15 February 1886, Volume 7, Number 23.
The Christian’s Home.
Come all ye saints to Pisgak’s mountain,
Come view your home beyond the tide;
Hear now the voices of your loved ones,
What they sing on the other side.
Some are singing of bright crowns of glory,
Some of dear ones who stand near the shore;
For the fond heart must ever be clinging,
To the faithful we love ever more.
Cho – O the prospect it is so transporting,
And no danger I fear from the tide;
Let me go to the home of the Christian,
Let me stand robed in white by their side.
There endless springs of life are flowing,
There are the fields of living green;
Mansions of beauty are provided,
And the King of the saints is seen.
Soon my conflict and toil will be ended,
I shall join those who’ve passed on before;
For my lov’dones, O how I do miss them,
I must press on and meet them once more.
Faith no beholds the flowing river,
Coming from underneath the throne:
There, there the Savior reigns forever,
And He welcomes His children home.
Would you sit by the banks of the river?
With the friends you have lov’d by your side,
Would you join in the songs of the angels?
Then be ready to follow your guide.
DEAR BRETHREN: — God bless you! The Trumpets have been a great blessing to me. I have received much light on the sect question, and on the true Church. While I am free as the air, neither band, association, nor sect of any kind bind me, I never have been exercised in my mind on the matter as I am now. I must confess that only until lately could I endorse all the Trumpet said about sectism. I thought you were too radical. But for the last few months God has been showing me the darkness of the sects. I shudder at the picture He draws of them.
When I open the Bible, almost every page seems to blaze forth the fact of their awful doom. O why do not more see this truth? Because they will not see. O when shall that prayer of the dear Savior be fully answered, “that they all may be one as we are one.” Not while any of God’s children remain back in the organized divisions of babylon. I know apparently good men and women, who cannot bear do have their sect idol touched. O what will become of them?
I am searching for more light, in God’s Word. I am learning fast. Every day brings some sweet and glad surprise. But my hungry soul cries out for more. The. more I know, the more I want to know. “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God,” and after Thy Word. Diamonds and gems of infinite value. I find, as I search, with the light of the Holy Spirit upon the sacred-page. Glory to God! What a mine of untold wealth does this precious volume contain.
You spoke of the “sea of glass mingled with fire,” which gave me much light. Will you please explain that more fully?
- In the 6th of Revellations, from vr. 12 to the end of the chapter, does that have reference to the last days?
- Who is that angel meant for, “having the everlasting Gospel to preach?”
- What is meant by the beast and his image? Explain Rev. 13.
- Explain Rev. 12.
- What does the heavens mean in Rev. 19:1, 11, 14, also the kings of the earth, and merchants in the 18, and 19?
Explain Rev. 17.
Could you go to FtScott, Kan., some time soon and hold some meetings? There are saints there who are starving for soul food. Precious souls who cannot go to the sect meetings, and who do not even feel fellowship with sect holiness people. As Jesus mourned over Jerusalem, so I mourn over FtScott. At one time, there were 70 or 80 souls there sanctified. But where are they now? The organization of that holiness sect Scattered them like sheep. How long, O Lord, how long shall the devil be permitted to tear and scatter the sheep of the pasture?
May God bless you always, is the prayer of your sister, sanctified wholly, and kept by the power of God.
Anna E. Benedict.
Several articles would be necessary to thoroughly answer and explain what has been asked in the above questions and requests. But we will try to give some principal points.
1st. Concerning the sea of glass, mingled with fire. To avoid too great length with the readers this time, please excuse us for not printing the Scriptures. Open your Testament at Rev. 15: and read the first three verses.
Angel means messenger, and refers to God’s faithful, ministers. Seven is the number for completion. It includes all of them. The seven last plagues filling up the wrath of God, representing the thorough burning, destroying power of truth, that God is now sending forth in the Spirit to rebuke, and cut off all false hopes, errors, traditions, creeds and doctrines of devils. It is judgment began at the house of God, and the measuring of the temple, and leaving out the court — all sin and error. The sea of glass is the pure Gospel foundation, free from human and devilish mixtures. “Mingled with fire.” The Holy “Spirit. Pure truth, and Holy Spirit fire and power must go together. An attempt to live on the former is death, and to presume high Spirituality without the pure truth, gives rise to fanaticism and devil workings, so common in Free Methodism.
No one stands on the sea of glass but those who have the victory over, and complete deliverance from the beast, his image, etc. — all sectism and creedism, is clearly established in all the will of God. They on the sea of glass represent all the pure and free saints who have “escaped the corruption, that is in the world through lust,” and escaped all the churchism, rather sectism.
These sing the songs of praise, and sound the shouts of continual victory over all the elements of sin and confusion.
In the next chapter these pure messengers are commanded to “go their way and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.” That is, preach the rebukes of God’s Word upon the earth. And doing so, “there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon the men that worshiped his image.” That is the Word of God torments all sectarians, and sinners drunk with babylon wine.
Answer to No. 2. Yes the things spoken of here embrace the signs of Chrirt’s coming, and some events connected with His immediate appearing.
Ans. to No. 3. The reader will turn to Rev. 14: 6-10. The angels flying in the midst of heaven, are the present evangelists of our Lord, who fly upon the swift trains from one end under the heaven to the other. The everlasting Gospel is the pure Gospel of holiness. Perfect holiness is the true and everlasting Gospel of God: for “God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth.” — 2 Thes. 2:13. “According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before Him in love.” — Eph. 1:4. Thus we see that holiness is the original, everlasting Gospel. This Gospel of holiness has the effect to draw the souls off from the worship of every thing but God Himself, the Creator and Redeemer; and observe that this message goes forth just before the Lord comes, when “the hour of His judgment is come.” Namely the judgment, began at the house of God,” preparative to the final judgment. See Joel 3:1, 11, 12; Rev. 20:4; 17:1. This preparative judgment is the revelation of that wicked, and his consuming with the Spirit of His (Christ’s) mouth,” and is speedily to be followed by his utter destruction by the brightness of His coming. See 2nd Thes. 2:8, and elsewhere. In Matt. 13: 41. These holiness angels are at work purifying the Church. Returning to Rev. 14:8. “There followed another angel saying, “babylon is fallen, is fallen.” etc. This angel is simply an advance flash of light along the line of holiness truth. The sects were universally supposed to be the Church, and about right, until the everlasting Gospel of holiness shed its light upon these fog covered hills. As a natural result of the holiness light, the sects are now universally seen as fallen. Yea, the introduction of holiness not only revealed the dead condition of the sects, but also became the occasion of their utter fall, and of their being cut off. There is a parallel in the conduct and doom of the ancient, Jews, and the modern sects. The former had frequently provoked God by their idolatry, and finally filled the cup of their iniquity by the crucifiction of Christ. So the sects have ever been hot-beds of pride and wickedness, but finally reached the climax of their sin in rejecting the glorious light of holiness. The Jews had long waited and prayed for the coming Messiah, and thought, He was just the Savior they needed; He became the occasion of their down-fall. The sects were everywhere praying for power, and reformation fire; and holiness is just what their members needed, but rejecting, it has become the fire of God’s wrath that has burned her up. See Isa. 10:16-27; Jer. 9:9-10; Joel 1:19, 20; 2:1-3; Rev. 18:2, 4, 8. Many other Scriptures show that, the holiness fire proved the entire fall of the sects. How plain this is set forth in Jer. 51:24-26, and Rev. 8:5-8. “And I will render unto babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion, in your sight, saith the Lord. Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the Lord, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out my hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain. And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate forever, saith the Lord.” — Jer. 51:24, 25, 26.
“And the angel took the. censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the seven Trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood.” — Rev. 8:5-8.
This mountain is called babylon, babylon means confusion, sectism is confusion. In both of these texts she falls a burnt over mountain. Yea she is burning when falling. So just as fast as holiness weeps over the land, the sects, by rejecting it, makes their final plunge into darkness and death. The Jews crucified the Son of God, the second person, and the wrath of God was poured out upon them. The sects crucified the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, and third person, and thus filled the cup of their iniquity, and are utterly cut off in the wrath of God.
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” — This angel represents the holiness light advanced to the knowledge and announcement, of the fact that hell is the doom of all who remain in fellowship with the sect or beast religion. Now these angels gather the elect from the four winds, i.e., from the daughters of babylon. See Matt. 24:31-33, and Zech. 2:6, 7.
Ans. to No. 4. Open to Rev. 13. The Beast in verse 1, with seven heads, and ten horns, is the Roman Mother of harlots. The seven heads are seven hills, Rev. 17: 3, 9. The city of Rome, the seat of this beast is built on seven hills. The ten horns are ten kings. Rev. 17:12.
”And the dragon (the devil) gave him his power and his seat, and great authority.” — vr. 2. Rome’s power is all of the devil.
“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded,” — vr. 3, by the reformation.
“And power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.” — vr. 5.
Forfytwo months multiplied by 30 makes just 1260 days. A day represents one year. See Eze. 4:5, 6. There were just 1260 years of papal supremacy. All that worship this beast power or any of its offshoots have not their names in the book of life, verse 8.
“And behold another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” — Rev. 13:11, 12.
Here comes up a second beast: this beast is protestant-ism, or denominational-ism. “Two horns like a lamb.” Assamed the gentleness of Christ, but “spake as a dragon.” Sect ecclesiasticism, is the voice and authority of the dragon, the devil. “He exereiseth all the power and authority of the first beast before him.” What was immediately before the Protestant sects? Rome. They followed her in the history of the apostasy. Loyalty to the Church, is the cry of both Rome and all her daughters. Subjection in a superstitious, humanly constituted, and devildevised government, sustains both the papal, and the protestant beast, or system. Since the civil power has been wrested from Rome, both she and her daughters have nothing to hold their devotees in subjection to their party interests, but an idolatrous devotion to their sect name, and organization, and a supersfitious loyalty to their antichrist government. So both beasts exercise the same authority, and that is received from the dragon, the devil himself.
The second beast, we are told, “caused the earth, and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast.” No system on earth has done this, but the protestant sects. Some have tried to make the second beast secret societies. But Rome has no union with those systems. She is strongly committed against them, and they do not compel men to obey her precepts, and worship her in any sense. But it is not so with protestant-ism. Ecclesiastical government, distinct from the power of Divine truth, and the Holy Spirit, was set up by Roman-ism, and all the sects, require men to bow to this vile god, and thus they compel them to worship the first beast. The sects also require subjection to the rite of sprinkling (the mark of the beast in the forehead) and a hundred other inventions of the first beast — Catholicism: — and thus cause men to worship that beast, in bowing down to her corrupt inventions.
The second beast, we are told, “deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast.” One of the most potent means the corrupt sects have to hold their priest ridden members, is their appeal to their past history. They inflate their members with pride, in their now dead sect, by parading the miracles which they had power to do,” when there were some godly men in their deceptive snare. Mark the language. They deceive souls by crowing over the “miracles which they had power to do.” They worship the names of their dead saints, and thus hold their herd of sinners in subjection to their selfish, and soul deceiving systems.
This second beast, we see in verses 14, 15, made an image of the first beast, and gave life unto it, “that the image of the beast should both speak, and” cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” “And he (the second beast) caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive the mark in their right hand, or in their forehead: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,” etc.
This image, we understand, is holiness associations, Young Men’s Christian Associations, etc. As the fallen sects began to loose their power to hold the people in subjection to them, they formed these organizations to bolster them up. All the State Associations, and the great image that was set up at Jacksonville Ill., require that all who work with them must be in good standing in some sect, or be disowned by them. That is, you cannot buy and sell in the holiness traffic unless you have the mark of the beast, in your hand, (that is fellowship sect) or in the forehead.” — Bow to her traditions, and possess her doctrine, education and sentiments.
This was a real image of the first beast, the bloody old beast of Catholicism.
The image of the beast is the last shift of the devil to set up something else besides Christ Himself. When the masses of the professed holiness people, gave their hand to babylon, compromised with sectism, and made the holiness cause a protection to the sects, which God had said it, should consume, and utterly destroy, they forsook God, lost the real power of the Spirit, and all sect-adhering holiness is to-day a stench in the nostrils of the Almighty. But thank God, He has taken out a remnant, and is carrying on the work of true sanctification outside of sect babylon, with a degree of power and thoroughness very far greater than has ever been seen in the inter-babylonian line.
We shall have to omit the rest of this article until next issue.
Died in Covert Mich., Jan. 23 1886. Sister A. R. Sherburne aged 40 years 9 months and 5 days. Sister Sherburne was born in the town of Burke, Franklin Co. New York, and when she was a child seven years of age, she with her parents, Zephaniah and Lucy Stickney, moved to Mich., in the Township of Watervliet on the north side of the river on a new farm.
At the age of sixteen she commenced teaching school, teaching four terms in this Township (Covert.) At the age of nineteen she was married to Bro. A. R. Sherburne. In the winter of 1868 and 9 she gave her heart to God, and the following spring was baptized in Paw Paw lake, by elder Ira B. Winch and united with the First Christian church at Covert, of which she was a faithful member for over sixteen years, doing what she could to maintain christian unity in the church. During the last year of her earthly pilgrimage shy received greater spiritual light, and feeling that it was her “reasonable service,” last June presented her “body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God:” “and the very God of peace” did “sanctify her wholly,” and from that day till her death she lived a life wholly consecrated to God, having sweet communion with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and knowing day by day that if her “earthly house of this tabernacle were disolved she had a building of God, a house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.” Her sufferings during the last four years were very great, especially the last two weeks of her life, yet she bore them all with sweet christian resignation.
As the hour of her departure drew near I she felt the sweet peace of God resting on her soul, kissed the friends who were watching over her, good-bye, testified that she knew she-was saved, and asked them all to meet her in heaven; and just before she “fell asleep in Jesus” she raised her dear hands towards heaven and said: “Dear Lord Jesus come quickly,” and then added, “Bright beautiful home, safe in the arms of Jesus” and then she sweetly passed away, while the friends looking on, saw her “face as it had been the face of an angel.”
She leaves a husband and three boys to mourn their loss.
A. B. Palmer.
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SAVED FROM THE WINE OF BABYLON.
Dear Brethren and Readers of the Trumpet: — I feel I must write you my experience; for perhaps it may do some one good. I pray God that it may be the means of saving souls from the ruin that almost overtook my soul.
I was converted about twenty years ago, and joined the sect called the church of God; but lost all the love of God out of my soul, and left the church about three years ago. And was living a godless life until about three months ago, when the saints came down to hold a meeting at Barkeyville. I was director in charge of the school house, and let them in the house to spite the professors of religion at that place. But praise the Lord! He redeemed my soul, He maketh the wrath of man to praise Him. When the meeting had gone on about four nights, there was so much talk of the saints that I thought I would go and hear them. The first night when I went, there was some noise in the back part of the house, and I went back to keep order; while sister Alice Davis was preaching the Word of God.
When I looked around I saw that the members of the so called church of God, were as bad as the sinners. They were laughing and talking and mocking the Word of God, as taught, by the saints. When I saw the professors of religion making a mock of the Word of God, I was convicted of my sins, and felt my need of a Savior. But I did not come out to seek the Lord that night. The next evening I started to go to meeting but was kept at home by a professor of religion, and turned back, firmly resolving that 1 must go to hell with them. But the good Lord led me out the next day so powerfully that I got down and the Lord for Christ’s sake pardoned my sins and set my soul free.
But my troubles had just commenced. In about two days I felt that I must go back to the church (the sect) again, as I was full of sect spirit, and got so mad at Sister Alice that I left the house one night. But would not close the house against them. The next Sunday night I locked them out of the house; but brother Pryan said some thing to me that I could not get off of my mind. I kept thinking about it all the time. After the saints were shut out of the house they went over to the dwelling house of Wm. Hoffman, and held meetings there. The first week I did not go near the meetings as I was resolved to go back to the sect. But one day the last of the week I saw a man who was at the meeting, and I asked him if the saints abused me for shutting the house. He said no, but they are praying for you.
Then on the Sabbath day I went to the church at Barkeyville, and heard the minister preach on the text, “Their Rock is not our Rock,” He made it appear that their church at Barkeyville was the only true church. But he did not go to the Bible for proof, to sustain the assertion. All this time I felt that I was not doing my duty; but I did not know what was my duty. On Monday night I got ready to go and hear the saints again, but did not get to go. On Tuesday I fell so had chat I determined to leave the whole matter in God’s hands. And I praise God that when I got down humbly at the foot of the cross Jesus forgave all my wrong doings. And when He fully sanctified, and saved me from sell by His blood, I could see my way clearly, which was the right way. And I praise the Lord for His goodness and mercy to me. He has redeemed my soul and sent a calm, sweet peace to me that the world knows nothing of. I am determined to go on in this good work with God’s help, as long as I live. Praise the Lord forever!
Yours in the bonds of love.
S. S. Jones.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Tea Garden Ind.
Dear Brethren: — God bless you and all the dear ones with you in the Gospel of Christ.
I praise God for this wonderful salvation that saves me just now. O glory to His name! God is moving in mighty power, and in the salvation of souls. We have victory over the nations, and denominations. Praise God! People are astonished and confounded at the doctrine and boldness of God’s little ones. Praise the Lord! Last night three consecrated, and conviction rested on the sinners, and the professers said after meeting that they were not where God wanted them. We have a good house to hold meeting in. Belonging to the U. B. sect, the committee endorse the doctrine. We wish the Lord would lead you, and the little ones with you, over here. There is a large field open here. The Lord bless you in, preaching the Word. Pray for us that we may speak the Word boldly in the name of Christ.
Praise God! Since I commenced this letter one soul has been saved; the docter in this place. He belonged to the Grand Army; the Lord showed him that he had to give it up. And he did, and the blessing came into his soul. The way is open here for a great work. I am saved and sanctified through the blood. Praise God!
Dear Brethren: — Praise the blessed Lord! I am once more, through the kind providence of my Holy Father permitted to be at home with my dear family. Glory to God forever! God bless you all; be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Hallelujah! Looking at my calendar I see I have been from home ninety-three days. First at Easton Mo., where I preached several sermons: good congregation, good interest. My throat became so sore that I had to close for the present time. God was with us in mighty power; many were convicted for holiness of heart.
From Easton went to Ellington, Gentry Co., where we opened up fire on the ranks of the enemy. Here the sect spirit was greatly stirred. Many confessed the desire to be holy, some to be regenerated. Here one of the Baptist sinners said if it had not been for the law of the state, he would have taken me from the pulpit. O how many are like him, who are professing to be christians, who fight, get mad and steal, and lie and swear, and sin everyway. We must make a distinction between the holy and the unholy.
From there I went to the Carenack school-house, where I preached several times in the name of Jesus. Well the last night, after I had got well into my subject, something took me between the eyes. No surprise, it was eggs. Hallelujah! I am glad the burden’s light. We found out that this Baptist sinner was the leader of one more who threw the eggs. Well beloved I was glad it was fresh eggs. Bless God! the burden is light. God’s servant went right on and preached the Word. I never felt more like preaching in all my life. I never was more sweetly saved in all my life. Hallelujah!
From here we went to Mt Moriah, Harrison Co., where we opened fire on the enemy, the kingdom of darkness. We preached one night with mighty power, and called for those who wanted to be sanctified, and there were three or four. Then the directors/rose up and said they would have to close the doors against us. So we did the best we could at the neighbor’s house. Then they opened the school house (or us again, and we preached one more night and babylon was closed again. The leading man was a Free Mason, and a Cambelite sinner who shut up babylon. We could not expect much better from such a man. There are six or seven holy people there close to Mt Moriah, who are straight for God. The saints were greatly strengthened, some brought into the clear experience of holiness, many were convicted for a pure heart.
From there I went back to the Carenack school house and preached four sermons on the Bible line of holiness, fire and blood line. While here the second time, they had a Baptist preacher to reply to me, so after I got through I called for all those who wanted to be sanctified to stand on their feet, and there were three., This man, a Baptist minister stood up and said he wanted to be sanctified, but lie wanted me to understand he did not want it in this life. He wanted it after death, in heaven, so he wanted to speak a few words, in other, words he wanted to tell what he thought about this, and when I called on him to prove his remarks by the Word of God, he became enraged with anger because I would not take his narrow contracted idea, for he had no Scriptural proof. This being Saturtay night, Sunday morning I preached on the evil of sectarianism. This man was on hand with his pencil and paper to take note of my sermon. So after I was through he took the chance, and spit out his ignorance, or opinion as an argument against God’s Word. God have mercy on such people. He got all he wanted, and I am sure if I preach where he is again be will not want to reply. Hallelujah! O the Holy Ghost just used us. Hallelujah! “I will give you a mouth of wisdom.”
From there I went to Maysville Mo., where we preached to a very attentive people who were anxious to hear the word of life. Many were won to the truth of the Gospel.
From there I went to the Gravel Ridge school house, ten miles west of Fair Port, where Bro. W. W. Buchanan and I opened up fire on the ranks of the enemy of souls. We turned the battery of God’s eternal truth upon the devil’s host. The Lord got complete victory. Hallelujah! We want to say to the glory of God that there were some five or six claimed the blessing of holiness, and there were some seven or eight left seeking holiness, and some pardoned.
From there I went to Easton, Mo., with Bro. Buchanan who was with us part of the time. The Lord was with us in blessing His Word, deep conviction upon the people. The first night we preached on sanctification, and there were ten arose as seekers; a Baptist preacher and wife in the number. Meeting closed the 18th. That day one converted and three sanctified wholly, and several seeking pardon and purity. Many, the last night, arose and said that they would from that time, prepare to meet me in heaven. Saints and sinners responded to the call. Hallelujah to God! The meeting was a real victory, notwithstanding the great opposition. There were literary, and debating societies, where almost all of the inhabitants of babylon went for amusement, and pleasure, and fun and sport, yet there were some who were professing faith in Christ, came and received the truth. God bless them. Amen! And now I am at home, Glory to God! It was a tour of sowing seed in fields where holiness had never been preached except Mt Moriah.
I will say the blood of Jesus cleanseth me from all sin, and the very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. My soul is enlarging in the fulness of God: my faith is becoming strong. God has made me perfect in love. I love God with all my heart, soul, mind, might and strength. I am ready to fill calls on the fire line. Anyone needing my help write me at Urbana Kan. Pray for me. Amen!
John P. Haner.
Odon, Ind. BLESS the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me praise His holy name. I am led of the Lord to write some of my experience, praying that God may bless it in leading some poor soul into the true light and salvation of God.
Over twelve years ago I was converted to God, well do I remember the night and place. Without the aid of any babylon preacher; God Himself called me to offer up my first prayer, by taking my dear companion home to rest. From that time the Holy Spirit would dictate for me; but by the cunning craftiness of man, I was enticed to join the Winebrennarians.
Being called of God to preach the Gospel, I received license of that sect for three years. All this time I labored zealously the best I knew how. But having no one to instruct me in the way of the Lord more fully, and hearing God’s Word say, “I would rather you were cold or hot, but because ye are lukewarm, Twill spew you out of my mouth.” And, “without holiness no man shall see God.” And the very same babylon spirit, claiming now we cannot live without sin, when seeing me overtaken in a fault, would tramp me under foot. Thus having the foe within and discouragements without, I yielded to the tempter, gave up reading the Bible and went back into the world.
In the kind providence of God, I was carried to the wicked city of Indianapolis Ind. There one Sabbath I heard a man preaching in Circle Park, the Gospel of freedom from all sin, or entire sanctification. Glory to God! My soul says, God bless him. It was Bro. Warner, I went, up and spokes to him, and I could not refrain from shedding tears. He told of the sweet and perfect love of Jesus. Some prayer meetings were held in my house. I tried to give up all to Jesus there, but having charge of a large shop of wicked men, the powers of darkness overcame me.
I again moved back to Odon, Daviess Co. Ind. I was given to much strong drink, whereby the devil sought to kill me. I came near having delirious tremons. My nerves were at times, so bad, I could scarcely sit up. I could not pour any thing into a small vessel without spilling it. But all glory to God! last summer while at a neighbors house he told me there would be a man here by the name of Warner, to preach holiness. The Spirit immediately told me, the Lord was sending him after me. I thank the Lord Jesus that He, through His Word and Spirit, found me, and cleansed me, and made me clean in His blood from all whiskey, tobacco, coffee and kindred filthiness. And now my nerves are restored, my mind settled down on the faith of the Son of God, outside of all sects of babylon, walking in the full light of God, and the knowledge of His truth, which makes me free. Not only so, but we have a goodly number of dear saints here, still holding fast the faith once delivered to the saints, and led by the Spirit of God. The Spirit tells me I shall go to Kentuckey. My dear beloved brother MfGomery is with me. We are weak, but God is strong in us. So much so that the devil’s angels become fierce, threatening eggs, and imprisonment. But glory to God! we fear not evil.
A babylon priest said to me, “if I would draw a gun at you and tell you I would shoot you, would you not be afraid?” I told him no, and quoted the words, “perfect love casteth out fear, there is no fear in love.”
Some time ago we got the M. E. meeting house two miles from here, to preach in. The Lord gave us Cor. 7:1. The Lord blest us with mighty power in delivering His Word, through the Spirit.
We saw this promise verified, “one shall chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight.” During the services they rushed for the door. At my left, sat a pompous priest of the M. E. sect, and at the close he arose and plead earnestly for his god, the sect. Saying, “behold the land all dotted over with church houses, do you not see the finger of God in this?”
O the cunning craftiness of the devil, and his children. He could not see the finger of the devil in the pride, sect idolatry, dead formality, and carnal festivities, in these houses of babylon that dot the land, like so many black spots on God’s foot-stool. I will rather see the finger of God in the holy, living men and women, who shine in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, like lights in the world.”
This priest said, the M. E. sect believed in, and taught holiness. I asked him it he was in possession of holiness, he said, “I hope so.” But, said I, you must know so.
O I praise God for the light I have in my soul, and for the oil I have in my vessel. Pray for me, and the faithful little band of saints here. Glory to God and the Lamb, for what He has done for us.
Your Bro. saved, sanctified and kept.
Dear Brethren: — May God bless you always and ever keep you in His holy keeping. I do praise God this morning that I have sweet communion with Him, and that I know that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all sin; that I know I am trusting the dear Father, and feeling that come sickness or health, come life or death, yet will I always love, trust and serve the dear blessed Master; know that it will be but a very few years at most before all God’s faithful ones will meet where God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes; “and there shall be no more death, neither crying, neither shall there be any more pain.” Praise God! His little ones will not suffer any more, “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them and shall lead them unto living fountains of water; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” My testimony this, morning is that lam saved and sanctified and kept by the power of God.
A. R. Sherburne.
In Memory of our Son Johnny.
Who died near Williamston Mich., Jan. 20, 1886.
Dear Johnny thou hast gone to rest,
Thy childish pastimes now are o’er;
With higher pleasures thou art blest,
Than playthings of this earthly shore.
At early dawn, like sweetest bird,
Thy happy voice our ears did greet;
But now on earth no more ’tis heard,
And hushed the prattle of thy feet
Around our fam’ly altar too
Low on your little bended knees,
Our hearts are sadly missing you,
The loving prayer you used to breath.
We miss you round the table dear,
Where father blesses day by day;
And there thy voice we seem to hear,
“Pa, what shall we do to-day.”
With earnest zeal, like some grown man,
From early morn till set of sun
You trudged around mid winter’s cold
Oft saying, “Pa, my hands are numb.”
When near to life’s last bitter cup,
Thy Spirit going home to Christ,
Thy silent finger pointed up,
As saying, “Meet me in that rest.”
Dear Johnny we will meet you there
By Jesus’ precious blood and grace,
United and all happy where
We’ll ever sue our Savior’s face.
Wm. T. Tanner.
THE LORD, OUR PHYSICIAN.
Dear Brethren: — I am glad the Lord has spared my life to write once more to the dear saints. My soul is full of glory, and of the Holy Spirit.
I was helping my boys cut wood. In cutting a tree, a limb fell and struck me on the head, crushing my skull, and cutting a gash four inches long. The boys caught me up and started for the house. Everything became dark. I asked the Lord to give me strength and time to get home, and every thing became light again. Bless His holy name! I had to walk about 30 rods. Wife washed ray face and put me to bed. I asked her to lay hands on me, and as soon as she did so my skull raised up to its place. The doctor came and sewed up the wound. That was on Saturday, Nov. 21st; and on the 26th Bro. J. N. Single came to see me, and he laid his hands on me, and I got up and dressed; and on the 28th I walked to town, one mile and a half. On the monday following, I was up stairs where I accidentally bumped my head, and in an hour after, I lost my mind. The erysipelas set in my face and head. And though I did not know enough to put my case into God’s hands, praise His holy name! He took my case in charge, and brought me through all right. Hallelujah to His name!
When I came to my mind again, I praised God that I was still saved from all sin. Then the devil came to tempt me, saying, “you have sinned and that is the reason you have such a hard time.” I bless God that He has delivered me from the tempter, and from all these afflictions.
I praise God that my head has not been dizzy, as it was before I was healed.
Glory be to God for the victory through Jesus. While I was in my bed I preached three sermons from this text, “As ye have received Christ Jesus, so walk ye in Him.” The Lord helped me wonderfully to send the truth to their hearts. The Lord showed me wonderful light during my sickness, for which I give Him all the glory. I am quite nervous, but the Lord is my strength and my Redeemer. While sick, two of those deluded false love spirits came to see me. I suppose they thought they could capture me, when I was weak; but the Lord was more than a match for the devil, and He gave me the victory. One of them asked me if he could pray. I just looked to the Father, and the Spirit said, “Tell him, if God will let you pray I will.” He tried to pray but failed, and the other did not try. Bless God for salvation full and free. My heart is fall of the love of Jesus. I have calls to go out and labor, but my means being all gone, I can not leave my family.
Tour Brother, washed in Jesus’ blood.
A. H. Lea.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for saltation. Glory to His name! I received sanctification last Saturday night. I have been a terrible sinner. I persecuted the saints, but I have come, out among them that are sanctified. Glory to Jesus! Pray for me. Your Bro. in Christ,
Looks Center, Mich. Dear Saints: – The Holy Ghost prompts me to write to the glory of God this morning, that I am justified, sanctified and Kept to the uttermost by the precious blood of Jesus. Glory be to our God forever and ever, who giveth me the victory. O praise God for the keeping power He bestows upon me, in this the first providential bereavement, which God saw in His wisdom, for His glory and my good, to incur upon me. “Whereas, before I was afflicted, I went astray.” — Psa,. 119: 67. But have now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of my soul. — 1 Pet. 2:25. O I will praise His holy name forever and ever! While passing over the high towering, white capped, turbid waves of sorrow, with holiness to the Lord inscribed upon my banner, with my elder brother for my captain, and as my little life boat seems to rest for a moment upon one white capped wave, with the bright sparkling, dazzling, cheering rays of the beams of the sun of righteousness shines in my poor soul, then again to plunge as it were into the nest deep surging through between, seemingly almost to be engulfed by the nest wave of sorrow, Jesus sweetly steps out upon the troubled wave and says, “Peace, be still;” By His almighty power I am kept by the moment. He gives me the victory. Praise His name forever! I’ll kiss the hand that applies the rod; knowing that Father says, For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. — Heb. 12: 6. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. — Heb. 12:11.
Praise the Lord forever! I am now in God’s line of duty, again blowing the old Gospel Trumpet in the ears of perishing men and dead formalists; and God is speaking to their hearts. Hallelujah! I am now working and fighting to see the salvation of my God; in the utter destruction of the old crumbling, tottering sect walls of babylon, and a complete resurrection of the waste places in Zion. Hallelujah!
“Though late, I all forsake,
My friends, my all resign;
Gracious Redeemer, take O take,
And seal me ever Thine.”
Wm. T. Tanner.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for full and free salvation. O glory to Jesus! I am so glad I started in this glorious cause. O I can’t praise God enough for what he has done for me and my husband. Bro. Palmer is holding meetings here, and souls are saved, and sinners made to tremble by the Word of God. Praise God! I am saved and sanctified. Your sister in Christ.
Beaver Dam, Ind.
Dear Brethren: — God bless you all with an everlasting salvation. Glory be to God for saving and keeping me in the power of the Holy Ghost! I am led of God to write my present experience. I had a wonderful experience in the last forty-three years, but O the joy and peace that fills and thrills my soul since I left home, and all for Christ’s sake. Glory be to God! He has given me power over devils. The Lord just takes this body and fills it so full of power that He just uses this body to rebuke the devil and cast them out of men and women. O glory! Glory be to God for the wonderful baptism of power and of faith He has given me. I have been in the field for the last three months, and I have seen a number of souls saved and sanctified. Glory be to God for His mighty power to save and to keep from all sin and unrighteousness, all them that come to Him! Glory be to God and the Lamb forever and ever for setting me free from the cares and labors of this world. I am ready to do whatsoever the Master has for me. Glory be to God! I am sixty-three years old, and it is just wonderful how the Lord does help me. Glory be to God! I just take Him for my all and in all. I am entire wanting nothing. Hallelujah! I am reigning sweetly reigning over all this world of sin, in each storm Jesus reigns within. Hallelujah! I am God’s free woman, ready to be revealed at the coming of Christ. Your sister saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God under the all cleansing blood of Christ. Sarah Smith.
Brantford, Ontario, Cana.
Dear Brethren: — I have just received your postal, dated the 16th inst. I am here trying to get the Protestants awakened to a sense of their own duties. They are the same here as in the States — greediness, selfishness; pride, covetousness. I am more and more disgusted every day, and it is so much the case that with one Cong. Pastor, I have decided to cast myself entirely into the arms of the Lord and strike the hammer on the daughters, as well as on the mother of all crimes.
Since I saw you all, I have felt a large craving for more consecration. There is an emptiness some where in my being — in my heart — Oh Spray for me all of you.
The question arises: where to go. I lift up my eyes to God in prayer, and in answer to my prayer the inspiration came to me as a thunderbolt that I ought to join your saintly band, start anew my French Journal and go and preach, making of Williamston my head quarters.
I expect nothing but war, since I dealt it out to the various denominations by my articles in your paper.
The Bro. Mr. R, B. DesReehes, French Baptist pastor, after giving me his moral support, told me yesterday by letter never to use his name or those of his mission, he does not give me any reason for doing so. I presume the article published in your paper hurt him — why not since he is yet under the control of the daughters of Rome. — Also reviled and buffeted, I am not yet in despair.
I expect to be excommunicated by the Presbytery of Chicago to which I unfortunately belonged too long a time, but praise the Lord for it. It will give me more strength to give up with the remnant of the Beast, or poison I had in my soul. Pray for me and my wife.
P. A. Seguin.
Dear Brother: — Your postal card has reached me here — I have decided after mature deliberation and prayer to my heavenly Father to go on publishing the French paper, “La Trompette Evangeliquee,” 8 pages — 6 in French, 2 in English – $1. 00 a year, it will be a monthly.
I think I will reach more souls by the paper than by all my sermons and lectures in churches, halls and elsewhere, where I am liable to be muzzled by a godless ministry.
Help me brother, I beseech you in the name of our common Brother, Jesus our Savior, by publishing a good notice of it in your neat issue. Please tell the saints to send me French Roman Cath. names and also a mite to start with, even if it be only one stamp of 5 or 10 cts, as I am in great need. There is a vast field before me.
P. A. Seguin.
Dear Brethren: — May the Lord bless you with all Spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I do praise God for salvation that saves me to the uttermost, and I am wholly sanctified to God. Praise the Lord! We had meeting last Sunday night about eight miles South. It made no small stirr, but we had complete victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise the Lord forever! It has been almost a year since the Lord pardoned my sins. I am all on the altar that sanctifies me. O glory be to Jesus for salvation!
Your sister saved in Jesus, reader and waiting for the coming of the Lord.
St James, Mo.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to write some of my experience to the readers of the Trumpet. I was converted fourteen years ago, and led a wilderness life, sinning and repenting
I joined the M. E. sect, and they elected me class leader, so I went to reading and praying. God gave me light and I followed on. Praise the Lord! He began to show me deeper things that was for me, hut I did not know how to consecrate to get them. I heard of brother and sister Cole, who were preaching, about 15 miles West of this place. My brethren in babylon said they were Mormans, but I went to hear them. He took the text, “Sanctify them through Thy truth, Thy Word is truth,” and I never witnessed such a scene of heavenly bliss in my life, it seemed that heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost filled the house. I was sanctified that day. I came back to old babylon the next Sunday to my class meeting, and the Lord gave me such a testimony that it stirred old babylon till they said I was crazy.
Praise the Lord! Glory to God for salvation full and complete! He healeth all our diseases and keeps us by His power.
We have glorious meetings here, satan gets stirred and the I on roars, but the Lion of the tribe of Judah cries aloud, “count the number of the beast.” — Rev. 13:18.
Praise the Lord! The blood of Jesus cleanseth me from all sin, and the very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. I am saved from all sects. Glory to God!
A. E. Lewis.
Dear Brethren: — I write again for the glory of God. I do not know that there are any in this community standing up for true holiness, except myself and wife. The sects have meetings in the neighborhood, we worship God at home trusting in Jesus. I am still standing firm for the faith as it is in Christ Jesus. Serving God and not man. Trusting in the Lord for preservation and every good and precious gift. I pray the Lord to help me to pay for the Trumpet, and still take it, I am still unable to work very much.
Your brother in Christ.
J. N. Ayers.
Table Rock, Neb.
To all the saints and faithful brethren, Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
We are still praying that all blessings, Spiritual and temporal, may be bestowed upon you, that the pure Word may be preached and spread far and wide. Our hearts are made to rejoice when we read the pure testimonies of God’s dear children, and they do strengthen our faith.
Although we are separated from God’s true children, we are still joined in heart, and hope to have some of God’s people to come and hold meetings with us as soon as the weather will permit. I would say for the encouragement of any that are separated from God’s people, that He is abundantly able to keep that which we have committed to Him. O glory to His name! I know He saves me from every idol, from tea and coffee, and from worldly gatherings.
My testimony is, that the blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin, and keeps me pure within.
I know His sheltering wings of love,
Are always o’er me spread;
And though the storms may fiercely rage
All calm and free from dread
My peaceful spirit ever sings,
I’ll trust the covert of Thy wings.
Table Rock, Neb.
Dear Brethren: — I wish to give in my testimony for the glory of God. One year ago, at the Sandy Lake camp meeting I gave my heart to God, and have been living a Christian ever since. I am about thirteen years old. I ask the prayers of God’s people that I may be more fully saved, that I may work for God. Yours in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — I thank God for His power to keep me every day from committing sin. Glory to His name! I am trussing and resting in His Word. I am walking in the light as He is in the light, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth me from all sin.
A heart to always praise my God,
A heart from sin set free:
A heart that always feels thy blood,
So freely spilt for me.
Your Brother, saved in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — We take the Gospel Trumpet, and love to read the testimonies of all the dear saints. O bless the Lord for a full and free salvation that saves us from all sin. There are a few souls being saved here in this place. We have glorious meetings. Pa is out in the field the most of the time. He preaches at Deshler and many other places, and we go with him some times. We are little girls, ten and thirteen years old, but we are saved and kept by the power of Jesus. We are not too small to be saved, for the small can be saved as well as the great.
Your sisters, saved and sanctified.
Florence & Clara Dick.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for salvation to-day. The work is still moving on. Praise God! He is every thing to me.
Since my last, there has been quite a number of souls saved, and healed. God is still adding to the Church such as are being saved. We are keeping satan uneasy, he is roaring and growling, but we are sending the hail thick and fast. Glory to God! He is wonderfully blessing us.
Babylon is starving, she is trying to feed herself up on mush and milk festivals. O how lean she is, she can only sing. “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,”
Dear brethren we expect to begin a meeting this coming week, and need the new hymn bock very much. If you will send us one dozed, we can send you the money within ten da.. or perhaps sooner. I think I can sell qu.. number, when the saints here get to see them.
Yours and Christ’s.
A. M. Dick.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord saves and sanctifies me just now. Glory to God for this glorious light! It makes happy families, O my home is so pleasant; all happy in Christ Jesus. My son, who is thirty-two years of age, had been sick with lung disease for seven years, and under the doctors care most of the time. Last June he was taken worse: for a week he could not lie down, nor eat scarcely any thing. We gave him up, as all earthly aid failed to help him. It seemed he could not live 24 hours, but God sent in three of His saints, and through their prayers and the laying on of hands he was healed. Half an hour afterward he ate a hearty meal, and in two or three days went to work, and has worked hard ever since. Glory! glory!! Several souls have been saved here lately. Glory to God! Jesus has washed me in His own blood, yes sanctified and made me pure.
I am now 58 years old. I was a Methodist from the time I was 14 years old, until I came to Mich. 18 years ago. I said then my name should never go on a class book again. Now my dear Methodist brethren, I would say to you, come out of darkness into the light. Come before it is too late. Your Sister in Chris’, saved and sanctified.
Dear readers of the Gospel Trumpet: — I feel that it will be to the glory of God for me to give a clear witness to His sanctifying power. This evening. I am sweetly resting in the cleansing fountain that flows so free, and cut truly say that I am saved and sanctified throught … ..ul and body. Only fou.. .. .. ..ce I made the entir.. … … … ..s soon as I took my wi.. … … … of the Lord’s will, and consented to let the Lord do as He pleased with me, just so soon did He fill me with the fire, and glory to God and the Lamb! that fire is in my soul yet.
Before I was converted I joined the M. E. sect just because the rest of the folks did. At a revival meeting held shortly after, I went forward as a penitent pleading for mercy, and the Omnipotent God did pardon me. I lived about ten months in a justified state, and was a constant member of the sect church, as I have spoken of. Some time ago I was led by the Scriptures to dis-continue my member-ship to the sect to which I belonged. And now every band is riven. Jesus makes me free indeed, just as free as heaven. My prayer is, Father increase my faith, make me strong in Thee and Thy might.
Your Sister, saved and kept by the power of God.
Dear Brethren: — I thank God for another chance to testify for Him. Praise God! I can say I am still trusting and serving my Savior with all my might, mind and strength. Glory to God! I am saved and wholly sanctified just now; living without sin every day. I have given my all to Christ, and am working for His glory alone. Praise the Lord! Your Bro.
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DETROIT City is going to have a great whitewashing. A month ago 40 of our city ministers met at the Y. M. C. A. parlors to perfect arrangements for an extensive revival. A committee of 17, were appointed. The question came up, of putting French and German pastors on she list of members, when they were rejected, notwithstanding the French and German form a large portion of the population of Detroit. A nice spirit to start what they call the great revival of Detroit. It was decided that meetings should be held in the most fashionable church houses. The first was held Dec. 7th in St Paul’s Episcopal church. Bishop Harris presided. The topic that was discussed, was, “The signs and the demands of the times.” The second meeting took place at the first Presbyterian church house, on the 14th of Dec, the pastor Mr. Barr presided, “the church awakened, or meekness for a blessing,” was the topic. Many good things were said, by the various speakers at these meetings. The orators spoke much of the stumbling blocks which cause the masses not to come to Christ.
The principal stumbling block was the pride and worldliness of their sects, and the selfishness of the so called churches.
Some time ago Mr. Davie, pastor of the Memorial M. E. church of this city, read a paper before the ministers union, in which he said, “unless we adopt the street and field preaching, after the fashion of Whetefield, and Wesley, we will never succeed in reaching the masses. As long as we stand in our cloth, on beautifully carpeted platforms, supported by pipe organs, and trained quartette choirs. Our churches are too expensively furnished to be a house for the masses. Our churches are too much like a dress-parade circle. But the most formidable barricade, over which the common people will not climb, into the church this side of the judgment day, is the pew renting system of our times.”
(How absurd, to call such proud, worldly, sin barricaded sects the Church.
God’s Church has no such barricades in the way of its entrance. Its door stands open by day and by night, and there need be no climbing up to enter it, but a humble going down at the feet of Jesus. Daniel.)
At the last meeting referred to, Mr. Barr said, “one of the principal things that restrained the common people from coming into our churches was the continual scandal we see every day between denominations fighting against each other. That there was no bond of unity, and of love between themselves. That the common people saw it too.”
Very true, and very sad. When a preacher, (and we have plenty such,) begins to preach Christ, and Him modified, instead of “Christ and Him crucified,” where can he stop the modification until he has left Christ out altogether, body, blood, soul and Divinity. We shall never reach the wandering ones, in our cloth, said the preacher. Well we would say, “doctor, work thy own salvation,” or “cure thyself.” For instance, Mr. Barr, when speaking on the worldliness of the church, as one of the obstructions to the salvation of souls, set the example of worldliness, having two fingers ornamented with gold ring’s, and his sleeves full of gold, a real Barnum show on a Christian platform. “Fides meteora probague deteriora sequor,” said the pagan poet Ovide. “I see good things. I approve of them, but practically I do nothing, or I do not follow them.” Let the clergymen come to humility themselves, and preach Christ crucified, and the masses will come to Christ and His precious Gospel. (Yes, or throw off their cloak of profession. Ed.)
To preach Christ is a good thing, but to live Christ is better. I have seen a great deal of corruption inside the walls of Romanism, having been its priest for fourteen years. And I thought when I came out, of that babylon, five years ago, that I would see a better state of things in Protestantism. I thought I would find ministers there, the examples of Christ. But alas! the great majority of them Jove this world, and the lusts of the flesh to their hearts content. They preach a badly modified Christ, in order to secure a fine church, wealthy hearers, and a luxurious living. Their charity is but a cold mocking clanism. Their religion is a modified worldliness that suits unconverted priests and people. Of this, Detroit is a fare sample. Isaiah has truly said of these false ministers, “His watchmen are blind:
they are all ignorant, “they are all dum dogs, they cannot bark: sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, for his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to-morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.” — Isa. 56:10, 11, 12.
Dum dogs, they cannot bark. The Apostle Paul said to Timothy that in order to be accounted as a good minister of Christ, he should put the brethren in remembrance of the doctrines of the devil. He should expose the errors of false teachers wherever they should be detected. But to-day the great majority of the preachers are afraid to do this. “Forbidding to marry, “and abstaining from all meets,” are some of these devilish doctrines as taught in Rome. Because I desire to be a faithful minister of Jesus Christ, and expose all these corruptions and errors, we see in Rome, I am reviled, defamed and mocked. And by whom? By those dum and greedy dogs of the protestant churches. These ministers who look to their own way for their gain, and that cannot understand.
A few weeks ago I wrote to preacher’s Seaver of Pontiac, and Ryder of Ann Arbor Mich, asking them a hearing in their respective churches. They answered as follows. “P. A. Seguin. Sir. I feel that I already have an idea of your work. I would not consent to have my church used for the object you have in view. I do not think that any of the churches in this city would wish to hear you upon the subject you treat of. My own, certainly would not. And possibly would regret to have a repetition of the agitation made in Detroit. I can see no possible good to come from it. Having spent some four years of my collegiate life under the care, and leaching of the French priests in Montreal Cana., I am in a position to judge of the merits and demerits of the Catholic faith. The priest here enjoys the confidence and respect of our citizens, and I esteem him as a man, and citizen, and a friend. Yours. W. R. Seaver.
The letter of W. H. Ryder of Ann Arbor is substancially the same as the above.
Now Brother, Editor, I ask you in the name of God, can a church be fed and revived with such a minister? I think not. Do we not see the mother of harlots and her daughters, and all of them with the world? Have they not substituted a poor miserable formality, and worldly friendship for the power of God? “The Church of God,” says Bishop Foster, “is to-day courting the world, its members are trying to bring it down on a level with the ungodly.” (This is not true of the sects, because they have finished the courtship and got married to the world long ago. And it is not true of the Church of God, because She is “not of the world even as Christ is not of the world.” And because She is hot of the world, the world hates and persecutes her. There is no affinity or adaptation between them, and they are always opposite to each other, never have and never will court each other. Ed.)
“Woe unto you scribes and pharisees, hypocrites, how can ye escape the damnation of hell.” These words fit well to the largest portion of both Romanists, and Protestants of these times.
SONGS OF VICTORY.
Praise God! The New book is sending a tidal wave of praise and glory through the land; flashing Gospel light unto many hearts; sounding out the clear notes of Gospel truth, and exerting a mighty influence for God, and His salvation in the hearts of the people. The publication of this book is a glorious epoch in the onward march of Divine truth. Many hundred have already gone forth singing the dear Redeemer’s praise. Send in your orders. Numbers can be ordered from one dozen upward, at the same rates, as per hundred. Price 35 cents. Cloth 50cts. Per dozen $3.00. Cloth $4.80.
We have loaned out quite a number of books, to accommodate brethren and friends: but in so doing we have lost trace of some. Hence we make this call to any one that has of our books to let us know. Among the lost are, “Madam Guyon,” two volumes, Upham’s “Life of Faith,” and “Interior Life.” “Randall’s Travels in Egypt, Sinai, and the Holy Land, or the Hand writing of God.”
BOOK AND TRACT FUND.
FOR some time we have been pressed in our soul with a desire to spread the truth and blessed salvation of Jesus, more rapidly than we are now doing. As we commune with God even in the silent hours of the night, the blessed Spirit seems to impress our mind with the awful famine there is iu all the land. Not a “famine of bread nor a thirst for water; but hearing the Word of the Lord. And in most every community there are some honest souls who are pining to be free from babylon starvation.
A ray of light can be sent to many of those hungry souls by means of tracts, and cheap books. And to put these in reach of the people these should be distributed free or at a low price. And to do this a tract fund should be established. Persons who have of the Lord’s means can much glorify God, and purchase to themselves a rich reward, by putting some in this form of Gospel food for the perishing souls all over the land. Means can be put into the Lord’s hands to be used as the giver deems best. Either to distribute small pointed tracts free, or larger ones at cost price. By the latter plan the means can all be used in publishing some needed works, and then their sale at the low figures of mere cost will bring in a fund which can be used to send forth another needed work and their distribution provide the means for still another, and thus your money will send forth one tidal wave after another of holy influence; and eternity can alone sum up the great good a few hundred dollars may do for the Lord’s kingdom and the salvation of precious souls.
We desire soon to write a work on prophesy and Revelations, as interprepted by the Holy Spirit. We also should soon issue a cheap abridged edition of Bible Proofs of the second work of grace. The former edition of 2000 are nearly exhausted. We owe some on them, and to have the business all straight these should first be paid, then the proceeds of their sail can be applied to what is next to be published.
I pray that God may move many hearts to give to this heavenly enterprise. The few works we have published have done muchgood, but for want of aid of this kind, we have to ask a price that limits their circulation very much. It is difficult to sell Gospel tracts, when people have so much literature of that kind shoved on them free, having been published by tract funds etc. Now if men through sect zeal have done these things should we not do more for the salvation of immortal souls? Brethren and sisters can put means into this business by small sums as they have to spare. Or if the Lord leads, persons can bequeath property to this enterprise, to be used as the party may wish, after their departure from this life. The parties can, if they wish, specify what subject of the Gospel they wish their means to be devoted to. God is our witness that we have no self in this matter. Means thus given for the glory of God, the publisher will regard no more as his, than that which you still keep in your possession, and we who expect to write some of the matter to be sent out, the Lord knoweth we do it wholly as unto the Lord and for His glory. Who will set the Lord’s means to preaching His salvation to His purchased souls, still in bonds to sin and error? O who will help to save the lost?
Dear Brethren: — I am glad I have the Gospel Trumpet in my house. O glory to God for the blessed experiences in that paper. I left old babylon some time ago, and am contending for the faith once delivered to the saints. I stand alone in this neighborhood, yet God is with me in power and purity. I am now 71 years old, and suffer very much pain, but, my last days are my brightest. My soul is fat and flourishing in my old age. I was sanctified 10 years ago, and it was a second work of grace, or the purging of the fruit-bearing branch. Beloved brethren and sisters, be definite in your testimony, and give no place to the devil. This is the best day I ever had on earth. Glory to God forever! Your Brother sanctified and kept.
Whoever is practicing what he knows he could not, were he wholly sanctified, is not really justified: because there is no two standards of holy living in the law of the Lord. Men cannot remain justified and live beneath their highest ideal of holiness.
Dear Saints of God: — I do want to glorify God in testifying to His goodness to us, and His power to save from sin. “He that committeth sin is of the devil.” Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever and ever! Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servant ye are to whom ye obey;
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
But now being made free from sin, and become servants of God ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Rom. 6:12, 16, 20, 22. Hallelujah to God!
Dear Brethren, it is no wonder while the apostle was meditating upon this great salvation, that he brakes forth in this language. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know, that when He shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. — 1 John 3:1-3.
What hope? Why, the hope of seeing Jesus as He is at His coming. How shall He appear? Heb. 9:28, and unto them that look for him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
When is it that we are to be like Him? 1 John 4:17. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. The Word says that we may have boldness in the day of judgment. In what? In the hope of seeing Jesus when He comes with a shout; with the voice of an archangel. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. So every one that has the hope of seeing Jesus when He comes, without sin, purifieth Himself even as He is pure. We purify ourselves by steping in obedience to the Word of God. We are made pure through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth. So it is through believing the truth that we are sanctified. Jesus says, “sanctify them through thy truth, thy Word is truth.” When we believe, what are we sanctified with? Heb. 13:12, “Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate.” So we see that we are made pure and holy, being sanctified with the blood of Christ. So having the blood applied, by the Holy Ghost the sanctifier, “ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”
To the glory of God I want to testify through the Trumpet, that God for Christ’s sake forgave my sins, and subsequent to that sanctified my nature, and I am kept by the power every day from sin.
R. P. Gooding.
Dear Brethren: — Find enclosed one dollar for the Trumpet. O how I do praise God this morning for what I enjoy in my soul; He keeps me so sweetly saved from all sin and sects. Glory to God! how my heart goes out in love to the saints of God, with an earnest desire, if it were His will, that I could be privileged to meet with some of them. But praise the Lord! He will keep me any how if I only trust Him. O glory, hallelujah! The blessed hope within is an anchor to the soul, both sure and steadfast. Well praise the Lord I am free in Christ; for whom the Son makes free, is free indeed. I expect to do the will of God let come what will. Oh how the fire of God’s love burns upon the altar of my heart while I am writing. “O, its glory in my soul,
For my Jesus dwells within.”
Your sister saved and sanctified.
Mary E. Jeffrey.
Dear Brethren: — May the Lord bless you in your good work. Bro. Michels is holding meeting three miles from here, and the Lord is blessing his work. Praise the Lord forever! About one year ago, I got full salvation, and to-night I am saved, sanctified, and kept by the power of God.
I think the Trumpet, is the best paper I ever read. I have belonged to three different sects, but I am now free. Glory to
our God forever! All things work together for stood to them that love the Lord. O praise the Lord!
John H. Dare.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony for Him. I praise Him for saving me from all sin and unrighteousness, without the smell of babylon on my garments. I am all sold out to Jesus, and am no longer my own.
Your Bro. under the bloody
St James Mo.
Dear Brethren: — I feel that the Lord wants me to tell the Trumpet readers that I am saved and sanctified. I was a vile sinner; I tried to fight holiness, but I could not get Scripture in the Bible to prove it. Christ had mercy on me. Praise God! We had a prayer meeting at brother Bingman Dec. 2nd, four were sanctified.
Pray for me.
Wm. T. Marcee.
Dear Brethren: — I am so glad that God is true. I was saved, in Kentucky. At the beginning of this year I heard the holiness people, and I saw at once it was the salvation I wanted. I had three marks of the beast on my forehead, but now I am on fire for God. The very God of peace sanctifies me wholly. I am on the sea of glass mingled with fire, and got victory over the beast. Hallelujah to God in the highest!
Potter Center, N. Y.
Dear Brethren: — I thank God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I am all on the altar, and as happy as the Lord can make me. Nearly all last night I felt His-presence with me so that I scarcely closed my eyes in sleep. Glory! glory!! to the Lamb of God, forever and ever! Nothing but glory all the time. There are three of us here living about one mile from this place, two sisters and myself, who stand straight for Jesus, and Him alone. I am His, and I am willing that He should use His own, to His own glory.
Dear Brethren: — May the Lord bless you with all Spiritual blessingsin heavenly places in Christ Jesus, according as He hath chosen in Him before the foundation of the world; that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. O it would fill my heart with joy to see you all.
God has a holy praying band in Spencer, filled with the Holy Spirit; although we hrve no preacher. The saints are praying for God to send some good Holy Ghost man here. We have meeting every Sunday and every Thursday night. The Lord is with us all the time. Last Sabbath we had a glorious meeting; one sanctified. There have been four sanctified, and one justified here this winter. We ask the saints to pray for the holiness band here at Spencer. May God help us to keep under the blood.
Daniel & Elizabeth Guy.
Dear readers of the Trumpet: — God bless you! The Lord wants me to write a little of my experience. I praise God today that He saves me to the uttermost, and I am sanctified through the blood of His dear Son, Praise God forever and ever! for salvation which I enjoy just now. Glory to God! O how sweetly I am resting in His love to-day. He saves and sanctifies me just now. I love to obey God in all thigns, and I shall follow Him as long as I live, let come what will. Life, death, principalities, powers, things present or things to come, cannot separate me from the love of God. Praise His holy name forever! We read in His Word, that if we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanseth us from, all sin, and makes us spotless before God. Dear saints, I am sweetly saved, and working for the salvation of poor lost souls, and my prayer is, that He will ever keep me under the blood, and in the holy way; for without holiness no man shall see God. Well my consecration is complete to-day, all is on the altar, and I intend to keep it there. Praise His holy name forever and ever, for salvation in Jesus.
“I’m fully Thine, yes wholly Thine,
All on the altar, Christ Divine,
The Word of Jesus I believe,
The Sanctifyer I receive,
All on the altar I abide,
And Jesus says I’m sanctified.”
Your brother saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. Amen!