15 November 1886, Volume 8, Number 17.
The Love of God to Me.
By Barney E. Warren.
O this gift of perfect love.
Makes me pure as Heaven above.
Yes the glory God has given,
Keeps me sweet, O sweet as Heaven!
Cho — I’m reigning with my Savior,
I’m singing of His love,
I will tell His saving power,
Till we all shall meet above.
Oh the malting tones of love
Seem to waft my soul above.
Where the lights of glory shine,
Sweetly through this heart of mine.
Oh the glory fills, my soul.
Let the joyful anthems roll,
O ye ransomed, let us sing,
Praises to our God and King.
Oh the Lord so sweet and pure,
Keeps me by His mighty power;
Flooding all this heart of mine,
With His perfect peace Divine.
Oh the Savior’s precious love,
How it lifts my soul above,
Where the waves of glory roll,
Flooding all my happy soul.
How the Spirit seems to bring,
Holy songs the angels sing;
We echo back their praise to God,
And tell His raptures all abroad.
Near Mt Pleasant Iowa, Sep. 8 1886, aged 19 years, 3 months, and 15 days, our dear sister Emma Melton, wife of Brother Amon Melton, left her friends and loved ones here below, to go and join the blood washed throng, that have none up through great tribulation, having washed their robes, and made them while in the blood of the Lamb.
The last time we called to see her, while talking we said, “It is blessed to trust Jesus.’’ Instantly she raised her eyes with a sweet earnest expression of conoious victory in her soul, while a ray of heavenly light caused her face to shine, us she said, “O it is glorious; but it is the best at the last end.” She slept in holy triumph perfectly conscious to the last moment; earnestly exhorting all the a unsaved present, in give their hearts to Jesus, and all the saints to be steadfast in Christ Jesus. Near the end the veil seemed to be raised so that she was permitted to see the angelic hosts coming to welcome her home. And the last faint whisper from her lips, caught by mortal ear was. “The angels are coming.” At the same time gently slapping her feeble hands together as the spirit quietly freed itself from the temple of clay, stud winged its flight to realms of joy and bliss above.
Sister Emma was of a sweet, gentle disposition. She left behind a little babe, aged four weeks that followed her two days later) her mother, one sister, and three brothers, also her kind and loving husband to mourn her loss. May God bless him and help him ever to remember the last exhortations of his departed and beloved wife. Amen!
To her memory these ..ares are dedicated.
Dear sister, … .. then art gone,
Thy loss we feel and deeply mourn,
Thu parting … us pain.
Yet on the plaus of glory bright,
Clad in robes of ..y white,
We there shall … again.
With constant victory in thy soul,
Because the blood lord made thou whole,
No foe thy faith could mine:
With follow ..hip .. …, divine,
Bound our … in Christ to thine
With … of perfect love.
Thy gentle ways and spirit mild,
Confidens .. an inf.. child,
No more will charm us here:
Since God … claimed thee for His own,
Our hearts will say, “Thy will be done.”
And hope the pay to share.
Dear sister, now no more you’ll know.
The scoff, the …, or frown of foe,
Since now with Christ you reign.
Soon with one grand eternal song,
We too, will join the angel throng,
And there we’ll meet again.
C. Z. Lindley.
GONE TO THE SHADES AND FOGS.
J. D. Ashbaugh whine name used to appear in the Trumpet, has, we are sorry to announce, proved himself unworthy the confidence of the saints. His prating and lying against a certain instrument of Jesus Christ is most pernicious and devilish.
WONDERFUL SALVATION, AND HEALING.
DEAR readers of the Trumpet; though a stranger to many of you in person, I praise God this morning that I am one of His little flock, and I feel the sweet unity of the Spirit that binds our hearts by a tender chord to all of His dear children. O! how blessed to know and feel that we are accepted of Him. Praises be unto His holy, and ever blessed name for what He has done for me. I am saved, sanctified, and healed, and ready to do His will in all things, and at all times wherever He leads: My heart is full of praises. I can say with the Psalmist “Praise the Lord O my soul! and all that is within me, praise His holy name.” It is wonderful how the dear Lord has led me, and what He has done for me. I have been a complete invalid for over 15 years, had suffered every thing that human flesh could endure; had tried many physicians, Water-cures and Institutes; have spent thousands of dollars, and was worse off than when I began. So after trying everything else, concluded three years ago last June to try Northern Mich., hoping the climate would prove beneficial. But praise God! He did not want me to get well in that way. I had felt for some time before going to Petosky and especially after being there, that there was no help only to take the Lord as my physician.
Months went on. I grew worse and worse till I was nor expected to live, and was finally told by two physicians there (as I had been told by many others before) they could do nothing more for me.
During those months my mind was so distressed, and I was brought under such deep conviction that if I would not take the Lord for ray physician I would go to the bottomless pit. Many limes a day the words would come to me with such a force, “Trust in the Lord, all else will fail, and it thou wouldst believe thou shouldst see the glory of God.” And many sweet and precious promises were impressed so forcibly upon my mind. Oh! it was indeed wonderful, how the Holy Spirit did lead me until I finally came to the point, July 28th, 1884, I will walk out on God’s promises, resting assured He would sustain me, and the result was a marvel to all my friends. 1 arose from my bed, from which I had not raised my head, or ale a teaspoon full of food for three weeks; had not walked a step for months: yes I might say for years. Had not sat up to eat a meal’s victuals for 12 years, had only used a teaspoon to eat with, on account of a weak spine. I dressed myself and walked out, and was wonderfully strengthened and upheld. I thought for a few weeks I would be entirely restored to health. But the dear Lord had a deeper and richer experience for me. Yet still hoping and trusting I might overcome all weakness, and although strength was given to sit up all day, I did not get complete victory. One morning as I sat wondering why it was so, I opened my Bible and the first thing my eyes fell on was this verse, 1 Peter 5:10. “Now the God of all grace, who hath called you unto His eternal glory through Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, strengthen, stablish, settle you.” O what joy that was to my soul. For a time, it was all I could ask, or desired. On the following Oct. I returned to ray home in Southern Ind., still hoping I might get perfectly well. But instead, I gradually grew weaker, until last spring, feeling so weak in body, and unsettled in mind, I concluded I must go back to Petoskey, where I could have the advice of dear sister Courtney, who had been such a help to me in the past, and hoping too the climate might build me up some. But as I said before, that was not in accordance with the Divine plan. I think how true the words, His ways are not as our ways. And although I had not the slightest idea all summer of coming to attend the assembly at Geneva Center, circumstances were so brought about that I was led to see there was no getting out of it. All my plans had to be laid aside, and the dear Lord showed me so plainly I must go, or I would be disobeying His will. I said Lord I will go, trusting in Thee. He also caused that same Scripture to flash hack into my mind with vivid impression, that at that meeting He would verify His promise. And praise be unto His holy name forever and ever! I received more than I could ask or think, and yet there is more to follow. Yes, dear ones, it flows on through a never ending eternity. Such a meeting as we had, I shall never forget it.
O how the Holy Spirit was felt in our midst, especially the last two days. It seemed the very air we breathed was filled with the awful solemnity of God’s presence and power. While they were singing, as I looked around, my eyes fell on some, I could think of nothing else but the angels singing around the throne of God.
Oh the wonderful provision He has made both for my temporal and Spiritual wants. I do thank Him so much for His mighty saving power that saves to the uttermost. I claimed the blessing of sanctification by faith, and the second evening, after retiring for the night, and when almost lost in slumber, there came to my soul in accents low and sweet, these words, “Ye are indeed dead unto sin, and alive unto God.” There was such a strong emphasis on the word indeed. O what joy vibrated through my whole being, it seemed I must get up and tell to all how good the Lord was, and what He had done for poor unworthy me. Next day as Bro. Warner was preaching he read this Scripture, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, and alive unto God. Again, what glory flashed info ray soul, when I realized in the words spoken to me, there was no reckon about it, but simply “ye are indeed dead unto sin and alive unto God.”
O what a wonderful! wonderful!! wonderful Savior we have. I tell you, dear ones it is blessed to have the Spirit witness with our spirit that we are accepted of Him, and that our names are written in tire Lamb’s book of life. We need not have any fears, fur He has promised to be the good Shepherd, and take His people under His own protection, upholding them in their weakness, guarding them from danger, and leading them along the path best suited to their need, bestowing His tenderest and most compassionate love upon the weakest of His flock. He is indeed an all sufficient Savior. I do thank Him that He has shown me the true way, and given me His blessed evening light.
The narrow way, yes the high way of holiness He has marked out for the redeemed of the Lord to walk in. I do bless God for the sweet ache of the soul, and the floods of joy that pour their torrid rays into my soul. How precious these words unto me, “Cast all your care on Him for He cares for you.”
“O this blessed holy rest.
On my Jesus’ loving breast.
O the sweetness and completeness,
Of perfected holiness.”
I am sweetly resting in Jesus the Rock of my salvation, and am saved, sanctified, and healed by the mighty power of God. To Him be all the glory.
Your Sister in Christ.
Mary R. Malcomson.
GALL FOR HELP.
Dear Bro. C. Z. Lindley of Oakland Mills, Iowa, writes, “I expect to go up into Keokuk Co. Iowa, about the middle of Nov., and remain till the siege is over. I know there are many dear healts there that are hungry for the truth, and want salvation. Can not some of you dear brethren come and help us take the country around Hayesville, for God? May God help you to know the mind of the Spirit in this matter. Come if possible in November, as the school house can then be used by us night and day. After that, only nights and Saturdays and Sabbaths. I was up there in Sept., and the last night the house was crowded with people, and many unable to get in. The Lord wonderfully blessed us in delivering His Word on the true Church. Glory to God! we had the victory, and felt that the truth was received in many honest hearts. Glory to God! I pray God that He will send you to help in this battle for Him. O how I have felt the need of a little company of workers with me, Who will “come and help us?”
We sincerely hope that God will send reinforcements to dear Bro. Lindley. Cannot Bro. Palmer, or Bro. Grover, or both, go and help the great battle in Iowa?
DEAR Bro. Warner, we are all well, and enjoying salvation. Praise the Lord! We have the victory in our souls. We read your letter, and it made our hearts glad to hear from you, praying the Lord always to bless you, and keep you saved.
Brother, I hope I may not be too burdensome in asking you to explain things in the Trumpet. I hope you will be so kind as to answer me two more questions.
I find some of the saints are halting between two opinions in regard to prohibition of intoxicating drinks. Shall they stay away from the polls? or shall they vote for prohibition?
Many of the sect members are slaves to some of the old political party, and will vote for men that patronize saloons, or at least who will give their influence in favor of the drinking class, and go right straight against prohibition; and thus help the great evil of intemperance right along. I hope none of the saints are that blind. But it seems strange to me that nothing has appeared in the Gospel Trumpet on prohibition.
I will give you my convictions on this question, and if I am wrong, I am willing to walk in all the light that God will let upon me.
Some years ago, before I was converted I was on the downward road to ruin, through strong drink. And if any man can see the evil, it is myself. My conscience tells me to do all that is in my power to put down this great evil; and it can only be put down through prohibition, and by strict temperance laws, or by getting them saved through the power of God. But as there is but a small portion of the masses saved through the blood, it would be a slow way to bring about prohibition. So it must be done by legislation. So we must elect men that are true to the temperance cause. Now shall we fold our hands and do nothing towards putting down this great evil? Some of the saints have told me if they would vole at all, they would vote for prohibition. Now dear Bro. Warner, please answer us through the Trumpet, according as the Spirit shall lead you, as some of the saints that I know of are anxious to hear the question answered. Your brother.
E. K. Menges.
to the question of the saints taking part in the prohibition vote is not very definite. Probably others of the saints have had time to give more thought, and offer more prayers to God for light on this subject than we have. You know that our whole life is absorbed in the special line of Gospel work committed to us. Others may also be better posted in the standing of the prohibition party, and of its worthiness of the vote of the holy people.
But there are points on this subject, that must be clear and settled in every Spiritual mind, First, Prohibition is right. The entire manufacture and sale of all intoxicating liquors is a curse, and a crime against God, and humanity. If it is right to enact penal laws against theft, manslaughter, and the crime of poisoning men and women lo death, it is right and proper to prohibit, by strong penalty, the wholesale slaughter of human life and happiness, carried on by the curse of the liquor traffic. Therefore, if there be any question as to the propriety of the saints voting for prohibition, it is certain there is no question as to the correctness of the prohibition cause.
Second, nothing seems to us plainer than if a man of God goes to the polls at all, he will vote the prohibition ticket. No saved man carries in his heart, the old party feelings, that is devoted to a mere party name. Full salvation sweeps away all political, and sectarian party-ism. If they vote at all, it is because a principle of righteousness calls for their vote.
Finally we say to all the saints of God, let no one judge another if he votes not, nor if he votes. In the light of the Word of God, the saints are not of the world even as Christ is not of the world. Christ’s “Kingdom is not of this world.” So while the saints are admonished to be subject to the civil laws, where they do not directly conflict with the laws of Christ, we are not to “entangle ourselves with the affairs of this life,” We should not engross our minds with the running of the worldly governments, since our citizen-ship is in Heaven, in the holy “Kingdom of Heaven.” So for the mere purpose of helping to run earthly government, men of God have no part in the ballot box. But when our vote is directly or indirectly aimed at one of the great evils of our day, holy men, who have seen and felt the magnitude of this soul and body destroyer, may well feel the responsibility upon them to vote the prohibition ticket. But other brethren; whose minds have not been exercised in the line of this aw fill devourer, may not fee! the same inspiration to fight it by their vote. Let every child of God, settle it in your soul by prayer and supplication to God, as lo what your duly is, and do the same heartily as unto the Lord.
Bro. R. J. Brown has recently moved from Princeton Mo., to Wataga Mercer Co. Mo.. He is very eager for some true, fire baptized minister of Jesus Christ to co-operate with him in the glad tidings. Cannot Bro. J. Cole or Bro. J. P. Haner visit him?
Let us Know.
The Gospel Trumpet is God’s flying roll. Let all His saints use it to announce and also report your meetings. When any one of von contemplate going to any point to labor for the Lord, write a few lines and let the saints know of it, and the Lord may send you help, and also enable scattered brethren to avail themselves of the needed means of grace.
In Oct, 15 Trumpet Bro. Kilpatrick spake of going to Whitley Co. rad., but did not tell where. We are sure there are little ones scattered about in that, and surrounding countries that would love to know where that meeting is, what a pitty it was not located. Do not forget such things. Dear brethren keep the Trumpet filled with “wars and rumors of wars,” against the king of babylon. Martin Luther saw the devil standing before him one day, and he seized his inkstand and threw at him with all Iris might. Well praise God, we have an increased facility of throwing ink in the devil’s face. We throw it by the force of steam, we throw it in every direction, and with such tremendous power that it knocks down the walls and bullworks of satan at the distance of a thousand miles. Glory he to Jesus! Let us all keep at the work. Throw ink in the devil’s face wherever you can, brethren. “Put yourselves in array against babylon round about; all ye that bend the bow short at her.” Yea, shoot ink at her. “The Lord hath opened His armory, and hath brought forth the weapons of His indignation: for this is the mark of the Lord God of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans” — babylonians.
One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of babylon that his city is taken at one end. The king of babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail. — Jer. 51:31, 50:43.
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Carson City, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — As I am not able to come where you are, I ask all of God’s people to pray for my healing. I have been sick for over two years, but God has promised to heal me, and glory to God! He will do it.
I have read the Trumpet for five years, and it has been the means of leading me to Christ, and converting my soul.
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Table Rock Neb.
Our daughter is very sick with fever. Pray that she may be brought to the Lord.
OUR SINCERE THANKS.
Dear saints, one and all: — I have just returned from East Saginaw. Have finished paying for my horse, for which I thank God, and praise His holy name; and also tender my sincere thanks to the kind friends who have so kindly given of their means, both by hand and letter, for this purpose. May God bless you all with His mighty power and infilling of the Holy Ghost, and with all temporal blessings. May the Lord bless that sister in Kansas, who cast in her mite like the widow of the Bible, who gave all her living. O how my soul was blessed when I received “those ten cents. May God multiply unto her His blessings, both spiritual and temporal. Also may God bless sister Hitchcock of Ohio. We will let her know when we go to Hillsdale Co. Mich., and would be very glad to have her with ns in all of the meeting there.
I would say to all, we are saved, and sanctified, and filled with the power of God. We expect to go south soon with Bro. Shelly and family. We expect if the Lord wills to go to Eagle, from there to Benton Township, from there to Olivet, from Olivet to Tekonsha, then to Frontier Hillsdale Co, The Lord bless you all.
Wm. N. & S. J. Smith.
SAVED FROM THE MARK OF THE BEAST, POURING.
THE title of this article may seem strange to some of the dear Trumpet readers, saved from calling pouring baptism. Many of the saints will think strange of this; for I was so strong on pouring, and even stated from the pulpit that immersion was not baptism at all. Now my dearly beloved I must explain to you through the blessed Trumpet, as a great many whom I caused to receive the mark of the beast are readers of the Trumpet. So by this means I will be able to explain.
Certainly there were a great many who wanted to be immersed, and I refused to grant your request: then 1 would sit down and. in a few moments I would have all that out of them, and have them ready for the mark of the beast. So I would pour some water on their heads, and pronounce them baptized. O how, even God’s sincere ones may be deluded. Many dear saints have I caused to err. Now dear saints I beg your pardon.
I once belonged to the Baptist sect, certainly I was then immersed; for that is the door into that sect. I left that sect, and the first holiness preacher I saw was strong against immersion; this had a great effect upon me. He, being a holiness preacher, and had been in the experience for 35 years, I thought he ought to know, and everything he said must be right. I had only been in the experience of holiness a short time, and yet in the mist of babylon. Now you see brethren, what a close place I went through, and came out with the mark of the beast upon me. So I journeyed on the best I knew how, when I came across another teacher of holiness, and he was against immersion, and he gave me an illustration that settled the matter, as I thought. It was something like this, he said, the Bible says, “with water.” Now suppose I say unto my Bro. I am going to hit you with this stick, would I lay the stick down, and take hold of the man and begin to throw him against the stick? No I would apply the stick to the man.
I thought this settled the matter with me. And you have seen me use this illustration, and caused some to receive the mark of the beast. O I am so sorry that I have done this, yet I did it ignorantly.
All the holiness teachers I have seen are against immersion, until the camp meeting at Chanute. God sent Bro. and sister Cole from Mo., who brought unto us the true light on baptism. Hallelujah to God for the true light! Bless the Lord! Bro’s. Warner and Fisher were talking of coming to the camp meeting at Chanute, and I and some of the brethren thought God did want Bro. Warner to come. He might get light on baptism. (O! how ignorant!) Yes I thought I would give him light right away, and he would go back to Michigan a wiser man. This was what I thought God wanted them to come for. But hallelujah to God! I am saved now. God bless you! we see eye to eye.
Bro. Warner, and the brethren wanted me to come to Mich, to the camp meeting last spring, I was in the north part of Ia., and it would not have cost much to have gone, and I wanted to go; but the devil says, if you go, Bro. Warner will cut you square off, for you don’t believe in immersion. This kept me from going.
Had I gone then, I would have gotten this precious light on baptism. O I praise God I have it now.
When Bro. Cole came, he took me down by the river, and say’s to me, “have you got light on baptism? ” and I began to shake, and said, I don’t know. I do not agree with Bro. Warner, I can’t believe in immersion: no, never. Well Bro. Cole worked with me gently, and told me his experience, and how he received the light on baptism. We went up to the ground, and I was telling Bro. Orr what Bro. Cole was at, and remarked that I thought Bro. Cole would get light before he left. And Bro. Orr said yes, he thought he would if he would keep his heart open for conviction. So Bro. Cole went and got one of the Trumpets, I do not know which number, but it was the one with Bro. Warner’s piece on baptism. Well I had read that piece, and thought Bro. Warner was clear out of the way. Dear saints, get this Trumpet, and read it carefully, for Jesus’ sake, and it will put you straight for God on baptism. Bro. Cole had an Emphatic Diaglott, (this is a Greek Testament) so he took the paper, with the Diaglott, and they run together, and I was not Jong in finding out that in Matt. 3:11, where it said “with” in the King James translation that the Greek was always “in”, This knocked the props from under me, the Greek en is not properly translated, and, cannot be translated “with” here, it must he “in.”
Now you see I could not get around the Greek. But even to immerse, we baptize with, and in, the water. For instance, here is a woman washing clothes. She is washing them with water, yet she is washing them in water. But it is not properly translated “with” in Matt. 3:11. It reads in the. Emphatic, “I indeed dip you in water.” This is quite different from the way it reads in the King James translation. This you will find all through the Emphatic, that baptizo is translated dip.
I had to accept it, certainly I must. Then I find that baptizo is not a translated, but a transfered word. So this gave me light again, if the Greek baptizo had been translated it would have been dip, instead of baptize. Now, says one. why was it not translated? I will tell you. When our Bible was revised, the translators were under the authority of king James, and he would not allow this word changed. Why? Because it would conflict with his creed, which was the creed of what is called the Church of England. King James was the head of this sect, and their creed was a sprinkling creed. And had they translated baptizo bip, this would have conflicted with his creed.
Now dear saints, knowing these things to be facts, I give up the mark of the beast.
Suppose we translate baptizo pour, and we have “I indeed pour you in water.” There is no sense in this; neither would sprinkling make sense. But with sense, it is translated, “immerse you in water.” You may go all through the Bible, and you dare not translate baptizo pour, or sprinkle. It is only immerse.
Well I praise God for the glorious light that now shines. Praise the Lord! Now beloved saints of God, I would love to see you. I speak to those who have received the mark of the beast. Now we may he blest in an error, but when the truth comes we must exchange error for truth. If we do not we forfeit our all, justification and sanctification. Well bless God! I was buried with Christ in baptism, and ignored the baptism received by the sect priest, because these sect priests have no right to administer baptism. Then I received it as the door into the sect, and into the sect name: and we are to be baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus, and that is no sect name. Hallelujah! And many times those who are in these sects, who administer, (as they call if) baptism, are ungodly men, holiness fighters.
May God help us to see this point. Then we remember in Jeremiah 51: that the Lord says, “They shall not take one stone of babylon, for a corner, and for a foundation.” So I could not accept this; for it was in babylon, and I did not want a stone of babylon. The same applies to ordination, when men come out of babylon they must be ordained again.
Well beloved, I had the mark of the beast washed away, and all the dust of babylon is gone. Hallelujah! The mark of the beast is pouring and sprinkling: changing immersion to sprinkling and pouring. This was done by the beast. Bless God! His people are getting their eyes open. Baptism is a burial. — Romans 6:3-5. Gal. 3:27. 1 Cor. 15:19. Col. 2:12. 1 Peter 3:21. 1 Cor. 12:13. Acts 2:38. 8:36-38. 10:47-48. 16:28-34. 19:1-7. Read these Scriptures, and remember baptizo can only be translated immerse, or dip. 1 love the blessed way.
Pray for me. Your free brother, saved from all sin. Hallelujah! built, in the Church of the First-born.
J. P. Haner.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony is, I am rejoicing in God the Rock of my salvation.
“O the joy, no tongue can tell it,
’Tis like many flowing streams;
Now I stand upon the summit,
Where the golden sunlight gleams.”
Praise the Lord! I am saved and sanctified wholly to God, ready to move at His command. The saints met for worship at our house yesterday. O how wonderfully the fire of the Holy Spirit did burn within our hearts. Companion returned to his Father’s house, where there is bread enough, and to spare. O glory to God for His wonderful love to the children of men.
He does more for us than we can think or ask. Many were healed by obeying the Word, in calling for the Elders of the Church to lay hands upon them.
Your sister, all the Lord’s.
Sarah J. Silvers
DEAR Brethren: – fasting really a command for us to observe? We read in the Word that holy men of old fasted, and God appeared to some in visions. And when Christ’s disciples failed to cast out the evil spirits of one brought to them, and they asked why they could not cast them out, Christ said, “This goes not out but by prayer and fasting.”
Since I got into the true light I fast, and I feel that I get blessed, and get stronger in the Lord. Please give us light on this subject. My testimony is that I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ, and am no longer my own, but wholly the Lord’s.
E. K. Menges.
Fasting is taught in the New Testament. But more by example than by any direct precept. When Christ was asked why His disciples fasted not, He answered, “Can the children of the Bridegroom fast while tie is with them? But the days will come when the Bridegroom shall be taken away, and then shall they fast.” But even this cannot be taken as a direct, command to us to fast. Because the Lord said. “A little while and ye shall not see me, (that was when they should fast) and again a little while, and ye shall see me.” This little while expired at Pentecost: from that time the pure in heart see Jesus. It is consistent with the nature of the New Testament that it does not enjoin, by positive commandment, any stated fast. For such a precept were like the law of Moses and not like the “perfect law of liberty” in Christ Jesus. “The Kingdom of Heaven is not meats and drinks, (nor is it abstinence front such.) but love and joy and peace in the Holy Spirit.” The old covenant was a yoke of rigid laws, the New is glad tidings of great joy, a proclamation of freedom from every oppressive yoke. Therefore we should not look upon fasting as a duty imposed upon our conscience by any positive precept, or legislation in the Kingdom of Heaven. And the remark of Paul in Col. 2, that we should let no man judge us in meats and drinks etc, will apply to lasting. And yet, in the absence of any positive precept, which makes fasting a necessary condition of a good conscience toward God, there are some good reasons why saints should at certain times practice fasting. The A pasties fasted often. In Acts 13:2, 3, “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.” Here they wove fasting while in earnest worship before God. And they heard the voice of the Lord giving them directions. It is evident they were raised into a very precious nearness to God.
It might be profitable to state that there are natural reasons why fasting is a help in special efforts to assend higher into the hill of God’s presence. The human system is so constituted that the blood and magnetic forces of the body, consentrated their powers more fully in that part of the system where an extra force is needed! Hence when a man exerts all the power of his right arm, you will see the blood vessels swell out, and an unusual color rush to the arm. This is caused by a rally of the energies of the body to that member that has the severe task to perform. Accordingly after a pretty full meal has been taken into the stomach, the mind becomes sluggish, and the whole body indisposed to action for some time. The blood and energizing magnetism of the body are now consentrated at the stomach; having been suddenly called to that point because of the task to be performed there. And the more difficult that food is to digest, the more the rest of the body and the mind will he drained of its energies. And should the contents of that stomach he actual poison, such as intoxicating drinks, the voice of nature is most imperative in calling together her forces there to save the life of the imprudent sufferer. Hence the limbs have no stay left and the intoxicated man staggers in his walk, and finally is left down in limber helplessness. The brain also dispatches all its forces down to the stomach to help in the great battle between the citadel of life and the foe that has been admitted. Hence great stupidity of thought and temporary insanity ensues. So after the great conflict is over, and the deadly foe is expelled, or his power neutralized,
the standing army of human energy is again quarted about in the brain and all other parts of the body, and the various organs resume their functions; not however without the loss of some of their former strength, in the sudden removal of the various forces from their normal place of action.
Now upon this power of transportation and concentration of the blood and life forces of the human system, is based the physiology of fasting. By abstaining from food all the digestive organs of the body have a delightful holiday. And as the mind and the moral and religious organs of the brain are in lively exercise, the measure forces kindly come to the field of religious action, and greatly reinforce our powers of mind to apprehend God; as well as our faith in, and devotion to Him.
We may also illustrate the effect of fasting by the idea of a man trying to meditate and commune with God in the midst of a large factory during the noise and confusion made by the running of various machinery. How much sweeter that meditation and communion with God, after all the machinery and noise of the factory has become silent. So the human body is a wonderful machine shop. And during the holy fast, all the belts that drive the mere physical and animal machinery are thrown off, and in the deep quietness that reigns, the soul is undisturbed in its communion with God. And the mind soars up without distraction into the lofty realm of divinity, and clearly grasps the mind of God. O how still, how sweet, how high above the logs of this world our spirit wings its flight among celestial beauties when all but the Spirit ..s hushed in the holy fast, unto the Lord. Praise God! Our little company, of late have (save? – прим.) been availing ourselves of the blessings of more frequent lasts, and we can truly say they have been greatly blessed of God to our souls. Our fasts are not gloomy days of dejection, but holy leasts .. our soul, and sublime flights to the heavenly scenes. Also these are days in which our hearts are drawn out, in deep empathy for lost souls, and our faith emboldened to lay hold on God for their salvation. We recommend frequent fasting ..y holy people.
CHRIST, THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.
WHO forgives all thine iniquities; who heals all thy diseases? Christ. “Who redeems thy life from destruction, who crowns thee with loving ..induess and tender mercies?” — Psalm 103:4. Answer, Christ.
Surely this loving kindness shall follow as all the days of our life. Paul says, in 2 Tim. 2:19, “Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, God knows them that are His, and let every one that names the name of the Lord, depart from iniquity.” The Prophet says in Exodus 23:23. “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy water: and the Lord will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”
“Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believes on me, the works that I do shall … do also, and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father.” – John 14:12. Now verily verily, means surely surely, – a positive fact. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” – Vr’s 13, 14.
“And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness, and all manner of diseases.” – Matt. 10:1. “And as ye preach, saying, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” — verses 7,8. But these sect priests have not received anything: neither can they give anything. “They are dead; they shall not live.” — Isa. 26:14.
But Christ says in Join. 10:2, “But He that enters in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep, and the sheep hear His voice, and fellow Him.” Jesus says, in Matt. 28:19, 20. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you; and to! I am with you always; even unto the end of the world.” But evidently Christ is not with the sect priests.
“He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not, shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” — Mark 16:16-19.
Christ says these signs shall follow us because we believe, and many dear souls are healed by the power of God.
John 9:1-3, “And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man blind from his birth, and His disciples asked Him, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Matt. 8:16, — “When the even was come they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick:” And many believed in the Lord, and were saved.
Matt. 9:2, — “And behold they brought unto Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”
Christ says in John 5:6, 7, 8, “Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered Him, Sir, I have no man to put me in the pool: but while I am coming another steppes down before me. Jesus said unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk, and immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked.” Vr. 14 — “Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more lest a worse thing come unto thee.” “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bear our sicknesses.” “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” — 1 Peter 2:24.
James 5:13-18 — “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray, is any merry, let him sing psalms, is any sick among you, let him call for the Elders of the Church; and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise them up.” So you see the Lord heals them by the laying on of the Elder’s hands, and the prayer of faith.
So you see this is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. And these signs are for the glory of God, that souls may be saved. Many dear souls see the wonderful power of God that is manifest in healing, by the laying on of hands, and are led to believe in the Lord. We can say with Paul, we seek not our own glory, but the glory of God, and the salvation of souls. You that read the Word of God know that it teaches healing just as much as it ever did. Christ has given us an example that we should follow His steps. When Christ healed the sick, many believed on .Him, and were saved, and Christ said “Greater works than these shall ye do, because I go in my Father.” Now beloved, you can glorify God by trusting Him for your healing, for Christ is just as strong lo heal, and has just the same power to-day as He had when here on earth; and it will glorify God if you keep His commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in His sight. The Word of God stands sure and steadfast. God knows them that are His. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. He that trusts in the Lord, shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abides forever.
See Acts, chapters 3, and 4; St John 15:7, 8. Seek diligently that ye be found of Him in peace, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that you should be holy and without blemish. — Eph. 5:27.
Come ye sick, and trust in Jesus,
Sure His promise He will keep;
He will heal you in the fountain.
Where the lame was made to leap.
Saved in Jesus.
Barney E. Warren.
Dear Brethren: — We praise God tonight for a perfect salvation. Our testimony is, that we are saved and sanctified, and walking in all the light that the Lord gives ns. Inclosed find $1.00 for the Trumpet. It is a welcome visitor at our home. We love the truth, and hunger and thirst after righteousness, and we get filled. Praise the Lord for free salvation! Pray for us.
F. A. & Ida Guthrie.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Dearly Beloved Brethren, and readers of the Trumpet: — The Lord bless you with all Spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Amen! I left Bucyrus Oct. 9th, for Deshler, where I found the saints all well and saved. Bro. E. J. Hill came there from Findlay, and stayed with us over Lord’s day. We had a good time praising God, and preaching the Word to the people. The order was good, and they listened to hear the truth. We preached every night during the week, had a full house all week, had an ordinance meeting Sabbath eve, Oct. 17, when the sect devil got stirred up. The meeting was a success, especially in the strengthening of the saints. Hallelujah! Amen!
Well brethren, I can say to the glory of God, that His power in my soul is being increased every day. It seems to me, that the Lord is increasing my capacity all the time. Bless His holy name! He fills my soul with joy, and with the Holy Spirit. I am out of babylon, and babylon is out of me. Praise God! When I was on the train coming home, Bro, Wm. H. Miller got on at Bairdstown, and we had a glorious time talking about the goodness of God, and His common salvation. May the Lord bless and keep him, and send him out in the field is my prayer.
Pray for me, that I may do the will of God in all things. I stand equipped, and ready to fight for Jesus at all times. May the Lord bless all the saints of God all over the land, I expect to go into the west part of Wood Go. about the 17th of November, to bold meeting. Pray for us, and the meeting. Your Bro. saved and sanctified through the blood. Amen!
A. H. Lea.
Dear Brethren: — Praise God! We have just returned home from a campaign south, through VanWert Co., where we stopped with Bro. J. M. Ayers Friday night. Bro. A. J. Kilpatrick spoke the Word of God to a small congregation in a school house near by, which caused no small stir about this way. Hallelujah to God! There was much good done. Bro. Ayers was much strengthened and comforted. Praise our God!
Our company was myself and family, Bro’s. A. J. Kilpatrick and Daniel Bryant. Saturday morning we proceeded on to Shelby Co. Ohio, near Sidney, where we opened fire on the enemy Sabbath morning, in the Sleighbough school house. (We had previously written to a brother in the flesh, who had got the school house for us, and announced the meeting.) Praise God!
The Holy Spirit came in souls in power, and the little company was joyful in glory, and the high praises of God in our mouth, and a two-edged Sword in our hands. Oh praise God! This of course was all a noisome grievous sore to the poor sectarians and hypocrites. Praise our God! Beloved, the world knows you not, because it knows Him not. Hallelujah! We came together again in the evening, and the Holy Spirit was with us in mighty power. After we had read some of God’s awful Word, and delivered a short message on the present truth, in the power of the Spirit. Bro. A. J. Kilpatrick delivered the awful message of God to the large congregation who bad come to hear what these people had to say. O hallelujah! After this, the Lord strengthened our little company, and the testimonies were set forth in the power of the Holy Spirit. Praise God! It stirred the sect devil in a Sweden- borgian dutch man, who got up, took a compas around the aisles, and back part of the house, mumbling and grumbling, till he got back to the opposite side, where he stopped, and said, “Oliness ish all right, we must be oly, we must grow more oly efry day; what dot Breacher said, I say amen, but these two Locals shpoits all de good de breacher done.”
Hallelujah! Praise God! The meeting continued through the week, and over Sabbath, much good done. The number converted and sanctified at this place was about eight, one of the number was a dear sister of mine, who accompanied ns Monday, (Oct. 18) to Darke Co., where we met with the dear saints two nights. From there we returned home, leaving dear Bra’s. Alex and Daniel to carry on the meeting. Praise God! My sister expects to go with us in the field. Your saved brother.
J. N. Howard.
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Dear Brethren: — How thankful I do feet to God for His goodness to the children of men. O how gracious He has been to us, in giving us health, and supplying our needs. O brethren, I know that I have passed from death unto life because my soul is filled with love, and all the fulness of God, through our Lore! Jesus Christ. Glory to His name! It is through Jeans I expect to reach the goal. I am so glad that I obeyed the call to come out of babylon. — Rev. 18:4. “And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Then again 2 Cor. 6:17 — “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” These are evidently plain commands. Now Bro., sister, if you are in one of these 666 sects, God says to you, Come out! Look at them; they are division of themselves, there is everything ungodly in them; Envy, strife, hatred, malice, covetousness, backbiting, and such like. God says, from such turn away. See Rom. 1, and 2 chapters. Also see 1 Tim. 1:9, 10. God’s Word is plain to them that seek to do His bidding from the heart, for God is a searcher of the thoughts and intents of the heart. May God help us to be dilligent in His service, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Yours, in Jesus.
G. G. Arehart.
Dear Brethren: — Peace be multiplied unto you all, and to our God glory, and honor. O praise the Lord for His keeping power! His blood cleanseth me from all sin, and I have peace in my soul. O glory to God in the highest! I never shall forget the Gratiot camp meeting. I never knew before, what it was to enjoy real brotherly love. Praise God! O what love bums in my heart toward all the saints. O what wondrous love of God. When I got home the battle began. The F. M. priest attacked me, when for the glory of God, I requested my name taken from the sect book. I have been at work since I got home from the camp meeting, until late, I have been detained at home, but I expect soon to be at work again, sowing the precious seed. Pray for me, that I may do the whole will of God.
Dear Bro. Shelly and wife and daughter, and Bro. Dodge were here some time ago, and preached to the people in Dushville. They were wonderfully stirred up. The saints are doing well here, praise the Lord!
Your brother, saved, and kept by the power of God.
Spencer S. Pierce.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony is that I am fully saved. To-night we were at meeting; sister Drowley declared the Word to a sin cursed congregation, but we believe it is as bread cast upon water, it will return not many days hence. Two asked for the prayers of the saints. There were only four saints present, but the promise was ours. Glory be to Jesus! He is not confined to large congregations. Well I praise God to-night for full salvation.
Your Bro. in Christ.
M. H. Basore.
Dear Brethren: — May God bless you, and keep you by His mighty power. Praise God! we are all well and enjoying the pure love of Christ Jesus. Glory be to God for the salvation that keeps us in perfect peace, and from all alarm of the devil. He is making some big alarms round here; but praise God! He is moving His work right along through the midst of it all. We can see that this Scripture is true, that the devil, as a roaring lion is walking up and down through this world seeking whom he may devour; he is howling and roaring, for he knows that he has but a short time.
Well, we are having some glorious meetings. Many are convinced that this is the true way, but will not step out, not being willing to suffer for Christ’s sake. Glory be to Jesus! My soul is satisfied with this wonderful salvation He gives us who are willing to suffer with Him without the camp.
I feel that the Lord calls me to go out and work for Him. I am willing to be used to His glory. Praise God! and to suffer the loss of all things for Christ’s sake, and help to save poor perishing souls. I got a letter from Randolph Co., to come up there: they thought the Lord could use me there. I want to put in all of my time for the Lord this winter, in working for him in some way. We would Jove to have you and the dear saints that are with you to come through here as soon as the Lord will. There are many that would like you to come. When the Lord wants to send you and your little company here, let us know and we will help you get here. We send our love to all of the saints that are with you. May God bless you all and keep your soul in perfect rest. O praise God for saving me just now.
W. H. Bragg.
Dear Brethren: — May God bless you and keep you by His mighty power I do praise the Lord for salvation. I know that I am saved from all sin, and kept by the power of God. O glory to Jesus! The Lord wonderfully blesses my soul in condemning all sin. “It fills my soul with glory to tell the hungry thirsting soul of the redemption story.” O I do praise God for His goodness to me. He keeps me and my family in good health. I have given my body a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is my reasonable service, that the offering up of my body might be acceptable, being sanctified, by the Holy Ghost. Not by works of righteousness which I have done, but according to His mercy He saved me, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
Your Bro. washed in the blood of Jesus.
Jonas L. Forsyth.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to write my testimony this evening. I am saved and sanctified through the blood of Jesus, and kept by the power of God. I do praise God for salvation that saves us from all sin. I am saved from all sects, creeds, and straps of the devil. O I do thank God for what He has done for me and my family. He has healed my children, and He keeps me sweetly saved all the time. Glory to Jesus! I am sweetly reigning in this life, though the devil howls about me, he is on the outside and can’t hurt me; for I am trusting in the Lord and have victory over the devil. Praise God! I am out on the promise and under the blood. I am completely saved from tobacco, and tea and coffee, and don’t keep any in my house. O praise God for salvation! Well, I give God all the glory. I remain your Bro, in Christ.
M. L. Munger.
Praise the Lord for salvation! The Holy Spirit leads me to give in my testimony to the dear Trumpet readers. It soon will be eight years since I came to God a sinner, and God for Christ’s sake forgave all my sins. Praise the Lord! And then not knowing the will of God, I joined the M. E. sect, and was there four years and a half. They put. me in as leader, and then made me collect the money for the poor blind sect preacher. I did the best I could for four years and a half; but at the end of this time, the blessed Lord showed me the true Church. Praise the Lord! and Christ is the head of the Church. Three years ago last Aug. at Payne O., I heard Bro. Warner preach the straight Word of God, and there I presented this body a living sacrifice to God and the blood of Christ sanctified me through and through. Glory to God for full salvation! I praise God that the blood made a clean sweep of the works of the devil. Glory to God forever and ever! Well the Lord is with us here in mighty power, exposing the works of the devil. Your Bro. saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God through faith.
Dear Brethren: — It makes my soul rejoice to read the Trumpet, and hear of so many souls being saved. Glory to God! I know I am sweetly saved in Jesus. He forgave all my sins, then He sanctified me wholly, and cleansed me from all inbred sin. I have been wholly sanctified a little more than one year, and I am still growing stronger in this Heavenly way. I want the saints to pray for me that I prove faithful and gain my home in Heaven. My Savior says there is a mansion built for me there, and for all that will come.
Your Bro. saved and wholly sanctified, Wm. N. Swindle.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
To the Readers of the Trumpet: — My experience this morning is, “The Lion of Judah shall break every chain, and give us the victory again and again,” The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses, and the Holy Ghost fills this earthly temple: so that I am singing,
“O the blood, the precious blood,
That Jesus shed for me;
Upon the cross in crimson flood,
Just now by faith I see,”
We are promised, “In me ye shall have peace; but in the world ye shall have tribulation,” This too is my experience, tribulation upon tribulation has been my portion for twenty-four years: but the mighty God who rules the tempest has undertaken to steer my little barque across the stream and He is well able to keep that which I have committed to His care. Praise be unto His name forever and forever! Amen!
We have been going forward in the name of “Jesus only” for some time, and allowing Him the privilege to manage His own Church, dictating and directing each member as it pleases Him; and it is astonishing how differently He manages things to what man in his ignorance and weakness attemps to perform: notwithstanding He has it left on record, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” “For as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” “And without me ye can do nothing.” God’s ways and thoughts are so far superior to our ways and thoughts, that as a little band we are wonderfully delighted to have Him with us to manage His own business, and then be so simple and childlike as to do just as He tells us, which causes ns to go on our way rejoicing without care or anxiety. Praise His name!
We have been led of late to have a two weeks special work on the town line he tween Pelherm and Sainsborough: and it pleased the Lord to lay too His mighty, helping hand, and move His own work right on in spite of men and devils, to the joy of His little ones. The honest ones who were willing to consecrate for full salvation, and who were willing to sell all out to Jesus and die out to the world, and to present their bodies a living sacrifice, received the cleansing and baptism of the Holy Ghost; and what I beheld in consequence of this full consecration was wonderful, some leaped and shouted, some laughed, some ran, some danced and some fell under the power: and the power came upon myself until I felt like a jiant filled with new wine. All I could say, truly this is of God. Some mocked and said, we were crazy. Some that were more sober minded pondered these things in their hearts and we are praying for God to send Holy Ghost conviction upon them and to add still more to His Church.
As we read in the 12th of first Cor. the Holy Ghost imparts to each member their gifts and sets the members in the Body as it has pleased Him, so He is doing with this band of Christians. Some already feel led to teach the precious Word; some to the healing of the sick by laying on of hands and some wonderful cures have been done during this last summer by … few faithful ones, which has brought them some bitter persecutions: but glory to God! the Lord is wonderfully keeping them in the power of His might and confirming the Word by signs following. One Bro. has felt led to follow Jesus in the baptism of water by immersion some time; some eight or nine were baptized by him during last summer and now on Saturday a number more expect to go to Lake Ontario to go through the sacred ordinance; and in the evening of the same day the Lord’s supper and feet-washing.
Some are led in a wonderful manner in prayer. O how my soul was refreshed to meet with them at their homes and in answer to prayer the power came and we shouted praises to God long and loud. We said, O that we had a voice powerful enough to be heard all round the world we would let the whole world hear what good things we had to say about the God of our salvation. Three were reclaimed from a backslidden state, and two were converted to God in those meetings. A young man, (Bro. Charley as we call him) was the happiest young convert I ever met with. May the Lord keep him humble and full of His love is our prayer. God not only saved his soul, but healed his body of lung disease. The Lord healed my throat of larenget us in answer to the united prayers of the brethren and sisters. The doctors are much annoyed because we have chosen Jesus for our Physician. He is the cheapest and best and we are well satisfied and have no idea to call in another or take any medicine. Amen!
When I used to read the Trumpet years ago and see through its columns how God was blessing the people in different parts of the states, my prayer was then, “While on others thou art calling, do not pass us. by.” Praise God! the clouds of mercy are passing this way, and in this part and in other places of this dominion I see His goodness extended. One Bro. from Dakota says there are three and the Lord makes the forth in that place. Well he has a mighty host with him then, and has nothing to fear. “For He that is in us is more than all that can be against us.” There are fifteen in number in this place free from sectarian yokes, and a number more that claim to be free only their names are left on the church register. Pray for them to come out.
If you have a few numbers of the Trumpet, I know they could be made good use of. My prayer is that my labors in getting subscribers may be more than doubled this year.
We expect to commence a special work at Caistor Center next Wednesday and continue one week and as much longer as the Lord wills. Then to Atterdiffe Village where there are plenty of infidels and hard hearted professors. O pray God to move, upon the stagnant pool, and that some angel of mercy may be sent to trouble the waters and that precious souls may be rescued from the awful doom that awaits all modern Sodoms, if they repent not.
My prayers have been going up for all the laborers of the Trumpet Office and also those who are out in the vineyard as called of God preaching the precious Word of God. “We will pray for one another we will pray.” etc. And by and by we will come bringing in the sheaves and those that God has given.
Your sister in Christ.
Eliza J. White.
BIBLE BASIS OF UNION.
LYMAN, the Stumbling paper man, talks in his September issue about the “Union of Come-outers.” He says that all who come out of sects cannot be expected to unite, because many are sinners. But he does not mention the melting fire of the Spirit as the essential, and only effectual means of Union. He places union on the basis of being “soundly converted.” But Christ prays the Father to sanctify the disciples, and make them one in perfection. “And the glory Thou hast given me, I have given them, that they may be one.” This glory is the “Spirit of glory, and of God.” — 1 Peter 4:14.
Namely, the Comforter, and Sanctifier. Therefore it is said, “Both He that sanctifies, and they who are sanctified are all of one.” — Heb. 2:11. Perfect holiness, or entire sanctification, is all through the New Testament, presented as the ground of perfect unity and soul fellowship. And this state of grace is always offered to, and enjoined upon persons, who had been previously converted. Hence is a second work, and state of grace.
Again he says, “Union is impossible, where ordinances are held.” “All advocates of ordinances belong to babylon.”
This is a slander on Jesus Christ, and His apostles. Twentysix years after the day of Pentecost, the Apostle Paul was an advocate of ordinances. He said to the Corinthians, – “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night,in which He was betrayed, took bread : And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had sapped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.” — 1 Cor. 11:1, 2, 23-26.
We say these words constitute the Apostle Paul an advocate for the ordinances of Christ, and no man but an infidel, or semi-infidel can deny it. He admonishes them to keep the ordinances as he had deliver-them to them. He speaks of “ordinances” — more than one. Then he positively asserts that he “received of the Lord Jesus Christ, that which also I delivered to you.” Namely those ordinances, one of which he then speaks of particularly, because they needed to be set right in their practice in respect to it.
One of two things must be true, Either Paul “belonged to babylon,” and was not a tine minister of Christ, or else L. H. Johnson has slandered and falsified him. Either Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles was a Babylonian, or else Lyman, die apostle, and head; of the anti-holiness, quaker- come-outism, has told a falsehood. By the above reckless assertions the man must either impeach the veracity of Paul, or he must charge Jesus Christ with teaching babylon confusion over 24 years after His assention to Heaven. One of three things must be true. Either L. H. Johnson has told a falsehood by saying that “all advocates of ordinances belong to babylon,” or else Paul belonged to babylon, and fold a falsehood when he said he received the ordinances from the Lord Jesus Christ, or else he did get the ordinances from Christ, and both Christ and Paul belonged to babylon, for advocating ordinances, and Lyman stands with drawn sword against them both. There is no way under Heaven for L. H. J. to sustain his assertion, except by proving that Paul lied, or else by condemning both Paul and Christ as ‘‘belonging to babylon.”
If Christ gave the ordinances to .Paul, then it must have been after his conversion, which was over 24 years after Christ’s assention to Heaven. Therefore, if Paul told the truth, Christ still taught the ordinances up to that time. And if He did, then up to that time the Hon of God belonged to babylon, or else the son of stumbling has uttered an impious falsehood. Yea, a lie against the Lord Himself.
If it were possible to prove that Paul did not receive the ordinances from Christ as he affirms, it still remains a fact that Christ did institute, enjoin, and advocate the three positive ordinances of baptism, the washing of the saints feet, and the Lord’s supper, as any reader of the New Testament can see. Of the New Testament we say; for in vain you hunt for them in the Old. We defy all the confused ranks of Quakerism to point out a single precept or example, of one person baptizing-another, in the Triune name in the Old Testament, or a precept or example, for the Lord’s supper, or the washing of the saint’s feet, as described, and commanded in John 13. 1 Tim. 5:10. Matt, 26:26-28. Also in Mark, Luke, and 1 Cor. 10:16, 17; 11:23-27.
“Union,” says this great corrector, of Christ and the Apostles, is impossible where ordinances are held.” In one sense this is false. There is the most perfect, and Heavenly union among all who are washed in the blood of the Lamb, and who walk in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ blameless. “These are they that keep the faith of Jesus, and the commands of God,” and that “Follow the Lamb whither soever He goeth.” “God is over them all, and through them all, and in them all,” hence they are inseparably united. But we admit that there is no union between the holy Church of the Living God, and carnal men. who oppose holiness, scoff at healing faith, and deny the positive ordinances of the New Testament. Like good old David, the true saints are “companions of all them that keep the commandments of God.
We have no fellowship with men who do not walk in the light of God, and who are without the fruits of salvation.
Dear Brethren: — My testimony to-day is, that I am saved to the uttermost from all sin, and filled with the Holy Spirit. I do praise the Son of God for saving my soul from the awful “lake of fire” that I was about to be merged into. But thanks be to God I am now free, made free by the atoning blood of the Lamb. I wish to say that my experience from the time God sanctified my soul up to the present time has been satisfactory to me, ail is blissful sunshine in my soul. I also stand outside of all sects, only standing identified with the “Church of the Living God” to which I became a member of, when God, for Christ’s sake, pardoned all of my sins. Your Bro. in the faith of the Son of God.
S. L. Speck.
Rome City Ind.
DEAR Brethren: — Praise God! His love wells up in my soul. I do praise the Lord for the promise in His Word, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.
I was very sick in body and tormented in the flesh. But the Lord healed me in answer to the prayers of the saints.
October 8, the Lord led me out of Rome City. I desired to go to Columbia City, but the dear Lord led me to Collins Station. I stepped off the train and there the Lord had a horse and buggy to take me to dear Bro. McCurdies’ where the Lord set me to work for Him. Bro. McCurdies fled from the T. Low spirit, went upon the devil’s ground in the opposite direction. First joined the Wesleyans, but not finding God there, he left them in one week, and has now joined the Winebrenarians. The tobacco soaked sect that blasphemously call themselves “the Church of God.” I desired the Bro. to take me to Areola. But he wished me to accompany him to Collins to hear their preacher: I did so, and through the disappointment of the preacher, the providence of God gave me the privilege to preach to the people. The power of God was upon me so that I trembled. I had met a company of Winebrenarians before I came there who said they believed in sanctification, and expected to grow into it. They testified like this, “I have been converted twenty, and some thirty years ago, and I do not enjoy as much now us . did when first converted.” I would like to know how they can ever grow into holiness at that rate. O what blindness. Well the power of God was so poured out upon my soul, that Bro. Me. was greatly convicted, and confessed to the people that he had not been true to God, and that he had lost the blessing of holiness. But that he would be true to God, though all men forsook him. Praise God for an honest heart! I believe the dear brother will stand upon the Solid Rock. After the Bro’s testimony the sect spirit began to foam, and the hotest of the battle commenced. I said something about their filthy tobacco, am! some wicked sinners followed me down town with many taunts, and insults. I thought of how they spit in my Savior’s face, and praised God through it all.
In a few days I go north, if the Lord willing, to Eaton Co. Mich., to Lacies Lake, then to Portland, and Eagle, and then to Harrison, Clay Co. I expect to call at the Trumpet Office on my return. I am on the sea of glass, mingled with lire, having overcome the beast, his image, his mark and the number of his name. Pray for me. Your Bro.,
J. S. Smurr.
Dear Brethren: — By the mercies of our Heavenly Father, this Lord’s day eve, I am permitted to drop you a few lines. I realize that God is a very present stay in time of need. Bro. Warner, I was glad you answered my questions, through the G. T. I believe your explanations are in harmony with the Word as I understand them.
Please answer this question: Does the Apostle Paul mean himself or some one else in 2 Cor. 12:1-4? * I write for information.
I am glad to learn through the Trumpet that Bro. R. J. Brown has decided to obey God, and keep the ordinances of Christ. We think Bro. Creighton ought to obey the truth, after reading your answer to his article on the ordinances, or else forever keep still I have never seen any one who ignored the truth concerning the ordinances of Christ, that could prove their doctrine, or establish their law thereby, by the words of the law.
I am striving to have something in the near future to help my Master’s cause. I invite any of God’s little ones, laboring in the vineyard of the Master to come unto us. I live in the corner of Barber Co where it connects with Pratt and Kingman counties. Would love to have you come to this part of the country and labor with us for the salvation of souls. I try to preach the Word nearly every Sabbath.
Pray God that I am a weak instrument. Pray God that He may make me a power for the saving of souls. Now may God it His great mercy, bless you is mv prayer.
Your Bro. saved by the precious blood of Jesus.
J. M. Robinson.
P.S. The Trumpet is too small. I get done reading it too soon. I have gained much information by it the last two years.
J. M. R.
* Doubtless the Apostle alludes to himself in this language.
To the General assembly and Church of the First-born, which are written Heaven. Grace be unto you, and pence from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all Spiritual blessings, in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, according us He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before Him in love. – Eph. 1:2-4. Praise God! I realize and know that the precious blood of Christ cleanseth me from all sin. Sectarians tell us that we cannot live without sin. God tells us, “he that committeth sin is of the devil, for the devil someth from the beginning; for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” When the of the devil are destroyed in aur hearts, we are whiter than snow. But men tell us that we cannot be made perfectly pure in this life, until the hour of death, then God will purify us, and take us home to Heaven. Well let us see how this assertion accords with the Bible. For He saith I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee. Behold now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation. — 2 Cor. 6:1. Now salvation is freedom from sin, and when we are free from sin, we are not free from actual transgression only, but we are free from the carnal nature, the old Adamic nature which we inherited from our fore-parents; but if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us out sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:7, 8.
Praise God! That makes a clean sweep of all sin, for all unrighteousness is sin. – 1 John 5:17. The Lord tells us in the Gospel of St. Matthew, that every plant my Father has not planted, shall he routed up. Now the old carnal nature is a plant which the devil planted in the hearts of Adam and Eve, and that current of depravity has swept down over the whole human race, and for this cause was the Son of God manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. But when is it destroyed? If you will turn to Paul’s letter to the Hebrews, Chap. 3:21-22, you will find that “now the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shephere of the sheeps through the blood of the Everlasting Covenant, make you perfect.” – Yes, just now. To-day if ye will hear His voice. I can’t find anywhere in the Bible where God promiser us salvation in the future.
Praise God for a present salvation! The very God of peace sanctities me wholly just now. Praise God forever and ever! Amen!
Perhaps some of the brethren would like to know what I am doing. Praise God, I am preaching the Gospel on the Lord’s days now; but I expect soon to devote my whole time to the ministry. The Lord is arranging my affairs so that I can.
Your Brother in Christ.
C. E. Reeves.
Dear Brethren: — This morning I can say, praise God from whom all blessings flow! The Lord is giving me wonderful boldness to preach the Word. Babylonians are getting stirred. Some sinners are assenting to the truth, and I believe there will be a shaking here soon.
We have had a severe trial. Two of our children have been very sick; but we looked to the Lord, and called no doctor. But Jesus was called, and praise our God! they are well again. Oh how I would like to be with you in your meetings: but the Lord’s will be done. By His help I will wield the Sword to the best of my ability. Oh dear brethren I do pray daily that the Lord will so work in and through me, that all my soul and body’s power may be used alone for His glory, hence- forth, and forever. Sometimes I go out to work on the farm and I cannot work. I go to some secret spot, and pour out my soul to God in prayer, and how the Lord.
“Comes down my sou! to greet,
And glory crowns the mercy seat.”
Then the care of the Church comes to me afresh, and places come to my mind to preach at. Then I tell the Lord I will go, and O how He blesses my poor soul. Next Sabbath forenoon. I go to a new place to preach. At the Riley school house among the M. E. sect. Pray earnestly that God may help me to preach His Word. And at Collins at 3 o’clock p.m. I was at Lake Center yesterday, found them getting along well, especially Bro. Menges. The Lord is wonderfully saving him. As soon as the fall’s work is done, we intend to commence meeting there, and by giving notice we expect some of the saints to come and help us, who ever the Lord may send.
Your Bro. for the right in all things.