1 December 1883, Volume 5, Number 6.
Webster defines “sects” to mean “A part cut off.” “Hence a body of persons who have separated from others by virtue of some special doctrine, or set of doctrines, which they hold in common.
Since we hold to a sect of doctrines delivered to the saints by Jesus and the Apostles, and since we separate and cut ourselves off from all other religious jurisdiction and control, therefore we are a “sect.” We “separate from sinners” and “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.” (Eph. 5:11; 2 Cor. 6:17). Because there is no concord between Christ and satan, nor between a believer in Christ and an unbeliever in his ransom and Lordship, therefore we obey the Lord’s command, “Come out from among them and be ye separate,” saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean, and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Cor. 6:19, 18.)
In doctrine we hold firmly to the glad tidings preached by Jesus and explained by the Apostles, and will receive none other, even though it should be delivered by an angel from heaven. It is briefly stated by Paul thus: “I delivered unto you first of all, that which I also received [first of all], how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” (1 Cor. 15:3). This is the basis; and built upon it, is our realization that we are justified and cleansed from, all sin in God’s sight, by his offering or sin sacrifice who “died the just for the unjust.” Realizing this, “we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Eph. 1:7). All who accept of their share in this atoning sacrifice are properly termed Christians.
This was the faith of the early church. True, they progressed beyond the first principles to the use of the “strong meat,” and to a comprehension, with all saints, of the deep things of God; but the “babes in Christ,” and those “who, by the reason of use, had their senses exercised,” were all one family — “all one in Christ Jesus.” The more advanced in grace and doctrine bore the infirmities of the weak, each and all seeking to grow in grace and knowledge more and more. Where this apostolic rule was observed there could be no sect, no division in the body. It was only when error began to develop in the congregation, that Paul wrote to some; I hear that there are divisions (sects) among you, and I partly believe it; for it is evident from what I learn of the worldliness and error coming in among you, that there would of necessity be divisions; for those true to the Lord could not have fellowship with such unfruitful works of darkness, but must rather reprove them. (1 Cor. 11;18, 19).
But while divisions were objected to in the true church, while all the apostles taught that there was one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one body — church of Christ — yet this church was a ‘”sect’ itself. It was “the sect everywhere spoken against.” (Acts 28:22) Thus, we see, that Christians are a sect or separated class — separate from the world — separate from sinners — separate from all others, in that they accept of Jesus, and salvation through blood. But there should be no scism or division of this sect; all who are of it should be one. There is one fold and one shepherd. (1 Cor. 12:25).
It is hot remarkable that Satan should seek to divide and separate the sheep and to put up fences such as the denominational creeds prove to be, which would hinder some of the sheep from following the Shepherd into green pastures of fresh and living truth. This would be but but wisdom on his part. But it is strange that he should be able to fetter the reason of so many, that they should think it a mark of spirituality to say, I am of Luther, a Lutheran; I of Calvin and Knox, a Presbyterian; I of Wesley, a Methodist, and so on; while Paul, on the contrary, to some of his day, who were in danger of this spirit of sectarianism, said: While one saith, I am of Paul, and I of Appolis, and I of Peter, are ye not carnal? Is it not in direct oppositon to the spirit of Christ to think or act thus? “Is Christ divided?” Did Paul or Peter or Knox or Calvin or Wesley or anyone else than Christ die for your sins and redeem you? They, as servants of Christ and the church, should be esteemed very highly for their works’ sake, but to name the Bride after any other than the Bridegroom is manifestly improper.
Oh, that all could see that in God’s sight there is but one church — whose names are written in heaven — and that God cannot and does not sympathize with or recognize any split in the real church. He does not recognize the narrow creeds in which so many of the sheep are confined and starving. As we have shown, he has placed but one fence around his fold. Inside of it there is plenty of room, both for the lambs and fully matured sheep of Christ, to feed and grow continually.
Fix in your mind a picture of a fine large pasture surrounded by a strong and high fence — the Law of God — which surrounds and keeps all the sheep within, but which recognizes no menus of access to that fold — justified condition — except Christ, the door, faith in whose sacrifice for sin is the only way into the fold. All climbing into the fold by any other way are thieves and robbers. This is the pasture provided by the Good Shepherd for his sheep, for whom he once laid down his life. Into the true fold of Christ quite a flock of sheep have entered. They belong to the true Shepherd; but as we look before us at the grassy slopes, only a few sheep, a little flock indeed, seem to be on joying the liberty of the fold — the liberty wherewith Christ hath made them free. Where are the others? We look and see inside the door, on either side of the pathway; small enclosures. Over each is written its peculiar name. Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Second Adventist, Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, etc. Looking at these pens we find them to differ. Some are built like prisons with iron frames and bars and chains, others less strong, and some are merely marked out “dead lines” over which the sheep understand that they must not go. These pens are full of sheep, but they are weak, delicate and sickly for lack of proper exercise and fresh, nourishing food. They are regularly fed, but only upon husks, with occasionally a little milk, but they eat without relish and get no good from it. Many of them are leaner and poorer than when first they entered the fold, and some have become blind. Strange to say all seem to be perfectly satisfied, each with his own pen, and very seldom does one attempt to escape.
Perplexed to know why these should thus submit to be penned, we watched to see how they were induced to enter the various enclosures. As the sheep entered by faith the fold of Christ through the only door, under-shepherds who had been appointed to help the sheep to find and appreciate the pastures of the entire fold, had conceived that they knew better than the Chief Shepherd how to manage the flock, and accordingly they had constructed these various pens. Each class stood at the door of his own, and as the new sheep came in, they tried to impress upon each, both by manner and voice, first of all the necessity of getting into some of the many pens; and secondly, each one tried to show the superiority of the one he represented. As a consequence, nearly all the sheep which entered got penned, and only a few passed on to enjoy all the liberty of the fold. The under-shepherds sought continually to impress upon their sheep that the free sheep were heretics and en route to destruction.
We watched to see what would be the end of this matter, for we learned that the Chief Shepherd was expected by some, and we knew that his coming would demonstrate whether he approved of this dividing and imprisoning His flock. The under-shepherds mostly claimed that he would not come for a long time yet.
Presently among the free sheep, we heard great rejoicing. We looked and found that the Chief Shepherd had come quietly, unobservedly (“as a thief”), and was now recognized by some of the sheep, and hence the rejoicing. Some of those imprisoned heard the Shepherd’s voice; they looked and listened, yet could scarce believe. It was indeed the voice of the Shepherd as he tended and ordered his flock. All who were his true sheep seemed to hear his voice condemning the penning process and saying unto his sheep: “Come out, my people.”
Some leaped the fences and gained liberty and food from the Shepherd’s band. But some were so weak and faint for lack of nourishment that they trembled with fear and dreaded the under-shepherds too much to come out. We noticed outside the fences that some of the free sheep brought food to the bars, and thus some of the weak ones were strengthened and then came out. The under-shepherds, meanwhile, were alert with redoubled vigilance, and by varying policies sought to keep the control of their(?) flocks. Some denounced and scoffed at those without, and threatened the sheep within; and others redoubled the customary exercises, the “forms of godliness.”
We waited to see the outcome, and saw the unfaithful under-shepherds bound and beaten with stripes, the prison pens all destroyed, and the fold used as designed — the flock one, its name one, and its head Christ Jesus.
— Watch Tower.
Cedar Creek, Ind., Oct, 14, 1883.
Brother Warner — May the Lord bless you in publishing the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. I wish it could be published every week and sent to thousands all over the world that have not yet heard of the glorious freedom from all sin and sect bondage. I am so thankful to God that we ever had the truth preached in this neighborhood, and that some were willing to receive it and stand by it. We have had no preaching all the past summer. I feel that we need to be taught more and more in the precious way of the Lord. O how much good could be done it there were more faithful men of God to go out teaching true holiness, and freedom from men made creeds and yokes.
Your brother in Christ,
D. L. Houser.
Terre Haute, Ind., Sept. 8, 1883.
Dear Brother Warner — We are still receiving year good paper. It fills out belief exactly. O that God may still enlighten us in the true light. We are taking the bible and His word for our foundation, and may we always walk in that light as God leads us in the light, and our prayer is that others may follow in the same light.
Yours in love of Christ,
Bracebridge, Ont., Sept. 24, 1883.
Dear Brother Warner — The “Gospel Trumpet” has come to hand to day. I think it is the best paper I ever read. It has the real Gospel ring. I praise the Lord to-day for salvation from all sin. My all is on the altar, and praise the Lord! the Spirit answers to the blood. And I am able to testify that Christ is able to save a soul to the uttermost away in the backwoods of Canada. I never knew that the sects were doing such a terrible work of soul destruction until God showed me and opened my eyes. People get cloaked over in their sect, and if you touch it you find their idol every time. They told me that it would help me on my way to heaven to have my name enrolled on a sect book, but I found it hindered me instead of helped me. I believe sects are of the devil. Instead of holding on to sects and creeds and party names, we should hold on to the Almighty arm, and to be grafted into the living vine: and if purged our fruits will be unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. May God raise up some one to preach Christ in all his fullness in these parts.
Your brother washed in the blood of Christ,
Thomas R. Wilson.
Dickerson’s Md, 4th d., 8th m., 1883.
Dear Brother Warner — I have been converted to the doctrine you publish in your “Gospel Trumpet” some ten years ago, and it has been my prayer that others of our community would be convinced of the truth of the Scriptures. I have been called crazy, a fool, and all such, since I left the P. E sect and sought the truth as it is in Jesus, and I want you to send sample copies to the following names, to show them that there are others who do not believe in sects and secret orders.
Your brother in Christ,
R. P. Hays.
North Topeka, Kan., Oct. 4, 1883,
Dear Brother Warner — Having reselved two copies of the “Gospel Trumpet.” I find that I am not a stranger to the language that it speaks. Praise the Lord for the truth sad for those who have the strength to proclaim it. I thank God that I belong to that number spoken of to Rev. vi:9. Slain at least so far as the sect churches can slay me, but praise the Lord, having been once slain there remaineth no more life, and so being dead with Christ I believe that I shall also live with Him. And by Him I am able to reckon myself dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. And I ask an interest in your prayers that I may always be able to keep this reckoning that sin may not reign in my mortal body, that I may have fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life. Praise the Lord. This is my personal testimony for Jesus. I am sanctified by the truth, washed in the blood of the Lamb. May the Lord give thee grace and strength to teach and preach and publish His truth until He shall call thee hence; and to Him shall be praise, now and forever. Ament!
Your brother in Christ,
Robert A. Carter.
South Haven, Mich., Sept. 29, 1883.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner — By God’s mercy I am well and saTed just now. Praise God for victory in my soul. The Lord keeps me every day. I am cleansed from the filth of this world. Praise Jesus. I enjoy this perfect salvation above all the old devil can do. I have the fire in my soul all the time. Praise God for it. Truly the Lord has done wonders for me. I was very bad, but God has cast out all the devils, and Jesus has taken up his abode in my soul. And the word says, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the World.” “Give and it shall be given, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.”
O glory to God. Well, I am saved from tobacco, whiskey, card playing, swearing, and the blood of Christ Jesus, His Son cleanseth me from all sin. My soul is free just now, and I admonish everybody to obtain this salvation in Christ, with eternal glory. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
Paw Paw, Mich., Oct. 25. 1883.
Dear Brother Warner — May God bless you and family. Glory to God, I am fully saved and sanctified this minute, and healed too. Praise His name forever, the healing power. I am in a very proud village. There are seven steeple houses in Paw Paw, and most every person is a sectarian, but scarcely any one a Christian. But I am kept by the power of God every hour and moment. I hereby send you $1.25 for your book, “Bible Proofs” I think it is the best book I ever read, except the Bible itself. The first night after I came here to attend school, I told the lady where I had engaged board all about how God had sanctified me and healed my leg, and she said she would not have such a person in the house; so I had to get another place. Praise the Lord.
Your brother saved to the uttermost,
Sandy Like. Pa., Oct. 5, 1883.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner — Glory to God for salvation. I send you the following names for the “Trumpet.” It has recently come to us again. Praise the Lord for the “Gospel Trumpet.” It cheers my heart every time it comes and encourages me to live near to God. O glory to God for the light I have received since I began to read the paper. I want to know more and more of me truth of God every day. I never lived a day in which my soul was so unutterably full of the glory of God as yesterday. From early morning until night I felt as though I did not want to say anything but glory to God. Glory, glory, glory “Bless the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me praise His holy name.”
I meat tell you how the sect devil was stirred in our meeting in Batter County. He growled in every meeting, but showed his teeth most the last service. Two and three at a time arose and went out, and we were told spoke pretty stoutly against this way after they got out. One sect lady got up and told how she “belonged to the M. E. Church, and that she thanked God for it. Said her father lived and died a methodist, and went to heaven, from that sect, and that she expected also to die in the Methodist Church and go to heaven.” After she sat down Sister Carmichael sang. “I am going to heaven by the blood of the Lamb.” The little ones sang, and went on with the testimony and paid no attention to what the lady had said. The Lord was with us in great power. Some of the poor tobacco slaves were convicted and stirred up. May the Lord cleanse them. O brother, you do not know how much I with I had $400 or $500 to send you, but we have not got it; but I do hope and pray God to put it in the hearts of those who have means to help you. O ye that have riches and are hoarding it up, what will you say in the great day of judgment? May God open your hearts and may you be willing to give of your means to feed the souls that are everywhere starving for the true bread of life. O how many are perishing this day for this true bread. Great God how can men cling to their money when son’s are being lost for its use, in Christ, and its withholding will curse the owner.
Your sister saved in God,
Mary E. Farrah.
Glassford, Ill., Nov. 5, 1883.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner — Doubtless you remember receiving a letter from me last month asking your prayers in behalf of a sick daughter that was then in Missouri. She was able to start home the very day that your card was dated to us, in which you said you was praying for her which was October 15. She had greatly recovered, and has keen gaining in strength ever since. While we return our thanks to you for your kind remembrance of us, and your prayers, we give all the glory to God.
May the Lord bless you, and may you continue to sound the Gospel Trumpet until the dead shall hear and come forth from their graves of death and houses of idols, and everything that hinders a free flow and control of the love of God in the heart.
Your sister saved in Jesus.
S. C. VANDEWINTER
Bellefontaine, O., May 21, 1883.
“Holiness unto the Lord!” “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Dear Brother and Sitter Warner — I was absent for three months, working in the vineyard of the Lord. I went to Brooklyn to labor for the cause of holiness. But holiness cannot prosper where pride. Freemasonry and sectism reign. My last success was in visiting the houses. A great many professed salvation at their homes. I also went down to North Carolina. O what a need of faithful evangelists in that country. After our people were set free Satan gathered many of them into lodges, and filled them with pride and killed them out. But there are a few who are not open to pride and secrecy, who are holding on to the Lord, and they need strengthening. I gave them your paper and books, and told them how a few are standing free in Christ here. They have the poor so under their sect reins that they can get their money, and yet give them very little real saving Gospel. They have their feasts and Christian promenades. The feasts last two or three weeks. They march about ..od sing hymns, and have turned it into fights, and dances. The minister had his daughter shrouded and laid out, and charged the people for coming to see her. And it was not long before the messenger of death summoned her away
I held some holiness meetings at Brother Henry Newsoms, and scattered your papers and tracts, and several testified to the cleansing blood, and a great many received the truth. O pray that the Lord may send some one there to hold holiness meetings.
Saved through and through this morning.
Mt Zion, Ill. Nov. 21st.
Dear Brother Warner. — I feel led of God to pen a few lines, hoping they may be all for the glory of God. I have read the TRUMPET for a year, and find it food for my soul. I would love much to attend one of your meetings, I wish to ask you some questions.
1st Can a man or woman adorn themselves in costly apparel, and gold, and be a true child of God? Those pilgrims at Erwin hold this doctrine, that the more fine and costly apparel, and gold, etc., they adorn themselves in, the more they please God.
Answer. — Those deceived souls at Erwin, are not so taught of God, but are lead by Obenshain, one of satans eldest sons. They have received the damnable delusion that they are to follow the Spirit, and pay no attention to the word. And when ever men open their hearts to a Spirit that is not tried by the word, the devil accepts the invitation and steps in. The word of the Lord positively forbids the putting on of gold and silver, precious stones, and costly apparel, and the word of the Lord endureth forever, and by it we must be judged. 2nd questions. “When God calls a man or woman to preach His gospel, does he require a course of 6tudy in men’s books before he or she can be acknowledged and ordained of men?” Please answer through the TRUMPET. From your brother redeemed and sanctified wholly through the blood of Christ.
Answer. — No. God only requires us to tarry for the Holy Spirit, the flaming tongues of fire sent down from heaven, as a qualification for His work. Through the power of the Holy Spirit very low intellectual and educational development are often coupled with very high degrees of usefulness. No person that is dead to pride and ambition, and that has the real love of God in the heart, and the illumination of the holy anointing, will defer rushing forth to the rescue of lost souls to get more education. The ability to talk the English language in its simplest form is all the education a soul needs to present Christ to dying sinners when filled until the comforter, and when destitute of Him no amount of education can make a preacher of the gospel of God.
As to men prescribing a course of study as a condition of preaching the gospel, that is the vilest form of popery. It is the exercise of the authority given by the dragon to the two beasts, Catholicism and Protestantism. All men and women are free in Christ Jesus to preach, prophesy, heal the sick, east out devils, &c, just as God has called and empowered them by the Spirit, and no pope, bishop, council, or committee have any authority to hinder them.
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Ready to go for Jesus.
Brother R. S. Stockwell, of Ada, Ohio, expects to devote himself to the holiness evangalistic work. He is full of the Spirit, and the light of God’s awful present truth. A mighty man of God. Send and get him to work for souls wherever the Lord wills.
That brother at Silver Lake, Ind., who wrote a business card and forgot to sign his name, may send us $2.50 for back dues and a year’s advance; that is throwing off 40 cts.
Brother and Sister J. L. Kiplinger, of Silver Lake Ind., are about ready to start out for a winters campaign in the vinyard of the Lord. They are all cut loose from sin, from babylon, and this world, and ready to enter every door, and respond to every call the Lord may bring before them. The Lord greatly bless their labors. Amen!
All professers of holiness prove that they are backsliders, when they feel hurt, and mortified, because some one has said they were backsliders.
To much Credit.
Knowing the very deceptive character of the devil, and his righteous affectations, in our last we spake of men possessed with devils, and yet to all appearance upright in matters of business, but we have found out that with all his efforts to disguise his satanic character, he will overreach; and even religious devils will lie basely.
O man! where will you spend eternity? how solemn and awful the thought, that in a few days we shall have our doom fixed, either in heaven or in hell, through all the endless ages of eternity. How short the years look that we have already passed. O how brief the longest life on earth will appear when we shall look back upon it from the confines of eternity. This mortal career will look like a small dot, a mere point, at which eternity-bound souls could choose Christ and heaven, or sin and hell. O how sad the fact that the enemy of life’s pilgrims has engrossed the mind with a thousand worldly cares and ambitious schemes that hold the soul down in darkness until death breaks the dreadful spell, and life, now passed forever, will for the first time, be seen in it’s true light. O my fellow immortal if you will not in time wake up to see the only true and momentus issue and concern in time, remember when you review this world from the standpoint of eternity, every thing else will have vanished away but the one great question of salvation or damnation. O reader how will this question stand settled in eternity in your case?
Complete in Him.
It is precious thought that we are complete in Christ, He being the head of all principality and power.
1st. He is Perfect. Perfect as the Son of God, and perfect as the Son of man, and these two perfections divinely blended so that Jesus Christ appears in the world as the personification of all the purposes that clustered around that divine council, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” To Him alone was the witness borne “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” And He heralds His own coming with, “Lo, I come to do Thy will, O my God.” And afterward He said, “All power is given unto me in Heaven and in Earth.” And we have beheld His glory, “the glory as of the only begotten Son of God, full of grace and truth.”
2d. His Salvation is Perfect: Sin had destroyed the image of God from both be character and nature of man. “Sin is the transgression of the law,” and man had transgressed the Divine law. Justice demanded that an atonement to cover the penalty of sin, should be of equal value with the Divine purposes to have been accomplished by man’s obedience to His law. Jesus Christ, therefore, being perfect in nature, character and obedience, and possessing all the infinite attributes of God, blended with perfect manhood, was the fit subject to suffer the penalty or wages of sin. “The wages of sin death.” He could enter and pass this death and live again beyond it, He being free from sin and His life whole within Himself to reappear as the light of a newly dawning day, when the angel of God descended from Heaven and came and rolled back the stone from the sepulchre, and forth from thence came the same Jesus who died on the cross, bearing the marks of His battle with death, and accompanied by the song of morning stars and the joyful shouts of all the sons of God. Jesus Christ is therefore now our salvation, and our interest in becoming full partakers of Jesus Christ is commensurate with God’s purpose in making man in His own image.
3d. “And ye are complete in Him.” Jesus being Himself our salvation, we cannot be save as a reward of our works neither can we, by continued doing, become better and better until we shall have restored our fallen nature to its original parity. In Jesus Christ alone we find restoration. He comes to us while we are yet fallen in nature and sinful in character, saying: “Whosoever believeth on me shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” “Come unto me and thy soul shall live.” “I that speak unto thee am mighty to save.”
Believing His word and acting upon His invitation, He assures, us that our sins, for which he has provided an atonement, are forgiven, taken away, so that our character is made new again. In the joy of this assurance we lift up the voice of thanksgiving and praise to His ever blessed name. Now he again comes to lead us forward. He says, “My son, give me thy heart.” “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me.”
While in the joy of our first love, he would have us make a perfect surrender or consecration of ourself and of all our interests to him, that he might destroy all our native proneness to wander, and thus restore, sanctify or make new again our nature. Sin destroyed the Divine image from both our character and nature, salvation restores it. The restoration of His imago in both respects, is reckoned to us through the shedding of His precious blood, which took place when “He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” The first, the restoration of charater, is ours by “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” The second, the restoration of nature, is made by a complete casting down of all that would exalt self, yea even of self itself, to be crucified with Christ, to live no more, thenceforward living the rest of our time in the flesh by faith of the Son of God. Thus restored, we are in the name relation to the Divine law that Adam was in before he sinned.
But we are still in probation and might again full, to prevent which God bestows upon the restored soul the gift or baptism of the Holy Ghost, to the intent that we may remain complete in Christ and be able to stand against all the wiles of the devil, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Can we consider the baptism of the the Holy Ghost as a part of our salvation, only in the sense of the sealing, or of the perpetuatihg in us of that salvation winch has restore us to the Divine image by our faith in him whose blood was shed to wash away sin? I most fully accord with the view that in the baptism of the Holy Ghost the soul receives the gift of “Perfect Love.” God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in Him. Herein is our love made perfect.
I regard the baptism of the Holy Ghost as God’s eternal seal; His signet upon our completeness in the salvation of Jesus Christ, “the earnest of our inheritance, as in Christ we are “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ;” the “unction from the Holy One” whereby we are to know all things, “For the Comforter. which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, shall show it unto you.” By all the advantages which we gain by being made the temple of the Holy Ghost, we are above Adam, and not in like danger of being ensnared by the devil and carried captive into sin.
“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall put him to flight.” “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusted in thee.
— Gospel Expositor.
Faith Before Sight.
J. M. WILLETT.
I had been sick nine years, my health had been failing for some time before. My disease was chronic inflammation, displacement and ulceration of internal organs. I was in a very bad condition, physicians had given me up. They told me it might be some time before physical endurance gave way. It depended upon the strength of my constitution how long I would live. The first six years I sat up halt an hour at a time, and could walk a block or two; but the last three years I could not sit up, except to eat a few mouthfuls, could not walk around my room enough to wait on myself, was in continual pain, could not be on my back at all, nor use my arms even to hold a book or paper, suffered much with my head, could bear little company and no excitement.
I was healed February 17, 1881.
I had been in great pain all day, and was, during the hour of prayer ..nd after it, still in pain: but “according to God’s word I was healed.” His word could not fail, my feelings might deceive me. God ..d given me faith that I was healed so that I could get up and walk. I got up and walked two or three blocks, and “as I walked the pain left me.” Like the man whom Christ told to rise up and walk when before be was unable to take a step. I had to believe I was healed and to “act as if I was,” then God let me feel in my body that I was. We must firmly believe it before we see it, or we are walking by sight and not by faith.
I felt very badly through the night. Many doubts came to me, and I had to cry to the Lord continually for deliverance. If I had given up when, or afterward when doubts came, and my faith was tried, all would have been lost, but I clung to God’s promise. The next day I sat up an hour in the morning, took a short ride in the after noon, laid on my back two hours, and sat up an hour in the evening. The second day I sat up three or four hours, and the next day went to church. I know the disease left me that night, and my strength came as fast as I could claim it through faith. If I stopped trusting in the Lord and depending on Him tor strength I did not gain. We must not ask God to heal us or give us strength and then sit down till we feel it, before we do any thing, but “claim” and “then” get up and “do as is we had” that we have asked for. If we wait to “are,” that is not “faith,” but “doubt.” I have had many a severe test of my faith, and at times felt almost like giving up: but the Lord was sufficient for me. I am so well and strong now that I can walk all over our little city.
What the Lord has done for me He is more than willing to do for you. At one time I suffered a great deal, I did not seem to gain at all. I cried to the Lord for help and that He would show me what stood in the way of my improvement. He did so, I thought I exercised faith, but he showed me I did not; that as I was healed, I had no business to “have any pain,” that what I had was not pain from disease, but only a test of my faith; so I immediately got up, paid no attention to the pain, did not He down when it came on; and so when I could “believe,” no matter how I “felt,” the pain would at once leave me, and I would lie down only when weary. I kept on praying earnestly, and soon the Lord showed me I ought not to get tired; that I had asked for strength, and according to His word He had given it to me. I had only to believe I had it; so I sat up all the time and worked more, paying no attention to the feeling of weariness, and it left me while at work.
The ten lepers came to Christ for healing He told them to go and show themselves to the priests and obtain certificates that they were healed. We naturally would have said, “heal us first and then we will go.” What use in going now when we see the leprosy all over us? But they started to go, and as they went they were healed. Oh! wonderful faith that sees things that are “not” as “though they were.”
Abraham believed God when He told him he should have a son, though physical conditions seemed to declare it impossible. This is the kind of faith we must have. Do not be guided by your feelings, but believe God’s word in spite of everything. When you pray for healing believe you “are healed,” not that you will “be,” that implies a doubt, and that you want to “see” first. It you put it in the future it will stay in the future.
You will have severe trials, may feel pain and weakness; but it is not the old weakness and disease, it is only to test your faith. It will leave when your faith lifts you above your feelings.
Ask God to heat you spiritually, too. Desire healing for his honor and glory said not for selfish lessons. After you are healed, depend on the Lord for strength to do things it would kill you to do “now.” Remember in it, you are doing what God gives you to do, and depend upon Him “implicitly” to fully furnish and equip you for all. Don’t give up; no matter how dark it may seem, light will come. There will be many things you will not understand, but God will give you light if you ask Him, even though year faith is tried for weeks; so do not give it up.
Visions of God Relating to the Assembly Meeting.
Brother Wm. N. Smith, of Medina, Ohio, before coming to the meeting, had a vision of the night, in which he saw two men approaching him, who turned into one, and became a bull. The beast came toward him for battle; but he feared not, and soon found himself caught up in the air directly above him and out of hit reach, and having, first a pitchfork and afterward a spear, in his hand, he jabbed the beast with all his might. And though the beast’s hide was as tough as sole leather he nevertheless made him feel the point of the javelin.
This vision was fulfilled. Brother Smith put up at Simon Craul’s, where the two men that were one ferocious beast, were staying, and he gave them a good many thrusts with the sword of the Spirit both there and in the meetings.
Two weeks later, when we went to the Dixon, Ohio, meeting, where those same beasts were, a brother, McNeal, told me a vision he had had concerning them, that was jus, the same thing, except that the men turned into a vicious horse, and began to kick at everybody.
A WARNING VISION THAT WAS UNHEEDED.
Mrs. Hettinger, of Mansfield, Ohio. came to the meeting, to all appearance, a good Christian. While there she had this vision, which she related to Sister Ezra Smith, of Burbank, Ohio:
Some one gave her a bird; she carried it along some time, then noticed that it had no head, when she remarked, “Why this bird has no head, what s the use for me carrying it any longer.” However, she kept the bird, and going on the s00n fell into something like a large cistern, the stone walls of which soon fell in upon her. Notwithstanding this solemn warning she accepted the worthless, feathery delusion of the Whitcraft devils, a freak of satanic fanaticism, that is destitute of Christ (the head) and thus falling into the pit of evil spirits, she fulfilled the vision.
God showed a child of his, before coming to the meeting, a man that was naked, except a blue checkered shirt. The scandalous scene was in a meeting; where the man presently turned his back to the rest, drew off the remaining article of clothing, and then going forward his bowels fell out. We think this was fu..lled in that satanic agent from Vanwert County. His whole business was to pick at people’s collars and clothing, and yet, as the Lord saith, he was “naked,” and the “shame of his nackedness appeared to all.” From what we are told, satan just fully entered into him at the meeting. So he might have had a few rage of grace left, until to the meeting, where the last vestige was thrown off. And it was probably at the Dixon, O., meeting were his true inwardness was manifest, and all the saints so clearly saw the devils in him, so that satan could no longer stand the fire of the Holy Spirit; so having received the sop he went immediately out and came back no more. Most of the saints also think the vision was fulfilled in D. D. Johnston the night the Lord made the great effort to restore him. The grace and love of God, through the saints, and by the Spirit, so effectually wrought upon him that he nearly yielded to the constraining goodness of God, but the satanic powers of anti-Christ in him summoned all their energies to resist the Lord, and he giving way to the devil rather than yielding to God, throwed off the last vestige of divine grace and influence, and gave himself over to the raging, infuriated devil, and belched out the hellish spirit that was in him.
A VISION OF THE TWO ROOMS OCCUPIED RESPECTIVELY BY THE DEVILS AND BY THE PURE SAINTS AT BROTHER ENFIED’S.
On Sabbath night, of the assembly meeting, Sister Wm. N. Smith, of Medina, O., in a vision found herself in a room that was filled with darkness. A terrible presence pervaded the place. The faces present were dark and repulsive, even hideous and frightful, they scarcely looked like human. She shuddered with horror at the surroundings and wished to escape out of it.
Presently the Lord took her up and and carried her right across into another room, that was in every feature the direct opposite to the former; here everything shone with the most effulgent beauty. The high calling and walls were of the most perfect whiteness. Everything wore an expression of perfect purity, serenity and joy. The faces of all present shone with the beauty and glory of angels. Their garments were all of the most beautiful white. The holy joy of the Lord beamed from their eyes. The Lord then showed her that there were the pure saints; the holy church of the First Born which were written in heaven. They were all washed in His blood, and arrayed in the beautiful white robes of His righteousness, even as a bride for the bridegroom.
The next day this sublime vision was strikingly fulfilled. The satanic powers gathered early in the meeting at Brother Enfield’s, and purposed to take control of the meeting. The saints, therefore, convened in another room: but Sister Smith and a few others, not knowing the arrangements, tarried some time with these spirits of devils, and, when finding hex way to the saints’ apartment, which was filled with the Spirit of God and the pure praises of the Lord. It was like passing from the brink of hell to the boarder land of heaven. Praise the Lord!
The Lord willing, we will meet with the church of the living God, at Jerry City, Wood Co., Ohio, Saturday evening Dec. 22nd, and continue there until over Christmas, 25th. Praise the Lord for the prospects of salvation and refreshings from heaven. Amen!
A Bad Tenants.
People that have houses to let often suffer great loss by reckless and idle tenants; after spoiling and breaking up everything they can, they often refuse to pay the rent. They destroy it because the house is not theirs and they don’t care for it. Now reader, look out for such bad tenants, for every one of you have a house to let. Your body is the house, and the devil is the bad tenant that would like to move in. I pray you look how he uses the houses he lives in, what loathful end obnoxious filth he carries in; see how he undermines their foundation until they become crooked and rickety. Behold how all their beauty fade away under his cruel abuse.
One by one the braces in the building are taken away, and the frame becomes palsied and shaky. The roof is gradually broken in holes, exposing the whole building to speedy decay. On every side the walls are being rapidly marred by his destructive hand. The windows (eyes) alas, scarcely let in the light; the furniture is all marred and broken to pieces, and every room and corner is filled with mud and filth. That is the way the devil treats the house that is let to him. And all the rent he promises he will surely never pay, for he is the father of lies. O how the man that let that house has sinned against the owner; for he was only a steward and not the real owner. But now he can neither get the destroyer out nor repair his wastes. How sadly the house is in ruin. It seems scarcely worth cleaning out and repairing. What can be done? Call the Owner, let Him see the worst of it. Confess your unfaithfulness and your inability to remedy the matter now. Behold the result. Forth comes the owner. He enters into the house, severely scurges the steward, but binds the evil tenant and casts him out. Then He spoils every article of furniture that was brought in by the evil tenant, all of which arc much unsuited to the house. Behold the Lord of the house condescends to purge out the filth from every nook and corner, the steward “working together with Him.” And when the steward becomes willing to resign his stewardship, and yield back the home to the exclusive and personal control and management of the owner, behold He moves into it and makes His permanent abode there. And, wonderful though it be, that house that was so deeply defiled and disgraced becomes the honored “temple of the Holy Ghost.” “Ye are God’s building.” The house has been cleansed from the pollutions of the evil tenant, but is that all it needs? Will not the Owner also repair it? “Christ is a Son over His own House, whose house are we.” Now we maintain by both reason and the Scriptures, that if Christ, the real owner of our bodies, thinks enough of these temples to live in them, he surely takes interest enough in them to repair them. What man will consent to live in a house that is all dilapidated, whithout fixing it up. Dear Brother, I tell you your body belongs to God, and will he not fix it up comfortable to live in? If the frame of the building has been impaired by sin, will he not restore it? It the foundation of your constitution is impared, will be not make it good? I the windows have been covered by film, or dimmed by the works of the devil, will not the owner of the house clear them up and regain the pure light to the house? If the cars, through which the Lord of the house would bring in His word, are stopped, will He not open them? If the feet, by whom He would send His messages, are crippled, will He not heal them? Do you think that God is in love with the devil, that He would leave on the walls and doors and furniture of His house the marks and scars and breaks of the devil, to look upon daily as memorials of his previous indwelling? Does God want to dwell in a house that bears the black marks of satan’s hands, and that continually furnish the adversary an occasion of boasting that he must now put up with the spoiling of his hands? O my brother, my sister, if you have dedicated your body to be a habitation of God through the Spirit, for Christ’s sake get your miserable unbelief out of the way, so that God may proceed to repiar the house, wherever it is injured by sin. For as the Lord liveth. He would dwell in a good sound house, with clear windows, strong foundations, and perfect in all its parts. O believe and let the repairs go on to completion. And then only believe, and He will continually keep up all the repairs of His own house.
The Rea! Life To Come.
But we try in vain to express in words the blessed bewilderment of the happy soul in the first moment of waking from the sleep of death to the life of heaven. If the apostle could not for a while believe the reality of what he had seen and heard when delivered from prison by the angel at night how much greater shall be the wonder, the surprise of the ransomed soul when taken from this suffering, crumbling prison of the body, and set down free and every faculty all thrilling with immortal life in the golden streets of the New Jerusalem.
It is here that we sleep and dream The great reality of life is yet to come — a life that never rests from activity, that never tires with toil that never grows old with time — a life that shall keep pace in duration with the eternal years of God. Here the soul is bound, like Peter in the prison, with two chains — one the burden and sorrow of life, the other the fear of death. Faith in Christ alone delivers us from the double bondage. Faith in Christ alone can prepare us to be waked by the touch of the angel of death, and to see ourselves surrounded with a greater light than shone in the prison of the apostle when his deliverer said to him. “Arise, follow me.” Immortal man let not the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches the seduction of pleasure, me dreams of ambi.. lead you to forget that your true life begins with death, and your real home is not earth, but heaven. Let nothing bind you with such strong attachments here that you would rather stay in the prison of the body and wear your chains than go forth into everlasting light and liberty, when God’s angel comes with the message, “Rise up quickly, and follow me.”
General Meeting in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Nov. 28. 1883.
BROTHER WARNER — I wish to say to the glory of God, that the blood of Jesus Christ, God Son, cleanseth me from all sin. Glory to His name! Many of the saints here have been passing through sore conflicts, but praise the Lord who giveth us the victory. Amen.
There will be a general all-day assembly of the saints in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on Christmas. All the brethren and sisters of South-eastern Iowa are invited, and whoever will come in the name of the Lord, come, expecting the mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Yours under the blood,
C. Z. LINLY.
Two Opposite Pictures.
Near Burbank, Ohio, lived a righteous man by the name of Daniel Smith. He served the Lord with all his heart. Spent much of his time in prayer to God, and always talked Jesus and salvation to everybody he met. In the same neighborhood lived a wicked young man by the name of Philip Lamb. He greatly hated the servant of the Lord because he would talk to him about the concerns of his soul. In return for the solicitude. Philip often cursed and abused him. Being exceedingly mad against him, he made an attempt to burn father Smith’s house. But the Lord did not suffer it. Then Father S. was lead to pray God to speedily convert the wicked young man, or if there was no hope for him to take him out of the world. That prayer was answered. In less than twenty-four hours Philip took violently sick. Brother Ezra Smith, a son of the man of God, was sent in all hast for the doctor. He ran all the way to the village and back. The doctor came, but could not help the doomed man. He grew worse and worse, and his suffering was dreadful. In about twelve hours he seemed to be dying. But 0 what a horrid death. He was all day in dying; he raged and tossed and cursed. One James Baldwin, a preacher, visited the horrid scene. He undertook to pray, but summoning all his strength Philip rose up in his bed and, with shocking oaths, forbade his praying, and commanded him to get up. With shocking oaths between every word, he said he was not so mean as to throw the snuffings of his life in the face of Christ; that he was a damned man, and that he deserved hell and would go there like a man, and that no man should open his mouth in prayer for him. His father undertook to tell him how Christ saved the thief on the cross, and would yet save him if he would ask Him. Philip clenched his fist, and with awful oaths, said: “You hypocrite, you shut your mouth.” Ah! there was the cause of Philip’s damnation. A hypocrite father is satan’s best means of damning his children. Philip throwed up to his father how he had taken that poor Christian man that had worked for him to the poor house as soon as he became sick. Yes, all such religion will drive a father from the bed side of his dying, cursing son, and expose him to the curves and imprecations of his damned children in hell. This deathbed sight was such as will never be forgotten by those that witnessed it, and such as they never want to see again.
The doomed man raged and tossed and cursed, midst devils until his physical energies, so recently in full bloom, were worn out, and his sin-blackened soul took its flight with devils forever to dwell.
THE OPPOSITE PICTURE.
The time came for Father Smith to be gathered with the glorified saints in heaven. His communion with and enjoyment of God was more and more hallowed to the end. On Monday his son-in-law saw him out under an apple tree earnestly engaged in prayer, he listened, and conviction was sealed upon his heart, which resulted in his subsequent conversion.
The same day the good man took his bed, in his last illners. The friends wished to get a doctor, but he said they should not do so, that if they let him have his way he would get along all right. But they persisted in calling a doctor, and he told them if they did so he would never get well. They overruled him and the physician was called. On Thursday evening he called on a brother to read a chapter, then on all present to offer prayer. After that he said he would get up and pray; friends remonstrated, but he said. It is a pity the Lord would not give him strength to arise and kneel in prayer once more.” Faith then took hold on the Lord, and he arose and knelt in fervent prayer to the God of his salvation. It was at the beginning of the war, and be prayed earnestly for the nation, then for children, friends, neighbors, etc. It was a prayer of great power; all were melted down. When done, the aged pilgrim was left without strength; he was picked up and laid in bed, and the next day he bid farewell to earth. He took his son by the hand, and said, “Now I am going home. O see the beautiful angels. Behold the beautiful world of glory. What numerous shining angels. They fill all the way from here to heaven. O how near they come to me. O how beautiful, how shining, how glorious. O beautiful angels have come for me. How beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. And thus he sweetly fell asleep in Christ, with the words beautiful, beautiful, beautiful on his lips, until the softest whisper of the expiring breath. O who would not say “Let my last end be like his.”
Salvation In Jesus.
Salvation in Jesus,
I’v found it, I’ve got it;
O glory to Jesus,
I’ll sing it, I’ll shout.
O glory to God!
Chous — O Glory to God!
And we’ll praise Him
Over this land of beulah.
But how do you know
That your sins are forgiven!
Why Jesus has sent me
A witness from heaven.
O Glory to God!
But can He from inbred
Yes glory to Jesus
Forever and ever.
O Glory to God!
Believing the promise,
I know it, I feel it;
The blood and the Spirit,
Now witness and seal it.
O Glory to God!
But can we now live
In this land without sinning?
Yes, perfect salvation
My heart is e’er sing.
O Glory to God!
“We live in the Spirit,”
“We’re kept by the power,”
Just walking with Jesus
Each moment and hour.
O Glory to God!
O brother, believe it,
Cross over the river,
And join in the song
Of salvation forever.
O Glory to God!
O home of the blessed,
The meek and the lowly,
It’s heaven come down
To the sanctified wholly.
O Glory to God!
Lodi, Ohio, Meeting.
Saturday, Dec. 1. We went to Lodi. That night one dear brother was sanctified and healed. Next day he was filled with the oil of joy. The day meetings were more especially blessed of God. We left the meeting in progress and returned home on Thursday. A few souls had been converted up to that time, and one claimed sanctification, after that she believed. Some healings were also wrought by the power of God. All glory to His name! The devil is no little stirred in the place. The M. E. pastor had been assuming a garb of holiness in order to deceive and hold a few in the sect that professed that grace. They had been much abused and persecuted by previous wolves in sheepskins, and had about concluded that they come, out of her; but this whitewashed sepulchre coming and preaching a little holiness theory, they began to think and talk that they had a holiness preacher and were all right now. But not long ago a sister had a vision of a great serpent going down into a well, and as its very long body was passing down over the curb, she seized it. She found it the most venomous monster she ever saw. Its whole body was slimed with green poison. She finally succeeded in breaking its body across the well curb. Then it turned and came up. A man was present, whom it seized by the vitals of his chest, and hung on to him. The man instantly began to fight her, but she was behind a protection like a strong glass; he, with the serpent still hanging to him, furiously raged and pitched and struck at her, but could not break through the shield. Presently the man began to show signs of death, then both he and the serpent fell as dead, and she walked out with liberty about them without the slightest fear of harm. Of course she could not think that this awful vision could have any allusion to her good holiness pastor. But it came to pass on the first Sabbath of the meeting that she went to “her church” as usual, when she saw the man that is in the fangs of the old serpent, the devil, and who is filled and slimed with his venom. It seems that the sect devil was so infuriated with apprehensions of harm from the meeting that his angel failed to keep concealed under the nice sweet holiness garb he had been wearing, so he freely ejected the slime of his poison, and showed his forked tongue in many hard speeches against the holy people. In the evening he preached on the polity of the sect, contending for satans ecclesiastical device, which he compared and ilustrated by a worldly government. Weill he is destined to die in influence as he is already dead in sin, and we hope the dear Lord will show the sister her privilege to walk out and be perfectly free, as he has been protecting her in the sect enclosure.
What Shall I Do.
Go to God through Christ Jesus, repent, confess, deny your self every lust of the flesh, and selfish desire, abandon the world in all it’s forms, ceoose the croos of Christ, with all it’s shame, and reproach, and never stop calling upon God for mercy until you obtain a clear knowledge of the pardon of all your sins, and the witness of the Spirit to your regeneration, and adoptation into the family of God. To lay tins foundation on the clean rock you nust make restitution, for all the wrongs and tresspasses you have committed against your fellow man. And where it is not in your power to return, and make good the evil done, you mast confess the bebt and promise to make it good at the earliest possible opportunity.
Then in the joys of your first love, render your body a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service, and be not confirmed to this worlb, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” That you nay prove, by a real experience of the “Second grace” the perfect measure of salvation that God has willed to us in Christ Jesus. “For this is the will of God, even your sancification.” And after you have this “evidence” of faith that your “heart is purified by faith,” do not stop looking and expecting, until you shall have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, and with fire, and filled with the all fullness of God. Then “covet earnestly the best gifts,” and having determined in the Spirit what gift you should use, believe for it, confess it, and by faith go forward and use it. As soon as practical, after justified, follow Christ down into the water and be buried with Him in baptism, and continue through life to keep all the commandments of the Lord Jesus: for He has said, “if you keep my commandments ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Fathers commands, and abide in His love.” And, “ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I have commanded you.” Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, but meet to worship God with such as meet in the name of Jesus only, and “call on God out of a pure heart.” Flee from all sects, and sect preachers, never go to their meetings, unless God sends you with a message to deliver. “Keep yourselves in the love of God” “Walk in the Spirit,” “Abide in Christ, and let His words abide in you.” Keep up a constant testimony of the cleansing blood and keeping power. Keep your soul annointed with fresh oil, commune much with God, and live in constant presence and enjoyment of God.
That Solemn Woe.
“Woe unto you that are rich.” As watchmen on the walls of zion, woe be unto us if we cry not the alarm when we see souls in peril of being eternally lost. The Holy Spirit has awfully awakened up our mind on the above woe, pronounced by the lips of the Son of God. O how the devil, through his preachers, has filled all minds with an idea that in many places the Scriptures do not mean what they say. In direct opposition to the words of Christ it has generally been taught, that it is no sin to be rich in this worlds goods, and that Christ’s woe, was not necessarily because of possessing riches. But the word of the Lord, that shall judge us pronounces woe upon the rich, who can revoke that word? As certain as God has spoken it the woe thunders of God’s wrath, will strike terror to all the rich in the day of judgment. “Behold God is not a man that He should repent,” where His words pronounces woes now it will, in the day of judgment. Let no man be deceived by the devil, to think that God is only playing a scare, and that men who go down to their graves with God’s woe upon them, will come forth with His favor, and everlasting life. O my brother, the word of the Lord is true, is “settled forever in heaven.” Where it says, woe now it will in the judgment day, it pronounces woe unto the rich now and it will pronounce woe unto the rich in the great day of His wrath.
But who are the rich? the word says the rich are all who “lay up treasures for themselves.” Some succeed in amassing larger treasures than others, but the princaple is the same, and the damnation will be equally sure to all. Some who have accumilated less, have nevertheless the most intense avarice in the heart, and have only failed in its more extensive gratifications, for want of the ability. If all who “lay up treasures for themselves.” have not procured a sufficient amount, to be called rich, they will never the less share the woes, and curses of the rich, for the selfishness of their hearts. “Covetousness is idolatry.” Col. 3:5. And, “this ye know, that no whoremonger nor unclean person, (such as tobacco sots) nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God. Let no man (nor yet the devil) deceive you with vain words: because of these things cometh the wrath of God, upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” — Eph. 5:5—7. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? be not deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminat, nor abusers of themselves, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” — 1. Cor. 6:9, 10. “Covetousness is idolatry,” and all idolaters shall have part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. — Rev. 21:8. It may seem like an insult to the wealthy, respectable, honorable, highly esteemed, much lauded, moral, and professedly religions gentlemen of our times, to classify them with such characters as above, but it is God that has reckoned them in with the unclean with fornicators, and adulterers etc. and unless they “flee from idolatry,” to Christ, get purged of their sins, sell their possessions, and give to the poor, deny themselves, mortify the flesh, leave all, take up their cross, and follow Christ, they will find themselves classified with the same characters in the day of judgment, and with them be cast out into outer darkness, where there is weeping and wailing, world without end.
“Go to now ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as fire. Ye have heaped treasures together for the last days. * * Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts as in a day of slaughter.” — James 5:1-5. It would seem that the Spirit indicted these words for this present time, for this generation, upon whom the ends of the earth are come, these “last days.” How many who do not think you are rich, nevertheless have every thing that heart can wish: and scarcely ever think of the unfortunate needy. Who turn the beggar from the door empty, and never seek out and gladden the hearts of the poor, with even the perishing fragments of their kitchens and wardrobe. “Woe unto you rich,” because by laying up for yourselves, you show that you do not know, nor believe in God, “and he that believeth not shall be damned.” Woe unto you rich,” because, by laying up treasures, whether money houses, goods, or land, you show that you love the world, and “if any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him.” And “if any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ; let him be accursed at the coming of the Lord Christ.” Woe unto yon rich,” for if you had the love of God in your heart, you would realize that “it is more blessed to give, than to receive.” “A single eye,” is quick to see places to honor God with our substance, and loves to do so: so that a holy man cannot remain rich very long. A soul that has any thing like a proper conception of the worth of souls, can never hold onto property that he can live at present without, for such will obey Christ and “take no thought for the morrow.” A heart that will hold on to what he may need tomorrow, when his neighbor, or the cause of Christ ner..s it today, … … his neighbor as himself. And if we to not love our brother whom ye have seen, how can we love God whom we have not seen”? We are commanded to “deny ourselves,” and love God with all the heart, soul, might mind and strength.” Men talk about holiness, and yet they have not filled the first conditions of discipleship, have denied themselves nothing, left nothing for Christ’s sake, and the Gospels. The salvation of Christ will so raise our love for Christ, His cause, His poor and perishing souls, that comparatively we will “hate our own lives,” yea “hate our own selves.” And he that will not do, that Christ says “cannot be His disciple,” much less a wholly sanctified soul. It is absurd to talk about your property all being given over to God, and yet it only contributes to your selfish gratification. No man is sanctified wholly, that is not consecrated wholly, and no man is consecrated wholly, that continues to hold for his own pleasure twice or three times as much property as he needs to mantain his own family. I know this to be true because God has so pets, moreover He is in a great harry to spread the pure unsectarian, holiness light to all men, hence econimizes better than to leave 40, 80, 100, or 2.000 acres of land, lay where a few acres, with His blessing, would mantain the stewards family. Woe unto you rich, because the balding of your riches, proves a deplorable, inward state of heart. O brother cat loose from earth, and wait for the Lord from heaven.
Land For Sale.
In the name of the Lord we are requested to say that Sister Jennie Bates, now living at 421 East Frank st, Kalamazoo, Mich., desires to sell some land she has about two and a half miles west of Wolcottville, Lagrange Co., Ind., and not far from Green’s Chapel. The sister is moved of the Lord to give some of the price therof to the gospel of Christ, and is anxious to find a buyer. Please help her all you can in this good work. Address her as above.
Bro. and Sister Fisher are holding a meeting at Webberville, Ingham Co., Mich. He writes Dec. 3: “There is great opposition, but some are being saved. There have been five sanctified, and one converted since we came here. The devil is awfully stirred, and the people are in a great commotion. I do praise God for the glorious victory you had at Dixon, Ohio; the salvation of Brother Dill and the complete routing of the devils.” Hallelujah!
J. C. Fisher.
FROM PITTSBURG, PA.
Brother Warner. — Your book and papers have reached us. I prize them very highly. The work still goes on here, and the gospel signs follow them that believe. Many have been healed, some very wonderfully. I will be very glad to have you come out here and help us, as the work is pressing in from every direction, calling for meetings. Your article on “Owning Up” is well timed. I was at the camp meeting, where the preacher was armed, as was reported to you. But he appeared in another capacity on the Eldership floor. With the GOSPEL TRUMPET in one hand and the dictionary in the other, eyes glaring like a maniac, and with all the lordly appearance he could summon broke forth in denouncing me as a heretic, and as teaching damnable heresies, and said that it had cost him twelve hundred dollars this year in opposing me, and if they did not expel me, he would remain a member of the church of God no longer. The standing committee said they did not think I did wrong intentionally, and advised me what I had better do — which was to keep still about holiness. But the Lord said, “be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace.” — Acts 18:9. I preferred to obey God rather than man, and by God’s help I ever expect to. The trial before the standing committee lasted one day, before the Eldership pan of two days. Both were excellent, opportunities to testify for holiness. In the last six months we have held services five nights every week. We expect to hold a holiness convention in the near future. I heartily concur with you in your work, believing that you are in God’s order. May the richest blessings of the Tryune God abide with you.
Your brother, fully saved this moment.
G. T. Clayton.
Glorious Meeting Near Dixon O.
We reached this meeting, at the house of Brother McNeil, about 1 p. m., Saturday, Nov. 24. Bro. Stockwell, of Ada, came the same evening. A good many of the saints were together there. That wretched habitation of devils, H. Whitcraft, was there full of all deceivableness. His brother Frank, also possessed with a lying and furious yelling devil; also David Dill, who had been seduced and blinded by the former, who also stood with him at the assembly meeting. These poor deceived ones were greatly filled with the satanic delusion that they would have a great victory in this meeting. They represented themselves as being the two witnesses of Rev. 11 and Zech 4. The slaying of those witnesses, and their laying in ..e street (Rev. xi 7, 8) they claimed was fulfilled in them prostration all day sabbath at the assembly meeting, but ..ow they had risen and men were going so be smittes with plagues etc. by them, and they were so now play Micha and his angels and cast out the dragon and his angel — Rev. xii 7-10. By the power of the Spirit we rebuked the unclean spirits, fad renounced them, especially H. Whitcraft, as possessed with devils. He pretended to receive it in all Christian forbearance and sought to deceive by affecting a holy non-resentment. He continually announced how all would soon see who was the devil, and that satan would he soon cast out. In the early part of the evening meeting, after ..receiving the son” the second time, ..ing points out before the congregation as one ..h.. hath a devil, he went cut and his brother with him, and they returned no ..ene to meeting. Here the devil’s predictions were precisely fulfilled. Satan was indeed cast out. The meeting went on with a good spirit the rest of the evening, notwithstanding some annoyance from a throng of sinners who were filled with satanic powers. On Sabbath there was realized much of the divine presense and “unity of the Spirit ..n the bonds of peace,” resulting from the casting out of the Whitcraft devils that ..ad kept up a wretched clash all day Saturday. But there was one poor possessed soul yet present, namely David Dill. Satan had filled his mind with the delusion that he was in the same position that Elijah was, and that it would be brought to a test that day whose God was the Lord, and that God would that say make an example of some one by ..miting him with his judgments. During the noon intermission we were led to rebuke the evil spirit in him, when be said I was sinning against the Holy Ghost, and that I would soon be smitten with a curse. He said, “Just as soon as God tells me, I will smite you.” When the services began in the afternoon the evil Spirit raged terribly in him; he declared that he was filled with the Holy Ghost, and that this matter would soon be brought to a point. The Lord gave us a bible lesson on the terrible deceived powers of these latter days, and the great battle of Gog and Magog against the ..land” — the holy saints. After which the poor deceived man arose and announced hat the decisive moment had come, and that something awful was about to happen. Then fixing his eves intently upon us he stood with uplifted hands as if instantly expecting to see us smitten down. O the blinding deceivableness of those seducing spirits. It was not Brother Dill, but the devil, that would gladly have seen us cast down. But God reigns, and blessed be His name He will not leave us in the hands of the destroyer. Of course we felt no fears for ourself, but pitied the poor man who had fallen under such satanic powers. Finally he gave up that his god would not smite us, and sat down. At the close of the services it was privately agreed that the saints meet for communion services at the house of another brother and sister. Dill knew nothing of this, and wanted to go to Whitcraft’s, the chief of the possessed, but his wife, being a firm, saved child of God, would not consent; so in the providence of God they came to where the meeting was to be. We noticed that he looked more sober, and cast down, and was much engaged in mental prayer. Soon after prayer services began he broke out in prayer instantly, renouncing all forms of devils. The very first sound of his voice sent a thrill of joy to every child of God. O how changed. Another Spirit had now taken hold of him; the hand of the Lord was upon him; he had been enabled by the boundless grace of God to see his mistake and heartily repent. Now we hear him declaring his love for the brethren. We approached him, and instantly the arms of fervent brotherly love were thrown about us, and the warm kiss of charity was given. O glory! glory!! glory!!! What a time of rejoicing in heaven and in earth. A dear brother was redeemed from the bewitching coils of the old serpent, the devil and satan, and now he was again clothed in his right mind, and his dear face wore again the sweet look of innocence and pure love. The precious restored brother arose and made his confession that he had been bliuded and deceived by the devil, and that the blood of Christ had, again cleansed his heart. O wondrous grace, O joy sublime. O what love filled every heart, want intense love bound the dear paints together
Another brother who had discovered through the mud balls thrown at us, on Saturday night, that there was a disposition to resent injuries, that the inborn nature was not really dead, but only bound under the joyful spiritual life he had been living, now confessed the inner foe, consecrated and believed for entire sanctification and received, the glorious cleansing.
The precious services of washing the saints feet, and the Lord’s supper, were then observed unto the Lord, while the melting love, and wondrous presence of Christ filled all hearts. All hearts no, there was one poor sinner present who had no part nor lot in this matter, but now the Spirit impressed some of our minds that Christ was knocking at the door of his heart, he was urged to yield to the Lord, and after holding on to God for him a short time, he bowed, confessed his sins and believeing in the Lord Jesus Christ was born into the family of God, again there was joy in heaven above, and in heaven below, for it seemed that all was heaven. Blessed be God who does still show mercy, and grant His salvation unto the penitent believeing heart. Several were healed, during the day and night services, through the faith that was once delivered to the saints, many of the saints were greatly strengthened, and cleared up in the light of God, and in the clear discernment of the malignant, hellish spirits that had been among them. Glory to God in the highest! “now is come salvation and the strength of our God, and the kingdom of His Christ, became the accuser of the brethren, who accused them before God day and night, is cast out. Bro Stockwell was blessed of God, and made a blessing to the little ones, by the communication of the rich experience, and spiritual light the Lord has given him, he is blessed with the gift of healing, and of prophesy, and we greatly rejoice that he is going to give his time to laboring in the vineyard. We shall praise God in eternity for this meeting.
The Christian Life
The whole Christian life requires deep searchings of the heart, and the more we search the more we find our own utter emptiness. The gospel reveals this — what God is, and what man is. When we are converted we begin to get some idea of God and some idea of man, before we are blinded to our own state and stone blind to all about God. It is all intellectual reasonings and surmisings before God brings us down to see ourselves as lost sinners, utterly finable to do a good act, or think a good thought. “All our righteousness are us filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6.) If I realy love a friend I would rather hear of his being loved and honored than to be loved and honored myself, and so do we not see how all the glory, and the beauty, and the love, and the honor of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth is made precious to us, although in this we have to see our own utter vileness, and simple and sin? In human love and honor, one among another, there is not this contrast, but let us contrast, Jesus and ourselves. Jesus the chiefest among ten thousand, and altogether lovely” (Cant v 10, 16); and myself, born in sin, ignorant, full of selfishness planning for myself and for those dearer than myself, a deeper form of selfishness. I housed, warmed, and fed — Jesus leaves his home, and his Father’s heart and glory with the holy angels, where all heaven adored him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and came down to wear our humanity, and to be loathed, and spit upon, and cast out, and had no place to lay his head, neither did his brethren believe on him; to be a carpenter, to live in a village, Nazareth, to be subject to the very creatures his own hands had made, to bear the full weight of every sin you and I over committed, and the full weight of all the murders and uncleaness and vileness of every man and woman since the world began. He (the sinless) was made sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Think of it and now see how we stand toward Him, in Him accepted in the beloved, our debt all paid; a righteous God is satisfied as to all our sins. When a Christian once sees that it is a finished work, that his sins are blotted out by the blood of Jesus, that God remembers them no more, that all his debt is paid, even if he has been a murderer, and whoso hateth his brother is a murderer, paid down to the utmost farthing — then he is free to ask favors of his Father; he takes a child’s own place in the family of God; he runs freely to his Father; he says: Father make me well, you promised that; Father, give me a clean heart, you promised me that. Father, give me food and raiment, and give me peace, joy, and freedom from sorrow, for your son bore all my sorrows, and he is my Elder Brother;” and how the Father delights to do what his own little ones wants, and how unbelief grieves him. I He said: “Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life. And he wept over Jerusalem, saying: “how often would I have gathered you as a ben gathereth her chickens under her wings and ye would not.” Who can resist the pleading voice of the Lamb slain? I long so much for those have just entered into the life “hid with Christ in God,” that they should know immediatly God’s plan for them, so that Satan shall not gain any victory by accusing them of their sins. We have nothing to do with sin, it is all buried and all under the blood, and the blood will, as applied to our hearts and bodies daily by faith, cleanse us from all our sickness. Let us all pray to understand the Atonement of Him who bore our sins, our sickness and our sorrow.
After nearly five years of experience in the holiness work we give it as our opinion that sectarianism is the root cause of all the opposition to holiness. This old sectarian devil is not coming out without a struggle; but just as truly as God is God, Satan is being torn from his hiding place. Sectarianism is nothing more or less than the devil dressed up in the robe of Christianity. Glory to God the preaching of holiness is tearing the disguise off and showing him to be none the less than the old time deceiver. “Who is this that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?” It is God’s grand army of “holy people.” I can see her coming, I can hear her tread, I can see her banners waving, I can hear her shouts, of victory, and before her walls of sin are tumbling. I look in vain to see the words Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, &c. on those banners; but on the contrary, “Holiness unto the Lord, “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord,” “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin,” “Awake to righteousness and sin not,” “Be ye holy,” “All baptized by one Spirit into one body,” “The very God of peace sanctify you wholly,” “That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, &e.,” I am glad I am in this army. We believe this to be the last army God has organized to take the world for Jesus. Happy they who are in it, woe be unto them that oppose it. Who desires to join tin’s grand army? You cannot join this holy war by “joining the church” and having your name written with ink simply, but you must be washed with the washing of regeneration and be sanctified wholly by the everlasting God of peace.
— The Highway.
What! Does the self reverenced editor of the Highway admit such teaching as the above in his paper? has he become wiser, and found out that we can be holy unto the Lord without joining anything but the “army that God has organized to take the world?” Does he indeed admit to his columns writings that ignore the names, “baptist, Methodists, Presbyterian, &c.” Is this the same Isaiah Reed that had committees appointed to wait on certain brethren who came to camp meetings over which he lorded, and tell them they must either leave or keep silent because they, like the above writer, believed that “the old sectarian devil is the root cause of all the opposition to holiness, and that “sectarianism is nothing more nor less than the devil dressed up in the robe of christianity.” Is this the same editor, that has so repeatedly denounced as of the devil all who choose to live in God and Christ Jesus, without these sect names marks of the beast. Now we greatly rejoice to see this coming to the light of divine truth; but what will become of the image of the beast that was set up at Jacksonville Ill? The same demands a membership in one of these names of the old sect devil, as a condition of fellowship among the holiness people. If the truth continues to gain ground, there will soon be a real necessity for another general holiness counsel, to demolish this image the king of babylon set up at Jacksonville. Another such counsel has been talked and written up for the last two years, but every time providentially knocked down, and we are persuaded will not he held until the holiness people get ready to meet for the purpose of destroying all the idols of the land. Amen!
[From The Sword.]
Yankton, Dakota, Sept. 18, 1883.
Beloved Brother in the Annointed One. — God bless you in your labors of love. Have just received and scattered a “roll” of spiritual dynamite, filled with fire from off God’s holy altar: Gospel Trumpets, Good Tidings, Testimony for Christ, Voice of the Lord, Proclamation of Truth, Light House, and one Sword, (very sharp.) Hallelujah! “The Lord, God omnipotent reigueth.” Did not know that the Lord had so many sharp tools before. Never was so happy in my life as while hurling these red-hot rockets into old Babylon. She is so combustible that the explosions are terrible. Malachi’s “burning day” has come! The angel messengers (sanctified preachers) are already pouring out the first “vials of wrath” upon the “image” of the papal “beast;” (worldly sect churches.) These harlot daughters all have the “image” and likeness of their old mother.
O! please send me more Swords — old back numbers, and ask the Lord’s dear servants to send me more of these Holy Ghost “fire brands.” As Peter said, “Silver and gold I have none.” But we will furnish the “foxes,” and tie the brands to their tails and send them into the Philistine’s standing grain. Quite an explosion on Sunday, in general class. When I called the saints out of Babylon in the name of the Lord, a gilt edged, gold- bedecked class leader sprang to his feet, crying, “’Tis false! Away with such non-sense! Put him out! Put him out of the class-room!” With the sweetness of Christian love, I thanked the poor brother “for helping me to get even one saint ‘out of peril into peace,’ for God has already spewed the old corrupt lukewarm Methodist harlot out of His mouth. And now, brethren, if I have stirred up any bad blood or any sect devils or tobacco devils or masonic devils, I thank God and take courage! for you must get all these horrid devils cast out and get the Holy Ghost in your souls or you will be ‘cast into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.’ ”
Blessed be God! If you only knew how your strong “meat in due season” strengthens these old wandering Elijahs and Samsons, you would surely take courage.
Standing on the “sea of glass mingled with fire,” having overcome the beast and his image, his “mark,” (characteristics) and the “number of his name,’’ (sectarian name, 666 of them, Rev. 13:17.,) with the “harps of God,” (open Bibles, Rev. 15:2.) we sing the song of Moses and the Lamb, fearless of men or devils. “And the angel took the censer and filled it with FIRE off the altar, and cast it into the earth (earthly sensual natures,) and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” (Rev. 8; 5.) Praise God. And more to follow. (Rev. 11:19; also, 16; 18.) O God, let this refiner’s fire cleanse and purify thy people, for Jesus’ sake.”
There are thousands and thousands of suffering souls
The Lord is now cleansing out clean;
They are coming quite out of sectarian folds
On the bright sea of glass they are seen.
On this bright glas..y sea, it is shown unto me,
The saints are all sealed for the throne;
It is “mingled with fire,” and the heart’s pure desire
Is to love, serve and please God alone.
With a radiant brow ye are standing just now,
Like the three Hebrew sons we admire;
With our robes white as snow, singing songs as we go,
‘In the midst of this furnace of fire.’
And the form of the fourth we can see as a truth,
On this bright glassy sea full of fire.
With the harps of our God – they are His blessed word —
We now welcome the Nations desire.
Our feet as we stand with the Bible in hand,
Are shed with the Gospel of peace;
With the whole armor on, we will soon gain the throne,
And the crown at the end of the race.
Your brother in Christ,
James E. Fitch.
The Increased Inflow.
Is the melting power of the Holy Ghost. We are clearly converted, and when in the enjoyment of the new birth, we seek and obtain heart purity; and the blaze of entire sanctificaton, we seek and obtain, by faith, a special baptism of the Holy Ghost. The results are uniform, namely: added liberty and power, and victory over weakness; also increased faith, boldness, and efficiency. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is wrought by God. We read in Acts 2:2-4: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The Disciples were filled with the Holy Ghost. And we also read in Acts 4:31 — And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they had assembled together, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. The Apostles were baptized, or filled, more than once; “first, conversion; second, entire sanctification; third, the baptism of power.” “It is apparent that the truly sanctified, so remaining, come to points of intense longing for advanced steps in the experience of the deep things of God, and that this step is taken by a distinct act of faith.”
Assurance produced by faith.
“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” — Eph. 3:12.
“For the which cause I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” — 2 Tim. 1:2.
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” — Heb. 10:22.
MADE FULL BY HOPE.
“And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end.” — Heb. 6:11.
“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the vale.” — Verses 18 19.
CONFIRMED BY LOVE.
“And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.” — 1 Jo. 4:17, 18.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
IN THE EFFECT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” — Isiaih 32:17.
“And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” — James 3:18.
“The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them.” — Prow 11:6.
“Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called the children of God.” — Matt 5:9.
IS ABUNDANT IN THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE GOSPEL.
“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowlegdment of the mystery of God, and the Father, and of Christ.” — Col. 2:2.
“For our Gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” — 1 Thess. 1:5.
TO BE CONTINUED.
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