15 July 1884, Volume 6, Number 10.
The Two Witnesses.
We have followed these two witnesses to the last verse of Rev. 11. “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testimony and there were lightning’s, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” — Rev. 11:19.
Here we see the continued results of the two witnesses, — the Word and the Spirit of God — having stood up, and ascended into the Church, the place of their special operations. In heaven, i.e., in the ecclesiastical heavens, the temple of God was opened to view; that is the true Church of the living God, which on Christ Jesus, is built up of “lively stones, for a habitation of God through the Spirit,” and “whose builder (organizer) and maker is God,” is so far divested from the rubbish of human creeds, traditions, and organisms, as to be seen again. Praise the name of God! But a few years ago, all thought the various sect corporations, the Church, and their eyes were so blinded that they did not see the real temple of God at all. So that when men ignored sect relations, and adhered only in the body of Christ, the Church, there was a universal cry of the sect shrine worshipers, “No Churchites.” So you see when a man-made organism, was their only idea of the Church, the “temple God” was not yet opened to their view. Rather their blinded eyes were not opened to see it. But a revolution of thought has come. A new realm of light has opened up to the astonished view of all men, in the ecclesiastical heavens. Nearly all the papers that set up the hue and cry of “no churchites” a few years ago, now freely admit, that no sect, neither all sects compose the Church, but that the Church of God is simply composed of all who are “planted together” in Christ Jesus. Thus the long shrouded temple of God is opening up to view as the misty fogs of error, disappear at the springing forth of ”evening light.” Bro. Isaiah reed of the Highway is about the only man we know, of all the holiness editors, that lingers so far back in the fogs of babylon, as to try to raise the clamor of “no church,” “no organization,” against such as belong only to God’s Church. And we trust he will soon become ashamed of his dark age superstitions, when he finds out that the masses understand, that the sects are really no church of God, but that the “body of Christ” is simply “the Church.’ Especially we have hopes for him, since his aged friend and father Rankin has administered a good rebuke to him in the Banner, for his inconsistent thrusts at such as have obeyed God and “come out of her in which the good old man positively asserts that all the true reformers were come-outers, so far as they knew how to divest themselves of the superstitions of sect machinery, to follow Jesus only. Even the badly sectised editor of the Banner is ashamed of his silly assumption that the various sects are the “Branches” of Christ, in John 15.
Yes, the temple of God is open in heaven, and just as sure as God is moving forward, unfolding, and enforcing His truth, all the world shall know that sects are the work of the devil, and all the doors that men open are but the “gates of hell,” which, though they have obscured, can never prevail against the temple of God. “And there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament.” Here is seen the true testimony of the blood washed saints. And here too is the “New Testament, in His blood,” the only refuge, and ark of safety for the soul. The deep, rich strattas of this infinite mine of grace and glory, and flashing truth are now being opened and brought to view by “Them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven.”
“And there were lightning’s, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”
Behold the results of the two Almighty Witnesses having stood up and concentrated their power upon the great mass of mixed worldly and religious elements of protestant babylon.
Along the line of definite radical holiness there are lightning’s, sudden vivid flashes of truth, that stun, and shock with surprise. And there are “voices,” breaking forth in praises to God, yea shouts and songs of victory and deliverance.
“And thunderings.” The great Holiness movement is God in motion, God in earnest; it is His voice of thunder against the abominations that are carried on under pretense of His service and of His Church. He has arisen to shake terribly the earth, and the thunders of His Word now fall with terror upon all the inhabitants of babylon, and cuts off all thieves and hypocrites on every side.
“And an earthquake.” The mighty expansive fire of the Holy Spirit is being deposited in the bowels of the moral and ecclesiastical earth, and the result is vast upheavals which are every where convulsing the city of Babylon, and throwing down her walls. See a parallel passage in Rev. 16:18, 19. “There were voices, and thunder and lightning’s, and there was a great earthquake, —— And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities (sects) of the nations, (which together compose the “great City,”) fell. And great Babylon came in remembrance before God to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.” she is “called Sodom, and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified,” — 11; 8. “And the woman which thou sawest is that great City,” — 17; 18. These scriptures show conclusively that it is not a literal city, but a combination of antichrist forces. And if the city is social and religious commonwealth, the earthquake that demolishes it is also a moral, or spiritual revolution, produced by the two witnesses, the Word and the Spirit of God.
The “great wonder in heaven,” the “man-child,” ect. of Rev. 12:1-6, we pass for a subsequent article. Now let us read Rev. 12:7-12.
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
Now just glance over this picture in connection with that of the preceeding chapter. First you see a time of faithful witnessing, and martyring’ then a time of mirth and revelry, while the two witnesses lay dead in the streets of Babylon, then follows their resurrection, producing consternation among the frollicing children of the harlot city, next their ascension into heaven — the Church, which is followed by great commotions, and moral upheavals, in the ecclesiastical legions.
This is owing to the fact that coming up with power into the nominal Church, they there come in contact with the devil himself, the old dragon and his angels. For “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, and become a habitation of devils, and hold of every foul Spirit.” These witnesses having arisen to purge the Church, a fierce conflict ensues. The dragon is determined not to be dislodged from his advantage ground. “And there was war in heaven: — the ecclesiastical realms — Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not, neither was there place found any more in heaven.” — Rev. 12:7, 8. The lifting up of the pure standard of Bible holiness through the power of the two witnesses, the Spirit and the Word, strikes the seat of the dragon in the city of sect confusion, and arouse him to battle. The re-stand up of the real Word and the Spirit of God, cuts off all sinners as not in the Church at all. For “Whosoever sins hath not seen Him neither known Him.” “He that commits sin is of the devil.” — 1John 3:6, 8. This standard of God’s truth is not lifted up by sectarian holiness teachers. They recognize as in the church, all sinners that have their names on the sect class book, and so doing they give the dragon and his angels place, to rule over and deceive the children of God. These teachers do not, and dare not “take the precious from the vile.” They recognize the authority of the sect, and say to God’s children, even to the purified in heart, “be loyal to your church,” which is equivalent to saying, “be thou holy,” but obey the “ecclesiastical dragon,” as T. K. Doty has well named him: for you may be sure the devil will not belong to a church—sect—and not work himself into chief control of the concern; hence the ecclesiastical power in all the sects, is simply the “dragon, the old serpent, called the devil,” setting up a standard of loyalty to himself, and accusing the brethren before God, to whom alone every child of God should feel the obligation of loyalty. This dragon author–was, and still is respected by the teachers in the inter-babylonian holiness work. Hence the dragon was not disturbed, the real war in heaven was not, and still is not, begun by such. But it has come wherever Michael and his angels, — Jesus Christ and his true ministers — have made war upon the dragon and his angels — the devil and his sect hireling priests, — by preaching the Bible idea of the Church, which is the “body of Christ,” which includes none of the dragon’s angels; Jesus Himself, the door’ through which no diabolian can enter; the class book in heaven where the devil and his class leaders cannot gain access to enter the names of bastards.
These frying heralds present the bible standard of consecration to God, which cuts off all adhearance to sect names, and creeds, as an absolute condition to entire sanctification. Where the simple word of God is preached against sectism, no living person can obtain the experience of perfect holiness, without abandoning all these cut off branches of Rome, the more than people can enter therein, without giving up the use of tobacco, where the scriptures are brought to bear upon that filthy lust of the flesh. God puts His seal upon the preaching of the former, just as much as upon the latter. This “thorough holiness destroys sects and denominations,” hence routes the dragon and his angels, who have made these pens their “holds,” and place of operation, ever since Rome, the eldest, and mother of all the rest, was formed by satan.
“And the great, dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan which deceived the whole world: he was cast out with him,” — Rev. 12:9.
Yes the old dragon, the father of all sects, has indeed deceived the whole world, by making them believe that these human organisms are the Church, instead of Jesus Christ, whose body is the only Church of salvation, thus he has “destroyed the whole world,” by gutting all eyes off of Jesus, the only Savior, and upon these deceitful, social idolatrous clans. The saving idea of believers “being joined to the Lord” was lost in the deceiving clamour of “join the church;” which is simply loyalty to the “ecclesiastical dragon.”
“And his angels were cast out.” Yes a return to the Word of God, reveals the astonishing fact that all head knowledge preachers, being destitute of the holy Spirit, are not sent of God. That all who know God, are able to trust Him for their living without stated salaries, taxation, or gambling frolics; and all who do not know God are not sent of God, nor capable of preaching His word. Hence they are being cast out. Therefore, “Howl ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the day of your slaughter and of your dispersions (sect making) are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel.” Jer. 25; 34
“And I Heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ, for the accuser of our brethren is cast down’ which accused them before our God day and night.” — Rev. 12:10.
Glory to God! if any one will come near to the blood washed saints, who have triumphed over the sect dragon, and will listen to their shouts of victory and of salvation, in the fields, and houses, streets and highways; their hallelujah in the secret closet, in the family worship, and the “joyful noise” in the assembly of the, redeemed, who with a “loud voice,” shout o’er the fall of all isms of night, and sing God’s love, he will see the above scriptures fulfilled, even as it is this day. Amen! Not only do we hear the “loud voice,” but thank God, we see the manifestations of “strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ,” in healing the sick, unstopping the ears of the deaf and the opening of the eyes of the blind, all of which we hear scarcely any thing of among the poor souls that linger back by the streams of babylon, with their harps hung upon the willow.
You see from the above scriptures that the place where the dragon done his work of deceiving was not the place of God’s throne above, though it is called “heaven;” for it is in the “whole world,” where is ‘day and night,’ which is not the case in heaven above.
“And they overcome him by the blood of the Lamb’ and the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death,” — verse 11.
No scripture more fully describe the experience of entire sanctification, than the above. It is a complete victory over the devil, by the “destruction of his works” e, i, inbred sin out of the heart, through the “blood of the Lamb and the word our testimony,” and upon the condition of a consecration that demands even our very life. In other words a deathbed consecration. All the holiness teachers in babylon quote this verse, in application to the holiness work, and then turn about and say “stay in your church,” which is all the same as saying, “live together with the dragon and his angels;” being too ignorant and confused to see that the application of that blood, raises us into a church state from which the dragon and his angels are entirely cast out. Hallelujah to the Lamb!
If the Lord will, we will hereafter show this same conflict and victory in the prophets and what is meant by the devils coming down into the earth. Now ye beloved readers be sure that ye are all under the blood, and “dead indeed to sin by (and in) the body of Jesus Christ.
We now take up our pen to perform the most painful duty that the providence of God has yet called us to perform in the journalizing work. To a heart of deep and fervent affection, and of fine sanguine nervous sensibilities, nothing can be more crushing and trying to the soul than to have the one who has been “one spirit,” with us, and who is “one flesh,” turn away and become a heartless foe, under the strong delusions of the deceiver. This Satan has seen, were his most hopeful plan to overthrow our soul, and but for the infinite mercy and grace of God, he had succeeded. O how our heart flows with love to our Almighty Deliverer, from the awful hosts of hell that were determined to crush and destroy our soul. O dear Jesus do thou unite all they saints in heaven and earth, in shouts of triumph, and holy praises to God for our escape from the infernal legions of hell. “Bless the Lord Oh my soul and all that is within me, praise his holy name! And shall we shrink from doing the will of our God, whose amazing mercy brought our soul up out of the jaws of hell, after we had, through subjection to satan’s wiles, well nigh been, lost? Nothing but eternal trueness to God and a clear conviction of His will could, by any means, induce us to publish abroad the following record. Had the arch deceiver of souls, left sufficient womanly modesty and discretion, to keep out of the public prints, this duty, we trust, would not have been incumbent upon us. But having in our possession no less than eleven papers and having heard of others, in which we are denounced as having very bad spirits, etc., it becomes necessary that the children of God scattered abroad should know something about this. When a woman rashes into the public prints, and sounds it over the country that she “shrinks from” — such as her husband — “as from a deadly serpent,” either he must be a very bad man, or she is lead by a devilish spirit. But if the parties so renounced are such bad men their works must correspond, and it were the duty of that person to publish those evil deeds, that all may see the proof of the bad character she has ascribed to them. No honest man or woman will renounce God’s professed children, without specifying the “manifestation of those-spirits,” by which, they are proved to be evil. For the last two months our name, with many of God’s saints, have been blowed abroad in many papers, under vague and suspicious coloring, leaving every body to fill up the picture with his own surmisings. All of which bears upon its face marks of the crafty works of the devil. The wiley “old serpent,” always keeps in the dark, throws out indefinite insinuations, to raise blind fancied suspicions, for the consolation of such as are condemned by the truth.
I wish to be understood as making a distinction between satan, and the victims he has blindfolded and harnessed to do his service; while we hate the former, we only pity the latter, and we only expose his works for the purpose of delivering their souls. Hithertoo we have permitted all these babylon comforters to fly through the land, in silence, longsuffering and patience. Knowing that while hell was in much jubilee over them, God would have all the enemies of His truth in derision, and would destroy the works of the devil. But consistency demands that we speak. It is known that my wife renounces us. Therefore, one or the other must be wrong. Had she attempted bible argument against the doctrine we teach, we would be under the necessity to defend that; but she has made no appeal to the word of God, no attempt to try the doctrine by the scriptures, neither has any sect defending paper ever done so: though they have condemned us, neither she nor they that glory in her fall, have made any attempt to try us by the Bible. This is another mark of satans leading. With him it matters not what the Bible says; he fakes the liberty to renounce whatever he does not like, simply because of his aversion to it.
It is then wholly a question of bad spirits. Well spirits are good or bad, just as their manifest works are good or bad, just as they act in harmony with, or in opposition to the Word of God. And if our enemies cannot accuse our teaching before the Bible, we are ready to appear with them before the same tribunal to test what spirits we are of: for we know no other standard by which to “try the spirits.”
In Harvester of May 1st my wife says “The manifestations of the spirit of this movement, have been such for several months past,” etc,. So you seem her eyes this movement has manifest a different spirit for several months past than heretofore. This proves that either she, or us with whom she has been associated, have several months past fallen under the control of a different spirit. And since she refers to the place where she “has been connected with the movement,” we, cheerfully take the insinuation upon ourself. If we have fallen under the power of an evil spirit several months ago, of course we would appear evil in her sight; and if the evil spirit entered her at that time then also our fellowship must cease, and we appear evil in her eyes. For she has not forgotten the poor fallen brother that frequently came to our place, and confidently asserted that we had all changed, when we both knew that the change had taken place in him. So we have the matter reduced to this conclusion, namely, “several months past” an evil spirit either entered into ourself, or info our dear wife. But two things now remain lo dispose of the case; first to find out which it is, and second, to have the disturbing element ejected. Now it must be apparent to all, that a change of tenants, will soon make a change in the appearances about a house; especially when there is so much contrast between the former, and present occupant as between the Spirit of God, and a spirit of the evil one. We therefore appeal to all the readers of the Trumpet, whether they have marked any change in the paper that would indicate that God’s pure Spirit in our heart had been supplanted by the devil. God knows, we know, and all of the thousands of our readers know very well that the only change manifest in us, is that of deeper humility, more charity, and more meekness and wisdom in avoiding harsh and unbecoming language. But with this improvement, thank God! we have not departed from our fidelity to God in warning, reproving, and rebuking, with all longsuffering and doctrine, both in print and by the word of mouth, as God has required of us. But need I tell the reading, religious world that a sudden and awful change has taken place in our wife? Do they not all see it? Yea do not many of the pure saints feel it? Even some who had never seen her, but felt perfect fellowship in the Spirit, realized by the Spirit of God, when at a throne of grace, that she had dropped out of the fellowship, before they had heard a word about the awful works of the enemy of souls. Though the editor of Vanguard, through his sectarian education, thinks us in error, he is not so far intoxicated on the wine of babylon, as many others, hence can see the inconsistency of her conduct. “We think,” says he, “his good wife [such she has been, and we trust will be again] could have found some more consistent way to win him, than to rush into print with such raw repudiation of his paper.” No one but persons utterly blinded by sectarian idols can fail to see the malignity of such conduct. That a change has taken place in our wife, and that by the reception of pernitious and inconsistent spirits, even such as are prejudiced against us may see, much more all the impartial. The fact is, the poor woman fell a victim to the seducing spirits, that rushed into the country last fall. Shortly after the assembly, this intruder into our family began to crop out. A fallen brother and wife came to our office, on business. It was late and they lived eleven miles in the country. We invited them to stay all night, brought them to the house as soon as they entered the door, wife said with an expression and tone that made my heart ache and which caused them to leave very suddenly, “you don’t expect to stay here all night, do you?” Then feeling ashamed of the abruptness of the expression she said, ”you would be welcome to stay but our beds will be full with the company we have.” It is true we were quite full, but a comparison of the word “welcome” with the terrible spirit manifest in the first expression, was to us a surprising and shocking evidence of hypocrisy, and inconsistency.
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A loss of the gift of discerning spirits, which she had had very clearly, was the next indication that something was wrong. She pronounced “grandly saved,” and had perfect fellowship with such as soon proved to her, as was known to us to be a graceless hypocrite.
We were often surprised at wife’s usurpation of authority over us, we could not understand why she had no conscience in reference to the many scriptures that command wives to be in subjection to their husbands, and those that forbid their usurpation of authority over them. The Lord bids us to give a sample of her guardianship over us. A letter from Bra. Isaac Kee, whom we dearly love in the Spirit, addressed to ourself, was first read by her, which she then put into her pocket; when we wished the same, it was refused, and though we humbly besought her to let us read it, she said it would not do us any good. Well we had to humbly submit, and deny ourself the right of reading our own mail, because, as the poor deluded creature says in the Harvester, “I love my husband,” so intensely, that she volunteered to be our guardian, and inspect, and decide for us, what we had, and what we had not ought to read. How would all you editors that have been so much comforted concerning your babylon scaffolding, by her letters, like such an extremely kind wife? Or how would you like a wife that loved you so well that, behind your back, she would write to parties with whom you had business that was no concern of hers whatever, and interfere with the same, warning them that you were not capable of attending to your own business. If any one would like to see such a piece of pure deviltry jus call and see us. Thanks to the brother in the west, who thought a husband should see such communications, and returned the same to us. We pass over a record, written in God’s book, that were difficult to portray; and that would make you shudder if we were to attempt it. An experience with legions of devils, through which we passed, by the amazing mercy of God, which we never can recall without our heart being filled with gratitude to the All merciful God of our deliverance. We may, if the Lord will, so far as we are able, some time in the future, put the whole matter, upon record in a tract. For the present we would just say that we held our wife in such high esteem, that it was natural every time there seemed a discrepancy, between us, to suspect ourself, rather than her. We have many witnesses to prove that we regarded her almost as an angel of heaven. But notwithstanding our extravagant idea of her purity, and the knowledge of our own entire consecration to God, and constant witness of the Spirit of the Lord, to a pure heart, there was a want of perfect unity in our spirit. There was a picking at, and finding fault with us, yet nothing specified wherein we were wrong. This lead us to a severe heart searching, to find out the trouble. Finally, in our own house, after one of those general combings, we dropped upon our knees, and asked wife to point out what she saw wrong in us, and we would get right if it took our life. She made no attempt to do so. We were determined to have sweet fellowship and harmony of spirit in the family if possible.
For the first time in nearly seven years, we allowed satan to put an “if” between our faith and the cleansing blood. Through that little “if” the enemy entered, robbed our soul of the river of peace, and brought confusion into our mind. O may God keep us from the presumption of a doubt, in reference to the promise of God. The next evening in family worship the Lord swept away the confusion, reentered His temple, and sweetly assured our heart of His perfect love. The next day we went to a meeting at Jerry City, Wood Co. Saturday eve. and sabbath morning our soul was as clear as heaven, but that day and night and Monday, the ”mystery of iniquity” worked again in wife and Stockwell, until the devil got our eyes off of Christ upon them, when confusion and doubts came in again, and we humbled ourself down before the whole Church at their feet like a little child; but as neither they nor the Holy Spirit, pointed out any defect in our heart or consecration we looked right to the Lamb of God and was again blessed with assurance and peace. Glory to God! We must necessarily pass by much of the dealing of God, man, woman and the devil with us, for the want of space. In a meeting at a private house in Bucyrus Ohio, Stockwell filled the little ones with an hours harangue, principally of the devil’s stuff. The delusive powers of the devil were greatly manifest, we were victimized by the same; and in our intense eagerness to be right with God, and have the blessing of fellowship restored in our family, we once more humbled ourself under the super-papal authority of Stockwell, backed by wife and others, under the hallucinations of the devil, (we know just what we say, and shall gladly give an account to God for the same.) and we actually agreed to walk in their light and obey their orders, even though God should reveal to us before it could be done that we should not do it. This demand was directly made by Stockwell, and God is witness to it, with all the, people there assembled. If any man will go farther than that to have harmony with his wife, we would like to hear from him. O the infinite mercy of God, that did not send us to hell that night, for having sold Christ, out of deference to our wife and her abominable false prophet O my soul and all that is within me give everlasting thanks to God that we are alive to-day and out of hell. We think if our poor deluded wife would humble herself once, before God and let us test her consecration by the standard of the Bible, we could soon have the discordant element removed without her denying God’s sovereignty, as we did in an extreme attempt to cleave to her.
Though God had given us, by His Spirit one intimation after another, that the trouble was in wife, and once we were constrained to tell her so, we nevertheless allowed the “Old serpent, the devil and satan” to accuse us, rather than entertain the unpleasant conclusion that an evil spirit had entered her, But after suffering the most terrible punishment until morning, the Lord Jesus broke the devil’s power, filled my soul with an infinite depth of peace, cut off all fellowship with wife and Stockwell, and enlightened our understanding of the devilish powers that had been seeking to crush our soul. Glory to God forever! But then began the awful conflict with swarms of devils that surged around us, and sought to drive us from our proclamation of freedom from all men and women, to serve the Living God only.
One woe is past. And behold there followes another quickly. The day we packed our things at Bucyrus, O. and hauled them to the car, wife went to the post office in the forenoon and got the mail, which she always took the liberty to open, and if necessary, use means if any was found. At noon Bro. Horton, from this place, and ourself were summing up the several amounts, necessary to cover our debts, and moving expenses. Knowing that wife had gone in debt some at the store, we asked her how much it was. She replied that it was paid. Presently we asked her who had sent us money. She said sister McKee, of Goffs Kansas. We asked her how much? Ten dollars was the reply. This was in the presence of Bro. Horton and Wm. Shields. About one week after arriving here, we received a card from her, containing the following statement, “I found sister McKee’s letter in my pocketbook, after I got here. It contained $60. I wanted to talk to you about it but did not have a chance.” Now you all see that the poor fallen woman told a positive falsehood as to the amount of money the letter contained, and another one about her desire to communicate with us in reference to the matter. The facts are we worked together all the afternoon, packing household things, and she could have spoken to us at any moment, if she had wished to do so. About ten o’clock at night there was a train going west, and though it was raining and we were very weary she was very anxious to go to Upper Sandusky that night yet. A kind neighbor and self barely prevailed upon her to stay until morning. We arose early the next morning and took her trunk to the station then returned and helped her and the child to the train. As soon as we had reached the depot she suggested that we better return immediately. Did not the poor guilty woman have a chance to speak to us about the money? Nay does not her conduct show that she was disturbed with fears lest some question might be asked about the kind sister’s letter? O my God! we shall never forget the coldness, confusion and treachery we felt in that heart, and saw in that face that evening and morning. Is such conduct becoming to holiness? Is it Christ–like to treat a husband in that way and then publish him abroad as an evil spirit to be shunned as a “deadly serpent?” Do not all men and women of honest heart see why she shrinks from us? Is it to be wondered at? See the case explained in Psalm 101:3, 4, 7. No wonder she shrinks from such as walk honestly with God, and finds more congenial association with such as abide in the “holds of unclean spirits.” The woman cannot truthfully say that she was driven to that shameful conduct by any extreme circumstances. No circumstances can justify lying, nor any stealthy act. God is witness that we never refused her any means she wanted when we had it, and could possibly appropriate it to her wishes. Shortly after she turned away from us, and that too without a single unkind word or act, on our part, and took Stockwell for her oracle, we gave her about $20. at one time. We kept a woman most of the winter to do house work, hired our washing done, and by the help of God filled wifes-daily orders for the house, and table. Let us consider one circumstance. After Bro. Horton had taken the train and left we recollected an item of our expense that we had overlooked: this cut us short about $8.00. We saw no way to do but withhold that amount from a neighbor that we owed about $20: until we could send it to her. And though we told this fact to wife, and she knew very well, that that person would spare no opportunity to report us as dishonest rascal etc. she would rather disobey the plain injunction of God’s Word, which forbids any “offence” that would occasion the “ministry blamed.” She would rather have her husband evil spoken of, and that too with an apparent ground, and rather have the cause of Christ suffer, than act like an honest woman, confess and turn over the money that was not hers, ask for what she needed, and save the cause of Christ a reproach, and our heart, pangs of untold grief. How does this agree with the declaration in the Harvester, “I love my husband.” How much would you appreciate such love? But I do not charge this upon the unfortunate woman. Nay it is the doing of those evil spirits that have deceived and entered her heart, and which now so influences her eyes, that we appear to her as “deadly serpent.”
The pure and sacred reverence with which we had so recently regarded our dear wife caused these direct lies, and extreme selfishness, to fill our soul with horror and amazement. O my brethren we tasted the real sufferings of Christ. “Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that have forsaken thy law.” Yea “my heart is sore pained within me; and the terrors of death are fallen upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, O that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away and be at rest. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.” God has bottled the tears of those sleepless nights. So keenly we felt the pure law of God set at naught by “bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh,” that we suffered as with Christ upon the cross for the sins of the world. O dear Jesus, we have tasted of thy awful suffering, it seem, to the full extent of our ability to endure. Our flesh consumed away up on our body, and life drew nigh to the very shadow of death. Over veneration and surrounding religious organs our hair became well mixed with white. Just now we remember, and ask sister MeKee’s pardon for not having written her an acknowledgement of her kind donation to the Gospel of Christ. Our prolonged baptism of suffering, rendered us scarcely able to answer correspondence.
In the midst of our heart agonies we wrote a solemn and earnest reproof to wife, but her conscience not being awakened to her sin as ours was, satan only used it to make us appear of an evil spirit, in her eyes. She made no answer to the awful sin of lying, but coolly suggested that we owed her an apology for having rebuked the same. Some weeks later she did confess that she erred, and gave back $15. of the money. But even before that confession, which does not apply at all to the direct sin of lying, which still remains un–repented of, and. Un–confessed, she publishes her testimoney abroad that she was more sweetly saved than ever. And this is the kind of holiness the sectarian sheets have auch a jubilee over. This work of the devil which has at present broken up a family, brought a reproach upon the cause of holiness, robbed us our sweet child for over three months past, and which has filled all hell with a jubilee, the Highway of Holiness says “should be received with thankfulness.” Yes it is received in hell with thankfulness, and just to the extent that babylon glories in the same, she proves that she is in league with hell. But we must draw to a close. While our heart is sad for the sake our dear companion, we have great reason to give everlasting thanks to God for the glorious fruits of these furnace flames. O how our weaknesses have been searched out, and our patience perfected. Glory to the name of our God!
We would not cast away the gold,
We’ve gathered in the furnace flame.
Neither wish again the dross,
Here purged in our Redeemers name,
A fallen woman? Yes, but not from a profession of Godliness, not from prayers pretentions to piety, and forms of religion. That were contrary to the devils present policy; he would far rather that all hearts that backslide from God, and the love of truth should keep up a profession, and the more lovely, and pious they can appear the better deceive souls. These are the last days of deception. Try the spirits by the Word of God. Evil spirits will always be detected by the spiritual minded, because of their lack of reverence for the Word of God, and an unfeeling conscience, for the transgression of the law of Christ. Notwithstanding the very dark conduct, of try poor deceived wife and her deliberate story telling to cover it, she writes us June 30, these words, “I can say all the way through, that I was innocent, and done all for the best.” O the blinding, and conscience-killing power of the devil, toward the vital present truth of God. Bless God we daily shout His praises because w.. know that all things work together fo good to us and to the cause of Christ. Though “satan hinders” as the word … knowledges, yet God is able to over-… all to His final glory. While we ta.. pleasure ih reproaches for Jesus sake, a… have no disposition to write in personal defense, we dare not shrink from this vindication of the cause of Christ. This, and the restoration of our dear wife, have been our only objects. And when the subject o.. this article reads it, she will know tha… were our object to injure her, several thing would not have been passed over in silence. But we hope that God will spare us from any farther duty in this direction, and th.. for Christ’s sake He will answer our nigh and day prayers, for her restoration t.. Himself and to us. Amen!
That Glorious Meeting.
The meeting in the Lyons neighborhood bro. W. reported, in last issue, up to the time of his departure, continued to Thursday noon. The Lord continued to pour our His Spirit upon us in a wonderful manner. One soul was converted on Tuesday. Hallelujah! the shouts of the saints filled the place, and sinnert were sorely tormented and fearfulness surprised the hypocrites while the saints shouted the louder for victory. Wednesday morning it was renewed again, two souls were gloriously sanctified, who leaped and shouted, and praised God. In the afternoon we drove ten miles to the river, where eleven redeemed ones followed the footsteps of Jesus, and were immersed. “And straightway coming up out of the water,” they glorified God with shouts of praise, that made the river valley ring. After which we returned, our hearts glowing with the fire of the Holy Spirit, as we praised the Lord, and talbod by the way. In the evening we spake the word to a large audience, and great interest was manifest. Could the meeting have continued, many more souls would doubtless have been saved. The most glorious and miraculous, manifestation of the power of God, was witnessed on Thursday morning, June 26th.
The Last Great Day of the Feast… . In the healing of brother Frank Silver.. young man 16 years old. A son of br.. and sister Silvers of this community. H.. has been deaf and dumb since hewas four years old. In one ear he seemed to be entirely deaf, with the other he could barely hear the loudest thunder. The Lord Jesus instantly unstopped his ears, and gave him his hearing, in answer to prayer, and laying on of hands. So that he could he.. a low whisper in either ear. All glory … Jesus be given. O glory to God! It w.. wonderful to see the intense gratitude … the dear brother, and his inability to speak.. forth the praises of God, not knowing how.. to articulate words. But what he faile.. to utter in words, was clearly told by the glow and expression of his face, and the loud shouts of the saints. But very few moments passed until he learned to say “praise the Lord.”
Others were also healed of their diseases.
There were five, whom the Lord hath called and anointed to preach the everlasting Gospel, ordained according to the Scriptures. There were also seven ordained at the Bangor Camp Meeting, and 23 followed their Savior in His ordinance of baptism; of which bro. Warner omitted to speak in his report of the meeting. Hallelujah the recruiting officer, the Holy Ghost, is still at work, and manv are e.. listing, who are willing to follow th.. Captain, the Lamb whithersoever He gives; for they love not their lives unto the death. Amen!
To the Saints Abroad, Greeting in Love.
Dear fellow saints in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus, Beloved of God, and called according to His purpose, in the Spirit and power of holiness. We rejoice greatly for the sweet fellowship we feel in our soul with you all. Blessed be Jesus our Sun and shield, whom we love above our very life, and for whom we have suffered the loss of all things! and whose precious blood purifies us, soul body and spirit. Amen!
Dearly beloved, the Lord wills that we speak a word unto yon, in His name, humbly beseeching you all to help forward this work of the Lord. Much monk has been laid out by bro. Horton to furnish a good office, and oweing to the failure in the crops, and doubtless in some cases a failure to do their duty, the income is such that the publishers begin to feel that, unless there is soon an increase in the receipts, they will be justified in dropping to a monthly. This would enable them to devote part of the time to the publication of tracts and other matter that would help the finances. Although such tracts are needed, we know very well that a monthly paper will not meet the demand. Therefore it is needful that we write unto you to stir up your pure minds, and humbly beseech you to do what you can, in sending means. We know there are many dear hearts that long to do, but have not the means. God bless all such! And there are thousands whom God has prospered in the things of this world, who, if they could hear the voice of God’s Spirit, and properly estimate their privileges, to do good, in sending the saving light of truth to poor souls that are perishing, in the mazes of sect corruption, would soon endow this publishing house with means sufficient to flood this world with the pure Gospel of Christ, and heaven and earth with shouts of victory, and praises to God and the Lamb. Oh brother and sister will you honor God with your substance, and have a part in the great reward for helping immortal souls to God. Oh beloved do lay up your treasure in heaven. Invest it in the cause of Christ for His name’s sake.
Brother R. J. Brown, Has removed from Cambridge Neb. to Butterfield Mo. He writes, “I am wonderfully saved from sin. I expect by the grace of God to preach the Word. I am all the Lord’s, and would like to have some of the saints come and help hold meetings this fall and winter. May the Lord bless and keep you. Amen! Praise the Lord! Yours in Christ.”
May God bless Bro. Brown, and open a great door for him in his new home. Let the holy saints in reach of him, cooperate with him. Butterfield is in Barry Co. Mo.
Grove Meeting In Ohio.
The beloved saints in Medina Co. Ohio wish us to announce a grove meeting in that Co. beginning August 9th. to continue several days. One Mile South of Friendsville, and four miles north-east of Burbank. Which will be the beet point to come to by rail-road. Brethren coming that way address brother Ezra Smith, Burbank, Wayne Co. O. stating when they will come, and they will be met. By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, Brother and Sister Fisher, and outself expect to be there. We would love to meet many of the dear followers of the Lamb at that meeting.
We will have some time between the close of the above meeting, and the Sandy Lake Pa. Camp meeting, which we will use, where the Lord will.
There will be a camp meeting, the Lord willing, at Williamston Mich, commencing July 30th 1884. Let every body come up to this glorious feast of tabernacles. Bring your tents dear brethren, and your provisions, so as to entertain strangers, and let not the poor depart from your tabernacle without being filled both with meat and the Holy Ghost. Let us give ourselves continually to prayer, and the work of the Lord.
This meeting has been called of the Lord and the time is very short and what we do we must do quickly; souls are perishing and sinners are going to hell and many of the saints come short of the fullness of God, which qualifies them to labor in this last struggle of God Almighty to save a perishing world. Now Dear Brethren God has blessed you with an abundant harvest, then come out and offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable unto Him, and labor for Him, as a due expression of your gratitude unto Him for His abundant blessings to you all. O ye great farmers, ye that have on the mantle of the Lord, consider Elisha who was an extensive farmer, who had twelve yoke of oxen plowing and he with the twelfth at the time Elijah passed by him and cast his mantle upon him, how he left his oxen and ran after him, and returned and slew a yoke of oxen and fed the people, then went and ministered unto Elijah. Then leave your oxen and horses and farms and come up and sacrifice unto your God.
Assembly meeting. The annual assembly of the Church of the First Born will begin the Lord willing, Sept. 25th 1884 at Williamston Mich.
TO ALL THE DEAR SAINTS GREETING.
My testimony is. I am now redeemed, and sanctified by the Holy Ghost, washed in the blood of the Lamb. Hallelujah to His Name, forever. Amen.
Camp Meeting et Sandy Lake Pa.
With deep interest and affectionate longing, we look forward to this hallowed meeting with those beloved saints in Pa. Oh how we have felt the strong bands of love drawing our hearts together in sweet fellowship, all the past year. We expect to have the co–labors of our dear brother G. T. Clayton, of Pittsburg, this year, and it is to be hoped that bro, and sister Fisher will also go over with his leaping fire and their hallowed songs. As they will be in eastern O. if the Lord will, shortly before.
They have a delightful grove, some good board tents, and we hope there will be more this season. We anticipate a glorious meeting. Come all that love God, and all who would seek His face. The grove is about two miles south of Sandy Lake, Mercer Co. Pa. Time August 23rd. Address sister Mary Elizabeth Farrah, Sandy Lake, for any information wanted.
THE SAINTS INHERITANCE.
How to Obtain It.
We have shown in the preceeding chapters what this glorious inheritance is, so far as refers to our salvation from all sin, in this life, and the source through which it is obtained. We will now proceed to show how it is obtained. Now Rom. 12th, 1, 2 is correlative with the last quotation Heb. 13:20, 21. Now the Apostle there urges the Roman brethren to present their “bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. Now observe, none but a holy sacrifice is acceptable unto God. It must be without spot or blemish, in fact a deathbed consecration, which is a perfect yielding up of the will, and all that we possess our life, our time, our talents, our reputation, our pride, our love of the world, and its pleasures, our dearest friends, our husbands, our wives, our children, our brothers and sisters, our sect, our creeds, our secret societies, our tobacco, our snuff, our opium and every evil thing which defiles soul or body; for says the Lord, “whosoever he be of you that, forsakes not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple”. Why is it that so many say, we shall never be sanctified until we come to die? because they are not willing to make such a consecration, as must then be made, if they are saved; for “without holiness no man shall see the Lord”. Dear friend, if you were lying on your death bed, without hope of recovery, and you knew you must die, and your soul about to be launched into eternity; what must you leave? Answer all. How long? Forever.
So “By one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified”. But you say I cannot yield now, you must yield now; you can, it is satan says you cannot. But I cannot think of leaving my church or sect. I do not think it necessary! But you must, for yon must become dead to every thing, but heavenly things; for there are no sects in heaven. And remember you must make a death bed consecration and be ready for eternity. But will there be no churches there? No. None but the Church the Lambs wife. The whole family of God.” The Church of God.” Were you to die, you must leave this world behind. Just so when we make a complete and entire consecration, we become dead to this world. James says 4 th Chap 4 th verse “know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore, will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God.”
So dear brother, or sister, or friend, if you desire to be a true christian you cannot be a partaker in the slightest degree of worldliness; or make any compromise therewith, either inwardly, or outwardly.
“Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2d 16th. Says Paul also in the second ver. of Rom. 12th. “And be not conformed to this world. You must be entirely separate. You say perhaps, I cannot be so peculiar in dress, so different from other people. I cannot give up my jewelry, gold watch and chain, my fine silk hat, my gold studs and buttons, or I cannot give up my fine dress just made after the latest style’ and my beautiful new hat with such a fine plume. O I cannot see what harm it will do to wear them, there’s our preacher, he has a gold watch and chain, etc. And his wife she wears feathers, and flounces, and jewelry. And they profess Holiness. Does that make the faith and the word of God of none effect; If they had not believed or conformed to the word. Paul said he “had many things to say” to those who were: “dull of hearing.” Such preachers. Who ought to be teachers, have need to be taught again, which be the first principles of the orioles of God; and are such as have need of milk, and not strong meat. Heb. 5th, 12th. Did hot the pharisees of old do the same? They made broad their phylacteries, and enlarged the borders of their garments, and loved the uppermost rooms at feast, and chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi, (which is master) But be not ye called, Rabbi; for one is your master even Christ.”
Matt 23 d 5.-8th. So now these latter day pharisees love to do after their works, loving the uppermost rooms and seats, and to be called Reverend, Reverened, when there is none Reverened but God. They love also to be called, master, as they sit in the “uppermost rooms,” in the chief seats, in the masonic Lodge, and to be called worshipful. Master. And be worshiped.
What saith the scripture? Call no man your Feather upon the earth; neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master even Christ.” Matt 23 d 9-10th. Again no man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Mat 6th 24.th Now dear reader, do not those who do such things, despise the Lord Jesus Christ; Yea verily, they despise Him and reject His doctrine, “and all these things they do, to be seen of men.” And Peter says, “many shall follow their pernicious ways: by reason whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you; 2 Peter 2:2, 3
Now dear reader will you follow their pernicious ways? will yon despise the Lord Jesus Christ? or will you come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you; and will be a Father unto you and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2d Cor: 6th, 14-18th. Read 1 Pet: 3rd Chap. 3-5th verses. Also 1 Tim, 2d Chap, 8-10 If you say you cannot bear the reproach, or suffer the loss of your reputation, then you despise your Lord, for “he made Himself of no reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant, and humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Phil-2’d 7-8.th So must we, become obedient unto death, “for he that seeks to save his life the same shall loose it.” “He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.” yes one mind for we are joined in Holy spiritual wedlock, and if we are married to the blessed Jesus, we are no more twain but one, soul and body. For saith the Apostle, “we are members of His body His flesh and His bones. Eph. 5th, 30.th Again Rom, 7th “wherefore my brethren ye also are become dead to the law, by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead.” Which is Jesus Christ, And if we are married to Him we must share His poverty. His reproach, we must like Him, suffer the loss of our worldly reputation and be despised and rejected of men as He was. Yea we must bear His reproach and esteem it greater treasure than all the riches of this world. O hallelujah yes rejoices in reproaches, in persecutions, in slanders, in being separated from the company of world–lings and to be spit on and be buffeted by them, for so was He. Oh behold Him proud professor, arrayed in mock robes, with a crown of thorns upon His head. Can you, would you wear them?
If you say yes. “Ye shall indeed be baptized with the baptism, and drink of the cup.” Which is a baptism of fissuring’ and a cup of sorrow. “Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.” Rejoice ye in that day and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven.” Luke 9th, 2-22 23d. Dear one have you get a salvation, that will enable you to rejoice and leap for joy, in all these things, if not seek the blessed Inheritance of the saints. Then you can rejoice that you are “accounted worthy to suffer shame for His Name.” Be sure you count the cost, nothing short of a death bed consecration, a sworn covenant With God; as He made with Abraham, can touch “the blood of the everlasting covenant.” You must be willing to give up all, and follow Jesus. He: said, “Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house’ or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children’ or lands, for my sake and the
Gospel’s but shall receive a hundred fold now in this time, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” mark 10 29 30th. Mow if you are a true, christian you must suffer persecution, and from those from whom you would not expect it. For “ye shall be betrayed both by parents and brethren, and friends, and kinsfolks; and ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.” Luke 21, 16 17. O may God help us, to realize it, none can bear it, but those who are crucified with Christ, and baptized unto His death. “For they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lust’s thereof.” Gal 5th, 24. When you feel the spikes upon the cross do not shrink, you must be crucified. “If ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Rom 8th, 13. “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed that henceforth we should not serve sin. Rom, 6th “Being now made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” — 22nd verse. Now before you obtain this experience the adversary will impress you that you cannot bear it, or live it. Satan always appeals to our feelings; but you must not judge by your present experience. Remember the apostle says, you are to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” — Rom. 12th 2 d Now transform means to form again, renew means to begin again. Now dear friend if you really do want to “prove” what is that good, and acceptable, will of God.” just let Him begin again at you, with His all renewing power and He will extract every root of bitterness, and “purge your conscience from dead works, and make you a vessel unto honor sanctified meet for His use. O hallelujah He then can “work in you both to do of His-good pleasure.” Now dear brother and sister, present yourselves soul body and spirit, a living sacrifice, without spot or blemish, make the final everlasting plunge life or death, with the same earnestness you would if you were about to launch into eternity; let the whole sentiment of the heart be, “Lo I come to do the will O God.” Then trust Him take him at his word; quit claim yourself forever. And the altar which is Christ, shall sanctify thee the gift. Now follows a terrible crisis. Satan will make a desperate and determined effort to baffle you, because he knows that his last lurking place in you is about to be destroyed. So that when he the prince of this world cometh, will find noting in you.” Now satan always appeals to our feelings. But God holds us to a positive and confident trust in His word. Then if your longing heart is trying, to enjoy this perfect rest, O Just give all trying over, simply trust Him and be blest. You, must trust it all to Him, your feelings and every thing else. You must give up every desire for a feeling to prove God and His word to be true. But will I not feel it when the work is done? tis true you will feel it. But you must obtain it before yon can feel it. you cannot trust to feeling. Then how shall I obtain it? By faith in the Son of God and His word. God says if you make the consecration, He will “sanctify you wholly.” “Faithful is he that calls you who also will do it.” He has sworn to do it, He cannot lie. Jesus says the altar sanctifies the gift. But satan always gives the lie to God and appeals to our feelings and says to you’ now you know that is not so, for you do not feel it, and you will be lying if you say so. But God says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away but my word shall not pass away.” Which will you believe, God or satan? O believe God, trust Him, crying here Lord I give myself away tis all that I can do. Sink calmly down into Him without a fear, and the victory will be thine. And He will “Flood thy earthen temple, with glory from His Throne.”
Hallelujah, come and trust Him,
He will mate your heart to glow,
Come and plunge into fountain,
It will make you white as snow.
Last Lord’s day July 13th was a glorious day to our souls. We mat with the Brethren, and friends at the Boardman school house. We spake the word of the Lord by the Holy Ghost which gave us great liberty. After the hearing of the word, one dear soul was sanctified. Dear Brother Warner remained, and spake to them in the evening, which was proceeded by a glorious season of testimony. Before we returned, we were called to visit sister Bowen, who had been suffering for 36, hours, with terrible acute pain in her neck, and shoulder. We prayed and laid hands on her in the name of Jesus Christ, and she was immediately healed. She arose and went to the meeting in the evening and testified what her Lord had done for her. We had a glorious refreshing in the evening, at Williamston.
THE RETURN OF SODOM.
A Man of God Mobbed, Beaten, and Imprisoned in Ionia Mich. for Preaching The Gospel.
Rum-sellers and sect preachers join Together in Opposing the Gospel of Christ.
Sister Mabee, of this place, who has just returned from Ionia Mich. gives us the following description of the cruel treatment of brother G. D. Mealey, who is an humble minister of the Gospel, regularly ordained of God, and by the laying on of the liads of God’s Elders. He began street preaching in that place, Wednesday evening. Sister M. Went to hear him and discovered that he was one of the Lord’s “free indeed” men. The Lord helped him greatly. Soon a mob of about three hundred began to assault him. He was pushed down and knocked down several times. Finally fell near her. As the hellish mob proceeded with their violence, she having on the armor of God and fearing not satan’s legions, raised her hands and voice in the name of Jesus Christ, a fiendish rum seller replied to her, “we build meeting houses, to preach in, and hire preachers to fill them.” What, says sister M. “do you saloon keepers build meeting houses, and hire preachers?” “Yes we do the biggest share of it.” “I admit that you do help to build the sectarian houses, and support their preachers, but you and them are all of the devil, and doing his work.” There stood two preachers, and by their carnal grin encouraged the violence of the rum, and sect-wine-intoxicated mob. These priests of babylon, Sodom and Egypt, had been crying against God’s men who lift up their voices like a trumpet, and warn men, in the streets, hedges, and highways, as God has emmissioned them. Thus the saloon keepers, with their poison whiskey, and sect keepers, with the “wine of the wrath of her fornication,” together stimulated the baser sort to those acts of violence, which they will have, to some extent, to answer for in the day of judgment. Bro. M. was taken by the feet and dragged in the streets, and the fiendish Sodomites, threw brick dust and dirt into his face, through all of which he leaped and shouted the praises of God whenever permitted to arise. A gentleman from Boston, who came there to buy property, after witnessing that scene, said he would not live in that place if they were to make him a present of the best house in the town. Sabbath at four o’clock Bro. M. preached to a large congregation, in a grove in the town. In the evening he began te speak on a corner of the streets. After suffering much interruption and abuse, a police led him some distance, and then let him go. He continued preaching, but was assaulted with clubs, stones, and dust thrown into his face. Later he passed by a Steeple house, when a leading member of that sect, came out of the same, and seized Bro. Mealey by the coat collar, kicked him three times, then shoved him along the street until he found a police, to whom he delivered him, ordering him to be put into jail, for disturbing the peace. Monday morning he was brought out and tried before a justice? Like his Master, “he opened not his month.” So he was thrust into jail for ten days, where he is confined at this time, with gross criminals, in filth and vermin, for doing the will of God, and trying to help perishing souls to a life of virtue, that saloon pitfalls, and sectarian pride and abominations, are dragging down to perdition. Both the rum seller and money called priest of baal, have the same interest in excluding the gospel from the people, namely, the danger of loosing the victims they are fleecing, woe unto them that stand in either of those gates of hell! enticing souls, With their poison intoxicants.
The New Testament or apostolic “Churches” were not sects, denominations or schisms. An apostle of God would not sanction such work a moment. Neither were they “Churches,” in the sense that they differed one from the other. They were “Churches,’ simply because the one Church or fold could not all be in one place. It was the Church at Ephesus, the Church at Corinth, etc.. It is the devil that teaches otherwise. The Lord has undertaken; in these last days, to set this matter right in the minds of the people; and He will carry on His glorious work of spiritual and visible union in Christ until every enemy of the truth shall be compelled to bide his face for shame.
Experience In Verse.
S. L. A.
I know I was converted, yes, many years ago, Rom. 5:1.
But longed for something deeper, but what I did not know; Matt. 5:6-8
I tried to love the Savior but did not bear the Gross. Matt. 10:38
To pray and speak for Jesus, and so I suffered loss, Isa. 43:10-12
My mind was oft in darkness, and then I’d cry aloud — Psa. 51:12
Lord, send thy Holy Spirit, and drive away the cloud; I promised to be better, if Jesus would restore Heb. 11:6.
The sunshine of his presence, which I had felt before. Heb. 4:16.
He did not then upbraid me, and from me turn away. Psa. 119:18-20.
But quietly He whispered, will you indeed obey? Rom. 12:1-2. Are you willing now to bear the cross, whatever cross it be? 2Cor. 6; 16-17
To come out and be separate, and only follow me? 2Cor. 7. 1.
Did I not die to save thee? to save thee from all sin? Heb. 13:12.
And have I not power, to cleanse and keep thee clean? 1John, 3:9.
Go plunge into the fountain, it now stands open wide, Eph. 1:3-4.
And do not rest contented, till thou art sanctified. 1Thes. 4:3, 4.
Oh! then I searched the Bible, to really know if I 1Thes. 5:23.
Could have my heart made holy, before I came to die; Heb. 12:14.
I saw it was my privilege, ah, yes, and duty too, Matt. 5:48.
And what God did require he gave us strength to do. 1John, 1:7
I ventured to a meeting, where holiness was taught, Luke, 1, 74, 75.
And many there did testify, what wonders God had wrought. 1Cor. 2:6-9 They told me I must give up all, and come out for the Lord, Matt. 19:21.
And then not look to feeling, but trust God’s naked Word. Jno. 17:17-19.
What, trust without and evidence? why how was I to know? Heb. 11:1.
That Jesus’ blood had cleansed my heart, and made it white as snow. I’d like to feel some mighty power, oh! then I would believe Col. 3:12, 16, 17
That Jesus did that very hour, the sacrifice receive. Acts, l:5-8.
And for that power I waited long, yes waited several years, Acts, 2:4-33
And many days and nights were spent in earnest prayers and tears; I might have gone on praying, and still found no relief, Heb. 11:6.
Though all I think, was given up, all, (but my unbelief.) Mark, 9:23.
Sometimes I’d think, I will not try, this blessing to obtain, Heb. 6:1
Just live as many others do — and justified, remain; Eph. 4:13, 14.
Why yes, there is our preacher, as good a man as he, Rom. 10:15, 16.
He don’t profess this holiness; as far as 1 can see. Heb. 5:12, 13.
I’ll seek a deeper work of grace, and more like Jesus be, Jude, 20, 22, 24
I’d like to have this perfect love, but oh I it’s not for me; Col. 1:28.
And yet I feel I can not rest, unless I’m sanctified, Acts, 20:18. I can’t go back, live as I did, and feel I’m justified. 1Peter, 2:6,7.
There may be other ways for some, there’s only one for me, Acts, 4:12
Either return unto the world, or else must holy be; 1Peter, 1:15, 16.
What! give up all my hopes in Christ. I’d rather die today, Jno. 3:15, 16
For if I can’t have Jesus here I do not want to stop. 1Cor. 6:19, 20.
My soul in agony cried out, Lord, cleanse my heart to-day, Psa. 51:10.
Now let the precious blood of Christ, wash all my sin away; Rev. 1:6, 6.
Here take me Lord, just as I am, – thou wilt, thou dost receive, Rom. 1:16, 17.
Christ saves be to the uttermost! I will! I do believe. Heb. 7:25.
A GLORIOUS MEETING. At williamston on sunday July 6th, we had a season of refreshing from the Holy Spirit in the forenoon services, and at 3 o’clock in the afternoon we gathered at the river and fourteen blood washed souls were immersed in obedience to the commandment of the Lord Jesus. In the evening one dear sister who had fallen, was restored, and healed. Glory to God.
“Follow peace with all Men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.
“Blessed are the pure in heart.”
THE RIVER OF LIFE.
By J. C. Fisher.
There’s a River of Life, with its pure crystal Light,
Flowing out from the great white Throne.
In that beautiful Land where there is no night;
And where sorrow never can he knows.
Cho – By the crystal waters Flashing,
I stand all Redeemed by the Blood:
And forever I’ll praise my God and King,
For my cleansing in the crimson Flood.
By this river so clear blooms the fair tree of life,
And its sweet fragrance fills the soul,
In our beautiful home, where there is no strife,
And the streets are paved with glittering gold.
On the clear sea of glass that is mingled with, fire,
All the Blessed Redeemed shall stand;
And with harps’ by and by, in the Heavenly choir,
Sing the song of Moses and the Lamb.
There was never any one that could learn that sweet song,
But those who are washed and redeemed.
Whose voice like the loud thunders roll along,
As with glory bright their faces beamed
There’s a fountain a stream where the thirsty may drink,
Of the water of Life so free,
They shall suffer no beat nor of hunger think,
And no sorrow shall they ever see.
No one has a right to copy this song without permission of the author.
Estimated at Cost.
The reason people set so light by their religion these time’s, is because they got it very cheap. If it consisted in Christ within the hope of glory, and fountain ever springing, and to win Him they had “suffered the loss of all things,” they would not think strange at others making an adue over such a possession, and even shouting His praises in the streets. O get the kind that costs the world and all you have, and you will estimate it above forty worlds.
ANOTHER STAR IN GLORY.
Our Dearly Beloved, little Sister Ettie Doherty. Departed this life, June 22 d, 1884. Dear sister Ettie was converted, and sanctified, in Nov. 1882. And although she was only in her twelfth year, when converted and sanctified, she was wonderfully filled with the Holy Ghost. And continued to testify, to a clear experience, until she passed away. Sister Ettie, was a bright and shining light, a gem, that now adorns, the Saviours Crown in glory. She bore her sickness, with perfect patience, and resignation, desiring rather to “depart and be with Christ.” We shall miss her, but praise God, we shall join her, in that land of light, where the shadows of death, never come. For they that “overcome, shall not be hurt of the second death.” For the sting of death, sin, hath been withdrawn. “Oh grave where is thy victory, O death where is thy sting.” Dear Parents, grieve not as others which have no hope. May the Lord Jesus be your solace, and comfort, and bless you, till you meet her in that land of perfect day.
If we would get our prayers answered we must have unity. If we do not love one another we certainly will not have much power with God in prayer. One of the saddest things in the present day is the division in God’s Church. You notice that when the power of God came upon the early courch, it was when they were all of one accord. I believe the blessing of Pentecost never would have been given but for the spirit of unity. If they had been divided and quarreling among themselves, do you think the Holy Ghost would have come, and those thousands been converted? I have noticed, since Mr. Sankey and I have been together, that if we have gone to a town where three churches were united in the work, we have had greater blessings than if only one church was in sympathy And if there have been twelve churches united, the blessing has multiplied fourfold; it has always been in proportion to the spirit of unity that has been manifested. Where there are bickerings and divisions, and where the spirit of unity is absent, there is very little blessing.
There are diversities of gifts — that is clearly taught — but there is one Spirit. If we have all been redeemed with the same blood, we ought to see eye to eye in spiritual things. In 1 Cor. xii. 4, Paul writes: —”Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.”
If I belong to the family of God, I have been bought with the same blood, though I may not belong to the same sect or pary as another. What we want to do is to get these miserable, cursed sectarian walls taken right away. Then Christianity would be like a red–hot ball rolling over the face of the earth, Our weakness has been in our division, and what we need is that there should be no schism or division among those who love the Lord Jesus. In 1 Cor. i. 10, we read of the first symptoms of sectarianism coming into the early Church: —
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them whice are of the house of Chloe that there are contentions among you.
“Now this I say that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
“Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul?
Notice how one said, “I am of Paul; “another,” I am of Apollos, and another, “I am of Cephas.” Apollos was a young orator, and the people had been carried away by his eloquence. Some said Cephas, or Peter, was of the regular apostolic line, because he had been with the Lord, and Paul had not. So they were divided, and Paul wrote this letter in order to settle the question.
What a strange state of things Paul, and Cephas, and Apollos would find if they could come to the world to-day! The little tree that sprung up at Corinth has grown up into a tree like Nebuchadnezzar’s, with many of the fowls of heaven gathered into it.
Suppose Paul and Cephas were to come down to one of these meetings; perhaps they would hear something about Churchmen and Dissenters. “A Dissenter!” says Paul, “what is that?” “We have got a Church of England; and then there are those who dissent from that church.” “Oh, indeed! are there two classes of Christians here, then?” “I am sorry to say there are a good many more divisions. The dissenters themselves are split up. There are Wesleyans, Baptists, Presbyterians, and Independents, and so on; even these are all divided up.” “Is it possible,” says Paul, “that there are so many divisions?” Yes; the Church of England is pretty well divided itself. There is the Broad Church and the High Church, and the Low Church and the High Lows. Then there is the Lutheran Church, and away in Russia they have the Greek Church, and so on.” I declare I do not know what Paul and Cephas would think if they came back to the world; they would find a strange state of things. It is one of the most humiliating things in the present day to see how God’s family are divided up. If we love the Lord Jesus Christ the burden of our hearts will be that God may bring us closer together, so we may love one another, and rise above all party feeling.
I was in a little town in America some time ago. One night as I came out of the meeting I saw another building where the people were coming out I said to a friend, “Have you got two churches here?” “Oh, yes.” “How do you get on!” “Oh, we get on very well.”
“I am glad to hear that. Was your brother minister at the meeting?” “Oh no we don’t have any thing to do with each-other. We find that is the best way.” And they call this “getting on very well.” Oh may God bring us together to-day! Let our hearts be like drops of water flowing together. I think these meetings, with the people of God coming together, are a foretast of heaven. There we shall not find any Baptists, or Methodists, or Congregationalists, or Episcopalians; we shall all be one in Christ. We leave all our party names behind us when we leave this earth Oh that the Spirit of God may sweep away all these miserable sectarian walls that we have been building up.!
Did you ever notice that the last prayer Jesus made on earth, before they led Him away to Calvery, was that His disciples might all be one? I suppose He looked down the stream of time, and saw that divisions would come — how satan would try to divide the flock of God. Nothing will silence infidels so quickly as christians being every where united. Then our testimony will have weight with the ungodly and the careless; but when they see how christians are divided, God cannot work. The Holy Spirit is grieved, and there is little power where there is no unity.
If I thought I had one drop of sectarian blood in my veins, I would let it out before I went to bed; If I had one sectarian hair in my head I would pull it out. Let us get right to the heart of Jesus Christ; then our prayers will be acceptable to God, and showers of blessings will descend.
D. L. Moody, in the Christian.
Abridged from the Banner of Holiness.
Father Rankin, a retired Presbyterian minister of great age, gives testimony to the Comeouters, and the comeoutism that he approves. Bro. Reid will see that it is his old friend that speaks, and not his younger friend, the Banner. God bless the old white-robed warriors.
Almost in every Highway there is something said against Comeoutism, indignantly, and contemptuously. This seems strange to me, and especially that the Highway should come out so indignantly against Comeoutism, when the editor is pastor of the church that are all comeouters.
The Episcopal church of England was a comeouter.
All the followers of Wesley became comeouters.
Luther was a comeouter, Malancthan, Zuingle, John Calvin, John Knox, and all other reformers, were comeouters.
I believe that the Holiness work in God’s hand, is a reformation; yet in its infancy. After all that has been said against comeoutism, the large amount of that which has been done has been by comeouters.
I proclaimed nearly fifty four years since that any Christian brother who felt that he was called of God to preach the Gospel to his fellow beings, had a right from God to do it. If the church was displeased with him, or suspended, he had a right to come out, and stand independent.
Sectarianism will never be overturned, nor any secret society, and wicked politics, only on the comeout principle. The majority will rule. If sectarianism has an error in it, so far it is unclean. So with governments, secret societies, and all institutions, that have errors in them, they are unclean. Paul says, comeout, be separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean, and I will receive you, saith the Lord, and ye shall be my sons and daughters.” Wm. C. Rankin.
Whoever invites the communion of spirits opens the door for the devil to come in, and he never declines the invitation. Hence spiritualists are all, with few, if any exceptions, possessed with devils.
The salvation of Christ is a blissful success in my soul. Glory to His name! Amen!
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Hendersonville Pa., June 7.
Dear Brethren: — We are continually praising God for the way He is keeping you through every severe trial. When we understood the reality of Bro. W’s trials we all wept as if we bad been at a funeral. How our hearts do go out in sympathy for you. We feel as sad as if one of our dearest friends were dead. O dear brother hold on to God, He will lot forsake those that trust in Him Bless His holy name: You must come to our camp meeting without fail, for we know God wains you here, but the sect people are hoping you will not come.
Your Sister in Christ
M. J. Frost
Rocton Neb., June l6th. 1884.
Dear Brethren: — May God reward you in your great work. Some good friend is sending me the Trumpet, and I do love to read it; because it has the clear ring. It sounds as if it had been baptized in the Holy Ghost, mid with fire. Praise God forever for salvation that saves to the uttermost.
While in a meeting last fall, held by brother Wyat, an evangelist of the pilgrim faith, wife and I were saved and sanctified to God, and have been under the blood ever since. I never saw, until I was Baptized with the Holy Ghost, the corruption of sectism. The majority of sects are leaning on their so called church, or their preacher, and if you touch these pets you might as well thrust your hand into a hornet’s nest. I pray God to anoint the eyes of the blind, and unstop the deaf ears; and I pray God if your unworthy brother is leaning on any one but Jesus, he will stand aside and let me fall. Jesus is enough, He is my Prophet, Priest and King. Oh Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever and ever! I am so glad that there are a few that do stand for Christ and him alone. Praise God, I have sold out to the Lord, bag and baggage, to do His will.
Enclosed you will find, One Dollar, for the Gospel Trumpet. Your Brother saved and sanctified through the blood of Jesus.
Horace C Batcheior.
Indianapolis Ind., June 13.
Dear Brethren: — In Jesus I am keeping saved all the time. Bless the Lord! We are passing through the fire. The devil is stirred, and gone to persecuting and casting down the saints or trying to do so. We had a band to hand fight last night; the second work opposers were out in force; the battle lasted till near eleven o’clock, I am holding on to God by faith. Amen!
C. C. Bogert.
Bangor Mich., May 1st.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for a salvation that cleanses me from all sin, and keeps the kingdom of my soul in perfect peace: Glory to God and the Lamb for the meet. Spirit of God that reigns in my heart; I take great pleasure in reading Trumpet. It is a feast to my soul. Your Sister Saved and kept by the power of God through faith.
Mt Pleasant Iowa, May 18.
Dear Brethren: — Through afflictions in my family I remain at home this Lords day, praising God for all things that work together for good to me. I have been trying for some time to sink down into the whole will of God, I ask the prayers of all the saints, especially you brothers. Daniel and Joseph, that God may give me faith, more love, more humility, more of the fullness of God, that I might be anointed with the Holy Spirit that I may be more fully establish, and prepared to do the will of my blessed Master. I thank God that He saves me from the love and use of tobacco and strong drink. Instead of going to the saloon, the still a lack of the fullness of God in my soul. I have given up, and consecrated all to God. I pray Him to take me through all the furnaces that He sees for my good and for His glory. I feel that God has already done a thousand times more for me than I am worthy to receive. O the love and mercy of God toward poor sinful man. What long suffering, and tender compassion. “Behold what love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.” I thank God that He is carrying on the TRUMPET through all your trials. I am praying for it.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ abide with you continually. Your brother,
Fulton Ont. April 28,1884.
Dear Brethren: — The people are just beginning to arouse from their lothergy, and to wake up to the fact that there is something better than empty profession, and have not yet got the real value of your paper in their minds. The paper has been a great blessing to me, by way of encouragement. when I read the letters from the different parts of the States and all seem to be aiming in the one direction, namely the glory of God and the salvation of souls, and also the unity of the Spirit by being free from denominations, it makes me rejoice; because the Lord has been leading me for a number of years in the very same way, and I did not know whether any one else was being led in the same way and sometimes the enemy would try me severely, and try to make me believe I had cot off the track into fanaticism. My ways and doings were so different after I had received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, that some said I was going insane, and were not afraid to say hard things about me, and persecute me most bitterly. I do not write those thing complainingly, or think my lot harder than any one else, but if any one has passed through the furnace, heated seven fold hotter than usual, so have I. Have they bad the fiery darts hurled at them from every quarter, so have I. Have they been cast out as the filth and off–scouring of all things, so have I hail every brother and sister suffering for the cause of Christ, as my companions in tribulation. Trough these trials I have gotten an acquaintance with God, and His word which more than pays for all the sufferings I had to endure The best way to get along in all these difficulties is to hive a mind your own-business religion; keeping your eyes off of the wind and waves, heeding only the Captain’s commands. No one can be haughty and have the Spirit of Christ. But I am greatly humbled in these trials. Praise God! before honor is humility; with the lowly is wisdom. Do not be discouraged brethren; I see you have your work with all of God’s workers. The hand has a different work to perform from the toot, and the eye from the car. They cannot say I have no need one of another. “There is no schism in the body of Christ.” Your Sister.
Mrs. Eli White.
Western Neb. June 8, 1884.
Dear Brethren: — I would love to testify through the Trumpet, Jesus saves and sanctifies me wholly. Blessed be His holy name! I have enjoyed the blessing of perfect love for seven years. It seems as though I have just began to live. Glory to His name. I am in the land of beulah where the birds sing night and day. I do bless God for the Holy Ghost and fire. I love the pure holiness that keeps a man straight for God. Glory to God for this salvation in my soul. I am sweetly resting, under His wing. I am as free as the birds they fly in the air. Pray that God may bo glorified all through my life.
Wasco. Cal., May 25 I884.
Dear Brethren: — My prayer is that you may continue blowing the finmact, and that it may always give a clear and certain s..nad. I had a pretty sharp talk with a minister to-day on the subject of sanctification. By the grace of God I was under the necessity of telling him that he was not a competent witness on the subject, never having received the experience. O why will men attempt to explain, and preach that of which they know seething. May the God of all grace be continually your refuge, and your exceeding great reward. And may He enable you to turn many to righteousness. Yours for the truth as it is iu Jesus.
Oaklrnd Cal., June 13th. 1884.
Dear Brethren: — I am a thousand times obliged to you for sending me the last number of the Gospel Trumpet; containing, with many other preiious things, the wonderful predictions of the 17, century. It is Just what we needed here, and by we I mean the little company of saint, who are looking for, and waiting the coming of the kingdom of our Lord and Savior. How it has strengthened our faith is surely calling out. His chosen ones, that He may show forth His power in them; so that none may be able to stand against them. Praise His holy name. How good it seems to send greetings across the continent. Hallelujah, the Lord God Omnipotent reigns. But we have to stand the fires of persecution, having our names cast out as evil for Christ’s sake. But it matters little what we are called by that “name which no man knows save he that receives it.” I am glad the Lord has prepered you and given you such timely assistance in publishing the blessed Trumpet. God bless you and the dear Brethren in their labor of love. I think I shall be able to get you several subscribers. Please send me the Trumpet.
Your sister in the faith of the glorious Gospel of salvation, sanctified and satisfied, in Jesus.
E H. Taft.