1 April 1888, Volume 10, Number 2.
Men don’t believe in a devil now, as their fathers used to do,
They’ve forced the door of the broadest creed to let his majesty through;
There isn’t a print of his cloven foot or a fiery dart from his bow
To be found in earth or air to-day, for the world has voted so.
But who is it mixing the fatal draught that palsies heart and brain,
And loads the bier of each passing year with ten hundred thousand slain?
Who blights the bloom of your land to-day with the fiery breath of hell,
If the devil is’nt and never was? Won’t somebody rise and tell?
Who dogs the steps of the toiling saint, and digs the pit for his feet?
Who sows the tares in the field of time, wherever God sows His wheat?
The devil is voted not to be, and of course the thing is true;
But who is doing the kind of work the devil alone should do?
We are told he does not go about as a roaring lion now;
But who shall we hold responsible for the everlasting row
To be heard in home, in church and state, to the earth’s remotest bound,
If the devil, by an unanimous vote, is nowhere to he found?
Won’t somebody step to the front forthwith, and make his bow, and show
How the frauds and the crimes of a single day sprang up? We want to know.
The devil was fairly voted out, and, of course, the devil’s gone;
But simple people would like to know who carries his business on?
By E. J. White.
Who lead the human heart astray,
The command of God to disobey,
And turned Him from his God away?
Who caused disgrace and shame to come,
And tears to fall in Edon’s home,
And Eve and Adam far to roam?
Who spake to man that dreadful lie,
That if he ate he would not die,
Thus teaching man to God defy?
Who teaches men to curse and swear,
And from his Maker go afar,
All human happiness to mar?
Who teaches man to cheat and steal,
And in infernal liquors deal,
Which makes the drunken man to real?
Who comes in garb of angel white,
And works with all his hellish might,
To overthrow the sons of light?
Who leads deluded men to-day,
The priests of baal big sal’ries pay,
To keep poor souls from Heaven away?
Who speaks that infidelity,
That we cannot from sin be free,
And one in Jesus all agree?
Who built the great division wall,
Of sect and creed — now doomed to fall —
And led the blind on Baal to call?
Who now is mad because the light,
Reveals his sectish works of night,
His pompous empty frauds to sight?
And who is filled with fiendish ire,
Because his time will soon expire,
And all his kingdom sink in fire?
AN EPISTLE OF LOVE AND TRUTH.
Wayland, Neb., March 5, ’88.
UNTO the Church of the Living God that is in Denver Greeting: — Great grace, and peace be upon you all through our Lord Jesus Christ, and love be multiplied. We thank our God pa every remembrance of you all, that you were obedient unto the heavenly call, into the fellowship of the Father and the Son, and into the holy fellowship of all the saints of the Most High God. We are thankful for the good tidings of your perseverance in the faith once delivered to the saints, received by a precious epistle from our dear Bro. Pollpock. The Lord bless all hearts with steadfastness, and much rejoicing in the Lord, to whom be glory and praise for ever more. Amen!
Dearly beloved, and longed for in the tender love of Jesus, we are happy to report unto you that out God is with us in much assurance, and in mighty power, and in convicting and saving mercy upon the people. Over twenty souls have been already converted, the most of whom have also gone on to perfection. Praise the Lord for the gracious fruits of the Gospel of God! Many more under conviction. We are very grateful to our God also for the good health with which He has blest us. Though the weather is quite cold and stormy, and we go three miles to, and from meeting, the Lord is blessing us with better health than we enjoyed in your city. Our voices are clear and strong to praise the Lord. Bless His holy name! There is no small stir here about this way. Two preachers in this place who opposed us and the truth greatly, between the time we were here, just before coming unto you, and our return: when we came back, finding that they had failed to turn the people against the truth of Christ, and us His servants, fled and left their flocks, being driven away by the fire of God: one of whom failed to return to preach his farewell appointment. One of them has gone to lecturing, the other to selling fruit trees. Hallelujah! “Fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrits and the enemies of the Lord have fled away. But their friends are daily filling the air with all manner of wicked falsehoods, and every immaginable shameful slander. Of course we pay no attention to these things, only to leap and shout the more. But some who know these things are false, are almost ready to fight for us, and being kept in this attitude of mind, it is hard for them to cast these gross wrongs off their mind, so as to seek God, and so the work is hindered. The Lord have mercy upon the enemies of the cross of Christ; for in their rage they know not what they do.
Dearly beloved, let each one of you take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand in the evil day. And “admonish one another daily,’’ and so much the more as we are truly living in the awful perilous times, foretold to come in the last days. Oh how satan desires to have every one of you, and if it were possible he would deceive the very elect. “Now you know what commandment we gave you by the Lord Jesus Christ, while we were yet with you,” namely, that ye must abide in the truth as it is in Christ Jesus; for there only are you safe. The devil himself became satan, a fallen angel, because he “abode not in the truth.” See John 8:44, and Jude 6. And we are told, men are also deceived and lost because they do not choose, the love of the truth. “The working of satan (is) with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” – 2 Thess. 2:9-12.
This is an awful blast of warning for this perilous time of satanic deception. Satan himself works with “all power, signs” etc. right in men “that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth.” If any person seeks power, and blessings by compromising with, and fellowshipping error, which is virtually departing from the truth, the devil will work in him with power, signs and lying wonders, and God will give him up to strong delusions, all because he believed not the truth. God help all saints to heed this warning. We have been pained in our heart to witness the above Scripture fulfilled. The person for some time seemed to be much blessed, but ere long the false blessing ceased and the soul was in utter darkness; out of which some have never escaped. Therefore abide in the truth, yea in the love of the truth; then “His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” — Psalm 91:4. If ye loose this shield you fall a prey to the devil. “The fruits of the Spirit are in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth.” When these fruits fail from the heart, it is because the Spirit is driven away by admitting something opposite to goodness, righteousness, or truth. “Because the Spirit is truth.”— 1 John 5:6. “The Spirit is truth,” therefore to depart from the truth, is to depart from the Spirit, for these are one, and inseparable. Men may have the Spirit of God, and be ignorant of much truth; but to knowingly “sell the truth” is to barter the Spirit away also. In such hearts satan often works with power, which the deluded think the power of God.
Paul charged Timothy, “before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, to preach the Word, for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” Namely, they will not receive the teachers God sends, but will hire teachers themselves, who will tickle their ears with flowery speeches. “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” This is now true. This is the devil’s policy, to turn men from the simple truth, to something for which he creates a desire in the heart. Where such a restless desire exists, be sure the devil has touched the soul with a spiritual itch that is restless for something supposed to be better than God’s truth. O flee to the blood as soon as such plague spots appear in the heart. Before you run after the military, hollow drum, sect, or any thing else not found set forth as of God, in His Word of truth, remember that “Christ will come in flaming fire, taking vengeance upon them that know not God and obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” “Unto them that are contentious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,” God will render, “indignation and wrath.” — Rom. 2:8. “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” — Heb. 10:26. O ye saints, ye dearly beloved in the Lord: we know ye have heard the truth, and believing ye do know the truth; take heed to yourselves therefore, that ye sin not, nor depart from the truth, lest your souls fall into the blackness of woe and dispair. Thank God! If ye he true in heart to Him who hath called you unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, no man can “hinder you that you should not obey the truth.” — Gal. 5:7. There may indeed come “false brethren, privately to spy out our liberty, which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring you into bondage: to whom give place by subjection, no, not for an hour, that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you.” — Gal. 2:4, 5.
There were a few who spake in our meetings while we were with you, who have not the right spirit, of whom are Uncle John (colored) and Quigley. The former much self puffed, the latter also exhalted in self and deceived by the spirit of error, who we pray may he delivered from error, and receive the Spirit of truth.
Some of you, dearly beloved, have been backsliders from the love of God, in which ye greatly sinned against, the goodness and mercy of the Lord. But now we greatly thank God that His infinite compassion hath received you again in His kingdom of grace. Ye therefore have a double debt of gratitude resting upon you, toward God your merciful Father, and Christ Jesus who hath shown you such great love in freely pardoning your manifold sins. Ye therefore should abound much in thanksgiving to God, and cheerfully endure any chastening the Lord may deem good for your souls. If He should not bless thee apparently as much as before departing from Him, thank God that He dealeth with thee as with sons. See Heb. 12:8-12. Take it for granted that the apparent with-holding of joy, is for the good of thy soul, and that He worketh all things in His temple according to His perfect wisdom, and thy highest interest. In fact we all have to consecrate our feelings and joys subject to God’s will in the living sacrifice for entire sanctification, and to take that point or any other off the altar is to forfeit full salvation. Beware therefore lest satan put restless itching in thy heart, to hanker after some institution of babylon, with his fair promise that you will be blessed more. None of us deserve any blessing from God; but he that walketh in the truth with an humble, greatful and obedient heart will be blessed of God just as He sees is for our safty, wellfare, and usefullness. But he that departs from the “Church of the Living God, which is the pillar and ground of the truth,” and seeks among babel confusion, and animal excitement, to be more happy, opens the door of his heart for satan himself to enter with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they hold not sacred the truth of Christ.
Therefore dearly beloved in the Lord, our joy and our crown of rejoicing: “As the truth of Christ is in us,” we continue, as when present with you, to admonish you, and warn you all to make no compromise with error, nor fellowship with babylon, lest ye partake of her sins, and receive of her plagues. She “is fallen, fallen, and become a habitation of devils, a hold of every foul spirit.” For the sake of Christ and your own soul, stay out of her meetings. God has but one Church in one City. See seven Churches in seven Cities: Rev. 1:11. Plurality only attaches to God’s Church in a geographical sence. There is “one body in Christ,” Rom. 12:4, 5. That “one body” is His Church. 1 Cor. 12:27, 28. Eph. 1:22, 23. Col. 1:18, 24. This one Church of God in many cities, is called the Churches in those cities, which means God’s one Churchy in many places. There is therefore but one Church of God in the City of Denver. In the name of the Lord ye as lively stones have been builded into His holy temple. Ye know that ye are of the truth, in the “Church of God, the pillar and ground of the truth,” and ye know therefore that all who stand aloof from the Church of God, and do not drink in the one Spirit, by which we are all baptized into one body, are not of that one body. And to attend and encourage their meetings is to sanction division and confusion, which God abhors. ‘A man that is an heretic (namely a sectarian) after the first and second admonition, reject; knowing that he that is such is subverted and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” — Titus 3:10, 11. Every organization, and every professed religionist in any town or neighborhood, that operates separately from, and independent of the Church of God in that place, organized by the Holy Spirit, acknowledging Christ as the only head, and door, and being filled with the Spirit of God, and walking in all His commandments, every person, or persons professing Christ, and yet disintegrated from God’s true Church, are heretics, or sectarians, and are “subverted and sinneth.” Therefore “come out from among them and be ye separate;” lest ye “partake of her sins and receive of her plagues.” The time was when God used men in sects, but sectism has fallen, and God has abandoned the whole thing, and commands “His people to come out of her.” So if you expect to please God and keep saved, keep away from all men and parties, who separate themselves from, the “Church of the Firstborn which is written in Heaven.”
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. — Eph. 6:10, 17.
By manifestation of the truth, commending yourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. — 2 Cor. 4:2. Yea, By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the Word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left. — 2 Cor. 6:6, 7. War a good warfare and “stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath set you free.” By all means “be established in the present truth,” 2 Pet. 1:12, which has been preached unto you by the Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven. “And if any of you do err from the truth,” “ye that are spiritual restore such an one in the Spirit of meekness.” Visit one another often, comfort the weak and lift up any that may be falling. God bless the dear Elders, and give them much wisdom and vigilance to feed and guard the flock of God. And all of yon be subject to them that are over you in the Lord, and admonish you, whose faith follow, as ensamples to the flock.
And all labor together for the salvation of souls, that God may be glorified and His Church increased with the increase God. And pray much for us, that much people may be turned to the Lord, that there may be joy in Heaven and on earth.
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” — Cor. 13:11. Mother Smith, and Frankie, and Nannie, and Barney, our fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life. And ourself also, your servant for Christ’s sake, all send greeting, and our much love unto you all. Amen!
Dearly Beloved Saints of the Most High God: — feel it would be to the glory of God to write my testimony. The Lord has so wonderfully saved me from sin, and all desires to sin. I was justified eleven years ago, and lived a justified life for five years. I praise God that I ever had the privilege of hearing holiness preached, and I thank God that I was enabled to accept it as a second definite work. Oh I am so glad that I was willing to present my body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, (Rom. 12:1.) which I did and he accepted the gift and sanctified my soul. Glory to God! I realise the precious blood flowing over my soul, and the fire of the Holy Ghost burning within. I have given up every thing to God and I expect by His grace to go through on the straight Bible line. Glory to God for ever and ever! We have had a blessed good meeting here in Jesus’ name. God did send a dear Bro. here by the name of Sickle, who stayed with us one week and held meeting in Jesus’ name. There were five converted and two sanctified. One was an old man sixty-two years old. Saturday night we had an ordinance meeting at our house; there were twenty-five partook, and, praise God, He met with us in mighty power.
The Lord has wonderfully saved all of our children except one son, and he is far away from God. But I ask the saints to pray for him that he may be brought into the fold. The saints here have no house to worship in only private houses. We are asking God to open up the way for us to build a house of worship if it is His will. I am so glad I ever, learned to walk by faith. I realize that I am walking in the light. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanseth us from all sin. — 1 John 1:7. Oh glory to God! I am saved and walking in the light. Pray for us here at Carthage, that God will keep us true to Him. I am redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Justified freely, and sanctified wholly to God’s will. Glory to God!
Your sister in Christ Jesus.
Mrs. James Pine.
Dearly Beloved Brethren: — May the Lord bless you all with the choisest of His blessings and beep you sweetly saved is my prayer. I am saved and kept by the mighty power of God. And doing His will in all things as He makes it known unto me. Glory be to God!
Brother Williams and brother Worthers from Mongo came to our place last Saturday to hold a meeting. On Sunday night brother Williams by the aid of the Holy Spirit, laid the straight edge of God’s word on them and he soon found where the difficulties were. Well praise God I belong to the Church that no man can tear down neither can the gates of hell prevail against it. Glory to God forever!
Your brother saved and kept by the power of God.
O. A. Harding.
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Wayland Neb., March 16, ’88.
WE are praising God for His great goodness and mercy toward us continually, and for the glorious victory He has given us in this place. Hell has been boiling very intensely about here, and dreadful black scum has exhumed in great abundance from the pits of babylon, and the synagogues of satan. Glory be to Jesus who always causes us to triumph through His own Almighty name. We preached and lived in this community thirteen and fourteen years ago, then a member of the sect, wearing the stolen name of Church of God. The Lord blessed our labors in the salvation of some souls from their sins, and we had good meetings. There were very dear brethren and sisters here. But since our departure the work has retrograded. Some oft heir preachers were horse jockeys, others jealous hearted dead formalists, too cold and dry to keep men awake, much less awaken and get any one converted. The one on the work up to the time of our coming here has preached here four years without the conversion of a single soul. During our meeting he resigned his charge here, and we are told has now hired himself to preach for the (anti) Christian sect at Wayland, some of the members of which were the most malignant enemies and opposers of the work of grace. An unsaved citizen declared the other evening that about all the had behavior, and interruption he had seen during our meetings, was by the sinners of the sects. O what a fearful account the day of judgment will reveal. What inveterate hatred, what a miriad of lies, black as the pit from whence they proceeded, what ungodly speeches, idolatrous sect members running from house to house, to use their utmost wits and slanderous tongues to keep souls from getting salvation. An old priest of baal who recently resigned that pulpit, we are informed, to try his fortune in admittance fees, lecturing, was out the other night to hear us. He arose and requested privilege to speak, but knowing the intense opposition to the truth ever since we preached a few times here in the fall, we could give no place to antichrist. Before he left the house, his sin-filled heart overflowed in language such as usually drops from the tongue of men reeling from the saloon, and wishing to fight some one. Oh the wickedness of babylon: it is sickening to behold; and it is daily becoming more shocking. Surely her cup of iniquity must soon be full, and it will be poured out upon their heads in divine wrath. Yea saith the Lord, Yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction. — Isa. 10:25.
And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel. — Ezek. 38:18, 19.
There were more souls saved here than has been for many years, and more devil manifest, than ever witnessed by the people before, and that wicked opposition, principally by sectarians, or sinners under their influence. These two events we see running coincidently, namely, the salvation of souls, and the wrath of sect forces. This is because the revival work out side of sect confusion, makes their idolatrous hearts jealous, knowing that Christ has gone out of her entirely. It is also accounted for by the fact that the Gospel which condemns and reproves non-professors, they are unwilling to suffer the mortification of getting down before God and seeking salvation; hence the Word of God is to them “wormwood and the water of gall.”
Praise God, some of the old members of the denomination yet holding on to a profession, had their first love restored, and also received entire sanctification. Some of their sons and daughters who were innocent children when we were here among them, now grown up, we had the pleasure of seeing joyfully saved of the Lord. Wicked men who had never given, religion scarcely any thought were melted and subjugated by the love of God and the Gospel of His don our precious Redeemer. There were all of forty souls that bowed before God to seek His mercy during the meeting, but not near all of them have gained the glorious standing ground on the summit of holiness. Some had been to deeply traditionized in babylon to receive the complete Word of God, and we fear their poor souls are drawing back from God and His truth. Many were hindered by satan, through the activity of sect influences, some by being thereby influenced, and others by being continually provoked at their abominable aspersions, and wicked opposition. Yesterday our dearly beloved Bro. Barney immersed nine happy saints in the blue river. It was a glorious and joyful time. About all came up out of the water praising God with the glory in their souls. Thus God still speaks from Heaven as He did when Christ was baptized. “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Only He does so by His Spirit and not by an audible voice. Dear Bro. and Sister Page, whom we knew in Ohio, came fifteen miles from Ulysses, and gave their hearts to the Lord. They desired us to come to that town, and preach the everlasting Gospel, others there were anxious to hear the Word. We closed here, expecting to go there a few days, but the roads getting bad and we needing a little rest, were led of the Lord to rest here a couple days, holding meeting, if the Lord will, over next Lord’s day, when we will have an ordinance meeting. Then go to Table Rock Neb., and after visiting the Church of the Living God in that place, hold a meeting in Humboldt several miles east of there. Let all the beloved saints of God continue to pray for us. O how our hearts long after you all, in the pure love of Jesus. We expect to get home in April the Lord willing. Praise God, we purpose issuing a new hymn book this spring. God is giving us wonderful precious Anthems from the Throne. This morning the Lord gave dear Bro. Barney a very precious tune, and all the parts, which he wrote in less than two hours. Glory to God! Now we shall look to Him for the words. Dear Mother Smith, Barney, Nannie, and Frankie, and your humble servant of the Most High God, all send greeting to all saints, and much love. Amen!
To all the Saints in God the Father and in Jesus Christ our Lord. Grace, mercy and peace be mtltiplied unto you all. We are still in the Body of Christ, filled with His love and sanctified by the blood of the Lamb. The New Pittsburg meeting began, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Feb. 15th, and lasted until the 29th. The entire meeting was a spiritual and a successful one, much good was done in the strength of our King of peace. When we came to this place we found some of the saints had lost the joy out of their soul by listening to the devil and false teachers. But thank God, when they saw their condition, were willing to get under the blood and let Jesus save them from their enemies, and all that would oppose them.
The first of March Bro’s H. Wickersham and F. Byrum conveyed us out to Willow Chapel where we began meeting the same evening. We found some of the saints in the same condition in this place. May God open the eyes of all the saints to know those who are sent of God and those who are not. Not all who claim to be outside of babylon and in the Body of Christ, really are. As we often hear it expressed, in both testimony and preaching, “That it is one thing to be out of babylon, and another thing to have babylon out of us.” A man may not have his name on their class book, nor meet with them in worship, and even speak against them (sects) and yet not be a child of God.
The meeting lasted fifteen days at Willow Chapel, during which time there were ten made happy in the Son of God by being forgiven of all their sins. Four of the number presented their bodies a living sacrifice and were sanctified through and through by the blood and the Spirit. We feel quite confident that the Church in this place is in a better condition than it has been yet. May God ever keep them in the truth, filled with the Holy Spirit of God, ready to do all God has for them to do.
We commenced meeting about three miles from Deerfield, in the neighborhood of Bro’s Geo. Marsh and Samuel Grow. In this place we expect to continue the meeting as long as the Spirit leads.
Your saved Bro’s in the work of the Master.
A. J. Kilpatrick.
To all the Saints of the Most High God, greeting: — have just returned home from Ill. where I have been preaching God’s. holy Word for the last three months. I was laboring in Sefton and Louden township, Fayette Co. Ill.. There never had been any real straight holiness teaching in that place; but there in some miserable stuff palmed off on the people called holiness: and when I began to preach the awful truth, the … ..got stirred in the babylonian priests and they prejudiced their poor deluded followers against us till we had hard work to get a place to hold meeting, so we went from house to house telling the people of the deeper things of God. The people soon began to get their eyes open, and listen to the truth, and some of them stepped out and got sanctified, and then the sect devil began to rage in their sect priests. The M. E. sect beast told me that he was sanctified, then he afterward denied a second work of grace and denounced the straight truth. As soon as he found that I did not belong to any sect, he would not let me preach in his synagogue; and the presiding Elder of the U. B. sect said he had no use for a man that would profess to do the will of God, and any such a man had better be taken out of the way. Well, “babylon is fallen, is fallen and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” Some ordered us away from their houses, and they claiming to be the children of God; but the Lord gave us victory and we gave the people the straight Word, and told them the awful sin of sectism. There were thirteen or fourteen claimed sanctification most of whom were very clear. There were some conversions and some reclaimed; they are now holding their prayer meetings regular and the work is moving on gloriously. I just closed a meeting last Saturday at the Rigdon school house with victory on the Lord’s side. The house was filled with anxious listeners, and some were reclaimed, some converted, and some sanctified. O praise the Lord! Conviction rested heavily on many dear souls, but they would not yield: and while I was preaching the awful truth, the Lord opened the way for His mighty power to be manifested in healing some of them that would believe on His name. Praise the Lord! Bro. Marlin Diveley, 68 years old, had been afflicted for four or five years with sore eyes, so bad at times that he had to be led, could hardly tell one man from another. He was sanctified and his eyes healed till he can see as well as other men of his age. O praise the Lord! Sister Lou Diveley had been blind with sore eyes for over four weeks, so she had to stay in a dark room all the time, and she suffered intense pain. We talked and prayed with her and anointed her with oil in the name of the Lord, and laid hands on her and the Lord healed her eyes till all soreness left them; but they were weak. We prayed the Lord to give them strength and they were made every whit whole. O praise the Lord for ever and ever! There were many other marvelous cases of healing done. Sister White was given up by the doctors as incurable and the Lord healed her instantaneously. Sister Kempt was healed and sanctified. All that were healed were sanctified except some children. There is a large field open there for work. Who of the TRUMPET readers can go there this summer and labor for the Lord? Your Bro. under the blood, kept by the power of God. Amen!
Geo. E. Bolds.
Dear Saints: — May the abundant fullness and richest blessing of God ever be yours with constant joy and peace in this life. We praise God, that He is so marvelously leading us by His Spirit, and keeping us in the ways of righteousness — yea filling our souls with rapturous delights of God, and a holy zeal to rescue lost souls, and to strengthen those who stand.
After the meeting at Pittsville Pa. we tarried with Bro. Latshaw a few days, holding a meeting at his house. One soul converted and afterward sanctified. From there we went to Mechanicsville and hold a meeting which closed Feb. 6th. Indeed we had a glorious meeting. The Lord did bless the dear saints in face of all disbelief of the world. In a private prayer meeting two souls were converted to God. Glory to God for the rewards the Spirit brings to His humble followers. O hallelujah to God! After holding a meeting at Mariasville we went to Red Lion and had a heavenly and hallowed waiting together. O glory to God! how our souls were filled with the dewy, balmy winds which came from the throne of God, causing our souls to leap for joy and calling out our hearts in shouts of praise. Five believers were sanctified. One person was baptized who came out of the water praising God amidst a throng of disbelievers. At this place we separated. Bro. Palmer returning to his home in Mich., and I felt impressed of the Lord to remain a few days at Mariasville, and other places to labor for perishing souls, and the Lord has wonderfully blessed and helped me in all my labors among the brethren. Think God for leading me humbly in the narrow way, and delivering me from the snares of the evil one. I expect soon to visit my parents at Liberty, O. Dear saints, pray that I may be kept low at the cross of Jesus, doing His blessed will.
Your Bro. in Christ, saved and sanctified.
John C. Mayne.
Dear Brethren: — We greet you once more in the name of King Jesus. All praise to his name. We closed the meeting here Thursday night. Mar. 8, with victory on the Lord’s side in spite of all opposition by sectarians and the devil. A few came to the altar, some refused to give up their sect idol, and were defeated by the devil. The power of God was present at every coming together, and the majority of large congregations was won to the truth, and some melted to tears, others confessed their lost condition publicly, saying they once were converted, but by doctrines of devils taught by sect preachers they thought it impossible to live without
sinning or be made holy in this life, and so they had sinned. By the straight preaching of the unadulterated Gospel they were able to realize their sinful, lost and ruined condition and asked the prayers of the saints for their deliverance.
Dear Bro. Schell remained with us here until next to the last night of the meeting, when he left us to go to Randolph Co. Ind. Six asked the prayers of the saints the last night of meeting, and we are earnestly praying for their deliverance from the coils of sectism, and for the salvation of their souls. Saturday the 10th, in company with some of the saints, we were taken by our dear Bro. A. J. Fosnight, several miles North, near Wapakoneta, Auglaize Co. O., where we held three meetings in the Methodist house. This I think was the darkest and most desolate place we ever had visited. We had but little trouble by preaching the Word to show some of the people the fallen condition of sectism. One of whom babylon called its best members, told Bro. Fosnight he had learned more in one sermon than he had ever learned before in all the preaching he ever heard. Praise God for salvation! We will meet with the few saints at Bro. Fosnight’s the 15th and then return to Payne, and elsewhere as the Lord may direct. The saints here were much bothered by the unholy conduct of one, over which sinners were stumbling. I pray God to deliver his soul out of the snare of the devil, for Jesus’ sake that the work of God be no further hindered here.
Pray for us all ye saints of the Most High God that we may be kept from all error and delusions of the devil.
Your saved Bro. and sister all on the altar, and on the sea of glass mingled with fire. Hallelujah! ready to battle for the Lord.
March 16. ’88.
Meeting closed here to-night with victory on the Lord’s side. Three at the altar for pardon, two obtained the blessing sought. One was not clear; we pray God to speedily help her to believe on the Lord for pardon. We pray God to keep all the dear saints at this place for Jesus’ sake, and help them that are unsanctified to go on to perfection. We start for Payne to-night, and from there to wherever the Lord may lead. Cannot some of the dear brethren visit this place soon, and perfect that which is lacking in the faith of some.
J. N. & M. J. Howard.
To all the dear Saints greeting: — May the dear Lord bless you all and keep the holy fire burning in your hearts. Amen!
I have eternal victory in my soul to-day. Hallelujah! Since Christmas I have been working for the Master in Benton Co. Mo. My Bro. J. Cole and myself commenced meeting in an M. E. sect house by their request. They said they had a little Holy Ghost salvation and thought they could stand a little more. But when judgment began to be laid to the line and righteousness to the plummet, they became afraid that the refuge of lies would be swept away; they loved their idols and locked the house. Bless the Lord! He put a real hallelujah shout in our souls. One of the leading members gave a pound party at his house during the meeting, being so filled with sect wine. And immediately after the meeting another sect member gave a play party at which most of the sect members were present including the class-leader. Alas! alas! babylon is fallen and is become a habitation of devils, etc. Next I went to Warsaw Mo., to assist a couple of holiness ministers in a few days meeting. Good seed was sown, interest was rising. The meeting being in a sect meeting house, sect members wanted their house, so we had to bring the services to a close. Bro’s Brown and Carney the holiness ministers above referred to are well meaning men, out of babylon, but have not babylon out of them. They had not the blessed evening light, and had no light on the ordinances; they were in the Quaker heresy on that point. May the Lord help them to take the whole Word of God.
Next I held meeting about three miles from Lincoln Mo. in a meeting house, no other workers with me. My Bro. J. Cole went to Wellman Ia. to hold a meeting. God was with me in power and enabled me to preach the straight Word. Hallelujah! I had some success; true holiness had never been preached there before. Some gladly received the Word, and accepted the light on God’s Church, but they did not get clear in experience. Some of them went so far as to give up their tobacco. May God help them. Amen!
A God-sent evangelist full of fire and the Holy Ghost, with the evening light in his soul, is much needed in those parts. A few saints want to be baptized, and there are some hungry souls want the bread of life. “A prophet is not without honor save in his own country.” As that is near my home, I believe God will be glorified more for some one else of his anointed ones to commence the battle there. Who will respond? If you want to correspond with any one in this part on this subject, address George L. Cole Windsor, Mo., or Marion Cole Lincoln Mo.
Yours in the body of Christ, down at the feet of Jesus, with the glory and fire in my soul. Amen!
Dear Brethren: — May God wonderfully bless your souls, and may your faith grow exceedingly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May you be filled with the Spirit, love and power of Jesus. O dear ones, may God let the earthquake power of the Holy Ghost upon you. Go down upon your knees at midnight, pray and sing until the power comes down, tarry at Jerusalem until endued with power from on high. Jesus says, Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. O may God send down the power and fire. Hallelujah to God for the fire I feel in my soul! It makes us all one and makes us see eye to eye. The Holy Ghost leads us into all truth. It is expedient that I go away; for if I go not away the Comforter will not come; but if I go I will pray the Father and He will give you another Comforter which is the Holy Ghost which will abide with you for ever. He will teach us how to pray, for we know not how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. — Rom. 8. May God pour into us the Spirit of prayer; pray without ceasing; pray always pray in the Spirit; pray the prayer of faith; the effectual fervent prayer. Remember God has His ears open unto your cry, His eyes are upon you. I realize there is great slackness on the line of prayer. See Jesus praying all night; hear Him in the garden, there agonizing in prayer. O God help us to get down in the garden with Jesus and there (not as the first disciples, go to sleep) watch and pray with Jesus. Remember Jesus is being betrayed into the hands, of wicked men who revile Him: many will betray Jesus. My Bro., sister, will it be you or I? O God help us to be eternally true to Jesus. O my brother look around you and see the millions going down to hell and you are doing nothing to save them. Each one has some thing to do and we can only fulfill the place in the body of Christ alloted to us. Awake! awake! O Zion! put on thy beautiful garments; put on thy strength and power. O God lay the burden of soul up on us; may we get down and cry night and day for those who are lost around. For truly the harvest is past, the summer is ended and the Gentile world is not saved. The ninty-nine out of every hundred is on the way to perdition and will be eternally lost unless they awake to see their lost condition. I realize more and more that we are in the days spoken of by the prophets. Jer. 8:19-22. Isa. 17:4-8. These are wonderful present truths, we are in the time of the Gentile gleaning, only a few souls are being saved. Now the prophets say that it shall be as the shaking of an Olive tree, two or three berries on the topmost bough. When the tree is full of berries it only takes a small shake to make many berries fall to the ground; but when there is only a few berries in the top of the tree it takes shaking, thumping and pounding to get one berry. Now this is the way to-day, while a few years ago the tree was loaded, and a few sermons in the Holy Ghost, many hundreds would be saved real converts to Jesus. Now you can preach many, very many sermons and only a few receive the Word of God and are saved. So was it at Meriden, we were there two weeks and preached the awful Word of God with the Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven and only a few received the Word with gladness. Six were saved from sin. Praise the Lord! there is quite a little company of saints at Meriden, about 25 in the Body of Christ. May God wonderfully keep them from the evil one. While we were there we received a telegram from home the 14th, to come
home, our baby was very sick. We dame home leaving Bro. Houghton there, two more souls were saved after we left. Probably some more would have been saved could we have continued the meeting longer. God bless the dear ones at Meriden and keep them in the unity of the Spirit. The abominable sect beast was wonderfully stirred, and roared considerably, the devil causing them to lie against the saints. Saints, be true! I remain yours, true to Jesus, saved.
J. P. Haner.
Maple Rapids, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — This morning we can say to the glory of God that we are well and saved. Yes praise His holy name for ever! He is our Physician, our guide, our all in all. Jesus says: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.” “And these signs shall follow them that believe: in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
So we see by the Scriptures if we are believers in Christ these signs must follow or we are counted with the unbelievers. He that believeth not shall be damned. Jesus said to Martba, If thou wouldest believe thou shouldest see the glory of God. Yes praise the Lord! It is them that believe that do see the glory of God, and that receive the benefit of him. Some will say if I could only see then I would believe. Blessed is he that believeth, and hath not seen. Well glory be to Jesus! I will say right here to the glory of God, a short time ago my husband was taken very sick with high fever, was not able to sit up. To all appearance he was attacked with the billions fever. Did we call for a physician? no, we prayed for him, and laid on hands in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Lord heard and answered our prayer and healed his afflicted body, for which we give Him all the glory. He says His eyes are always over the Righteous, and his ears are always open to their cry. He also says. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Bless His holy name forever! We remain ns ever your saved and sanctified Bro. and sister, baptized by the one spirit into the one body.
J. T. & E. A. Lyon.
“BEAR YE ONE ANOTHERS BURDENS.”
To the Trumpet Family and all the saints scattered abroad, greeting. My testimony is that I am sanctified and living under the blood, enjoying the perfect rest of the soul. Hallelujah! O how sweet the fellowship of the dear saints.
Well I am at work in the vineyard, and in the order of God. He says go work and what is right I will give you. O how He does bless me when I go forth in His name.
While reading brother Schoolcraft’s article in regard to the debt on the Trumpet Office, I felt impressed to add a little more to it, and set forth a plan wherein we may by our united efforts do something toward raising the means to pay this debt. And I myself not only intend to lay down the plan, but give as God hath prospered me.
“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the Churches so do ye, upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” — 1 Cor. 1:16. I know some will say, I am poor; and in debt, and am not able to do any thing. But remember the Word says. As God hath prospered. Now if God has prospered you with one dollar, you can give five or ten cents, and you will find it will be a good investment. For the Lord will multiply your store as he has promised in Mal. 3: beginning with the 7th verse and continuing unto the end of the chapter. “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me.
But ye say wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.” — Vr. 8. The most of us have been saved from tobacco or tea and coffee. Now what are we doing with the money we used to throw away in this way? Surely we can afford to give a part of it at least to the Lord. I am afraid some have been making a speculation of the Lord and His salvation, and using all the money to enrich themselves which they used to spend in unnecessary dress, tobacco, tea, coffee, whiskey etc. “Bring all your tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now here with saith the Lord of hosts if I will not open the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” You see the Lord promises to bless those who give to His cause, and really it is not us giving, for all we have is the Lord’s and we are only stewards over it, and we must see to it that we are wise stewards and use that which He has placed in our hands to His glory, lest He come and remove it out of our hands. Remember the rich man in Luke 12th chapter. And the Lord says, “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
I write this in the interest of the cause of Christ; believing that the raising of this debt from the office will be for the glory of God.
Now my plan is this, I will put a certain amount by for this purpose, say $5.00 and I am going among the Churches as far as it is reasonable to drive, to stir them up in regard to this matter, and gather as much as possible together for this purpose Now brethren let us take hold of this matter at once. “For the King’s business requires haste.” Let us have this accomplished by the last of April. Let every Elder and Deacon feel the responsibility resting upon him of taking this in hand and stirring up the Church, as well as giving of their own substance to this work. You know if some one does not take this matter in hand, and into their hearts there will be nothing done: and it is highly necessary that something be done at once. You all like to read the paper and it must have support.
I have been looking into the financial matters of the Trumpet a little, and I find there are about 1500 subscribers, and there are about 2000 copies printed and they scatter the most of the 500 around without receiving anything for them. And there are about four hundred subscribers that are behind on their dues. Now we know that no secular paper could run in this way, and if it were not for donations the Trumpet could not run either, we need not expect the Trumpet funds to pay the debt.
Now brethren, I will give you a plan which the Church at this place has adopted. We have a little box made that is closed only a small place where we can slip in our offering. The box is brought to the meeting house and set upon the stand where everybody can slip into it what the Lord has prospered them with, “so that upon the first day of the week every one can lay by in store,” and there need be no gatherings.
Send all money to the Gospel Trumpet Office.
Your brother, saved and sanctified, doing the will of the Lord.
C. B. Butler.
Dear Saints: — My testimony is, I am saved this morning by the mighty power of our God, and sanctified just now. Praise God for salvation that keeps me from sin Hallelujah to God and the Lamb for ever! I am in the Church of the Firstborn. The Word says, “He that is born of God doth not commit sin, for His seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God.” Praise God for this evening light which has come into my heart, and for victory over the beast. Pray for me that I may live for God and do His will in all things. Your Brother under the blood of Jesus, kept by the mighty power of God unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. Glory to His name for ever!
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to tell you what the Lord is doing for me and my family. He has saved me from all sin and keeps me by His mighty power and has caused me to pass through trials hitherto unknown to me. He took my baby home to Himself which seemed hard at first, but when I remembered that all things work together for good to them that love God it was easy to give her up. I know she is better off, and I praise God that He has saved one of the family from the cares of this life. My prayer is that He may through our affliction lead the rest to our precious Savior. I have greater faith in God than ever before. I do praise God for His healing power. I resolved never to give little children strong medicine, those for whom I could exercise faith; and the Lord tried my faith. The three youngest children one after another were taken with severe colds and threatened with lung fever, had high fever for two days and nights; but I felt that if the Lord could not he trusted surely vain would be the help of man. I just asked the Lord to heal them and laid on my hands according to James 5:16. and the fever left them. Not having the means to send for an Elder I did the best I could, and the Lord heard my prayer for which I praise Him. I am determined by the grace of God to go through on the highway of holiness. Pray for me that my faith fail not. Your humble sister in Christ.
Mary E. Hurd.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led by the Spirit of God to write a few lines for His glory. I am now thirty years of age and have long been seeking for a people that would stand up for the truth at all times, and at last I chanced to meet with brother Flegel in Northern Michigan. We soon became acquainted, bless God, and it was a glorious meeting to me and one long to be remembered. He gave me one or two of the Gospel Trumpets to take home and read. I read them carefully and said truly this is the people for which I have long sought. So I bless and praise God for the acquaintance, it has strengthened me ever since, and by the grace of God I mean to be true to the cause in aiding others by my experience. Dear friends I feel like testifying of God’s power to heal. Since I came to this county I have been seriously afflicted with Neuralgia and Rheumatism. The physicians told me they could not cure me, so I took God at His word and was led by His Spirit. He says He is the same yesterday, to day and forever. I began to pray for relief, and bless the Lord, I got it immediately. And I had another precious experience of God’s power to heal. My little girl was taken sick with fever. I was absent at the time, and when I returned home my companion told me about it. I went to her bedside, laid my hand upon her brow, and was led by the Spirit of God to pray over her. I knelt down and prayed God to relieve her, and I had not prayed long until she arose from her bed healed by the power of God. He alone is worthy to be praised.
Your brother saved and sanctified, made clean through the blood of the Everlasting Covenant.
At the Gospel Trumpet Office in Grand Junction Michigan, March 4th 1888. Bro. Enoch E. Byrum and sister Celia A. Kilpatrick, were legally joined in marriage by the writer: they having been previously united by the loving hand of God their heavenly Father.
Brother Byrum is Publisher of the Gospel Trumpet, and sister Celia has been a faithful worker in the Office for over three years. The Lord bless this dear couple with continual grace and glory, happiness and prosperity.
Truly Lord, Thou hast wrought this with Thy hand,
In joining these in wedlock’s holy band.
Catharine Christman wife of Bro. George Christman was born in Bridenbough Germany in the year 1815. Died Feb. 24 th 1888, aged 73 years. Mother Christman lived a devoted Christian life, always happy and rejoicing. She bore her last affliction with patience being perfectly reconciled to the will of God, and telling her friends that she would soon go home.
May the Lord bless father Christman and keep him faithful unto the end.
Funeral services from 2 Cor. 5:1-11.
W. L. Kilpatrick.
Emery Newton, son of brother and sister Jacob and Nancy Basore, died in Van Wert Co, Ohio March 10th 1888, aged 4 years 10 months and 14 days. The parents and friends who were saved bore their affliction with perfect resignition to the will of God. May the Lord help the unsaved ones to prepare to meet little Newton in the everlasting kingdom.
Funeral services by the writer from Rev. 20:6.
W. L Kilpatrick.
ANSWER TO QUESTIONS.
1 ST. A brother writes us, asking whether it is right to state the number of souls that consecrate during a meeting. Also stating that he had been convinced he should not hereafter do so, from the fact that after reporting a large number having been saved, and afterwards returning, or others going to that place, expecting to find a big Church of saints, find very few left.
In answer, we would say, Brethren, these things might not so to be. First let the work be more thorough, clean, and well winnowed. Turn the fanning mill with such tremendous power that all the chaff, chess, and shriveled wheat be blown away before you leave the place, and their will not apt to be such a shrinkage in the clean wheat, but rather an increase in the heap. Lay judgment to the line and righteousness to the plumet. Examine thoroughly every sacrifice, probe deep for some defect, some old sore slightly healed over on the outside. Ask God to give you wisdom to detect every man who would consecrate for sanctification and is not truly justified. Do not believe a man is justified when the Spirit of God in you produces an opposite feeling. Deal in love and tenderness with all souls, but be thorough. Better err on the side of calling in question a clean justification, than on the side of acknowledging, or allowing that primary grace where it does not exist, or is too much clouded to approach the holiest of all. O all ye ministers, and workers in the vineyard of the Lord, I charge you before Christ Jesus and His awful coming, that you observe these things. For want of thoroughness the cause of God suffers every way, souls perish, and the name of Christ and His precious holiness is brought into disrepute. If your work has usually fallen away, we pray you, get down before God in fasting and prayer, and deeper consecration, and never stop until you get more perfectly filled with the all searching, and illuminating power of the Holy Spirit. “If any man’s work abide, he shall receive a reward; but if it shall be burned he will suffer loss.”
Concerning the report of numbers saved, it is not wrong to do so, if we do it with a single eye to the glory of God, and are very careful not to exagerate. It is very well not to mention the exact number at all. But if you do let the enumeration not exceed those that are clear, and to all appearance well established. Here is the Apostolic way of reporting. “And the same day there were added unto them about three thousand.” “Howbeit many of them which heard the Word believed; and the number of the men were about five thousand.” We can say about so many, this gives margine, for such as we may think will prove true and do not, and also for such as we now stand in doubt of, if they prove steadfast in the future. But above all things, put the number low enough so that future facts may excel the figures rather than fall below. We usually have put our reports very low, but felt dissatisfied with the statement in our last news of the work in Denver. The report gave the number of the Church forty. We think we stated, about forty, or nearly forty, or at least intended to so state the mailer. There were all of that number professing to be saints, whom we believe sincere, but some were lacking the fullness, and we have reason to fear the Church would not actually manifest that number.
2nd Question. Will the dear TRUMPET tell at some convenient time whether it is right for the saints to go into a sect house to attend to the ordinance of washing the saints feet, and the Lord’s supper? From your Bro. washed and sanctified.
Answer. Circumstances may, or may not make it consistant to do so. Where the parties having the house in control are but few, and well disposed toward the saints, and good order, and solemn respect can be expected, if the saints have no other suitable place, there is no good reason why God will withhold His blessing from His obedient children in performing these sacred things there. Though the place may have been desecrated with unholy festivities, it is now hallowed by the holy people, with Christ in the midst.
But in all cases where a sect house would be largely occupied by babylonian disbelievers of these holy ordinances, and even scoffers at the same, or where many Sodomite spirits would come together, filled with coarse and ungodly thoughts, and disposition to behave unbecomingly, let not the saints of God observe these sacred things in the midst of any such an unholy babel. Whether it be a sect house, school-house, saint’s house, or hall. Better meet in a private house of sufficient capacity. Announce the meeting openly, but let the matter of the ordinances only be understood privately among the holy people. But in all places where good order and respect can be maintained, perform these things in your usual place of public meeting. We held an ordinance meeting in the hall in Denver, which was most glorious to our souls. All was quiet and orderly, except a few disturbed professors, who set a bad example by talking to each other. In washing the saints feet, let all, as near as practical, take the towel, each one washing and wiping the feet of but one, so that all can have an opportunity to do the precious lowly ordinance of Christ.
For the Lord’s supper, do not buy the wretched intoxicating wine, but take the “fruit of the vine,” the pure juice pressed out of canned grapes, or made from grape jell. Let the deacons see that these elements are provided.
And bread, let it not be brought before the Church, cut all in bits, as in a babylonian sect rite, which is very proper for them to do since they are cut up into sects and schisms and believe in sects: the bread thus cut into bits is a good representation of their faith and practice. But the “communion of the body of Christ” is a different thing from a babylon “sacrament.” The former was instituted by Christ, the latter by Romanism.
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we all are partakers of that one bread. — 1 Cor. 10:16, 17.
The Emphatic, and other translations render this, loaf, instead of bread, and more correctly too. “The loaf which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one loaf, and one body, for we are all partakers of that one loaf.” From these words we see clearly that the communion loaf represents the oneness of the Body of Christ, namely, the unity of all saints. “Now ye are the body of Christ and members in particular.” — 1 Cor. 12:27. In order to simbolize this great fact of oneness, the loaf must be brought to view whole, a single loaf. The same loaf represents the physical body of Christ which was broken, slain, for us; which breaking of His body, through which we have the bread of life, is strikingly memorialized in our breaking from the loaf and giving to each member. The loaf entire represents the spiritual body of Christ, the Church; the breaking of it, the death of His physical body. — 1 Cor. 11:23-26.
3rd Question. Two parties have written us, asking whether a sister has a right to publicly rebuke a brother who is wrong or has sinned. We answer in the name of Christ, that in the Church of the Living God “there is neither male or female.” God is at liberty to work by whom He will. The whole Spirit of the Gospel gives greater freedom, honor and equal rights to the female sex than ever existed under any previous system on earth. But what do we find in the Old Testament?
And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. — Judges 4:4.
We find that for the evil works of the children of Israel, they had been delivered into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan, and very sorely treated. But Deborah being a righteous judge of Israel, and a true prophetess of God, God delivered Israel under her administration. God having commanded her to send Barak with ten thousand men against the enemy, “Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she said, I will surely go with thee.” — Judges 4:6-8. She did go with them to the battle, and God gave them complete victory and deliverance. Has God tied Himself up now that He cannot judge Israel, or even rebuke one man by a woman? Shame on such penurious straining at gnats. Did God use a woman to drive a nail through an enemy’s head, and slay him? See Judges 4:21, and will He not now even use a woman’s tongue to pierce the heart of a hypocrite, with a sharp rebuke? We are informed that the parties that were disaffected over God so using a sister, justify themselves by 1 Tim. 2:11, 12. This Scripture simply requires that a woman should not sot herself up in authority over her husband, and rule him, instead of being in subjection to her husband. It contains not the slightest evidence that God does not use His handmaidens to prophesy, reprove, and rebuke in the spirit of the Lord. The woman, it is true, is the finer, more modest and reserved of the two sexes; but for this very reason, a rebuke in the power of the Spirit through her, will be more manifestly of God, than if delived by some man, whose less fine and reserved nature might suggest that he did it in his own strength. Some think that if any one is to be rebuked; only an Elder must do it. There is mo Scripture to prove the notion. That such responcibilities, usually, and properly fall upon the Elder is true. But that in no evidence that He may use whosoever He may see fit, in their absence or in their presence. There are sometimes existing circumstances why a rebuke through one certain brother or sister would be more effectual than through any one else. That women are used to rebuke publicly may be regarded as not a usual thing, and that Elders do that work is the rule, but that God can use whom He may choose let no person deny. Keep in the Spirit of God, then you will know when God is moving and speaking, no matter who His instrument is. And you will not open your mouth against His work. Do not judge from appearance, nor yet from your penurious notions; but judge righteous judgment.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God that I can still say that I am saved and trusting in God. Eleven years ago I went to God a sinner, and He for Christ’s sake pardoned all my sins. Two years ago last Christmas I went down under the blood and God sanctified me wholly, and I am walking in the light as God gives it to me. I do praise God for what he does for me; He healed me of flux instantaneously. Praise His holy name! I give Him all the glory for what he does for me. I ever expect to live for God while He lets me stay here on the earth. I realize that I am one of His free children. Pray for me that I ever keep low at the feet of Jesus.
Mary E. Hunt.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony is that I am still saved and kept by the power of God, ready to be revealed in the last time. I do praise God that He was so kind as to pick me up when I was going down that broad road to destruction, and place me on the Rock Christ Jesus. Although the devil is seeking whom he may devour, but praises be to God, He gives me victory over the devil and all of his works. My prayer is that God may send some of his Holy Ghost ministers here, that they may hold up the standard of His blessed salvation that saves us from all sin. I do thank God this morning that His laws are written in my heart. Your Bro. in Christ and under the blood.
E. E. Sprague.
St. Johns Mich.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony is, that I am saved and kept by the mighty power of God. Glory to Jesus forever! The good Lord gives me grace to stand firm for Him through trials and temptations.
The Lord does not permit us to meet with any of the dear saints; but it is glorious to be in God’s order. O how it fills my soul with praises as I meditate on the glorious promises laid down in God’s word for all them who obey. And may we all who have taken our cross to follow Jesus, stand firm, and keep our eyes on Jesus and Him only. And not take hold of the plow and look back; though we be tempted till it seems as though we could not endure; and while the devil tries to tell us that we are not saved, and we feel almost forsaken, then the bands of saten are sudenly broken, and the holy fire of God strikes our hearts and makes us leap and shout for victory over the devil, who lays all kind of snairs to catch God’s true children. But we are not of them who turn back unto perdition, but of them who believe to the saving of the soul.
Praise Jesus! My prayer lo God is that all who are called to preach His holy word may not hold back any thing which the Lord impresses them to say; but all may be done in the love and fear of God. O what a responcibility rests upon us; how the world watches our daily walk and conversation. May we all walk as Jesus commanded us to, and not look at others.
Yours in the love and fear of Jesus dead to every thing of this world and alive unto God. We need all your prayers.
Edward and Emma Ehl.
Dear Brethren: — I see so many testimonies in the TRUMPET that does my soul good, and oh bow I do love to read them. And I want to say to the glory of God just now that I am saved through the blood of Christ. I have been reading the GOSPEL TRUMPET for the past two years; and can truly say it is a welcome visitor at our house.
I want to write a few lines for the TRUMPET. For we all have a work to perform and there is no one living that can do the work God has given me to do, but myself. And if the work is not done we will have to answer for it when we all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Dear sinner no matter how low down you are, or what your disposition has been; you may be low in your thoughts, works, and actions; you may be selfish, your heart may be overflowing with wickedness and corruption: yet Jesus will have compassion on you; He will speak comforting words to you, and not treat you coldly as perhaps those of the world would do. But will speak tenderly and affectionately. Come at once He is a faithful friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
May God bless and keep all the TRUMPET readers is my prayer. Pray for me that I may ever be willing to do my Masters will. Your sister saved.
To all the Saints Greeting: — I praise God this morning for a full and free salvation that saves from all sin, and for a blessed Savior that, will save all that will come unto Him.
Pray for me that I may keep free from the snares of satan, and may grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior.
Your sister saved and sanctified.
I praise God for His saving and keeping power. I am wonderfully saved out of babylon and babylon out of me; and I am more settled in the Word of God than ever. By faith I walk in the blessed light of God, and take him for our Physician. All the saints pray that our faith fail not. Your Bro. saved and sanctified just now.
M. F. Lewis.
Berrien Springs, Mich.
Dear Saints: — The Lord bless you all with the fullness of His love and power. May the Lord keep you forever blameless till He shall say It is enough come up higher.
Well, Jesus and I are walking and talking together all along this holy way, and my soul drinks of the everlasting water, so I never thirst. Hallelujah!
Your Brother saved all the time, for Jesus has kept the best of the wine to the last of the ..ast.
Dear Brother Warner: — My prayer is, God bless you. We are all well and have the hope in us that purifies as even as he is pure. Praise God for salvation that keeps us constantly, and saves us to the uttermost. Glory be to God! It is God that works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. We have been having meeting about every night for a month. We have been having calls in different places from six and eight miles off; meeting houses have been opening.
Your saved brother.
W. H. Bragg.
Dear Brethren: — This morning finds me well, blessed and saved, and kept by the mighty power and love of God. God wonderfully blesses and fills my soul with praises for His wonderful love to me. God wonderfully blessel our coming together to worship Him, and makes His love manifest by adding such daily as are being saved, to glorify His name. The little ones all seem to be prospering here. The time seems so short since we were built into the Church of God here, and the growth in grace so wonderful, it reminds me of the vine springing up in one night at Nineva; it is glorious to witness for Jesus. I am sanctified and kept by the blood of Christ. Bless His holy name!
Big Foot, Ind.
Dear Saints: — I Praise the Lord for salvation that saves me just now. I praise God for a present experience, and for the hope I have of meeting all of the pure ones around God’s while throne in glory. Your sister saved in Jesus. Pray for me.
Dear Brethren: — This morning finds me saved and kept by the power of God. Glory be to Jesus for the victory I feel in my soul.
Well dear saints of God, we are having glorious meetings in the name of King Jesus, and precious souls are being added to the Church of Christ. The sects and creeds of mens work are dying here, and I look for a great harvest of precious souls to be reaped in the name of Jesus. Glory to Jesus for complete salvation! Oh the Lord wonderfully fills His little ones with the Holy Ghost fire, when we meet together. “It is Heaven come down to the sanctified wholly.” The Lord is wonderfully leading Bro’s Strang and Foresythe out in the Word of God. Praise the Lord!
E. S. Matteson.
To all the dear Saints of our Blessed Redeemer: — In His name, we say: may the choicest of Father’s blessings rest upon all, for His dear name’s sake. Amen! As a living witness I still testify that I am free and fully saved and sanctified. Praise the Lord forever! I am out on the promise and under the blood, having no compromise with sin.
Dear Saints: — We are praising God today for the joy and peace we have in our souls, through the knowledge of the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. We are saved and kept by the power of God. Hallelujah to the Lamb for ever and ever! Oh, how our hearts are made to rejoice, when we here of the work that is going on in other places. When Bro. Grover came back here last fall, he found some of us in a bad condition, being deluded by the devil; but praise God, some have come back to Father’s house while others are still under the delusion, and don’t seem to care for the fight of faith that is going on here. Pray for us dear Saints that we always be found faithful, doing the will of our Master. Your blood-washed brother.
A. J. Brooks.
Dear Brethren in Christ: — This morning finds me saved. Glory to Jesus for ever! I am determined to stand for God, in spite of the devil and alt his works. My whole trust is in God and He keeps me by His mighty power. Oh glory to Jesus for this great salvation. He has taken my feet from the mire and clay, and put a new song in my month. Glory to His holy name for what I feel in my soul just now. Your sister saved in Christ.
Dear Saints of God: — I am saved by the precious blood of Jesus, and am led to testify of God’s dealing to me. I thank God to-day that Brother Warner was ever led by God to come to Denver and preach the blessed Word of God. The ninth of Jan. I gave my all to Jesus. Bless His name! I used tobacco for 44 years, but glory to God, He gave me the victory over it. O glory to His name! I was led by the Spirit to renounce all sects, and to be buried with Christ in baptism; and to-day I am all the Lord’s.
P. H. Lott.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to testify to what the Lord has done for me. He has saved and sanctified my soul to do His will at all times, O praise the Lord for salvation! He does wonderfully bless my soul, and gives me victory over the devil. Glory to Jesus! O I do praise God for this true light. Your sister in Christ, saved and kept.