15 October 1886, Volume 8, Number 15.
AT Jerry City Ohio, September 20th, 1886, Sister Ida Spacky, wife of Bro. Phillip Spacky, was taken home to the mansions of the blessed. Aged 26 years 3 months, and 17 days. Her disease was hereditary, quick consumption. During the grove meeting, she was visited and prayed for by some of the saints. She seemed to revive much at the time, but the Lord had use for her in His more immediate presence, and gently called her home. She was firmly trusting God through her sickness. The night before her peaceful departure she passed through a great struggle. Friends thought she was dying. But when all was over, she was filled with indescribable joy, and praised. God aloud. She said Jesus and I have had a great battle with satan, and the Lord had gained the victory. With wonderful tranquility of soul, she then bade all farewell, and told them she was soon going home. All was peace, and she repeatedly said she was fully prepared to go home.
And when the golden Sun began to paint the orient glory, the more glorious dawn of eternities morn enveloped her ransomed soul.
So death, as named and feared by man,
Is to the saints a hallowed rest;
What joy and peace attend the scene,
As angels come the soul to greet.
Cho. — How beautiful in Jesus’ sight,
The sleep of all the holy ones;
We hear a voice from Heaven “write,
Ho bless’d the death of Zion’s sons.”
The spirit goes to God at once,
The conscious, and the real man;
The grave will yield its treasure up;
Anti glory crown the blessed plan.
The sting of death is only sin,
But full salvation sweeps it all;
O! praise the Lord for victory,
That loaves the grave no victory.
Death’s kingdom is abolished quite,
His sting removed in Jesus’ blood,
We wake and sleep in Heaven’s light.
And live together with the Lord.
The promise and the love of God,
A sweet and full assurance give,
That we shall reign in conscious good,
While God the Son, and Father live.
CHRIST, THE CHURCH.
IS Christ divided? But a few years ago, through the human sect corporation, the eyes of all men were so blinded that they did not see the real temple of God at all. So that when men begin to preach a pure Church, and to ignore sect relations, and adhere only in the Body of Christ, the Church, there is an unusual cry of the sect shrine worshipers, ‘‘Tearing up churches,” but I tell you a revolution of thought has come. A new realm of light has opened up to the astonished view of all men. “And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Now Paul says, in 1 Cor. 1:10, “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.” Do the different denominations speak the same thing? Is there no divisions among them? Are they perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment? I declare in the negative, that there are contentions among them. They say they are all striving for the same Heaven, but have different roads, different doctrines, and different ways.
Christ says, “I am the door; by me, if any man enter in he shall be saved.” Jno. 10:9. How can they enter in through Christ if there be divisions among them?
Christ is not divided. John Wesley was not crucified for you. Nor were you baptized in the name of Otterbein. Where division is there is strife, and Christ can not dwell there. We must, be one in Christ; “For as the Body is one; arid hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ,” — 1 Cor. 12:12.
“Now ye are the Body of Christ and members in particular.” — 27.
Now it is evident that these different, so called churches are no part of the body of Christ. Because they are divided, impure, imperfect and unholy. The New Testament, or Apostolic Churches were not sects, denominations, or schisms. Jesus Christ and the Apostles would not sanction such work for a moment. When the Revelator wrote to the seven Churches in Asia, he does not write to seven different sects or denominations. “Unto the angel of the Church of Ephesus write;” “And unto the angel of the Church in Smyrna write,” “And to the angel of the Church in Pergamos write,” and so on. Not writing to any sect name, but to the Church of Christ.
They were not Churches in the sense that they differed one from the other.
They were the Church of Christ locate! at these different places; because the One Church or fold could not all be in one. place. It is the devil that teaches that the seven Churches of Asia represented seven different denominations or sects.
The Lord has undertaken by the Holy Ghost, through His saints; in these last days, to set this matter right in the minds of the people. It is clear to all the sanctified that all these sect names are confusion, and represent Spiritual babylon; and babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city; because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. – Rev. 14:8.
Praise God! I am saved from the plagues and sanctified through the blood of Christ.
H. C. Wickersham.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord to pen a few lines of my experience for the Trumpet, and I feel in hopes it may do some poor heart good, as the blessed testimonies in the Trumpet from time to lime has done me so much good. When I get cast down some times I go for the Trumpet and begin to read some of the blessed testimonies from God’s little ones, and then my poor heart is made to rejoice in the Lord. O I praise God this very moment for present salvation. Glory to God!
I am saved, sanctified wholly. I had the blessed privilege last Saturday and Sunday of worshiping with God’s holy children, and we had a glorious pentecost. God helped Bro. W. J. Lewis to preach the straight truth, without any mixture, and it cut like a two edged Sword, and I want to tell you the devil was routed out of his nest, and was wonderful mad. But bless God, His little ones gained a glorious victory. So you see God is not without witnesses in these ends of the earth.
Bro, Potter is still carrying on the meeting, with glorious victory on Jesus’ side. I heard from him to day, four gloriously converted last night, and many more earnestly seeking the Lord, both for justification and sanctification.
Well who could but praise God, for His goodness to the children of men, and for His glorious saving power. I realize this morning, very sensibly if it were not for the power of God that saves from all sin, and keeps me saved all the way along, I never could have stood the opposition and persecution that I have had in the past. I am speaking now in regard to one who has stood outside of all sects, and standing alone with Jesus, and on the Eternal truth of God. I want to tell you it takes a wonderful sight of the grace of God, in these parts; but glory to God! I am there now and forever, by the grace of God, and I am doing all in my power to bring God’s little ones all into the 17th chapter of John. The blessed Lord has began to open some of the blind eyes, and they see where this cold, dead, formal ism is leading them to. They want life, and God is giving to all honest hearts life.
Dear brethren, don’t forget me in your prayers, pray for me, that I may be able to stand, yes, bless God, stand. I am glad there is a place to stand.
May God bless the Trumpet, and the hands that make it, and all the dear readers. Your brother, saved, by grace alone. Bless God forever!
C. A. McCoy.
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Ypsilanti, Mich. Sept. 16.
Dear Brethren in Christ: — I would like to ask you a question, to answer in the columns of your paper. Namely, Are not all men subject to temptations, arising from the lusts of the flesh, as long as they remain in the body?
Yours in Christ.
W. D. Rice.
Lust means “carnal appetite,” “strong desire,” etc. The term flesh, has different meanings, and is derived from different words in the original. The word kreas, rendered flesh in Rom. 14:21, and 1 Cor. 8:13, signifies animal flesh. Sarx sometimes denotes our corporal body, as in Matt. 16:17, Luke 24:39, and many other places. More frequently it means the carnal mind, or carnal nature. Instances, Rom. 8:8, 9, 12, 13. Gal. 5:16, 17, 24. 1 John 2:16.
There are natural and lawful appetites of our bodies, for food, etc., that remain while life lasts. These normal appetites, and wants of the body, expose us to temptation to their abnormal, and unlawful exercise. For instance, it is lawful and necessary to take food for these bodies, but yielding to the temptation to over-eat is sinful, surfeiting and intemperance. In speaking of the regulation and temperate indulgence of these natural and lawful appetites, the Apostle Paul said — I keep under my body.” The sin-created, and abnormal lusts all being destroyed, he held the normal appetites and passions under lawful and holy restraint, so that he entire man subserved the holy law of God.
But the language of our brother’s question does not properly refer to the natural functions of our body. “The lusts of the flesh,” really means the lusts of the body of sin, the sinward bent of man’s fallen, depraved nature. “Vainly puffed up by his fleshly — Sarkcos — mind.”
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” — Rom. 8:7, 8.
All these Scriptures are more correctly rendered in the Emphatic Diaglott, “the mind of the flesh.” — sarhos. Here we see that, sarkos (flesh) does not mean our corporal flesh, or body; but is the depraved condition ot the mind. And as mind is not a faculty of matter, but of spirit, the fleshly mind is clearly seen to be a morally evil element in man’s fallen state. In other words, this lusting flesh is the works of the devil. Hence “they that are in the flesh — sarki — cannot please God.” — Rom. 8:8. If flesh meant the body, then no one could please God in this life, and the command to walk unto all pleasing” were an impossibility. But we can live in the body, and at the same time not live in the flesh — sarki. Hence can please God in this life.
We come directly to the question, “Are all men subject to temptations arising from the lusts of the flesh, as long as they remain in the body?”
By the light of Divine truth, as record-in the New Testament, and confirmed by the grace of Goa in us, we answer emphatically, No. Complete salvation leaves no evil bent in our entire being. No foe that prunes the heart to leave the God we love. The blood of the Lamb, makes a complete sweep, and utter destruction of every fleshly lust, of every thing that wars against the Spirit of God in us. This we now proceed to prove.
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.” — Rom. 6:6-8.
What the Apostle calls the “mind of the flesh,” in the 8th chapter, he here calls the “body of sin, and the old man, and declares that it is “crucified,” put to death, yea “destroyed.” Well that which is destroyed, will never subject us to temptation;
In the seventh chapter, Paul draws a picture of the state he judged many of the Roman brethren were yet in. Namely, of the duel state. The law, or grace of God in the heart, by regeneration; and I he old nature, or inherited depravity still there also. The latter he calls the “flesh” — sarka, in verse 18, and “sin that dwells in me,” in verse 20. And though he personated himself in the picture of this chapter, he applies the lesson to the Roman brethren in chapter 8:12, 13. And positively testifies that he, himself was at that time “free from the law of sin and death.” — 8:2. And in verse 13, he tells them plainly that the existence of this evil element in us was not the moral state of the Christian: but that “through the Spirit,” received in adoption, they should “mortify” — put to death, in other translations — “the deeds of the body.” — i.e., the “body of sin,” or flesh. That which is mortified, and put to death, will not disturb us more with his temptations. All temptations through the lust of the flesh, necessarily end in the destruction of the flesh.
“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would,” — Gal. 5:17.
Here are two opposites in the same person. One is the Spirit of adoption, the other is the flesh. Now the question is, must we be distracted by this inward foe as long as we live? Again we answer No, “And they that are Christ’s, — have given themselves wholly, a living sacrifice to Him — have crucified (put to death) the flesh, with the affections and lusts” — ver. 24. Here ends the fight with the flesh, and all his affections and lusts. They are not held in subjection, but crucified; not repressed, but actually destroyed. All these lord lusts, “are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall pot ri«e. “Therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.” — Isa. 26:14. Being dead, deceased, and destroyed, how can they anymore tempt us. As sure as Christ came to destroy the works of the devil, every base desire, and evil lust is destroyed out of us. He saves to the uttermost, which makes a clean sweep of every inner foe.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?” and “the temple of God is holy.” “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?” “What ? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you?” — 1 Cor. 6:15, 19.
Will God dwell with evil lusts in the same house? If our bodies are members of Christ then they must be as pure as Christ. There is positively no life, morally speaking, in a crucified, wholly sanctified, and resurrected child of God, but the life of God, and of Christ. Every foe of the soul is put to death, and Jesus reigns throughout the entire domain of our being without a foe, or rival. We are sanctified wholly, and preserved blameless in soul, body, and spirit until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The soul has no foes except the devil, and his agencies outside, our soul, body, and spirit. And He that is in us is greater than he that, is without. Glory to Jesus for this great salvation.
Dear Brethren: — Spirit leads me to write. Many long, weary years I wandered in darkness, trying to serve God, but never had the assurance that I was saved. Blessed be the name of God! for sending Bro. Warner to this place, as it, was through his preaching that I was led to the true light. I am fully trusting in the Savior, and have perfect peace. O praise God for sweet deliverance!
Your sister, saved.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
We bade the fond hearts adieu one more on Thursday Sept. 23d, and departed for the field of battle, the time having come to open a vigorous winter campaign.
Brother Speck and myself departed en-route to Pa., by way of Williamston, where we were met by the saints at the train, with much joy. We proceeded to the house of Bro. George Butters, where the saints had gathered together from village and country, awaiting our coming. O glory to God! how happy were those dear hearts and ours to meet once more. Shouts of joy ascended to God who doth so wondrously keep His little ones from the evil of this world. Glory to His name I We Opened to them the Word of life, of which all were partakers; after which a glorious testimony season followed, also the washing of the saint’s feet, and the holy communion, participated in, by twenty of the blest of the Lora. O glory to God! “happy are ye if ye do these things.” “If any serve me, let him follow me, and him will my Father honor.”
The next day we bade the loved ones fare well, and came to Detroit Mich, where we met Bro’s. Frey and Declaire, and were with them refreshed by the Holy Spirit, as we talked, sang and prayed together.
May God bless those two dear brethren and their companions, in that wicked city, and speedily send them help, that souls, yes, perishing souls may be saved, ere the eternal night shall come and seal their awful doom. That evening we took passage on the magnificent Steamer, “City of Cleveland,” and crossed Lake Erie, from Detroit to Cleveland Ohio, where we arrived early in the morning, and came by train to Stoneboro, where we were met by Bro. Elder, and companion who were made glad by our coming. Thanks be to God! who keeps us in all His ways. We are now in the field, awaiting marching orders. Pray for us. Farewell
New Pittsburg, Ind.
Bear Brethren: — Praise our God forever! I am saved and sanctified. Glory be to Jesus for salvation that keeps me all the time! Bro. Key, and four of the saints and myself from this place went to that appointment in Darke Co. Ohio. They had not given out the appointment, lest we might not come, but praise God! we did come, and noised the word around, and we had meeting Saturday night and Sabbath morning, and at three. The Lord was with us, and we had a glorious meeting. We found two or three that are fully saved and free from babylon, and several others that have come out of babylon but are not fully cleansed. Oh how the devil did howl and writhe. They called us crazy, fools, and threatened to egg ns. We praised God through it all, and had victory in our souls.
We had meeting at Saratoga last Sabbath a week, there was quite a shaking; five came to the altar, two professed salvation. We met again there on the 19th of September. I promised them to protract the meeting if some of you could come and. help. I think the Lord would do a great work at that place.
Dear brethren I tell you the saints have the victory over the devil, in this country. I do praise God that the work is going on with such power. I will arrange my business as soon as t can, to devote all my time to God. The Lord has wonderfully blessed and anointed me by the Holy Ghost. Praise His holy name forever! Amen!
H. C. Wickersham.
ASSEMBLY NEAR MERRILL MICH.
The Lord willing there will be an Assembly of the saints, held in the new log house which we are just finishing, one mile east and half a mile north of Merrill, Saginaw Co. Mich. Meeting will commence Oct. 15, and continue as the Lord wills. All come filled with the power of God, prepared to do a mighty work in the salvation of souls.
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Henderson, Pa. Oct. 1st. To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone, a new name written, which no man knows; saving he that receives it.” — Rev. 2:17. “For the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned.” — 1 Cor. 2:14. “But God hath revealed them unto us (who are Spiritual) by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
If the “natural man receive not the things of the Spirit of God,” who does? The Spiritual. “For he that is Spiritual judges all things.” As the salvation of the Son of God is only known as it is felt in the heart, such knowledge in experimental, which is more authentic than mere mental knowledge. Mental knowledge can be attained through others, but reaches no farther than the head; but experimental knowledge is direct from God alone. That is, Spiritual knowledge goes down into the heart of man, and there it is only known as it is felt. Therefore, how can a man correctly speak of that which he knows not? Any one who has not an experimental knowledge of perfect love, or entire sanctification, and assume the position to teach others; they make a miserable failure, “And intrude into those things which he hath not seen, (nor felt) vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” — Col. 3:16.
If all who are seeking a clean heart, and the “fulness of God,” would cast from them, all the Science and Commentaries of carnal men, and only employ as their teachers, holy men of God, “full of the Holy Ghost and faith,” and also the “Spirit and the Word,” it would not belong ere they would be led out of the twilight.
They would be like a train of cars that is trailed out of the city of Chicago, into the City of New York by the incompatible power of the locomotive to which they are linked. So also, all who are by the Spirit joined to the Lord, if they obey the Word and the Spirit, they would, not many days hence, be led by the infinite “power of the Spirit of holiness” out of the inferior city (justification) into the superior city (perfect love, or entire sanctification). “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Now you can see by the Word of God, that in order for us to retain our son-ship in the Kingdom of God, and to obtain a greater degree of Spirituality and power, and to dwell under the meridian light of the Sun of righteousness in this life; we must “walk in the light as He is in the light, and the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.” — 1 John 1:8. “He that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Reader, are you “complete in Him?” Are you “perfect and entire, wanting nothing?” If not, “This I wish, even your perfection.” Amen!
Dearly Beloved Brethren: — I want to tell you of the wonderful meeting we have had. We came here, pitched the tabernacle and commenced meeting in the name of King Jesus. The congregations were good all the way through. Good interest all the time. Holiness had never been preached here before. Bless God! it has come to stay now. Hallelujah! When we first came, the people seemed wild. The news papers had circulated some very false things about the holy people, and the people thought they ought to be very careful. They soon found out we were not going to hurt them, so they became very tame. When the shouts began to roll from blood-washed souls, the people looked a little affrighted, but they soon got over that Hallelujah!
Well, the people soon found out that we preached nothing but the truth; they payed strict attention: some declared we had different Bibles from theirs. Dead, formal professors and sectarians, were greatly stirred, especially the Campbellites, and drunken preachers. The meeting closed last night, with complete victory on the side of the Lord. Many washed in the blood of the Lamb. There were 53, who claimed pardon and purity. Many more under deep conviction for holiness. This was a glorious meeting.
Your free Brother, saved from all sin.
J. P. Haner.
Beloved Brethren: — I am glad to say I am well, saved, and in the field, with the Sword of the Spirit in hand, ready to cut down everything the Captain commands to be slain. Praise our God! The Lord has given us some glorious meetings, and souls have been saved. To Him be all the glory forever!
Bro’s. H. Ramsey, D. Bryant, and myself, will leave Payne tomorrow for Whitley Go. Ind., to battle for the Lord. Pray for us, that there may be a glorious victory on the side of truth. God bless you all. Amen! Yours in the love of Christ.
A. J. Kilpatrick.
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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.
Your Brother in Christ.
C. J. Anderson.
NO SMALL STIR.
A July secular paper reports no small excitement in the City of Cincinnati Ohio, over what it calls a very fanatical and strange religious development in that City. It appears that a lady by the name of Mrs. Martin, for over two years past has been the leading mind in a pecular religious movement, which now numbers some thirty adherents. All manner of the most extravagant stories are reported of them. Such as the assumption, on the part of Mrs. Martin, that she claims to be Christ, and her sister the Holy Spirit. The paper stated that “it is a matter of common report that the would-be Christ had a tomb erected in her house, and went through the form of pretended death and resurrection.” But since we have known equally ridiculous things told, and written about the true saints of God, we can easily account for all the ridiculous scandalization of those people. If indeed they be true and holy children of God, we could expect nothing else but all manner of lies reported about them. There are various reasons why we are led to hope that this is a pure work of God. Most prominent of which is the description of their singing.
“Mrs. Martin occupies a seat in the center or at the end of the room, with an open Bible in her hand. She is surrounded by the Perfect, who begin singing in a low tone, full of emotion and tenderness. As the song dies away, another is taken up and still another, until the participants seem satisfied. Two men stood close under the south window in a vacant lot adjoining the premises. There appeared to be about twenty voices in the chorus.
IT WAS DELIGHTFUL MUSIC,
rich in soulfulness, and of inexpressible sweetness. The voices blended in almost divine harmony, and the vocalists sang with the most intense but suppressed fervor. After four or five songs had been rendered, a hymn was sung to the air of “Home Sweet Home.” It reverberated upon the stilly night, and pedestrains on their way home paused to listen, chained to the spot spell-bound while the delicious music lasted.”
Our observation leads to the conclusion that evil spirits cannot produce sweet harmonious singing. Music is of heavenly origin, and every hellish spirit can but make grating disgusting imitation of vocal music. Even musical learning and culture are incapable of producing such sweet and melting melody as above described.
If these people are indeed of God, we pan account for the many things with which they are defamed by the following facts stated of them.
“A prominent Methodist divine, who occupies the most influential pulpit in the city is
over the deplorable discovery on Walnut Hills. Several of the perfectionists were formerly members of this church, and their withdrawal caused much gossip and speculation as to the controlling motive which induced such a course. The Methodist ministers had the matter before them at their meetings quite frequently, and attempts were made to bring the wandering flock back into the shelter of the fold. The recalcitrants were labored with, but all to no purpose. They not only remained obdurate, but endeavored to convince the clergymen that the churches were the work of the devil, and the reverend gentlemen incompetent to teach the truth. After repeated trials, the efforts to reclaim the deluded people were abandoned.
Again. “They never take their friends to the meeting, which are not for the worldly man or woman. A majority of the sect were formerly: Methodists, but a few, notably the Carpenters, were Congregationalists. The antipathy of the Martinites to the other religious denominations has doubtless provoked many of the unpleasant stories told about them.”
The “antipathy” spoken of may only be a holy indignation against the isms of night, and a Bible separation from them. By declaring the present day sects all of the devil, they really evince the true light of God, and the “Spirit of love, and of power, and of a sound mind;” yet this is sufficient to make this blind and drunk world think them proper subjects for the insane asylum. The following, clipped from the same paper will be read with interest.
“The central figure of all is Mrs, John B. Martin, who is described as a mediumsized woman, of an active, nervous temperament. She is fervent to such an extent that her religious views are carried into the most ordinary affairs of life. Her personal appearance is rather prepossessing, and she is a devoted wife and mother. Her husband, it is reported, takes no stock in the so called deification of his wife. He is a strict Methodist and well-known adherent of the prohibition party, having been their candidate for congress in the first district two years ago. It was customary in the early days of the movement to hold the services at the different homes of the faithful, but principally at Mrs. Martin’s residence. The little band grew to such proportions that it became necessary to find larger rooms, and Mrs. Brooks tendered her house, which for several weeks has been the regular meeting place. It is not asserted that Mrs. Martin proclaims herself to be Christ in the Spirit, but that her followers are grounded firmly in that belief is a fixed fact. The neighbors of the Martins relate strange tales about them. One of these is that when one of the children was very sick Mr. Martin wanted to send” for a doctor, but his wife remonstrated. The little one was in God’s hands and He could take care of it. She predicted that if a physician came in the house the child would die, but Mr. Martin, unconvinced, sent for a doctor, and the prophecy of Mrs. Martin came to pass, for the infant died. This insident was used by the elect as conclusive proof of her divine character. Whatever the world outside of the coterie of fanatics may think of Mrs. Martin, she surely exercises an irresistable power over her disciples, who would obey her every wish without a murmur. If she directs them, Christ’s Spirit acting through her, they joyfully do the bidding.
CLOSE BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP.
Not the least impressive feature among the fanatics is the close bond of friendship or infatuation which binds them to each other as well as their oracle, Mrs. Martin. They will not associate with any one outside the society, and they never visit their old friends as was customary before the frenzy seized them.”
Some of the terms used in describing this people remind us of the ancient heathen rulers and officers, when attempting to prevail upon Christian martyrs to save their lives by denying Christ, they reported to their superiors that the mysterious frenzy had taken such deep hold upon them that they would joyfully court death rather than think of infidelity to the Lord Jesus Christ. So the blind Cincinnatians, ignorant of the bond of Heaven’s love, they know no better than to call that mysterious bond of Divine love exhibited by redeemed souls a strange frenzy. Their separation from their friends who are of this world, is perfectually Scriptural. Of course there are things reported of these parties, we as Bible men, do not endorse. But the very writer who publishes these things, admits that their opposition to the exhisting sects,is the cause of many evil things told about them. So we hope that all evil said of them is false, and that they are indeed of God. We see above, that “It is not asserted that Mrs. Martin proclaims herself to be Christ in Spirit, but that her followers are grounded firmly in that belief. Yet the same article, speaking of the rise of the movement at the Gamp Meeting, said, “It soon became noised about that Mrs. Martin was worshiped as Christ manifest in the flesh, and her followers took no trouble to deny the charge.”
If, then, Mrs. Martin and those worshiping with her, all deny the report that she assumes the personality of Christ, what right have others to assert it?
Their faith in the Lord healing the sick, is another thing that exposes them to the charge of fanatics, yet this is the Bible fruits that Christ said should follow them that believe. Mr. Martin being a “strict Methodist” would be far more apt to stand aloof from his wife, if she were of God, than if she were of the devil. Hence his attitude speaks well for the “perfectionists.”
Whatever may be the real character of this work, it seems to be making “no small stir” in that great city. The paper states that, “Revelations concerning the fanatical sect on Walnut Hill is the biggest sensation Cincinnati has had for some time. It is the theme of every tongue, and was discussed in its various phases by thousands of people yesterday, not only in this city, but on the trains and outside towns.” Praise the Lord! this looks as though God had indeed arisen to shake terribly the earth. We hope to hear more from this work, and if so will inform the saints.
Near Mix Points, Wood Co. Ohio,, Sister Mary E., wife of Christopher Aumaugher, closed this mortal life in sweet peace, and holy triumph, June 9th 1886. Aged 36 years, 7 months, and 18 days.
Sister Aumaugher was converted to God six years ago, and was sanctified wholly, and healed at the camp meeting last year in Gratiot Co. Mich. She remained healed of the disease there removed to the close of life. She was fully prepared to go home, and her face was lit up with the glory of God, as she passed through the sweet shaded valley that lies between the Heaven above and ours. The Lord bless and comfort Bro. A., and all the dear friends left behind.
As sinks the smiling evening Sun,
These bodies gently fade away;
But like the rising King of mom,
So dawns the soul in endless day.
Among the signs that Christ gave to indicate His near approach, are “signs in the Heavens, and signs in the earth, distress of nations, and men’s hearts tailing them lor fear, and for looking after those things that are coming on the earth.” And “There shall be earth-quakes in divers places.”
Most of our readers have read the awful description of the earth-quake shock, principally in the South, on the 31st of August. Charleston, South Carolina, one of the largest cities in the South, was shook into a complete wreck. Most of the streets rendered impassible by the piles of rubbish from destroyed. buildings. “Fully two thirds of the buildings are rendered uninhabitable. “St. Michael’s Church, and St Phillip’s Church, two of the most historic churches in the city, are in ruins.” “The steeple of the Unitarian Church has fallen.” As it is written, “I have cut off the nations; their towers are desolate.” — Zeph. 3. “For the day of the Lord of Hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low. And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, and the idols He shall utterly abolish.” — Isaiah 2:12,15,18.
About 50 were supposed to be killed, and many more wounded. The population rushed to the streets, and vacant squares, horror stricken, and frantic with fear, and the scene of terror was indescribable. Summerville, 22 miles from Charleston, was about destroyed. The shocks extended from the Atlantic coast, west to the Mississippi, and from the northern Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.
Four great shocks shook up the city of Cleveland. “Persons in tall buildings thought that the day of judgment had come. Desks, floors, chairs, and the buildings themselves, seemed to be tottering like drunken men.” And the people all rushed to the vacant places in the city, in much excitement. The shocks were felt more, or less, heavy, at Columbus, Cincinnati, Canton, Massillon, Dayton, Youngstown, Toledo, Mansfield, and many other places throughout Ohio. Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and other places in Ind.
Tall buildings in Chicago and St Louis, greatly swayed and trembled. Hundreds of people rushed out of large hotels, and other buildings. The greatest consternation was manifest among the colored people of the visited cities. A writer says, at Charleston, “The colored people everywhere were loud and increasing in their manifestations of alarm, and the singing of hymns, and in fervent appeals for God’s mercy, in which appeals, God knows, many a proud heart who heard them arising in the night and in the hour of His wondrous might, devoutly and humbly and sincerely joined. Danger brings all of us to the level of the lowliest.”
“O vain man, when wilt thou learn that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and a good understanding have all they that do His commandments.” How foolish and disgusting to see men jeer, and defy the Almighty, as if they were able to cast Him down from His throne, and then in the hour of His judgments presume to pray to Him for mercy.
O ye wicked, depart from iniquity, and serve God in the hour of peace and safety, so shall ye be joyful and safe in the hour of God’s terrible visitations on the earth.
Poor sinners can form some faint idea of, the horrors that will seize upon them in the awful day of judgment, if unprepared for that great day, by this.
“THE FIRST SHOCK
was the most severe. As the Louses began to sway and fall, men, women, and children rushed franticly into the streets. The scenes were terrible. Men wrung their hands, women prayed, and children cried. The groans of the dying and the screams of the wounded filled the air. The streets were blockaded with the debris of fallen houses, telegraph poles, etc. rendering them impassible. The frightened people could do nothing therefore but stand, huddled together in groups, praying for the dawn. To. add to the horrors of the situation, many fallen buildings took fire and burned all night. To-day the unfortunate people have wandered about the streets scarcely knowing what to do. Many are afraid to re-enter their half ruined houses, and at each fresh shock the terror increased.”
Yea, we say this will be but a faint comparison to the universal wailing, and shrieking there shall be over all the face of the earth, when Christ shall come in flaming fire, taking vengeance upon them that know not God, and that disobey the Gospel. Thousands have had many good desires and purposes, but alas, it is now too late to cry for mercy. O ray Lord! what an awful day is coming. Who shall be able to stand in that great day?
Glory be to God! the saints of the Most High shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. So shall they ever, be with Him.
Fissures in the earth are noticed (at Charleston) from which exudes fine sand apparently from a great depth. A sulphurous smell is very noticable.”
Do ye hear this? Is not God preparing this whole world for its last great conflagration? The bowels of the earth everywhere abound in combustibles. Coal and and brimstone awaiting the commands of God. Oil and gass are streaming forth in wonderful quantities. Where we now sit, in Wood Co. Ohio, various gass wells may be seen shooting up their portentious flames in the night. Not far from Bairds- town is a very powerful gass well, which, when burning, so lights the country that one can see to read a paper two or three miles away, at night. And we are told that great throngs of people have been in the habit of collecting there, nights, some to drink, riot, and dance. What a picture! Here stream forth the terrible flame of fire, the roar of which may be heard at a distance of nine miles. Which should remind the inhabitants of the earth that this “earth and the works thereof shall be burned with fire,” and all the “elements shall melt with fervent heat:” and here beneath the light of the glaring warning blaze, the throng fearlessly revel and dance, curse and scoff. Showing that society is reaching the sodom state Christ said it should be in at His coming. While God is preparing the elements of destruction for the wicked, men are, by their sin, preparing themselves for the awful flame.
At a distance of nine miles from this gass well, the other morning, the whole atmosphere seemed to be impregnated with the gass, so that the air was quite oppressive. If the busy tribes of earth keep on tapping nature’s great oil and gass tanks, and letting the combustible elements stream forth, the air and the earth will soon be charged and ready for the Divine hand to strike Hits final judgment, match, and “The heavens and the earth, which are now by the same Word kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men,” shall instantly be wrapped in flames.
Not only does the bowels of the earth exhibit its intense combustibles, in store for that great day; but God, who sent fire and brimstone from Heaven upon Sodom and Gomorrah, is giving this generation due warning, that He is still able to manufacture those articles in the Heavens above, and throw the same “down at His will. Read this report from a secular paper.
EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANOES.
San Francisco, Cal, July 14th — The steamer Alameda, which arrived Sunday from Australia, brings particulars of fearful volcanic eruptions in New Zealand last month. Natives of Taranga, in the Auckland lake district, were awakened by terrific lightning flashes, which continued for two hours, when a tremendous earthquake occurred. People fled from their houses in their night clothes. The earthquakes continued to follow in quick succession up to 7 a.m., when a leaden-colored cloud was observed advancing from the south, spreading out until it covered the sky. While still moving it burst with the sound of thunder and shortly after, showers of fine dust having a sulphurous smell began falling.”
Thus the signs in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath give us solemn warning that the awful dooms-day of this rotten sinful world is at hand.
When God begins to throw down His threatning brimstone from the clouds above, and cast it up from the earth beneath, it is time for wicked men ami women to repent, and prepare to meet their God.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being-on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” — 2 Peter 3:10-14.
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I wish to testify for the glory of God, that I am saved to the uttermost, wholly sanctified to God, soul, body and spirit, and preserved blameless before Him in love. O praise God forever for what He has done for my soul. Glory be to Jesus! O I never can thank God enough for my deliverance from the awful bondage of satan, and sin in all its forms: but my heart is full of gratitude and love for my Dear Redeemer.
I also was a partaker of the ungodly sect spirit that prevails in babylon at the present time. Though young, I had belonged to two different sects, first the U. B. then the M. E. Was sprinkled, and taken into full connection after six months probation. O the awful darkness that prevailed in my soul while in that abominable sect of sinners. I never went to but one dance, and that was when I was a Methodist, in good standing. O glory be to God, for rescuing ray soul from that horrible pit of sin, pride and fashion. All glory be unto God for sending His beloved Son into this wicked world, to shed His precious blood for our sins! And I realizes that I am washed and cleansed from all sin, both sins committed and sin inherited, through that precious blood. Praise God for the assurance in my heart that I am saved, and ready to go home whenever He shall call for me.
“Soon we’ll see our Savior coming,
In the clouds, O glorious sight!
With a host of shining angels,
Power, majesty and might,”
O dear ones, it will not be long ere we shall, see our Savior coming in the clouds of Heaven, “with power and great glory.” Let us therefore be dilligent, and work with our might while the day shall last; let us each one, do all we can to help in this great “Campaign of fire.”
O clear saints pray for me, that I may ever be found doing whatever the Master has for me to do; and always be “Ready, waiting for the Lord.” Glory be to Jesus forever and ever! Amen!
Your sister, washed in the all-cleansing blood of Christ, and wholly sanctified.
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I desire to testify that I am saved; that the blood of Jesus Christ God’s dear Son, does cleanse me from all sin. O praise God for the blessed salvation I have within my soul, which fills me with all peace and joy. Praise the Lord! O I do feel so free this morning. I am so glad that I know of a truth that I am a child of God, that my name is registered in Heaven. O praise God! I am saved! and have the victory in my soul over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Glory be to Jesus forever and ever!
I enjoyed this salvation once before, but by having sympathy for those who were crooked, and listening to many false reports, while working at an ungodly place, (though the man was a professed preacher,) I lost my salvation. But Glory be to Jesus, He has called me hack into His fold, from which, by the grace of God, I never more shall roam. I have consecrated myself to the Lord, once, and forever.
Since then satan has, at times, tried to overthrow my soul. But praise the Lord, He has kept me sweetly saved all the time, and this morning I still have that sweet peace in my soul which flows like a river. Yes I know I am saved and the devil knows it too, for he has lost a soul he thought he had. Glory to God, I am free, and willing to “shout His praises on the hill tops.” I am saved, sanctified, and purified in the blood of the Lamb, willing to do God’s will in all things. Your sister.
Dear Gospel Trumpet: — It is a long time since I wrote to the saints of the Lord, to the readers of the paper: it has not been for want of sympathy in the Work, you are doing nobly in that section of the Lord’s vineyard, but merely on account of the manifold cares I had in the establishment of God’s kingdom in the hearts of the poor deluded ones of Chicago. — Praise God forever! My wife and self have been found worthy of the stones and vile tongues of Romanists as well as their half breed Protestants. The Lord has blessed us so wonderfully in the work of our hands that I opened last Thursday another mission at 1833 S. Clark St. near 18th St. We contemplate four other missions in a near future. This will be done as soon as the Lord sends us holy, pure, undefiled, consecrated and energetic workers. I thank God that to-day I am a come-outer, as the Free Methodist. Shaw calls me in his insignificant sect paper. I thank God I am no longer a slave to Popery which is so manifested among all denominations without excepting Five Methodism — that new small denomination which is a root of Methodism, is nothing else but the youngest daughter of the Mother of Harlots. I love to say that there are many good souls in the Free Methodist sect, but they have not been such by that human system invented by B. T. Roberts. Alleluia to God! I am a come-outer and it is my intention to stand such all my life. To-day I am able to preach the Word: previous to this my present experience, I had to preach the formalities and the discipline, the creeds of the churches which all led to hell — “Are ye not carnal,” says Paul, and to whom if not to ail these institutions called Methodism, Baptist-ism; Presbyterianism, Episcopalianism and the Lord knows how many other humbugs. The Lord Save the people from them for Jesus’ sake.
In our mission work we preach Jesus, Him crucified and Him alone and it suffices to the numerous sinners who take to the doctrine on the ground of a perfect holiness through the Holy Ghost. Many conversions have occured in our hall. 135 W. VanBuren St. We do a thorough work in this hall with the assistance of God. We need means to a great extent. We need more workers — I wish there would be some among your readers who would come at once to take charge of Father’s mission which we intend opening very soon.
We preach, pray and sing on the streets. We are fed, clothed and sheltered by the Almighty God our Father. We are satisfied with our lot.
An Englishman from Toronto Canada, is here to assist me. He is all able man, but more so in the line of holiness, which we preach all the time, but especially on Friday which day we have selected for that purpose.
Pray for us dear Brethren and sisters. The wheat is gray but the laborers are few.
P. A. Seguin.
177 W. VanBuren St, Chicago Ill.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God for salvation that saves me from all sin, and saves me to the uttermost. I praise God that He ever stooped so low as to pick me up, when I was in sin and darkness, and placed my feet on the Rock Christ Jesus. He saves and keeps me continually, by His mighty power. I have complete victory over all this world. Praise God forever and ever! I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Glory to Jesus! I have on the breastplate of righteousness, and for a hope, the helmet of salvation. And I am determined to ever stand firm for Jesus as long as I live. Praise God forever! I am determined to do His will in all things, be led by His Holy Spirit. He blesses me abundantly, more than I am able to ask or think. Now dear ones, pray for me, that I may stand firm, and do the Lord’s will in all things.
Your sister, saved and sanctified.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for salvation full and free. O I never can praise my blessed Master enough for what He has done for me; for picking me up, a poor vile sinner, when I was traveling that downward road to destruction, and placing my feet on that Solid Rock, which is Christ Jesus. He keeps me sweetly resting in the arms of Jesus, though I have passed through many persecutions; they only make me stronger. O praise God, for victory over everything that is of the world. We are having glorious mentings here, The Lord wonderfully blesses His little ones, and beeps them low and humble at His feet. My testimony is, that I am saved and sanctified, ready to be revealed in the last time. Pray for me, that I stand firm, and at last gain my home in Heaven.
Your sister in Christ Jesus.
Dear Brethren: — I am still rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God. Jesus is my Savior and Physician, He healeth all my diseases. Last Sunday the Lord permited me to meet with His children in Elba. We had a glorious meeting in the morning and evening. The brethren and their families from Essex were there, all happy in the Lord. How I should have loved to have met with the dear saints at the Assembly; but it seemes God willed it otherwise, and by His grace I am enabled to say, Thy will be done dear Lord. I am. Thine and all that I have is Thine forevermore. May our dear Father bless you all abundantly. Amen!
Maple Rapids Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I am rejoicing in salvation full and free. Glory to God! We went down to Elba last Sunday and held an ordinance meeting with the Church at that place. We had a glorious meeting, although the devil was wonderfully stirred.
It was like fighting with beasts, but we had the victory in the name of Jesus. Praise God for the victory! Bro. E. B. Lyon preached Sabbath evening, and the Lord did wonderfully bless the little ones. It was the first ordinance meeting held in that place. It was a glorious feast to the little ones, alter the battle with satan in the school house. Had preaching in the school house, then went to Brother Tupper’s and observed the ordinances.
Monday morning when we started home stopped at Bro. Tupper’s; grandma Tupper who has been a sect professer since she was fourteen years old, and is now sixty- eight, said she felt that she was not saved, and wanted us to pray with her. We talked a few minutes and then prayed with her, and she asked the Lord to forgive her sins. We left her feeling that she was saved. She is very feeble and will soon go to rest with Jesus.
We expect as soon as we get our crops out of the way to start on a campaign against babylon and all works of the devil, in the name of Jesus. We expect to have the victory all the way through. Your Bro. saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God.
T. J. Cox.
Dear Brethren: — I am saved and enjoying a present salvation that keeps me from all sin. Praise the Lord! I attended a two day meeting last Saturday and Sunday, the Lord was with us in mighty power. The Lord lifted us up far above this world, and on Sabbath we went to the river and there were thirteen that followed the footsteps of our blessed Savior in baptism. It was a glorious baptism. In the evening we obeyed our Savior’s commands in partaking of the ordinances. O praise the Lord for salvation that keeps all His true children.
I have passed through a great deal of opposition since Camp Meeting, but God’s grace is sufficient for us if we trust Him, and I expect to trust Him as long as I live.
Your Sister in Christ, saved and sanctified.
HIS ILL SAVOR.
A Brother writes us how much his heart was pained at bur use of such .words as “nasty” and “stinking.” in speaking of the rottenness of babylon, and filthiness of tobacco using, etc. He says, “Such words do not agree with the spirit that I believe God has given me.” “It almost made me sick.” “This is very unclean language.” etc.
We should love to write the brother a good long letter, for we believe him sincere, and conscientious. But as time is short, and a part of what I would write him, would probably be of general benefit, we will write a few things in reply in this way. We say to our brother that we know exactly what Spirit we are of. That we abide in Christ, and His Spirit and His “Words abide in ns. But in all kindness we say to our brother, you are not in the clear and perfect light of God. The spirit that tortured your mind in reading those words is not of God. It was an angel of light, or counterfeit spirit from satan. We have come up through all those deceptive spirits, which so much distress even honest and conscientious souls, and have learned, by the things we have suffered, to know them every time. We can discern them either by speach or by writing. The Bro. does not seem to be sure himself what spirit it was that distressed him. He says that our language was against the “spirit which he believed God had given him.” The real Spirit of God does not talk that way. He knows absolutely whence He is. “We seldom get letters from brethren correcting us through any counterfeit angel of light, but what we lead therein that their eyes are upon men, to some extent, or that they are interassociated, or mixed up with antichrist elements. The brother writes about another man who rejects the ordinances of Christ, at least some oft hem, who was also dissatisfied with the Trumpet, and did not want to take it any longer, because of a few objectionable features, but in the main confessed that he liked it better than any other paper. Well we expect all such men to give up their heresies, or give up the Trumpet. He says, “All the saints here expect myself, and one other brother object to feet washing.”
Now we say plainly, no saint objects to feetwashing. A saint is a holy, or sanctified person, and the Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier, and He leads us into all truth. “Thy Word is truth.” Now the Word of Jesus Christ, positively teaches and enjoins the washing of the saints feet, as a command of the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s saints may not have been taught this duty, but no saint of God rejects it. For as soon as it is presented to the mind of a holy man, the Spirit of God which instituted the command, being in his heart says amen to the truth. Because “He guides us into all truth.” But the spirit that opposes, and rejects truth after presented to the mind, is not of God. As long as there are conflicting doctrines, the parties have not come fully out of babylon, for when He brings again Zion, thy watchmen shall see eye to eye. — Isa. 52:8.
Is it true that the language we have used is contrary to the Scriptures. It is probable we would not have used it, had we not found it so applied in God’s “Word. Thus says the Lord, “I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils, yet have ye not returned unto me, says the Lord.” — Amos 4:10.
The chapter treats on the abominations, and backslidings of ancient Israel, which is fully anti-typed in the rottenness of the present day apostasy. Have we not seen babylon camps send up a stench of tobacco smoke that fully meets the above description.
“Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people; let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: He hath utterly destroyed them, He hath delivered them to the slaughterer. Their clam also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcasses, and the mountains shall he melted with their blood.” — Isa. 34:1-3.
This is present, awful truth. To-day “the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations,” and all false religion is given to the slaughterer. And the whole earth is strewn with carcasses, who have been cut off by the Sword. The Word of the Lord, is now being poured out without mixture; the real vials of God’s wrath upon babylon. And it does not hurt the conscience of God to say that “their stink shall come up out of their carcasses.” “For my sword shall “be bathed in heaven,” — the ecclesiastical heavens, or nominal churches.
“For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion,” — verses 6, 8, Head the entire chapter.
“But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.” — Joel 2:20.
The northern army is the army of Gog, and Magog, see Ezekiel 38:14, 15; 39:11. This army is to come up in the “latter days.” See Eze. 38:8, 16.
His coming from the north signified cold religion. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power; from such turn away.” Ezekiel says, his vile carcass “shall stop the noses of the passengers.” That is, he is so loathful that men passing by, hold their noses, because of the stench, and Joel 2:20, comes out still plainer.
So our brother can see that if we have used “filthy language,” as he thinks, so does the Bible. The Lord save that Bro. from his false fastidiousness. The word for which he judges us, occurs many times in the Bible, beside the few instances cited.
The fact is, the Word of God, in exposing the rotten works of the devil, speaks right out in plain language, and as the ole prophet Micah said, “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says, that will I say.”
Let not your hearts be troubled. The Word of the Lord is right. And by the grace of God we will not allow the devil, or any man or woman accuse us for speaking out as God speaks.
North Star Mich.
Dear Brethren: — My wife and I are saved and trusting in the Lord. I am so glad we belong to the Church that the gates of hell cannot prevail against. It is founded on the solid rock. Bless God He shall have ail the praise for a salvation that we can feel. It keeps us saved through and through. Glory to God and the Lamb forever and ever! May the Lord keep us all is my prayer. Your Brother.
F. J. Miller.
Dear Brethren in Christ our Savior that gave His life to save us from all our sins; not in our sins, but from our sins. O I do praise God for the light that I have received through the preaching of the dear saints at this place; for if it had not been for the straight Word that they put at me and the honest heart God gave me, I might have died a miserable deluded sectarian, and been lost. But praise God I am redeemed from all sin and sects, and every thing that is of the devil. O I do praise God that He blessed us with a visit from Brother Warner and his little band. God bless them. We had a good time waiting upon the Lord and there was a good number of souls saved and sanctified. Well I do praise God tor salvation that saves me to-day. I am saved and sanctified, and the power of God keeps me each day from sin. I am so glad to read the testimonies of the dear saints of God. I remain your Brother in Christ.
M. L. Munger.
East Jordan Mich.
Dear Brethren: — May God bless you all, and keep you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the bonds of love and peace with one another. I praise our Lord to-day for salvation that keeps us through fiery trial. O how satan did try to crush my soul while at the Bangor Camp Meeting. No one knows what I passed through with but our blessed Lord. The Word says, “Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” Praise God! we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. I want the prayers of God’s children that I may be steadfast immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Your Sister in Christ, saved and kept by the power of our dear Lord.
Julia E. Crowell.
Maple Rapids Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord to tell of the blood that cleanses me and makes me whole, I am saved and sanctified. I was saved on the Gratiot Camp Ground and have had sweet peace in my soul ever since. Pray for me.
J. E. Cox.
La Paz Ind.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led by the Spirit of God to write my testimony. I praise God for salvation. Glory to God! I am free from babylonish confusion and all sympathy for the sects.
Dear Bro. Michels has just, closed a meeting here with victory on the Lord’s side. A few souls were converted; others consecrated for entire sanctification. Six of the dear saints followed their dear Savior in the ordinance of baptism.
The Lord has a little army of saints here that are standing straight for Him. The saints have there regular meetings every Sabbath at 2 o’clock, and the Lord is with us and we are wonderfully blessed.
O glory to God! the cloudy day is passing away and, the true light is shining in my “soul. I praise God for what He has done for me and my family. He is blessing us every day. I am free from doubts and fears. Praise God! I am saved,washed and redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus, from all sin, ready and willing to say yes Lord to every manifestation of God’s will that is made known to me. May God bless all the dear saints. Amen! Your Brother in Christ.
J. M. Deniston.
Dear Brethren: — My heart rejoices in a Savior’s love to-day, for He saves me just now and keeps me by His mighty power from day to day, free from the follies and evils of this wicked world. Glory to God forever! Oh it makes my heart leap for joy to think that I am free in Christ, the only safe and sure refuge from all the cares and storms of this life, would say to all that have no hope in Christ, beware of the awful whirlpool of distraction that is seething and foaming around you, threatning to ingulf you in its everlasting depths of despair. Flee while there is time, to the Rock, Christ Jesus. Poor sinner, that Rock is sure, no storms or waves will molest you while within its cleft you hide. “O the joy, no tongue can tell it, ’Tis like many flowing streams.” Come to Jesus and be saved, and go along with me. I praise my God that he has healed my body. I was taken very suddenly ill with a fever; it lasted three nights and two days; but I prayed to my Father to heal me, and he removed the fever, and to-day I am well both in soul and in body. Glory to God for His wonderful promises to all, and I know He will fulfill His promises to them that believe.
The little band of saints are few here at Laingburg, but God is our support and He is able to keep us. We have our regular meetings Wednesday evening, and Sunday at 2 o’clock, and God is with us and keeps us day by day. Praise His holy name!
The Camp Meeting held at Gratiot in July, was the most wonderful meeting I ever beheld, and my soul was so happy in the love of my Savior that I could hardly stay in this land. I thank God that He sent me there, for I received a great deal of light on God’s Word through the preaching of Pro’s Warner and Fisher. May God bless them for their efforts in the behalf of poor suffering souls dead in sin. Oh how vivid it comes to my mind, when I was groping my way on in darkness here, but God saw fit to illumine my way by the glorious light of eternal day, and my way grows brighter as I journey on trusting Jesus who is a present help in every time of need. May God bless and keep all the saints is my prayer. From your Bro. saved and sanctified through the blood of Christ. I desire the prayers of the saints that I hold out faithful to the end, and with you gain a crown of life.
To the Dear Brethren of the Trumpet: — It has not been very long since I got out free from all sects and associations. I was a class leader in the Wesleyan sect, and a member of the Mich. Holiness Association. But thanks be to God! by hearing the true Word of God, and meeting with the Gratiot Co. saints, and by reading the blessed Word of God, I was convinced that a man, to be a true and faithful follower of God, he only wants one Master, and that is Jesus Christ alone. Now I can praise God for a free and full salvation. My pathway grows brighter day by day, but we are tried as by fire. There are a few of us here that have come out and stand for God alone, and we are praying that God will send some one here filled with the Holy Ghost and the Word of God, to let the light on the people in this place, for babylon. is badly shaken here; they don’t know what to do.
Praise our God for His wonderful Spirit and power he bestowes upon His children that are true to Him. We want the prayers of all the saints of God that we may always be faithful.
Now we are holding on to God by prayer and faith, that He will send some one in this part of His field; for there is some wheat here ripe to harvest. Your Bro. fully saved and kept by the power of God.
Maple Rapids Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God this morning for salvation full and free. Oh it fills my soul with glory to think of the wondrous love of our dear Redeemer. Praise His name for His keeping power that keeps me each day from sin. “I’ll tell to the world that the Savior is mine, far above all its pleasures my soul it doth shine; I now have the victory my faith is complete. I came for the cleansing low down at His feet.” I am saved to the uttermost. Glory to the Lamb! Your sister in Christ. Pray for us that we ever hold high the blood stained banner of Christ.
Effie A. Cox.
Dear Brethren: — I wish to give in my testimony for the Lord. I am saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. He has taken my feet out of the miry clay, and has placed them on the Solid Rock, Christ Jesus. Praise His name forever more!
I am filled with the Spirit of God, glory glory! to Jesus! Hallelujah to God forever and ever! He keeps me from sin, tobacco, tea and coffee. Praise the Lord forever! Your sister, saved, sanctified, and free from old babylon.
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to write my testimony for the glory or God. I can testify this morning that I am saved and filled with the love of God. I have had complete victory ever since the grove meeting. We all searched our titles there, and I found that I had doubts coming up in my mind, but I gave it all up to the Lord, and I never will doubt any more, for God says His grace is sufficient for us. Well praise God! it is all gone now. O praise God for saving our souls, and letting our house become a house of prayer. We can talk now of salvation, and what wonderful things the Lord has done in this place. O hallelujah to the name of Jesus, who died for us, and has redeemed us from all sin.
Oh our home is a heaven here on earth, and not only mine, but many others here in this neighborhood, which was once defiled with the filthiness of tobacco, and dancing and card playing, and all kinds of evil; but now we are rejoicing in the love of God. Praise God for what He has done for us. O glory to God! O come poor sinners, come to Jesus! He will save you, He will set you free. Oh dear sinners, come before it is too late, for it is an awful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. See what miracles God is doing, He opens the blind eyes; He makes the deaf to hear; He heals the sick. O praise His name!
Well dear ones pray for us. We remain your Brother and sister in Christ, saved and sanctified.
C. & M. Griffin.
Dear Brethren: — I do praise God this morning for a full and complete salvation. O praise the Lord! I am all the Lord’s, and am doing His will. Glory be to the worthy name of Jesus! for the many precious promises He has given us in His Word, and for His Holy Spirit that He gives His children. O praise His holy name! My prayer to God is, that many more may come and accept this great salvation. He is able to cleanse you from all sin, and to keep you pure. I have many persecutions and trials to contend with, but the Lord keeps me saved through them all. Praise His holy name forever! There is nothing that could entice me to give up this blessed hope. Jesus says that it shall turn to us for a testimony; settle it therefore, in your hearts not to meditate before, what ye shall answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay, nor resist, and ye shall be betrayed both by parents and brethren and kins-folks, and friends, and some of you shall they cause to be put to death, and ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake, but there shall not one hair of your head perish. O praise the Lord! In your patience possess ye your souls. May the Lord keep us patient through all trials, that we stand firm for Jesus; for He is able to keep us unto the end.
I am all sold out to Jesus, and no longer am my own, for I am bought with His own precious blood.
Pray for me that I may live low and humble at my Master’s feet. Your Sister in Christ, saved and wholly sanctified.
Beaver Dam, Ind.
Dear readers of the Trumpet; I feel to praise God for salvation full and free.
Glory be to God! I thank God for ever calling after a poor vile sinner like me, and placing my feet on the Solid Rock Christ Jesus. O glory be to God! He saves me just now. My tongue cannot express the goodness of God. I go about my work praising God from morning until night. O glory be to Jesus! for the sweetness that I have in my soul from day to day. I am buried in the great ocean of God’s love. Praise the Lord! I know nothing but Christ and Him crucified. God has set me in the Body as it hath pleased Him, that I may work in His vineyard. He wants no idlers in His vineyard. O I do praise God for giving me a willing mind and an humble heart to do whatsoever the Lord has for me to do. Well I give God all the praise and glory for saving my soul. O I bless God that He fills my soul with His glory all the time. Pray for me. Your sister saved and sanctified.
Sarah N. Wells.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God for deliverance from all bands and straps of the world, and of sin. Praise the Lord!
Your Bro. saved and sanctified.
Dear Brethren: — And saints scattered abroad, “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit.” “Grace unto you, and peace be multiplied;” “seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth, through the Spirit, unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one-another with a pure heart fervently.” “For ye are a chosen generation, a royal Priest-hood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness, into His marvelous light.” “For He hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness,” “that we being delivered from the hands of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life.” And “give unto Him the glory due unto His name,” and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” “For we are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” Hallelujah to Our God! He just gives us victory in our soul day by day, and the “eternal weight of glory,” so we are able to rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Glory be to God! Brethren let us draw the lines, and build up the walls, and close up the breaches. Thrust in the sickle, for the wheat is ripe to harvest and the laborers are few.
Your Brother and Sister, saved to the uttermost, and reigning in life by one Christ Jesus. Free from babylon. Glory to our God, we have the sweet ache in our souls that Brother Joseph talks about.
Praise the Lord! Salvation! sanctified, and on the sea of glass mingled with fire.
J. N. & M. J. Howard.
La Paz Ind.
Dear Saints of God: — This evening my testimony is, I am saved and washed in the blood, and made white as snow. I praise God for picking me up out of the road of sin and folly. I praise God for tree and fall salvation. Glory be to God!
Pray for me, your sister,