15 November 1882, Volume 5, Number 13.
The Gospel Trumpet.
A SEMI-MONTHLY HOLINESS JOURNAL.
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D. S. WARNER.
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A Brief Review of G. D. Watson’s Address to Come-Outers.
BY D. S. CALDWELL.
When Bro. Watson brands with odium all who, in obedience to the voice of God and their enlightened conscience, have separated themselves from the so-
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think him unjustifiably sweeping in his innuendos, not to say very grave in his charges. Surely he is not ignorant of the fact, that while he seems to glory in being a member of the M. E. sect, he has but to go back in memory, something over one century, to find his own sect, so far as they had the light, practical come outers. He condemns as wrong, and even criminal, an act at the present time, while he thinks the same thing undeserving of blame, and even deserving of praise, simply because they can boast of a hundred years or more of antiquity. We maintain that Dr. W. displays the greatest inconsistency in reprimanding these whom he calls come-outers in modern times, while in the same breath he eulogizes, and lauds to the heavens, the M. E. sect, whose distinct organization is a standing, not to say living, monument, of pure come-outism; it having been formed, through ignorance of the divine organism, out of material whose devotion to God rendered them obnoxious to their formal mother sect, just as many of the most faithful witnesses to entire holiness, of the present day, are ejected or compelled to withdraw from the almost Christ-less sect corporations.
Does not Bro. W. know that William Phillip Otterbien, the first bishop of the U. B. denomination, assisted in ordaining bishop ..sbury, the first American bishop ..f the M. E. denomination, when ..e (Otterbien) was, to all intents ..d purposes, a “come-outer,” …esh from thg German Reformed ..t?
Bro. W. asserts that “there are … man-made churches, no man- made sects, or creeds, but they ..e all providential.” How I ..ould ask him if he includes ..ose whom he calls come-outers? ..e they also providential? If he answers no, who has invested him with discriminating power to judge thus partially? If yes, then why does he condemn them, and justify others, when all are alike providentially of God?
Unfortunately for Bro. W., he seems to have grasped a gun that shoots both ways. But charity leads us to extend to him sympathy, rather than censure, in his unfortunate dilemma. While we have often read Bro. W’s. articles with much edification, there are positions taken and things taught in his address to come-outers that look exceedingly anomalous, and contrary to the plain letter of God’s word. For instance: “No man has a right to reprove the church until he has done all he can to save it.” If this were true, then we must all refrain from preaching the Word; for this is one great object of preaching the Word, viz.: to reprove all wrong, in the professed church, as well as without. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for corrections, as well as for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect.” God’s order is to perfect and save the church by reproving it, but Dr. W’s. theory virtually forbids the use of God’s appointed means until all others have been exhausted. The fact is, men will not have done all they can to save the church until they shall have thoroughly reproved and rebuked and admonished her for all her sins.
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to condemn the sin of the church until he does all he can to save the church.” I think an effectual means of saving the church, is to condemn the sin of the church; not to approve of the sin of the church, by fellowshipping it. Christ acted differently when He reproved the Pharisaical church of His day. I suppose the Savior considered it one of the all things that He could do to save them, when He said: “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how shall ye escape the damnation of hell?” Now apply Bro. W’s. theory, and Christ was to blame. He had not done all He could to save them, before condemning them, for He had not yet died to save.
“if any are cast out they can find a home somewhere else.” That is very charitable, indeed. But they must not do as Wesley, Otterbien, Luther and others have done — make a home of their own, nor yet be satisfied with the Home or Church that Christ built nearly nineteen hundred years ago. They must not undertake to exemplify to the world the great truth that “we are complete in Him” (Christ), without joining something else besides Him.
Now if men had always acted on Bro. W’s. plan, there would have been no reformation: for it cannot be denied that every advance of the reformation was a come-out movement, and the come-outers who constituted the material for each sect, is to this day the pride and boast of that body, neither have any of the organizations produced as holy and renowned men of God, since they took on the form of a new sect organization. We leave Bro. W. to decide as to whether the world is any better for come-outers in the past. While God prohibits an unequal yoking together of believers with unbelievers, He equally enjoins upon believers to come out from among such and be separate, and touch not the unclean thing, as a condition to enjoy heart purity and divine fellowship. And the history of the world proves that there never has been a reformation in the world, either in religion or politics, without there was a breaking away from old established parties and ecclesiastical bodies. This is a strong argument against Bro. W’s. position, and gives the come- outers the advantage and strong encouragement. The reformation of a corrupt church, while the reforming element remains in fellowship with it, remains to be demonstrated in the future.
It may be said that Wesley did not come cut from the church of England, and was an exception. True, he formed an exception in that he did not separate from that church, but he was no exception in reforming that church. His reform was outside of the church as much as was Luther’s, or any other reformer, and I confess to inability to discover any visible evidence of improvement in the established Episcopal church, because John Wesley chose to remain nominally in connection with that body.
Bro. W. asks, “If we leave the church, who is to administer the sacraments?” Before yielding to any nervous shock at a profanation of the ordinances of Christ, if administered by come-outers, Bro. W. should take the question home to his own sect. Who administered the ordinances to the
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… at then – beginning. The answer is, come-outers of course. And if they were qualified to thus officiate then, why not now? Bro. W. says: “The very worst thing that satan can do for people is to put them out where they are Ishmaelites; every man’s hand against them, and their hand against every man.” But I think a very much worse thing than that is for satan to keep them in a proud, lifeless sect, and under the reign of a set of bigoted, selfish, time-serving ecclesiastics. If evil men have the ascendancy, and are so immovably fixed in the sects of our day that there is no way of ridding the church of them, and their influence to destroy all its spirituality, then I think it duty and commendable to obey God and come out from among them and be separate — Bro. Watson’s teaching to the contrary notwithstanding.
Specimens of Last Day Deceiving.
Brother Warner: — God bless you! You were right in saying that C. A. Obenshain was not vet out of babylon He went from Erwin to Sugar Grove, took ten or twelve of the Erwin saints with him, staid, I think, about three weeks, then came back to Erwin and has continued meeting up till now. They claim two converted in a meeting of two months, that is since you left. He has stuck to these saints until he has baptized sixteen or eighteen, I think, into what he calls the pilgrim faith, with Rayborn as bishop, and himself second in power. Instead of drawing all men to God, he tries to draw all men to Obenshain. It is another dividing of God’s family, a young daughter of the mother of harlots.
It is composed of about forty members in this State, they call it the kingdom of God, make it the New Jerusalem, and they say that in order to get the Holy Ghost, everybody has to admit Rayborn as God’s leader in His Kingdom. Obenshain also makes marching a test of keeping the Holy Ghost. Oh, how I pity those dear, honest souls, and pray that God may soon deliver them from the snare of the devil that they may bruise satan under their heel. This thing seems not to get sinners converted and believers sanctified, but destroys God’s work. It gets God’s little ones under a different spirit than that received when they experience entire sanctification. It seems to me that this is the most subtle and soul-withering device the devil has ever invented. It so changes the confidence of its victims from God to men, that they are scarcely ever heard to use a line of scripture in their testimony.
The Lord bless you in your work.
Your brother, in the Church of God,
Joseph W. Curry.
Mt. Sterling, Ill.
The Straight Track Found.
BY SUSAN LONG.
Dear Bro. Warner: — I will give a sketch of my experience, hoping it may benefit some one who wants to get on the straight track and the Bible platform. Yes, bless God! the bible is the chart that will cany us through … come out … th.. …
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route, and by the grace of God I will stay on it. I once had enjoyed the love of God in my heart. It was about twenty-four or twenty-five years ago, when a commotion was raised in the Genesee Conference, in the State of New York, when a hand of ministers who had left the conference were expelled. Among them were B. T. Roberts and Joseph McCreery. The Lord crowned their labors with wonderful success for a few years, until they formed into a free Methodist sect. I staid with them a few years. I began to see they were losing the real Spirit of God, that they did not have the real power with God they used to have. I did not see why it was, hut I came to the conclusion that they had done wrong m organizing a sect. The more I studied the Word of God, the more I saw it was wrong. I left them. But not being well enough instructed how to find all sufficiency in Christ, I finally backslid, and was worse than I ever had been before.
I married a Roman Catholic and had to go through all their forms and ceremonies, and confess to a priest that he might absolve me from all the sins I had committed and tell me to do some act of contrition, after which I would feel no better. I told him once that I did not feel half as clear in my soul as I used to when I would go to God, but he said it was ..y fault that I did not make a good confession but kept some sin back; but I did not. The trouble was. I knew it was not right to go to a priest to confess my wrongdoings. I well new that the blood of bulls and goats op Jewish altars slain, nor priestly intercession could take away one stain that sin had made. And long before this I had seen that sects were wrong. I lived on in this way seven or eight years. I have proved the bible true where it says, “He that knoweth his Master’s will and doeth it not shall be beaten with many stripes.”
At last Bro. and Sister Fisher came and held meetings in our school house. I knew that he gave bible for all his preaching. He throwed a great deal of light on my soul from the Word. But what could I do? There I was, foot-hound in the very worst kind of a sect. The mother of all other sects, she is well named the “mother of harlots.” I saw the light, but just how to get out of where I was, I hardly knew, for they were such a treacherous set of people, and had often threatened my life and laid snares on the road to trip me up and injure me when I would go to a Protestant meeting. But I praise God that by the leading of the Holy Spirit I have been able to come out from family, and sect and everything that is not of God. Yes, praise His holy name! I have given up all earthly things; for the love of Christ constrained me to do this, and when I fully made up my mind to serve God rather than man, the Holy Spirit just led me out of that miserable sect pen, the Roman Catholics, and I do praise the Lord this morning that I know I am saved through and through. Yes, glory to God! this morning for this saving faith. O, how glad I am this morning that we are permitted to “have this treasure in earthen vessels that the glory and excellency of the power .. … of God
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and not of us.” Glory to God! it is safe to obey God in everything. Praise His name! I am happy this morning. I tell you it ain’t much like confessing and saying prayers to a carnal priest. Oh, what terrible delusions! – a real insult to God. I often wondered why he permits them to go on the way they do. But I do believe the time is coming, and not far off, when He will come in swift judgment against them. My prayer is, “O Lord, hasten the time when sect walls shall fall, so that there will not one stone be left upon another.” I am glad that I see the current of life warmly flows upon me from Jesus’ side. It is cleansing me now from all sin.
The devil sent an army after me the other day, with very flattering words; talking about the nice home I had left and property to take care of me while I lived, if I would just go home and stay, and many other things they said; but while they talked the Holy Spirit said unto me, “I have led you out of babylon, and you must obey God. Their talk had no impression on me; I was too glad to get out of babylon. I had no desire to again return to the flesh pots of Egypt. Now my prayer is, if there is any one placed in the same circumstances, that see the light as I did, that God will give them grace to come out and take a firm stand for Him, on the bible platform.
Fowler. Mich., Oct. 1.
Purity and Unity.
BY H. R. JEFFREY.
Christ “gave Himself for the church that He might sanctify it and cleanse it,” in order that He might “present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be without blemish.” — Eph. 5:26—27. The Church is not now in this state of perfection, but there is a time when this will come to pass. Christ is to present the Church to Himself, and not until the Church is thus prepared can this be done. The preparation consists in two things, namely: Purity and Unity. The scriptural rule is first pure, then peaceable, and when there is peace there will be unity. These two themes are the living issues of the Christian church of the present time. I believe that every true believer desires to see a visible union come to pass in God’s way; but there can be no real unity, that is, a coming together and continuing so, while there is yet carnality existing in the members of the Church. I am confident that just as soon as the members of Christ’s Church are entirely purified, then perfect unity will be the result. Some are preaching and pleading for the oneness of the church, and at the same time they are opposed to Bible holiness, which is God’s means to bring about this oneness, and by so doing I believe they are standing in the way of the end for which they are laboring.
While I believe the holiness revival is of the Lord, yet He has not the full control of all who are engaged in it. Much of its workings are human, and by this means the work is hindered, but as all true wisdom needed in the church must come from above, … should humbly and patiently
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wait for it. We are commanded “not haste.” Though it is unfaithfulness in the church to run too slow, it is serious and disastrous to run too fast. If the church is to he purified first and then united, then we should labor especially for the sanctification of unbelievers. Holiness should be our watchword. I am disgusted with the continual cry of some, that you must come out of the sects — come out, come out, come out, making this their test of Christianity; come out and go with us, and we will fellowship you, just like any other sect does. Yes, these same kind of come- outers are generally as much opposed to the scriptural doctrine of sanctification as any other sect, and they write and talk as vindictively against the holiness people as they do against the sects. I say, beware of such! “They will not go in themselves,” but hinder those who desire to enter.
I would love to say more here, but I will write more hereafter. I would say to all who may read this to be holy in all manner of conversation. Amen!
Ida Bright, a young sister living near Coopersburg, Pa., who had been an invalid, almost entirely helpless for three years, and was instantly healed in answer to prayer, in July last, appeared before the Chestnut Hill camp-meeting in Lehigh county, Pa., August 29th, and before a very large congregation, related the miraculous cure effected upon, her person by the power of God, which she says she felt throughout her whole body. She was afflicted with consumption and heart disease, and given up by her physician and friends to die, but was raised up at once and enabled to walk, and now enjoys a reasonable degree of health and strength. — Selected.
ORDERS of MEETINGS
Church of the Living Cod,
9:30 a. m. — Bible school.
10:30 a. m. — Preaching, and salvation service.
3:30 p. m. — Prayer, Testimony, and altar service.
7 p. m. — Preaching and Salvation service.
AT PRIVATE HOUSES,
TUESDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHTS AT
7 p’ m.
The above only gives the general order of the various Weekly meetings, all of which are wholly led by the HOLY SPIRIT as He will.
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Dome to the Beulah Assembly
Beginning Nov. 18, and continuing over the following Sabbath.
By the blessing of God, wife and self expect to go there.
Beulah is a meeting house in the Haw Patch, La Grange County, Indiana, about eight miles north east of Ligoneer, on the Airline division of the Lake Shore R. R., and about the same distance west of Wolcottville, on the Grand Rapids and Indiana R. R.
Address Bro. T. H. Lowe, Ligonier. There will he conveyances from either of the above named places. Come all in the name of the Lord.
One T. C. Brenneman says, in a western paper, that it had been his “observation that come-outism was the result of super-ecclesiasticism, and that both of these were of the devil.”
Now, suppose a true child of God is under the devil’s super- ecclesiastical yoke of bondage, and he should feel led to come out, do you think the devil led him out? Will the devil deliver God’s children from his own works? Is satan both the instignation of oppression, and the deliverer therefrom?
It is a very bad cause that has to invest satan with the character of a savior in order to maintain it.
Is it not more reasonable and scriptural to teach that the devil invents the ecclesiastical yokes, and that God delivers his children … …
The Work of the Lord at Bangor, Mich.
Bro. J. C. Fisher writes that the revival is still going on in power there. At last report there were two converted and eight sanctified.
Praise the Lord!
IN FAVOR OF BIBLE PROOFS OF THE SECOND WORK OF GRACE.
A sister writes: “The ‘Bible Proofs of the Second Work of Grace’ is the best book I ever read except the Bible. I thank God that I ever had the privilege of reading it and the Gospel Trumpet. It is wonderful what good your book and paper is doing. One sister said they had done her soul so much good that she would not be without them for five dollars. My soul says praise the Lord!
“Mary E. Farrah.”
Sandy Lake, Pa.
The Harvester reports that “D. S. Warner has been holding come- out meetings in Crawford county and elsewhere.”
Yes, praise the Lord, Bro. Doty! quite a goodly number of poor sinners were induced to “come out” of Egypt, still more of God’s children came out of the wilderness into the Canaan of perfect love; and no doubt many received a salvation of God and illumination of the Holy Ghost that will lead them entirely out of babylon.
I see you and others also held a meeting in Crawford county, hut you report no one having come out of Egypt, Sodom or Babylon, or the wilderness of sin.
Yours must have been an anti-come-out meeting.
Thank God for come-out meetings.
“Then blow ye the trumpet in pure testimony,
And let the world hear it again;
O, come ye from Babylon, Egypt and Sodom,
And make your way over the plain.”
We are in receipt of a communication from Bro. T. K. Doty, taking exceptions to words that appeared in the last Trumpet, stating that as a union meeting, so advertised, the Lodi camp-meeting was a failure, and was run by a Wesleyan Methodist ring. He says the leaders were of different denominations, and that several denominations took part in the meeting. This is all true, and yet, having been there nearly all the time, we are able to confirm the above statement as about correct. There were able and clear holiness preachers present all through the meeting, or nearly so, who were not called upon to preach.. The only perceptible reason was — “Not Methodist.” Of course sufficient respect was paid to non-Methodists to avoid the appearance of Methodistic monopoly. Bro. D. also corrects the statement that God compelled him to admit there is. not one word in the New Testament in favor of, or in support of sects and denominations, as follows:
“No, sir; not so. Instead of being ‘compelled to admit’ this, it is a pet theory of mine, often advanced. I know of nothing in the New Testament that supports sects or denominations directly; and little indirectly, only that we are not to forbid those who follow not us. I might make other corrections, but these will do.
“It is difficult for opponents, without great grace and care, to rightfully state each other’s opinions. Let us endeavor in the right direction, and, especially, let us be careful lest any bias prevent us from rightly representing the actions of those with whom we cannot agree.
“Thomas K. Doty,
To which we say amen.
The Apostolic Faith Spreading.
ANOTHER WITNESS TO, GOD’S HEALING POWER
Mt. Pleasant. Ia., Nov. 2.
Dear Bro. Warner and Family: — God bless you! I have been to brother Carpenters, and he is very sick. Symptoms, typhoid fever. He thinks the Lord is going to call him home; he says he is prepared to go. Glory to God!
Bro. Warner: pray for Bro. Carpenter, that the Lord may heal him, if it is his will.
On the same paper came the following:
Nov. 4, 12:30 A. M.
Bro. Pinson and I have just returned from Bro. Carpenters. While there Bro. C. requested us to pray the Lord to heal him. With Sister Carpenter we kneeled around his bed, laid hands on him and prayed earnestly to God to rebuke the disease and heal him. We held on to the Lord for an hour, and to the Glory of God, and for the good of our neighbors, the Lord healed him. He arose and dressed, praising God for what he had done for him, and ate his supper. The doctor said on the previous morning that he was very dangerous, and now praise the Lord! he is well.
Glory to God for full salvation!
Dear Bro. Warner, I am willing to do more than my part to have the Trumpet a weekly, and if all would do their duty, we can soon see it accomplished.
Your brother in Christ,
The Meeting at Cardington
Was a very precious and profitable season of grace. There were not as many of the dear saints from abroad as we had expected, but the Lord was present to bless our soults. Brothers Koutz. Sherman and Raub were here f.. Bucyrus, and Sifter Stootsman and daughter from Wayne county. The latter consecrated and received the blessing of entire sanctification, and our prayers shall continually he offered to God that she may hold fast the profession of her faith to the end, and that her mother may also come to this blissful death.
We met at six o’clock on Sabbath morning, and received a most precious refreshing from the presence of the Lord. At 9:30 met again, and at eleven we discoursed to the people of God upon the duty of following Christ in the New Testament command of baptism. Since we have received the Holy Spirit in entire sanctification, our views in many respects have given place to the way of the Lord more perfectly. And as this “anointing, which abideth and teacheth all things,” has so wonderfully unfolded the scriptures to our mind, we have said scarcely anything on the subject of the positive commands of the law of Christ, thinking that possibly the divine Spirit would revolutionize our mind on that subject, and give us a wholly spiritual interpretation of those scriptures that enjoin baptism, washing of the saints’ feet, and the Lord’s supper. We believe that good Christians have so understood the scriptures, and that honestly; consequently, both they and us could not be right. And we have felt willing to allow that our views were just as susceptible of being the result of a wrong education as theirs. But nothing that we have received from men or from the Word and Spirit, has at any time relieved our mind from the obligations imposed by the teaching and example of Christ and the Apostles in respect to these things. And indeed the great commission seems to rest with renewed force upon our mind “Go disciple all nations, baptizing them in the … of the Father, and of the Son … of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”
A re-examination of the word of God, under the light of the Spirit, leads us indeed to wonder how any person, who acknowledges the authority of Christ and the Apostles, can feel themselves at liberty to set aside these ordinances of Christ, it is a fact that “the law and the prophets were until John, since then the kingdom of heaven is preached,” and that baptism, as found in the New Testament, was introduced by John as a part of the “Kingdom of heaven.”
- It is a fact that Christ was Himself baptized in Jordan. And that was not to fulfill the law of induction into the priestly office; “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judea; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood;” hence He “is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment (the ceremonial law), but ofter the power of an endless life.” — Heb. 7:14—16. See also Ver. 20, and 8:4.
Neither was there any such things observed in Christ’s baptism as the law demands, to make a high priest. — See Exod. 29:20, 21. Lev. 8:23, 24. George Campbell, of Scotland, translates Christ’s words thus, “Thus it behooves us to ratify every institution.” Christ thus ratified by His own example the institution of the kingdom of heaven introduced by His forerunner, John.
- It is a fact that “Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John.” — John 4:1.
- It is a fact, that Christ’s final commission, which “extends to the end of the world,” requires us to make disciples in all nations, and baptize them. — Matt. 28:19, 20.
- It is a fact that the Apostles, after they were sanctified and illuminated by the Holy Spirit, continued throughout their entire ministry to teach and administer baptism in water. — Acts 2:38. 8:12. 8:16, 36-38. 9:18. 10:47, 48. 16:15. 33. 18:8. 1 Cor. 1:13-16. Heb. 10:22.
Here we have the regular order of the Church of God for over sixty years. And in all that time not one of them had been showed by the Spirit of God that baptism had been done away.
- It is a fact that, in the sixth of Homans, the Apostle declares that because they had been baptized into Christ and into His death, i.e., by the Spirit, “therefore we are buried with Him in baptism,” and in Col. 2. “Buaied with Him in baptism’ follows holy Spirit circumcision; and in botn instances their baptism was appealed to as a declaration of the fact that their profession of grace implied a total death to and separation from sin. The argument of the apostle is that in their baptism they professed a salvation that makes us free from sin. As the sight of a burial always supposes a death, so their baptism presupposes their death to and consequent freedom from the law of sin and death. This shows not only that literal baptism was not only the order in the house of God, but that it involves glorious spiritual truths, is both a declaration of our faith in the resurrection of Christ and of the fact of our present spiritual resurrection, or the great truth of perfect holiness. That Paul was speaking of a literal burial in baptism, as subsequent to, and consequent upon their spiritual induction into Christ, is evident from the fact that the apostle was reasoning from the visible to the invisible; upon the tangible fact of their actual burial in the waters of baptism, he bases a strong argument that their whole life should exhibit an entire death to sin.
- Finally, it is not anywhere ..ted in the New Testament that baptism in water was ever abolished. Eph. 4:5 has been cited the “one baptism,” it is claimed, is that of the Spirit, and excludes that of water baptism; to which we observe:
1. That “one spirit” has already been cited in the preceding verse, and it would be a tautology to refer “one baptism” to the Spirit also.
2. The apostle is citing points of unity in the Church, among which is baptism. Now as to what baptism he alludes to, we obtain information from his defense of the unity of the body to the Corinthians: “Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you but Crispus and Gains, lest any should say that I had baptized, in my own name.” — 1 Cor. 1:13-15. This explains the “one baptism.” There is not “one baptism” in the name of Paul, another in the name of Peter, etc., that there should be confusion, schism, and an interruption of the unity of the Spirit. The uniform baptism, you see, is that which is administered by men, hence water baptism.
3. Baptism of the Spirit is simply a figurative use of the word baptism. The operation is the great and all-essential thing, but the use of the word “baptize,” in connection with that experience, is merely incidental; it is simply employing a trope, or figure of speech. As our sanctification and infilling of the Holy Spirit submerges our whole being into, and overwhelms us by the Holy Ghost, it is fitly shadowed forth by the person being buried with Christ in the water of baptism.
4. One literal baptism does not conflict at all with many figurative uses of the word baptize; does not contradict the “fellowship of His suffering,” nor the sanctification of His Spirit, although they are both figuratively expressed by the word baptize.
5. As baptism in the Spirit simply means an overwhelming of His presence and power, it is not true that it is confined to a single instance, but may be repeated; while baptism in water, when properly received, by a proper administrator, is not to be repeated; it is one baptism. Hence “there is one Spirit, one body, one Lord, one faith, and one (literal) baptism,” while there are many figurative uses and applications of that word, i.e., that of the suffering of Christ and His followers, and that in the Spirit.
Neither did Paul ignore water baptism when he said, “Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you but Crispus and Gaius; lest any should say. that I had baptized in my own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides I know not whether I baptized any other, for Christ sent me net to baptize but to preach the gospel.” — 1 Cor. 1:13-17.
In all this Paul says not one word against the perpetuity of the ordinance of baptism. Though nothing can be clearer than this fact, that had he understood that institution as having passed away, here is just where he would naturally have said so. But he simply informs the Corinthians and us that he was, in general, not lead of the Lord to administer the ordinance in person; and he gives a very wise reason, i.e., “lest any should say I had baptized in my own name.” Paul was a wonderful instrument of God. This he knew, and he prudently avoided everything that might attract attention to himself. He resolved to cut off occasion, as much as possible, for boasting that they had been baptized by the great apostle, instead of glorying in Christ alone. But were the few families above mentioned all that were baptized at Corinth? Hear the report of than great revival. “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and Many of Corinthians hearing, believed and were baptized.” — Acts 18:8.
Here you see that all that believed were baptized.
It is claimed that baptism was carried along by the apostles through error, just as some Judaic notions adhered to them some time after pentecost. But there is this difference. Baptism was not a Mosaic institution, like the seventh day Sabbath, circumcision, etc. Therefore the practice of baptism by the apostolic church can not be accounted for by Judaic education.
In the second place we have no word from any apostle disannulling baptism, as we have in the case of the covenant written on stone, and its appertaining ceremonies. Therefore, as a command of the New Testament baptism is still the precious duty, and means of grace to all the children of grace; not as a door into the Church, a condition of pardon, or means of regeneration, as the dark age creeds teach, “but the answer — response — of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” and a declaration of being dead indeed unto sin, and alive unto God through Christ Jesus. Thank God nearly all the saints clearly see their duty in this matter, but for various reasons it was deferred.
In the afternoon there was a precious waiting before the Lord, and about five o’clock, Christ and His disciples being alone in the upper room, His sacred words were read and His example followed in washing one another’s feet, and partaking of His body and blood, through his appointed emblems. Oh, what a solemn holy settling down into God during these divinely appointed means of communing with our very present Redeemer.
At the following Tuesday night prayer meeting several testified that the services of that night had brought them more perfectly into the nothingness of self and the companionship of Christ than ever before realized. They had learned by experience that to follow the example and commands of the most spiritual One that ever lived on earth, did not lessen their spirituality, as some seem to fear. As it is written, “If any man shall do My will he shall know of the doctrine.” Glory to God!
At seven o’clock the ball was filled. A theatrical troupe, that had been serving the devil in the place for several nights, joined by a gang of the baser sort of this place, filled up the rear; expecting to perform for their master and break up, or at least annoy the meeting. The saints all prayed with one accord for a double portion of power. As soon as we began to talk satan tried to set his agents going. We stopped, eyed them, looking to God for help. Glory to God! we claimed the victory; the devils quailed beneath the power of God. He gave us the word without measure. Some gave quite good ..tention, while most tried ve.. hard to put on brass enough … act the fool under the pelti.. hailstones of God’s awful tru… But the power of God was t.. much for the satanic legions … them. Bro. Coutz remarked, a.. the close of the meeting, tha.. they filed out like a squad … criminals from a court roo.. where their dark deeds had be … brought to light and they had be.. sentenced to the penitentiary. … was a glorious victory for G.. and we hope the poor conv.. before the court of heaven … never get away from the sou.. that discourse until they give … hearts to God.
Christ Having Taken Away the Covenant, Written on Stone,
ESTABLISHED THE NEW COVENANT, AND INSTITUTED THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH.
[CONTINUED FROM LAST ISSUE.]
Having in last issue shown by numerous, clear and unequivocal passages of scripture that the ten commandment covenant and its appurtaining ceremonies were abolished, we now look into the Word to see what Christ has given us instead. That Christ was a lawgiver, and mediator of a New Testament or covenant, none, so far as we know, but Adventists and infidels deny.
Before Moses was born, Christ was predicted in that character. “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.” — Gen. 49:10. Shiloh is universally understood as meaning Christ, and until He appeared there was no lawgiver to come from the tribe of Judah, hence He comes a lawgiver.
“Judah is My lawgiver.” — Psalms 60:7. Christ came of the tribe of Judah, and is here alluded to.
“But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ships pass thereby. For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King, He will save us.” — Isa. 33:31, 32. Here the Lord, even our “glorious Lord,” is declared to be “unto us a place of broad fivers,” “Judge,” “Lawgiver,” and Savior. Surely this is He that “took away the first”
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eminently a lawgiver that he knows no other. He says, “There is one Lawgiver who is able to save and to destroy.” — James 4:12.
“The government shall be upon His shoulders,” “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and. justice from henceforth even forever.” — Isa. 9:6, 7.
“Bear one another’s burthens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” — Gal. 6:2.
“And the isles shall wait for His law.” — Isa. 42:4.
“For tills man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who hath builded the house hath more honor than the house; for every house is builded by gome man, but He that buildeth all things (in this spiritual house) is God. And Moses verily was faithfull in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things that were to be spoken after. But Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house are we.” — Heb. 3:3-6.
Here we see clearly that Moses was but a servant of God, and mediator of a temporary system that was to be supplanted by the house of God, of which Christ is the builder and owner, and over which He executed His own law, and established His own Testament. Hence we hear Him saying in His final commission, — “Teaching them to do whatsoever I have commanded you.” “He that hat My commandments and keepeth them he it is that loveth Me.” “Ye are my friends if ye whatsoever I command you.” “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me.” “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” — Luke 16:16. This is plain English. The law is no part of the kingdom of heaven, and only continued until the kingdom of heaven appeared. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by the Lord Jesus Christ.” — John 1:17. Here are two distinct systems: the law includes all that came through Moses, grace and truth, by Jesus Christ, takes its place as the permanent government of God’s kingdom. Christ even contrasts the laws of His kingdom with the abolished covenant that was written upon tables of stone, and shows its great superiority. “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shall not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.” — Matt. 5:21, 22.
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shall not commit adultery: but I say unto you that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” — Ver. 27, 28.
“Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, thou shalt not foreswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths; but I say unto you swear not at all.” — Ver. 33, 34.
Here are three of the ten commandments, with others not in the decalogue, held up by Christ as “weak and unprofitable,” compared with the New Testament, of which He was the author and mediator. Then we see that Christ’s government was not the execution of Moses’ law, nor something grafted onto the Sinaatic covenant, nor yet was the ten commandment law incorporated into His law; for the one is not an addition to the other, in any way wha.. … … …
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which was established upon better promises.” Christ says in reference to this very subject, that He did not put “new patches on,” nor “new wine into old bottles.” He did not patch up the “weak and unprofitable,” the “old and ready to vanish” law, with the precepts of the New Testament, nor did He entrust “that which waxeth old” with the glorious wine of His kingdom: for “new wine must be put into new bottles.” The quickening, regenerating and sanctifying grace and power of the kingdom of God was not poured into the “law of sin and death, written and engraven on tables of stone,” to “make it honorable,” but is contained in the “New Testament,” and makes the “law of Christ” honorable by fulfilling it in us “to the praise of the glory of His grace.” “The law is not of faith,” but was merely a “witness of those things that were to be spoken after,’’ the kingdom and reign of Christ. Grace did not come to the rescue of the law, but “grace and truth” came together by Christ Jesus: truth the “new bottle” and grace the “new wine,” and the old empty bottles of the law were thrown away. What use is there in God’s Church, for the law? It was made for the “lawless, for ungodly, for sinners, unholy, profane, murderers, whoremongers, menstealers and liars,” — 1 Tim. 1:9, 10; and no such characters ever get into the Church. And when “grace” changes them, “truth,” through the Holy Spirit, rules them, and the law is left outside to take care of dogs and sorcerers. Glory to God! the “Truth makes us free.” “Wherefore then serveth the law?” “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.”
Be it then known, once for all, that Christ has “taken away the first, that He might establish the second.” Then we should “leam of Him” all the Sabbath that truth enjoins, for “He is the truth,” and “ye are complete in Him.”
We have said at the beginning of our former article that moral principles are unchangeable — yea, are eternal. Therefore, it always was and always will be wrong to lie, steal, covet and kill, independent and back of all laws for their prohibition. Such laws may be enacted, and again pass away, and die, and all enactments that are not thus founded in the nature of things die with them. Again, that which is right or wrong within itself, remains the same throughout all time and eternity. Therefore all things in the decalogue that are right within themselves, were so before God wrote them on tables of stone, and they continue to be right since that covenant is abolished. So also all things there prohibited, that are essentially wrong, were so before that law was given, and remain so since it is abolished; while all precepts, that were wholly created by the giver of that law, pass entirely away in its abrogation.
We have also admitted that to rest from ordinary labor one day in seven is morally right, independent of any law for its enforcement. Yet after farther reflection a doubt seems to arise in our mind as to the correctness of this statement. That an enlightened and devout heart would naturally feel led and duty bound to set apart for rest and divine worship a part of the time, more or less, is freely admitted; but we cannot see anything in our nature or in our relations to God that would lead the conscience of man, independent of any law, to thus appropriate just one-seventh of his time. We may therefore resolve the Sabbath into three elements: 1. The duty of rest days. 2. the fre.. of those
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of seven. the ..st is a moral element, essentially right. The second, and more especially the third, are wholly positive, rest alone in the will of the Lawgiver, therefore may be changed as He sees fit, and, we have seen, was done away with the old covenant of which it was a part. Now turning to the New Testament, which is the law of Christ’s Church, what do we find?
- Christ is “Lord of the Sabbath,” — may appoint in His kingdom whatever day He sees best.
- Christ nor any of His apostles never enjoined upon the Church the keeping of the seventh day.
- There is not one single example in the New Testament of the Church of God assembling on the seventh day of the week. Though we read of Paul taking advantage of the Jews assembling on their Sabbath, to preach the gospel, there is positively no instance of the disciples of Christ meeting regularly in their own assembly for worship.
- Therefore, they that would keep the seventh day as a day of rest and public worship, must do so without a precept from Christ or any apostle, and without an example from the Apostolic Church.
- That Jews observed the seventh day for some time after their conversion to Christ, because of their previous education, it is very reasonable to believe, but that any Jew or Gentile kept the seventh day because of their membership in Christ’s body, we have never seen one line of proof advanced from scripture or history.
- Concerning the first day of the week, we find the disciples assembled on the night of the first day of the week on which Christ arose. — John 20:19.
- “And after eight days again the disciples were within.” — John 20:20. The above language, it is quite commonly admitted, signifies in one week from that time. As the Germans say, “iver acht daga,” — after eight days — meaning be it, in one week from today. “After eight days” — “that is, on the next Sunday.” — J. Wesley.
Note how particular the inspired apostle was to designate the first day of the week as the day of their weekly assembly for divine worship. — John 20:19—26.
But before we follow any farther what is said about the first day of the week, we will introduce those scriptures in their original language. We have announced that several times the New Testament calls the first day or the week Sabbath. Now let all who can read German turn to Matt. 28:1, Mark 16:2, 9, Luke 24:1, John 20:1-19, Acts. 20:7, 1 Cor. 16:2. In all eight i..anees instead of seven, and … every instance you will find i.. ..ads Sabbath, instead of “day of the week,” as in the common version. A translation of Matt. 28:1 from the German reads thus: “But at evening of that Sabbath which dawns into the morning of the first holyday of the Sabbaths, came Mary,” etc. The other seven instances, where the common version has “the first day of the week,” the German renders “on one of the Sabbaths.” This is quite different from the English, and now we appeal to the Greek to ascertain which is correct. We quote from the received Greek Text with the Emphatic Diaglott, word for word rendering:
You see that the same Greek word is rendered Sabbath in the
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..tion? You see me German version is correct. The woman came at the close of the Sabbath (the Jewish) as it began to dawn into the first Sabbath (the Christian.) Let us follow the Greek in Mark 16, parts of the first and second verses:
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|Mark 16:9. —|
|Luke 23:56. 24:1. —|
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|John 20:1 and 19. —|
|Acts 20:7. —|
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|having been assembled||of us||to break|
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Thus you have seen that in every instance “the first of the week” is in the original the “first Sabbath,” or literally “the first of the Sabbaths,” as it is in the plural every time but Mark 16:9, which reads word for word in the Greek. “And having very early the first Sabbath;” whereas all the other places the word is in the plural — “the first of the Sabbaths,” This will be clearly understood and appear very natural when we consider the fact that the Jews still observed their Sabbath, the seventh day, and doubtless some did not drop it at once even after they were converted; and at the same time, the christians observed the first day of the week from the day of Christ’s resurrection; therefore, at the time of the apostolic writing, two Sabbaths were being kept in the week; the one “ready to vanish away,” the other newly instituted; the one on the first day of the week, the other on the last day of the week. Hence it was very natural to designate the Christian Sabbath as “the first of the Sabbaths.”
Having the German translation — one of the very best in the world, if not the very best — and the pure received Greek text itself declaring that the day immediately following “the Sabbath according to the commandment,” (the law) which is the first day of the week, is Sabbath, we accept the truth, and know there is no power of earth or hell can overthrow it.
More still in our next.
Newark. Mo., Sept, 5.
Bro. Warner: — The Trumpet of. Aug. 28 si at hand, I have found subscribers for the number paid for, I will try to extend the circulation, I regard it as a necesity in this clay of uncertain sounds; it carries conviction with it. The truth must be told.
Marena, Kan., Sept. 22.
Dear Bro. Warner: — Oh! how I am kept all the time! Was at camp meeting four days; the clear Lord is opening up more work; I
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There were five down in the straw seeking a clean heart.
Pray for us, that we may stand fast in the Lord all the time.
J. K. P. Ferrel.
Onarga, Ill., Aug. 19.
Bro. Warner: — Please send us more copies of the Trumpet No. 9 for distribution. I think the Trumpet gets better every number; bless the Lord for having called you to this great work. Stand firm for the truth. I am asking God to give you grace, strenth and wisdom, to accomplish all His glorious will.
We will try and do something soon for the new press, we are all anxious to have the Trumpet come to us weekly, with its welcome lessons of flaming truth. The rest of the professors of holiness, being sectarian, have dropped off. We are grieved to see them drifting back, taking hold of the world move greedily than before. The Lord pity them.
May the Lord bless you abundantly.
Your raster, established in the truth, which makes me free, Glory to God!
Mrs. A. Reed.
Weston, Oregon, Oct, 8.
Dear Bro. Warner: — I thank you ever so much for sending me the four copies of the Gospel Trumpet. I must say that I think and feel that you are entirely on the right side of the present great issues. I feel that you are my brother in Christ. I am so glad to know that there are so many papers advocating holiness unto the Lord. I pray God, that in some way the people might become acquainted with the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and turn to the Lord and be saved from all sin.
About twelve years ago, under the preaching of Dr. and Sister Phoeba Palmer, I was made a recipient of this wonderful state of Grace. Since that time I have been a great annoyance to Israel wherever I have been, and to-day I stand an anti to ail secretism, rum, tobacco, all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and every antichrist institution. I have set my face as a flint against all the work of the devil, I want to say, I do not see how a tobacco user can be saved, for it polities the sacrifice, and defiles the temple of the Most High God.
My prayer is that God may continue to bless you in your work.
Your brother for the truth as it is in Christ,
Strongsville, O., Nov. 3, 1882.
Dear Bro. Warner: – We were so glad to receive the Trumpet again, and those extra numbers. Is seems so long between papers; I wish they could come oftener, twice a month at least. I think I never read a paper that does my soul so much good; it is always full of precious truth. I wish I could send you some money for the press. I have been working hard this whole year to get out of debt, not out yet, but if the Lord wills, I will send you some, soon. I dont understand some people’s consecration; with plenty of land, and money in the bank and God’s cause suffering; I am afraid it is on the alter of self, and very little of it ever gets off, God have mercy on them and anoint their eyes that they may see and understand that God has a claim on every thing they have.
Wife and I stand alone here; we have been wouderfully persecuted this summer and fall; we are hated of all men for Christ’s sake. I want to come to you at Cardington, very much; I think I will this winter, if God wills.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and wife and child, and the saints at Cardington; Amen!
Yours for the truth.
Wm. N. Smith.
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become acquainted with you through the Trumpet, (I have only seen a few copies of it yet) I take the liberty of addressing you. I endorse the Trumpet, and believe the truth it teaches will prevail. I am one of the comeouters, having been obliged to come out of the sect on account of holiness: but Praise the Lord! the sheep that have been scattered in the dark and cloudy day will be gathered together, and there shall be one fold and one Shepherd. I praise the Lord for what he has done for me; the Lord has been wonderfully leading me for fifteen years. He showed me that this sifting time was coming, many years ago and I have been waiting for it and expect to see glorious times yet, though I feel there is perilus times ahead of us. But those that are faithful! shall be accounted worthy to escape all these things, and to stand before the Son of Man. I was sorry you did not get out to our camp-meeting, but I think if the Lord opens the way, we will run the meeting on the strait line another year. There was some opposition by some brethren that are slow in coming to the light; the preachers are the hardest to convince, as they have the most at stake, and don’t like to give up every thing for Christ.
I remain your sister and companion in tribulation and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ,
A. E. Maskrey.
Wonders of Grace.
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[Abridged from the Watch Tower.]
This is a Greek word which is ..nslated church. It signifies a ..mpany, assembly, or body of people, bound or compacted together.
To-day there are many organizations claiming to be the church and having various bonds of unions but we wish to know, upon the authority of God’s Word, what ekklesia, body, or church, Jesus established, and what are it’s bonds of union.
First then, the church which Jesus began to gather during His ministry, which was recognized by the Father at Pentecost after their ransom price was paid, was the little company of disciples who had consecrated earthly time, talents, and life a sacrifice to God. They were organized and bound together as members of one society, and as such had laws and government, and consequently a head or recognized ruling authority. The bonds were bonds of love and common interest. Since all were enlisted under the captaincy of Jesus, the hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, and aims of one were those of the other; and thus they had a far more perfect union of heart than could possibly be had from a union on the basis of any man-made creed. Thus their organization was of the Spirit; their law for the government of each was love, and all as a whole were put under obedience to the “law of the Spirit” as it was expressed in the life, actions, and words of their Lord. Their government was the will of Him who said, “if ye love me keep my commandments”
Thus we see the early church organized, governed, and in perfect unity and harmony under the rulership or headship of Jesus. Contrast this church organization with what now affects to … … of the same — viz.: the various oe.. ..ominational organizations, each of which binds its members to a mental union on the basis of some creed or dogma of its own (many of them any thing but love-ly) and each having its own laws.
These laws eminate from their heads, or rulers and law-givers; so it is clearly seen that these present day churches, have and recognize as heads, or directing, ruling powers over them, the ancient founders of their various creeds, each contradicting the other, while their clergy, in conferences, councils, synods, and presbyteries, variously interpret and enforce the “traditions of the elders” which “make void the Word of God.” These take the place of the true head of the church — Jesus — and the true teacher and guide into all truth, the Holy Spirit. Hear the Prophet Isaiah express it, (chap. 9:15.) “The ancient and honorable, he is the head, and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.” And the whole nominal system is described in the Revelation as “Babylon” — confusion — Papal mother and Protestant daughters.
Will they own this to be so? No, for the lukewarm nominal church of to-day believes herself to be rich and increased with goods, having need of nothing; not knowing that she is wretched and miserable, and poor, and blind, an dnaked, (Rev. 3:17.)
“These are hard sayings, who can receive them?” But these are not our sayings: it is the warning voice of the “sure word of prophecy * * * whereunto ye do well that ye take heed.” And it is a loving voice for again our Lord declares: “as many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.”
But says one Must I not join some organization on earth, assent to some creed; and have my name written on earth? No; remember that Jesus is your pattern and teacher, and neither in His words nor acts will you find any authority for binding yourselves with creeds and traditions of the elders, which all tend to make the word of God of none effect, and bring you under a bondage which will hinder your growth in grace and knowledge, and against which Paul warned you, “stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1.)
Do you inquire — how shall we know one another? We reply, how could we help knowing oneanother when the Spirit of our Master is made manifest in word and act and manner and look? Yes the living faith, the unfeigned love, the longsuffering meekness, the childlike simplicity, coupled with the constancy and zeal of maturity make manifest the sons of God, and we need no earthly record, for the names of all such are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Do the sick need visiting or assistance? — these stand ready with consecrated time. Does the Lord’s work require money? — these stand ready with consecrated means. Does the work bring upon them the reproach of the world, and of a degenerate nominal church — these have also sacrificed reputation — all — all to God.
But again, do you inquire how shall we deal with one who walks disorderly in our midst; if we have no organization such as we see about us, how can we free ourselves from such, as the Lord requires us to do? We answer; Do just as Jesus and Paul directed.
Now, as in the early church, there are various degrees of advancement among the individual members, and Paul says (1. Thes. 5:14,) some are feeble minded comfort them; some are weak, support them; but while you should be patient toward all, warn the disorderly (those who are drifting away from the true spirit of Christ). Dont mistake the disorderly for the weak, and comfort them; nor for the feeble minded, and support them, but patiently, lovingly, warn the disorderly. Whom does he call disorderly?
I doubtless there are many ways of working disorderly, but in 2. Thes. 3:11, He speaks of some who work not at all, but are busy-bodies, and says they should do as he did — work that they be not chargeable to any; and if any will not work, neither should he eat. Thus he said he did, that he might be an example to others. He warns us also against immoral and unjust persons and those who wrest (twist) the Scriptures and thus turn the truth of God into a lie. Then again, vs. 14: after yon have warned such a one, if he “obey not” * * * note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. “Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”
Again Jesus gives explicit directions where there is a matter of offence between two brethren. Matt. 18:15, 17; “If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone; if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother; but if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses everp word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: (the company of brethren who assemble together), but if he neglects to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.” If, under the organization of our Head, we heed his commands, which we will do if we love Him, how few will be the misunderstandings and difficulties among the brethren.
This organization has its evangelists, pastors, and teachers appointed and directed by the Lord. And the “Spirit of the Lord hath anointed all the members of the body to preach,” etc. (Isa. 61:1), and it is the duty of every member of the body to exercise his office for the edification of. the other members. How complete is the organization with its heaven-written, love-hound, and Spirit-ruled membership, and how sad the error of mistaking the nominal for the real church!
We may have our names cast out as evil by those of the nominal church, and yet “rejoice and be exceeding glad because our names are written in heaven.” They may frown upon you and despitefully use you and say all manner of evil against you falsely, or they may seek to win you back by flattery, saying they cannot afford to lose your influence — you could do so much good by remaining among them. Oh how necessary in this “evil day” is the faith. —
“That bears unmoved the world’s dread frown,
Nor heeds its flattering smile;
That seas of trouble cannot drown,
Nor Satan’s arts beguile.”
Dearly beloved, let us again repeat the warning: “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free, and be not again entangled with the yoke of bondage” — not even in the slightest degree.
“That They May be One.”
It is very manifest that God wants His people to be one. Such was the prayer of Jesus, and such has been, and is, the desire of all good men. But there has been a good many mistaken efforts to bring about this result. One of the most common blunders that has been made on this subject is that of trying to unify God’s people by making them one sect who accept one creed. A rallying cry has been made of some dogma or of ecclesiasticism, or yet again of some ritualistic observances. But all these efforts, instead of securing unity, have only resulted in division.
It has been manifest in every age that the efforts to unite God’s people on dogma, or on rites, has been futile and divisive. How zealous some have been about baptisms, close communion, and apostolic succession. But alas, what bigotry and division has this zeal “but not according to knowledge” begotten. All efforts to unify on this plane have only resulted in adding another sect to the many existing divisions, and onity has been really hindered by those who professed to promote it.
But God proposes unity. Shall it not come to pass? What then of the existing isms? Must they not pass away? Must there not in the nature of the case come in a new order of things? Our beloved ism must be set aside.
That God never intended unity on the plane of the rudiments of Christianity is manifest, from the fact that he commands, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection.” We are to “leave” them and “go on,” because unity is one of the chief elements of perfection and that is not in these rudiments. How many, instead of obeying God and leaving “the doctrine of baptism” and “going on,” have halted; just halted right there and begun to wrangle over, into and out of. Had all who came to these rudiments, after meeting their demands according to the light God gave them, left them, and gone on to perfection, what divisions and heart burnings might have been avoided.
On this advance line God has provided “for the perfecting of the saints;” and ic is to result in our coming to “the unity of the faith,” and “the knowledge of the Son of God.” See Eph. iv:11, 16. This unity is reached only when the saints, haying begun sin the Spirit (Gal. iii:3), “go on” until they reach the unifying baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. xii:13, 14; Eph. iv:5). This baptism come when the believer is sanctified wholly. Rom. xv:16.
We have attended holiness camp-meetings where four kinds of Methodists, two kinds of Presbyterians, Congregationalists United Brethren, Catholics, Quakers, and Christians, or Campbellites as they are popularly known, have been worshipping together as one. They had been baptized by one Spirit into one body and were drinking into one Spirit. The fact that they belonged to different sects, and not to one, was unknown until called out by some one who desired to show to the glory of God, how holiness united the children of God and destroyed all sect lines and isms.
Now it is just here we come to “the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God; unto the perfect man unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Now what would the multiplication of such meetings be but the destruction of sectism and the unifying of the body of Christ. Well, that is just what holiness does. And it is destined to increase in its influence and power. When, therefore, we speak of a new church we mean just what is shown above, and that is the inevitable. What use have we, therefore, for conservatives? If people say holiness will break up the churches, meaning the sects, we say yes. But it will save the Church.
The divisions, the tall-steepled ecclesiasticism, the pride of our beloved isms, must pass away; they “shall not be remembered nor come into mind. We look for anew heaven and a new earth, glory to God.
— Good Way, by the Editor.
God’s Church Practical.
BY S. B. KUFFEL.
O friends, greatly beloved, peace he unto you. Be strong. Yea, be strong in the Lord. Dearly beloved brother and sister in the Lord:
I will now tell you that I came to the conclusion to “come out,” before I knew the mind of my husband. I went to the bethel the next morning, and after services I asked the Elder what he thought of thy position and the Trumpet; and he said, “All right,” and smiling, pointed to his breast, as much as to say, “That’s me,” or “I’m there, too.” As you know, they have to talk by signs to me because of my deafness. After coming home I inquired of my husband, and found that he was of the same mind. Bless the Lord, there were three at least agreed to risk God’s simple plan. We have walked out upon the pure Werd of God, and have had no difficulty so far. The Lord’s way seems to be perfectly practical. We had a short series of meetings, and “the Lord added to the Church such as were being saved.” A brother walking disorderly did not stay until we “told it to the Church,” and the Church withdrew fellowship from him. As a brother remarked, “Where does sectarianism come in if it is not in these Elderships, in taking members in, enrolling their names, and turning them out?” etc.
I am coveting earnestly the best gifts, and I have the assurance that I glorify God, as it is written in His Bible, “Whoso offereth praise, glorifieth Me; and to him that ordereth his course aright, will I show the salvation of God.” I am all the Lord’s, and if he see fit to use my hands, instead of my tongue, it is all right. Praise the Lord!
Your sister in Christ Jesus, saved by grace.
Saved tram Tea on the White Rock.
BY MARY E. FARRAH.
For some years past I have been anxious to know God’s will concerning me in all things. I bless God that as fast as I receive the light from Him I walk in it, by the help of the Mighty to save. Four years ago I was attending a glorious meeting, and was very much engaged and very happy all through the meeting. One night after returning home, and all were silent in sleep but myself, I knelt down before the Lord and thanked Him for what He was doing for me, and prayed God to discover to me if I was doing anything in any way that was displeasing to Him. I told God I would forsake all He would require of me, and would receive all He had for me, and do His will at any cost. The Lord showed me that I must give up drinking tea. I was a great tea drinker; wanted it very strong. I had tried to give it up different times, but could not do it. I knew it injured me, besides I needed the money it cost for other uses. I gave it up in the name of the Lord, and by His help I asked God to take away the desire for my tea, and he did so. Glory to His name forever, he cured me right there and then.
Four weeks ago to-day, while communing with God in secret. He showed me a beautiful white rock, whiter than snow. When I asked what it meant, the answer came: “This is Christ, the Rock of Ages: upon this rock I build My Church, other foundation hath no man laid.” I never will forget that beautiful white rock. This was showed me after some had tried to make me believe we needed sect fences around us. Bless God for the way He leads me!
God is Marching On.
BY T. H. LOW.
Dearly Beloved: — Children of the King, may His rich benedictions rest on all the household of faith, the Church of the first born, whose names are written in heaven, who have the white stone and the new name which the Lord God shall name. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever! this national thanksgiving clay finds me with love, joy and peace in my soul, though at this very time I am conscious that some that once were friends, to-day are spiritual enemies, doing all they can to break down my influence with God; they watch my words to entrap me, just like the sect worshippers did Him who wore the crown of thorns, the Saducees, Pharisees and lawyers.
I have nothing at stake, have given all to God, friends and time and earthly store, soul and body His to be, only His forevermore; and I know that He will take care of that which I have committed to His hand. By the grace of God I shall acknowledge His sovereign right to lead and fully control me by His word and Holy Spirit. God is my Father, Jesus Christ is my Savior and elder Brother, the Holy Spirit my leader, Prime Minister from the Court of Heaven, who leads me into all truth. I install the Spirit in His holy office and endeavor to follow Him, though all the devils this side of hell should cry fanaticism. Oh, my soul just now praises God for the gift of the Spirit!
A sect worshipper said to me some time since: “You had better go slow; the spirit led that man in the east to kill his child.” Another said, “It makes men crazy.” Such language never was prompted by the truth. It is not the language of Canaan. Men kill each other and are called fools by the book of God when they will not install the Holy Spirit. Glory to God! I’ll take the side of truth and be called a fool for Christ’s sake. Let God lead you by His own appointed Holy Spirit, and you will be led into all truth. And as true as I nave mental judgment and am susceptable to the convictions of this heavenly messenger, I believe you will be led to see the darkness of sectism and turn from it as from a great evil, to acknowledge God’s claims. Amen!
BY JOSEPH STONEKING.
Dear Bro. Warner: — After reading two or three of your papers, and one of your books on “The Second Work of Grace,” I feel led to testify for God through the Trumpet.
I was converted in 1876. I knew that God did, for Christ’s sake, pardon all my sins. He delivered me from the terrible load of guilt and condemnation, and sent His holy Spirit into my heart, crying Aba Father, witnessing with my spirit that I was adopted into the divine family. Glory to God for such wonderful grace and mercy, that we may know that we are horn of God!
But after this great change had taken place, I soon found out that there were two spirits in me, and they were contrary, the one against the other. This caused a warfare in my soul. Though I delighted in the law of God in the law of my mind, yet there was another law warring against the law of my mind — a real proneness to wander from the God I loved; hence I could not always do the things I would. I supposed I should have to contend with this inward trouble as long as I lived. I lived up to all the light I had for two years and I eleven months. Then in a holiness meeting, held by J. T. Wyat, the Lord convicted me for a pure heart. I saw that it was my duty to present my body a living sacrifice wholly acceptable unto God, and he would sanctify me wholly, would purge out and destroy the “old man” with all His deeds.
I resolved at once to follow the Holy Spirit. By the grace of God, I made a complete consecration, and when I got all on the altar God let the light into my soul, and I realized that the blood of Christ was applied to my soul, and I was cleansed from all sin and unrighteousness Glory to God for the sweet abiding peace that filled my soul. Glory to God for His keeping power that came upon me. Thank God I do not need to wait until death to have the carnal mind destroyed. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! I want to say to the glory of God, that he took all pride out of my heart, and he cleansed me from the appetite for tobacco, after I had been a slave to it for twenty years. After walking in the light awhile, the Lord showed me by His Spirit that I should preach the gospel. I thought I could not do that. I began to feel like Jonah, and to pray the Lord to excuse me, because I was not competent. But the Blessed Christ spake to me by His Spirit, saying: “When you consecrated yourself to Me, you gave your life, time and talents, your voice, reputation, soul, body and spirit to do My will. Go preach My gospel, and I will give you the words to say, and the Holy Ghost shall teach you.” Strange to say, I still could not feel myself capable to do this great work. After reasoning thus about three months I found that I had almost entirely lost the Spirit. I tried to testify, but there was no power in it. The Spirit said, “You are not walking in the Light.” One day it came to me so forcibly that I must preach the gospel or be lost, no one knew the terrible feelings of my soul that day. I said, “O, Lord, I will obey Your call, only fill my soul with Holy Ghost light and peace and power again.” Glory to God, He did fill my soul again; and I have been trying to fill my calling, and th.. Blessed Christ has been fillin.. my heart all the time; and He … leading me into the deeper thin … day by day. Glory to God! … night I am still under the blo.. that cleanseth from all sin.
Your brother in Christ.
Mt. Zion, Ill., October 18.