1 February 1888, Volume 9, Number 22.

Picture of Hell


By Joun P. Haner.

In hell he lifted up his eyes,
Where mercy never come:
In flames of everlasting woe,
For ever there to roam.

And Abraham he saw far off.
Poor Lazarus in his home,
Enjoying life, eternal bliss,
With angels round the throne.

And now to Abraham he cried,
Let Lazarus to me come:
In water now his finger dip,
To cool my parching tongue,

But Abram said, remember son,
In life good things you had,
While now in hell you weep and wail,
You’re wretched, poor, and sad.

While Lazarus then in life was poor,
While lying at your gate:
Desiring to be fed with crumbs
That fell from off your plate.

But then on him with scorn you looked,
While lying in that state,
The dogs they came and licked his sores,
Which helped to seal your fate.

And now from him let’s warning take.
And shun that awful lake
Of fire and brimstone now prepared
For all who do not wake.

The horrors of an endless death
Must surely all endure,
Who will not Jesus Christ accept.
And then in heart be pure.

For you will find it written now
Within the Word of God,
That without holiness no one
Can ever see the Lord.

For blessed are the pure in heart,
In Matthew five, and eight;
He taught us how we all must live,
To outer through the gate.

O come to Him without delay,
No time you have to lose.
According to the signs of time,
The world is soon to close.

Then into hell will all be turned
Who do not God obey,
Repent, believe, and be baptized,
And wash their sins away.

Then consecrate yourself to God,
A living sacrifice,
Be not conformed unto this world,
With Him be crucified.

Now sanctified to God complete,
You’re ready for the stake:
And whether now in life or death,
You do not dread that lake.

You have the victory over death,
And all the powers of hell;
For every thing at Jesus’ name,
Must bow, in earth that dwell.

You must repent then or be damned,
With all the regions lost,
Who weep and wail and gnash their teeth.
In outer darkness cast.

Some tell us now there is no hell,
Nor any such a place:
That wicked men are only sent
Away from God’s pure face.

The last report we have from there,
Was brought by Jesus Christ;
He tells us of the sad bewail
Of all who dwell in night.

So if they have a later one,
We too would love to know:
If Jesus Christ has changed His Word,
No one has let us know.

They tell us now that God’s too good
To damn a soul in hell,
For that would be unjust, unkind,
They say, and say it well.

For God, He does not damn a soul,
In this, I say, they’re true:
For every man, his own sins damn
And make him wretched too.

There’s one way only to escape,
And that’s through Jesus Christ,
Accept this way before you now,
And he forever blest.

The devil says, don’t be so fast!
For you there’s plenty time,
To make your pence with God before
You leave this world behind.

O wretched, subtle foe of hell!
A lie he only speaks,
The enemy of all that’s good,
Destruction only, seeks.

O soul! O soul! my brother, man,
A warning from me take:
I love you all, God knows I do,
Escape for Jesus’ sake.

If I could only take you now
By faith unto the cross,
Where Jesus died for you and me,
To purge away the dross

But O my God! my God! I cry,
It seems so strange to me,
That men will die and go to hell,
Before they’ll bend the knee.

And now I pray to God my King,
That you may all repent;
And meet me round the blessed throne,
To all, this message sent.

Urbana, Kansas.



I saw all angel fly in the midst of heaven having the everlasting Gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” — Rev. 14:6.

Angel, here, means God’s pure ministers. We know all that are in Heaven are pure, and as John saw in the future, this blessed evening light, he also saw the oneness in Christ when he saw this angel or messenger flying in the midst of the ecclesiastical heaven, “saying, Fear God, and give glory to Him that created all things.”

Now this one angel means all of God’s holy ministers, for they are all one, and they are gathering together His elect from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other. — Matt. 24:31. And the wings of these angels are what Nahum prophesied, saying, “the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of His preparation, (i.e., preparing the Bride, the Lord’s wife, that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together all things in Christ into one body. — Eph. 1:10.) “And the fir trees shall be terribly shaken, the chariots shall rage together in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broadways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings. — Nahum 2:3-6. This is a true prophecy of the R. R. cars, for in Vr. 5, is the conductor that counts his worthies (or the passengers) after the train passes each station to see if all have paid their way. “And they stumble in their walk.” Now this is all fulfilled, so that God’s ministers can go to every nation and preach the everlasting Gospel of the kingdom, and then shall the end come: but not before; fit sect doctrine has been preached, but this blessed evening light must be published to all nations for a witness unto them. — Mark 13:10.

In the first place, God calls us to preach, for Paul says, how can a man preach except he be sent? Of course He first calls, then He sends him. But He says, tarry a while till ye be endued with power from on high. Illustration. A father called his son John, and he said: “here I am father, what do you want?” Sir I want you to take this sickle and go and help your brother George harvest to-day. “Well I will go, but wait a while until we sharpen the sickle.” And this fulfills what John saw, a sharp sickle to reap the earth, which is the whole Word of God, sharper than any two-edged sword. Well, but where do God’s ministers get their license to preach? Do they have to go to conference? No Praise God! Turn to Matt. 28:19, 20, and there you will find the license that God gives His ministers. “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever. I have commanded you, and Io I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

Well he will have to study to speak properly, and read books surely. Yes, we can have a very common education, and then study to show ourselves approved of God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. — 2 Tim. 2:15. Well I see some that write their sermons on paper, then read them to the people. Is this the way? No. “For this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord, I will put my laws in their hearts, and in their minds will I write them, (and not on paper) — Heb. 10:16; also 8:10.

Now when we have the above authority or license to preach, we need not be afraid when we go in a strange country, for if a man has license and sermons on paper he may lose them and have to go home without preaching. So let us have our license from above, and our names registered in the Lamb’s book of life. Well according to this there is not many, well educated, and noble called, for God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Now please tell me how can the foolish, ignorant, unlearned preach, in order to confound the wise? Let the Lord answer. “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which, all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” —  Luke 21:15. Proof. If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not, and it SHALL be given him. — James 1:5.

Well how can a man recollect so muck even after he reads and studies the Word of God? The Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in ray name, HE shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. — John 14:26. And this anointing must abide in us if we desire to be good ministers, nourished up in the words of faith whereunto we have attained. Now there are differences of administration, but the same Lord. — 1 Cor. 12:5. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God, If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability that God gives him, that God in all things may be glorified. — 1 Peter 4:11. I know, according to the Scriptures that all ministers are not gifted alike, but let every man abide in the calling wherewith he is called. — 1 Cor. 7:20. If a man is called to travel in the ministry, let him go in the name of the Lord; but if he is called to preach at home, do so, that the ministry be not blamed. For I have found several that have made shipwreck of their faith, because they were ignorant of satan’s devices, for the devil is seeking whom he may devour, and if he can devour preachers it is bis delight. I have learned one of his devices among preachers, that is, if a man is called to travel in the ministry, satan will do all he can to keep him at home, and even whisper, saying, you had better preach at home, and even make them believe it is God’s will for them to stay at home. And on the other hand, those who are called to preach at home, satan comes to them saying, you ought to go and travel in the ministry, but when they go they make a failure. Then he whispers, saying, now you see you was not called to preach. Some of this sort have backslidden. This is vanity and vexation, and a hinderance to the work of the Lord. Another thing I have noticed, that some are so wonderfully saved and filled with joy that they say, well I am going to forsake all, and go and preach. Even some sisters who have little children, declare they have to go and preach. Now if this be the case Christ’s yoke is heavy and His burden is heavy. But it is to the contrary, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. If they were all preachers where were the Body? For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office, so we being many are one body in Christ. — Rom. 12:4, 5. Now if satan can get some to believe that if they are saved they do not have to work, he is well pleased, for he well knows that a person can’t be lazy and retain salvation. Now this I say, lot God set the members in the body, who gives us gifts differing according to the measure of the gift of Christ, and keep our hands off of God’s business, and just be satisfied wherever God puts us, if it is only a door keeper. And let not the door keeper despise the preacher, and let not the traveling preacher ask one that God wants at home to go with him, and let every one improve his own talent, and not let satan get you to want one another’s talent, for we are a Spiritual building. Now if you are a brace you are too short for a plate, and if a plate, a little too small for a sill, and if a rafter, too weak for a joist, etc. I am walking with God and delight in His ways.

Isaac Key.




MAN can be good, or live without sin in this life. One of the worst, and most deceptive doctrines of the devil taught by carnal ungodly preachers, who keep the people in heathen blindness, is that man can not be good, or live without sin in this life. It is far easier for carnal men and women to believe the carnal preacher than to believe the truth of the Spirit and Word. But says the Apostle, “They, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise. But we dare not make ourselves of the number, or boast of the things, without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach unto you. O may we as the ministers of God, speak as the oracles of God. It matters not what our opinion may be, this will not be acceptable to God in the dreadful day of His wrath. Our experience must accord with the Word of God.

Who are the children of God? He that hears the Word of God and does it. One of these carnal professors of the M. E. sect, came to cur meeting so drunk on the wine of babylon that he began to spew right in the congregation while we were preaching the Word, and said he did not like to hear us blaspheme the M. E. church, nor any other denomination: he also said there is none good but God. The devil gave him transformed light, and tried to prove that a man could not live in this life without sin. But the poor blind sectarian did not know he was blaspheming against God, and His Word, by not knowing how to rightly divide the Word, and said that some said they were sanctified, but he did not believe it, and went on to such a rate that we had to rebuke the devil in the name of Jesus, and closed the meeting. We now give the Scriptures. O may God help us to rightly divide the Word, giving to each his portion. “And behold one came and said unto Him, Good master, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? And He said unto him Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God.” — Matt. 19:16, 17.

Now Jesus wanted to show the difference between a natural man as they thought He was, and God in man as He was. So they have the same blindness to-day about us being good men and women.

Now there is none of us good of ourselves, but it is God in us that makes us good. For we are pure even as He is pure when we are cleansed from all of our sins. Jesus said unto him, If a man love me he will keep my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. — John 14:23.

So you see that he that thinks he can’t be good, or live without sin is of the devil, for the devil sins from the beginning. — 1 John 3:8. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God, as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters says the Lord Almighty. — 2 Cor. 6:16-18. So you see in these verses God says He will dwell in us. Then it is God in man. But we have to first come out and be separate, or clean, before we can be good men and women. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever!

We find in Romans a text that blind babylonians use to condemn living without sin. As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is none that doeth good, no not one. — Rom. 3:10, 12. Where is it written? We find it in the Psalms 14th and 53rd chapters. The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from Heaven unon the children of men to see if there were any that did understand and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are altogether become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no not one: Have all the workers of in iquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. There were they in great fear. God is in the generation of the righteous. Psalms 14:1-5.

So you see there is two classes of people spoken of in this chapter, the natural man, and the righteous man. The devil is in the natural man, and God in the righteous.

Hallelujah to God for the true light that enables us to rightly divide His word, giving both saint and sinner their portion.

Well we will go back to Matt. and see if Jesus says anything more about a good man there. Jesus says a good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. — Matt 12 35.

A good man showeth favor and lendeth, he will guide his affairs with discretion. –  Psalm 112:5. Do good O Lord unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. — Psalm 125:4. That thou mayest walk in the way of good men and keep the paths of the righteous. — Prov. 2; 20. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delighteth in his ways. – Psalm 37:23. The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways, and a good man shall be satisfied from himself. — Prov. 14:14. And behold there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor, and he was a good man and a just. – Luke 23:50. For he was a good man and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith, and much people were added unto the Lord. — Acts 11:24. Unto the pure all things are pure, but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure, but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. —  Titus 1:15, 16. If the devil could get every one to disbelieve God’s Word, every poor soul would be lost. But glory to God for a few honest souls who by the grace of God believe and obey His Word. They have obtained the salvation which is of God with eternal glory. But a great many believe a lie that they may be damned.

Let us speak His Word in spite of the devil. For we are not as many who corrupt the word of God, but as of sincerity but as of God in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Well Hallelujah to God and the Lamb for ever and ever! I am saved by the blood of the Lamb, set free by the truth, led by the Holy Ghost, kept by the power of God, ready to be revealed in the last time, out on the sea of glass where none can walk but the pure in heart.

I am saved by power Divine,
I am Thine, entirely Thine,
Jesus now from sin sets free.
Sanctifies and cleanses me.

John P. Barley.

Vichy, Mo.


Roanoke, Ind.

Dear Brethren: – I do praise God for what I feel in my soul. Glory to Jesus for His saving and keeping power. I do praise God for what He has done for me, and for my companion, in leading us out in this glorious evening light. Praise His holy name for ever and ever! If I had ten thousand tongues I could never tell enough of this wonderful love. O how I do praise God that He ever led me as He did. Hallelujah to Jesus for this wonderful salvation. I have the glory in my soul all the time. Praise His holy name! I can never forget the place and time when I was at the first ordinance meeting with the saints of God. I do glorify the Lord that He ever led me to this meeting, and for what I heard out of His Word, and then above all, I praise Him for what I realized in my soul. Tongue can not tell the glory I felt in my soul the last night of the meeting, and of the wonderful change that took place in me, and the glorious light that God let shine into my heart. I do praise Him for keeping me all this time, and filling my soul with His love and power. Glory to Jesus for ever!

I also rejoice in the Lord for what He has done for my companion, in bringing her out into this glorious light. Glory to Jesus! He has made us one in His love, for which I praise His holy name!

Dear saints, were I to try to tell you how we are treated here since we came out in this blessed evening light, I could not do it, and it would do no good if I could, for I know that you have a good idea how it is. We only ask you all to pray for us, that we may be kept humble at the feet of Jesus, and filled with His love and power day by day. May the Lord be with you all is my prayer. From your brother and sister, saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God.

J. W. & M. B. Zent.

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THE following is a copy of a letter sent by the author to L. H. Johnson, of Toledo O. Editor of the Stumbling Stone with the request that he would publish and answer the same through the Columns of his paper. But this he stoutly refused to do, and said that I might get it and his answer published if I chose to. So I sent to him for my letter but he would not send me the letter, and so I have done my best to reproduce it. And though it is not the same verbatim perhaps, still it is not, materially changed, and I challenge L. H. Johnson, or any one else to show that it is. “Truth is mighty, and must prevail,” despite the howling opposition of all the self deceived false prophets in the land, who hate God and His truth, and who will like the church of Rome not allow it a hearing if possible.

Dempster Tower.

Millville, N. J. Nov. ’87.

Bro. L. H. Johnson — Dear Sir, The cause of truth in which we claim to be engaged is one in which it becomes quite necessary for us to weigh and study well the far reaching and eternal influence of a single word or of a single move made in any direction whatever. Much more that of greater and weightier movements and efforts put forth for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom on earth, and the destruction of sin, error, and the darkness of night. So making it very necessary for us to know exactly what we are doing, and what we are not doing.

And this if you will believe me is the most prominent if not the only incentive which has induced me to write to you on this occasion as I am now doing.

The feeling of moral responsibility winch I now have and which perhaps or rather undoubtedly infests the bosom feelings of all who are in any wise and to any extent, interested in Divine truth and the things of God and eternity; — are simply inexpressible. And so I merely say. Oh God! guide thou me in these and all other matters by Thy divine hand, through this wilderness of teaching, notions, doctrines, and the mystical ideas of man as v. s. those of God.

We have been receiving your paper the “Stumbling Stone,” now for many years, and have always read most of it. But I trust you will excuse me for saying that, though for some time I could not say but that it was in the main a good paper all the time, still at the same time in justice to myself and my honest convictions, I must say that in all this time I could not endorse all of its teachings nor give it my hearty and unlimited approval, because of the error taught and the harm thereby done. I wrote you a letter once to that effect, and you tried to explain it all away. And to your own mind perhaps quite well succeeded; but never wholly so to mine. And now if you have no objection, and you Surely cannot have if you are honest, as I hope and trust you are: I will show you some of the things that are now, and have been during the past coming up before my mind and demanding and OBTAINING a hearing. And which are, I am sorry to say convincing me that, you are not? Yes not yet free from the coils of Babylon yourself, i. e., free from sectishness or a sectarian spirit.

First, however it becomes necessary for us to recognize the fact. 1st that real sectishness or sectarianism is a PRINCIPLE and not a theory or a theology. Is the mother of the latter and not the daughter of it. 2nd. That the real and only true primary source of divisions among Christians (i. e., sectism) is carnality in the heart; and that it cannot exist where carnality is not. 3rd. That consequently the cure and the only I cure for sectism is heart purity.

I am aware to be sure that this has been your teaching on this important subject in a kind of blind way, and that for you to deny the truth of the same would be to place yourself to a certain extent in direct opposition to the tenor of your theology and teaching for years. As also to furnish no care for the evil. And so I have little doubt bat that you will not do so. But to the subject.

I perhaps never can tell you with what horror and surprise I was seized when I saw in the last “Stumbling Stone” what I shall relate farther on, as well as what I have been seeing and observing before.

You, it seemed to me were culminating into a sect as really, as stealthily, and as openly as any one on earth. And for this reason needed — that being so — to be withstood with as much tenacity as any one rise on earth. Because “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and against powers, &c.

Now the first thing I wish to speak of in this connect ion is this, viz. The sect principle, germ, embryo, or spirit you seem to manifest in your writing on the ordinance question. In openly and unrelentingly attacking the doctrine through the the columns of your paper, without allowing your opponents an equal opportunity of answering your arguments, assertions, etc. though the same medium, as you did brother Hinkle. Thus showing yourself to be biased in your, principles and unfair, awl unjust in your dealings with the advocates of divine truth.

While the Ed. of “The Free Methodist” was bitterly, rightly and justly denounced by all come-outers as being sectarian in the highest degree, which no doubt was true, and as one Editor had it, guilty of “devilish injustice” for doing the very same thing on the sect question which you do on the ordinance question. And as it is a poor rule which does not work both ways we can but judge that a like misdemeanor on your part should receive and richly deserves a like denunciation by all.

Now it may be surprising to you how I can thus write to you; but I cannot but think that you will take no exceptions to it when I tell you that I cannot help it. I must say “Fiat justitia ruat coelum.” And so I only ask that you will be so kind as to give my objection and criticism a fair and candid consideration, weighing the matter over from a Scriptural unbiased standpoint, forgetting entirely the instrument whom God may be using to show you your error, as he is but a worm of the dust, and that you will bow before Almighty God and accept His truth at any cost, and at all hazzards.

2nd. You say in your last “Stumbling Stone” in the announcement of your convention at your chapel in Toledo that all who are in love with the truth? are invited to come? No! But that all who are in love with the truth “We” publish are invited to come. How sectish! and biased this is, Could you, do you think, have made it more so had you tried ever so hard? Could you indeed have crowded more of the soul destroying, God-dishonoring bane of “devilish” sectarianism into one so short a sentence in any other way? Surely I think you couldn’t.

Now if that convention is God’s convention, there will be no difference or distinction made between those who agree with you and those who do not. You will have no more authority over it than any one else, and God will be glorified in the abasing of His instruments and the magnifying of Himself. God has no human bosses on earth simply because He wants none, and because He heeds hone. Nor does He delight in seeing men make such of themselves either. — Matt. 18:1-5; 13:11-13.

I am indeed sorry to be obliged thus to denounce you, but as the cause of God and truth seem, to demand it 1 can but comply of course. For I trust I am no respector of persons in this or any other matter, and so what I have said I trust I have said in the spirit of love and sincerity, and with due deference for your advanced age and quite extensive learning, which is of course far in advance of mine, and which would, did learning avail much in divine things, place you in a much more advantageous position than the one which I now hold undoubtedly.

But now as to the remedy for these things or rather this slate of soul. I have already alluded to that, and it is simply this, The entire sanctification of our souls, bodies and spirits to Christ for time and eternity, and which will undoubtedly a thousand times better fit any one to fulfill their calling on earth, and discharge their duty toward God and man. But you, I fear, are deadly opposed to this the only remedy, while you certainly are afflicted with the deadly malignant disease. But I must go on. I fain would close my letter right here, but there are other things coming up before my mind for a hearing, of which I must it seems, make some mention, and so I continue.

1st, I was some time ago forcibly struck with the impropriety of denominating your hymn hook “Stumbling Stone Hymns” as it the Editor of the “Stumbling Stone” intended them for the readers of the “S. S.” only. Or as if he wanted all to understand that they were compiled especially for the use of “Stumbling Stone (?) Come-outers (?) and are the only recognized hymn book of such a people. Thus manifesting the same sectish spirit as ever, even in the matter of a hymn book. How, if I may ask, did you come to do such a thing? Can it indeed be that this is all an oversight? Surely I could hope that it were, but even then it follows that you must be awful blind to the dangers of this evil.

Your paper, you should remember, is but one of the many good papers which are every one of them just as much the organ of the come out cause, if I may so speak, as your own, and demands just as much recognition as such. There’s no monopoly business in this matter, no selfish interest. No “my” paper, or hymn book of the same.

2nd. You and some other come out Editors seem to take the liberty to withhold the names and addresses of your correspondents whose letters you publish in your paper. Now it is clear that there can be nothing wrong in so doing provided the motive is a good one. Or rather, perhaps it is wrong only as there is a principle of wrong involved in your motive for so doing. Which, as I understand it, is to keep from other Editors and publishers the names and addresses of your subscribers lest they should, on being able to do so, send them some of their publications which might not any of them agree with you in their teaching, while some of them might even teaches “doctrine of devils.” But what is that to you? What if some of them do teach even more error than you can? Can you by your way of doing stop, it? You say you will protect your readers against it, &c.

Ah! Indeed! And who placed your readers, or subscribers in this special sense under your special protection? Or in other words, Who made you “lord over God’s heritage? To say what publications (your own of coarse) your subscribers shall read and what they shall not read (most others) with as much imperialism as the “Church of Rome” or the “Spanish Inquisition.” Surely you are reaching the height of sectarianism and bigotry in a hurry. And I would very humbly suggest that unless you intend vieing with the mother sect in such matters it is about time you were holding on, a little at least.

You may say that you have a perfect right so to do. Well to be sure there is no civil law to prevent you from doing so. But there is a righteous law as old as the hills which prohibits all men from exercising a selfish policy toward their fellow men in any matter. And so I conclude that if you are a subject of righteous law, you will obey its dictation in this matter as much as in any other. While on the other hand if you claim to be governed in such matters by the law of might, why you simply make void the former, and show yourself to be carnally minded. That you are not the only Ed. who is guilty of this misdemeanor I am well aware, but that they can have no better excuse than you for their conduct, I am also quite well satisfied of from the fact that a come-out Editor up ill Pennsylvania who had sent to me and borrowed all the old “Swords” I had to copy the names of Bro. Dolan’s correspondents from them, when spoken to about the impropriety of his withholding names, simply said that it was necessary for him to do so in order to protect his readers (or words to that effect) Great protection that! I wonder if he had obtained the consent of his readers to accept of his protection, and so allow him to do their thinking for them. He surely hadn’t mine, though I believe he recognizes me as one of his readers. For I, for one, intend to read and think for myself, and to allow no one to do so for me. Now why not place your paper along side of other publications and allow the people to choose for themselves as to who is right and who is not?

And then if they choose the very paper which you think is entirely wrong why just let them have it. If you with all your ransomed powers are unable to dissuade them from it, or convince them differently, it is simply because they are cither in the right or so far gone from the right as to be almost unrecoverable and so let them go after you have done your whole duty toward them. You seem to be willing to allow the people to decide who is right and who not in your controversies with an opponent. And now surely if this policy is a good one in one case, why not in another? Let’s be consistent anyhow what ever else we do. 3rdly. I am equally opposed to all sin, not even excepting the gnat of a sin tobacco which is now sending some thousands of our American youths annually to premature and to say the least semi drunkards graves at the enormous cost of $600.000.000 annually. Besides schooling in drunkenness tremors and indecency those who use it and polluting the temple of God generally etc, etc. You say that you are too. But you seem never to have either the grace or gift to say much of anything about this great heathen evil in your paper. It seems to consume so much of your time and means to write down ordinances and fight the Holiness Cause or issue for such it is. On which subject your writing is so clouded with the darkness of – I was going to say — HEATHEN MYSTICISM, that there are but a very few who can get any understanding out of it whatever. I have often been told myself that you do not believe in holiness simply because you continually and unrelentingly attack what you call the Ssecond blessing of holiness theory without teaching any thing on the subject yourself. So now if you do not wish to be misunderstood on this subject, you had better come out and let your colors be seen.

Another thing you manifest your worldly state of mind in your wagering about truth. Offering to do thus and so if some one will come to Toledo and convince you and your hearers of any error you may be in, and vice versa if he does not succeed in convincing you, but you convince him.

Now such proceedings are belittling to yourself and disgraceful to the cause of God and shows more of the spirit of the world than of God. As to the work you are doing, I would say that you should remember Jehu of old who cut off the heads, of the false prophets which act was in the heart of God. But he followed not God with all his heart, and so got his reward all in this world instead of the next, where true sanctified believers get theirs. And also the instance of Naaman, who was a mighty man of valor, but who also was a leper, and consequently needed cleansing, and got it when he was willing to come down and accept of God’s Word as revealed by the prophet of God. And O how richly paid he was for so doing too.

But I must hasten to close. As to your error on the ordinance question, I have become thoroughly convinced that you are in the dark, and the verses which you use to show them abolished do not have any reference whatever to the Christian, but to the Jewish ordinances as is shown by the immediate context in each case.

Bro. Cooper of “Truth Crashed” is fully able I am persuaded to show you your error if you are honest and in a condition to be convinced at all.

But I must close. Hoping that you will take no exceptions to any of the above, but that you will give it your careful consideration, and if you attempt an answer through the columns of your paper, that you will

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have the kindness to publish all of this letter, and publish it just as it is. I challenge you to do so. Very respectfully.

Dempster Tower.


We have often observed that the venders of error are afraid to give the name and address of their correspondents. This has been continually the case with the Stumbling Stone, and is also the practice of the anti-ordinance paper in Pa. We have been forced to the conclusion that those editors do not have full confidence in the doctrine they are advocating, and they dare not allow their deceived disciples the privilege of hearing the same refuted. With spiritual minds, who know the truth, there is a vast distinction, a sharply defined gulf between truth and error, after all that deception and sophistry can do to cloak error in the garb of truth. So the man who knows by the light of God in his soul, that he is teaching the pure truth of God, and knows by the bliss of holy fellowship, that those who stand in oneness with Him, are saved illuminated of God, has no fears that some one will send his readers something that will overthrow their faith. Largely by personal acquaintance, and throughout by correspondence we know that the readers of the TRUMPET in general are men and women who are filled with the baptismal fire of the Holy Spirit, and having this unction from God, they are no more liable to drink the unsanctified spirit, and the unscriptual doctrine of the Stumbling Stone and Plumbline, that infants are prone to refuse their natural food — milk — and to crave vinegar instead. Hence our large run of correspondents and testifiers, always have their name and address accompanying.

Neither does that man live on earth whose productions, in opposition to what we teach, are feared, or excluded from our columns, because we have any apprehensions that they would overthrow the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. It is nevertheless true, that as a man of God we “love the truth,” and “hate every false way.” We also know that the truth makes men free, and that error endangers souls who are not fully saved, and does not edify men who are saved and established; therefore we keep the columns of the TRUMPET dedicated to what we know is Heaven’s truth. But if any opposer of the ordinances of Christ, think we fear their writings, we will make this proposition to any anti-ordinance editor. Write your very best argument in an article and send it to ns, and we will publish the same with our review, and then the whole be sent to both of our readers, and you send your subscription book for us to mail by. Or if you will open your columns, we will write an article proving the divine origin of and for the New Testament ordinances. And you may do your best to refute the same, and we will send you our subscription list for you to mail the same and also send the same to your subscribers. Or we are willing to do both, which would be the most fair way. Giving each writer the opportunity to write both affirmatively and negatively. This would give the issue a fair test before the people.

The Stumbling editor, evidently feared that the above letter might find its way into some other paper and be did not care to have so much light shed on his sectishness.




FOLLOW peace with all men, and holiness without which no man can see the Lord. — Heb. 12:14.

What shall we be holy in? “Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” – 2 Peter 3:11. But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy. — 1 Pet. 1:15, 16.

Be ye holy in all manner of conversation. The apostle Paul says, Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers. — Eph. 4:29. And walk in love even as Christ hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, and covetousness, let it not be once named among you as becomes saints: neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting. — Eph. 5:2-4. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth, fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and covetousness which is idolatry. For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience, in the which ye also walked sometime when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your month. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him. Col. 3:5-10. “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” For even hereunto were you called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow His steps who did no sin, neither was guile found in His month: who when He was reviled, reviled not again, when He suffered He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judges righteously. — 1 Pet. 2:21-23. In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable, and unreprovable in His sight. — Col. 1:22.

Jesus says, But I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shall be condemned. — Matt. 12:36, 37.

Let no man deceive you with vain words, for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. — Eph. 5:6. Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. — Gal. 6:7, 8. Now the works of the flesh are manifest which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulation, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, enveying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like, of the which I tell you before as I have also told you in time past that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness faith meekness, temperance, against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts. — Gal. 5:19-24. Only let your conversation be as becometh the Gospel of Christ. — Phil. 1:27. For our conversation is in Heaven, from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. — Phil. 3:20. Let no man deceive you, nor be not ye therefore partakers with them; For ye were some times darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light, and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. — Eph. 5:6, 7; 8:11. But ye brethren are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief, ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. — 1 Thess. 5:4, 5, 9. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word which is able to save your souls. James 1:21. Having therefore these promises dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. — 2 Cor. 7:1.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. — Heb. 12:14.

R. P. Gooding.


Harper, Kan.

To those who have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God, and our Savior Jesus Christ: grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue. In whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. And I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.

How often we see persons who have been saved by the power of God, and made sweet in His eternal will, let some root of bitterness spring up and they lose all the sweetness out of their souls, and thereby lose God’s preserving quality, and become sour and snappy, quarrelsome and peevish, and are good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men For it is only when we are sanctified, and filled with the sweet, meek, gentle Spirit of God, that we are mete for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. And grieve not the Holy Spirit whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

One God, one Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

When God goes through a soul and takes out all the dross and sourness, and all sin, and fills us with the Holy Spirit and seals us, He will preserve us blameless unto His coming. Even as Christ gave Himself for the Church, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it unto Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it might be holy and without blemish. God’s Church must be faultless. “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.” “These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault before the throne of God. – Rev. 14:4-5.

These are they that follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon while horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

God will sacrifice every one who lies, and who has a spot or blemish upon his soul. “And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smile the nations, (or sects) and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God. And I saw an angel standing in the Sun, and he cried with a loud voice, saying to the fowls that fly in the midst of the Heavens, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God. Vr. 17. Supper time is always in the evening, and in the evening of this dispensation will this great supper of God take place. In Ezekiel 9, we find that with every man that is sent out to preach holiness, or set a mark, or to seal those that sigh for the abomination of the house of Israel, is six sent out with slaughter weapons to slay those that had not received the mark. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. —  Eze. 39:12.

Well praise God! the seven years are nearly up, and our redemption draweth nigh. This final message, or ministry of to day has made a great change in the religious annals, and shall continue to do so until the beast is taken with the false prophet that worked miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth; and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. — Rev. 19:21. And I John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” “Come hither, I will show thee the Bride the Lamb’s Wife, — and He showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of Heaven from God, having the glory of God.” “So the Spirit look me up, and brought me into the inner court: and behold the glory of the Lord filled the house.” — Eze. 43:5. That thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the Church of the Living God. — 1 Tim. 3:15.

Praise God for the glory that belongs to the Church of God which has descended out of Heaven from God. Well praise God for the victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. I am saved, sanctified, and built in the true Church of God, and I am on the sea of glass mingled with fire, and have the victory over the beast, and his mark, and over his image, and I am ready to fill any call to go and preach God’s eternal Word.

G. H. Houghton.


Jerry City, O.

Dear Saints of God: — In the name of Jesus, I again report to you the way the Lord is using us. Bro. Palmer joined us at Battle Greek, and after one nights meeting there together we went on to Tekonsha. This is a place where we went about two years ago and began to preach holiness. The sect minister opposed holiness and said; “No man who worked could live without sin,” and what little work he had to do he could not do it without sin. I told them I would show in the evening, the Lord willing, how all sin could be taken out by the precious, blood of Jesus. Then they begun to put their heads together and one woman and a few men claimed to represent the school district and voted all preaching out of the school house, but the regular sect preacher. The Lord impressed me to say nothing, but allow the injustice of the act to divine the people, which it did, and the Lord lifted up a standard to the people, to which he has been adding and drawing the people ever since. Before we began the last meeting there, the M. E. minister was around visiting and trying to get funds for a new meeting house. He told the people that the saints were the same kind of people that were hung at Chicago recently. Oh glory to God! The Anarchists are nihilists, which means a destruction and an annihilation of all government. But the saints desire the government of Heaven, (harmony) established in earth as in Heaven. There is only one respect in which we are alike: they throw literal dynamite, we throw spiritual to destroy the forts of sin and rebellion. “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” That word power is taken from the same Greek word that our English word dynamite is taken from.

Well truly I am full of dynamite by the Spirit of my God. We had a precious meeting at Weston. Oh the sweetness of our communion together, one soul converted. During the last of the meeting there were some spots came in on our feasts of charily. The people came to worship the Lord and satan came also. But taken all through it was a blessed time and much prejudice swept away. We went from there to Rising Sun, where Bro. Palmer left for Pa. I remained three or four nights with the dear ones here and they were made to revive like the corn. Oh how I do praise God for an uttermost salvation. The blood flows freely through my soul, making me light and free within. Hallelujah! I am abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. Glory to God! Amen!

W. J. Evans.


Battle Creek, Mich.

Dear blessed Saints of the Most High God: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony. He has wonderfully helped and sustained me within the last few months, and my soul wishes to glorify His holy name in testimony for His goodness and mercy. I am grafted in the true Vine which is Christ Jesus. He saves and sanctifies me through and through. Glory, hallelujah! The 27th of last Aug. He permitted me to be afflicted. Chills and fever set in with other ailments, which soon reduced me to a perfectly helpless state, so much so that it was difficult for me to breath. But shortly after the laying on of hands by Bro. Schoolcraft and his daughter-in-law, sister Effie Schoolcraft, I was enabled to breathe without gasping for breath during the following eight weeks of my illness. God gave me complete victory over my heart trouble, although the chills and fever continued. And during my stay at Kendall, sister Effie patiently administered to my wants day and night, in the meekness of Jesus. God bless and reward her according to His own righteous will. While yet at her house, Bro. Michels came and laid on hands for my recovery. After seeing that I did not get the victory as I had expected, he told me to be patient. These words left a deep impression on my mind. God has since been teaching me to he patient in tribulation. But we glory in tribulation also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience hope. — Rom. 5:3, 4. I returned home by the assisting grace of God who mercifully bestowed upon me an increase of faith to endure the journey with parental aid. And on my arrival here a physician was sent for which I knew nothing about until he came into the house. But God gave me the victory. Hallelujah! The doctor soon went away. I did not get any better, and the third day another one came. The devil made me think that I ought to take medicine, and I took two doses to please my parents; but God visited me in a wonderful manner, and impressed me to take no more; and if I would trust Him He would complete the healing. The next time the physician came I told him I was all on the altar and would take the Lord for my physician. And he said that “the soul was on the altar, but the body was not.” And God impressed me to look at Rom. 12:1. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” These blessed words are a perfect contradiction to his statement. God showed me that he was unskilful in the Scripture, and I did not feel led to say much to him. He was indignant when he was told that I could not take any more of his medicine; and said that he would come the next morning and inject it under the skin which would be very painful for me. But God in His wonderful wisdom prevented his calling again. He is a Methodist professor. Praise God for His wonderful healing power! I am perfectly healed. He is my Physician. Glory to His holy name for salvation full and free just now. Pray for me that I may be enlightened more and more. Amen! Yours in the love of Jesus.

May Smith.


Beaver Dam, Ind.

Dear Saints: — I praise the Lord for salvation, and for this great freedom in Christ Jesus who delivers me from all the snares of the devil and fills me with His glory. Your saved Bro. in Christ

P. M. White.




Alfred D. Head died in Denver Col, Jan. 7th 1888. Aged 18 years lacking one day. He was a young man of good principles, and steady moral habits. But had never given his heart to the Lord until several hours before he was called into eternity. He seemed to give a good testimony of having found peace with Christ. He told his father not to weep for him, saying, “I am saved, and I am going to Heaven to meet my mother.” The Lord bless his father, and save all the surviving friends, that they may all be ready to meet in glory when this short uncertain life is ended. Funeral services by the writer in the U. B. house of worship.

Son and brother hast thou left us?
Must we bid the long farewell?
Nature weeps, but Jesus whispers,
He is with me, all is well.

Must thy gentle form unfolding
Into manhoods noble prime,
Early drop to silent mould’ring
Neath the tread of busy time?

But thy disembodied spirit,
Sin and sorrow sweeping by,
Throng the dear Redeemer’s me it
Rose to paradise on high.

From the din of earthly battle,
E’er thy hopeful noon had come
Jesus called thee to a better,
To His safe eternal home.

But o’er the silver chord was broke,
And the scene of life was closed,
The voice of God thy pardon spake
As thy faith on Him reposed.

Let Heaven and earth their gratitude,
And high praise to Jesus bring,
That Brother, washed in Jesus blood,
Shall in eternal glory sing.

D. S. Warner.


Sister Julia Stoner departed this life Dec. 30th 1887, in triumph of a living faith in Christ Jesus. She endured her protracted illness with resignation, saying to the writer whom she chose to preach her funeral discourse and also selecting her pall-bearers and other arrangements for the occasion, “my work is done, I am all ready to go. Sister Stoner’s age 43 years 4 months and 6 days. Leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss. May the Lord lead them all in the path the wife and mother trod. Amen!

I. Cole.


Beaver Dam, Ind.

Sister S. White born December 14 1832 closed this mortal life triumphantly in Jesus Sunday night Oct 16 1887. Ago 55 years 10 months 2 days. She fell a sleep in Jesus without a groan or struggle. Praise the Lord forever! Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord. Yea from henceforth they rest from their labors and their works do follow them. I would to God that all had a Bible hope of meeting her in glory. May they prepare to meet her in her heavenly home where suffering and death can never come. Praise the Lord for over!

P. M. White.


Hamilton, Mich.

Died Dec. 29 in Burlington Mich., little Ollie, the youngest daughter of Bro. and sister Finney, age 3 years 11 months 9 days. The funeral was preached by the writer.

C. H. Eldridge.

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Cedar Vale, Kan.

Dear Brethren: — It is with joy I write to you and greet you in the bonds of holy fellowship. I was at home for a while this winter providing for my family. I was blessed of God. He helped me make the provision about the time a call came for me to come to this place (Centennial School-house) and hold meeting. I received a letter from a brother I had never heard of before, urging me to come and help, for they had no meeting. I took it to God to know what to do, and at night I dropped into a doze, and was startled by the cry, What shall I do to be saved? I answered, glory to God! I will go. In a short time (first Thursday after New Year’s day) I overtook a stranger, a young man from west, and talked salvation to him, and he was wrought on so by the Spirit, that he left his business and came with me, and has been a great help, leading in singing for I got so hoarse I could not sing. God provided. I arrived in the neighbor-hood about three o’clock, and sent word to the school, but it was so stormy for a few nights only a few came; but we worked on and sinners commenced to get saved. Now we have a good congregation. Praise God for ever! There has been three converted and one sanctified. Glory to the Lamb, our captain who never fails.

Last night six or eight stood up signifying that they wanted to be Christians, and half a score for prayers of the Church. Then about a dozen said they would enter soul and body into the work for the salvation of souls. Hallelujah! Nearly every body in the community seems to be under conviction. A Bro. Johnson worth about $200.000, and a great drinker of liquor, who was very nearly his end a few days ago, was converted. I had quite a hard time to get him to the altar, but praise God! he is now at work trying to get others to come to the Lord. I talked in meeting at Otto as I came down here, and they urged me to come back and hold meeting there. Last night two men came from the country east, for the purpose of getting me to go to their school-house when done here. There is room for much work in this part of the country, but the laborers are few. We have the spirits or evils of Campbelliteism to contend with here. O do pray for me, that God may help me to work for Him and the salvation of the people. We have 3 o’clock meetings which are blessed, every convert is at work.

Your Bro. saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God. If any brother laborer feels led to come, there is great work and abundance to be done. Pray for me that the mighty power of God may rest on me continually.

G. R. Achor.



Walkerton, Ind.

This morning I feel led to write my testimony. It is through the mercy of God that I am what I am. This morning I reckon myself dead indeed to the world, and alive unto God. It took me a long time to die; it seemed to me that I had more to die to than any one else. The worst thing I had to die out to was selling tobacco, but praise God, He showed me that I could not sell tobacco and keep justified before God. This morning I am free and under the blood, waiting to see the salvation of the Lord. I desire the prayers of all the dear saints of God, that I may be filled with all the fullness of God, that I may be better able to know and do the whole will of God at all times.

E. Rensberger.


Garthage, Mo.

Dear readers of the TRUMPET: — I want to say to the glory of God that I am enjoying full and complete salvation. About three weeks ago, God did for Christ’s sake pardon all my sins. I then consecrated my all to God and He did wonderfully sanctify my soul, and founded me upon the Rock where I now stand. Praise His holy name! For several days the whole world was before me, but I determined by the grace of God that I would live for Him. Then the scales dropped from my eyes, and I could see how weak and how foolish the things of this world was. I have no desire for the things of this world, my thoughts are lifted far above this world and are settled upon Him who has not only power to destroy the body, but to cast the soul of the disobeident into hell. I do praise God for the wonderful plan of salvation, and I am so glad that nothing impure can enter Heaven. I am your Bro. saved, sanctified and momentarily kept by the power of God. Praise His holy name!

Otto Bolds.


Nevada, Mo.

Dear readers of the Trumpet: — May the Lord bless you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, I do know that the very God of peace does sanctify me wholly, and the blood of Jesus Christ does cleanse me from all sin. Oh praise God for what he has done for me. When God found me I was a vile sinner a stranger to God’s mercy. But glory to God, one year ago last spring, God wonderfully converted and sanctified my soul. Glory to God! I have been on the Lord’s side ever since. This morning finds me saved with the victory over the beast and his image, the mark of the beast and the number of his name. O I do praise God for permitting Bro. Warner and band to come to Kan. We have a deeper and better experience. We are free from all false spirits and doctrine of satan. Praise the Lord! Dear Bro. Haner, Bolds and I are here in the name of Jesus.

Your free Bro. in Christ.

E, F. Houghton.


Nashville, Kan.

Dear Saints: — Grace and peace be multiplied. My testimony is that I am saved and sanctified to the uttermost just now. Hallelujah! I bless God for a Savior that is able to save to the uttermost. Since I wrote last to Bro. Warner, my health, which was very poor, has greatly improved. Not an instantaneous healing, but a steady improvement. Glory to the Lamb! Our prayer is that the Lord of the harvest will send some of His perfected laborers to this field. Pray for us that our faith fail not. Your Bro. all for Christ.

F. J. Kiefer.


Cheshire, Mich.

Dear Saints: — I do praise the Lord for what He has done for me. I do know that God saves me just now, and I have complete victory in my soul over the world, the flesh and the devil. Glory be to Jesus! I do praise the Lord for His goodness to me. About one year ago, God, for Christ’s sake forgave my sins, and I do know that He has kept me by His mighty power until this present time. I praise the Lord that He did call me out of the darkness of this world, into His marvelous light, and give me of His wonderful salvation which I know I enjoy continually. Praise the Lord forever and ever! I am determined to stand for God in spite of all the works of the devil. My whole trust is in God. Glory to Jesus! The Lord is a present help in time of need; He has healed me both soul and body and I give Him all the praise and glory. Well, glory to Jesus! I am saved with an everlasting salvation, and ready to be revealed in the last time. Your saved sister.

Mamie Morey.


Hector, O.

Dear Saints: — The Lord saves me to-day and I praise him for it. I love to read the testimonies of the dear saints. Praise the Lord all ye nations, praise Him all ye people. He helps us in all times of trouble. O glory be to God! We are all trusting in the Lord and we know He is able to take care of us. Praise His holy name! Your sister saved and sanctified.

Florence Dick.


Lodi, O.

Dear Brethren: — My testimony is that I am saved and kept by the power of God, walking in the light, free from all men and sects, having fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ, and all that love the Lord Jesus Christ in truth. His Word is sweeter to me than honey and the honey comb, and his commandments to me are not grievous. I glory in the cross of bur Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world. Amen!

Cyrus Mohler.


Merrill, Mich.

Dear saints of the Living God and readers of the TRUMPET: — I am led to write my testimony this morning. I am saved and under the blood and keeping my eyes single to God. Glory to God forever!

Praise God for a salvation that keeps us through all the trials and fiery darts of this wicked world. There are a few dear souls here, standing for God. Our daily prayers are that the Lord may send some one here full of the fire of the Holy Ghost, and lilt up Jesus in such a manner that will draw sinners and ungodly professors to the house of God, where they may hear the straight Word taught, and get their souls saved. O it is food for my soul to read the testimonies of the dear saints.

“The pure testimony put forth in the Spirit
Cuts like a sharp two-edged sword,
And hypocrites now are most sorely tormented
Because they’re condemned by the Word.
The pure testimony discovers the dross,
While wicked professors make light of the cross
And Babylon trembles for fear of her loss.”

Yes, praise the Lord! you can see it all over the land. Well dear brethren, we have one here who has strayed away from Father’s house, and we earnestly ask the prayers of all the dear saints that he may be restored. Pray for this little flock here.

Your Bro. washed and redeemed by the blood of Jesus        

John Harn.


St James, Mo.

To the Saints of God greeting. We are praising God this morning for the joy and peace we have through the knowledge of the truth. I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God. Hallelujah to the Lamb for ever and ever! O how our hearts are made to rejoice when we hear of the work of the Lord in other parts of the country.

When Bro. Warner came here last summer he found us in a bad condition, deluded of the devil, and far out on the side track that leads to destruction. But by the grace of God, some of us have returned to out Father’s house, and are becoming established and settled in His love, while others seem satisfied to do nothing, not seeming lo know, or even care any thing about the great fight of faith that is going on here. Others are still under the delusion, not in outward manifestations, but deeply seated in the heart, even saying that those who have renounced the devil will soon be back pleading to an offended God for mercy, thus terrifying those that would probably come out.

From the above, you may see something of our condition. We request the saints everywhere to pray mightily for us, that our faith fail not, and that God may settle us with all his weight of love.

Yours in the faith of the Gospel.

D. F. Westlake.


Carthage, Mo.

Dear Brethren: — I feel it would be to the glory of God write my testimony.

Bro. Haner has been with us, holding meeting for some time, and it was a meeting that shall long be remembered by the true saints of this place. Several came out on the Lord’s side and quite a number were sanctified. I am so glad that I can say, I am one that has taken this lone way with Jesus: and that I am all the Lord’s, willing to do anything for Him. I have given up everything to follow God, although it seemed impossible for me to do so, for I loved the things of this world better than I did anything else. But today I am just cut loose from this world, and made free in Christ Jesus. I praise God for His goodness and mercy to me, that He has led me out of darkness into light. What are the things of this life compared with life everlasting? To-day I am more decided for God than ever be  fore, and I have the eternal go through, in my soul. O my soul is all on fire for God, just ready and willing to do anything that He wants me to do. It took me a long time to decide whether to live for God or not, because it seemed as though it would kill me to give up my pride, and the pleasures of this world, and go plain for God. But when brother Haner was here, at family prayer he prayed for the Lord to make me sick of this world, and the things look abominable to me. I thought surely that prayer will never be answered, for how can I give up everything, even my wicked companions. But the Lord just showed me that I had to give up the trifling things of this world, or go to hell. And O I am so glad that I was willing to give them up for Jesus’ sake, and I have had such victory ever since, although the devil tempts me a great many times over the things that I have laid off. But I am so glad that His grace is sufficient. O I mean to be a brave soldier for Christ, and go through on the Bible line, walking in all the light that God lets shine upon me. I praise the Lord for what He has done for us as a family, and what He is still willing and able to do. I pray that I may withstand all the temptations of the devil, for he goes about seeking whom he may devour. I expect to stand true to God, and at last wear a crown in Heaven. The Lord Jesus saves me just now, and sanctifies my soul in spite of the devil. Your sister in Christ.

Lillian M. Fine.


Merrill, Mich.

Dear Brethren: — I praise God that He still keeps me saved and helps me to do his will. It is glorious to do the will of our Father. Jesus says He will never leave us nor forsake us, and He tells us what we must do in order to have the abiding Comforter. Well glory to Jesus! I expect to live for Him, and follow His teaching. Some are falling from the Lord, but my prayer is, Lord save them, and pull them out of the fire, and make them bold soldiers for Jesus. It is trying times, and my prayer is, Father, keep my eyes on Jesus. Your brother, redeemed by the blood, and sanctified wholly just now.

Jacob Cross.


Churubusco, Ind.

Dear Trumpet Family, and readers of the Trumpet, may the Lord bless your souls in all your work in the Office. We often think of you and pray for you, and the many readers of the Trumpet. I am sorry that I have not been able to do anything yet in the way of donation, but my soul rejoices that the blessed work is still being carried on by the faithful few that God has chosen. I often find people who have much of this world’s goods, and rejoice when we preach the straight Word to them, but feel too poor to give anything, consequently the preacher must get along without much help. Now dear saints of God, these things ought not so to be. Permit me to stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance. The Word says, The laborer is worthy of his hire, and they that preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel. When we hear of men that have much around them, and they speak to the praise of the preaching in their testimony, and thank the Lord for the truth they have heard, but have little or nothing to give for the support of the Gospel, we must conclude there is something wrong. Now dear soul, be not deceived, for God is not mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. If he sow to the flesh, he shall of the flesh reap corruption, and if he sow to the spirit, he shall of the spirit reap life everlasting. — Gal. 6:7, 8. So you see, dear readers, when you spend money for any fleshly gratification which is no benefit to you, you are sowing to the flesh. Now when God says shall, it will come to pass in spite of everything.

Now a word to those who use tobacco. Is it not a filthy habit? And what says the Word about the filthiness of the flesh? Please read 2 Cor. 7:1.

Now dear readers, in all Christian kindness, permit me to stir up your minds on this important subject, especially all who profess to be fully saved. How can we spend money that we have consecrated to the Lord for that which will not benefit us? Tea and coffee is not nourishing in the least, and is poisonous to the system, from the fact that it is only a stimulant.

I wish to give some of my experience about these superfluities. I used tobacco for some time in my boy-hood, but became disgusted at the filthiness of it. But tea and coffee made a slave of me, and for 17 years I was a dyspeptic. I knew coffee was injurious to me, yet it seemed that I could not resist it. But praise our God He healed me instantly of the dyspepsia, then it was clearly revealed to me that I must abandon the use of tea and coffee, and I did so by the help of the Lord. That has been 14 years ago, and I am still healed of that terrible disease. Now instead of using tea and coffee, we use milk and water which is much more healthful, and less expensive. Dear reader, if you are using either of these, especially tobacco, get saved from that filthy habit, and dare to be clean for Christ, saving no less than from $10 to 25, per year, which you can give to God where it belongs.

Now I wish to say in regard to your apparel, Do you have an eye single to the glory of God in this respect? Or do you go contrary to the Word of God, in the putting on of gold, (or something that looks like gold) and all the other foolishness that the world and babylon glories in.

We believe there are some honest souls that have been so misled by babylon teachers, that possibly do not yet understand the awful wrong of the indulgence of these things. Therefore we speak of them in all tenderness and love, yet sparing none. No person can get full salvation while indulging in anything that they admit to be a filthy habit, because of the bad example they set before the young people.

Having therefore these promises dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. — 2 Cor. 7:1.

Now we deem it unnecessary to multiply Scriptures to convince every honest soul of the wrong of the things spoken of.

Now may the God of all grace bless and save every Child of His to the uttermost. Praise God for such a glorious salvation!

Henry Smith.


Lindsey, O.

To the dear saints scattered abroad. I do praise God this evening for salvation full and free. O how my soul does rejoice when I hear from God’s little ones. I do praise the Lord that I am saved from sectism, and from pride. I will not wear the foolish trappings of satan, neither will I put them on my children; for we know the Lord wants us to raise our little ones for Him, so why should I at first raise them for the devil, and then when they are grown up, ask the Lord to save them. And how are we going to teach them that pride is wrong if we indulge them in it? When we teach them it is wrong, and they will not bear us, and go on and are lost, we are free. But we must do all in our power to raise them for God. We have seen holiness people who allow their children to indulge in sin, then want the saints to pray for God to save them. But prayer alone will not be sufficient, we must live godly lives before them. May the Lord help to teach our children the fear of God, and I know He will help us to govern them if we faithfully do our part, and trust in Him from whom all our help must come. I am satisfied with Jesus, He is everything to me. His dying love has won my heart, and I am free in Him.

May God bless all the workers in the vineyard, who have given their time, and all for the salvation of souls. And I pray God to send more laborers into the vineyard. Your sister, saved and sanctified.

Rebecca Mitchell.


Cheshire, Mich.

Dear Brethren: — I do praise God for full and free salvation that keeps me all the time. Glory to God for the fullness of His love in my soul! I am saved from all sin, and out of much affliction and anguish of heart has the Lord delivered me. Praise God for His tender mercy, and great love wherewith He hath loved us. Thanks be unto God who always causeth us to triumph. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Christ might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. We have the same spirit. As it is written, I have believed, therefore have I spoken: we have believed also, therefore we speak. I am happy to-day to know that I am saved in Jesus, and ready to meet the Lord in peace. Dear saints of God, pray for me that the Lord may keep me saved and abounding in His love. O glory to Jesus for this great salvation!

You brother, sanctified wholly to God.

Sherman L. Austin.


Lee, Mich.

Dear Brethren: — I am saved, and enjoy the presence of the Lord in my soul. I feel the burden of souls, and my daily prayer is that poor sinners may come to Jesus and receive forgivenes of their sins. O glory to Jesus! He has saved me from tobacco and strong drink. I am wholly given up to the will of God, and he sanctifies my soul and keeps me by his power.

Brethren and sisters pray for me, that I may always be faithful.

Edwin E. Waterman.

Diamond Springs, Mich.

Dear readers of the Trumpet, and to all the saints greeting. I praise the Lord for this glorious salvation that keeps me all the time. I am all on the altar, and kept by the power of God continually. Praise the Lord! Your sister saved in Christ.

Laura Frayer.

Dear Readers of the Trumpet: — I am sweetly resting in my blessed Savior this morning. Praise the Lord! This is a glorious way to live. I praise the Lord for this blessed evening light that shines in my heart. Your brother sanctified and kept by the power of God.

Benjamin Frayer.

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