1 November 1884, Volume 6, Number 17.
WHO MONOPOLIZES HOLINESS?
How easy it is for good men, holy men, to become a little obscured in their spiritual vision by their surroundings! A very little thing, if it is located near enough to our eye, will shut out the sun from our sight.
I desire clearly to state that I do not claim exemption from this difficulty, and hence if, in this article, that or any other weakness may appear, I may be criticized faithfully; but in love.
This is suggested by an editorial in the Christian Witness of Aug. 7th, in reply to the editorials by Brothers Clark and Reid, in the Highway of July 19th. As I have not read the articles referred to in the Highway, I labor under the disadvantage of not having the whole case before me; but as I wish only to refer to vital principles, rather than arguments in the discussion, it is not so material.
I have no hesitation in stating that the glorious holiness movement compassed by the last score of years, that has sent such glory over this whole world is of God. This conviction has the possession of my inmost being. I could not doubt it. God has wonderfully used some of His children as instruments in the dissemination of this blessed doctrine. Lives have been as truly sanctified to the work of God on this line, as were those in the apostle’s time. Men have truely been called out in this blessed work as was Paul. But the work was God’s work. He it was who ordained the work and dispensed the light and power. He it was who sent upon His children the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and anointed His servants. When the mighty Spirit came down upon the people of God on the day of Pentecost, and filled them with divine light and energy, and spake through them with great power, the multitudes were moved, convinced and saved. While the apostles and brethren were thus used of God as His instruments, they could not arrogate to themselves any honor, any glory, nor any name in consequence thereof. It was all of God and He must have all the glory. The very moment His instruments fail to recognize their proper place and relation, and claim any power or authority in the case of themselves, that moment they violate the terms of God under which they were employed, and enter on their own works. Of this work of God there in no monopoly by any sect or any man; it is simply for any child or children of Him whom He may call and to whom He may dispense gifts. God supervises His work, and no man supervises God.
From the principles enunciated in the Word if God, and the history of this movement it is clearly taught that God does not propose to use any sect nor any sect methods, nor any number of sects in union with each other, as the medium by which the work of sanctification shall be brought to the knowledge of souls. It any of the sects shall adopt God’s method, so much the better for them; but they cannot thereby claim the exclusive right to represent God. Christ gave us to know that all His sanctified followers are one, as the Father and He are one; not united in a sect, but united in the Spirit. Not a union of sects brought into organic form holy union with God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.
God has His own methods and His own people, and with these methods we, as God’s people, should acquaint ourselves; and if our methods are such that they are not pleasing to others, then we had better enquire of God if our methods are His methods, and if not, change ours for God’s and those who are displeased by making the same examination and application will remove ail difficulty. If holiness people of different sects cannot submit to the methods of the methodist meeting, perhaps they might submit to the methods of God, if not, there is surely another touch of the blood needed.
Blessed be God! He has a salvation for His children that will obliterate all the obstacles of nationality, color of race; yes, and most difficult of all, sect also. Yes, brethren it truly will. Thank God! I will not say we cannot run a denominator on the of holiness, but I do say we cannot run holiness on the line of denomination. It is an insult to God to propose to do so. No more can we do it on the line of a union of denominations, or sects; for that only multiplies the difficulty. When God takes hold of a meeting of sanctified souls, sect leaves, and one spirit prevails; there is no friction, no lack of union and harmony; there can be none. If God and Christ agree, then God’s sanctified children will; and what might seem to be a clashing of methods, when the anointing is not complete, really becomes the spice of the meeting under the complete rule of the Holy Ghost. I speak from experience, but can only speak my own. In such a meeting there is blessed harmony, and no conflict or confusion. The difficulties arise in attempting to conform to each other instead of conforming to God; in attempting to harmonize a variety of methods to each other instead of a general harmonizing with God. If the time has come when we must have denominational or sectarian holiness in order to accommodate varied conditions, then the time has come when our holiness needs to be sanctified, as much as that of others we may hare exhorted. Brethren, “There is power in Jesus? blood to make us white as snow.” Let us keep under the blood.
Killing in Self defense.
There is but one circumstance in which this is right, and that is set forth in these words, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit, mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body ye shall live.” — Rom. 8: 13. This language is a key to the whole subject of the preceding chapter. It interprets the two conflicting laws of 7: 23. Here we see spiritual life in the soul, and at the same time a foe, the “flesh” the ”old man” the “body of sin.” These antipodes are described in Gal. 5: 17, and else where. And constitute the experience of every soul in the justified state. But this is not the normal state of the Christian. Only a transition period. The new life has been implanted by regeneration, but the old life has not yet been removed by entire sanctification. These two natures in the soul have no fellowship with each other: do not blend: but are rival opposite elements. Now these opposite forces are not likely to dwell together in the heart very long. Either the one or the other must remove, or be destroyed. While the soul stops short of entire sanctification it must keep the “old man” in subjection: “For he that is born of God sins not.” But to hold the fort with an indwelling, though conquered foe, is a very precarious situation, and in about nine cases out of ten proves a failure. Hence to make spiritual life more practical, the flesh — inbred sin — must be destroyed, the old put to death. “If ye live after the flesh ye shall die,” i, e., if you give way to the motions of inbred sin you will commit sin, and die, — loose spiritual life. But if ye mortify this body of sin, then you shall live. The new life will flourish without a rival or foe. And the Apostle’s meaning may be stated thus, “put the old man to death quickly, or he will kill you.” His death is your only sure escape from being killed by him. It hurts to kill the “old man,” but you had better do it than have him kill the “new man.” Hence entire sanctification is committing murder in self defense. This we say is the only sense in which the Bible upholds killing in self defense. But this it very strongly upholds, and even urges. Daniel.
To set up a monument of the darkness and ignorance of the cloudy days of babylon, and to furnish something for a hearty innocent laugh by the children of God in the present and future ages, we put upon record, that a man in Battle Creek, Mich., applied for a “letter from the Methodist Church, to join the Church of God.” We have not learned whether he has handed in his letter to Christ yet, or not.
A Healed Pilgrim.
St Louis Mich., Oct. 10th ’84.
To all the saints in Christ, Greeting. I am saved; enjoy the fullness of God in my soul. Glory to Him who works all in all. Hallelujah to God forever!
While at Williamston, attending the Assembly of the saints of the Firstborn, I was taken sick with a bilious attack, and cankered sore throat. We called on the Great Physician, and the brethren and sisters that were present. But I was not healed. I went to bed, and toward morning, the Lord, in a vision showed me a mountain, nice and round, like the half of a great ball, laying on the flat side. Upon it, all around from the bottom to the top, sat the beloved saints of God. On the top of this mountain stood Bro. Warner, preaching to the people. And such heavenly music I never heard before. And the Lord told me it was the holy hill of Zion. The mountain of God’s holiness. He told me that I should go to the Trumpet house and tell the brethren what I had seen, and that after I would obey the Lord in that, I should be healed. I did so, then asked the Elders to lay hands upon me according to the Word of the Lord. And, glory to Jesus, I was instantly healed by faith in the Son of God. The meeting being over, wife and I then started on our way home. We drove 15 miles and staid all night. Felt the power of God at work all through my whole system all night, but rested sweetly in Jesus, who is with me all the time. In the morning, after worship with the family where we tarried over night through they were not saved, they yearned after us. We drove 40 miles, enjoying the beautiful handiwork of God along the road. Reached sister Reeves’, and there tarried for the night. In the evening she handed me the Bible, told me the Lord wanted me to read. Instantly the Lord said, “read the 30 Psalm, and the first two verses are yours.” Praise God! We read “I will extol Thee oh Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried unto Thee; and Thou hast healed me.” Amen! Surely this was my experience. Glory to God forever! I have the health, and God’s Word confirms it. In the morning we started on, greatly refreshed by the presence of the Lord. Reached home at noon, ate our dinner, and it being Saturday, and having an appointment for the evening ten miles away, we got ready and soon left our home again to do the Master’s will. On our way we felt the Lord had given us the message to deliver, and the power of God was upon us; and as soon as we came in sight of the school house, the Spirit of the Lord came upon us and was shouted to the top of our voice, which stirred the devil in an old methodist man and he growled. Glory to God forever! We went into the school house, and the people came in. We sang sister Emma Miller’s hymn, and the Spirit led us to te.. the people how the Lord had healed her and opened her blinded eyes. Then the Lord gave us one of those hail storm, and thunder and lighting sermons that Bro. Warner told us about, at the assembly. We delivered it in the Spirit of God, and on the power of the Holy Ghost. We then have a privilege to testify, only one spoke a few words then sat down. The congregation looked as though a hail storm has gone through then. As I sat wiping he sweat from my face, with my eyes clotted, I saw before me, a mourner’s bench, and several penitent kneeling at it. I me up immediately and told the people what God had showed me. I placed the bench in order, and old them to come. And glory to God, six souls came right forward, and kneeled down. Some seeking justification, and some entire sanctification. All glory to God forever! This the place where I told you the Lord old me I should go. My pen can’t tell the glory that filled the place, and our hearts. Your Brother saved fully.
A J. Shelly.
(CONVERSATION BETWEEN PETER AND JOHN.)
Peter: Well, John, what church do you belong to? I see you are religious.
John: That question will have to be amplified in order to a full understanding thereof. you must speak plainer.
Peter: Why, the question is plain enough. I mean what religious denomination do you belong to? You know there are many of them in existence.
John: Yes, the supply of denominations seems to be about sufficient. There is no pressing need just now of any more of them. I do not belong to any of them, and yet I am in the church.
Peter: Why, how can that be? Please explain yourself. I have never heard any one talk so before. I have always thought that in order to belong to the church, one must of necessity, be connected with some one of the churches or denominations.
John: That is a great mistake the world at large has been making for a very long time. The fact is that one might belong to all the denominations and still not be in the church at all. This brings us to the inquiry as to what the church really is.
Peter: This certainly is a new phase of the subject to me. Please explain further. I am in the dark about the matter.
John: Well I will try to do so as we proceed. Is not a Christian a believer in Christ?
Peter: Yes, a: Christian is a believer in Christ; one cannot be a Christian without believing in Christ.
John: Well, can one be a believer in Christ without being a Christian?
Peter: Certainly not since to believe in Christ makes one a Christian.
John: Then what is necessary to believe in Christ? Is it necessary to go anywhere — to do anything — to join anything, in order to believe in Christ? Is not the power to believe in Christ ever with man by the aid of the ever present Divine Spirit?
Peter: It certainly is; the act of faith is a personal or individual act.
John: Well, then, do you not see that the very moment one believes in Christ he becomes a Christian?
Peter; Yes: this is certainly very plain.
John: Let me ask, then, if one can be a Christian without belonging to Christ?
Peter: He certainly can not.
John; Can one belong to Christ without belonging to Christ’s Church?
Peter: He can not.
John; And does not belonging to Christ make one a member of Christ’s Church?
Peter: It does.
John; Then, is not every believer in Christ a member of the Church of Christ — the Christian Church?
Peter: Undoubtedly he is.
John: Then Christ is “the door” to the Church, and the act of faith opens the door, – does it not?
Peter: It is very simple, — I see it now as never before.
John: Since, then, the act of faith makes one a christian, do you not see that the only thing necessary to become a member of Christ’s Church is to believe in him?
Peter: I do.
John: Hence, as every believer in Christ belongs to the Christian Church., do you not see that the denominations are not necessary to make one a Christian?
Peter; I do.
John: Then, as faith alone in Christ admits to Christ’s Church, do you not see that the denominations are not at all necessary, but rather a hindrance to saving faith, especially as they have no connection whatever with the faith of the believer?
Peter: It is very plain that they are both unnecessary and a hindrance to real direct faith in Christ.
John: If, then, they are unnecessary, and a hindrance, are they not superfluous?
Peter: They are.
John Are not superfluities forbidden in the gospel?
Peter: They are.
John: Then denominations are sinful, and therefore forbidden, as all sin is forbidden. Is not this true?
Peter: It is.
John: do you not see, then, that, instead of being an auxiliary to Christianity, denominations are a great curse, as they are sinful, and all sin hinders faith?
Peter: That is true. But why don’t the people generally see this:
John: Ah, that is the question! Sin is blinding in its effects; and denominationalism is undoubtedly one of the most blinding of all sins, as it is deceiving millions into the idea that by joining it, they join Christ, — whereas it stands directly in the way of faith in Christ, acting as it does, as a substitute for Christ. Wherefore, let every sensible soul drop the abominable thing forever, and follow “Jesus Only.” Let us return to Bible simplicity, which satan has so long hidden from the view of even the honest, and stand in the “One Body” of Christ — the one indivisible Church of God, beside which there is none other: for it is written, “Verily, verily, I say unto you he that enters not by the Door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way the same is a thief and a robber.” The devil has long made the people believe that denominationalism or sectism (in other words — schism ) is absolutely necessary to the christian cause: but “he is a liar and the father of it.” After all, the one who belongs to Christ’s Church only, instead of being “nothing” is really “some thing,” as he is a child of God by heart faith in Jesus Christ; and instead of belonging to “no church,” he really belongs to the only Bible Church. Thank God for “the true light,” which “now shines.” Let us walk in it. It pays. Is it not strange that so many will believe the devil’s lie instead of the Lord’s truth?
Elkton, M. d.
The Peter and John of the Bible needed no such talk, to convince either of them, of the genuineness of the work wrought, by the Holy Ghost, on the day of Pentecost. For, “The multitude of them that believed were of one heart and one soul.” — Acts 4: 32. “And they, continued daily with one accord. “And the Lord added to the Church,” (not denominations.) Peter in his 2nd Epistle tells us of false teachers, who bring in damnable heresies, and swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Christ prayed “that they all may be one” (His own doctrine.) John tells us “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, (Christ’s doctrine) receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that bids him God speed is a partaker of his evil deeds.” 2nd John 10, 11. The Peter and John of to day, as represented in this tract are just returning to the light of inspiration received by the Peter and John of the Bible.
Man can no more “organize “God’s Church than he can make a saint. The Holy Ghost alone is competent to “set the members every one of them in the body.” Every time man presumptuously touches the Lord’s work, he mars that work — he becomes a lord over it. The Lord commissions “overseers” to instruct and direct, according to His will, but not contrary thereto. Away with foolish man-ism, and let us “seek unto the Lord” for clear directions and movings in all things. All else is of the devil. We are to be “led by the Spirit,” whose leadings are ever according to the truth.
We left home before all the matter was proved, and the brethren being in a hurry because the paper was late, a few bad mistakes occur. In sister Lyon’s song, “Tis for the God of fallen man,” should read, “for the good.” In the article, “With one Shoulder,” the words erroneous doctrins takes away unscriptural language.” Should read “takes on unscriptural language.” “Since the assembly meeting Bro. F. has the interest in the office held by Thos Horton,” should read, “has bought the interest.”
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A Glorious Victory in Ohio.
We left our home, and the dear saints, on Friday morning Oct. 10, and reached Payne, Paulding Co. Ohio, the same evening about 10 o’clock. The dear saints had been anxiously waiting, and longing to see us, and had almost given up our coming, as there had been a mistake made, in the date of the meeting which should have been Oct. 3d, instead of the 10th as in the Trumpet. Nevertheless the saint rallied again, from all parts round about, and we began meeting Saturday evening; and the Lord poured out His Spirit upon us, and refreshed us. We spake the Word of God to the people, which brought conviction to many hearts. On Sabbath morn we gathered in the grove near by Bro. Joseph Kilpatrick’s, here the war began in earnest, the fire of God descended, and fell upon His marshaled host. We preached the Word again with much power, and authority, which caused sinners and believers to tremble, and hypocrites to fear. After the preaching of the Word, sinners and believers, were invited forward to the altar; which was responded to quickly, and crowded with seekers for pardon, and entire sanctification. Oh how the Spirit of God did burn. The sin-consuming fire came seething, and burning up the wood, hay and stubble, and all shakey elements; in fact, every thing that could not stand the keen Spirit and Word, was burnt up, or scattered like chaff. Hallelujah to the Lamb! There were eight sanctified and two received pardon at the altar. O bow the glory of God did fill our souls. Some of those who received the Holy Ghost, . immediately began to speak with fiery tongues, and did glorify God, and exhorted others to turn to Him, and be saved.
Sabbath evening we met again to push the battle on at Bro. Joseph Kilpatrick’s house, here the glory of God so filled the place, that we felt that we were at the very gates of heaven, and that indeed it was none other than the house of God. We again delivered the awful truth of God, with mighty smighting power, and many were smitten, and pricked in their hearts, to that extent, as soon as the invitation was given to come to the altar, some immediately rushed forward, and fell on their knees; and others followed until every spot where there was room enough for a poor penitent sinner, seeking pardon, and believer, for sanctification to kneel, was occupied.
Oh! What a glorious victory for– Jesus, which resulted in the conversion of 6 souls seeking pardon, and the sanctification of 2 justified believers. O how those who had been liberated from the bonds of iniquity, and from the power of Satan, unto God, did praise Him who had cleansed them, and let them free, and then did all the redeemed ones join in mighty acclaim. Whose “voices were like the noise of many waters,” and with glory bright their faces beamed. Oh glory! As I now write, my soul echoes the glad refrain. O my heart is filled with thrilling emotions of praise and gratitude to Him who saves me and fills me with His love.
On monday evening the scene was similar, as above related, the Holy Ghost came with His renewing power, molding us all into one channel of divine love, prayer, power, and praise. The Word had its usual effect when wrought and spoken by the power of the blessed Spirit. The altar was again filled with seekers, and 9 received sanctification, and 3 pardon, and then again followed the glorious jubilee of songs, and shouts and praises until a late hour of the night, our physical nature being nearly exhausted, we sank down to rest for the night. The next day (Tuesday) we, and others of the saints, were conveyed to Bro. McNeal’s near Dixon, where we preached in the evening to a full house. Here Satan seemed to effect quite a considerable degree of power in the beginning of the meeting, but he was soon put to flight. Some manifested a desire to be saved, but did not come forward. The next morning we met together again at another house, and those whom satan bad bound came also. The power of the Spirit came upon us, we read and expounded the Word, then invited to the altar. One came forward, and another dear sister who had given place to satan, desired to come, but he had her so tightly bound she could not stir. She repeatedly told us she desired to come but could not. The Spirit then signified to me that I should carry her to the altar. I took hold of her, and sister Emily Kilpatrick immediately, by the same impression, ..i..t..d, she ..i.. an the way to the altar, I put her on the altar the third time before she would remain there. Satan then told her she should not pray. She refused for some time, but gave way under the power of prayer, and entreaties of God’s children, she then prayed for deliverance which soon came, and she praised God for her deliverance. Oh how the devil rages, he is getting terrible, and is desperately determined to siege and bind all whom he can. He assaults God’s chosen ones with terrific force, but is sure to be repulsed. The mighty God, and “Michael the great prince is standing up for the deliverance of His people.” He is causing a “time of trouble,” because of the great conflict between His forces and Satan’s As the “violent take the kingdom of God by force,” so God is about to take the devil’s kingdom by force. He is filling His saints with vehement desire, and clothing, them, with compelling power, commands them to “compel them to come in,” “pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garments spotted by the flesh.” We then returned to Bro Kilpatrick’s and held meeting in the evening, and there were three sanctified who had previously received pardon, and another compelled by the power of God to seek the pardon of his sins, which was effectually wrought. O praise the Lord for His great mercy wherewith He blessed us. The next evening we were invited to speak in the M. E. house in the village of Payne. We accepted the invitation. The glory of the Lord again filled the house, and one was converted. We returned to Bro. Kilpatrick’s again for the night, and in the morning, we made arrangements to baptize a number who desired the same, we met therefore, and the Lord sanctified 3 more before starting. We then went to the Maumee River and 9 were Baptized in obedience to the word and faith of Jesus. Praise God “he that doeth His will, shall know of the doctrine,” and none others. We returned praising God in the way, and stopped at Bro. Wm. L. Kilpatrick’s, and the saints came together there in the evening, and observed the ordinances of feet washing and Lord’s supper. O what a blessed time! how our dear hearts were knit together in love. We shall never forget those dear saints whom we so dearly love. Oh how the tears trickled down their cheeks, and their hearts throbbed with emotion as they embraced us, and bade us farewell. As we were observing the ordinances, one dear soul was so effected, as to fall down upon her knees and give her heart to God. Thus closed the meetings at Payne, for which we shall ever praise God, and pray for those dear saints there.
Saturday morning we took the train east to Melrose thence four miles south to Bro. David Smith’s where the brethren had arranged for a meeting in a school house near by. We had a glorious time of refreshing from the Holy Ghost; two hands were raised for salvation. Sunday forenoon the Lord enabled us to mightily preach the Word, and the Holy Ghost power was wonderful; it was melting. Sinners fell on their knees at the altar, and cried aloud for mercy. 3 were converted, and one sanctified. In the evening the house was crowded, and we preached the one Church, which was generally accepted. The house was so densely packed there was no room for altar services. Monday, repaired to the large Oglage River, where eight precious blood washed souls proved the blessedness of doing “His will.” Oh! how the Lord did bless those dear souls; their shouts made the river valley ring. So we bade the dear ones farewell at that place, and came by rail to New Haven, Ind., where Bro. Fred Myers met us, and some of the saints who accompanied us from Payne. Bro. Myers conveyed us to Milon Center, where we had a meeting last evening. The Holy Spirit filled us with great power as we preached the Word to them, after which, one dear sister said that she was determined to be sanctified before leaving the house. She immediately consecrated, and was sanctified. O glory to God for His great love, wherewith He loves us. There has been in all, during our stay in Ohio, and Indiana 18 converted, and 28 sanctified, and “I pray God to keep them, soul, body and spirit blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen! We now depart for Iowa, where we expect to be used of the Lord in the salvation of many souls. Even so may it be Lord Jesus.
The Holy Spirit as an
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A BIBLE READING SELECTED BY SISTER MAUD. RICHEY.
THE SPIRIT PROMISED.
“Fear ye not, neither be afraid; have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. Isa. 44. 8.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. Joel. 2. 28.
And behold I send the promise of my Father upon you;. but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. Luk. 24. 49.
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
But whosoever drinieth of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John. 4. 10, 14.
Then said some of his disciples among themselves. What is this hat He saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me; and again, a little wile, and ye shall see me; and, Because go to the Father? John. 16. 17.
And being assembled together with them, commanded them that thy should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith He, ye have heard of Me.
For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with he Holy Ghost not many days hence.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both..n Jerusalem, and in J..dea, and in Samaa, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Act. 1. 4, 5, 8.
THE HOLY SPIRIT RECEIVED.
And when the day of Pentecost as fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a r..shing mighty win.. and it filled all the house where they we.. sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts. 2. 1, 2, 3, 4.
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
(For as yet he had fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Then laid they their hands on them, and they, received the Holy Ghost. Acts. 8. 12, 14, 15, 16, 17.
And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us.
And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Acts. 15. 8, 9.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God, dwells in you? 1 Cor. 3. 16.
IT IS GOD HIMSELF DWELLING IN US.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more, but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
Jesus answered and 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. 18, 19, 20, 23.
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 be their God, and they shall be my people,
Therefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. II. Cor. 6. 16, 17.
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
In whom all the building fitly framed together gnoweth unto a holy temple in the Lord:
In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit Eph. 2. 20, 21, 22.
And he that keeps his commandments dwells in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. 1. John. 3. 24.
HOW TO RECEIVE THE SPIRIT.
If ye then, being, evil know how to give good gifts unto your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke. 11. 13.
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is every one that hangs on a tree; Gal. 3. 2, 13.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John. 7. 38, 39.
WHAT HE WILL DO FOR US.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Cor. 12. 13.
That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Rom. 15. 16.
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: II. Thes. 2. 13.
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 1. Pet. 1. 2.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Rom. 8. 2.
Howbeit when He the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth for He shall not speak of himself but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak; and He will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me; for He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John. 16. 13, 14, 15.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John. 14. 26.
On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was come to Jerusalem. John. 12. 12.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto mo both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts. 1. 8.
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man: Eph. 3. 16.
Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Rom. 8. 26, 27.
THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT.
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,) Eph. 5. 9. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
If we live in the Spirit, let its also walk in the Spirit. Gal. 5. 16, 22, 23, 25.
THE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT.
First to adoption.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Rom. 8. 14, 15, 16.
Second to Entire Sanctification.
For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.
Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for at w that He had said before,
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; Heb. 10. 14. 16.
A Healing Testimony.
Williamsfield Ohio, Oct. 20 th ’84
Dear Brethren: — I have intended to write you ever since our short, pleasant acquaintance at the Sandy Lake Camp Meeting last August. It is with great pleasure that I look back upon those three days spent there, and I have thanked God many times for the brighter light I there received on the Word of God. I have received such a blessing in my family, which I gratefully publish through the Trumpet to the glory of God.
My daughter, Alice N. Rose, who has been an invalid for 12 years, has been healed in answer to the prayer of faith. Glory be to God! On the 7th day of Oct. a few women met to hold a faith meeting in the name of the Lord, at Jamestown Pa. Sister Riley took her in the arms of faith, and laid her at the feet of Jesus, and claimed the promise in James 5:14, 15. Sister Fenton anointed her with oil in the name of the Lord, and she was healed then and there. Glory to God forever more. Tell the dear saints at Sandy Lake through the Trumpet, that the dear Lord has heard and answered their prayers for my afflicted child, and she is made every whit whole. I write this hoping that other afflicted ones may be encouraged to go to Jesus for the healing power. It is clear to me now that there is healing for all in Christ Jesus, as well as salvation from sin. I send greeting to bother and sister Fisher, and God bless and use you all to His glory. Pray that my child may use her new life all for God. Your Sister in Christ.
Julia L. Rose.
WALKING WITH THE WORLD.
The Church and the World walked far apart,
On the changing shore of time;
The World was singing a giddy song,
And the Church, a hymn sublime.
“Come, give us your hand,” cried the merry world,
“And walk with me this way.”
But the good Church hid her snowy hands,
And solemnly answered, “Nay;
I will not give you my hand at all,
And I will not walk with you;
Your way is the way of endless death;
Your words are all untrue.”
“Nay, walk with, me but a little space,”
Said the World, with a kindly air;
“The road I walk is a pleasant road,
And the sun shines always there;
Sour path is thorny and rough and rude,
And mine is broad and plain;
My road is payed with flowers and dews,
And yours with tears and pain;
The sky above me is always blue,
Nor want nor toil I know;
The sky above you is always dark;
Your lot is a lot of woe;
My path, you see, is a broad, fair one,
And my gate is high and wide;
There is room enough for you and for me,
To travel side by side”
Half shyly the Church approached the World,
And gave him her hand of snow;
The old World grasped it, and walked along,
Saying, in accents low:
“Your dress is too simple to please my tast,
I will give you pearls to wear,
Rich velvets and silks for your graceful form,
And diamonds to deck your hair.”
The Church looked down at her plain, white robes,
And then at the dazzling World,
And blushed as she saw his handsome lip
With a smile contemptuous curled
“I will change my dress for a costlier one”
Said the Church, with a smile of grace,
Then her pure white garments drifted away,
And the World gave, in their place,
Beautiful satins and shining silks,
And roses and gems and pearls,
And over her forehead her bright hair fell,
Crisped in a thousand curls.
‘Your house is to plain,” said the proud old World,’
“I’ll build you one like mine,
Carpets of Brussels and curtains of lace,
And furniture ever so fine.”
So he built her a costly and beautiful house.
Splendid it was to behold,
Her sons and her beautiful daughters dwelt there,
Gleaming in purple and gold,
And fairs and shows in the balls were held,
And the World with his children was there,
And laughter and music and feasts were heard
In the place that was meant for prayer.
She had cushioned pews for the rich and great,
To sit in their pomp and pride,
While the poor folks, clad in their shabby suits
Sat meekly down outside.
The Angel of mercy flew over the Church,
And whispered, “I know thy sin;”
Then the Church look’d back with a sigh and long’d
To gather her children in,
But some were off at the midnight ball,
And some were off at the play,
And some were drinking in gay saloons,
So she quietly went her way.
Then the sly World gallantly said to her,
“Your children mean no harm.
Merely indulging in innocent sports: ”
So she leaned on his proffered arm,
And smiled, and chatted, and gathered flowers,
As she walked along with the World,
While millions and millions of hopeless souls
To that horrible gulf were hurled.
“Your preachers are all too old and plain,”
Said the gay world, with a sneer,
They frighten my children with dreadful tales,
Which I like not for them to hear,
They talk of brimstone, and fire, and pain,
And the horrors of endless night,
They talk of a place which should not be
Mentioned to ears polite.
I will send you some of the better stamp,
Brilliant and gay and fast,
Who will tell them that people may live as they list,
And go to heaven at last.
The Father is merciful, great, and good,
Tender, and true, and kind.
Do you think he would take one child to heaven,
And leave the rest behind?
So he filled her house with gay divines,
Gifted and great and learned,
And the plain old men that preached the cross
Were out of her pulpits turned.
“You give too much to the poor,” said the world,
“Far more than ye ought to do;
If the poor need shelter and food and clothes,
Why need it trouble, you?
Go take your money and buy rich robes,
And horses and carriages fine,
And pearls and jewels and dainty food,
And the rarest and costliest wine;
My children they, dote on all such things,
And if you their love would win,
You must do as they do, and, walk in the ways
That they are walking in.
Then the church held tightly the strings of her
And gracefully lowered her head, (purse,
And simpered. ” I’ve given too much away;
I’ll do as you have said. “
So the poor were turned from her door in scorn,
And she heard not the orphan’s cry,
And she draw her beautiful robes aside
As the widows went weeping by,
And the sons of the world and the sons of the church
Walked closely hand and heart,
And only the Master, who knows all,
Could tell the two apart,
Then the church sat down at her ease, and said,
“I am rich, and in goods increased,
I have need of nothing, and naught to do
But to laugh and dance and feast,”
And the sly World heard her, and laughed in his
And mockingly said, aside, (sleave
“The church is fallen, the beautiful church,
And her shame is her boast and pride.”
The Angel drew near to the mercy seat,
And whispered in sighs her name,
And the saints their anthems of rapture hushed.
Ana covered their heads with shame;
And a voice came down from the hush of heaven,
From Him who sat on the throne,
“I know thy work, and how thou hast said,
‘I am rich,’ and hast not known
That thou art naked, poor, and blind,
And wretched before my face:
And hence, from my presence I cast thee out.
And blot thy name from its place “
The Blessed Experience or Entire Sanctification.
It was at the Assembly, at Williamston Mich., that I received this blessed experience. I promised God that I would do all that He had for me to do, for I felt that God required this of me. Praise the Lord! I am in His hands. I have tried many times to serve the lord, but made an utter failure, and was on the verge of despair. I had tried to give up all, but did not know how to make the sacrifice that was acceptable to God. When the saints would say, they knew just when the Lord did the work for them, and what a glorious and happy experience He had given them, I knew that it was not so with me; then the Devil would try to make me think, that it was not for me. Sinners would say that it was only mesmerism, then I thought O my God if I could only just know for myself.
Although I had a heart of unbelief, I did not dare to say that it was only mesmerism. I often thought why can I not know for myself? I praise God! that He kept me amid it all, from committing the awful unpardonable sin.
“We went two days to the Assembly meetings, and the third night, two sisters and a brother came home with us; after prayer, while they were singing that beautiful song, “He saves even me,” I fell under the power of God, and all at once it seemed like an unseen hand, with an iron grasp, had me by the throat. I said O my God, I shall die; and it appeared to me that I was fast sinking down, down, down the most awful place without bottom. The Lord kept me there until I said “Yes Lord, I will, I will;” then a wave of glory flowed over me, and I seemed to come back, and something more that I had to die out to would be presented, so down I would sink again, until I would say yes Lord. This continued until I died to all things of this world, and all my friends, just the same as if I were leaving the world. Glory be to Jesus! It was then that His precious blood cleansed me from all sin, and the very God of peace sanctified me wholly. Prase the Lord! for this blessed experience, of knowing the Lord’s will concerning me. Blessed be His holy name forever! My soul is filled unutterably full of glory. Praise the Lord for an experience I understand and know. It is so plain that there is not men and devils enough, to make me believe that it is mesmerism. I know for myself, that it is the hand of God, and by His hand He leads me just now. Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will to men.
This is not all He has done for me. Although I feel my unworthiness more than ever. O glory to Jesus! He has wonderfully healed my body, of a disease, with which I had suffered greatly for about two years. The doctor said may be he could cure me, and may be not, and that I would have to keep still, and never be as well as formerly. When I came to Jesus He did not say may be, but He said in His Word it shall be done. Praise the Lord! I am well soul and body. Hallelujah! I have been doing hard work since that. Praise the Lord! My testimony is that the blood of Jesus has not only cleansed, but that it cleanses me just now from all sin, and the great Physician heals all my diseases. Praise the Lord forever, for what He has done for me.
Your Sister in Christ.
Know thy Place.
By Lucy Cobb.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for what He has done for me. He extended His arm of mercy unto me, until I saw the true light of sanctification. Oh praise God! I feel led this morning to say a few words on the subject.
We should know our calling. There are many people that go beyond what God has called them to do. I believe that it is a wonderful thing to know our calling. If we get up in meeting and try to exhort sinners when the Lord has not put it upon us. The Body of Christ will not be edified, and sinners will only be made harder. Again, we may dishonor Christ by not Obeying the leadings of the Spirit. I have seen those claiming to be Ministers of the Gospel, drying to explain Sanctification, when they did not know the first principles of the doctrine of Christ. The husbandman must first be partaker of the fruits. I praise God that I know the leadings of the Spirit, and I will not do what God does not lead me to do, but I will do just what He leads me to do, in spite of men or devils. When any one gets up in meeting and goes out of God’s order, how quickly we that have the discerning Spirit can tell it. I praise God this morning for salvation full and free. I am cleansed from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Praise God, oh my soul! We have good meetings here: the power of God is manifest in our midst. Dear Brethren my heart is to do great things for you but have not the means at the present. Praise God I am saved and sanctified and meet for the Master’s use, ready to be revealed at the last time. Amen.
Geneva, Mich. Sept. 29.
No wonder people think the days of miracles are over: — Why? because the people have left God. Not that God has changed, but the congregation of Christ became divided, and priests “Brought in damnable heresies: (sects) even denying the Lord that bought them — that is denying his power and His willingness to do as He says in His word and bring on themselves swift destruction, ii Peter 2: 1. No, God has not changed, and the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, which he sent, will “abide with you always, even unto the end.” Mark; the cloven tongues of fire were seen coming down, but were never seen returning. No the power is to abide with God’s Eklesia. (Congregation) — his people — not sects or heresies, — for ever. Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you. — Have faith in God. The God that answers “by fire, He is God.” Dear Brethren, do not think it strange concerning these fiery trials, which are to try you, as though some strange thing had happened unto you, for ye are not the first that sect men have tried to kill for preaching Jesus, but have had no power to harm. The Jews from Antioch “having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, he rose up and came into the city,” and preached at Derbe and Antioch confirming the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through much tribulation they must enter into the Kingdom. And Paul went on preaching, and so dear Brother Warner having (like Paul) shaken “off the beast into the fire felt no harm,” be assured that “nothing shall harm yon, if ye be followers of that which is good.” Praise the Lord, for he is God. Amen and amen.
Geneva Center, Oct. 13th ’84.
Saturday Oct. 11, Brother and Sister Mead gave back to the Lord, their infant daughter Jessie, aged nine months. How true is the word, “if one member suffer, all the members Suffer with it.” “But we sorry not even as others, which have no hope.” The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; Blessed be the name of the Lord
W. B. Grover.
We attended the funeral and burial of our dear Bro. G. J. Tuttle Oct, 29th 1884. He fell asleep in Jesus Oct. 28th, at the age of 47 years. He was taken sick during the time of the Assembly, and afterward regretted that he did not, at once, call the Elders and be healed according to God’s Word. He was saved last January, while Bro. and sister Fisher were holding meetings in this locality. Truly it may be said of him “Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?” During his affliction he kept praising the Lord. A shorts time before his departure, a Bro. asked him how he was, and he replied “I am filled with the love of God.”
When they thought, he was gone, and were about to close his eyes, one remarked that “he is coming to.” He then said “I am so glad that I have not been acting the part of a hypocrite,” and then departed rejoicing. Glory to God the sanctified wholly die happy.
It was remarked by some, that had attended many funerals, that “This was the most blessed one, they ever witnessed.”
The departed leaves a wife and 3 children. Let the prayers of the saved ones, go up, for Sister Tuttle and children that Jesus may be more to them than Husband and Father. Amen.
Sandy Lake Pa., Sept. 18th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen! Glory to God, your very welcome letter came to hand night before last. O how glad we were to receive it. Praise the Lord. I have felt that I was going to hear from you ever since last Friday. I could feel the very Spirit that is in your heart, so much so that I thought perhaps the Lord was sending you back. O what a joy, I thought, would come to our hearts to see you and your dear wife coming. But not so. Well praise the Lord that all things work together for good to them that love God. It does seem to me that a person who had ever tasted the love of God, and the joy of heaven, could not become so hard hearted as Mrs. W. O how my heart was pained when I read your letter. I read it twice over that night, and read it the next morning at the breakfast table, so that the family could hear it. I wept and read, wept and read, they thought I was a long time getting it read. God in heaven knows the deep sympathy I have with you in your sorrow for her poor soul. I am so glad you wrote me so I could weep with those that weep, and sypathize with you, and pray with you for her restoration to God. But O the sympathy of our dear Savior far exceeds all human sympathy. Glory to His excellent name. O glory to God for the wonderful way in which He sustains us and bears us up, amid the billows of this life. I am daily praying to God to uphold your body in soundness and health, that you may labor for Him many years. For He truly needs many siich as you and. Bro. and sister Fisher, to work in His vineyard. I do praise my God for the Camp Meeting this year, and last. O glory to Jesus! How many times I have: thanked and praised God for the first Gospel Trumpet that was put into our hands. O glory to God! O my brother, I cannot praise my God enough for what He has done for me. Especially in the last week. O glory to His name! Last Thursday night, at the prayer meeting I testified to the little ones, what the Lord had done for me, in healing my body. I felt well in my soul. But glory to God! the next morning the power, and glory of God came flooding my soul and body. Glory to God! I was full all day; and Saturday morning, as soon as I awoke, God sent another baptism of heavenly glory into this soul of mine. O glory to His holy name forever! Sunday morning another, and in the afternoon a still greater than all. Glory to God and the Lamb. O what shall I render to my God for all His blessings and benefits bestowed upon me.
Last Sabbath morning in the meeting, God gave me the 96, 97, 98, 99 and 100th Psalms, God blessed me in so doing. In the afternoon the Lord gave 1 Kings 13th chapter. When I got up, I told the little ones that the Lord had given me the chapter to read, but I did not know whether I could stand up to read it, my body was so overwhelmed by the glory of God upon me. But He helped me to read, bless His name! When I sat down it seemed that my blessed Jesus was right there conversing with me. So much was I engaged talking with my precious Lord, that I hardly noticed some of them tell their experience. I felt so much of the power of God upon me I arose and tried to tell it. While speaking the Holy Spirit fell upon Sister Carmichael. I think I felt some as Jesus did when He said, “Who has touched me?” O glory to God! I want every body to know what the Lord has done for me. I had the heart disease so bad that my friends often thought I could not live through some of the bad spells. Glory to God I am, well, since Jesus touched my body, at the close of the camp meeting. O glory to His name forever. Your sister fully saved.
Mary E. Farrah.
Sweetzer, Ind., Sept. 29th ’84.
A letter from Isaac Key and Wm. Bragg, to Brothers Warner and Fisher. Grace be unto you, and peace from God the Father, and from the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We thought it prudent to write a short letter to you to inform you how we are getting along. Bless God we are well soul and body, and sanctified wholly through the Truth of God, and meet for the Master’s use. Glory to God in the highest, and willing to work in the vineyard of the Lord, and not shun to declare all the council of God. Blessed be the name of Jesus! He has made us free from all sin, and from all the sects of the devil, and from all divisions of man. For whom the Son makes free is free indeed. Glory to God. Dear Brethren, we would like to have been with you at the meeting the 25th, but could not this time. We have prayed that you may meet with one accord, that the place may be shaken and the works of satan destroyed. The Lord helping, we expect to go into the work of the Lord in Randolph Co. next week, to declare the truth of God, and we do desire your earnest prayers that we may both be anointed with power from on high; that we may make known the mystery of the Gospel, that satan may be defeated, and sinners saved from sin and sects. Praise the Lord for this’ freedom! We stand right on the straight Word of God. Hallelujah! and willing to observe all things whatsoever He has commanded us to do. I (Bro. Bragg) received great light last June, at the Bangor Camp Meeting, and great strength too. Glory be to God. We will pray for you, and that the presence of the Lord may be with you, at the assembly meeting, and that souls may be fully saved, and Christ’s kingdom be built up. There is unity in love, and perfect love casteth out all fear. I pray the Lord that He may bring people to the light, to walk in the light as He is in the light. I expect to go out in the name of the Lord, and work in his vineyard. There is a great work to be done. The Lord has called me to preach His Gospel.
Your Bros. saved in Ghrist. Amen!
Bangor Mich., Sept. 19th ’84
Dear Brethren: — May the dear Lord bless you. O how it did fill my soul with glory to read of brother Warner’s wonderful faith and trust in God, and how the Lord delivered him. Is this not the promise of God? Did He not deliver His children in the days of the apostles? Then if we are builded on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, let us manifest the same spirit, and when we are reviled, revile not again; when we are threatened, threaten not again. If Christ is our example, let us be willing to do as He did. We do not find Him threatening, no, no; but we do find Him praying the Father to lay not this sin to their charge. Praise His name forever, for a salvation that can suffer for Christ’s sake. I could not keep from praising Him aloud when I read how Christ-like Bro. W. bore the assault of the enemy This looks like the real consecration of life, as well as time and talent. I do bless God to night for the narrow, sraight and plain way. I am walking in the high way of holiness, saved and sanctified, How I wish I had the means to help the Trumpet to sound the plain truth out far ther over the land, and make other hearts glad with its contents: but all I can do now is to pray God to make those that have of this worlds goods willing to work for salvation with their means, as others do with their pens, and their lives. Many say they have all on the altar; but if you would go to the altar for their purse, you would find their money laid away in the bank and the empty purse on the. altar. If God should want twentyfive dollars for His Gospel, they had rather use it to improve their farms. I do pray God to get the people to see that the Lord has something more for them to do, than to simply talk salvation. Glory to God who has washed me and cleansed me in His own precious blood; and I have the Blessed assurance this very moment that I am saved from all sin; wholly sanctified, soul, body, and Spirit. Glory be to God, who is my strength and my high tower. Praise Him all ye saints. If He has been with you in six troubles, in the seventh He will not forsake you. I remain your sister saved by the blood just now. Love to all the saints. Your sister.
N. J. Doherty.
Salisbury Mo. Aug. 12
Dear Brethren: — I have just been reading your paper, the Gospel Trumpet. Glory to God. I am so much pleased with it. God bless you and keep you true to him, and his sacred truth. I have been working for the Good Way, but it is not straight enough for God, and not fully commited against sectism. Your Brother saved
D. M. Creighton
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Battle Creek Mich., Oct. 7.
Dear Brethren and Sisters in Christ: – Glory be to God! for this privilege of testifying to the goodness and longsuffering of “the Father of mercies,” that I may “show forth the praises of him who hath called” me “out of darkness into His marvelous light.” When we contemplate His loving kindness as manifested in His works and His unmeasured, unspeakable compassionate love, as revealed in His Word. Our soul, cries out, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him, or the Son of man, that thou visitest Him?” “Thou madest Him a little lower than the angels: Thou crowedst Him with glory and honor, and didst set Him over the works of Thy hand,” Glory be to God! “Thou hast put all things subjection under His feet.” “Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Amen! My parents were strict adherents to the Mennonite faith, bringing up their children in the “nurture and admonition” of that faith. The result was, that very early in childhood — So early that I cannot recollect the time when it was not the case — my impressional nature was thoroughly imbued with religion, and in due season became filled with a reverential devotion to the cause — of what? certainly not the cause of Christ, as subsequent years of most bitter experiece fully confirms. Alas! Alas!! what a mistake! Had I but known the truth then, “as it is in Christ Jesus” I should not have been compelled to reap such a havest of bitter memories. My Savior called long and tenderly, before I became willing to give up the alluring and delusive dreams of the world. Eventually — in ’67 — I yielded; but “not according to knowledge,” for instead of giving myself into the Savior’s keeping, I threw my tempest tossed soul into the arms of an organized body which had the form of godliness, but denied the power thereof. In a very short time, I realised that I was depending on the church — so called, but in reality only a sect — to save me, and I found to my spiritual consternation, it was just as powerless as I had been to save myself. My anguish increased to such a degree that I sunk into a state of melancholy — graphically described by Bunyan, as the Slough of Despair — in which I remained for five years. In the mean time God called me through the most agonizing physical, social, and mental suffering, such as is rarely, in the province of human beings to endure, and yet leave reason enthroned. Praise God! “Whom the Lord loveth He ehasteneth.” Robbed by death of a dear and faithful mother, a sister who shared my joys and sorrows, a brother who was the idol of the family, and worse than all, a brother who met death with his own hands. — God have mercy! — Betrayed, and forsaken by those I had trusted as friends, alone and helpless. Thus completely isolated, I became dead to the world and the world to me. Imagine it, dear saved ones! in this condition without a Savior. Oh the depths of the love of God! O had some one only been wise enough to have told me of the power of a Saviors love. But God had His hand on me and led me out, step by step, through this “valley of the shaddow of death” and when I found His mercies” still round about me, I was constrained to seek His pardoning grace, and I believe I received it to the extent of my knowledge of Him. At this time (73) I was attending the Baptist services in Va. and found the way of salvation more claearly set forth than in the denomination in which I had been reared, and though these many points taught in direct opposition to those I had learned in early infancy, I was enabled, by the grace of God, to break down the old emprisonments, and grasp some of the most vital truths, in an imperfect manner, howeyer. Then came relief and I believe God was no longer angry with me, as I thought He had been. In the spring of 74 I was immersed, and received into the Baptist denomination, But the Lord did not want me there, and in order to lead me out of that babylon, He swept away all my support, home, etc. With a child three years old, a husband unable to toil, and a broken down constitution I was again cast out into the cold wide world, realizing this time, God was directing my steps. With my family moved to Wadworth Ohio, where, being hungry for Spiritual food, I gave my heart to God as fully as I knew how, and enjoyed very much of the glorious liberty wherein Christ had made me free. To say that I was happy, would poorly express my experience at that time. Active in the service of my Master, I went forward with the one overwhelming desire to be faithful unto death. The Bible seemed to be a new book to me, and it was all mine. Thus one year passed, and again we — my family and I — were called to move on, this time to Western Kansas. Here the babylonish confusion was so great, as to almost rob me of my life. I tried four different sects, and each time was left in a worse condition than before, not knowing what the trouble was. I fled from the state for my life. My steps were bent for Battle Creek Mich, but having had relatives in Goshen Ind., I stopped by the way. And there, for the first time in my life I heard the doctrine of holiness as a distinct work of grace, taught. I was confounded. But God gave me an indefinite and undefined assurance that it was His eternal truth, and even gave me a glimps of this Beulah land of the soul. But again? I was confronted with the cruel tyrant of sectarianism, and its poisonous infusions into my soul, of opposition, and unbelief. For about a fortnight, the very floodgates of hell seemed to open upon my soul, and I was again compelled to litterally flee for my life. I came to Battle Creek, on the 9th of Jan. 1881, without money and without friends, a monument of God’s mercy. A physical wreck, alone among strangers and a child of six years, to care for and protect. I very naturally sought “sanitarium,” to complete a partial arrangement, whereby I could have an oppertunity of rallying my strength and secure a place of employment for my husband who was yet at Goshen. But ignoring all former agreements, the superintendent — by proxy — infomed me that it was not a “Charitable Institution” &c. &c. In a few hours, I was subjected to the keenest torture of hearing that same mouth-piece read from the first epistle of John, these words. “Whoso hath this world’s goods and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him.” The responsive echoes of my soul that were wafted back to heaven’s gate, that morning as I sat and heard that preacher read those solemn words, were-how? O I shall never forget the impression. By this time I knew if I could fall down and worship the Saturnarian beast the “bowels of mercy” would extend, at least, so far as to accept the homage “for value received.” But God delivered me, and I escaped the most insatiable, bloodthirsty Leech that I had ever met. It is but just to say that in the providence of God, I afterward received at the hands of some of the directors of the “Sanitarium,” at least, justice, if not, mercy.
Praise God! He kept me through all, by His power, and though I often slipped and fell, yet did He not leave me “utterly cast down.” I was not, however, yet permitted to escape the oppressions of the sect devil, and once more I became entangled in his meshes. This time he came in the livery of heaven, and told me for the sake of unity in my family and the salvation of my little girl, I should make a sacrifice of my individual covictions and enroll my name on the Baptist sect book. I said “yes, I will,” “I am of no consequence any way.” “I never did any thing worth remembering, and if I can benefit others,” I will do it, and so save my child.” Hence, a little over three years since, I planted myself where satan could not only starve my soul; but could and has from time to time, hurled whole avalances of icebergs at me, buffet-ting me with the consiousness that I was completely shorn of power to bring forth fruit to the honor and glory of God. Oh this contains volumes and I think from contemplating the sufferings of those years. Do you wonder, dear ones of God, as I stand today, under the full flag of God’s glorious sunlight, that I rejoice with joy unspeakable, because I have escaped the terrible glaciers of the “North country?” Do you wonder that I eagerly and joyfully brought all my “tithes into the storehouse?” I have received at the hands of the “Lord of hosts” such blessings through the “windows of heaven,” that there was not room enough to receive it? I am now partaking of a “feast of fat things,” “of fat things full of marrow.” Hallelujah, I am free!
A. K. Thomas.
Pittsburg Pa. Oct. 8,1884.
Dear Brethren: — We have received the paper called the Gospel Trumpet, and we praise God for the beauty of the way of salvation, it teaches. Dear brethren take courage, you are on the right track, to overthrow babylon and her hosts of the Lord’s enemies, The additional light I have received by reading them is wonderful. O brethren you are responcible, if you do not let this light shine, that God has given you. Glory to God, I learned the right priesthood in my younger days, and it never left me. Though. I have been foolish enough to serve a term of bondage in babylon. Thank God, I have returned to the one “Shepherd,” Christ Jesus my only priest. “We are spreading your precious papers as fast as we can, to all that we can find that want to know the truth. I herein send you three dollars for tracts, and papers, Your Brother saved and with my wife working with all our might for the Master.
Maple Rapids Oct. 7, ’84.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony for Jesus is this. I Praise God that I am saved, and sanctified wholly to God. Glory to God. My life is hid with Christ in God. Since the assmbly I have felt more determined to do God’s will than ever before. I am bound to go through with the resolute few. Glory be to God. Pray for your Sister in Christ.
Williamston Mich. Oct. 2. ’84.
To all that are called to be saints, I send you greeting through the “Gospel Trumpet” with the tidings of salvation to my soul. Glory be to God! through the blood of the everlasting covenant. I have entered into that rest, which remaineth to the people of God, and have become an heir of God, and joint-heir with Christ, “giving thanks unto the Father which hath made” me “meet to be partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light,” and having recieved the earnest of the Spirit in my heart, I now recon my body a living sacrifice holy, acceptable unto God, which is my reasonable service. Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Glory! I am free just now from all the bondage of sin, I am delivered forever, from the prison house of babylon, and the serfdom of sickness, healed soul and body. Glory be to God! it is well with my soul.
A. K. Thomas.
Beaverdam., Ind. Sep. 28
DEAR BRETHREN: — Inclosed find three dollars, for the Trunpet. I am a German and cannot read very well, but I can read some, I find straight testimony, and Bible doctrine in the Trumpet. The Lord will bless you in His work and help you carry it on. Your Brother, saved in Christ
Pittsburg, Pa., Sep. 29th, 1884.
Dear Brethren: — My soul is unuterably full of glory and of God this morning. Praise His holy name. Yesterday we had meeting at onr house and God was with us. His promise, His word, is sure, and so He was with me and made our meeting precious. And now this quiet morning I feel His power, and he blessed me at worship. Praise God. “And we will praise Him over this land of Beulah.”
A. B. Gildersleeve.
Thomas Hill’ Mo., Sept. 23, 1884.
Dear Brethren: — A good brother said to me last fall, he would send me the Trumpet six months, and if I did not like it, I need not pay for it. I want to say that it is the best paper that is published that I have any knowledge of. Oh how glad I am to see one holiness paper that is cut loose from every thing but God and His Word, and is true to all His Word. Glory to God, I know you are all right on the Church, question. All the holiness teachers in Mo, except a very few, have been teaching for several months that, all sects are of the devil, and the result has been a wonderful harvest of souls. Glory to God. I believe He is going to burn down every sect pen in the land, and while all the heavens and earth rejoic over the flames that consume her, T shall say amen, and amen.
I am saved from all sin, and sanctified wholy
H. C. Rice.
Salisbury Mo. Aug, 12.
Dear Brethren: — The roll of Trumpets came to hand. Thank the Lord.
I must confess that through the reading of a pa. per published in Iowa, I was led to think that D. S. W. Must be a fallen man. Almost weekly something was being hurled at him. So I told my wife, I must learn something of the facts concerning the brother. Thank God, He has left some rays of light break upon, and open the eyes of my understanding. But all this time while so many evil records were being sent out, I was slow to accept them notwithstanding they were published by a man who claimed to be a holiness man. May God bless and save him. Since I received the Gospel Trumpet I I am more fully satisfied about the facts. Yea I am well convinced that Bro D. S. W. Is a blessedly saved man. So you shall have my support, and hearty cooperation, so long as you follow the Lord, and publish the truth.
Three yeaes ago the Lord sanctified me. At that time I received a copy of your “second work of grace,” Then I went to my circuit, and each day I read some of my new book, with great profit. When I came to your chapters that treat on the Church of the Fathers, I said this is the truth, the true light of God. The holiness people in this state have been leading out little by little, until a majority of them are in line with you and the Bible, on the Church question. I axpect the holines people or Mo. will swell the number of your subscribeas Send me all the back numbers you can. As soon as the honest and saved ones. See the G. T. They will subscribe, for it. Your Brother in Christ, saved now, Sanctified wholy. All under the blood.
J. B. Creighton.
Irvin Ill. Sep, 8.
Dear Brethren: — I feel that I ought to thank you for sending me the Gospel Trumpet so long. Please find inclosed $ 3 .00.
When I began to read it, I did not like its terching very much. I could not believe that we could live a christian without belonging to some Church. O what a blind mistake that is. The more i read the Trumpet, and the more I study the Bible, the more I find that you teach the pure truth, and the more I like to read the paper. Bless God it is just what we need. I stand almost alone here with Jesus, who is able to save and keep all that put their trust in Him. Pray for me, that I may be true to God. The Lord bless you all, is my prayer.
Mrs, S Wainman.
Dear Brethren: — Praise God! I am saved just now; and the fire of the Holy Ghost is burning in my soul. I can feel the flames as they flash and leap. O Hallelujah. O the joy of full salvation, how it fills my inmost soul. It is beyond discription; tongue cannot express the love of God in my soul. I am going to do all I can for the Trumpet. Though absent in the body I am present in spirit. Praise God, distance does not divide God’s true saints. Though sundered far by time and space, they are one as Christ and the Father are one. I Pray God, that we may soon see each other face to face. May God bless you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus. Your Brother saved and sanctified.
Ogden Davies Co Ind, Oct 10.
Dear Brethren: — Peace be with you all and yours? Amen. I see in my last Trumpet that you are coming south to preach the everlasting gospel of Christ. I bid you welcome in God’s name. Come in the power of the Holy Spirit. There is a great opening here. I belonged to the so called Church of God for a number of years. Have paid four or five hundred dollars in the last 29 years to have the Church of God established here. But the preachers have acted in such a manner that the cause which they have built up has gone back. again. For they did not believe in sanctification. as taught by the Gospel Trumpet and Gods Word. They would spurn at it. The Eldership has sent us no preacher. It is about played out. They gave every one license that applied for one. They even licensed a man that had two wives living, and they knew it. If under God you can succeed in getting these people sanctified, and saved from there tobacco idol. God would do a great Work, and build up a pure Church–. Come and preach holiness and see what the Lord will do for you and us. Your Brother
J. M. Allshouse
Laclede Mo. Sep. 19.
Dear Brethren: I have been wanting to write you for some time to let you know that your prayers were anwered in my behalf. The Lord opened the way for me to go and attend a meeting on the Vernon Camp ground. It was held by Bro. Sumpter. It was intended a glorious free meeting. The Lord blessed my soul more than I can tell of. Hallelujah! O how good the Lord is to us all. I have been reading in the Trumpet to day about the drunken man assaulting you, and it made me think about Daniel’s God. Praise God He still lives to protect His children. I would love to attend the assembly meeting at Williamston. I thank the Lord that the evangelists are getting to see eye to eye, on the Church question. Bro. Sumpter is sound. I see in the Trumpet that Bro. Kiergan is strait and the Creighton Brothers. Bro. Caughlan seems to be coming to the truth, and many others that, a short time ago, were very sectarian. You remember that they said a few years ago that none could join the Holiness association, except in good staning in some denomination. That excluded me, and I wrote to Bro. Caughlan to that effect. Thank God they are wheeling into line with God’s word, and out of sectism. I thought all the time God would yet open their eyes. It seems that Isaah Reid, is about the only one left that is blind enough to call the sects the Church. And Bro. J. B. Williams. I believe still persecutes the comeouters, as they call us. Let us pray that God may let the scales fall from their eyes, that we are complete in Christ O hallelujah! I am free in Christ Jesus. Go on my brother God is giving you the victory. Preach holiness. The time is short. Preach full salvation, and tie Lord will stand by you. God bless you abundantly your Sister in the love of Jesus bur Lord. Sanctified.
M. L. Shary
Candor. Tioga Co. N. Y. Sep. 30. 1884.
Dear Brethren. Charles Wentworth departed this life the 17th inst, having been ill for days. He lived stricly a religious life since nineteen years of age. He was fully recociled to the will of His heavenly Father, and died in the triumphs of living faith in Christ Jesus. He was seventy five years old at his death. He leaves a devoted Wife two sons, and two daughters to mourn their loss. And yet they rejoice to know that he is saved in the promised land. Very respectfully yours.
(Son of the deceased)
Holiness unto the Lord.
A letter from Isaac Key, to the General Assembly of the Holy Saints in Mich.
Grace be unto you, and love with patience be multiplied, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath begotten us again, unto a lively hope, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Spirit. Glory to God for His exceeding great and precious promises, whereby we are made partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Dearly beloved strangers, and pilgrims through this barren land, so full of sin and enemies, put on the whole armor of God, and hold fast that which thou hast that no man take thy crown. “Be shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace,” and use the two edged Sword mightily in the Spirit; then sinners can not stand in the congregation of the righteous. Glory to God for His mighty power to sever the wicked from among the just.
After the Ohio assembly last October, where the Lord healed and sanctified me wholly, I thought I could do great good by going to the sect meetings, and teaching the Word of God. But in every meeting I could feel a bad spirit, and could accomplish no good. But when we appointed meetings independent of them, to teach the word, we could do good, regardless of the sects. But the more I attended the sect meetings, the more I felt the chastising hand of God. So a few days ago it was made known to me as clearly as could be, that no man could cleanse a vessel in a mire of filth; and even if it were cleansed and left in the mire, it would immediately be defiled again. So it was shown me that men are sinking down in these sect mires, and if we go in to lift them out, we only sink down with them. So I have resolved by the Spirit of God teaching me, to stay out of the sect meetings, “for they will increase unto more ungodliness and their words will eat as doth a canker.” “They promise liberty, and they themselves are the servants of corruption.” For as I passed by babylon, I saw the people drunk on the wine of the wrath of her fornication. I listened to their testimony, and behold they say, “I have made many crooked paths, and done many things I knew were wrong, but when I go to God, I find He blesses my soul, for I am so glad we have an advocate with the Father and He will forgive our many sins; pray for me that I may live closer to Jesus each day.” etc. Thus I have heard them talk. So I thought it would be right to tell them how to get closer to God. But they turned their ears from the truth, and they were turned to fables of babylon. I told some, if they wanted to get closer to God, to seek entire sanctification, and then keep the commandments of the Lord Jesus. But they begin to say, our discipline does not teach what you believe and profess, and if we should walk therein they would put us out of the church. And so it is they are in bondage in the harlot city, and cannot follow the Lord. Thousands of souls have been destroyed by entering the doors of babylon. O that God would give them the light of the Gospel that they may know how to keep out of those deadfalls. Glory to God I am free indeed. Jesus is leading me to give glory to God, with a true and a pure heart, and in full assurance of faith. O let all the saints shout against babylon. God bless you all! How I should love to be at the assembly of the Lord’s saints at Williamston. But I know that God will continue to bring me off more than conqueror through Christ Jesus.
Your brother in the pure love of God.
The Way of Peace.
Reader, would you have the pure everlasting joy of the dear Son of God in your heart? would you have your prayers answered? would you prove your love to Jesus? Then be cleansed in His precious blood, from all sin, and then live in perfect obedience to all the commandments of Jesus, both by the Word, and the Spirit of God. And these two always agree in enforcing the will of God. The latter always leads into obedience to the former. If you would prove yourself to be a friend of Jesus, He tells you how to do it. “Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you.” There is a sect that call themselves “Friends,” but by rejecting the “commandments” of Christ, they prove that they are not Christ’s friends; but, like other sects they are generally conformed to the world, hence friends of the world, and enemies of Christ.