, and will bring you to an account for the same, we actually tremble for your soul. The more we have been tried by straightened circumstances for Christ’s sake, the more we “glory in necessities,” and self denials, and the more our heart is burthened and alarmed for the souls of those who have plenty and to spare. O that God may save them from the awful curse of their money and property.
Let any one who will take a stock in this great work of God, or who will lend us money, respond at once. And let all, rich and poor, continue to send in their donations for the press in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Maple Rapids, Mich.
Bro. Warner — Praise God! I am free from all sin and sects, and mean by the grace of God to “stand fast in the liberty where with Christ has made us free.” My wife is free in Christ also and delights to read the trumpet.
May God prosper the work in which you are engaged.
Yours in Christ,
C. P. Lyon.
Mt. Pleasant, Ia., Sept. 24.
Dear Bro. D. S. Warner: — God bless you continually, and may God help you to continue heralding the truth in the columns of the blessed trumpet, and advance the cause of Christ. I will send you $5.00 for the new press as soon as wanted.
Your brother, saved by the blood of Christ,
R. O. Pinson.
Wilber, Saline Co., Neb.
Dear Bro. Warner: — I have received a few nombers of the Trumpet, and think it has about the right ring. It does my soul good to see how firmly you stand for the truth as is in Christ Jesus.
I used to belong to the sect that call themselves the Church of God, but I have come out of her and am now standing alone with Christ Jesus.
Onarga, Ill., Oct. 3.
Bro. Warner: — We will enclose $10.00 to be paid out on a printing press, or as the Lord may direct, to the glory of God, and to the salvation of souls.
O how cur hearts go out for the dear and precious souls, who are hungering after the truth, and know not where to look. So many schisms saying “lo here and lo there.”
Our prayer to God is that the blessed Shepherd may seek out and gather all His sheep that have been scattered abroad, feeding on empty husks. Oh how our hearts do praise God that we are now finding rich pastures, that many of us have been gathered from the places where we had been scattered in the dark and cloudy day. Glory to God! the light is begining to shine, and many are escaping from the human pens of starvation, back to the true fold of Christ, and His glorious full salvation.
Wm. Reed. A. Reed.
Eagle, Mich., Oct. 16.
Dear Bro. and Sister Warner: — I praise the Lord in my soul, just now. Glory to God! just returned from a tour north. Had victory in the name of the Lord all around. The clay you left Eagle we went to Essex. On Thursday night Ave had a glorious meeting. The Lord worked mightily and three souls were sanctified wholly, and received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, they spake with tongues, and glorified God for about the space of two hours. On Saturday and Sabbath two more entered the beulah land of rest from inbred sin.
After setting things fully in order, we went on to Lafayette in Gratiot county, where the Reeves brethren live, where three more were sanctified wholly, and gave glory to God.
The Judaic Sabbath question is doing much harm to the cause of God here in Michigan. I hope you will give some light on that subject, in the trumpet as soon as posible.
May the Lord bless you all and provide the means to get the press, and all things needful
All the brethren in Christ greet thee.
Yours saved by the blood,
J. C. Fisher
Midland, Mich., Oct, 12, ’82.
Dear Bro. Warner: — Inclosed find one dolar for the Trumpet to to be used to the glory of God. The mites have their blessings, I have little to give, but it is my daily prayer that God will bless you and your dear family, and the Trumpet, so that it’s visits may be more frequent. It cheers us on our journey to hear the truth. I do praise God there are some who dare publish the whole truth. I feel tonight like saying, Glory to God in the highest! when I think what He has saved me from. When I talk with professed christians, and see how they are blinded by sectism, I feel like praising God that He ever led me into the truth, and I do pray God to lead them into the light. How it cheers line to get the trumpet and read the testimony of God’s little ones. Praise God he has reserved to himself more than seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal, who esteem the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt.
“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine,
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine.”
Pray for your sister in Christ,
Julia E. Brown.
THE ANNUAL ASSEMBLY
Of the Church of God in Michigan.
A GLORIOUS MEETINGS — NO CREED MAKING, SECT MACHINERY, OR CARNAL DISCUSSING.
At a late hour of night, on the 28th of September, we took our leave of dear wife and child, in the Union Depot in Indianapolis, Ind., en route to the annual meeting of the Holy Saints in Michigan, while wife took another route to visit her parents in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. We regretted much that we could not visit some of the dear saints in the eastern part of the city al.. …
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..ited the dearly belo.. … various parts of Northern Indiana before we left the State. But it took very hard work the few days, and much of the nights we were at home to get out the paper, pack and ship office and household things, in time to go to the Michigan meeting. We should have returned to Eel River Bethel and held a meeting, after the meeting at Eagle, but it was necessary to go at once to Cardington, in order to look after a place to put our things. But we hope to visit that place and hold a meeting after the assembly at Beulah, if in the providence of God we shall be permitted to go to that place.
The meeting at Eagle was a very precious season of God’s grace, and brotherly communion. O, how our soul adored God for the glorious triumphs and trophies of the Gospel during the last year. This great work really started two years ago during our visit to Michigan, in the wonderful anointing of brother and sister Fisher. Their labors had wrought effectually when we returned last fall, and now a glorious host have received the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ, and stand on the sure word of God.
How our soul was filled with love and gratitude to God at meeting the loved ones we have met before, and for the privilege of forming new acquaintances in the holy family.
Bro. T. H. Low from Indiana, Bro. Chamberlain from Webberville, Bro. Reeves from Gratiot county, were present and much in the Spirit. Sister Goggin and her dear husband were also present. Praise God! A short time ago she wrote us from the healing institute at Battle Greek, Mich., where she was being treated, having been greatly afflicted for the past year, was confined much of her time to bed, and barely able to walk across the room. Some home physicians had given her up, and at this institute they could only promise some help by her remaining three months. We wrote her in the name of the Lord to arise and go home, by the grace of God, trusting the Lord for healing, and that we firmly believed we should see her at the assembly! Praise God, she staggered not at the promises, arose and went home, came to the assembly rode five hours in the rain, gaining strength all the time, and Saturday, Sept. 30th, we anointed her with oil, when the Holy Spirit filled, the place, baptized all our souls, and gave her perfect soundness. Glory to God!
Five souls we believe, were sanctified during the meeting and one restored. We closed the meeting on Monday night with a solemn and very precious feet washing and communion service. After which Bro. Fisher solemnized the marriage of two of the young converts — Bro Brown and Sister Davis. May the blessing of God be upon there dear ones, and make their life joyful and useful.
As we were riding home in a large wagon load, at the close of the meeting, the glorious thought came into our mind that we had had no need for any presiding officer, besides the Holy Spirit; no secretaries, but the recording angel of God in heaven; no committees, no preambles, or resolutions; no discussions, ecclesiastical fillibustering, or carnal strifes; no place-seeking, wire-pulling, legging and electioneering. Glory be to God in the highest! Oh what a freedom – what a freedom in Christ we have! Oh, what fools the devil has been making of God’s professed children, all down through the dark ages of babylon confusion. He has appointed chairmen to supplant the Holy Ghost; secretaries to record acts and laws for future strife and contention; business committees to create business, to exclude salvation and worship, and give the devil a good chance; lecensing committees to make preachers of the devil’s children, whom God hath not sent, and who have not obeyed the command — “Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye, be endowed with power;” stationing committees to give rise to jealousy and place-seeking, and to create boundaries and monopolize territory, to lord over for self glory, and to furnish an occasion to try and condemn all who happen to become victi.. … … ..riestly jeal.. …
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..s, committees … … creeds, to ignore the bible, … the Spirit, drive out God, bring in wrangles, and give place to the devil.
Glory be to God forever! The presence and reign of the Holy Ghost does away with all the machinery of death and superfluity of deviltry. He does not assign a preacher his territory a whole year in advance, but He is always present to direct our steps, and appoint our work each day and hour. He licenses, and no babylon decree can silence; He silences, and no priestly authority can give, utterance; He promotes, and no power of earth can put down; and he lays low the haughtiness of the proud, and vain is the help of man to lift him up. Yes, “All these worketh that one, and the self same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
We have in the acts of the Apostles a history of the Church for sixty-three years, and in all that time there were but a very few what we would call items of business transacted, and in those the Holy Spirit said what should be done, and the saints simply said amen, and carried out the mind of the Spirit.
On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Bros. Low, F. P. Smith and self came together as far as Lansing, where we had some hours to wait, so it being fair time, and the town quite full, we sang praises to God on the streets, and collecting a crowd we spake unto them the word of God. The truth soon stirred up a commotion. While Bro. Low was speaking a police man came up and ordered him to stop. Bro. L. insisted on the duty and right to. deliver God’s message; but the poor, misguided police persisted in his effort to stop until brother Low finally ceased to preach, and began to exhort him and others to seek the salvation of their souls, while we, in a social manner, taught the awful word of God to another little group. Thank God, we believe that that effort will not be lost. Several seemed to endorse the truth, and we took a few names for the Trumpet.
We reached Upper Sandusky, Ohio, that evening, and found family and friends well. Thanks be unto God!
Which Day to Keep, and Why.
POSITIVE PECOFS OF THE ABOLISHING OF THE SINAATIC COVENANT, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS CONTAINING THE SEVENTH DAY SABBATH.
Christ the Lawgiver of His own Church or Kingdom, and Lord Over the Sabbath.
NO COMMAND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ENJOINING THE SEVENTH DAY;
AND NO INSTANCE OF THE CHURCH MEETING FOR WORSHIP ON THAT DAY.
The First Day of the Week is Called Sabbath Seven Times in the New Testament, and was Sept as the Christian Day Of Worship from the time of the Resurrection Of Christ.
For some months in the past our mind has been stirred up to write on the Sabbath question, and when learning what harm the Judaizers have done the cause of Christ in some parts of Michigan, we see why we were thus led.
There are two elements in the Sabbath, a positive and a moral. It has been very appropriately said that positive commands are right because commanded, and that moral law are commanded because they are right.
That is, in moral precepts there are principles of right on which they are based, which existed back of any law for their enforcement.
And that positive commands rest more fully upon the simple will of the law giver.
Although for convenience the distinction has been made between positive and moral, the ..re just as positive or im-.. … … … … … ..e that positive com-.. … reason of the divine enactment, and the sacred events with which they stand connected, have also strong moral elements in them.
The moral element in the Sabbath is the fact that one day out of seven set apart from ordinary labor and devoted to the worship of God, is conducive to the moral and religious elevation of man.
The positive element is the particular day to be thus appropriated. In other words, the rest is moral, the day positive. Naturally one day is just as propitious for rest and worship as another. The will of the Lawgiver alone decides the day. Therefore, while moral principles are unchangeable, the day of rest may be changed as often as the wisdom of God may dictate. It rests alone in His will.
It is not necessary to go back and inquire as to whether the Sabbath was ever enjoined and observed before the exod from Egypt. Many claim that it was, but most admit that it cannot be proved. We read in the sixteenth chapter of Exodus that God made known the Sabbath to Israel, and withheld the manna on that day. And in the twentieth chapter, the Sabbath is included in the covenant made on Sinai.
Now concerning this covenant, let us inquire of the word of God.
1. To whom was it addressed, and upon whom was it enjoined?
2. What was its object?
3. What the extent of its time? Many times over the bible asserts that the Law was given to the children of Israel. “To you and your children after you.”
David says, “He showed His word unto Jacob, His statutes and judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation.” Psa. 147:19-20.
Paul says “The Gentiles which have not the Law.” Rom. 2:14.
“For I testify again to every man that is circumcised that he as a debtor to do the whole law.” — Gal. 2:3.
This is clear enough. The law, as a covenant or testament, was enjoined upon the Jews, and such as were proselyted to the Jewish nation through circumcision.
It is true that the influence of the Sinaatic covenant has ever been felt by all transgressors; just as a verdict of guilty and sentence of death pronounced upon one criminal will be felt by ten others, to whom it was not addressed at all, but who know themselves guilty of the same crime and exposed to the same testimony. Had the law been enjoined upon all nations, it would not have rendered the Jews a distinct nation.
2. What was the object of the law? “Knowing this that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers, for murderers of mothers, for man- slayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.” — 1 Timothy, 1. This does not look as if the law was made for christians, but was simply designed to exert a moral restraint over the Jewish nation, while Jehovah was using them to shadow forth the great truths and facts of the New Testament salvation. “Wherefore then serveth the law? it was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made.” — Gal. 3:19. We shall have occasion to refer to this scripture again with the connection when we will show that Pa..
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is here speaking directly … ..gard to the covenant, the.. … commandments. Was it ena.. … for the government of Christians, and to be perpetual? No, “it was added because of sin,” i.e., to hold in restraint the Jewish nation, and was only to remain in force until the seed should come. In Rom. 7:1-7 the same truth is taught that is in the two preceding passages, i.e., that the law is not for christians, and only has jurisdiction over the Jew as long as sin remained, for it to hold in check.
3. We now come to notice the limit of its time, or rather to give positive bible proofs of the abolishing of the Sinaatic covenant, the law. But before we proceed to this point let us see just what the old covenant, or testament, consisted in.
“And he (Moses) was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.” — Exod. 34:28. Here you see clearly that the covenant made on Mt. Sinai was simply the ten commandments, and the fourth one of which was Israel’s statute for the seventh day Sabbath.
Now the tables above referred to were broken by Moses when he saw the wicked idolatry of the people; and, “At that time the Lord said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto Me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood. And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables. * * And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in my hand. And He wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments.
* * * And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made.” — Deut. 10:1-5. “Which had the ark of the covenant, * * * wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Akron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant.” — Heb 9:4.
We have here presented three positive proofs that the covenant made on Sinai was the ten commandments, and that they, and they only, were written on the tables of stone. Therefore, if the covenant made on Sinai, or that written on stone, is yet in force upon Christians, then the seventh day Sabbath is in force; but if that covenant, written on stone — the ten commandments — is abolished, then the seventh day Sabbath is abolished. What saith the scriptures.
THE COVENANT CONTAINING THE SEVENTH DAY ABOLISHED.
“Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak” to them that know the law), how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead she is loosed from the law of her husband.” “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ,” “but now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held.” “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law; for I had not known lust, except the law had said, thou “shalt not covet.” — Rom. 7:1-7. Here Paul illustrates the extent of the law by the marriage covenant. The death of one of the parties absolves the other from all claims of that vow; and then applying the figure he asserts that himself and Jewish brethren have, by the body of Christ, “become dead to the … and “delivered from the … … if anticipating
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… Paul was … … ..g to the ceremonial law, he quotes one of the ten commandments — “Thou shalt not covet,” — to let them, and all men, know that the law from which the Jewish Christian is “delivered” is the ten commandment law, that containing the Judaic Sabbath. ‘‘But our sufficiency is of God, Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit, for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stone, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance, which glory was to be done away, how shall not the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious? ‘‘For if that which was done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.” — 2 Cor. 3:5-11.
Here the Apostle contrasts the abolished covenant by Moses with the New Testament, or covenant which remains. The luster of Moses’ face, when he came down from the mount, indicated the superior glory of that code over all the codes of law enacted by man, and yet “it had no glory,” in comparison with, “the law of Christ,” the New Testament. “Mark these words, “the ministration of death written and engraven on stone was glorious,” and “that which was done away was glorious.” The very thing that was written and engraven on stone, though glorious, “was done away.” Now we have proved that nothing was written on the tables of stone but the ten commandments; therefore no man can deny that the seventh day Sabbath, the fourth commandment with the ten, was done away, — supplanted by the law of Christ, — without simply denying the testimony of inspiration.
Adventists complain that we do not make a distinction between the ten commandments and the ceremonial law. We do make that distinction, but if we were to admit that only one of the two was abolished, we should have to take the position that the ceremonial law still remained in force, for in both the above scriptures the Apostle declares the abolition of the ten commandments. And still there is more to follow. — “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” — Gal. 3:10. This does not look as if we were relieved from a part of the book of the law — the ceremonial — and held to obey the other part, the ten commandments, as the Adventists teach. No, he that is under the law at all, is “under a curse,” if he “continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them,” both the commandments and the ceremonies. There is no other alternative. You must keep the whole law or none, for all are under a curse that neglect one part and keep the other. But thanks be unto God! “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law.” — Verse 13. “And this I say, that the covenant that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of non-effect.” — Verse 17. The ten commandment covenant and its ceremonial append age form no part whatever of the covenant, and kingdom of God’s grace, or the law of Christ, which was promised to Abraham just four hundred and thirty years before the law was given through Moses on Sinai, for “the law is not of faith.”
“Wherefore then serve the law? It was added because of transgressions till the seed should … … … promise was
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This verse also clearly asserts that the law was no part whatever of the kingdom of God’s grace, but was just enacted because of the “transgressions” of Israel, and was to be in force “till the seed should come to whom the premise was made.” Who are that seed? and what is that promise? Answer — “I will give unto you (Abraham) and your seed all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession.” The promise was to the seed of Abraham, and, “know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the game are the children of Abraham.” “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” — Gal. 3:7, 29.
This is all plain. The promise relates to the land of Canaan — holiness, or the rest which “we that have believed do enter into.’ The promise was made to the seed of Abraham — namely, they that believe in Christ, and the law was to remain until the seed should come to whom this promise was made. Glory to God, they have appeared and already entered their inheritance. And they, even Jewish converts, have come to “the end of the commandment, — law, — which is charity (love) out of a pure heart.” — 1 Tim. 1:5. “But before faith came, we (Jews) were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterward be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith is come we are no longer under a schoolmaster,” — “delivered from, the law.” — Verses, 23-25.
To prove that Paul meant the ten commandment law, when he said, “we are no longer-under it,” we will follow him to the next chapter. “Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.” “Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the Mount Sinai (the words of the covenant, the ten commandments) which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is Mt. Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem, which now is and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” “Nevertheless what saith the scriptures? Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond woman, but of the free.” — Gal. 4:21-31.
Can it be possible that any intelligent and honest person, after reading these inspired words, can still maintain that we are under the covenant made on Mt. Sinai? Here again tire Apostle, in asserting our freedom from the law, does not allude to the ceremonial, but strikes directly at the covenant, which we have proved is the ten commandments. He draws a line between the two covenants, and rules that made on Sinai entirely out of the kingdom of God, and declares that the “one from Mt. Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, is Agar, and answers to (belongs to) Jerusalem, which now is — the Jews — and is in bondage with her children.” That is, that covenant containing the seventh day Sabbath belongs wholly to the Jews. Here the positive command, “cast out the bond woman and her son: for the son of the bond woman – the ten commandment covenant — shall not be heir with the free woman — shall have no part at all in the kingdom of God’s free grace. Glory to God! the Apostle sums up in the 18th verse thus: “But if ye he led of the Spirit, ye are not …
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law.” We come now to the … ..tle to the Hebrews.
“For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.” — 7:12. “We have heard Adventists reason thus: “God is immutable — unchangeable — therefore what was the law of God at one time must always be the law of God, for he cannot change.” Now this looks very plausible, and often serves to ensnare souls into Judaic bondage, where Christ profits them nothing. The reasoning is as false and deceptive as satan. The fact is, a change of laws is perfectly consistent with the immutability of God; for He has various dispensations, laws, orders and decrees, which together make up His infinitely wise and immutable plan, and when each order he has enacted has covered its allotted time, and subserved its destined end, it is abolished and supplanted by a new system, an advance development, of His wise and immutable programme of dealing with man. The inspired word declares there was made a change of law, which gives the lie to all that reasoning that no change could be made. But what was that change? Was it the dropping off of the ceremonies, and the ingrafting of some gospel precepts, as Sabbatarians teach? To establish their doctrine they would have to prove that there is but one testament or covenant, and it was never disannulled, But what saith the Lord?
“For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before, for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did, by the which we draw nigh to God.” “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.” “But how hath He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the Mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, He saith, behold the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them, by the Laud to lead them out of the land of Egypt.” “In that He saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” “And for this cause He is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a Testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the Testator. For a Testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the Testator liveth. Wherefore neither the first Testament was dedicated without blood.” “Then said He, Lo I come to do Thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” — Hebrews 7:18-19. 8:6-13. 9:35-18. 10:9-10.
The first code is called the “commandment,” “the law,” “old covenant,” “first covenant,” and so far from having any saving efficacy, it is “weak,” “unprofitable,” “faulty,” and the “ministration of death.” The law of Christ’s kingdom is here called “the ministration of the Spirit,” “more excellent ministry,” “better hope,” “better covenant”’ “now covenant,” second cove.. … a single … … … … maintained purity …
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The words covenant and testament are both from the same Greek word, diathekes. In Heb. 8:7 it is translated covenant, and put testament in the margin. Will and testament mean the same, also.
Now what is language good for if “disannulling,” “waxing old, and vanishing away,” and “taken away the first, that He may establish the second,” does not assert that the first testament is abolished, disannulled, and taken away, and the New Testament established in its stead? Now all the above said of the covenant that God made with Israel, “in the day that He took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt.” And you may search the bible in vain for any other covenant made at that time, but that one “written and engraven on stone, even the ten commandmandments,” including the seventh day Sabbath; which covenant was made on Mt. Sinai just after coming out of Egypt, and is positively declared to be the ten commandments.
If the Adventist theory were true, why did not the Apostle once say so? In nearly all the Epistles he treats on this question of the law, and the epistles to the Romans, Galatians and Hebrews are chiefily taken up with the subject of our deliverance from the law, and yet there is not one word that teaches the removal of the ceremonial part of the book of the law, and that the covenant itself, i.e., the ten commandments were left in force. It is most emphatically stated that he who is under the law at all, is a “debtor to keep the whole law,” is “under a curie” if he continueth not in “all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.” It is nowhere stated that a part of the first covenant is abolished, but the whole; that Christ took some of it away, but that He “took away the first — the whole of it — that He might establish the second.” It does not say, in the word of God, that a part of the old covenant was “ready to vanish away,” that the ceremonies enacted under the first covenant were cast out, but the son of the bond woman, the covenant itself — made on Mt. Sinai in Arabia — which was the ten commandments”, that “saith the scriptures” was “cast out.” Occasionally the Apostle Paul, when treating on the abolishing of the law, mentions some of the ceremonials, but as a rule he points directly to the covenant written on tables of stone. Therefore, to teach that that part of the old testament is in force, which the inspired Apostle most emphatically and repeatedly insists upon as “done away,” is nothing else but an infatuation from the father of lies. The Apostle more particularly cites the ten commandment covenant as abolished, because it being the foundation of the whole old covenant, the ceremonies based upon it naturally pass away with it.
In our next we will show by the Word of the Lord that Christ is the Lawgiver of His own Church or Kingdom — “Lord of the Sabbath,” — that the New Testament never enjoins the seventh day, but that it calls the first day of the week Sabbath, and that it was the Christian’s special day of worship from the morning of the resurrection.
A Special Meeting at Cardington.
Will be held over Friday, Saturday and Sabbath, Nov. 3—5.
Some of the followers of Christ will be baptized, as he set the example, and on Sabbath evening there will probably be a communion service.
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… … … We would love to to greet also, Bro. and Sister Mohler, from Lodi; Bro. Smith and others there, Bro. and Sister Stootsman from West Salem, Bros Strong and Wm. N. Smith from Strongsville, and all the dear saints every where, that the Lord may send up. We ernestly hope to be favored with the coming of Father and Mother Keller from U. Sandusky.
The Work of the Lord going on in Cardington.
Shortly before our return here Bro. J. M. Stiles and some of the rest of the little ones prayed with and anointed, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, a dear sister who was lying quite low with a fever, from which the Lord raised her up; the fever instantly departed, and she rapidly regained her strenth, and has since been attending meetings. Others have been wonderfully helped through prayer. Frequently souls are converted and sanctified in our meetings, two men who were under the power of strong drink have been saved since our return. Praise God! We have rented a very pleasant office, warm and excellent light, only $30 per year, thank God! And we greatly enjoy the great kindness, love, and cooperation of the dear saints here. This is quite an apostolic Church, neither say some of them that aught of the things they possess are their own. Though God is using us to bring to Christ souls that were lost to God, to their families, to society, and to themselves, yet we are hated with all the venom satan can infuse into babylon, and sinners that are under her influence, “that have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” But Glory to God! the Gates of Hell cannot prevail against God’s Church here.
Union Outside the Camp with Jesus – Confusion and Death Within.
BY E. P. KYLE.
Dear Brother Warner: – Greeting to thee and wife and all the family of our Heavenly Father, in the love and fellowship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To whom be glory and majesty, dominion and power forever, amen. The Lord bless thee according to His riches of Glory by Christ Jesus. I pray that the baptism of the Holy Ghost may be continually coming upon you. Praise God! I feel like saying with the Psalmist – “Behoid, how good and how pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity.” — 133-1.
When we read the Trumpet our hearts beat in unison with it, according to the glorious prayer of our Savior — “That they all may be one, as thou Father in me and I in thee, that they may be one in us.”
The unity, love and fellowship of God, the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ, exists among all of God’s holy children. But oh! what a contrast in the picture that sectism presents to the world. Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and six hundred more sects, trying to occupy the same ground; building rival synagogues on opposite corners, vieing to have the most elegant and costly buildings, the nicest carpet, furniture and organ, the most popular choir, and highest salaried preachers, and all jealous of each other’s success. Is there anything here that looks like the fulfilment of Christ’s prayer? O, what a soul-cursing influence emenates from this great sect babel. Instead of … … ..ness reigns; in..
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existence is … … … to the prayer of Ch.. … … they may all be one.” O, how absurd for a soul that is wholly sanctified, dwelling in God, and God in him, to be “unequally yoked with,” and support these corporations of mixed characters, and confused tongues. And how ridiculous to see men professing to know God teaching really saved souls to stay in such anti- Christ pens. God positively commands us to “be not conformed to the world,” yet this is just what all those branches of Rome are doing in defiance of God, and His word. “Stay in your churches,” say popular holiness evangelists. Stay in all this mass of pride, fashion, worldliness, theaters, festivals, Masonry, idolatry, hatred, tobacco stench, anti-holiness and anti-Christ? That advice heeded is sure death: but thus sayeth the Lord — “Come out from among them, and be ye separate.” “If any man will cleanse himself from these he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use.”
How shamefully inconsistent, and earthly, that holiness (misnamed) that requires, as a condition of receiving its fellowship, that you adhere in one of these branches of corrupt babylon. What would you think of a temperance society that would require that all its members be connected with some saloon? They go in there and see beer, whisky, rum and brandy; they see tobacco filth and its smothering poison smoke; they hear cursing and vulgarity; they see hungry, ragged children, and pale, heartbroken mothers; they behold quarreling, fighting, murder, poverty, suffering, insanity and death; and admit that this is all wrong, but they say, “God suffers it, and therefore we must also; stay in your respective saloons, or you cannot be a member of our temperance society.” Well, we go into modern sects and we see tobacco sots, proud fops, lovers of the world, “haters of them that are good,” heady, high-minded infanticides, liars, slanderers, Free Masons, back door saloon goers, women murdering themselves with pride, corrupt, abominable, sensual, covetous and deceived souls, “having a form of Godliness but denying the power” from whom-God says “turn away,” and these eminent holiness teachers say this is all wrong, but God suffers it and so must we, therefore no person shall be allowed to join our holiness association that is not a member in good of standing in some of these holiness fighting sects. While we would not be understood as putting the sects down on a level with whisky saloons, we wish you to remember that the holiness cause is much higher and more sacred than the temperance cause; find as it is an undeniable fact that the present day denominations stand in much the same attitude of hostility to the former as the saloons do the latter, there is after all, about as much consistency in a temperance society demanding that its members all stay in some saloon, as for a holiness society requiring that its members stay in some sect. This may appear harsh to some ears, but I ask where is the sect that will not put its hands upon, and defeat a true holiness revival, wherever it can. Since temperance revivals destroy the saloon interests, and thorough holiness destroys sects and denominations, there is the same incentive for the hostility of the one that there is for the other.
The very language, “a member in good standing in some evangelical churchy,” is deceptive, and it implies there are more than one true church, in opposition to Christ, who teaches that there shall be “one-fold, one body,” … Church of the Livi..
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… say that the man that says, “Stay in your church,” is not all on God’s altar, for if he were all given up to God he would take God’s Church for his portion, instead of sticking to his own; which, by the very fact that he can call it his own, proves that it is not God’s.
Your brother, redeemed and washed in the blood of the Lamb of God, and by the Holy Spirit.
The Light of A Candle is Not Seen In Her — Babylon.
BY T. H. LOW.
Dear Bro. Warner; I feel constrained by the Holy Spirit, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to blow a few blasts through the GOSPEL TRUMPET.
These are indeed perilous times of deep deception, and spir-spiritual wickedness in high places, — sect scaffolds, and devils nests. Though they build them up to heaven, they shall be thrust down to hell. Though they build their nests as high as the eagle’s, they will fall. Even at this present time God has a mighty host marching around on the outside of the sect walls, and they are fast falling down, at the sound of the trumpet of God, in their hands. God knows, true saints know, and even the devil and sinners know that sects and scisms are the master works of satan. And yet it is an astonishing and appauling fact men professing to be saved of the Lord do resist the eternal truth of God, and defend these works of the devil.
Is not the soul that is converted to God, converted to His truth? Yea verily they love, and eat the truth, and live by every word that proceedeth out of the month of God. Therefore, he it known all ye sectarians, that ye are not of God; for if sects were not of the devil, think you he would get mad so quick when God’s servants shell their walls with the truth of God. But earth rage, the bombardment of babylon must go on. God has beset her on every side with His archers, and commands them to “shoot at her, and spare no arrows.” God is coming as a whirlwind, to destroy the sect reffuges of lies. He has already made her desolate here in the Haw-patch. The truth has done it. There as not go much as the “light of a candle seen in babylon” here. We told them last winter that unless they would get on God’s side they would suffer loss. Some told us that they saw their duty, and were about to step out for God, and obey the truth; but they were perswaded by preachers to sell Christ and the truth for a mess of sectarian pottage, and a bitter mess it is proving to them.” Some of them lament like Esaw for the heritage of truth they have bartered away. O God! what an awful account those priests will have to give, who have turned the hearts of God’s children from following the lord fully.
I recently received a letter from Elder John Krup of Iowa, stating that he did not agree with the come-out movement, that he would not leave his sect, and that “it is the post of duty assigned him by the Lord.” This is a great mistake, No man can prove that God ever set him into the Mennonite, or any other sect. Thus saith the Lord, “There should be no schisms — sects – in the body.” Will God forbid sects and then put His children into them? Is there yea yea, and nay nay, with God? Is He the author of confusion?
He also said that to come out of sects, was forbidden; which is a positive contradiction of the Bible; see 2nd Cor: 6:17. Rev. 18:4. He also calls sect Babylon.. … Church of God, and that
no part rows
… sects. But such a thing as a blending into one these rival jealous factions never can be; and neither does God want it, for such a proud and worldly mixture, it jumbled together, would not represent the church at all. Some of the infant daughters of the mother of harlots have spent a year or two patching up disciplines and trying to come together, and now they are ready to bite and devour one another; and the big fish claim the right to swallow up the little ones. In the private letter referred to, and also in a sermon by the same brother publishd in the Gospel Banner, printed at Goshen Ind. the brother said that those who have come out of sect babylon “have thrown off, and do reject the order of high heaven, namely the visible, organized Churh.” Now in making the above charge, we are forced to the unpleasant conclusion that he has wilfully falsified the truth. For he cannot be ignorant of the fact “God sets the members, every one of them (visible men and women,) into the body as it has pleased Him.” And this body is the Church, the visible and organic body of Christ. And he also knows that the GOSPEL TRUMPET, and all other papers that teach the true Church, insist that God’s Church is both visible and organic. No reader of the TRUMPET can charge upon’ that paper the teaching of “no Church,” and “invisibility,” except he does so through shere dishonesty. I know of no paper in the world that has so fully and constantly set forth the Divine unity and visible organization. How can men stand in the day of judgement who sin against God’s plain commands, “speak the truth,” lie not one to another.”
When the opposers of a doctrine missrepresent its advocates, it is strong evidence that they are convicted in their own hearts of the truth of that doctrine. They are laboring to put a … construction on the truth that condemns them, in order to relieve their disturbed conscience. Oh let us be ware for “whatsoever loveth and maketh a lie” cannot enter heaven.
The “Church which is His body,” of which Christ is the door and salvation the the process of induction, is the only Church God and the Bible knows any thing about, all others are counterfeit and all other names are “names of blasphemy,” and are included in the number of the beast. Let him that readeth understand.
Our friend also writes thus, “I know you will say, we have no need of straps and sect pens to bind us together: that were all very well if Christ had not commanded them. This is a direct falsification of Christ, and a contradiction of the whole Bible: Where in all the book of God are human straps or sect creeds commanded or even tolerated. Jesus prayed for the oneness of His disciples, but did not intimate that they should be bound together with sect straps and party creeds. Now He presents three things, in that memorable prayer, as the means of securing and perpetuating the desired union: I sanctify them, 2. “I have given them thy word,” and 3, “keep in thine own name those that thou hast given Me that they may be one.” This is the way Christ designed to accomplish the unity of His Church. Now sanctification destroys sects, the word of God forbid sects, and the one name excludes all sect names. Praise the Lord forever! Amen!
Our friend thinks we ought not to call the sects the daughters of the harlot. But that is just what God calls them, and we must call them by their right name. The sisterhood of harlot sects bear the very marks of their mother, Old Rome.
The Church Stripp..
BY JOHN M. STILES.
The devil has deceived, and is deceiving, the great mass of Christian professors as to what Jesus meant when He said: “On this rock will I build my church, and the very gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” He makes them believe in other foundations, ways of sustaining, doors into, means of ingress and egress besides Christ.
The importance of understanding God in this matter is of vital necessity. He is so anxious that we be kept from the false, He has made the Word so plain, none need be mistaken. The fact of only one Church in all the world is the uniform teaching in the Bible; not one word to sustain the prevailing idea of “Denominations,” “sister churches,” “branches of the christian church,” sects or sectarianism; on the contrary, severe denunciation of all such things. The many divisions, names, creeds, disciplines in Christendom to-day should convince at once the candid searcher after truth that he must not accept or recognize any, or all of them, as God’s ideal of His family on earth, the Apostolic church. This being true and so accepted, involves the imperative duty of ignoring by word and act their false claim, whether made singly or collectively, as a delusion of the devil – false as he can make it.
In the so-called churches, there is no unity of faith or sentiment; party spirit is rife, emulations, wire-pulling, to secure good appointments, favoritism, the rich member brothered, flattered, put forward, visited, the poor neglected, unnoticed.
The priests as a class, with few exceptions, are after the money and popularity to secure these, he withholds the truth, neglecting to preach against sin in its, most alluring pet forms — tobacco using, fashionable dress, and
so generalizes that he seldom hits anybody; his sermons are devoid of power or salvation, but generally contain fine literary productions, moral essays, the effect of which is to make any who may be induced to join his church ten fold more the child of hell than he was before. God have mercy on his soul!
I challenge the whole crew of sectarian preachers to produce one of your number that says he is equally interested and engaged in building up other denominations than his own; that he endorses their creeds, loves their disciplines and forms of worship all alike; and, if honest, about every one would have to admit that they have a partial love for the members of their own sect, which is a sin condemned in the Bible, but is the natural fruit of sects.
There is only one Head of the church — Jesus; one body — Jesus, “for as we have many members, and all members have not the same office, so also is Christ one door into it — Jesus; one rock on which it is built — Jesus; one source of strength — Jesus; one way of organization — the “Holy Ghost setting the members in the body;” one name — “After which the whole family in Heaven and earth are named;” one creed, book of discipline, and government — the Bible; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one mission – the complete salvation of men.
Now, if you find the distinctive marks of modern denominationalism in what we teach to be God’s idea of His church, reject it. But should you, dear reader, find yourself in a way not sanctioned by Gods word, bearing some of the “names of blasphemy,” “yoked together with unbelievers,” holding what the devil has foisted upon you as the church, a human corporation, run by money, man’s devices and, …
no part rows
out of her.” Pe.. … been deceived many years; remember it is never too late to obey God. Let no argument of satan hold you back. “Flee out of the midst of babylon.”
Cardington, O., Oct. 16.
BY WM. H. HULL
“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power; that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” — 1 Cor. 2:4. These words were written to the Corinthian believers by a man, whose “letters”, they said, were “weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible”. Had they never read Isaiah 28:11. “For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to His people”?
Have such never read in an open New Testament, these words? -— “But God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea; and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: “that no flesh should glory in His presence.”
This declaration of the Holy Spirit should prevent US from rejecting or “despising” the “poor man’s wisdom” when he both writes and speaks in “demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”
Remember, “the common people” (2 Cor. 10:10.) had not as free an access to the Scripture of Truth as we now have.
Le Loup Kans, Aug. 12, 1882.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
“We are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed.”
Strongsville, O., Sept. 10.
Dear Bro. Warner: – The devil tried hard to keep us from the Lodi camp-meeting. But, thank God! we went up on Friday fore-noon. Before I went I saw in a vision on Thursday night a sect man pitching on Bro. Warner, and talking very meanly. The face was strange to me, but as soon as I saw S. Rice the next day on the Lodi camp ground I recognized him as the main. I never had met him before. God blessed us during the afternoon services. At night Doty preached, made a big effort against the come-out doctrine, and yet God compelled him to admit that there is not one word in the New Testament in favor of, or in support of sects and denominations. And yet he argued in defense of these unscriptural anti-Christ schisms, saying that since God bears with them we should also bear with them, and not oppose them. What a doctrine this is!
As a union meeting, so advertised, it was a failure; it was wholly run by a Wesleyan ring. But thank God! the truth of God’s true church is working powerfully. One man came nine miles to see Bro. Warner; was sorry to learn that you had gone. I gave him some Trumpets.
“Blow ye the trumpet, blow
The gladly solemn sound;
Let every creature know,
To earth’s remotests bound,
The year of jubilee has come,
Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.”
We felt very bad that we did not get to see you at the camp-meeting. Yours for the free gospel,
Wm. N. Smith.
This argument of Doty’s would stop our mouths from rebuking and denouncing every sin and abomination on the face of the earth. With equal propriety it might be said, there is not one … in the Bible favorable to, or … … of saloons, gambling … … ..d houses of ill fame, but since God bears with them on the earth therefore we must also let them alone. God bears with idolatrous Masonic lodges, therefore we also must bear with them and not teach people to come out from among them and be separate. God bears with thieves and murderers, therefore we must be careful not to say, “Let him that stole, steal no more,” and that no murderer “hath eternal life in him.” According to the wonderful wisdom of Bro. Doty, we must not lift up our voice as a trumpet against any sin that God suffers in actual existence upon the earth; but only denounce such imaginary evils, as God does not tolerate at all, that have no actual existence. Is not this confusion — Babylon? How ridiculous men make themselves when attempting to protect and justify what God abhors and condemns.
Testimony from London.
On Tuesday last I attended a meeting at Mr. B,s — a most blessed one!
A man came to it in a most pitiable state, his leg and foot shrunken and emaciated (literally “withered,,) and drawn up, not having touched the ground for many years. He had traveled one hundred miles to meet with the children of God. He had been a Christian for twenty years, but at this time was in mental darkness, and could only, weep and pray. My husband a surgeon examined him: no human power could help him. All united in prayer for him at the close of the meeting Mr. B. anointed him, when his foot gradually sank down, blood rushed into his leg, the flesh formed around it, strenth came and finally the man walked away, having thrown aside his crutches, to the great joy and surprise of every body present. We have seen him since and he rejoices in a perfect cure.