31 January 1895, Volume 15, Number 5.
THIS WEEK OF PRAYER.
A week of prayer! hear ye the call!
Let him that heareth say to all,
Come, let us now our hearts prepare,
To spend one earnest week of prayer.
A week of prayer! but, Lord, we own.
Our prayer must kindle at thy throne;
Move in our breast thy own desire.
And by thy will our prayers inspire.
A week of prayer! O Lord, command.
Thy saints to bow in all the land.
And seek, by strong prevailing prayer,
The robes of grace each soul should wear.
A week of prayer! O let it come,
Like incense up to heaven’s throne:
Ten thousand hearts in faith draw near,
And, God, their earnest pleadings hear.
All week in prayer; more earnest prayer,
With fasting, Lord, thy saints appear;
Thy fulness, O Almighty Friend,
Our hungry souls would apprehend.
And in this week of praying breath,
Each soul should reckon unto death,
Itself a sacrifice to God,
All sanctified in Jesus’ blood.
This week of prayer search and reveal
The sacred springs of every soul,
The idols that may yet enshrine.
Some hearts that vainly think are thine.
A week of prayer! and may it find
The hidden stores of every mind,
Break up the cold infernal spell
That sleeps while souls go down to hell.
A week of prayer! but shall it be
An empty sound, O Lord, to thee?
An oft repeated round of words.
While lust keep back what is the Lord’s?
Nay; from each soul let earth recede,
And every saint now be agreed,
To rise above all selfish greed,
And love the Lord in word and deed.
A week of prayer! O may it be
A time for hearts to covet thee;
When every soul shall press the throne.
And seek to know but Christ alone.
Thy graces, Lard, let all attain,
Thy holy life live o’er again;
In all thy deep humility
Our souls would be conformed to thee.
Make every heart more willing, Lord,
To suffer for thy precious word;
He that’s not joined with thee to die,
Shall never reign with thee on high.
Thy precious gifts, dear Lord, bestow,
The gift of faith, and wisdom’s glow;
The healing pow’r increase tenfold,
Adorn thy church with all her gold.
Yea, more than all, thyself impart,
No other gift can fill our heart;
Thy throne in us be all on fire,
Reveal through us thy mighty pow’r.
A week of prayer! O let it move
Ten thousand hearts to deeds of love;
Thy gold and silver consecrate,
The souls of men to elevate.
One week of prayer! O gracious Lord,
With thy own blood do thou record
The answer to our earnest cries,
And all thy saints with love baptize.
This week of prayer shall heaven move.
And earth shall feel its wave of love;
And every heart that’s open wide.
Shall drink afresh the living tide.
O thou supreme, we cry to thee,
Shine forth, and let the nations see
Thy light and truth and perfect love,
That thousands may thy favor prove.
Break out, O Lord, in judgment flame,
On all the works that do blaspheme,
And so provoke thy holy name,
And cleanse, once more, thy ancient fane.
Hear now, O God, and hasten on
Thy evening light where e’er the sun,
Pours down insulted beams upon
The darkest creeds and deeds of men.
The harvest is already past,
The evening sun is sinking fast,
Yet gleaning may thy remnant yield,
And few the toilers in the field.
Arise, O Lord, this week of prayer,
Call out and hasten every where
A multitude to reach, with pains,
The few remaining precious grains.
O hear, and answer, thou Supreme,
And let salvation’s mighty stream,
Rise to a flood, flow every where,
And glory crown this week of prayer.
CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT SIN?
WE very often meet with people who are fighting holiness, and opposing the work of the Lord, who are professing to know God, but in works they deny him. They are crying out that nobody can live without sin, and for a hiding place they resort to such sayings as Solomon’s, in Eccl. 7:20, which reads as follows: “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
But, first, it must be remembered that Solomon was under the law, but we are living in the gospel dispensation. And the angel declares in Matt. 1:21, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Praise the Lord! “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for, sin, condemned sin in the flesh:” — Rom. 8:3. “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified from all things from which ye could not be justified by the law of of Moses.” — Acts 13:38—39. “That henceforth we should not serve sin.” — Rom. 6: 6. “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” — John 8:34. “Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”
Now, dear friend, do you not see that God forbids us to commit sin? and this is his command, that we sin not; and Jesus says, If a man love me, he will keep my words. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings.” — John 14: 23. 24. Being then made free from sin, ye become the servants of righteousness. Rom. 6: 18. Now we did not become the servants of righteousness until we were made free from sin. We read in Rom. 6: 20, “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. But now being made free sin, and became servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Ver. 22, 23.
These people that love to remain in sin tell us that Paul says in Rom. 3 chapter, there is none good. Now let us consider this chapter. Begin at the 9th verse and read the chapter through. “What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God; they are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness, their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Reader, is this your experience? If so, you are in a lamentable condition, for Paul is speaking of a class of people that have not known the way of peace; destruction and misery are in their ways; there is no fear of God before their eyes. (Surely Paul is not speaking of God’s people, because Paul says, “as it is written,” it is written in Psa. 14: 4. The Psalmist says that this people eat up God’s people as they eat bread.) “For we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them that are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all that believe; for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” We see plainly here that Paul means that all have sinned in the past, or become guilty, and had need of a Savior. Therefore all that repent of their sins and believe on Christ with all their heart, are justified freely by his grace, or made free from sin through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” — Titus 2:14. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law.” — Gal. 3:13. How redeemed? With the precious blood of Christ, as of a Iamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:19. Redeeemed to God, “For thou wast slain, and hast redemed us to God, by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation: and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” We reign in this life by grace. “For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” — Rom. 5:17. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” — Eph. 2:8-10. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” — 2 Cor. 5:17. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.”—Rom. 8:1. Condemnation is sin. “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” — 1 Jno. 3:9. “He that committeth sin is of the devil;” (1 Jno.3:8.) or he is not in Christ, for whosoever abideth in him sinneth not. — 1 Jno. 3:6. “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.” — Heb. 7:19. This better hope is Christ. Col. 1:27 — “But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? — Heb. 9:11—14. “Wherefore. Jesus also that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate,” — Heb. 13:12.
Wm. A. Randolph.
Why is it that we die if we can live without sin? The wages of sin is death. If we do not sin, why do we get the wages?
J. B. McAbee.
The Word says, that “In Adam all die.” Adam’s sin introduced death, and entailed it upon all the race. Infants do not sin, yet they get the wages; thousands die in their innocency. This proves that death is not the direct result of our actual transgressions. But even if it were, in the case of adults, we all have sinned, and no person would be able to escape death on the above grounds, unless God sees fit to remove that effect of our sins. And he has not promised to shield us from physical death. “Death has passed upon all.’’
Editor Gospel Trumpet: Please answer through the columns of your valuable paper if.
The holy kiss commanded by Paul is to he practiced between the sexes.
Is the washing of the saints’ feet to be practiced by both sexes — is the brother to wash the sister’s feet and vice versa? Is that not the way Christ intended it? J. B. B.
Ans. One very brief answer will apply to both the above questions; simply, No. It is true the Scriptures do not say we shall or shall not greet and wash feet promiscuously. Therefore good sense would lead us to other Scriptures which would bear upon the question, and we find plenty Bible precepts and maxims to govern us in the matter. For instance, “Whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phil. 4:8 Neither of the above acts would be judged virtuous and praiseworthy, nor would they bring a good report to the church of God. Hence, we should not even think on these things, much less practice them. Again; the Scriptures tell us to “avoid the appearance of evil.” The practices in question would be a direct violation of this command. Again, the Lord has given orders in his church that “all things be done decently and in order,” and he knew that every real child of God had common sense enough to know that such actions would generally be pronounced imprudent and out of order. Many other passages might be cited of the same nature, all of which condemn such a practice. In fact.it would be against the whole tenor of the Scriptures. It violates this one all-important and universal law of the new covenant, “Whatsoever ye do., do all to the glory of God.” That which would bring disgrace and reproach upon the cause of Christ, prove a snare to the soul and temptation leading to other abominations in the sight of God, cannot be done to the glory of God. Therefore, the church of the living God has never practiced such disorder, and where occasional fanatics have done so,they have always been rebuked and admonished. And no countenance will be shown to such a- doctrine or practice.
Would it be in the order of the Lord for white brethren to greet colored brethren with the holy kiss? Your brother in Christ,
W. H. Kelly,
Ans. Here again we apply the universal law of Christ, “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” If under circumstances and existing civil laws, such tends to the glory of God it may be done, but where it is otherwise it should not be done.
A year or two ago we wrote an article in which we showed by the word of God that Bible Christianity does not violently assail existing laws, nor advocate anarchy, even where laws and customs are not of the highest type. This is seen in the dealing of John the Baptist, Jesus Christ and the apostles with the question of slavery. While the institution is contrary to the principles of godliness, Christ nor the apostles resisted nor set at naught the then existing laws and customs of nations, but taught soul-freedom in Christ for both slave and owner. And Paul, to show his respect for the laws, sent back a runaway slave to his master. Phil. 10:18. Now there is a vastly different sentiment in the South respecting color distinction than in the North. And there are also laws made by the states in the South, establishing a color line between the races. The word of God exhorts us to be subject to the laws that be. If promiscuous kissing of white and colored would be regarded as contempt for the laws in existence, there is no more good reasons for open contempt for these laws than there would have been for Christ and his apostles to ignore the slave laws of that time. We may freely admit that neither laws are in accordance with the highest idea of liberty. But the idea is this: The grace of God looks direct to the salvation of the soul, and patiently bears with whatever civil injustice may be found in any government, rather than hinder the gospel by arousing national prejudices, and unnecessarily provoking persecution. While we were in the South we heard not a word of complaint against the color distinction laws, from good, humble colored people. In fact, they saw and confessed the necessity of such restrictions under the existing circumstances. Owing to the forward and easily elating nature of unsaved colored people, saved ones found no fault with the existing laws. But a Northern mind cannot so well see the need or justice of such laws, and perhaps a few months dwelling in the South would be necessary to reconcile his conscience to the same. We believe that God made all men of one flesh. So did he not make one part to hold another part in slavery? But the gospel comes to all men in their present condition and under their existing laws, and elevates their souls into spiritual freedom and makes them contented in their present lot. And as the light and influence of the gospel produces its elevating effects, nations will conform their laws to higher ideas of justice, mercy, and equality. Salvation seeks to make all men free in Christ, without assailing in a hostile manner the elements of oppression under which they live. So where the kissing of white and colored races, and their promiscuous seating in the congregations would be a violation of the sentiments of laws in force, God’s children should show a willingness to self-denial rather than create disturbance.
Ans. We receive the above record as the true origin of Satan. Jude bears testimony to the same thing. “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” Jude 6. These two scriptures state the case very plainly. These angels “sinned,” were “cast down to hell.” They “kept not their first estate;” that is, did not continue pure and holy as God created them. And losing holiness they also “left their own habitation.” According to Peter they were cast down; according to Jude they left their own habitation. Both were true, they left of choice, but it was God’s presence, power, holiness and glory which made the place unendurable for them. In this sense God cast them out, and yet they left. Doubtless, it was in the same way that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Eden of God’s presence. And here is a good lesson for us all; an illustration of the fact that without holiness no man shall be able to see and enjoy God.
When we consider the facts as stated by these two inspired writers, that these angels were in heaven, and that was “their own habitation,” there can be no doubt of their having been once holy angels; for heaven was not created for devils, nor was hell “prepared for any one but the devil and his angels.”
This record of the origin of Satan and his emissaries is consistent with sound reason. First, God is the creator of all things. But evil spirit’s exist. Therefore they must originally have been of God’s creation. But since like produces like, a holy God could not consistently have created that which is unholy and sinful; therefore those evil spirits must have been created holy, and afterward became sinful, kept not their first estate, their original purity.
But here is, doubtless, a mystery in many minds. How could an holy angel in heaven, with no sin in him and no evil agent about him to tempt to sin, be brought to rebel against God? As all human sin, so far as we know, is by the instigation of an evil bent within man through the fall, or by evil influences without, some conclude that without these moving causes of sin it were impossible for a creature of God to disobey him. But this is a mistake. One thing only is sufficient to make sin a possibility, and that is the power of volition, the ability to obey God, as a freewill act, cannot exist aside from the ability to disobey. A machine neither obeys or disobeys, it only moves as acted upon by a force outside of itself. But angels are not such irresponsible machines. They have the ability to obey God; hence the ability to disobey. Hence says the Psalmist: “Bless the Lord, ye angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his Word.” Psa. 103:20. To hearken and obey implies they could do the opposite. So that angel became self-tempted, used the power which God gave him to elevate him to the high rank of an intelligent volitional worshiper of God, to plunge himself down to the character of a devil — destroyer, spoiler, and Satan —adversary. As God calls things by their correct names, the devil, Satan, was so called when he turned from the sphere of a worshiper of God to be an enemy and a destroyer of his work. Thus originated the devil.
One thing more, we notice. In many places the Scriptures speak of the devil as one being; and again we read of devils many. Doubtless, he that first fell from righteousness is designated as the devil proper, and all other spirits that were drawn from God by him, may be called devils also, because allied with that great rebel and fiend.
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Requests for Prayer.
Pray Feb. 3, for the healing of O. Smith, Waterville, Kan.
Please pray Feb. 10, that I may be healed of lung trouble.
John B. Vervalin.
Pray for me, dear saints, that I may be healed of a bad stomach trouble. Your brother, saved,
Pray for Ezra Kryder, that he may be healed of fits, and for us here that we may have an increase of faith.
On Feb. 3, pray that my body may be healed and my mind restored to strength.
E. J. Legally,
Plsase pray next week for the healing of my body. I have asthma and my left arm is stiff, it having been broken some time ago. Your sister in Christ,
Mrs. Julia Clark.
Dear saints of God, pray for Isabel Miller, Feb. 3. She is insane and in the asylum. Some of her relatives are saved, and this is their request.
R. A. Pearson,
Dear Beloved in Christ: I request your earnest prayer in regard to my mother, Mrs. Frances Batchelor, who has been afflicted with diabetes for three or four years. Pray Feb. 3, that she may be healed.
Jas. M. Batchelor.
I want all the dear saints’ prayers that I may be sanctified and also healed of a bad humor in my blood, and a nervous stomach complaint. Your sister in Christ.
Mrs. Eugene Bush.
To all who read this, I ask an interest in your prayers for the healing of my baby who is very badly afflicted with eszema. I believe in the prayers of the righteous. As ever, your brother in Christ,
M. T. Cruzan,
Calls for Meeting.
A meeting is wanted about nine miles from Big Rapids, address,
David R. Miller,
Big Rapids, Mich.
We desire some of God’s ministers to come here as soon as possible. Your sister in Christ,
C. M. Eddy,
We desire to have Brother T. E. Ellis, or some other preacher to come here at once and hold a meeting.
Can not some of God’s messengers, if the Lord is willing, visit the saints and hold a meeting at Colby, Kansas? There is a work for the Lord to be done here.
We now live in the town of Rockford, Ohio, and most earnestly ask that some of God’s ministers may come here soon to hold meeting in the name of Jesus. This is a new field. Pray for us. Your brother, in Christ,
We feel it, a duty to have a preacher filled with the Holy Ghost to come here and hold a meeting, as hungry souls are dying for the want of spiritual food. It would be good if some brother could come that could speak the German language. There are some here who can not understand English very well. May God direct some one to come. Your sister and brother in the one body,
AN ASSEMBLY MEETING.
There will be an assembly meeting commencing Jan. 30, and continuing, if the Lord wills, until Feb. 27, at Praise Chapel, one-half mile east of New Pittsburg, Randolph Co., Ind., R. R. station is Ridgeville, Ind. Bro’s Speck, Warren and Schell are expected, and all others are invited. Yours in Jesus,
H. C. WICKERSHAM.
Bro. and Sister H. H. Hevel write us from Newaygo, Mich., stating they are holding meeting there, and would like to have have help if there are brethren and sisters in reach of them who could come.
As our stock of “Bible Readings,” by Bro’s. Speck and Kilpatrick, is exhausted, we have no more for sale, but have a supply of “Holiness Bible
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Sister Bettie L. Hughs of Meridian, Miss, writes that she feels called of God to the work of the Lord, and is desirous to get in some good faithful company of workers, and go forth to win souls to Jesus. May the Lord bless her with all the needed equipment in the Spirit, and send her forth as he shall choose.
Is it right to go and hold prayer meetings in sinners’ houses, if they desire it and invite you?
A very good answer was given by the Savior in the commission, “Go ye therefore and preach my gospel to every creature.” Also these words answer the question in the affirmative: “Pray everywhere.” Amen. “Sow beside all waters;” and, “As ye have opportunity, do good unto all men.” However, should a crooked and deceived hypocrite, or willful heretic desire you to come and hold prayer meeting in his house, as a means of endorsing and propping him up, go not. But mark that man and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
Explain (1.) Mat. 5: 17—19. (2.) Rom. 3: 31.
Yours in Christ, J. W. Carter.
In the above language recorded by Matt., the Lord simply designed, first, to assure all that his coming and kingdom was not in opposition to the law. He came not and took away the law, as one king would destroy the system of another nation whom he had conquered. But his new dispensation was all in fulfillment of the very predictions of the law. He recognized the divinity of the law, and that not one jot or tittle of the law would ever fail, till all was fulfilled. And in verse 19, he alludes to his own law, which he gave to the kingdom he set up. Hence, he continues to compare what had been said in old time, in the old Sinaitic code, and what he now said and commanded to be in force in his kingdom.
Rom. 3:31 teaches about the same thing as Matt. 5:17. His coming and kingdom did not by any means prove the law to have been a fraud. For as he verified its predictions, and answered its types, he proved its divinity, and thus confirmed the old volume as well as did the Old Testament prove the divinity of his mission and law. The two systems corroborate and establish each other. He proved the greatest commandment of the law, namely, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, might, mind and strength,” just and right because he furnished grace to fulfill it perfectly in his subjects.
A nice gospel tent, only used last summer. The tent is 31×45 feet. If any of the saints want to buy this tent or half interest in it, let us know by writing to us.
W. C. Ferrel,
Box 505, Carmi, Illinois.
Saints’ Home, Wash., Jan. 18, 1895.
To all the Dear Saints of God, Greeting: As we have received several letters of inquiry about the school, I will answer through the Trumpet. God willing, we will begin school the 18th of February. We are very busy now completing the house. We held the assembly meeting in the school room with good results. Yet the lower rooms are not completed. One hundred dollars is very much needed at once to complete the work, so as to commence school. We believe our God will supply it. We began the work without a dollar in sight, and God has supplied so far. Praise his holy name! The building is 30×50, two story, and basement; basement 10×50, makes five bed rooms 1o x 10. The first floor is used for kitchen, dining room, bed rooms, and so on. The upper room is for school room and chapel. We expect to build other accommodations just as soon as the Lord wills.
Now to the questions. 1st. What will be expected of me if I send my child? Ans. You will be expected to fully submit your children to the rules and regulations of school and home, also to furnish as far as possible, bed clothes, provisions, books and stationery. Those that cannot furnish all these, will be accepted if they do what they can. Unsaved children must at once give their hearts to God, as per. Isa. 55:6, 7; Prov. 23:26; Eccl. 15:1. All will be required to walk according to Jno. 2:6. Yes, they will be taught to work. Girls will be instructed in all kinds of house work. Boys will be instructed in caring for stock and farming.
What will bar a student out of this school? Ans. To refuse to give his or her heart to God, and keep his commandments, or to backslide and refuse to repent and do his first works.
Now, some have gotten the idea in their heads that the saints are going to take their children, and feed, clothe, furnish and school them, and they have no more care of them. Now, dear ones, we are willing to do all we can for you and your children, but we expect the ones who send their children here to do what they can, let it be ever so little. We have things arranged so it will cost but little more, if any, to send your children here than to keep them at home. Those who cannot furnish all the nescessities, furnish what you can and send your children on, and we will do our utmost to make up the lack.
The first object of the school is the salvation of the soul. The common school books that are used in Washington will be used in the school. The students will be taught to read music. The Bible will be one of the main books in the school. Any one wishing any thing further, address us at Pullman, Wash.
Geo. W. Bailey.
or James Bamford.
News from the Field.
Granett, Ark., Jan. 25, 1S95.
Dear Saints: We can say, praise the Lord for saving grace in our souls. We are here at Granett to stay as long as the Lord may lead. Will commence meeting in the country to night. We have some good workers here with us. We ask all the dear saints to pray tor us, and for the dear saints at this place. We gathered together last night at Bro. Wixom’s home. Three dear souls were saved, for which we give God all the glory.
Dan Murphey, Wife and Co.
Payne, Mo., Jan. 22, 1S95.
Dear Trumpet Readers: We held two weeks’ meeting at Groves school house in Lima, Ark. Two souls saved and there healed. It was a seed-sowing time. From there we went to the Hogan school house, four miles north. Had one week’s meeting. Here no one was saved, but the seed was planted. Then, the Lord leading us, we came to Ripley Co., where we will stay a few days, then go to Doniphan and hold one week’s meeting, or as long as the Lord wills. Your brother and sister, saved and sanctified,
P. V. and L. A. Wood.
Butterfield, Mo., Jan. 15, 1895.
Dear Saints of God, Greeting: May the dear Lord bless you all. This blessed morning finds me still saved with victory in my soul. Our meeting at the Star school house closed Sunday night before New Years with victory in King Jesus’ name. Nineteen souls saved in all, eight sanctified. All of them seemed to get a clear witness; several will be baptized soon. We had quite a time with a man that claimed to get sanctified under the Good Way teaching, but the dear Lord gave us victory over all the power of Satan. Glory to his blessed name! Pray for me. Yours in the one body,
W. B. Flaherty.
Round Hill, Va., Jan. 22, 1895.
Dear Saints of God: Since last report, Nov. 21, held a meeting at Pine Grove school house, next meeting at the Trapp; from there to Round Hill. The Lord helped in the preaching of his Word, for which I do praise his holy name and give him all the glory. While the Word went forth in Jesus’ name a number would weep. Conviction was upon the people, but none were willing to consecrate. A number of the honest professors have stopped chewing tobacco and dipping snuff. The Lord bless them with a real Bible salvation. Through all the discouragements I have labored faithfully among this people for the last year in this part of Virginia. Thanks to them for their kindness to me in feeding and giving me a place to sleep; also praise God for the fulfillment of Mark 10:30. I find that we are truly in the gleaning time.
I am happy to report that I am still under the blood, fully saved in Jesus. I have been now about one year in the active work of the ministry. I am not tired at all, but as I am no singer, think it would be better for me to be in company with some one that can sing. The gospel ought to be sung as well as preached. I sometimes think that may be the reason why there has not been more consecrations. Be this as it may, the result is in God’s hands. Any one wishing me to come and work with them, see that it is of the Lord. I will come, or any one wishing to come and labor with me, see that it is of the Lord and come. Address me at No. no N. M. St, Springfield, O. Pray for me. Yours, all sold out for God and perishing souls,
Fremont, Mich., Jan. 23, 1895.
Dear Children of God: May the dear Lord bless and keep you for Jesus’ sake. We left Bro. Swanson’s in Johnstown on Thursday, Jan. 17. Arrived here at Bro. Freyer’s Saturday night, about seven o’clock. Preached in the Disciple house at three o’clock and at night on Lord’s day. Will commence meeting to night, the Lord willing, three and one-half miles east of Hesperia, in Newaygo Co. The people seem to be anxious to hear of this way. We are here in Jesus’ name to stay in these parts as long as the Lord wants to use us here. Any wanting meetings will please address us at Hesperia for the present. We will answer all calls for meetings as far as the Lord will permit, but the Lord has led us to not bind ourselves by promise on time, but to stay in one place till the Lord is through with us, and then go to the next. Our company consists of myself, my daughter Viola, and Sister Edna Swanson of Johnstown, whom the Lord has added since we left home. We are praising God for salvation full and complete. We ask all the dear saints to pray that God will give us grace to stand and wisdom to labor acceptably, so that God may get glory, and souls may be saved. We remain your humble brother and sisters in Christ, saved and kept,
T. J. Cox and Co.
Edinburg, Miss., Jan. 17, 1895.
Dear Saints: We are here in the name of Jesus and God’s order, enroute for Watkinsville, where we expect to begin battle for the Lord at eleven o’clock to morrow. The weather has been so severe that we could hardly work or travel, but the Lord has been blessing his Word with power. And we believe much good has been done in his name, to whom be all the glory. We find many of the saints in God’s order in humility and zeal, and quite a number real anxious to do the Master’s will. Some discouraged because of persecutions and other trials. We are praying God to move upon the great deep of every heart for a closer and deeper consecration for this year, 1895, as it is greatly needed in some places. May God help the dear ones to watch themselves closer in the coming year and bear each other’s burden, and live with an eye single to the glory of God. We need more consecrated workers in this state. Lord, send some one, is our prayer. We will go from Watkinsville to Fort Stephens, Miss., thence to Edinburg, Miss. Will be at Edinburg second Sunday in February. Pray for us. Any one desiring us to visit them in other states, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana or Arkansas, write me at Hammond, La. Your brother in Christ,
W. W. Bradley.
Malden, Ill, Jan. 5, 1895.
Praise the Lord, we are saved to the uttermost this morning. We have held a few meetings here, and two have come out from the M. E. sect in the light of God,
Chas. P. Paddock.
Monroe, Ind., Jan. 15, 1895.
Dear Trumpet Readers: God bless and keep you all for Jesus’ sake. Amen. We are saved by two distinct works of grace, and praising God for his mercy unto us. Meeting began here three weeks ago, and still continues. Consecrations are being made, and God’s children are returning to the one fold. Bro. and Sister Eldridge and Sister Mable Cook, of Tekonsha, Mich, are with us, and are much used of God. Hands are being raised for prayers. We begin day meetings to day; will likely continue this week. We have great reasons to be encouraged at the prospect of a church being established here. We can report that God does save and give power over the adversary. Pray for us. Yours in Jesus,
Grand Junction, Mich., Jan. 30, 1895.
Having received a telegram to come to Essex, Ill. to the funeral of Sister Zimmerman, Jan, 24, upon arrival found an audience of friends and neighbors who were eager listeners to the word. The next day in company with a brother, we drove ten miles to visit an afflicted sister whom the Lord stretched forth his hand to heal. We then visited the bereaved family and found them without a hope in Christ, but waiting for some one to come and point out unto them the way of salvation, as they had not had a Bible in the house
until recently. The father, two grown daughters and a son gave themselves to the Lord, repenting of their sins, accepted Christ as their Savior, May the Lord keep them true unto the end. After a drive of over twenty miles over the prairie through the snow and storm, we felt well repaid, with much thanksgiving to God for the manifestation of his love and power. After stopping over night with some of the brethren near there on the way home stopped at Chicago Saturday night, where I met with Bro. Tufts, who is opening up the work in that city in mission halls, and souls are bring brought to Christ, and many tracts and papers distributed, which are causing people to become concerned about their souls. Just at present there is quite a good opening for the pure word to go forth in Chicago, and we trust some true gospel workers will be led of the Lord to go there at once.
E. E. Byrum.
Richland, Mich., Jan. 25, 1895.
Dear Trumpet Readers: After we came home from the Tekonsha assembly we went to Johnstown and held a two weeks’ meeting. From there we went to Hope, Berry Co., and held meeting with good results. From there went to Shultz, three miles from Hope, and held three weeks and four days, with eleven consecrations. The dear Lord gave us victory from beginning to end. Praise the Lord! From there we went to the Grand Junction camp ground and met with the dear saints, found them all saved and well. Staid there four days, and then we returned, and went to Shultz. Had meeting Sunday and Sunday night. Four more got saved. Glory to God! It fills our souls with joy to see dear souls coming to God. Thursday we took train and came to this place, and expect to commence meeting to night in the name of the Lord. Pray much for us, that the Lord may use us to his glory. Our address will be Grand Junction until further notice. Your blood-bought brother,
Leroy Sheldon and Co.
La Grange, Ind., Jan. 25, 1895.
Dear Saints: The Lord has kept me saved since we last reported through the Trumpet. My brother went to Marshall Co. to hold meetings, and I remained in these parts. Held a meeting at Mt. Pisgah. The people came out to the meetings and listened to the Word, but were not ready to come to the Lord, or not willing. The next place was the Bassette school house. This was the first protracted meeting held by the saints at that place. Bro’s Myers and Yoder had appointments there last summer on Sundays. They also helped in the meetings mentioned above. We found a friendly people to the truth at both places; hope they will soon return to the Lord, who will have mercy, and to our God, who will abundantly pardon. I came from that part to the neighborhood of Bro. Snow’s, and began meeting at the Saylor school house; held several nights’ meetings; very good attendance most of the time. There were a few consecrations; others under conviction, but did not yield. Meeting began last night at the Woodard school house to last as long as the Lord wills. I am alone at present. Remember me in your prayers. Yours consecrated to the will of God,
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” Psa. 119:129.
Dear Brethren and Trumpet Readers: May God be with you all. Thank God for the blessings that I enjoy. Praise his holy name! My testimony is, I am saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God. Oh glory to God! He is my physician. Pray much for me. Your brother in Christ,
Edward E. Mitchener.
Dear Saints: I, for the first time will write my testimony, feeling it will be to the glory of God. I am enjoying a full salvation in the blood of Jesus. The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. I ask the prayers of the saints that I may be found faithful and trusting in Jesus. Your brother in Jesus,
Jens M. Welling.
Oxford, New York.
Dear Saints of God: I thought I would write and tell how gloriously the Lord saves me and keeps me. I am so thankful that the Lord has brought me from Babylon, and I am praising his name in Zion. We have no one here to preach the gospel in its purity, but I am trusting that God will send some one here with the gospel. I want your prayers. Your sister sanctified by the blood of Jesus,
Dear Children of God: My heart is so thankful to my dear Savior, that I am able to testify to his wonderful dealings with me. It is now thirty-one years since the Savior brought me to a knowledge of myself and my lost condition. I sought the Lord as his word directed, with all my heart, and I found him to the consolation of my soul. I was a new creature in Christ Jesus; old things passed away; all things became new. The Spirit of God gave witness to my spirit that I was a child of God.
My father-in-law, who was a true Christian, but not a member of any sect, now advised me that I should present myself a living sacrifice, body and soul unto God, with all I was and had, and persevere in prayer, till I had received the baptims of the Holy Spirit. The Lord wrought the will for this in me, and I kept for a whole week, day and night, then the Lord fulfilled his promise, and gave me his Spirit, and filled me with that love that casts out all fear. The sweet fellowship which I had with Jesus was indescribable, and it was my greatest joy to lead souls unto him, for which he gave me more and more of his joy.
After the sects became filled with worldliness, I sometimes got into darkness; for their doings did not agree with the word of God, and the light became darkest in those who should have pastured the flock of God. The Lord was especially gracious to me in that he gave me great love for, and enjoyment in his precious Word, which was my daily portion, and if it had not been for this feeding on the word of God, I should have died of spiritual famine. Blessed be Jesus! He knows how to preserve his own and to nourish them on the path of life.
Many years my heart longed for the fellowship of the saints, but where was it to be found? But at last the Lord sent the brethren, Walter and Cox, into our midst, and under the first sermon that I ever heard of the glorious evening light, the Lord spoke to me: This is the way, walk ye in it. And at the same time made me so willing that I said during the preaching, Lord, I will do thy will. Then the bonds of the sect spirit fell from me, and the Lord filled me with great joy and gladness, that now I had found a sure abiding place, where my spiritual nature got the right kind of food, for which I had yearned for many years. I praise the dear Lord for his saving and keeping grace. I ask all the true ones everywhere to pray for me.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: I wish to write my testimony for the first time. The Lord has saved me from all sin and sanctified me. Praise his holy name for his saving grace that keeps me from all sin! We had a glorious meeting on New Years, fasting and prayer, asking the Lord to send more laborers in the field to work, and to sink us down deeper in his will, and we feel he has answered our prayers. Praise his holy name for salvation in my soul! Your saved and sanctified sister in the Lord. Pray for me.
Dear Saints: I am praising God for saving my soul and giving me an understanding of his will. Wherefore, be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Eph. 5:17. (Read Jas. 1:5.) For this is the will of God even your sanctification. 1 Thess. 4:3. After I fully surrendered to God and received the abiding Comforter in my soul, God’s word was made so plain to me I could see no excuse for ignorance and weakness. I have taken God’s word as a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I do realize a death (crucifixion) to everything pertaining to a worldly nature, and a life hid away with Christ in God. As I see the sin, darkness, and confusion the people are living in, it stirs my soul within me, as I realize God’s hand upon me for the work. Dear brothers and sisters, pray for me that I may comprehend the leadings of God’s Spirit in all things, that God may be glorified in this earthen temple, and his name exalted. Your sister, justified, sanctified and kept by power divine,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am sweetly saved in Jesus, with perfect victory over all sin, with a determination to serve my Master. It is now about two years and eight months since I accepted this evening light, and I can safely say that I have never once in all this time been lean in my soul. Oh I have sweet peace and joy and happiness in my soul all the time. Praise God forever! It is wonderful what God will do for us if we just do his will, and have faith and confidence in him. Oh I am so glad I have learned to trust him for both soul and body. Last Sunday when we came together to have prayer meeting I was taken sick very suddenly with nervous spells, and was sick at my stomach, and God’s little ones all with one accord, looked up to God in prayer, and I was instantly healed. Praise God for his healing power! God has a glorious little church here in Fern. We have prayer meetings Sunday, and Tuesday evening and Friday evening. Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together; in so doing we can keep saved. Oh may all of God’s little ones watch, and pray much in secret. I find it food to my soul. We have not had any preaching here since the fourth of July, but we are praying God to send us whom he will, in his own time. Dear ones, pray for my unsaved husband, that he may be saved; also pray for my children, that they may be saved, and pray for me, that I may live a pure and holy life before all. Your sister, saved and sanctified,
Mrs. G. B. McCleary.
I will write a few lines for the first time to the Trumpet. It is five years since I heard the word of God preached in the truth as it is in Jesus, and I accepted it, and came out of the Free Baptist sect; gave up all for Christ, my tobacco, tea and coffee, and promised to follow him. He has forgiven all my sins, and made me free. I ask the prayers of God’s children.
H. C. Saunders.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: To day I will add my testimony to the many, for the honor and glory of God. I am glad that I can say that I am acquainted with God, for he healed my soul thirty-nine years ago, and it is healthy to day, and he has healed my body also. So I know he can heal the body as well as the soul. Praise God! Pray for me. Your brother in Christ,
S. M. Zimmerman.
Dear Saints: I am glad I have found Jesus an everlasting salvation to my soul, with a determination to live to his honor and glory. I realize that I am standing upon a sure foundation that cannot be moved, and reign in this life, and I give God all the glory. I love to read his holy Word. I had been living in sectism for a great many years, but did not know what salvation was until I heard the evening light preached about seven months ago by Bro. Collins and others. Jesus keeps me free from sin, and is my physician. He healed me of catarrh and other diseases. Praise his holy name! Pray for my family.
New Albany, Ind.
Dear Saints in Christ Jesus: I feel led of the dear Lord to write my testimony. Glory to God in the highest for saving my soul! I am praising God for the many precious lessons he taught me while before him in prayer New Year’s morning. O how my soul went out to God! I was made to realize as never before my unworthiness in his sight. My soul doth magnify the Lord for all his goodness to me. He heals me of all my afflictions; have not taken any medicine since Jesus saved my soul. It will be two years in May since Jesus saved my soul. During this time he has taught me many precious lessons, and I can say by the grace of God and through his helping me I will be more useful in his service. I do feel the need of all God’s little ones letting their light shine, as never before, to this lost and ruined world. I have counted the cost and paid the price, and as for me, I will serve my blessed Savior. I do know I am deeper in God than ever before, willing to be counted as nothing for Jesus’ sake, with victory in my soul over all the world, and on my way to heaven with the love of God shed abroad in my heart. Jesus sweetly saves and sanctifies my soul. Pray earnestly for me, for God to give me wisdom from on high to talk to perishing souls. Your humble sister, saved,
New Albany, Ind.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led of God to write my testimony. After hearing the word of God preached by Sisters Fry and Fink, God showed me my mistake in staying in the M. E. sect, of which I had been a member for seventeen years. Praise God for deliverance from sectism and all the wiles of the devil! I am so glad that I heard his voice saying, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Rev. 18:4. Praise God for his wonderful leadings! When about to write my testimony, the devil said, “What would your relatives and friends think if they knew it? So I took the Word to see what Jesus said about it. Opening the Bible I found these words: “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Praise God ! I am dead to the opinions of the people and to the world. My life is hid with Christ in God. Your sister, saved and sanctified,
Mrs. Carry B. Martz.
West Liberty, O.
Dear Saints of the Living God: I feel it a duty as well as a privilege to testify to the goodness of God tome, as we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. I am always in for everything that overcomes, or makes us overcomers. I am walking in all the light God gives me, and I realize the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses me from all sin just now. Praise his dear name! He enables me to live for him every day by trusting in him. And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. I am praising God for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil; hid away with Christ in God. He justified me freely by his grace in that he forgave all my sins, and by a second work I am sanctified by the Holy Ghost, kept by the power of God through faith, in the holy war, battling against spiritual wickedness in high places. Your humble brother, living on the altar, Christ. Pray for me.
S. A. Yoder.
Dear Children of God: I will add my testimony, as I have the blessed clear knowledge to night that my name is written in heaven, and I have an inheritance among the sanctified throng. My decision is set, and I will serve God by his help every day I live. He has delivered me in times of afflictions and troubles. Oh, I am so glad that when I was a poor lost sinner, the good Lord spared my soul and led me in the right way. I was not raised up to follow Jesus; I never heard a woman pray. When I was a little child I was not taught that I ought to give thanks in all things, nor to offer prayer to God for what he had already done for us, and when any one got sick, was taught to have a doctor. But now I see all things so different. I have learned to trust in God. I think that we are getting close to the end of time. Oh, I want to always be in the order of the Lord, so I can be used to the glory of God at all times. Dear saints everywhere, I ask you to offer up special prayer to God for me, and please, do remember my dear husband who is a backslider, and far away from the Lord. This leaves me saved and sanctified in Jesus’ name.
Sarah R. Hoffman.
Boise City, Idaho.
Dear Saints of God: I believe it to the glory of God that I should drop a few lines to all the dear children of God, that God may receive honor and glory through a dream that he revealed to me last night. The Lord showed me that my life was pleasing in his sight, and I was to the end of my journey through faith in him; but I had to turn back for some reason, and I found some that were ready, but my stay was very short. I urged them to come but they had some little thing to do before they could start. But the Lord prompted me to go and leave them, and on my way back there appeared a woman by my side. The Lord moved me to go back, but she kept right up with me, and after we had gone some distance, I looked around and there appeared a Catholic priest behind me trying to keep up, and after we had gone some distance, I looked around, saw him lay a torpedo on the ground as near me as he could, and it exploded; but I looked to God for protection, and it did me no harm. Praise his holy name! But the Lord impressed it on my mind to hasten on, and so I did. I had some rough mountains to climb, but I kept my eye on our Savior and sweept over them with ease. In the latter part of my journey, I had left the woman and priest. I felt that I had overcome the dragon and all his powers.
Through Christ the Lord shows me by this, that if the Lord gives us the means we must help the gospel work along as fast as we can, and stop for nothing, for our time to labor for the Lord is very short, and the Lord will help us through if we hasten on. Now, dear ones, as the Lord directs to help the work along let nothing stop us. The Lord is wonderfully helping me while I am trying to pen these few lines for his glory.
Foot. — In Hopkins township. Allegan Co., Mich., little Pearl, daughter of Edmond and Mary Foot, died Jan. 10, 1895, of whooping cough; aged four months and ten days. The funeral was held at the Page school house on Friday the nth.
A. B. Palmer.
Castille. — Little Nellie, daughter of Carl and Annie Castille, was born Oct. 3, 1893; departed this life Jan. 9, 1895; aged one year, four months, three days. Little Nellie was only a bud on earth, but has gone to heaven to bloom. The mother and father are unsaved. They desire the prayers of the saints that they be saved and meet little Nellie in glory. Funeral by the writer,
Boroff. — Little Vedie, daughter of Henriette and James Boroff, was born April 10, 1892; died Jan. 18, 1895; aged two years, nine months and eight days. May God bless the father and sister that are saved. Pray for the mother and four brothers and three sisters that are not saved. Funeral services by
Schoolcraft. — Died, at Kalamazoo, Mich., Oscar Schoolcraft; aged 36 years, 9 months, and 27 days. Deceased was the son of James and Harriet Schoolcraft, was born in Trowbridge which has always been his home. Of late years the deceased has been mentally affected. Inflammation of the bowels arid other complicated diseases finally ended his life.
Trowbridge, Allegan Co., Mich.
Wagoner. — Raymond, son of Chas. W. and Dell Wagoner, of Calhoun Co., Mich. Raymond was born April 30, 1883; died Jan. 4, 1895; aged eleven years, eight months and four days. The summons came through an affliction of diphtheria. The dear boy suffered much, but finally gave his heart to the Lord, and when we left him after our first visit he said he felt that God had forgiven his sins. He passed away very quietly, and was laid to rest in the cemetery in Clarenden. This was a loud call to the parents, and we pray God to help them to heed the call and secure the privilege of meeting dear Raymond in heaven.
T. J. Cox.
Zimmerman. — Sister Cornelia Zimmerman, wife of James Zimmerman, was born Aug. 22, 1851, and died near Essex, Ill., Jan. 23, 1895. She leaves a husband, ten children, and many friends, but she has gone where there is no more sorrow and pain. She gave her heart to the Lord only a few weeks before her death, at the eleventh hour of her life, as it were, yet the Lord granted unto her the reward of the righteous. When the death angel comes to call the remainder of the family, may they be an unbroken family in that heavenly land. Funeral services by
E. E. Byrum.
BUT there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Pet. 2:1. There is an article in the Brethren Evangelist, headed Secession, which speaks against living pure and holy lives here in this world. We will by the help of God measure it by the Word.
To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isa. 8:2o. Men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. The writer refers to secession as Come-outism. God says, Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you. 2 Cor. 6:7. Read Rev. 18:4, 5. He says, as a rule, secession is to be lamented. I suppose because God’s sheep hear his voice and follow him, and leave their false shepherds and fold and abide in the one fold. Also he says, “There are many things in state and church we do not like, or that do not suit us.” All things in the church suits all God’s children. We speak of the church Jesus built, not man. He also says, “But this is no reason why we should leave state and church, and go to sea in a boat, away from state and church.” Thank God, we are in the old ship of Zion, which is sailing clear of all the rubbish of Babylon. Jesus is the captain. But ye are come to mount Zion [the church]. Jesus is the door. Jno. 10:9. Read Heb. 12:22, 23. Jesus prayed to the Father, “I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world [state], but keep them from the evil. They are not of the world [state], even as I am not of the world.” Jno. 17:15, 16.
We can see by the Scriptures, the plan of God’s salvation, to save us from our sins and keep us living here in this world without committing sin; for God says in his Word, Sin not; also, Awake to righteousness and sin not. But he says in his article, “Show me the first man without sin, and he shall be allowed to cast the first stone.” He, no doubt, means that all have sinned; but God says, Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein? Rom. 6:1, 2. Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. To the woman he said, Neither do I condemn thee; go, and sin no more. So speaks the Lord to all that come unto him. If we confess our sins he is just and faithful to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 Jno. 1:9. Except your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son to save us. from our sins. Mat. 1:21.
Again the writer says, “Show me a man without sin, and I will show you a liar.” May God have mercy on the man, and bring him to repentance. Surely we are in the days when the blind lead the blind and both fall into the ditch; like priests, like people, that cry peace, when there is no peace. Jesus says, In me ye shall have peace, but in the world [sin] tribulation. Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world [sin]. Jesus overcame sin that sin should not have dominion over us. Rom. 6:14. Paul says, But if while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. Gal. 2:17.
Many seek to be justified, by Christ, but according to their lives and testimony, they are yet sinners; they have not found the Christ of the Bible; for he was to be a Savior, and a great one; one who is able to deliver mankind from, bondage. Praise God for sweet deliverance! Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin. Jno. 8:34. If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Jno. 8:36. Jesus is able to break every yoke, and set the captive, or slave free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Gal. 5:1. Jesus is our example, who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. 1 Pet. 2:21:22. He that saith he abideth in him ought, himself also so to walk, even as he [Christ] walked. 1 Jno. 2:6. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins, and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him [Christ] sinneth not. 1 Jno. 4:10.
The writer says also, “So long as we can not find a sinless man or woman, we can not find a sinless family or church.” What constitutes God’s family? God is father of us all, who have Christ the hope of glory formed within. Jerusalem which is above is the mother of us all. Paul says, ye are brethren; Jerusalem is the Church. Read Rev. 21:1-10. Heb. 12:22, 23. For if the first fruit be holy, the lump [church] is also holy, and if the root [Christ] be holy, so are the branches. Rom. 11:16. Who are the branches? If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch.
Now, let us look at the purity of God’s church. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with washing of water by the word; that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. Eph. 5:25-27.
I praise God for the true light that now shineth, and for translating me out of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son. I have found a sinless family and church, since I came to mount Zion, the church of the first born, which are written in heaven; not in a classbook. But God keeps the record in heaven. The writer in closing his article says, “Where the greatest evils and number of sinners are, there is the greater need of righteous men and women to work.” We find evil extant everywhere we go; yet we hear the cry, cannot keep from evil. We are commanded to shun the very appearance of evil; but according to his teaching, there are no righteous men, women or church here on the earth; all is over there. But the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world. Paul says, Being then make free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness; for when ye were the servants of sin ye were free from righteousness. It is impossible for men to be righteous and be sinners at the same time. The husbandman that laboreth must first be partaker of the fruits. May the Lord help all who undertake to teach his Word, to get Bible salvation, and that will stop all teaching errors. We are then able to point sinners to the Lamb that taketh away the sin of the world.
R. N. Gast.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” Psa. 119:129.
Dear Saints of God: I want to tell what the dear Lord has done for me. I had a very bad sore on my arm. It had been there for five years, and I took it to the Lord in prayer, and it is well. I thank God for this great blessing, and want to honor him by telling it to the world. I want all the dear saints to pray for me and my husband, that we may be faithful until the end; also pray for the salvation of our dear children. From your sister in Christ,
Gospel Trumpet, Greeting: Praise the Lord! I do love to read the Gospel Trumpet: it is such great comfort to me. It is the only paper I read. Through reading the Trumpet and the word of God, and having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I was, on the eighth day of January, 1893, so wonderfully healed and blessed, both soul and body. I gave my all to him, all upon the altar of the Lord. I had been suffering with pain in my hip and back for years; sometimes I could not work nor lie down, and when I would sit down I could scarcely get up. I doctored and spent a great deal, but could not get cured. Sometimes the pains would be so severe I would fall, then I could not get up without help. I still got worse and worse, so I was not able to do anything. I got so that I had to call on the Lord for help, and there I found relief. And now it is two years since the Lord healed me and removed all the pain. The next day I went to work, and have worked very hard ever since. And I praise the Lord for such a full salvation that saves me from sin. Pray much for me.
Pennsboro, W. Va.
Dear Saints: I feel thankful to God for my deliverance from this wicked world and from sin and folly. About eight, months ago I promised God I would live better in years to come than I had in time past. I have chosen the way of truth, and by the grace of God I expect to continue in this way all the days of my life. I praise God for a salvation full and free, that is able to keep us ever from falling into the snares of the tempter, and to present us faultless before the throne of God. Let us lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, and not lust after riches and pleasures of earth that will corrupt our souls. We learn in the 32 chapter of Exodus, that when God called Moses into the mount to deliver him the law, he tarried, and the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, “Up, let us make gods to go before us; as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what has become of him. And Aaron told the people to break off the golden earrings and bring them to him, and he made a golden calf, and the people fell down and worshiped it, and said, This is the god that brought us up out of the land of Egypt.” So it is with a great many people to day. They say, Where is Jesus that brought us out of the bondage of Satan? We do not know where he has gone. And they bow down to riches and pleasures of. this life, and let it get between them and their God, like the golden calf, and think they have no Christ, no Savior, like the people of old. We have a gracious God, whose mercy can never be told, who has gone to prepare us a place.
W. L. Enochs.
Dear Saints of God: These are decidedly the best days of my Christain experience. My testimony is, I am saved and washed in the blood of the Lamb. I well remember the time, five years ago while attending a meeting at Fenwick, held by Bro. Warner and company. One night conviction became so great I began to realize my lost condition before God; the darkness increased and my burden became greater. As soon as I was willing to repent, confess and forsake my sins, I found him true to his word; he pardoned all my sins and gave me a clear witness that I was accepted, and I was made to rejoice that my soul was set free. I soon became convicted of carnality, but for a time drew back. I went on trying to live for God the best I could with unwillingness to obey God as I knew I should. I joined a sect. I staid there a while, but saw the evil and confusion. I came out from among them, and struggled on for a year in an up and down state. I then resolved in my heart I would seek a Bible salvation at any cost, which meant death to self, pride, worldly conformity, and sectism, everything contrary to God’s word. When I again gave all into his hands, gave up everything for Christ’s sake, he filled my soul with peace and glory. I then presented my body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, and he cleansed my heart from inbred sin by a second work of grace. Now it is my meat and drink to do the whole will of God, and to obey him rather than man. My desire is to live for him who died for me. I am glad the service of God is not a long-faced service, but it makes a person joyful. Ob bless the Lord for a Savior whom we can trust under all circumstances! I mean to adorn my profession by a righteous living, and always be ready to give every one an answer of the hope I have within me. I can truly say I have given up all for Jesus. This vain world is naught to me. All its pleasures are forgotten in remembering Calvary. By God’s grace I shall never leave the blessed evening light or be led into sectism again. I desire the prayers of all the saints, that I may be kept meek and lowly at Jesus’ feet. Your sister saved through grace, sanctified by the power of God,
Mount Pleasant, Pa., Dec. 1st., 1894.
Dear Editor and Brethren: I have read with interest and spiritual benefit your paper, the Gospel Trumpet, for one year, and must say it is pure and clean; unlike other religious journals which carry with them all the secular news and advertisements. I have become attached to it, would not like to do without it. Would be glad to see it enlarged. I praise God that he keeps me daily by his power, through which alone I am enabled to stand complete in him; and by his grace and strength I shall remain standing firm for God. Although faithfulness in contending against sin makes one a terror to sectism. In former days the M. E. order was to preach conviction upon sinners; then give an invitation to present themselves at the altar to confess and repent of their sin, and ofttimes rejoiced through the pardon, by the Spirit witnessing thereto. But in this age a new and quicker method has been adopted. Sinners are how invited to join the sect on probation, without even an altar ceremony. Are then considered fit subjects for membership and received into full fellowship; although yet in the unregenerate state, and the servants of sin. Oh that God would speedily deliver his own from such a mass of confusion and corruption. Yea it is the hold of every foul spirit, and cage for every unclean and hateful bird. It is now about a year since I listened to your exposition of the truth at the Floating Bethel, also at Greensburg, and how beautifully you presented Jesus Christ to the people as a perfect Savior. And when he was rejected by them, oh how my heart was filled with anguish and sorrow for them, as I loved their souls, to see them reject the truth.
But as I think of the numberless others who worship sectism instead of the true and living God, I am led to see the great spiritual darkness now existing throughout the land. Also an unwillingness on the part of the people to come out of darkness and walk in the light. During the past year I have spent most of its sabbaths at my home in the study of God’s word, and many times praise his name, have I been made to rejoice in the promises, and realize that God feeds those of his flock who are hungering for the bread of life. So eager was I to hear the truth proclaimed, that I sometimes wandered into Babylon to hear it, generally to be dissappointed by the administration thereof. I also more fully realized her helpless condition. O glory, hallelujah! honor and praise to him who washed us in his own blood, and makes us to stand faultless before him! May God speedily bring his people forth to shine for him and enclose them into one fold. Your loving brother in Christ Jesus,
D. D. Miller.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: May much grace be upon you all. Amen. I feel that it is the Lord’s will for me to add my testimony to the many others in the Gospel Trumpet. A little over six years ago, I first heard the gospel in its purity, in a grove meeting in Illinois, held by the saints of God. I was then a member of the M. E. sect, and had a zeal for the work, but not according to knowledge. I had been groping along in such darkness, knowing all the time that God had a better experience for me, and felt that I would sometime and somehow get a satisfying portion, and I attended every means of grace possible seeking, but no one to instruct me, and in that way was “hungering and thirsting after righteousness” for three or four years, looking for something that would satisfy the longing of my soul. I had been prejudiced a little against God’s true people by false reports and my ignorance of the true Bible way, but before I reached the grove meeting, I heard the heavenly singing, which thrilled my whole being. I felt the power of God in it which began to convince me they were of God. Then the first sight of them was very impressive, as their countenances were so peaceful; they looked so happy, the glory of God shone in their faces, and then their testimonies were so definite, and the Spirit of God witnessed to my soul that they had the very experience for which my soul had been longing.
Well, to be brief, I was thoroughly determined that I would seek till I got the experience they taught, and though I was entangled in sect machinery, I then could plainly see the abomination of sectism, and from that time renounced the same, and after counting the cost and dying, I finally got the victory and was clearly justified, and afterwards sanctified by a second work of grace. My associates and friends were proud and worldly, and when they saw the change in me they wondered at it, and some thought I was going crazy, or losing my mind. Well, praise the Lord, I had lost my mind, and have the mind of Christ. While I was counting the cost, I felt that, no doubt, I would be turned out of home, but I had the promise, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” I was ready for anything that might happen, and had such constant peace and joy.
I had been sprinkled in the M. E. sect and after I got the Bible experience the Lord wonderfully blessed my soul in following Jesus in baptism. My worldly friends stood upon the shore, some laughing and scoffing, and others weeping as if I was being put in my literal grave. I was truly dead to it all, but so happy, my soul was on wing, and from that day I have had no desire or inclination for worldly pleasure, but have that peace which “passeth all understanding.” Bless his holy name! I soon felt the hand of God upon me for the work of God, and since have witnessed the salvation of many precious souls, and though the fatigue and hardships of the gospel field seems almost more than my frail body will stand, yet “its glory is its own reward,” and the Lord wonderfully strengthens my body from time to time, and thus we go on our way rejoicing in the saving, healing and keeping power of God.
He is our family physician. I feel led to tell of some of the wonderful manifestations of his healing power. Nearly four years ago after passing through the trials of motherhood a few days, I was deprived of my mind, and did not even know my own companion when he came to my bedside. He sent a telegram to the Trumpet office requesting their prayers for my recovery, and he with the faithful saints at that place, looked to God earnestly in my behalf, and finally he with two sisters agreed that while one came to my side and questioned me the other two would unite faith for my consciousness, and at that moment I answered rationally for the first for eighteen hours. They questioned me as to my pains or distress and asked if I wanted a doctor. I refused, knowing that if it was the Lord’s time to take me, medicine could not keep me, but if it was his will to spare me, he had the same power to heal that he did in the time of the apostles. The next morning a doctor who made a professional call on a lady in the same house, called on us and asked permission to examine me. I had no objection; he pronounced fever 104, and to others said I was dangerously sick with child-bed fever, and wanted to leave medicine. I refused to let him, for my case was in God’s hands. About three or four days afterwards I felt clearly that it was God’s will to raise me up. I called for the elders according to Jas. 5:14, 15 and the mighty power of God thrilled my whole being. I am not generally very demonstrative, but God witnessed in such power I was caught away in the spirit and shouted to the top of my voice, and though I had not been able to raise my hands or feed myself, I then dressed myself and walked out into the adjoining room. Afterwards I had severe trials of my faith, but could not doubt my healing, and finally we felt that those trials were a trick of the enemy to keep companion out of the gospel field, and many urgent calls were coming-in. So we rebuked the devil with all his temptations; from that time we had a sweeping victory. Companion went and held one siege of meetings, and by the time he was ready for the next, I was ready to join him. To God be all the glory. After a few days in meeting I began to feel poorly again and kept getting worse till it resulted in LaGrippe. I was full of pain, but in obedience to the Word in anointing and prayer I was instantly relieved of pain. Our little hoy was very sick with cholera infantum when past two years old and was healed by the power of God in answer to prayer and faith.
Last April while I was passing through the trials of maternity our faith was tried, but God manifested his power so that we were made to shout praises to God. Oh praise his name! Last October as we were engaged in tabernacle work in Colfax, having many domestic cares besides the gospel work in helping companion, I over-taxed my strength, and that with exposure, took a severe cold which settled on my lungs and resulted in pneumonia. I was so deathly sick and overworked and rather desired to go home to rest instead of being raised up, if it was his will, and not until I was just as willing to stay as to go, could I feel what was his will concerning me. As soon as I was willing I soon could, with the rest, realize what he willed to me. After I was healed a number of the ladies of the city called on me to see how I was being raised up, and one remarked, “Why, you could not have been very sick; when I had pneumonia so I could not raise my head or hands for weeks.” I told her, “Neither could I till the Lord healed me; but the difference is, I have a better physician than you had,” as she had an earthly physician. Some thought I was running such a risk of going into consumption if I would not get a doctor. I told them there was no risk as I had employed the best physician in the world. Oh praise the Lord!
Soon after my sickness our little babe took sick, from all symptoms with the same. We prayed to God for his recovery if it was his will. He seemed to be relieved of his sufferings, and at times was so bright and playful, and from all appearance seemed to be getting along nicely, but he has fallen asleep in Jesus. I tried to hope, but whenever I would talk to God about the recovery of our little one he would give me some token of his will to take him. Sometimes I would inquire, and I could see Jesus with a little one in his arms, looking so lovingly on me, as much as to say, “This is my will.” Another time a little casket and cold form of a child appeared before me in a vision when looking to our joying Father about it, and other such tokens, also that our little Freddie would be the first to be interred in the Saints’ cemetery. The Lord so lovingly revealed alt these things to me to prepare me for the bereavement.
I have never appreciated my salvation and his comforting presence as through these trying times. “It is so sweet to trust in Jesus.” As the shepherds in Switzerland take the little lambs up into the mountains to get the mother there, so our kind Shepherd has taken our little one to draw us up in closer communion with him. He doeth all things well. Bless his dear name! I give these experiences only in the name of Jesus, trusting it may do some soul good and encourage to trust in Jesus. Yours in the fellowship and love of Jesus, saved, sanctified and kept,