1 December 1886, Volume 8, Number 18.
Dare to be a Christian.
A Revision by Clara Thomas.
Holding to the purpose true,
Help us, Lord, to stand.
Joyful are the faithful few
Who follow His command.
Chorus: — Dare to be a christian,
Stand with Christ alone:
Dare to have a purpose firm,
Dare to make it known.
Many mighty men are lost
Daring not to stand
Who for God had been a host.
If led by His own hand.
Hold the Gospel Banner high!
On to victory grand:
Satan and his host defy
And follow God’s command.
Let this world go rev’ling on
Downward to its doom,
We will still to Christ hold on
For He’s coming soon.
THE POWER OF GOD SENT BY MAIL.
GLORY be to the God of all power and all grace! About a year ago, Bro. ..sher and I both consecrated to God es..cially for the faith to heal the sick in ..e name of our Lord Jesus Christ, by ..nding a handkerchief to be laid on the ..icted. Glory to the name of Jesus, we ..imed the power according to Apostolic ..ample in Acts 19:11, 12, — “And God ..ought special miracles by the hands of ..ul: So that from his body were ..ought unto the sick, handkerchiefs, or ..ons, and the diseases departed from ..em, and the evil spirits went out of ..m.”
Accordingly we wrote Sister Albright of ..t Las Vegas, New Mexico, who was af..ed with a cancer, that it she had faith ..he Lord healing her in that way, we ..old send the handkerchief to her. She ..wered in much assurance. October 7, little company fasted and prayed much … God, and wrote letters to the sister. … ..e next day we took a linen handkerchief, sprinkled it with oil in the name of ..e Lord Jesus Christ. Then we all laid ..nds on it and looked to God, when the mighty power of God came down, and ..ed the room, and filled our bodies. Oh ..w the Holy fire burned in our mortal ..h, and in our hearts. The experience ..s that of a vivid and powerful case of healing by the laying on of hands directly ..on the sick person. The Spirit seemed make us feel just as though our hands ..ke directly laid upon the head of the ..der, and the testimony of God was, The ..wk is done, the sister is healed.
O the mighty power of God was wonderful, wonderful, upon us. Dear brother ..rney was quite sick with a very bad ..d, he was lying upon the bed where we ..d the handkerchief spread, and the a mighty healing power of God came upon … so that it swept through his body, and ..stantly healed him, and he arose praising God, that he was relieved of all his ..at misery. We sent the handkerchief ..th the positive assurance that it contain.. the mighty healing power of God, and at it would be felt at the other end of ..e route, a thousand miles away. We ..ce spoke of it in preaching, and God blessed the profession of our faith that the healing would take place. For some rea..n an entire month intervened before we ..t returns from our sacred missive. But … last we received the following letter.
E. Las Vegas N. Mexico, Oct. 21.
Dear Brother in the Lord: — I write you this morning to let you know that the Lord has answered your prayers and mine. Praise His holy name! While I felt that thy soul was clear before God, I prayed that I might feel a change when I laid on ..he handkerchief. Praise God! I did feel …he divine power at the time. But after firing for the night, and my mind waste from every care of life, I felt the wage that had come over me more impressively. I believe the Lord wanted me ‘claim my healing when I was sanctified, but I did not understand it. Sister Franks’s letter was a great comfort to me.
Dear Bro, when you send a handkerchief for Lulie, please send one for the little boy also, as he is quite a delicate child, and suffers much from weak eyes. He cried bitterly when he found the hand- kerchief was not for him, as I had told him I would also lay it upon him when it came. But you suggested I had better concentrate my faith on myself alone, this time.
About four months ago I wrote you of Mr. and Mrs. Parker of Canada. The other day I received a letter from them. I shall write her of my own healing, she is very anxious to know about my health and the children’s. May the Dear Lord bless all of your dear company.
Truly your sister in Christ.
Mrs. Anna E. Albright.
We praise God for His boundless goodness and mercy toward the children of men. Our heart is melted with gratitude to God for His kindness in hearing our prayer. We are so glad the Lord has given us this token of His willingness to bless this manner of sending help to sufferers that we could not visit in person. Since we believed in God to do this thing, we sent one handkerchief, but received no encouraging responce; but this time the Lord showed us more perfectly how to proceed in the matter. O praise the Lord!
PROTESTANTS AND CHRISTIANS.
DEAR Brother Fisher: — Since I became a total come-outer from Popish Protestant sects, I have become the object of their vile, stupid and egregious slanders. I am no more good in their eyes — I have to consider myself now as a sheep in the midst of wolves. How far this is true, judge ye, readers of the Trumpet, by the following words of Christ Himself to His! disciples: “They will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And ye shall be brought before governors * * * And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death,* * * And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: * * * but when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another. — Matt. 10:16. 17, 21, 22, 23.
How tine that was true in my case, I will endeavor to describe in a few words. This I do only for the instruction of the brethren, that they might see the fulfillment of the prophesies of Christ in those whom He calls and sends to do His bidding. God forbid that I should speak with a spirit of boasting or with prejudices and bad feelings against anyone. My pity goes out for them on account of their ignorance of the things of God. Therefore, in all my tribulations, I thank God continually that I came out of that stupendous fallacious human system built by Baptists, Presbyterians, Romanists, etc.
When I came out of Rome in 1880, the providence of God called me to N. York to work as an Evangelist. It was in Nov. In the month of May 1881, without knowing any better and at the request of many ministers I joined the Baptists. During two years I never saw in the church of Rome so many wicked people as among the Baptists, clergy and laity. I did not wonder at it, when- after observation and study of their doctrines and dogmas. I found that they could not rise higher than these doctrines. “Immersion and exclusion of all those who were not immersed from the table of the Lord, is the quintessence of that denomination.” Then comes worldliness, the love of money, the fairs, the spices, clubs, neckties, par ties, etc.
In 188 I was exceedingly disgusted with such abominations in the so called church of Christ. One day, the Rev.(?) Dr.(?) Edward Judson, Pastor of the Berean Baptist church preached a most disgusting sermon on baptism saying, as a Pope or a priest of Rome would say, “Outside of the Baptist denomination, the Gospel is all a trash, a bosh.” And because I found fault with this D. D. and others, they went to work and in company of the priests succeeded to avert me. Hence there hatred which has been manifested lately in Chicago by the doings of the Presbyterians with whom unfortunately I connected myself at the request of many ministers three years ago, when I came here to work as an evangelist among the French people, my country-men.
The Baptists of New York treated me as if I had been a wild beast. They sent their reports here that I was averted in N. Y., but they did not say that it was through their malice and wickedness.
The Rev.(?) Dr. (?)Rob’t. McArthur, of the Calvary Baptist church of N. Y., wrote a most egregious lie when he said that in 1881, May, they admitted me into the membership of his church with attendance. I have a letter from him in May 1881, saying that he had the joy of baptizing me, on a profession of my faith, into the fellowship of the Calvary Baptist church of New York.
In my experience of the last 6 years, I found that I had more to contend with the lies, impudence, and villainy of Protestant sects, than I had in Rome during 14 years of priest-hood. And why? Because of want of Christianity — of principles. I do thank God every day that through many tribulations, sorrows and trials, He led me to the knowledge of the true Church of Christ, and that my soul is washed from all the superstitions, impositions, and human traditions.
It is the sectarian fences that keep the Lord’s people apart, and they; are the cause of all the sin and disunity existing among them; as none are permitted to enter the sectarian enclosures who refuse to comply with their man-made creeds and forms. The addage, “remove the cause and the effect will cease” is certainly appliable in the case of babylon’s church and her daughters, the Protestant sects. Take away the unscriptural conditions of Christian fellowship required by these silly and nasty denominations, calling themselves “Christians.” and; the great hindrance to the return of Chris’s people to the Apostolic Christianity, and consequent unity, is taken out of the way. I constantly pray that Protestant ministers and their people, so called Christians, would study the Word of God a little more; for there they will see that the Apostles and first Christians never pretended to receive any person into the Church. They left it to the Lord to add to His Church such as were being saved. — Acts 2:47; that the only conditions of Christian fellowship with God and those whom the Lord, had! already added was, and still is to repent of sin, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, then obtain entire sanctification, by the baptism of the Holy, Ghost, which takes away inbred sin, and all roots of sin in our souls. But to-day, the only thing required’ by Close Communion Baptists, and high-toned Presbyterians, Episcopalions, and all other sects, is to subscribe to their man made creed, and sect rules. Even among the Free Methodists, with all their claim to holiness, bigotry and sectarianism rules.
In conclusion I say this much. The only hope of securing the unity for which Christ prayed, lies with the humble followers of Jesus taking steps to this end. Let all those who are the Lord’s people, bid farewell to their human creeds, and men’s rules, and come together in their respective communities, resolved to walk, work and worship, together, as the; one Divinely appointed Church, called out, and separated from the world, and inquire from the Lord through His Word alone, what He will have them to do. “To the law, to the testimony,” — such Churches are in the true line of succession from the Apostles, for the same anointing of the Holy Spirit that rested upon the Apostles, rests upon them. If Baptists, Presbyterians, and other human inventors would only study the Bible, they would see that the Apostles never pretended to have successors in office: that their aim was to have successors in brethren in Christ. Of course there were some of the brethren set apart for the Gospel ministry, but as Paul and Barnabas, they were called and ordained by God, and prepared by the Holy Spirit, and not by colleges, where the only aim is to receive a D. D.
When Christians learn that human creeds are the cause of endless separation, and one of the greatest hindrances to unity, and. put them away, and also learn that Jove to God and man, true obedience to the one, and works of mercy shown to the other, are greater than all hairsplitting sectarianism, theology and creeds of human devising, then the dawn of that happy day will have appeared, that will witness the consummation of the visible Oneness of all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity — in deeds, and in works.
Then I say, all these so-called Protestant Christians will sing the praises of God, for such a deliverance from human and, spiritual slavery. May God open their eyes on their errors.
P. A. Seguin.
177, west Van Buren St.
READY FOR THE FIELD.
Dear Bro’s F. Spacky and Wm. H. Miller of Jerry City Ohio are about ready to begin their winter’s campaign of work for Jesus Christ and the rescue of dear perishing souls. God bless them! They are blessed loving and earnest great hearts for Jesus. The Lord will bless their labors in the salvation of many souls. They think of going to Arch bold Fulton Co. O. and feel somewhat drawn to southern Ind. to strengthen and labor among the dear little ones in Daviess Co..
Dear Bro. George Wilson of Deshler O., is moving to the vicinity of St Johns Mich. Brethren report that He has greatly advanced in the Spirit since the Jerry City meeting. The Lord bless dear Bro. Wilson and make him useful in Michigan. We believe him a good and faithful brother, his labors were much blessed at Dashler, and he is much beloved by the saints there. We commend him to the dear saints in Mich. Amen!
Bro. A. H. Lea of Bucyrus Ohio, and Bro. James Hill of Findly Ohio are both moving to Deshler Ohio. They have been there laboring some in connection with brother Wilson. Bro’s Spacky and Miller were over there recently and found the work of the Lord prospering very well. Praise the Lord! Bro’s Lea and Hill expect to labor in the vineyard of the Lord. Praise God! we are glad to hear of many running to and fro. Truly the harvest is great but the laborers are few. The Lord fit up a hundred little fire troops to spread the evening light of God.
Dear brother Spacky wishes to sell his farm near Jerry City, and give his whole time to the Gospel. Dear Bro. and sister Walter, two miles north of Lindsey, Sandusky Co. Ohio, think of offering their nice little farm home for sale, and arrange to Work for the Master.
Praise God! we rejoice to learn that dear Bro. Cox and his beloved family, at Maple Rapids Mich., expect to go forth in the name of the Lord. God bless them! They shall turn many to righteousness, and shine above the brightness of the stats.
O Lord let not Thy Children be contented at home, while the world about them are going down to hell. In the name of Jesus, dearly beloved, go forth, go forth, every one that can, and tell perishing souls at stake of their mighty Friend and Redeemer.
Dear brothers John U. and Alvin Bryant are coming in a few days to join our blessed company. Dear Sister Emma Miller from Battle Creek Mich, has also come to add her marvelous testimony to that of our little force. So we will have a company of eight glorious singers and workers. Praise God! He is leading us wonderfully and blessing our labors. Let all the holy saints pray much for us and the glorious work. We often think of your prayers in our behalf, and feel much encouraged and nerved for the battle. The powers of satan are becoming more and more fiercely enraged, and we need a mighty faith in God to stop every mouth and hold every venomous tongue in si- lance. Glory to God! this is our constant realization that God holds the powers of hell in check, while we make the babylonians drink the hitter cup of God’s wrath. Hallelujah!
OBEYING THE TRUTH.
MY Dearly beloved Bro. Warner, and all the dear Trumpet family, greeting. May the blessings of Almighty God rest upon you all, now, henceforth and forever, Amen!
I feel that the Lord wants me to give a bit of my experience for His glory, through the blessed Gospel Trumpet, on the subject of water baptism.
In the M. E. sect, (of which I was a member) I was taught from my youth by the ablest men, to look on immersion with perfect contempt — to regard it as being unscriptural. On the strength of such teaching I have said and done all I could against it. I have no doubt been the means of changing the minds of some from real baptism to that of pouring. O bless God! He can just show us our ignorance if we will let Him. Well glory to God for a teachable spirit. O glory to Jesus this morning for His loving kindness to me.
I began to read the Emphatic Diaglott, I read and prayed much. I knew it was the Original Greek New Testament. And I became convicted for immersion. I did a great deal of praying over the matter, but my convictions deepened all the time, I agonized with God for light, and O how the blessed Lord did pour the light into my soul. Glory to God! He just flooded my soul with glory. Of course satan was on hand to tempt, but praise God! I just said “Lord I do not care for the opinions of men. Now blessed Lord, if it is my duty to be immersed, just make it plain to me, and I will obey Thee at all hazards.
Well the impression came to me, that I was not fit to preach the Gospel to a perishing world until I had obeyed the Gospel myself. The Lord gave me such light on His blessed Word, that I was compelled to accept it, I told the Lord like Peter, “not my feet only,” but my whole body. Glory to Jesus! when I yielded to God He wonderfully blessed my soul. O yes, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”
Bless the Lord! I told Bro. Cole I was ready for the river, and would not preach again until I was buried with Christ, by baptism into death, and raised up to walk in newness of life. Praise God, we found a suitable place in the old Neosho river, and Bro. Cole immersed four of us in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Not in the name of any sect, praise God!
Well beloved, I know that since that time I have had additional power in preaching the Word of God, and greater liberty than I ever had before. O hallelujah to God! I am out on the promise, and under the blood, saved and sanctified through and through, soul, body and spirit, meet for the Master’s use, kept by power Divine. Glory to Jesus forever!
John H. Orr.
Dear Brethren in Christ our Lord: — It has been some time since I have heard from the Trumpet, or seen one, that I greatly miss hearing from the brothers and sisters. I moved from Pittsford, Hillsdale Go. Mich., last Sept, one year ago 10 this city, and since that time have seen some very hard times. I left Mich, for the benefit of my family and self, hoping that we might get some land to settle on; but every tiling seems to work against us. We have a large family, and it took all we had to get here. So it left us nothing but our hands to make our living, and since here we have had a great deal of sickness. Have lost one daughter, and my wife is lying sick with typhoid fever, and one son. has been sick about two months, and my own health is very poor at the present, not able to work. My reasons for writing as I have are, I want all my brothers and sitters in Christ to pray earnestly for our deliverance and help, and that God may bless and sanctify, and keep us from the power of the enemy of our souls, unto his heavenly kingdom. Amen! O how I wish that Brother Warner or Brother Fisher would come and hold meetings here. We don’t have any salvation meetings, but enough of the M. E. and U. B. sects, which are gathering the people into their nets. I think this western country is just where God needs some of His true and faithful saints to preach; for the fields are while and ready to harvest.
I will now close by saying this to the brethren, if God has blessed you with this world’s goods, think of a poor brother and afflicted family in Christ our Lord.
From your Bro. in the hope of everlasting life, with all the redeemed in the kingdom of God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
James J. Gier.
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Carson City, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — As I am not able to come where you are, I ask all of God’s people to pray for ray healing. I have been sick for over two years, but God has promised to heal me, and glory to God! He will do it.
I have read the Trumpet for five years, and it has been the means of leading me to Christ, and converting my soul.
Your Brother in Christ.
C. J. Anderson.
Sister Mary McCalleg of Roam Ind., requests prayers that she may be healed of Catarrh, of Neuralgia in the head. She has almost constant pain, and has faith to believe that she can be healed by prayer. All pray for her.
Table Rook Neb.
Our daughter is very sick with fever. Pray that she may be brought to the Lord.
Pray God to heal Sister Sharp, of Laclede Mo. of great bodily afflictions, and give her the fulness of the Spirit of God.
Sister Lucinda Foster closed this mortal life triumphantly in Jesus our Savior, Wednesday, Nov. 3 1886. Aged 46 years 8 months and 1 day. Sister Foster first became convicted for entire sanctification when Bro. Fisher first came to Geneva Center, about three years ago, and shortly after gave her all to Jesus and received the witness of the Spirit to her sanctification. Since which she has enjoyed the sanctifying portion. On Lord’s day before her death, the saints met at her house to pray with her. O what a holy time it was; the whole house was filled with the power of God. Sister F. rejoiced greatly, while the light of heaven lit up her soul, and her face shone like that of an angel. She held up her hand in holy triumph as the children of God took their leave of her. After which time she lay passive in the arms of Jesus, waiting for the final moment when her spirit should take its flight to glory and ever be with Jesus. She fell asleep in Jesus as calmly as though she was about to take her natural rest, without a groan or struggle. “O death, where is thy sting; O grave, where is thy victory.” Her funeral was held at the meeting house at Geneva Center, and a large congregation met and followed her to her last resting place here below. Sister F. leaves a husband and eight children to morn her loss. O I pray God to abundantly bless them all. Two children are walking in the light of entire sanctification, and Bro. F. is seeking a deeper work of grace. O Father fill him with the fullness he so much desires. Amen!
W. B. Grover.
TO THE CHURCH.
“Be at peace among yourselves,”
THIS is one of the greatest and most essential commandments written in the Word of God; to which are also attached the most precious promises, followed by the most glorious effects and profound joys, experienced in the soul of those who possess and keep it. Yet it is to he regreted, that it is as little heeded, and less observed than any other commandment written. I would state, that we must first become possessed of an internal peace; “The peace of Goa which passes all understanding.” — Phil, 4:7. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts. — Col. 3:15. Which will be the result when the kingdom of God is established in your hearts, the “King of peace” reigning there, the effect will be, righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. — Rom. 14:17. Thus says the Prophet Isaiah, when the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places: blessed are ye that sow beside all waters. — Isa. 32:15, 20. Thus the great effect of righteousness, or salvation wrought in the heart, will be peace and joy in the Holy Ghost within; and peace and quietness, and assurance forever without. The children of God will then “be at peace among themselves,” dwelling together in Christ, the Church a peaceable habitation, a quiet resting place. Hallelujah to God for this glorious rest of the soul!
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I; and now the Lord God, and His Spirit, hath sent me. Thus says the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teaches thee to profit, which leads thee by the way that thou shouldest go. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea. — Isa. 48:16-18.
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. — Psa. 119:165.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee. — Isa. 26:3.
O praise the Lord! “They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abides forever.” This will be the blessed state of all who are sanctified wholly, and saved with an everlasting salvation. There will be no unsettled questions, nor mysteries, nor floundering or confusion, which is of babylon and the devil; for “God is not the author of confusion.” Every mystery or mystified foggy question, and distracting element is purged out by this glorious second touch, which enables us to see all men, and all things clearly; and it is given unto us “to know the mysteries of the kingdom, for the Spirit searches all thing yea the deep things of God.” — 1 Cor. 2:10, 15. Therefore the Apostle says, “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” — Rom. 14:19. This will be the earnest desire of all, and the practice of all who walk in the light of the truth, the Word of God. There will be no back-biting, nor biting back, no evil surmising, no taking up a reproach, or false report against a brother, no more evil speaking, no more busy bodies in other men’s matters, no more tattlers, nor false accusers, nor whisperers, nor slanderers, nor speaking lies in hypocrisy. They that do these things are “sporting themselves with their own deceivings.” Let us observe what the holy Apostle says.
For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banqueting, and abominable idolatries: wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you. — 1 Pet. 4:3, 4.
If any man teach other-wise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. — 1 Tim. 6:3-6 The saints of God seem to be fortified on every hand except this one. They are so fortified by the “munition of rocks” as to be impregnable, defying every sectarian assailant, and every false doctrine. But this I find, wherever there is any division, or trouble among the saints, the devil has disguised himself, and crept in among them, and caused some to utter perverse things, or false report of some one or other of the holy brethren; or something suggested to the mind, by hallucinations, or some vision or dream, from a disturbed mind or conscience. Of course the devil will see to the interpretation of any dream or vision he may be the author of; thus he can carry out his whole plan. Some may think it strange that I thus state that the devil may be the author of dreams and visions, as also is the Spirit of God.
Thus says the Lord of hosts, hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.
They say still unto them that despise me, the Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walks after the immagination of his own heart, no evil shall come upon you.
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, have dreamed, I have dreamed.
How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart.
Behold, I am against the prophets, says the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He says. Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, says the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, says the Lord. — Jer. 23:16, 17, 25, 26, 31, 32.
Then the Lord said unto me, the prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. — Jer. 14:14.
Thus says the Lord God; woe unto the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord says: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the Word. Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord says it; albeit I have not spoken? Therefore thus says the Lord God; because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, says the Lord God. And mine hand shall he upon the. prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God, Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them, and say, thus says the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the Lord — Ezek 13:3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18 23.
For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither harken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. — Jer. 29:8.
Here is an abundant proof that ray statement is true, yet most every one think all visions and dreams are of God.
I am not to be understood, or my writing construed as not believing in true visions and revelations by the Spirit of God. But this I say, we are liable to be deceived by false impressions of the evil spirit, when awake or asleep; either in vision, dream, or otherwise. This I say then, every vision, dream, or impression should be tried by the Word of God; for thus says the Word: “Try the spirits.” — 1 John 4:1. 2 Pet, 2:2. & ct. And every vision, dream, revelation, or impression, not corresponding with the revealed Word, is of the devil. How absolutely necessary it is then to try all these by the Word, lest we give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. — 1 Tim. 4:1, 2. Also as the Apostle Jude, says there shall be filthy dreamers, who defile the flesh, despise dominion and speak evil of dignities. There are so many in these last days, which might be termed, pious devils, in the form of persons who profess to be saints; outwardly they live after the straightest form of the pharisees religion; but inwardly they are a cage of devils. They are full of picking spirits, constantly on the watch for prey. When the devil has revealed something to them through their “filthy dreams,” they will tell it to others and cause them to look on those to whom it is applied with suspition and take lip a reproach against them; and the Spirit of God is grieved in the brother or sister who is thus reproached. They will also seek to entangle others in their talk, and make a man an offender for a, word of nought. Or if any should give; expression to a gush of inward joy, by indulging in a hearty holy laugh, they would immediately condemn such, and denounce, them as of the devil, with all who are not clad in the iron jacket of their ecclesiastical law. But thus says the prophet: For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: that make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproves in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought. — Isa. 29:20, 21. Have we a right to laugh, the holy saints? What says the Scripture? When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our month filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, They Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for as; whereof we are glad. — Psa. 126:1, 2, 3.
Such pernicious spirits are “deceitful workers,” they are the most pious, and so soft, and meek, and very rigid, especially in dress, shaving, hair cutting, and many other things. They will tell you with their deceitful tongue that they are not finding fault, and of course would not have you think so else they could not deceive you; Let us try them by the Word.
For it was not an enemy reproached me; then could I have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. — Psa. 55:12, 19 21. And if he come to see me, he speaks vanity: his heart gathers iniquity to itself; when he goes abroad, he tells it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaves fast unto him: and now that he lies he shall rise up no more. — Psa. 41:6, 7, 8.
O dear saints of God, keep filled with the Spirit of God and the Word. “Search the Scriptures” and walk in the light of it and the “Spirit of truth.” Let us remember the words of the Psalmist: I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. — Psa. 17:3. Again, I said I with take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. – Psa. 39:1. If any man among you seeik to be religious, and bridles not his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. — James 1:26. Lord, who shall abides thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart. He that backbites not with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up are reproach against his neighbor. — Psa. 15:1, 2, 3. Thus all who walk in the light of the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. — Psa. 31:20.
South Haven Mich., Nov. 20.
Dear saints of God: — We feel led to tell you that we are saved, and sanctified, and kept by the mighty power of God.
We expect to commence battle at South Haven in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Nov. 21. All pray for us. Yours under the blood.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Another glorious victory.
Pittsville Pa., Nov. 13.
In the field, we advanced from Barkeyville to this point, and began the holy war. There seemed to be a good lively interest here from the beginning, and the people were all anxious tor the truth of the Gospel. They all seemed tired of the abominable sectarian doctrine, and the deception practiced by the false teachers of babylon. Therefore the way was open for a glorious meeting, which has been a source of glorious light and salvation to many souls; who are now rejoicing in a full and free deliverance from all sin, and every yoke. O hallelujah to God! O how wonderfully we were visited by the Divine presence at times; the very place where we were met together for prayer, and consecration, was shaken by the power of God; and all present were either leaping and shouting, or otherwise praising God. Hallelujah to God! I do praise and adore His holy name. I will ever continue to exalt and magnify Him forever. O the raptures of the redeemed soul, no feeble tongue can ever tell. O the sweetness, and completeness, of perfected holiness.
The Red Lyon meeting house where we held the meeting, is a free house of worship, built by the community at large, and is not owned nor controlled by any sect corporation. If it had been we could not have had the privilege of holding a meeting there; and the people would also have been deprived of the great blessing which they now enjoy. Thus God is now blessing the wisdom of a people who were yet aimers, but were possessed of more light, than poor deluded sectarians, in their dark creedism. We see the hand, and wisdom of God in all this. This is also in the immediate vicinity of a new and thriving oil field, called red valley. I was somewhat, and agreeably surprised, to find that the instead of being of a rough, and vile character, as generally reported in be oil regions; they are a good, moral, intellectual, kind-hearted and generous people, and rank with, and are among the best class of citizens we have found in the United States. They were among the very first to receive the Word, and salvation, Bro. John Morgan and companion, who are among the largest oil operators in the valley, came to the meeting, and immediately drank in the truth, and became the recipients of a glorious full salvation, which burned all the “wood, hay and stubble” of Methodism out of them. The tire then spread; Sister Edmiston, another Methodist, became a Christian through the all-cleansing blood. Bro. Martz came to the meeting, who is one of the oil pumpers, and after hearing and seeing the glorious saving power of God, became convicted, but would not yield until alter he went back and began his work in the Engine-house, for his tour of labor extends into the night. There the Lord so convicted him that he could not work, and he was obliged to yield, and ho gave himself up and there the glorious Lord became as broad rivers to his soul. O hallelujah to God! for the wonders of His grace.
Sister Harkiess was also obliged to yield at midnight in bed, there she proved the grace of that sufficient to save her soul. These came to the meeting the next day, and reported their glorious deliverance, glorifying God for all He had done, and praising, shouting and leaping, being filled with the Spirit. The gracious work of salvation continued from day to day, and in almost every meeting there were consecrations made, and souls saved. The order was unusually good, scarcely any interruption at all, only once or twice when the house was thronged, so that the multitude could not get in, or get seats. “We believe the good order is due to the tact that there is no sectarian organization located here, and not many sectarians in the locality, to agg on pour sinners to do what the wickedness of their evil heart might suggest to them. I would do no injustice to those who are connected with sectarian organizations, who are honest, and seek truth and light. Let such not make an application of the above to themselves. The people have been very kind to us in receiving us into their, houses, caring for us, and making us comfortable. Never have we met a more kind hearted people. May God bless and reward them for their tender love and care for us. O Lord! we pray that the souls of those who are unsaved may yet be saved; and rewind all who love Thy children for their kindness.
Thus says the Lord, “Verily I say unto you, ye shall have your reward.” I thank God for the great grace He gave us in preaching His Word, and the abundant power of the Spirit, and revelation of His will. Bro. Samuel Speck, our yoke-fellow in the work, was wonderfully assisted by Divine grace in preaching the riches of this glory in Christ Jesus. Sister Alice Davis and Sister Nannie Donnell assisted in the meetings; also sister Ida Shaffer, and companion, who were all at their post, and valiant for the truth.
The number of souls who hath found and claimed the pardoning grace of God, numbers 30 up to the time of writing, 17 of the same has since sought and received sanctification. Many more I think would have been saved if the weather had been more favorable. But we say cheerfully, the Lord’s will be done. The Lord wonderfully blessed the services Sabbath, day and evening. The Lord made choice of Bro. David Farren to oversee the flock, and he was solemnly ordained by the laying on of hands, and prayer. May God bless him in his work, and strengthen him. May the dear saints all encourage him, and do their duly promptly, and by their holy Jives, prove that this is “the true grace of God wherein we stand.”
We closed the meeting Monday evening, and bade the dear saints and friends fare well, with much sorrow. May God bless them all forever. Amen!
Bangor, Mich., Nov, 18.
We have great reason to praise God for the good condition of the several Churches in this part of Michigan. The little ones are growing wonderfully in the Christian graces. Praise the Lord for His keeping power. Last Saturday my companion, sister Henry, and myself went to the Log house at Bro. Johnson’s, and held meeting in the evening. O it was glory in our souls to find the saints alive and praising God at that place. O glory to God for salvation!
Sabbath day there was meeting at half past 10, after which, three went forward in baptism. In the evening we had ordinance meeting at Bro. Cha’s. Griffin’s house, in which 60 partook; and there were several consecrations; and 62 testimonies were given in 35 minutes. The Lord is wonderfully manifesting His power in the salvation of souls, sanctification of believers, and establishing of the saints, and in preparing for the work of the ministry.
We expect to preach to the people at the Marble School-house in Cheshire township Allegan Co., one week from next Sunday. The people are hungry for the Gospel at that place. There is great need of more preachers to preach the straight Word in this part of Michigan.
My testimony is that I am enjoying sweet communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, sanctified, meet for the Master’s use, and kept by the power of Almighty God. Amen and Amen!
A. B. Palmer.
Dear Brethren: — May God bless you all for Jesus’ sake. Amen! I do praise God for the way He saves and keeps me all the time. I can say I am fully saved, and all on the altar that sanctifies me. Glory to Jesus forever and ever! Amen!
A brother from Clark’s Mills, and I went to Ohio, near Williamsfield, and the Lord wonderfully blessed us in speaking the Word of God, winch is the poser of God unto salvation. We found the people in gross darkness. We sowed the seed, and believe God will give the increase.
Glory to God! I stand all redeemed by the blood, with the high praises of God in my mouth, and the two-edged Sword in my hand. Praise ye the Lord!
Pray for me. Your Brother in Christ.
Z. R. Turner.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony this morning is, that I am saved and wholly sanctified just now. Glory to God! The Lord is still adding to the Church such as are being saved. Last Wednesday eve, Bro. Whitehead and I met with God’s dear children one mile east of Merrill, and one dear soul was reclaimed, and others were made to shout praises to our God.
Yesterday Bro. and Sister Drowley and I went seven miles north of Wheeler, and met with the little ones there. Five followed the footsteps of Jesus in baptism. Praise His holy name! In the evening we followed the Lord in the precious ordinances of feet-washing and the Lord’s Supper. God was with us in mighty power, and sinners were made to tremble on account of their sins. O praise God for ever and ever!
Pray for your brother in Christ.
D. J. Cross.
Grand Junction Mich. Dear Brethren: — As you all have read my testimony in the last Trumpet of my great affliction, and the goodness of my Heavenly Father to me, I feel it will be to the glory of God to add a few more words.
I stated that although I had no idea of attending the Assembly at Geneva Center, circumstances were so brought about that I was led to see it was all in accordance with the Divine plan. And during the meeting, this body which had been such a complete wreck for so many years, (though partially restored by the Lord before) was completely healed of all disease, by faith and prayer. It is wonderful, the strength the dear Lord has enabled me to exercise each day, both in household duties and in reading. I was unable to read for 15 years, and the greater part of that time could not bear any one to read aloud, even a verse in the Bible, which was the greatest cross I had; for my Bible was the Book of books to me. How I do thank God each day for His blessed Book, and for strength to read His precious promises. It is indeed manna to my hungry soul. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and goodness of God! How unsearchable are His riches, and His ways past finding out.
I do feel to praise God so much for the privilege of being able to lend a helping hand to others. All glory, and honor and praise to our great Physician! I do praise Him for His mighty healing power. He is ray complete Physician for both soul and body. How I do praise. His name for the sweet peace and joy He gives. The dear Lord is teaching me such sweet lessons of Divine truth; flooding my soul with wonderful light.
I attended an Ordinance meeting over a week ago. It was indeed a feast to my soul. I felt I wanted a witness from the Lord to know if I was worthy to partake of those sacred emblems. (For there is a solemn warning to those who partake unworthily). And while in prayer to God.
I could see by faith, my blessed Savior hanging on the cross, could see the blood pouring from His side, and felt it flowing over my soul, showing it had consumed all dross, and made me pure and white within.
I was so filled with the glory of God all the next day after the meeting, I could not work. I spent the day in singing, praying, and communing with my blessed Lord, How I do praise God for the blessed assurance He gives me each day and hour that I have an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away; that I am an heir of God, and a joint heir of Jesus Christ our Lord. O blessed relation! We have a wonderful Savior. Let others do as they may, as for me I will serve the Lord, He says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding.” “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Also “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”
I praise God, my whole trust is in Him. I am basking in the Sun-light of righteousness. My testimony is, I am saved from all sin, healed of all disease, and wholly sanctified to the Lord; willing to do, and go wherever He leads.
I am fully satisfied the Lord has a work for me to do. He will have no idlers in His vineyard. I am determined to be one of the soldiers in the army of my Lord, and I am so thankful for such a General. He is indeed the Captain of our salvation. Your Sister in the love of Jesus.
Mary R. Malcomson.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord, for the glory of God and he good of His cause, to write you my experience, and God’s dealings with my soul, through the teachings of His holy Wo6rd, and the leadings of His blessed Spirit; how I have been led out of the F. M. sect church on earth, into the glorious liberty of God’s dear saints, who belong to the Church of the First-born in Heaven.
I would like the readers of the Gospel Trumpet to understand and know, especially those that read it, who are yet in the sect, and carrying a sect yoke upon them, as I once did, that there is liberty, and freedom in Jesus, only outside of the sects, and cannot be found in them. Praise the Lord! The blessed Lord found me a very wicked and hardened sinner. Through a dear cousin and some honest souls in that place, I was led to the Savior in a prayer meeting. And I was made to rejoice in my Savior’s love, and lived in this way for a few days, then backslid by not taking up the cross and walking in the light. Like Paul of old, I became a persecutor of the religion of the Bible. But finally I was brought back into the fold of Christ. For a time I enjoyed myself quite well among the Methodist people, against whom I had been strongly prejudiced while attending the Presbyterian sect with my people, who were members of that sect, and are to-day without God, and without hope in Christ. By following the ways of man more than the ways of the Lord, like the other sects who were once a power for good, as were the old Scotch Covenantors, and the Lutherans under Martin Luther, and the Wesleyan Methodists under John and Charles Wesley, were once a pure and holy people. But where are they to-day? By following the isms and creeds of man, they have lost their first love, and are now cold, dead and formal; having a form without the power, as described in Rev. 3:16. The tendency of all those who are building upon wood, hay and stubble, or man made churches, and not upon Christ. In trying to build up some other name beside the name of Jesus, by glorying in the creature more than the Creator, as I have seen in the F. M. sect, and others, God is displeased, and the Spirit is grieved. The Lord cannot work, and souls get saved like they would if the people were of one heart and one mind in the Lord; as it is in God’s holy Church here on earth where His saints can see eye to eye..
I have had the blessed privilege of seeing a glorious work of God, of late; some 17 miles from here, near Fenwick, where sister White, one of God’s little ones, has been holding meetings assisted by myself and others in Christ. Some 17 souls in all, have come out from sect babylon, and abide in Christ, and I also, making 18 in all, having our names now enrolled in the Lamb’s Book of life. Glory to Jesus! I never saw such meetings. O the mighty out-pouring of the Spirit of God, and the demonstrations of His power in our midst. All I can say is, it was wonderful, wonderful! especially one morning when Sister White prayed for the whirlwind of God’s power to come down upon us. Her prayer was answered, the powers of darkness gave way, victory came. God’s little ones were wonderfully blessed. And among the rest was sister White, running around the house; five or six fell under the power and Laid some time.
We ate going to commence another meeting, the Lord willing, to-morrow night, at Caister Center, 5 miles from here. We want the prayers of the brethren, that God may come to our help against the mighty, that we may have victory in the name of Jesus, and that souls be saved and made happy in the Lord. After that we will go to Attereliff, where there is deep conviction on the people. We had a blessed meeting there last Lord’s day evening. They are very anxious for meetings; one old lady, a dear saint of God walks six miles every Sunday evening, when she is well enough. One of the worst infidels In Canada has been converted to Christ in that place, through sister White’s labors. All remember this faithful and humble servant of the Lord in your prayers, that she may he blessed and helped of the Lord in all her labors of love for the Master, and have many souls for her hire. Also pray for me, that I may obey God, and do His blessed will in all things, and that my body may be healed, so that I may accomplish more for God in His vineyard. I feel I am called to work for Him, in rescuing poor lost souls from hell, and the awful doom that awaits the wicked, and the ungodly.
I am in for war against all ungodliness, and wickedness in high, as well as low places. I never felt such a love for souls as I have of late, since I got this glorious liberty and freedom which I have in Jesus. Praise His holy name! I never before felt such a sinking out of self, into God. The last tie is severed, the last band is riven. Glory to Jesus! I am free in Jesus; free from every yoke but the yoke of Christ I have His yoke upon me, and find it easy, and His burden is light. Since I came out from under the sect yoke, I find it is one thing to say we have no other yoke but that of Christ, and quite another thing to have His yoke. We can’t carry two yokes at the same time, and be free in Jesus. I find there is victory in the cross, there is victory in the blood of Jesus. There is no other name given under Heaven, among men whereby we must be saved, only in the name of Jesus.
The cross of Christ I’ll cherish,
It’s crucifixion bear;
All hail reproach or sorrow,
If Jesus leads me there.
From your brother in Christ.
Dear readers of the Trumpet: — I wish to testify that I am saved this morning, and filled with the Spirit of God. And I bless God that I am free from all sin, and I just let God have His own way with me. I have no will of my own. I have given all to Jesus, and I will follow wherever He leads.
The Lord does bless His children wonderfully at this place, and we give Him all the glory. How I thank God for this narrow, thorny way, for this is the way our Savior trod. I am not discouraged; but I feel more like pressing on this morning than ever before. I have enjoyed more in my soul since I gave God my heart than I ever did in the world. I am satisfied with my experience, and the light shines brighter every day. Glory to Jesus for this wonderful salvation that makes ns free; and whosoever the Son makes free is free indeed. I give God all the glory for what He has done for me.
I remain your blood-washed brother, and desire the prayers of God’s people, that I stand steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the works of the Lord.
Frank B. Smith.
Dear Brethren: — Enclosed find $1.00 for the Trumpet. I have been much afflicted for the last year. I have not had the right faith to claim healing. Make me a special subject of prayer, that my body may be healed, and I may be blessed with the fulness of the Spirit of God, in order to work for the Lord. I am saying, here am I, heal my body and fill my soul with all the fulness of God. I was healed once before, in answer to Bro. Warner’s faith and prayer, and I believe I shall be healed again. I wish Bro. Warner and Bro. Fisher could come to Laclede Mo., and hold meetings, and lay hands on the sick, that they might be healed of the Lord. Bless the Lord! I can say, hallelujah to God, I believe on the Son, I am saved by the blood of the Crucified One.
Your Sister in Christ.
M. L. Sharp.
Dear Brethren: — I want to say for the glory of Christ that I was justified on the night of the tenth of January, 1874. Was perfectly blest, soul and body; in so much that Jesus all the day long, was my joy and my song. Old things had passed away, and all things became new to me; in fact it was a new world to me. Then I began to invoice the stock of the “old man.” The first thing was tobacco, the the next was whiskey and beer, hard cider, and all stimulants; cards, shows, fairs, festivals, lotteries, grab bags, and parties.
All these I cut from me, and took only God, Christ and the Holy Ghost. I traveled on in this way for three months, doing all for Christ that I knew how. I lived up to all the light and knowledge I had of Christ. Then I was led to seek sanctification, and sought and found the pearl, as a separate, second, distinct work wrought in my soul by the Holy Spirit. I lived this eight years, and then fell from grace.
I again confessed my sins, obtained pardon, and God baptized me anew. I am all the Lord’s, soul, body and spirit, and all that is within me, says bless His holy name! I am a definite, decided come-out- er, for Christ and His cause, and can sing with the poet,
“My all to Christ I’ve given,
My talents, time and voice,
Myself, my reputation,
The lone way is my choice.”
May God bless all the dear saints in all the world, with the Holy Ghost, and fire from God out of Heaven, is my prayer. Amen! Your brother in Christ.
Elias J. Hill.
Dear Brethren: — I am all the Lord’s, and He keeps me each moment and hour. The Lord called after me about three years ago and I yielded, but at last the devil defeated me and I fell, but last June I came back to Father’s house. I can say I am all sold out to Jesus; friends, time, and everything is all on the altar. I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God. O come poor sinner, come to Jesus. It is dangerous to delay. O it makes my heart ache to see poor sinners going down to Eternal destruction. O my Lord! save them before it is too late.
Your Brother, saved from all sin.
A. E. Clark.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
MONDAY, October l8th, we bade adieu to the blessed little Church of the Roush’s, and came over to Lindsey, about 15 miles to the south east. We’ had written a card to Bro, David Michell, and one to sister Elizabeth Walter, asking if there was a door open in that place, and whether we were desired to come and hold a meeting. The card reached them Saturday evening. Monday morning, we were led to come on without awaiting an answer, Monday noon, sister Walter took the card before the Lord, and was led to offer this prayer. “Lord if you want those people to come and hold a meeting, and can use them here, send them right on without me answering this card.” The prayer was speedily answered. A few moments later we drove up to their house, and greeted them in the Lord, realizing the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Bro, Michell lives two miles from their place. Bro. Walter and a neighbor hitched up their teams in the evening, and took us to Bro. Michell’s, gathering all they could haul, by the way. Bro. Michell had, a short time before our arrival, gone to God in prayer, and asked the Lord to send us on quickly, if He wished us to labor in that place. He felt the answer by the Spirit of God, and shortly we came thronging his house, and we had a glorious little meeting. Our souls were made to praise God when we heard several say that they wanted strong meat, and that they would receive it, no matter how strong, so long as it was the Word of God. Some of them however refused to walk in the light of Divine truth, even though they had to confess it was the Word of God. Principally through the labors of dear Bro. and sister Walter, quite a large praying band had been raised up in the country about them. Who, though nearly all had their names on the sect book, and had to pay “toll, tribute and custom,” to the kings of babylon beyond the river, — Ezra 4:13; 7:24, still worked quite independent of the sect. And God blessed their labors in the salvation of many souls. The priests of the sect opposed their work influenced all they could to stay away.
Sister Walter held meetings in the village of Lindsey, and God was working powerfully on many hearts. Then the anti-Evangelical preacher put his carnal, ecclesiastical foot down upon the work, and succeeded in closing every door against her. He seemed to fore-see the fact, that if the members of his sect should be led into a real experience of salvation, the sect pen would not hold them, and the tribute of the sect would be injured. More than once the voice of God called sister Walter to “come out from among them,” but she did not fully understand the Heavenly voice. Praise God! her soul is now free, and woe to the sect if she ever should fulfill these directions of God’s Word — “Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she says in her heart, I sit a queen, and km no widow, and shall see no sorrow.” — Rev. 18:6, 7.
The cold heel of bable priests trod ruthlessly upon her heart, and caused many tears to be bottled up in Heaven, as a testimony against them in the day of judgment.
Bro., and sister Walter, Bro. Michell and others bad charges served upon them by the sect priests, because they had a mind to work for God, and they, themselves were too dead and lazy to do anything for the rescue of lost souls. Bro. Michell was cast out. Sister W. through sickness was unable to attend trial. Praise God! The flaming Sword of Divine truth has driven the wicked ecclesiastical dragon back, and given place for the little ones to work in Lindsey again. A few families in the town are gloriously saved, and walking in the pure light, and several families in the country. Bless God! they are dear and faithful saints. Several were wholly sanctified, and all who received the Word of God, and declared their freedom from babylon, were wonderfully advanced in the Spirit and power of God, and filled with the joy of the Lord.
The Salvation Army were occupying a hall in town, and we procured the four nights in the week not occupied by them, for two weeks. The hall was crowded with hearers, and many received the Word which we believe will bring forth much fruit of salvation in the future. Some professors acknowledged the truth, but feared the king of babylon too much to rebell against his kingdom. Honest sinners also admired the precious Word of God. But of course sectarian sinners foamed and raged, growled and chafed. One at first confessed that we preached the truth, but that he needed more salvation to measure up to the standard. But instead of getting the “more grace,” he took in more devils, and let his tongue run for satan.
One night some sinners took several sect member’s names, to prosecute them before the mayor of the town, for misbehavior in the meeting. Among whom were two preacher’s wives, and the super-intendant of the Sabbath-school, of the Albright (more properly Alldark) sect. The mayor happening to be absent, so we were told, the matter was finally dropped.
Lindsey is cursed with preachers, and their ungodly wives. One day as we went up into the hall three preachers were counseling in the streets, doubtless against the Lord, and His Christ. Some of them came up into the hall in the night meetings, to take the worm wood, and water of gall, which the Word of God was to them.
Sons of professors threw mud and eggs at us, through the “wine of the wrath of for fornication,” infused by their parents.
God over-ruled these works of the devil, to show the saints more fully the spirit of fallen babylon, and to establish them more deeply in the truth. Some testified that they would have their heads cut off before they would go back on the truth, as it is in Christ Jesus. Saturday, Nov. 6th, the morning of the first snow for the season we went to Portage river, and two saints were “buried with Christ in baptism. The day was quite cold. Just before the people met, at the sister’s house where we had meeting that night, our souls were made to leap at the coming of dear Bro’s Chr. Soleather, Spacky, and Miller, from Jerry City; who had driven nearly forty miles that day through the cold and storm.
Praise God! A little later, in came five of the dear Roush brethren and sisters, who had driven about 20 miles to meet us Glory to Jesus! O how our souls did bum with the love of God, that knits together the hearts of the holy people. Oh the joy of this Heavenly fellowship.
Sabbath, the 7th, after a glorious meeting, 10 more followed the steps of Jesus, down into the cold watery grave, and came forth shouting His praises. O praise our God!
Thursday night, November 11th, we met in the house of dear Bro. and Sister Jacob Reed in Lindsey, and had a solemn little meeting. Three dear souls consecrated to God, one was reclaimed, and two claimed the sanctifying grace of God.
We then presented some Bible thoughts on the ordinances of washing the saint’s feet, and the Lord’s Supper. With our little company there were 23 took part in these sacred ordinances of the Lord’s house, not quite ail observed the former. Some from the country were not present.
The Lord bless these dear and faithful souls. Some of them have their names still in babylon, and it will be a test of their fidelity to God for them to demand their names off of the earthly record. But they very well know they must do it. The Lord? help all to walk in the light of God.
There is a desire for a camp meeting in this country next year. We hope it will come to pass, and believe it will be a glorious success. We feel that the Church here have a mind to work, and we expect to hear of their “exploits,” in the surrounding country.
Friday morning, Nov. 12, we took train to Bellevue Ohio. This is the first time we have had to take the train since leaving the Indiana grove meeting. The Lord having furnished us free transportation for over two hundred miles. Praise God! the hand of the Lord has been good upon us, and there is left behind us a line of praises to God, clear across the Black Swamps, and into Ind.
Here at Bellevue Ohio, we have finally over-leaped the black, rich, but muddy regions, and find ourselves in a very beautiful and sandy country.
While at Lindsey, we were led to go to Toledo, and return one monday. A Bro. being with ns, we were reading aloud some glorious testimonies in a Trumpet which we had just received; A friend sitting near enough to hear, was interested in the reading. He spake to us. We, learning that he. was on his way to see a doctor, for his afflicted daughter; we told him that Christ was the best Physician.
We told him something of God’s wonderful workings, and the tears rolled down his cheeks. The Spirit of God came upon us, and we felt that our meeting was ordered of God. After his return home he made arrangements for us to preach in a free chapel three miles west of Bellevue, and now we are here, and have been kindly received by unsaved friends, and we hope a glorious work of grace will result.
Possibly after through here, we may open up in the town of Bellevue, where our dear old friend lives, who invited us here. Let all the holy people pray earnestly for the salvation and healing of those dear friends, and for a glorious harvest of souls here.
Dear Bro’s. John U. and Alvin Bryant came to our reinforcement a few days ago, and sister Emma Miller, two weeks ago.
Praise God! we have a blessed company of workers filled with holy fire and song. Amen!
HEALED BY THE LORD.
DEAR BRETHREN, and all who read the Gospel Trumpet: — We are all saved, and sanctified, and kept by the power of God, and led by His Spirit, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Hallelujah!
The good Lord wants me to testify of His glorious work of healing. Last spring I was attacked with the heart disease which was brought on by hard work. The spell lasted about three hours. Since that time I have been troubled more or less, especially quite severely after working very hard.
I was led of the Lord to have the Elders of God’s Church lay hands on for my healing. I believe I suffered spiritually, because I did not obey the Scripture in this matter long before. The result was, I, as a believer in Christ’s Word, expected complete healing. Praise God! I told my wife a few days after, that my heart felt as though it had been anointed. True I have since some apparent symptoms, but that does not overthrow the Word of God. God wants a tried people, and it is good for our faith to be tried. After we were pardoned, and sanctified, satan also tempted us to doubt these experiences at times. Well, had you yielded to the tempter you would have lost your salvation. Just so, we must resist the tempter, when he suggests that we are not healed, and though we do feel some pains return, these are just to try our faith; but if we stagger not through unbelief, these all soon disappear.
The Word says, “If ye will not believe, ye shall never be established.” If you have hands laid on yourself, or one of your family for healing, and you do not believe the promise of God, you make God a liar.
What does the Word say? “Is any among you sick, let him call for the Elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.” — James 5:14, 15.
“The Lord shall raise him up.” It does not say the Elders will raise him up. But you send for them is your duty. They shall pray, lay on hands, anoint with oil, and believe, and to raise him up is God’s part.
My little boy eight years old, was troubled in the summer with heart disease, and we had hands laid on him the next Sabbath after I had, and the power of God was so upon him, that he said he could hardly walk. Praise God ! The effect was of course, the child was healed. He told me to-day that he is well. Glory to God! I know that the Lord is well pleased with this testimony, for I feel His love burning in my soul.
Your brother in the anointed Jesus.
E. B. Lyon.
SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS.
Thursday night, Nov. 4th, Bro. Chr. Soleather at Jerry City O., looked up in the sky about eight o’clock and saw these letters, “P GOD I I.” He called out his family and all stood awe stricken and viewed the sight, and one of the family wrote down the letters. This surely must contain a message to the eyes that witnessed it. The P. we should think stood for Praise. The word God was written in full, Praise God. But to apply the two I’s is more difficult. Were there three we should understand at once, that the command was enjoined by I, the Triune God. Possibly the I I stood for the two parents of the family. “I must praise God.” God bless the family! and may they all be ready for the coming of the Lord, of which the strange sight is a sign that it is near and Christ is at the door. Praise God! So come Lord Jesus. Amen!
St James Mo.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I feel led by the Spirit to write my testimony. Glory to God! He has saved and sanctified me, and my wife. Praise His holy name! I am in the work most of the time. We are having good meetings here, and the Lord is leading a few out of babylon into the Bible way. Last Sunday we had a Holy Ghost meeting, after which we went to the water, and nine dear ones followed Jesus down into the water and were bulled with Him in baptism. They came forth with shouts of praise. We then met and partook of the ordinances. The Lord was with us in power; we were filled with the Holy Ghost as on the day of Pentecost. Glory to God for His wonderful works to the children of men! The next morning two presented themselves for healing. We complied to the Word of God in laying on hands, and the Lord answered before we called, we all were lost in Jesus. O glory to God! The power came on all that were in the house. Two more received Holy Holy Ghost. Glory to God! the Lord has poured out the Holy Ghost here, and the devil is stirred.
We are saved from sin, from babylon, and from the world. Praise the Lord! The very God of peace sanctifies me wholly, and the blood of Christ cleanses me from all sin. Glory to God for His wonderful love! I am on the high way of holiness, sounding forth the Trumpet. We belong to the Church of God, and are kept by His power. Pray for us.
A. E. Lewis.
Dear Brethren: — May the Lord bless you and all the holy saints scattered abroad. I do rejoice in Christ my Rock and defence. Rejoice all ye saints of God, for the Lord truly has risen. The God of Israel is shaking every sectarian and sinner; yea the enemies of holiness do feel it.
I rejoice in the liberty wherewith Christ has made me free. O praise the Lord that so many are willing to come to the truth, as it is in Christ Jesus.
O my heart is melted with His pure love. Praise God for the great victories won by the Lord at every assembly of the saints. God is raising up His free children all over the earth, if only one in a place. One is a host with the Lord.
Dear saints, may our prayers beneath the throne be as one child pleading for the unsaved. O how my heart bleeds for sin-bound souls. O that we might have such faith as the dear saints, when praying for Peter to be liberated. There are many prison wails at this place that could be shaken. O Lord! send Thy messengers of truth to this place.
O it is glorious to enjoy the perfect freedom which we have in Christ; no sect boundary. Glory to God! It will soon be a year since I gave all to God. The year seems to me as but a week, and the week as a day. The Sabbaths come and go too soon. My heart melts down into thankfulness, and says, what a debtor, and Jesus paid it all. May God sanctify this to His glory, and ever keep me pure and humble. Dear ones, all remember me in your prayers, also this place.
Your sister in Christ, trusting in God.
Clara A. Kinney.
Dear Brethren: — My soul is full of glory this morning. Praise God for this glorious salvation! I do love to talk of Jesus. The saints in these parts are full of the Spirit; praising God most of the time. As I was reading the Trumpet to-night, the Lord God Almighty let the fire from Heaven down on me, and all there is in my heart is glory to God! The devil is raging here, as usual, but the Word says resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. The Word of God is true. Glory to Jesus! I thank the Lord to-night for the mighty healing power. Praise the Lord! I do feel more determined than ever to make Heaven my home, after this shadow of life passes away. Glory be to our God!
The Lord has saved my soul, and He has healed my body. Praise His holy name! I am on my journey home; let the world persecute me ail they wish to, glory to God! the Word of God says “when I am for you, who can be against you.” O! glory to King Jesus, forever and ever! I am reigning above everything that is of the devil. I am so happy there is no time for trouble. What is there to trouble a true follower of God? Nothing, for he is free from sin, O praise God! I will praise Him whether the devil likes to hear it or not.
Dear brethren, pray for me, that I prove faithful in this glorious wav. The gravers of a righteous man availeth much. Your Bro. in Jesus, saved, sanctified, and kept by the mighty power of God.
Rome City, Ind.
I do praise God for the blessed privilege of writing to the Gospel Trumpet readers, trusting the Spirit of God leads me this after-noon. Praise the Lord! He has pardoned all my sins, then I consecrated my all to Him Praise the Lord! I am sanctified to-day, and am under the blood. Glory to Jesus! He keeps me by His power, filled with the Holy Spirit. My all is on the altar, and I am ready to do as the Lord wills; for I have no will of my own. My will is the Lord’s, praise His holy name!
Praise God for salvation that is free for all who will accept it. I do praise the Lord that He led me to go to the grove meeting at Antwerp Ohio, though the devil is hard at work through some of the sect members, telling me to use some judgment, and not praise the Lord all the time, so the people will think I am crazy. Praise the Lord! He sanctified me in March, but I did not testify to it, and did not understand it as I do now. Glory! Glory!! to Jesus. He saves me just now, I have no fears. Praise the Lord! by faith, through grace, we are saved. I will praise the Lord forever.
Pray for me. Your sister, saved and sanctified.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led this morning to write my testimony. I am saved just now from all sin, and kept by the power of God, ready to do His will in all things.
I do praise God for what I feel in my soul just now. O praise God for a salvation that we can feel — a salvation that will make us rejoice amidst the trials, persecutions, and afflictions of this life. We are having glorious meetings at all of the different points. One week ago last Sabbath we attended meeting at the tabernacle, at Geneva Center. God met with us in might and power. After preaching Bro. Grover requested all who wished for more power with God to come to the altar. Eleven came down before God, and all seemed to be greatly blessed. Cast Lord’s day, Bro. Grover talked to the people at the Sinkler school house, two and one halt miles south of Covert. After the sermon eight dear souls consecrated to God. Praise God! the work is going right On in spite of the devil.
God bless all the dear saints, and keep them in the unity of the Spirit, and in the bonds of peace and love. Your Bro. saved through the Everlasting Covenant, and kept by the power of God.
A. H. Coon.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for the privilege of writing my testimony. I sin saved and sanctified by a second work of grace, and kept by the power of God, ready to be revealed in the last time. Satan has tried hard to overthrow our faith, but glory to God! while he is roaring without, we have that complete peace within, which is manna to the soul. O praise God for this wonderful deliverence from all foul spirits which are made manifest in the last days. Well, glory to God for a perfect salvation full and free! It is wonderful how God has kept His little ones here, and fills them with His glory when they come together in His name. The Church meets twice a week here, and the glory of God fills our souls, and we are made to sound the high praises of our Lord, while those that worship the sect beast are made to gnaw their tongues for pain. Satan has tried hard to destroy the work of God here by trying to destroy the unity between God’s children. But glory to God! He is making all things manifest, and the sifting is still going on. We pray God that it may continue till nothing but the clean wheat shall remain. Hallelujah! I am willing to be measured with the golden reed which measures every one, which is the Word. Rev. 21:15. Praise God for the true light that now shineth! Pray for us that our faita fail not.