15 June 1887, Volume 9, Number 7.
BE YE SEPARATE.
DEAR Brethren: — I am praising God from the depths of my heart, for full and free salvation through the precious blood of Jesus. O praise God! I am under the blood that cleanseth me from every stain. My robes are made whiter than the driven snow. The old man is crucified, and I have no uprisings in my soul. All is calm. Glory be to God! O the wonderful goodness of God to me. O that I had a voice to sound the praises of God in the very ends of the earth, that all men might hear and know of this wonderful salvation. O praise God! It is free to all that will come.
Your Bro. saved and sanctified wholly God.
Please answer in the TRUMPET whether it is bright for the saints of God to go to babylon to meeting or not. Some think it is right to go, but the Word of God teaches me to abstain from all appearance of evil, and the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Brethren pray for us that we may stand firm for God. My testimony for God is, that I am saved and sanctified. Glory to God for saving me from all sin!
The Word of God, which announces the fact that “babylon — sect confusion — is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and a hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird,” is present truth. The question then assumes this form. “Is it right for holy men to go to the habitation of devils?” Most assuredly it is not right to go there in the sense of mingling with, and endorsing them. And if we join with any throng whose works are anti-christ, and do not protest against them, and reprove them, it is equivalent to endorsing them, and bidding them God-speed. So no saint of God can go to babylon meetings to make up one of their worshipers. But a saint can go to such a place, or even into a saloon, to deliver God’s message of warning, when sent by the Spirit of God. But we have good Scriptural reasons for believing that there are very rare circumstances under which the Spirit of God leads His saints to babylon meetings. If a saint is east into a strange place, where he does not expect to hold Gospel meetings, and where he has reason to believe that people have not had the pure Gospel of God’s salvation published unto them, God may bless his soul in going to their meetings, and holding up the light of Divine truth, for the benefit of some who may be hungry and starving there for the bread of life. But in all places where the saints have meetings, if there is any honest, and sincere souls there that can be gathered to the Lord and saved, they will come to the meetings of the saints, and you need not go to sect meetings to try to teach them.
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thine hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation. Therefore thus saith the Lord, if thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shall be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them. And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord. And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.” — Jer. 15:16, 17, 19—21.
Thus we see if we have come out from among babylon, God says “Let them return unto thee, but return not thou unto them.” Every professor of Christ that is near enough to God to receive His Word, when preached and testified to, in his neighbor-hood, will be drawn by the Spirit of God to go and hear the truth, so that you need not go to their sect meetings to hold up the light. For saints of God to be running to sect meetings to testify, and “stir the devil,” when they know there is nothing but devil there, is inconsistent. “For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?
“And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separat, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” — 2 Cor. 6:15-8.
“And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee: and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” — Rev. 18:23.
UNWORTHY OUR CONFIDENCE.
We are sorry to inform the saints of God that George W. Brawner, a colored man, who came from Georgia to Michigan, and thence to us, while in Stark Go. Ind., has proved himself unsound, unsaved, and seriously adicted to lying. We received him with all brotherly love and regard, but soon found he was mixed with much darkness. We undertook in kindness to lead him into the way of the Lord more perfectly, still believing him sincere. But he was unteachable, and obstinate, and finally in the Church at Yellow Lake, turned sour, and showed a terrible bad spirit. He left the next day, as he said to start directly for Georgia, but he went to Payne, Ohio, and began to preach among the saints. His fox spirit was discerned, and renounced there, which to cover, he told different lies, and did some harm to souls. We also know he told falsehoods before he left us. We are very sorry to be under the necessity of blowing this blast, as he is terribly afraid of the same. But his name having frequently occurred in the TRUMPET, the safety of the cause of Christ lays a great responsibility upon us thus to publish him; we do this not only out of love to all the saints, but out of much love for his soul. Should he get saved, confess his crookedness, and show the fruits of righteousness, we pledge our love to build him up, and endorse him. Until then, we announce him as unworthy the confidence, and support of the saints.
Los Angeles, Cal.
DEAR BRETHREN: — I do praise God for the GOSPEL TRUMPET. It is food to my soul. Before opening it I always ask the Father that it may bring good news, glad tidings of many precious souls being born into the kingdom of Christ. Glory be to His name! I am never disappointed, although hills and mountains, and sandy deserts stretch far and wide between us, my soul rejoices to know our God has a peculiar people preaching the everlasting Gospel. In this land of beauty and wealth, there is a terrible famine, “not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.” Oh that the Lord would send some of His laborers into this field. Many of the so called holiness people, (teachers) speak of the ordinances instituted by Christ with contempt. My soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowler. Hallelujah! I have been “born of the Spirit, washed in the blood,” and soul, body and spirit, is being preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The faithful God who called me is also keeping me.
THE DEVIL’S STUMBLING STONE.
Jerry City, O. Apr. 5.
DEAR Brethren: — I praise God, our blessed Savior, that I am saved and sanctified just now. All glory to Him who keeps me above the trials of this present world. Bro. Miller, and some of the Roush saints, and myself went over to see the little ones at Lindsey. Found some of them gone away to a meeting held by a teacher who opposes the ordinances of Jesus Christ. We were warmly received by the Mowery, and Loudenslager families. Found the saints gloriously saved. Had meeting Saturday night. Dear Bro. Mowery was restored unto salvation. His companion was also filled anew with the Holy Spirit. On Sabbath, held meetings in the house of dear Bro. and sister Jacob Reed, in the town of Lindsey. They are still sweetly saved, and rejoiced much at our coming. I also received a glorious baptism of the Spirit of God there. O what floods of glory filled my soul. In the evening we returned to the country to have meeting at Bro. and sister Walter’s. They came home about dark. Bro. Miller cried out, “Praise the Lord!” but I heard no response. I soon felt they did not have the clear fellowship of the Spirit they had when we were there before. Sister W. said she had been at Johnson’s meeting at Toledo, where she said they read, and had discussions which lasted until 2 o’clock at night. They had the same land of a meeting at Cain Long’s. We admonished them for their soul’s sake to cleave to the Word of God. O how our souls were grieved to see how these poor souls had gone into confusion. O may God deliver their poor souls. Your saved brother.
Jerry City, O. Apr. 5.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord bless you more and more. Bro. A. J. Kilpatrick was here and held a meeting at Six Points the first of March. We had a good meeting. A few souls were saved and sanctified, they are filled with the power of God. Bro. Spackey is fully equipped for the work now. We have all we can do. Have meetings away from home every Saturday and Sabbath. Only meet with the saints at home during the week.
We were at Lindsey over last Saturday and Sabbath. Some of them have been attending Johnson’s, and Cain Long’s meetings. They have lost the praises of, God put of their hearts. They would rather argue than pray. O what a change in the people there, since I met you there.
We were at father Roush’s two weeks ago: they all have the fire of God’s love in their souls. From your saved and sanctified Bro. in Christ.
Wm. H. Miller.
Rising Sun, O. Apr. 18.
Dear Brethren: — Glory to God! we are all well, and sweetly saved in Jesus. We have the abiding Comforter richly dwelling in our hearts. O praise the name of Jesus! we are sanctified wholly to God, and ready to be revealed in the last time.
I was down to Lindsey with Bro’s. Spackey and Miller. I tell you it pained my heart to see how those poor souls are in trouble and confusion. Some of them have been attending meetings held by the false teachers who oppose the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ. They put me in mind of a flock of wild geese, without a leader. They are all confused, and groaning as under a burden. They have lost the sweet fellowship of the Spirit, and in stead of rejoicing in God, they appear to have trouble. They are all hedged up, and cannot see their way out. I can see very clearly that it is all because they have given their ears to false doctrine. The truth makes us free, but error brings confusion. Thank God! I am fully established in the true faith of the Son of God. And I know by the Word and Spirit of God, and by its fruits, that that Johnson doctrine is of the devil, I praise God, that all the powers of hell cannot make us fall, or stumble; because we are founded on a Rock, namely, on Christ.
Praise God! we had a very good meeting here, some time ago. Bro. Kilpatrick was here. O I tell you we were all hungry for the Word, and we received it freely. Thank God, we drank the water of life, and were filled to the overflow. Bless God! Just now while I am writing, God is filling my soul with His eternal glory. Praise His holy name forever! O I praise God for this glorious evening light that we have. O I do enjoy the pure love of God in my heart so wonderfully.
Your saved brother, in Jesus.
These three letters, written by men that we know are filled with the Spirit of God, show the abominable soul-blasting doctrine of Quakerism. It is nothing else but the rankest doctrine of devils. I have not known a single one that has given ear to that leaven of satan, without losing the Spirit of God, and some of them become filled with delusive spirits of devils. In all the crookedness, and abominable subverting of God’s Word, Stumbling-blockism is perhaps only surpassed by no-soul- law-ism. Johnson has over and over asserted the positive lie, that the Lord’s Supper, Baptism, etc. were instituted in the law. Which we have shown to be a lie, and challenged Mr. Johnson, or any other man, to show a single passage in the Old Testament teaching them. He has never attempted to give a Thus saith the Lord, for his assertions. That any one but an open avowed infidel can deny that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, and the washing of the saint’s feet, and ratified, as a commandment of His kingdom, the ordinance of baptism, previously introduced by John, can only be accounted for by the “mystery of iniquity,” and strong delusion of the devil. The inspired Apostle Paul, writes the Christians, — “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.” — l Cor. 11:1, 2.
He commands the children of God to “keep the ordinances as he had delivered them unto them.” Where did Paul get those ordinances? He had been a zealous Jew, had he brought them with him from Judaism? or did he receive them from Christ? Let him answer for himself.
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread: And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till He come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” — 1 Cor. 11:23-27.
After having commanded them to keep the ordinances as he had delivered them, he described one of those ordinances, because they needed correcting on it, and asserts that he had received the same from the Lord. But Mr. Quaker Johnson presumes to contradict the Apostle of the Lord. To whom the Apostle thus rejoins. “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” — 1 Cor. 14:37.
The grumbling stone thinks he is so spiritual that he can discard, and gainsay the ordinances that Jesus instituted on earth, and afterward commissioned from Heaven.
The rotten premises upon which this latter-day Quaker delusion is based, may be summed up thus.
1st. That the ordinances practiced by Christ and the Apostles were enacted in the law of Moses.
2nd. Some things enjoined in the law were continued in practice by the disciples after the beginning of the Gospel dispensation.
3rd. Therefore baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and the washing of the saint’s feet, were practiced in the same manner, by the early Church.
This is a subtle mixture of truth and lies. It is true that in some instances circumcision, and perhaps some other Judaic riles were practiced by early Christians, for some time. But that the ordinances above named were observed for the same cause, is as false as anything that ever proceeded from satan. Circumcision, and those other legal rites that continued somewhat in use in the beginning of the Gospel day, you can read of in the Old Testament, and it was nothing more than might have been expected, that they would not all be dropped at once. But every honest man that has ever read the old Testament through knows that neither the institution nor practice of these three ordinances are found in the old Testament. Why assert that these are law rites, and never yet prove the assertion, by giving us the chapter and verse where they are found in the law, or their practice recorded in old Testament history.
Again circumcision, and every legal rite that some inclined to carry into the Gospel dispensation, were finally rejected, as having been abolished with the legal econemy. But no such objections were ever raised against the ordinances in question. It is a piece of the most brazenfaced impudence, for any blind, dead, deceived priest to raise up and tell the people of this age that the Apostles practiced error all the days of their life, after they were illuminated by the Holy Spirit, whom Christ promised should lead them into all truth. Grace and truth came by the Lord Jesus Christ, but the devil is the father of lies. The truth makes us free; but to believe a lie is to come under the power of the devil, its author. God fills the heart with all joy and peace, and our mouth with praises. But the delusions of the devil turn light to darkness, and freedom to bondage. O how our soul hates every false way.
A sister was even blind-folded enough to write and ask why we do not fellowship L. H. Johnson. To which we reply that we have nothing to do with fellowshiping. That word does not denote an act that is subject to our violation. All that “walk in the light as God is in the light have fellowship one with another.” But where men walk in darkness, bemean and slander holiness, oppose and deny healing, break the commands of Jesus Christ, and teach men to do so; when a man will use his columns to publish the basest lies that hell has ever belched forth against the holy people. Yes when men are destitute of the Spirit of God, and the fruits of salvation, all of which is true of Stumbling-block Johnson, we certainly have no fellowship with him; we cannot have, and do not try to have. “I am a companion of all them that keep God’s commandments,” and that “have the mind of Christ,” but have no fellowship with enemies of Christ. I do not hesitate to say, in the presence, and fear of God, and in the love of all souls, that Johnson and his paper are wholly the devil’s instruments, and every lover of God should not suffer the graceless sheet in his house.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for a present salvation in my soul. Glory be to His name! I feel the unity of the Spirit that binds my heart to all of His dear children. How blessed to know we are accepted of Him. Praise His name for what He has done for me. My name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. I do thank God that He has shown me the true way. I am in the high-way of holiness cast up for the redeemed of the Lord. O glory to God for the floods of joy in my soul. How precious these words are to me; “cast all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.”
“O this blessed holy rest
On my Jesus’ loving breast;
O the sweetness and completeness
Of perfected holiness.”
Praise our God! there are a few here who are standing for the straight Word of God. Glory to God who gives the victory. We are praying God to send one of His true ministers to this place. We have prayer meetings here every Friday eve and Sunday, in the name of King Jesus, and He meets with us in mighty power. I am saved and sanctified by the precious blood of Jesus.
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REQUESTS FOR PRAYERS.
DEAR BRETHREN: — Being afflicted with Bronchial Catarrh for several years, and have also met with an accident, I am suffering intensely by times. I fell and hurt my limb just above the ankle, and the bone is badly injured. My case is in the hands of the great Physician who has promised to heal all opr diseases. I ask your prayers for my healing.
Sister Annie Bradley requests the prayers of the Trumpet family for the healing of her bodily afflictions. She has a sore on her face which first made its appearance about seven years ago, and is slowly enlarging. She also has been afflicted for years with rheumatism which has rendered her almost unable to perform her household duties.
I ask all the saints to pray for the healing of all my bodily afflictions. In faith we put our trust in Him who is able to heal the sick and raise the dead.
Mary A. Creager.
My Dear Brethren: — As I am greatly afflcted of late in body with Despepsia, Neuralgy in the head, Rheumatism, Kidney difficulties, and a general prostration of whole nervous system. Believing that the Lord does hear and answer prayer for both soul and body, I would earnestly request the prayers of the brethren in my behalf that I may be healed, so that I may be more useful as a missionary for Jesus. From your Bro. in the Lord.
Dear Brethren: — Glory be to God! I am now impressed by the Holy Spirit to ask all the saints to pray for the perfect healing of my eyes. Your Bro. saved and sanctified wholly through the all-cleansing blood of the Lamb.
Let all the saints of God pray for the healing of Bro. J. L. Haner of Harper Mo. of bodily afflictions. May God give him good health that he may go forth to publish salvation.
We ask the prayers of all the holy people for my dear mother that she may receive her sight and be fully restored to health. Your sister saved by the blood of the Lamb.
Pray for sister Carter, Fulton Ont., who has been afflicted with catarrh for several years.
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Our Camp and Grove Meeting List.
The annual general Camp Meeting will be held on the old Gamp ground near Bangor, June 10, continuing 10 days. Let all the saints tent on the ground, and make provision to accomodate parties coming from a distance who are not able to bring tents. Let there be a general rally from all parts, and make the place of the Lord glorious. Parties coming from the south leave train at Bangor, from the north at Breedsville.
The Gratiot County Camp Meeting will be held on Bro. Hills farm in Hamilton Township same as last year. Let there be a general turn-out of all the saints in the northern part of the state. Meeting to commence June 23, to continue as the Lord wills. Parties coming from the north or south leave train at North Star on the Toledo, Ann Arbor and Northern R. R.
INDIANA CAMP MEETING.
There will be a Camp Meeting at, or near Beaver Dam Ind., commencing Aug. 4, to continue till Aug. 14. Let all tent on the ground that possibly can.
JERRY CITY CAMP MEETING.
The Lord willing there will be a Camp Meeting near Jerry City Ohio, on Bro. Caris’ farm, commencing August 25, to continue 10 days. Parties are requested to tent on the ground, and come provided with equipments &c.
There is yet an opening for two more meetings in the month of July. Let us hear from those who desire meeting, and fill up the time.
Joseph & Daniel.
THE WESTERN CAMPAIGN.
A Camp Meeting
has been arranged for near St James Mo. about 100 miles west of St Louis, on the St L. and San Francisco R. R., to begin July 27. Hope the brethren will procure rates on that road. Our next point will be
where Bro. Cole has arranged for a meeting Aug. 11—18. It will probably be held in a grove. Next,
Camp Meeting at Chanute, Kan..
Bro’s Haner, Orr, and others have arranged for a Camp meeting at that place. The time we name, is Aug. 19. We hope that the saints generally, and all the ministers that possibly can will meet us at those general meetings. The Lord willing we are coming and our little company, all filled with the Holy Spirit, and power, and heavenly song. We hope to meet, the beloved Myers families from north Mo. at St James. We are praying God to give us a great harvest of souls in this line of meetings. Amen!
We expect to have Camp Meeting 10 miles North of Winfield on Bro. Benjamin Aldridge’s place on the Waulnut river, 1 mile West of Akron, on the Santa Fe R. R. Commencing Sept, 3rd, directly after the meeting at Chanute. Bro. Warner, and band of heavenly singers are expected there. Bro. Lacy will be there with his tabernacle. Let all the saints come. Bring your tents and covered wagons, and camp on the ground. Bro. McCully of Chanute has ordered a new tabernacle, which will be used at Camp Meeting. Let the saints come to Chanute C. M, Bring your tents and camp on the ground. Meeting commencing Aug. 19th, at the same place it was last, year, 2 1/2 miles South-east of town, on the Neosho River. Your free Bro. saved.
J. P. Haner.
WHO WANTS A CHEAP FARM?
Bro. A. C. Bigler of Alpena Dekota writes us that his son has 160 acres of good land in Dak., two miles from a R. R. and a nice town that he offeres very cheap. Only asking about what will cover the improvements etc. The son is not well and they desire to sell the land and all come to the Bangor camp meeting, get fully saved and healed, and also give a part to the TRUMPET cause. We greatly wish some one could thus assist them to the meeting, and doubtless make a very profitable investment for the Lord. Let any Bro. that has some means, write Bro. Bigler and enquire into this matter, and learn what is the will of God concerning you. O let the saints of God help each other. Bro. Bigler has taken the TRUMPET ever since it started. He and companion and son desire greatly to come to the Camp meeting and obtain full salvation. May the Lord open their way. What thou doest do quickly.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
AFTER closing at Grover Town, Stark Co. Ind., we went about four miles to the south-west and held meeting three days and nights in a school-house. We found there a good kind people. Some noble hearted, and sweetly saved souls, with whom we enjoyed the blessings of the Lord. One old man, all his life a Lutheran, was converted to God, another old lady consecrated for entire sanctification. We pray God to establish their faith. There were many friends to the truth there, some unsaved were much convicted, and all desired us to remain longer. We also had invitations to three other school-houses. We found Stark Co. a good field for the pure Gospel, and we trust in God that hundreds of saints will soon be raised up to bless that country with holy praises to God. We should love to go back to that promising field, but should we not be permitted to do so, the saints from adjoining counties will spread the glorious fire there.
Friday evening May 6, we returned to Grover Town and had a glorious meeting with the dear little ones. Praise God! all seemed in good earnest, the small house was filled with dear saints. Several consecrated for entire sanctification and were blessed of God, and one more soul was converted to the Lord. God bless and keep those beloved little ones faithful in spile of all the wicked sectish powers of opposition.
The next day we were brought back to Walkerton, to give a little more “torment” to babylon. Glory to Jesus! That night we met at dear Bro. A. C. Barden’s, and were happy to find all in the Spirit. On Sabbath we had a most wonderful and heavenly meeting. I think no day has ever been filled with more wonderful glory to our souls, and apparently all the saints. In the fore-noon we seemed to scarcely know whether in the body or out of the body, as we spake to the people about three hours.
After taking a little refreshment we went to the stream near Walkerton, and our dear young Bro. Barney Warren immersed four dear saints. The scene was solemn, and very impressive. Returning, we continued the worship of God in Spirit and in truth. O what a glorious testimony service. All hearts were greatly filled with joy and praise. Truly we sat in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Several testified to their freedom from, and independance of babylon for the first time, having received the truth while we held the meeting here, and they had also been coming over to the Grover Town meeting. The blessing of God was richly poured upon their souls. We began the after-noon meeting about four o’clock, and it never closed until ten o’clock, and the last of the saints did not get away until about eleven. How our hearts did cleave together in pure love. O what a heavenly and indiscribably glorious meeting. There were 47 saints participated in the sacred ordinances of washing the saints feet, and the Lord’s supper. When we came here a year ago there were only Bro. Barden, near Walkerton, and a few families about Tee- garden and LaPaz, now the fire of God is wonderfully spreading abroad, and babylon is most sorely tormented. The U. B. priest that so opposed us last year, and this spring wished us tarred, feathered, and set on fire, has left the country because he could not stand the fire of the free saints. Some one told him that he would probably meet saints in Kansas, but he hoped not. I pray that he may light in the midst of some of God’s fire baptized witneses who will continue to pour out the vials of God’s indignation upon him. One old lady who was saved in the forenoon meeting, having renounced the Dunkard sect, out of which God had just saved her soul, promised God never to go back to that “stool of do-nothing,” and compared that sect to an old goose setting without eggs, and never bringing any thing forth. Praise God! the old gray haired mother leaped for joy.
On Monday morning, May 8, we took our leave of the beloved saints in these parts, and came to Rochester, Fulton Co., where we were met by dear brethren and conveyed to the Church of the First-born at Han’s school-house. O praise God! we were happy to meet these holy and loving saints, also our much beloved Samuel Speck. This seems to be the Jerusalem home of our little company. We are always happy to return hither between campaigns. Having run the winter campaign so far into the summer, we counted on a good rest here; but we could not well remain at home while the hosts of God were frequently meeting at Han’s, Beaver Dam, and Yellow Lake Bethel. So we frequently assembled with them, and rejoiced exceedingly to see the grace of God that was in them all. Ever since our visits to this place the Beaver Dam neighborhood seemed a barren field, while at Han’s three miles west, all was aglow. But the day we preached dear sister Kraus’ funeral in the Beaver Dam Bethel, the Spirit of God showed us plainly that the time had now come, the time of God’s favor to this place, and Yellow Lake: so wrote Bra. Speck that a good harvest awaited him at these places. Praise God! Some came from here to our meetings in the neighborhood west, and were gloriously saved. After our departure, dear Bro. David Leininger began the work at Beaver Dam, God working mightily in the hearts of the people. Bro. Speck soon came and the harvest we saw at these two places was gathered, and still the work goes on gloriously. About Yellow Lake there were a great many confessors of holiness eight or nine years ago, who were truly blessed of G0d. But ever since God led us to lilt up Christ outside the sect camp, they all holding to babylon lost salvation. Thank God! many of them are now washed in the blood of the Lamb and gloriously set free. O how our soul did leap for joy to meet our dearly beloved Bro. R. F. Bear, and family, wonderfully saved in God. O praise the mighty God for His wonderful works to the children of men. My eyes fill with tears of gratitude as I pen these lines. Dear Bro. Bear is gloriously anointed of God to preach the everlasting Gospel, and “to pull down and to root up” babylon’s filthy cages of deception. He and family are also wonderfully blest with the sweet gift of song, both in German and English I pray God that He will soon arrange their affairs so that all their time may be given to the Lord. Also dear Bro. Leininger. These brethren, both blessed with powerful voices, and strong bodies are so much needed in the great harvest field. Thank God their hearts are in the work, and they are already doing much service for the Master.
Monday and Tuesday nights, May 16 and 17, the saints held meeting in the Advent house in the town of Akron. That sect having received a written warning, signed “Methodist Committee,” that if they let the saints hold meeting in their house, it should be burned down; heeded not the intimidation, but invited us all the more. Bro. Speck preached the first night, we the second. A great many of the “holy people” were there. The house was greatly crowded, and a multitude stood without trying to hear at the door and windows. The singing in the Spirit of God was a marvel to the people of the place. The awful Word of God was listened to with great interest. But how does the Akron “Methodist Committee’’ comport with the avowed object of primitive Methodism, which was to “spread holiness over these lands.” Now threatening to burn down the house allowing holiness to be preached in their town. How has the Methodist city become one of the most wicked and corrupt harlots of all the apostate names of blasphemy.
As announced in the TRUMPET, we had a glorious and precious meeting at Beaver Dam over Saturday and Sabbath, May 21 and 22. A great multitude of believers assembled, all in the Spirit, and in the “unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man.” “For
the multitude of them that believe are of one heart and one soul.” After bearing the searching Word on Saturday, quite a number came to the altar, and sank more fully into the will of God, and were blessed and sealed by the Spirit. It was our desire to attend to baptism that day so as to have the whole time on Sabbath to worship God in the congregation, but the Lord deferred this sacred service by sending a greatly needed shower of rain. Sabbath morning was all clear, fresh and beautiful. The holy ones began to fill up the house early, and soon after nine the service began. After a discourse of nearly three hours on the “cleansing of the sanctuary,” we went to the Lake, a procession of teams about a half mile long, and there dear Bro. Samuel Speck buried in the precious symbolic grave, twenty-nine dear saints. The scene was holy and impressive, and all came forth praising God for His rich blessing upon their willing and obedient souls. Many of them were converts of fast winter, and other dear saints who were led to be immersed to ignore babylon, or heretic baptism. God has made these things very plain to our minds. What God has done for us while in babylon, that was not of babylon, but done for, and in us, independant of her influence, that we still cherish and hold; but what was performed by sectish hands, though the act was Scriptural, yet God leads His children to ignore the same as a rebuke against her corruption, and as a denial of her authority to perform the ordinances of the Body of Christ, in the sect bodies. We regret that the day was too short for a general testimony meeting. It vas nearly five o’clock before we could reassemble in the meeting house, and after a few minutes reading the Scripture, we began the solemn ordinance service which continued until after dark. There were doubtless over a hundred dear brethren and sisters present to engage in these precious commands of the Lord Jesus Christ. O how solemn, how glorious; the hallowed presence of Jesus in our midst was wonderfully realized. What contrast between his line of holy fire and power, this line of God’s march, attended with the salvation of hundreds and thousands of souls, and that of dead sect machinery, or that of godless, fruitless, wrangling Stumbling- stone-ism. Not fifteen minutes were devoted directly to teaching these saints the duty of being baptized, yet all knew and did their Master’s will. Having the Spirit of God, who leads them into all truth, they all know and obey the truth as it is in Christ Jesus, with scarcely any preaching or writing upon the subject. But L. H. Johnson, having had his grumbling sheet from one half to two thirds filled with his confused wrangling and striving against the ordinances of Christ for the last four years especially, has the inconsistency to charge us with “contending about ordinances.” Praise God! we need not say much about these duties, for those having not the Spirit of God are not fit to ..o them, and those having the holy unction of the Spirit are taught and lead by the same unction to follow Christ, and they do the same. He that is of God heareth His Word, “but he that loveth not God, keepeth not His commandments.” We are a companion of all them that obey the commandments of the Lord, but have no fellowship with such as turn aside into their crooked ways. God bless the multitude of saints in this country. From them, may the Gospel sound out in every direction. Some are called to work who are poor, and having families to maintain are fearful their wants will not be met. Others are called who have a considerable of this world’s goods, and they cannot go because of these earthly cares. My beloved these things must not so continue. Those that have, must be as though they had nothing, and they that have nothing, as though they possessed all things. O beloved, time is short, and souls are perishing all around. “He that watereth shall himself be watered,” he that laboreth shall receive his reward, and they that turn many to righteousness, shine as the stars forever and ever. Amen!
We came from Penn. to Sharon Center O. We were met at Akron by dear brother and sister Arnold, who conveyed us to their home where we found rest from the fatigue of our journey, and refreshed for the battle which we commenced on the morrow, it being the Sabbath. The meeting was held in Summit Co., in Copley Township. It is a beautiful country, quite hilly, with gorges and canons between the hills, affording beautiful scenery. The people are generally intelligent, kind and hospitable, and were very kind to us, for which they have our prayers and thankfulness of heart. May God bless them with His eternal salvation. The meetings were well attended. There was considerable prejudice among those belonging to the sects, but the common people received the Word gladly, and prejudice soon gave way to the Word of the Gospel. We were permitted to remain only one week with the little ones at that place, but left Brother and Sister Smith and Sister Davis to continue the meeting, which they did to the glory of God, nearly a week longer; during which time they were witnesses to the salvation of a number of souls, 8 in all.
One dear sister 81 years old, gave herself to God rendering herself a living sacrifice, she was gloriously baptized by the Holy Ghost, and sanctified wholly. Another sister who had been sick for some time with dropsy, and not able to attend the meeting. The two Arnold sisters called, and prayed for her, and the Lord saved her, after which the brethren called, and laid on hands for her healing, and she was partialy restored, and much helped. She is still praising God for her salvation. One dear young Bro. consecrated himself to God, and gave up his tobacco, since which time he has not been troubled with it. May the Lord continually deliver him from the powers of sin and temptation. Another sister was sanctified and filled with the fire and power of the Holy Spirit at her home. She shouted aloud and praised God so that the neighbors were aroused and came to see what was the cause of such boistrous shouting. She told them that God had sanctified her soul. O hallelujah to God for His marvelous grace! Others also were gloriously saved and illuminated with the light and power of the Spirit. The meeting closed, leaving many under conviction, and a general good feeling prevails throughout. Many were in tears when God’s little company departed, and much desired their return.
May God grant that in the near future we may return and gather a harvest of souls from the seed sown. The Brethren, after their departure came to Bro. Lytle’s, near Smithville Wayne Co., and commenced to hold a few days meeting in the house. We were permitted by the providence of God to join our little company there after they had commenced the meeting. They were filled with joy at our coming, and there was a shout in the midst of them. O I praise the Lord for the sweet fellowship of the saints. We preached that evening and the glory of God filled the house. O how marvelous the Divine power did melt our hearts, and the testimonies were from honest hearts that they desired to be filled with all the fullness of God. On Sabbath, in the fore-noon meeting the power of God was wonderful. We were all melted by the quickening fire, into the lava of His Divine love, so that many of us wept because of the melting, softening effect of the Spirit upon our hearts. When we gave an invitation for all who desired to be fully saved, justified, and sanctified, and to sink into the eternal depths of the Divine will, to come to the altar, more than a score of souls moved forward enmass. O what a glorious consecration scene followed. How God loves to see souls sinking down at the cross of His dear Son. Just at the moment of the beginning of the altar services, satan stirred up the wickedness in the heart of one of his children, to make a noise and spue out his venom, which grieved the Spirit of God and hindered some souls from entering in; but many of them were blessed, and some saved. In the evening the Lord led me to preach on the ordinances of the Church, which had a wonderful separating effect, in separating the precious from the vile. It is awful to witness the damning effect of that most poisonous virus emitted from the tongues of those false teachers, who, if they ever possessed any of the Spirit of God, are now destitute of the same. Thus they are floundering around, wandering stars, foamidg out their own shame, understanding neither what they say, nor what they affirm. And such is one D. Ecker, who has been subverting the people with his damnable doctrine of devils, teaching the people not to observe the ordinances; saying they are abolished. Making himself greater than the Lord. O what a shame, after 30 or 35 years we have claimed to be led of the Holy Spirit, and taught the people to observe the ordinances, then turn around and say we were led of the spirit of error. O how can ye conscientiously ask the people to believe what you say? Do you not know that you are putting a club into the hands of infidels, sceptics, and scoffers, to beat out what little brains you have? If ye were not blind ye could see that you are only sowing the seed in Infidel and Atheistic hotbeds, which shall early produce swarms of Infidels and Atheists? Yea, legions of devils, which will torment your poor lost soul through all eternity. I pray God that ye may desist from preaching this soul damning doctrine, and recover yourself from the snare of the devil, who has taken you captive at his will. It is just sickening to hear the foolish arguments of those deluded souls, who have never been immersed, and experienced the blessing of doing His will; but they bring up their father or mother, saying they died happy, &c. Ye compare yourselves by yourselves, and measure yourselves by yourselves, and reject the word of God. “How can ye escape the damnation of hell?” “Repent, and be baptized.”
Bangor, Mich. June 6, ’87.
Since my last “News from the Field,” the Lord has wonderfully blessed, and kept us sweetly saved, and used ns for His glory. I am enjoying sweet peace in my soul continually. O it is truly a contintinual least to have the abiding Comforter.
May 1st, according to the Lord’s will we met with the dear ones at Diamond Springs, and baptized 21 precious souls, and preached at Hamilton in the evening; God was with us. May 15th, we met the saints at Cheshire and preached the Word to the people, after which 23 were baptized into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. June 2 we again preached righteousness to the people at Hamilton, and baptized 16. In the evening we had ordinance meeting at Bro. Butler’s. Three souls were gloriously saved. Bro. Butler was ordained Elder of the Church at Diamond Springs.
June 2nd, we met with the dear saints at the log house in Lee Township. O how our hearts leaped with joy at meeting with dear Bro. Speck, who preached the Word with might and power; the Holy Ghost came on us wonderfully, 7 dear souls consecrated, some for pardon, others for sanctification. June 3rd at Bro. Smith’s. Bro. Speck again spoke words red hot from God.
Glory to God! this salvation work is a glorious work. I do love it. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever!
June 3rd, Bro. Speck, Sister Fisher, sisters Rhoda and Celia, Bro. Sharpnack and myself, met the loved ones at the Marble School-house in the evening; we felt the power of the Holy Spirit resting upon us, and in us. There were three consecrations.
Sunday June 5th, Bro. Speck spake the Word to the people with mighty power, and convincing force, after which we repaired to a beautiful lake where 11 were immersed. O I do praise the blessed Lord, that notwithstanding the efforts of the old dragon to crush out the glorious work of salvation, it is marching onward wonderfully. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever!
Well dear saints, we expect to meet many of you at the Camp Meeting next Friday. Farewell. From your Brother, saved in God.
A. B. Palmer.
Winfield, Kan, 5-24-’87.
My Dear Brethren: — May God bless you one and all, and strengthen you by His Spirit in the inner man. March on beloved, victory is on the side of Christ. Hallelujah! Glory and honor to our King, for the Lord Omnipotent reigneth in His saints. Lift up the voice and shout aloud for joy, thou inhabitant of Zion. Hallelujah!
I have just returned home from Winfield, to Urbana Kan., having been gone from home 106 days; have seen a great many souls washed in the blood of Jesus. I have baptized about 60 in the name of the Lord Jesus, and seen about that number sanctified wholly. I have ordained 13 Elders, and 10 Deacons. Glory to God! the work moves on in mighty saving power. The meeting continued nearly four weeks in Winfield: we had many things to contend with; the greatest thing was hypocrites professing holiness. They have caused great trouble, and divisions among the holy people. When we came there, we knew nothing about how things were; we fell in company with the head one, and of course he was telling me about those fanatics and cranks, meaning the true holy people, (free). This man was in secresy very deep, and had caused a division among the holy people. They went to work and organized an (anti) holiness band, and appointed them a human head.
When I came I told them I was on the Bible line, in the true organized Church of God, with Elders and Deacons; so this man thought they had found their man. They began to post me very much about those fanatics. When we began to pour out the vials of God’s eternal wrath upon the seat of the beast, their carnal mind was stirred, so this man, like Judas, received the sop and went out, and began to circulate false reports about us and the work. This man fought the ordinances, and when we went to the water to baptize some of the holy ones, this blasphemer said we baptized for the remission of sins; that they were baptized to have their sins forgiven. This man was full of lying devils. Bless God! we had victory during the entire meeting. There were 4 found pardon, and 14 sanctified. Many were led out into the gifts of the Spirit: 27 were buried with Christ in baptism, and there are several others to be baptized in the near future. Ten were healed by faith in Jesus, by the laying on of hands and anointing with oil. These signs do follow them that believe; yes this is true. They shall lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Hallelujah! Four Elders and 4 Deacons were ordained by prayer and the laying on of hands. Hallelujah! God is calling men into the field to labor for the salvation of souls. We had ordinance meeting last night. God was with us in mighty saving and healing power: 7 were healed at the ordinance meeting. Bro. Skinner was gloriously healed of rhumatism, with which he has suffered for many years, in his right shoulder, so that he could not raise his arm. His shoulder was stiff. We anointed him with oil in the name of Jesus, layed hands upon him, and the Lord touched him, and he was made every whit whole. O how happy he was to get the use of his arm once more. This was a wonderful case of healing.
Bro. Skinner is one of the Elders of the Church at Burden, who was delivered from the galling yoke of Babylon. A great many have been delivered from babylon
God bless the dear saints at Winfield; they will have great persecutions to endure. Pray for them. The interest was good when we closed. Many lifted their hands for the prayers of the saints. May they find the pearl of great price, (salvatoin.)
J. P. Haner.
A VISIT WITH THE SAINTS.
DEAR saints of the Living God, may all the peace of God abide in you continually. Amen!
After the meeting and Spiritual feast with the saints at Beaver Dam, May 21st, and 22nd, we felt impressed to visit the saints in Marshal and St Joe Co’s., which we did in the name of the holy child Jesus. We found them full of the holy fire of the Altar, and also abounding in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Wednesday eve we met at Bro. John Dare’s “where prayer was wont to be made.” O how the good Lord of all Spiritual power did fill our souls with His love.
Thursday eve Bro. Neville and myself went to Grover Town to see the little ones who have lately leaped over every wall of sectism, and are now “on the clear sea of glass that is mingled with fire.” The Lord gave us a message to preach to them in the power of the Holy Spirit, which did their souls good and strengthened their faith and trust in the Lord. These little ones, though young in the faith of our Savior, they all have a bright testimony to give in for the Lord. Of a truth God is working in them, both to will and to do of His own good pleasure. Since Bro. Warner was there they have had their little prayer meetings from house to house, and souls have been saved in their meetings, This goes to prove that when men and women get salvation they are where they can labor for the freedom of those that are in sin, as they were before they gave themselves to God.
Friday we met at LaPaz, and Jesus also met with us, and enabled us to speak the Word with boldness, on practical holiness. O how the Lord blesses our soul when we do that which He has commanded us to do. “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the City.” — Rev. 22:14.
Saturday we had meeting at Bro. Anderson’s. Quite a number of the little ones were present to tell all that Jesus had done for them. This stirred the devil in an Advent, or no-soul-ite, who claimed that the kingdom was to come yet, and that we were mistaken when we testified that we possessed the Kingdom. What saith the Word? “Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.” This blind guide also said that we had no right to judge, neither were we Spiritual. O how blind, and how ignorant are those who do not have the Spirit of truth to guide them in all the truth. We read to him 1 Cor. 6:1-5, where Paul declares that the saints had a right to judge. And in Matt., where Jesus said that hypocrites did not have this right, — 7:1-5. Paul tells in Gal. that we are Spiritual — 6:1, and in 1 Cor. 2:15, 16, “He that is Spiritual judgeth all things, yet he, himself is judged of no man.” For God has taken the beam out out of his eye, therefore he is without fault before God, and does “worship Him continually in His Temple.”
Sunday at 10:30, a. m. we were invited to come and pray with the mother of Bro. and sister Myers, who was sick, (bed-fast,) and wanted salvation. So we went in the name of the Lord, and sang and prayed with her, and held up to her Jesus, who was able, and also willing to save her from all sin. The dear soul was willing to give up all, and did, and God for Christ’s sake removed her load of guilt and sin She sat up in bed, and praised the Lord. O how good the Lord is, to save us even when we are old, and ready to depart this life.
In the after-noon we met in Walkerton for the worship of God, in Bro. and sister Morehead’s house. Some of the little ones from Grover Town were present. After testimony meeting 3 came to the mercy seat, 2 for sanctification, and one for pardon. After we dismissed, some wanted hands laid on them for healing. And six were healed in the name of the Holy Child Jesus.
We leave the work in a good condition. The little ones are full of holy song and testimony for God. From here I go to Grand Junction, Mich..
Your Bro. in the Body of Christ, saved sanctified by the blood, and filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
The Lord willing, there will be a Grove Meeting with the saints of God, near New Pittsburg, Randolph Co. Indiana. Beginning July 8th. “The Spirit and the Bride say come, and whosoever will, let him come, and take of the water of life freely.” Whoever can, is invited to come and assist. Persons will be brought from Portland on the Grand Rapids & Ind. R. R. From Ridgeville, or Deerfield on the Panhandle R. R. Address Bro. H. C. Wickersham.
New Pittsburg, Ind.
GIVE AND TRUST.
Vichey, Mo. May. 1887.
“GOD LOVETH A CHEERFUL GIVER” — There is, I think, no one thing among holiness people that there is so much unbelief about as God’s promises of prosperity in business to those who come up to the Bible line on the question of giving. How many believe that “He is faithful who hath promised, who also will perform: the Son declared that if we “give it shall be given unto us, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over. With the same measure you meet with all it shaall be measured to you again.” “But I say he which soweth bountifully, shall also reap bountifully.” “Let him give not grudgingly, for God loveth a cheerful giver.” The Apostle was probably writing to the tillers of the ground, as he says, “now he that ministereth seed to the sower, both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown.” In speaking of the saints at Corinth, he says, “For the administration of this service not only supplieth the wants of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings to God. They glorify God for your liberal distribution unto them and unto all men..” The Apostle closes by saying, “thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” Now this gift was Charity, or a disposition to give.
The Holy Ghost says by John, 1 Jno. 3:17, “Whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” God says, (Prov. 28:27,) “He that giveth to the poor, shall not lack.” But we see that most holiness people think that in order to have no lack they must keep what they have, instead of giving a share for the support of the Gospel, and poor Ministers like Paul have to suffer hunger, cold, and nakedness. Let us remember that God says in Prov. 11:24, 25, “There is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat.” That means that we, as people of God are made poor, both temporally and Spiritually by withholding, and made rich by our liberality in temporal things. The liberal soul can always say of God’s dealings with him, that He doeth exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think. “A faithful man shall abound with blessings.” (Prov. 28:20,) “and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper,” (Isa. 1:3,) Praise the Lord O my soul!
Brethren and sisters, let us use our means to the glory of God as He prospers us in this world’s good. He that winneth souls is wise. Shall I give my all for the sake of winning one soul? It is not too much. Jesus left us an example that we should follow His steps. These steps lead from riches to poverty, in His case.
Paul says to the Corinthians, (1 Cor. 8:9,) “Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor.” All His riches were-given up that He might win souls.
“And He gave some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry.” And these must be kept in the field, which is white to harvest, by being supplied with our temporal things in order that they may put in their days and years for God, unhampered by being forced to labor with their own hands to provide for their families. “They that preach the Gospel shall live of the Gospel.” Not by our farms, or merchandise, or occupation, “for the workman is worthy of his hire.
Brethren and sisters, we can be soul winners by supplying the needs of those that are laboring in the field, if we cannot be in the field ourselves. O hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever! Let us give liberally of the wealth which God has entrusted to us to provide for their temporal needs, for they are “kings and priests unto God,” and let us treat them as such. They are turning many to righteousness, and “they shall shine as the stars forever and ever.” — Dan. 12:3. Give not grudgingly, but cheerfully as unto the Lord.
And now the question arises, How shall we give more than we now do for God’s cause? I answer, by the denying yourselves. And only by so doing can we “learn of Him who is meek and lowly in heart,” for He said, “except ye deny yourselves ye cannot be my disciples.” Let us examine ourselves, and see if we have, or have not denied ourselves of what was injurious to our health and wellfare. Have any of us used tobacco, or do we yet use it in any form? It can be dispensed with. How about our tea and coffee? how much does, or did it cost us for these? Twenty- five to fifty dollars per year. Would it not be better invested if given for God?
O may God awaken the holiness people to this point, giving as God gives.
What! the souls of men and women going down to hell for the need of money, and guilty of spending money for that which is not bread, that is, for that which does not strengthen the physical. O how I praise God that He has delivered me from all these idols, and I can use much more for His glory. O glory to His name forever and ever! Now may the God of Heaven bless all the dear saints and keep them from falling, is my earnest prayer. Praise God for His goodness to all that hear and do His will. Amen! I will send more subscribers for the TRUMPET soon.
Your Bro. saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God, ready to do whatever He has for me to do.
John P. Bailey.
DEAR Bro. I write to you for a little information. If a friend rakes a life insurance policy on me, is it right in the sight of God for me to sign that policy? Please answer through the TRUMPET, as others wish information on this subject.
Your sister, in love to all the saints.
E. A. Ellsworth.
It is without doubt contrary to the Bible principle of trusting in God, and honest labor, for all the necessaries of this life, to have our life insured. It is wrong to encourage selfishness, idleness, or any species of gaming, or chancery. If you permit a life insurance policy on you in favor of some one, it encourages that person to depend upon that policy to furnish him with the property that every person should only acquire by honest labor.
Again, it gives place to the devil to tempt the person that carries the policy to wish your death, which is selfishness; and which doubtless sometimes even puts thoughts of murder in persons who are naturally base in mind. Of course this will not apply to truly affectionate children, and real friends. But we should consent to no arrangement that has abase possibility of conceiving, and developing a selfish feeling in any heart. Besides there is a chancery in the policy which makes the profitableness of the investment depend upon the shortness of your life, which, it seems to me, is repulsive to the feelings of true love and affection. It must be the case that the cost of such policies must exceed the payments by the company. Else the Co. could not carry on the business. Therefore if your friend should make more off of you than he pays out, it must be at the expense of some one else that has been compelled to pay more than he gets back. So, like in a lottery, each winner necessitates many losers. The whole business is repugnant to the Spirit of God, and inconsistent with a holy life, and walk with God. Far better let some poor, honest person have the use of as much money annually as you pay to such a worldly insurance Co., and he can help himself thereby, and be able to pay you back, with some addition for the use of your money. Which would in most cases amount to more than the insurance policy would bring your surviving friends. In such case you could also use some of the accumulated means to the glory of God while yet alive, and see the fruits of the same. We add Sister Smith’s experience to this article.
On the question of life insurance, I will give my experience. I was persuaded, when I was in the M. E. sect by an M. E. preacher, to have my life insured. And I warn every saint to keep hands off if you do not want to get on the devil’s ground. For I had a guilty conscience; I did not enjoy that presence of God in my soul after I was captured in the devil’s net that I did before. When I would go to God in prayer, that paper that had my name on would come up before me: I could hear the voice of God say to me, “are you trusting in me?” That voice was the first in the morning, and the last in the evening. And then the devil would reason like this, “the preachers have their lives insured, and there is no harm in it.”
Now I will tell to all the saints that I did not enjoy that perfect peace in my soul until one evening after I had gone to bed, I had a terrible fight with the devil, till I gained the victory. The Lord said, “burn the papers.” Then the devil would say, “look and see how many preachers have their lives insured, there cannot be any harm in it.” But I do praise God for giving me the victory. When I examined the spirits, glory to God! it did not take me long to burn the papers, and Oh the peace and joy that filled my soul when the papers were burned. I felt like a bird that had made its escape from its enemy. I am satisfied I would have lost my enjoyment, had not God delivered me out of the devil’s net, and possibly my salvation.
DEAR BRETHREN: — I am wholly saved by the blood of Jesus. Praise the Lord for full and free salvation! I am out of babylon, free from all sects, no longer bound by sectarian bands and straps, but free in Christ. The love for worldly conformity is completely taken out of my heart. O praise the Lord!
Your sister, saved and sanctified.
DEARLY BELOVED SAINTS: — Grace be unto you and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforteth us in all our tribulation.” Hallelujah! Praise God for salvation from all sin.
Take the world, but give me Jesus;
All its joys are but a name,
But His love abideth ever,
Through eternal years the same.
Take the world, but give me Jesus,
Sweetest comfort, of my soul;
With my Savior watching o’er me
I causing, though billows roll.
Jesus reigns in my soul “King of kings, and Lord of lords.” I have laid aside every weight, and the sin which did so easily beset, and I am now running the race with patience, looking unto Jesus,” Glory to His name! “His yoke is easy, and His burden light.” Glory to Jesus! I have no yoke nor burden except His, which is only a pleasure to bear, because it is for Jesus. My body is a temple of the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in me. Glory to Jesus! Beloved, pray for the work here. Opposition is very strong, and true people are very scarce; even some professed holiness people shrink and faltar at the truth of God. Praise God for grace which enables us to “speak the truth in love,” regardless of opposition.
Yours in Jesus, saved, and delivered from babylon.
J. B. Slagle.
Dear Brethren: — I praise the Lord for life and salvation, and for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. I am saved just now by the precious blood of Christ, and I am satisfied with His way. I leave everything in the hands of the Lord. I have studied the Scriptures much since last Fall, and every day I find new light in it. The Lord gave me these words.
Creed. Reject all human creeds, and confessions of faith, and accept the Word of God alone. (2 Tim. 3:16.) and demand faith in Christ, (Matt. 16: Acts 8,) and obedience to Him as terms of fellowship.
My decision and consecration, seeing myself to be a sinner, (Rom. 3:23,) and knowing that I will perish unless I repent, I have decided to accept Jesus as my Savior, because He died for my sins, (1 Cor. 15:3.) Because there is no other way to be saved, (Acts 4:12,) and because the moment I believe and trust in Jesus, I am saved. (John 6:47.) I do this taking the Word of God as evidence and proof of my salvation, (1 John 5:13,) looking to God daily for grace and strength to keep me from falling, (Jude 24) I consecrated myself to God with a desire to do all to His glory, (1 Cor. 10:31.)
Names. Reject all human names, which cause divisions, (1 Cor. 1:12,) and bear all Scriptural names. (Eph. 5:25. Acts 11:26.) We find in Rev. 18:4, 5, “And I heard another voice from Heaven saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues.” We certainly know if we remain in bondage with ugodly men, we are partakers of all the evil practiced in the sect to which we belong.
Demand just what the apostles did for membership in the Church, (Mark 16:16.) Reject sprinkling and pouring, and accept the one baptism, (Eph. 4:5,) which requires that a man be buried with Christ, (Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12). You read in Matt. 3:16, 17, “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and, lo! the Heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him; And lo! a voice from Heaven saying. This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. ” So it is with us when we are baptized in water, and the Spirit: God receives us for His children. But to be baptized in a cup, with a few drops of water, God has nothing to do with it.
May God bless you all. Your brother, under the blood.
A. C. Beaudette.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for full and free salvation that saves to the uttermost. The king on his throne, and the drunkard in the ditch, if they believe in Him, they shall have eternal life. — St. Jno. 3:15. “Whosoever believeth in Him,
shall not perish, but have eternal life.” I do praise God that I am one of His children, and that I am one of His peculiar people. — 1 Peter 2:9, 10. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God; which had not obtained merey, but now have obtained mercy.” Glory to Jesus! I am free from tobacco, liquor, and everything that defiles the temple of God. “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” Thank God! I am ready to do God’s will in all things. My wife and I have left Kendall, where we received the light, and embraced it, under the instructions of dear Brother Michels, and gone to our home in Oshtemo. I prayed God to bless us when we got hack among our old associates, and hold us firm to our faith. And now we are telling the people around us what God has done for us. Your Bro. in Christ, saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God.
Geo. W. Green.
I praise God for salvation from all sin through the blood of the spotless Lamb of God. I have a continual feast. Praise the Lord forever! Your brother, abiding in the True Vine.
Dear Brethren: — Glory to God forever! We have been reading the TRUMPET for some time past, and find it both meat and drink to the soul. Praise the Lord for victory just now! I am saved by the blood of Jesus. Praise the Lord for salvation! O what a pleasure it is to do God’s holy will, and to learn the will of God concerning us. Your Bro. in Christ.
A. B. Wilson.
Brushy Prarie, Ind.
Dear Saints: — I praise God that I am saved from all sin, and sanctified wholly. I am all sold out to God now and forevermore. Praise His holy name for salvation.
DEAR SAINTS: — I praise God for salvation full and free, which saves me from all sin. Praise God! I am only twelve years old, but I am saved through and through. Pray for me. Your sister in Christ.
Emma S. Gooding.
DEAR SAINTS: — I praise God for complete salvation that cleanses me from all sin. I am ten years old, but I can serve and praise God with all my heart.
Your sister saved in Jesus.
Clara E. Gooding.
To all the dear saints greeting: — I do praise the dear Lord for salvation that gives peace that passes all understanding. I praise the Lord that He is so merciful to me, as to call me back to Fathers house where there is bread enough and to spare. When I came low at the feet of Jesus He forgave all my sins and cleansed me from all unrighteousness; and now I am saved and sanctified. Dear ones do pray for me that I may stand for Jesus. Your blood- washed sister.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord has built a Church in this place, and added some precious souls to His Church. We are serving the Lord in the beauty of holiness. O praise the Lord! We are not troubled with babylonish hypocrites, and old professors, for “the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than a two edged sword: piercing to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow.”
Praise the Lord! We are saved from babylon, built into the true Church of God, saved from sects, sanctified and kept by the power of God, standing on the promises, and living under the blood.
Yours in the Lord.
W. H. Defore & wife.
Unto the saints of the Lord, Grace, mercy and peace be multiplied, according to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God! I rejoice to tell you I am still saved. Praise the Lord for what He is doing for us. March 12, 13, we had meeting at Sweetser, Ind. On Sunday, the 13th 12 were buried with Christ in baptism; at night 22 took part in the ordinances. We had perfect victory, and liberty, and abundance of joy in the service of the Lord. I praise the living God for salvation through the blood of the Everlasting Covenant. “Praise the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.” I am saved, sanctified, satisfied, tried and kept by the mighty power of God, through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last times. Yours in the love of God.
DEAR BRETHREN: — We are saved, sanctified, and kept by the power of God. We are healed of bodily infirmities; for which we give God all the glory. Glory to God and the Lamb forever, for what He has done for us and our neighbors. Salvation is rolling on in this place. Praise Jesus for what our eyes have seen, and our ears have heard. There are many inquiring the way of the Lord, and babylon is troubled. The dear saints are at work. Praise the Lord! Your Bro. in Christ.
C. B. Butler.
Dear Brethren: — Glory to God! I am saved by the power of God from the use of tobacco and all other filthy habits. Glory to His name for freedom and salvation! He is the same yesterday, to-day and forever. Glory to God! He says, Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not; whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him neither known dim.
Your Brother abiding in Christ.
Dear Brethren: — God bless you all, and keep you saved. I am saved from all the doctrines of men. Praise God! The Lord is working in His Church in spite of all the sect devils, and false teaching; for thus saith the Lord, “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord,” — Jer. 23:1.
“Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people, Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them; behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord, and I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds, and they shall he fruitful, and increase, and I will set up shepherds over them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed: neither shall they be lacking saith the Lord.” “Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch. For the land is full of adulterers: for because of swearing the land mourneth.” Glory to God for salvation full and free, and for the Holy Ghost that is giving light in these last days, which shineth in the heart of every true saint. The light is shining on false teachers, whether they will receive, or reject it. Theological teachers are of the devil. “I have not sent those prophets, yet they ran, saith the Lord. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name. Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell, every man to his neighbor: and he that hath my Word, let him speak my Word, saith the Lord. Is not my Word like as a fire?” And it … consuming fire upon the head of every false teacher of sectism, for they are as chaff before the wind which shall be driven away,” “And after these things I saw another angel come down from Heaven, crying mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, ..llen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” “And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins.”
Your brother, saved by the blood.
H. A. Sanford.
DEAR BRETHREN: — Praise the Lord for full salvation through the blood of Jesus.
About eleven years ago God forgave all my sins, and I joined the U. B. sect, but soon found they were not what God wanted them to be. The preacher in charge, said that all who did not pay their dues, should have their names erased from the book; I told him to take my name off if he was after money and not the salvation of souls; since that time. I have not had anything to do with them. When the holiness people came here. I went to hear them preach, although I had heard all sorts of evil reports about them, I could see and feel that God was with them. I realized my need of something deeper, and consecrated all to follow Jesus. O the glory that filled my soul was unutterable. I am cleansed from the use of, and appetite for tobacco, and now I have a clean mouth and heart, that I may worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. “Bless the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.”
Your Bro., sanctified, made white and tried, ready to be revealed in the last time.
DEAR BRETHREN: — I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God. Praise the Lord for a salvation which keeps me every day. I realize that the Lord does not need any human aid to make or keep His children one. The sects say, “come and join us and we will do you good.” etc.
“Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about two hundred, joined themselves: who were slain; and all, as many as obeyed him were scattered, and brought to naught.”
It is dangerous to follow men, although each sect will cry “we are the way.” but Christ says “I am the way.” Don’t take your eyes off the Savior and get them on the sect, for Christ is the door by which all may enter in to rest, after being made alive in Jesus, offer yourself “a living sacrifice unto God,” wholly, not a part, but all you have. “Those who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
“If they have persecuted me they will also persecute you,” says Jesus. Glory be to God for persecution. I have the abiding Comforter. “Let every soul be subject unto the higher power.”
Your Bro. in Christ.
J. W. Worden.
Morley, Mich. DEAR BRETHREN: — I do rejoice in praising the Lord with you all. Oh what precious days these are, with my life hid with Christ in God. O it cannot be told. Glory be to God and the Lamb forever and ever. Oh my dear ones, since the Lord has brought me through great trials and temptations and by a severe discipline, led me to the haven of perfect love, the wilderness of doubts and fears are behind me, and I am now in the promised land of holiness. My heart is filled with that perfect love which casteth out fear. Praise the Lord!
“The cross of Christ I’ll cherish,
Its crucifixion bear:
All hail reproach and sorrow,
If Jesus leads me there.”
Praise the Lord, for His merciful kindness endureth forever. During the five months of Bro. Jacobson’s stay with us here, has been glorious. He is having great success in winning souls to Christ. We are all at work in the field, and are having glorious meetings. It is glory in my soul continually. Praise the Lord for His goodness to the children of men. I am standing firm on the Rock, Christ Jesus. I am fully sanctified and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
Your sister in Christ.
DEAR BRETHREN: — May God bless you with all spiritual blessings, and make you to abound in every good word and work. Amen! I am praising God for His cleansing, saving and keeping power. Hallelujah!
O praise the Lord for the real glory in my soul. While at home with my childreen and my companion out in the grand works of soul-saving, I feel the love of Jesus in my soul, as a well of water springing up into everlasting life. I am saved out of the M. E. sect, and am glad I heard the call in Rev. 18:4, “come out of her, my people.” I obeyed the call, and now belong to the “Church of the First Born whose names are written in Heaven.”
I am on the forward march, with victory in my soul. O I do praise God for the good old way. I am so glad I heard the true gospel preached, and that I did not reject it. The Gospel Trumpet is a welcome visitor at our home; It does my soul good to read it, and learn how God’s cause is advancing. O how I love to read the testimonies of the dear saints: O it is satisfying to know we are “all baptized by one Spirit into one body.
Your sister in Christ, sanctified.