15 October 1896, Volume 16, Number 41.
THE COMING JUDGMENT.
How truly we know it is written,
That death is appointed to all.
And after death cometh the judgment
Of every one both great and small.
Oh, you who are ever rejecting
The counsel of God’s holy word,
Remember there’ll be no deliverance
When once the last great trump is heard.
O sinner, come ponder a moment,
Remember your soul is at stake,
The road on which you’re now running
Will end in the dark burning lake.
And dearly beloved professor,
What will your profession avail?
When weighed in the Lord’s righteous balance,
Your unanchored hope will all fail.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day; and having done all to stand, STAND therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.” — Eph. 6:13, 14.
For some time, my soul has been stirred to its depths, on account of the enormous number of up-and-down, zigzag lives, that are being lived among the people of God in these last days, when every mite gained should be held. Therefore we feel it our duty to sound aloud an alarm through the columns of the TRUMPET; peradventure some of the above-described lives may be straightened and the possessors of the same may be awakened from the satanic cradle of lethargy, and become bright and shining lights in the world with those who already are standing on Mount Zion, dazzling the eyes of the nominal world, as well as the non-professor, by the brilliancy of the great electric light (Jesus Christ) of heavenly origin, as it blazes forth in its splendor from those who are walking in the light of his word. Truly our heart has been made to ache, when we see and hear of our once beloved in the Lord, now up and down in their experience, falling into the snare of the devil and bringing bitter reproach upon the precious cause of Christ. The fact is in many cases, the above state of spirituality has already become alarming, owing to the light and understanding they, through the providence of God, have received upon his word.
I now allude (in particular) to certain dear individuals, who for years have been privileged to listen to the gospel in its purity, but for some cause they are unsettled, and have a continued up-and-down life, being a misery to themselves and a reproach to the cause of Christ. Truly it is high time that such are being awakened. For what sayeth the scripture: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house SHALL BE ESTABLISHED in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.” — Isa. 2:2. You see, dear unsettled soul, according to the above text, that in the last days God is going to have an ESTABLISHED people. By turning to 2 Tim. 3:1-5, it is clearly shown that we now live in the above stated days. Now, since the days of establishing are at hand, and God is thus confirming his own elect, what will be the awful fate of those, who by their continual falling are reproaching God’s precious cause, and are failing to get the establishing? The fact will be thus: God will establish his own, root, and ground them according to his Word. And they in these last days, will move onward with great velocity, increasing with the increase of God, and abounding unto every good work; and while they are thus gliding along in their splendor toward the portals of glory, you, dear unsettled soul, will be left in the dark shades of night, with the grim giant of despair fixing his eyes upon you, cheering himself with the thought, “that you are going to be lost.” Moreover, the sullen spirits of the infernal region are rejoicing over such a life, as hell stands with her mouth extended wide to receive all who are thus found (as before described) wandering about in the broad way. Oh, awake, awake, ye who wear the apparel of night, and deck thyself with the beautiful garments of righteousness!
Although unsettled experiences are so numerous, we are compelled to say (in the light of his word) that it is useless for it to be so. For in the great plan of God’s salvation, is provided complete deliverance, and God declares himself “faithful, who shall stablish and keep you from evil.” — 2 Thess. 3:3. Let us look at the cause of a falling experience. Luke 6:47-49.
“Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could net shake it; for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built a house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell: and the ruin of that house was great.”
Here Jesus gives us to understand that the cause of our up-and-down life, is brought about by us. 1st, by not obeying his word. 2nd, building without foundation. For he sayeth, if we obey and build upon the rock we cannot be shaken. Jesus also tells us that a just man needs no repentance. Therefore, such a one certainly has laid his foundation upon the rock, and cannot be shaken. From these texts we see that Jesus teaches that a Bible repentance is the foundation of a Bible experience. So if you, dear reader, have an unsettled experience, it will be well for you to examine closely, and see if you have as yet, laid the proper foundation and built upon the rock; that is, biblically repented.
We will notice a few things required in repentance. “Let the wicked forsake his way.” — Isa. 55:7. Forsake, — abandon; leave, never to return; not simply go a visiting. “If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live, he shall not die.” — Ezek. 33:15. Altar workers should see that the above text is obeyed to the extent of opportunity and ability. Next comes reconciliation. “But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” — Matt. 6:15. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso CONFESSETH and FORSAKETH them shall have mercy.” — Prov. 28:13. Have you obeyed all? If not, you are apt to find as Jesus has said, “He that heareth and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation, built a house upon the earth,” which “fell.” The apostle tells us, “he that cometh to God, must believe that he is [exists], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” — Heb. 11:6. How may we diligently seek God? Ans. By doing that which he demands of us in repentance. “His commandments are not grievous” — 1 Jno. 5:3. Therefore he will only require us to act to the extent of opportunity and ability.
So, let us build on a Bible foundation, and obtain a Bible experience. Although one may biblically repent and receive pardon, he must yet have a second grace, to possess this ESTABLISHED experience wherein we stand. “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into THIS grace wherein we stand.” — Rom. 5:1, 2. We are in many places exhorted very vividly by the apostle, that we should not fail to stand. Therefore, do not fail to obtain this true grace wherein we stand. 1 Pet. 2:12. The apostle cries out thus: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” — Gal. 5:1. “Stand fast in one spirit.” — Phil. 1:27. “Stand fast in the faith.” — 1 Cor. 13:16. “Stand fast in the Lord.” — 1 Thess. 3:8. “Stand in awe and sin not.” — Psa. 4:4. “Stand in his holy place.” — Psa. 24:3.
Now, dear reader, with all these precious scriptures upon this subject, let us notice who shall be able to stand. “He that hath clean hands and a pure heart.” — Psa. 24:4. Therefore do not stop short of the standing grace, neither be discouraged, for God is able to make you stand (See Rom. 14:4-)- Therefore lay a Bible foundation, build on the rock, obtain the blessed experience of the second grace (sanctification), and you will be able to stand. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” — Matt. 5:48.
A. J. ELLISON.
Government of Temper.
WHETHER we regard the honor of the religion of Jesus Christ or the comfort of domestic life, much depends upon governing the temper. Some persons are naturally possessed of a kind and sweet temper, and are thus prepared, when they become partakers of salvation to display its most attractive charms. Others are naturally violent and passionate, or sullen and morose. It is as much the office of salvation to soften and subdue harsh and unruly tempers, as it is to mortify the most flagrant vices. Little do they know of the design of salvation, and little do they feel of its power, who are insensible to this.
The word of God inculcates meekness and gentleness, and the mild and lovely temper of the Savior. “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath.” “Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and clamor, be put away from you, with all malice.” “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, * * * humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.” “Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted.” The fruit of the Spirit is peace, gentleness, meekness. “Follow after meekness.”
In these important passages how many weighty reasons are included for cherishing a meek and gentle temper, and for repressing harshness, sullenness, and passion! If the infinite God avails, you here have his commands; if a dread of yielding to the wicked one can prevail, he cautions us not to give place to the devil by indulging wrath. The Most High enforces the necessity of gentleness and meekness, by pronouncing the meek blessed (Matt. 5: 5), by declaring gentleness a fruit of the Spirit, and by teaching us that, if we would walk worthy of our holy calling, it must be with lowliness and meekness.
Important promises are made to the meek. “The meek will he guide in judgment.” “The meek will he teach his way.” “The meek shall increase their joy in the Lord.” If anything more were wanting to stamp a value on mild and gentle tempers, it may be found in the declaration that they form an ornament to the human character, highly valued by God himself. “Whose adorning let it be the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” After these testimonies to the importance of mildness and gentleness, think not that the government of your temper is of little importance.
A furious, or sullen and sour professor of the gospel, instead of recommending religion, more effectually teaches men to hate it than does a drunkard or a blasphemer. And the same authority that condemns drunkenness and the drunkard, declares harsh tempers the fruits of the flesh, and forbids them in the followers of the Lamb.
The honor of religion, your own happiness, and that of those around you depend so much on the daily exercise of mild and gentle tempers, that it may be important to pursue the subject by viewing the example of the holy Jesus. During his life of trials, he manifested unruffled gentleness and meekness. No passion, no resentment, no sullen anger ever appeared in him. His life was a life of meekness; and when injuriously led to death, he was ltd as a lamb to the slaughter, and not one angry word escaped his lips. Wrath and passion are most apt to be displayed to enemies. His enemies were many; but he displayed no resentment. When the Jews were about to stone him, he mildly said, “Many good works have I shown you from my Father; for which of these works do ye stone me?” When cruelly insulted before the tribunal of Caiaphas, he said, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why smitest thou me?” His friends often displayed much dullness and unbelief; yet he manifested no resentful emotions; but kindly instructed them, or mildly expostulated with them and for them. When sleeping even during his agony, he pleaded in excuse, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Would you honor Christ, and have your dwelling the abode of peace, copy the gentleness of Jesus, and watch and pray for meekness like your Savior’s By soft words turn away anger, and never, never relax in your prayers and exertion, till your temper is brought into obedience to Christ.
Great occasions for displaying some of the splendid virtues of Christianity seldom occur; it is by a daily attention to its more retired graces that you must manifest its power. A martyr’s firmness you will probably never be called to dis-play; but the Savior’s gentleness and mildness you are called upon to manifest every day.
Not once in your life may you be summoned to prove, by renouncing liberty, friends, and property, that you prefer your Lord to all earthly good; but a hundred petty yet vexing occurrences may arise even in a day to give an opportunity of proving that you imitate the example of Jesus and show that you treasure in your heart, and display in your life, his admonitions respecting the loveliness and worth of a meek and quiet spirit. Yours in the one body,
W. D. FARNAN.
THERE is no truly successful Christian living without constant increasing and steady progression. The Bible, which is a “lamp to our feet,” represents the Christian life as one which “shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Those who have lost the sweetness and blessedness of their “first love,” and become formal, zealously endeavor to excuse themselves, and often predict the same declension in others. We may meet with the cold worldly professor who will tell us that a few more years will suffice to teach us that redeeming love will not remain always as a thing of joy in our hearts, but will as the grass of the field wither and die and pass away.
While the blessedness and consciousness of fellowship with our dear Lord, and the realization of his loving hand in all the great and small affairs of life, will give way to coldness and the mere happenings of circumstances; while we are now all joy, happiness, and devotion, but soon to return to the common level of formality, — while this may truly represent the course of many, I feel thankful it is not the inevitable course of all. The Bible gives no encouragement for such a degeneration. Such is not the legitimate effectual fruits of the Spirit.
To the contrary, if the fervency of youthful happiness in Jesus be arduously continued, it will draw us into a more blessed communion with God, into a sweeter and more sacred walk with him. The beauteous graces of Jesus will fall from heaven with unfolding and expanding influence upon our soul as the copious May shower upon the opening bud. How blessed to know that the soul may daily drink of the “water of life” with increasing joy! They who do not experience as much joy as in the first years of their Christian life, must certainly have dispensed with some of their spiritual food. They have neglected to come to the sweet fountain of water and drink until their cup of joy was full. The testimony of such is not likely to raise the standard of piety in the souls of others.
It is true the Bible does record the apostatizing of some, and their sad end, but the purpose is to give us warning. The language of the blessed word of God is such as to encourage us in a holy Christian walk with the energy of an Olympic racer. The tendency of Bible verse is to elevate the standard of piety, love, and devotion in the soul, and not to cool the ardor of youth.
Many of the children of the Lord are to-day talking of advancement. Some testify that they do not experience as much joy and happiness as they once did, but they are advancing in faith, patience, meekness, etc. To develop in some of the Christian graces and diminish in others is incomprehensible to me. To see in the same individual faith, meekness, and patience to fruitfulness, and a shrinkage of love, joy, and peace, would indeed be a strange spiritual phenomenon.
As we value the blessedness of communion with God or our hopes of immortality, let us see that our advancement is in all the graces of God. I cannot believe that one can increase in faith and decrease in joy. The path of retrogression has been the course of many, and may be the course of many more, but not necessarily. In the mighty arm of Jesus there is a wonderful power of acceleration. If we make it our support, he will bear us on in true Christian progress. God bless all his dear children. In much holy love,
GHAS. E. ORR.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1896.
LIST OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
Mrs. Geo Hatch, Florence Dayton, A. Summer, Eliza Taylor, Wm. E. Warren., Mary Arnold, G. L. Welling, Amanda Sharp, Matilda J. Eckelberger, Matilda Edwards, Robert Croasdell, A. D. Anderson.
Bro. J. F. Lundy writes that there will be an assembly meeting held at 660 King St., Charleston, S. C. No date was given, which will probably be given later. His address will be at the above-named place.
Requests for Prayer.
DEAR SAINTS: I earnestly ask the prayers of the children of God for my afflicted sister, who has suffered from insanity since she was eighteen years of age. She is now forty-four years old. She was taken again to the Lincoln, Neb asylum a few weeks ago. At times she has been so bound by the devil that she had epileptic fits and lay as one dead with froth and foam at the mouth, and has been pronounced incurable, but I believe that God is able to make her well. Pray for her.
Pray Oct. 31 for Mrs. Perry, St. Louis, Mich. that she may be sanctified and healed.
Pray for my child who was terribly burned.
Pray for brother David Tanner: he has stomach disease.
Pray for Mrs. Sallie C. Hinnership, Wooster, for the healing of bodily infirmities. For her father who is sick and not saved. And for her niece who has poor health and sore threat.
Sister Meyer, of La Due, Mo requests prayer for the complete healing of her eyes. Pray Oct. 21, 9 o’clock A. M.
Calls for Meetings.
If any of the saints come to or near St. Paul, I hope they will come to St. Paul Park, and hold meetings. I have never heard a holiness preacher. Pray for me,
G. L. Welling,
Langdon, Wash. Co., Minn.
There is a call for meeting at Hobbs. Wise Co., Va. Address Sinda Standefer or Emaline Robenett.
The general assembly of the church of God in the Northwest will be held in the Saints’ Home, situated on Union Fiat, about nine miles west of Pullman, and about ten miles southeast of Colfax. It will begin Oct 23, and last till Nov. 1, or longer. A glorious time of spiritual advancement, of sinking into and seeking after God, is expected. Amen. Let there be a general coming together of all the saints and seekers after light and truth, salvation or healing of soul and body. Pray for its success.
Those coming from the west or east over the N. P. R. R. get off at Pullman and address A. B. Peterman, Box 78. Those coming from the south over the U. P. and O. R. and N. R. R. and those from the east or west over the Great Northern, get off at Colfax and address me as below. Let all who can, bring bedding, tent, and pro-visions.
F. N. Jacobson, Colfax, Wash.
Gold and Silver.
At the present time the people of this country are in great enthusiasm concerning political matters, and especially finances. Among politicians and those whose minds are turned on the line of politics gold and silver is the topic of the day. We insert the following extract, which shows the matter more from a Bible standpoint.
“The principal object is to bring out the fact so clearly stated in the sacred Scriptures, that neither silver nor gold represents the greatest value. If you are looking for the highest and best standard of worth, or value, that which will not deteriorate, and which no earthly combination or circumstances will affect, it will be necessary to take some other object than either of the two under consideration. There is that which is of much greater value than gold, as stated. The psalmist, speaking of the commandments of the Lord, says, ‘More to be desired are they than fine gold, yea, than much fine gold.’ Again, he says “The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver’. And again, ‘Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.” The apostle also speaks of objects more precious than gold, as follows: ‘That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire.’ And in the same chapter. “For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation, received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ.’ Here, then, are three things which are more precious than gold, — the precious blood of Christ, the righteous-ness expressed in the law of God, and that faith which is tried by fire. These three things represent the Christian’s true standard of value. Compared with them, gold and silver are as worthless rubbish. It is not worth while to dispute and quarrel as to the relative value of articles that are so inferior to the value of that which the word of God places before all, and within easy reach. There are other things also that are to be chosen above silver and gold.
‘The gold and the silver all belong to God, but there is that which is far more precious in his sight. The apostle Peter tells us that the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit is in the sight of God ’of great price.’ Of the remnant church God has said, ‘I will make a man more precious than fine gold: even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.’ Character is of infinitely more consequence than gold and silver. It is more valuable to us and more precious to God. Earthly riches cannot purchase the favor of God, nor redeem the sinner in the day of his wrath. Says the prophet, ‘Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath.’ — Zeph, 1:18.
“But if any insist upon procuring gold and silver, the Bible tells them how to obtain it. ‘Acquaint now thyself with him; and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart. If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from the tabernacle. Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense, and thou shall have plenty of silver. For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.’ — Job. 22: 21-26. And again, the true witness exclaims, ‘I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire.’
“From these texts, and many others that might be cited, neither silver nor gold represents the true standard of value. They are corruptible and uncertain, they cannot redeem the soul nor ransom the life. The love of them is a snare into which men fall, and are pierced with many sorrows. To the child of ‘God there remains that which is of infinitely greater value, and these true riches are placed within the reach of the poor and oppressed of earth. Oh, how vast is the heritage of faith! With it comes the gift of all things. How pure and lasting is the righteousness of Christ! How precious is the blood that was shed for our redemption! Possessing all these things, you are inconceivably rich. Compared with them, all earthly objects fade into worthless insignificance.”
Question. Is it right for a saint of God to make free-silver speeches, or to go to hear speeches made?
Answer. The world to-day is excited over politics, and at the present time silver and gold is the question. This is a worldly affair, and not an affair of the church. If those professing to be the children of God would go to work for souls with as great enthusiasm as they do for politics there would be a greater revolution throughout the world than all their work and influence in making speeches, voting one against another, and such like can bring about, and the people would be in better condition generally. The question to-day in the political circle is money. “Gold,” “Silver,” “Sound money,” “Free silver,” “16 to 1,” and such like expressions are heard on every hand. And if the child of God goes to crying out for, and after, these things he creates an enthusiasm and leads his mind off on a way from the Lord and mingles with parties as full of corruption as can be found. The word of God teaches that we are to separate ourselves from such, “and touch not the unclean thing.” Some one may say, ‘If we are capable of making a speech for the good of our country, and our better judgment teaches us that free silver is the best thing for our country, we should be up and doing, and also post ourselves concerning these things by going and learning. But another professing child of God of equal intelligence may think his better judgment leads him to make speeches in favor of gold, and give as many plausible reasons for doing so. And those who follow such things are very apt to get mixed up in worldly affairs deeper than they have any idea. But, they say, it is a question of finances, something that relates to our bread and butter. It is not only the poor whose minds are going out after these things but the rich also imbibe the same spirit of enthusiasm and become as deeply involved therein, and the money question is so prominent that other more weighty matters are almost forgotten. Let us see Paul about the money question: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God [notice to whom he is speaking], flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life.” — 1 Tim. 6:10-12. Now let us see how Jesus prayed for his disciples and those who believed on him: “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word, that they all may be one as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” — Jno. 17:15,20,21. There are many scriptures that might be given which would show that the children of God have no business mingling and taking part in such worldly affairs. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” — Jas. 1:27.
Is it right for a child of God to vote with any of the political parties?
We think the conclusion of this matter can easily be dawn from what has just been written and from what Christ and his apostles told us in his Word, and by their examples. If it were right for the children of God to go and vote, and if, as some say, a duty before God for them to do so, and God requires it, it would seem to us that God would direct them to all vote alike. But on the other hand, we find one brother going to the polls who is a staunch Republican, loyal to his party; another one who is a staunch Democrat; another one an enthusiastic Populist, another one using every energy for the welfare of his Prohibition party; and others for something else. Now these brethren are of equal intelligence and each one doing what he feels is his duty. One comes in and votes a straight Republican ticket. His brother next behind him steps up and kills his vote by voting Prohibition. Another brother steps up and kills his vote by voting the Democratic ticket, and so on, all feeling that they are doing their duty before God.
“But,” says one, “I do not claim to be a party man, but make a selection and vote for what I think is right.”
“Well, that is what they all do.”
“Yes, but it is a question of finances this year.”
“Very true! that old question, the love of which Paul says is the root of all evil, is truly the question.” And now let us investigate the matter.
Suppose you step up to the polls and vote for free silver, or for gold, as the case may be. You may be conscientious in the matter, but your vote, as it is, has its influence for one or the other of the parties, whether you vote a straight-out party ticket or not. What is the result? Perhaps your point is gained in the election. You have helped to elect a corps of officers from a party who license whiskey manufactories and the sale of intoxicating liquors, and who license and protect houses of ill- fame, where hundreds and thousands of souls are being dragged down to ruin. You forget all about these things. You forget about the betting and gambling of various kinds, and “evil concupiscence,” and almost every other evil thing which is practiced in the very party you have helped to gain the day. and you mingling with it; yet you have a good motive, you say, and doubtless think you are doing the will of God, because you have not investigated from a Bible standpoint. We wish to present this matter with some, weight upon every child of God. Remember, in the face of these facts God will hold you responsible.
“But,” says one, “what will you do? Let the government be run by wicked men because the children of God do not do their duty, and let the whole thing be run by the devil?”
We would say that, take out the devil’s work, as it is and has been since the children of God have been mingling in such things, affairs would be in quite a different state. How was it in the time of Christ and his apostles?’ If they had made political speeches, voted and partied, and every such thing, yet they would never have brought about a revolution of things. But God’s word was fulfilled in prophecy, and as his children went forth preaching the whole word of God fearlessly and boldly, the things that belonged to Caesar were rendered unto him, and the things that belonged to God were rendered unto him. They separated themselves from the abominations of the world to serve the Lord with one heart and one mind, and God gave the increase. When Jesus was spoken to about some certain things he said, “My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world then would my servants fight, that I should net be delivered to the Jews; but now is my kingdom not from hence.” If our place is in the kingdom of God and to look after affairs concerning that kingdom, let the world take care of their own affairs, do their own political speaking, their own congregating together to listen to such, their own voting, etc.
“But”, says one, “it is a matter of conscience.”
Well, let us consider that matter. Perhaps Paul thought that way when he was persecuting the church, consenting to the death of the saints; and says he had a good conscience through all this. It was because his eyes were blind to the truth on these lines. The devil will blind you to the truth and make you think that helping along a certain question of the day, which probably would be a benefit, would be a Christian duty for you despite of the influence you have given by so doing in helping along the houses of ill-fame and the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors, licensing saloons, etc. which destroy men’s souls.
We are aware that some will take exceptions to this, but we fearlessly, in the meekness of Jesus and for the good of souls, present these facts and truths before you, that we may be clear in the day of judgment, and there may be no excuse for any one to say he did not think of these things. The man who has all partyism out of his heart has very little to do with the politics of to-day. A person may even take a stand that he will not cast his vote, and yet by his talk and actions show that he is filled with a spirit of politics, so much so that God does not have his right of way. This year we find the Democrat party and the Prohibition party and others divided, a mass of confusion, from which the word of God requires his children to separate themselves.
What are some of the signs that were to take place in the last days? Surely it is being fulfilled at the present time. We read that there shall be perplexities, and things that result in the turmoil of nations, governments, etc., and that wicked men shall wax worse and worse. To enter into political affairs, one gets more or less under a party spirit, and that works division whether it be among the children of God, or among wicked men. And nations and governments will meet their fate in fulfillment of prophecy whether the children of God vote or not. But it is a blessed thing to know that the Lord says, “My God shall supply all your needs.”
The loving Jesus says he is with us always, and he is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and was tempted in all points as we are, and knows just how to succor us when we are tempted and tried. Praise his name! You who are tried have companions. Read Rev. 1:9 and 7:14. You see we all come through the trials, none escape. Rev. 3:10. But one of the hardest things when trials come, is ‘not to think it strange’ (1 Pet. 4:12, 13), as though some strange thing happened unto us.
But the devil will come and say you are not in God’s order, you have done wrong; or if you are sick or afflicted and can’t get hold on God’s promises right at once, he will try to get you discouraged, or a hundred other things, to get you off of God’s word. Then is when it becomes your duty to resist him, live by faith, claim the victory, fight valiantly, and God will come to your rescue.
Daniel, in prophesying of the evening light, said many should be purified, made white, and tried. Dan. 12:10. First the purifying, which consists of getting salvation, both justification and sanctification. There is a difference between us purifying ourselves and the Lord purifying us; we purify ourselves by forsaking our ways, after we have lived in sin and debauchery, by leaving, quitting, and mortifying our base desires, and by so doing coming to God: believing his word, receiving Jesus as our Savior and Sanctifier. Then he will cleanse and purify our lives and natures. Praise name! In that way many are going to be purified in the present reformat ion. This purifying makes us white, and we are clothed in this raiment if we continue on in righteousness. In Rev. 3:5, we read: He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment.” It is the outer manifestation of the work done in the inner man; so that all who see and associate with the individual that is sanctified can obtains sanctification,
will see and realize that the work is done, the white raiment being the righteousness of the saints. We are clothed in white raiment by walking in the light of God’s word, and obeying the leadings of the Holy Spirit, so that there will not be a spot on our character that any one can see, and if they accuse us, it will be wrongfully. Glory to Jesus!
But then comes the trying, which is so much dreaded by a good many; but it should not be so, for Jesus was tried and tempted (Heb. 4:15), and Paul exhorts us to consider him. Heb. 12:2-4. It is by standing true to God in trials, that we are made so that God can put confidence in us, and it will also show to God’s people that they can put confidence in us. Sometimes we are chastened of God to teach us, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Heb. 12:5-11. This will be grievous, and you will begin to think it is a hard way. The devil is generally turned loose at those times and will give real severe trials; be sure, he will make you as miserable as he can; for it is his desire to get you discouraged, if possible, and turn your back upon God, and to give up serving him. Then is when you need to seek God in earnest. You may not know the reason why you are tried and chastened; that is, if the devil has got you confused or blinded to your disobedience. But if you know your duty, do it, and it will restore confidence for you in God. Then resist the devil and he will flee from you. Resist. him anyway, he is not your judge.
The best way to keep out of such chastenings and scourgings is to obey God, and to get freed from all the alloy that you have. God will not permit them unless they are necessary, and God will not chasten unless we disobey him. “Like as a father pitieth his children; so, the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” — Psa. 103:13. We read in Acts 14:22, that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. But the promise is that if you would be faithful unto death, you will receive a crown of life. Your brother in Christ,
News from the Fields.
CURTISVILLE, IND , Oct. 7.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: We held a series of meetings with the saints of God at Deer Creek, Ind. The Lord blessed the work, and there were quite a number of consecrations. Some were healed, and a great sinking down into the sweet will of our God was realized by the dear saints at that place. To God be all the glory. Yours under the blood,
LEWIS LAND AND JOHN W. HIGH.
ST. LOUIS, MICH., Oct. 4.
DEAR BRETHREN IN CHRIST: This morning finds us rejoicing in the love of Christ, with victory in our souls over all the powers of sin and hell. Now I wish to say to the saints in the North who are expecting meeting at your places, we are about ready to start on our winter’s campaign, and any one desiring meeting at your place should notify us soon. There will be four of us in company, Bro. and Sister Walters, Sister Frankie Warner, and myself. Now just a word concerning the meeting. Don’t set any certain time for us to come to your place, for you may be disappointed. God has shown us that we are to go into a place and stay until he says go, so we don t want any meetings dated that would cause us to get out of God’s order by closing the one we are holding. Yours in defense of the truth,
WM. E. WARREN AND CO.
NEW PITTSBURG, IND., Sept. 3.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I am still praising God for complete salvation in my soul through the blood of Christ. The Bonfield, Ill., tabernacle meeting was a real feast to all our souls, and a means in the hands of God to propagate his present truth. The meeting continued ten days, during which souls were both justified and sanctified, also nine baptized. This was a real precious meeting, for God was with us in power. Oh, the real glory that filled our souls! Bless the Lord! We found at the above place a real generous people. May the Lord reward them all for their kindness to us while with them. Saturday, September 19, we all met in the name of Jesus and observed the ordinances of God’s house, about fifty of the dear people of God were present. This was a most sacred and solemn ordinance. Six of God’s fire-baptized saints from Michigan, were present, who aided much in the work.
At the close of the meeting Bro. and Sister Sheldon returned to Grand Junction, Mich. Sister Adena Warwick is on her way home but is helping in the New Pittsburg meeting. At the close of this meeting I will return home, where I will remain a few weeks preparing the comforts of my family for winter. Let all the saints who feel that God would be glorified in me holding a meeting in your locality this fall and winter write me at Burkett, Ind., as that is my home permanent address. I am your brother, all the Lord’s,
S. L. SPECK.
FRANKLIN, ARK., Oct. 6.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: May you all be strengthened by might and power divine. The month of September has passed away since we last wrote, and the Lord’s work is keeping pace with the means of grace he is using for his glory in this part of his vineyard. The meeting at Homeland was well attended, especially at the last, and some good accomplished that was visible then, and some that has been manifested since then. We then went to Violet Hill, where we held a ten-day meeting, which was exceedingly well attended by day and night throughout. Many came from a distance and were delighted to hear the Word go forth clothed with Jerusalem authority and pristine beauty. There were ten or eleven baptized at the close of the meeting, and others will follow from different neighborhoods. We were thankful to our dear Lord for granting us the privilege of meeting our dear Brother Schell at the Thayer camp meeting, which was a good season to us and many of the saints throughout these regions. From there we went to Myrtle and preached from Friday till Monday with good results. We are now holding a meeting with good interest near Franklin, Ark. The hand of the Lord is upon us and we find nothing in our path that discourages us; for with Jesus at our side we need no other guide. Pray for us, all ye holy brethren.
A. B. STANBERRY.
PULLMAN, WASH., Oct. 6.
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: I will endeavor to write a few lines to the Trumpet. Sept. 29, we bade farewell to the dear ones in N. Dak. and started for the Saints Home and school in Washington. Were just 50 hours making 1450 miles. God was with us and gave us a pleasant journey. Found the dear ones at the Home with victory in their souls, and God had just begun to send in money to finish the house. The Lord is going to help, and the house will soon be finished. The Lord willing, the school will start the first Monday in November. Let those that expect to attend begin to examine themselves and see if they are ready. This school is for such as want to serve God, and not for those that want to serve the devil. Bro. Byrum’s new book, “Sec-ret of Salvation,” will be used in the school as a text-book, also the “Biblical Trace of the Church,” the “Sabbath” tract, “What is the Soul,” and such others of the Trumpet office publications as the Lord may direct. We believe our children should have a real biblical education along with the other books.
Let all the Trumpet readers pray for the success of the school in Washington. Our address will be Pullman, Wash. Box 78.
GEO. W. BAILEY.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I feel it will glorify him for me to tell of his goodness to me, in the healing of my soul and body. I can truly say he is my doctor for both soul and body, for which I give him all the glory. I am happy to say my joy is to go to see and talk to the dear people about their precious souls. After leaving Charleston, S. C., where we spent three weeks in a meeting held by Bro. Smith and the dear saints with him at that place, I had the joy of going to Hawthorne to help in the work of the Lord at that place, where the Lord mightily used Bro. Smith in laying judgment to the line. The dear ones showed by their fruit they were in the evening light and are in a condition to receive more and more of it as it shines on them. Praise the name of the Lord! I praise God for their being steadfast in the faith, notwithstanding false teachers ran in on them. Pray for them to stand.
Now about the children. The hearts of the dear mothers leaped for joy on hearing Bro. Smith speak of a home and school for them, although it was spoken of as a future matter. But those dear mothers are praying for it now and we at Augusta are praying for its success, and that is for God to bless the anticipated home and school with consecrated teachers. So, we ask the saints of God everywhere to pray for God to direct us in this all- important matter, which is so much needed in the South. It will be for the colored. Yours in the one body,
DADEVILLE, MO., Oct. 4.
DEAR TRUMPET READERS: We feel it our privilege to tell you something about how the Lord is working in these parts. We commenced meeting four miles west of Dadeville, Sept. 9; closed Oct. 2. There was victory all the way through the meeting. There were about fourteen saved in time of the meeting and many acknowledged the truth. We are praising God for the privileges we enjoyed through all this meeting. We had the privilege of working with Ostis Wilson and wife, my dear children that had been separated from me for some time, also two brothers and one brother-in-law, and their families; some of them were saved before and some were saved in this meeting. I do praise God for what I have enjoyed in time of this meeting. It seems I never was in a meeting that my soul feasted more on the goodness of God than this one. To him be all the glory. Also, Sister Ida Campton and Sister Moore from near Ash Grove were with us through most of the meeting, whom God most wonderfully used in singing the sweet songs of Zion, also my mother was in this meeting. We commenced meeting yesterday at Jones schoolhouse, four miles north of Dadeville. There was a large congregation out yesterday, and last night there were several that raised their hands for prayer. We are expecting a good meeting at this place. There are several more calls for meetings. This is a new field, and God is at work in this country, and we think now is the time to reap; the harvest surely is ripe. Let all the dear saints pray for the work here. Our address is still Dadeville, Mo. Your brother saved,
W. M. WILSON.
ROSINDALE, N. C., Oct. 8.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: We are praising God to-day for victory over the world, the flesh, and the beast. The past summer has been spent in N. C. in Columbus and Bladen counties God has been with us all the time. We came here on the 28th of May. The attention of the people was called to God’s way of salvation, and man’s delusions were exposed. We are glad to say that a goodly number renounced their empty professions, covenanted with God to straighten up their lives and clean up their filthy habits, and begin life anew, and live to the precious word of God. But as is usually the case where the truth exposes error, some make an effort to reform, but are not willing to pay the price. Preachers, seeing that their false standard is exposed, are trying to raise the standard enough to keep the people in the dark. Some who are burning be-cause their false religion is exposed, love to rally around the new standard, because they can hide behind it from public censure. Some continue to harp on the old line of prejudice that existed between Jew and Gentile. They say they would accept salvation if it were not offered to colored people, and yet they will attend meetings held by and for the colored people exclusively. This class would love to advise the saints how to serve God so it would take with the people; that is, be popular.
We warn the saints against taking advice or counsel from unsaved people. God’s work is not run by sectarian spirits. The first Psalm says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel [advice] of the ungodly.” See Jas 1:5. Salvation is from all sin, including our own wills, opinions, and judgments. God demands meekness and humility. We are required to let our light shine, and even to avoid the appearance of evil. May God help all who have professed to be saved to prove to the world that they possess it.
We closed with an ordinance-meeting, in which twenty-two took part. From here we start southward again and expect to spend the winter, in part at least, in Charleston, S. C., if the Lord wills. Your saved brother and sister,
J. F. AND KITTIE LUNDY.
SPEARFISH, S. DAK.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I hereby testify to being saved and wonderfully blessed, even beyond what pen or tongue could define. Glory be to God, who saw fit to reveal to me that which was hid from the foundation of the world, but is now revealed to his saints. I advise all who read these lines to hold fast to the words of Jesus Christ; for they are indeed spirit and they are life. Let his sayings be all in all to you every moment, day and night. Jesus says, “Keep my sayings.” There is but one way, and that is the way of Jesus Christ. We can live on the words of Christ, which words are sound and established and true. May God be with you all. Amen. Your brother, saved in Jesus Christ,
CLEO SPRINGS, OKLA.
DEAR CHILDREN OF GOD: Believing it to be to the glory of God that I should write my testimony this morning. I will endeavor by his help to tell of the hope that is within me and of his goodness and mercy to me. I know I am resting on the solid rock Christ Jesus. Praise his name! I seldom get with the children of God, but can say I enjoy the blessing of their company very much; but while I can’t be with them often, I can feast at Father’s table. Praise the Lord! I do enjoy the peace of God in my soul this morning, am just satisfied to be moulded by his sweet will. I enjoy the Trumpet, and sometime ago asked through its columns the prayers of its readers, and will say that I have received many blessings, and now ask God’s believing children every-where to pray for me that I may be sunk down deeper in the love of Christ, just completely lost in his dear will, to be used in any way he sees fit, that I may be of some use in this wicked world. I pray that these few words may strengthen some weak one. I have never attended one of the saints’ meetings yet, as there are but one or two in this community. Pray that the way may be opened for one of God’s true ministers to visit this locality. Yours through the triumph of a living faith in the Son of God,
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I praise the Lord to-night that I am on the Lord’s side. I praise him day and night for his goodness to me. Bless his holy name! I do thank God for holiness. I feel that is the only way to life everlasting, and I am so glad it is opened for all who will accept it. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy for the temple of God is holy, which, temple ye are. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” “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.” I praise the Lord this morning that this is my testimony. May the good Lord bless all the saints everywhere, is my prayer, also sinners. May many read the word of God and come to Christ, and be washed in the blood of the Lamb, and be saved to the uttermost.
A. M. ROGERS.
ACHOR — Arthur Clarence Achor, born. May 1, 1872; died near Summitsville, Ind., Aug. 30, 1896; aged 24 years 3 months and 29 days. He leaves a father, mother, brothers, sisters, and many friends to mourn their loss. This young man was cut off in the midst of his years, therefore let all who live in sin take warning and prepare to meet your God.
S. L. Speck.
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TO the glory of the dear Lord our Redeemer, will I most joyfully testify that he has saved my soul twenty-seven years ago, and showed me some saints in Mannedorf, Switzerland, who know the Great Physician and who lead as many to him as will follow.
I was not sick then, yet I received many blessings. Coming to America, it took many years before I found any of the same faith; and finally, I grew sick almost unto death, when the great Helper sent some one who told us of the. loving saints at Grand Junction, Mich., and we wrote and set a day for prayers, and the answer came most gloriously, the healing stream went through me. Praise the Lord! And I was well.
Yet the adversary found a sly way to get in once more, through some very innocent looking tablets, which I intended to take much like candy, yet they were really a nerve tonic; and it did not please the Lord, that I did not rely on him alone. So he permitted the evil one to trouble me with the same old ailments for another two months, so that I felt more miserable than ever, until dear Bro. E. E Byrum came this way (I was in California) and he soon saw how it was, and prayed with us, anointing me in the name of the Lord praise our precious Jesus! and the trouble was over. Since then an ailment came on, but the Lord heard me again and helped me. I give him all the glory.
At present my eyes are very weak, wherefore I come again to my blessed Physician, but not alone; I want you all to join in with me at the day and hour set, as will be seen in “Requests for Prayer.” Let us go down before him in full faith believing, and he will do it, for he has said so, and he does not go back on his word, as we take him by it and humble ourselves before him, clinging to him with all the might he gives us. Your sister, saved and kept,
When the Bible unfolds to our view the blackness of the infernal world, and the untold misery; and places the brightness, the joy and peace of the glory world in such a position as to overshadow every seduction of light, of joy, and of peace that comes from this demonical world: it seems strange that the work of God is of so short duration in the hearts of so many. Christianity is not the work of man; whose labors pass away and are soon forgotten. Christianity does not propose merely to excite in man certain unsettled “feelings,” which like the flower of the grass are so soon to pass away. It is the work of God, who upholds what he created and intends it to last through all eternity.
Only a short time ago the solemn appeal went forth to “train your children for heaven,” ringing through the land, and the response was, Amen and Amen. Many seeing the awful condition of their children and the great responsibility that rests upon themselves, could begin to realize the horror of a burning hell that so soon would wrap their souls in a sulphurous flame, if God with his mighty arm did not stay the impending doom, and went to praying; some earnestly pleading for their loved ones to forsake sin, and for God to save their souls. Soon the desire of their heart was granted; others set about it in a careless and unconcerned way, received nothing of God, and their children are to-day exposed to every element of sin, and soon to be hurled over the precipice of time into eternity to be forever lost, to writhe in the pit of despair.
Let me exhort you, fathers, who are the heads of families; let me exhort you, mothers, who have the mother’s care: have you placed a restraint against sin, as you’ll wish you had when brought before the great tribunal? Are you controlling by influence of rectitude of life, your sons and daughters as you would if Jesus were dwelling under your roof? Do you allow every conformity of the world brought into your house in order to please society? Remember, God will quicken the seed you sow. “He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting.” How often, at some unexpected moment does a child show forth its training, and frequently a disgrace and shame is at the expense of father’s or mother’s neglect in training.
Dear saints, never grow tired of instructing the children in the ways of truth and life. If they at one time have embraced the joys of salvation, and have been overtaken by the cunningly devised plans of Satan, thwart his designs by a constant, continual, pleading and supplicating to God to save the lost one. How many, many grow weary and careless about the children, and finally say, ‘It’s of no use; I can’t; they are out of my reach. True, “Hast thou an arm like God?” But what are you going to do? Are you going to sit down, fold your hands, and say, Go? Ah! that will never do; God will hold you for their transgressions as far as you have light and power of restraint. Remember, God says, “Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,”
First. We must confide in God ourselves in order to receive anything by the hand of faith.
Second. It would be useless for a parent to instruct his child when no confidence exists in the instructor. It would necessarily be needful to get the confidence of the child, in order to make a success for God. Let your rectitude of life commend your love for the lost, and soon confidence in father, confidence in child, confidence in God, will be as a strong hand that cannot be broken by the whole of the wicked counsel. If parents who now are making no effort to bring their children to God would allow the space of time between now and the great departure of the wicked into everlasting fire, to be annihilated, and gaze on literal facts, surely there would be a more lasting effort to bring the youth to God.
Awake, ye parents! become interested in your children; train them for heaven; Jesus will come soon; death is stealing up behind us all, and at any moment is likely to fasten his icy grasp upon us; then too late! Work while you have opportunity, and God will crown you with success.
ANY people who will not read what the Lord has given for their guidance, and will not be led by the Spirit of God, will consult spirit mediums and seek information from unclean demons concerning matters in which they are interested. Sometimes they are told what they already know. Sometimes they are told what they know is false. Sometimes they are misled to their destruction.
A writer in the London VIGILANCE RECORD, in giving a short sketch of the life of Lady Isabel Burton, widow of the late traveler, Sir Richard Burton, gives the following story from her own lips of her spiritualistic experiences. This story is published as an answer to those who, since Lady Burton’s death, have claimed her as a spiritist.
“Sir Richard had been called away suddenly on one of his many expeditions. Before leaving England, he had warned me that I had better not follow him, as after arriving at a certain place his movements would be very uncertain. He had been gone about two months, and I had received no tidings, although he had promised to keep me informed of his whereabouts. Naturally I was extremely anxious, and as days passed on I became distressed and restless.
“Observing, as I passed by a certain street, an advertisement that a certain spiritualist SEANCE was about to take place, I determined to go in and seek intelligence of my husband. I paid my money, and as I was unknown to the few people present, I had no hesitation in submitting myself and circumstances to the medium for analysis. His first words startled me and riveted my attention.
“ ‘Your husband,’ said the medium, ‘is in a foreign land. On arriving at his destination, he was stricken down with sickness and was unable to proceed. He is now dangerously ill, and his one desire is for you. He wants you to go over to him.’
“I immediately left the room, un-nerved, but was determined to lose no time in seeking him. I found that a vessel was sailing in a few days, and I was on my way to book my passage, when my conscience troubled me at not having consulted my spiritual adviser in the matter. I immediately turned my steps in the direction of his residence and told him my story. He was shocked at my having attended the SEANCE, and more so at my thinking of acting on what was said. I was dejected and troubled, but the Bishop’s words were emphatic, and, convinced as I was of the wisdom of his statements, I felt I had no alternative but to do as he had advised. I therefore gave up the idea of booking by that vessel, and determined to await the course of events a little longer. In less than a fortnight I had received a letter from Sir Richard saying that his mission had been successful, that he had ENJOYED SPLENDID HEALTH AND WAS JUST ABOUT STARTING FOR HOME. At the same time came the news of a fearful wreck of an outward-bound steamer and THE LOSS OF ALL ON BOARD. That steamer was the one by which I should have booked my passage, had it not been for the advice of the Bishop. That is my experience of spiritualism, and I have not had much to do with it since.”
If persons could realize that, aside from the arrant frauds and humbugs of money-getting knaves, all there is of REALITY about modern spiritualism is the work of unclean, lying, and deceiving demons, who seek to wreck faith and lead men into infidelity, despair, and death, they would heed the warnings God has given, and shun everything connected with spirit communications as they would shun the breath of pestilence, and turn away from the gates of hell.
IF the son therefore shall make you free ye shall be free indeed.” — Jno. 8: 36. When Jesus made this wonderful statement, he meant more than many professed Christians think and much more than many of them have accepted as a personal experience. It is as though he had said, “He whom I make free shall be free in the full sense, from everything which fetters and besets or hinders the soul from reaching heaven.”
Alas, how many so-called Christians seemingly prefer to serve under the law! They have taken up their cross and are doing Christian duty, as they call it, and hope to be saved at last. When the way of freedom and liberty is presented to them, they straighten up and say they are striving to be saved from sin in this world, and that it is impossible to say we know we are saved now. Although God’s divine law is written plainly in the Word, and is proclaimed from faithful ministers of the gospel all over the land, and is heralded from the lips of hundreds of God’s ministers, they refuse to believe and go on performing the same irksome routine of slave service. Jesus declared before he left this world! “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my father I have made known unto you.” In Gal. 4: 4-7 we read, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God; through Christ.
“Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” The legal service is at an end in Jesus, that man should no longer be a servant, but become a son in the household of God. What difference between the life of a servant and that of a son! The one fettered and burdened, the other free and light hearted; the one reluctantly performing duty under the sense of compulsion, the other yielding loving, cheerful obedience to all the Father’s will; the one because of his many transgressions oppressed with fear and condemnation, the other having received forgiveness, trustworthy, looks the Father in the face, with the testimony in his heart that he pleases God. As children of God we are told that ‘if children then heirs, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ.’ And Jesus in his blessed prayer (Jno. 17:24) says, “Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me.” But of the servant it is recorded, “and the servant abideth not in the house forever.”
But God intends to do more for us than to pardon our sins and adopt us into the family; we shall not be “free indeed” until inbred depravity or sin is removed, and perfect love has taken its place. When Jesus says “free indeed” he means not only to liberate the soul from the bondage of guilt; not only to forgive the soul of its actual sins: but to cleanse from the pollution of indwelling sin. Again, not alone to save from the practice of tinning but to change the nature from sin to holiness. Eph. 4:23, 24. Free from condemnation the child approaches the Father with confidence, and with a glad heart seeks to know and have his will done in in his heart. There is perhaps nothing which a dutiful son cherishes in his heart more than to have it said of him, that he is like his father. And so our heavenly Father has called us to be holy (like him), because he is holy. 1 Pet. 1:14-16. A knowledge of God’s will and desire is sufficient to lead the truly justified soul to cry out and groan after holiness. The more our soul cries to God the sweeter it becomes and the more freedom we enjoy. Daniel says, “The people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” God will be better honored and glorified, and the soul will constantly realize that “the joy of the Lord is his strength.” “The Lord make you to increase and abound in love, * * * to the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” “Herein is our love made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world.”
B. F. BAKER.
DEAR SAINTS OF GOD: I want to say to the glory of God, I am saved and walking in the highway of holiness, and out for God and the salvation of souls. The Lord is wonderfully helping and keeping me at his feet. Praise his name forever! I do feel thankful in my soul that the light ever shone on my heart, and I was enabled to discern the Lord’s body. Dear ones, pray for me that I keep under the blood. Yours in the one body.
H. E. WATSON.
It is the desire of every Christian make spiritual progress. It is their desire to have an experience, not only of the salvation of their souls by having their sins forgiven and the carnal nature removed, but to have a development of the graces of God in the soul. We sometimes hear people say, I know I am saved and sanctified, and yet I have so much trouble in keeping a real sweeping victory over the enemy, and desire to reach a place where the devil will have no part nor lot in the matter.
Now let us see if we cannot throw some light on the subject. In the first place we must remember that when a soldier goes to war, he may expect as long as he is enlisted in the army to be subject to the attacks of the enemy, and is liable to have many combats, or fights with him. But if the directions of the general are followed, provided the general understands how to defeat the enemy, there will be victory all the way along. So, it is in this spiritual warfare. When we enlist in the Christian warfare, we may expect to meet the enemy and have combats with him; but there are many things in the word of God which teach how to gain the victory. We are told that this is the victory, even our faith. Then when people learn that it is faith instead of feeling, one good lesson is learned. And we can keep a sweeping victory as long as we keep up the shield of faith.
But now let Paul speak on this subject, about how to get a deeper experience after one has been justified and entered the standing grace. We find It in the 5th chapter of Rom. First, we are to be justified by faith by forsaking our sins and having them forgiven. This gives us “peace with God.” This state of grace gives us access into this standing grace, where we can rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And now having the experience of full salvation, let us see how it can be deepened and widened. In the 3d verse Paul says, “Not only so, but we glory in tribulation also.” What? can a person rejoice in time of trial and temptation? Yes, it must be so, or Paul would not have recorded it so. Paul understood this from a real experience. When he was cast into the prison and beaten and buffeted about, we find him glorying through it all. Not glorying in himself, but in the grace of Jesus Christ. But some do not like to pass through trials and tribulations. Why, that is just what gives the experience that you have been seeking for, and deepening in the will of God; because, “tribulation worketh patience,” and if a person did not have a deep trial, or something to try his patience he would not get much increase on that line; and patience gives experience. But now how is this experience to be deepened? By “glorying in tribulation.’ When you get into a deep trial begin to praise God for it. Do not begin to look at the trial, but look unto Christ by faith for the victories that will be won, and realize that what you do you are doing for the glory of God.
Let us have another witness on this line. James says in the last chapter of James, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” And it is well to read a few more verses in that chapter. Can you count it all joy in times of trial and trouble? This does not mean that you shall feel like laughing and shouting at all times, but that you can, with a sweetness in your soul, rejoice: that you can even suffer for Christ’s sake. Peter says, “Though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” Why? “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” He says, “If need be” ye have these temptations. Sometimes it is necessary for persons to go through a real siege of trials and temptations to get settled down and qualified for what is before them; then when other trials come, they are ready to meet them.