1 January 1890, Volume 10, Number 1.
God Grant you a Happy New year.
Another year has come and gone,
So swiftly flows unceasing time,
Forever on, and on, and on,
With sorrow’s groan, and happy chime,
Commingled in its surging tide.
Time bears along upon its flood
The stranded wrecks of plans that died;
Yet o’er its streams the hand of God
Still bends the bow of hope Divine,
Whose many hues in beauty shine.
Another year of hope and fear,
Has swept around its dial plate,
And with it thousands disappear,
To higher bliss, or awful fate.
God grant to us who yet survive,
A heart of holy gratitude.
And grace, that we may wholly live
To honor Him, the source of good,
And if this year should end our days
To be with Christ, will perfect praise,
Another year; how many more
Will pass, till all the fleeting train
Shall disappear upon the shore
Of time’s unmeasured endless plain.
Behold the past with signals new,
Has rushed along before our eyes,
Presaging that but very few,
Shall follow, till in dread surprise,
The lost shall see the woeful end,
And all the pure in heart ascend.
Another year, how was it spent?
Leaf back its record now and see.
Have from thy heart such virtues went,
That, blessing others, back on thee
Rebounded in a rich reward?
And have you cast your bread upon
The waters of the passing year,
In hope that what your hands have done
Shall in much future good appear?
Then as thy faith so shall it be,
In coining days thine eyes shall see.
Another year of solemn space
Leaps forth from vast futurity
And, winter — girded, starts its race,
Back into past eternity.
Ah! time, once strictly measured off
And wound around this earthen ball —
For Heaven’s plan just long enough, —
Now winding back, will soon be all.
As earth revolves each day and year,
The end of time is drawing near.
Another year begins to-day,
What hidden destinies are wrapped
Within its folds we can’t foresee,
As on its margin we have stopped.
If from its lap some bitter drop
O give us grace to make it sweet,
And bless the hand that holds the cup
And makes all things together meet
For good to them who love His name,
And move upon His holy plane.
Another year, and with it comes
A call for valiant hearted men,
All panoplied in heav’nly arms
The tide of sin and hell to stem
Devoted hearts to God and Truth,
Who dare unsheathe and use the Sword,
In sin — destructive love forsooth
Win back the humble to the Lord,
And show through grace and cleansing blood,
How saints made perfect walk with God.
Another year has now set in,
O who will take it by the hand,
A new and upward race begin
And leave your folly all behind?
How many years you’ve thrown away,
Spent careless “as a tale that’s told?’’
Awake to life’s great end to-day,
And gather gems of richest gold.
O be a victor in the strife,
And win a starry crown of life.
Another year, and who will be
A hero on its heaving breast
Fill all its moments as they flee
With deeds in purest virtue blest,
And thus rear up a monument
More lasting than the pyramids,
Yea, than the starry firmament..
True wisdom always highest bids,
For trophies of immortal good,
That age unending honor God.
God bless all our dear readers with a happy new year, a year of blessings on your souls. Many thanks for all your kindness and cooperation in the Gospel of Christ. Please continue to pray for us, and let us all put in a solid year for God in 1890.
D. S. Warner.
Dear Brethren: — I have been thinking for some time about the tithing system, or the giving one tenth of our income for religious and charitable purposes, as the Lord may direct us when and where to give it; or more properly speaking, christian giving comes out of the nine tenths which is all that rightly belongs to us. This explains Luke, 21:1-3. You see the poor widow deposited her nine tenths, or her all, in the Lord’s treasury, while the rich men were giving out of the one tenth which did not belong to them to give, but already belonged to the Lord; so she cast in more than they all. Dear saints, when we give, let us give out of the nine tenths or else it will not count anything in the great day of accounts. Let us do business with the Lord in a business-like manner. Do not ask the Lord how much of His tenth He wants; for you know He wants it all. And if you have any money or property to deposit in the Lord’s treasury, He will pay good interest in the shape of Divine grace. All on the Altar.
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BROTHER LIGHT, AND BROTHER FOGGY.
Bro. Light. Good morning Bro. Foggy, I am happy to meet you. Come in. I have been wishing to have a talk with you about this great salvation I have found in Jesus.
Bro. Foggy. I am a little in a hurry, Bro Light, besides I do not know whether it is safe to have a talk with you or not, since you folks claim holiness, I fear you would want to eat a person down without salt.
Bro. Light. Why Bro. F., I do not see why you should be afraid of us. I am sure the Lord has made us harmless as a dove. But I remember that is about the way I felt before I got saved from my dead formality. Likewise we read that “Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man, and an holy, and observed him. — Mark 6; 20.
Bro. F. Well, to tell the truth, I would like to have a talk with you. They tell me that you sanctified folks claim to be free from sin, and I can’t believe that; because the Apostle Paul confessed that he had sin dwelling in him, and I don’t think we can get better than he was.
Bro. L. Well, Bro. Foggy, I admit that the Apostle talked as though he had sin dwelling in him, in the seventh chapter of Romans, but let us get the book and read carefully and see what he meant. That we may understand him better, let us begin with the sixth chapter.
“What shall we say then? shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid.”
Here you see that the question to be settled in this talk is clearly stated, and as clearly answered. God forbids that we should continue in sin, which surely implies that we can, and must cease to sin.
To make the matter still stronger, the Apostle asks another question. “How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein?” Can you answer that question? Do you not see that when we are fully saved, in that state, we can no more commit sin, than a man can carry on business here, when he lays, dead in the cemetery? Read also verses 6, 7, 8.
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.”
Here he teaches that our “old man,” — old evil nature, which is the “body of sin,” is crucified, destroyed, and he that is thus dead to sin, is free from sin, and then adds: “If we he dead with Christ,” etc. So you see that we living men are dead to, and free from sin. Yea, in verses 10 and 11, he admonishes the Roman brethren, and us as well, to be dead to sin, and alive unto God, as really as Christ is Himself. “What then! shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” — Ver. 15.
“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” — ver. 18.
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” — Rom. 6:22.
These Scriptures declare us free from sin, dead to sin, and that God forbids us to sin. Also in other verses of this chapter, the Apostle says we should “not live any longer therein,” and “henceforth we should not serve sin.” And “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies.” “For sin shall not have dominion over you.” All of which surely teach the opposite of that idea that we have to sin all our life time.
Bro. F. It would so appear, but still, are we not forced to the opposite conclusion by his words in chapter 7 verses 14 to 25, which read as follows?
“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that at which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of of sin.”
Surely this does not look as though he claimed to be free from sin, does it?
Bro. L. If we were to take these verses apart from their connection, and all the rest of the Apostle’s teaching, it would look so. But the proper way is to hear him through, and let him explain. And by so doing I think I can make it plain to you that Paul did not give that as his experience at the time of writing.
1st. Because in the former chapter, ver. 19, he says: “I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh.” He accommodated his speech to their weakness. He condescends from the experience of an holy Apostle, and talks to them “after the manner of men;” unsanctified men. In other words, he stepped down and talked to them from the standpoint of their own condition, and hereby draws a picture of their own state, to make them understand their unsanctified hearts, and what they needed, and yet avoid offending them by a more direct exposure of their state.
2nd. We know that the Apostle did not give that as his then experience, because that would positively conflict with the facts of his life. It is not true at all that the good he wished to do, he did not, and the evil that he would not, that he did. Did he not go about constantly doing good? And was not his life pure, holy, and free from evil doing? Nay! he did not travel about wishing to do good, but instead, disgracing his profession, and dishonoring the name of Christ by sinful practices. Had this been the case, he could never have said: “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” — 1 Cor. 11:1. “Brethren, be ye followers together of me, and mark them which walk so, as ye have us for an ensample.” – Phil. 3:17. Had he lived during his ministerial career, as this picture characterizes him, he would not have been a fit example for any child of God to follow, nor would he have had the face to tell men to follow him as an example. But his holy life is on record; he says: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” — Phil. 1:26. His life was not spotted with the flesh, but was in moral quality the life of Christ.
“It is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.” — ver. 20. That this was not the Apostle’s own experience at the time of writing, is positively proved by his words in the preceding chapter. Surely no consistent preacher, much less an inspired Apostle, would advocate freedom from sin, and yet confess sin in himself.
3. The “body of this death,” — ver. 24, which is the cause of all the trouble deplored in this mysterious lesson, and is the same as the “body of sin,” in 6:6, which He says is “crucified” and “destroyed;” and consequently they were “dead to sin,” as a fact of salvation, and so he admonished the Roman converts to “reckon themselves dead indeed to sin,” and that
they should “not allow sin to reign in their mortal bodies.” Would He admonish them to be free from sin, and the very body of sin, and he himself indwelt with the the same? Nay, when he cries out, “who shall deliver me from this body of death,” he immediately responds,” I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” There is then no excuse for us to have the body of sin in us, since there is deliverance for us, even could it be proved that Paul was not free from the same. But hear him.
“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” — Gal. 2:19, 23.
No pharisaical big I or old man of sin, lived in him, but all such was crucified and destroyed out of him, and only Christ lived there. So he testifies.
4. Two laws, which here denote two opposite moral forces, are described as being in the same person. The one is the principle of righteousness, the other the “law of sin.” This is the same dual state ascribed to the Galatians, “the flesh warring against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary the one to the other.” — 5:17. Which “flesh,” or “body of sin,” this same Apostle says: “they that are Christ’s” — i.e., wholly consecrated to Him — “have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” — Gal. 5:24.
5. Passing from Rom. 7th, into the 8th chapter, Paul ceases to “speak after the manner of men,” in the lower grade of divine grace, and takes the witness stand again, and tells his own present experience.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” — Rom. 8:1, 2.
To be “free from the law of sin and death,” is to be free from that “other law” of indwelling sin, described in the preceding chapter. This settles the question. The Apostle declares himself free from the condition he pictured to the Roman Church.
6. But Bro. Foggy, I will give you yet one more proof, that Paul was free from that condition. In chapter 8:1-13 you see he applies the picture he drew in the seventh, to the Roman brethren, and not himself. The 13th verse is a key to the whole subject. Let me read it.
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” — Rom. 8:13.
This shows that converted men are described in the picture. Men having spiritual life, or else how could they “die,” or backslide. It also teaches that this inbred sin, evil nature, or “body of death,” must be “mortified.” Other versions render “put to death,” as a second work of grace, that they might “live,” namely: live holy and victorious in Christ. All these facts, and the other writings of the Apostle Paul, with the whole New Testament, require another solution of the scriptures under consideration than that of a sinful apostle of Christ.
Bro. F. Well brother Light, I must confess that you have brought more scripture to bear on the subject than I had thought of, and I am not so sure but that you have the correct view of the matter.
But does not the Apostle Paul say somewhere that there are “none good,” “none righteous?”
Bro. L. Yes, in thethird hapter of Romans from the 9th to the 18th verse, he gives us even a darker picture than the one we have just viewed. I will read it to you.“ What then? are we better than they? no, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; as it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is as an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways. And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Bro. F. Well! well!! Bro. Light that’s pretty bad indeed. How can you explain these statements, if a person can be free from sin as you say?
Bro. L. That’s all easy enough to do. You see in verse 10, he says: “As it is written their is none righteous, no, not one.”
So this is written somewhere, and Paul simply quotes it from the Old Testament. So to understand just who this is affirmed of, let us turn to the place from which he quotes. Here it is. Let me read.
“Lead me. O Lord, in Thy righteousness because of mine enemies; and make Thy way straight before my face. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is as an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. Destroy Thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against Thee. But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice; let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee. For Thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt Thou compass them as with a shield.” — Psa. 5:8-12.
“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 up on the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.” — Psa. 14:1—4.
In these Psalms we find the very things the Apostle quotes in Rom. 3. and we find it only applies to the wicked who seek not God, and foolishly “say in their hearts, there is no God. But in both places we find another class is spoken of, who “put their trust in God,” “love His name,” and who are termed “the righteous.” In Psa, 14:2, this had class are called the children of men.” This means the natural, sinful posterity of Adam, but all through the Bible the Sons or God are a distinct class from them. The two classes already appear in Gen. 6:2, and in the New Testament the line of distinction is still more clearly drawn. So you see clearly when it is, said there is “none good, no, not one,” ‘none righteous,” “none that seek after God,’ etc. only the general mass of unregenerated sinners are spoken of, but the righteous are also brought to view as another class of characters.
Bro. F. Indeed Bro. Light, I never understood that scripture before. I have learned one good thing, and that is: when a quotation is made in the New Testament from the Old, we should go back to the origonal, to get a good understanding of the matter. But what will we do with the place where Jesus said: “there is none good but one, and that is God?”
Bro. L. That will also be all plain when we read the connection. Here I have turned to the place and will read it.
“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: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandmants. He saith unto Him, which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The young man said unto Him, all these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him if thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” — Matt. 19:16-22.
You see the young man was a legalist, a person who thought he could make himself good by his own works. Hence he did not ask Christ to save his soul, but wanted to
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E. E. Byrum.
THE BOOK OF POEMS.
Dear Readers of The Trumpet: — Grace and peace be multiplied abundantly unto you all. At the last Bangor G. M. we announced the prospective issue of a volume of poems this fall, the Lord willing; also took a number of names. The debt we wished to help to meet by the sale of the books is not due until next summer, instead of this winter as we then supposed. This gives us more time, and we shall now return home and proceed at once to publish the book. We expect to get the matter Stereotyped just as fast as means are furnished by dear saints sending us the subscription price; and some time toward Spring will print, bind, and deliver the same. The extension of time is being improved by enlarging the work. Such as lave heard us read parts of, “Meditations on the Prairie,” and “Soul Cripple City” lave been highly pleased and are eager for the work to appear. These are both long poems. The last part of the latter is very rich, and the first part will be improved. Some of the edge will be changed to more oil. We are now writing a poem on TRUTH in which the Lord is greatly helping us. Following this will be a pretty lengthy one on Faith and Infidelity, the Lord willing. The whole will amount to, in the neighborhood of about 300 pages, and will be neatly bound in cloth. If possible we wish to illustrate several scenes in the matter with cuts, pictures. Also the work will contain an engraving of our self. This was suggested to us by the fact that a firm in Chicago is publishing a large volume of poems and short biography of poets, and is using some of our productions, with our engraving, and after publishing we have the use of our cut, and can use the same in our work. The amount of matter will nearly if not altogether equal that of one of Carlton’s poetical books, which sell for $2.00, We expected last Spring to sell the book at $1.00, but with its increased matter, and more perfect knowledge of expense, we shall have to ask $1.50 for the book. And dearly beloved, we are well assured that you will not begrudge the money. The New Years greeting in this issue, though written with less pains and study than we usually devote, will serve as a sample of our poetical inspiration by the blessed Spirit of the Lord. We hope that God will move all our readers to send in their names with the $1.50. At least the book should be in every house of the saints. We should have at the least calculation one thousand subscribers by the time the book is finished. We want some dear brother or sister in every community to act as an agent, and we are willing to give you a commission. Let all the dear saints send in their names. And who will act as agents? Amen!
D. S. Warner.
CHRIST IN THE HEAR”.
WHEN the soul that is really drawing near to Christ, meets some powerful temptation, it not only conquers, but there comes with the victory gained, a sweet realization of a vivifying power flowing into the very life current of the being. There comes a consciousness of new strength to meet and turn away from evil which once overcame us; and with this blessed consciousness there comes a vivid, clear conception of the truth that this strength is ours only so long as we abide in Christ. That “it was not by might or by power,” (of our own) but by the Spirit of God dwelling in us that we have thus become strong, where we were once weak. This being true, it is of the utmost importance, that we understand that how we may have “Christ in us the hope of glory.” Paul prayed for the Ephesians, that Christ might dwell in their hearts by faith;” and John tells us, “this is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith,” yea, this is the victory that triumph over the allurements of the world, even our faith in Christ. Nothing else can do it; but this will every time. Take it home to your hearty struggling, disponding one, say it over, make the thought these words convey, your daily food. “This is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith.” Do not say: you cannot overcome; there is no such words as cannot to him who has driven every idol from the soul’s temple, and given the heart to Christ. I care not how weak you are; if Christ is formed within, the hope of glory, the sweetest morsel of sin becomes so repugnant to the soul that though the senses may clamor in unison with the tempter, and giving a chance to parulize what strength you have, the trial may be the means of increasing your strength. If you are drinking from the wells of salvation, feeding on the Word of God, you will be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” Strengthened thus, though the tempter may come with ten fold the power, his coming will only be the means of drawing you closer to Christ. Realizing as you will, that your strength is only weakness, your heart will cry to God with such intense desire for His help, that a deliverance will come to you which you would not have thought possible. Then you will realize how “out of weakness” you can be made strong. Just a moment before you trembled beneath the temptation, and felt that you could not resist, your soul went up to God for help, your faith took hold upon Him, and in answer has come a vivifying power, by which you are enabled to face the cut cing evil and know that it finds no response in your heart. Then you can say: “In the day when I cried Thou answeredest me and strongthenedst me with strength in my soul.” “Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.’, It is God that, giveth me strength, and maketh my soul perfect.”
Then also with Paul you can say most gladly: “Therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Oh, to feel the power resting on the soul. We may well glory in the need that brings it, when we have come to realize the blessedness that comes from victory, we cannot ask to have the temptations removed, but realizing our weakness, we shall pray to be strengthened, with all might according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long- suffering to bring the joyfulness of triumph over sin. But he who has made a full surrender to Christ will experience daily the joyfulness of having Christ dwelling in the heart by faith. He will know “the love of Christ which passeth all knowledge, — a love, words cannot describe — and be filled with all the fulness of God.” Living thus, temptations will only reveal to the christian, his constant need of Christ; of being united to the living vine, that the life giving current may flow constantly into his soul. Thus his life will testify that God “is able in do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Oh, that this power may rest upon us and work in us continually, that we may ever say: “unto Him be glory in the Church of Christ. Amen!
F. M. Frey.
Kenfsaw. Neb. Nov. 29. ’89.
E. E. BYRUM
Dear Bro.: – Yours to hand. Am truly grateful to God for His truth which is able to make us wise unto salvation, who embrace it with all the heart. I commenced my christian life among the hills of Pennsylvania, up in Clarion Co., in the spring of 1843 when I was 21 years of age. I commenced it with the Methodists (M. E’s.) when the learned among other people would cast it in our face, that we had no learned ministers among us. I observed at that time that the Presbyterians, Baptists, Lutherans, German Reformed, and others that bragged of their learned ministers, their people who got converted, or saved, got it at our camp-meetings. We got the learned ministers, and now for the genuine converts, or saved souls, the M. E. people now are as bad off as the denominations named above were at the time I am writing about, and have to go elsewhere for their saved ones. True, they hold protracted meetings, and succeed in getting people to join them, and to talk in their meetings, but it is always to tell what they want to do and seldom if ever to tell about the salvation and power they have from the Lord Jesus Christ. No shouting now, and clapping of hands, and crying glory to God in the highest, peace on earth and good will to men among them now as in my young days. Sad it was, I have thought that they over got the learned men, and the large meeting houses. Now lacking the power among them, and the old men among them crying out that it is not ns it used to be, and hungering as they do, these learned ministers must to satisfy and feed these old men, account for lack of exercises now as in the old man’s young days, by saying men now have gained more knowledge. This to the old man is hard feed. He says in his reasoning, you learned men make me out a very ignorant man in 1840, and you make my happy and joyous feelings in my conversion the result of ignorance. I heard a presiding elder among them use these words some years ago in Ill. “I am not among the number who say the former days were better than the present.” While it is true, we as a people have lost in spirituality, but we have made up in educational matters.” I always regretted when I heard him say this, that I did not then say: Bro. Hall, when you lost spirituality, did you not lose God? I cried myself into her as said above in 1843, and in 1868 I cried myself out of her. I could not talk my convictions inside of her and so I said I will do so outside. You will find this to be a universal fact: that the old men and women who are with that sect now, and were converted 50 years ago that they are mourners. I meet them frequently in our meetings, (not M. E. meetings) and oh how they will shout, as we are talking of the good old days of our espousals to Christ, and to the experience they got in the forties, never mind the falsehood of the learned preachers, who would rob you of your joy in your conversion to God. I think now, I have suffered a great loss, lo these many years, in hanging to the sects, and hoping in some way the good old days would return again. All
these years a yoke was on my neck, and a sadness of soul has been my lot, and as a result I was not free. Latterly I think I see clearly, the way is to throw off every yoke, and go away from every thing that is not of God, as I gain knowledge in this direction. I see this course will drive me out of every sect, but now I see clearly also, that it will attach me a thousand fold more strongly to the saints of the living God. God be praised forevermore. I ask all the saints of God to pray for me, and if any feel led to write to me I shall be glad to correspond with them and in this way learn of those who are near enough that we can meet each other in meetings, Yours,
B. F. Armitage.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Beaver Dam, Ind., Dec. 13, 1889.
DEAR SAINTS: — At the time of our last report, we expected to spend the winter in Missouri; but the Lord has brought us back to Ind. We met with the saints in the Assembly meeting near Auburn, Ind., and truly our souls were made to rejoice and praise God together. Oh, how sweet and glorious the fellowship of the saints. Glory be to Jesus! We had the happy surprise of meeting dear Bros. Wm H. Miller, Jacob Roush, and Wm Henry from Ohio, and Bro. Eldridge and a half dozen saints of the Church of God at Tekonsha, Mich. Also a good number of loved ones from various points in Ind. Bra’s. Miller and Roush had been laboring in Ind. for some weeks, and had to return on Monday, Dec. 2. They expect to go to Burbank Ohio soon to hold meetings. Mother Smith accompanied them to her home. She expects to labor around home some time.
The Mich. saints also went on their way to Dectaur Ind., intending to publish full salvation there, before returning home. O how we do rejoice to see God’s witnesses going everywhere preaching Jesus. O let the tidings run like lightning through all the earth. Hallelujah! It must go. for this consumption decree is determined of God in the midst of the land.
After the Assembly Meeting, which was held two miles north of Auburn, we moved to Bro. McClellan’s, two miles south-east of Auburn, in whose house, and that of Bro. McGinnis, we continued meetings about one week. Bro. Miller had held some meetings there before the Assembly and God was working. Thank God! Several were saved and the Church much strengthened. They desired us much to remain longer, but we felt that we should move on toward home. God bless His dear saints in DeKalb Co., Ind. There are to or three little groups and scattering ones in the County, and some of them have a mind to work. I hope God will push them out with a vehement love for perishing souls. Amen!
For a long time we have felt the call of God to shut ourself away with Him for a while, and let Him teach us the deep things of God, that we may be abl6 more perfectly to follow out the glorious lines of present truth. We have a great desire to do so, and yet when hungry souls are calling for the saving truth of God in every direction, it is hard for us to keep from running. But if the Lord will, we will pass the calls around to the many able bodied, and warm hearted soldiers of the white horse cavalry, who are ready to rush to the battle wherever He leads. We began preaching, a poor, frail invalid, over 22 years ago, and God has sustained us in a most remarkable manner, during all these years of intense labor, and great exposure. O, how grateful we feel to our Heavenly Father that we are blessed with such good health. But we nevertheless feel that more regular diet, sleep etc., for a season, will prove a great blessing, increase and prolong our usefulness on earth. During which we shall devote ourself principally to Bible study and poetical labor. “Let Him that is weak say, I am strong.” Let all the saints of God labor in every possible manner to spread abroad the saving light of God.
We begin meeting here at Hahn’s S. H. tonight, and expect to labor a week or more about here before going home.
The pure Gospel is called for at the following places: Cape Girardeau, Mo. This is in the south-east corner of the state. Address James DeBinder.
Woodstock, Jefferson Co., Kan. Address Isaac Coy. Bro. Wm N. Smith and company please go, (D. V.)
Dear Bro. Michels is wanted at the Rester School house, near Rising Sun, Ohio.
Cannot dear Bro’s Miller and Spacky visit the Churches of God at Praise Chapel, and Willow Bethel, Randolph Co Ind. as soon as the Lord is through with you in East Ohio? Help is needed at the hitter place very much. Address Bro. H. C. Wickersham, New Pittsburg, Ind., or Bro. Benjamin Longerbone, Portland, Ind.
Edgar Springs, Mo., Dec. 14, 1889.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — May God ever bless and keep you faithful.
This morning we are made to rejoce in the Lord and praise His matchless name for all His wondrous works, and the blessed salvation which He so freely bestows upon the children of men. After our report at Edgar Springs, we went to victory, where we continued meeting about 10 days, then owing to the severity of the weather, and the unfinished condition of the house, we could not remain longer. But the precious seed was sown, and much good accomplished. From victory we went to the Webber School-house, about 34 miles in the country, where the Lord wonderfully helped us to deliver His truth to the people, and He gave us a wonderful sitting together in heavenly places in Christ. There about 25 consecrations; 23 of this number seem to be very firm. The majority of these also consecrated for entire sanctification. Out of this number there are eight couples, man and wife, middle aged, and heads of families, which speaks well for the future prosperity of the Church. Last Monday there were 14 buried with Christ by baptism, all of whom received the witness of the Spirit to the holy rite. O! this indeed was a blessed meeting. In the evening we had meeting at the Black Oak Meeting-house where they want us to return in the near future. There are several more to be baptized at the next opportunity, which we think will be next week, the Lord willing. After the baptizing we went home with dear Bro. and Sister Floyd, and took two days rest of which we were greatly in need. The last week of the meeting at the Webber School-house Bro. Taylor had to do all the preaching, owing to a very bad cold which is settled on my lungs, which renders me unfit to talk. I desire the prayers of the saints that the Lord may fit me for His blessed work.
We returned to Edgar Springs last Thursday, where we expect to remain a few days, the Lord willing. We desire the prayers of all saints, that the Lord may use us all to His glory, and keep us ever low at His feet. Blsesed be His precious name! Amen!
Allie R. Fisher, & Nannie Donnell.
Woodston, Kan. Dec., 1889. Dearly Beloved Saints: — Our testimony just now is: we are saved and kept by the mighty saving power of Jesus, Hallelujah! After our last report, we remained at Almena a few days holding meetings over Sabbath. Three more were buried with Christ in Baptism. We came to Rook’s Co., Kan. and commenced meeting. The Lord was with us in convicting and saving power. Praise His Holy name,! Helping us to deliver the whole counsel of God in much power and demonstration of the Spirit. A few were converted, and several sanctified wholly. Five followed the Lord Jesus in baptism who were greatly blessed in the act. A goodly number confessed the truth, but would not walk in the light. Their tobacco preventing them. On the last night of the meeting we followed the example of our blessed Lord in the ordinance of His house. It being previously arranged, babylon came thinking to see a great sight, which afforded us a good opportunity to cry aloud and spare not, declar- to babylon her sins. The Lord was with us in great power, blessing His little ones with the holy fire, causing them to leap and shout. The holy communion of the Lord’s supper was a solemn, yet glorious season and refreshing to our souls. After the ordinances, Bro. Isaac Coy was ordained elder in the Church of the living God. From here we went to Almena again and remained for one week. Two more were baptized, and several applied for healing to the great physician who healeth all our deseases. From there we returned here again commencing meeting in Bro. Coy’s school-house two miles south of where we did hold. From here we go to Meriden Kan expect to be there about holidays if the Lord wills. Amen! Your Bro. and sister,
Wm. N. & S. J. Smith.
Sidney, O. Dec., 18, ’89.
Dear Saints: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony for the Trumpet. As I have not yet written since the Lord has saved my soul from sin and back- sliding. O what a wonderful Saviour we have. After a ramble in the wilderness of sin and rebellion against God and His Christ for over 2 years. Most of the time afflicted in body as well as soul. I came to the Lord and heartily confessed my disobedience, and backsliding, and the dear Lord took me in, adopted me into His family, and made me member of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. — 1 Cor. 12:14, 20. Eph. 4:25; 5:30. Praise the Lord oh my soul, and all that is within or about me bless His Holy name. O how blessed to know that we have Jesus for our Saviour. Since Jesus saved my soul and sanctified my nature; last August at the Sidney Grove-meeting my soul has been at perfect peace. Praise the Lord for this peace that passeth all understanding. We have some precious meetings in the name of Jesus; while the enemy has overthrown some, but the dear Lord has raised up others who are willing to stand for the right. We had a glorious Bible reading, and two souls at the Altar; both received a bright experience, and the glory shined in their faces. May the dear Lord ever keep them from the evils of the world, preserved in Christ Jesus unto the end. Amen! Nov. 30th, we went south of Sidney, near Piqua and opened fire on the enemy’s ranks in the name of King Jesus, and had good attendance, considering the weather. We found babylon a dead mass of confusion in this place. The Lord wrought through us the awful truth of God and many got their eyes open; or began to, so that they took down their Bible and began to search it and came to us and said they never heard or seen it so before, and would come to us with tears in their eyes and ask the way. But when the M. E’s. saw their craft was in danger, they closed the house against the saints. Praise God the rock of our salvation! Well this only resulted in opening the eyes of honest souls, and one came forward who belonged to their craft for 40 years and asked our prayers and signed for the Trumpet. There were no more saved, but many want the truth and warm invitations to come back when summer comes, as there are very beautiful groves in that neighborhood. May God bless the dear kind people with salvation, who treated us so kindly at that place. The Lord blessed us with good order throughout the meeting which closed with victory in our souls. Bless the Lord! I ask the prayers of all the dear saints that I stand fast in liberty wherein Christ lath made me free and be not again entangled in the yoke of bondage. Your humble Bro. in Christ all for the truth and out for the whole battle, sanctified, made white and tried. Amen.
Geo. W. Howard.
Dear Brethren: — We greet you once more in the name of Jesus. We are saved to the uttermost. Hallelujah! We left our home four days ago, and after a long hard drive we reached this place late last night. We are here in the name of our Master and expect to begin a meeting soon and continue as the Lord may lead. From here we expect to go to New Hampshire and begin a meeting about the 7th of Jan., 1890.
Let all the saints pray for us and these meetings, and all come that can. We would be glad to have some Bro. sent of the Lord to help in the labor for the Lord in these parts. There are several openings in this part of the country and elsewhere. Truly the harvest is great and the laborers are few. Pray for us. We are saved from all sin just now, hallelujah! and ready to go wheresoever He leads. Those desiring to come to the meeting at New Hampshire come to Wapakoneta on the C. H. & D. R. R. Address Bro’s Isaac Carpenter and Arnold Focht, New Hampshire O. Your saved Bro. and sister free from all sin. Hallelujah!
J. N. & M. J. Howard.
Epsom, Ind. Nov. 26, 1889. Dear Saints: — May the Lord bless you all. I have just returned home from the field of labor. There is a great battle to be fought in southern Ind. Satan is doing his work in decieving multitudes of souls. I labored eight days with the people at Mt. Union, Martin Co. Ind., where I labored a few days last wilder. During this meeting there were about six testified to holiness, and a good degree of Spirit manifested among the people in general, and I believe there can be good work done there in the future. From there we went about three miles to the north-east to visit the little church at that place. It made my soul glad to see them standing true to Jesus, and rejoicing in the love of God. The church was fully set in order and established in faith and holiness. Dear Bro. Stephen A. Sharum was chosen and ordained Elder to take the over sight of the flock; and Bro. John Clements as Deacon. O may the Lord keep them pure and make them useful. One Bro. obeyed the Lord and was buried in baptism. Praise the Lord for His goodness to the children of men. Your Bro.
Wm. L. Montgomery.
Cook’s Station, Mo.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — We are happy to tell you that God sweetly saves our souls. Hallelujah! We held meeting in Rolla again after we wrote of being there. Our last meeting at that place was one of victory for Jesus, and some more souls blessedly saved; six more were baptized. We had an ordinance meeting, and all the saints of that dace are a living fire. God bless them.
We came to this place last week and commenced giving Gospel truth to the hungry starving souls. God has been blessing His Word and convincing the people; quite a number are getting saved, and the work is deep, clear and sweet. God truly is doing a wonderful work at this place; three truly converted and one sanctified last night; and the house wonderfully filled with the praises of God. O bless the Lord! God is wonderfully shaking dead professors and showing people the Bible way. We give Him all the glory. Hallelujah! Do not know how long we will stay here. Pray for us. Yours in holy love.
Dear Brethren: — I am still rejoicing in full salvation just now. We have moved from Pa. to Welland, Ont. where we have been laboring since Aug. 30. We have much of the manifestations of God’ power in confirming His Word, by signs and wonders. And mouths of the gainsayers are stopped. We have meeting in 6 or 7 different communities. God is working and the devils are raging. The union of the sects is being overruled by the Lord in opening many doors for the truth, and many poor souls are hungry for the truth.
Your humble Bro.
G. T. Clayton.
Green Valley, Ill.
Dearly Beloved Saints: — We feel led by the power of God to write our testimony. Oh we do praise God that we are saved and sanctified through the blood of our blessed Savior. Glory to His name forever! We do praise God for the blessed evening light of the Gospel that was preached to us, and by the grace of God we shall walk in the light as He is in the light. We do praise God for the safe journey we had from Michigan to Illinois. On our way, we stopped at Grand Junction and took dinner with the Trumpet Family, and had a short visit. May God ever bless and keep them. We also stopped with other brethren along the way, and were kindly received. God bless them all. There are no saints here, but we pray that the Lord will open the way for some true minister to come and preach the Gospel to the people in this place. We have much opposition, and the power of the enemy is strong, but praise the Lord who gives us the victory over all. Dearly beloved saints, pray for us that we may be kept by the power of the Lord, faithful to the end, and always ready to do the Master’s will. Glory to the Lamb forever and ever! Amen.
Your Bro. and Sister in Christ.
Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Brown.
Dear Saints: — May the blessing of God rest upon you all. I am sweetly saved and complete in Jesus, with victory in my soul. Hallelujah to the Lamb forever and ever! Oh I do praise the dear Savior for permitting me to live, and enabling me to battle for Him in my old age. Glory to His precious name.
Dear Saints: — May God bless and keep you saved from all that is not of God. Praise God! I realize the blood of Jesus cleanseth me from all sin. When I was at the Galesburg Camp-meeting there were so many there that had so much deeper experience than I did, that I began to doubt and went to the altar. I saw that the doubling was a trick of the enemy, so I rebuked him, and claimed the victory. I felt urged to covenant with God that I would never doubt His Word again; and I never have since, and I find it easy to take Him at nis Word. I am in a place where the Gospel of the kingdom has not been preached, and where every one walks in the name of His own god, but I will walk in the name of the Lord God. I was convened a little over three years ago, in the U. B. sect, and about a year afterward the Lord called me out of hen I thought at first it might be a false alarm, but the command came again loud and clear, and I obeyed God, and now I am free in Jesus, and feel the approving smiles of God upon me.
Pray for me, dear saints, that I may be kept faithful.
Your Bro. sanctified wholly.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I feel led to write a few lines in praise of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I can say for one that I am led by Him daily, and I love to sound His praises everywhere I go. It seems as though we ought to have a holiness minister in Advance. We need one very badly, for the people seem to be groping in darkness. It looks bad to see old people, just ready to step into their grave, still clinging to the world. If there was only some one to stir them up a little it would be a blessed thing. May God be merciful. Amen.
From your Sister in Christ.
M. T. King.
Dear Brethren: — We fed led to write a few lines in honor of the name of Jesus who has done so much for us. We are still saved and rejoicing in the Lord. We have meeting twice a week, and the Lord is with His little ones to own and bless. Dear saints, pray for us that we may all be found standing straight for God. Oh how we do praise God for this blessed evening light which makes us free, Truly His yoke is easy, and His burden light.
Your Bro. and Sister in the Lord.
S. & E. Mickley,
Detroit, Mich. 315 4th St.
Dear Brethren: – I thank God on this Christmas morning for His unspeakable gift, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. I realize of a truth that great peace for them that love Thy law, and nothing shall offend. With Jesus and the Comforter our bliss can never end. I wonder with amazement when I look on our surroundings and see the people led away into formality, making much ado over the shell, but the precious fruit within they know nothing of, or if they do, are too indolent to seek it. May God for Christ sake pity this generation, and speak to them in thunder tones the words of the Lord; that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God or His commandments. My prayer to God is day and night to raise up and send forth able teachers who shall teach the truth as it is in Jesus; and bring Thy people into the unity of the faith. I pray God through our Lord to teach His saints everywhere to stand fast in one Spirit, with one mind, striving together (not apart) for the faith of the Gospel.
From your Bro. in Christ, having chosen us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ unto Himself according to the good pleasure of His will. To the praise of the glory of His grace wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved in whom we hare redemption through the blood.
If any of God’s ministers should come through this city of Detroit or be led to come here, we will be glad to receive and help such to establish the work here. Of course we expect that such have first obeyed the precepts of the Lord according to Matthew 10th chapter. We have more than we want of the other class. I am the Lord’s to do His will in all things.
know what good thing he could do himself that he might have eternal life. Christ, wishing to convince him that he was on the wrong road to get salvation, told him there is none good, namely: within, and of himself, but God. And whatever goodness His creatures possess is derived from Him, who is the source of all goodness. It is all true there is none good hut one, and that is God. Therefore if the righteous were to lose God out of their hearts there would be nothing good left in them. But “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.” — 2 Cor. 6:16.
“If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.” — 1 Jno. 4:12, 13. And the Apostle Paul says, “that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith,” “that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” — Eph. 3:17, 19. There is none good but God, but we being filled with all the fulness of God, must be good also, yea “full of goodness,” as you read in Rom. 15:14. And David called God His goodness. After Christ told the young man to keep the commandments, and the young man stating that he had done so from his youth, he added, “what lack I yet.” This was a confession that the law theory had proved a failure. Christ had only told the young man to keep the commandments, to draw this confession out of him. and having now disposed of the law, he begins to give him the Gospel “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasures in Heaven; and come and follow me.” So you See Bro. Foggy, Christ told the young man how he could become more than a good man, even a perfect man. So when he talked about men being good through their own independent works, he says there is none good but God. But when he talks of the result of men denying themselves and following Him, he said we can, by His grace become even perfect, and we all know that perfection is a higher standard than goodness. Moreover the New Testament frequently acknowledges men as good.
“And behold there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man and a just.” — Luke 23:50.
Of Barnabas it is recorded that “he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.” — Acts 11:24.
And Jesus says, “A good man out of the good treasure of His heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” — Luke 6:45.
Paul writing to Titus, says that a Bishop should be, “A lover of hospitality, a lover of good men.” — Titus 1:8.
These texts are sufficient to show that both Christ and His apostles, confess that men in this life are good, yea “good men.” But not by their own graceless works, but by receiving a good treasure in their heart, even God in them through “faith and the Holy Ghost.”
Bro. F. I see clearly that if we were to teach that no one can be made a good man by the grace of God, it would conflict even with what Christ told the young man, that he could bo perfect, and also with many other New Testament passages, so I judge your light on the subject is correct; and yet does it not look like a contradiction when Christ said to this young man, “there is none good but one and that is God,” and elsewhere confesses that men were good?
Bro. L. It can only seem so to a careless reader, when the facts are all taken into consideration, it is plain enough. In the first instance the Saviour simply casts self-righteousness into the dust; and in the latter texts the grace of God, which takes out of our heart the evil treasure, and puts in the good, is confessed and extoled.
Bro. F. Well Bro light that all looks plain to me now, and I am glad the scriptures so beautifully harmonize when we understand it. But now it seems to me I read some where that God only is holy Do you know what that means?
Bro. L. That is found in Rev. 15:4. Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name; for thou only art holy.” This may be understood just as the last text. God only is holy in an independent sense. So if God were to move out of us, there would be no holiness left in us. But God being in us, and He being holy, makes
us holy. Hence He says to us, “Be ye holy for I am holy,” — 1 Peter 1:16, and we are “partakers of His holiness.” — Heb. 12:10, which makes us holy also. Besides it should be observed that the word here rendered holy, is not Hagioi the regular word for holy; but is Hosios, an entirely different word, and means bountiful, and is so translated by the Emphatic Diaglolt.
Bro. F. It must mean something of the kind, or else it would conflict with the many passages in the Old and New Testament which teach that men should be, and were holy in this life. But now I wonder how you can get over this text: “If any man says he lives without sin he Is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
Bro. L. Excuse me if I must smile a little at that quotation. But can you tell me where to find the text?
Bro. F. Let me see, I think it is in the sixteenth chapter of Galatians.
Bro. L. O no. Bless you Bro. Foggy there are only six chapters in the Epistle to the Galatians.
Bro. F. Is that so? Well indeed I can’t recollect just now where to turn to it.
Bro. L. Are you sure it is in the Bible at all.
Bro. F. O yes I know it is there. I have surely read it in my Bible more than once. In fact I have been very familiar with those words ever since I was a boy. Why no longer ago than last Sabbath I heard Rev. Stuckup quote it in his sermon, and you know he is a fine scholar, a graduate of Sinumust College. Then I recollect hearing old preacher Lovelust come over those words, I would be safe in saying, more than a hundred times. So I know its all right.
Bro. L. Well Bro. Foggy, I too have often heard such words quoted as Scripture, and I really thought they were in the Bible; but I have found out I was badly mistaken.
Bro. F. What! Bro. Light you don’t mean to say that it is not in the Bible at all?
Bro. L Yes that’s just what I mean Bro. Foggy.
Bro. F. Well I haven’t time to hunt it up now, but I will find it and show it to you. I have to go home now, and I will go over to see our preacher, Bro. Allhead, and he has a large library, and a complete Concordance, and I know we will soon find it.
Bro. L. All right Bro. Foggy. But let me write down the words before you go. I believe these are the words as you quoted them: “If any man says he lives without sin he is a liar and the truth is not in him.”
Bro. F. Yes I believe that is just the way it reads. But hold on, let me think a little. It seems to me I have also heard it quoted this way: “Whosoever saith he liveth and sinneth not is a liar and the truth is not in him.”
Bro. L. Well I will write it down both ways, and I tell you, you will find neither in all the Bible. But you hunt till you are satisfied, and I will come over and see you in a few days.
Bro. F. All right I will. Good by.
Bro. L. God bless you Bro. Foggy, and do not forget to pray to God for wisdom from above. Good Day.
(To be continued, and put in tract form.)
OBEY THE WORD.
IN regard to salvation, and the Church of the Living God, its rules and regulations etc., it is not this man’s opinion, or that man’s opinion, but it must be a “thus saith the Lord.” Must be just as the Word of God teaches. Now if some reject the ordinances, they reject the Word of God, that is, wherein it teaches the practice of the ordinances. The Word of God teaches us that Christ gave us His commands and set us the example Himself and tells us to do as He has done, and we find His children observing the ordinances and obeying Him by following His example while He is yet on earth. And years after He is nailed to the cross, we find them still doing the same. Yes, many years after, we hear Paul teaching them to “keep the ordinances.” — 1 Cor. 11:1-2. So we see that they were not nailed to the cross as some have supposed, but were commenced to be practiced while Christ was here on earth, and after His death, were still kept up, and is still kept up by those who live in accordance to His Word. Yet some will in the face of all this reject them; reject the Word of God wherein it teaches them. Some do it ignorantly, some to suit their own whims. Some tenaceously hold that they were nailed to the cross; we admit that the old law was at an end then. Bat these are not in the old law, but were practiced in the primitive Church both before and after the death of Christ upon the cross. We are not under the Mosaic law, but under grace, the law of Christ. The Word teaches that His children shall see “eye to eye.” Some may be in error, but when the truth is presented in the light of the Gospel, they will see it and walk in the light received, or else will soon find themselves floundering around in the mists of darkness. Now as to the question of baptism, and how it should be performed, we cannot rely upon the whims and opinions of men, but will turn again to the Word for our guide. First, we find that it is a command to observe this ordinance. All believers are commanded to be baptized. But now comes the question: How shall it be done? By what mode, or according ;o whose belief? Once more we return to the inspired Word, Matt. 28:19, where we hear Jesus telling His disciples to go and teach all nations, baptizing them, etc. Turn to the original Greek, and we fine these words translated: “Immersing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” etc. Then in Eph. 4:5, the direct translation from the Greek is “One Lord, one faith and one immersion.” Thus we see according to the Word of God there is but one kind of baptism as an ordinance; but one mode or way, and that way is by immersion, and only one immersion. Pouring or sprinkling is not Scriptural baptism. Merely going through the form of baptism contrary to ones belief would not be observing it Scripturally. To practice it contrary to the Bible, is not observing it Scripturally, for the Word teaches but the one way.
E. E. Byrum.
The House of God.
|1.||Q. Of what is this house composed?|
|A.||1. Heb. 3:6.|
|2. 1 Pet. 2:5.|
|2.||Q. Who is the Builder?|
|A. 1.||Matt. 16:18.|
|Now read,||Heb. 1:8.|
|3.||Q. How did He build it?|
|A. He 1. Tempered it together.||1 Cor. 12:24, 25.|
|2. Framed it together.||Eph. 2:21.|
|3. Joined it together.||Eph. 4:16.|
|4. Raised it up together.||Eph. 2:6.|
|5. Knit it together.||Col. 2:2.|
|Now read.||Rom. 8:35-39.|
|4.||Q. What is it termed?|
|A. 1. Household of faith.||Gal. 6:10.|
|2. Household of God.||Eph. 2:19.|
|All Brethren.||Matt. 23:8-10.|
|All have the same name.||Eph. 3:14, 15.|
|3. Church of God.||1 Tim. 3.14, 15.|
|5.||Q. What is Christ to the Church?|
|A. 1. The Foundation.||Matt. 16:18.|
|1 Cor. 3:11.|
|1 Cor. 10:1-4.|
|2. The Door.||Jno. 10:7, 9, 1.|
|3. The High Priest.||Heb. 3:1-6.|
|6.||Q. What is the access?|
|A. Faith.||Rom. 5:1, 2.|
|7.||Q. Shall this house stand?|
|A. Yes.||Prov. 12:7.|
|8.||Q. Why will it Stand?|
|A. 1. Founded on a Rock.||Matt 7:24, 25.|
|Not divided. 1.||Mark, 3:25.|
|2.||1 Cor. 12:24-26.|
|9.||Q. What is the law of the house?|
S. L. S.
ONENESS OF BELIEVERS.
Gal. 3: 28.
|1. For this Jesus,|
|1. Prayed.||Jno. 17:20, 21.|
|2. Gave his glory.||Jno. 17:22.|
|3. Broke down the partition wall.||Eph. 2:14-16.|
|4. Gave gifts to men.||Eph. 4:8, 11-14.|
|2. Divisions are not of God.|
|1. God does not make divisions.||1 Cor. 12:24, 25.|
|2. God does not permit men to.||Rom. 16; 17, 18|
|1 Cor. 1:10.|
|3. Carnality is the source of divisions.||1 Cor. 3:1-3.|
|4. The remedy is sanctification.||Heb. 2:11.|
|3. This Oneness comprehends.|
|1. One Body.||Rom. 12:4, 5.|
|This one Body is The Church.||Col. 1:24.|
|2. One Name.||Jno 17:11, 12.|
|1. Whole family.||Eph. 3:14, 15.|
|2. Name of the Father.||2 Cor. 1:3.|
|3. This one Name is Church of God.||Acts, 20:28.|
|1 Tim. 3:5, 15.|
|3. One Spirit.||1 Cor. 6:17.|
|1. The Spirit of Christ.||Rom. 8:9.|
|2. The Same Spirit.||1 Cor. 12:4.|
|4. One mind.||2 Cor. 13:11.|
|1. The mind.||Phil. 2:5.|
|2. Paul says,||1 Cor. 2:16.|
|5. One flesh and bone.||Eph. 5:30-32.|
|4. Again Jesus says,|
|Now read.||1 Thess. 4:7, 8.|
|His Brethren.||Luke, 8:19-21.|
A. J. K.
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DELIVERED FROM THE POWERS OF SATAN.
Dear Saints: – May the Lord bless you all with the richest blessings of His love, and help you to sound His praises with all your might. I have been impressed for some time to write and tell you what the Lord has done for me, When but a child 11 years of age I felt the need of a Saviour. My parents taught me to read the Bible, and I was brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In the Word I found things that brought conviction to my young heart, and many times did I weep bitterly and pray God to spare my life until I had an opportunity and I would give my heart to Him. But what was I to do? The people thought it not worth while for children to come to God. Thus I suffered for two long years, until the winter of 1881, when there was a meeting at the U. B. meeting house where they gave an invitation; finally a dear sister came and invited me, and I went, and praise the Lord! He wonderfully saved my soul. After meeting they wanted me to join what I thought was the Church. I wanted to live for God, so I joined and soon saw it was not my soul they cared for, but the number. Oh what a place for a child! like a lamb in a den of wolves. Of course in a year or so they had me dead, spiritually. After this I wandered about for some time as a backslider, and finally came to God and He forgave me and soon afterwards sanctified my soul, or at least I thought so; but when it came to giving up all my worldly associates I held back part of the dribe and lost my salvation. From that time I began to get worse and worse, and became a low, miserable sot. Still the Lord followed after me. Every day for a year I was under conviction, but still I resisted the Holy Chost un..l one night I went, in company with a young man, to our place of work. After going to bed I could not sleep; some thing seemed to say to me: will you go any longer in sin? At first I fried to shut my eyes and heart to the Saviour but it was of no use, the Spirit said you must decide to-night. I studied it over; I knew that I would have to give up all this world and go and work for the Lord. Oh how I wish that I had made a decision for the right; but I said Lord I can-not make the decision to night; then all at once a demon face appeared before me, then a chill and slimy sensation took fold of me and great drops of cold sweat came out of my face. At first I did not know what was the matter, and the devil made me believe that I had sinned a gainst the Holy Ghost. I began to pray, but the heavens seemed to be brass, and I could not repent. I got up from my bed and went out and knelt down beside a tree and promised God if He would spare my life I would give my heart to Him and serve Him all the rest of my life; then I began to feel easier. The next day the Lord showed me that I was possessed with the devil. But how was I to get rid of it? I did not want to let any one know what a terrible condition I had gotten into. I was in this condition for five weeks; during this time no one knows what I suffered. I could scarcely eat nor sleep, and at sunset every night a terrible fear would take hold of me, and I would tremble from head to foot. At times something seemed to raise up in my throat and choke me almost to death, finally after five weeks of tenable misery, I laid down one night, and all at once it seemed that a stream of fire went down my throat. I sprang from my bed and screamed with all my might. For a moment I thought I was lost; then something seemed to say: if you will turn now you can be saved. O praise God! I was willing to make the good choice. I sent for the elders and they came but I could not repent until I told them what was the matter. They laid hands on me in the name of the Lord; then the devil told me it would kill me, He would choke me almost to death; but finally I said: life or death, I must be delivered. Praise the Lord, He did deliver me. O how glorious to be delivered from all the powers of the devil. Let all who read this take warning and not resist the Holy Ghost. O praise the Lord for salvation that saves me just now! O brethren I have a wonderful experience. Bless His holy name. I find it easy to serve God, for His yoke is easy mid His burden is light; I’ve found it so. Let all who profess salvation plunge into the fountain and be made perfectly whole. I have been saved for one year and am more encouraged to live true to God. O how I long for the day when we can all meet to part no more. Pray for me that the Lord may use me to His glory. I expect to work for the Lord all my life. May God bless and keep you all filled with His glory. Amen! Your Bro. saved.
W. J. Henry,
Six Points, O.
Cook’s Station. Mo.
Dear Trumpet Readers: — I will testify for myself that I may benefit others. I am 64 years old and have been a Church goer all my life, and can say that I believed in religion, but never experienced a change until I beard the Word preached in its purity by Bro. Bolds and family. I believed in this doctrine before he came here. He said choose this day whom ye will serve. I saw at once it was a busi-transaction, and went to the altar to be prayed for by the saints, and I entered into a contract to serve God. Thank God I have not yielded to any temptation yet, and by the help of God I never will. I think I came in at the eleventh hour, and have comparitively only one hour to work. I have been suffering with rheumatism 2 years or more; I was suffering worse than ever when I thought about asking God to help me bear the pain. I said: oh Lord help me bear this pain: and it was almost instantly cured. He did more for me than I asked Him to do.
J. E. Watson,
Norwood, Mo., Dec. 1889.
Dear Brethren: — We have been in protracted meetings for the last 3 months with grand success. Many have come out on the straight line, and many others are deeply convicted. I praise God that I am still saved with continual peace in my soul. O what a great salvation God has wrought through His dear Son. Praise God for what He is doing in this part of the country.
W. M. Wilson.
Table Rock, Neb,
Dear Saints: — May heavens choicest blessings rest upon you. I am glad to tell you that I am wonderfully saved from all sin, and kept by power Divine.
Your sister all the Lord’s.