8 December 1892, Volume 12, Number 49.
Lines of Memorial.
Sammy left me; oh how dreadful
Seems the hour of parting here:
Tho‘ we look with hope undaunted
Toward our meetings over there.
Precious boy! so pure and humble,
Kind, obedient and true,
Faithful m..ch known duty,
Surely Heaven welcomes you.
Now within the family c..ele
Bitie fears of s..roa fall;
On each each heart a heavy borden,
As his absence we ..eall.
In grief we view his lifeless body
Told beneath the silent sod,
But the spirit wings its pinions
To the pa..ise of God.
Free from earthly pain and sorrow,
Free from Satan’s tempting snare;
Gone to wait the coming loved ones,
Gone the bliss of heaven to share.
Could those lip now cold and silent
Tell to us the unseen joys
Of the ransomed gone before us,
We would dry our weeping eyes.
True, you loved him, oh, so dearly,
But the Savior loved him more;
Thus ’twas meet that he was taken
To you bright forevermore.
Then take courage, dear bereaved ones,
Bear your grief in prayer to God,
Rest your sow in calm assurance
On the promise of his word.
Dedicated to the memory of Sammie A. Mast. Died Oct. 30. 1892.
By Jennie I. Stowe.
That the apostles taught TWO WORKS OF GRACE is evident from their writings.
In the preceding chapter it was demonstrated that two works of grace was taught from Christ’s own language, and also from the fact that the disciples were not sanctified until the day of pentecost. In this chapter we will endeavor, by the grace of God, to set forth two works of grace as taught by the apostles.
When Philip went down to the city of Samaria he preached Christ unto them, and the result of his preaching was the conversion of the Samaritans; for when they believed Philip’s preaching concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ they were baptized, both men and women; and as you will see by reading Acts 8:5-12; which implies nothing more nor less than the regeneration or adoption of these Samaritans into the kingdom of God. 1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. For as many as receive him, to them he gives power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. But they had not received all yet, there was something more for them: for, “When the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: for as yet he had fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost:”which is the sanctifier. Rom. 15:16. Some have overlooked sanctification as a second work in the experience of the primitive Christians; because they have failed to identify it with the Holy Spirit baptism. Heart purity, sanctification, fullness of God, fullness of joy, assurance of faith, full assurance of hope, baptism of the Holy Ghost, perfect love, etc. are synonyms, and include the second work of grace. When the above named Samaritans believed Philip’s preaching they were converted, cleansed from all their sins: but when the apostles at Jerusalem heard about it, they came and preached that they should be sanctified or receive the Holy Ghost, which they did through the answer of prayer and the laying on of hands. “Ah well,” says the second work of grace fighter, “that is all true enough, they were all converted, and afterwards did receive the Holy Ghost, but no second cleansing or purging.” Let us see what Jesus and the Bible says about it. If these two witnesses testify that the Holy Ghost does not refine, purge and consume, we will submit. Jesus calls it the baptism of fire. There is a great deal said in the Bible about this fire. The baptism of fire is that spirit of burning that purifies God’s children. Let us read Isa. 4:4.
When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning. Zech. 13:9 — And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. Also Mal. 3:3 — And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Now Christ did not apply this refining to his disciples in regeneration, before the day of pentecost: but told them to tarry at Jerusalem until they received the promise of the Father; which was the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire. Thus the hundred and twenty were brought through the refining fire, and purged them as gold and silver. Jesus says, Every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it that it may bring forth more fruit.
Thus, we see, that, in the Holy Spirit baptism there is a purging or purification of believers; and that is just what the Bible attributes to entire sanctification Paul says, “Present your bodies a living sacrifice.” Jesus says, “Every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.” This has an allusion to the type. Lev. 2:13 — And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt. Neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meatoffering: with all thy offerings thou shalt offer salt.
Fire symbolizes the refining and purifying power of the Spirit. Salt — his office of preserving the saints; for says Christ, “Ye shall receive power alter that the Holy Ghost is come upon you;” and Peter says, “We are kept by the power of God through faith.”
Thus, the Spirit is the refiner’s fire by which all our dross — unrighteousness — is consumed, and the salt by which we are preserved, holy and without blame, before him in love. Therefore, says Christ, have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another; that is, be filled with the Spirit, and the result will be, perfect fellowship, love and peace.
The case of Cornelius, Acts 10: deserves a place in this discussion; as it is undoubtly proof positive of a work subsequent to regeneration. Cornelius was “a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.” When Peter had made inquiry of the cause of their coming after him, they said, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nations of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house and to hear words of thee.”
That Cornelius was converted before Peter came to his house is evident from the above texts. It says that he was a devout man. Devout, signifies the exercising the feelings of reverence and worship; given up to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; pious, reverent.
SYN. — Holy; pure; religious; prayerful; earnest; solemn; sincere. — WEBSTER.
It says also that he was a just man, that he prayed always, and that his prayers were heard. A just man is one that is upright and sincere in his actions and dealings with others.
The way of the just is uprightness. — Isa. 26:7.
The just shall live by faith. Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38.
The path of the just is as the shining light. — Prov. 4:18.
He prayed always. 1 Thess. 5:17.
His prayers were heard. Prov. 15:29 — The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayers of the righteous. Cornelius was undoubtly a rightebus man. But it was the will of God even his sanctification. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. When Peter came into his house and preached the
word of God to him concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus, and of faith, “The Holy’ Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.”
We will next notice in reference to the Roman brethren, that Paul undoubtedly urged them on to a second grace. He addresses them as saints, and called of God. Rom. 1:6, 7 — Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ. To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints. But in the eleventh verse we see that they were not established. “For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established.” To be established, is simply to reach a point where we are enabled to stand.
In the fifth chapter, first and second verses, two works of grace are so clearly set forth, that there is no use to quibble about it. The apostle here places side by side the two steps of grace. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. These two verses set forth two distinct degrees of grace. These two verses, and the second verse of John fifteen are proofs positive of two works of grace. Some try to quibble on this Rom. 5:1, and 2, that the “into this grace,” has reference to the grace spoken of in the first verse, and that we have no right to emphasize the word “this,” which would imply that there was another grace before this grace. But by placing the emphasis on “grace,” it would mean the same grace.
But let us see how this is. The apostle connects “this grace,” and that of the preceding verse with, “also;” hence it is impossible to construe them as meaning the same. To say that they mean the same, would be to charge Paul with a repetition, that would be ridiculous, as well as ungrammatical.
We cannot make any thing else out of it, but two distinct steps of faith, or two works of grace.
I would not fear to rest this whole subject upon this single text. But thanks be to God we are not obliged to determine the question by only one witness, but by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established. In the twelfth chapter and first verse, Paul exhorts them on to the second work. And in 1 Thess. 4:3, he says. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification. The Thessalonians were in Christ. 1 Thess. 1:1 — Paul and Silvanus and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians, which is in God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Neither were they backslidden, as you will see by reading 3:1-10. Paul in his anxiety for their spiritual welfare sent unto them Timotheus that they might be established, and his day and night prayer was, that he might see them, that he might perfect that which was lacking in their faith. They were not sanctified. Paul prays for their sanctification. 1 Thess. 5:23, 24 — 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. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
We refered to these epistles in our first chapter, to establish the fact; that carnality existed in regeneration, and was destroyed in sanctification. But we refer to them again in this chapter to strengthen the argument, and tor absolute proof of two works of grace.
We will now take up the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews. This epistle is truly full of the two-fold salvation doctrine. Holiness or perfection, pervades it from from beginning to end.
The two covenants, and the priestly office is set forth. The Levitical priesthood compared with that of Jesus Christ’s; showing the superiority of Christ’s unchangeable priesthodod; its benefits and excellency, and by its establishment, Aaron’s is abolished. Also of the insufficiency and weakness of the legal sacrifice, and of the virtue and strength of Christ’s sacrifice,
Paul in this Epistle compares Moses and Christ, showing the typical relation, and gives the children of Israel as an example and type of the Hebrew Christians. And he did not spare to give warnings, exortations and commands to go on unto perfection. Chapter 2:1, 2, 3 — Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip: For if the word spoken by the angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation? 3:1 — Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. Christ Jesus; who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house, hath more honor than the house. For every house is builded by some man: but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; but Christ as a son over his own house, whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence, and the rejoicing of the hope, firm unto the end. Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, Today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I swear in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.
We see in the above reading, Moses the type of Christ. Israel in the wilderness, type of regeneration, and Caanan the literal rest, type of the promised rest of the soul or sanctification. The figure of the wilderness and Canaan is continued in the fourth chapter. And here the apostle gives another sound of warning, saying: “Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it; for unto us was the gospel preached as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them that heard it.” We are herein informed of a rest that is promised to us.
It does not refer to literal Canaan, because the promise here refered to came by David, about four hundred years after Israel had already dwelt in that land. Paul brought it down to the present time, for he says in the third verse: “For we which have believed, do enter into rest.” Oh I do praise God that the types and shadows have passed away and we are in the real, the real Canaan of rest; sweet rest of the soul in sanctification: the deep and tranquil repose of the soul.
“For he that has entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.”
They are freed from their own works. “God only working in them, and love itself fulfills all its holy law.” V. 11 — Let us labor, therefore, to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. We are exorted here to labor to enter into that rest, then he proceeds to show how we must enter.
“For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight.”
This is the sword of the Spirit, and implies the destruction of the old man or carnal nature, which brings perfect rest to the soul.
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth:” which undoubtedly signifies death. Rom. 7:23 — But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? In Gal. 2:20, we find him delivered by crucifixion. The old I, Paul, is dead, and Christ lives instead.
This is what makes peace and gives rest. And the only way to have this accomplished is to let the Spirit sit in judgement and execute with the sword, which is the word of God. It will discern all our thoughts, secret intentions, motives, and sentiments; also all idols of the heart, not one Canaanite — “that is not manifest in his sight,” and put to death by his sentence. This is the very thing that is accomplished in sanctification. And this is what. Paul was urging those brethren on unto. They were not perfected, because Paul handled them as babes, and it is evident by the scriptures that spiritual babes are carnal, or in other words have the carnal nature. Let us read, 5:12, 13, 14. 6:1 — For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again, which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness; for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who, by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection.”
H. C. Wickersham.
(To be continued.)
A Description of Babylon.
WE take the following from the special hymn book used by Rev. B. Baldwin and wife, evangelistic workers in the U. B. sect:
“Thousands of lukewarm souls, worldly, proud, selfwilled, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, are deceiving themselves while they feed upon hollow forms and polished deceptions of corrupt pulpits, and content themselves with the flatteries of others who are also deceived in their vain dreams. What may be done to awaken them? The widespread mischief wrought by the popular speculative gambling, revelling church machinery, as church fairs, bazaars, socials and other un-Christ-like and dishonest methods, is appalling. They deceive our young people, often introducing them to gaudier paths of revelry, veiling the true light, leading them step by step farther and farther into darkness, farther and farther from God. What are the sad results? Lifeless prayer met tings, empty pews, corrupt pulpits, worship degenerated into solemn mockery, and souls lost eternally. May God deliver us speedily. Many passing lightly by the command, “Ye must be born again,’’ are persuaded to give their names to some church record, and under the guise of respectability and religious forms led by blind guides, they dream of safety. May a cyclone of divine hail sweep away the refuge of lies, and may a flood of mercy deluge all hearts. A testing day is coming. Be ready.”
What an awful description of Babylon! He says, “Lukewarm, proud, selfwilled, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.” We think he is describing very plainly as Paul wrote to Timothy, 2 Tim. 5:1-9. Corrupt pulpits. Jer. 8:12. What may be done to awaken them? We could tell him, if he would preach the straight word it would awaken those that are God’s and the sword of the Spirit would cut off the rest. “Church machinery, gambling, fairs,” etc. All works of the flesh. Gal. 5:19-21. Surely they are not the works of God, so it must be the devil’s church. He says it is taking the young farther from God. The Savior said they compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when they have made him he is two-fold more the child of hell than he was in the beginning. It must be a soul- devouring institution. Praise God, he is delivering his children from all such corrupt pens, and they are coming home to Zion with shouts and everlasting joy.
He says they are led by blind guides. He must be one of them. The Savior said if the blind lead the blind they will both fall into the ditch. The testing day has come, thank God, for professors are being tested by the word of God every day, and some do not stand the test. Can a true child of God live in such a corrupt, soul-destroying institution? His body can live but he will lose his spirituality. May God help every honest man and woman to see fallen Babylon in all her corruption, and come out of her.
J. B. Polley,
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Some one asks if it is right to have Christmas trees in the church, or send their children to such places. We answer. No. The Christmas tree is a worldly affair and is no more a part of the church than is the ball-room, pool-room and other gambling dens. While it is true many attend such places with good motives, in order to offer, or receive presents, yet that does not make it a part of the church at all. But you will find such gatherings a place which results in much strife, jealousy, pomp and show. The poor people, generally leave with a heavy heart, rather than rejoicing, because their portion of gifts has been very small if any at all. Jesus is not often thought of at such places, although sometimes a formal prayer is offered, but is merely a lip service. Then there are fish-ponds, grab-bag socials, parties, etc. held by the so-called churches, but such things are an abomination to the Lord. If one-half the zeal and energy put forth in getting up such things, was turned in the direction of a praise, or salvation meeting, and the Lord invited and permitted to superintend the affair, the results would be quite different from that of a Christmas tree. The poor as well as the wealthy could go home with an equal blessing of salvation, each could be filled, and have an abundant supply from the store house of the Lord.
Where you find a preacher and congregation getting up such things as Christmas trees, socials, etc., you will find them spiritually dead. If worldly people wish to have such gatherings, let, them have them, but they are not for the children of God. It we have presents to give, they can be given in a way that will not gender strife, or make a great show of our liberality.
THE FOREIGN FIELD.
ABOUT a year ago we published the following from THE ARMORY. We feel that it is to the glory of God to reprint the same:
SECTISM IN THE FOREIGN FIELD.
There is no other place where the evils of sectarianism are so evident, or the need of Christian union so pressing as on the foreign mission field. It is a long step toward union to secure a recognition of these evils and this crying need. The subject is having a very earnest and thorough discussion among the missionaries of China. One of the veterans of the Scotch Presbyterian society. Dr. Williamson, has lately published a stirring paper in the January and February numbers of the CHINESE RRECORDER. Among the reasons urging the missionaries to co-operate, he mentions the magnitude of the work, and the difficulties attending it. He calls it, with good reasons, “the most stupendous task the church ever faced.” He regards the Chinese as the ablest and most unscrupulous of all non-Christian nations. Nobody probably will dispute this estimate. It is startling to reflect that every year 4.500,000 people are born in China, while all the converts of Protestant missions do not number 4.500 per annum. How inexpressibly sad, then, how criminal is the waste of power which results from division! Dr. Williamson declares that the Chinese will not be bound by the creeds of the missionaries nor submit to foreign control in their churches. But he states the argument very pithily when he says:
“Were these creeds and formularies to be placed before ourselves to day we would not accept of them as they stand. Why do we seek to place a yoke upon China that we would not ourselves submit to?”
There are three branches of the Episcopal church in China, eight kinds of Presbyterians, six of Methodists, two of Congregationalists — in all, thirty-nine different societies represented, besides independent workers. Well does he exclaim, “What a spectacle to thoughtful China men! No wonder they say to us, Agree among yourselves, and then we may listen to you.”
How humiliated he must have felt when told by a Christian Chinaman: “We have, considered the question of union, and we are prepared for it. It is you foreign missionaries who keep us apart.”
Why are we not pouring out our treasure and sending forth our men to meet the demands of the hour, and satisfy the cry of the poor perplexed heathen who seek Christ, not a creed? “What do we more than others?” Must we trait until sectarianism is established in China, and then seek to overturn it? Why not make sectarianism impossible by converting the heathen to Christ alone, untrammeled by the creeds and confusions of the Western world. — From the Armory.
To the above report from China, we now add an extract from a letter written by a missionary in Africa about two years ago. As follows:
“In the plan of God it has come about that during our stay in Freetown, Africa, the American missionaries in this neighborhood have been drawn together in such a way as to be more than one in sympathy. On the morning of September 3d there were gathered together in Freetown thirteen American missionaries to plead with the Lord for our dear Africa. While we represented four distinct organizations, the Holy Spirit bound us together as one man, as we poured forth our prayers for this dark land. The meeting was not planned: some who were there had only a half hour’s notice. The Spirit brought us together, melted our hearts, and thus molded them together into a unity of purpose for the preaching of the gospel, that will tell upon all our future work in Africa. There was evidenced a desire on the part of all to go among the unevangelized people in apostolic simplicity; knowing nothing among them “save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Keeping always in the background our various organizations. That the heathen might not be confused with many names, and working hand in hand in our common cause. There was no attempt made at a mechanical union, better than that we covenanted to meet at the throne every evening at the twilight hour, remembering one another, and all the missionaries in this portion of Africa.
Yours in his name.
John K. Jaderquist.
O may God pity and deliver the poor missionaries in heathen lands. What shame and confusion of face their wretched sect names, creeds and divisions subject them to before the face of the heathen. Who will tell us that sects are a good thing? Who dare say God uses sect organizations in the salvation of souls? Behold, to have any hope of winning poor heathen to God, it is necessary to keep the sect institution far in the background, to hide, if possible, the cursed thing from the eyes of the heathen they desire to win for Christ.
Behold how God casts to the mo..es and bats the accursed thing. These missionaries in Freetown, Africa, got in dead earnest for the salvation of souls, resorted to God in earnest prayer, insomuch that the Spirit of God actually took control of them. What was the result? He brought them right together in united prayer and effort to save the poor blinded heathen. He took them out of all the ways of sect management, called the meeting himself, and without any previous arrangement, or studied programme, he suddenly drew them together, yea, “The Spirit brought us together and melted our hearts, and molded them together in unity.” “Bound us together as one man.” Virtually God ignored their sect organizations and himself organized them into one body. And what did he put into their hearts? “A desire to go among the unevangelized people in apostolic simplicity: knowing nothing among them, save Jesus Christ and him crucified. Keeping always in the back ground our various organizations.” If of God, and of any use to God, why keep them in the back ground? Why seek to conceal the abomination from the heathen? But if they are a stumblingblock, why not put away the accursed thing? The Spirit evidently showed those poor missionaries that then sects were in the way of His work, so they concluded to hide them from view as much as possible. But how much better if they could fully have discerned the body of Christ, and cast from them the destructive walls of partition, and done just as the Spirit showed them, to know nothing and introduce nothing to the poor benighted Africans, but Christ and his truth, which is all that is needed to save and keep them.
This letter stirs my soul within me, to have some one hasten to all the foreign fields to teach, not so much the heathen, but their teachers, the way of the Lord more perfectly. Had some one been present to show the ministers of that Holy Spirit-called meeting in Freetown, the whole truth as it is in Jesus, no doubt those earnest men would have been led entirely into the Apostolic faith, and New Testament simplicity. In the name of Jesus who will employ the Lord’s means in your hands to send out God’s heralds? The foreign missionaries are, as a rule, the most humble and consecrated men in all the sects, and they are utterly tired of the pre- plexity in which their sect name involves them and no doubt many of them would receive the glorious emancipation proclamation of present truth. And their act of casting off the sect yoke would very easily to the deliverance of the people. O my dearly beloved, who will rush to the foreign fields, and who will open unto them the Lord’s means, and so send forth the heralds of present truth? O beloved, can you withhold that which you can give to the cause of Christ, and the salvation of souls for which he died, and feel clear in your
conscience before God? Can you be blessed of Cod in devoting to selfish ends that which you could employ in the exalted work of saving immortal souls? Here we stand on the brink of eternity. “Upon us have come the ends of the world.” Soon the “earth, and the works thereof shall be burned up” Will not means selfishly held back from the errand of mercy be a witness against you in that last day? The treasures of earth will soon perish. O help to save souls and thereby lay up treasures that shall endure forever.
A TESTIMONY FOR JESUS.
Dear Gospel Trumpet Readers: I feel that I ought to write my testimony in favor of the King of kings, since he has done so much for my family. Oh praise the Lord for his goodness to the children of men! I have endured many trials and temptations in the past few months, but out of them all the Lord delivered me; and to day I can sing victory through the blood. Oh it is a wonderful salvation! I can look back over my past life and see how many things the Lord has so wonderfully saved me from, and I know that there was not anything but the power of God that could have wrought he change, and I realize every day that I am sinking deeper into Christ, learning to trust him more and more for all things; for Jesus doeth all things well. Oh, praise the Lord for a salvation that saves to the uttermost, and helps us to shun the very appearance of evil!
Oh yes; I had to die a real death to so many things when I agreed to walk in the light. But oh! the resurrection is grand. I can look hack at these things as mere nothing, that the devil had heaped up between my soul and Christ. But praise the Lord, the bands are broken and I have been walking in the light for over two years; and I have found it a glorious way to walk. We look around and see the masses who profess to be. Christians, bound up in all their worldly conformity, each one thinking their way is right, and never looking to Christ who is the way, the truth and the light, to find what he would have them do, for his ways are not our ways. Oh! dear souls, you who think your way is right and that you can do about as you please, and after while get inside the pearly gates, to your own souls’ sorrow will be very much mistaken. Oh may God help souls to get in Christ’s footsteps and walk in the light as he is in the light, and the freedom and assurance you will possess in your souls you would not exchange for all the pleasures of this world, which are so fleeting. May the good Lord help all those who profess to be called-out ones, to keep free in their souls, and not put a stumbling block in their brothers’ way; for the world is watching every day.
I want to tell you that Jesus not only saves me from all sin and sectism, but he is our physician for the body also; he has healed us of some things no earthly physician could reach. Last spring my husband was attacked by one of the very worst forms of La Grippe and it seemed as though he could not live much longer. My father and sister came to our house to see and know how he was, and seeing him suffer so much, my father said he felt that the Lord wanted to work. He laid on hands and prayed for him and he was better right away, and the Lord wonderfully raised him up and restored him to perfect health again, for which we give Him all the glory. And again a few weeks later when I had to pass through the severe trial of motherhood, the good Lord enabled me to put my whole trust in him, and he wonderfully delivered me. But after this the devil came to afflict and weaken, until it seemed that I could hardly live; but on the fifth day, my father and mother came to see me, when I was so weak that I could not take a sip of water without it taking my breath. But as she was going to part home, she said she felt like laying on hands, and praying for God to remove the weakness and heal me, which he wonderfully did. I arose without assistance, and sat up in bed; the weakness being gone. I arose in the strength of the Lord and stood on my feet, dressed myself, combed my hair, walked from my room across a large sitting room, and back, and was sitting in an arm chair, much to the surprise of my husband when he came in; but he did not object, knowing the Lord was with us in healing power. Oh how I appreciated the goodness of God, when I was permitted to go out to the supper table that evening with my family, and to minister to my own and my babe’s wants! Oh how my heart was filled with love and gratitude to God, for his goodness to me! As I went about, the words seem to come: “I walk not in mine own strength, but in the strength of the Lord.” Well, bless the Lord, he took care of me through it all and was the best doctor I ever had, for he thoroughly understands every case, and his blood is sufficient for all.
I could not begin to tell of the many, many wonderful things he has done for me and in my father’s family. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but out of them all the Lord delivered us. Thinking that perhaps this would be of some benefit to some soul I have written it in the fear of the Lord, asking you all to pray for me and my family. Pray for my husband, that God may so mightily convict him that he will have to yield and be saved.
Your saved sister,
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
San Diego, Cal., Nov. 28, 1892.
Dearly Beloved Saints: My soul says. Praise the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. O how great and manifold are his blessings of health, grace and peace and the love of God shed abroad in our hearts. We are still holding forth the word of life to the people in this place, day and night. The cause of Christ is steadily gaining ground, congregations are increasing. A few sinners are being saved, and God’s dear children are daily advancing in the light to more perfect victory over the adversary. And some are coming out of sectism. Others are being found whom God has reserved unto himself, not allowing them to join her. They have been looking about from place to place to find the true church of the living God, and when they drop in and hear the word of God, the Spirit witnesses to the truth in their hearts and they are made to thank God with joyful lips. O that God would send out many fishers and hunters, to search out all these hungry souls in every city, town and country district! Surely God is preparing a people made ready for the coming of the evening light in every place. O brethren and sisters, is the hand of God upon you, will you go in the name and love of Jesus? will you go forth and put in this winter in the blessed employment of pulling souls out of the fire? Come down to real hard labor for God. Put in the time in desperate earnest; for it is short. Behold the end is just before us.
Dear Bro’s Elliot and Shaw have gone on their way to Mexico. Thank God, they write favorable prospects there. Bro’s Byers and Winters are here. Some of us expect to return to Los Angeles in a few days, and from there to Visalia, Cal. The weather is still pleasant. A very slight frost occurred in some places, a few nights ago. The orange orchards are beautifully laden with fruit, the flowers are blooming, rain is now expected, when all nature springs forth in living green and floral beauty.
Dear Saints: We had a glorious feast with the church here over Sunday, God is blessing his people here. Souls are coming to God. Bro. Burlocker was ordained elder of the church here, as the former elder is in the field. We expect to start for Arkansas City, Kan., the 3d of Dec. Address us at that place. We desire to meet all the saints possible. Pray for us that God may give us glorious victory in that part of the country.
Your brother filled with power,
Meridian, Miss., Nov. 28, 1892.
To the Gospel Trumpet: The meeting at Spring Hill closed last Sunday night with grand victory for Jesus. The meeting lasted for more than a week and the interest increased daily. Coldness had crept in, but honest confessions were made as the truth was preached, and the blessings of the Lord were showered down. To God be all the glory. Some were saved. Dear ones saw the purity and glory of New Testament sanctification as being a higher standard than they had been living, and have decided by the grace of God to reach it. Praise God! Some are already pressing into it. May God help them all to enter into the New Testament glory, and be “the light of the world.”
Your brother saved,
ElDorado, Kan., Nov. 30, 1892.
Dear Saints of the Living God: Grace unto you and peace be multiplied. We closed meeting at Murdock on Sunday night, Nov. 20, with complete victory for God. Precious souls were saved and some were healed. On Sunday afternoon six precious souls were buried with Christ in baptism. All came out of the water praising God. The Lord has done a most wonderful work for our dear Bro. Christ. His entire household is now saved. Praise our God! On the 21st we went fourteen miles north and commenced meeting in the name of the Lord, in the Lone Star school house, and continued one week. Two souls were justified, and two wholly sanctified. We came here yesterday and commenced meeting last night in an old M. E. house, they having built a new one. This is a new place, perhaps not more than two or three are out in the clear evening light. But there has been about all kinds of shoddy holiness taught here, such as Salvation Army, anti-ordinance, and all kinds of sect holiness. We expect a battle here, for the devil is showing fight already. But God is on our side. So we have a great majority. Glory be to God! The victory is sure. Hallelujah! Brethren, pray for us, and the work here in the West. We have five calls ahead of us, two in Kansas, and three in Oklahoma, which we expect to fill as soon as the Lord wills.
Yours in Jesus, sanctified through and through,
M. M. Stover & son.
New Carlisle, O., Nov. 28, 1892.
Dear Brethren and Trumpet Readers: God bless you all. Amen. We went in company with Bro’s J. N. and G. W. Howard and wife, from the Payne assembly to Dodge. Ky., where the good Lord helped his ministers to preach the pure gospel of the Son of God with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; and the declaration of the Lord by the mouth of the prophet Isaiah was again verified, wherein he says, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” — Isa. 55:10, 11. Praise our God! His word prospered in the Dodge meeting and accomplished that which he pleased, which was the conversion of a few sinners, the sanctification of a few believers, the removing of much prejudice from the minds of those who were willing to attend the meeting and hear the word, the strengthening of the little ones in the faith of the gospel, and the affrighting sectarian professors. And to God be all the glory. The devil tried to get up a little excitement through a sectarian preacher, who being under the antichrist spirit, was not willing to take his medicine and be quiet. Well it was God’s mixture for false teachers, and it was an awful dose for one to take, yet he took it like a little man, and having to take the whole cupful himself it made him spue before he left the tent. Jeremiah says, “For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me: Take the winecup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you. And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Ye shall certainly drink.” — Jer. 25:15, 27, 28.
Praise the dear Lord! Near the close of the protracted meeting, we held ordinance services and there were fourteen saints present, and at the close of the services, Bro. Jesse Wade was ordained elder of the church of the living God at Dodge, Ky., and Bro’s Stevenson and Wats were ordained deacons. The last day of the meeting there were five buried with Christ in baptism by Bro. G. W. Howard.
Now may God bless the dear saints at Dodge, Ky., and teach them their privilege as saints of the Most High. David says, “Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand; to execute vengence upon the heathen, and punishment upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgments written: this honor have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.” — Psa. 149:5-9.
Your saved brethren and sister,
A. J. Kilpatrick, G. W. Howard & wife.
Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.
Dear Saints: I do thank the Lord this morning for his wondrous love that flows deep in my soul. Oh there is nothing equal to the love of Jesus when we have given our all to him. Bless his holy name! he is all in all to me. I do ask the prayers of God’s dear ones.
Your saved sister,
I want to say to all the Trumpet readers that I am saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God Praise his holy name forever! Oh how I do love to read the Trumpet. It is food to my soul to read the testimonies of the true saints of God. I never will forget the meeting at Webb City, Mo. It was a great satisfaction to me to hear the straight word preached.
Pray for me.
Mrs. M. E. Britton.
Dear Saints: May the Lord bless you all. Grace and peace be multiplied through our Lord Jesus Christ. I am still saved from all sin. Oh, I do praise God for what he has done for me. The Lord healed me of the the chills. Glory to his name forever! I know the Lord does heal his people. Praise the Lord! Dear Bro. J. Cole is with us. God is raising his church to the standard of his word. Glory to his name! Pray for me, dear ones.
Yours in Him,
R. H. Owens.
Dear Brothers and Sisters: I am happy to report victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. I praise God through fiery trials. Let the world say what it will, but the way grows brighter every day. I do thank God for taking me out of the miry clay and placing me on the solid rock where I can praise his holy name. This world has no charms for me, for Jesus has set me free. Oh, I am so glad I have learned to serve the Lord while I am young. May his love be with you forever. Amen.
Dear Trumpet Readers: May the choicest of Heaven’s blessings rest and abide with you all. This blessed Sabbath morning finds me enjoying salvation that saves me from sin. I feel so thankful this morning that I can serve my Lord in the beauty of holiness. It is so blessed to walk in the evening light. O dear ones, let us ever praise God for what he has done for us. I am praying Father to send some Holy Ghost minister to this place to hold a meeting, for I believe much good could be done here now. I want you all to pray that I may be faithful unto the end.
Your sister saved and sanctified through the truth,
With the help of God I will write what the Lord has long impressed upon my mind. Two years ago the twelfth day of last August, I was stricken down with Typhoid Pneumonia. I lived in Tennesee then, where the evening light had never been preached. I thought the time had come when I must leave this world, so did every body else that saw me; and the worst of it was, I was not saved. I had promised God ever so many times in sickness in the past few years previous, if he would raise me up-1 would serve him; but as soon as I would get in good health, would think I could get along without my heavenly Father’s help. So this time I could not face God to ask him to raise me up. I thought the Lord would not believe me any more. I said, “Lord Jesus, you can see into the future; and if it be that I should be raised up from this sickness and then not serve thee take me now, that I may not pierce thy side any more with my sin.” And God showed me although I should die, there would be a germ left in my soul that would live, after he had showed me what he would have me see. In a few days my pulse was so high they could not count the pulsations. My yes were glossy. I told the girl that was with me I was dying, and to tell my companion when he came in, that I died happy. I felt the Lord had reconciled me to himself. When my husband came in I told him the Lord had spared me until he came to tell him if he would turn back to God and be a light in that place, that he would raise me up. But he told me I was crazy and the next thing I remember, after I was pleading with my companion, I died and in hell I was crying for Lazarus to bring one drop of water to cool my parched tongue. He told me as he did the rich man, that there was a great gulf between us and asked if I did not remember how in my life time I had been warned of this horrible agony and everlasting punishment. Then I saw Christ suffering on the cross, as I had seen him about a year before, when I was upon a bed of sickness. He looked so meek and pitiful. And I thought, Is this suffering because I have known how to do good and have gone on in sin so careless and heedless of how. Christ was suffering on the cross for me? I said, I will go back to earth and tell to sinners what an awful place hell is; it is dark there, night all the time. Oh that you may escape this fearful doom! and 1 will tell what a loving Savior has suffered on the tree to redeem us from sin, that we need not go down to this dungeon to suffer everlasting torment. Oh sinners, take warning. The Lord has been merciful to me to spare me to serve him.
Yours in Christ,
How to Leave Off Corsets.
WHEN a woman who has been accustomed to a corset lays it off, she should set to work at once to strengthen the muscles of her waist by diligent exercise. It will cause new pains at first, just as leaving off his toddy caused the poor drunkard to feel uncomfortable; but if she will persevere, she will be amply repaid in increased health and strength, and freedom of movement. There is nothing which tends to keep the abdominal organs in place and keep up a perfect circulation, as does a vigorous condition of the muscles and tissues. To have good muscles, exercise is necessary. Most women exercise a few muscles, and shamefully abuse others. The large strong muscles of the waist, which were meant to hold the body upright, are bound down until their life is lost, and the woman says she cannot sit up unless she has the support of her corset. She is ready to collapse the moment — she takes it off. The sooner a woman puts off her corset and endures a little present pain, and goes to work to strengthen the poor, abused muscles of the middle portion of her body, the better it will be for her. Do not suppose for an instant that the Creator made a mistake in making women, and that their bodies need the artificial support of stays of whalebone and steel.
WHO IS WILLING?
“Who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord?” 1 Chron. 29:5.
“Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauty of holiness from the womb of the morning.” — Psa. 110:3. Our God has a willing people in these last days when he is manifesting his power. “And these signs follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast put devils, * * * they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Jesus said, “Freely ye have received, freely give.” A perfect consecration on the part of the believer is required; a willing heart and mind. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. — 2 Cor. 8:12. God will accept much or little from a willing and obedient heart, but does not compel any one. He declares in his word. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land; but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. — Isa. 1:19, 20. All that refuse to accept God’s word and the salvation that he offers so freely to all, and will not keep his commandments, nor serve him with a willing heart, will soon be cut off and destroyed forever. Yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be found.”
A great responsibility lies in the will power of men and women in this world. Every one has his choice, to accept salvation or reject it, and by the choice they make, each one fixes his own eternal abode. Dear reader, stop and consider. Can you afford to miss heaven? And more than that, can you afford to be lost, eternally lost? “Think of eternity; oh! what a word! Ages unending” either in heaven with the angels, or in dark despair. Count well the cost, and make the wise choice, and live forever; but remember a willing heart and the sacrifice of all of this world is required. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart. — Ex. 25:1, 2. It must be with all the heart. For if I do this thing [preach the gospel] willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then? Verily, that when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that abuse not my power in the gospel.
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself a servant unto all, that I might gain the more. — 1 Cor. 9:17-19. Who will do as Paul, become a servant unto the people, that precious souls may be won to Christ and his truth? O my dear brethren and Trumpet readers, how many precious souls are on the broad way to destruction for the want of of some one to instruct them in the right way! Many are calling for us to come and preach the gospel to them; more calls than can be filled, and many honest souls tell us they never heard the gospel preached before. O Lord! send more laborers into the vineyard, is our prayer. For truly the harvest is great and the laborers are few. Yet we know the Lord can only use those who are willing workers, and have tarried at Jerusalem. We notice in the ancient time, Samuel said to Saul: “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the Lord, he hath also rejected thee. 1 Sam. 15:22, 23. David also said, “And thou, Solomon, my son, know thou the God of thy Father, and serve him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever. — 1 Chron. 28:9. Here is a precious promise to all who have not found the Lord. “If thou wilt seek him he will be found of thee.” Who will do it? The prodigal son said, I will arise and go to my Father. Soon after the point is reached of saying,” I will;” the work will be accomplished, and the blessing received. With full consent of will mind and heart he turned from his evil, and came to his father; but when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him. — Luke 15:20. He confessed his wrong and unworthiness; but the father said to his servants, “Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him. * * * And they began to be merry.” O how many poor, wandering souls on the barren mountains of sin, starving for the bread of life, while our Father has enough and to spare! Dear unsaved ones, come back to Father’s house; he will gladly and joyfully receive you, and welcome you home, also give you a robe of righteousness. Praise his dear name forever! Turn toward him and accept the joy and peace he offers. Why longer roam? Behold I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: a blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day; and a curse if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I commanded you this day, to go after other gods which ye have not known. — Deut. 11:26-28. The people said to Jeremiah, We will obey the voice of the Lord our God that it may be well with us. — Jer. 42:6. Thus saith the God of Israel: Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant. — Jer. 11:3. But when the people were bidden to the king’s supper, they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it; I pray thee have me excused. — Luke 14:18. Another had bought a yoke of oxen, and another had married a wife, and therefore could not go. How many are in the same condition now, and think of such excuses! They will never stand in the judgment of the great day. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not done so and so? and yet the Lord will say unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
For thus saith the Lord God, the holy one of Israel: In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength, and ye would not — Isa. 30:15. The people will not accept salvation under the terms God has given them, consequently they will be lost eternally. For Jesus says, “Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.” The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. — 2 Pet. 3:9. O Jerusalem! Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered thy children together even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings and ye would not! Behold your house is left unto you desolate. — Matt. 23:37, 38. The people will not be gathered into the one fold (church), but many choose to continue in sectism, Babylon) and idolatry. The result is, God has left them, and proclaims her desolation by his hand upon the wall. O sinner, stop and think.
“Heaven wills to the a crown.
Hell is moved to cast thee down,
And this moment may decide thy endless state.
Father, Son and Spirit call,
Reason, conscience thunder all.
Sinner, wake and turn to God before too late.”
There is a crown of righteousness laid up in heaven for all those that love his appearing. On the other hand. Hell with all its combined powers, is moved to deceive all who are in sin, and drag them down to perdition. Many poor souls with the rich man in hell now, being tormented, would no doubt, make good use of the time, if they only had the opportunity that the people have who read this. And yet many will carelessly read it and banish it from their minds, and by and by wake up in the same condition. Dear souls, we never can afford to be lost, or to miss heaven, although many will do it. But all have a chance and call by the Spirit of God, to make preparation for heaven.
Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with me. — Rev. 3:20. And the Spirit and the bride [church] say, Come, and let him that heareth say, Come, and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Rev. 22:17. Take warning dear people, and prepare to meet your God, for sad will be the condition of all who are not ready. Where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? — 1 Pet 4:18. Paul answers the question. — The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his might angels, in flaming fire on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. — 2 Thess. 1:7-9. People will cry for rocks and mountains to fall on them and hide them from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand? Rev. 6:16, 17. David says, “He that hath clean hands and a pure heart.” For without holiness no man shall see the Lord. — Heb. 12:14. Who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord?
MASONRY as an institution as a craft owes much of its great power today as well as in times past, to the stringency of its obligations. The balance of its power is based upon two claims, that of being very ancient, as well as a very religious institution. Rob Masonry of its obligations or oaths and it would fall, so take away its boast of age or semblance of religion and the same result would follow.
Mystery in itself is powerful. So Masons have shrouded their craft in mystery. There is nothing mysterious about Masonry when its cloak is taken away. There is no light in the boasted knowledge of the craft. Earthly, sensual, and devilish in the extreme do we find every point of its workings when analyzed by the Spirit and the Word of God.
To untie a mystery we must first look to the bands that enclose it. The Masonic obligation, it is claimed among Masons cannot be broken. To obtain a clear idea of Masonry we must first inform ourselves as to what Masons are expected to live up to, what they are expected to do, and as the obligation must certainly cover a man’s duty as a Mason, we give those duties as set forth in the obligation, that is, those that can be spoken to all ears, as there is at least one section that for reasons well known is strictly for men only. Many wonder why men consider Masonic obligations so binding especially so when their awful nature is revealed. Ministers (shall we say of the gospel?) no doubt also consider them binding, at least they attend their lodges and partake of all the nature and benefits of the craft. We now consider tin- nature of the obligation.
The first or E. A. degree obligation contains only the duty of secrecy as respects the workings of the lodge. This duty is bound by the following penalty which is spoken by the “worshipful master” and repeated by the candidate:
“To all of which I most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear with a firm and steadfast resolution to keep and perform the same without the least equivocation, mental reservation or self evasion whatsoever: binding myself under a no less penality than that of having my throat cut from ear to ear, my tongue torn out by the roots and buried in the rough sands of the sea at low water mark where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I in the least knowingly or wilfully violate or transgress this my entered apprentice obligation. So, help me God and keep me steadfast.” (Some lodges add, “in a due performance of the same”)
There is enough of a threat conveyed in the above obligation or penalty to keep the young initiate in subjection and wonder until he is brought a second time in reach of Masonic light where he is again sworn to keep the secrets of the F. C. degree in like manner. Four ties are now added covering duties to Brother Fellow crafts and the lodge as to answering of summons, assistance of Brethren, etc. The candidate here promises not to cheat, wrong or defraud a lodge of F. C’s. or a brother of that degree knowingly or wilfully, (nothing is said of other parties) and the penalty as here given binds the same.
“To all of which I most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear with a steadfast resolution to keep and perform the same without the least equivocation, mental reservation, or self evasion whatsoever, binding myself under a no less penalty than that of having my left breast torn open, my heart plucked from thence and given to the wild beasts of the field and the fowls of the air as a prey, should I in the least knowingly or wilfully violate this, my fellow craft obligation. So help me God and keep me stead fast.”
This form is the one followed in Kansas and recommended by their grand lodge. Colorado however adds somewhat to it, but in no material way changing the sense.
This carries the candidate somewhat deeper into the mysteries, and when he is carefully lectured and a sufficient length of time has transpired he is given the Master Mason’s degree which increases his Masonic “light” darkness and finds himself closer and tighter in the ungodly yoke.
The M. M. obligation contains ten “ties” or sections besides the one of secrecy. These ten cover the ground of Masonic duty and constitute the Masonic code of duties. They include the duties of answering and obeying all summons under certain restrictions, obedience to all Masonic authority and duties to each other and their relatives and families. The most notable are the following:
“I furthermore promise and swear that I will keep the secrets of a Master Mason when communicated to me as such, murder and treason excepted, and they left to my own election.”
Note those not excepted would probably count among their number, burglary, arson, robbery, rape, piracy, theft, forgery, and many other things too numerous to mention, excepting of course murder and treason. And yet Masons tell us, and I for one was informed that there was nothing in the obligation that would interfere with my duty to my God, my country, my neighbor, my family, or myself; and I took the above obligation understanding it so and with the assurance of worshipful master in an official capacity that such was the case. Would that section interfere with my duties to my neighbor if I protected a Mason who had stolen his horse and sent him on his way rejoicing? Any can did Mason can see at once that his M. M. obligation commands him to keep crime a secret, except murder and treason which of course his obligation tells him he can conceal or not as he likes, which of course is not violating his obligation if he also keeps. What do you think of that, you professing Christian, preacher or layman who are under the same cursed yoke? “Be not partakers of their evil deeds.” How are you going to do that and keep that section? Every Mason when he comes to the bar of God will be asked something about the way he has kept his obligation. If he has kept it to the letter, that clause will send him to destruction. If he has not kept it he has violated his Masonic obligation and in the sight of all Masonic eyes a perjured man, and had just as well violate them all. A ten-year-old boy can see that, and also see what to do when it comes to obeying God or man.
I have never yet asked God to pardon me for breaking that as well as every other Masonic obligation, nor do I ever intend to do so. Another obligation or section binds a man to respect the chastity of a Master Mason’s wife, mother, sister or daughter, but says nothing about wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of other men, not Masons. Thus licensed they will keep their secrets should they do so and again come under condemnation of God and man. There are other “ties,” but lack of space prevents their setting forth.
PENALTY, M. M. Degree.
“To all of which I most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear with a find and steadfast resolution to keep and perform the same without the least equivocation, mental reservation or self evasion whatsoever, binding myself under less a penalty, than that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes and they scattered to the four winds of heaven that there might remain no remembrance among men or Masons, of so vile a wretch as I would be, should I in the least knowingly or willfully violate or transgress this my M. M. obligation. So help me God and keep me steadfast.”
I have repeated these from memory and to the best of my recollection what I have given is verbatim. Is i.. necessary to call attention to the grossness and vileness of an institution, bound by such monstrous obligations — obligations that would shock a band of thieves, if they were compelled to take them, to say nothing of professed ministers of the gospel? Praising God for free salvation and complete deliverance from the power of Satan. I feel it my duty to enlighten my ex-brother Masons as well as any that may contemplate joining the order.
This work I feel to be of God and expect to in the near future as God wills present other features of Masonry to the public and particularly to those wishing information in regard to the order.
As I frequently in private have exposed Masonic work, I expect to now i.. public. Should I suddenly disappear from among the living and none know of my whereabouts, do not wonder. God holds all in his own hands and I am trusting him because the battle is the Lord’s. Praise his name forever! and until God wills it so, not a hair of my head shall fall.
Yours in the one hope,
P. S. “The writer has been regularly initiated as an entered apprentice passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in a just and lawfully constituted lodge of Masons.”