31 March 1892, Volume 12, Number 14.
ARE YOU FREE?
Are you weary and foot-sore,
Are you longing for home?
Are you looking for Jesus
The Bridegroom to come?
Are you wailing with patience,
Yet ..asting no time? Or
Are you working too hard
God’s ladder to climb?
Are you burdened for sinners?
Are you laden with sin?
Have you fears from without,
Is there trouble within?
Are you walking by faith,
With garments made white?
Is the light that is in you
The clear evening light?
Are you living for Jesus?
Do you honor his name?
Are you bearing your cross,
Despising the shame?
Is your burden too heavy?
Do you seek to be free;
Or rejoice in your calling,
Whatever it be?
We are one blessed Jesus,
When centered in thee:
To day finds us waiting
Thy dear face to see.
All glory and honor
Be ever to thee!
Within, we now feel it,
“We are free! we are free!
Emma I. Coston.
Text — “But ye are come unto mount Sion; and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” — Heb. 12:22-24.
The apostle here addresses those who “are come” unto the church of the firstborn: they were born of God, born from heaven, hence they were written or enrolled in heaven. Reader, are you born of God? If so, your name is written in heaven on God’s church-roll, in the Lamb’s book of life; you are now a member of the “church of the firstborn;” you did not join it, it is not joinable; you were born into it. You were never a member of the “church of the firstborn,” until you were born through faith in Jesus’ blood. That and nothing else made you a member. You were then a “member in particular” as much so as Paul, or Peter, John or any body else. You were enrolled in the same book by the same recorder. My name was placed on the family record but not before I was born; so, God has written my name in his family church-roll, but not before I was spiritually born. The dead (sinners), are not written among the living (saints), in the book of life. You “are come” to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. It is the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. You have eaten the flesh of the Son of man and drank his blood; you have life. “Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” — Jno. 6:54. You are a living stone: you have a place in the spritual house, the holy temple; you say, “Yes, but I joined the church since.” Since what? since you were born in it? You are mistaken; you may have joined something, but it was not God’s church. God never told you to join any thing but himself. Now you are unequally joined or yoked with unbelievers (sinners); and God says, “Come out from among them and be ye separate, and touch not the “unclean thing.” The “unclean thing’’ is the yoke that is yoking you up with sinners. The yoke that Christ holds out is easy and will not yoke you up with sinners. You are trying to pull one way and the sinners the other, and you wonder why the yoke galls. Jesus’ blood never bought such a yoke, and God’s Spirit never put it on you. The devil furnished the “unequal yoke,” the “unclean thing.” The preacher held it up, and you put your head in it, and now you wonder why it doesn’t work better. This “unclean thing” has not only yoked you up with sinners, but has separated you f:om God’s children who only wear the easy yoke of Christ. It was the tradition received from your fathers that prompted you to wear the unclean yoke. Now you call it (your sect) the church of God.
We learn in 1 Peter 1:18, 19 that the precious blood of Jesus will redeem you from the vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers, and in Isa. 10:27, that “the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” My Bible tells about the “church of God” which he (Christ) purchased (or “acquired,” Emphatic Diaglott.) with his own blood. — Acts 20:28. Are you a member of this church? were you acquired with Christ’s blood? Every member of this church he hath purchased or acquired with his own blood, and if so, you have come to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus ye who some times were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” — Eph. 2:12, 13. Christ’s blood speaketh better things than that of Abel. The voice of Abel’s blood cried unto God from the ground, which kindled the wrath of God, so the curse of God rested upon the offending party; while Christ’s blood appeases God’s wrath and delivers the guilty from the curse of the law. Through the shedding of Abel’s blood, Cain was made a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth, and his punishment was greater than he could bear. And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord. But through the shedding of Christ’s blood, strangers, foreigners and vagabonds are brought nigh, even reconciled to God. “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” — Eph. 2:19. The “household of God,” is identical with the house of God, which is the church of the living God, Tit. 3:15, named after the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, “of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” — Eph; 3:14, 15. All the saved in this world and in heaven are included in the terms “whole family,” “household of God,” “house of God,” which the apostle says is the “church of the living God,” and which has the same name in earth as in heaven.
Every body knows that being born of God constitutes a person a member of God’s family, and God’s family and God’s house are identical. Then to be a member of God’s family is to be a member of God’s house, which is the church, hence is a church member. The conclusion is, every person that is born of God is a church member, and every church member is born of God. The above is true of the church of God, but not of any sect. And Christ is head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. So we being many are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. “Now ye are the body of Christ and members in particular.” But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body. There is one body, and God hath tempered the body together, that there should be no schism (or division) in the body.
Dear reader, if you are a sectarian, and if you are going to be honest, you will have to quit the business or else persuade Christ to revise the New Testament. In the latter you will not succeed, so we exhort you to try the former, — quit the business (laboring in the interest of your sect). Get salvation, leave your sect, preach and teach unity; then you can say, We are laborers together with the Lord. The church of the firstborn, mentioned in our text, is the church of God, and is built, organized, etc. by Jesus Christ, who said, “I will build my church.” He built it upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together growth into an holy temple in the Lord; in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.” When Jesus does the building he builds together: when men do it, sects are built — over six hundred now, and no two built together. Queer looking house, is it not? Where is its corner stone? Had the sects all built together there would only have been one sect, and that would have been one too many, for the New Testament says “no schism.” Peter says of Jesus, “This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders [sect builders] which is become the head of the corner [God’s church].” Jesus is the chief corner stone of his church, and is not found near the corner of any sect on earth. God sent him to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past. Rom. 3:25. And “without shedding of blood is no remission.” — Heb. 9:22. “ In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” — Col. 1:14. “Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” — Rev. 1:5. “Much more then being justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” — Rom. 5:8, 9. In these scriptures it is clearly shown that we have propitiation, reconciliation, remission of past sins, forgiveness of sins, washing away of sins; we are born again, regenerated, have membership in the church of God; our names written in heaven; we are translated into Christ’s kingdom, justified, etc. — all by the blood of Christ. Now we read: “Justified freely by his grace.” — Rom. 3:24; “Justified by faith,” — Rom. 5:1; justified by his blood, — Rom. 5:9; “ It is God that justifieth.” — Rom. 8:33.
The problem is easily solved: the shedding of Christ’s blood obtained pardon for the sinner that repents. It brings life to the soul and knowledge, of sins forgiven, at the moment faith accepts or receives Jesus as the Christ; hence we say the blood is applied, not the literal blood of Christ, but we speak of what it obtained; viz., justification or pardon. “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true; and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” — 1 Jno. 5:20. “Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” — 1 Cor. 2:12. From the expressions “are come to the blood of sprinkling,” “washed us from our sins in his own blood,” “justified by his blood,” etc., a person would naturally conclude that the blood of Christ was applied; and certainly it is if the term “blood applied” is in keeping with the word of God. Some people will not venture to use the term “blood applied” in connection with the experience of justification, but use it freely in that of sanctification, while others use it solely with justification. Just why they do it I will not explain; but it has been asked, How many applications of Christ’s blood will it take to effect a cleansing? etc. All sanctified persons know there was a cleansing in the work of sanctification, and all well-informed sinners know that “to cleanse” is involved in the word “sanctify.” Any honest person will acknowledge the same if they will examine Heb. 9:13, 14, and 2 Tim. 2:21.
That sanctification is a definite work and subsequent to justification, regeneration, etc., has often been clearly set forth in this paper. But just here we will notice that the church of God was purchased or acquired by Christ’s blood, Acts 20:28, and they were written in heaven, — text; in the Lamb’s book of life, Rev. 21:27; were justified. Rom. 5:9. Now the apostle Paul tells us that Christ loved the church, those who were acquired by his blood, and gave himself for it that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the 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. Here we have sanctification, a definite work, subsequent to regeneration. Christ gave himself for that purpose. The church being composed of regenerate believers and not sanctified, Jesus gave himself for them that they might be sanctified. My brother, have you had this work done for you since you were born of God? Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? If not, “This is the will of God even your sanctification.” Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” — 2 Cor. 7:1. We have proved justification to be by the blood, and sanctification to be a cleansing, and a definite work, subsequent to justification. Now we will prove it to be also by the blood: “Now the! God of peace * * * through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight.” — Heb. 13:20, 21. “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. 9:14. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, etc. — Heb. 10:19. “Enter into the holiest.” This language in the type refers us to the second division or apartment of the tabernacle, where the high priest officiated once a year with blood, which he offered for himself and the errors of the people; which was a figure or type, and which serves as a beautiful illustration of the glorious experience of sanctification, into which we enter with boldness by the blood of Jesus. This same experience is again taught by the same figure in Heb. 13:10-12. Speaking of the altar where the high priest, officiated in verse 10, Paul says, “For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.” The people he sanctifies with his own blood constitute the church that he acquired with his blood. First he acquired them by his blood, then he sanctified them with his own blood. “Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” — Tit. 2:14. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” — 1 Jno. 1:7. This was addressed to God’s children, we who were acquired by his blood. When we were sinners and had no light on justification, we could not walk in the light until light was given. Neither can we who are God’s children walk in the light of sanctification when we have no light on that experience or its conditions.
Now this cleansing is by the blood, and after we were acquired by his blood; and it makes a clean sweep. It is identically the same work described in Eph. 5:25-27. It takes away the sin of the world. Jno. 1:29. If a child of God has no light on sanctification the fellowship exists between him and all that are justified or sanctified; but if he gets the light and will not walk in it, he disobeys God, who says we should walk in the light while we have the light. Then the fellowship is broken; a division has taken place; not between the sanctified and the justified, but between all of God’s children and the person that sinned by refusing to walk in the light.
Again the terms sanctification, sanctified wholly, perfect love, pure heart, perfection, purity, baptism of the Holy Ghost, blood applied, etc. are objected to for being used interchangeably on the ground that they are not symonyms. But we know they are used interchangeably in describing the same experience. This experience is most commonly known as sanctification. And just here persons get confused again, because it is said: Sanctified by God the Father, Jude 1; by Christ, 1 Cor. 1:30; by the Holy Ghost, Rom. 15:16; by the blood, Heb. 13:12; by faith, Acts 26:18; and by the word, Jno. 17:17, Heb. 10:10; Eph. 5:26. The problem is as easily solved as before. Jesus’ blood procured sanctification for his church. The Father sent the Holy Ghost in Christ’s name to accomplish the work of sanctification in every regenerated person that would accept Christ as his sanctification by faith through the -word of God. Hence it is just as scriptural to say the blood is applied to the believer in sanctification as it is to say the blood is applied to the sinner in the work of justification.
The conclusion is, if being justified by the blood equals the blood applied, then being sanctified by the blood would also equal the blood applied. And as justification and sanctification are not coetaneous the blood is applied twice, not forming two births or two sanctifications, but birth and pardon coetaneously, and cleansing and full possession of the Holy Ghost coetaneously. Amen.
Your sanctified brother,
Geo. L. Cole.
Dear Saints: It is to the honor and glory of God that I write my testimony. The Lord saves me from all sin; it is so sweet to trust in the good Lord for all things. May the Lord bless all his dear children. I know my name is written in heaven. Praise the Lord!
Your sister in Christ,
M. E. Hinson.
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Dear Saints: Your humble servant is still praising God in the valley of affliction. The Lord is very precious and his rod is sweet. We recognize his gracious hand in all that we have been called to pass through. Though Satan may be the instrument of our afflictions, as he was of Job’s, he doubtless has permission of the Lord, as in Job’s case, and all shall redound to God’s glory. Bless the name of Jesus! Our pains have greatly abated, so that we can now rest quite well by day and night. But we are unable to walk scarcely any. Our case is all in the Lord’s hands, and just as soon as he will be more glorified in our healing than in our suffering, it will be done.
If we recover in time to go west at all, it is probable we will go direct to Denver. We have earnestly prayed God to heal us, and his Spirit witnessed to the acceptance of our prayer, and that it would be answered. So we are lying at his feet, singing, “Free and happy as a bird.” Keep on praying, beloved. Amen.
A PARTISAN SPIRIT.
If the adversary of souls succeeds in breaking the fellowship and harmony of God’s dear children any where, or producing any trouble, no preacher that is so far a novice as to become a partisan is qualified to undertake the adjustment of the difficulty. By a partisan spirit we mean that weakness which espouses one side, and allows prejudice to close their heart against the other. God’s ministers must be holy, humble men, who only take sides against the devil and for God; but whose gentle and warm heart compel all men to feel that he is your true friend, even though he in love tells you all your faults. O beloved! be filled with goodness, gentleness, meekness, love, and you never can be used as a tool by one side, nor get an evil eye toward the other. But you will see Jesus only, and be governed by Heavenly wisdom in efforts to do all men good.
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NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
West Monterey, Pa., March 24, 1892.
Dear Brethren: God richly bless you all. After the Mariasville meeting our company went and held a meeting in a large hall at Salem, near Turkey City, from the 14th to the 20th, with a grand victory for the cause of God. Many were convicted and won over to the truth, and convicted of their condition. Two dear souls were sanctified. Many calls are coming in for the gospel. We shall stay here till the Lord is through with us. Four raised their hands here the first eve for prayer. Three at the altar last eve.
Yours in Jesus,
F. N. & S. A. Jacobson & Co.
Visalia, Cal., March 21, 1892.
To the Dear Saints: I am glad in my soul to report victory over all sin. Amen. We have just closed our first two weeks’ work for the Master at Stringtown school house. Deep conviction rested upon the people. Five were justified and six sanctified. Praise the Lord! We are now called to Farmersville, five miles south of the city, and by the help of the Lord we will go in the strength of our God. As soon as the rainy season is over we will go into the tabernacle work. God bless you one and all. Pray for us, that we may do all to the honor and glory of God.
Yours, saved to the uttermost,
John J. Bentley.
Carthage, Mo. March 28, 1892.
Dear Readers: Our last report was from Flag Springs, Mo. Front there the Lord allowed us to go and visit our father in the flesh, whom we had not seen for nearly two years. Came here about two weeks ago, and сommenced meeting in the saints’ Chapel. The dear Lord gave us liberty in the gospel to present it in its purity. Praise his name! There were four consecrations, and yesterday two dear souls followed the Lord … going down into the watery grave, and in the evening we had a glorious ordinance meeting in which twenty- five of the dear saints took part. We expect to go from here to Webb City and from there to Freeman, Mo., the Lord willing. We ask the prayers of the saints, that we may ever be kept in the order of the Lord.
Yours in him,
J. L. June.
Willshire, O., March 23, 1892.
Dear Saints: The Lord bless you all. The meeting closed here last Sabbath evening with glorious victory in our souls. Twenty-one consecrations; some for pardon, and some for sanctification; four or five backsliders reclaimed; others under conviction. We were praying the Lord to send some helpers, which he did on Friday before meeting closed. Bro. A. J. Kilpatrick came. Bless God! How faithful God is to hear! The church was greatly strengthened. Also Bro. H. Whitcraft came the last evening of the meeting. We ask all the dear saints to pray for us here. There is a good prospect of a harvest of souls, to be gathered in the near future. God keep us faithful. Amen.
Your sister in Christ,
Almena, Mich., March 21, 1892.
Dear Saints of God: May joy and peace be multiplied unto you all. We are still happy to report to you once more that we are saved in Jesus, and kept by the power of God. We left Allegan, Mar. 9. Were conveyed by our father to Bro. Harvey’s (near Gobleville) where we found the love of God still burning in their hearts. Thursday night we commenced meeting which continued over Lord’s day. Interest seemed good but no one was willing to yield, except one dear old man who came to Bro. Harvey’s the morning we came away. We sang a few hymns and had prayer, and he gave his heart to God. During the meeting the Lord showed us we should go over to another neighborhood near Almena. Here we found good interest. The Lord wonderfully helped us in preaching to the people. I pray God to open their blind eyes and unstop their deaf ears, to hear and see the truth. Two came for pardon last evening. The house is crowded every night with attentive listeners to the truth. May God save honest souls here for Jesus’ sake. Bro. J. W. Daugherty has been with us but expects to go elsewhere to work for God. The Lord use him to his glory. Pray for us and the work here.
Wm. E. Warren & A. M. Bixler.
Emerson, Mich., March 27, 1892.
Dear Brethren: Wife and I with Bro. Sturges and wife and Sister Moor left home for Merrill, March 19; had meeting in the evening, found nearly all of the people in a bad condition spiritually. Some would not come to the house of worship only as some preacher came along; and as we began to preach the word of God which the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, it had its desired effect. For it is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And as we continued to preach, the dear ones began to see their faults and confess them and got down to the altar. Most of them if not all we believe got gloriously saved, and dear Brother Basore who has been separated for a long time in the spirit confessed that he had been led wholly of the devil for six months or over; said he had confessed all that God had shown him and that he would confess anything that God would show him. We took him at his word
and he went to the altar and there we pled to God to forgive him. He testified that God had forgiven him. We pray God to remember that dear brother and that he may remember the covenant he made with God. None but the good and obedient shall eat the good of the land. And dear Bro. Fails who went out from the house of God some time in the past year came to meeting and confessed he had mingled in with the sects; had thought things that he knew was wrong, teaching that it was right to have a discipline or human organizations. He came to the altar and pled with God to forgive him, and I believe that God did forgive him. My prayer is that he never will get into sect Babylon again. We closed meeting Friday with a glorious victory on the Lord’s side. May the dear Lord ever keep them walking in the light as he is in the light. Amen.
Your brother saved and sanctified wholly,
C. E. Reeves.
Gordon, Neb., March 14, 1892.
Dear Saints: I feel like praising God for what he has done here. I arrived at Gordon the 14th of Jan. and began meeting the next night, and have been laboring for the Lord every night but five. I at first could only hold meetings around at houses on account of cold weather. I went from here to a school-house about five miles east of this place, and held meeting there three weeks. One poor soul who had been brought up a Catholic came out for God. Praise the Lord! Closed meeting there last Friday night, and last Lord’s day there were eight dear souls followed Jesus into the tomb of sacred waters, and arose to walk in Heaven’s light above this world of strife. O how sweet to follow Jesus whithersoever he goeth! I have no other desire than to go ahead and preach God’s word. I am ready to go anywhere the Lord may send me. O how it makes my heart ache to see the millions which are rushing heedless down to hell! When I came out for God I sacrificed about everything I had, and if the Lord wills, I think I will be able in a year to get a tabernacle. What I have to the last cent is the Lord’s. I am going to use all I have in this world to the glory of God. “For whether I live, I live unto the Lord, and whether I die, I die unto ‘the Lord; and whether I live therefore or die, I am the Lord’s.” I did want to go to the camp meeting, but wall not be able to go. I am satisfied with my lot. I am rejoicing in a Savior’s love, and my garments are white. Glory to God!
Your brother saved in Christ,
Fulton Co., Ind.
Dear Saints: We are still saved and rejoicing in Jesus Christ with a complete victory over all the works of Satan. Praise God! After the precious season spent at Beaver Dam with the church there of which we gave an account in our last report, we came west about four miles into Bro. David Leininger’s neighborhood and commenced meeting in the private houses around in the neighborhood. We had intended to hold the meeting in the school house as the understanding was with us that it would be opened, but when we reached the place the school trustee had ordered the door locked against us, although it was the wish of almost the entire neighborhood that it should be opened. But we praised the Lord for victory and glory and went from house to house with the meeting, and God wonderfully and gloriously blessed, and many which were in darkness, came to the light and received Jesus as a perfect Savior. Quite a number which had accepted the light when it first came to this place and hat been gloriously filled with the Spirit, but had been overtaken by the devil and gone back to the world, again took a bold stand for Jesus and consecrated their all to him, and declared that they were determined to go through, no matter what the cost. Oh! I pray God to keep them faithful. Also some which had never known the Lord before came out for Jesus and forsook all to follow him, and were filled with the Spirit’s power. Hallelujah! how it makes our hearts leap within us to see souls delivered from the power of the devil and filled with the glory and power of God!
During the meeting there were about twenty which came out and took a bold stand for Jesus. I pray God to keep them free from all of the picking, fault-finding spirits which seemed to be numerous in that locality. Brethren, keep your eyes on Jesus and it shall be well with you. We go now to the village of Rochester to hold a few meetings, as Bro. Secore has obtained the use of the Campbellite church for a little season. Do not know how long it will remain open to us. God be with all of the elect for Jesus’ sake. Brethren, pray for us.
Your redeemed brother under the blood, fully saved,
W. B. Grover.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Cedar Vale. Kan.
Dear Saints: I am praising the Lord for full and free salvation and that he keeps me saved. Glory to God for ever! I feel led to go into the work of the Lord. Pray for me that I may be led by the Spirit of the Lord and that he may use me to his glory.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I can testify to the glory of God. I am saved and sanctified, and kept by the mighty power of God. My father and brother are saved. I was saved a short time ago. Praise the Lord for full and free salvation! Pray that I may stand firm.
Your sister in the body of Christ,
Dear Saints: I am led by the Spirit of God to write a few words for the benefit of the Trumpet readers. My testimony is that I am saved. Thanks be to God for salvation. There are a few of the saints here that we have met. But we are not able to get out into the country to meeting, so we do not see them often.
From your brother in Christ,
A. G. Page.
Dear Brethren: I feel that God wants me to give in my testimony in the Trumpet. I can say this evening that my Redeemer liveth. I am so glad that I ever saw this glorious evening light. Oh that more would come out in the light! There are some around here that can see it, but will not yield. I ask your prayers for me and my unsaved husband who was saved once; and for my brother who is living with us.
I still remain your humble sister,
Dear Saints: God bless you all. It has been a long time since I have written my testimony to the Trumpet. I love to hear from all of the dear ones scattered abroad. I can say to the glory of God that I am still saved, kept low at the feet of Jesus, ready to do his will. O praise his name! for what he has done for me in leading me out of darkness into light, and for his keeping power over me continually, in spite of the devil and all his combined agents. Oh! it is a glorious thing to work for Jesus and to know that we all have a work to do.
Your saved sister,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led of the Lord this evening to write my testimony for Jesus. I can say that he saves me now from all sin, and I am free from all sectism. I know that Jesus is able to do all things. Glory to God in the highest! Pray for me that I may be able to trust him for the healing of my body.
Lovina I. Morland.
Dear Readers: I know truly that the Lord saves my soul from all sin. Glory to God! I will have to tell a little of my experience. It was so long before I could hold grace when trials would come. The devil would get me to doubting. But let trials and temptations come; I am now determined to obey God. Pray for me, that I may be faithful and found at the feet of Jesus.
Your sister in Christ,
Dear Saints: I feel like witnessing through the Trumpet to what the dear Lord has done for me. I will tell you how the dear Savior has healed my body. About two months ago I was taken with what I supposed was neuralgia of the heart. I suffered for three days: at times I could scarcely get my breath; but I was determined to trust the Lord. I made up my mind that I would die before I would resort to medical aid. When Sunday morning came we went to prayer meeting as usual; on arriving I found most of the saints like myself, going through some kind of trial or affliction. That tried me a little at first, but I kept my eyes on Jesus. We knelt before the Lord; I began to cry unto the Father in the name of Jesus, knowing that I had been perfectly obedient in every thing. I had faith to believe I would be healed then and there. While we prayed it seemed the windows of heaven were opened and the glory began to pour down. My whole being was so flooded with the glory of God that our supplication was turned into praise; for I was healed and could breathe as freely as ever in my life. I would ask you to pray that I may be faithful to the end.
Dear Saints: I feel that I am led by the good Lord to write my testimony. I am saved through the blood of Jesus. He keeps me from all sin, and the sweet peace of God abides in my soul. I am willing to go through the shadows of death at any moment when it becomes my Father’s will. The peace of God which passes all understanding abides in me daily, and and I feel the calmness of heaven continually in my soul.
I remain your brother in the perfect love of Christ Jesus,
Dear Saints of God: I can testify that I am saved and sanctified. Praise the Lord! He has kept me in the straight and narrow path for five years and I do praise him for what he has done for me. I am all given up to him. I am left at home and my companion is out to work for God. I can say, The will of God be done. As he departed I thought, If I cannot go I can pray for him, and for lost souls, that they may come to Christ. The Lord has a work for him to do and will not hinder him in any way. Oh! dear souls, if you are holding back in any way when the Lord is calling you or your companion to work for him, for Jesus’ sake make a deep consecration to God. When I have such peace in my soul and think of the many souls that have not had the light that they can be free from all sin, I feel like doing all I can to spread the gospel. Dear saints, do pray for me.
From your sister in Christ,
To all the Dear Saints: May the richest of Heaven’s blessings rest upon you all. I praise God that I am permitted to write. “Ye are my witnesses,” saith the Lord. I want to witness to the glory of God to the salvation of my soul. I can testify by the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ. Praise the Lord! This is a wonderful dark place. Oh the sin and confusion there is all around! And these are perilous times. The false teachers of Babel are deceiving the people. The scripture is being fulfilled in them. “But beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, how that they told you there should be mookers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.” — Jude 17, 18, 19. Let us follow our blessed Master. No; we will not follow preacher, nor priest, nor ceremonies, nor creeds, nor commandments of men. We will follow Jesus the good shepherd, for we hear his voice. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him.
Your brother in Christ, justified and sanctified wholly,
Dear Saints: I feel led to tell you of what the Lord has been doing. He has wonderfully blest our souls. Myself and Brother Parker went to Thompsonville, and commenced to hold meetings in a private house in the name of Jesus. Had good attendance and order. There were some real consecrations. O praise God! He has a people in that place, and he is bringing them out of sect Babylon. One brother sent for us to come to his house and see him; he was sick. We just presented his case to the Father, and laid on hands in the name of Jesus, and he immediately arose and gave God the praise. On Lord’s day there were two followed the Lord’s command in baptism, and were made to rejoice in the love of God. I would be much pleased if some of God’s holy ministers would come up to Thompsonville. Address me at that place.
Your brother all on the altar,
Dear Trumpet Readers: I praise God for saving me to the uttermost and keeping me by his power. My will is the will of my God. It is so sweet to lie at Jesus’ feet and to take the route to glory. When I yielded myself to the strivings of the Holy Spirit I made up my mind that I did not want to only be a half Christian as I saw many were (and which is no Christan at all) ,but I wanted to follow the Spirit, and by so doing I found that after I was forgiven of my sins, and had the evidence that I was an heir of glory, that there was yet depravity within, and when I came to be cleansed from it the Lord did it all. Glory to his name! And now it has become my joy and nature to do his will; because the fountain has been made pure. Hallelujah! Although then a member of the sect, I found that to follow the Spirit was to fight against sectarianism and formality, which originate from the devil, and by so doing my name has been cast out as evil. But Jesus says, Rejoice; and my heart responds, Amen. God’s dear people are one, even as the Father and Son are one. I am glad I ever got free from sectarian bondage, and I feel that my mission is to proclaim to a perishing world the news of this great salvation. All glory to Jesus’ name! Wherever he calls I will follow.
Yours in the conflict,
Dear Trumpet Readers: We feel led by the Spirit of God to give our testimony. This morning finds us fully saved and sanctified to do God s will. We praise God for showing us so plainly our sinful ways, and giving us a willing heart to turn from the ways of sin. We once belonged to the U. B. sect; found no rest there, and fell back into sin. But praise the Lord! We found the true beauty of holiness, the true church of God. All glory be to the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world! O pray for us.
Your brother and sister in Christ,
J. C. & M. M. Forsyth.
Dear Trumpet Readers: We feel led of the Lord this morning to write our testimony. We are praising the Lord for perfect and free salvation in Christ; we have victory over sin, with joy and peace in the Holy Ghost. We rejoice to hear of so many walking in the evening light, and truth as it is in Christ; for God wants a holy nation and a peculiar people, that we should show forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Your brother and sister in the Lord,
W. W. & Alice Stevenson.
Dear Saints: As I have never added my testimony to the many that have been redeemed, I feel it would be to the glory of God to write what he has done for me. I was a member of the Amish Mennonite sect for fifteen years, and knew nothing of real salvation, yet thinking I was a child of God, till two years ago last September, when the Lord began to convict me, and show me what I was. I called on him to lead me if I was not right, and he did lead me. I was a strong sectarian, but glory to God! he broke the bands and set me free. When Brother Schell came within eighteen miles of here, I went to hear him, and God showed me right there that if I would not yield I would be lost. And so I did yield, and was justified, and afterwards sanctified. O bless the Lord! for saving my soul from all sin. and healing my body. Our baby was also instantaneously healed. O how thankful we ought to be for a perfect physician to heal both soul and body! God bless all the little ones. Pray for me.
Your sister in Christ,
Rebecca J. Yoder.
H. D. Campbell died near Fairfax, Mo., March 7, 1892; aged 77 years, 4 months and 19 days. Father Campbell made a profession of salvation some forty years ago, and from that time has striven to live for God, and it is hoped that he went home to be with his Savior and companion that passed on before some three years ago. He leaves several children and grandchildren to mourn his loss. O may they give their hearts to Jesus and be saved!
Funeral services by
A. A. Kinzie.
Rettie Burnom, daughter of J. F. and Susan Burnom, departed this life March 3, 1892; aged 6 years, 5 months and 22 days. She was a bright little girl and loved by all. She leaves a father and mother, two little sisters and one little brother. Brother and Sister Burnom are saved. Pray that the God of all grace may comfort them in this their bereavement.
A. A. Kinzie.
Died, at Blendon, Mich., March 24, 1892, Sister M. Emert; aged 34 years and 28 days. She died in the triumphs of a living faith, and leaves a husband and four children, father, brothers, sisters and many friends to mourn her loss. She exhorted her brothers and sisters to get saved, and meet her in heaven. Brother and Sister Emert came out in this glorious evening light about a year and a half ago. She received a good experience and lived an exemplified life of the Son of God. Text, Jno. 11:25.
Died, in Lee, Allegan Co., Mich. March 26, 1892, Sister Mary L. Arms, wife of Christopher Arms; aged 42 years and 5 months. She leaves a husband, four children, and many friends to mourn the loss, while she has gone to dwell forevermore in that heavenly clime where sorrow never comes. She was the mother of Bro. Oliver Arms, who has for the last three years, been working in the Gospel Trumpet office. The dear friends have our deepest sympathy, and prayers, in their bereavement May they all prepare to meet their loved one where parting will be no more.
Bro. A. B. Palmer conducted the funeral services.
Value of Good Health.
HEALTH consists in the normal and vigorous action of all the physical functions and organs; disease, in their feeble, imperfect, or abnormal action; and death, in their suspension. Life and health are proportionate to each other. Viewed in any and all aspects, health is life.
Its value, therefore, equals that of all else. It is our richest possession, because it alone imparts the greatest attainable zest and relish to whatever we possess. Without it, what can man, woman, child, or even bird or beast do, become, or enjoy? Other things being equal, our capacities for accomplishing and enjoying are proportionate to its vigor, but become enfeebled as it declines. No attainable amount of wealth, honor, learning, or anything else whatever can make us happy any further than we have health with which to enjoy them, and the value of all we possess diminishes in proportion as we become sickly. With how keen a zest those in health relish delicious foods ant fruits which only nauseate those whose diseases have destroyed their appetite. The rich invalid is pitiably poor, because he cannot enjoy his possessions; while all who are healthy are therefore rich, because their fund of life turns all surroundings into means of enjoyment. The healthy servant is richer, because happier than his feeble millionaire master; and the robust peasant, than his infirm king!
Health is a fortune at interest, the income from which, economically used, will support you; but it cannot be squandered at any period through life, without being brought into the final account, and shortening and enfeebling it in exact proportion. Spending foolishly draws on the principal, and every draft, great and little, must be reckoned into that last settlement which every draft hastens. As the faster you draw the sooner you exhaust it, so all over-eating, over-working, loss of sleep, improper habits, colds, and whatever injures health, is a draft on the constitution, cashed at a hundred per cent discount, till, when your life-fund is expended, but not till then, death summons you to your final reckoning. Every abuse of health enfeebles it for life, and hastens its close.
Whatever maybe your life-end or motive, make the preservation of health your first business, as it is your indispensable instrumentality of all else.
Health is spontaneous, is our normal state. To preserve it, we are not obliged to do some great thing, nor go on a painful or costly pilgrimage, nor even to practice the least self-denial, but only not to abuse it.
Young men and maidens, you little realize how full to overflowing with health, glow, ecstasy, you are capable of becoming. You should be as far removed from sickness as the North Pole is from the South, and as much above it as the heavens are above the earth! Every single one of you should be as much spryer, more athletic, robust, glowing, strong and rampant with life as you are older; and all middle-aged persons stronger, tougher, hardier, healthier yet! And retain all till past seventy. Behold how hale, hearty, and enduring of hard work many old people are! And yet even they might have been much more so but for their life-long violations of many health conditions.
All should fairly ache with surplus health and vitality, all the way up from the cradle to “threescore years and ten,” and then gradually sink like the setting sun into twilight’s balmy shades, without an ache, or pain, or even weakness; conscious only of the still increasing pleasures ef existence, and scarcely knowing when they breathe their last! And death itself the crowning luxury of life! Yes, literally a crowning luxury! Thus, O ye who live, hath God made man physically!
Workmen might labor “from early morn till late in e’en” without one thought of fatigue, and from puberty till eighty, performing ten times more hard work than now, and in perpetual delight, not in weariness or pain.
Only a long outraging of the health laws ever prevents this delightful result. Sickness and premature death constitute no part of Nature’s ends. Instead, both are abnormal, are punishments for infringements of the laws of health, and, of course, avoidable by obeying these laws. No wonder that men, women, and children are sick, and die thus suddenly and early, considering how perpetually they violate the health prerequisites. Their enduring so much with comparative impunity only shows how perfectly healthy conformity to them would render all.
A remedial principle is incorporated into the human constitution. Health is restorable, and disease curable, to a degree far exceeding our most sanguine hopes. Abnormal action all ways flexes towards normal. Nature invariably seeks to right up all wrong functions. Pain itself is a curative process.
Nature has taken the utmost pains to so vary her remedies as to heal most of the ills to which man is subject.
Of course this direction is most important. Diseases teach us the value and laws of health, and Nature then teaches us how to cure them. All are most deeply interested practically in the problem, How can diseases be cured, and health restored?
Not by medicines mainly. Men generally think them their only curative reliance, especially in extreme cases. All run at once to the doctor and to the apothecary shop, as if their very life depended on their speed. Do such ever stop to consider just how medicines act? They may purge the alimentary canal, and infiltrate themselves throughout the body by means of the blood; but do they mend muscles, nerves, and organs; scrape up and eject disease; or change the organic particles? All this, and much more, is the exclusive work of nature. Work thus delicate she alone can execute.
Sin not removed by Confession.
“BE not wise in your own conceit. — Rom. 12:16. A man’s conceits are not ions which are cherished not so much as the result of logical thought as of vanity or prejudice. They are not susceptible of change by argument or persuasion. Men’s conceits form a kind of nut or turtle- shell into which a man draws himself when attacked by logic or truth. The Bible contains more wisdom about human nature and more human experience than all other books. It warns us against them, and urges us to lean not to our own understanding. Prove 26:12. Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. There can be no advice to such a man. They know it all. One of the first conditions to improvement is an appreciation of how little one knows, of how much there is to be known. But the man who has got it all already makes no inquiry, has no room for knowledge. Dear readers, now what are some of your conceits? Whatever they are get rid of them and hold yourself open to conviction and correction. Some of you put a good deal of trust in your human nature. You talk about being born of God, and have a right to think as you please. This is a very pretty conceit of yours, only you must be pleased to think right, besides, sin has given your human nature a hard blow and weakened your powers and from the first day of your acountability you have been disabled. It is your conceit that you can sin a little and stop when you get ready; that you can change from that which seems to be best to that which seems more attractive.
The egg you are warming my friend is a scorpion’s; the kitten you are smoothing is born of a lioness. If you could gauge yourself, God does not look upon sin with the least degree of allowance.
It is your conceit that you are converted from sin, when you are converted only from one sin to another. You have changed your outside life only; you have given up a bad habit but kept a bad heart.
You have left the muddy road trodden by beast, but you have taken to the grass path beside the road and you are going in the same direction.
You must repent and forsake sin. It is your conceit that to confess sin is to cancel it; you do not remove it by speaking of it, you must repent. Matt, 4:17. And forsake it and Christ will forgive you and save you. Amen! Isa. 55:7. May God help us to be wise unto salvation that none may think to cover his sins. Prov. 28:13. “For he that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Truly the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. May God bless his people in Zion. Amen.
Your brother saved, sanctified and satisfied,
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
I do praise God for the sweet rest I have from sin in my soul, which I could not testify to when I read Bro. S. L. Speck’s epistle on “Soul’s rest.” How I would love to have some of God’s ministers full of fire come to this place! May the blessing of God continue with you all. Amen.
F. H. Lewis.
Bunker Hill, Ill.
Dear Brethren in Christ: I seat myself to write my testimony to the GOSPEL TRUMPET. O glory to God for what a Savior I have found! All my trust is in him. I am so glad that Jesus loves me. I am still sanctified by a second work of grace, O glory to God! I ask an interest in your prayers that the blessed Jesus will keep me humble.
Your brother, saved and sanctified,
Dear Saints: As I have never sent my testimony to the Trumpet, I will now do so for the glory of God. I was sanctified over three years ago, and the blood still saves me. I give the Lord all the glory. It does me good to read the Trumpet, as I do not have the opportunity of hearing the word preached in its purity. My prayers are that the Lord will send some Holy Ghost minister this way to preach the word in its purity. I have sweet peace in my soul day and night. I want you all to pray for me and mine.
J. T. Hinson.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led this evening to write my testimony. I am saved, and sanctified through a second work of grace. I do praise the Lord for what I do enjoy. He keeps me from sin and helps me to hear the trials of this life. I am trusting in Jesus every day and praise his holy name that he has led me out of darkness into this glorious evening light. I never heard of holiness preaching until last spring when Bro. Warner and company were here. I did not think I could live such a life, and was not convinced that I was in the dark until in the fall after Bro. Howard and company left here. My husband was sanctified while they were here and he was so full of the love of God ail the time, I felt I could never stand to live without holiness. I commenced reading the Bible more carefully and found that I was trying to follow my Savior a long ways off. I was an M. E. twenty years. Pray that I may be kept low at the foot of the cross.
Your saved sister,
Dear Saints: May God’s richest blessing rest upon you all. I am praising God for full and free salvation. I cannot praise him enough for what he has done for me. He lifted me out of such a low pit and placed my feet on the rock Christ Jesus. I am saved just now from all sin, and the God of peace sanctifies me wholly.
Your brother in Christ,
W. H. Kelley.
Dear Saints: I can say that I am saved and the precious blood of Jesus flows over my soul, and cleanses me from all sin. I was saved over ten years ago. The dear Lord keeps me day by day and I need no sect organization formed by man. There are none of the saints anywhere around here, but I am surrounded with sects. I would be so glad if the true light would break through these dark walls and let the truth in. I pray that God’s true church will be established in this place before long. How I would like to see some of the dear saints and talk with them! It would do my soul good.
Your sister in Christ Jesus,
To all the Dear Saints: I am glad to say that I am still saved by the precious blood of Jesus and kept through faith unto salvation. The dear Lord has done so much for me. I was a tobacco slave for twenty-five years, but thank God, when the old man was crucified the appetite was gone; so I found it was the old man that wanted the filthy stuff. I do praise God for a salvation that saves me from all sin just now. Pray that I may continue to live a life hid away with Christ in God.
From your brother, saved and sanctified,
Samuel J. Miller.
New Washington, Ohio.
Dear Readers: I believe it is the Lord’s will that I should send my testimony to tell what great things he has done for me. Oh praise his holy name! I went to him a great sinner, and when I confessed my sins, he was faithful and just to forgive all my sins; then I knew it was his will, even my sanctification. I presented my body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable, which was my reasonable service, and he cleansed me from all sin, and now I cannot praise his holy name enough for what he has done for me. He healed me of rheumatism this week. Praise his name!
Your brother, saved and sanctified, and kept from all sin,
Dear Brethren: I am glad to say to you that I am still saved from all sin, and the God of peace sanctifies me just now. Glory to his precious name! Oh, it is wonderful how God keeps me saved. I once had such a temper but God has taken it away; praise his great and holy name forever! I find sweet peace and joy the world can never give nor take away, and now as I write, my eyes fill with tears of gratitude to God who has done all this. It is all through his tender mercy that I am what I am. It is the desire of my heart to be found faithful to God and set godly examples, so that all may know I am one of God’s children. Dear ones, God has! done a great work for me.
From your saved sister in Christ,
Amy S. Foot.
Dear Saints: May the richest of Heaven’s blessings rest upon you all for Jesus’ sake. It is with a heart full of gratitude and praise to God that I am permitted to write my testimony.
The word of God says, Ye are my witnesses; so I want to witness to the salvation of my soul. I can testify that I am wholly sanctified; the Lord saved me from all filthiness. I was a slave to tobacco twenty-five years.
I am saved from all sectism. Was a member of the M. E. sect for about twenty-six years. Glory to Jesus for a free and full salvation! I feel that the Lord has called me to work in his vineyard; I have already been out telling the people of this great salvation.
I feel that the Lord is blessing my labors. Some of the people seem to be hungry for full salvation. Dear saints, pray for me. I remain your saved brother in the body of Christ,
E. M. Sharp.
Dear Readers: I feel impressed to write to the glory of God, and to the benefit of his saints, how I was led nine years ago last June, and thereafter. I had become very anxious about the welfare of my soul, and while out in the field at work I knelt down in prayer, and after I got up and looked about me I felt a happiness I had never enjoyed before. Why! It was a foretaste of heaven; the very trees in the woods were singing praises to God. That evening I told the people for whom I was then working, what I had experienced that day, and they praised the Lord for his wonderful light to me. There were prayer- meetings held at our district school- house at that time which I had been attending before this and which I now took a part in, and was greatly blessed. These meetings I continued to go to till they sent and had an M. E. exhorter come out and exhort to them. Soon he proposed to start an M. E. society; and as soon as this was done the life of the meeting was gone, and strife and sectarianism followed. They formed a sect which they urged me to join. I did not feel just right about that, but they still urged me harder till at last one Sunday I joined on probation, after having some misgivings about it. That following evening I went to prayer- meeting, but I did not feel as I did before; after meeting I went home, and that night the Lord showed me in a dream that I must come out from among them. I dreamed I had fallen into a lake and was drowning, and while trying to get ashore a great serpent fastened itself around me and was pulling me under. I then awoke and kept awake for a long time, for it frightened me so. It troubled me all the next day and the next night, when the Lord made it clear that I must come out. Then I found I had not enough courage to go and tell the members what the Lord showed me. I felt still worse after this till I could stand it no longer; then I told my brother what I had seen and that I must go and tell them at the school- house that I can not work with them any longer. After I had determined to do this I felt a great relief; but my brother told me I must be getting crazy; “Just think how folks will think and talk about you.” I said I could not help that; that I could not stand what I had gone through any longer; so the following evening I went to a Wednesday night meeting and told them. Then I felt as I had before I joined the sect. The next Sunday my brother went to church and this exhorter preached a part of his sermon on me, and what I had done. When services were over, and as he had to go past our house, he called me out and talked to me about it for some time. He seemed to think it was the devil a working in me and advised me to join some church or I would be lost. But I did not, glory to the name of the Lord! He has preserved my soul through some of the severest trials, which I have endured alone in the power of his might. Therefore, dear readers, if all the powers of darkness be against you, if you have true faith in God through Christ, you will overcomes them all which are against you. Now may the Spirit of our Lord abide in you, leading you into all truth, and into the hidden mysteries of his love, is my prayer. Pray for me.