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15 September 1886, Volume 8, Number 13.

QUESTIONS ANSWERED.

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BROTHER Warner, will you please give Bible reasons why you apply the 50, and 51st chapters of Jer. to the present time?

  1. Can you give proof that the babylon of these chapters, and Revelations refers to modern Roman and Protestant sects, and not simply to the ancient literal city of that name?
  2. Should the saints separate them­selves from these sects, and not even wor­ship with them, nor give them any sup­port in any way?
  3. Suppose we refuse to work with the sects, and their Sabbath schools, etc., are we not working division between us and some good Christians that belong to the sects, are we not then also a separate band or a sect? These questions I write for in­formation. I have been persecuted by the sects because I left them. They told me it was the work of the devil, and that I would lose my soul. But glory, to God! I have got a better experience than I ever had before. I have victory in my soul, Hallelujah! 1 am fully consecrated to God awl saved through His precious blood, and dead to the world. The Lord has douched both my soul and body. I have been afflicted for a number of years. Part of the time scarcely able to work. But trusting the Lord, I am growing much bet­ter, Praise the Lord for His goodness toward your brother in Christ.
E. K. Menges.

ANSWER.

To first question. By the light, of the Spirit, of God, we see very dearly that much of those two chapters apply to the present day apostate religion, which claims the name of Christ. We cannot take the necessary space to go through these chapters, and point, out all their application to the present existing facts in the proud and worldly sects of the apostasy. One needs but to observe what is transpiring in our days, and have the anointing of the Spirit of God to see the connection between Prophesy and these facts. Many things in these chapters have reference to the literal city, and many contains both a literal and spiritual signification, while still other parts, are only one of the spiritual babylon. We will only call attention to a few points.

“How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is babylon become a desolation among the nations! – Jer. 50:23.

We see dearly what this means in Jer. 23:29-32 — “Is not my Word like as a fire? says the Lord; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold I am against the prophets, says Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbor. Behold, I am against the prophets, says the Lord, that the their tongues, and say, He says. Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, says the loud, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by than lies, and by their lightness: yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, says the Lord.” – Jer. 23:29-32.

The hammer of the whole earth is the Word of God, which is the Gospel; for “this is the word, which by the Gospel is preached unto you.” – 1 Pet.1″25.

Is not my Word like a fire, and like a hammer? The Word of God is called it hammer, and is identified with the fire of the Holy Spirit, which locates it in the present dispensation of the Holy Spirit.

Now it said that at the time of the utter desolation of Babylon, among all nations, the “hammer of the whole earth is cut asunder and broken.” Is not this true to-day in all the babylon sects? Is not the Word, the Gospel, cut and carved to pieces by men who attempt to preach from mere head education? Is not the mighty power of the Word. “broken.” by the silly attempt to preach it, without the Holy Spirit sent down from Heaven? Is not the power and authority of God’s holy Word utterly lost in the present day sects? Do not the abominable hireling priests of sectarianism, for the friendship and applause of men, and for their salary’s sake, compromise with the flesh, the world and the devil? And do they not keep back the hammer of God’s truth, from smiting the heads of the wicked? Thus licensing their sin, and selling their souls to the devil, for the bloody price of their applause, and their money. This is a shocking truth, “a horrible thing.”

As Bishop Foster says, “Our great dan­gers are assimilations, to the world, substi­tuting of the form for the fact of godliness, abandonment of discipline, a hireling min­istry, an impure Gospel, which summed up, is a fashionable church.” Again, he says, “A hireling ministry will be a feeble, a timid, a truckling, a time-serving minis­try, without faith, endurance, and holy power.”

The whole ministry of sectarianism through­out all its branches, is on the hireling principle, and sure enough, they are but truckling time-servers, who, to avoid the offence of the cross, dare not preach the truth. Therefore the hammer of the whole earth is broken, in the desolate, “fashion­able churches,” which is the “great whore that sits upon many waters, and “upon her forehead she hath a name written, Mystery, Babylon, the mother of harlots, and abominations of the whole earth.” Turning back to Jer. 23:29-32, we see it charged upon the prophets, that they steal the Word, each from his neighbor, that is, instead of being tilled with the Holy Spirit, who guides us into all truth, they read sermons, and steal their matter from each-other. This is just what is done to-day all over the land. These false prophets God disowns, He says, “I sent them not,” “they cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness.” Is not this all true?

Speaking of babylon in Jer. 50:32, God says, “I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.” Literal babylon was only one city, but here is a plurality of cities in spiritual  babylon. This fire is everywhere spoken of as the plagues God is now sending on sectarianism, and which is consuming the false apostate church. 2 Thess. 2:8. Rev. 18:4, 8. This consuming of the false religion is called the “consumption decree,” “de­termined in the midst of the lands.” Isa. 10:16-18, 22, 23. In the consumption decree, righteousness shall overflow, and a remnant, be raised up for God, that is pure, verses 20, 21, 22. This is now be­ing fulfilled, and we enjoy the blessing ascribed to this remnant. In Jer. 53:24- 27, Babylon is called a “destroying mount­ain.” which has “destroyed the whole earth.” This was not true of the literal city, but is true of sect babylon, because she is indeed spread over the earth, a soul deceiving, and soul destroying bane.

“They skill not take thee a stone for a corner, not a stone for a foundation.” That is, the remnant that escape out of babylon shall not build upon a single sect principle. “Blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her.” This can only have a spiritual interpreta­tion. No person was sent through the nations, blowing a literal trumpet, and turn­ing the people against literal babylon.

But it is perfectly fulfilled by all the Gospel trumpeters who show the nations the selfishness, and rottenness of human-churchism, and turn the nations to hate the bondage in which they served the lusts and selfish ends of sect religion.

Many other verses have equally as clear allusion to present facts, but we must not extend this point any further.

Answer to second question. The points we have made, and the Scriptures already cited, prove that babylon, which occupies such a prominent position in prophesy, and Revelations, alludes to the apostate religion of human church-ism. A great many more proofs can be presented, of which we will give a few.

Open your Bible at the fourth chapter of Micah, and road it through. The first two verses dearly describe the Church and kingdom of Christ, established at Jeru­salem. Verses 3-8 record the primitive glory and prosperity of the Church. Vr’s. 9, 10 foretell her apostasy, and distress, and close with a gracious intimation, that Zion — the Church — should be redeemed and gathered back to her primitive glory.

Now what takes place in the apostasy of the Church? “For now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to bab­ylon.”—Vr. 10. Now what city did they go out of? Answer: Jerusalem which is above, which is tree, which is the mother of us all.” — Gal. 4:26. “But ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the City of the Living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, * * * the Church of the First-born, which are written in Heaven.” — Heb. 12:22, 23.

Where did they go when they departed from the Jerusalem which is written in. Heaven, or the real Church of the First­born? Ans. They went into Babylon. This proves positively that Babylon, which means confusion, is a state into which the people went, during the present dispensa­tion after the Church was established at Jerusalem. Now lead the severe thresh­ing that God resorts to in bringing His people back from babylon confusion.

“Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will conse­crate their gain unto the Lord, and their sub­stance unto the Lord of the whole earth.” — Micah 4:13. Then compare Jer. 51:33.

“For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of babylon is like a threshing-floor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while and the time of her harvest shall come.” — Jer. 53:33.

These texts clearly refer to the same thing, and since that in Micah has its ful­fillment in the Gospel dispensation, the other must also.

The fourth of Micah, records a depart­ure “out of the city” — Jerusalem— into babylon — “City of Confusion.” The heav­enly, Jerusalem is God’s pure Church, the Bride of Christ, Babylon is the corrupt, apostate and counterfeit church, the dev­il’s wife. To show clearly to all men that these two symbolic cities represent the true and the false church, they are both set forth in the feminine gender; because the Church is always set forth in the fem­inine.

“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the Bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that, great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. Having the glo­ry of God: and her light, was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” — Rev. 21:9-11.

“And there came one of the seven an­gels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the Great whore that sits upon many wa­ters; So he carried me away in the spir­it into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABY­LON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.” —  Rev. 17:1, 3, 5, 18.

Here are two cities, anti each one ap­pears in the form of a woman. And just as sure as Jerusalem is the Bride, the Lamb’s wife, Babylon is the great whore, the false church. Both cities are declar­ed to be symbolic women, Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ: Babylon the great whore, “mystery babylon.” What mystery?

Turn to 2 Thess. 2:3-7. The Apostle writing in the 54th year of the Christian era, says, there was to be a “falling away” of the Church between his day and the second coming of Christ, and that, aposta­sy was to result in the development of an antichrist institution, called “the man of sin,” “son of perdition,” and “the mys­tery of iniquity.”

Here is an inspired comment on the wo­man that hears the name of “mystery bab­ylon.” The two mysteries are one, and the same thing, and is clearly seen to be the false and fallen church. And that this babylon mystery of iniquity includes both Roman-ism and Protestant-ism, is evident from the fact that the system is “full of names of blasphemy.” — Rev. 17:3, which includes all the names of sect confusion.

To the third question, we simply, and positively answer, yes. “Come out from among them and he ye separate.”

Answer to fourth question. Do we be­come another sect by separating from all sects? We answer no, and have clearly proved it in the past, but cannot enlarge upon the matter here.

We simply abide in Christ and have fel­lowship with all saved men and women, and worship with them, wherever we find them met in the name of Christ, as the Scriptures command us to meet in that name only. To worship with an organized division or sect, is to endorse the sect, but God’s Word says that “there shall be no schisms — sects — in the body.”

“The voice of the Bride — the true Church —and of the Bridegroom — Christ — shall be heard no more at all in thee.” — Rev. 18:23. So if you are married to Christ, you have no business to go to babylon. Your voice should never be heard there, unless sent there to reprove them. No living man can truthfully accuse us with being a sect while we stand only on the foundation which includes all saints. Sects are the result of party creed, party spirit, and party name. Christ is all and in all to the saints. We join nothing but Him, and are complete in Him. All sects are fragmentary, leaving many true believers outside of their pale. But the Body of Christ is the whole, no sect. We discard all the sects, but adhere only in Christ. Hence, are free from the sin of sectarianism.

Daniel.

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CHRISTIAN PERFECTION.

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THE following article was suggested to the writer on hearing the two secta­rian preachers mentioned, discoursing against Christian perfection. The writer was not at the time saved, yet he believed the Word of God, and had light enough to see Christian perfection. This is an ex­ceptional case, giving place to an article written by an unsaved man but we feel at liberty to do so because the writer has since given his heart to God, and experi­enced salvation. The writer called the skeptic preachers brothers. We do not brother such men. For a heretic — sectarian “is subverted and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” And “he that sins is of the devil.” But as the writer claimed to be nothing but a sinner when he wrote the article, and there is nothing improper in him calling those preachers brothers, being brother sinners.

Daniel.

A reply to brothers Jacob and Weimer on Christian Perfection.

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BRO. Weimer says “prove all things and hold last that which is good.” Now for the proof.

Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect. — Matt. 5:48.

For I am the Lord your God, ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves and ye shall be holy. — Lev. 11:44. The disciple is not above his Master; but every one that is perfect shall be as his Master. — Luke 6:40. 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. — 1 John 4:17.

We have given four witnesses to prove this important proposition: and there are many more, but we think this is enough if their veracity is not called in question. So Brother Weimer will please hold fast to this doctrine of Christian perfection, for it is good. The little word as, which in two of our proof texts means, like, sim­ilar to, we have emphasized, in this con­nection because of its importance.

In the first text does not the word even, show that their perfection should equal that of God’s in a moral sence? If so, why quibble about it, why not endorse it? Now in all friendship, brother Weimer, please do not call the holiness people liars until they teach what is not in the Word. The writer thinks he simply does the holi­ness people justice, when he says, they believe the whole Word, and teach men to believe and practice it.

Bro. Jacobs labored very hard to proxy, that man never got so perfect in this life that he would not need to watch and pray, and instanced Adam, Lot, Moses and Da­vid. Now the Bible teaches men to watch and pray lest they enter into temptation. The holy people know this and therefore teach it; and do not enter temptation nor commit sin. So this labored effort was lost, except what prejudice it instilled into the minds of his hearers against the Bible doctrine or holiness to the Lord. It would have been more honest for those preachers to have ascertained what the holiness people really teach, before making so many rash and harsh expressions against them.

Jacobs tried to belittle the idea that men might be healed of bodily infirmities by prayer and faith in the Lord Jesus, when he knew that the Bible teaches such a doctrine. We would ask him to re-read, the following texts.

And these signs shall follow them that believe — they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. — Mark 16:17, 18.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also. — John 14:12.

Is any sick among you? let him call for the Elders of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up. — James 5:14, 15.

Now brother, you will certainly pardon the holiness people for believing these Scriptures until you or some one else ex­plain them; so that they do not mean what they say. You may say we do not see any of these things done now. This does not lessen the force of these Scrip­tures for they are not applicable to any except those that believe. Now this un­belief of the promises of God, was the cause that certain of the children of Israel were cot permitted to enter the holy land. And as Peter says, “exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye (speak­ing to all believers) might be partakers of the Divine nature.” — 2 Pet. 1:4. In proportion to this Divine nature we re­ceive by believing these precious promises, do we lose our old and sinful natures, and become heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ? for you know nature abhors a vacuum.

The writer thinks when we become filled with this Divine nature, it will not be necessary to have many such long ser­mons on Christian perfection; but it will be deemed indispencable, in a Christian life, to have this perfection.

Brother J. says, “When you see persons come around claiming to be perfect as angels, or Christ, you may just mark it down they are frauds ”

This we look upon as a cunning device of the devil to deceive the people. It is making Christian perfection mean what the Bible and holy men do not teach, in- order to overthrow Christian perfection as taught by the Bible and holy men. No holy man claims to be as perfect as Christ or holy angels in every respect; for that would imply infallibility or perfection in knowledge. But the Bible does teach and require that we should be “pure even as He is pure.” — 1 Jno. 3:3. And the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin, and all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:7, 9. The Book also commands us to be like Christ in perfect love. — 1 John 4:17. So then Christ commands, Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect. — Matt. 5:48.

The Word explains, that we are to be perfect as He is in purity, holiness, and love. — 1 John 3:3; 4:17. 2 Cor. 7:1. To deny that we can attain this state, is very strange conduct for one who had been preaching holiness for thirty or forty years, as we understood Jacobs to say once before.

Now brethren in conclusion, we would just say to brothers Jacobs and Weimer, please loosen your sectarian jackets a lit­tle and let your souls expand to some extent, then you may be able to love the Lord with all your hearts, and all of God’s people everywhere. Then you will desire the company of this band of trash as you called the people that claimed to enjoy Bible holiness. Then you will come into the unify of the Spirit, and become mate­rial for the building of the holy temple we read of in the Word, then shall you “be complete in Him.”

John Key.

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THE MICHIGAN ANNUAL.
ASSEMBLY.

The sixth annual Michigan assembly will take place, the Lord willing, at Geneva Center in the new house of worship, com­mencing September 16, to continue until the 20th, or as much longer as the Lord wills. It is expected as usual that this will be a glorious Pentecostal meeting. The new house, which is nearly finished, will be dedicated by the outpouring of the Ho­ly Spirit: so that not only the house may be filled with the power and glory of God; but every heart may be filled also, and burst out with new wine, into streams of living joy and glory. Let there he a gen­eral rally, and come to Zion “with songs of everlasting joy upon their heads.”

CAMP MEETING IN KANSAS.

Bro. Haner writes us of the projected Camp Meeting, near Chanute, Neosho Co. Kansas, to begin Sept. 25th 1886. A tab­ernacle is already purchased for the meet­ing, and other service in the holy cam­paign. There is a call for us to come to that meeting. If the Lord will, He will bring it to pass.

Any other parties wishing meetings, should communicate with us at once.

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GROVE MEETING RISING SUN, O.

The Lord willing, there will be a grove meeting about one mile east of Rising Sun, Wood Co. Ohio, beginning Sep. 15. If the Weather will not admit of outdoor meetings, a building will be occupied. Our helpers will be with us. Come all who love and seek God.

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HER VISIT TO HEAVEN.

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THE STORY OF AN ALABAMA GIRL,

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Who died for an hour, went to Heaven, and returned to the world to proclaim Cod’s Word to His People.

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COLUMBUS, Miss., July 30. — The little town of Vernon, 28 miles from here in Lamar county, Ala., is the scene of an excitement unparalleled in the his­tory of the nineteenth century, occasioned by little Mollie Pennington, daughter of George Pennington, a farmer. Early in the spring of the present year she was taken violently ill. Drs. Burns, Morton and Brown were called in to see her and they pronounced her sickness resembling that of hydrophobia, she attempting to bite those around her and even herself. For several days she lay in an unchanged condition. On the morning of the 24th ult. she declared she would die for an hour, and during the time asked her friends to chafe her hands and feet, and that she would return to life. She swooned away and the physician states that it was im­possible for him to detect any respiratory movements; that by using the stethescope the heart could not be heard, and that she was cold and pulseless. Exactly at the expiration of the 60 minutes she amazed, all by opening her eyes and jumping nimbly from bed, and thereat the crowd of neighbors who had assembled began exhorting, declaring she had been to Heav­en, had been cured by God, and that He had sent her back into the world to pro­claim His Word to His people. Her won­derful sayings created consternation and her name was reverberated over the old clay hills of Alabama until the entire coun­try was in a flame of excitement. Ever since then crowds from all over the north­ern portion of the state have been pouring in to see her.

She says she was sent to Heaven that she might see the beautiful City of Angels and tell her people of it. She describes her transition from earth to Heaven in language that is beautiful, and her de­scription of Heaven is as Revelation’s last chapter declares it. She says she recog­nized her friends and relatives there, who had gone before. When asked there gen­eral appearance, she said they were of the size of a 2-year-old child; that they were not winged, but moved around, each one crowned and singing praises to God. She said they were not flesh, but spirit, and described God as being the size of an or­dinary man.

When asked if heaven contained rivers and trees, she seemed surprised at such an interrogation, and interpreted that part of Revelations wherein it describes Heav­en as containing rivers and trees, and said the trees were God’s throne and the rivers His love.

She has been attending religious meet­ings in her neighborhood gotten up espec­ially for her, and has been the means of converting several. She has now gone to her home, she says from a command of God, and refuses to talk in public, yet quite willing to answer any questions pro­pounded to her by individuals. She says God will soon command her to preach to the world. She claims to be a prophet and a healer of the sick. Two sick babies who had baffled the skill of physicians, were carried to her, and by simply moving her hands over their bodies their cries were hushed and they were turned over to their mothers well. She declares the world will soon be finished, and it is sur­prising to hear her tell of the sins com­mitted in this fast age of ours.

She claims to be a mind-reader, and that she can tell immediately on sight whether a person is a christian or not.

She denounced sin in all its forms, and vows that God will not let the world live much longer.

The girl is about 13 years of age, auburn-haired, with bright features, about three feet eight inches tall, and weighs about forty-eight pounds. She has never been to school but two days in her life, and does not know her alphabet. She never beard but to sermons and she heard those when she was too young to know what they meant. Her parents are the poorest of people, and live in a small hut among the pines. Neither of them can read or write. They live in a neighbor­hood secluded from religious worship, and the child has neither been taught or has ev­er heard a prayer or Bible teaching, yet the most inextricable parts of the Bible are explained by her satisfactorily to her audience, and she solicits questions from any cue. Several passages from the Bible were quoted by a correspondent for her to explain, and without hesitation she gave answers not unintelligibly, but in words that would sound wonderful for even one elderly and an educated person. Rev. Thos. Springfield, postmaster at Vernon and pastor of the Baptist church, declares the girl to be inspired, and other intelli­gent and strong minds say she is what she claims to be, while others claim she is an imposter and laugh at her claims of being supernatural. Meantime there is an abundance of enthusiasm and excitement over her, and the crowds that visit her are increasing daily.

Toledo Blade.

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ETERNAL DELIVERANCE.

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Eternal deliverance from sorrow and sin,
The Lord has provided the children of men;
And I have accepted and now I do know
The blood of my Savior makes whiter than snow.

Yes whiter than snow, Halleluiah, to God!
I’m free from all sin and I’m washed in the blood,
Washed whiter than snow, yes whiter than snow.
Oh glory to God I’m whiter than snow!

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He hath visited and redeemed His people. And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of His servent David. As He spoke by the mouth of His holy Prophets, which have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all that hate us. To perform the mercy promised to our Fathers, and to remember His holy covenant. The oath which He sware to our Father Abraham, that He would grant unto us; that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him with­out fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. Praise the Living God for deliverance! Jesus says, Verily, verily I say unto you, he that heareth my words, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life. There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. I praise God that I am filled with the Spirit of the Living God. I do not long for days gone by, saying I enjoyed so much at such a time and so on, no, I can say to-day I am saved to the uttermost, and filled with all the fulness of God — perfect and entire wanting noth­ing, complete in all the will of God. It will be five years the twenty-nineth of this month since I presented my body a living sacrifice to God. There I received the Holy Ghost, the sanctifier, which will abide with me forever. Praise the Living God forever and ever! The enemy of all righteousness has striven hard in all man­ner of ways to overthrow me, but he might as well try do upset the Rocky Mountains. For Jesus says there is nothing able to pluck us out of His Father’s hands. Jno. says, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Paul says also, “who shall separate us from the love of Christ; shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? I am persuaded that neither death nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Your sister dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God.

Emma A. Lyon.

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WONDERFUL SALVATION.

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I feel led to write my experience, and trust that I am honoring God by so doing. I was a sinner until I was twenty- six years of age, always trying to argue Universalism. But I became so convicted that I could not do that any more. And I had been trying to drown my convic­tion in the intoxicating cup: but that only had a tendency to make me more misera­ble and wretched, and to see my awful doom if I did not yield to God. I felt that I would never have another opportunity of seeking God, so on the 19th day of July 1885 I was struck down like Saul. All I could see was the bottomless pit. I prom­ised God that I would never go back into this wicked world for any kind of pleas­ures. Glory to God! I was made to re­joice, but was only converted. I felt my need of something more in about three weeks. I went to the altar and there re­ceived the fullness of God. Glory, glory to His name! I know that God does wonderfully save me from every thing that is not God like. He saves me from taking His name in vain and from the intoxicat­ing cup, and glory to God forever! He saves me from the use of tobacco, a habit I obtained, while I was very young, and God did take the appetite from me. I used it to such an extent that it injured my health, so I was hardly able to go about; but through the mercies of God to-day I enjoy perfect health. Glory to His name!

Though my sins were once like crimson red,
To the healing stream my feet were led,
In the precious blood my Savior shed,
He washed me white as snow.

Oh my joyful song henceforth shall be,
’Tis the blood of Jesus cleanseth me.
Cleanseth, cleanseth,
O yes it cleanseth me.

I do praise God for the light He has given me on His Word. He lifts me for above the trifling things of this world, and makes me to sit in heavenly places. Glory to His name! I feel that God is letting me down deeper and deeper into His truth, and I am learning more of His will every day. I am free in Christ Jesus; all straps and bands are cut loose from me and I am sailing upon the ocean of God’s love. I am determined to live for Him, and to do His will as His Spirit leads.

I ask the prayers of all God’s people that we remain faithful and ready ser­vants of God. I know that I am all on the altar for time and eternity, and am saved up to date and sanctified wholly.

Oliver Janes.

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HEALED BY THE MERCY OF GOD.

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DEAR Beloved saints, I wish to tell to the glory of God, what wonderful things the Lord has done for me. In His mercy He delivered me from that awful disease, the epileptic fits, which filled my soul with terror. I resorted to the help of man, which failed me. I became more and more alarmed, and in my distress I cried mightily to God for help. Not being properly instructed in the New Testament faith, I did not ask God directly to heal me, but asked Him to lead me to some means He could use to heal me of that terrible disease. According to the faith of companion and I, the Lord done for us. Our faith had not taken hold of the Almighty arm to heal directly with out means, so He helped us to effectual means.

One day as I was sitting in meditation a small piece of paper was carried by the wind to my feet. I picked it up, and found it an advertizement of a doctor in N. Y. who claimed to be able to heal fits.

I felt that it came in answer to prayer and sent for the medicine at once. It had the desired effect. O praise God! I was delivered from that awful scourge.

Three years passed without a return of the dreadful foe. During this time the Lord led me into the glorious light of entire sanctification, wherein I now stand, taking Christ for all and in all. He healeth all of my diseases. Praise His name forever and ever! Well He wants a tried people, and last spring a year ago, the Lord suffered the awful fits to come back on me, that He might get to Himself great­er glory. The fits kept increasing all summer, and as the assembly drew on in the fall, the voice of God’s Spirit said, “go to Williamston and have hands laid on you, and I will heal you forever.” O glory to His great name! for His wonderful works to the children of men. Praise God! I obeyed, and went, and the Lord filled my heart with joy, and with the most holy faith. And the last great night of the feast hands were laid on by Bro. Fisher, and the Lord came in mighty healing pow­er, and thrilled me through and through.

The brother said, “It is done, you will never have any more fits,” and my soul said, Amen! Praise the Lord forever and ever! Almost a year has passed, and I am still healed, and “kept by the power of God unto salvation, ready to be reveal­ed in the last time.”

Your brother, saved and sanctified.

Geo. W. Morse.

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Palmyra Mo.

Dear Brethren: — May the Lord abund­antly bless you all. We want to say to the glory of God that we are still serving the Lord in Spirit and in truth, and are trusting Him to keep us from all the pow­ers of darkness and sin. We are washed in the all-cleansing blood of the Lamb, waiting for the Lord, seeking to do His will in all things.

Yours in the bonds of love.

Chas. C. & B. Myers.

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JESUS CHRIST THE CHURCH.

By J. P. Haner.

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NOTHING is more true than the above. Christ is the Church. This can be proven by a multitude of Scriptures. We hear a great deal said about churches, meaning sects. Most of them know not what the Church is. A lot of sinners and hypocrites, and formal professors, and backsliders, and once in a while a real man of God among them, organized to­gether, they blasphemously call a Church. Can we truthfully call this the Church? My dear reader will you answer by the Word of God? The question is not un­reasonable, therefore we a sir you where is your Scripture to call this the Church? We answer you have none. And anyone who calls such an organization the Church blasphemes the name of Christ. Lord help us to be careful what we say; for Jesus’ sake. You see you cannot call this the Church, for in many instances there is not a Christian in the whole organiza­tion, (I speak of the most ungodly sects) yet they are called Churches. But this does not make them the Church.

The Roman Catholic priest calls the pope infallible; yet this does not make him infallible. Neither does it make the different sects Churches to call them such. The Church is the Body of Christ, and the Body of Christ is composed of mon and women who are born of the Spirit of the Living God. Only such are members.

You may pick out any sect you think contains the most good people, and it cannot be called the Church of God; for there is no human organization but what contains sinners of some kind; and even if there were but one sinner in it, and it were organized together with all the human kill that is possible, you cannot truthfully call that organization God’s Church. Though there would be members of God’s Church in that sect, the sect would not be the Church; because the sect contains he sinner, one who is not a man of God, and the Church of God contains only real children of God. So you may see how ..sy a man may blaspheme the name of God. To blaspheme is simply to speak reverently of God; to attribute something to Him which is unholy, calling such unholy organization the Church.

For such those sects are; for they contain, and retain sinners in their fold, when they know them to be such. They take them into their fold when they know them to be such, they die in that condition, and he man who is called the pastor of this ..ock of sinners, preach this man’s funeral, whom he knows to have been a sinner all his life, and leaves the impression on the minds of the people that this sinner as gone to Heaven. O my God, Thou knowest this is a fact. The preacher preaches them to Heaven, but their sins take them to hell. This is the work of sectism, and who can deny it?

Then they retain backsliders when they know them to be such.

I was talking with a young man not many days since, who had been a back­slider for over two years, and he knew of many more in his condition in the same class of the M. E. sect. This is a fair sam­ple of Methodism. This man was in good standing in the sect, and called a Christian, because he belonged to the sect, and of he should call for a letter of recommendation he would receive it; stating that Bro. B. — is a regular member of the M. E. church in good standing, and we recommend him to all Christians. This is the work of sectism.

Then we may draw another picture. Suppose this man dies in this condition, burled from a flying train and killed in­stantly, without a momonts warning. He passes into eternity unprepared, and into hell. Now what does his pastor do? Can be preach the truth about this man at his funeral? No, he dare not do it. Just be­cause he is a member of his sect in good standing, and has paid much money to the sect, and has done much to support the sect cause. Then he knows that if he were to preach the truth about this man being in hell the people would think it awful strange. This man has gone to hell, and they never knew he was a sinner be­fore. They always treated Mr. – as a Christian while he was living and paying. He went through the outward forms of re­ligion, he is a nice moral young man, every body speaks well of him, he is liked by all. Now they say this is awful, now for this man to preach him as gone to hell after all this. You see this would make him lose his popularity, and many who support him would cease to do so. Then the young man’s mother is rich, and pays a large sum to the preacher, and she is a backslider, and if this man preaches her son into hell she would no longer support him. Many move reasons why he dare not preach the truth might be shown; but this is sufficient to show the rotten­ness of these so-called churches. Now to call such a man as this a man, or minister of God would be blasphemy. He makes out that this sinner has gone to heaven, which virtually gives all other sinners a deceptive hope of heaven. The fruit of such is, it makes the Bible a he, and en­courages all sinners to continue in sin. I know of a Baptist preacher who was an adulterer, and who took carbolic acid and killed himself. Five preachers preached his funeral, and they every one preached him through to heaven, calling a murder­er brother. O my friends, this is sectism. Will not every intelligent man say, if he has not gone to hell it is because there is none? and if he has gone to heaven, I would like to know what kind of people go to hell?

No wonder Peter calls sects “damnable heresies.” They deceive and cause to be damned those in their own pales, and many who are outside stumble over these hypocrites into hell. This is awful!

Reader are you one of either class? then “awake to righteousness and sin not.” If in a sect get out of the way of sinners, either get saved, or throw off the false cloak. If you are of the class who are stumbling over hypocrites, stop my friend, turn to Christ. Get off the broad road where all hypocrites walk, then you will not stumble over them. Then as long as you tread on the highway, you will find no hypocrites in the way. May God help you just now to turn your face Zionward, and “follow peace with all men, and holi­ness without which no man shall see God.” The head of this article says Christ is the Church. For proof of this declaration we will take Ephesians 1:22, 23.

“And hath put all things under His feet and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the Church, Which is His body, the fulness of Him (Christ) that filleth all in all.”

You see very plainly that the body of Christ is the Church. And as my body is myself, so is Christ’s body, the Church identical with Himself. As therefore Christ is pure, His Church is a “glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy, and without spot or blemish. This is the Church of God, and every man who has saving faith in Christ, is a member of the Church of God. Faith brings as into Christ, the living Head. This is the way to become a member of Christ, the Head of the Church. See Col. 1:18, 24. “And He (Christ) is the Head of the Body, the Church, who is the beginnings, the First­born from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence. Hallelujah!

The Head is the seat of power. What­ever the head decides shall be done, must be done. This is Jesus Christ, every mem­ber is subject to the Head, Christ. When He commands, we must obey, that in all things Christ might have the preeminence.

Yes in all things. Hallelujah! this is the plain teaching of the Bible; the Word of God is very plain, none need to err therein.

Nothing is plainer than this one thing, that no sect, nor the whole family of 666 sects, are the Church of God. Neither is the Church of God a sect. There are members of the Church in these sects; but God is calling His people out of her, and praise God! they obey His voice.

The Body of Christ is the Church; con­sequently there can no sinners belong to the Church. They belong to the sects by the hundreds; and as it is a fact that Christians may be drawn into an institu­tion of satan, but sinners cannot enter God’s Church, therefore the sects are all of the devil. The children of God are manifest and the children of the devil, one commits sin and the other does not. Hallelujah! by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one for another, pot by binding yourselves togeth­er by some articles of faith or discipline. If ye love one another as Christ commands, then we will be well known as all belong­ing to Christ.

Now take Christ’s own language in Acts 26:15. This proves beyond a doubt that Jesus Christ is the Church. Listen what He says. “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.” Did you ever think of that, my friend, that when you persecute the Church, you persecute Jesus? May God help us to look at this a moment. Paul was persecuting men and women of the Body of Christ, but Jesus says, they are myself, whom thou persecutest.

When the Savior told Paul that He was the Church, and the Church was Himself, Paul never forgot to teach it the same way in all of his writings.

May God bless His Church every where. I belong to the Church of the First-born, my name is written in Heaven. — Heb. 12:23. Pray for me. Your free Bro. washed in the blood of the Lamb, and sanctified wholly just now. Hallelujah!

J. P. Haner.

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Correspondence.

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Dupont, O.

Dear Brethren: — Please answer through the Trumpet this question, Can a man re­ceive the Holy Spirit before he is immers­ed?

Also pray for me, that I may obtain the Holy Spirit, and that I may be made every whit whole, both soul and body. I have been seeking entire sanctification for several months. I cannot now say that I am justified; but I want to be a holy Christian.

John Hanover.

ANSWER.

To the brother’s question, we give the plain New Testament example, and au­thority, to answer yes. God never waves any established, and essential condition of salvation. But we see that water bap­tism is not an absolute prerequisite to the reception of the Holy Spirit, as we see at the house of Cornelius.

“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the Word. Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.” — Acts 10:44, 47, 48.

This settles the question. Baptism is Scripturally in order as soon as a person is born of God; but if there is a willing and obedient heart, that fulfills the law of God until a practical opportunity presents itself. For God looketh into the heart, to see whether men are obedient. And un­til a suitable opportunity arrives, the will­ing soul is not debarred from any promise, for soul or body, in the Word.

Daniel.

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Potter, N. Y.

Dear Brethren: — I send thee greeting in the Lord. I thank God for victory over self, and over the beast, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be all the glory both in this world, and in Heaven forever and ever. I reckon my­self dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God. He is all and in all to me. Where would I now be if it had not been for His great love. A stray sheep from His fold, I was in the wilderness among the thistles and thorns, my clothes all defiled and torn, my hands scarred and unclean, by handling such things as whiskey and tobacco and cards, Sabbath breaking, and oaths on my tongue. He found me in all these when He sent that message from that clear saint, my brother’s wife. (you will remember that old letter dated at Yorktown, Va. March 31st 1884.) Thank God I have that old letter before me now, the one I have spoken of through the Trumpet. It came to me about three years ago. I will give a little extract from it.

We have over 60 members in our Reg’t that belongs to our association, who take part in trying to live for Jesus, and: their, influence tells in our Reg’t. Almost ev­ery prayer meeting adds to our number. Our prayer meetings are field on Thursday and Sunday evenings, and on the Sabbath. Our chaplain preaches. The house is too small to accommodate all. But when we commenced here in Yorktown, there were not over sixteen to attend regularly, help­ing to keep up the meetings. Glory to God for His kindness in bestowing His Holy Spirit into the hearts of men.

May He have their hearts here on earth, and their souls to praise Him in that bright realm above, in His own glory.” After reading this letter, sent by the Lord through a sister, it was not more than ten minutes until the Lord brought me out of the thistles and thorns. He gently pushed them aside, and took me on His shoulder, back where He had left the ninety and nine sheep. O glory to His name! Then within 38 hours He baptized me with the Holy Ghost. Glory be to God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I had known what the baptism was be­fore, and always believed in the Gaza route, to get out of Egypt. That is the Way, no doubt that Joseph and his breth­ren went, and the traders by the bent of the south-east of the Mediterranian sea.

Glory to God! I am all the Lord’s to­day. No tobacco, whiskey or swearing. No Sabbath breaking, no tea and coffee; nothing but the Living Vine, bearing the fruits of holiness, unto the Lamb that saves to the uttermost.

Then I have a hope beyond the grave, and having that hope, “I purify myself even as He is pure.”

If the Lord will, I expect to see some of you brethren and sisters this fall. I ex­pect to go to Michigan this fall, the Lord willing.

I see the Trumpet is in need, and if God will answer my prayer and give me the means, I will send it to you, it belongs to the Lord, and He will see to it in due time. I have got through giving those hirelings money. The Lord keep you all in perfect harmony with Himself is my prayer. Your Bro. saved and sanctified.

Josiah Reed.

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Potterville Mich.

Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord to testify that He has saved me, and brought me out of babylon. Glory be to Jesus! I belonged to the sect about forty years, and to the best of my understand­ing was living up to all the light I had. But the best I could do I was not satisfied. I was starving; longing for that I had not until a year ago last winter the Lord sent Bro. Shelly in our neighborhood to preach the word of life. I heard him preach two or three sermons and the Lord showed me this was the right way, and I walked in the light. Praise the Lord! In April I went to the ordinance meeting at Dimondale. The Lord sent Bro. Warner to talk with me, and there I consecrated my all to the Lord; there I gave up old babylon and got fully saved, and my soul was sat­isfied. Glory be to Jesus!

“All my life long I have panted,
For a draught from some cold spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.

“Hallelujah I have found it,
What ray soul so long has craved,
Jesus satisfies my longing,
Through His blood I now am saved.”

I can also praise the Lord for His heal­ing power. That same day while at Dimondale, the Lord wonderfully healed me of sick headache by the laying on of the Elders’ hands, which I had suffered with from a child. Glory be to Jesus! I have never had it since. To God be the glory now and forever more. How my heart thrills with joy and gladness, when I think that the Lord thought me worthy to be­stow such kindness on.

On the 20th day of Dec. last, after we bad been away to meeting in the evening I slipped, and fell down stairs, and was picked up apparently dead. My son-in- law laid hands on me, and the Lord brought me to; but it was a long time before I realized any thing. My head was very bad­ly bruised, and my neck was almost bro­ken, so that I could not move my head at all. I did not expect to live through the night: but I was sweetly resting in the arms of Jesus, and perfectly happy, will­ing that the Lord should have His own wav with me. Praise God! According to His command, they sent 8 miles lor the Elders, Bro’s D. H. Carlton and Guy Foote; and the Lord healed me. They commen­ced to sing and praise the Lord, I raised from my bed and sang and rejoiced with them. Glory be to Jesus! I keep heeled and work right along. Glory be to the Great Physician!

The first day of last March I fell back­wards on the hard floor, and hurt my back and head, and broke my left elbow.

They picked me up and laid me on the bed. I was in terrible distress. One of the boys ran for Bro. Guy Foote who was at the next house, he came and laid hands on me in the name of the Lord, and I was healed instantly, and got up and got breakfast. Glory be to God! I work right along, and my broken elbow did not effect me any. When I went to meeting I let them feel of my elbow, and they could hear the bones grate one against an­other, but that elbow is as sound as the other now. Praise the Lord! I have all faith in God. I praise God for salvation that saves, and sanctifies, and satisfies me.

This is a Wonderful salvation, and I en­joy it, praise God!

Your sister under the blood.

Margaret Cogswell.

Hartford, Minn.

Dear Brethren: — The war is still rag­ing, and satan is at work with all His pow­ers, we are surrounded by his forces, but in the name of Jesus we expect victory. Glory to God! O how I do praise the Lord for what He has done for me and my family. Glory to Jesus I the Spirit is burn­ing in my heart as I write. We are still saved and meet for the Master’s use. Pray for us as we are alone so far as free saints are concerned.

Enos & Mary Key.

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Oakland Mills Ia.

Dear Brethren: – May the dear Lord bless you with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus, and keep your heart and mind stayed on Him. I am rejoicing in the glorious salvation He gives me day by day. And while the devil with all his combined forces, is trying to crush me down, I praise God He keeps me saved constantly. Glory to His name! O how I long to see you and talk with yon face to face. Well the truth will triumph, and God will make His own manifest. Glory to Jesus! A few are true to God to the very heart. May the Lord bless you and all the dear saints, and keep you true to God in these perilous times.

Your Bro. in Christ.

C. Z. Lindly.

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Bay View Mich.

Dear Brethren: — The precious mes­sage of salvation, the Gospel Trumpet, came last evening, and as usual I hasted to read, and refresh my soul from its pages. Praise God that He has made it mine to hear and love the pure Gospel. This leaves me well and saved and abounding in all things needed from the bountiful hand of God for soul and body. I feel more and more like improving every mo­ment as in the visible presence of God, serving Him with renewed zeal, and with all dilligence from day to day. I expect to attend the assembly of the saints at Geneva Center. Your sister saved.

Josephine Courtney.

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Maple Rapids Mich.

Dear Brethren: — The Lord leads me to tell of His goodness to me. He keeps me each day from sinning against Him. He fills me with joy all the time. How sweet it is to know that all is well with our soul. O glory to God! how sweetly He keeps us saved. Praise His name for­ever! Your sister saved and sanctified.

Viola Cox.

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Dear Brethren: — I am praising God to-night for full salvation. I am walking in the light, praise God! and the blood cleanses me from all sin just now. Glory to God forever! Your saved brother.

T. J. Cox.

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Walkerton Ind.

Dear Brethren: — My testimony is that I am saved and sanctified, and walking in the light as God gives it to me. I praise His holy name for His saving and healing power. O I do praise God for sending Bro. Warner, and the band of saints to Walkerton. I had been under the doc­tor’s care almost a year with dropsy, and got worse all the time. Bro. Warner told me the Lord would heal me if I would believe, and praise the Lord I did believe. The saints came and anointed me and laid on hands, and hallelujah to the Lamb! He heard their prayers and I was healed. The fever left me. praise God! I can work some, and am trusting the Lord to carry me through and I believe He will. I ask all the saints to pray for me. I give God all the glory for what He has done for me. Praise His name! He saves and sanctifies me just now.

Belle Morehead.

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Menlo Ia.

Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord this beautiful morning to add my testimo­ny in behalf of the efficasy of the blood of Christ, and can truly say that the blood is just as efficacious in pardoning my sins and sanctifying my soul as it was when first spilt. “Dear dying Lamb Thy pre­cious blood shall never lose its power, Till all the ransomed Church of God are saved to sin no more.” Glory to God in the highest on earth, peace good will to men. I have been saved about seven years; meet with great opposition, but still I realize that I am kept by the power of God unto salvation. While I realize sin on every land, I fully realize that I am cleansed from sin. Praise God! Bro. Haner came through here not long since, and stirred up the holy fire in our hearts, and the devil has been trying to put it out ever since; but the more he whips it the more it spreads. There are in this neighborhood three or four souls blessedly saved and sanctified, and more believe that this is the true way. May God bless all of the holy brethren in Christ is my prayer. Amen!

Your Bro. saved and sanctified.

W. J. Lewis.

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A CHRONIC GRUMBLER ANSWERED.

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Silver Lake, Ind.

BROTHER Warner; I read your article in the last Trumpet, on the act of Baptism, with much interest. It suits my faith very well, as I was raised up to believe in immersion. But I thought of something else. Some one else has as good a right to their faith as I have to mine. Considering this Bible troth to be true, that “he that does the will of God, shall know of the doctrine, etc. Let me ask, how will he know of the doctrine? Will it be by the Word, or by the Comforter, or by the preacher? Surely the common people will never learn it from the Word, when the Word is translated wrong. By the Holy Spirit then, you say. Well, his­tory shows as well as the Bible, that holy men of old, lived, and labored, and died in holy triumph without being difinite on the mode of baptism. Last of all, the “common, people” must learn the definite mode, at the mouth of the preacher. Well that leaves the masses wholly at sea as to the will of God in many things, and at the mercy of the favored few Greek and He­brew scholars. Hence, you build again the very Catholic wall that you know has wrecked the religious world. Viz., that the “common people” are not capable of understanding the Scriptures, except at the hands of the priest (preacher).

Please answer this in the Trumpet. I am yours, for the truth.

J. D. Coverston.

ANSWER.

“A man that is an heretic, (sectarian) after the first and second admonition re­ject. Knowing that he that is such, is subverted, and sins, being condemn­ed of himself.” — Titus 3:10, 11.

Our present answer serves the place of a second admonition, and surely the above letter shows that its writer is a subverted, sectish sinner, and chronic grumbler.

He believes in immersion because he was “raised up to believe in immersion.”

Well you greatly need to be raised up again. When you get raised up together with Christ, and made to sit together with Him in heavenly places, you will no lon­ger preach and teach as the pharisees, but as one having authority. God has a great derrick, which, if you will let Him hitch on to you, will “raise you up,” out of the dark miry slough of sectarianism, where yon are vainly plunging about.

If you ever enter the dispensation of the Holy Spirit you will not believe in immersion because you happened to be raised up in that teaching, but you will know that immersion, and that only is baptism, because you will then have the sect veil taken off of your heart, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. Early teaching, if it hap­pens to be in the right direction, will assist a person in arriving at a knowledge of the truth, but a man that has not passed be­yond his simple “raising,” and grasped the truth for himself, is a poor mushy minded booby, a swathed dwarf that is not fit for God’s use. Shame on you! Pro­fessing to be a preacher of the Gospel of Divine truth, and yet confess you do not know the truth, and therefore must allow every opposite doctrine as good as your own.

In the dispensation of the Spirit “They shall all be taught, of God,” and all who “learn the Word at His mouth,” “preach the Gospel with the Holy Spirit sent down from Heaven.” The holy man of God “has an unction from the Holy One and knows all things.” “And hereby we know that we are of the truth.” But the blind babylon priest, having no unc­tion, does not know the truth; but only believing thus and so, because he was so taught, he is compelled to allow, that, he that holds the contrary, is just as apt to be right as himself, and therefore his no­tion is worthy of as much respect as his own. Such childish confusion is dis­gusting, and sickening.

Mr. Coverston concedes the “Bible truth to be true, that he that does the will of God shall know of the doctrine,” and then asks, how shall he know?” Why not get salvation, and do the will of God yourself, and then you will both know the truth, and the “how” of it. But if you wish to know how men may know the truth, the answer is, “God Himself bearing them witness,” by. His Spirit in our heart; gives us the “certain knowledge, of His will.” Therefore “be not unwise, but understand­ing what the will of God is.”

Our questioner tries to raise an objec­tion to our statement, that the word baptize is not translated into English, but only adopted, saying that if that were so, the common people could not understand the meaning of the word. This is not true. We showed plainly, that though the word is not translated in the common version, the circumstances, facts, and doc­trine connected with this ordinance, are abundantly clear in pointing out the duty of immersion. Especially when aided by the Spirit of God, without which no per­son is a fit candidate for baptism.

Look at your sectarianism subversion, and crookedness. When we say the word baptize, is not an English, but a Greek word, which you cannot deny, you feign that it is not so, else the common people would be at sea, with no means of knowing the meaning, except at the mouth of Greek scholars. But when we testify that we are not drifting about in the vague sea of mere conjecture, but know the truth respecting the ordinance of baptism, you would dispute the fact, and tell us that “history shows, as well as the Bible, that ‘holy men of old’ lived, labored, and died in holy triumph, without being defi­nite on the mode of baptism.”

Your reasoning implies that the word is translated into clear English, hence the common people can know its meaning, and yet such an uncommon man as your­self, even a preacher, does not know what it means, neither could holy men of old know it. Well you had better get down among the common people, take the yoke of Christ upon you, and learn of Him, and then you may know the truth also. The fact is, the “common people hear Christ gladly,” but— “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dum dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot under­stand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” — Isa. 56:10, 11.

In the margin it reads that they are “dreaming, or talking in their sleep.”

Yes the priests of babylon are “sleeping a perpetual sleep.” – Jer. 51:30, 39. And they are grumbling and sputtering away in their sleep, not knowing what they say. The above writing is just like a man talk­ing in his sleep. One moment he makes out that we cannot know the definite mode of baptism, and therefore they say unto every one that walks after the im­agination of his own heart,” — Jer. 23:17 — “you have as good a right to your faith, as I have to mine.” The next moment, the dreaming priest is heard to argue that the word baptize is so clearly rendered, that the common people know its mean­ing, and yet the blind priests do not know it.

It is laughable to see what ridiculous things men do dream. For instance, Mr. Coverston, talking in his sleep, said that the “Bible shows that “holy men of old, lived, labored, and died in holy triumph without being definite on the mode of baptism.” Were this not only a wild, dreamy, illusion of the brain, we would ask him to tell us in what chapter and verse we could find it recorded. But a man is not responsible for his flighty dreams.

The assertion that we teach that the “common people are not capable of un­derstanding the Scriptures, except at the hands of the priests,” Mr. Coverston knows is false. We live in the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, where all know God from die least to the greatest. Praise God! we preach an anointing that abides, and teaches (all that have it) of all things. So that they need not that any man teach them. This anointing also removes the burden of babylon — sect confusion — off of our shoulders, and his yoke off our neck and the yoke is utterly destroyed because of the anointing.” — Isa. 10:27.

That we build again the same Catholic wall that has wrecked the religious world” is another lying dream. If we were liv­ing with him in the fogs of apostasy, hold­ing to the dark creeds of men, not know­ing the truth ourself, and giving equal credit to the opposite imaginations of ev­ery body else’s heart, we would be all right in his estimation. But having left the wilderness, and entered holiness, and received the Comforter who guides us into all truth, and enables ns to “speak these things, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority.” — Titus 2:15. The sleeping priest dreams that we are building a Cath­olic wall. Praise God! we are closing up the breaches that were made during the captivity, and joining the wall of salva­tion about Jerusalem, according to the lines of Divine truth, and leaving all croaking, grumbling, time-serving sectarianism on the outside.

Then answer we unto Mr. Coverston —  “the God of Heaven He will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build; but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial in Jerusalem,” — Nehemiah 2;20. Amen!

Daniel.

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HEWS FROM THE FIELD.

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THE ANTWERP OHIO MEETING.

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Our last news from the field was from Payne Ohio. Tuesday night, Aug. 17, we had a glorious meeting in the house of Bro. Win. L. Kilpatrick in this place. Three souls consecrated to God. Two re­ceived entire sanctification, one sought a greater measure of the Spirit and fire.

The next day we were brought on our way to the place of the grove meeting, three miles west of Antwerp. Bro. A. J. Kilpatrick, and a few other little ones joined us, making out a full load. The saints are not located near enough togeth­er to make it convenient for a grove meet­ing here. Many of them had to walk two and three miles to attend. Only a few meetings were held in the grove, owing to the plenteous and greatly needed rain the Lord sent upon the thirsty earth. A build­ing upon Bro. Chaney’s place, afforded room for most all to meet in, that came.

The mighty power of God attended all the services. On every invitation anxious seekers, for both pardon and entire cleans­ing, came to the altar; frequently the al­tar room was all filled, and some times the second time. On Sabbath a great- concourse of people was expected, but the wisdom of God ordered otherwise. He sent much rain on that day, and also showers of blessings on the hearts of His saints. Glory to Jesus! Between show­ers the people came out enough to fill our house of worship, and the Spirit, of. the Lord wrought mightily upon the hearts of the people all day. Both fore-noon and after-noon the altar was filled more than once. Not less than 25 souls were saved that day. And there was great joy in Heaven, and on earth. Many saints shout­ed the praises of God. O how wonderful, and glorious His peace, and love and pow­er in our soul. Bless the Lord. O my soul! This body is often so filled with the mighty power of God, that it seems the poor earthen vessel must break. One brother testified that he came down to the fount­ain to drink of the waters of life, and the Lord pushed him clear in. and he is lost in the bottomless ocean of God’s love. Bless God! he has been leaping and shout­ing ever since.

On Monday after-noon we had meeting at a brother’s house, on account of a great­ly afflicted sister. She was much blessed and strengthened in her faith for healing. Several others were healed. Having la­bored hard all day in the Lord, our body was so worn that we felt scarcely able to stand on our feet. So we closed the meet­ing about dark. But finding some un­saved souls had just come, who seemed concerned about salvation, we asked God to touch our body with renewed strength. Praise God! He did as we asked. And we called the people to order, and renew­ed the battle of the Lord for the rescue of perishing souls at stake. Praise God! a rich harvest; of souls followed. We la­bored on until after 10 o’clock. Two or three times we announced the meeting closed, when other souls were found un­der conviction, and were constrained by the Spirit of God to yield, yea “The Spirit, and the Bride said come.” About eight were converted and a few sanctified through the blood. The work was wrought in mighty power, strong men shouted in their new born joys sent down from heav­en by the sweet Spirit of adoption. Oh what a heavenly sight! Even little boys who had just found the Lord, were so pow­erfully blessed of God, that they clapped their hands and leaped with the glory. In twenty years labor for God, we never saw anything like it. It seemed their very little bodies must burst asunder by the power of the Spirit.

Dear Bro. and sister Smurr, and their little son Fredrick, and sister Lovett came from Home City Ind. The two sisters con­secrated and received the Sanctifier afresh in their souls, Bro. Smurr is living in the “Wonderful,” “wonderful.” One day we heard him say to his little boy, nine years of age, “Freddie you must get con­verted before this meeting closes.” Well on Sabbath the lad came to the altar, wept for his sins, asked the Lord for par­dons and was received into the heart of Jesus. Other boys, all some larger follow­ed, and during the meeting, several little boys, and some bright little girls too, came to the Lord, and were joyfully saved of the Lord, O praise God for a Savior that takes little children in His loving arms, and saves them.

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, we went to the Maumee river, and had the hallowed priv­ilege of immersing 21 dear saved saints.

I think, without a single exception, every one, including little Freddie and other children, began to shout and leap for joy with the blessing of the Holy Spirit sent anew into their hearts, as soon as coming up out of the water. It was a holy and heavenly sight. O praise the name of Jesus, for the “Spirit of glory and of God” which rests upon us, and for the wonder­ful refreshings from the presence of the Lord, upon His people. Every meeting is getting richer and more wonderful. O my Lord, where_unto will this great King­dom yet grow? Truly the saints of the Most High have taken the Kingdom, and the dominion, and the greatness of the Kingdom under the whole Heavens. Hal­lelujah!

No record was kept, as to how many souls were saved. Dear Bro’s. Kilpatrick, Howard and Moore, and others, labored faithfully with us in the great work. Our little company are becoming more and more mighty through God, in pulling souls out of the fire. They never tire in the great work. O praise God for such bless­ed fellow-helpers in the Lord.

From this meeting, Sister Smith, whose name is in the book of life, and who is greatly beloved as a holy mother by our company, and by the saints every where, went to her home, at Jerry City O., after an absence of about eleven months of al­most constant work for Jesus. Praise God! she is well, and filled with power. She expects to go forth again after the Jerry City meeting.

On Thursday, Aug. 26, we were brought back to Payne, and began service in a school house, about two miles west.

Bro. George Bryant, who started with us from Beaver Dam for a short campaign, returned home on Monday, and a few mo­ments after our arrival at Payne, came Bro. Daniel Bryant to reinforce our com­pany. He is a good bass singer, and much needed. He is full of fire, and a leaping match for dear Bro, Barney Warren.

Well we hope God will keep the many beloved saints we have just left over be­yond Antwerp. There is a great, and solemn responsibility upon the Church there because of so many dear lambs of the flock. And especially upon the par­ents of those saved children. May the Lord give you much patience and wisdom. See to it, that all those little ones have a part in the family worship, and in the praise meetings. God bless you all, for your kindness toward us. So stand fast my beloved. Amen!

Daniel.

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Union Home Mich.

Dear Brethren: — I do praise God this morning for eternal deliverance from all sin. Glory to Jesus! my soul is filled with His praises this morning for what He is doing for me and mine. Oh praise His holy name forever! Hallelujah! I do praise God for the privilege of attend­ing the Gratiot Camp Meeting. How my soul rejoiced to see the dear loved ones, as they sang with uplifted hands, and shin­ing faces, praises to God. O who is like our God? for He makes us to sit “in heav­enly places in Christ Jesus.” For we have come “unto Mount Zion, with songs anti everlasting joy upon our heads.”

O glory to God! many times we have read their testimonies in the dear Trumpet and it has cheered our soul. I pray God to keep them faithful until the end, and if here on earth we meet no more, may we all meet in Heaven.

While I was at the Camp Meeting the Lord healed my little boy that had been afflicted with a rupture ever since he was six weeks old which now is three years and a half old. He runs, jumps and plays around, and suffers no harm. I praise the Lord for His healing power. Your sister sanctified, made white and tried.

Lodema A. Lyon.

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Bogard Mo.

Dear Brethren: — I am praising God this morning for free and full salvation. I am saved from the least and the last sin, or desire of sin, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Glory to God! I am saved from sectarian and water salvation. But am on the blood and fire line for glory and expect to over-come by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. Praise God!

I feel that the Lord wants me to testify to ray healing. At the time I was sancti­fied, and for some time before, I was a badly diseased man. I had two strokes of paralysis and seldom escaped more than two weeks at a time that I was not con­fined to my room, and for days at a time to my bed, and when around was very poorly, taking medicine nearly all the time. But praise the Lord! when He sanctified me He healed me, and I am almost sixty-two, and have never been in better health, for which I am praising God every day. I am saved and sanctified by the blood of the Everlasting Covenant.

B. R. Parks.

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Deerfield Ind.

Praise God! I feel impressed to write my testimony. I do praise God for full salvation that keeps mo sweetly every day. The world can say what they will, I will rejoice in it all. Praise the Lord! He took all pride out of my heart. I have found in Jesus a sweet rest I can rest sanctified when the storms come, and praise God in them all. O glory to His holy name for ever saving my soul. I just praise God that I had praying parents that caught me the right way, that I might be saved from all sin. “If ye love me keep my commandments: he that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me. If a man love me he will keep my words.” Praise God forever and ever! Your sister saved and sanctified.

Annie Key.

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Wheeler Mich.

Dear Brethren: — To-day we want to tell you that we are fully saved sanctified, and kept by the power of God, ready to be revealed in the last time. Glory to Jesus! We are here in this neck of to babylonish empire (comparatively) all alone. But praise God! He says His grace is sufficient for us and we find it so. We true Him for all things, and He never disappoints us. Glory to Jesus! Our house of worship is a hewed log house, and it makes a splendid place for worship, and glory to God He meets with us in mighty power. I am nearly five miles from the meeting house, but by the help of God we manage to meet with them nearly every time. Oh glory to Jesus! when He saved us, He added us to the Church of the Living God, and we are serving God in Spirit and in truth, and walking in the light! Glory to Jesus! Your Bro. and sister fully saved.

M. H. & C. Basore.

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Latty, O.

Dear Brethren: — My testimony for Jesus this afternoon is, that I am still saved and washed in the precious blood of Jesus.

Praise God forever and ever for salvation from sin! I do praise God for what He has done for me. I know that I am both justified and sanctified, and kept by His mighty power from sin every day, by continually trusting Him. I do praise God for victory over the old serpent I am all on the altar, ready to be offered at any time. Praise God forever for the evening light that He has given to His dear little ones, to come out of babylon. Glory to Jesus! I was once a Campbelite, and was very sectish. I did not have one bit of salvation, I was only living a moral life. But glory be to God for the call He has given to His people to come out of her and be separate. Praise God for freedom! I am out of babylon, and babylon out of me, and boldness to rebuke the works of satan.

Pray for me that I may keep myself un­spotted from the world, and working in the vineyard, whatever the Lord gives me to do. I ask an interest in the prayers of all the saints for the healing of my ears. And I give God honor and glory for the healing power He has manifested in our family in times that are past.

Your sister, saved and sanctified.

Mrs. Kate Ogan.

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