15 November 1883, Volume 6, Number 4.
BY S. B. KUFFEL.
A heavy rain having fallen, and turning to sleet covered everything as with a coat of mail. The orchard looked like a wilderness, or rather like a clearing, so many limbs broken off, and all much bent to the ground. Two of the young evergreens in front of the house were broken off, and two others were bent nearly to the ground. The farmer, supposing that they were also broken, took his axe and was about to cut them off; but his wife interceded, saying that they were not broken much and would arise as soon as the sleet melted off. The granddaughter also insisted that they were not broken, but only bent. So the father left them alone. One whole week the cruel ice pressed them down in their cold embrace. But at the end of that time, the melting smiles of the God of nature and grace began to break the sway of the sleet and the trees began to raise their heads and “lift up their hands unto God.” “Come,” said the farmer to his wife, “come to the door. I want to show you a lesson. See how these little trees stretch up their hands to heaven as soon as the sun melts the sleet off of them.
Now that is just the way it is with sinners. Their poor souls are frozen up and crushed down with sin until they draw near to God and get under the melting beams of the Son of righteousness. Then the congealed heart begins to expand and quicken into life, and they begin to rise up from their thraldom of sin and lift up their heads with … … of a new hope. Christ, and to est.. into the ..ied of their …. And here is a lessen for you too. You wanted to cut that tree down. Yes, I thought it was henceforth only a cu..berer of the yard and might as well be cut away. It truly made a narrow escape. And just so “the axe is laid at the roots of the tree,” and every sinner is in danger of being cut down every moment and cast into the unquenchable fire. O, sinner, awake speedily and lift up your heart and voice and hands to God, your only help.
BY J. R. RICHARDSON.
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
The world at this time has many needs. One of the greatest of these is family religion. Lawlessness everywhere prevails. Said a Presbyterian minister in this place a short time ago: “We are fast becoming a lawless nation.” This is painfully true. Where is the official in high of low standing, in church or in state that is faithful as it is in God’s will that he should be? Where is the man that rules his own house well as God requires him? I believe that all the lawlessness and unfaithfulness to sacred trusts which every where prevail at this time are caused by the lack of family religion — by men’s not serving the Lord with all their house.
But much is implied in a man’s thus serving the Lord with his whole house. In such a house the man faithfully does his whole duty as husband and father. He rules bis house well. He does not, like Eli of old, simply say to his children, “My sons, why do ye these things?” but, like faithful Abraham, he commands his household after him. This man loves his wife as he does his own self, for they twain are one flesh. He is not unkind to his wife, neither does he lord it over her. Yet he rules her, but in love, with all meekness and gentleness and kindness. He does not allow her to sin against God by following the fashions and the customs of the world in her cooking and other household matters nor does ho suffer her te adorn her house with costly furniture, pictures, costly carpets, fine sets of dishes, etc. He cannot expend the Lord’s money for such unnecessary things while so many lack even the necessities of life. He invests nothing in fire or life insurance policies. God is his defence. He keeps himself free from all secret oath-bound societies. He does not use tobacco, snuff, or distilled or femented liquors. He is temperate in eating, drinking, sleeping, and all he does in the name of the Lord Jesus to the glory of God. He permits no novels, story papers, or infidel trash to come into his house — nothing that will corrupt the minds of his family. He is not a horse jockey nor a lottery man. In all his intercourse with men he does in all things to all as he desires others to do to him. He loves not this world, neither the things that are in the world, neither is he the friend of the world; for “he that will be a friend to the world is the enemy of of God. He putteth not out his money at usuary, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of his God, and in his love doth he meditate day and night. He does nothing injurious to his neighbor, says nothing injurious about him and surmises no evil of him. He is without guile — with him is found no deceit or hypocrisy. His words are the exact expressions of the thoughts of his heart. He speaks always the truth in his heart. With him are no hollow friendships, no professions of regard for individuals when he feels none. He is no flatterer or tale bearer, or babbler. He is very meek, lowly in heart, humble, simple in all his ways, gentle, quiet, patient. He loves God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength, and his neighbor as himself. He faithfully rebukes the devil in every place and reproves his neighbors for their ungodliness, and “suffers no sin upon them.” Oh, my God! where is such a man? He is diligent in his business fervent in spirit. He is very be ..oient, his hand is always open to help he Lord’s poor, especially them of the household of faith, but he gives nothing to false teachers and deceitful workers, neither does he receive them into his house, nor bid them godspeed, lest he be a partaker of their evil deeds.
Again, in such a house, the wife and mother also is faithful. She reverences her husband, and like faithful Sarah calls him lord. She does nothing to dishonor her head (husband), but as the Church is subject unto Christ so is she subject unto her husband in all things. She does not usurp authority over her husband. She knows her own place and keeps it. She does not murder her children before they are born, nor does she practice the wicked devices of litis ungodly age to avoid the responsibilities of a mother. She is fond of children. She will not suffer the children to do that in the absence of their father which she knows to be displeasing to him. She is a real helpmeet to her husband. She is industrious, economical and neat. She is plain, and simple and tidy in her attire. She is also modest and patient, and is no tattler. For a fuller description see Prov. 31:10-31
Lastly, in such a house, the children are properly trained. To the accomplishment of this end both parents work together. They do not feed their children’s pride by dressing them after the fashion of the world while young. They make all their garments perfectly plain, and of modest colors, avoiding everything brilliant and showy; neither do they give them finely colored playthings and toys.
They do not increase the vanity of their children by praising them to their face, or by calling them pretty pets, dolls, etc. When their children do well they commend them for it without bestowing much praise upon them.
They teach their children that anger is wicked in the sight of God, and so far as possible prevent them from indulging in wicked passion. They do not suffer their children to act in a selfish manner, nor to tease or provoke or strike one another, nor to cause pain to even the meanest of God’s creatures.
They do not permit their children to speak unkindly one to the other, nor to any person, nor to lord it over each other. As soon as possible they subdue the wills of their children, so that they understand that their word is law, and they must obey whether any reason is given them for doing what they have been bidden or not. Every one of their children is taught to obey at the word without stopping to question or to answer again.
They also teach their children good manners, true politeness, one to the other and to all men. They teach them to know their own place and to keep it. When needful they use the rod, knowing that “ho that hateth the child spareth the rod, but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” In this matter they give no heed to the sayings of our modern ungodly, conscienceless phrenologists and worldly wise fools who are wise (in their own conceit) above what is written.
As soon as may be they teach their children that God made them and all other living beings on the earth and in the sea, and that God continues to them life and breath; that God has made the sun, and moon, and stars, and the earth, the trees, the grass and the flowers; that God causes the rain to descend, the snow to fail and the sun to shine; that God gives us our food and health and raiment, and all things that we here enjoy.
They teach their children as soon as possible to pray to God, and to revere His name, and never take it in vain, and to respect His Sabbath and His worship, and to believe His word. On the Lord’s day they are not permitted to run about the streets, nor to roam over the fields and through the woods, but they keep them at home and instruct them in their duties to God and their fellow beings, or they are taken to the Sabbath schools (where schools to which they can with safety be sent exist) and to the public means of grace. They teach their children to be quiet during the performance of the worship of God; and they do not permit them to run around the house or to talk or laugh in the time of worship either at h.. in .. public ..ings.
They teach their children as early as possible the love of God; that God so loved them that He gave His Son, His only begotten to die for the world that the world through Him might be saved, and they point them to “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.” They do also teach their children that by nature they are sinful, and that unless they are born again they cannot see God. They also teach them that in order they may be born again they must renounce themselves entirely, and give themselves wholly up to God, confessing and forsaking all their sins, and then believing in Jesus with all their heart. And all this they do in love, and in much patience and meekness of wisdom, with all kindness and gentleness, and as a consequence their children are trained up in the way in which they ought to go, and when they are old, they do not depart from it, according to the promise of God. Oh, if every family, professedly Christian, were of this description, then would “the desert blossom as the rose, and the wilderness and the solitary places would break forth into singing.”
Coming to the Straight Track.
Herbst Station, Grant Co., Ind., October 14th, 1883.
A letter from Isaac Key to Brother and Sister Warner. Praise God in the midst of all my troubles. Grace be unto you, and peace from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. God first called me under conviction, which lasted three days, and the third night I was converted (born of the Spirit). I then gave my hand to the M. E. Church (so-called), but their rule was to take them on six month’s trial. This caused me to wonder, being a young babe in Christ. So I would not take heed to their ways, but went from house to house holding prayer meetings until the next summer. So it was having blind teachers, I began to be cold and lukewarm. I continued for some time out of any denomination. The next I joined the friend quakers, and while I retrained in that sect I received seven wonderful voices (not a small voice) from the Heavenly world, saying, Isaac, I have called thee to preach. It first surprised me to think that God … me to preach, for not long before this I had said that I would not stand before the people and try to preach for ten thousond dollars; but the voice came again saying the same words. I began to make excuses, saving I am a poor illiterate, and don’t want to go. So the third voice came, and in like manner until the sixth; so in all the six voices my excuses availed me nothing, but brought condemnation. So the seventh voice came with more power, and it appeared that if I did not promise to go that death would be my portion and hell my doom. So I resolved to go, and began to examine myself and found that. I was not pure from inclinations to sin. So I went lo the Lord in the woods, and there prayed earnestly that God would remove the very roots of sin out of my heart. I resisted the devil and drew dear to God, and He manifested Himself to me in wonderful power to cleanse so far as I knew or did, ask or think, and I went on my way rejoicing, and felt as though I could preach to the whole world, even to infidels. Praise God for His power on earth.
About this time I commenced to read and search the New Testament from beginning to end. About this time I had a dream something like this: There were several of us together throwing stones in high green trees. So all the men threw stones, and then came my turn; so I cast the stone and it went higher than any of the rest, and cut off a bunch of green leaves, and the stone went two or three times higher than any of the rest. This was about the time I was teaching the people sanctification; but they mocked me. I had a second dream, and behold I looked to the north and saw the moon in full size; it appeared all right, but was in the wrong place, due north. So my little bay had the membrane croup very bad. While I was sitting up with him one night I was troubled in spirit, to think that my boy should be taken away. I kneeled by the cradle, when he was struggling to get his breath, and prayed in earnest for the Lord to heal and “spare the child, if it is Thy will O God.” So the child revived and sat up in the cradle. Bless the Lord O my soul! In a short time he was well. This was about the beginning of my faith in miracles. The people said that miracles were all done away. Before this time it had been made known to me that it was a sin to use tobacco (for I had used it about 16 years); so in the name of Jesus I quit the filty habit. Praise the Lord! Amen!! It is five years next winter since I quit. I now began to get quite well acquainted with the word of the Lord; and as the Friends or Quakers had put me in, or allowed me to preach, (for their rule was for every man to preach as the Spirit moved him), at one of their meetings I waited for some one to speak, but the Spirit took hold on me and I spoke on the ordinances of Christ. They claim that they were all nailed to the cross; so I took the second chapter of Collossians, on which they claimed their authority, and as I was teaching the holy commands, such as baptism, Lord’s supper, feet-washing and the holy kiss, they commanded me to take my seat, but being filled with the earnest of the Spirit, I went ahead until I got through the subject. So the meeting broke up different than at any other time, and they had great reasoning among themselves saying what will we do with him, for ho has disturbed our meeting. So they sent two of what they called of the best men to admonish me. They came and called for me to come out of the house, that they had something to talk about. Not so, my house is free; come in. So they came in, and wanted to know why I taught such doctrine. I asked if it was according to scripture. They say yes, O yes, but not according to our doctrine. We would like for you to stay in our church ond teach our doctrine. I said God forbid; for we ought to obey God rather than men. So they cast us out of their church. Then I said that if I could not get in a church that was plain, and that kept all the commandments of Christ. I would stand alone. I thought the Dunkard church was nearest right, so I joined, and I have remained in it nearly three years. But not long after I joined with them I had another dream. There were thr.. of us gathering corn; myself and another man and Jesus; and when we got a load, the Savior was on the right side of the wagon and started off to store the fruit. The one that was between me and the wagon I did not know, and ho was … way; so after the Savior had gone. … the man that we must do good work … he is gone, for he will know it, for … the Lord.
Not many weeks ago I saw a vision; and behold I was on a high mountain, and there appeared to me a man, and I knew him not, and as I beheld I saw a straight, bright and narrow path before me; and as I was beholding the beautiful path my attention was drawn to the left and then to the right, for down the steep places on either side of the path it was very dark, rough and gloomy. I began to be afraid, and fell on my face on the narrow path, and the man told me that I was on the highest mountain in the world. Praise God! The interpretation was made known to me in part concerning the last dream, the man I knew not was the Lord; the narrow path, the highway of holiness and the looking on the right or left shows that I should not look to the right or left, to this sect nor to that, and not to know the one that was behind me shows that I should not look back, but forgetting those things that are behind. I should press forward and upward. And bowed forward unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, etc. O, Lord Jesus, what would thou have me do, for I desire to be thy child in spirit and in truth. O Lord God of heaven and earth, make me whole soul and body, for I have been shipwrecked by the blind leading the blind. For every plant that our Heavenly Father does not plant shall be rooted up. Amen! Praise God! Still guide me, O my God, until I get the victory over the beast and his name. Teach me thy ways by giving me the wisdom from above. O Savior, give me charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience and of faith unfeigned, being clothed with humility and a white robe of righteousness. rejoicing always in thee, O Lord of heaven and earth, because that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so. Father, for it seemed good in thy sight. Amen, and amen! I submit myself to God. Amen!
LATER. — VICTORY OVER THE BEAST.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow, for complete victory over the beast, and the number of His name, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” I was invited to attend a communion meeting in Mt. Gomery County, Ohio, Oct. 18th and 19th.
In the forenoon several of us were together and had a talk on holiness, which grew so warm that some of us missed the forenoon meeting. In the afternoon there was an experience meeting. So by the help of God we told the people that the Spirit and word of the Lord had showed us that if we did not deny ourselves of all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting, holiness, in the fear of God,” we would not be “accepted of Him in the day of judgment.” Whereupon the Church had great reasonings among themselves, and the next day they called for a church meeting to settle the trouble. So the Lord strengthened me, saying, “take no thought what ye shall speak, or what ye shall answer, for it shall be given you in that hour what ye shall speak.” So after the trial had gone some time, one sided, not allowing us to say anything but yes or no, the Spirit of God came upon me mightily, and I asked liberty to speak. So they gave me license, and as I spake to them as the Spirit gave me utterance, some began to move about, and others to cry and moan. Finally the leader commanded me to take my seat. Then they commanded us to leave the room while they consulted together what to do. So while we were absent they all agreed that we should be cast out of their synagogue. So they selected this scripture to sustain their course, i. e., Rom. 16:17-20. Please read and see if this scripture condemns a man for teaching holiness. So they cast us out, uncondemned. Praise the Lord! I believe it was God’s will. After that they turned a cold shoulder to us, which I counted all joy for Christ’s sake. Amen! On arriving home I found a card from you. O how glad I am that I have lived to see the day of miracles. O it does my soul good to read the paper you send to me. About all here say they do not believe these things, but as the scriptures teach the same things I must believe it. What man can do these things except God be with him.
From your brother,
THE GOSPEL TRUMPET.
A DEFINITE, RADICAL, ANTI-SECTARIAN HOLINESS JOURNAL.
Edited and Published semi-monthly
in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For the Purity and Unity of His Body,
the defence of ALL His Truth,
and the ABOMINATION of Sect Babylon.
D. S. WARNER, __________ Editor.
J. C. FISHER, __________ Corresponding Editor.
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In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have withdrawn fellowship from ted dissolved partnership with D. D Johnston. We have not the least doubt but that the spirit of the Lord lead us to accept his offer to take part in this work. But now this relation must cease. — (See 1 Cor. 10:22, last clause.) We release all claim on the lot, but hold the presses and material, and will continue to issue the TRUMPET by the help of the Lord.
Owing to the recent cold weather, the necessity o sealing our office, and partly owing to the absorbing nature of the great Spiritual conflict we passed through here, namely the assembly meeting, we could cot get this paper out until this late date. We hope to make up the time as soon as possible.
To the glory of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior and Physician, we wish to testify that by the prayer of faith and the laying on of the hands of the saints, we were healed, on the night of November 18, of a bronchial catarrh, and a very annoying cough that we have had from childhood. Praise God forever!
The man who is convinced that it is his privilege to be wholly sanctified to God, and yet does not make the required offering of His body, a living sacrifice to God with all he has, in order to obtain this marvelous redemption, is not a justified man.
There is one Lord over the church dy divine authority. There is one body of the true church, and one Spirit in the one body. Each individual Christian is a member of the one body. Hence there is he room for denominational schism for that would make many bodies instead of one. No, replies one, but there may be many sects, yet all may constitute the one body. We reply that the Word teaches that theret.. us not only one fold but aslo one shepherd for that one flock. Sectarianism makes many folds Christ ordains but one. There shall be one fold and one shepherd?” John, x, 16 There is only one flock. Ezk. xxxiv, xxii, xxiii. Our beloved “isms” and sects and denominations must depart. God’s people must be one. — (Good Way.
Julia E. Brown. — Just to late for last issue Brother Fisher writes us as follows:
“Dear Brother I received a letter from Midland City, Mich, last night announcing the death of our beloved sister, Julia E Brown, on the fourth of October, 1883.” Well we have great reason to praise the Lord for another saint, safe in glory. Sister Brown had been a subscriber of the Pilgrim, and after its consolidation with the TRUMPET, and we began to teach the word of God on sectism and Gods own congregation. She could not at first assimilate the strong meat, but after she made a deeper consecration to God and promised to walk in the truth as it is in Christ Jesus, at the cost of all things, she became a great lover of the glorious present truth. God honored her fidelity with the restoration to health of her son, and twice she was raised up herself instantly from a low state of consumption. Once, a year ago this fall, when she was blessed with quite good health; but this fall she was taken again, became very low, when Brother and Sister Fisher went to see her again and by the laying on of their hands she was once more raised up so as to be able to attend meeting the follwing Sabbath. She was quite comfortable and able to be about and came alone two hundred miles to the assembly near Bangor. But it did not please the Lord to fully restore her, and now He has taken her to be with Him, which is far better. She has been a great blessing to us by her prayers and cheering letters, the first of which came to us at a time when known friends were few in number. May the dear Lord bless and save her bereft husband and children
Mother Knight. — Brother C. C. Knight, of Fulton Ill, writes of the death of his companion Julia A. Knight, on the 26th of September 1883.
She had been quite ill since last Spring, and on the 11th she was attacked with hemorrage, which was follwed by billions fever, which in the providence of God ended her earthly stay. She was converted twenty-five years ago. For several years she was a member of the W. M. sect, but seeing in the word the “one fold and one shepherd,” she withdrew and followed Jesus only.
For several months past she believed in and emjoyed the higher Christian experience of entire sanctification. There has been much opposition to this precious truth in this place, but searching the word for herself by the aid of the Spirit she found this rich inheritance of the saints in light. May the blessing of God rest upon the remaining portion of our family; and may our children all be brought to the dear Savior.
I find the grace of God all sufficient to sustain me in this trial. Washed in the blood of the Lamb, I expect soon to join with the saints at home with Jesus.
C. C. Knight.
The Work in Michigan
Geneva Centre, Mich.
Praise God for another glorious victory in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ — the enemy completely vanquished. We began this meeting on the evening of November 22nd. Notwithstanding the weather being very unfavorable, there was a large turn out, and the people generally interested. There was great opposition from the sects, but Michael and his angels prevailed, and the beast was cast out. Hallelujah to the Lamb! Then came the shouts of the saints who had been delivered from the yoke of bondage. During the meeting, which lasted a little over two weeks before we left for Ohio, 17 souls were converted and 16 sanctified. Since we came here to Ohio we received a letter from Brother Michels, with whom we left the meeting, saying on the following Sunday there was one converted and nine baptized, for which we still continue to praise God, and will forever and ever, saved and anointed in Jesus Christ.
J. C. Fisher.
If men and women will not get their eyes open to the peril of these times, they will be sure and fall by the same. I tell you Satan is loosed and is now gone forth to deceive the nations. We cannot now slop to give a Scriptural exposition of these times, but wish to cry aloud, spare not, lift up our voice as a trumpet, and warn all men to hide away in the secret place of the Most High. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiveing and being deceived.” Read the whole chapter. — 2 Tim. 3.
Satan is not much concerned about the sects, they are thoroughly secured to his service, to carry on his work of frolic and carnal pleasure, and perdition of souls. Neither is he alarmed at that holiness which says, “be loyal to your church.” He knows that holiness which is cooped up by creeds and divided by sect lines is powerless to harm his kingdom. He also fears not, but is in fellow ship with that pretended coming out, that is set against the definite experience of Scriptural holiness, and that opposes any institution of the Lord Jesus Christ. But the great prince of darkness is mustering his forces against the escaped of the earth, who have washed their robes in the all-cleansing blood and who follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. He would overthrow all such as be clad in the armor of Gods truth and righteousness. “And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them and to purge and make them white, even to time of the end,” — Dan. 11:35. The rush of devils to the assembly meeting here, has been used by the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to devices as never before. And now we are led to say to all men, you are not safe until you get in such close relation to God, that He will be the only attraction of your soul; and where you can hear the softest whisper of His love, and note every breathing of the Spirit of God to you. If you are not there you had better take time to wait before God for the sanctifying and anointing grace of God. We must be like Christ — “of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord; not judging after the sight of the eyes, neither reproveing after the hearing of the ears, but with righteousness shall He judge.” — Isa. 11:3, 4. Yea, we are positively commanded to “judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” — John 7:24. To do this we must be so illuminated by the Spirit of God, that we may read the inward condition of men, and fellowship, and dis- fellowship as we discern by the real Spirit of God. A man’s temperament and education may be such that his ideas of plainness of dress, may be much different from those of another who may nevertheless be God’s special anointed; while at the same time one of the devil’s angels of light may just meet his standard of outward apparel. Now if he is not careful, he will reject God’s man, and join himself to one who is posessed with devils, and before he is aware he has fallen a victim to seducing spirits. Never take sides hastily, stay upon God, and time will tell who is true to God in heart, and who is not. You may see two conflicting spirits, and in one of them you may detect a reign of character that you know is not of God: do not therefore rashly conclude that the other party is of God, and join yourself unto him: for the defect you see in the one may be a guileless weakness or mere temperamental peculiarity, whereas the very devil may be concealed in the heart of the other, and by joininig to such the eyes become blinded so that the poor deceived soul cannot see the good wry. O fast and pray and become so full of God, that you will be devil-proof, get the real gift of discerning spirits, and wait before God untill every mystery is solved. He will guide you with his eye. He that walketh with Christ shall have the light of life, and ho that walketh in the day shall not stumble.
Perhaps, dear reader, your only ideal of men possessed with devils, is that of hideous looking, cursing and raging maniacs. If so may God quicken your understanding of these perilous times of deception. Remember that “satan is transformed into an angel of light.” He is possessing men with religious devils. The evil spirits enter men and deceive unwary souls, they assume all the outward appearance of piety. They talk just as reasonably in business matters, act just as courteously in social intercourse, and are not soon excelled in outward acts of devotion, and yet to the holy, annointed soul they are known to possess a devil. In our deception of fallen ones we used no names. … love and grateful respect with which we cherished the poor unfortunate and, we fear doomed man, who has so kindly assisted us in the publication of the GOSPEL TRUMPET the last few months led us to withhold his name. But having had two interviews with him since writing, and also learning from his own lips that he is representing us, with all the holy saints, as given over to an evil spirit because we rejected that deceitful worker, H. Whitcraft, it become our painful duty to tell the people plainly, the surprising fact that the name which is dropped from the editorial corner of this issue, is the same that satan has seduced to fill the number of “three unclean spirits like frogs,” that crouched down together the Sabbath of the assembly. The same is he also that the sister labored so earnestly in the spirit to restore. He also sanctioned the horrid speech of that “wondering star” that said Saul’s experience was his, that he was lost, and so were we all lost, and filled with devils. This deluded victim of the last day’s description is possessed with devils, that make the poor man believe that all who have the real Spirit of God are just in his condition. The devil looking out of his eves sees only devils, except where it meets kindred devils. A soul has fallen, a name is dropped, hell rejoices, and heaven weeps the loss of one who was filled with real.
Duty also compels us to publish the name of John Ridley as another who has been overcome and possessed by the infernal spirits. Poor man, the look of death was upon his face, and the death rattle in his voice. Flee away from such, lest in fellow hipping them the devils enter you, as he also fell.
TRUE BROTHERHOOD OF SAINTS.
Thus saith the Lord, “For one is your master even Christ, and all ye are brethren.” — Matt. xxii:8.
When I think of be difference of the brethren in Christ and the brotherhood of sects. I want to lift up my voice like a trumpet. To be a brother in a denomination is simply to be a member of that party, just as the members of a secret order makes them hall each other as brothers. So sect brotherhood is simply on the plain of worldly brotherhood.
This wisdom descudeth not ..oin above but is earthly sensual devi..ah. O! course members of different sects c..ai.. a little relation, but when we look into the word of God we find no half brother, step brothers, or cousins. But glory to God! they are all fall brothers, all members of one family, all thing epistles known and read of all men. O I praise God! O I praise God that He is raising up a people who are not willing to bow the knee to Baal.
I do want to say to Brother Warner, in the name of the Lord, our one Master, blow the Trumpet louder, and yet louder. And to that dear brother Fisher. I claim all such as my brother, having but one Master. And as the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so Christ will be around His own even forever. And our we..p..ns are not carnal, but mighty through God. Glory to God forever. For over fifte a years I have had no ism to defend and today have nothin to glory in save the cr..se of Christ.
Gardner, Ill., Nov. 15, 1883.
Brother Warner — I am well pleased with the “Gospel Trumpet.” I like to read it often. I enjoy such strong meat. Enclosed find $2 for the same.
Your brother in Christ,
B. F. Whitmore.
New Lebanon, Penn., Oct. 31, 1883.
Dear Brother in Christ Jesus — Glory to God and the Lamb forever! My inmost soul is filled with praise to God, for I have complete victory through the blood of the everlasting covenant. Glory to God. I have Joy and peace to the Holy Ghost! I have been receiving the “Trumpet” since the first of September, and I can say I love it for the solid truth it contains. I have found nothing in it yet but bible truth. My prayer to God is that He may bless you more and more, that you may always give the “Trumpet” a certain sound. Enclosed find remittance for one year. May the good Lord bless all the dear saints everywhere.
Your sister in Christ,
Mrs. J. C. Davis.
Eagle, Mich., Oct. 27, 1883.
Dear Brother Warner — Glory be to God. Just now I am saved and wholly sanctified to God. The peace of God that passeeth all understanding keeps my mind and heart through Christ Jesus. I am complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Christ Jesus is my wisdom, my righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Glory be to God. We are having some good meetings with the saints in this place. Bro. Samuel Speck is here with us. The assembly at Lafayette was glorious. The Spirit had free course and was glorified. The work done was thorough and scriptural. Praise the Lord, O my soul. The fire is burning in my heart. I shall show the devil no quarters. But in Jesus’s might I will drive this battle on.
Your brother in the love of Jesus,
J. R. R. Richardson.
Irving, Ill, Nov. 4, 1883.
Dear Brethren — I like the “Gospel Trumpet” very much, and bid it God speed so long as on the bible route. May its truth reach and penetrate the hearts of its readers, taking all worldliness and conformity out of their hearts, making many zealous of good works and to abound more and more in the name of Christ our Savior. I find, “from a careful perusal of the bible,” that this little paper tones down to the bible stand point. May God continue His blessing on you to continue to spread this kind of doctrine. We need more Daniels. God’s word so plainly speaks of our “order” or organization, and he is the organizer, the prophet, priest and king. Eph. iv:4 — Eph. ii:14, 15 — Eph. Iiii:5 — Eph. ii:18. 21, — also Rom. viii:31, inclusive, is my testimony to-day, what I believe and how I am kept. Glory and honour to my Savior. Amen! Send me the paper.
Yours in Christ,
W. C. Woodward.
Danville, Ind., Oct. 28, 1883.
Dear Brother Warner — I am just in receipt of the “Gospel Trumpet” and want to say I love the paper. It is doing in work here, in my heart at least. When I first began reading it, it was very disturbing, but by meditation and prayer and following out the Scriptures, I have come near enough to see the glorious light, and am almost persuaded to come out and be separate. I am praying to know the will of God concerning these things. When I read of so much good resulting all abroad, I long so earnestly that I might have an opportunity of being an eye witness and might receive some of the crumbs that fail from the Master’s able. But I am “hoping, trusting, praying ever that somebody will come this way soon. May God bless you above all expectation, and keep your family unto eternal life is the prayer of
Birthright, Texas, Oct. 10, 1883.
I am having a great struggle here against the powers of darkness. The devil would like to soil my garments every day, but the Lord keeps them clean. Praise His holy name. The Lord continues to show me more and more the blackness and filthiness of babylon. Your brother still, kept by the power of God through faith.
H. L. HARGRAVE
Hendersonville, Pa., May 15, 1883.
Dear Brother Warner — I enclose two dollars for press, or for the spread of the Gospel truth. About a year ago wife and I were led to come out of the M E. sect. I rejoice to know that I belong to the church of the First Born and have my name written in heaver. O how I praise God for the leadings of his Holy Spirit and for a full and free salvation. Your brother and sister, saved and washed in the blood of Christ,
Clark’s Corners, Ohio, Oct. 7, 1883.
In the name of the Lord I write these few lines for the “Trumpet”. I have been over forty years in the school of Christ. Of or thirty years an advocate of holiness — Christian perfection. Over sixteen years since I plainly saw the difference between Christ’s church and the denominations. I dare not call them God’s church. To be baptized unto Christ “makes us all see. We are one in Christ Jesus wherever we be.” I do want to bid you, as writers of the “Gospel Trumpet” a hearty God speed. I pray the Lord to keep you humble and faithful.
Your sister in Christ,
Charlotte, Mich., Oct. 6, 1983.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner — We are saved just now. Hoping this will find you well, rooted and grounded in Christ deeper and deeper every day, and seeing more and more the glory the everlasting Gospel that God has called you to sound out through this world. O how much need is there that every one of God’s little ones standing firm and uncompromising, and speaking God’s awful truth if it brings us to the burning state. O bless God for the truth and for the great mysteries that he is unfolding through His flaming heralds in these last days. O how terrible it is to be unsaved in these perilous times. How blessed it is to be saved. How glad I am that I am cleansed in the blood and sealed by the Holy Spirit, and cannot be moved by anything, even though all hell should be let loose upon me, because Jesus is for me, and he is more mighty than all the combined powers that can be against me. O praise God forever. Amen. The good Lord bless you both abundantly.
Paxico, Kan., Sept. 17, 1883.
Dear Brother Warner — Enclosed find one dollar for a new subscriber. The paper, I believe, is of the Lord. It is a great blessing to me, and I thank God for it. I think I notice a tendency in some of the correspondents to give you some of this glory. May the Lord preserve you from taking any of it.
(Amen! God deliver us all from glorying in one another, or having the faith of Christ with respect to persons,” except it be to obey the rule is 1 Cor. xii. … “Upon our uncomely parts we bestow the more abundant honor.” Possibly that is the way with those correspondents you speak of. — End)
There are a few names of us in this part of Kansas who have taken the bible for God’s word because He has brought us out with a high hand and a stretched out arm, into His glorious freedom where we can fully believe and walk in His word. O I do praise Him both night and day for the sure foundation the Lord has placed me on. Your sister in Christ,
CLARA M. PHILLIPS.
Eagle, Mich., Nov. 27, 1883.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner — It is just a year to-morrow since I started to serve God at His will to use me to His name, honor and glory. I praise God that my weapons are not carnal, but spiritual. O I praise God for His power that keeps me every day. Praise God for this perfect freedom in Christ Jesus. As long as men are loyal to a discipline they are not loyal to God. Praise Jesus for salvation. God has wrought a radical work in my soul. When He mace me a new creature in Christ Jesus, when I was converted to God I withdrew from the family of the devil and I was adopted in the family of God, and after l was wholly sanctified I took the sword of the Spirit and began to rebuke satan for his abominable deception, that exists in the world to-day, and the devil withdrew his family from me. What does Jesus say? — See 4 chap: 4. I praise God for the fellowship of the saints. See 1 John i:7. I am fire from all human organization, and I am a branch in Jesus Christ the true vine. See John IV: fourth and fifth verse. The only way to be loosed free this world is to be wholly sanctified to God, and live a bible Christian. Praise God. Christ is all in all, who is the image of tire invisible God, the fiirst born of every creature, and He is the head of the church in Christ Jesus. Yours, etc.
Mount Pleasant, Ill., Sept. 26, 1883.
Brother Warner — I am glat to say that in the fiery trials through which I am now passing, the Lord is keeping me sweetly saved, and I realize that the “blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth me from all sin.” Glory to God. We had a blessed meeting at the Woods school house last Sabbath, and Brother Roberts preached. We also had a meeting in the afternoon at the Clay Grove school house. We had a blessed feast Saturday night, at our prayer meeting, at Sister Hill’s. Nearly all the saints seem to be more fully established since the camp meeting. May God put the “go through” in them all. O how I realize the importance of walking very circumspectly before God, and being loyal to Him only. May God bless you and Sister Warner, and abundantly use you in pulling down the strongholds of sin, and building up the true Church of the living God. Your brother to Christ.
C. Z. LINDLEY.
Sandy Lake, Pa.. Oct. 17, 1883.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner — We are all pretty well. Praise the Lord. Praise His name forever for what He is doing for us. I am praying to God every day to teach me good judgment and knowledge, and all His will concerning me. Glory to His name. We had a glorious meeting at Franklin Brother and Sister Griggs were wonderfully blessed. Since then they had to part with their little daughter, nearly eight years old. The Lord sustains them blessedly under their loss. Six of us went to Butler County, about twenty five miles from this place, the twenty-ninth September. The Lord was with us, and blessed us, and good was done in the name of the Lord. One backslider was reclaimed, and one sinner me left seeking the Lord, who said he would not give up until be finds salvation. We held five meetings while we were gone — three in the Winebrenarian meeting house, and two in Sister Cunningham’s house. She is a good old saint who has been out of sectdom for years. It was it her house we had the beat meetings. She and Sister Dunbar are the only two in that neighborhood that are is narrow way. Sister Hillyard, of the Winebrenarian sect, was very much wrought on by the Spirit. She said she was going to lead a different life. O my brother and sister, I want to work for the Lord so much that I can hardly stay at home. I have promised the Lord that I would go out and labor in His vineyard wherever the way opened. May the Lord help you on in your good work. Glory to God forever for what He is doing for me. Praise His holy name. Your sister, all the Lord’s.
MARY E. FARRAH.
THE ASSEMBLY MEETING.
A GREAT TURN OUT OF THE TRUE SAINTS
LEGIONS OF DEVILS RUSH INTO THE COMMUNITY.
A GREAT CONFLICT — THE DRAGON AND HIS ANGELS CAST OUT.
DEVILS WERE CAST OUT OF MEN, AND A GREAT MANY PEOPLE HEALED BY THE POWER OF GOD.
We have never been called upon to portray any meeting that so transcends our powers of description. We can now better understand the language of John when he said that “if all the works of Christ had been written, I suppose the World could not contain the books.” A full account of this meeting would make quite a volume.
For some time we felt that the meeting would be one of unusual interest. As we received intelligence of the saints coming from time to time, the Spirit of God was poured upon our soul, insomuch that we could not restrain the praises of God as we walked the streets. And their coming was as the heavens bowed to earth. Our little habitation was thronged most of the day on Friday, and in the evening we all went to the Conlay bethel, where the meeting began.
Since the first assembly meeting in Michigan, where satin was also loosed, and a terrible conflict ensued, resulting in his being cast out, all the meetings of the sanctified and free saints of God, that we have attended, have been blessed with great unity and peace; and as there were such a host coming to this assembly, all of which we knew were of one mind and one heart in the truth and Spirit of Christ, and most of whom had never: met before, we looked for a meeting that would be a sample of the reign of heaven. How apt we are to forget what we are still in the field of battle, and that satan is now loosed for a little season, having great wrath because he knows his time is short. In the very first meeting we tell that satan had also gathered his angels together where the sons of God came to worship the God of the bible. Job 1:6. But the power of the Lord prevailed, and one dear brother, who came all the way from Grant Co., Ind., was gloriously sanctified and healed in body, namely brother Isaac Key.
Saturday was appointed a fast unto the Lord, and the meeting continued nearly all day, during which service the impudence of satan was fully developed and shown forth in the person of Harrison Whitcraft, from Vanwert Co., who was backed by another poor soul who has fallen a victim to the seducing spirits.
The meeting opened up in a glorious spirit and power, but soon those two men took the sanctuary and began their harrangue on paper collars and bits of lace, etc. that some of the sisters wore upon their necks. Everybody was commanded, (not admonished, nor yet commanded in the name of Christ, but by their own authority they command everybody) to take off their paper collars. If any one attempted to speak for Christ, with a fiendish grin W. would interrupt them with his orders to “take off your collar.” They even raked away at some for their paper collars, who only wore a modest linen collar for cleanliness and comfort. Just before they took the floor for the day a sister had read a precious lesson, and talked to the edification of the saints, when the “evil worker” followed, and in the first sentence broke the unity of, and grieved away the Holy Spirit by rejecting her, and saying she was deluded and mistaken, because she read the scriptural lesson by the aid of common spectacles, which he called the devil’s eye glasses. Just such unfeeling, ungodly and unreasonable aspersions continued to drive away God and give way to the father of confusion, and monopolize the time that the Lord would use to His glory in spiritual testimony and the real worship of God.
Any man that is of God will admonish holy saints in referenee to defects they may see upon them, but such will have confidence in God to lead His own children into the truth that has been presented to the mind. And such will have meekness and humility enough to deliver their message in the name of the Lord, and then shut their mouths and take their seat, leaving God to manage his own family.
But when men set themselves over a meeting, take up the time that belongs to the saints to testify and leach the precious word, in wrangling words of no profit, and in ordering men and women to come to their notions without giving a thus said the Lord for it, you may know that they are possessed with, and sent by the devil.
About the middle of the afternoon the Spirit of God led a brother to rebuke the babel spirit that held its sway over the meeting and so signally grieved away the Holy Spirit. A few texts were read that hold up the standard of bible salvation, and a thorough consecration to God was called for. The altar was then crowded with God’s children. A heart searching time ensued, tears flowed, confession on the part of some who had found that they were not “dead indeed” were made, and a few souls received more perfect salvation through the blood of Christ. Praise the Lord!
That night the meeting was moved to the large hall at Anapolis. A discourse on the present awful truth, in revelations and prophecy, was blessed of God, and one or two souls found Christ in the fullness of His salvation. The next morning as we arose from family worship at Brother Beaver’s, the Holy Spirit was most graciously poured upon our soul, when it was clearly shown us what the character of the meeting would be throughout the day. We told some present, satan had gathered Gog and Magog together to battle that day against the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ. There was a number of testimonies for Christ and full salvation, but in general appearance the meeting was a complete babel. Hell was moved from beneath, and swarms of evil spirits filled the place, all demonstrating the fact that satan is filled with great wrath against the straight, Gospel, anti-sectarian, holiness work of God. Doubtless many who came to this meeting of worshippers who claim to be out of babylon were surprised beyond measure to meet with the worst of babylon confusion. It was a time that tried men’s souls. And by no means has the come-out, bible reformation gained in reputation by this meeting. We praised God for this, when, at the close of the service a lady, who had come to the meeting with high expectations, remarked, “If this is come out I think I have enough of it.” Glory to God! He knows just how much disgrace and reproach is needed to drive away all who are not attracted to His holy body by the pure motives of love to God and the truth alone. If we are to represent Christ we must also “make ourselves of no reputation,” even as He did. Hence God permitted this throng of evil spirits to come “out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Besides, when the conflicts portrayed in revelations and prophesy pass before our eyes, the Holy Spirit can better give us an understanding of these solemn dramas, and a more sure application of the same. Hence He has made the wrath of men and devils praise Him in this meeting.
As it was revealed to us in the morning, the opposition to the monumental institutions of the New Testament was the characteristic of the day. That itchy antichrist spirit led several to throw out their blind insinuations, while one man was so disturbed that he spake three or four times. One sister read the solemn lesson of Saul’s fall through disobedience to God, and another brother committed himself to these command of our Head and Leader, and was in a wonderful manner baptized by the Holy Spirit, and gave glory to God. During the intermission, L. H. Johnson, from Toledo, O., remarked in our hearing, “I am going to be heard on this subject.” So as soon as it was time to resume the services he took the rostrum and discoursed upon the subject, alleging that we should not “keep the ordinances as I (Paul) delivered them to you,” and that they were of the Mosaic law, an assertion too glaringly false to need any reply, and indirect contradiction to God’s word. Matt. 26:26. Mark 14:22. Luke 22:19, 20. 1 Cor. 11:1, 2, 23-26.
White to many who are weak, the meeting seemed but babel, to others who are strong in the Lord and in the light of truth, it was a means of seeing the present truth and of being greatly strengtened. In fact many of them praised God for that meeting as having unfolded things to them which they would not have been able to grasp under other circumstances.
The two men from Vanwert and Paulding County, knowing that their power to lord it over the meeting was broken, now changed their policy and feigned great pity and humility by prostrating themselves behind the table in the hall, where they “lay in wait to deceive” all the day. And strange to say that a few unwary souls were just blind enough to be caught by the snare of the devil. Whitcraft was seen looking over the table and grinning at a certain sister as if he would, by the help of the devil, mesmerise her.
Strange to say there was something in the attitude of the men that reminded us of frogs crouched down on the floor. Finally the third, a poor victim of the last day’s deceivings, took his place by their side, when this Scripture instantly came to Brother Fisher’s mind. * * * Rey. 16:13-15. We have not space to give here an exposition of those Scriptures, but will just say, that the context and all the circumstances, with the visions that God had given certain brethren and sisters, concerning those men before they came here, precisely correspond, and we have in them a clear fulfillment of this Scripture.
We may publish some of those remarkable visions in the future.
In the evening the saints which follow the Lamb whithersoover He goeth, convened at the house of Brother Bucher, where the Holy Spirit was poured out in, power as soon as we came under his roof.
O praise God in the highest! We all felt that we had escaped from an atmostphere that was impregnated with devils into the pure clime of Canaan’s holy mount Brother J. C. Fisher, whom the little ones expected to hear on Lord’s day, now gave us by the Spirit, a very precious and edifying discourse on the Saint’s inheritance in Christ. After which the work of salvation, healing by faith, instructing testifying and praising God went right on Until five o’clock in the morning.
O it was glory, glory in the highest! The time had been so much taken up by ganglers, that have no part or lot in the real testimony and praises of God, that many of the fire baptized host had not been permitted to speak before. Now the Church was together with one accord, with Christ manifest in the midst. The paper collar faction, with such as had partaken of the satanic spirit, fled away from the regular assembly meeting and went back to Anapolis, where they attempted to heal a child, but the lady locked the door against them. Thus the accuser was cast out and the saints had the victory.
There was a meeting at Brother Enfield’s on Monday at 1 p. m., where those “deceived and deceiving” agents of satan came in early and undertook to capture the meeting. But the saints, being forbidden in the Scripture to have any fel- fellowsliip with devils, withdrew to another room, where the Holy Spirit immediately fell upon them. A scriptural lesson was read; at the altar souls were saved, and all praised God with the shout of victory in perfect unity. A sister ventured to stay in the room occupied by the false prophets, where, as she afterward said, “I was suddenly seized by the awful powers of darkness — I felt as if I was lost.” A sister coming to her, she said, “O I feel so bad, take me to the altar.” She was lead out to the saints’ apartment, where she bowed on the altar; but as soon as the little ones began to approach her she drew back and began to exhibit a frightful appearance. She jerked away from them, crying out “I have a devil, stay away from me.” Her face was quite black, and twitched about with frightful contortions. Her eyes glared, her tongue darted out like a serpent, and when any one approached her she would spit and claw furiously. She finally got down on the floor and whirled about like a serpent. She was soon captured by Brother Fisher, who brought her to the altar, where she was held fast, and he laid on hands, and, in the name of Christ, cast the devil out of her, and she was instantly clothed in her right mind and filled with tranquility. Presently she was ushered into a wonderful experience. In spirit she was caught up to the throne of God. After which she testified to perfect cleansing and the wonderful works of God.
Sister Kilpatrick was sent in the mighty power of the Spirit to rebuke the men possessed with devils, after which Brother Enfield ordered them out of his house. The meeting then closed.
The sister who had been delivered from the horrors of a raging devil, and so soon transported to the throne of God, like Zacharia of old, was speechless — dumb — by the hand of the Lord. Not long after leaving, one of the fallen souls returned, and kneeling down by the side of this sister attempted to pray for her, when she stopped him, and by signs told him to pray for himself. The God of all grace then made a desperate effort to regain the poor man from the power of satan. He gave the sister power over the unclean spirit that had entered him. Knowing that he had abused the brethren, she by motions told him to kis them, and he obeyed; then he was commanded to kneel and pray for mercy, and he obeyed again. She then signalized to the brethren to lay hands on him. They did so, and prayed earnestly to the Lord on his behalf; for a few moments it seemed the man would yield to be saved, but he chose to be lost rather than yield to the goodness to God, and the kind entreaties of the saints. He raised up and began to dispute. The sister took him by the clothes and shook him, as if to hush the contentious spirit. He grew worse, the devils began to rage, and he backed off. She followed him on her knees still, with pleading face, until he got to the corner of the room where the devil raged fearfully and tried to push her away. At length she gave him over and dropped back upon the floor. As soon as she could rally from the awful shock of an immortal soul being lost, she made motions to bind him hand and foot and cast him out. When one asked her if they should do so, she shook her head, and pointed up as if to say God will bind him and cast him out. She then tried hard to speak that she might make them understand. Finally by a great effort she imperfectly articulated — “lost.”
She then arose, and with an expression of great solicitude for the safety of the saints, she drove them all from him. After which solemn, silent drama, of God’s handwriting upon the wall closed by the sister approaching the doomed man, and pointing her two front fingers into his face, with an expression which seemed to say, “Shame, shame, you have turned your back upon God, salvation and heaven, and you deserve to be hissed from the presence of God and the glory of His power.
In the evening Brother Fisher gave us a very instructive and edifying discourse on the identity of Christ and His body, the Church. The brother is filled with the word of God, and by the Holy Spirit upon him he is not slow in dishing it out to the people. The Lord ever keep him lowly in heart.
Tuesday, meeting continued at Brother Enfield’s. In the day service three men, who had been captured and possessed by devils, came into the meeting, and they were all forward to speak. The first said he was going to tell his experience. After speaking a few words the hand of God was laid upon his mouth, and he stood in silence a few moments, and then confessing that he had not the Spirit of the Lord, he sat down. This was the poor man whom the Spirit had pronounced lost. Another, with a dark but deathly color in his face, attempted to speak, accusing a brother. His mind wandered; he said he was ready to “go to perdition,” to “go down into darkness.” He also stopped in the middle of a sentence, his last words being unintelligible. The third spoke with greater freeness. His remarks re minded us of Jude’s “wandering stars.” We give a few sentences that we sketched while he was talking: “I have been lost for three yeaas.” “The lesson last Sabbath describes my condition. God had raised me up to be a king in Israel, but I have disobeyed God and the kingdom is wrested from me. Saul’s experience is mine, and I am a doomed man. The witch of Ender brought me the message. And you are the Philistines. God wanted me to go over to Brother Bucher’s last Sabbath night and slay you. If I had spoken last night I would have made it so hot you would have killed me. I wrote a card to my wife and told her that I expected to die — that these Philistines were going to kill me. As I handed the card to Brother — God showed me that I was lost. I am going to hell, it is my just doom, and I am willing to go. And so are you all lost, and going to hell just as much as I am. Now I feel better. I believe this was the death I had to die, to consent lo go to hell. I believe I am saved now. You are all possessed with devils here. I tell you you are possessed with devils, and that man Fisher is possessed with the king of devils. I am the Lord’s anointed, that is true if I go down to hell.”
In the heat of his rage, all at once his face flashed, his speech faltered, and he too was cut short without finishing his last sentence. As it is written, “God makes the wrath of man to praise him, and the remainder will He restrain.” Following those speeches the Spirit of God rested on the saints and they sang and testified in mighty power. The Spirit impressed a few that there was hopes for the last speaker. A sister tenderly plead with him, to yield to the Lord, he sank upon his knees, when several put their hands upon him and besought God to cast the devils out of him. While others commanded the devils, in the name of Jesus Christ, to come out of him. One of the other men who was possessed with evil spirits undertook to interrupt the work of delivering the poor fallen soul, when they were both ordered out of the house. But refusing to go they were both quickly cast out. The face of the man who had fallen into the hands of God and His true saints showed signs of an awful conflict and commotion within. The power of God had seized upon the infernal spirits, and they must come forth. For a few moments satan held his mouth tightly closed, but God opened it and he breathed out devils for some time. Finally came the laughing devils; his mouth was opened to its greatest extent and there was a loud ha, ha, ha, that could not be well distinguished from a loud cry, or a mock laugh. Then he laid back and remained stretched out on the floor from that time (about 3 o’clock p. m.) until about midnight without scarcely stirring. Then after reviving up he evidently shrank from the cross of Christ, and the devils entered him again. About 3 o’clock a. m. we were called up, when he said to us, “O Brother W. the devils have come back into me again. I have a miserable don’t care devil.” In the name of Christ Jesus the devils were commanded to come out of him, and they immediately obeyed. There seemed to be great peace then in him. We conversed a short time, and soon saw that the self devil was yet in him, or rather the inbred nature, the body of sin was not yet destroyed. In the morning ho was found in the fangs of an awful death, after which he got apparent victory. But he soon shank from some crucifying point in the cross, and the enemy of his soul overpowered him; then he departed from the saints and associated with those possessed with devils. But prayer and fasting was still kept up for him, and God brought him back; he yielded again, was saved and filled with more peace than ever. He confessed his fault and asked pardon af all whom he had mistreated. But O the infernal persistency of satan to destroy the soul he thaught he had. He summoned all his hellish powers against him, and again he fell, and, as might be expected, as soon as he lost a pure conscience he departed to the company of fallen spirits. From whence he returned home; and we wait to hear the final result.
We must close our account of the meeting for the present. Services were continued at the house of Brother Enfield day and night until Tuesday night. Most of the saints left on Monday, some on Tuesday, and a few remained to the close. The Lord wonderfully used Brother and Sister Fisher, from Michigan, and Brother R. S. Stockwell, from Ada. We owe a debt of gratitude to Brother and Sister W. N. Smith, from Medina, O. for coming and helping us to move after the meeting closed. The Lord reward them. The Lord graciously saved Brother Enfield’s whole family. No account was kept of the number that were saved and healed during the meeting. There must have been twenty-five or thirty of the latter A few who were unable to read without glasses had their eyesight restored so that they could readily read fine print unaided by glasses. There was a great cementing of the true souls, and even in the confused meeting of the Sabbath, God’s Church was perfectly united, and see eye to eye; while all who were not in unison with them were not of them.
THE RICH AND THE POOR.
What God Says.
RICHES INCLINES TO CHILL HUMAN SYMPATHY, HARDEN THE HEART AND DEADEN THE CONSCIENCE.
Proverbs 18:23 — The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
22:7, 18 — The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
James 2:6, 7 — But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
THE VANITY AND BREVITY OF RICHES.
Proverbs 11:4 — Riches profit not in the day of wrath; but righteousness delivereth from death.
23:4, 5 — Labor not to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fry away as an eagle toward heaven.
Ecclesiastes 6:1, 2 — There is an evil I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men.
A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not the power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it; this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
Job 27:19-23 — The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered; he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
The east wind carrieth, him away, and he departeth; and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
For God shall cast upon him, and not spare; be would fain flee out of his hand.
Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
James 1:10, 11 — But the rich, in that he is made low; because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, bat it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth; so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
THE POOR PRONOUNCED MORE BLESSED THAN THE RICH
Proverbs 28:6 — Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, thin he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
Psalms 37; 16, 17 — A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken; but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
Ecclesiastes 5; 12, 17 — The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.
Luke 1:53 — He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
Luke 6:20, 21 — And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said. Blessed be ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are ye that hunger now; for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
2 Corinthians, 6:10 — As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things:
Hebrews 11:20 — Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasure in Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.
James 2:5 — Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?
WITHHOLDING MAKES POVERTY, GIVING INRICHES.
Proverbs 13:7 — There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing; there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
Luke 6:38 — Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Mark 10:28—30 — Then Peter began to say unto Him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
But he shall receive an hundred fold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters and mothers, and children, and and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
DUTY OF THE RICH.
1 Timothy. 6:17-19 — Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but trust in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.
That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Matthew 19:21 — Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come and follow me.
Luke 6:30—38 — Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
And if ye do good to them winch do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
But love ye you enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not and ye shall not be condemned; forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Luke xiv.: 27 — And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Acts xi.:22 — Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea.
Romans xii:18 — Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
2 Corinthians, ix:xii, xiii. For the administratien of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.
While by the experience of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men.
1 Peter. 4:ix — Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
Hebrews 6:x. — For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
l John 3:16-18 — Hereby perceive we have the love of God, because he laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and truth.
DANGER OF RICHES.
Proverbs 11:xxviii — He that trusteth in his riches shall fall, but the righteous shall flourish us a branch.
Proverbs xxviii; xx, xxii — A faithful man shall abound with blessings, but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
He that hasteneth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
Matthew xiii; xxii — He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
xix.; xxi-xxii — Jesus laid unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven, and come and follow me.
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Luke 6; 24, 25 — But wo unto you that are rich, for ye have received your consolation.
Wo unto you that are fall! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
12:20-24 — But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee, then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
Eighteenth chapter: twenty-three to twenty-eight.
1 Timothy, vi. — Six to twelve.
James v. — One to five
Two Corinthians, 8 — One to eight.
WHO ARE THE RICH, AND WHO THE POOR.
These are but comparative terms. A man is rich comparatively when he is blessed with this world’s goods, over and above many of his surrounding fellow men. And though there be thousands in the world compared with whom is quite poor, yet if be withholds the necessary aid that is in his power to bestow upon those in worse circumstances, especially those of the household of faith, than himself, be proves thereby that he loves the world and the things that are in the world, and God has plainly said that the love of the Father is not in him, and in the day that he dieth his hope shall perish. He is a covetous idolator, self is his god, and hell will be his doom if he repent not. Even them that are quite poor expose themselves to the curses pronounced upon the rich, if they refuse to do what they can to relieve the suffering of such as are still more distressed in life than they are. These being in real need to have men give to them, should remember the rule, “give and it shall be given.” The Lord give us that confidence in Him that will take him at His word and prosper by distributing to the necessity of the saints.
Who Sent Them?
“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran; I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied, (preached). But if they had stood in my counsel, and caused my people to hear my worth, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.” — Jer. 23:21, 22. “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God.” — John 3:34. Here the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a sure rule, by which to measure His prophets and the devil’s prophets. All that He sends speak his words, and all that speak His words turn the people from their evil ways and doings. Not that they so turn everybody. No, Christ nor the apostles did not do that; but they did turn them that accepted and believed in that which they preached, and adhered to them. And all who would not turn from their evil works, and live holy lives, turned against them and opposed them. But whence comes such preachers as are fellowshipped and supported by thousands who live in sin. By Free Masons, tobacco sects, proud hearts and sectarian idolaters? The God of the Bible says He did not send them. For had he sent them they would have spoken his word, and had they caused the people to hear his word it would have turned them from their evil doings. These must have been sent by the devil. By the sure word of God you may set it down, that that preacher that does not drive every man, either from him or from all his sins, is not sent of God, but of satan. The command of God is, “Take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” and he that does will surely hurt somebody. He will be intolerable to all who bear the plague spots of sin. “For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” The man that takes such a weapon as that will bring every man to God for a holy heart, or drive them away muttering and writhing, and perhaps in search of rocks and clubs. Or a still worse devil will enter them and set them lying, slandering, and calumniating God’s messenger.
Not long ago we stopped a few moments at a depot in Michigan, where a minister and his wife were also awaiting their train. The man compared with those “fat cattle spoken of in Ezek. 34, being quite finely dressed. But his wife was decked with all the pride and style the heathen devil could well put bn her person. Of course she was an attendant upon his ministry, and in fellowship with him, and and as we looked upon her accursed vanity we thought if he were a holy man of God her example would preach louder for the devil and the god of this word than he could for God. And she would be the means of damning more souls by the influence of her pride than he could be the means of saving. But no holy man would take such an example of vanity with him, and the blind priest of babylon little thought that he was carrying with him a sure proof that he was sent of the devil, for he had not even turned his wife “from the evil of her wavs and from the evil of her doings.” O what a farce, a soul-damning delusion this religion that makes men and women the chief of worldlings, and that imposes “toll tribute and custom” on blind fools who go through the annual and monthly routine of supporting those fops simply out of submission to the sect yoke and zeal for the sect name.
A correspondent of the Banner of Holiness writes to that paper in reference to the idolized evangelist, Harrison, as follows: “He (Harrison) demands $500 per week; $20 and $25 for two services; $14 a week for his board, living at the best hotel.” This report comes from a town where the populor boy preacher had been laboring, and is therefore most likely correct. We know that if this man were sent of God, and would cause the people to hear God’s; word, he would storm out of the Methodist camp, where he preaches, all the lovers of the world, and the frolicking children of the devil, or he would get stoned out of their temples himself before he preached half a dozen sermons. Doubtless there are some souls really converted to God among the many hundreds that he counts as the fruits of his revivals, but for all that, according to the bible rule he is nevertheless not sent of God; for he is fellowshipped and held in high esteem by many who live in sin, who receive his ministry and are still not turned from their evil ways. While we lived in Indianapolis, Ind., he held a meeting there in one of the most proud and idolatrous steeple houses in that city. The members of which sect send their children to fashionable dancing school and have fashionable dances in their parlors. And where they have corrupt fashionable worldlings to fill the choir, and use two common and one large base violin, a clarionet, organ and piano all at once in their theatrical Sabbath School. This man held a long meeting in that gaudy synagogue, lived in luxury at one of the best hotels, at which place he was serenaded one night by a large crowd of his converts. We emphasize his, for if they had been God’s converts they would rather have been in their secret closet praising God, than in the fashionable rabble praising a man. The following sea- season Harrison was at camp meeting held jointly by the devil and the M. E. sect, at Acton, Ind., after which a responsible citizen wrote a piece in one of the Indianapolis papers slating that when the managers of that fashionable, worldly institution, where the programme was a mixture of gospel and pleasing literary and scientific lectures, asked Mr. Harrison to remain over Sabbath he told them that he had an engagement elsewhere for that day, but nevertheless if they would pay him $150 he would remain there and disappoint the other engagement, for the financial consideration. Surely he is sent by the God of this world.
A Testimony for Christ.
BY SARAH SMITH.
Dear Brother and Sister Warner: — God bless you. I want to give my testimony to the readers of the TRUMPET. I was catechised when I was fifteen years old, but I knew nothing of salvation. The blind was leading the blind. A few years later the Lord convicted me of my sins in a storm. I was raised a strict moralist. I never dared to follow the fashions of the world, nor was I ever allowed to go to any dances. The people thought I was a pretty good girl. I was about as good as the sect worshippers are. I never fought holiness, nor the saints of God. But ah: when light flashed in from the eternal world upon my heart, and I saw how I was in the sight of God, I surrendered my all to God and I did not wait for a meeting. I went to God in prayer and faith, and he for Christ’s sake, pardoned all my sins, and I shouted hallelujah for the first time; and I commenced telling sinners what a dear Savior I have found. Glory to God! It was not long until I was called crazy’ and my name could no longer be in that sect because I had become a knee rucher, a knee creeper as Christians were caled forty years ago. I am still one of God’s peculiar ones. The Lord led me into justification without any preaching, and by reading God’s word I was led into sanctification. Oh, glory to God for the light which I received alone by reading God’s word! I felt the need of a clean heart soon after I was converted. I did not know much about sanctification, for the doctrine was not preached forty years ago as it is now. I read my Bible and I lived up to the light I had for seventeen years, and in all that time I had not heard a definite sermon on full salvation. I felt the need of a clean heart more as I walked in the light, as God led me by His Spirit. And oh how wonderfully the Savior did direct my steps and lead my heart in the right way. Oh, glory to God! In 1859 I made a believer’s consecration by the gospel light. I had an altar of prayer is the woods, where I went to God in prayer for the fullness in God, for I felt a want in my heart. It was not long until the devil got very uneasy. He met me one day as I was walking to my place of prayer, and told me I must quit praying for the fullness of God. He said I would lose that which I had. I stopped for a moment and said, how can this be while I am seeking for more of it. It seems the devil knew more about what the results would be if I would receive the fullness which God had for me than I did. He knew that as long as I had this inbred sin that I had about all I could take care of and consequently could do but little for the Lord. But I went on, and never stopped seeking until I received the blessing of sanctification. The last time I went I felt as if I would die. I did not know what death it would be, but I went with the resolution to die or be fully saved; for I had got to the point where I could not live in that condition any longer. Well, glory to God! I did die the death unto sin. I was crucified unto the world, and, glory to God, I am dead to-day to all its fashions and pride, and the vain things of the world. Glord to God! After I was crucified and died, I was gloriously resurrected in Christ Jesus. Glory to God for salvation full and complete! I am now in the land of corn and wine. “Here shines undimmed one blissful day, for all my sins have passed away.” I and my Savior have constant sweet communion. He so gently leads me by the hand; and oh, how He has kept me from falling all these years. Glory to His name for ever and ever! Amen!! I will give my present experience after this. Only I will say I am saved just now.
Jerry City, Ohio.
This we find by the light of God’s word concerning the organization of God’s Church. The Almighty and all-wise God alone can do that. And it is just as impossible for man to manage or direct God’s Church as it is for him to organize it. It is a work of Divinity alone. The “One Master” only is competent for the work. There is no organization like God’s organization; there is no management like His.
It is the duty of all God’s children in all places to meet in the Lord’s unsectarian Bible order, and wait on Him in the exercise of spiritual gifts to the edification of the body of Christ. Never mind the “bewitched” sectarians; they are “most rebellious.” You can’t convert them all. Meet, therefore, in the name of “JESUS ONLY,” resolutely ignoring all sectarian bonds, ropes and straps. Let no man lord it over you in any thing. Be “free indeed!” to do the will of God. I here are lords many and gods many; beware of them all! “and the Lord give thee understanding in all things” for Jesus’ sake; Amen! Let us be assured of this one thing, that, in order to follow the “despised and rejected” Christ, we must constantly be “as the filth of the world and the offscouring of all things in the estimation of proud worldlings of all kinds. If we get above that we will be above our Lord. May He help us to be Scripturally humble. Amen!
Errors Concerning Miracles.
There are several popular notions concerning miracles that have really no foundation other in Scripture or in reason.
One or these ideas is, that we have Divine authority for affirming that they ceased with the the apostolic age.
When did God make such a declaration’ and where has it been recorded?
When the canon of Holy Scripture was closed, God formally announced that fact, and dire woes were pronounced upon all who should add to or take from the sacred narrative. When miracle- working power was withdrawn from the church. It was an event of equal importance, and we have every reason t0 expect an equally authoritative announcement of the fact.
That no such announcement has been made affords a very strong presumption that this power has not been withdrawn from the church, that God has not put himself under bonds only to work through secondary laws and agencies.
That God has not tied Himself up that He cannot, without violation of his word, interpose for the help and safely 0f his people when they are beyond the reach natural law.
It is a common idea, but an erroneous one that miracles are a violation of the laws of nature.
It is not necessary to suppose this any more then it is suppose that the laws of nature are violated when a balloon rises, or a bird flies.
In each case, the law of gravitation prevails, but a higher law is introduced.
What are the laws of nature anyway but the mode in which God works? Can we imagine that God is restricted to one mode only to modes with which we are familiar? We ourselves are constantly interfering with the so called laws of nature, and shall we deny to God a power that we possess ourselves? Who, then, dare “limi.. the Holy of Israel.”