15 November 1884, Volume 6, Number 18.
“And There Shall be no Night There.”
By Sister L. J. James.
Have you heard of the Land where the Angels dwell:
That land go bright and fair?
O it’s glories and joys, no tongue can tell.
The songs of the Redeemed in loud anthems swell,
And no night ever enters there.
No heart is there riven by sorrow or pain:
No death, or dark despair,
Ever enters that land where Jesus reigns,
‘Tis the home of the pure, on eternities plains,
And no night ever enters there.
None enter that land but the blood washed throng,
Or breathe its incensed air,
But those clothed in white, that sing the new song,
Having fought the good fight, and overcome wrong,
There shadows never come.
To that land I am hasting on joyful wings:
My robes spotless and fair,
I’ll cast my crown at the feet of my King,
And join in the song the Angels can’t sing,
Where night shadows never appear.
The language of Peter on the day of pentecost has been a puzzle to some minds. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” — Acts 2:38.
Thus it reads in the common version. What does it mean? What baptism is here spoken of? Evidently literal, water baptism. For the gift of the Holy Ghost, is spoken of as following faith and baptism. But if baptism here alluded to the Spirit, there would be no need at all of the promise that followed it, namely, of the gift of the Spirit: for it is evident to all, that baptism in the Spirit, includes, and directly implies the gift of the Spirit.
It is also a fact that the entire ministry of Christ and the Apostles, corroborates, and confirms the idea of water baptism in the above language. “Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John.” This shows that all who became disciples. — believers, christians — under the personal ministration of Christ, were, by His orders baptized in water.
His final commission, that extends “even to the end of the world,” correctly rendered, reads, “Make disciples in all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” First become a disciple, then receive baptism, by the hands of the minister of the Lord Jesus. In keeping with this commission, when the Samaritans “believed Philip preaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” — Acts 8: 12. Now all can see the parallel between this, and our text from Peter. And that this was literal water baptism, it is clear because afterward Peter and John came down there to “pray for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: for as yet He was fallen upon none of them.” “Then laid they their hands on them and they received the Holy Ghost.” — 14, 17. In exact harmony with the commission of Christ, and the language of Acts 2: 38. It is recorded that “Crispus the chief ruler of the Synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house: and many of the Corinthians hearing believed and, were baptized.” — Acts 18: 8. Now that this was water baptism is proved by the fact that some of these were baptized by Paul’s own hands, namely “Crispus and Gaius.” 1 Cor. 1: 14. The former is one of the number spoken of that heard, believed and were baptized. His baptism spoken of, in connection with all the rest; having been administered by the hands of man, was necessarily water baptism, so was that of all the rest who with him believed and were baptized. This was 22 years after the day of pentecost. So the Quaker heresy had not yet been conceived. Neither was it for over a thousand years afterward.
The opposers of the command of baptism in violation to common sense and the true principle of interpretation, try to spiritualize wherever water is not mentioned. However they wave this rule on 1 Cor. 1: 14, 16. All admit that water baptism is referred to there: because they try to set an argument against the ordinance from the fact, that the Apostle, performed the ordinance with his own hands, in but these few instances, at that place. But there is no argument here at all. Where men and women were converted by the hundreds, is it reasonable to think that they must all be baptized by Paul’s own hands? Especially when we consider that history describes him as a small frail man. But he gives the real cause for not always administering the ordinance in person, to the converts that received Christ under his preaching. What was his reason? Was it because he did not believe in the ordinances? Was it, as L. H. Johnson, once said in his paper, i.e., “Paul said he did not baptize more of them because baptism caused division”? Who ever read such an assertion in Paul’s writings, or in all the Book of God? It is a direct falsehood against the words of the Apostle. Hear him. “I thank God that I baptized none of you; but Crispus and Gaius, lest any should say that I had baptized in my own name.” — 1 Cor. 1: 14, 15. Paul Knew the prominence that God had called him to occupy in the Gospel of His Son; and lest any should hare occasion to boast of the mere instrument to the dishonor of Christ, the head, he modestly and wisely preferred to cut off occasion by having other hands do the baptizing generally. But he did consent to baptize Crispus, ruler of the synagogue,” Gaius his. Host.” — Rom, 16: 23. and the household of Stephanas,” his first converts in the province of Achaia, where Corinth was located; and who “addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.” Rom. 16: 15. No wonder he thanked God that he had baptized so few of them, since already some were led by inbred carnality, to say “I am of Paul.” Paul praised the Corinthians because they had “kept the ordinances as he delivered them unto them.” — 1 Cor. 11: 2. But he did not want them to make a god of any man. Hence he cut off occasion by putting others forward to do the baptizing. But while he had baptized but a few of them with his own hands, he nevertheless asserts that every one that believed was baptized, as well as Crispus and Gaius.
In accordance with the commission of Christ, and the words of Peter at Pentecost, Peter commanded the Gentile converts at the house of Cornelius, to be baptized in water, when the descent of the Holy Spirit upon them furnished a positive evidence that they were accepted of God. — Acts 10: 45, 47. When Lydia and her household believed they were baptized. Likewise the Jailer and his family. — Acts 16: 15, 33. So we see the whole history of the Acts of the Apostles agrees with a literal interpretation of the baptism of Acts 2:38.
Now some who have been saved, and know by experience, that salvation is by faith, find difficulty, in harmonizing this text with the Scriptures generally. “Be baptized for the remission of sins.” How shall we understand this? The word, for, is an abbreviation, equivalent to, in order to, or, because of. Should you contract with a man to build a house, for which you agree to pay $500. before the work is begun, and you should say, I now give you the $500. for the erection of the house. You would mean, in order to the erection of the house. But suppose the contract be such that the building be erected first, and when finished and accepted, you say, I give you the $500, for building the house;” then you use the word in the sense of, because of. Thus you see the word, for, in the same expression may mean either because of, or in order to, just as the connection will indicate.
Therefore when Peter spake of baptism for the remission of sins, whether he meant; in order to obtain the remission of sins, or whether it was to be done because of the remission of sins, previously received, the Scriptures generally, and the facts of experience must determine. And an appeal to this standard proves the fact that baptism in water is not a condition of pardon, but a public declaration of that faith which has brought pardon. It does not go before as a means of obtaining a good conscience, but it follows as the response, or “answere of a good conscience.”
Having examined the force of the English word, for, and noticed the relation of pardon, and the ordinance, let us now examine the text in the Greek. “For remission.” is from, “eis aphesin.” Now this little preposition eis, literally means into. With the Greek New Testament, and the Greek English Concordence before us, we can tell you just what its force is. We find it translated, into, 590 times, to, quite a number of times, at upon, in, among, etc. occasionally. Besides we find this peculiar use of the word, namely, it denotes an act of the mind going back to something as a cause, or ground of an action. And according to the whole tenor of the New Testament, this is just its force in Acts 2: 38.
A parallel text is found in Matt. 3: 11. “I indeed baptize you with (in) water unto repentance.” The Greek is,
This is just as we find it in the Emphatic Diaglott only we do not accept the word reformation, instead of repentance. Observe that the preposition eis, in this passage, sustains the same relation to repentance, that it does to remission in Acts 2: 38. Therefore it eis aphesin, in the latter place denotes, in order to remission, then eis metanoian in Matt: 3: 11, means in-order to repentance. But is that not contrary to the facts in the case? Did John baptize people in order to make them repent, or to enable them to repent? No, he demanded repentance first: Yea he even commanded them to “bring forth fruits meet for repentance,” before he would baptize them. All that did not believe and repent he did not baptize. So he baptized people because they had repented, and showed it by their fruits. Now if eis metanoian, means, because of repentance, then eis aphesin, means because of remission. That is, the act of baptism is to lead the mind back into the pardon of your sins, as the ground, or occasion of that rite. Now turn to Luke 22: 19. “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” The original of the last clause is as follows.
Do this into remembrance of me, because of my death. Here is a clear case where eis denotes the act of the mind going back to something as the cause for an action. They were to partake of the bread and wine because of the death of Christ, not in order to the death of Christ. So Peter commands baptism, eis — because of — the remission of sins, and not in order to it. The preposition eis has the same force in 1 Cov. 11: 25. The first words of Acts 2: 25. are as follows in the Greek.
That is David says, because of him, here eis may very properly be rendered in the sense of because of. In Ephesians 5: 32, we find this preposition occurs twice. I speak eis – concerning, or because of Christ, and eis – concerning, or because of the Church.
We will give but two more instances of that use of the word, eis. They are Matt. 12: 41, and Luke 11: 32. In both of which we read, that “The men of Ninevah shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas.” The original is thus, “they repented eis the preaching of Jonas.” Now did they repent in order to the preaching of Jonas or because of the preaching of Jonas? Here any one can see that the little word eis, has the meaning of because of. It refers back to the ground or cause of an action. Now as John baptized the believers eis — because of — their repentance, and the Ninevites repented, eis (because of) the preaching of Jonas: so Peter commanded those that believed, on the day of pentecost, to be baptized eis — because of the remission of sins. Because of being a peculiar meaning of the preposition eis, corresponds with the Word of God, which teaches, salvation by faith; and baptism, the duty of the saved, “the answer of a good conscience,” after we are Justified, or having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. Hence as we showed in our last, baptism being the declaration of salvation, is in force, as long as the work of salvation is going on.
“I Cannot Get Away from God.”
NOT many years since, a young coachman was living in a gentleman’s family near London. He had good wages, a kind master, and a comfortable place; but there was one thing which troubled and annoyed him. It was that his old mother lived in a village close by, and from her he had constant visits. You may wonder that this was such a trouble, to him; but the reason was, that whenever she came, she spoke to him about Christ and the salvation of his soul. “Mother,” he said at last, ”I cannot stand this any longer. Unless you drop that subject altogether, I shall give up my place and go out of your reach, where I shall hear no more of such cant.” “My son,” said his mother, “as long as I have a tongue I shall never cease to speak to you about the Lord and to the Lord about you.” The young coachman was as good as his word. He wrote to a friend in the Highlands of Scotland, and asked him to find him a place in that part of the world. He knew that his mother could not write, and could not follow him: and though he was sorry to lose a good place, he said to himself, “Any thing for a quiet life.” His friend soon got him a place in a gentleman’s stables, and he did not hide from his mother that he was glad and thankful to get out of her way.
You may think it was a pity she thus drove him to a distance. Would it hot have been wiser to say less, and thus not to lose the opportunity of putting in a word in season? But she believed, in her simplicity, that she was to keep to the directions given in the Word of God — that she was to be instant not in season only, but also out of season. And true it is, that the foolishness of God is wiser than men.
The coachman was ordered to drive out the carriage and pair the first day after his arrival in Scotland. His master did not get into the carriage with the rest of the party, but said he meant to go on the box instead of the footman. “He wished to see how I drive,” thought the coachman, who was quite prepared to give satisfaction. Scarcely had they driven from the door when the master spoke to the coachman for the first time. He said,” Tell me if you are saved.”
Had the question come to the coachman direct from heaven it could scarcely have struck him with greater consternation. He felt simply terrified. “God has followed me to Scotland!” he said to himself. “I COULD GET AWAY FROM MY MOTHER, BUT I CANNOT GET AWAT FROM God!” And at that moment he knew what Adam must have felt when he went to hide himself from the presence of God behind the trees of the garden He could make ho answer to his master, and scarcely could he drive the horses, for he trembled from head to foot. His master went on to speak of Christ, and again he heard the old, old stery, so often told him by his mother. But this time it sounded new — it had become a real thing to him. It did not seem to him then to be glad tidings of great joy, but a message of terror and condemnation. He felt that it was Christ, the Son of God, whom he had rejected and despised. He felt, for the first time that, he was a lost sinner. By the time the drive was over he was so ill, from the terrible fear that had come upon him, that he could do nothing more. For some days he could not leave his feed; but they were blessed days to him! His master came to speak to him, to read the Word of God and to pray, and soon the love and grace of the Savior he had rejected became a reality to him, as the terror of the Lord had been at first. He saw that there was mercy for the scoffer and despiser; he saw that the blood of Christ is the answer before God even for such sin as his had been, and he now felt in his soul the sweetness of those blessed words, “We
love Him because He first loved us.” He saw that Christ had born his punishment, and that he, who had tried to harden his heart again it God and against his own mother, was now without spot or stain in the sight of that God who had so loved as to give for him His only begotten Son. The first letter he wrote to his mother was to tell her the joyful tidings: “God has followed me to Scotland, and has saved my soul.”
“Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hides not from Thee; but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.” (Psalm exxxix. 7-12.)
Another saint has fallen asleep. Sister Rebecca Wyant departed this life October 18th 1884. Aged 22 years. She was the daughter of Daniel Lasher, who lives near Adrain, Armstrong Co. Pa. From whose residence the corpse was taken to the Lutheran meeting house, for funeral services. By request of the friends, my wife was to speak to the people. The house was crowded. She read Matthew 26: 36 — 47. The Lord helped her to encourage the saints, comfort the friends of the deceased, and to give warning to all sinners present.
Sister Wyant was converted about six years ago, while J. W. Davis was laboring in these parts. She lived a very devoted life. And as “Bible Proofs of the Second Work of Grace,” had found its way into this family, and had been blessed of God in doing great good in the community, she was led to seek, and enter into the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ. She had prayed much to become wholly the Lord’s, and she was ready to lay all on the altar, (Christ) and the altar sanctified the gift. Though previous to the receiving of Christ, as her Sanctifier, She would often rejoice, and shout Glory Hallelujah, and amid these praises she frequently expressed a desire to be entirely the Lord’s, and would pray for a perfectly pure heart. But from the time she received the definite light and made herself a whole offering to God, she received that sweet soul rest where she praised the Lord for sanctifying power, and she testified definitely while she lived, to the all cleansing blood. In her sickness she said
I am so happy in Jesus;
From sin and from sorrow so free,
So happy that He is my Savior,
So happy that Jesus loves me.
A heavenly atmosphere filled the room the last day of her life, and she gave several very touching exhortations to her friends, which they will probably never forget. Many praises went up mingled with the tears of joy which dropped from many eyes. The scene cannot be described. But
“If our fellowship here below,
In Jesus be so sweet,
What heights of rapture shall we know,
When round the throne we meet”.
Her last words were Glory, Glory I am saved! Lord receive my spirit, and fell asleep.
G. T. Clayton.
St Johns, Mich. Oct. 31st.
Dear Brethren and Sisters.
Perhaps you will sympathize with us, for we have lost our sweet babe, Jasper Vincent. Our hearts, and home are sad, and lonely without him. He died Oct. 15, 1884. God called the precious Jewel to shine in His Crown. He was born Feb. 16 th. Your Sister
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Who shall Separate us?
The question is often asked by sectarians, what have you to keep you together? Such individuals are destitute of the true Christian’s experience, which is “the love of God shed abroad in the heart, by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Sectarians know no bond except the class book, or sect book, a pen and ink, and paper bond, which is none other than a yoke of bondage, and they are yet under law. Every person that subscribes to human creed, or discipline, is in bondage to the sect, its creed, and discipline.
Discipline means, government, rule, authority, hence the discipline is their governor, ruler or master. Now the Word saith “no man can serve two masters; for either he will hate one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other,” — Matt. 6: 24. For this reason, sectarians having covenanted with man, to obey, and be governed by their discipline, they are therefore the servants and subordinants of men. They therefore hold to man, and despise, hate, and reject both Christ and His doctrine. “One is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren,” “be ye not therefore the servants of men.” — Matt. 23: 8; 1 Cor. 7: 23. “Do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men I should not be the servant of Christ.” — Gal. 1: 10.
Jeremiah says, “O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, (in class books) because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.” — Jer. 17: 13. All the bond that such know is the creeds, and class books, which they foolishly think is necessary to bind them together. Which instead of binding together, has the effect to disintegrate, or separate into parts, parties, or sects. All of babylon every where are clamoring for a ministry with ink, and paper authority, who confer with flesh for their authority, and are known by their “letters of commendation” from the people, or license from conference, which are of the letter, the law, and not of the Spirit. The true children of God, and His ministers are ”epistles of Christ, written not with ink, (on class books) but with the Spirit of the living God,” in the “Lamb’s book of life,” and in “fleshly tables of the heart.” They are ”known and read of all men,” both ministers and saints. And “by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one for another.” — John 13: 35.
There is a bond which binds all Christian hearts together, stronger than all the human creeds, covenants, and bonds, on earth can bind them. It is love, not human, but Divine; such as none but the blood-washed can feel, yes feel, for love is an affection that cannot be known experimentally, until it is felt in our hearts, where centers all the affections, both the human and the Divine. When the Holy Spirit enters into our hearts, we feel His thrilling power and love, and instantly every chord of the heart will vibrate, and throb, with emotions of love, joy, peace, and glory at every pulsation. And the glistening, dazzling, flashing light of the glory of God and the Lamb, will lighten the whole horizon of the heart until it is like a summer day, with a cloudless sky. Truly such can say like the Apostle Paul, “who shall separate us ?” — Rom. 8: 35.
So we like the Apostle, having the same experience, with the same mind, and understanding, are persuaded that none of those things mentioned by the apostle, or any thing else shall be able to separate us from the love of God, or each other. But seeing ye are so dull of hearing, and understanding, we will answer the question for the benefit of those who seek the truth. The word together is directly opposite to being apart or separate. Together is to be a unit, one, undivided in sentiment and spirit, in the Bible sense, respecting the children, or Church of the living God.
“Now I beseech you, brethren by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” — 1 Cor. 1: 10.
They must all speak the same thing, no divisions, undivided, perfectly joined together, in the same mind, because they possess the mind of Christ, instead of the carnal mind, hence have the, same sentiment, or opinion, because they “have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” “And he that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit.”
- They are perfectly joined together. 1 Cor. 1:10.
- Why? because they are framed together. Eph. 2:21.
- Because they are builded together. Eph. 2:22.
- They are fitly joined together. Eph. 4:16.
- They agree because they are tempered together. 1 Cor. 12:24.
- And because they are knit together in love. Col. 2:2.
- They increase because they are knit together. Col. 2:19.
- They are saved, being quickened together with Christ. Eph. 2:5.
- From all sin, because quickened together with Him. Col. 2:13.
- They are all one family being raised up together. Eph. 2:6.
- And all that were together. Acts. 2:44.
- Because they were made to sit together. Eph. 2:6.
- The place was shaken by prayer where assembled together. Acts. 4:31.
- Because in the name of the Lord, they were gathered together. Mat. 18:20.
- With God, they are laborers together. 1 Cor. 3:9.
- We then as workers together. 2 Cor. 6:1.
- Stand fast in one Spirit with one mind, for the faith of the Gospel, striving together. Phil. 1:27.
- That in the fullness of times, all things in Christ, He might gather together. Eph. 1:10.
- Then shall all be caught up together, to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thes. 4:17.
- Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as we see the day approaching. Heb. 10:25.
In view of this complete joining together, we are bold to ask the same question. Who, or what shall separate us? I answer, nothing. For we “are kept by the power of God unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.” — 1 Peter 1: 5. “Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house,” which is the “Church of God,” against which “The gates of hell shall not prevail.” They are all perfectly joined together by one Spirit in one body.” 1 Cor. 12:13. He does all the joining, and building, and not man. He first framed it, and every joint fit, when joined, and compacted together, “to the effectual working, in the measure of every part.” — Eph. 4: 16. Here the Apostle says after He put us together, He compacted us, which means to press, like cheese, it is put into the press, and pressed with some power until all the whey is run out, and it is all formed into a compact body. So are the children of God put into the press, and pressed until all the discordant elements are pressed out by the power of the Holy Spirit; thus having all wrath, anger, malice, and all the carnal nature purged out, they are “tempered together.” They are all “knit together in love,” being “made perfect in love, and are rooted and grounded in love, made a pillar in the temple of God to go no more out. They are supporters of the temple, and the temple settles down, with all its ponderous weight upon the pillar, and holds it to its place. No matter how terrific the storms may rage, and beat against it, it stands erect, and defies the fiercest blast. Thus the children of God stand in the “Church of God,” built upon the Eternal Rock, and are an holy temple, builded together for an habitation of God, through the Spirit. Mark the contrast between this Holy Church, and old babylon. The first is holy, “which temple ye are,” where God dwells. “God is light,” “and the glory of God did lighten it.” Yea His gorgeous, brilliant rays are diffused through the whole temple. Babylon is the apostate sects, or churches, which, instead of being the habitation of God, having fallen even from a justified state, or moral, they have “become the habitation of devils, the hold of every foul spirit; a cage of every unclean, and hateful bird. Rev. 18: 2. They are of the dragon’s kingdom, and his kingdom is full of darkness. — Rev. 16:10. Thank God the children of God, are the children of light. Having been “delivered from the power of darkness,” which is the power of the ecclesiastical dragon, “we show forth the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness, into His marvelous light.” They “are as a city set on an hill which cannot be hid.” Thus they are seen, and known by all men. “They are perfect in one.” They abound in love toward each other, “which is the bond of perfectness,” Col. 3:14. which never fails. — 1 Cor. 13: 8. It is a bond which never can be broken. Then “who shall separate us.”
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For Thy sake we are killed all the day long, we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Rom. 8: 85—39.
Glory Hallelujah! this bond will stand in the day of judgment, “when the heavens roll together like a scroll, and the elements melt with fervent heat.” Herein is love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment. God is love, and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. — 1 John 4:16, 17. Hallelujah! even death, says the Apostle, cannot cancel the bond, or separate us. Then let us not fear, love cannot be quenched by dying, but will stronger, purer grow. Amen!
Testimony of Healing and Salvation.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God this evening for full and free salvation. O I do bless the name of Jesus, that He ever gave me a willing heart to accept His wonderful love. It was just one year ago this afternoon, since I made the definite offering of my soul and body forever to God, and Jesus sanctified me fully through His precious blood. This was a second work of grace in my soul, For only a few days before, the Lord had pardoned all my sins, and adopted me into the family of His Father.
Praise God I am dead to the world and alive in Christ Jesus. And I do know when God is for us He is more than all that can be against us. The Lord has cleansed out of my heart all pride, and love of the fashions of this world. I am sweetly resting in the arms of my dear Jesus, and I can never find words to tell the glory that is in my soul just now. O hallelujah!
The Lord Jesus is also my Physician. When the Lord saved my soul, I had what the doctors pronounced, spasms of the stomache. They said I was liable to die at any time. Three mornings after I was wholly sanctified, I had a very bad Spell. I said to my mother, “I can not live through many more such attacks.” And after I got better, I went out where no one could hear me, — as my parents are not saved, and are against me. There I called upon the Great Physician, to heal me from this terrible disease. And blessed be His Holy Name, He came and healed me. I went into the house, and ma asked me how I felt 1 should have testified directly that the Lord had healed me, but satan tempting me, I only said I felt better. But my faith kept right hold on Jesus, and I did not have any more of those spells. Two weeks after that, one day at the supper table, a sister spake something about healing by faith, then I testified that the Lord had healed my stomache. Glory to Jesus, He has indeed healed me, and I have never had an attack since then. And trusting in Jesus I know 1 shall not have that awful agony again. And I do give God all the glory. I praise God that I can stand alone with such a Savior to support me. And now I can say the precious blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin, just now.
“All on the Altar I abide,
And Jesus says I am sanctified.”
Glory to God for salvation complete, of both soul and body.
Your sister in the Lord.
Williamston Mich., Nov. 5th.
And Babylon Trembles.
Dear Brethren: — Praise God I am on the Lord’s side, and not on the side of sin and babylon. I have seen so much of babylon confusion and rottenness, that I am disgusted with her, and almost ashamed that my name was ever recorded in her. Brother Garman went to” the U. B. sect people and asked them for their house, to hold a holiness prayer meeting. They told him he could have it. So we began the meeting. Bro’s. Mohler and Wells, were with us. It commenced in power. The Lord was with us. we were looking for souls to be saved. But you know the devil is on hand to stop that, kind of work. We testified strait for God, which stirred the devil. So the old adversary sent his servants, preacher Watson and Dr. Luce to criticize, the testimony. After we had all prayed and spoken these critics began to do their masters bidding. Bro. Garman had spoken of the political excitement, to which the Dr. replied that he could not be a christian without supporting the governmen. I had testified that my name is not on any sect book, but that I know it is written in heaven, for I had the witness in my soul. So Watson said he would not have his name off from the church book, one moment, for the church had made him what he is. He owed it all to’ the church. well I presume he told the truth. For God has done nothing for him while the sect has done much for him namely, it has made him very sectish. So these idolaters worship the sect more than they do God. They give more praise to their sect than they do to Christ. Here is the Scripture fulfilled. “They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad. Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag: (worship their sect) because by them their portion (salery) is fat and their meat plenty, (dainty fat, margin) Haba. 1: 15, 16. glory to God we had victory on the Lord’s side. God gave brother Mohler the Word to read. It was sharper than a two edged sword, and cut them to the quick. Glory to God! they made no reply. I sang a hymn to the praise of God, and the power still rested upon the meeting, and we had perfect victory it was a good meeting. We were to have the house all the week, but the devil stepped in again and said, you cant have the house any longer. Said they, we are going to have a singing school in the house. Brother Garman, said I dont understand this, you always heretofore had your singing in the school house. And we expected the house for a week. They we the sect. He is a trustee of their house, but he is going to withdraw. He says he did not know they had such a treacherous spirit in them. He has paid his last money to support babylon. The last night of our meeting the room was full. Souls would no doubt have been saved if the meeting could have gone on. I find that God blesses the straight work, and he will not accept any other.
There is a wonderful political excitement here, and about all the church members are at the head of their idolatrous carousals. The devil is well pleased with the campaign, because they have all forgotten God, and ran greedily after Baal.
I will do all I can to get subscribers for the Trumpet. We have Tuesday night prayer meetings at my house, there are two poor sinners that are convicted, they want salvation, and promise to be at my house to night, pray that God may save them speedily. From your brother and sister in the Lord, saved through the blood.
Ezra and M. E. Smith
Temperance in the Home.
BY A. K. THOMAS.
FOR fifteen years we have watched, with particular interest the growth of the Temperance cause, and hail with more than ordinary delight, the steady progress of Temperance principles in the minds of our people, and we can say we love the cause. But we love to think of it host in that broader and higher sense “Be ye Temperate in all things;” because in this idea lies the law of cause and effect, which we so much love to trace; and in so doing we get possession of facts, which at once startle and stun us. It is not a difficult matter for even a casual observer to note the effect of the great sin of self-indulgence in the form of drunkenness, but to detect the underlying cause which prompts the individual to this action, is more difficult; and it is this phase of the question we will consider for a few moments. When we remember that the victim of Alcoholic poison does not reach that maelstrom (whirlpool) of human degradation with one great rapid stride, and with a fearful leap plunge into its turbid waters, without thought or reflection. Nor yet does he with cool and deliberate calculation march steadily on to his destruction. We are led to inquire why so many thousands of the race follow in the train, and drunkenness becomes more prevelent in the face of all the efforts put forth for its suppression. We look about us for an explanation. The wise man says “It is the little foxes that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” Song. 2, 15. And with this key we will unlock many dark passages in the lives of those about us, and unravel many awful truths which lie enshrouded in mystery. We indulge in and encourage too much extravagance in food and drink, too much folly in dress — in short, too much time, money, talent, revolve around the creature, instead of training that nobler and inner life, for usefulness here, and rich inheritance hereafter. We should teach our Children, as well as ourselves the one grand object in life is to glorify God, not to live in and for self, nor yet to be a serf to the prevailing opinions of society. But you ask, what has this to do with Temperance? We answer, much, every way; for while we labor to suppress, and make laws to prohibit the already existing evil, we want to train our children to be a law unto themselves, and how shall we do it unless we teach them that self control, “be temperate in all things,” 1. Cor. 9. 25. taught by the noble St Paul. The little foxes, or sins of self indulgence are what ruin the soul, which break out in so many thousands of instances, which sap the very life blood of its helpless victim. I say, then we can do much to check the tendency to intemperance in drink, by a proper training of the young mind in other directions. For instance, we do not teach a child the utility of a simple diet, and breed discontent with the nutritious elements which a kind father has furnished. We compound and concentrate into injurious, and indigestible masses, foods which at once become irritant poisons, when introduced into the stomach. This, of course, requires a remedy, and instead of applying the natural remedy of, let-alone-activeness, or remove the cause, we pamper the already morbid system with stimulants, more dangerous than the difficulty we would remove, and thus carry this condition along, from one degre of irritation to another, until the worst poison that king alcohol can produce, alone will satisfy its longings. We seldom, or ever hear of a drunkard who does not smoke, or chew tobacco. Likewise of a tobacco user, who does not indulge in tea or coffee, or some other stimulating, or narcotic poison. Thus we might go on tracing effect back to cause. until we find the vilest drunkard began that life of degradation, in the use of high tasting, and indigestable food, and stimulants. Feed your children, plain, simple, healthy diet, without the stimulating, and exciting superfluities; and you remove the first stepping-stone, to lust and wretchedness.
THAT GRAND REVIEW.
A Soldier Lord thou hast me made,
Thou art my Captain, King and Head.
And under Thee I mean to fight,
The fight of faith with all my might.
The cross all stained with hallowed blood,
The ensign of our conquering Lord,
The christian soldier’s standard is.
And I will fight for King Jesus.
Teach me dear Lord what I must be,
To boldly face the enemy.
O sound thy trumpet blessed King,
“All forward Army,” let it ring.
Grant us the weapons of thy “Word,
The Spirit’s sharp two-edged sword,
To slay our foes where e’er they be
And own the victory wone by Thee.
Thou art my Lord, teach me I pray,
That I may run the heavenly way:
Nor from thy orders ne’er depart,
But live to Christ with all my heart.
Help me to walk in humbleness,
Press up the way of holiness.
O keep me pure and spotless too,
And fit to stand that grand review.
And when our General shall appear,
The call to judgment all shall hear.
Ti’s then our conquering host shall stand,
In full review at God’s right hand.
And there, our foes shall get the rout,
For Christ will wheel them “left” about.
Then we’ll march up the golden street,
And ground our arms at Jesus feet.
The war is o’er and we are free,
Loud shouts the blood washed company.
The pure and true of every climb,
In robes of white the Sun out-shine.
Our bounties now are crowns of gold,
And joys of heaven that can’t be told.
Redemption’s theme on highest key,
Shall he our song eternally.
Selected by Sister Mary. Francis.
Revised by D. S. W.
Who is Loved of God!
By Wm. N. Smith.
“God loves a cheerful giver.” — Cor. 9:7.
Dear Brethren in the Lord, and readers of the Trumpet, let me speak to you through those columns with all boldness, God ward.
In this little text, two personages are brought together, God and man, the Divine and human. A cheerful giver brings God to him, or His love, which is the same as God Himself; “For God is love.” The text implies that God does not love a grudging giver. Modern sects would have it, rendered thus, “God loves those that give the most.” Without respect to the motives of giving, or whether it be cheerfully, or grudgingly given. But this is very different from the word of the Lord.
The New Testament rule is, “give as God has-prospered you,” and each week, when the saints came together, on the first day of the week, each was to place some in the common treasury that there should be no collection when the Apostle came. There was of course no taxing done, no festival tickets sold then, but each, of his own free will, gave as the Lord had prospered him.
This is a good rule, and let us consider the prosperity wherewith the Lord has prospered us. Some of us have been afflicted, and it has cost a great deal of our time, and much has been paid out for doctor bills. But now God has become our physician, and we are healed free of all charges, and so the Lord has prospered us in a wonderful deliverance from suffering, and econemy of time and money. So let us not only render to God our praises, but also give according to this Divine prosperity.
Others of us have been saved from the appetite and use of coffee and tea, which cost a considerable every year. Others of us have been saved from the filthy, disgusting, and terrible expensive habit of the use of tobacco, which cost from $10 to $25 per year. Others have been, by the mercy of God, delivered from liquor, which cost some men more than they had left to maintain their families. Besides other heavy expenses, have been cut off by the salvation in Christ Jesus, such as gratification of unnatural appetites, superfluities in food and clothing, and the vanities of adornments. Thus the destruction of all pride and sin out of the heart, has saved the husband a large amount of money. Glory to God! Well this is being wonderfully prospered of the Lord, and brings you under great obligations to give as the Lord has prospered you. This is what the Lord has saved for you, in which you are prospered above the sinner. If we were to sum up the full amount of money and health, and time that God has saved us since we have entered His glorious salvation, it would go far toward, relieving the debts of the Trumpet, and purchasing a place for this glorious work of God, This is all God’s free gift to you, without-labor or capital. Now how much of it are you going to give back to the Lord? God might justly demand it all of you. But God loves a cheerful giver, He wants you to give liberally, of your own free will.
The poor catholics are, through ignorance of God, left in bondage to tobacco, beer and brandy, and yet have to pay heavily to their priests, who are but a nuisance. Now God saves all the money for you that they spend to their hurt, and gives many of you the pure saving Gospel, and yet we ought to blush at the fact that but few, if any of us pay as much for the real bread of life, as they do for Latin chaff, and dum mummeries. Shame on the indifference that many show respecting this duty.
“There is that scatters and yet in-creases, and there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty.” “The liberal soul shall be fat, and he that waters shall be Watered also himself.” — Prov. 11: 24, 25. If these are the terms on which souls get fat, let us try it and get fat in our souls. Surely it is not God’s order, that one of His children shoulder more than he can bear, while others stand by independently, offering no help. Since coming here to the Trumpet office I am awfully impressed with the duty of every true saint of God putting their shoulder to the work of sounding the trumpet of God’s present awful truth. No one is so poor but what he is able to give as the Lord has prospered him. Surely the love of God in the heart will be more liberal in the right direction, than the love of self, and sect, lavish upon mere idols. Well we have not done much in this direction, but this we can say, we have left all to follow Jesus, with a few debts behind, which we will pay as soon as possible, if I have to sell my horse and buggy. We have given our whole time to God, and if we can get any thing else to give to Him, we will be glad to turn it over, that in all things Christ Jesus may be glorified in our soul and body which are His. Glory be to His name! I believe that real liberality, brings real prosperity, and Holy Ghost joy. If we have faith for healing, why not faith in God to help you to give to the cause of Christ, I find that God lives and rules in this office. His presence is very perceptible, to Holy Ghost saints as they enter this building. Glory to His name! He is at the helm of the Gospel Trumpet, and He will carry it forward by the right hand of his Power. Only let all do their duty in the name of the Lord.
Williamston Mich., Nov. 6th 1884.
Smoke from a Strange Fire.
A carnal, senseless, monstrosity, in Topeka Kansas, who hisses ferociously, and smites terrifically with the tongue of infamy, and the fist of wickedness, but seldom uses the hammer of the Word, recently boiled, over his “strange fire,” a pot of folly, from which raised up the following turbid effervescence, calling such as have come out of babylon, “pure blind, hair brained, fanatical, devil deluded come-outers.”
And in the same issue of skum, he says, “You know, Isaiah Reid, as well as that you exist, that the so-called church work of to-day, as a whole, in all of its legislative and administrative departments is as inimical to the special work of holiness as the devil himself.”
Surely the smoke from this baal altar takes many sudden and curious turns, and curls. One moment it acknowledges that the sects are as hostile to holiness as the devil himself, and the next, it pronounces such as have separated themselves from these devil run organisms, to promote the work of holiness, as devil deluded. Well thank God such smoke soon disappears, and is of no force.
And ye are prepared for the building of God the Father, and ye are raised up on high by the instrument of Jesus Christ which is the Cross; and ye are drawn by the rope, which is the holy Spirit; and your pully is your faith, and your love is the way which leads up on high to God.
A Little While.
“A little while and ye shall see me.” St. John 16: 16.
O glorious promise; blessed words; falling with peculiar consolation upon the sorrowing hearts of the disciples of Christ. Glory to Jesus, these words sink deep into my heart, and there springs up a fountain of joy. A little while and ye shall see me. Amen come Lord Jesus. A vague apprehension had taken possession of their minds; a faint foreboding of the mighty conflict between the kingdom of light and darkness, culminating in the death of their Divine Teacher, had dawned upon their comprehension. Though they understood not the full meaning of His words, “A little while and ye shall not see me,” enough was comprehended to awaken their earnest fears for His safety. “Again and a little while and ye shall see me.” O with what joy the child of God reads these words. “A little while,” yes glory to Jesus for salvation, for cleansing in His precious blood. How soon He did come to those disciples, and turned their mourning into joy, and shouts of victory. A little while of gloom and discouragement, they passed while the Savior was in the tomb, and even after His resurrection much was shrouded in mystery, and their hearts swayed between hope and fear, until the day of pentecost had fully come, when the “little while” was expired, and they saw Him in the glory of His kingdom; being brought nigh by the blood, and the fire of the Holy Spirit. So even now dear brother and sister, if you cannot see the Savior in the twilight of your experience, if you approach by entire consecration and faith, it will be but a little while and you shall see Him, the Mighty to Save. Do not linger in the shadows, look up, let the day dawn, and the daystar arise in your hearts. “A little while,” yes, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”
Then we may say in another sense, His appearing is near us in these last days. For the coming of our blessed Lord is near at hand. “A little while,” of crosses, of glory, of conflict and victory, of seed sowing and reaping, of persecutions and exaltations, afflictions and rejoicings, tribulation and peace, “And ye shall see me” — not as those ancient disciples beheld Him; a man of sorrow and acquainted with much grief; smitten and afflicted, wandering unknown and unappreciated throughout earth’s broad domain, which afforded Him no place of repose, until the new tomb received His lacerated body. But now He is crowned with unapproachable glory, in the kingdom of His dear Father, where all the kingdoms of the world shall bring their glory and honor; and the redeemed of all nations with the cherubim and seraphim fall prostrate to adore the Immaculate Son of the Everlasting Father. This is Him whom we serve; “the Lion of the tribe of Judah,” the conqueror of sin, and death, the Redeemer of our souls from destruction. A “little while and ye shall see me.” Oh! house of many mansions standing on the borders of the crystal sea, to my soul thou art indeed near, and precious; not for thy walls garnished with jewels, not for thy halls adorned with the perfection of Divine skill, but there I shall behold Him, who hath ransomed my soul from the power of the grave. Rich dowry! Glorious prospect! “We shall see Him as He is.” And no more shall these sad words be spoken, “A little while and ye shall not see me,” but they who enter that bright realm shall go no more out forever. The glories of this world pass away, and we enter into the joy of our Lord, to dwell with Him forever. Glory to Jesus He has come without a sin offering unto salvation, to my soul, and His blood cleanses me just now. Saved and sanctified. My name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. Amen!
Williamston Mich., Nov. 5th 1884.
From Western Michigan.
Covert Mich. Nov. 4th. ’84
Dear Beloved in the Lord: — Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am the Lord’s this morning, and He is mine. He saves to the uttermost and keeps me by His power, and uses me to His glory. Praise His name forever. Brother Speck, and my wife and I commenced meeting here in Covert, Vanburen Co, last Friday. A number of the saints were here assisting over the Lord’s day; many souls have been converted, and some sanctified. The work still continues, souls are being saved night and day. Though satan rages with all his combined forces the Lord’s work goes right on The great and the wise are astonished at the boldness of God’s little ones, who speak as one having authority, and not as the scribes and pharisees. And babylon trembles, for fear of her loss. O how I do praise God that He gives us boldness and power, to preach His word, through the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven. Glory to God! He takes all shrinking, and man pleasing out of us, so that we can speak all His word in love, and tell the hypocrite where he is going, and those that say they believe in sanctification, but neither go in themselves nor let others go in that would. I pray God to send down His power, in such a way that every unsaved soul will see just where they stand., and that they will have to repent of their sins, and be pardoned by the mercy of God, and then present themselves a living sacrifice to God, and be cleansed from the inbred sin, which caused their transgressions. The blessed Holy Spirit gives me an understanding of His word, that is precious.
My testimony is just now, that the blood of Jesus cleanses, and sanctifies me wholly, and I am kept by the power of God through faith, ready to be revealed, in the last time, God bless all laborers at the Trumpet office.
Yours in love.
November. 11. ’84
Dear Brethren: I am praising God for full salvation just now. Send some Trumpets and Bible Proofs. The work is going on. Souls are being converted and sanctified continually. In ten days about thirty have been added to the Lord. Praise His Holy name forever. Will send names for the Trumpet soon. The Lord bless you all!
Mt Pleasant Iowa, Sept. 23d ’84.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony today is, I am sinking more and more out of self into the center of God’s will. All that can be shaken, is being shaken, out of God’s kingdom by His eternal truth, and Spirit. We have had a terrible shaking time here the last month. The Blessed Lord is leading His little ones to obey Him regardless of cost. One dear brother who had been living unscripturally married to a woman who had put away a husband without, a Bible cause, was led by the Spirit of God to abandon her, and a pleasant home, three thousand dollars worth of property, and step out in the world penniless, for Christ. There are too few saints who look for nothing but reproach and persecution for Christ’s sake, hence when they come they are unable to rejoice in tribulation. Satan knows that Ms time is short, and he is becoming desperate: and he is using his sect agents, to say all manner of evil against us. But the devil cannot wage war successfully against God, against His Word and Spirit.
Your brother saved, believing, seeking, and keeping the Commands and truth of God in Christ.
Milloreek, Texas. Oct. 3.
Dear Brethren: — I received the Trumpet yesterday, and now send you the pay for it. I pray God to be with you, and enable you to send the Gospel to this world, without fear of man.
Sect walls are falling in Texas, though the yoke teachers are working hard to uphold their sectish folds, but to ho effect. They remind me of the 450 prophets of Baal, that Elijah condemned and killed. They are getting excited, jumping on their own altars, and affecting great devotion, to keep the people blinded if possible. But their folly and character shall be manifest to all men. Some of the ministers of Jesus here, have been whipped, fined and imprisoned; and have been turned out of the synagogues, several times. Thank God! all of them have been able to praise God in the midst of this fire, and have not denied His name. Your brother in tribulation.
J. P. Osborn.
Greeville, Pa. Oct. 31.
Dear Brethren in the Lord Jesus: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen!
This morning the Holy Spirit leads me to send my testimony for the Trumpet, to publish abroad. I am saved and sanctified wholly by the precious blood of Jesus. Glory to God for full salvation! O glory to God and the Lamb forever. I praise God He has taken all sectishness out of me. O how I do praise God for perfect deliverance from all sin.
The Lord impressed me I had a work to do at a point fifteen miles from here, where Sister Davis, with a few others held a meeting last winter, in which over 100 claimed to get converted. But by certain teachers, that laboured among them, the ordinances of Jesus Christ, were ignored, and called the commandments of men. I started to walk there, but the kind providence of God, provided conveyance nearly all the way. Praise His name! I was kindly received by the little ones, who seemed surprised to see me, because those teachers refered to, had told them that at the Sandy Lake camp meeting, — where thank God, I received entire sanctification and the blessed baptism of the Holy Spirit, — I had been mesmerized, and worse lies. Also that Sister Davis, had denied the faith. etc, because we obeyed the commandments of Jesus Christ, our Lord. These lies, had been told, by what call themselves the Salvationists, of New Lebanon. [all ists and ites are of the father of lies, and prone to do his work — Ed.] I pray God to have mercy upon them, well I thank God it has caused me to rejoice and leap for joy. The Lord permitted Sister Davis to meet there also, and when those ists saw us their faces gathered blackness. But the Lord whispered to me, “Be not afraid of their faces.” O praise the Lord for the way He stood by us, and strengthened us, in speaking His truth. O how the glory of God did fill my soul. Those ists, [the editor thinks it more proper to leave the salvation off, having met and known them to be only ists.] profess to follow the Word of God, but when sister Davis stood up in the name of Jesus, and read the Word in the power of the Spirit, they were ready to gnash on her with their teeth. We used to worship with them, but because we preferred to follow Jesus, and refused to follow man any longer, they have become our bitter enemies. They appear to be hardening their hearts, and stiffening their necks to believe a He that they may be damned. Sister Davis went with the Sandy Lake saints to Anandale, to the meeting, she reports a glorious meeting. O praise the Lord, “a good report makes the bones fat”
Praying God to bless you in your labor of love, and to keep you well filled with the Holy Ghost, I remain your Sister walking in the light.
Nannie M, Donnell.
St James Mo. Oct. 21. 1884
Dear Brethren in Christ: Praise the Lord I am still in the old ship Zion where Christ is Captain. And He is my Prophet Priest and King.
“On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.”
I believe, and now receive full salvation. Glory to God! the Gospel Trumpet’s sounding, The Jubilee has come. With joy and songs of praises we return from Babylon to Christ the true corner stone.
Dear Brethren, we are getting on by the grace of God, very well. We have meetings here thursday nights, and Lord’s day. Brother. A. E. Lewis preaches for us, and he gives us good strong meat, and we all love it.
We, all the saints here, pray always for you all, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints. I send you $ 2,00 for subscribers, and expect to get more soon.
Your Brother in Christ.
Jamesport Mo. Oct 28. ’84
Dear Brethren: — In the name of the Lord, I started a holiness meeting at this place last night. Will you please all join us in prayer, and faith for victory, over the devil, babylon and every spiritual foe. And that our God may give us many souls, both in Justification and entire Sanctification. And may He deliver the sectarian professors of holiness, that they may become what they profess to be.
Your Brother in Christ saved and sanctified wholly.
D. M. Creighton.
Send us a new Subscriber.
Herbst, Ind. Oct. 18.
Dear Brethren: — Grace unto you and peace from God and His Son: to whom be glory and power. Amen!
Praise the Lord! we just got back from a two weeks effort of preaching the Word of God, as the Holy Spirit did direct. It seemed as though the Lord had sent out two lambs among wolves. (Bro. Win. Brag was out with me in the work.) Thanks be unto God, the Word of the Lord was too sharp for them, and they had great reasoning among themselves. But in the midst of all this, the Lord did bless our labours, Several were blessed of God, and made to shout and rejoice in God. One dear sister desired to follow the Lord in all things and was baptized in the river, and straightway coming up out of the water, she shouted the high praises of God. Glory to God in the highest.
In some places the sect devil was stirred; but some souls are getting the light, and strength to walk out of babylon. Thank God! We want you to pass through this way and tarry with us a while, I have to return to Randolph Co, about the 15 th of Nov. Pray earnestly for us, that God may use us in tearing down the strong-holds of satan and the traditions of men.
Your Brother saved by the blood of Christ and the power of God.
Enterprise O. Oct. 28.
Dear Brethren in Christ: God bless you! You do not know how it cheers our hearts to read the Gospel Trumpet. It is the only paper we know of that is filled with Bible truth, without advertisements and foolishness. My health is very poor. I hope the Lord will restore me. I know that God has power to heal the sick. Some ten years ago, I had the erysipelas, and they thought my end had come. I was unconscious, they called my wife, she came, took hold of my hand, and cried out, “God save him,” and praise the Lord He done it. O praise the Lord! O that I had means to send to some man of God, to come here and preach the true Gospel of Christ. The sect preachers pass us by, in our afflictions because we do not belong to their babel confusion. If we were of them, and able to pay them well, they would ho doubt call often, even though we were well. One even called to see if we would not help build their steeple house.
Praise God. I was born into the Church of God some 15 years ago, and I never joined any of their sects: notwithstanding they have often solicited me to do so. I am still clinging to Jesus only. He is able to take care of His own, without human yokes put upon us. I love the easy yoke of Christ, and want none other. God’s way is always best. Pray to the Father that we may be baptized with the Holy Spirit, and filled with all the fullness of God. Your Brother in Christ.
J. M. Ayers.
Indianapolis Ind. Sept. 6.
Dear brethren: — I have read the Trumpet and O while reading that vision and interpretation, I was made to laugh and cry and shout glory: as wave after wave of the divine glory swept over, and deluged my soul with the fulness of divine love, until I was more than satisfied, and constrained to cry out glory to God in the highest, peace and good will to men:
For a good while past I have been wondering what was going to take place, for I have beer unusually moved to pray more earnestly, and faithfully for Bro Warner and Bro Fisher, naming their names before God: and all who take an active interest in the Trumpet office, and its publication. Since reading the first page of the Trumpet the why’s and wherefore’s was made as clear as the sunshine, and that the Lord is leading you on to certain victory. May the Lord who has been your leader, and will continue to be, until the babylonians be all frightened out of their dens, and be constained to take refuge in Zoar, and flee to the mountains of God’s sanctifying grace, and Holiness unto the Lord, before it be too late: babylon is falling and the inhabitants are trembling. Blow the Trumpet faithfully for the dreadful crash is coming soon.
I bid you God’s speed brethren. Thank God I have cut loose from all sectarianism, am now free to walk in the light of God, and help others into the light.
Walking in the light of God.
The soul for joy now elaps her wings
And loud her lovely sonnet sings
I’m going home.
Pittsburg Pa. Oct. 8. 1884.
Dear Brethren: — In my zeal for the Gospel Trumpet I went out to try to get subscribers. Of course I would be directed to the reputed “Good men,” but after giving them the paper to read and calling again, I received this reply, “Can do” nothing for you on that,” “I see they call the M. E. Church babylon.” “I take a beer journal, and it is not half as hard on the churches as this paper is” ect, ect. One man happened on your article on Bishop Foster, first thing, and he denounced the whole business. So I find that none of the sect elect will give a cent fer your paper. So feeling discouraged I went and bought a new Bible. As I opened it my eyes first fell upon Micah. 7. 19. 20. I then opened again, and these words greeted my eyes, Jer. 7. 20, 24. This whole chapter was very impressive upon my mind. O ray God thou knowest how blind and dark the minds of this people. ”But they hearkened not and went back and not for ward.” They think that any thing that opposes their charnel house, is dreedful. They say, “you will never reform the Churches by fighting them.” well sir if we must tell you the truth, we replied, God is not trying to reform the churches you speak of. He does not want to reform them, and has given no promise that they ever would be reformed. All He seeks alter is to get His people out of them; and that He will do, and calling his people out of her He will have a pure Church.
I Tackled the Methodist Minister this morning at the depot: The one that sent word not to let any of you folks have the meeting in their house. I told him that the M. E. Sect had gone away from God, the Bible and even their own discipline, and that he knew it as well as I did, and he did not dare deny it. He wanted to get on the train badly. God has whipped him, and he has been under conviction for quite a while, but there is his style, his ministerial standing and pride, his sect idol, and, his bread and butler, in his way. And the poor nun would rather go away sorrowful, than sell all he has, and follow Jesus.
Alas, how hardly shall they that have riches, ease, popularity, and applause, enter into the Kingdom of heaven. Well I think God wants me to work here a while, whether I can do any thing or not, and when He is satisfied He will deliver me from Sodom. Praise God I shall be glad to make my escape. The Trumpets are being scattered and read by many, and we expect will bring forth fruit. I feel the power, and want to work all the time.
Your Brother saved in Jesus.
A. B. Gildersleeve.
Pittsburgh Pa. July 20th 84.
Dear Brethren: We hail the Trumpet with pleasure. The Holiness people in Allegheny City, known as the Evangelist holiness Church, have abandoned the organization. Whom the Lord makes free will be free indeed. Ecclesiastical fetters fail to hold many of them. The sects here wish me out of the way, but they do not know how to dispose of me. They, hare been defeated every time. Praise the Lord!
G. T. Clayton.
Grand Junction Mich., Sept. 20th.
Bear Brethren: — Once more I have the privilege of testifying to the goodness of my Lord and Master. O glory to His name for what He has done for me, and my family. Glory to God for His saving power! I am still praising God for the rest of my family. Dear Brethren; I have got complete victory over adventism, Saturnarianism, and all isms. I am so dead to the world, that I care nothing for what men or devils may say or do. Glory, glory to Jesus! May God give you grace to stand all persecutions.
Your Sister saved by the power of God, and washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Lodi Ohio, Oct. 26th 1884.
Dear Brethren: — Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” — 2 Peter 1:2—4.
Praise the Lord! He is doing glorious things for me. The Lord handled me last Saturday and Sabbath evenings, at the School house north of Elyria. He gave me the baptism of fire, and the people got the Word.
The Lord gave me much liberty at Burbank, but Babylon feared the work of the Lord and took the house from us, though it had been understood that the meeting should continue all the week. The next night one man came there on purpose to seek salvation. O harlot daughter of babylon. “Ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” — Matt. 23: 13. “Ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” — Ver 15.
Last Tuesday eve. we had a meeting at Bro. Ezra Smith’s. Bro. S. read the Word. Bro. Whitmore was there and became fearfully stirred about his mother, the U. B. harlot. Bless God! he got some light before the close. Wednesday eve. we had meeting at Burbank again. God was manifest in power. Glory to His name! The Lord has much for us to do. I know He will always give me all sufficiency, and that I am complete in Him. Glory to God! who always gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory, with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen!
Your Saved Brother in Christ.
Anandale Pa., Oct. 29th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord is still moving on His work in Pa. Bro. Swartz is expected at Glade Mills, to work for the lord. Our meeting at Templeton begins Nov. the 2d in the Church of God meeting house. The Porter says he knows there is a rest of soul,
he has once enjoyed, but has fallen from it. He wants to reach it again. I never met such opposition, but the Lord is making His Word a terror in every place we hold meetings, yet they cannot help it, for the Lord has struck terror to their hearts. They cannot refuse the meeting house, and they cannot stay away from the meetings. They are in great distress, but still refuse to. humble themselves before God, and get fully saved. Hence if they will be finally lost, they must go to hell with their eves open. O the awful truth that we have to deliver in these days. The walls of babylon are tumbling down, and the merchants stand afar off and mourn, and lament her fall. Praise God, the sect pens are thrown down, and all the real saints of God are coming out. Glory to God in the highest. Pray for us. Amen! Glory, Glory!
Your Brother in Christ.
G. T. Glayton.
The Battle in Battle Creek.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we came to this place, Wednesday, Oct. 15. On the way we had precious communion with Christ the dear Redeemer, We felt that we were entering upon a campaign for the winter, and asked the Lord to renew our commission by the power of the Holy Spirit. Praise His holy name! we had very sweet assurance that we should have a fresh anointing of the pure Spirit of Jesus.
Praise the Lord! the first night, we met a little company in the house of sister A. K. Thomas. O how the precious unction of the Holy Spirit filled our soul and body, and enabled us to speak the precious word of full salvation without the slightest exertion. O praise the Lord! It seemed that all we had to do was to stand and open our mouth and taste the sweet Word of life as it freely flowed out of the abundance of the heart. And this blessed experience continues, right along day and night. O it is heaven to thus preach the Word of the Lord.
On the way our dear brother Samuel Speck joined us at Charlotte, and remained laboring with us nearly a week. Praise God for the wonderful salvation that has been wrought in him.
Sister Bell soon after came from Kalamazoo, and labored in the vineyard several days, and the day she returned, the Lord sent Sister Wilkinson from Clinton Co., and her son Frank. Praise the Lord! The little ones were led out many furlongs in the waters of life, and in the glorious knowledge of the truth. Satan tried to hedge up the way, and close every door, but we determined not to depart out of their costs, until the Lord sent us away. The Advent, — ists were represented by their leading professor, who came and occupied a table with paper and pencil, in the adjoining room. This finely polished and worldly courteous Pharisee of mother Hagar, and mother White’s sect, said he was seeking truth, but on requesting a privilege to speak a few words, which was granted by us, though not by the Spirit, — who only has authority to give liberty — he arose and made a silly defense of his idolized legal bondage, directly contrary to the Word of Truth. And having only “come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, unto blackness and darkness, and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: *** And so terrible was the sight that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake,” he could not understand the liberty of those who have left “Mount Sinai in Arabia,” and all sect mountains in Babylon, and “Are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the City of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly of the Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant, (New Testament) and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Able.” He, quaking with fear under the “blackness and darkness” of Hagar — ist bondage, thought it blasphemy that we should “offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” So this very learned professor sat meekly down outside the room of the saints, and tallied down every time the name of our Father came up out of the abundance of the heart. Which business he bravely reported himself. Bless the Lord O my soul! for “He hath set watchmen upon thy walls. O Jerusalem which shall never hold their peace; ye that make mention of the Lord keep not silent.”
But the Lord worked slowly on the hearts of the few that came to the little meetings besides the saints. Several had been saved before we left on Saturday, Nov. 1. One that day entered the kingdom of God’s Grace. Others were seeking the Lord, and conviction was spreading and deepening.
Sister James from Meridian, this Co., went there to the help of the Lord, Wednesday Nov. 5. God bless all the faithful in that place.
Spiritualistic Devils cast out.
A HOUSE OF SPIRITUALISTIC, OR SATANIC HEALING BROKEN UP BY THE GOSPEL.
AN AWFUL SCENE OF THE VICTIM WHILE BEING DELIVERED BY THE POWER OF GOD.
For some months past, Mrs. Samuel Worden of Battle Creek, Mich., has created quite an excitement in the papers throughout the country, by the exercise of a supernatural power of healing. People had come from a considerable distance to be treated, and letters poured in from every direction. Some cases of healing were actually performed.
The woman and her husband hearing of our meetings, came to hear the Gospel. They being Saturday keepers, knew not the Lord, but they seemed willing to receive the truth. She confessed that they were not fully saved and filled with the Spirit as they should be, although she claimed to heal in the name of Christ, and the power of God. She soon came to the altar. God enabled us to see her condition pretty correctly. We told her she was in the “gall of bitterness, and in the bonds of iniquity. She acknowledged the fact. Desired deliverance. In the course of a few days professed to have found salvation. There seemed to be a change; but still there was something in her from which the Spirit of God in our heart recoiled. She tried to consecrate for sanctification, but could not claim that grace. On Sabbath afternoon, Oct. 26th the power of God was upon our little meeting. There were four cases of healing by the laying on of hands. Sister Worden said that she had suffered for many years, in an awful manner, with what she called a confused head ache. She had hands laid on for the same. The Spirit came on us and her in mighty power. She claimed what had been prayed for, a complete healing of her body. Presently there were strange manifestations, which the most of us at once recognized as the writhing of evil spirits in her. We asked God to show her just what it was. Presently she said, “Bro. Warner, pray for me.” We asked her what she wanted; she replied, “That the devil might be cast out.” This was the confession we desired to draw out of her. Hands were laid on her head, and the demons were commanded to come out of her in the name of Jesus Christ. The poor victim was soon convulsed, and choaked by the hellish spirits, which had to come out by the power of God. She obtained relief, sat up, but did not look clear. We all kept looking to God to complete the work. Hands were laid on again in the name of Jesus. Another struggle ensued. Then we perceived that to get complete deliverance, there had to be a more perfect consecration, confession, and mortification. We proceeded to use the Sword of the Spirit in every possible manner. But a miserable don’t-care devil answered to every point of consecration. O what an awful condition the poor woman was in! How discouraging! The devils had so long held possession of her, that they had almost taken possession of her own will, and thoughts. And this awful enemy had so tortured her head, that she had had a hard struggle to keep out of the asylum, so when he was pressed by the power of God, he caused such distress and confusion in her head that he could use her mind and organs of speech. But by the grace and mercy of God, conviction reached her conscience; the poor woman made some humiliating confessions, was humbled down and wept. She confessed her association with Spiritualists, which satan had tried to conceal before. Glory to God! his chief nest was now revealed. The spiritualism devil was commanded to come out of her in the name of Christ. O how he tortured the poor woman! Her throat became greatly swollen. How the legions of hell struggled against the power of God. She was pretty thoroughly decided for God. Declared she would have every last evil spirit cast out, if it killed her. Glory to God for the mighty Deliverer! Relief came by the hand of Jesus. A great measure of peace filled her soul. She sat up in a rocking chair, her hands were raised while we sang songs of victory for the space of an hour.
Two days later she discovered that there was still in her heart something that was not right, and a close examination discovered that she had some lingering love for spiritualists. She confessed it, when she soon found that more evil spirits were revealed. By the laying on of hands and the power of God she was fully delivered, after which she consecrated wholly, and entered the sacred rest of entire sanctification. And on Saturday Nov. 1st, hands were laid upon her for healing. The mighty power of God came upon her, and filled her soul and body, and she was perfectly healed from the awful tortures satan had inflicted upon her for many years. Praise God for His wonderful mercy to the oppressed children of men. For years this poor woman had struggled hard to keep out of the insane asylum; now she says I am “clothed and in my right mind.” Her neighbors see the great change in her countenance. One woman looked upon her with astonishment, and said, “Why how your face and voice is changed, surely these meetings are the true work of God.”
Let me say that you should not imagine that one thus possessed, must have been given up to all kinds of wicked works. Ah no; “Satan is now transformed into an angel of light.” It is his pulley to put on a good outward, and even religious appearance. So satan found in this woman’s heart a natural disposition to benevolence, to help the poor and afflicted, with her means, and kind ministrations, wherever she found opportunity. So the devil falls in with these good disposition and helps on the work of charity. Yea, he says to her, you are a woman of extraordinary healing power, and it is your duty to practice healing. Now all this was to cover up the real condition of the woman. Now you see the devil has turned good Samaritan, and is going about healing people, visiting the sick, giving to the poor, to make the poor deceived souls think they are good Christians, and thus deceive and damn. It is a fact that satan has always tried to imitate the work of God. The Magicians were ready to throw down their rods, and do the same miracles that God had done, by the hand of His true servant. But thanks he to God, as in that case, the healing works of the devil have been swallowed up by the power of God, and the healer has been healed by the Lord.
O what an age of deception. None but those who are really filled by the Spirit of God, and are clean out of sect babylon, can see the-schemes of the devil. Some who acknowledge us saved of God, think that true charity should also acknowledge that others, who are our enemies, and the devil’s instruments to oppose the truth, are also saved. This is babylon confusion. The person who cannot read people purely by their spirit, regardless of their outward appearances, is the victim today, of a thousand deceptions.
Our knowledge of the blindness of all sectarians, assure us that that woman would have passed with them as one ‘grandly saved,” when as yet she had not confessed her sins, and was indwelt by carnality and legions of devils. Yes she was quite lively in praises. Had any one expressed himself as highly pleased with the Wesleyan sect, as she did with the God-Church truth, and talked as eloquently as she did about her call to preach the Gospel, in their meeting they would have hurried such through the first quarterly conference, to the evangelistic ranks of that sect. As we shall answer in the day of judgment, we know men in that professed holiness sect, that are crowded with legions of devils. They are scarcely apparent to any person but one who stands out of babylon, and filled with the Holy Spirit of truth.