17 January 1895, Volume 15, Number 3.
THE YOUNG PILGRIM’S WANTS.
I Want that adorning divine,
Thou only, my God, canst bestow:
I want in those beautiful garments, shines
Which distinguish thy household below.
I want, oh! I want to attain
Some likeness, my Savior, to thee:
That longed for resemblance once to regain,
Thy comeliness put upon me.
1 John 3:2, 3.
I want to be marked for thy own,
Thy seal on my forehead to wear;
To receive that “new name” on the mystic white stone,
Which only thyself canst declare.
I want every moment to feel
That the Spirit doth dwell in my heart;
That his power is present to cleanse and to heal,
And newness of life to impart.
I want so in thee to abide,
As to-bring forth some fruit to thy praise:
The branch that thou prunest, tho’ feeble and dried,
May languish, hut never decays.
I want thine own hand to unbind,
Each tie to terrestrial things,
Too tenderly cherished, too closely entwined,
Where my heart too tenaciously clings.
1 John 2:15.
I want, by my aspect serene,
My actions and words, to declare
That my treasure is placed in a country unseen,
That my heart and affections are there.
I want, as a traveler, to haste
Straight onward, nor pause on my way;
No forethought or anxious contrivance to waste
On my tent, only pitched for a day.
Heb. 13:5, 6.
I want — and this sums up my prayer —
To glorify thee till I die;
Then calmly to yield up my soul to thy care,
And breathe out in prayer my last sigh.
Phil. 3:8, 9.
Selected by Maggie Showel.
BE NOT DECEIVED.
I FEEL guided by the Holy Spirit to write a few lines to the Trumpet readers, and the saints of the most high God, on not being deceived at the end of this world’s journey, and not coming short of a perfect salvation, and not be wanting when coming to the bar of judgment. O what a warning Christ does give to us, to watch and pray without ceasing, 1 Thes. 5:17. Christ says heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man; no, not the angels, nor the Son, only the Father. Mark 13:31, 32. Take ye heed, watch and pray, for ye know not when the time is; and what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch. Mark 13:33, 37.
Dear ones, let us watch, for the devil our enemy goeth about day and night to trap us, and bring us in a sleep. Lest the Lord coming suddenly, find us sleeping. Mark 13:36. So God help us to keep awake, and live a holy life in this world, unspotted and pure from all sin, Eph. 5:27, that we be ready to meet the Bridegroom when he comes to take his bride to his glory, and not be found sleeping and wanting, as those five foolish virgins, not having or taking oil with them in their lamps. O how sad! While they went to buy, the Bridegroom came, and those ready went in to the marriage and the door was shut. The foolish came and said, Lord, lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily, I say unto you, I know you not. O what a sad, heart-breaking time it will be for millions and millions to find the door and must hear, “I know you not.” Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Mat. 25:8-13.
God has given each of us a talent to use, so let us be at work and double that which is given us to trade with, for we must give account of what we have done with the talent. It may be five talents, or one only. But we must make use of it and work with it for our Lord and Master, for he will call us, his servants, and give us according to our doings. God help us all to be up and doing; for the harvest is great and the field is white for the sickle, and the reapers are but few. O God, send fire from heaven and burn up the straw and stubble of the wicked! The devil has all his machines and reapers at work day and night.
It makes my heart bleed to see brothers, sisters and friends (after the flesh) and neighbors, going on the broad road down to eternal punishment. They can not see the ungodliness in their sect institutions in these days. God says darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people. Isa. 60:2. They cannot see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place. “Whoso readeth let him understand.” Mat. 24:15. They cannot understand and see how the world and false teachers are leading them around in all sinful ways and pleasure of this world; such as pride, fashions, pomp, vanity, boasting, big “I,” shows, rallies, and fairs, protecting saloons, which are from the devil. The world is king in the sects of to day. The world and the so-called churches are standing on one level platform, for they are going hand in hand, yes, married together. Ye adulterers and adulteresess, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Jas. 4:4. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 Jno. 2:15. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. Ver. 16. Many professors are just full of the world, for the world speaks well of them, etc. Christ promised to give the spirit of truth: whom, he says, the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. Jno. 14:17. The world’s spirit and the Spirit of God will never work together. Where the world is in, God is out. This shows us plain what we must do to be saved. God says, Flee out of the midst of Babylon and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity. Jer. 51:6, 7. Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. Isa. 52:11. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues; for her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Rev. 18:4, 5. We shall not be in company with sinners in worship. 1 Cor. 5:9, 11. Psa. 1:1. The word says: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. 2 Cor. 6:14.
Now who are those unbelievers? Let us see what Christ says about it: And these signs shall follow them that believe: in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:17, 18. Further Christ says, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do, because I go to my Father. John 14:12-14. 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. Jas. 5:14, 15. Now where are those signs and works that shall follow them that believe? Do you find these signs and works in sect Babylon in our days? No; they do not have true faith and trust in God; do not believe the word of God. Jesus says, Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8. The wore says, Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness, and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Cor. 6:14, 15. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you. Verses 16, 17. “Will God receive us if we knowingly choose to remain in Babylon? Never will he receive us till we come out from among those unbelievers and the ungodly. Then he will receive us. We must come out first and die out to all but Christ, then he will receive us, and will be a Father unto us, and we shall be his sons and daughters. Lot had to come out of Sodom to be saved. So we must come out from among the ungodly to be saved. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 2 Thes. 3:14. This coming out from confusion and unbelief is one of God’s strong commandments. For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Jas. 2:10. Now where is one of the denominations living up to the standard of the word of God, holy and pure, without spot or wrinkle?
The church of the living God is a holy church. No sinners, no hypocriets, no false teachers, no wolves can be members in God’s church. All is holy and pure. For Christ is the door of the sheep. Jno. 10:7, 9. Only by the door (Jesus) we can come into the fold, his kingdom. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. Jno. 10:1. Now who are those climbing, up some other way? It must include those sect professors; for Christ’s door is too small and low for them to come in with their big bundles of world and sin. Christ’s discipline is not broad enough for them. So they make their own to suit them and the world; try to climb up some other way. Jesus saith, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me. Jno. 14:6. So there is no other way to get to heaven but by Christ, the door. This tells us plainly that saints and sinners cannot worship together to please God. God’s church is a clean house; none but pure sheep will be taken in, no goats. God puts all his members in his church (the body) to suit him, and gives each his office in his church by the Spirit. There is no voting nor wire pulling. The Holy Spirit will give each his place to work in God’s church, for they are all of one Spirit, and all say amen to the leading of the Spirit. O what a difference in the two spirits! God is peace and love; Satan is for war, full of hatred, grudge and spite against God and his church. In Babylon there is contention, electioneering, wire pulling, voting, full of bad feelings, envy, jealous one of the other, a complete brood-nest of the devil; full of serpents, a habitation of devils, a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Rev. 18:2. I pray God to open their spiritual eyes to see the true church of God, and come out from Babylon and be saved. But all say they are the true and right church of God, all are going to heaven. O how those people are deluded by false teachers who preach them all to heaven at the end of their life; yes, call them all good Christians, all go to heaven! What does Christ say about it? Many are called, but few are chosen. Mat. 20:16, 22:14. Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Mat. 7:13, 17. Christ says, Fear not, little flock. for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32. So only a few will be saved. God says, Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant we should have been as Sodom. Isa. 1:9. God’s children are only a few, a remnant, a handful. In the time of Noah only eight out of the great mass of people were saved. In the city of Sodom, only four righteous were found. How is it to day? Will ten per cent be saved?
Praise God for a church that wit stand when heaven and earth pass away. But my words shall not pass away. Luke 21:33. God’s church is in this world, but is not of this world. Christ says, My kingdom (church) is not of this world, nor from hence. Jno. 18:36. His members are al chosen out of the world. Jno. 15:16. A man full of the world cannot be in God’s church, for Christ will not let the world come into his church, for he is the door. Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God. Jas. 4:4. God’s children have no fellowship with sinners and things of the world, for the world hates and persecutes them, and count them as sheep for the slaughter. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you; we know that we have passed from death unto life. 1 Jno. 3:13, 14. Whosoever hateth his brorher is a murderer. 1 Jno. 3:15.
Well, I praise God for helping me out of the soul-slaughtering den, and that I am at liberty, loose from Babylon. It is glorious to be in Christ and in his church, where all is pure, holy and perfect, all one in faith, love and mind. Glory be to his name forever, that my name is-written in the book of life! The Holy Spirit is the leader in God’s children and in his church. He leads into all truth. Jno. 16:13-15. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 Jno. 2:27. Man can and will ie and lead astray, but the Holy Spirit will lead into all truth. Read Heb. 8:10, 11. I Praise God for showing me his clean and holy church, without a spot, wrinkle or blemish, all pure and holy. Eph. 5:27. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me! for the Lord doth build Jerusalem, he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel! he healeth the broken in heart, and bindethup their wounds. Psa. 147:2, 3. Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. Glory be to his name! Amen. From your brother saved,
J. K. Kriebel, Reddick, Ill.
A WORD TO YOUNG SAINTS.
I feel led of the Lord to give a word of warning to the young people among God’s little ones. In traveling around among them, I notice a great deal of mingling with worldliness in a way commonly called courting. “Oh,” you say, “there is no harm in a little thing like that.” Remember it is the little foxes that spoil the vines. When we were sanctified, we were called out from the world. Jesus says, “Ye are not of the world.” Jno. 15:19. Again, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” Jno. 17:16. If we are called out of the world, we should not do as the world does. Be not conformed to this world. Rom. 12:2. In courting sinners, room is given for worldly conversation; such as jesting, foolishness, etc. I notice it is prevalent among the young saints, which is a violation of Eph. 5:4. Now, dear ones, these things ought not to be. Read 1 Jno. 2:15. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
How can we fall in love with sinners, without disobeying this commandment? And have no fellowship, with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph. 5:11. “Oh, all the young people in our community have worldly beaus!” No difference; remember we must measure ourselves by the word of God, and not by each other. We find in 2 Tim. 2:22, Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity peace with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 1 Thess. 5:22. Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Keeping company with sinners will very often lead to a marriage of saint and sinner, which is contrary to the word of God. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” She is at liberty to be married to whom she will, only in the Lord. 1 Cor. 7:9. Sinners are not in the Lord, so we have no authority to intermarry with them. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and I will receive you. 2 Cor. 6:17. I notice when there is a mingling with the world, all spirituality dies out of our meetings, and the saints wonder why. They have but to look around them. Young people professing to be saints, look forward to meeting time as an opportunity to chat with wordlings instead of worshiping God.
Another thing I warn the young people against, is “sect frolics;” such as singings, house dedications, etc. Dear ones, we had as well attend, their meeting as these things. You say, “We want to win them from their ways.” Well, you cannot by going among them. We could not draw a man out of the mire, by jumping in with him. Let us keep out of Babylon and aloof from the world, and in so doing obey the Word, and keep on solid ground. God bless all the saints. Amen.
R. L. Farquar.
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers. 1 Peter 3:12.
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Requests for Prayer.
Pray that I may be sanctified.
James W. Hunter.
Pray for me that I may be healed of rheumatism. My trust is in God.
Mrs. B. F. Kimble.
Pray that I may be healed, soul and body.
Mrs. Emma Smith,
Pray Jan. 21 at ten A. M. that I may be saved; also that I may recover money wrongfully detained from me, so as to return, to my family.
F. J. Morris,
Petersburg, N. D.
Pray Jan. 19, at eight P. M., for the six- year-old child of W. Davis, that the devil may be cast out and the child healed of fits. Henry Latshaw.
I have talked against the dear saints, for which I am indeed sorry, and ask them all to forgive me, and pray that God will restore unto me the joys of salvation.
I feel led by the Lord to ask the dear saints of God to pray earnestly for the healing of my body, weak back and other troubles, also that I may be wholly sanctified.
Please pray for Georgie Osles of Kokomo, Ind., to be healed of gall stones. He is anxiously expecting to be healed. Also pray for one, Mrs. Rhodes to be healed of rheumatism, and Mr. Rhodes to be saved from sin, both of Kokomo, Ind.
I desire the prayers of the saints that I may stand firm for God and know his will. Also pray for a neighbor woman who is in a pitiable condition. We want some one to come here and preach.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I feel led to ask for the prayers of God’s people. I am not saved but desire to be. Would like to have a preacher come here and preach the true gospel. I have been reading the Gospel Trumpet and like to read them very much.
Mrs. Nora Day,
North Enid, Okla.
Dear Saints of God: I ask an interest in your prayers at the assembly meeting of the saints on Jan. 18, 1895, at Advance, Miss., for my recovery, and that I may become stronger in faith each day. I am a helpless invalid. The prayers of the righteous availeth much. Yours in hope,
Call for Meeting.
We want some brother or sister to come immediately to help us, we have meeting every night.
We would like to have some one come here and preach the pure gospel, and think this would be a good place to hold meeting.
Avon, Polk Co., Ia.
I wish the Lord would lead some of his firebrands here to preach the pure gospel.
I would be glad to know if any of the saints live near here. Pray for the healing of my body.
Gravity, Taylor Co., Ia.
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THE WEEK OF PRAYER.
Do not forget it. Lay aside your secular cares as much as possible. Seek God with all your heart and soul. Pray much for the work of God in all its departments; for the publishing work; for God to more fully qualify all his heralds and witnesses on earth; for the Lord of the harvest to send forth a great many more laborers in the vineyard. Pray for the dear ones in foreign fields and for the spread of light and truth to the ends of the earth. Pray for the gospel to go forth in the German and other languages, and let the nations hear of the perfect Christ and his perfect salvation. And above all be sure to pray God to show you your own duty, and give you grace to do it if it takes all you have on earth. Withhold not, and God will not withhold from you. O pray in earnest! Amen.
THE PACIFIC HOME AND SCHOOL.
Bro. A. B. Peterman of Pullman, Wash, writes: “First we praise God that we ever heard the pure gospel preached. It did not take us long to accept his truth. Glory to his name! God has raised up a glorious church here, settled on the rock. The Lord has also raised up two or three young ministers, and has a glorious church of young people at this place.
We are fully persuaded it is the Lord’s will that we erect this home and school for the benefit of all the saints on this coast, and their children, for the Lord’s poor who are unable to care for themselves. The location is a beautiful one. God has a dear consecrated people here at work on the building: also for the salvation of souls. Since we began labor on the building three sinners have been saved, four reclaimed. Three were baptized. We can wonderfully see the hand of God in supplying the means for this work. Now, dear brethren on the coast, we need your prayers of faith, and your consecrated means for this work of the Lord. The brethren here are consecrated to bed rock and mean business for the Lord. By the help of the Lord we will not go in debt for anything. We are trusting the Lord for some means to furnish the home, and we are confident our God will supply all our needs. What the Lord puts upon you to do, that do that you become not lean in your souls. Send all freewill offerings to the treasurer, A. B. Peterman, Pullman, Wash., box 56. This shall be a saints’ school, it will be conducted in a holy manner. For any information address Bro. G. W. Bailey, Pullman, Wash. Your brother, saved and sanctified, A. B. Peterman.
A man who was greatly offended at the recent article exposing the crookedness and falsehood of the late invention called Christian Science, writes in defense of his god. He says: “I believe that I am saved through the blessed Christian Science. I never had religion that gave me such peace of mind as Christian Science has. It casts out all fears of death, and speaks peace to my soul. It has healed my family. I know it is not the devil, for he has no such power to heal. Besides you know I don’t believe in a personal devil; for I cannot see where he lives.” etc., etc.
Yet this man says it is a falsehood that they deny Christ and deny the Bible. The Bible teaches a personal devil, a real being, but the anti-christ science denies. He cannot see where the devil lives. The Word teaches that he dwells and works in the children of disobedience. He thinks the devil has not power to heal, but the Word says he comes with “all power and lying wonders.” He denies that they deny Christy ye says the blessed Christian Science saved him, spake peace to his soul, and healed his family. This is denying Christ anti giving all glory to the anti-christ science. Here is another way to get saved besides Christ. But the Lord says, “If any climb up any other way the same is a thief and a robber.” Such then are these modern scientists. They publish a gospel — good news — of salvation and healing and peace at mind through another means besides Christ. But says the inspired apostle. “If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Gal. 1:9. In all the teachings of Christ and the apostles we read nothing about Christian Science. Nay, they preached Jesus only. This new thing is therefore another gospel, and all who teach it are under the apostolic curse. The salvation and peace of mind it gives is simply by believing the lie that there is no devil to torment the wicked, and no hell to go to. O the strong delusions of Satan men fall into because they love not the truth!
THE BUND REPROVING THE BLEND.
Russel, the age to come falsehood teacher, sharply reproves Bishop Foster for his new gospel of deception, and sets over against it his novel theory of salvation through the milennial age, a thing as foreign to the Bible as Foster’s heterodoxy. The two theories are shoots of the same root; namely, “some other way but Christ, some other time but now.” Both these new inventors have been chafed by the Bible teaching of an everlasting hell for the wicked. And Russel stands before God in the attitude of rebellion, virtually saying, unless God removes hell out of the Bible he must be an infidel, and Foster boldly declares he would join all the hosts of hell in a rebellion against God, should he not turn all the millions of ignorant, depraved, heathen loose in heaven. Well, the rebel against God who says some other time but now is the day of salvation, and the impious bishop who clamors or some other way but Christ, will Doth meet with evidences of hell that will dispel all their doubts, though it may never lessen their hatred of the place.
What is meant by a camel and a gnat in Mat. 23:24?
Ans. George Campbell, renders: “Blind guides! who strain your liquor to avoid swallowing a gnat; yet swallow a camel.”
“Straining out the gnat: but — the camel — swallowing.” — Rotherham.
“Strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel.” — Dean Alford.
The object of the Savior’s words was to rebuke the extreme inconsistency of those hypocritical Pharisees, who were so very tenacious and superstitious about some small matters of the law, and still more their own traditions, which were not in the law of Moses at all, and at the same time they could swallow down great sins, leave undone the weightier commands of the law, and do things that were abominable in the sight of God. This is the very spirit and idolatry of sectism. Conscience is not governed by the word of God, but by the party zeal. Thus we see the ordinary Adventists who come nearest to those ancient Pharisees, most scrupulously abstaining from labor on Saturday, and as zealously laboring on the Lord’s day: and yet they will pervert
the word of God. and even falsify, for the sake of their religion, apparently without any check of conscience. The absurdity of such conduct the Savior illustrates by what would be deemed a mark of insanity, the careful straining out of a gnat, one of the smallest insects, and at the same time a manifest willingness to swallow down a camel, the largest animal in that country. It is a fact that sectish zeal leads men to action, the natural counterpart of which in temporal things, would he taken as evidence of a demented mind. What are many of the Babylon festivities but imitations of craziness? Some are even called “crazy festivals,” and most of them are such in reality.
Explain 1 Tim. 3:23 and 24. Some teach that verse 23 dors not mean wine but the Spirit. Please explain these scriptures through the Trumpet. Your in Christ
J. E. Smith.
Young translates the 23d verse as follows: “No longer be drinking water. but a little wine be using because of thy stomach and of thine often infirmities.”
“No longer be a water-drinker, but a little wine be using because of thy stomach and thy frequent sicknesses.” —Rotherham.
To spiritualise this and call the wine the Spirit is ridiculous in the extreme. To one who was filled with the Spirit by the laying on of his hands, the apostle would not say, “drink a little of the Spirit.’’ The fact is that grapes and the pure grape juice (which was largely used, is, no doubt, here referred to) are great health producers. The article here recommended need not be classified among medicines, but is a sanitary blessing and comes under the same rule, as the wise adaption of foods for special physical conditions. As food and drink are always regarded in the Bible, and in all works treating upon physical life and health, as essential to the human body, the use of those articles of food and drink must conducive to health is wisdom: and a person with oft sicknesses should be the more careful. “Be no longer a water-drinker,” does not necessarily mean he should abstain from the use of water altogether. But the expression indicates that Timothy was very scrupulous, hence drank water exclusively. “A water drinker” indicates one of a class that were exclusively water drinkers. And Paul, knowing the healthful effects of the grape juice, advised him to abandon his unnecessary rule in this matter, and use the same for the health of his body.
In verse 24, the, apostle simply means, as we understand, that some men, by an humble repentance and confession sent their sins on before to be settled fur at the bar of God. Confessed them all before God, confessed their just desert of punishment, and thus, without concealing anything they sent their sins all up before God, and finding an advocate on the throne, mercy and portion were meeted out instead of the sentence of death and punishment. Whereas the impenitent will find all his sins will follow after him, and come up for settlement on the day of judgment, and no mediator being now upon the throne, hell will be his doom, and all his sins coining up and swarming in his memory, will compel him to own the sentence just. Therefore see that your sins go before to judgment, while One is there to plead your case, lest following you they will all overtake you in the day of judgment, and be a swift witness against you.
News from the Field.
Edgewood, Mich., Jan, 5, 1895.
Dear Brethren in Christ: Since our last report I have been laboring earnestly for perishing souls. First, held a two-days’ meeting in the Hamilton meeting house, which was truly blest of God. The Word accomplished that whereunto it was sent, and five or six saw their deficiency and came to God and proved his power to save. Others rejected, and are still in their sins. On Sunday. Dec. 23, we honored God in showing forth the death of our Savior by washing the saints
feet, and breaking bread, and drinking of the cup.
On the night of Dec. 25th, commenced a meeting at the Emerson school house. This meeting lasted eight days. It should have continued longer, but we could not have the house on account of school. A few souls came to God in this meeting. This is a very dark place, God’s holy Spirit strove with the people, but they would not yield. Some professing, and are drunken by the cares of this world, going about with no oil in their lamps. Oh God, pity the poor souls that must soon go into eternity, prepared or not! Those of the workers that were at this meeting are Bro. and Sister Moore, Sister Effie Martin, also dear Bro. and Sister Reeves, whom God used to his glory. From here, the Lord willing, we go to Montague, Mich. Can come back through Oceana Co., also Newaygo Co. Any desiring our labors on this line can address me at the above place.
Wm. E. Warren.
Payne, O., Jan. 8, 1895.
Dear Brethren: We are truly glad to confess God’s goodness to us and his works to others. We left home about Dec. 13, joined Bro. Speck, went to Wilton Junction, Ia. Had a cold reception among some crooked Winebrennarians — church of God — falsely so-called, but we had a warm welcome among the people of God and sinners. The meeting continued about three weeks with victory, power, and soul-saving increasing to the very close. About ten or twelve were delivered out of sin and sectism. Walls of prejudice were demolished, and the pure gospel generally accepted. In the above new place thirty- one holy and happy saints participated in Christ’s ordinance as set forth in the 13th chapter of John. The meeting was well attended, and order prevailed. Copious showers from heaven fell upon the little church. God bless and reward the brethren for their kindness in caring for us. Bro. N. Ayers has prepared a nice little meeting house there in which to worship God, much to the discomfort of Babylon.
From. Wilton Junction we went to Fairport, about twenty miles distant from which place Bro. Alteneder, who came to attend our first meeting, got sanctified and cut loose from sectism. Meeting near his place lasted from Tuesday, Jan. 1, till the 6th. During this time Bro. Alteneder’s wife and nine or ten others got saved. Many others saw the evil of sectism and promised to walk in the light. At this place we found an honest people hungering and thirsting after righteousness and the truth. We will return there next spring, the Lord willing. God bless and keep all forever faithful is our prayer. Let us pray for Bro. Thomas Nellson who starts from there to Denmark, Europe, to preach the gospel in the Danish language.
Bro. Speck stops at home a week or so, and then goes (the Lord willing) to Lafayette, Ind., and from there we join in company with Bro. Schell (the Lord willing) and hold a meeting in Praise Chapel, Ind. We also expect ere long to go into Dark Co., O. Pray for us.
B. E. Warren and S. L. Speck.
Darlington, S. C.
Dear Ones in Jesus: It has been some weeks since we have reported through the Trumpet, but we have been going forward in the work of the Lord. We have had some afflictions, but the Lord has brought us through them all. Praise the Lord! We are having good meetings at private houses in the city through the week, and open air meetings on the streets and public square on Sundays. Large congregations of all classes of people attend the street meetings. Among them are a number of Jews that come to every service. Dear ones, we ask special prayer to be made for these blinded children of our father Abraham here and elsewhere. We realize, all glory to God, that the word of the Lord is going out from Jerusalem not to return void. It is the purpose of the saints in this section of the state to hold an assembly meeting in the early spring, in March or April, the Lord willing; and it is desired that Bro. Thos. Carter, or some other experienced minister, whom the Lord may send, may meet with them. Due notice of the meeting will be given in the Trumpet.
We want to ask the prayers of all God’s saints everywhere for dear Bro. S. F. Ferrel and Sister Ferrel, that their children may be saved, and that the favor of the Lord may rest upon them. Through their instrumentality, mainly, the pure gospel has been preached to the people of this city and in the country around. Their house has been our home for months. They have been a father and mother to us in sickness and in health, and in need. And their home is an open, kind one to all of God’s true ministers that may come this way. Praise the Lord! May the Lord richly reward them together with the salvation of all their loved ones, for all the kindness they have shown to us and all others in his name. Yours for Jesus, and in the church he built,
James E. Shaw and Wife.
East Liverpool, O., Jan. 10, 1895.
Dear Saints, Greeting: The Lord is still keeping us saved, and the work is moving on here and on both sides of the river. East Liverpool has been well stirred, which is a modern Ephesus. The Diana of sectism is enthroned far above all other gods, even the living God. Their carnivals and revellings are as base as that of some of the heathens. Just recently in one of the Prominent sects was held a performance, of which here is a clipping from one of the papers of this city:
“On the evening of Dec. 13th, in this city, in the M. E. Church, where there were over seven hundred ‘converted’ last winter, the pastor delivered a comic lecture to a crowded house at twenty-five cents per head. The daily papers report the occasion a grand financial and entertaining success. The lecture was so intensely funny that the audience laughed so violently that some became hysterical. The press and people are eloquent in their praise of the Rev. humorist. The hand-bills were headed, “Laugh! Laugh!!” and they laughed. The jolly performance was opened with prayer and closed with the benediction. A combination made up of Eli Perkins, Bill Eye, Mark Twain, and the Rev. T. M. Huston, D. D. as principal drawing card, would prove a stupendous bonanza to the proprietors, and put the whole world in a hilarious uproar.”
The word of the Lord says, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. 1 Pet. 1:15. But instead of teaching holiness, “They strengthen also the hands of evil doers, that none returns from his wickedness.” But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Tim. 3:13. “For they that are such serve not out Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Rom. 16:18. Notwithstanding they claim eight thousand Diana worshipers, yet the Lord has a remnant who are worshiping the living God, and will not bow to Baal, nor revel in their banquets. We are holding meetings at Chester, W. Va. I expect to join Bro. Cheatham at North Lima, O. next week. Also some of our company expect to commence meeting at Smithfield, O. soon. Bro. Tubbs has joined us in the work. The work of salvation is moving on. Our son Charles was saved last Sunday at the hour appointed for prayer. There were two baptized Christmas day in the Ohio river. We have had some sickness on the boat, but the Lord has healed us in answer to prayer. The flood and ice have passed out of the river without any damage to the boat. Yours, less than the least of all saints,
G. T. Clayton and Co.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” Psa. 119:129.
Dear Saints of God: I want to write my testimony in your paper for the first time. I am saved and enjoying the love and will of the blessed Savior. Bless his holy name! I know that the blood cleanseth me. I do praise God for ever being so kind to me. He heals me, saves and keeps me. Bless God forever! Your saved sister,
Rose Ann Adams.
Dearly Beloved: I do praise God for salvation full and free. Christ is precious to my soul. Without his help I could do nothing. I praise his holy name for the many blessings I do receive from him. He is my hope and stay; he leads me all the way. His precious blood cleanses from all sin just now. Glory to his name! Your saved sister in Christ,
Mrs. Mattie McDaisie.
Dear Saints of God: I can say that Jesus saves me to the uttermost. Oh I am so thankful for what he has done for me. How he does bless my soul when I obey him! I mean by the grace of God to do what he has for me to do, and walk in the light. I do love to read the Trumpet; it is food to my soul to hear what the Lord is doing all over the land. Oh bless his name forever! Your brother in Christ,
W. H. Clingenpeel.
Dear Saints of God: Grace be unto you. Our testimony to day is that we are sweetly saved and trusting in Jesus. About two years ago we had the privilege of hearing the word of God preached in its purity for the first time, and during the meetings wife and I accepted Christ. We were both members of the M. E. sect, but God be praised, when we heard the warning voice, saying, “Come out of her, my people,” we obeyed; and to day we are free from all institutions of man, fully established on the rock Christ Jesus, justified freely, and sanctified wholly. Yours in the one body,
W. E. and Mary Kenny.
Dear Brothers and Sisters: I feel it also my duty to say a word to the glory of God. I feel the full love of God in my soul every day. I praise God for the blessings I daily receive. I thank God for this blessed paper, the Gospel Trumpet. Since I began to read it I received the second work of grace in my soul. Have consecrated my soul and body to God. I wish I could get with some of the saints and preachers, so I could learn more. I am getting old and very feeble, but glory to God, I am strong in the faith and blessed hope. Please pray for me. Pray for my children; they are not saved yet, but are all trying to do what is right. I also remember you all in my prayers. Your saved sister in the Lord,
Mary N. Masters.
Dear Saints of God: I feel it my duty to write my testimony, for the first time. I am sweetly saved in Jesus. I am all on the altar. Praise his holy name! Jesus says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Mat. 5:48. “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” 1 Thes. 4:3. Jesus says, “If ye keep my commandments ye shall abide in my love.” Jno. 15:10, Praise the Lord! I want to be abiding in his love at all times. It is sweet peace in my soul to live for Jesus. Pray for me that I may stand steadfast on the rock Christ Jesus, always abounding in the works of the Lord. Your sister in the one body,
Dear Saints of God: I feel it would be to the glory, of God to write my testimony. I do praise the Lord that he ever came down on this earth and died that I might be saved from all sin. Glory to his name! Oh I am so glad I am a child of the King, one that holds the wealth of this world In his bands. I am so glad he convicted me while I was young, and that I yielded to him, so that my best days I can say have been given to my Master. I am saved and sanctified. Glory to his name! Two years ago last August he healed me. I had dropsy bordering or close to the second stage, and I also had St. Vitus’ dance; I was not over it when the Lord healed me; and to day am well. Glory to God! I have been in meetings a good deal doing what I can to save poor souls. And I mean to work for him the rest of my days. Your sister in Christ,
Dear Saints: I would say to you, and all, that I have been laboring in the vineyard for the past twenty years as a minister. We have been mixed in with the sects and creeds, but we wash to say, we are done with them. I can see plainly that they are not of God. He is not in the creed of any sect. As for me and mine, we are out and out for God and the salvation of souls; ready to labor whereever the Lord says go.
Dear saints, I want to ask your prayers for the healing of my body. Let all the holy brethren pray earnestly that God may heal me, that I may be useful in the time to come. Your brother and sister in Jesus,
E. White and Wife.
221 North 5th St.
Dear Saints of God: I read with renewed relish the testimonies of all who write, and feel much benefited by the Trumpet. Am thankful to God for all the favors and blessings he is showing me. I am not sanctified, or wholly cleansed, but am earnestly seeking for the same, and desire the prayers of all the earnest ones in Jesus Christ. Have been an active Sunday school worker in the M. E. sect, but realize the true light is not there, and have been dismissed by request. So I am free from trusting and following after those things not in accordance with the Lord’s will. Do pray that I may receive that eternal blessing that will keep me clean and pure. May the dear Lord bless us all, and shed abroad his glorious light more abundantly to the glory of his name. Yours in the faith,
W. W. Titley.
Kern City, Cal.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I believe it would be to the glory of God for me to write my testimony. I praise God to day for a salvation full and free, and can say I am enjoying the fullness of a Savior’s love, and am fully consecrated to do the will of God. I do praise him for bringing me put of sectism. It has been about six months since Jesus forgave all my sins, and two days after, he blessed me with a second work of grace, and I feel as if I could not do enough for him. I hope all who read this are enjoying the true religion. i do not get to hear the word of God preached in its purity, as there are no holiness people, to my knowledge, in this place. I pray that we may have a minister from God sent here. Pray that I may stand firm, and low at Jesus’ feet, and that my husband may turn from the ways of this world to the ways of Christ. Your true sister, sanctified and satisfied,
B. M. Elwood.
Dear Readers: I know to day that Jesus does sweetly save me. How much better to live for Jesus than to live in sin and enjoy the pleasures of this world. Most of my life has been spent in sin, regardless of all that one could do or say. I went on in a careless and unconcerned way, taking no thought of what my future life would be. I went on in this way for some years, yet God was pleading with me and at times would so convict me that I could not rest day or night, yet I would not yield. Soon after, God just let me see into eternity. Oh the horrible scene I shall never forget! Time passed on, and yet I would not make a decision as to giving all up to live for Jesus. God has said his Spirit would not always strive with man. I found it to be true in my case. I was given over to hardness of heart and had no thought of getting saved any more. I lived in this way for some time, but afterwards a meeting commenced at our place; it was during that time that God began to talk to me again. I was not willing to just give up all for some two or three days, when one evening as I was deciding as to what I would do, God showed very plain if 1 did refuse, that my doom would be sealed forever. Yours saved,
To all God’s Dear Children: May the richest of God’s blessings rest upon you all. I am saved just now and perfectly satisfied with the way; and why should I not be, when Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and I have him reigning supremely in my soul, leading and keeping me every day. I find such joy and peace in believing, and how true that all things are possible to them that believe. I know that God directs the steps of the righteous, and he keeps them in perfect peace whose mind is staid on him. Bro. Cushman and I have contended earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints in this city of creeds and divisions and gross darkness for over two years, and through it all the Lord has led me to sure and certain victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Pray for me, that God will keep me humble, obedient, and doing his whole will.
Sister Kate Bean, who has suffered for years, wishes me to write for her for the encouragement of all the dear ones who are suffering as she was, and let them know there is a balm in Gilead; there is a physician there. She procured a book on divine healing, and soon found that God was the same now as he was in the days of the apostles; that all the gifts were for all that believe, even to the end of the world. She told me she believed God would heal her, and wanted me to send to the Trumpet office for an anointed handkerchief. I did so, and one was sent with kind instructions, which we followed in the fear and love of God, and God never goes back on his word. Sister Bean used to have such terrible and constant headaches, but now all is gone. She was unable formally to do her work, but is now able to do washing and all her general housework. She says it pays to trust the Lord tor all things. She has thrown away her medicines and will trust no one but the Lord. And as we met at her house Thursday evening for a prayer meeting, she told us she had given up tea and coffee, and that she felt much better for it. Thank the Lord! How his Spirit leads those who are honest and true! She says she is enjoying a constant, abiding peace in her soul. She earnestly desires the prayers of all God’s true children. Your brother saved in Jesus,
P. A. Hull.
Vanocker. — Henry Vanocker died Dec. 15, 1894. He was born in Scohara Co., N. Y. Oct. 2, 1825. Aged sixty- nine years, two months and thirteen days. He accepted the evening light about ten years ago, and professed Christ to the end of life. His wife is endeavoring to live a Christian. His children are unsaved, but I hope they will awaken from their awful sleep of sin and prepare for an eternity of peace. Funeral service by
Shaw. — Mary Elizabeth Alice, daughter of James E. and Rivie L. Shaw. Born Nov. 23, 1894, died Dec. 23, 1894. Lacking only a few hours of being a month old, little Mary passed from earth to glory. With praises to God who doeth all things well, rejoicing through tears, we laid her body away on Christmas day, after an impressive funeral service conducted by Bro. H. B. Blackwell, to await the resurrection morn.
Darlington, S. C.
FOR there shall arise false Christs and false prophets: then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there, believe it not. — Mat. 24:23, 24. Our Savior was here describing what should happen when the end of time was near approaching. And we realize it to day. Look at the different denominational societies, each one claiming to be the true church and not one living up to the word of God in its entirety. These are the anti-christs that we are to avoid. The Christ of the Bible is a whole Christ, a live Christ, and a Christ who said we should wash one another’s feet; a Christ who said, “Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish;” a Christ who said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;” a Christ who said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is- in heaven is perfect;” a Christ who said to his disciples, “If ye love me, keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him, for he dwelleth. with you, and shall be in you.” “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Fathers’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Jno. 14:15-17, 24-26.
The true Christ has ordinances for his church to observe: they are baptism in water, feet washing and partaking the Lord’s supper — the emblems of his death, burial and resurrection. “For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.” 1 Cor. 11:26.
There are other professors who are anti-christ, those who claim that all the ordinances were nailed to Christ’s cross, and deny the true import of the commission that Christ gave to his apostles just before his ascension: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Mat. 28:18-20. We have heard one of these anti-christ preachers say in his sermon that “Christ went along with them to baptize with the Holy Ghost.” What? baptize with the Holy Ghost, and in the name of the Holy Ghost? One would have to change the reading to make that phrase intelligent.
The Christ of the Bible is a perfect Christ. His word left here to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our pathway is a perfect Word, and by that written Word we shall be honored, or by it we shall be condemned. “He that rejecteth me and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken the same shall judge him in the last day.” John 12:48. Also read Mark.16:16. Jno. 3:18, 36. Acts 16:30-32. Rom. 10:9.
1 Pet. 3:21. Now those people who do not the things Christ said for us to do, are none of his. “But ye believe not because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Jno. 10:26-28. “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all: and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” 2:29, 30.
Glory be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! The truth is mighty and will prevail. Hallelujah! Look
out for false Christs and go not after them. Read the 55th chapter of Isaiah. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen.
John F. Starcher,
POPULAR religion to day, as it always has been down through the annals of time, is simply the religion of the god of this world, brought forth by Satan for the delusion and damnation of souls. The Word says, Woe unto you when all men speak well of you; for so did their fathers to the false prophets. These false prophets were the popular preachers of their day and generation, receiving the laurels and applause of the popular churches or denominations, believing themselves to be, beyond a doubt, the servants of the true God. While God’s true prophets and followers were being persecuted, put to shame and death for disturbing their society by warning them to flee from the wrath to come.
Popular religion was false in the days of Christ. Its members (the Pharisees) and its preachers (the scribes) Christ denounced as hypocrites (false professors) and sentenced them to hell. They persecuted Jesus all his life, and finally led him to dark Gethsemane, where they put him on a cross.
Popular religion, though claiming to be orthodox and true, slaughtered over 60, 000, 000 of God’s humble saints, until the valley of Peidmont flowed like a river with their blood, even since the days of Jesus Christ, under charge that they were fanatics, heretics, come-outers, and disturbers of the church. Popular religion has always fought the truth, and persecuted those that measured their lives by it.
I believe that each one of God’s true ministers to day must be consecrated to go to the stake, for as times are waxing worse and worse, many of us may suffer a martyrs death. There is just one reason why some of us already who are out in this beautiful evening light preaching the word of God in its fulness, have not suffered death by crooked and popular professors. It is the protection of the laws of our land.
Feelings of bitterness, and revengeful spirits are almost as great to day as in all the annals of history. To day the harlot daughters of Babylon are all athirst for our blood, and would love to have God’s true holiness people wiped .out of existence. Their cry is, as it always was, “They are tearing down our churches, disturbing our religious societies! Away with them! away with them!!” Brethren, when I look into the word of God, I find that the persecution question is I forever settled: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.” 2 Tim. 3:12.
The truth is, these persecutions are really indispensible as a means of God’s grace to his true saints. Hence, we should hail them as real blessings in disguise, and rejoice. We want to never let it be forgotten that in the hour of peril and distress and persecution, that the angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. We find that all those old servants of God, who have long ago gone to their reward, such as Wycliffe, Huss, Luther, Tyndale, Wesley, and others, who urged that all doctrines be brought to the test of the Bible, and renounced all other things which it1 condemned, against these men persecutions raged with relentless fury by popular religionists (false professors); yet they ceased not to declare the truth in all the light God had given them. Different periods in the history of the church have each been marked by the development of some special truth, adapted to the necessities of the saints of God at that time. Every new truth has made its way against hatred and opposition. Those who were blessed with its light were tempted and tried. We, to whom God has revealed this evening light, dare not withhold it from the people. God commands us to present this last invitation to every creature. We cannot remain silent while perishing souls are at stake. We, as Christ’s embassadors, have nothing to do with consequences. We must leave the results with God. But oh, how sweet to hear the words of Jesus through the thickest of the fight, “My grace is sufficient.” We are commanded to cry aloud, and spare not: “Lift up thy voice like a trumpet and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.’ Isa. 58:1.
By God’s help we will cry out on all false holiness, spurious sanctification, popular religion, and all the works, of the devil, and lift up the standard of Bible holiness or sanctification that makes us all one in Christ. “Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward’ in heaven.” Matt. 5:11, 12.
Gorham Tufts, Jr,
EXPLANATION OF A FEW PASSAGES.
MATT. 19:24. — “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
This is strong language, but the Savior uttered no idle words, and he means just what he says, which is, in substance, that it is utterly impossible for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. God says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Jesus says, “No man can serve two masters.” He also says, “Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” When the rich is willing to forsake his riches and “all that he hath, ” he may enter into the kingdom; but oh, how few are willing! About all prefer clinging to their worldly possessions, to the obtaining of everlasting life, and like the “young man, ” they go “away sorrowful” when Jesus says, “Go and sell all that thou hast, and give to the poor.” Paul says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil; which, while some coveted after, they have been seduced [margin] from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Tim. 6. Did you ever know a carnal man who did not love money? I never knew a man, rich or poor, who received a real experience in justification, who was not willing to forsake all his earthly possessions first. I do not mean give them away, nor throw them away, but simply being willing with all his heart to say, Dear Lord, all that I have belongs to thee. I am merely one of thy stewards; and all that I have is at thy disposal; if thou wouldst that I give all to the poor and go penniless, thy will, not mine, be done. It means just this much, to “forsake all.”
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth richly all things to enjoy.” 1 Tim. 6. “The disciple is not above his master.” Jesus was rich, “yet for our sake he became poor, that we through his poverty might be rich.” 2 Cor. 8. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” Jas. 4. “Let the rich rejoice in that he is made low.” Jas. 1. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” You see that God will not entrust much with us until after we seek the second work.
The Adventists used to picture a camel kneeling down by a certain hole in the walls of Jerusalem, while his keeper took off his load so that he (the camel) could crawl through the hole. They said that this hole was called “the eye of a needle,” or “needle’s eye.” They never did explain the man’s reason for putting the camel through the hole, instead of going through one of the many gates which entered Jerusalem. Neither did they say why the hole was called the “needle’s eye,” for the walls of Jerusalem no more resembled a needle than does the great Chinese wall. There is but one way of accounting for this wresting of the words of the Savior. The rich might be prevailed upon to become an Adventist, when convinced that after he had crawled through the “needle’s eye,” he could reach back and pull his “load” after him. But God demands a complete and clean separation, and like Paul, be willing to “suffer the loss of all things, and count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” Phil. 3.
But one says, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt. 19. Yes, God has made it possible for all men to obtain an entrance into the kingdom of heaven; but it is impossible for any man to enter in without first forsaking all. We enter the kingdom right here on this earth. Col. 1:13. And we must forsake our possessions when we come to God to seek salvation, and not at death.
I John 3:9. — “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
Some become fanatical, and claim that it is impossible for them to commit sin because of the above scripture. But John does not say that it is impossible to commit sin. He simply says that whosoever is born of God cannot commit sin. “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God.” Chap. 5:1. To believe that Jesus is the Christ, implies more than mere head belief. “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” It implies to believe with the whole heart, that Jesus’ blood does wash away all our sins and keeps us pure; that God is able to keep us from the evil. Jno. 17. Able to make us to stand. Rom. 14. If, when a temptation comes, we yield to it and commit a sin, it is because we have ceased to exercise in our heart, to believe that Jesus is the Christ, and therefore we are not born of God. “He that committeth sin is of the devil. Verse 8. An honest man cannot steal, but when he consents to commit a theft he ceases to be an honest man. “Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not.” Verse 6. “Every sin that a man doeth is without the body.”
Matt. 7:1. — “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
These words of Jesus are often misapplied. When God is laying judgment to the line, (Isa. 28) through his ministers, those who are not willing to square up to the Bible, frequently say, “You are judging; judge not that ye be not judged.” And, although God says that the saints shall judge the world, 1 Cor. 6, and angels, when the saints proceed to execute upon them the judgment written (in the Bible) they say, “With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.” Well, the saints judge by the word of God, and are perfectly willing to be judged by the same word. “This honor have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord!” Psa. 149.
But, “Thou hypocrite! first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Verse 5. Be a hypocrite no longer, but come to Jesus and follow him in the regeneration or new birth, and then you shall sit upon the throne and judge the twelve tribes of Israel. See Matt. 19:28, and Obad. 21.
WAITING UPON THE LORD.
Isa. 40:31. — “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and shall not faint.”
To wait upon the Lord is to keep his commandments. It does not mean to sit down and do nothing. “Woe unto them that are at ease in Zion.” Amos 6. “They shall run and not be weary, ” is what the text says. Who are strong in faith? Who can face the foe when others turn the back? Who can soar above all the trials of this world? Who does not care what comes to morrow? Who, when all seems dark around about, can trust the promise still, — “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee?” Who, in every trial and temptation, still trusts God without cessation? He that waits upon the Lord. He who goes to meeting often, is often on his knees. He who reads his Bible every day, and walks within the narrow way, and strives the sinner’s heart to soften, and strives his Lord to please, “Wait, I say, upon the Lord.” Psa. 27.
John E. Roberts.
thy TESTIMONIES aby
Dear Saints: My testimony this beautiful morning is clear for God. 1 am justified freely and sanctified wholly, and praising God with all my heart. O it is glorious to be free from the devil. I do praise God for this wonderful salvation that saves to the uttermost. Pray for my unconverted companion, that she may be saved.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my testimony for the first time to the glory of God. I praise the Lord for a full salvation from all sin. Jesus has saved me and sanctified me wholly, by a second work of grace, and keeps me continually. Praise the Lord! Pray for me, that I may be kept faithful. Your brother,
F. T. Carbaugh.
Dear Saints of God: I do praise the Lord for salvation. I can say I am saved from all sin. He first forgave my sins and then sanctified my soul, and I give him all the praise. I know it is good to serve the Lord. I want to live in that way that my friends may know that I have been with Jesus and learned of him. I am glad I have taken the straight and narrow way. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” I ask all the saints of God to pray for me, that I may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of the truth. Yours in the one body,
105 Lincoln St., Butler, Pa.
To all the Dear Saints: May the richest of heaven’s blessings be yours. Amen. I feel that it would be to the glory of God for me to write my testimony, and tell of the wonderful power of God to keep. Truly, I can say God’s grace has been sufficient for me. God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Truly, the Christian life is a warfare; not that it is hard to follow Christ, for his yoke is easy and his burden is light; but it is because we have taken our stand for holiness, and the enemy of all that is holy rises up with all his forces to battle against the righteous, to rob God of his glory. “For we wrestle not against flesh and flood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph. 6:12. It is nearly eighteen years since I gave my heart to God and resolved to follow Christ, I was almost twelve years in the wilderness of sectism. Six years since I was sanctified; and like Paul, I die daily; “For great has been my afflictions, but the Lord delivers me out of them all. The last human prop has been swept away, even those who should have been a comfort in my affliction. They are all as a broken reed. I have died to all most dear to me. Although my severest trials come through those I love most dear, I can say, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” Dear saints, pray for me, that I may glorify God by humble subjection to his holy will; for I know there can nothing happen to me only that which God permits, and he will overrule the works of the devil and get glory to himself. We are to be purified, made white and tried. Your humble, saved sister, sanctified and all on the altar,