1 November 1886, Volume 8, Number 16.
Ode to my Dear Sidney.
The heart that feels a father’s love,
And swells with love’s return,
Will kindly hear this overflow,”
Toward my only son:
Yes, Sidney’s love so blent with mine,
A poem shall employ:
A token left to coming time,
That father loved his boy.
One gentle vine, thy tendrils sweet,
Around my soul entwine.
A comfort left, in sorrows deep,
One heart to beat with mine,
Thy life has dawned in peril’s day,
Mid wars that Heaven shake;
Thy summers live, Eventful, they
Like surges o’er thee break.
Thy little soul has felt the shock,
Of burning babel’s fall;
When hell recoiled In fury black,
And stood in dread appall.
But wreaking out his vengeance new,
Like ocean’s terror dark;
Bell’s monsters came athwart the bow,
Of our domestic bark.
Thy guardian angel wept to see,
This brunt of fury sweep.
The girdings of maternity,
From underneath thy feet.
But pity still her garlands weave.
Around thy gentle brow;
And angels on thee softly breathe,
Their benedictions now.
They soothe and bless thy manly heart,
And wipe away thy tears,
So tempered to thy bitter lot,
The bitter, sweet appears.
An exile now is each to each,
As banished far at sea,
A martyr on his is land beach,
I daily think of thee.
And stronger love has seldom spanned.
The … billows, wild,
… are the … that ever bind,
To my beloved child,
Though sundered not by angry main,
Compelled from thine embrace;
We fire abroad in Jesus name,
To publish Heaven’s grace.
He with heart cannot divine,
Fly papa stays away,
Ed.. years will tell – if thine –
The great necessity,
When she know crashed thy little form,
I know my boy was ill;
I heard then in my visions call,
But duty kept too still.
A trial deep, be feel thy pain.
And yet deterred from them thee,
To show that sinners bist, were in,
A greater misery.
O may this … speak to thee,
When father’s week is done;
And highest may thy glory be,
A soul for God is won.
And now my son, attentive hear,
My benediction prayer,
And ever tune thy heart and car,
To Heaven’s ma.., rate.
For e’re the light of day had shone,
In thy unfolding eyes,
We gave thee up to God alone,
A living sacrifice
And oft repeated when a babe,
To God our child was giv’nt
And Jesus heard the now we made.
And wrote it down in Heav‘n.
So like a little Samuel, you
Must answer, “Here am I.”
Give all your heart to Jesus too,
For Him to live and die.
Like Samuel, serve the Living God,
His temple be thy home,
In love obey His holy Word;
Thy gentle heart His throne.
The Lord is good, my darling boy,
He touched thy body well,
And He will bless thee ever mere,
If in His love you dwell.
A new edition may you be,
Of father’s love and zeal,
But enlarged so wondrously;
That earth thy tread may feel.
Dear Brethren: — God bless one and all. We are still rejoicing in Jesus the Rock of our salvation. We have been wonderfully tried the past ten days. Our children has something like the dyphtheria, but the Lord has wonderfully kept us. We ask the prayers of all God’s children that we may be strong in the faith. We praise the Lord for salvation full and free.
Bro. and sister in Christ.
Henry & Mary Smith.
WITH SISTER EMMA MILLER.
For the benefit of the many readers who ham subscribed for the Trumpet since the publication of the following wonderful experience, we repeat it, believing those who have read it, will be glad to read it again.
I was converted one day and wholly sanctified the next, two years ago the second and third of last August. I was at the time very feeble and blind. The Lord assured me of my entire purification in the following wonderful manner. The day following my assurance of pardon I was wholly consecrating myself to God, and believing for the fulness of His love. Nearly all night I was praying to Him. In the morning the Lord appeared to me. Though blind I could see Him sitting gently down, and I was lying in His arms, seemingly about the size of a child two years old. The Savior was robed in pure white, and myself the same. While sweetly lying in His loving arms, 1 could move my body and hands with perfect ease, turn my head and eyes, to gaze upon His Heavenly robes, and thus familiarly as ail innocent child in its mother’s arms, gaze up into the lovely face of the Lord. I was perfectly conscious, and wide awake. This childhood state seemed indescribably sweet and heavenly. I felt and acted as a little child. O how pure, innocent and lovely.
Though I was thus consciously lying in the Savior’s arras, I seemed also to occupy the place of a spectator, viewing with holy rapture, the celestial scene.
The next day the blessed Redeemer appeared to me again. I was again folded in His arms, and clasped to His loving breast. But this time the loving Jesus, by His Divine power, began to ascend with me into the heavens, up, UP, we kept rising into the cloudless sky. When far up in the heavens, the Lord unfolded His arms, and I, instantly finding myself in possession of a pair of sweet snow white wings, flew out of His bosom, and flew about His head, five or six times. Then He lovingly owned His arms, and I dropped back into His Holy embrace.
The third day the blessed Savior again appeared to me. O His wonderful, wonderful love and condescension, toward such an unworthy child. O such a sweet, holy and awful scene of the Divine presence.
To give you some idea of this Heavenly visit, I ask you to imagine the holy Son of God, fresh from the courts above, arrayed with all of heaven’s beauty and glory, and myself a little snow white cherub, nestled in His breast, with my little snowy anus about His neck, and my face reclining against His cheek. Up, UP. we ascended again, O so high. Like a little child, I did not feel the slightest shade of fear: occasionally I looked downward, and then my peaceful, tranquil eyes gazed into the heavenly face of the Lord, and up into the azure sky. Far above us I saw a large white cloud, we seemed to be mounting up, UP, UP toward the cloud. My eyes frequently turned from a downward look, then up to the cloud. I knew the Savior meant to pass over the cloud.
O what heavenly rest and peace filled my heart, as we so gently, but swiftly sped away through the open heavens. We passed over, and behind the cloud, and then the scene vanished, and the Savior disappeared.
These last two scenes and ascensions were each repeated twice; making in all five times the Lord appeared unto me.
To give anything like a description of these wonderful manifestations, of the Lord to me, and His dealings with me, would be utterly impossible. The night before the Savior first appeared to me, I was so enveloped in the Divine glory, and overawed by His presence, that I never slept a moment. The day and night following the first visit from Heaven, I was still more carried away in thoughts of the Divine presence. I only slept part of an hour just before morning. The whole live days and nights, I was continually transported from this world into the bosom of the Infinite. Though I was a feeble invalid, I ate scarcely anything daring the time, and only slept, about four hours in the five days and nights. Yet each morning I felt refreshed as though 1 had slept all night. I had seen so much defective religion that I had a horror of coming short of the genuine. So from the; very beginning of my decision to give myself to Jesus; I fully resolved to do whatever was in my power, that seemed to be my duty, to seek and obey God. I had been very proud, but God helping me, I was enabled to take up every cross that presented itself to me, however crucifying, and mortifying. O how keenly I felt the death to this world. I suffered and Writhed upon the cross, until sin fully expired.
During the second day of the Lord’s appearing to me, and mostly while lying in the embrace of His dear arms, He gave me the following lines by the Holy Spirit, except the chorus which was added since I have been healed.
Blessed Jesus I do love Thee,
Spring of life Thou art to me;
Spring of never fading beauty.
Thou art mine, and Thou shalt be.
Cho. — Glory glory Hallelujah!
Jesus saves me from all sin;
At His feet I’ll humbly trust Him,
And eternal praises sing.
Yes I love Thee blessed Savior,
Thou O God a fountain art;
I will praise Thee and adore Thee,
Ne’er would I from Thee depart.
Love Thee, yes I’m Thine forever,
I would clasp my hand in Thine;
With Thy tender mercy lead me,
Till I reach the end of time
Then with Thee we’ll join the number,
Of the loved ones now redeemed;
And we’ll sing with loud hosannas;
Unto Christ our God and King.
The same day I was strangely assured that I should be healed, and have my eyes opened. I did not know when it should be, or how; but I was sure it would come to pass.
The Wonderful Light.
It was about nine months from this time until I was healed. During this period, at times when down in prayer, I could see a wonderful light, about me. Though blind to objects in the room, and the light of day, it seemed the room was lit up by the presence of God. About two and one half weeks before the camp meeting of the saints at Bangor Mich., which began June 15, 1883, my mother received a letter from a sister, who had been here at the Health Home, which is near us, receiving treatment. She had been a great sufferer, but while here she Look Christ for her Physician, and by faith started home, and was healed by the Lord. She wrote that she was still healed and fully saved. She also spake of the coming camp meeting at Bangor. Now all these months I had been looking lo the Lord in reference to my healing, wondering when, where, and by what means He would do it. So when I heard that letter read I was much impressed by it, and went off to my room of secret prayer, to inquire of the Lord, if that were not the place where He would be pleased to heal me, and give me my sight. While there the light shone about me much brighter than ever before, and the Lord impressed me. with a strong assurance that I should be healed at the camp meeting. I came right out of the parlor and told my parents these joyful tidings from the Lord.
When the time arrived I went with the utmost confidence that I should return seeing. So strong were my convictions of this fact that I took paper and envelopes with me, telling my friends that I should write them as soon as healed. The third day I was on the ground the heavenly light appeared to me. The next day it was more intensely bright, and the fifth day it blazed around me like a great fire, far more exceedingly bright than I had ever witnessed. I was filled to the uttermost with the glory of God. A blessed assurance came to my soul that my eyes should be opened that day; I so informed the saints. Thank God it also came to pass, but as the readers of the Trumpet have had that most gracious event described, I will1 say no more in this connection.
For about four weeks I seemed to live wholly in the Divine Being. Every thing was sacred. I was wholly oblivious to the things of this world. At least I was far more conscious of dwelling in God, than in this terrestrial sphere. Nearly ever since my healing, this glorious light has been with me. About three mouths ago, while in the parlor praying, all at once the light changed from a glowing red. to very white. In all these seasons of unusual illumination, there is an indescribable presence of God to my soul, my whole being seemed flooded with His hallowed presence.
Recently, while communing with God in morning devotion, wave after wave of brilliant glory came over me, each wave was more deep red, deeper and deeper; O what a brilliant, rich and indescribably deep red. The next morning it turned to amber white. Sabbath, November 30th, while in our glorious little meeting, where all were filled with the awful power of God, the red light of heaven streamed down around me, this time it was like gold.
O how wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! where shall these things end? Surely “Tis heaven come down to the sanctified wholly;” or earth has merged into heaven. Every day the light, either above the whiteness of the noon day Sun, or in crimson glory, is becoming deeper and more and more wonderful. Although so far above any natural light, it is sweet and soft to my eyes, producing no unpleasant sensation. This morning the deep light of heaven that surrounds me, seems to possess a slight sparkle, something-new again. With the daily increased depth and heavenly glow of light, there Is also an increase of the power of God upon me. O how real and present He is to my enraptured soul! Sweetly these words come to me o’er and o’er:
Thy heavenly view to me so fair,
Is more than all the world besides.
And O how sweetly Jesus whispers to me. Some times when wiping dishes, He says to me, “wipe them for me, my child.” Yes Lord I will. Then the very dish in my hand seems sacred, and my soul is awed, as I carefully and sweetly wipe the dish for my dear Jesus. When sweeping the floor the voice of the Lord comes, “Will you sweep for me?” Yes Lord, I will do all things unto Thee. And then the very act of sweeping is invested with the most solemn and sacred service to the Lord. O how gently and carefully I move the broom over the floor for my blessed Jesus. Often, when in reply to the sweet voice of the Savior I do these little household acts, carefully and solemnly unto the Lord, He sends the wonderful power of His Spirit upon me. O so sweet, so glorious. O my dearly beloved brethren and sisters in the Lord, I have no language to tell you my experience in this holy walk with God. About all I can say is this, “O how sweet, how sweet, everything is sweet, O so sweet.” Blessed he the name of the Lord from henceforth and forever. Amen!
And I am Free.
Some of the dear saints thought strange that my mind was not led out sooner to see, and walk in the glorious light of the present offensive truth, respecting God’s Church and the various sects. But God seemed to have my soul and mind carried away into other fields of thought.
Although my mind was not much awakened upon the subject, the Lord kept me free from the fellowship of these worldly, formal denominations.
It was my happy privilege to attend the precious assembly meeting at Williamston Mich, last September, where the Lord showed me much light on this subject. While under the power of God, I could see in the red light before me a door, one narrow door. I was led to God with this prayer, “O Lord if this is thy true Church, and you wish me to spend the rest of my life with these holy people, lead me by Thy Spirit to be baptized, and then in that sacred ordinance, show me by Thy power and blessing, that I am indeed walking in Thy will, in withdrawing from all the sect churches.” Truly the Spirit of God did lead me with an intense desire lo follow the Lord Jesus in this ordinance. I could not bear the thought of putting it off. On the way to the river, there was an in describable, holy solemnity resting upon my soul: the very ground on which we walked, the people and everything about us seemed sacred, and the air seemed pervaded by the very presence of God. I expected to be baptized the second one, but during the worship, the power of God came down upon me so greatly, that I could scarcely move, and that brilliant red light shone around me as bright as the day I was healed. O wonderful, wonderful fire of God’s love: so red, so deep, so soft and heavenly. While thus enveloped, and immovably fixed in the glory of God three or four were baptized before me. Then I moved forward and down into the water with the Divine power so upon me that I could barely walk. I was so lost in God that I scarcely knew when I was under the water. When I arose the crimson glory still shone around me and the mighty power of God was greatly increased. O what unutterable glory of God filled my soul. Bro. Warner had to wait for me a little, before I could begin to move toward the shore.
This was enough, my prayer was answered. Since that day the light of God’s truth is increasing more and more. Thankful I am to my dear Savior that He is leading me in His own precious narrow way. O how blessed to be joined to Jesus only. And O how He shows me the desolating pride and darkness of the sects. Truly they are the prophetic babylon. I have no more attraction to them than to the society of the world.
After returning from the assembly meeting the Spirit of the Lord led me to write a note to the M. E. pastor here, requesting my name dropped from their book. And now thank God! I am happy to say to the saints, I am free, I am free. How I love and appreciate
“The Church our bless’d Redeemer saved,
With His own precious blood.”
The pure Body of Christ, and all His members in particular, the holy saints. I tell these things to the glory of God, and for the love of Jesus, whose I am forever more.
I wish the prayers of the dear saints that I may be kept bumble, pure, true and learning at the feet of my dear Savior. I am so constantly filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and become so overwhelmed when contemplating the wonderful dealing, and manifestations of God to such an unworthy worm, that I could not have written this narrative myself. So I prayed to God, if He would let me ask Bro. Warner to write it for me. May God bless it to all who read, and may all our heart’s breathing to the Lord be,
“O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame.”
Battle Greek Mich. Dec. 2, 1884.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God this morning for full and complete salvation. Praise God! I know that I have an eternal salvation. Glory be to God forever! I have left all for Jesus; home, friends, and all I have; not where to lay my head only among the saints of God. All my friends have gone back on me, but praise our God! I have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. I feel richer this morning than queen victoria. Why, because I have salvation, and I possess the kingdom and the greatness of it. Now who would want to be any richer? Praise God! I know that I am ready to meet Jesus, for I have on the fine linen, clean and white. O I do praise my dear God for the wedding garment. We had a wonderful meeting last night. God was with us in mighty power, one sister was healed by prayer and the laying on of hands. O praise our God for His wonderful power! Well, I can say that I am clear out in the ocean of God’s love. I am sweetly reigning in this life. Praise God! I am lifted above this world. Well, I am saved, sanctified, and have the victory over the beast and his image. Your Sister all the Lord’s.
Jane A. Castle.
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Dear Brethren: — I am in the land of Canaan that flows with milk and honey. I am on the blood and fire line for glory, with the go through in my soul. I am standing on the sea of glass, mingled with fire. I am saved and sanctified wholly, free from the beast and his image and the number of his name; free from all sects. Yours in Christ.
SANCTIFIED, AND SANCTIFIED WHOLLY.
DEAR Brothers and Sisters, the world is full of critics. As the abominable pharisees watched eagerly to catch something out of the mouth of Jesus with which they could confound, and condemn Him, so men are on the alert to pick up something from our lips, that they can make capital of. For instance, if we teach that men are not sanctified when they are converted, and then refer to the Romans. Corinthians, Thessalonians, and Hebrews, as regenerated, and not sanctified, the caveler will prove that they were sanctified already, and then claim that holiness, or sanctification is received in regeneration. He will show that the Romans were “called to be saints,” and had a very good faith, and were “full of goodness” — 1:7, 8. 15:14. That the Corinthians were addressed as the “Church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus.” — 1 Cor. 1:2. The Thessalonians “Knew their election of God,” and were famous for their faith and charity. — 1 Thess. 1. The Hebrews were already “holy Brethren.” — 3:1 And yet these, and the other epistles, are quoted by us to prove that the Churches addressed by them are urged on to the second work, or sanctification. How is this? A careful attention to the Word makes all very plain. The fact is, regeneration constitutes every one that receives it, holy, or sanctified. These two words are all one in the original Greek, and in the German Testament. The first work then makes us holy, or sanctified. But the second, makes us perfected in holiness, or entirely sanctified. Therefore “if the root (Christy be holy, so are the branches, (Christians).
The assertion that the branches are holy, implies that men are either holy, or not a branch at all. And yet Christ- said, “Every branch in me that bears not fruit, He takes away, and every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” — John 15:2.
Purge is from Cattiarizo, which means to cleanse; and is so translated in the late Revision. Though Romans 11:16, asserts that the branches are holy. Yet Christ taught a cleansing after we become branches, and begin to bear fruit. This proves that all who are grafted into Christ are holy, in a sense, but shortly following our engrafting we must receive a second work of cleansing, and thus we are perfect in holiness. This corresponds with the prayer of Christ in John 17, in which He confessed that the disciples were “not of the world, even as He was not of the world.” Being thus separate from the world, they were surely in that sense holy, or sanctified. And yet He prayed the Father to sanctify them, as a future experience, by which He necessarily meant, Sanctify them wholly. We see the same change from holiness, to perfect holiness, in John 14:15-17 — “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but ye know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.”
Another Comforter is promised who is the Holy Spirit, and He is the Sanctifier. — Rom. 15:16. This experience cannot be received by the world. Sinners can receive pardon, and regeneration, but can not receive this second Comforter. “Because it sees Him not, neither knows Him. But ye know Him, for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.”
Here Christ makes a clear distinction between His disciples and the world. Hence they must have passed through a radical work of grace, which had taken them out of the world. And to be separate from this world, is to be holy unto God. Hence the disciples were holy, or sanctified, before receiving the Comforter, the fulness, or complete Sanctifier.
The Romans were full of goodness, and had a noteworthy faith far and wide. Hence holy. Yet they were admonished to “present their bodies a living sacrifice holy, acceptable unto God, which was their reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” — 12:1, 2.
They were already “brethren,” hence of the holy family. They were to undergo another transformation, a second work; by which they were to prove, — namely, by real inward experience, — what is that good and perfect will of God. Now the perfect will of God. proved, is perfect holiness realized. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.”
If the will of God is our sanctification, then the “perfect will of God,” must be our perfect, or entire sanctification. Therefore the second work urged upon the Romans, was a transformation from holiness, to perfect holiness.
The Corinthians are addressed as “sanctified in Christ Jesus,” and yet declared to be in possession of carnality, which constituted them in the babe state, of first grace. And they are admonished to “cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Here those that were “sanctified in Christ Jesus,” are required to cleanse themselves entirely, and thereby perfect holiness, or be sanctified wholly. As nothing can be perfected until it first exists; so to perfect holiness implies first the possession of that which is to be perfected. And the second work to the Corinthians was also a transformation from holiness begun, to holiness perfected.
The Thessalonians were elect of God, and strong in faith, and charity. And then the Apostles prayed, “The God of peace to sanctify you wholly,” — which means entirely. “And I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless until the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it.” Here is a clear second work of grace. Sanctifying wholly; which is perfectly consistent with the idea that they had been sanctified in part before, which the character ascribed to them in the first chapter, clearly implies.
The Hebrews were “holy brethren,” and then were commanded to “go on unto perfection,” and were told that “By one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” And the Apostle also assured them that they had “boldness to enter into the holiest of all, by the blood of Jesus Christ, and by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us through the vail, that is to say His flesh.” These Scriptures set the truth before us as plainly as English language can do so.
First, holy brethren, regenerated. Second, perfection in everlasting sanctification, in the holiest of all. So when men attempt to dispute sanctification as a second work, by the fact that the parties addressed in the epistles, were already holy, and sanctified, just admit the fact, and then proceed to prove the second work as entire sanctification, or perfect holiness.
The two works of grace are each a complete work, but both together perfect our holiness in the sight of God. Amen!
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Barkeyville Pa., Oct. 18 ’86.
THE Lord has given us a glorious victory over the devil and all the powers of bell. Hallelujah to God! We came and engaged in the battle with the little band of saints in Barkeyville and vicinity, Oct. 1st. They having no place to worship, other than their own houses, we held two nights in Bro. Raysor’s house in the village, after which the brethren rented a house, an old store room three quarters of a mile north of the village near Yard’s Corners. Here we began the glorious battle in earnest; and no sooner had we began the work, than the sect wine began to work, and the devil rage and foam. The devil had succeeded in overthrowing some of the little ones, and others were discouraged and disheartened. O how glad they were when we came to their rescue. Praise God they had a mind to work, and we all went at it with much earnestness and faith. But Oh the awful prejudice that filled the people’s hearts, which has been instilled into them by the false shepherds of babylon. I do not marvel that God says He will feed them with judgment, for their wickedness is great. Night after night they stoned the building, being agged on by the ungodly sect professors. May God have mercy on their poor souls. The so-called “Church of God” professors are in a rage and persecute us and say all manner of evil against us because we preach the same doctrine they themselves preached in days past. O shame on such ungodly reprobates, they are a stench in the nostrils of God and man. Those who are honest among them, and all good disposed persons see it plainly and are disgusted with them. One good honest Bro. who loves the truth and life of the Spirit, frequently came to the saints meeting, because there he found the Lord present in Spirit and power; while among the dead. Winebrenarians, there was nothing but death and cold formality. If he dared to speak to them of their condition when at their meetings, they would persecute him; the roughs would also through the influence of these hypocrites persecute him by interfering with his buggy, horse or harness, so that when he started to go home he was in danger of being killed. O ye heartless wretches, repent of the evil of your doings or hell will be your portion. Glory to God! This good Bro. has decided to throw off the intolerable sect yoke and go free. He has given up the use of tobacco, which is one of the staple articles of Winebrenarian sect babylon, he also refuses to drink any more of their sect Winebrenarian wine which is double distilled damnation to every one who drinks it. There are some poor deluded women in that vicinity, who harrass the very life, of their poor husbands who love the cause of Christ; and who would willingly lay down their lives for the same. These poor creatures who thus torment the lives of their husbands, have been drinking of tin’s, bad sect wine; which when it works is very hard on those who are afflicted with tin’s sect leprosy. It makes them so drunken, they will go about in an awful frenzy, especialy when the husband has morning or evening worship, they will then pace the floor like a caged Hyena, using vile epithets in language too vulgar to pen; and this is but a slight sample of their ungodly and filthy practices. These are also members in good standing in the Winebrenarian sect house. The sect officials some of them having a knowledge of the same. O may God bring swill destruction upon such a cage of unclean and hateful birds. Thus says the Lord; I saw another angel come down from Heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with His glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become, the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and receive not of her plagues. — Rev. 18:1, 2, 3, and 4.
I beheld, and to, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by His fierce anger. For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
For this shall the earth morn, and the Heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be forsaken and not a man dwell therein. And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shall thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life. For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that brings forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewails herself, that spreads her hands, saying, Wo is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers. — Jer. 4:26-31.
Notwithstanding all the opposition and powers of darkness, the Lord gave us victory over them all. O how God helped us to preach His Word. Hallelujah! We leaped and shouted and praised the Lord with loud voices. Dear sister Walters an aged sister who had been bound and ruled by the tobacco monster, was set at liberty and went leaping, shouting and praising God; most all in the house caught the fire and joined in the jubilee. This was at their house in the day salvation meeting, others were saved in the same meeting.
O glory to God! each day the glory and power of God was wonderful, and the salvation of souls was the result. Those who were weak was strengthened and filled with the Spirit, and during the few days that we labored here five souls were converted and nine sanctified. Many others received the truth and were convicted of their sins and duty to God. I pray God to save them in the near future. God has a little Church here of about twenty whom we. feel will bring forth fruit unto God. May God continue to baptise them with fire and power. Amen! The last evening we met together at Bro. Jackson Phipps’ house where the Lord baptized all our souls with the mighty power and fire of the Spirit. O glory to God! it was a glorious time of refreshing and blessing to all our souls. The Lord made choice of Bro. Wm. Hoffman to take the over-sight of the flock of God. So he was ordained Elder, and Bro. Micheal Raynor, Deacon, by prayer and laying on of hands. Go we left these dear brethren and sisters a holy happy band. May God bless them and keep them unto the end. Amen!
From here we go to Pittsville to still press the battle on. O hallelujah to God! Let all the saints pray for us that we may be victorious in every battle. Your Bro. saved! saved!! Hallelujah to God!
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
After the assembly of the Mich., we returned to our little company of fellow workers in Ohio. Found them all together at dear Bro. and Sister Miller’s at Jerry City. Praise God! it was joyful to our souls to meet all well again. Glory to Jesus! O how all hearts praised God for the tidings of the wonderful works of God in the Assembly. Of course dear Bro. Barney began to bound like a rubber hall, almost to the ceiling, when he learned of the salvation of his brother William. Doubtless angels in Heaven took a part in the celebration of God’s holy praises.
The next day, Bro. Miller took us all over to Bro. Cupp’s, at Six Points, in whose house we held meetings a few days. The weather was bad, and we had few attendants. We are confident that some permanent good was done. A few souls consecrated.
October 1st, we came to Bro. S. Phillips’ near Rising Sun Ohio. We held some meetings in a house on his place. We enjoyed preaching the glorious Gospel of Christ to the people that came together there. God bless dear Bro. and sister Philips. Sister Phillips has been afflicted for some time. May God lead her .. to the way of perfect trust for soul and body.
October 7th, we moved a few miles farther oast, and one mile north, to the house of dear Bro. Daniel Roush; where we inspired the neighbors together to hear the Word the Lord. The room soon be.. me too small, and the weather being pleasant, we got a tent from Bro. Phillips, that covered about 18 by 20 feet, which we Cached at one end to a large porch which in together made quite a good meeting room. The Lord helped ns to preach the glorious Gospel of Christ. And we poured out the ..ials of God’s wrath upon every evil way. The Lord worked, and souls were saved almost every day.
Thursday, October 14th, the Lord sent every strong wind, and we had to take … tent down. That night we hold the meeting in the house. Being dark, and ..iny the congregation was not very large. While we were preaching the Word, suddenly in rushed
A Black Mob.
About fifteen or more, of the baser sort who were drunk, and mad on the wine of babylon, with their faces blacked, sprang into the room, and seized upon us, and ..arted to take us out. Brethren quickly law the situation, and were not slow in our help. But the room being seated with cracked seals, and the space between us and the door being all occupied by the ..ons of belial, not many saints could get hear us. The enemies of the Lord, all having hold of each-other, and the front ones hold on us, we were pretty rapidly drawn to the door. But a few of the little ones were pulling buck with all their might, Bro, Barney, and sister Frankie Miller were in the hottest of the fight, Mother and Nan could not get to us.
If Hallelujah! we praised God every step, and felt the perfect peace of God in our soul. Bro, George Roush having hold on our left arm, and being our principle stay, and being well known by the black clan, as a very strong man, they thought to beat him loose from his hold on us, but he received the blows in his face without slacking his hold on us. God bless that brother. The Lord did not suffer him to be hurt to amount to anything. One of the black clan brought with him a pretty wieldy little cudgel, which Bro. Jacob Roush grabbed, and wrested out of his hands. And being an officer of the law, of whom the Word of the Lord says, “he bears not the sword (or club) in vain,” he began to apply it vigorously on the black heads. Up to this second the contact stood in breathless uncertainty. We were hauled to the very threshold, and all the desperadoes were determined to have their victim; and once the threshold crossed, we were to be dragged out into the dark night, to suffer all that satan might dictate in the hearts of fiendish Catholic, sect idolators, and wicked sinners. But all at once the Spirit said to our soul: “I will not leave thee into the hands of the wicked.” And almost immediately every black hand let go, and fled. Glory be to our God, who always causes us to triumph through Christ Jesus.
The little ones said it looked as though we would be pulled to pieces. But praise God! not a hair of our head was harmed, not a muscle strained, and not a thread of our clothes torn. Glory to Jesus, for His gracious deliverance of us, out of the jaws of the fierce beasts. It is reported that their intention was to strip us, and give us a good lashing with whips, and then serve us with a desert of rotten eggs. Glory be to Jesus! We praise God for their defeat, but believe we should have praised God, and leaped still more with the glory in our soul, had He seen fit to let the wicked accomplish their end.
After the struggle we sang a hymn of praise to God, and resumed our discourse in the Spirit of the Lord.
Before we came to the place, our eves rested on 1 Thess. 2:1, 2. And as we read the Spirit gave us the words as descriptive of what we should meet. Praise God! we were willing to be “shamefully entreated,” for Christ’s sake, and were none the less “bold in our God to speak unto you the Gospel of God with much contention.” “Knowing that our entrance in unto you, was not in vain.”
The night before the black mob came, we dreamed of fighting black dogs, which finally fled from before our face. Some were apprehensive they would repeat the attack, and there were all kinds of “rumors of wars.” So that had we not been saved above all fears we should have escaped out of that place as soon as possible. But we remained over the following Sabbath.
The next, day after the assault the Lord gave sister Smith this verse, — “But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, Look unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.” – Acts 17:5.
The cases were nearly parallel. The whole thing had been instigated by abominable sectarians, whose rotten hearts had been dug open by the truth, exposing the “dead bones” there.
Thank God! our labor was not in vain in the Lord. A little company of five families, including Bro. and sister Shultz, a few miles west, were about all fully saved, and all determined to walk in the truth, and stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. Dear Father and Mother Roush have been m the good way for many years. She was renewed in the Spirit and power of holiness, and both received the healing touch of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord keep them and all their dear children, and richly reward them for their labor of love, and kind care toward us. Never shall we forget their loving hearts.
Yesterday, Monday, October 18, Bro. George Roush brought us about 17 miles to the vicinity of Lindsey, Sandusky Co., Ohio; where we have met some dear good saints, and we expect the Lord to work here in the salvation of souls. We may remain here a few weeks. Let ail the saints of God pray for us, and the glorious work of salvation.
We are all filled with great peace, and sweet assurance of constant victory over all the powers of the enemy. Praise the Lord!
To the readers of the Gospel Trumpet: – Our testimony is, we are saved and sanctified, and filled with the power of God, and kept under the blood continually. Glory to His name! We have been laboring in Dushville, Isabella Co., for a few nights. Sister Anna Zimmerman was with us; the Lord helped her in song and testimony to glorify His name. The Lord helped up to give the straight Gospel truth. We had three sect preachers in attendance; one of them, inspired by the devil, made an exploit for his master, and of course he helped him the best he could. The other two seemed to be quite honest. There was a lively interest in the town and vicinity; one sanctified, and many others needing salvation. We expect to return again with Bro. Shelly if the Lord wills. Amen! Your Bro. and Sister.
Wm. N. & S. J. Smith.
To all the dear saints in Christ: — This morning finds me well, soul an body, sanctified and washed in the blood. Praise the Lord forever! We met with the dear saints last Wednesday evening at Bro. Butters’, and the Holy Ghost came down, wave after wave, baptizing His little ones into the one Spirit; making the light shine so bright and piercing that nominal professors and deceivers began to look about themselves, greatly wondering, and exclaiming; my leanness my leanness. The saints here are going down, down, down; proving the deep things of God, and rising higher and higher in the power of His might. O glory be to the name of our Jesus! A few of the saints went down to Bro. Harford’s last Sabbath, and held a meeting in his house, preached the Word by the Spirits power from Rom. 1:16. The Lord gloriously presided, and one backslidden soul was sweetly reclaimed to her first love again. Then quickly she invited the saints to come to Langsburg in two weeks to her house and hold a meeting. So if the Lord wills, a load of happy saints will go to Laingsburg; for I am impressed by the Spirit that God has surely opened up the way for His work to move on. Amen!
Wm. T. Tanner.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony is, I am saved, sanctified and redeemed from the world and from babylon. Working in the vineyard of the Lord. Hallelujah! Bro. Samuel Fowler and I went to Roseville O. spreading the true light of the Gospel of Christ. Several are turning and are receiving the truth in this blessed evening light. Six were baptized in the name of Jesus, and they came up out of the water shouting the high praises of God. About four the saints expect to be at the meeting at Mother Lollars. The Lord used us to preach His word in demonstration of the Spirit and in power, and many sinners were convicted. Some praying for a pure heart, and three tobacco devils cast out, and two or three props knocked down from under the walls of babylon, and the loss to the inmates was great. One Methodist said he did not like our preaching because we tear down other churches.
Dear friend, if we can tear them down, they ought to fall; they are not of God, for the gates of hell cannot prevail against God’s Church. The work of God went on and we followed Jesus in the ordinances of feet-washing and the Lord’s supper.
Your Bro. in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord leads me to write my testimony, and I hope it may prove a blessing to all the readers of the Trumpet. I praise God for a present salvation that I enjoy in my soul; that saves me from all sin. I am so glad the Lord called after me, and showed me that I was a sinner, and gave me an honest heart to accept this wonderful salvation. It is glory in my soul to know that Jesus dwells within. I have the well of living water in my soul, springing up into eternal life. I have a part in the first resurrection and the second death hath no power over me. I have the victory over the beast and his image, and over the number of his name. Hallelujah! honor and praise to the name of the Lord! I now stand on the sea of glass. Well glory be to Jesus! I am saved and sanctified. Fray for me.
Your Bro. in Christ.
Dear Readers of the Trumpet: — This evening finds me rejoicing in the love of God. Praise the name of Jesus forever! I thank God for the power to heal both soul and body. “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” I do praise God for the healing power. I was taken with typhoid fever on Thursday, and on Sunday was so bad that I sent for the saints to come in and pray, and lay on hands. The fever was so great that I hardly knew what I was doing, and in less than fifteen minutes time I was in a sweat. Praise the Lord! I tell you the work was done, and on the next Thursday night I went to Bro. David Leininger’s to prayer meeting, and there I gained the victory in full. Braise God for the healing power. I am saved and kept by the power of God. Glory he to Jesus for salvation full and complete. I am saved and sanctified, and under the blood.
Your sister in Christ.
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I am saved just now from all sin, and kept by the power of God. We are having glorious meetings, and the Lord is with us in power every time we meet. Praise our God forever! My soul is rejoicing to-night for the good ness of the Lord to me. O praise the Lord for salvation! We have just returned from dear Bro. Palmer’s; had a good time out there. God bless that dear brother with all Spiritual blessings is my prayer.
Praise the Lord, O my soul! for His saving, sanctifying, and keeping power. I thank God that when I gave myself up unto Him, He was faithful and just to forgive me of all my sins, such as chewing and smoking tobacco, and drinking whiskey, and cursing and swearing, and all such evils. O praise the Lord! I am saved from all of those sins, and sanctified wholly to the Lord.
O I praise God so much for salvation that I feel in my soul. O glory to God for victory over every thing that is not of God! Praise God! When the Lord God sanctified me, He sanctified me through and through. Glory be to God forever and ever! Your Bro. in Christ.
J. B. Skinner.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord wants me to write a few lines for the Trumpet, and let the dear ones know that I am saved to the uttermost, and sanctified through the truth. Praise God forever, for saving my soul! It has been nearly three years since the Lord first spoke peace to my soul; He cleansed, and made me white as snow. We are having glorious meetings here, and the Lord is saving souls in spite of the devil. Glory to His name!
Now I’m resting sweetly resting,
In the cleft once made for me;
Jesus blessed Rock of ages,
I will hide myself in Thee.
Your sister, saved in Jesus, just now.
Dear Brethren: — I am all the Lord’s this morning, He has saved me from all the desires of the world, and I am wholly sanctified through the blood. I am ready to go where He leads me. If the Lord wills, I expect to commence work for the Lord near Nirvana, Labe Co., Mich. All pray for the success of the work.
Dear Brethren: — I can praise God for salvation from all sin just now. I wish I could go to the saint’s meeting to-day, but although I am not present in body, I am in Spirit. I bless God for the privilege of attending the meeting at Payne. I got much light on a great many things concerning the way to retain sanctification; yet I find that I need a wonderful growth in this grace. I thank God for the privilege of hearing the “Songs of Victory.” Surely God is leading His army along; my prayer is that He will lead His army this way before long, or at least some one of them, for there is great need of work here, I don’t believe there is three truly justified persons in this place.
Your sister, saved and sanctified.
Mary E. Hurd.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to testify to the goodness of God. I give Him all the praise for what He is doing for me. Glory to God forever and ever! I am free from this world. Praise the Lord! O how glad I am that God sent some of His chosen people to us. I am free from sectism. When I told the F. M. preacher to take my name off of the sect hook, he said he thought I had my eyes open. So I have, glory to God! I am wholly in the light of God. By the grace of God I will follow our blessed Redeemer. O praise God!
This evening I feel good in my soul, and O how I long to see the dear saints that were here. I have been persecuted for their sake, but praise God! He led me through it all. He is my helper in time of need. I am cleansed from tea and coffee. Glory to God for His saving power. I am still trusting in Jesus; He leadeth me by the still waters. Pray for me.
Your sister in Christ.
Mollie A. Menges.
We have received a letter from the dear little ones in Davies Co. Ind., that much touches our heart. A year ago last May, we spent about eight days there. Holiness had not been preached there, and great darkness was upon the people. Several consecrated all to God. More have since found the great freedom. They are dear good honest hearts; but having been left so long without a visit from anyone from abroad, and being surrounded by all the crushing powers of satan and babylon, their courage, faith, and endurance seem almost giving away. They are begging for a visit from some Fire-baptized instrument of God. Some one must surely go soon. We do not know whether we can go or not. O ye angels that fly in the midst of Heaven, who will go and strengthen the hearts of your brethren in that place. Address Bro. R. Cloe, or Wm. Mt-Gomery, Odon Ind. God bless and hold up His dear children there. Amen!
Sister Alice M. Nelson closed this mortal life in the triumph of a living faith in Christ Jesus, October 4th, 1886, aged 35 years, 6 months, and 7 days. Sister N. was converted in 1870, near Niles, Mich., and feeling the love of Christ burning in her heart, she desired to do something for the good of the people. So she left the large circle of friends, and went to Hernando, Mississippi, where she remained until a few months before her departure of this life. Sister N. had the bright evidence of her conversion, and for 16 years was struggling and fighting with the inward foe, the “old man.” She, being a Bible reader, found many mysteries in the Scriptures, and many things expressed that there must be something more for her to enjoy; but had not found any one that could lead her into the higher grace. So she continued, until alas, she was called upon her sick bed, and while there afflicted, she was visited by her sister from Covert; sister Adams, who enjoys the blessing of entire sanctification. She gave her testimony in the Spirit of God, and the long looked for light, flashed into the heart of the deceased, and with an earnest, enquired for some one to preach this light to her, and we were sent for at once. When the word came, the Spirit bade us go. We reached the family Aug. 28th, on Saturday eve. A large circle of friends were gathered together, and we taught the Word on the line of holiness. It was new to the people. On Sunday morning and evening we were permitted to preach the Word in the city. On Tuesday we returned to Bro. Hill’s, where the deceased lay sick. On our arrival she called us to her bedside, and said, “I am not fit to die.” The Spirit led us to teach her how to make the consecration. She asked “will I not know when I receive the Holy Ghost?” I said yes, but it is your part to make the consecration, and to believe, and God’s part to give. “O!” she said, “now I understand; I believe.” While we were knelt in prayer, the Holy Spirit filled her soul and body, and gave her strength to shout and praise God. She called each one to her bed side, and admonished them to seek after that blessing which she had found. She exclaimed, “had I this blessing in health, what an amount, of good I could have done.”
Sister Alice leaves a husband and three small children to mourn her loss. God bless the bereaved ones.
My friendly readers, do not put off seeking the blessing of entire sanctification until death. You may enjoy it in this life, and without it you are not fit to meet God. “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.”
Died, near Hans School-house, September the 22nd 1886, Willis Evered, son of Phillip and Flora Bryant, aged 4 months, and 15 days. The funeral services were held at the Nichols Chapel.
Also Charley Ray Kuhn, son of George and Victoria Kuhn, died September 24th, 1886, aged 7 months and 26 days.
Thus we can see the kind providence of God, by laying His tender hand on these dear parents, to win their affections more to Him, by taking their dear little ones home to rest.
SHALL SHOW OP THE DOCTRINE.
THE following card from dear Bro. Haner, shows that the Word of the Lord is true and faithful, which says, “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” — John 7:17.
Urbana, Kan. Sep. 29.
Dearly beloved brethren. This leaves us well and saved. Hallelujah! The meeting closed at Chanute last night, and proved the words of the Lord, “If ye know these things happy are ye if ye do them.” — John 13:
This was a glorious meeting. Souls were saved, and the saints greatly strengthened, and built up in the most holy faith. Bro. and sister Cole were with us, from Mo. They are blessedly saved, and straight for God. Bless God! I can truly say I am now straight with the Word of God, on the ordinance of baptism. Hallelujah! I have victory over the mark of the beast — sprinkling and pouring — Bless God! I was buried with Christ in baptism yesterday. Hallelujah!
As soon as our brother did just as the Word of God reads, “went down into the water,” and was “buried with Christ in baptism,” he could “truly say, I am straight on baptism.” How does be know? Namely, as it is written, “God bearing them witness.” An humble act of obedience to the pure Word of God always brings a clear response from heaven. “He shall be blessed in the deed.” And that blessing is not only a feeling of happiness: which a wrongly educated conscience in a measure feels when conscientiously doing an act of error. But the blessing from God upon the soul in a true act of obedience to God, is not only a sweet emotional joy, but it is an intelligent, voice, and confirmation of God in the Spiritual understanding. Before stepping into the symbolic grave of the Lord Jesus Christ, the intelligent child of God, implicitly believes that this is the command and will of Christ Jesus our Head. But on raising with Christ from the liquid tomb, lie “knows of the doctrine.” He has tried, and proved the Word, at which point faith turns into positive knowledge.
But it might be asked, is it consistent to do any religious rite, before we positively know it is the will of God. Well men sow their wheat before they know they will get a crop, and no one thinks of calling them silly because they do so. And nearly all the works of this world are acts of faith. Being performed before there is a positive knowledge that the desired results will follow. They are then works of faith, but knowledge always comes as a result.
But while most all the enterprises of this world are carried on by faith, the true Word of God actually teaches that we may reach the knowledge of the truth before we go forward in obedience. If there is but an honest desire and determination to do the will of God, that man may know what it is. Accordingly John 7:17, as rendered by the Bible Union Translation, reads as follows.
“If any one desire to do His will, ho shall know of the teaching.”
“Whosoever is minded to do His will, shall discern whether ray doctrine proceeds from God, or from myself.” — George Campbell.
“If any one wish to perform His will, he shall know of the teaching.” — Emphatic Diaglott.
If any man be willing to do His will, he shall know concerning the teaching.” — Dean Alford.
“If any man wills to do His will, he shall know of the teaching.” — Revised Version.
Here are four translations all of which predicate the knowledge of the teaching of Christ upon an humble willingness to do it. And these renderings are sustained by the Greek test. A simple and direct translation from the Greek words would be, “If any one wills the will of Him to do.” etc.
This Scripture locates the difficulty of such as do not attain a knowledge of the truth, in the will. It asserts that to the person that has a real willingness, and desire to know, and do God’s will, there are no difficulties in the way of its attainment. Hence men are, themselves responsible for retaining error. There is either a perversion, or malignant indifference of the will, which will condemn the soul in the day of judgment.
Dear Brethren: — I am still saved from all sin. Glory to Jesus! I praise God for salvation that saves and sanctifies my soul.
O how I praise God for the Trumpet: it does my soul good to read the testimonies of the dear brethren and sisters. I have been distributing some of the Gospel Trumpets around where I have been at work, and they say they have got more light on the Scriptures through them than they ever had before. Some of them noticed this Scripture, “And these signs shall follow them that believe,” etc. Mark 16:17; and John 14:12. In what way can the believer do greater works than Christ?
Please answer through the Trumpet. O I praise God for His precious promises. Christ says, to him that believes all things are possible. O glory to God!
Your Bro. in Christ, saved and sanctified.
Jonas L. Forsyth.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not. neither knows Him: but ye know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.” — John 14:12-17.
To understand the above question, take into consideration the fact that the departure of the Lord into Heaven, secured to us the gift of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. And that it was expedient, a real advantage for the Church, that Christ should leave in person, and send the Comforter in His stead.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.” — John 16:7.
This proves to us that Christ is more powerful, and effectual in the Church by the representation of the Holy Spirit, than He was by His incarnate presence. And observe that the promise that we shall do greater works than those that Christ did, is connected with the promise of the Comforter; His coming, and superior blessing in the Church, accounts for the greater things that shall be done by His saints.
The Scriptures teach an identity between Christ and the Church. The Church is the Body of Christ. — Eph. 1:22, 23. Col. 1:18, 24. And the Body is Christ — 1 Cor. 12:12. Therefore, when Christ said, “greater works than these shall ye do,” verse 12, He goos right on in the next verse and says, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” So the “ye do,” and the “I do,” is all the same doing. What the Church does is Christ working in Her, and what Christ does is the Church working in Him, and through His strength manifest in us.
“Without me ye can do nothing,” says the Lord. But “I can do all things through Christ Jesus which strengthens me,” says the man of God. The increase in the magnitude of works that we do, beyond what Christ did, is not to be understood as ascribing greater power to the saints than Christ had: but ascribing greater manifestations of Divine power through Christ and His Church by the Holy Spirit, than through Christ incarnate. The greater works is not by transition from Christ to man, but from Christ in the flesh, to Christ in the fulness of the Spirit. “Greater works than these shall ye do because I go to the Father.” And “If I go away I will send the Comforter.” The works of Christ, while un earth, were modified by the faith of the people. Hence while at Nazareth it is recorded, that “He could not do many mighty works there because of the unbelief of the people.” But the coming of the Sanctifier, and glorious revealer of the wisdom and power of God in the souls of the disciples, raised them to the full assurance of faith. Therefore there was an increase in the mighty works which “ye do,” namely, “I do.” Having now the perfected faith of a wholly sanctified Church to work through, Christ could do more mighty works than before.
“He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit,” and “know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?” and “we are members of His Body, and of His flesh, and of His hones.” Therefore the Church is the continuation of Christ in the world, both in His Spirit, and in His flesh. Hence what the Church does, Christ does. “For both He that sanctifies, and they who are sanctified are all of one.”
These facts are apparent from the Scriptures here referred to. First, Instead of miracles becoming less, and passing out of the Church after the ascention of Christ to Heaven, they were only to begin in their full force after the Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Second, since He, the Comforter, was to abide with ns forever, His miraculous manifestations, were to continue to the end of the world.
Praise the Lord for the indwelling of the Son and the Father, through the Holy Spirit, filling this temple with glory from the Throne, and performing His miraculous work of faith with power.
Battle Creek Mich.
Dearly Beloved Gospel Trumpet Family: The very God of peace saves and sanctifies me wholly, and keeps me by His mighty power. To Him be honor, and glory, and dominion forever and ever and ever. Amen! May His love and tender watchcare be over and round-about you and in you all continually, preserving you unblamable unto the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us that we may dwell with Him eternaly.
I am continually filled with the Spirit of power and of glory, and rejoice with joy unspeakable. My very flesh is filled with the holy fire, and each day, this world slips farther and farther away from all my desires, indeed I have hard work to rest contented to remain in this, my earthly tabernacle, while “my sparkling crown is just in view, and pearly gates and mansions too.” But Jesus gives me quietude and assurance and I have victory over all the power of the enemy. Praises be to our God and King for this wonderful salvation which He has prepared for the children of men. O that all might be partakers of His holiness and enjoy His sweet presence forever, it is so delightful and pleasant, to dwell in His favor — yes, in the very “heart of my God!” I could not endure life for a moment without a “hope that reaches within the veil.’ Glory! Glory!! Glory!!! I do so enjoy my freedom in Christ, that no powers on earth could rob me of this rejoicing, nor put shackles on me. Since my return from the assembly satan has tried his schemes on me, and this point has been tested, but whom the Son makes free shall be free indeed, and no power can bring my free Spirit in bondage. Believing that He will continue to fight our battles for us, and open up ways for our feet, I launch out afresh, with new vigor and zeal upon His eternal promises. “I pass the rough rocks with a smile and a shout, And I just let my God His dear purpose fulfill.” It is sweet to rest so securely in the will of God “without carefulness” — (anxiety) and let Him Work His own counsels in my heart.
Well, I never grow weary in telling of our common salvation, but time forbides, and I must forbear father testimony.
Saved in the blood of Jesus Christ.
Anna K. Thomas.
I praise the Lord for a free and full salvation. I thank God that He sanctified me. Glory to Jesus!
My boy was taken sick, and my friends came in, and said he would die without medicine, but I knelt beside His bed and prayed, and he was healed. He raised up and helped me to sing two songs, and got up and walked, and said his soreness had left him. He is well and hearty. Praise the Lord! Your sister in Christ.
Mary C. Pepper.
Bear Brethren: — O how happy I am since I am sanctified. God has taken away all my troubles and cares of this life, and given me the peace and joy of His salvation. Many years my soul longed for this great salvation, but did not know what it was. When I went to meeting and saw the saints so happy, I desired to be one of them, but I thought I was not worthy of God’s love. But praise God! I found that God is merciful, and He saved and sanctified my soul. Your sister saved in Christ.
Bear Brethren: — I am saved as a brand snatched from the fire. I thought I was worshiping God with zeal. I was a moral man, and kept out of all such places as saloons, dances, sect festivals etc., and had no part in Fourth of July gatherings, and professed to be a Christian; but I was double minded. I was worrying and fretting, striving to lay up riches in this world. Being wonderfully conscious I was sinning against God, I was filled with anxiety and fear. Praise God! I am now completely delivered from all sin, the love of the world, and in short, every thing displeasing to God. I am sanctified, clothed, and in my right mind. I am willing, and will do anything the Lord wants me to do.
Your Bro. saved in Christ.
Moses W. Richardson.
Rome City Ind.
Dear Brethren: – I praise the Lord this evening that He guided my steps to that blessed meeting in Ohio. There I met with holy brethren which guided me in the good way of the Lord. O I praise the Lord that He plucked me as a brand from the burning, and filled me with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Yes, praise the Lord! He sanctified me. Oh glory to Jesus! I am all the Lord’s to-night, and He gives me victory over the enemy. I am under the blood and glory fills my soul. May the Lord bless all the saints. Praise the Lord! my soul is full of glory. I am saved and kept by the power of God through faith. Praise the Lord! Pray for me. Your Sister.
H. L. Smurr.
Dear Brethren: — I thank God for the privilege of witnessing for Him. He says, “ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.” If we are true witnesses, we can say with the Apostle. “Old things have passed away and ail things have become new.” I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of Jesus, and more determined than ever to see the end of the Christian journey.
H. D. Martin.
Dear Brethren and Gospel Trumpet readers: — We are still alive for the cause in Gratiot, althrough it has been some time since the work has been reported from this part. Bro’s Reaves and Shelley are doing some affectual work by way of spreading Gospel truths. We have had two, two days meeting since the Gratiot Camp Meeting, and on the 22nd day of Aug. 13 went forth in the ordinance of baptism, and the Lord is adding to the Church such as are being saved, and is also making manifest His healing power among us. We praise the Lord to-day for deliverance, for freedom and perfect liberty. We are saved from all sin and sects, and kept by the power. We have reason to believe that the leaven is working in honest hearts in Clearfield Co. Pa.. We would be glad lo hear from there through the Trumpet.
Your Bro. and sister in Christ.
W. A. & Louisa Moore.
Dear Brethren: — Some one has kindly sent me two coppies of your paper, Gospel Trumpet. I love to read it dearly. I love to read it next to the Scriptures. I send one dollar for one years subscription. My testimony is that I am converted and my heart’s desire is that I may be sanctified wholly, thoroughly cleansed from all sin. Pray for me. Your converted sister.
Beloved Brethren: — Praise God for salvation from all sin. I do praise God for salvation from sin since Bro. Warner and company were here. I have been wonderfully strengthened in the Holy Ghost. O I praise God for the power. Hallelujah! The Lord has called me to preach the everlasting Gospel. O glory be to God! When I get out in the field to work, God wonderfully fills me with power. O praise our God!
Well, may God keep all the saints and lead them into all truth continually. The saints here are all standing straight. O hallelujah to God for the evening light!
Pray for us at this place. Your Bro, saved and sanctified and kept.
J. E. Williams.
Table Rock, Neb.
To all the dear saints and readers of the Trumpet. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you, through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. I do praise God this morning for the way He preserves my soul, and keeps me alive unto God, amidst formalists and sect-ites. I never saw in as clear a light before, the evil of sectism. Some of our little company that attend the sect meetings, acknowledge they lose ground when they stay away from the saint’s meeting, but are not willing to give up their old rotten sect. I do praise God for the blessed light He has given me, and I praise Him for a people that are not ashamed to come out and assert their liberty and freedom in Christ.
Praise the Lord for this blood-bought freedom; free from sin, free from the love of the world, and every thing that is hateful in the sight of God. My love grows stronger and deeper tor all of God’s children, and our prayers go up to God, for their success.
Your Sister saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God.
Dear Brethren: — I am saved just now, and wholly sanctified. Praise the Lord forever! I have victory in my soul. Praise the Lord for the cleansing blood, and for freedom. Sects are howling, but I am filled with the Holy Spirit, and have victory all the time. Praise the Lord for salvation that fills my soul with glory. Pray for me. Your sister, under the Wood.
Mary A. Smith.
Grand Junction Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I praise the Lord for freedom in Christ. O how He fills my soul just now. O glory! glory to the most precious Savior! I tell you dear ones, if this earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, I have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. I praise God that He has promised, if we draw nigh to Him He will draw nigh to us, and I know His promises are true, and that His grace is sufficient. I praise the Lord for the unity of the saints, and the bonds of love. O praise His name forever and ever for saving my soul!
Your sister kept by the power of God.
Dear Brethren: — I am impressed to tell all of Father’s dear children that I am out on the ocean of His pure love, in the Gospel ship.
While kneeling in prayer this morning, thoughts came, there are many of the dear saints bowing before the throne at this hour. I praised the Lord, and claimed the promise, where two or three ask anything in His name it would be granted; then the victory came; all glory and praise belongeth to Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I have been passing through the fiery furnace for the last three weeks. I have asked the Father why I am so severely tried? His answer is, “what is that to thee, follow thou me.” I know the saints are praying, and victory is mine. I have no will of my own, His dear will be done. I do praise Him that my name is written in Heaven, that I belong to the Church of the First-born. I have the witness within that I am His child. Pray for me.
Your sister all on the altar. May God bless all His children and keep them.
Clara A. Kinney.
Dear Brethren: — Oh I do praise God this morning for what I feel in my soul I have the victory. I am sanctified and kept, by the power. I am doing His will the best I understand. O glory! glory to Jesus! I am saved by the blood. I am going to live for Jesus while I remain here on earth; let the devil say what He may, I shall stand firm for the Lord. I don’t want anything but Jesus. Glory to His holy name! O praise the Lord for salvation full and free. The Camp Meeting learned me a good lesson. Praise the Lord O my soul! glory! glory!! glory!!! Glory to God and the Lamb forever and ever! Your Sister in Christ.