5 March 1896, Volume 16, Number 10.
THE ALL PREVAILING NAME.
O do you know my Savior came,
From sin to set you free.
That you and I with Him might reign
Through all eternity?
O do you know my Savior bore
Your pains, that you might be,
By Him alone, forever more
From Satan’s power set free?
He gave the blinded eyes their sight.
And made the deaf to hear;
The dumb He made to speak His praise;
He cast out every fear.
He made the devils flee for fear,
Restored the palsied hands;
He raised the dead, and conquered death,
And broke the captives’ bands.
O do you know that Jesus stands
To plead for you and me,
That we, as they, might have new life,
In Him made ever free?
Jessie Sage Robertson.
Work of the Ministry.
“AND he gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teacher for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” — Eph. 4:11, 12.
In the above we see that God has placed in his church prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, for the “work of the ministry.” He calls (Mat. 4:18-20. 1 Cor. 1:26), ordains (Jno. 15:16), and sends them forth (Jer. 1:4-10). God ordains in the sense of choosing and qualifying for the work, and his ministers ordain by recognizing the divine call and dedicating thereto by the laying on of hands.
After being called and ordained of God, they need no conference or synod to preside, and station them off on certain “charges,” but God himself through his Holy Spirit sends them forth with the following commission: “Thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.” — Jer. 1:7. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them.” — Mat. 28:19, 20. “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” — Mark 16:15. In the above we see that our circuit is the whole world. We will next notice the
of the ministry. “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” — 2 Cor. 5:20. As ambassadors of God we must be clothed with all the power and authority of the kingdom of heaven. The office of the ministry is to preach the gospel to “all nations,” yea, to “every creature.” “Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long- suffering and doctrine.” — 2 Tim. 4:2. The effect of preaching the gospel is, it “endangers crafts” (Acts 19- 23-28), stirs up the “baser sort” (Acts 17:5-9), “roots out,” “pulls down” and “destroys” that which is not of God (Jer. 1:10. Eze. 13:10-15), and brings salvation to “them that believe” (Acts 17:10-12. Rom. 1:16. 1 Cor. 1:27).
Thus God’s ministers are “worker together with God” in the salvation of the lost. 2 Cor. 6:1. 1 Cor. 3:9. To reject them is to reject God. Luke 10:10—12, 16. To them are given the “keys of the kingdom of heaven” — word and Spirit and whatsoever they bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever they loose on earth shall be loosed heaven. Mat. 16:19. Mat. 18:18. When the Word is preached with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, it opens the kingdom of heaven to all who accept and obey it, and breaks the bands of sin and the devil and sets their captive souls free — “loosens” them. Read Jas. 1:21. Jno. 8:32. 1 Pet. 1:12. On the other hand it shuts the kingdom of heaven against all who reject it, and binds and shackles them up to the judgment bar of God. Mat. 18:18. 13-30, 49, 50. Psa. 149:5—9. In this way God’s ministers “remit” and “retain” sins. Jno. 20:23.
The object of the ministry is to take the precious from among the vile (Jer. 15:29), establish God’s people (Eph. 4:11-14), oversee and feed the flock (Acts 20:18. 1 Pet. 5:1-3), convince and stop the mouths of gainsayers (Tit. 1:9, 10), rebuke them that sin (1 Tim. 5:20), and heal the sick in whatsoever city they enter. Mat. 10:7, 8. Luke 10:8, 9.
“Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; * * * That no flesh should glory in his presence.” — 1 Cor. 1:25-29.
When here on earth he chose “ignorant men” to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God; but he taught them himself and endued them with such power and wisdom that they confounded all the wise men of their day. Just so he is doing to day. College education and a course through the Theological Seminary will not qualify for the work of God. True, education is a help, if we keep humble and use it to God’s glory. But the Bible qualification is a real baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, which endues us with “power from on high,” “power over disease,” over devils, yea, “over all the power of the enemy.” Luke 24:49. Luke 10:19. Mark 16:15, 17, 18, 20. Without this power we are not properly qualified to preach the gospel. Again the Word says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” — 2 Tim. 2:15. A “head knowledge” is not sufficient. We must have the truth in our hearts. Read Jer. 20:9. A heart knowledge of the truth makes “able ministers.” 2 Cor. 3:5. Read also Acts. 6:10.
God’s ministers must be sound in doctrine. Tit. 1:9; 2:1. They should avoid speaking of “funny” things or occurrences which work off conviction from the hearts of the hearers, only using “sound speech which cannot be condemned.” Tit. 2:8. They also must be an example to believers in holy living, conversation, good works, etc. Tit 2:7. They must rule well their own house, having their children in perfect subjection; yea, their children should be examples to the people. 1 Tim. 3:1-5. Tit. 1:6.
The responsibilities of the ministry are great. They must give the people warning from God, and not fail to expose all the works of the devil in the face of men and devils. If they fail to warn the wicked against all sin, the blood of the people will be required at their hand in the day of judgment. If they fail to be true to souls who are in a deceived condition, and those souls die and are lost, their blood will be required at the hands of the ministry. Read Eze. 3:17-21. A great responsibility rests upon us in teaching souls at the altar. God help us to do thorough altar work.
God’s ministers trust him for their support. Mat. 6:25-34. They preach the gospel “without charge” and covet no man’s money? (1 Cor. 9:18. Acts 20:33, 34), for God has promised to supply all their needs according to his riches in glory. Phil. 4:19. They take up no collections (1 Cor. 16:1, 2), yet God holds the people of God responsible for their support. Read 1 Cor. 9:9-18. “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content.” — 1 Tim. 6:6-8. Yours for the apostolic ministry,
H. M. Riggle.
“AND to your faith virtue.” — 2 Pet 1:5.
The word “virtue” in this text is not to be taken in the sense it is generally used; viz., purity or charity; but it is taken from the Greek word, ARETE, signifying force, strength of body or mind. The Emphatic Diaglot renders the word “fortitude,” which very clearly sets forth the true meaning.
Add to your faith fortitude. This virtue or fortitude is not something to be received with salvation, but to be added afterward. Having escaped the corruption of the world, and having been made partakers of the divine nature, the apostle says, “Besides this, add to faith virtue [fortitude].” Having received salvation by deliverance from our sins, and the destruction of the carnal nature, the cause of sin, we are in possession of Bible purity, the holiness of God. This salvation in both its effectual works is received by faith. Salvation being received by faith, every saved child of God is in possession of the faith of God. A faith which, if properly exercised, takes in all the word of God; and as Jesus says will remove mountains. Being then fully saved and in possession of this faith, we are then where we can intelligently and effectually grow in grace, or add to our faith.
The first thing to be added the apostle declares is fortitude. The devil would like to get us to seek something else first, for he well knows that if we were to receive other graces or gifts and yet lack fortitude we would soon be overthrown and discouraged. God wants us to hold every foot of ground we take, and not retreat one inch for the devil. Many dear souls start out very well and for a time make good progress, but in time of trial or adversity are overthrown.
How, sad to think that honest, conscientious souls have been overthrown and driven to despair because of the lack of real fortitude!
Dear ones, for Jesus’ sake get the enemy bruised under your feet. Use the authority and power that God has given you. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Yea, resist him “steadfastly in the faith.” “Behold, I give you power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Cling to the promise, “I will never leave nor forsake thee.” Learn to “rejoice evermore,” and in “everything give thanks.” “All things work together for good to them that love God.” “Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.” God wants us to get where we know no defeat; where we live above all discouragement and see the hand of God in all things. Praise God, this is our privilege, and unless we learn this precious lesson we will ever be exposed to the buffeting of Satan.
Many dear souls have been truly converted and had a positive witness of their acceptance with God, and then in time of trial or temptation, because they did not continue to have the ecstasy of joy they felt at the time of conversion have been made to believe they were either never saved, or have lost what they had received. They trusted in feeling and when that had subsided the devil made them believe their salvation was gone. Again, many have made a Bible consecration for sanctification and by faith claimed the experience and in the same way have been robbed in time of trial. Because they had no feeling they doubted and concluded they had no grace. Others have been positively healed in answer to prayer, and afterward when the testing time came wavered and permitted the devil to bring the sickness or disease upon them again. I have known some to claim the gift of faith, and in less than an hour they were so confused and muddled by doubts and accusations that they could not tell where they were spiritually. Just so, on many other lines. Some have claimed gifts of healing and at the same time the devil would gain such a victory over them in time of trial that they could not exercise faith for the healing of their own bodies.
I do not refer to these things to accuse or cast reflections upon any one for I have had the same experience myself. But “thanks be unto God who giveth us the victory!” Praise his name! I write to encourage and admonish all to take a decided stand against the devil. Just as soon as you take an advanced step for God, it is the devil’s business to come in like a flood to compel you to retreat. At such times remember the promise: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” God help us all to rebuke the devil and command him in the name of Jesus Christ to depart, and by the shield of faith, quench all of his hellish darts. Do not allow him to gain an inch of ground upon you, but claim a constant eternal victory over him. Take an eternal stand on the word of God. Resist, rebuke and renounce the devil. Forever settle this in your heart that God’s word is true, and then quietly and patiently rest upon the promise. Shut your ears to all the suggestions, accusations and discouragements of the enemy.
Have you faithfully repented of all your sins and confessed them according to all the light God has shown you by his Spirit and word? Then as you ask God to forgive you, believe in your heart that he for Christ’s sake does forgive. Not because you feel it, but because he that is faithful has promised; and having exercised faith for pardon, continue to believe eternally and resist the devil with his temptations. You who know you have made an entire consecration for sanctification, having all on the altar, keep yourself there by resisting all doubts and dears, and regardless of all the powers of hell, believe the altar sanctifies the gift. Hold right on to God if you have to fight for days or months. The time will surely come when you will have been sufficiently tested when nothing under heaven can cause you to doubt the sanctifying grace. Just so in claiming your healing, some grace or gift of the Spirit or any advancement you may make. Whatever step you make, take it not on feeling but on the sure word of God. After you have taken your stand, stand therefore and for the sake of your soul never retreat. Reckon all the back ground forever caved in and step by step move forward, holding each foot of ground as you go.
It would be better to go slowly and surely and eternally take possession of all the land as we go. I fear that sometimes our zeal may cause us to take in more territory than we have grace and faith to hold and use to the glory of God. Do not try to take another step until you are sure of the ground you now claim. For example, do not try to claim the gift of faith until you know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you are fully saved. I believe that after we are fully saved and get in possession of real fortitude, it will not be so hard to gain other points and do the rest of the adding. I for one have taken my everlasting stand on the word of God.
Dear ones, the hottest of the battle is only just begun. The time has come that all who take their stand on the word of God place themselves directly where they may expect an attack from the enemy at any moment. If we expect to stand in this great day of wrath, we must fortify ourselves against the enemy by a determination in the strength of our God to go through the severest tests without doubting, shrinking or murmuring. If we would be conquerors we MUST FIGHT: yea, push the battle to the gates. Will you, like a hero brave all the hellish spirits and conquer every foe? Amid all the darkness and thunderings of the powers of the enemy upon our souls, let us stand rejoicing, welcoming every storm.
“Soon the conflict will be over,
Crowns await the firm and pure;
Forward brethren work and suffer,
Faithful to the end endure.”
Yours in Christ,
W. J. Henry.
“Thy Testimonies are WonderfuI.” – Psa. 119:129.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I praise God for salvation that saves my soul and makes the heart happy. I now through faith in God, am saved. O what a happiness it is to know that we have sweet peace with God! Oh I do praise his name forever! Your sister in Christ,
Mrs. S. Mounts.
Dear Saints of God: Psalms 34th chap. and 1st verse is the expression of my soul’s desire this morning. Praise the Lord! I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. It has been three months since the dear Lord called dear wife home to heaven. It will not be long till we will meet her over there; and not only the dear companion of our bosom, but many dear ones who have gone on before, — dear Bro. Warner and others of the household of faith. Amen.
Well, I can just praise the Lord for a definite Bible salvation I now have deep down in my soul. Praise the Lord! The Psalmist says, “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.” Yours saved to the uttermost,
John J. Bentley.
THURSDAY. MAR 5 1896.
LIST OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
D. P. Kimmel. J H. McCalla, Noah Reed, Sarah Middaugh, Bert Sheldon. Jennie Ulsh. C. A. Hullett.
Is the will of the Lord being performed in and through you now?
Have you everything trusted away with the Lord so the devil has no claim on anything concerning you?
The Lord will never leave you as long as you do not forsake him, nor drive him away by doing wrong.
Those who do not walk in the light of God’s word will go into darkness. — Jno. 12:35. You cannot get the light and stand still; neither can you walk in the light your father or grandfather had, but must walk in the light of the word as God gives it to you.
The time is now here for the children of God to move out into the full light of the whole truth of his word, as never before, and God means that his children move, and that right speedily. If they will not move at his command he will permit the devil with his hosts to be turned loose upon them and it will then be obey, or backslide.
The devil is sending forth his messengers to deceive the people with “miracles and lying wonders.” Some of them are going forth under the cloak of religion, while others are not; thereby taking in almost all classes of people, and would deceive “the very elect if possible.” Some ask if it is possible for unsaved people and impostors to work miracles by any other power than the power of God. The word of God plainly answers this in Rev. 16:14, and says: “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of the great day of God Almighty.” While God has delivered his believing children out of Babylon, and given them the apostolic faith and power to the extent they moved out into the light and reached the point where, he could trust them with greater things, yet the church must now speedily rise in the midst of all the powers of Satan, and miracles performed by Satanic power, and must outshine them all, to the extent that the name of the Lord will be magnified above every other name.
Bro. J. A. Dillon and company are now holding meetings at Lincolnville, Pa., and write that they will not be able to reach Armstrong Co., by (March 10) the time appointed in the Trumpet.
Requests For Prayer.
C. E. Ward. — Healing of weak eyes.
A sister, Peoria, Ill. — Paralyzed seven years.
J. C. Joyner, Ionia. — Healing of heart trouble.
Hattie White, Findlay. — For entire sanctification.
Dicy Grigsby, Shuqualak. — Salvation of soul, and healing of eyes.
Isaac Bushong, Findlay, — Healing of consumption, March 8.
Jno. M. Ferrier, West Rushville. — Healing of bodily afflictions.
Mrs. Jennie Ecker, Stryker — Healing of afflicted body. Pray March 10.
Pray for L. J. Morland, that he may be completely healed of lung trouble.
Julia A. Lusk, Powell Station — Entire sanctification, and healing of a bad cough.
Mary A. Clark, Logan. — Healing of both soul and body; female weakness and paralysis in her left side.
Please pray for my entire sanctification; also for the salvation of my wife.
C. A. Hullett,
E M. Brannum and wife, Walnut Ridge, Ark. — For the real experience of salvatson They also desire some one to come with the pure gospel.
Pray for Mrs. Bates McDivitt, Hay maker. — Full salvation. Also pray for Blanch Hafmond — Healing of rheumatism.
Please pray for my sister’s little girl that she may be healed of a cough which has resulted from the measles.
Laura J. Ryland,
D. W. Beard, Old Fort, desires the earnest prayers of the saints of God that he may be healed of fits and nervous debility. Pray especially on March 13.
Pray for Luke Angle, Cameron, Kan. who is blind; and for his wife, whose eyes are very weak. They also desire some one to hold meetings in their community
Pray for the healing of Mrs. Cole and her daughter. Mrs. Cole is afflicted in body, and her daughter has lost her mind. Pray that they may be delivered from sect spirits and saved.
Pray for my husband who is a great sufferer from inflammatory rheumatism in his lett arm and side, and keeps growing worse. Also pray that God will strengthen my eyes, which are weak. Your sister,
E A Crawford,
Pray that my body may be reduced to its normal condition and size. I am much burdened with flesh, and other complaints that accompany such an affliction. And pray that I may be wholly sanctified.
M. A. Rainey,
I ask the prayers of the dear saints for the healing of my mother, Mrs. M. J. Coody, who has been a sufferer with female weakness for many years. Also pray for me that I may be wholly sanctified.
Calls For Meeting.
B. G. Nye, De Witt, Ark.
Wm. A. and E. Matchett, Grants Pass, Ore. Come with tabernacle.
A true minister of God, with gifts of healing is wanted to hold meetings at Pleasant Plains, Ill.
Mrs. Arthur Holmes.
Some one wanted to preach the pure gospel of salvation and healing.
D. J. Harrison,
Gallaton, Summer Co., Tenn.
The pure gospel has never been preached in this place. We want some one that has the gifts of healing to come as soon as possible. A brother and wife are desired.
Mary L. Wikstrom,
Houlton, Columbia Co., Ore.
Is the Adamic sin inherited, or do we get it by transgression?
R. M. S.
It is inherited from Adam, otherwise it could not be called the Adamic nature. A few texts of scripture on this point will doubtless give the desired information.
“The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” — Gen. 8:21. “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” — Ps. 58:3. “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” — Ps. 51:5.
Now if a man is sinful from youth, birth, and even from conception, it is evident that he is born with the germ of sin in his heart.
If then humanity is sinful by birth, in whom could the degenerate nature have started, but in him through whom the human family fell?
Paul teaches that Adam is the medium through whom all sin has entered the world. “Death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression.” Rom. 5:14. “Through the offence of one many be dead [in sin].” — Verse 15. “The judgment was by one to condemnation.” — Verse 16. “By the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation.” — Verse 18. “By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners.” — Verse 19.
These scriptures are so plain that comments are unnecessary; suffice it to call the reader’s attention to the fact that verse 14 shows Adam is the one man refered to in all the other verses.
For further proof of inherited depravity, see Eph. 2:3. Job 14:1, 4. Observe also that in 1 Cor. 3:1-3, Paul shows that carnality (the Adamic nature) remains in the heart after spiritual birth, which is positive proof that it is inherited, for justification removes all acquired sin.
Wm. G. Schell.
“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” — Mark 13:37. Why did Jesus tell his disciples to watch? Commence at the 24th verse of that chapter and read the remainder of the chapter. He says in the 33d verse, “Watch and pray.” How many dear souls there are like the disciples in Mat. 26:40. Amos says, “Woe unto them that are at ease in Zion!” How many dear souls are in a sleepy condition! “Awake to righteousness and sin not.” Jesus says in John 9:4, “The night cometh when no man can work.” The devil has great power in these last days, deceiving precious souls and binding them for the pit. The Lord help us to watch and be sober; continue in prayer and watch in the same. Col. 4:2. “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” — 1 Thes. 5:6. God told Moses to speak unto the children of Israel that they go foreward. I see the great need of going forward. “But the end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” — 1 Pet. 4:7. “Be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” — Matt. 24:44.
Dear saints, let us see to it that all is squared up between us and God, and nothing left undone that we can do. Let us see that we can say like Paul in 2 Tim. 4:5-8. “And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” — Deut. 10:12.
Praise God for the truth of the gospel! What does it mean to be watching? If the good man of the house had been watching he would not have had his house broken up. So Jesus wants us to watch and be on our guard, watching the cunning devices of the devil that causes people to do and say things they ought not. “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” Your brother in defence of the gospel,
DIVINE HEALING OFFERED TO ALL.
So many ask, “Can ANY one be healed? Is this blessing for all?” Yes. It is offered to Adam’s fallen race on conditions that they OBEY and BELIEVE God’s word. It was through unbelief and disobedience that man fell from his state of purity and brought upon himself sorrow, sickness and even death. This covers the whole race. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Cor. 15:22. What was lost in Adam, is our privilege to gain in Christ. To redeem is to repurchase; buy back. Christ is a perfect redeemer for both soul and body, to them that believe on his name with all their hearts. Luke 19:10.
God created man in his own image. Gen. 1:27. Not with the multiplied diseases of to day preying upon his body; but sound both soul and body. Then pronounced him sound and good and very good. But the devil digged a pit for his feet and decoyed him into it. That pit was disobedience and unbelief. David says it was a horrible pit, d mire and clay. Psa. 40:2. Did God pity man in this condition? Ans. — Yes; and promised him a Redeemer. Gen. 3:15.
Now the devil is the author of disease. See Luke 13:16. Now Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8. Abraham understood this; so he prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and those of his household. Gen. 20:17. The prayer of faith shall save the sick. James 5:15. God was Israel’s physician; and these are the directions for their healing. “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments and keep ALL his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.” — Exod. 15:26, see Exod. 23:25. Deut. 7:15. Israel sang of his healing power. “Who forgiveth all our iniquities; who healeth all our diseases.” Psa. 103:3. There was not one feeble person among their tribes. — Psa. 105:37. See 107:17-21.
“With his stripes we are healed.” — Isa. 53:5. And as sure as salvation is for all, so sure healing is for all; and as salvation is conditional, so also is divine healing conditional. Jesus gave us an example, and he healed all manner of diseases; and he commanded his ministers, saying. Go preach the gospel; heal the sick; cast out devils. Disconnect these and you take from the gospel. Truly the signs follow those that believe. Mark — 16:17, 18. Hallelujah! The evening light now shineth and we have access by faith to all the benefits of the gospel. Amen.
Geo. W. Bailey.
News From the Field
Carrollton, Ga., Feb. 20.
Dear Saints: We feel led to let you know what the Lord has done here at this place. He has saved sixteen souls; nine of them were baptized on Saturday, Feb. 16, and others soon to be. Several consecrations, which we believe will get the experience of full salvation. We ask the prayers of all the saints that the Lord will use us in preaching his word to the people, and that we live humble and meek at the feet of Jesus. Your brother and sister in the one body,
Lena Cooper and Co.
Phillipsburg, Kansas, Feb. 25.
Dear Readers: The meeting closed last night. God is hastening his work. The laborers are few and the work is great. We do not tarry long at a place, but ask God to do a short work, and he answers our prayers. More than a dozen souls were saved here, nearly all out of Babylonish captivity. Four others were sanctified, and the cower of God was wonderfully manifested in healing instantly the afflicted. Nine were baptized, and others are about won over to the Lord’s side; while Babylon is raging because her city is taken. Your saved brother and co-workers,
John E. Roberts and Co.
Gresham, Neb., Feb. 21.
Dear Saints of God: Our visit at Auburn and surrounding country was blessed of the Lord. We preached at five different points, over Sunday in Auburn and nearly three weeks at Glenrock. Souls were converted; quite a number of sect members left their sects. The ordinances were observed and a prayer meeting established. We held meeting over Sunday six miles east of Auburn, and then went with Bro. Tharp to Nemaha City, Neb. and held four meetings with blessed results. We are praying God to send forth laborers in the vineyard. Openings for the gospel are very numerous all over this Western country. We ask the prayers of all. Your brother on the advance for God,
Grand Island, Neb., Feb. 26.
Dear Saints: I am glad to say that Jesus still keeps me sweetly saved and enables me to be on the forward move for God. I also praise him that he has healed me completely, so that I am able to be out in the work again. Truly the Lord has done great things for me, for which I give him all the praise.
Came to Kenesaw, Feb. 1, and held a three weeks meeting. The dear Lord was with us in this meeting. A few dear souls found Jesus precious to their souls: others were under deep conviction. On Sunday, Feb. 23, had a precious ordinance in which twelve took part; also three claimed healing for their bodies. The little church at Kenesaw is on the advance for God. Came to this place yesterday to hold meeting this week and longer, Lord willing. Also Bro. Eberline from Kenesaw is with me. Pray for us and the work, and that the Lord sink me down more and more into real Bible humility. Yours in Jesus,
Tekonsha, Mich., Feb. 24.
Dear Brethren: We greet you all in the name of Jesus. We are praising God for complete victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Sister Mabie Cook, wife and myself have been in the gospel work since last fall. Have seen a number of souls born into the kingdom, sanctified and healed. I will speak particularly of the last two meetings, Battle Creek and Waukeshma. We were one week in Battle Creek. Eight consecrations; five for justification, and three for perfect purity. Would have stayed longer but could find no suitable place to hold meetings. God has a precious little church there and we pray that in the near future many more will be gathered into the one body. Began meeting Jan. 3. in the Holcom school house, three and one-half miles southwest of Waukeshma. Held two weeks; which was a success for the Lord from beginning to end. Five were saved out of the Baptist and four out of the Methodist sects. The sectarians circulated a I manner of stories about us which was for the glory of God, as it showed the abominations of sectism and helped to advertise the meeting. We are now at home waiting for God’s leadings and can truly say we are advancing in love for the Master and precious souls. Yours enrolled under the banner of Christ,
Charles H. Eldridge.
Bannister, Mich., Feb. 23.
Dear Brethren: The Summerton meeting was a victory from beginning to end. Much good was accomplished, in the name of Jesus. Poor souls were made to rejoice by becoming free in Christ. The meeting lasted ten days, in which nine souls consecrated themselves to God. When the sacrifice was complete, God answered by fire, which consumed all the dross, and caused the redeemed to leap and shout for joy. Praise the Lord!
Bro. Reeves was with us in this meeting and was used of God in preaching his word. Bro. and Sister Pierce and Sister Smith from Dushville, were there at the first of the meeting. Sister Pierce was ordained to labor in the gospel work. May she with her husband, sow good seed in many hearts, and at last reap their reward in glory. In this meeting one soul came out of the F. M. sect. The members soon told her “she had backslidden.” This is only a fulfillment of God’s word where it says, “And I will make thee a fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight against thee: but they shall not prevail against thee, for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord.” — Jer. 15:20.
This is a community which is
much cursed by sectism, of most all kinds. There are four or five sect houses within a few miles of each other. When we came with the word of God to them, there was no room for us or God’s word in their houses. So we held forth in Bro. Yasting’s house, which was small but filled at nearly every service. May God bless the seed that was sown. I pray God to bless the people who so kindly administered to our needs; they shall not lose their reward. Came from there home. I have been afflicted since our return, but God healed me in answer to prayer, and am now ready to go elsewhere as he leads. Your saved brother,
Wm. E. Warren.
Arthur, N. Dak., Feb. 20.
Dear Brethren: May God bless his family. I am glad to say Jesus has kept me since I left Washington and this leaves me sweetly saved in him. Praise his dear name! God gave us a grand feast while at Emerado. Truly we lacked no good thing. What a happy time to see God’s children coming home to Mt. Zion with everlasting joy upon their heads! While at Grand Forks God showed me I was to leaver Dear Bro. Bailey’s for a short time and come here to this place, where God has some sheep. So the Lord sent dear Bro. Baldwin with me, who is greatly used in his cause. We commenced meeting at the Voswick school house about five miles from Arthur. Held two weeks meeting with good, success. A number saved and a few sanctified. The meeting was then taken to Erie a small place about six miles from there. God was with us in mighty power in sending forth his glorious word. Good attendance; same nights seventy-five to eighty. God saved a number there, about fifteen souls in all. God has saved a few dear Germans out of the Evangelical sect who will be a power for him. God bless and keep leading them out. God has healed a number of cases here. We believe God will reap a grand harvest in these parts in the future. We was treated very kindly by all and our needs supplied, for which we give God all the praise and return many thanks to the kind friends. Meeting closed Feb. 12. We are now at Hunter. Have commenced meeting in the name of our God. We expect to have much opposition at this place, as there are several different sects here. So we need the prayers of all God’s children that we may not shun to declare the whole counsel of God. Your brethren saved in the one fold and kept,
J. C. Peterson
and W. J. Baldwin.
Sewal. Ia., Feb. 22.
Dear Saints of God: It has been some time since reporting the dealings of God with me. I cannot tell of the many places visited and all souls that have been saved. Have labored principally in Iowa. Visited the church at or near Wilton Junction; had a glorious refreshing from the presence of the Lord. Held meeting at Sewal, where Babylon now is indeed fallen. The Lord gathered his people out of the following cages of deception: M. E. ism. u. B. ism, M. P., M. B. and Campbellite sects; Spiritualism, Advent faith, and a number that made no profession were gloriously saved in the one body; about twenty in all. Also went to Oxford, Mo. where Bro. Geo. Backus had begun meeting in the M. E. house. After holding forth for several days, we were refreshed by the coming of Bro’s J. F. Howel and Jno. G. Neff, who remained until meeting closed. The priests of Baal that offer incense to the Canpbellite god challenged us to defend the truth in their presence, which we did for a week; the result of which was about fifteen souls saved, and several from the C. sect. About nine out of every ten took sides for the truth, and may God reward the dear ones who received us so kindly, even those too who are still members of afore-mentioned sect. May they see their way out of collusion and come to Zion. The principle manifested among the young peopled never saw better. I found a multitude of warm friends among the boys and young men as well as the older, who at all times behaved themselves worthy of praise. At Delta the people were kind enough to let us have the F. M. house where we held forth the word of life, aided by Bro. J. W. Daugherty. A first lieutenant of the Salvation Army got delivered from that sect, whom we hope the Lord will make useful in spreading the truth. In a few days we begin meeting at Kniffin, Ia., Lord willing. God bless all the faithful. Amen. Your free brother,
W. A. Haynes.
Augusta, Ga.. Feb. 25.
Dear Trumpet Readers: My last report I think was the meeting at Eugene, Ind. We had a grand meeting at that place with several other co-workers; and from the first to the last the meeting was a success. Altogether about thirty were baptized, for which we give God all the glory. We then went to a place called Sullivan, Ill. and held about two weeks meeting with good result. A few souls saved and the church built up and settled down more into the deep things of God. The dear saints at that place five miles west of Sullivan have a good house of worship erected and perhaps would be glad for any coming that way and led of the Lord to stop off and give them the pure Word.
My next stop was Tullahoma, Tenn. When we arrived there we found things in a bad condition, but the dear Lord soon by earnest prayer restored most of the erring ones back into his fold, for which we give him all the praise and glory. The result of the meeting of about four weeks resulted in twenty-two consecrations; the most of them got a good experience, and we left them praising God for his goodness.
From Tullahoma, Tenn. we took our leave for Augusta, Ga. where we met with dear Bro. Lundy; our old co-laborer in the gospel work. We immediately commenced meeting at the above named place in the name of the Lord for the colored people. We held three weeks meeting and a continual shout of glory went up through the whole meeting. God was with us in such mighty power that sinners had to melt and crooked professers had to get straight. It was a glorious and grand success. Between forty and fifty souls consecrated themselves unto the Lord.
We then took our leave from Augusta and went to Charleston, S. C. We found a good place open for meeting among the colored people here. We found a few honest souls and many more dishonest ones, but the fire of God’s truth went forth and the two-edged sword did slay sin on every hand and many turned to the Lord and found mercy in the pardon of their sins. We stayed at this place three weeks and saw between forty and fifty at the altar, and most of them seemed to get a real experience. Here I separated from dear Bro. Lundy and came back to Augusta, leaving him in the city of Charleston to finish the work the Lord has for him to do there I am now on my way home and hope, if the Lord wills, to reach it before the June camp meeting. I expect to hold meetings as I come. If anyone along the line wants meetings, if I can reach them, would be glad to do so. Address me at Tullahoma, Tenn. Your saved brother in the one body,
J. L. Pike.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful. ” – Psa. 119:129.
North Manchester. Ind.
Dear Saints of God: I praise God that I have victory over all sin and sectism. I am saved and kept from all sin. Praise God for complete victory in my soul! I lived in Babylon almost forty years. I thank the good Lord that I got my eyes open to see the evening light, and my heart open to receive it. I am your brother, saved and sanctified,
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my testimony for the first time. I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God, simply by trusting him every day. Oh I praise the Lord that he ever brought me out of darkness and sectism, into this glorious light! I praise the Lord that he can keep us saved from all unrighteousness if we have faith to trust him. I want all to pray for me. Your sister saved in Jesus,
Amanda C. Dudek.
Dear Trumpet Readers: Our testimony is, we are praising God for salvation, and we do enjoy it deep in our souls. The way grows brighter and better, and we are learning new things every day. We have felt in the last few weeks a wonderful, settling down in our souls as never before. We feel that there will be a great advancement of faith in the church the coming year. Your brother and sister for the whole truth,
Randle and Eliza Sturgis.
Dear Saints of God: I do realize the goodness and love of God to me more and more. The Lord does wonderfully keep me from all sin. To him be all the glory. Praise God for his keeping and saving power! I am so thankful for the evening light that shines so clear over the spiritual sky. I have counted testimonies from seventeen different states in one issue of the Trumpet. I ask an interest in your prayers that I may be ever filled with the fruits of righteousness. Your sister saved and sanctified,
Anna M. Austin.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led to tell God’s people and every body for the glory of God, what he has done for me in healing my body. For three months I had a severe pain in my left side and stomach so that I could not walk more than three blocks at a time, when I would become deathly sick and would have to go home and lie down. I attended the divine healing meetings, and was anointed, and in a short time my pain all left me; which was four weeks ago. I can walk five miles without the least signs of pain. All to the glory of God.
I have a bad rupture; I ask prayers from all the saints of God that I may be healed and sanctified, and made whole both soul and body, and that God may use me to his glory in rescueing souls for his kingdom. Yours in Christ,
Wm. T. Alderman.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I can truly praise the Lord to day for his kindness to me. I can say he saves and sanctifies me just now. And my soul is in perfect peace. Praise his name! God has been teaching us precious lessons. Our three-year- old boy was taken with a high fever; had every indication of typhoid fever. We applied to God for healing, and the Lord wonderfully healed him and brought him back to perfect health. To him be all the glory. He suffered the fever to hold on for one week and then broke the fever all at once. The Lord showed us how sick he was by the child being so weak when the fever left him that he could not hold his head straight, and could not walk a step. But God gave him strength and he was soon running around as usual. Our heavenly Father taught us some precious lessons in faith and patience in this case, and we will praise his name forever. Yours in the one body,
L. W. Stuart.
North Middletown, Ky.
Dear Saints: I feel it would be to the glory of God to tell how he has blessed us. Our little Viola, aged two years and eight months, was taken very sick with cold and fever. We prayed the dear Lord to heal her but she still grew worse, until I think she had regular pneumonia. She would not eat anything and would lie with her eyes partly open, and just burning with fever. The dear Lord led me to obey his blessed word, James 5th chap., and we did so, and the dear Lord healed her. Praise his dear name! The next day she could run about and play as usual and eat. Oh it is so sweet to trust in Jesus! The dear Lord has done so much for us. I have found him to be a perfect Savior and one who can heal both soul and body. And he has said in his blessed word he would not withhold any good thing from them that would walk uprightly. I want all the dear saints to pray that we will ever walk that way. Praise his dear name! Your brother and sister in the one body,
W. H. and Nannie Hay.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I want to testify to the goodness of God this morning. He sweetly saves and sanctifies my soul. Praise God! My husband, myself and sister are the only ones here in this place who have gotten the victory over the beast and his mark. I need not dwell upon all we have passed through in taking this step; for by looking around and hearing the testimonies of God’s little ones I find no temptation or trial has come to us but has come to all. We are indeed those who have come up through great tribulation and washed our robes white in the blood of the Lamb. But I want to say our God has given us sweeping victory over it all, and we can really prevail in prayer for those who despitefully use and persecute us; and nothing but love wells up in our hearts for even our enemies. To God be all the glory. Amen. Your sister in the holy war,
72 High St., Winsford, Eng.
Dear Saints of God: May the richest of heaven’s blessing rest upon you, and your every need be supplied according to his riches in glory. I am praising God for a full salvation, and realize his power to keep me day by? day, and can never thank him enough for sending his chosen ones to preach the gospel in all its purity, and that we had the opportunity to escape out of Babylon. And I have a greater determination in my soul than ever to go forward and advance with the household of faith. By the grace of God I mean to hold up the shield of faith, and keep on the whole armor wherewith I shall be able to withstand all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Well, we are praying that some more of God’s ministers will come to this country, or else some be raised up here, to herald the glad tidings of salvation throughout the land, that those who are hungering and thirsting after righteousness as we were, may flee out of the midst of Babylon. I ask an interest in your prayers that we may be kept humble, doing the whole will of God. Ever yours in the one body, and healed by the power of God,
HALL. — Sister Mary Hall, Vera, Ill., departed this life Feb. 7; aged 43 years and 3 mouths. She was converted in a holiness meeting in 1881 and united with the Free Methodist sect. She heard the gospel in all its purity in 1889 and stepped out into the glorious evening light. She died in the triumph of faith. With her, death had lost its sting, and she was ready to meet her Lord in peace. She leaves a husband and three children, also a father, mother and three sisters. Funeral services by,
JAMES. — Mother Mary A. James departed this life Feb. 18, 1896; aged 65 years, 6 months, 16 days. She was converted to God about the age of 16 yrs., and continued to live to all the light she had, until about the age of 52 when she heard sanctification preached, and sought for this blessing and obtained it. About one year ago she heard the evening light and accepted it and began to see the evil of sectism. Her testimony at death was that she was ready to go. Funeral services by writer. Your saved brother.
“Thy will be Done.”
HOW can we know it is God’s will to heal? is asked by many who are seeking deliverance from disease. Did we ever pause to consider why this question is asked? Do we find any reason in God’s word for asking this question? In a conversation with a seeker recently this same expression was given. It was requested that the seeker take the Bible and find where it is NOT God’s will to heal. The answer was at once given, “I cannot find it in the Bible.” Well then can you find that it is his will? “Oh yes, I can.”
A sister who had cancer for five years, came to the altar for healing, but was in a great uncertainty. A few words with her and she said, “Oh if I only knew that it is God’s wall to heal me.” Instead of offering prayer for her healing we prayed that she might see clearly the precious promises, and that the “if” might be taken away. A few words of instruction and the advice to read Matt. 8th and 9th chapters. We turned away from her with the promise that she would return the next day. At once the word “if” stood before her like a great obstacle. As she beheld it for a moment it began to disappear, and in another instant it was gone. At the same instant the power of God went through her body and she shouted, “I am healed!”
This little word is a barrier which Satan uses to prevent many a seeker from receiving the healing, simply because it is not used in its proper place. It should never be permitted between us and God in prayer for salvation or healing. In fact it would be much better never to use it in prayer for anything. If there is an uncertanity about His will in anything we are about to ask, it would be much better first to settle the question completely before asking.
There is a warrant in the word of God for every need of his children, and if we would but inform ourselves we might soon find a promise that exactly fits each individual case, and every nature of our various needs, so that the “if” could be entirely dropped from our prayers. It does not belong to us. Faith knows no such word. To use it, we at once give expression to a doubt, and consequently faith cannot lay hold. Especially is this true in salvation and healing. God has spoken his will to his people in every dispensation; and doubly assured are we in this glorious gospel sage of his will to us. Heb. 1:1, 2. Whatever he has spoken and demonstrated through his Son should not be questioned. It is his will. if he had refused to heal any that came to him, then we might be justifiable in saying, “If it be thy will.” But the sacred record repeatedly informs us that “he healed them all.” Why then should we doubt his will to do the same to day?
Suppose a penitent soul is at the altar seeking for pardon. He has really brought forth the proper fruits of repentance and is just at the point of appropriating the promise of forgiveness. Some brother or sister kneels beside him and whispers softly, “Perhaps it is not God’s will to save you. He does not want to save every body, and your case may be an exceptional one. “If it be thy WILL, save me.” Any one but a Calvanist, would at once see the error of such instructions. The would-be instructor would be advised to go and read his Bible and the penitent seeker assured of the many promises, and God’s will that “none should perish.”
None can receive pardon without faith that it is for him. Neither can a child of God receive healing or cleansing without faith that the object sought is for him. All the privileges of the atonement are ours. Let us therefore come boldly and claim our blood-bought inheritance. Father has willed it to us. He has laid upon Jesus all our iniquities, who also took our infirmities and bear our sicknesses. Through death he has made powerless the devil, and offers life and saving health to all who come in obedience and faith to him.
To every sufferer under the bondage of sin and disease he is asking, “Wilt thou be made whole?” As when he was here in the body upon his mission of mercy, he ‘went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil,” so he is by the Holy Spirit, doing to day, for all who will. He is teaching his people the precious way of faith: and blessed are the results. Those who have touched the hem of his garment can testify to a fuller extent of his gracious power. With his life flowing through our mortal bodies, we sweetly rest in him, and enjoy to a satisfactory extent the meaning of the truth, “Thy will be done.”
J. W. Byers.
Seriously burned but Healed.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led to write a testimony concerning the healing of our little child in December. He was sitting on a rocking chair when he fell against the hot heating stove, with his face and one hand pressed against the stove. The chair fell upon him so he could not move. My aunt and I were standing by the window in the same room, and we seized him as soon as possible, but not until his little mouth, chin and nose and left cheek were burned into a crisp. I thought he would die. He screamed like he would go into spasms. We live four miles from town, and to get a doctor was out of the question. I tried to put soda and cedar balsam on him, but could not get it on him. My aunt who is a saint began to pray for him, and immediately he ceased crying, and his papa put him in the cradle, and in less than fifteen minutes he was asleep. Neither he nor I were believers in divine healing.
I have often said whenever I was convinced of the healing power then I would be a whole-soul saint, for I believe their other doctrine. But little did I think I would witness the healing of my own child. Several persons who saw him said, “He is a badly burned child,” and said it would take a month or more for him to get well; but thank God, in less than one week from the day he was burned every scab came off. His face remained red for a few days, but now is entirely well.
Alter he was well those same persons who said it would take a month or more to heal said he was not burned as bad as they thought he was; it was only skin deep. I wonder when the unbelievers are cast into the pit of hell if they will only burn skin deep! That was a deep lesson for me. It convinced me how awful hell must be. I want to live the rest of my days a Christian life, but my husband will not fully give up everything to serve the Lord. Dear saints, pray for the salvation of our souls, for the healing of my body, and that my husband may be cleansed from the use of tobacco.
I have found Jesus my Healer.
Dear Saints: With a grateful heart I will give my testimony. I have been a sufferer for eighteen years with ovarian tumors, and other serious female trouble. For two years and four months I have been confined to the house, and for ten months have not been able to walk at all.
About six weeks ago I heard of the Gospel Healing Home in this city. Attended the meetings there twice, being taken there in a wheel chair. I heard the simple gospel of healing taught and was prayed for that my faith might increase. I prayed earnestly to God for light and faith.
On the morning Jan. 14, I felt like laying aside all my medicine and trusting God fully. I promised him I would do so. With this resolution there came a plain impression that the verse on the divine healing calendar for that day would be my promise. I had not known what the verse was; so as soon as I got into the room that morning I looked for my promise; and oh how my heart rejoiced as I read it: “I have heard thy prayer: I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.”
I felt in my heart that those words indeed were mine. From that time I began to believe for my healing. The third day I went to the Healing Home on my wheel chair, and after the lesson was given out of God’s word I was anointed with oil and prayed for. As the brother and sister were laying their hands upon me I felt the power of God rush through my body. I arose to my feet and said, “I am healed!” Walked across the floor twice, and since that time have been able to walk. I remained at the Home about two weeks, and was greatly strengthened in the faith. Can now walk around and do my work. Walked over five blocks last week. Am growing stronger every day; and oh how I do magnify God and my dear Savior for his goodness to me! The spiritual blessings to my soul which accompany this new life are wonderful. Truly my greatest desire is to glorify God in my spirit and body which are his. Your sister sanctified and healed,
Mrs. Carrie Seibold.
1020 Chestnut St.
Bible Readings on the Church of God.
Continued from May 2, 1895.
THE CHURCH AS BRIDE THE LAMB’S WIFE.
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. — Heb. 12:22, 23. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither. I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.
And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.
And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. — Rev. 21:2, 9, 10, 23-27.
HOW DO WE GET INTO THIS CHURCH?
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. — 1 Cor. 12:13.
WHERE IS THE RECORD KEPT?
Notwithstanding, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. — Luke 10:20. (See also, Heb. 12:22, 23.)
WHAT BOOK USED.
And I entreat thee also, true yoke fellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life. — Phil. 4:3.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. — Rev. 13:8. (See also Rev. 20:12, 15.,
THE CHURCH AT THE BEGINNING.
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. — Acts 4:31.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.
Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. — Acts 2:46, 47.
NO SINNERS IN THIS CHURCH.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, 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. (See also Rev. 21:27. 1 Cor. 6:18.,
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked:
That there should be no schism [divisions] in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. — 1 Cor. 12:24, 25.
GOD FORBIDS DIVISIONS.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Cor. 1:10.
CAUSE OF DIVISIONS.
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, [sects, — Webster] even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. — 2 Pet. 2:1.
(Heresies, one of the works of the flesh. See Gal. 5:19-21. Flesh, the carnal mind. Rom. 8:6-8.)
CARNAL MIND MANIFESTED.
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto babes in Christ.
I have fed you with milk, and rot with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? — 1 Cor. 3:1-4. (See also 1 Cor 1:10-13.,
SANCTIFICATION THE CURE.
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. — Jno. 17:15-17, 19, 21.
A. C. Drum.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. — 2 Thes. 5:23.
A Prophetic Year.
MANY are getting stirred in reference to the subject of advancement; and well they should be; for the Lord says go forward, and every one that fails to go forward will be left far behind and out of sight of the Lord. Oh dear ones let us press the battle to the gate; for truly this is a prophetic year, and every one should be awakened to the fact.
Let us look a little into prophecy. Just open your Bible to the last chapter of Daniel. We see here that the Lord informed Daniel of the times. In the first three verses he informs Daniel what should lake place after the end of the beast power, but in the 4th verse he commands him to shut up the words and seal the book even to the time of the end. Now we believe the time has come when the seal is being removed. Many are now running to and fro, and knowledge is being increased. Also many are being purified, and made white, and tried.
Now the inquiry is made in the sixth verse, “How long shall be to the end of these wonders?” The wonders spoken of here have reference to the things spoken of in the proceeding chapters concerning the great beast power or apostasy (Papacy and sect making). The man in fine linen said it would be for a time, times, and an half 1260 yrs.) and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people (350 yrs.), all these things shall be finished.
Now we have come to the end of these wonders, and we have faith to believe that we are now in “the time of the end,” when the seal should be taken away and the mystery revealed, and the wise shall understand. The words were closed up and sealed to Daniel, but the Lord proceeded to tell Daniel when the times should be, V. 11, — “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand, two hundred and ninety days.”
By good authority we see that the supremacy of the bishop of Rome was not established until about the year A. D. 606. Then he was raised above all others and placed as head of the church. From this time the popes exerted all their power in promoting the idolatrous worship of images, saints, reliques and angels. This undoubtedly is the time when the daily sacrifice was taken away and the abomination that maketh desolate, set up. Now the Lord calculates from this time (6o6) and says there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days (1290). By adding these two dates we have 1896, which brings us to the present time. Then in the next verse he says, “Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand, three hundred and five and thirty days” (1335), which added to 606 gives us for time 1941, making a space of time between the two dates of forty-five years.
There is no doubt but that 1896 is the beginning of great advancement, power and glory to the church. My impression is that during the forty- five years the church will step into the full blaze and light of the morning or apostolic faith, and great miracles of healing and great power of faith will be manifested by the church, even the raising of the dead. And it may be that the forty-five years will be the duration of the evening light. In the closing verse of the chapter the Lord says to Daniel, “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest [having reference to rest in death], and stand in thy lot at the end of the days;” that is, Daniel shall be raised from the dead at the end of the above named days. Brethren, let us walk out by faith. Yours in Jesus,
H. C. Wickersham.